THE OFFICE


  1. Refuse, and therefore help stop the madness of the free-pen / free-pencil give-aways.
  2. Use refillable pens, piston fountain pens, mechanical pencils, refillable white board markers.
  3. Start your personal junk mail war, cancel your phone directories, and sign up for electronic bills and statements.
  4. Reuse single-side printed paper for printing or making notepads held by a metal clip, reuse junk mail response envelopes and when buying new paper, choose recycled and packaged in paper.
  5. Ditch the trash can, strive to use your compost and recycling bins exclusively.
  6. Use, Reuse and Request recyclable paper packing material when shipping (incl. paper tape), print postage and addresses directly on your envelopes, use surface mail, use a return address stamp instead of stickers.
  7. Reuse paper clips (available in bulk) instead of staples, or a staple-free stapler.
  8. Use your library to read business magazines and books, sell your books or donate them to your library for other people to enjoy.
  9. Use memory sticks and external drives instead of CD’s.
  10. YOU CAN ALSO… use a power strip on your equipment, refill your printer cartridges, make paper with double-side printed paper, take packing material that you receive to your local shipping center for reuse…

LOTS OF LOVE XX

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Good morning! I was absolutely drained yesterday after my shift at work. I slept poorly and in the middle of the night one of the people łiving there knocked on my door at 1 in in the morning thinking it was time to rise and shine! During the day I spent the day laying on the sofa watching Goblin and eating crisps.


Later on me and my boyfriend got invited over to our friends place for a chill out evening and drinking wine. It was lovely! Today it's my day off, I will be meeting up an old friend of mine whom I haven't seen in over 6 years! oh dear! Hope you will have a lovely Thursday everyone. what's your plans for today? LOTS OF LOVE XX


#nouw30daychallenge, day 23

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I just made the best Vegan Mushroom Risotto! Well, it's more like the first time I made one and it turned out better then I thought. I found a recipe that I liked, I just made a few changes to make it even better (in my opinion).

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 100g / 2dl button mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
  • 100g / 1dl cup risotto rice
  • 2,5dl cups vegetable stock
  • 1dl frozen peas
  • Fresh parsley, to serve
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large saute pan. Add the onion and garlic and cook on a medium-low heat until softened.
  2. Add the mushrooms and cook for a further minute.
  3. Stir in the risotto rice and immediately pour in the stock and balsamic vinegar. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer for approximately 30 minutes or until all the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is cooked. Add more hot water, if necessary.
  4. 10 min left of cooking time, add the frozen peas.
  5. Once cooked, stir in a handful of chopped fresh parsley and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

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I saw this video waiting on the recommended videos for me, so I just had to take a look. I think this is really cool! I love plants and greenery. Love this, but I would make my interior a little bit different. What do you think?

LOVE IT! 😍❤

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Good morning Tuesday! Here is another minimalist challenge for those who are interested. Myself, I am addicted to social media. Social Media can be great! But for most of us it can be toxic. I have already tried to scale down the amount of time I spend on facebook, instagram, youtube and other social media platforms by reading a book, go for a walk, spend time with my boyfriend and family etc. You know, live in the moment in the real world which we most of the time forget about :P

LOTS OF LOVE XX

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Good evening! I've been working this morning. It was a short shift to see how it cooperates during the day. I seem to stress out and make everything much bigger in my head than it actually is. I got a phone call to do a night shift tomorrow, so I will be working the whole day tomorrow until the morning the next day. So yeah, long shift, but I need the hours!


(Some old artwork I made a while ago)

Now, I will continue doing some drawing and enjoy some tea on the side. Later on I'll continue watching my K-drama series - Goblin. It's sooo good! If you haven't seen it, you should. If you would like to know more info about it, a girl I know named @LACKYKPOP has written a blog post about it here: KDRAMA SERIES "GOBLIN"

What have you been up to today? XX

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10 min PREP and 25 min COOKING time. SERVES: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 small butternut squash, about 3 cups, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups chicken stock, or vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup chopped italian parsley
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced scallions
  • 1/2 cup roasted salted pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup fresh pomegranate seeds
  • salt and pepper
  • pomegranate molasses

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C or 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place the butternut squash on the baking sheet. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and sprinkle with a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Roast for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Heat the remaining olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the quinoa to the pan and toast for 3-4 minutes, stirring often. Stir in the chicken or vegetable stock and a generous pinch of salt. Bring the mixture to a boil. Turn down the heat to low and cover the pan; cook for 15-20 minutes, or until the quinoa has absorbed all of the liquid. Take the pan off the heat and allow the quinoa to rest for 5 minutes covered. Fluff with a fork.
  4. Transfer the quinoa to a large serving bowl. Gently fold in butternut squash, cranberries, parsley, scallions, pumpkin seeds and pomegranate seeds. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle the mixture with the pomegranate molasses.

