Veganuary update

I wanted to write a mid month update but wordpress was playing up and I couldn’t log in to my blog! So anyway, how is veganuary going now I’m over halfway through?

Easier than anticipated!

I’m probably not the picture of vegan health as I haven’t touched any kale or tofu yet but I feel ok and I’m eating other nutrients.

What has been the biggest challenge?

Cheese! I miss cheese. Nothing fancy, just a simple cheddar or my favourite – melted double gloucester. I have tried a couple of vegan cheeses that hardcore vegans say are amazing but in all honesty, on first taste I think “this is ok” but then the more I try it, the more I dislike it. And now I’m reluctant to purchase any more because it’s a waste if I don’t like it.

What has helped?

I decided to give Gousto a go as it’s a great way to learn new recipes without committing to buying big bottles of rice wine vinegar or chilli jam or whatever as they provide all the ingredients you need for each recipe you pick. I selected 4 vegan recipes and they were delish! I would probably recreate 3 out of the 4 again (incase you’re wondering… the burger meal was good, just nothing special compared to the other 3 dishes).

Gousto vegan dish

Gousto vegan dish

Gousto vegan dish

Gousto vegan dish

If you want to try your own Gousto vegan dishes then I have a referral code – 65% off your first box and 30% off all others in your first month! (No I am not sponsored or affiliated with Gousto, I am just sharing the love). Also you don’t have to pick vegan as they have LOADS of choices.

Take me to the gousto vegan dishes!

What have I enjoyed?

I discovered an app called abillion where for every review you write about a vegan product or restaurant dish you are given a dollar to donate to charity. So far I have written 56 reviews. They don’t have to be long but they must include a photo and they must be vegan. It has been great to read other peoples opinions on products and discover new foods.

Any moments of weakness?

Honestly, no. Before I started I thought I would but I even avoided the cupcakes at work. Now that’s dedication!

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Happy Veganuary!

For 2022 my aim is to be more environmentally conscious. I mean, I already try to be eco-friendly when I can but I (like many others) could always do better. My first step to the newer, greener me was to sign up for Veganuary. Now, if you don’t know what that is then it is basically following a vegan diet for the entire month of January.

I don’t like to label myself but I am somewhat flexitarian/pescetarian, meaning I eat meat on very rare occasions but do tend to eat fish at least once a week. I try to follow a mainly vegetarian diet and have done so for a number of years now, so for me transitioning to vegan wasn’t going to be so much of a challenge as someone who eats meat regularly. As vegans do not consume any animal products, cutting out dairy was always going to be the trickiest part for me as I consume dairy every day. But with a bit of pre-planning, I decided that 2022 was the year to challenge myself!

It is day 3 of Veganuary and all is going well, so here are some things I have learnt so far…

1. Buy your kitchen essentials in advance
It is helpful to make sure you have vegan alternatives to your fridge essentials in advance. For me, switching to vegan butter-like spread was the first thing I did as I ran out of butter/margarine just before January so picked up a dairy free alternative. To be honest with you, when comparing margarines I can’t even tell the difference. The second thing I did was purchase some dairy free milk. I had already tried and tested a few previously and decided that Barista style oat milk was the one for me and is available from several different brands. Barista oat is great in coffee but I can also recommend Alpro My Cuppa soya milk for tea.

vegan starter essentials

2. Sign up for Veganuary emails
I made the decision to do this early in December so I began receiving the emails then. I actual enjoy the emails because they are quite useful and offer tips and encouragement on your vegan journey. Even if you are considering giving it a go later in the year the veganuary website will prove a handy tool.

3. Plan your meals in advance
Veganism is on the rise meaning that the array of products and recipes out there is much bigger than you may expect! It’s not all tofu and lettuce believe it or not! I am a big fan of pinterest so have a plant-based board where I save nutritional information and recipe ideas. It’s also worth looking in to a few cookbooks if you’re going all in. I can recommend Bosh! and The Hairy Bikers’ Veggie Feasts.

4. Get some B12!
Any good literature encouraging people to turn vegan will all say the same thing – get yourself a B12 supplement. B12 is a vitamin that is only naturally found in foods from animal sources and while some vegan foods such as some cereals and nutritional yeast may be fortified with it, it makes sense to take a daily supplement. I am only speculating here but I imagine those who become unwell from a vegan diet are neglecting this important vitamin.

