Tuesday, 27 September 2016

MY WEEK IN PHOTOS - DISNEYLAND PARIS, THE HOPE AND RUIN & TIME WITH OLD FRIENDS

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Thursday, 22 September 2016

DISNEYLAND PARIS


A FEW THOUGHTS
My best friend and I decided to go to Disneyland Paris for the day and it was great, but here are a few tips for any thrill-seeking adults who wish to go to Disneyland Paris too. 

So, the Disneyland park is absolutely beautiful. It has the castle and lots of colourful artistic things to look at. There were lots of the characters roaming around such as Stitch, Mickey, Buzz, Pluto and a few more, which is super fun. There is also a meet and greet with the Princesses so it would be a wonderful place to take a little girl to if she liked the Disney princesses as much as I once did.

The rides themselves in the Disneyland park were disappointing though. This park is definitely designed with small children in mind only. We went on a train (think it's called big thunder mountain) wow, just wow, there was no big and no thunder, it was just awful as there was nothing to see but fence and woodland. The rest of the rides there were specifically for children, except for Space Mountain (which was AMAZING) and Buzz lightyear's laser blast was fun, interactive and I loved that you could spin yourself around. The 'its a small world' ride was very aesthetically pleasing but definitely one for the little'ns. 

So, after feeling like Will Ferrell in Elf, and too big for almost everything we went on, I asked a lady that worked there what was age appropriate for us and she told us to head over to Walt Disney Studios. We did and my goodness, it was AMAZING. We went on 'The twilight zone: tower of terror', 'RC Racer', 'Studio tram tour', and'Crush's Coaster'. All of which were amazing - I love a ride that has speed and makes my belly flip and they all did that. I have been to Thorpe Park, Terra Mitica, and Alton Towers on numerous occasions and seriously, these rides blow all of the rides in those parks out of the water. 

We then ended the day in the Disney theatre and it was an absolutely marvellous show. Hosted by Mickey mouse, it had all your favourite Disney characters and their songs and lots of dancing and effects. It was like a west end musical with all your favourite people. We sat there watching in absolute awe, pleased with ourselves we chose such an amazing thing to end our day on such a high!

Disneyland is amazing. If you plan on going with a child, I'd say go to the Disneyland Park for sure but, if you're a thrill-seeking ride fanatic like myself and not a full Disney head I would suggest going straight to the Walt Disney Studios park. They played Annie songs and had rides based on films I actually knew and rides that will blow you away, literally. I would say it is far better suited to an older crowd so you get much more bang for your buck. 
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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

THE COACH TRIP CHECKLIST

So, I have been on a few coach trips recently. Mainly because they are far more economical than other transport methods and I am a strange lady who enjoys the slow paced lifestyle so I like that it means I can sit and read a book and just look at out the window while I get taken to my desired destination. My friend and I also had an epiphany the other day when we found coach tickets for just £18.00 to Paris and bought them. If you take a late coach, arrive in the morning and take the late coach back the next day. We have done it as a coach trip, but you could do it for your first and last days and stay somewhere in between if you wanted to spend more time there. You can save money on hotels/hostels and get some shut eye when you would be sleeping. So, here is our checklist for London-Paris and back (we are considering doing the same thing from London to Amsterdam also). I pack food because a) I don't wish to be tired and hungry and b) I am vegan and I don't always fancy just fries everywhere I go. Another tip also is to basically get ready for bed before you leave, so I had a shower, cleansed, toned, moisturised, and got in comfy clothes then made my way to the coach station that way so I could feel extra fresh for as long as possible. Also, it really doesn't matter how you look on a coach at night.

FOOD
 Hummus and V-bites sage and onion slices sandwiches
Nuts
Cherry tomatoes
Avocados
Olives
Crisps
Flapjacks (for breakfast)
Bananas
Water

TO SLEEP
My beloved eye mask 
A travel pillow 
A blanket
Comfy trousers
Sleep socks

HYGIENE
Face wipes
Moisturiser
Hair Brush  
Tooth Brush 
Toothpaste 
Deodorant
Perfume
A change of clothes

TO DO
A book
Headphones 
Laptop/tablet/phone with pre-downloaded entertainment 

MISCELLANEOUS
Your coach tickets! Either print them or take a screen shot of them so you know you'll be okay without the internet if need be.
Phone charging port (make sure it is charged)
Phone charger 
Adaptor (in case you find a socket to charge your phone)
Camera (optional)
Sunglasses (optional)
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Saturday, 17 September 2016

GUEST POST: THE VEGAN TAG WITH THE SUNNY VEGAN KITCHEN


This is the lovely Kate from the sunny vegan kitchen, we have done posts together before which you can see here and here (back when this blog was named 'La Vida Lissy'), but we thought we would collaborate again to do the vegan tag and here it is! We hope you enjoy! :-)

Are you a Vegan?
Yep and proud of it!

When did you become a vegan?
I became a Vegan fully in December 2015 so still a newbie.

