Category Archives: Living

Toothpaste! DIY from two ingredients

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toothpaste diy

Did you ever think about what is in your toothpaste?  It’s easy to make your own and that way you know what’s in it and can avoid any of those things you can’t pronounce nor identify.  This toothpaste is vegan and is free from chemicals.  It will taste unusual when you first use it because it does not have any… Read more »

Barbershop Convention Done. Now, cake!

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barbershop singers love vegan brownies and cake

Our annual barbershop convention and national competition is over and I can get back to writing here and making videos for YouTube.  Every year my a cappella chorus, Guildford Harmony, competes in the LABBS (that’s Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers) competition.  We work hard with extra rehearsals, focussed practice at home on our own, sourcing costumes, having multiple dress rehearsals.  Then… Read more »

Gastric Band is Gone – back home again!

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Gastric Band is gone for pinterest

For my latest adventure, I went to hospital for removal of my gastric band.  What will I get up to next?  Bariatric surgery or any surgery is never pleasant, but my experience in the Chichester Suite at St Richards Hospital was pretty good.  I was there for one day only, arriving at 7:30 AM and going home about 12 hours… Read more »

Vegan Haul: lippy and toothy

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This vegan haul video is to show you some products I’ve bought that I really like. I buy only when I really need to replace something that is used up or is leaving my life for a different reason.  I’ve put as many links as I can find in this article, so watch the video (if you can’t see it,… Read more »

Milk Diet: pre-operative

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Milk Diet

This is a pre-operative milk diet I’m to follow for a week because I’m having bariatric surgery to remove my gastric band.  I’ve had the band for seven years and was happy at first because I lost a lot of weight fairly quickly.  Since then I’ve gained some back because calorie-restricting is not the answer for permanent weight loss.  Now that I’m… Read more »

Vegan Cheese – Happy Cheeze

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Most people love cheese and it’s often the hardest thing for a someone to give up when they decide to go with a healthier option, because it contains an addictive substance (casomorphins – click here for more details).  When I saw Happy Cheeze’s campaign on Kickstarter for vegan cheese, it looked exciting and worthwhile so I crowd-funded it. [You know about crowd-funding?  Someone has a great… Read more »

Hedgehog Walks To Work

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Hedgehog walks to work

Following on from my recent post, Walking to Work: can you do it?, I entered the campus recently and came across this little hedgehog person also on the daily commute.  Watch the video, it’s short and the hedgehog is so cute (if you can’t see the video, watch it on my YouTube channel). Hedgehog Occupation It made me think about the… Read more »

Trailer for my YouTube Channel

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Trailer for YouTube

YouTube recommends everyone has a YouTube channel trailer to give viewers a taste of what can be found there.  It’s taken me a while, but I finally got to it this weekend.  Watch it and let me know what you think. It’s not difficult to make a trailer using iMovie.  The hardest thing is deciding what content to put into… Read more »

Whole Earth Foods Wonder Fuel Workout

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Whole Earth Wonder Fuel Workout

Peanut Butter? Yeah! Exercise? Um, … let me think about that. Whole Earth Foods invited me to Pineapple Dance Studios in Covent Garden to the launch of their Wonder Fuel Workouts. I’m not a great one for working out, but they lured me along with a promise of a delicious breakfast. Their peanut butter is the best, so Stephanie Davies… Read more »

Watermelon: Attack the beast

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Watermelon, cut up after attacking the beast.

Summer fruits are the best! Just had to chop this big fella up today.  Watermelon means summer to me and brings back memories of my dad and driving round to find the best price when we were buying watermelons off the back of the farmer’s truck. Watermelon is juicy No matter how you cut it, it’s going to leak everywhere…. Read more »