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Vegan What I Eat in a Day | Exam Season

I officially finished my A Levels on Thursday! *happy dances everywhere possible* During my actual exam period, I had a very specific structure (maybe even more so than with my average college day) and that helped me a lot with my focus and keep my cool. Food is something that helps keep my mind at balance and my mind more steady and it's something I love to do. I definitely want to start talking more about my love of food on my blog so keep your eyes peeled for some vegan goodness!

Lately, my go-to breakfast has been porridge. I haven't really been a fan of porridge but I tried it again a little bit before exams and now I'm obsessed (I do microwave it because I really can't be arsed to do it properly, but I should do now that I have more time). I add whatever fruit we have in the fridge (usually raspberries and strawberries because the time of year, especially as we have some growing in our garden) and some nuts (pistachios are my fave but any other are acceptable). I love the different flavours and it makes me feel really healthy until I drown it in maple syrup.

A lot of the time during college I would skip having a drink until later on in the day, which isn't great for my hydration. During exams, though, I made sure I had a cup of tea every day (using soya milk) and stayed hydrated throughout the day.  Staying hydrated is definitely something I'm trying to improve on.


I like bringing my own food out for lunch with me most of the time - whether it's leftovers or a meal that I've easily prepped the nice before. At the beginning of the week I made a batch of chilli and had that for lunches with come couscous. The recipe is really simple - warm some chopped tomatoes, add in garlic and onion and then add in the beans and other veggies. I basically shove in whatever veg that needs using up so my chillies will often change around.


I am one of those snacking people. I know it's not good for my wallet or my health (let's be honest here), but I just love eating. I am trying to stop eating for the sake of eating, because I will find myself reaching for anything just when I get bored and that's a habit I want to curb slightly, but during exam season all efforts on that front went out of the window. I don't know what it is about exams, but boy do they make me hungry. I stocked up with a pack of these graze flapjacks before my exams started. They're really yummy, have some nutritional value (anyone who is vegan/veggie will know all bout the constant questions regarding our protein intake), and despite the fact that they are individually wrapped in plastic, these were great for exams as I could put one in my bag and have it straight afterwards or as soon as I got home and kept me going a bit longer. I think I will try and make my own version of these so that I can remove the plastic waste and spend a bit less money.


These are quick and easy from Tesco. I had them in burger buns, some salad and ketchup. Job done.



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May 2018 | Monthly Wrap Up

May has been stressful.

Favourite part?


Okay, so I don’t think I can talk about this month without mentioning one particular event:


So, yeah, I had 12 inches of my hair cut off! It’s so cool, but I do still miss my long hair every now and again. This is the shortest I’ve had in a long time, maybe even ever, so it’s very different from what I’m used to and has given me a lot of confidence – something that’s especially needed the buildup to exams. I feel like I could be Lady Mary or Daisy Buchanan or even Twiggy if I did my makeup right. I donated my hair to the Little Princess Trust, so hopefully now it’s in the process of being made into a pretty wig!

I have spent a lot of time with my friends this month and I couldn’t be more grateful for them.




Best read?


Within the first day of May I read Mary I: The Daughter of Time by John Edwards as a more chill means of revising for my Tudor exam. Mary is one of my favourite Tudor monarchs – I find her really interesting. This has given me a good impression of the Penguin Monarchs collection and I think I’ll probably work my way through some more. 

I then read Men Explain Things to Me: and Other Essays by Rebecca Solnit, the essay that effectively sparked the coining of the turn ‘mansplaining.’ It was relatable and accessible and would recommend.

Next, I read Deeds Not Words: The Story of Women’s Rights – Then and Now by Helen Pankhurst. I heard Pankhurst speak at a women’s march I went on last year and she was great. Her writing was just as articulate and knowledgeable and I loved the wway she interwove analysiss of 1918 and 2018 sometimes in the same sentences.

