If you’re a spoonie, then you know how frustrating it is to hear ‘but you don’t look sick’, or variations thereof.

This often passive aggressive, back-handed compliment is troublesome and we need to talk about it.

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But You Don’t Look Sick

What does ‘sick’ even look like? But that aside, it’s like people are insinuating that we’re not being honest. Words can hurt, and by saying we don’t look sick, you continue to erase our experiences.

Let’s not forget that there’s also such a thing as ‘invisible illnesses’. Not everyone’s illness or disabilty is visible. View Post

When I first started blogging, I would never have imagined I’d be lucky enough to feature in any publication. For me, blogging is a hobby, and I write purely for pleasure. I enjoy connecting with others and educating people on topics that matter to me.

Being able to contribute and work with Juno Magazine means the world to me. I get to share my content with people that I wouldn’t otherwise reach.

Juno Magazine Issue 45

This is my second article and 3rd contribution to the magazine, and I am beyond happy. View Post

DIY Dry Shampoo is a great natural alternative to store bought dry shampoo. If you’re trying to become more ‘Zero Waste’, then making your own dry shampoo is a great option.

DIY Dry Shampoo

 For many years I used the stuff in aerosol cans and hated them. The smell and the awful grey tones to my dark hair, ruined the dry shampoo experience for me. I started experimenting with bicarb when I went ‘no poo’ and found it didn’t leave my hair quite as white as the shop bought stuff. But it was still a problem. View Post

The Ruby Cup is a menstrual cup brand founded in 2011 by three amazing people; Maxie Matthiessen, Veronica D’Souza and Julie Weigaard Kjær.

Ruby Cup Menstrual Cup

Ruby Cup isn’t just your average company, though. They run a program called ‘Buy one, give one’ in which they donate one of their own cups to a girl in East Africa. The idea behind it is to keep girls in school. Many girls in Africa miss out on education because of their period. Because they can’t afford pads, they have no way to manage their period. Shame from leaking means many drop out of school entirely. View Post

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Following on with the Zero Waste Week theme of ‘Food Waste’, let’s talk about fruit/veggie scraps. You know what I mean… the handful of potato peelings, apple skins and ends of carrots. What do you do with them?

Apple Peelings Zero Waste

Oven Baked Crisps

Apple and potato peelings taste great when baked in the oven with only a few ingredients to liven up the taste. With  a dash of lemon juice and cinnamon, apple crisps taste divine. I find apple crisps are great if you have kids that half munch an apple and then leave it to dry out (like my sweet child does, ahem). The potato skins can be seasoned which will give them a tasty kick. You can find some pretty amazing recipes here and here.

Blend Into A Smoothie

For me, this has been the best way to use up scraps. Things that are starting to turn or wilt are perfect for smoothies. Over ripe bananas that are pretty much slush make great smoothies. Bananas are also great frozen and then blended to make ice cream.

Moving on from the bananas… I can often be found throwing in random bits of fruit or veg into smoothies. Ends of strawberries, cucumbers and radish greens. I find this works better with sweet/fruit smoothies, as they disguise the taste of the stuff you’ve thrown in. Spinach and Kale is fantastic thrown into fruit smoothies if you desperately need to use it up or get some of the good stuff into your body.

Use your common sense with this, though. Don’t throw bits of onion or chillies into a fruit smoothie as the taste would be hard to mask. Raw soups are a good option for food that has a more potent taste to it. View Post