Notes

  • If you can’t find pomegranate molasses at your local grocery store, you can substitute balsamic glaze.
  • If you’re not planning on serving the salad immediately, refrain from adding the molasses and transfer the mixture to an airtight container. The salad will stay fresh in the refrigerator for 2 days.

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DINNER AND ENTERTAINMENT

  1. Remember to bring extra jars to the grocery store when shopping for company (including take-out).
  2. Make finger foods for larger parties and consider serving tap water with lemon slices instead of fizzy water.
  3. Use glassware, ceramic dishes and cloth napkins at all times.
  4. Avoid the use of serving platters/dishes: When serving straight onto dinner plates, it simplifies, saves water from extra cleaning, and it allows for a plate presentation.
  5. Find creative ways to decorate your table with few napkin folding tricks, discarded leaves/branches from the yard, or just seasonal fruit…
  6. Reuse empty votive tins (and the wick base) to make new votive candles for company with bulk beeswax and lead-free wick.
  7. Stop buying CD and DVD’s – Use Spotify or buy music online such as iTunes etc.
  8. YOU CAN ALSO… bring your own container for leftovers when dining out, use rechargeable batteries for those remote controls, try living without TV for a while…

LOTS OF LOVE XX

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So I thought I was going to tell how and when I became Vegan.
On and off I was on a "Vegetarian Diet" for several years. I am calling it a diet as I wasn't 100% committed for the ethical reasons. As I wasn't dedicated enough I used to go back on eating meat out of bad habits. When I was about 12 years old, my mom introduced the family to quorn mince, which we fell the liking of. I stopped drinking dairy products in my teenage years because my stomach couldn't handle it anymore. Back then I was a Vegeterian for like a year, but then I went back on eating meat again from time to time.

Anyways, everything started to take action during my last year as a fashion design student in London 2015. I made a collection that got influences from the North, such as vikings and wolfs etc. So a lot of faux fur and feathers were involved. During my year I had to write a dissertation connected to my final collection. That's where I got more in depth of fur farms and the way animals got treated for the sake of fashion. Now when I am looking back I don't understand why I didn't stop eating meat at that point.. That's just idiotic.


Time went. I still was on a "Vegeterian diet". I rarely ate much meat in the UK to begin with as it was so expensive over there. I usually bought Vegeterian alternatives instead due to my tight budget. I must point out I dislike this new term people use called "flexiterian". There is no such thing. You eat meat but on a smaller scale. You still contribute to the killing of animals. 😭

Anyways, It wasn't until I had a chicken burger from GBK I got food poisoned! After that, I couldn't stand the smell of chicken anymore. Before I even got food poisoned; I remember I had a steak when I was at a restaurant. At that moment I actually focused on the actual taste and I didn't enjoy it anymore. It tasted weird and I felt slightly uncomfortable about it. The taste reminded me of the awful smell of rotten organs from dead animals that was left behind in the lions enclousers, back in 2010 when I was a volunteer at a Lion Breeding reservation in Zimbabwe, Africa.

But it was that chicken burger that food poisoned me, that really made me flip my diet upside down. Next day, I watched Cowspiracy, and I was hooked. I got so emotional for the animals and the negative impact animal agriculture got on the environment. So, I made space in the cupboards, I did research on Vegan recipes and from then on, I continued watching documentaries about Veganism. Let me tell you, I couldn't be happier.


I have made positive impacts on my health since I became Vegan. I have lost weight, I don't feel as tired and bloated anymore. My digestion works perfect, WOHOO! Before I used to have BLOOD mixed in the stool and I had horrible stomach pains. After I became Vegan, it all disappear! I have cleansed my body completely from all the toxic chemicals in my body. My skin has never been better! Everything hasn't been easy, after a few months I started to get tired again and low on energy, but that was all because I wasn't eating enough. Another amazing thing, I can eat more healthy food and not feel bad about it! 😍 #foodoholic

I used to be ignorant, come up with lame and stupid excuses to why eating meat. I was there but I know now what I was doing was wrong. I went back and forth from being a vegetarian for a long time. But now when I went Vegan for ethical reasons, it was the easiest decision I have ever made xx


One thing that does makes me sad is that I didn't become Vegan sooner.
LOTS OF LOVE XX

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Yesterday I went for 1 hour walk to a new working place I might be working at from time to time. I passed by a riding school. I just had to take a few pictures as with the fog in the background made it all look quite spooky and mystical. Especially the third picture! I first thought of bringing my SLR camera, but of some reason I changed my mind.. so these pictures on my phone will do. 🐎


Anyways, hope you will have a good Saturday! What's your plans for the evening? xx


#nouw30daychallenge, day 18

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