Why did you become a vegan
I became a Vegan after 20ish years of being vegetarian on and off. The more I read and learntabout the diary industry the more I realized being vegan was for me. I had no idea how barbaric the procedure was to produce milk and eggs, I was very naive so it has been a steep learning curve. Looking back it was a very snap decision as I knew in my heart it was the right thing to do. I didn't plan or transition or even discuss it with my friends / family / partner, I was so upset by what I had seen I just became vegan there and then. The first few days were very challenging as I had not meal planned or had a clear idea of what vegans ate, I just knew I was passionate about it, so lived on fruit and ready salted crisps which wasn't the best but I quickly learnt how to eat an amazing, varied vegan diet. 

What was the hardest part about becoming vegan?
I had no difficultly being a Vegan “diet” wise, but it was more of the backlash I received. I have been criticized about becoming Vegan by some people. One friend  asked when this 'vegan bull sh*t would end' which hurt and my family (understandably) were concerned about if I was making the right decision “health wise” and if I would be getting the proper nutrients I would need to live a healthy life but this was due to me having a history of an eating disorder. Now they see how happy and well I am they are fully supportive of my decision. 

Is it difficult to be vegan?
Not at all. So many people say they could never be Vegan because it’s too “limited.” Those people are incredibly ignorant and purely just have not educated themselves to the correct magnitude. People I know constantly claim to be animal lovers, but still eat meat/dairy. They have to make that connection. How could someone love animals but eat them? You wouldn’t eat your pet would you? So why are other animals any different. It’s not even about eating animals too, it’s about wearing them or using products that test on animals. Veganism isn’t a diet, it’s a lifestyle. The only time I struggle is when a product is vegan but not gluten free ( I am also gluten intolerant) so accidental vegan treats such as Oreo's are a no go for me - but given they are junk food it probably isn't a bad thing!

Do you let certain things “slide” from time to time? (for example, use/purchase non-vegan items. etc.)
Since becoming a Vegan I have not purchased any products that contain animal products/non-Vegan items. However, I did own products that might be tested on animals whilst I was using them up (got to be eco friendly too!). I’ve given away many unused items of make up and toiletries to the women's refuge for women fleeing domestic violence so I know they have gone to a good home. I also had some makeup items that aren’t considered to be “animal cruelty free",  however I used them up because a lot of them are high end products that I spent a lot of money on. The same goes for cleaning products - in total it has taken approx 6 months to transition all these products from my previous brands to vegan and cruelty free ones.

How do you deal with people who are close minded about your lifestyle?
I just don’t deal with them at all. Some of the people who are close minded are my friends and I’m not going to end friendships with people I love. However it is a tiny minority of people I know and I am a very lucky girly that I have super thoughtful friends and partner who always insure I am catered for when we go out / I go to their houses.

Do you support Vegetarianism and or (“something’s better than nothing’s”)?
I definitely believe that Vegetarianism is a great way to get more comfortable with being Vegan, as that is what I did myself. However, I don’t think that strict Vegetarians realize that they’re not doing so much of helpfulness for the planet or animals considering they’re still ingesting animal products (dairy, eggs). However, as previously said, I do believe Vegetarianism is a great lifestyle diet to start out on before becoming Vegan. With regards to something is better than nothing I strongly agree with that - some people start with changing small things like a shower gel or cutting just one thing out like eggs, as far as I am concerned any one who is making positive steps is doing better than people who do nothing or ignore the issues. 

What is your favorite specialty vegan item? (name as many as you’d like!)
VIOLIFE! And Moo Free honey comb chocolate,Waitrose basil infused tofu, Linda Mcartney Red Onion and Thyme Sausages... I could go on!

What is your opinion of the meat and dairy alternatives?
I don’t see anything wrong with meat & dairy alternatives. However, just because they’re vegan, doesn’t mean they are that great for you. I consume both but in moderation. They can tend to be high in fat and the processed.

What is your opinion about palm oil?
I try to buy products that state they get their palm oil sustainably.

Do you feel judged by other vegans sometimes? How do you deal with it?
Sometimes - I try to rise above it as we are all on our own journey.

Do you enjoy being a vegan?
I LOVE BEING VEGAN! BEST DECISION I’VE EVER MADE!
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Sunday, 11 September 2016

MY WEEK IN PHOTOS - HOVE BEACH HUTS, THE LOVING HUT, THE HOPE AND RUIN, EARTH AND STARS & BRIGHTON PIER!

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Sunday, 4 September 2016

THE WEEKLY EAT - DINNER (VEGAN)


From Top to Bottom 

BANGING-BANGERS & MUSTARD MASH
Linda McCartney sausages, caramelised onions & mustard mash potato.
COSY CU|ZZA'
Spinach rice, plain boiled rice, fenugreek balls, vegetable samosas, spinach and pea curry, grated carrot,  chutney & chickpea and cashew curry. 
LEAN LENTIL SPAG BOL
Homemade lentil and mushroom spaghetti bolognese with mature cheddar style block sheese. 
CHILLI CON TOFU
Homemade tofu chilli non carne with rice.
LEAN, CLEAN, PROTEIN
Broccoli, tofu, pepper & boiled new potatoes.
SOURED & SWEET
Homemade sweet and sour chia and rice protein pieces with cooked pineapple and rice.
RUSTIC ROAST
Aubergine, pepper and olive loaf with all the trimmings. (Carrots,  roast potatoes, cabbage, parsnip, beetroot, onion & sweet potato) 

All sprinkled with ground black pepper of course!

Peace out potatoes xo



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