It’s Snowing so Break Out the Spiced Rum!

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It’s snowing in Manchester! I’m not sure why my foot prints look like a big duck has been in my backyard lol

I’ve been warming my self up in the evening with a ‘Special Coffee’ comprising of coffee, hazelnut milk and spiced rum. My faves are Tesco’s Spiced Gold, Sailor Jerry’s and Dead Mans Fingers.

Bones is chuffed with his early Xmas present of Dead Man’s Fingers spiced rum. He says it’s very apt.

✨⛄️✨Chrissie✨⛄️✨

Natural Haircare Review – Boucleme Curl Defining Gel (with flaxseed)

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When I applied this Boucleme Curl Defining Gel (with flaxseed) to wet hair it helped my natural curls to form so easily I was amazed!

However, I noticed my hair lacked it’s usual shine and then went frizzy in the rain. Usually the rain just revives any gel I use but not this one.

The next morning when I woke my curls were dull and stretched out, although they remained perfect nearer my roots.

So for my hair type, this gel is perfect for a night out but not over several days. I think my thick, dry, coarse hair needs lightly oiling and then a moisturising curl cream instead.

If you have fine hair which gets overloaded with products easily, then I highly recommend this for you.

✨💙✨Chrissie✨💙✨

Appreciating My Abilities When Coping With Disabilities

Hi lovely people! 💙

This post is basically a little pat on the back to myself and a lesson in believing in my ABILITIES, rather than focusing on my disabilities.

1) I always wanted a laptop with skateboard/band/creepy cute stickers on.

Being Dyspraxic (so having little spacial-awareness and very sporadic coordination) I always assumed I’d arse it up. That really wasn’t an option as my MacBook was a very generous present from the person I loved so I didn’t want it to look shite.

Considering this project has evolved over eight years, I think I’ve done an amazing job and it looks cool, rather crowded or having random gaps etc.

2) I’ve also created and managed a successful green/alternative lifestyle blog for this amount of time too. I’ve stopped doing reviews of gifted items and attending press events due to my health probs BUT it still gets a lot of views, likes and some comments, meaning I’m still coming up with engaging content. I’m also writing in my own unique (slightly bonkers) voice, which I think has helped the longevity of this blog too.

I never would I have thought that I’d be able to keep ANYTHINg going for that long, and of any consistent quality, because of ADHD and Dyspraxia (not even counting the chronic fatigue from having Dyspraxia and Hypermobilty Syndrome) and yet, I have.

Yay me! 💃🏽

Just shows you that giving things a go might actually work out, and if not, well at least you know now, rather than always wondering.

✨💙✨Chrissie✨💙✨

Basic List Of Ingredients to Replicate Takeaway Favourites at Home

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As you probably know I ‘don’t do cooking’ because Im too neurodiverse to function…in the kitchen for very long. So every ingredient here is incredibly simple to ‘cook’ and combine to make something tasty.

Everything here is dairy and gluten free apart from Amy’s Kitchen Rice Mac and Cheese which has dairy.

Dirty Nachos

Manosmasa Tortillas or any wholegrain Nachos

Vivera Greek Style Kebab strips

Tesco Smashed Avocado

Mexicana Jalepeno Cheese or a cheddar substitute

Pret Spicy Tomato Sauce or Salsa

Pad Thai Style Noodles

Rice Noodles

Kikkoman Tamari (gf soy sauce)

Sesame Oil

Salted Roasted Peanuts (not shown) to be crushed up on top

Sririacha Sauce (not shown)

Mixed Frozen Veg

Fresh Spring Onion (not shown)

Wicked Kitchen Garlic & Herb Nooch (nutritional yeast) just a sprinkle

Stacked Burger

Genius Bread/Buns/Muffins

This Bacon

Vivera Greek Kebab Strips

Vegan Cheese of your choice

Smashed Avocado

Pret Spicy Tomato Sauce

Satay Sauce Noodles

Rice Noodles

Mixed Frozen Veg

Tamari Sauce (gf soy sauce)

Meridian Peanut Butter

Sririacha Sauce

Amys Kitchen Rice Mac n’ Cheese Ready Meal

I’ve bought great gluten free pasta but I find making dairy-free cheese sauce (that I actually like) so faffy! I’m going to try using vegan cream cheese or vegan mayo instead with rice milk and nutrional yeast. Wish me luck!

I hope you’ve found this basic list of ingredients for takeaway favourites helpful. If you have any questions or suggestions, please let me know.

✨💙✨Chrissie✨💙✨

Halloween Pumpkin and Cobweb Nails

Hello lovely people. This is my first attempt at using nail decals for about twenty years!

