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! 🙂

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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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

Katch Me if you can!

Well well well. We have another month of lockdown ahead of us. So while we’re all at home again we might as well make ourselves comfy and cute at the same time. My top tip – loungewear! Imagine my joy when online fashion brand Katch Me reached out to me and asked if I fancied trying some of their cute and comfy clothes out.

I hadn’t heard of Katch Me before but I’m always excited to hear about new brands and after a little browse of their website I was surprised that I hadn’t heard of them.

Anyway, the first thing I chose to try on was this grey oversized sweater dress which, not gonna lie, is probably going to be my uniform for the next 6 months! It’s like my favourite hoody but long enough to cover my bum so I can wear it with leggings without feeling self conscious. I absolutely love it.

Katch Me Sweater Dress

hoodie dress from katch me

Also the hood is perfect for if it starts raining or you know, “go away don’t talk to me I’m social distancing” haha! Also, might I add that this is loungewear I am still happy to leave the house in – as evidenced by my photos. It looks like clothes rather than pyjamas so it’s a big win in my books!

As it’s getting quite cold now I also chose this super sweet pink double pocket teddy trucker jacket. This particular trucker jacket comes in various colours but I chose pink because
a) its my favourite and
b) who doesn’t want to look like candyfloss?!

Katch Me - pink trucker jacket

Katch Me have quite the assortment of coats and jackets but I particularly like this one because the ‘teddy’ material makes it snuggly, although the cropped element means its probably best worn in Autumn/Spring. In fact, the pretty pink colour would make it perfect for spring!

pink teddy jacket

The bag ladies among you may have spotted the handsome number I was sporting on both of those photo op days. Well you’re in luck my friends because Katch Me sell bags too!

This bag is called the Alicia Brown Multiway Faux Leather Bag because the eagle eyes may have clocked the 2 different straps on it! How genius!

Alicia Multiway Bag from Katch Me

There’s the long brown shoulder strap for when you’re out shopping or running errands or whatever. And then there’s the short fluffy handle strap for when you’re out for dinner or drinks (when we’re allowed again!). Also I have to say the fluffy handle feels really nice in your hand.

brown multiway bag from katch me

Brown isn’t normally my colour, however, what I do appreciate about it is how versatile it is. This bag is the perfect size to fit the bare essentials in (phone, purse, keys, mask, anti-bac) without me needlessly filling it up with pens, receipts and other junk, so I have a feeling this bag will make it into my every day, every occasion arsenal.

So if you fancy treating yo’self go check out the Katch Me collections.

Disclaimer: This post was a collaborative post withKatch Me but all opinions are my own.

UK Staycations

Summer is well and truly here and while we aren’t out of the woods yet regarding Covid-19, people are starting to head out and enjoy a little bit of what summer has to offer. If you’re anything like me then you may be beginning to think about UK Staycations – be it somewhere new or somewhere familiar and close to home.

As a Kent girl born and bred, I would recommend my county as a great place for a staycation because it has a little bit of everything – countryside, coast, great pubs and attractions… plus it is under an hour away from the bright lights of London!

Given that the weather is warm and many indoor attractions are still closed due to government guidelines, I can recommend many wonderful outdoor places to go. I recently wrote about a few beautiful countryside gardens which are open for business and have introduced one-way systems to ensure safety for staff and visitors. Some elements may be closed (such as castles and country houses) but there are still lots of walks to enjoy, flowers to admire and ice cream to eat! Kent has an abundance of lovely gardens, which isn’t surprising given its nickname as ‘The Garden of England’.

Hole Park Gardens in Rolvenden

If you’re more of a beach babe than a plant lover, then you can head down to the coast. Of course the likes of Folkestone, Margate and Broadstairs are ever popular but one of my favourite coastal walks is from Seasalter into Whitstable. Seasalter is the quieter, more tranquil cousin of Whitstable so is the ideal place to park up and then take a stroll along the pebble beach and reward yourself with a yummy fish and chip lunch once you reach bustling Whitstable.

Enjoy a stroll from Seasalter to Whitstable

Kent also has an excellent selection of zoos and animal parks for a great family day out. One of my personal favourites (because I used to volunteer there) is Howletts Wild Animal Park where they put in tremendous efforts towards the conservation of endangered species. It is also on the doorstep to Canterbury which is a tourist haven in itself with the cathedral, theatre, shops, cafes and river punting.

Capybaras in the sun at Howletts

I could go on forever about what Kent has to offer for UK Staycations but we don’t have all day so I would say go check it out for yourself. Just be sure to follow government social distancing guidelines and check each attraction’s website for up to date information.

Disclaimer: In collaboration with Hotels.com, but all views are my own.