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Weekend Reads #3

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There we go, another little collection for you to read up on the articles, blog posts and videos I’ve found shareworthy in the last couple of days! Let’s jump right in.

PARENTING THE GERMAN WAY

It’s so strange, reading this article I’ve never really realised that people in other countries might be doing things differently. Helicopter parent style. Now, I don’t intend to ever have kids, but this is still a worthwhile read; it basically sums up my childhood!
How to Parent Like a German.

NO SLEEP CHEAT SHEET

Well, unlike the post’s author, I’m not a parent (plus I can’t drink caffeine, which makes bit of this a tad more difficult), but I’m struggling with fatigue a lot these days, so this is a great post for those days you just really have to pull through: How to Function at Work When You Got Almost No Sleep.

WHY BOOKS SMELL THE WAY THEY SMELL

Now this one’s one for the book nerds and chemistry geeks alike: ever wondered why books smell the way they do? Well, Compound Interest has got you covered. They explain that the “new book smell” (and the “old book smell”, for that matter) is far more than adhesives and ink: What Causes the Smell of New & Old Books?

RECIPES >> INSTANT MAC & CHEESE, SORT OF

Another post from A Beautiful Mess! This sounds like a great idea; sometimes eating vegan is made hard by the fact that there aren’t enough quick comfort food options. ABM have put up a wonderful recipe to prepare a vegan “boxed” Mac&Cheese mix that you just have to prepare with a bit of vegan butter and milk. I love the idea! Just need to find some onion powder now … : Homemade “Boxed” Mac + Cheese (Vegan Friendly).

What have you been reading & loving this past week? xx

Weekend Blog Reads #2

Weekend Blog Reads at daneesaur.co.uk

One week in and I’ve already retitled the thing, cause there’s no way in hell I’m gonna be able to do this every week. I know me. Anyhow, it’s my birthday today! Woooo! Cake for me! Actually I’m just having a chilled out day with my mum today, we’ll go have some nice food, maybe drop by my best friend at work – originally I’ve had planned to go to Amsterdam with a car full of my closest friends, but everyone either had to work or was too broke to go. Me included. Aw well. Maybe next year (I tell myself).

So much on that, here’s what I’ve been loving lately:

WHY INTERSECTIONALITY & AN ETHICAL LIFESTYLE GO HAND IN HAND

I’ll start with my absolute favourite post of the last couple of days, which was this wonderful article on how intersectionality plays an important role in ethical living. I’ve always been vocal in advocating for the people who might simply not be able to lead a completely vegan/cruelty-free/ethical lifestyle, so Steph is really speaking directly to my soul here: Intersectionality & Ethical Living.

THE BODY SHOP IS STILL NOT REALLY CRUELTY-FREE

My next favourite that I wish I had written, but didn’t: my friend Katie has written a really good post explaining why we should stop considering The Body Shop as an ethical/cruelty-free brand: Enrich Not Exploit: The Small Print.

RECIPE >> CHOCOLATE TURDS

Once again I probably could’ve put that nicer, but Emma, from one of the blogs we all probably know, A Beautiful Mess, has written a recipe for super easy no-bake peanut chocolate cookies. That look like turds. (sorry) I’m definitely having a go at these some time soon! Chocolate No-Grains No-Bake Cookies.

IBD >> CUTE OSTOMY BAGS

People who suffer from IBD might have to get a colostomy or ileostomy at some point in their life. Nakisha Brown was sick of the ugly brown/flesh coloured bags and started creating more fashionable covers: Crohn’s sufferer turns illness into business after making fashionable colostomy bags

That’s it for this week! I’ll go ahead and bury my face in birthday cake now. That is, if I’m even getting one at all today.

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Weekly Blog Reads #1

Weekly Blog Reads at daneesaur.co.uk

I’m all about supporting other bloggers, big or small, as well as just generally talking about other content online, and I often feel like a simple retweet on Twitter isn’t quite as engaging as I could be with the content that I appreciate. That’s what made me start this (hopefully) regular series of “weekly blog reads”, where I share with you a couple of blog posts, articles and videos I’ve liked over the week and that I find worth sharing! In some cases, they might not be things that were written or published in that specific week, but I’ll just be sharing things as I discover them.

FALSE FRIENDS IN CRUELTY FREE BEAUTY

Vicky Ly at ethical elephant blogs about PETA’s unreliable cruelty-free list in Is Marc Jacobs Beauty Tested On Animals Or Cruelty Free?

LIVING A CREATIVE LIFE

Kate shares what she has been knitting this past month, celebrating her achievements: “I made it!” monthly: January 2016

GIRL SCOUTS IS FOR ALL GIRLS

Western Washington girl scouts refuse a donation that comes with transphobic conditions: Girl Scouts choose transgender girls over $100,000 donation

NO HARASSMENT TOLERATED

The National Science Foundation, one of the biggest funders for US science, will pull financial support for institutions that don’t address sexual harassment claims: The National Science Foundation (NSF) will not tolerate harassment at grantee institutions

MAKE LOVE NOT SCARS

Survivors of acid attacks rally to ban the sale of acid in India to common people to help end gender-based violence; sign the petition here: Make Acid Unavailable to the Common Man.

PLASTIC IS EVERYWHERE

The Guardian shares insight on the plastic production of the world – since WW2, we’ve produced enough to wrap the whole planet in clingfilm. Yikes! Plastic now pollutes every corner of Earth

[VIDEO] I’M EXACTLY LIKE OTHER GIRLS

The wonderful Leena has made another brilliant video, this time about the supposed compliment “I like you! You’re not like other girls!” – which opens a whole can of worms on internalised misogyny: Not Like Other Girls

[VIDEO] HOW TO GET WORK DONE

Fran works as a freelancer in illustration, currently based in London. Working from home, sometimes motivation doesn’t come easy. Here’s what she does to defeat the Chain of Doom: How do I stay motivated

Annnnd that’s about it for this week! What blog posts, articles or videos have stuck with you this week? x

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Creating a Holiday Wish List

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Help out your friends and family this year: tell them what you want!

A lot of people I know are actually stepping away from the consumerist hell that are the Christmas holidays, telling their family and other gift-givers that no, really, I’d rather just have a quiet lovely evening surrounded by family.

Which. Y’know. Fair enough. I on the other hand am thoroughly enjoying giving gifts to other people – although I’ll admit I’m not exempt from last minute panic, because I procrastinated or simply forgot to buy a special family member something.

If you think you might be expecting gifts from someone or have openly announced that you’ll want gifts cause you’re a greedy bitch, thank you very much, do yourself and your benefactors the favour of actually telling them what you want.
Because while I love giving and getting gifts, nothing is more annoying than wasting your money on something your friend doesn’t want – or suddenly owning a gift that you can’t or don’t want to use.

The easiest way out of this, in my opinion, is creating an Amazon wish list. Not only does Amazon have about any product imaginable under the sun, you can link to external products, too.

There are loads of reasons not to want to support Amazon as a company, but you can just use it as a convenient and neat collection and encourage people to shop locally instead.

amazon holiday wish list

If you do want to buy something from Amazon directly, you can filter the wish list by hiding all external items. If you have your shipping address connected to the list, people can actually gift you things that way without having to know your address – perfect for Secret Santa kind of arrangements! You can also sort the list in order of priority or price – I’ve always got it set to priority automatically, but the other option is great for broke students or cheapskates. Wink wink.

My wish list can be found here (or in the top menu of my blog). This post was sadly sponsored by no one, so all this Amazon praise was all my own. Sad face. (Please pay me.)

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