Somehow I missed the news last year that in the same week of June The American Medical Association decided that transgendered people should be able switch the sex on their birth certificate (without surgery) and that cheerleading is most definitely a sport! (I've got a big cheesy on my grin as I add this link!)
On the topic of cheer there's an article that caused a bit of a stir which illustrates a point I've been making for years (as a former cheerleader - albeit amateur) cheerleading itself is not an issue, the way it is portrayed in the media is.
Pacifica is a brand that has been making their way onto my blog quite a few times in the past year. So when I found the Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar gift set under my tree this Christmas I was certainly a happy girl.
Remember I said on new years day that one of my goals was too chill out this year? I like to think this post is a reflection that I am doing just that. Twenty-one days into 2015 I am writing about my very final restaurant experience of 2014 (and I still have another Edinburgh restaurant to blog about from the year that was) and not getting all Type-A on myself by insisting that it needs to be up within a week because then my blog wouldn't be organised and punctual. Justttt chilling.
I've always loved water and as a result I always look forward to my daily shower (and my weekly swim, and the odd bath) and I like to make an effort to make it something. Obviously at 7am I'm still half asleep and sometimes I'd rather be in bed but a simple way I make it a luxurious experience is to have a selection of shower gels to choose from that morning depending on my mood.
A year ago I gave veganuary a bash. It was a new campaign at the time and I actually started it a few days late but as I hadn't eaten much cheese yet that year I decided to that I could pretend I started it on the first. In fact, cheese was the only non-dairy food still in my diet, aside from by-products or non-obvious non-vegan products.
I go in and out of gaming and it takes alot for a game to hold my attention - but my friend was playing Ingress and (after mocking him for a bit) I'm now altering my walk to work to find more portals (but I joined the Enlightened side just to be different and annoying).
The CF Bloggers Chat are trying to organise meet-ups in the UK, if you're interested tweet us with your location (Glasgow is already looking likely - and there's possibly a Lush store getting involved).
Since I fit the stereotype of a bookworm - introverted, fond of accurate spelling, a writer/blogger, have close friends who love to read - people regularly assume it's a hobby I partake in, but I actually don't read all that often. In fact, according to my GoodReads account, I only read four books during 2014.
In high end stores such as House of Frasers or Debenham so many brands are in China or owned by a company who is. Then on the high street Boots is questionable and Superdrug is great, but does have a testing parent company. However a very overlooked location to go looking for cruelty-free products in the UK is our supermarkets. Morrison's, Co-op and Sainsbury's all carry the Cruelty Free International accreditation; the latter of which I recently bought some toiletries from whilst I was down in East Kilbride (for a bit of trampoline bopping - they have a massive Sainsbury's beside it).
Birthdays are always a special time. I always hold a party for mine even if I grudge any increase to my age. I'm bigger on buying presents for birthdays rather than Christmas, with me and my friends buying each other for the first but rarely for the latter. Growing up I always tried to make my parents do something for my childhood dog's birthday (even if we didn't know her actual date of birth...I chose the 10th of September regardless) but they refused, reminding me she was a dog and didn't understand.
This week on Buzzfeed there was an picture-list on Oddly Satisfying Disney Moments. It is an average list but I could remember, even as a young kid, as finding these specific scenes oddly satisfying (but could never explain why). In the comments it was brought up that if you did you probably had ASRM.
Which lead onto a massive Google...
Some of the best description of ASRM I've found has been from Steven Novella (recommended by a skeptic friend with the words "If he thinks it exists then it's legit") and the best YouTube channel I've found roleplaying common triggers is Olivia's Kissper ASMR. (I realise half you will think this is bonkers).
A little blog trend I've spotted over the past year has been bloggers creating maps of their favourite places to eat, drink and shop (or anything else) in their chosen city. One of the questions I frequently get asked is where I like to eat in some of the places I know well, especially by other vegetarians/vegans. So I thought as a new 'feature' for 2015 I would created my own map where I visually round-up all my reviews (plus a few other cheeky mentions).
My outfit round-up from my first year of blogging.
This week will mark my four year blogging anniversary. Having a blog has enriched my life in so many ways from the amazing people I've met and finally discovering a hobby that I was passionate about.
Whilst I do not consider myself an authority on the subject and there is lots of blogging advice going around, I have quite a few non-blogging friends who I know would like to make the start so I thought I'd get a small post up to help absolute beginners get going in 2015. I'm not going to discuss anything too technical, more just some pointers if you're just starting out.
I've bought myself a Filofax and I've been staying up late on Pinterest to ogle some organisation pr0n. This Pinterest board has caught my fancy. (I first bought a Filofax in 2010 and the same thing happened back then).
There's been a lot of woopla about a black man possibly playing James Bond. For those of you unconvinced its a good idea here are 9 reasons why it would be! (And to remind the people saying JB should always be Scottish - only one actor has been Scottish and for people saying he should always be British - two non-British actors have played him.)
Anyone who knows me and has read my blog for any reasonable amount of time, will know that I love resolutions and goals (and that I'm fairly good at keeping them!). But anyone who read yesterday's post will also know that because I have now have more adult responsibilities (compared to when I first started blogging) I'm planning to reign it in so I can also relax and enjoy life a bit more.
All items marked with an asterix (*) have been given to me for free from companies for the purpose of PR. This also includes any items or products that were given to me at events or blogger meet-ups. I still give an honest review at all times.