Buying books in the digital age

So recently I downloaded the Kindle app on my phone, I figured it’d be cheaper and save more space if I bought more ebooks. You know, those random standalone books I wanted to read could be bought in ebook form. It would be more eco friendly too I suppose.

So I got the app, and I browsed and browsed and yet I couldn’t bring myself to buy anything. I found plenty of books I could’ve bought, but I didn’t. Couldn’t.

I’ve come to the realisation that nothing can beat the feel of a book to me. No argument about money saving or space saving can make me do it. Nothing can beat the feeling when I look up from my bed and see rows of books that I’ve bought over the years.

I love libraries and I do like to visit my local one every so often but it feels so much nicer building my own library. For when I move in with my equally book obsessed boyfriend and we can join our not-so-lil collections together, and continue to grow it.

I’ve had a bookshelf in every room I’ve been in since I could read, it was as much of an essential as my bed. I love the feel of books and how they look all stacked together.

Honestly, I just think I hate the feeling that my ebooks would be physically unaccounted for. I can’t put them on my shelves with the rest of my collection, they’ll just be hidden on my phone. Don’t like that.

And I’m not bashing ebooks, I’m fully aware of their strengths and I’m cool with the people who like ebooks. You do you and all that!

Until next time 🍁

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Some simple steps to help save the planet

While I’m aware that large corporations are more to blame than the average person for the state of the planet, it’s still not entirely fair to shirk off any and all responsibility. Sure you’re one person, but that’s one more person that’s helping to make a change. If everyone thought that their efforts didn’t matter then we wouldn’t get anywhere in life. So I have some tips that you can incorporate into your daily lives because quite frankly, the earth is dying and we need to get off our asses and do something about it.

  1. Consume less animal products. The whole process of getting meat, dairy and all of that to your plates has disastrous consequences on the environment. While I understand that people can’t just stop eating meat cold turkey (pardon the pun) or have health issues that don’t allow them to do so. Maybe try having one or two days a week where you don’t eat animal products. It may not seem like much but it’ll help, reducing the demand will ultimately reduce how much is produced. It’s already happening thanks to the recent surge in people switching to vegetarian and vegan lifestyles.
  2. Be conscious of how much water and electricity you’re using. Again, I’m not asking you to give up all your electrical possessions and give up baths forever. Baby steps, unplug things or turn the switches off then you’re not using them. Turn off the tap when you’re brushing your teeth and sure, maybe don’t have a bath every single day. It’ll help.
  3. Plastic, ah plastic. We’ve all been hearing about reducing our plastic usage, but how? Well, stop buying water bottles that you’ll end up throwing away. Buy a sturdy bottle, like the metal ones, and just use that. It’ll save you using so much plastic (and money!!) It doesn’t have to be really expensive either, I got mine from Wilko (in the UK) for £5! Buy resuable bags, a tote bag perhaps? I have a tote bag with me all the time, just in case I need one. Plastic bags cause so many problems and it just makes more sense to have your own reusable bags that you can fold away once you’re done using them. My dad, for example, has a few of those big reusable bags you can get from the supermarket in his car all the time so whenever we go shopping we’ll always have bags.
  4. Ordering things online, if you can try to order things all at once to reduce the amount of packaging used. It may not seem like much but limiting the amount of waste you produce (however recyclable it is!) will help massively.
  5. Buy clothes second hand, I probably will end up writing a post about fast fashion and all of that. But for this post, try to buy clothes from charity shops (trust me you can find some absolute gems for a fraction of the price) Plus that’s one more item of clothing that’s been saved from ending up in a landfill somewhere.

I hope these have inspired some of you to change your habits a little bit, until next time! 🍁

Keeping your vagina (and co) healthy

*Before I begin this post, I want to clarify that the vagina is just the opening. Where period blood comes out, where sex toys would go in (if you’re into that) etc. I have more of a focus on the vagina in this post but I do have some tips that are less about the vagina and more about other parts that could get infected, such as the urethra (where ye pee)*

For the most part, your vagina and surrounding area takes care of itself. Pretty convenient! But there are still ways that you can help out, quite important things too! Here are my current top tips:

PEE AFTER SEX!!

