Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Ever dreamed of what it might be like to be a royal? Neither have I, but it turns out the Queen and I have a few things in common. We both don't use our last names (we're extra like that), we both celebrate our birthday's twice a year and we both hate single use plastic. 

That's right, the Queen is a eco-hippy just like me. She recently made a executive order to completely ban single use plastics from all of her estates. She is specifically targeting plastic straws and bottles which is a great place to start, but a bad place to stop. So, readers and Her Majesty The Queen, I'm going to give you a little helping hand by pointing out a few easy swaps to reduce your single use plastic, recycle properly and save money (even the Queen likes a little penny-pinching). 

Ditch tea bags
The Queen likes to start her day with a cup of Earl Grey, but did you know that your tea bags aren't only non-compostable, they're not even recyclable? Most tea bags are made out of plastic fibres that are too small to recyle and won't degrade when composted.
Easy solution: Switch to loose-leaf tea (it saves money too) or research brands that offer tea bags made from natural fibres so you can compost them.

Vulva Melanoma Cancer (and what that even means)

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

This post contains the words vulva and vagina. There is no reason to be offended or embarrassed by these words. This post is serious in nature and details my experience with vulva cancer so far. You might find this to be 'too much information' but I strongly believe that woman's health needs to be discussed without stigma.

I sit here perplexed. Over the past 10 years I've written about so many health-related topics but I honestly never thought I'd ever be writing about my own cancer diagnosis. 

I guess that no one thinks that it will happen to them, but I never thought that it would happen to me for a few reasons:

  1. I have full-scope blood tests every 12 months to make sure that my health is in check (I'm the only person I know who takes their 6 & 12 month doctors check up's seriously)
  2. I know my body, I know how it's supposed to work and I know immediately when something is wrong. Nothing ever felt wrong.
  3. I live my life free of carcinogens. I've never smoked, I don't drink, there are no chemicals in my house and I balance my diet with nourishing, plant based foods.

So when I went to the doctor in mid-2016 after finding a small lump I wasn't surprised when I was told that it was just a skin infection from a small cut. My health was great, I had no symptoms of anything else. In October 2017, after over a year of treating this 'skin infection', I asked to be referred to a gynaecologist who took a biopsy. It was a melanoma, it was aggressive and everything would be different from this moment on.

5 hard truths for my 22 year old self

Friday, September 22, 2017

I've always been driven and clever enough to manoeuvre myself through society, but I think we've all been through points in our life where we're maybe a little lost, eager to fit in and not really sure of how to make anything work in our favour. So, speaking as a 29 year old woman who's been through most of the life experiences the world has to offer someone in their 20's, I thought I'd have a stern talking to my 22 year old self.

Get ready for some hard truths. Here are 5 things I wish I'd known when I was 22:

Don't mess around with your health, you only get one shot at it
A poor diet and lack of exercise takes five times as long to reverse as it does to create. Smoking and excessive drinking won't benefit you in the future and it can negatively impact every area of your life, from family, to career, to your social life. Eat real foods, you know that processed foods will mess up your health so put them down. You know that you should be exercising so start doing it. Start small if you need too, cut down slowly if that works for you, but health is simple, don't complicate it in the future by not paying attention to it now.

5 things I always splurge on

Saturday, August 5, 2017

I'm a savvy spender, I love a bargain and you'll rarely find me paying retail. If I buy a $2 pen and it doesn't work, I will take it back. I work hard for the money I earn and in my household, money waste isn't allowed.

However, I am a big advocate for treating yourself and also spending money wisely. Finding the balance between saving and splurging is what keeps me on track with my savings. If I cut out all of the little things I enjoy, I end up spending more money on useless items. Conciously spending money on 'treat' items removes the money guilt and won't impact your financial stability.

Keep reading for the 5 things I always splurge on, and then develop and little list of your own.

Toilet paper
Yep. I'm going there. Crap toilet paper feels, well, crap. Even my Costco card doesn't tempt me to buy 50 rolls for $15. I'm also concious of waste production in pesky toilet paper plastic. Your behind deserves to be treated with kindess, not sandpaper. Personally I use Who Gives A Crap* toilet paper and love that 50% their profits go to charity. The toilet paper arrives packaged in paper and cardboard (no plastic!) and it feels oh-so-luxurious.

8 life hacks to cut your electricity bill in half

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

As of last Saturday, the 1st of July, 2017, I officially live in the state with the highest electricity prices in the world. That's not a typo or an exaggeration. South Australia has the highest electricity prices in the entire world.

We all hate bills, but it's just a bit more sour knowing that you and your neighbours are paying a higher rate than every single other person on the planet. First world problem? Sure. Unfortunately that doesn't make it taste any sweeter.

To commemorate this occasion, I figure there's no better time than to give away a few of my money saving, electricity saving life hacks.

Grab a coffee, switch off your lights, and read on for 10 ways that you can cut down your winter electricity bill:

Change your light globes
One of the easiest things you can do to cut your electricity bill down is to replace all of your old light globes with LED lights. A 60 watt globe can be replaced with an 8 watt LED and provide the same amount of lumen's (brightness). The higher the watts, the more it costs to run. You can find LED lights that will fit your existing light fittings at your local hardware store or at most supermarkets and department stores. I replaced all of the lights in my house with LED globes as soon as I moved in, it cost me about $70 to buy the globes but will cut hundreds off of my electricity bill.
Bonus tip: I think it goes without saying that you should turn your lights off when you leave the room, but so many of us still leave lights on - myself included. Work on making it a habit.

5 signs of an unhealthy gut

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Whenever I mention gut health, people start flinching and trying to change the topic. I think it's because the word 'gut' sounds kind of abrupt and gross, but I promise you, it's necessary.

Your wellbeing starts in your gut and maintaining healthy guy flora is essential to your over-all health, but what if you don't know the state of your gut health? Here are 5 signs that your gut health is failing you, see my previous post for 5 ways to improve your gut health.

1. Lethargy
If you're having trouble focusing or feel foggy after a meal and would rather just have a nap, there's a good chance that your gut flora is out of balance.

5 easy ways to start saving money today

Friday, May 5, 2017

General consensus among friends is that we're not all that great with money. No matter what our income is, we all seem to be living outside of our means. Maybe it's just by a little, or maybe you're racking up credit card bills so quickly that you're considering having that little pay-wave chip inserted directly into your fingertip. Reality is that we're all spending too much and not saving enough. When you're in a puddle of debt it can be hard to find a way to crawl out. I've put together a list of ways that you can start saving money right this instant, the first in an upcoming series of money articles to help you figure out your finances.

See below for five easy ways to start saving money today:

1. Unsubscribe from mailing lists
The whole point of mailing lists is to get you to impulse buy, they're designed solely for this reason. If big, flashy '20%' off headers or 'Limited Edition' plastered across your screen is tempting to you, scroll further down to the bottom of the email and click that 'Unsubscribe' button. You won't forget to buy new jeans when you need them or a new mascara when you're running low, you don't need emails tempting you.
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