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie looks like a very cute little book from the outside, but it is packed with quality in its small passage. Everyone should read this, just as everyone should be feminists.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz was next in line and I loved it. I thought it was so sweet. Basically a romcom as a book, and we know I have a soft spot for a good romcom.

Then, I read No Is Not Enough by Naomi Klein, a book I’ve been meaning to read basically since it came out. Klein discusses the cause of Trump’s election, as well as the impact of ‘shock’ politics and ways to create a more equal world, and emphasizing causes of issues that I wouldn’t necessarily have connected (such as the impact of war and climate change).


Overall, I’m quite proud of what I’ve read this month, especially with the amount of time I’ve had to dedicate to revision.

Favourite tunes?


Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper and Spotify’s Summer Acoustic playlist for revising.



What did I learn?


That I need to not have a complete work no-fun attitude. I think I’ve learned how to relax a bit more around exams – and that I need to have some down time with my friends. Because otherwise, I will absolutely lose my mind (Thanks guys for keeping me sane).

What’s happening next month?


The first half of June is focused entirely on exams. I’m not even going to try to organize anything else around that time because I know it will only stress me out even more.

The latter half of the month is going to be very very different, however. I have a week off to party and work then I’m going to Ireland for a few days with some of my best friends. I can’t wait for it.

What’s been on my mind?


Exams. When this goes up, I’ll only be a week away from my exams starting, and whenever I say something like that I begin to feel myself panic and I have to stop thinking about it. Oh my god. It feels so surreal and I just can’t wait for them to be over. Thanks for the stress Michael Gove. 

Favourite blogger/vlogger?


Screen Prism – I love their new videos, especially the Avengers ones. 

Hannah Witton has also had some great videos and blog posts this month, with varying topics (you go girl!). 

Some vegan/sustainability vloggers I’ve been loving this month are: Rachel Ama (she’s a very new discovery for me, her and her friends crack me up and she gives some good advice, especially in regards to cheap recipes), Madeleine Olivia and Sustainably Vegan (who’s download looks amazing – I’ve got it to look at when I have a spare moment). 

Favourite post?


I think I’m going to skip this one out since I haven’t had any new posts since my last Monthly Wrap Up. Keep your eyes peeled for plenty of posts over the summer though!

Biggest inspiration?


The weather this month has made me feel so much better. I know it probably seems a bit ridiculous putting weather down as my ‘inspiration’ but the sun has honestly made me so much more productive.

Any other favourites?


I feel like I’ve kind of cracked vegan baking this month. I’ve been baking A LOT. Not tjat my friends or family have been complaining at all. I’ve made everything from scones, chocolate cake to treacle tart. It relaxes me so much (and so does actuslly eating the food – yay stress eating!) so I would highly recommend to anyone doing exams to take out the apron and get baking. 

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April 2018 | Monthly Wrap Up

I have actually had a pretty good April – I’ve enjoyed it, probably mostly because of the sun. I wish that would come back.

Favourite part?


I spent a lot of time out with my friends this month – they’re all amazing and supportive and I love them a lot.


I saw the Bare Naked Ladies in concert with my dad this month. We ate at the Wagamama’s near the venue beforehand and the band were in there too! We didn’t recognise them until someone near us pointed them out. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever laughed at a gig so much before – they would be incredible to see again.

Later that week, I went to a recording of the Guilty Feminist in Southampton. They were great and I loved seeing how the final thing is put together - I can’t wait to listen to the episode when it comes out (it’s the Ego episode!).


Nearer the end of the month I applied for my student accommodation, which is so exciting!!

Best read?


So I may have finished my reading challenge this month! With revision getting hyped up, I haven’t been able to read as much as previous months, and I have a pile of books in my room that I need to read which will probably have to wait until the summer.

So, I read The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf. It was interesting, but her main arguments were probably best at the beginning and in the conclusion, and I’m a little questioning of some of the statistics she used, which while damning, are now nearly 30 years out of date (the book was published in 1990).  I also noticed how she used quotes from Engels completely out of context to make him seem unfeminist, and that makes me a tad angry.


