Weekly Review #1 : Vegan Chocolate and a Poorly Knee!

Weekly Review

Another week is coming to an end, and we’re almost in November!

For me, October has been a whirlwind of reconnecting with old friends, pushing myself with my running and getting my business prepared for Christmas!

Although I strive to live in the now, I love reflecting back on the joys and triumphs of the week – as well as the things that could have gone better (to hopefully learn from my mistakes!).

I always enjoy reading other blogger’s weekly round-ups, so I thought today I’d share my own!

Things that made me smile this week

Plamil Vegan Chocolate

Coming home after a really bad day to find a HUGE box of Plamil vegan chocolate waiting for me! I won the choccy bars with Natural Lifestyle Magazine, and I’ll be reviewing them really soon!

Growing Chilli Plants from Seed

Seeing my new chilli plants sprouting! When I was away this summer, my beloved chilli plants died. Thankfully though, I’ve planted new seeds and I’m excited to see them grow! (I’m growing Scotch Bonnets, Ghost Chillies and Cayennes too – so a chilli-fest soon awaits!)

Apple and Cherry Crumble

Feasting on delicious autumn food! This week I’ve been making lots of hearty dishes such as berry crumbles, stuffed squash and pumpkin curry too! Yum yum!

Faery Sign

This adorable little sign that my Mum gave me! Faery is my real surname and I’m definitely a fairy at heart, so this was just the cutest and most perfect gift, which really brightened my day!

 

Things that could’ve gone better

My Sexy Taped-Up Knee!

I’ve done myself a mischief, and injured my knee whilst running! Right now I can hardly walk, and I think I may have torn a ligament! Oops! On the bright side, I’ve earned myself a shiny new Halloween-themed medal, and I can’t wait until it arrives!!

Productivity

My productivity hasn’t been so great! My knee pain has been keeping me up at night and my kitties always wake me up early, so I’ve not been getting the best sleep this week and my to-do list has really been suffering! Because of this, I’ve been trying to rest and heal and practice some extra self-care!

How has your week been? I hope it’s been great, and you have a magical week (and month) ahead!

 

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Virtual Running: My New Fitness Obsession!

Chrissy Faery

I never thought I’d say this, but I’m totally addicted to running!

As a kid, I used to struggle a lot with athletics.  I always dreaded P.E lessons at school, and the compulsory cross-country run would leave me coughing up blood and gunk for days. 😝

Back then, I could never understand how anyone could enjoy doing something so seemingly torturous!

Later, in my early 20’s, I caught Lyme Disease and became bed-ridden for many years. (There was definitely no running for me then!!)

One thing that my illness taught me, however, is the importance of setting goals (and having the patience and self-love to see them though, without reaching breaking point!)

In the beginning, my goals were small (such as walking just a few yards) but as I began to heal I found that I was able to set myself bigger and bigger challenges.

Thankfully (due to the Buhner Protocol) I’m now in remission, and this year I was able to complete my big dream and challenge, of backpacking solo across Europe. 

It was an incredible journey (spiritually, mentally and physically) and – thanks to the amazing running scene in Budapest, and some inspirational women that I met along the way – I discovered my passion and love for running!

I did my very first run on the 25th July 2017, and to my amazement my body supported me all the way! It was an amazing feeling, and I was hooked almost instantly!

It wasn’t long afterwards, that I stumbled upon virtual running!

Now, it’s not what you might be thinking – Virtual running isn’t completely virtual, you do still have to run! 😂

I’ll explain…

Virtual Running in Four Easy Steps

  1. You enter a virtual race with a virtual running company – You usully pay to enter and the cost covers your medal, as well as a charitable donation. (I’ve listed some UK-based virtual running companies below!)
  2. You then run the required distance for your race; whenever and wherever you choose (although most virtual races have a date that you need to complete it by!)
  3. Next, you submit evidence for your run (via a screenshot of your running app or tracker) in order to be sent your medal.
  4. Your shiny new medallion arrives. You do a happy dance, take goofy photos and party!! (As does the charity that you’ve helped to support! Woohoo!)

Chrissy Faery

Virtual running is a fantastic way to keep fit, reach your goals and help to raise money for a good cause!

I never thought I’d fall in love with running, but it’s quickly become a passion of mine, and when I see my medals hanging up on the wall, I’m reminded of how far I’ve come!

They’re also a great reminder to live passionately in the now, and keep setting goals – because you never know what’s around the corner!

I’ll leave you with a list of some UK-based virtual running companies, and if you decide to sign up for a race, let me know, and I’ll be over here cheering you on! 🙌🏻

Virtual Racing UK

Virtual Runner UK

POW! Virtual Running 

Women’s Running Virtual Races

UK Virtual Race

Virtual Warrior

Medal Miles

Zoom Virtual Races

My Race Virtual Racing

Challenge Done

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Review: Limited Edition Lemon Drizzle Nakd Bars!

I’ve always found that Nakd bars tend to be hit or miss.

There are flavours that I really, really love (such as cocoa orange! Yum yum!) and there are others that I’d never want again. (Sorry! 😝)

Despite this, I absolutely adore the brand’s happy, healthy ethos, and I love that they cater for vegans – so when I heard all the hype about their new limited edition Lemon Drizzle bars, I knew I had to give them a try!

Lemon Drizzle Nakd Bars Review

Now, I’ve got to admit, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Would they be bland and dry (like drizzle cake sometimes can be) or were they going taste artificial, like children’s sweets or even washing-up liquid?!

Nakd Lemon Drizzle Bars

Thankfully, to my relief, my fears were completely misplaced – and as I bit into my very first bar, I knew immediately that I’d found my new favourite flavour!

