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Feels like forever since I've posted! It's actually been just over a week, I've been weirdly busy lately, not with anything interesting but still busy...

Not that anyone cares what I've been doing or why I've been slack with posting so lets crack on with another summer themed post!

This post is going to be about the most important summer essential, second to sun protection (obviously), bronzer!


The product in particular is Living Nature's Summer Bronze Pressed Powder.

Living Nature is a skincare company based in New Zealand however can be purchased here in the UK from Botanical Brands.

Living Nature of course a cruelty free brand to be featured here on my little blog, their products are also all made from natural ingredients and a number of them are vegan friendly.


Now to the bronzer itself, let me firstly say I'm not a major bronzer user...you'll never see me with a full on orange face... I use the stuff vary sparingly, thankfully this particular bronzer is a nice subtle colour.

I tend to use bronzer to contour, I don't mean Kim Kardashian style, just lightly here and there so I'm not all the same flat colour all over and to avoid looking like a big moon face... 

This stuff is perfect for me, literally adds a nice shimmer and colour without looking streaky or orange and gross.

Not only does it looks great it lasts all day, it doesn't curdle on my face and go all patchy like previous ones I've tried have done.


There's not much more I can say really, if you're in need of a new bronzer that is cruelty free, vegan and isn't too heavy this is the stuff for you.

I'll admit it is kinda pricey but you really do get what you pay for, an ethical, lovely, long lasting golden summer shimmered face of destiny.

If you're interested in finding out more click HERE.




Right, this is going to be a really simple healthy recipe that you can have for lunch or dinner, on this occasion I had it for lunch as a pre-gym meal.

For this recipe I will be using Organic Dried Daikon from Clearspring, Clearpring are a vegan, organic and premium quality Japanese and European food seller.

Now I know you're probably wondering what a daikon is, it's basically a huge white radish... In this meal it fills the part of noodles.


Ingrediants:


Stir-fry

Clearspring's Organic Dried Daikon 40g
4 Sliced Mushrooms
4 Chopped Mini Sweetcorn
4 Thinly Sliced Broccoli Florets
Sesame Oil
Sesame Seeds
2 Minced Garlic Cloves

Sauce

3tbs soy sauce
2tsp cider vinegar
1tsp brown sugar
1/2 cup of water from soaking the daikon
1tsp black pepper
1tbs corn flour


Instructions:


Firstly mix all the ingredients for the sauce together and put to the side.

Heat a large frying pan or wok on a medium heat, drizzle about a tbs of sesame oil into the pan.

When the pan is hot add the garlic, when it starts to brown and you can smell it add all the veg (corn, daikon, broccoli and mushrooms).

Cook for about 10 mins mixing frequently, if it gets too dry and looks like it could burn add a little more oil.

Make a gap in the middle of the pan, re-stir the sauce quickly and pour it into the gap, when it starts to bubble and darken mix everything together.

When everything is coated in the sauce you're ready to serve, turn off the heat, sprinkle some sesame seeds over it all and enjoy!


Organic Dried Daikon is great as a noodle substituent and far more nutritious, it has health benefits such as boosts immune system, aids weight loss and respiratory issues, helps prevent cancers such as stomach cancer and is also very healthy for the kidneys.

To find out more about it click here and to find out more about Clearspring follow the link below:




With summer in full swing and all the sunshine we've had in the UK I figured this would be a good time to post something summer/sun related.

This little post is about Tropic's Tinted Skin Shade Facial Sun Protection, Tropic is a natural, vegan friendly and cruelty free beauty company, they sell skincare, body care and also make up.

To find out more about them click here.

So I've always been the type to over do the sun protection, I lost someone to skin cancer a few years ago and now I literally wear it on my face everyday...rain or shine. 

I am also not a fan of wearing full on foundation everyday and much prefer a bb cream/tinted moisturiser with SPF so already this product ticks a lot of boxes for me personally.

I've been using this product for a couple weeks now and I really can't fault it, it soaks into my skin right away and doesn't leave a gross oily feeling like most sun protection does, it's not too heavy so I don't feel caked in make up and SPF 50...hello!

Not that I had the need for this but it's also waterproof so perfect for on holiday by the sea or the pool.

I've been out in the sun smost days through out the past couple weeks and although my arms have been a little red on a couple occasions my face hasn't been burnt at all.

My only "negative" is that it doesn't smell nice, not that it smells bad... it just doesn't really smell of anything which I know a lot of people like but personally I love the smell of sun lotion.

Overall I really like the product, it's my sort of product for sure and I will be repurchasing it!

If you want to find out more about this item click the link below

So I've been really slacking with recipes, I have an excuse though... My excuse is that I make these things, forget about the recipe opportunities and take a photo with my phone rather than my camera, I would ideally like all the photos on my blog to be taken properly and look good... also I freestyle pretty much everything i make and then forget what I did :-\

However normally the pics aren't too bad and this particular recipe I had a few people ask me about it so I thought I would use the pic from my phone with Instagram enhancements and then get pictures in the future to update...

Anyway no one really cares about this so here's how you make this yummy jerk style cauliflower steak.

Ingredients:


A Cauliflower
1tbs Jerk Marinade (the jarred stuff)
3tbs Olive Oil
Pinch of Salt & Pepper

Instructions:


Whack the oven on at about 200°C

Whilst that is heating up lets sort the cauliflower, so you want a slice that is just over a cm thick. For the best and biggest result go from the middle.

Put it aside a sec and in a little bowl mix the marinade, olive oil, salt and pepper.

Once it's all mixed together you want to cover the cauliflower steak, to do this I used one of those weird rubbery baking brushes.

When it's covered fry it in a pan at a medium heat for 6 mins each side.

After frying put it in the oven for 10 mins, flipping it over after 5 mins.