I also read What Would Marx Do? by Gareth Southwell, an analysis of everyday questions and dilemmas. It has been really useful for my Politics A Level – I would definitely recommend for anyone interested in political theory.

Favourite tunes?


ABBA ARE BACK PEOPLE!!!! AAAAHHH!! I am so ridiculously excited for this. I’m just praying their new stuff is going to match up to the music I love.

Favourite watch?


The finale of Jane the Virgin though!!!!! Oh. My. God. I’ve got my family into the show to help me get through til October. OCTOBER!

What did I learn?


I’m not even sure. Ooh! In regards to every kind of text, take it with a pinch of salt. I knew this already but having properly researched the Engels quote used by Naomi Wolf, it’s been established a bit more.

What’s happening next month?


Revision. I go on study leave at the end of the month so it’s going to be full on.


What’s been on my mind?


Money and university. Stress stress stress.

Favourite post?


As usual, there’s not that much choice, and I only have one choice: 5 Books to Help You Improve Your Feminist Understanding. Good job I like this one then! Books and feminism all in one post? Can’t get any better in my opinion.

Biggest inspiration?


I feel like this void at the moment. See the last few months.


Any other favourites?



My black platform heels! I wore them out for the first time and I love them.

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5 Books to Help You Improve Your Feminist Understanding

Books were my first love. And feminism my second. On this here blog, I do my best to combine the two, but this is perhaps the first time I’ve done a blog post on the ultimate love of my life: feminist books. These are some books that I think will help a person further their understanding of feminism, whether they be a long-time feminist or a fledgling of the movement. Either way, I hope that this proves useful, especially to those wanting a sort of introduction to feminism as a whole.

1. Of Women by Shami Chakrabati

I was given this book as a Christmas present from some family friends and I love it! Chakrabarti is the Shadow Attornee General and a second generation immigrant. In her book, she devotes each section to an issue that affects women globally, ranging from health to religion to education and all the sub-sects in between. This really helped widen my knowledge about so many different areas, and gave me an additional reading list that I am steadily working my way through. We need to always ensure that our feminism doesn’t fixate plainly on the West, and books like this ensure that we at least know a little about what’s going on elsewhere and prompts us to stay aware of the rest of the globe.

2. Everywoman by Jess Phillips

Jess Phillips is one of my favourite MPs. She’s relatable, knows her stuff and is to the point. I first found out about her on The Guilty Feminist, where she was a guest before the I read this book in a day last summer and I think it’s great. Phillips talks candidly about the life of a woman MP and her previous work in a women’s refuge in her constituency in a way that is clear and succinct and easy to understand. 

3. Introducing Feminism

I love the little Introducing Graphic Guide series. I have read three now, all related to my A Level work, and they help give a more basic understanding of a topic. This is definitely the case for the Feminism edition. I have so many more books to read after reading this. Head here first. This gives a great outline of the history of feminism (in the West at least) and will mean that you know what’s going on when you hear people talking about radical feminism, suffrage, Mary Wollestonecraft and bell hooks.

4. And Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou was, and remains to be, an absolute icon. She’s someone I really wish I could have met, but alas that will never be the case. Her poetry is special. It’s touching and raw and beautiful. I would really recommend listening to her poetry – you can find recordings of her reciting it on YouTube. And Still I Rise is a masterpiece - Angelou’s poems make me cry with a mingling of hope and despair and gratefulness. She really was a phenomenal woman.

5. Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates


If someone ever asks you for proof of why we need feminism (if it wasn’t obvious enough already), then just shove this book under their nose and that should do the trick. I wish that I had read this sooner, as I feel it would have had a bigger impact on me if I didn’t already know the worst. Bates gives up clear statistics and explanation on a variety of topics, primarily focusing on sexual assault and harassment. She has had another book out recently and I can’t wait to read it (just once I get further down my ever-extending TBR pile!).



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