Tag Archives: lifestyle

Everyone says they would have fought against slavery 150 years ago. Now’s your chance.

Each day WordPress and their Freshly Pressed function brings at least one gem to the table. Last Sunday I noticed a post called ‘What choices do I have‘ which I found suitably intriguing.

I’m interested in consumerism and find the internet to be a great source of inspiration, and the blog in question is just another of those posts that remind me to think once again about my lifestyle choices. There are so many more things about my life that I could change, and posts like this provide a nudge and encourage me to take another step.

This blog post led me to Slavery Footprint, a site that evaluates your life choices and suggests the number of slaves that essentially work for you. There are lots of interesting stats dotted throughout and the site is beautifully made. At the very least, taking the short quiz will highlight habits that you probably wish you didn’t have, and it might spur you on to start making the changes you need to make in order to be the person you want to be.

Sunday Selection

Happy Sunday! I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend. Last night I saw ‘To Rome with Love’, the latest Woody Allen movie. It was really enjoyable – for me there is nothing like settling down in a comfy cinema with a glass of wine and the latest Woody Allen offering.

This morning we went for breakfast and this afternoon I will be baking. It has been a stressful few weeks so I’m looking forward to taking that out in the kitchen!

I’m currently looking for guest posts for when I am unable to blog for a week in a month or so – if you fancy it leave me a comment or send me an email. I will happily return the favour at a later date!

Here are a few links from my internet travels this week:

Mirroring my interior obsession with stairs

The Bachelor pad versus the Bachelorette pad – are we just talking stereotypes?

Pretty much the sweetest thing I have ever seen.

What it’s like to be a Northerner at University. And by Northern, that seems to mean anything further north than Watford / the M25.

And my London is Living posts from this week:

‘What you read when you don’t have to determines what you will be when you can’t help it’

Chicken Shop – Review

Simple summer salad

Draw a stickman

Pinterest Finds: Rosh Hashanah

Enjoy – and have a great week ahead.

avocado, mozzarella, basil and tomato salad

Simple Summer Salad Recipe

Summer might be drawing to a close but for a delicious, light and easy to make salad, look no further than below.

avocado, mozzarella, basil and tomato salad


Beef tomatoes
Handful of fresh basil leaves
Olive oil
Balsamic vinegar


Cut the beef tomatoes into slices. Cut the mozzarella into slices. (See, I told you this was simple). Scatter fresh basil leaves over your beautiful arrangement…

Arrange on plate, leaving room for a small bowl. Place small bowl at the centre of the plate and fill with good quality olive oil. Or bad quality olive oil. As always, just use whatever you have in stock. Pour in a dash of balsamic vinegar (some people might say it is an awful culinary crime to ruin good olive oil with balsamic vinegar, but I like it).

Season mozzarella and tomato with black pepper. Serve. Eat. Done.

sunday selection

Sunday Selection

Happy Sunday! This week was manic, but I managed to read Nora Ephron’s Heartburn to take the edge of things. A friend lent it to me and it was rather enjoyable, and now I feel like a When Harry Met Sally / Sleepless in Seattle movie marathon!

I also went to Chicken Shop in Kentish Town for… you guessed it… chicken. It was rather tasty but I think I prefer the spice of Nandos! I need to catch up on a few reviews, so expect one for Chicken Shop, the Cinnamon Club, the Waffle House and Amico Bio soon.

Now onto my internet travels in the last week:

If you watch one thing this week, it has to be this amazing YouTube video.

For four years I had the best Easter / Summer job ever. Mostly because it allowed me to take something like this into work and not get teased for it…

Learning lessons from loved ones.

This is kinda cute. The Democrats are a clever bunch so I’m sure it was posed, but still…

Pinterest Finds: London 2012 Olympics

The 2012 Olympic Games have been more enjoyable than I could have imagined. I have lost so many hours watching incredible athletes fight for their dreams and it is has been a wonderful experience. So, in honour of the Games, here are some great Olympics pins I found on Pinterest this week.

Pinterest Finds: Hot chocolate bar party idea

Source: fetefanatic.blogspot.com via Carla on Pinterest

This is enough for me to almost wish away summer so the winter can come. Got friends popping over in the evening for a drink? With just a little effort you could have a hot chocolate bar waiting for them when they come in from the cold. And the leftovers will keep you going for weeks!

What you will need:

    • Mugs
    • Hot chocolate powder (or make your own from scratch)
    • Cocoa powder, to sprinkle on top
    • Mini marshmallows
    • Long spoons
    • Whipped cream
    • Those divine biscuits in the photo! (Anybody know what they are?)

    Pinterest Finds: Book exchange party idea

    As a literature graduate and all-round book lover, this is my ideal party. As for the invite… whoa. Could not think of anything better!

    Source: reidgirlshandmade.blogspot.com via Carla on Pinterest

    No explanation today from me on how to recreate – I’m sending you right over to the experts!

    Pinterest Finds: Coke float and ice cream station party ideas

    Turned to Pinterest the other day for some party inspiration, and I found buckets of it. I’m not planning on hosting a party for a while, but you can bet your bottom dollar that there will be some themed shindigs at some point this year!

    Because these party ideas are just unbelievably awesome, a single Pinterest Find will be published every day this week. Be sure to let me know your favourites…

    Source: sosimplyspecial.com via Carla on Pinterest

    First up is this coke float / ice cream stand. Great idea for a kids party, but also a nice summer afternoon idea for friends.

    For the coke floats you will need:

    • Long glass tumblers
    • Coke
    • Ice cream (preferably vanilla, but cherry could also work well)
    • Long spoons (for scooping up the ice cream)
    • Straws

    For the ice cream station you will need:

    • Sundae glasses, or similar
    • Long spoons
    • 3 different flavours of ice cream
    • 3 sauces (I like chocolate, strawberry and toffee)
    • Toppings (chocolate shavings, sprinkles, candied fruit, brownie chunks, honeycomb)
    • Whipped cream
    • Cherries to garnish

    Optional extras are pretty napkins and fancy straws! How fun does this sound?!


    I’m not used to warm weather – is there a way to keep the ice cream from melting if it is out of the freezer? Obviously keep it out of sunlight but any other tips?