Now enjoy, I had mine with some couscous, I also used the left over cauliflower with the same marinade mix and just oven baked on a tray because I'm greedy...

I can't see this being a long post at all... That isn't a bad thing though, not only because I hate reading long blog posts myself but also because these snacks are so simple there isn't much to say...

Quality over quantity and all that...

First off let me introduce Nothing But Snacks, they are literally freeze-dried fruits and vegetables, no preservatives or any other weird dodgy ingredients, they are obviously vegan and also gluten free.

They're available in six flavours (three fruit ones and three veg ones), I personally preferred the fruit ones, very yummy with yogurt or mixed in with cereal.


The veg ones I liked dipped in hummus, except the pea and sweet corn one, that one I picked at at my desk in work...mmmm.

If you follow me of social media, know me or read my post about Veg Fest you'll know that I sadly lost one of my little bunnies recently, slightly bitter sweet but my bunnies loved these snacks too! 

They ate the whole pack of apple and fig so these aren't just for humans, animals love them too haha!

The only negative I really have is the fact I always want more, I'd like more in a pack but hey I'm greedy!

If you'd like to find out more about Nothing But Snacks follow the link below:


Wow, where do I even begin to start with this day other than by saying it was amazing! And also thank you to Wenda and her Partner for not only providing sanctuary to these gorgeous animals but also for holding open days where a select lucky few can experience Hugletts!

I think it's most vegan's dream to hug a cow let alone hug loads of them and spend hours in their presence.

So 7am we left from Bristol for our 3 and half hour drive to make sure we were there for our 11am cow walk.

No idea how we made it on time after getting lost a couple of times, but luckily we did!


When waiting for the cow walk we said hello to some beautiful cows who's tongues literally wrapped around my whole forearm haha, it was then I realise I was a few meters away from Crumb Hobden... 

I did get a few weird looks when I was like "OMG IT'S CRUMB!"... Number one fan and I have no shame!




On the cow walk we first left the city life and entered cow world, so no more hustle and bustle...time for quiet and solitude.

First of all we said hello to Bruce who is leader of the herd, and well...what a lovely guy... 

Once we had his blessing we could then say hi to the rest of the herd.


It was so quiet and peaceful, I could have easily laid in the field all day with the cows but as we only had 45 minutes I made sure I went around and said allow to every one.

Now is where I'm going to struggle, I have no idea how to explain what it was like to just chill out with these guys and actually hug what I guess is 2 tonnes worth of cow... It's amazing.


I am hoping the pictures do more justice than my writing does...

After the cow walk we then grabbed some food, we just grabbed a cupcake each, after stuffing our face on the drive down we weren't really that hungry.

My cupcake was very yummy, it was made by Craving Cake.

There was loads of lovely vegan options available... I don't think everyone was vegan there but it was nice that they had no choice but to eat vegan food mwahaha!

As well food there was also a raffle and a stand with memorabilia and other bits and bobs.


After our cuppy cakes we then went to see the lambs, quite possibly the fluffiest things I've ever felt! 

We decided there was too many people around for us to take Yogi home with us...unfortunately!

It was about 2pm at this time so we had to make a move to make sure we didn't get back to Bristol too late, it sucked to leave early but we had an amazing day... I want to say a once in a lifetime day but I know for a fact that will not be my last time visiting hugletts! It can't be!


I hope the rest of the pictures do the day justice, because it was incredible... "Best Day Ever"

You'll be able to see from the final picture just how happy this day made me haha!

Again thank you Wenda for everything you do for these animals, it's inspiring, so inspiring me and my friend spent the whole trip home (in-between singing to the radio) planning how we can open a sanctuary here in Bristol!

If you want to find out more about Hugletts or make a donation to help them with all the wonderful things they do follow the link below.

























So this post isn't going to be quite how I'd planned it... I'd booked tickets for this a while ago and couldn't wait to go!

I was going to take my "actual" camera and we were going to have a few drinks and watch the music and generally have an awesome time like everyone else.

Unfortunately one of my bunnies got very sick the day before, we took her to the vets Saturday morning and left her there for them to treat her for whatever was wrong. 

I had a phone call when at vegfest basically saying I don't have much choice other than to send her to sleep... So I was already pretty down at the festival and this news meant I just wanted to go home right away... so I pretty much did... 

I plan to do a little post about her soon to explain the full story and also share some happy stories about her too!


Anyway, I just thought I'd get that out there before you think jeez these are some crap pictures and what a sh!t post! 

Putting aside my own person problems the festival itself was epic, I haven't ever been before in all the 15 years or whatever it is it's been to Bristol and I'm seriously regretting that now it's been announced it will be the last one.

There was so much there, much more than I'd anticipated, I thought a few stands but there was loads of stalls, loads of different brands and food stalls! Basically everything a vegan could wish for and more!


Like I said I didn't hang around too long, I made sure I saw every stand and that was it...oh and obviously grabbed a Booja Booja ice cream!

From what I have seen online the music looked great and gutted I didn't get to stuff my face and chill to some music.

As well as a well deserved ice cream I also grabbed a carton of KoKo Dairy Free Milk, the unsweetened one, this is by far my new favourite vegan milk! It's lovely!

I also took home a couple of cakes, some wasabi pumpkin seeds and obviously some pizza cheese which I used some of later that day mmm!


Ideally I would have wanted to grab a lot more stuff than that and hang around until the end, so a bitter sweet day to be honest.

Heartbroken about my bunny but at the same time happy to be attending such an amazing event and be around like minded people and be introduced to loads of lovely brands and foods.

I hope you enjoy the photos I did get from the day, even though they are kind of rushed and taken on my phone, if you attended yourself please do comment below and let me know how you found the weekend!






 










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