Is there any better time of the year than Christmas? Did you say, “Absolutely not!”? Correct answer. December is for spending quality time with friends and family, exchanging a thoughtful gift or two, and decorating every available surface with all things festive. If you love this time as much as we do, you’re going to love this list of 25 festive things to do in the lead up to Christmas.
When I can’t be bopping around to music (i.e. at my desk at work), or I need a break from singing along super loudly (in my car), my go-to form of entertainment is listening to a podcast. There’s a podcast out there for everyone, but here’s the ones that have kept me coming back week after week in 2017.
There are many wonderful things about living in Melbourne. And one of them is the unseasonable weather we often experience. Which is great, because while the northern hemisphere starts gearing up for “the fall” and eating and drinking all things pumpkin spice, we have a small window of time where we too can enjoy. So on this rather cold-ish Saturday in October, we made the most of our last cool days by eating and drinking like autumn has suddenly reappeared. Wherever you are in the world, if you’re also a lover of the cooler weather, cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin-y goodness, read on. (more…)
If there is one thing you should know before going to Japan it’s that the food is amazing. Make sure you bring your appetite before visiting the Land of the Rising Sun because you are not going to want to miss out on any of the food on offer. I personally found that the standard of food in Japan is much higher than in other places I have traveled. I could confidently walk into any restaurant and know that I was most likely going to have an excellent meal made with fresh ingredients and cooked to perfection.
Since I only spent 10 days in Japan I wasn’t able to eat all the things, but I sure did give it the old college try. There are probably some glaringly obvious things that I missed so leave a comment below and let me know what your Japan must eats are.
We made it! The last week of Plastic Free July has been and gone. And while it wasn’t all a walk in the park, it has definitely opened my eyes to the easy side of plastic-free living, and the difficult side of plastic-free living. Even though I haven’t been able to completely eliminate plastic this month, it has given me scope for what to aim for over the coming months – that’s right, I’m not giving up just because the month is over! So let’s recap the final week.
We are well and truly over the half-way mark for Plastic Free July, and what I am realising is the longer you do this challenge the easier it gets. This week saw new plastic-free purchases, some unwelcome incoming plastic, and a bulk store shopping excursion. Read on for all the details.
The second week of Plastic Free July has ended, and that has seen the announcement by Woolworths, and then Coles, to eliminate single-use plastic bags by mid-2018. This is fantastic news! In other news, I have been chewing off the ears of anyone who will (or won’t) listen to me! I have passionately nagged my immediate family to stop buying things in plastic, and explained the many hideous things plastic is doing to our beautiful world – seriously, google ‘rubbish island’. It’s gross. I’ve also podcasted, documentary-watched, and flooded my social media feeds with all things plastic-free to keep me motivated. Here’s how week two went down.
For those of you who don’t know, this month is Plastic Free July – a fantastic initiative that raises awareness of the impact single-use plastic has on the environment. Essentially, any plastic ever created still exists today. It doesn’t biodegrade. In fact, some types of plastic break down into smaller pieces of plastic (called microplastic) which is then ingested by animals and ends up in the food chain. Gross.
Despite the emphasis our governments place on recycling, this is really a bandaid fix, because plastic can only be down-cycled. This means it’s recycled once and then the end product cannot also be recycled. So as a society we really need to cut down on plastic in general – and especially plastics that are designed for single use – think plastic bags, straws, plastic packaging and your takeaway coffee cups. I am participating in Plastic Free July, with the hopes of making some permanent changes to my lifestyle. But as you will see, it has not been all smooth sailing so far!
Seminyak, to me, is food, food, food (with a bit of beach and shopping in between). I ate my way through five days in Seminyak and felt like I never needed to eat again by the time I left. On reflection, the sad thing is I barely ate any local food. But when you see this list (which is in no particular order), you’ll see you can’t stay sad for long. Because there are some really, really good places to eat in Seminyak. Especially if you love brunching. Which I do.
Bali has become somewhat of a foodie haven of late. While Ubud has certainly become more touristy since the Eat, Pray, Love phenomenon, it is still a relaxed and tranquil sort of a place (seriously, take a yoga class while you’re in town). It’s also quite the scene for fresh and delicious food – there’s a distinctly hippy, eco-friendly vibe. Food is also super cheap – so there’s no reason why you can’t eat and eat and eat and eat on your next visit. So, in no particular order, here are ten highly-recommended places to eat at in Ubud, Bali.