5. Do your research
Lastly, do your research. There are many products out there that are ‘accidentally vegan’ which means although they are not made specifically for a vegan market, they are infact vegan. Imagine my joy to learn that my favourite biscuits (Jammie Dodgers!) are actually vegan. And yesterday I was browsing the reduced chocolate aisle in Sainsburys and discovered Elizabeth Shaw Mint Crisp chocolate which were also vegan and totally satisfied my post-Christmas After Eight cravings.
On the flip side however, there are products you expect to be vegan that aren’t (I am looking at you Salt & VInegar Pringles!) so its just a case of checking the labels and doing a bit of googling where necessary.

accidentally vegan treats

If you’re trying Veganuary this year, leave me a comment below! And if you’re a Vegan veteran then any recommendations will be much appreciated! 🙂

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Here’s How To Make Traveling Troubles Far Easier

You could be interested and desperate to go traveling. But there might be concerns and fears that are stopping you from fully committing to this idea. You’re certainly not alone here and there are lots of people that do get nervous when traveling. The trick will be to make sure that you take the right steps to ensure that you cut the stress out of the equation. 

Here are some of the options that could be worth exploring if you are a little nervous about traveling because of the typical concerns. 

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Nervous Flyer

First, it’s possible that you get nervous about flying. You’re not alone here and the trick is to explore options that are going to make flying far less stressful. You could speak to your doctor about the right solutions here. They may be able to prescribe something that will deliver the benefits that you want. 

Or, you might want to think about booking seats with a little extra room. These can be available at the same cost as regular seats if you decide to book early. We’ll talk about costs a little further down. 


Missed Flights

It’s possible that your concerns surrounding flying are tied to issues with missed flights and delays. The problem with missed flights is that they can spoil the overall feel of your vacation. To avoid this, you should make sure that you are arriving at your airport several hours before a flight leaves. You might also want to avoid booking too many connections. If you are delayed, you need to make sure that you’re going to be comfortable in whichever location you are stranded. You can do that by packing a bag to carry on the plane with you complete with all the key accessories like hotel quality robes. These are available to buy online. 


Security Concerns

Perhaps the reason that you are struggling to commit to traveling is that you are concerned about your home security. It can be a nightmare to think about what would happen if your home isn’t secure enough while you are out of the country. Luckily, these days, there are tech options that will put your home security fears at ease. For instance, you might want to think about investing in a cloud CCTV system. With an option like this, you’ll be able to make sure that you are monitoring things even while you are far away. 


Money Woes

Some people find that it’s money concerns that stop them from traveling as often as they would like. If you are worried about money and the cost of traveling, then you might want to think about some of the ways that you can make the cost easier to manage. 

There are lots of options that could be worth exploring here. For instance, you could think about setting up a travel blog. This is a great way to pay for your travels. You just need to complete a little research online to find the right ways to monetize it. 


Safety Issues 

It’s possible that you are nervous about safety when traveling. You might have heard the horror stories of people getting into danger when visiting unknown locations. This is just a matter of researching where you are traveling to as thoroughly as possible. You need to make sure that you are aware of any potential dangers. For instance, if you’re traveling in certain parts of Africa, it is going to be beneficial to ensure that you have a guide. This is true if you are thinking about going somewhere like Victoria Falls. 


Low Quality 

Finally, you could be concerned that you spend a lot of money only to end up with a low-quality experience. To avoid this, you need to make sure that you are checking out reviews and the different resources that are available online. By exploring the reviews, you will be able to guarantee that you have peace of mind that you are paying for the right experience. 

You could think about more options too. For instance, you might want to consider looking at travel blogs from people that have actually traveled to certain locations or perhaps stayed in particular hotels. 

We hope this helps you embrace traveling more and guarantees that you can journey further than before or that you feel free to travel more regularly. From money issues to problems with flights, when you explore your options, you’ll find there’s a solution to every struggle that you might be facing with traveling right now. 

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What Commonly Goes Wrong When Preparing For A Vacation

If you are thinking about preparing for a future vacation, you will obviously want to make sure that it goes as smoothly as possible. There are a lot of things to bear in mind on that front. One of the most important is that you are probably keen to ensure your vacation doesn’t suffer any particular issues or problems, which is something that can indeed happen if you are not careful. The trouble there is that there are a number of things that can often go wrong when you are preparing for a vacation.


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In this article, we are going to take you through some of the things that can most commonly go wrong when you are preparing for a vacation. By being aware of these things, you should be able to ensure they don’t happen to you, and that you will therefore have a much better and easier time of preparing for your next trip abroad.


Not Getting Your Work In Order

Most people will need to think far in advance if they are going to make their vacation work well with their work life. Attending those two different aspects of your life can be tricky, but it’s important if you want to make sure that your vacation goes off without a hitch. The last thing you want to do is cause trouble at your work, either. So it’s important to make sure that you are getting your work in order as effectively and as fully as possible. How can you make sure of that?