Polish – Spicy Mango by Barry M Cosmetics

Decals – Clawed by Grace on Etsy

Polish Fortune Teller by Barry M Cosmetics

Much easier than I thought but I made two mistakes

1) I applied the pumpkin facing myself, rather than outward 😆

2) I went over the pumpkin with a sparkly nail varnish that wasn’t as sheer as I thought. I should have applied the sparkly coat before and then gone over the decal with a clear top coat (which I did with the cobweb decal).

I’ve got a new topcoat ordered from Orly Nails UK (with a fantastic easy grip lid).

Which is your fave?

✨🦇✨Chrissie✨🦇✨

Creepy Cute Nail Decals by Clawed By Grace

Hello lovely people! 🔮

These wickedly wonderful nail decals are from ClawedbyGrace. I thought I better share these quickly so that you can order them yourself before Halloween, although I’ll be using these all year round.

These are basically just transfers that you cut out, place on your nails, dab water onto the back of them and then slide the back off, just like the old fake tattoos. It’s always a good idea to glide a top coat over to make them last.

Right, I’m off to have a look at which colours of polish I have…

✨💀✨Chrissie✨💀✨

Honi Sushi – Manchester

Hello lovely people!

I love sushi but was finding it hard to get interesting, vegetarian sushi etc. delivered to East-Central Manchester, until I found Honi Sushi on Deliveroo. They are a London sushi restaurant who have now branched out, up North.

My Order

Sea Salted Edamame (they come in the pods so you bite the ends off and squeeze out the beans, a nice thing to occupy yourself with when watching trashy TV), with Spicy Sauce (one little taste made my whole head feel like a volcano!)

Avocado Roll x6

Vegetable Special Roll x 5

Strawberry Cheesecake Mochi (little, squishy balls of heaven)

This is the freshest and most creative veggie sushi I’ve eaten for a long time!

Honi Sushi has had 15% off its entire menu for a while now, which I’m glad about as I hate paying restaurant prices for takeaway (when there is also a minimum order price and delivery charge).

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I also recommend Sake, 4 Ashton Rd, Droylesden, Mcr

✨🦇✨Chrissie✨🦇✨

The Best Lip Balms and Oils for Under £10

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After a lot of trial and error, I’ve gotten together the best lip balms and oils for Autumn and Winter, all under a tenner!

The Body Shop – Hemp Balm £4.50

Yaoh! – Mango (Hemp) Balm £2.95

Weleda – Pomegranate Oil US travel size $2.99

(UK big version £26.25)

e.l.f. – Hydrating Core Lip Shine £6.00

Lottie London – Oil Slick £5.95

Badger Balm – Lip Tint $5.49

(Available in UK from some Holland and Barrett shops)

Bleach London – Coconut Bowl £4.65

Do you use any of these? If not, which lip products do you recommend?

✨💙✨Chrissie✨💙✨

What Does Someone Who is Plant Based and Gluten-free Actually Eat?! A Look Inside my Fridge and Cupboard

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Even if you have a vegetarian, gluten-free and/or dairy-free diet (mine is for ethical and food intolerance reasons), there are still so many things you can eat! So I thought I’d share my tiny fridge and stupidly large cupboard with you.

Top (left to right) Nairn’s Whole Grain (gf) Crackers, Momasa Lemon and Peppercorn tortilla chips, Biona Fruit Bears, Kind Dark Choc, Nuts & Sea Salt, Pulsin Brownie Peanut & Choc Chip.

Middle Asda Sesame Oil, Felippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Wicked Kitchen Garlic and Herb Nooch (nutritional yeast which gives things a cheesy taste like mild Parmesan), Nice and Easy Cheese Flavour Sauce Mix, Amy’s Kitchen Tomato Soup, Amy’s Kitchen Lentil Soup, Amoy Rice Noodles.

Bottom Kikkoman Gluten Free Soy Sauce, Le Conserve Detla Nonna Green (vegan) Pesto, Nice and Easy Chickpea and Vegetable Curry, Garlic cloves (I prefer garlic purée in a tube lol), Tilda Microwave Mushroom Rice, Morrison’s Hot Paprika, Ground Black Pepper.

Top shelf Vitalite spread, Clover spread (my Dad’s), mushrooms, gluten free Peroni, radishes.

Middle shelf Olives, bananas (no idea ?!), more beer, guacamole, humus, halloumi (the blokes), Vivera kebab strips.

Bottom shelf Always some kind of energy drink, cranberry and apple sauce, jars of antipasti, spring onions, bell (sweet) pepper.

In the door Fresh orange and mango juice, eye gel (so cooling!), Mayo, sriracha, chilli oil.

Nearly every item here was bought from either Asda, Morrison’s or Tesco but the dairy free guacamole was from Ocado (as I don’t have the time and energy to make it myself).

I hope this post helps to make any transitions in your diet and/or lifestyle a little easier!

✨💙✨Chrissie✨💙✨