I personally have never had a UTI but the things I have heard about it are unpleasant to say the least. This is after all kinds of sex. Oral, penetration, digital (fingering etc.) Peeing after sex means that any bacteria that may have gotten into your urethra get flushed out before any damage is done. I.e the painful burning peeing experience you’ll have. Even if you think you don’t need it, just go, you’ll be surprised!

Wear as little as you can to bed

In an ideal world you wouldn’t wear pants at all, to let it all breathe. Warm, moist places are perfect breeding grounds for bacteria so by allowing your vagina to breathe freely, you’re reducing the likelihood of an infection occurring. However, I tried it for a while and I didn’t love it. Just felt a bit exposed, plus there’s a lot of rabbit hair everywhere so I figured it would do more harm than good. I just skip pj bottoms instead, it’s cooler that way so I take that as a win!

Skip the soap

Like I said at the start, your vagina does a pretty good job of taking care of itself. That includes cleaning! Your vagina is very capable of cleaning itself and you putting soaps and extra water down there isn’t helping anyone. In fact it’s doing the opposite, messing with the pH of your vagina can lead to infections. So lets just let it do its thing. If you do feel like you wanna clean the general area then try to wash the lips and stuff (with mild soap! No soap is best though)

Wiping front to back, not back to front

Now some of you may of heard of this and some may have not, it seems so obvious but I didn’t realise until I had someone explain it to me. So, it feels almost natural to wipe from back (near your butt) to the front, after you’ve peed. But I wouldn’t recommend it, why? Well when you’re wiping in that direction, you’re pulling forward all the bacteria from around your butt and any bacteria around the vagina into the urethra. Which is prone to getting infected because apparently we don’t suffer enough as is. So wipe front to back, pulling all the bacteria away from the urethra!

That’s all I’ve got for now, until next time 🍁

 

Why I’m a vegetarian

So I’ve been a vegetarian for 2.5 years now, and what can I say? I don’t really miss meat.

I gave it a go when I was younger but I barely lasted 6 months, so my parents didn’t take me as seriously when I wanted to become a vegetarian the second time round. But I stuck to it and now my mum is a vegetarian too! She’s got other reasons though, I didn’t influence her much.

Anyhow so I figured I could talk about how being a vegetarian has impacted my life! I was originally gonna talk about all the health benefits but I’m not exactly an expert so I figured I should avoid those topics for now. This is a collab with the lovely Lana, go over and check out her post on veganism! After you finish mine of course!

So, why did I become a vegetarian in the first place? And how?

I’ll be honest, I feel like my story is a little odd. But here we go, we currently have two pet budgies but before these two we had a different pair. I called them Ezekiel (Zeke) and Crowley. I was really into Supernatural at the time, clearly.  Crowley was a short pudgy little bird and all was well for the first few weeks. And then Crowley died, it was awful. It all happened in about half an hour but it felt like hours and I could tell that he suffered. I’m not sure what happened to me but in that moment a switch flipped in my brain and I couldn’t stomach the idea of ever eating meat again. So I didn’t and here I am two and half years later.

Since then, my love for animals has only grown exponentially and I cry at dog’s trust adverts. (He found his person!!!)

I became a vegetarian because of Crowley but I stayed a vegetarian because of my love for animals. At the beginning I was tempted every so often but I knew that if I did give in that I’d feel so guilty and it wouldn’t be worth it so I didn’t go for it. Now, for the most part, the sight and smell of meat alone makes me gag a little so I suppose I can say I’m safe.

I think that’s all I’ve got for today! Make sure you go check out Lana‘s post and I’ll see you in my next one!