One of the main ways to achieve this is by doing as much of your work as possible before you go, so that you are not leaving anyone in the lurch after your absence. You might also want to delegate some tasks where possible, training people up where necessary to ensure that this is possible to achieve. As long as you get your work in order in this way, you are going to find it a lot easier and simpler to go on any vacation you choose, whenever you like.


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Forgetting To Take Particular Items

One of the most frustrating things that can happen is to arrive at a hotel to discover you don’t have everything you thought you would have. This is much easier to do than you might think, and it can put a real damper on your whole trip from the very start – especially if the item in question is particularly important or pertinent to enjoying yourself or being able to fully relax on your holiday. If you find yourself doing this regularly, you need to try and do all you can to avoid it in future, and fortunately that is quite simple to achieve.

The simple solution is to spend some time making a list. The beauty of a list is that you can offload your thoughts and ultimately see whether you are actually making the right decision or not, and this is something that is really going to help you to remember to pack everything. Don’t overlook this for its simplicity, as it really could make things a lot easier for you on the whole.


Not Securing The Right Documentation

It might sometimes feel as though travel is becoming more and more restrictive, and that is thanks in large part to the fact that there is always more documentation that you need to think about when you are travelling. Every country you go to you have to ensure that you have what you need before you can be let in. The main thing to remember here is the importance of doing your research; as long as you find out beforehand what you are going to need, you are less likely to get caught out.


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Sometimes you will need to fill out and pay for a visa on arrival, in which case you must have the necessary funds on you otherwise you can’t get in. And sometimes you might need to get a region-specific visa before travelling, as you can see at for example. There can be other things you need to bring too, such as proof of vaccination against covid, or many other viruses around the world.

All in all, the important thing is to research what you need before you go, and to do all you can to secure the right documentation. This is going to save you a lot of headaches in the long run.


Not Leaving Enough Time

Remember too when you are planning for a vacation that you need to leave enough time between booking your holiday and actually going on it. This is important for a variety of reasons. First of all, it allows you to get everything ready that you might need to get ready – and this can take longer than you might think. It also means that you are going to have much more of a chance of planning out some fun and unique things you can do while you are on the vacation itself, thus helping you to get more out of it. These are both very important things.

On the other hand, if you don’t leave enough time between planning for a trip and embarking on it, you will feel rushed and stressed, and you’ll be more likely to make a range of other mistakes too. This is all going to impact on your enjoyment of the trip in a variety of ways, so it’s really important that you don’t make these kinds of mistakes if possible.


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Those are just some of the things that very often go wrong when people prepare for their vacations. If you can manage to avoid these issues, you are going to find that you are much more likely to have a great time and keep the stress at bay, and this is going to really make a huge difference on the whole. Do what you can to prepare for your vacation in the best possible way, and it will all come together.

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I’ve opened a shop!

Hello peeps, long time no blog, welcome to 2021 – new year, same shit. Can you believe we’re in lockdown AGAIN?!

So, I lost my job in August, moved house in November, not found a new job yet and the DIY has slowed down for various reasons I won’t bore you with, so what am I doing?

I finally decided to open my own shop! It is a fledgling etsy shop but I am determined to make a go of it because –
a) I’m time rich
b) I’m cash poor
c) If no one else is gonna hire me, then I gotta hire myself!

Fruit Loops print by Rainboho Eclectic

It’s no secret that I haven’t been feeling the blog too much given how little time I spend blogging these days, but I figure there’s no point forcing it so I harnessed that creative energy into my etsy shop. The name is Rainboho Eclectic. I debated naming it Quirky Little Planet but decided I wanted a fresh start away from this blog and not connect the two, so Rainboho comes from a mash up of rainbow and boho as my initial idea was to sell multicoloured dreamcatchers and then eclectic represents my eclectic taste. At the moment it’s all very cute, colourful and kawaii with one of a kind jewellery and bright prints, but I take inspiration from nature and the animal kingdom, my various travels, pop culture and the art of tarot so have lots of ideas in the making! Eventually I would like to be able to donate some of my profits to animal charities but I am a long way off that yet.

Dreamcatcher by Rainboho Eclectic

Kawaii Heart Necklace by Rainboho Eclectic

So if you are reading this right now I would love you to come and take a look over at Rainboho Eclectic. If you’re not in the market to buy anything then your support on facebook or instagram are also much appreciated.

Peace and Love, See you around x

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