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Plastic Free July Week 1 Recap

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!

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10 Places You Must Eat At in Seminyak, Bali

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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.

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10 Places You Must Eat At in Ubud, Bali

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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.

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10 Rules for a Successful Girls Weekend Getaway

10 rules for girls weekend

Are you organising a girls weekend getaway? Want it to be the most epic girls weekend ever? Here are 10 rules to make sure your girls weekend is the GOAT.*
*These rules are Cactus Pop certified. The Cactus Pop crew recently went on a short trip to the Great Ocean Road, and while it wasn’t without its dramas (one broken car window, mild car-sickness and a plague of spiders in our accommodation) we still managed to have an amazing time.

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3 Ways with Jojoba Oil

Jojoba OilOver here at Cactus Pop we are trying out new, natural and green ways to live. And something we have recently tried is jojoba oil. Jojoba oil exists in many moisturisers on the market, so it makes total sense that it would be amazing for your skin when used on its own. Read on below to see the three different ways we have been using it and, most importantly, whether it worked.

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My KonMari Journey Part 3: Papers


I have finally completed the third stage of my KonMari declutter. This time it was all about papers. Read on to find out how I tackled them, and how I used it as an opportunity to do a digital declutter, too.

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6 Things You Must Eat in Canada

I’m not your typical foodie. I don’t normally research a lot of places to eat before I go on holiday. I’m more of a ‘eat wherever I find myself’ person (please don’t hate me!). But my recent trip to Canada may have changed all that. I found myself searching for particular foods I’d heard about and taking photos of my meals before I started tucking in. There’s so many things that you must eat and some of them can only be found in Canada. So if you’re planning your next trip, or are even just a food fan, then you’ve really got to check out these culinary highlights. For non-food related highlights check out the Best of Canada.

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My KonMari Journey Part 2: Books

KonMari Books bannerGuys and gals, for a lifelong book lover and publishing employee, books were almost impossible to tidy. Honestly. This has been one tough category. Here’s how I got through in the end, plus my tips for bibliophiles undertaking this challenge.

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10 Weird and Wonderful Things to Buy in Japan

10 Weird Things Buy Japan

If you are traveling to Japan you may be wondering what are the things you should buy? Japan is well-known for its quirky inventions, cutting-edge technology, and amazing food.

Before I went on my whirlwind 10 day trip to Japan last December, I was very excited about getting my hands on some of Japan’s more unusual products . Alas, I didn’t come across a “sleeping dome indoors head tent” while in Japan, however, I did see plenty of amazing things and brought back some fantastic souvenirs.

Here are 10 things that I purchased in Japan and absolutely loved. Most were practical, some were not so practical….

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My KonMari Journey Part 1: Clothes

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Welcome to the first category of my KonMari declutter! According to Marie Kondo’s The Life-changing Magic of Tidying, clothing should be tackled before anything else. It is supposedly the easiest category. I say supposedly because maybe it is in comparison to the other categories (which I haven’t started yet). But in my experience it was tough! It was time-consuming and it was actually more confronting than I thought it would be. Here’s why!

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