Until next time 🍁

 

A wish list of sorts

So now that I’ve gotten a job, I compiled a list of things that I wanted to buy for myself. Slightly pricey things so I can’t get them all at once but I can get things one by one! So here we go:

  • Instax camera – So I love the idea of Instax cameras and I have a few Polaroids taken by friends which I adore and I want to be able to take my own! (Without feeling guilty about wasting their film)
  • Leather jacket – Fake leather, of course, but I love the look of a leather jacket but I have yet to find one I love. I don’t want to half ass it like I did before because I didn’t love that jacket and ended up giving it away. Bit of a waste really. So I’m looking to actually take my time and up my standards so I find one that I adore.
  • A hair cut – Maybe a bit weird but I don’t get my hair cut very often at all, the last hair cut I had was maybe two years ago when I chopped 12 inches off and that was after 5 years of avoiding the hairdressers! But now I want to get long layers in my hair cos I think it’ll add a bit of movement especially as I’m growing my hair out again back to its former glory!
  • Thigh high boots – Love them, they look sexy as hell and very autumnal. I wanted to give them a go last year but I didn’t feel very confident about it so I didn’t bother, but this year I’m feeling it!
  • Combat boots – So I had boots that I bought YEARS ago and never wore. They started getting a bit banged up from being jostled around so much and just left to breakdown in the garage. But then this past month I finally recognised their potential and started wearing them almost everyday and it was too much for those poor things and they fell apart. So now I’m on the hunt for another pair like them but I can’t find any that don’t have all the excessive decorative buckles :/ I’ll find my perfect pair eventually!!

    That’s all for today folks, until next time 🍁

A lil weekend haul

So I’ve ran out of scheduled blogotber posts, luckily I went out this weekend so woooo haul!

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So I got nose and second ear piercings back in April, and for my job I’m not supposed to have piercings in. My ear piercings are easy to take out my nose, to be quit frank, hurt like a bitch. Because there was a ridge at the end to stop it from falling out but I had to pull that through the nose hole which is smaller than it. So I left it in and have been hiding from the authorities at work :/ So yeah, that’s why I got a nose ring sorta thing so that it’s way easier to take out. The other two nose piercing stuff I had to get because there were no stand alone nose rings ://

We’re gonna ignore the silver earrings cos they did not work out well at all. And of course, cactus earrings. Who would I be if I didn’t buy cactus earrings! (They were £3.50)

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Brush pens! I’ve gotten more creative with my journaling recently and I’ve been wanting to try my hand at hand lettering, so brush pens. I’m not very good at the moment but I’ll practise, the pens are quite nice as well considering it was only £4! (From The works)

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So APPARENTLY, collection came out with another darker shade for their concealer?? I’ve had number 4 for years, and it’s a tad too light but I feel like 5 is a tad too dark (I haven’t properly trialled it yet so it might not be!) so I’m gonna have to some mixing. Also it was on offer to it was £3 something at Wilko.

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Truthfully, I got this because I wanted a notebook to plan out blog posts but then I figured that I’m not really that kind of blogger anymore. So I’ve decided to use this to practice my hand lettering, I think, I started practising in my journal but I think it would be better to have a separate notebook so that I can just have more pretty writing in my journal. (£1 from Wilko)

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A metal water bottle!! This has been on my list for a while, but I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on one just because everyone had bottles from that brand. (I think it’s called Chilly or something) I found this little beauty in Wilko for £5, there was baby blue and baby (?) pink. But yes, I wanted a metal water bottle because I want to reduce my plastic waste as much as I can because I need a water bottle with me at all times but most of the “reusable” plastic bottles I had always leaked. Or broke and ruined everything in my bag…

That’s all I got lads, I’ll be seeing you again the day after tomorrow (hopefully!)

Until next time 🍁

A poem

You want me to be meek

Silent footsteps, sweet smiles.

To bow down before you,

to let you fill my mind with your ideals.

After all, I’m just a woman.

 

Sealed lips, sealed legs

for someone chosen to unwrap.

Not chosen by me, of course.

 

But I’m not yours to give

not yours to bend and shape.

I will never fit into your mould

I’m too loud, too angry

Too much of everything you didn’t want me to be.

Have you ever tried to silence a storm?

Try it, I dare you.

An impossible feat.

 

Now try and silence me

I dare you.

17 years and I’ve only gotten louder.

–  An angry poem from 2017