The new Lemon Drizzle Nakd Bars are moist, zesty and bursting with natural lemon flavour. They really do taste like cake too, with the perfect balance of softness and sweetness, combined with a delicious, coconutty texture.

Nakd Bars Review

Not only do they taste incredible, these raw fruit and nut bars are also wheat and gluten-free, completely vegan (yay!) and contain a simple list of ingredients which includes dates, raisins, almonds, coconut, cashews and lemon.

If you have a nut allergy then, unfortunately, they’re not for you – but if you’re allergy-free and looking for a healthy, tasty and filling snack that’s vegan and gluten-free, then I couldn’t recommend them more!

The only downside is that they’re a limited edition flavour – Please tell me this isn’t true?!

 

This is not a sponsored post and all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. 

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5 Incredible Ways to Use Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil Benefits

Essential oils are powerful tools, which offer a wide range of natural healing properties.

They can be used to treat a variety of conditions, ranging from cuts, burns and insect bites, to respiratory and digestive problems, as well as anxiety, insomnia and stress.

I’m not an aromatherapist, but I’m a big fan of natural medicine, and today I’d like to talk about one of the most-loved oils in my collection – Tea Tree Oil!

Tea Tree oil is made from the leaves of the Melaleuca Alternifolia, a tree native to Australia. It has long been known for it’s antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory effects – so let’s take a look at some of the ways that we can use it!

 

Natural Deodorant

Tea Tree Oil has both antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, making it a wonderful natural ingredient to add to homemade deodorant!

You can make a simple, yet effective deodorant using the ingredients listed below.

Once made, it can be stored in a pot in the fridge (if you’d like to apply it as a solid) or stored at room temperature to be used as either a liquid or a solid (depending on the temperature of your house).

To use, gently rub it into your armpits in the morning and re-apply as necessary after bathing, swimming or exercise.

 

Healing Foot Soak

Tea Tree Oil is a powerful ingredient for adding to your foot bath!

It’s anti-fungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties make it ideal for treating fungal nail infections, as well as Athlete’s Foot. Tea Tree oil is also perfect for soothing blisters and sore feet!

For a soothing foot soak add the following (with warm water) to your foot bath:

 

Tea Tree Oil Treatments

 

Natural Acne Treatment

Tea Tree oil is an anti-inflammatory treatment, which has anti-microbial properties.

It can be used to kill harmful bacteria, reduce inflammation and may help to unblock sebaceous glands – Making it useful for treating acne-prone skin.

The following acne treatment can be made up, then poured into a sterilised spray bottle and spritzed onto the skin each night before bed.

 

Natural Antibacterial Cleaner

Tea Tree Oil can also be used to make a natural household cleaner!

This anti-bac cleaner can be used in the bathroom or kitchen to kill germs and cut through mould and grease, to leave your home sparkling clean!

To use, spray the cleaner onto the surface you’re working on, leave for a few minutes, then wipe (or scrub) away. Do not use on porous or delicate surfaces (such as polished wood).

 

Uses For Tea Tree Oil

 

Natural De-Congestant

When you’re full up with a head cold (or even allergies) Tea Tree oil can be used to ease your sore throat, open up your airways and help to relieve sinus congestion.

To benefit most from it’s anti-inflammatory and antiseptic effects, you can add some Tea Tree Essential Oil to a bowl of hot water (or preferably a facial sauna) and breathe in the steam, inhaling deeply for 5-10 minutes.

 

This is not a sponsored post and all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. Please note, this is not medical advice. Thank you!  

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What I Love Most About Autumn

Things I love about Autumn

Autumn! Despite the cold, there’s something truly magical about this time of year, which really warms my heart! 

Part of this magic is the beautiful array of colours – such as the leaves turning rusty orange, the glowing sunsets that set the skies on fire, and the brightly coloured berries which decorate the hedgerows in clusters.

In fact, there seems to be more berries about than usual this year (in my neck of the woods, at least) which is said, to be a sign of a harsh winter to come!

Berries

The veil between this word and next certainly feels thinner now too; and Halloween, All Souls Day, and the Day of the Dead, all bring their own poignant energy, which fills me with a blend of happiness, sadness and gratitude, as I remember my loved ones who’ve sadly now passed on.

Of course, you can’t forget the high-spirited Halloween celebrations too! 

Orange glass pumpkins, Autumn leaf buntings and skeletons jumping out from plastic coffins, whenever you walk past them at the store! (No matter how many times that happens, those things always give me a fright!)

Pinecone Decoration

I love to decorate my house at this time of year too, with natural crafts such as fragrant orange slices, and pinecones and twigs that I’ve picked up on leafy forest walks!

Another thing I love about the Autumn, is all the incredible seasonal food!

It’s always satisfying to harvest the last of the produce from the veggie garden, and I just adore making delicious apple crumbles, hearty stuffed squash and marrows, and velvety pumpkin pie too!

Do you love this time of year? If so, what do you most love about it? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

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Welcome to my Blog!

Chrissy Faery

Hey there, welcome to my blog!

I’m Chrissy, and this small slice of the web is where I’ll be sharing my thoughts, experiences, joys and challenges, around topics that are close to my heart!

I already blog over at earthfoodsnutrition.com where I post my healthy vegan recipes and share my love of whole foods, plant-based nutrition.  

This blog, however, is more personal and will be a place where I’ll be talking about everything that I enjoy, that doesn’t fit into the healthy whole-foods box!

I’m passionate about holistic health, wellness, fitness, spirituality and cruelty-free, sustainable living. I love travelling and spending time in nature, and I’m currently in remission from Lyme Disease, which blighted my 20’s – yet made me the determined, optimistic and grateful person that I am today!

I hope you enjoy my blog, and I look forward to getting to know you better!

Love Chrissy xx

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