Thursday, February 21, 2019

My Six Favorite Authors

A couple of weeks ago, I was set a challenge on Twitter to post the covers of seven books that I love, with no explanations or reviews...just covers. I had to post a cover a day for a week. I was supposed to nominate someone else, but I couldn't think of anyone to nominate really, so I decided to bend the rules a bit and simply share the books that I love. It worked for me and the person who nominated me for the challenge didn't seem to mind that I bent the rules a bit. I love books, so I figured that even with bending the rules, I was still putting good energy out there in support of books, so all was well :)

Therefore, what follows is my list of my favorite books. It's always tough for me to compile lists like this, because like many people, I love a lot of books and love them for a variety of reasons. In this post I have also bent the rules a bit again and narrowed my list down to six books instead of seven. The six books that I have listed below are by my favorite authors of all time...Alice Walker, Tina McElroy Ansa, Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Dorothy West and Zora Neale Hurston. 

I wanted to highlight these six very extraordinary women and to highlight one of their works each which have inspired me, even though I love numerous works by them. This is in no particular order. I am continually inspired by these novels. One day I may or may not go deeper and tell why I am so inspired by these books, but this isn't that post :) Besides, I don't know if I have the words within me currently to express my feelings fully on this subject, so I'll just leave these extraordinary six books here to speak for themselves. Sometimes it's good to just let things be what they are and all six are amazing. No explanations needed :)

*Note: This is not a sponsored post. I'm just here to celebrate these amazing writers :)

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Valentine's Day

Sending lots of love out to everyone.


Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Wednesday Sunrise

I saw this beautiful sunrise this morning, so I thought that I'd share the view.🌄

When I saw this sunrise this morning, it brought a smile to my face.

I had a rough day today, but I'm going to go to sleep tonight and start over again tomorrow 🙂 No matter how lousy my day was, I'm still here and hey...nothing can take away from the beauty of this sunrise. Blessings to all 💖

Friday, February 08, 2019

Valentine's Day Product Round-up

*content courtesy of The Vegan Society - no compensation received

What if Valentine’s Day was celebrated this year to not just show love to your partner, but also to everyone else, including animals? Here are some of our favourite Vegan Trademarked products that show love to both people and animals.

Chocolate and Love’s dark chocolate tin 

This beautiful tin of all vegan Chocolate and Love napolitains contains 30 x 5.5g individually-wrapped dark chocolate napolitains in a mix of Panama 80% single origin, Rich Dark 71% and Madagascar 70% single origin ideal for romantic dark chocolate lovers.

RRP £11.99
Available at and from independent retailers throughout the UK

Faith in Nature’s watermelon shampoo, conditioner and body wash

Refresh your senses with the Watermelon range, packed with fresh, juicy Watermelon aromas. Made with 100% Natural Fragrance and Organic Watermelon Extract, the fruity aroma will leave you feeling fresh and revitalised.

RRP £5.50 each
Available in Holland & Barrett, all good health stores and at .

Broadland Wineries’ Proudly Vegan wines

Proudly Vegan wines are 100% vegan, including the ink and glue on the label. The company are on a mission to prove delicious wine that does not require any animal products to be used in the production process. Proudly Vegan is a range that is accessible to everyone and supports the ethical and environmental benefits of veganism. Choose between rose, merlot and Sauvignon Blanc flavours.

RRP £6.99 each
Available on Ocado

Eden Perfumes’ gift set

What’s more romantic than a gift of perfume? Eden Perfumes match your favourite popular designer women’s and men’s perfumes as well as aftershaves using vegan ingredients (jasmine, vanilla, passion fruit, musk, saffron, oud, sandalwood and more). The products are consciously crafted with respect to the planet and all beings.

3 x 10ml gift set
RRP £21.60
Available from .

Honest Brew’s 12 beer mixed case

A lovingly assembled mixed case of vegan-friendly brews perfect for those who want to steer clear of animal products. The company has worked alongside the world’s most exciting breweries to assure that each and every beer included can be drank with glee and leave you with zero worries.

RRP £32.90
Available at .

The Gin Guild’s Organic London Dry Gin

A zestful and full-of-flavour London Dry Gin. All their grain is grown organically without the use of toxic pesticides, insecticides and industrial fertilisers. The company have perfected hand harvesting and drying their botanicals on site within hours to retain the maximum freshness and flavour. Their FairWild certification means those harvesting are properly paid for their Junipers. Since first introduced in 1999 Juniper Green has won a total of 25 international medals against all the world’s gins, including golds in the UK and USA.

RRP £22.50
Available from Ocado, Abel & Cole, Amazon, Vintage Roots, Vinceremos and .

Booja Booja’s chocolate truffles 

12 deeply luxurious chocolate truffles inebriated with organic Fine de Champagne, handmade and packed into a classic black and gold box. Stylish and sophisticated, these are the perfect present and the ideal accompaniment to a glass of bubbly.

RRP £9.49
Available from good health food stores, delis and farm shops across the UK and selected branches of Waitrose.

LUSH’s All Yours gift set

A little bit of indulgence can be a good thing. Show someone (or yourself) a bit of love with this box hand painted with the freshest fruit and a sprinkling of hearts, the most important ingredient for a self-care session. Packed full of fruity fun, treats like Peachy bath bomb will perk up your sensual senses, while Avocado Wash shower gel will soothe and soften your skin. Throw caution to the water and enjoy a head to toe pampering with spring abandon. Designed by artist Kim Sielbeck, who is inspired by the colours of the sunset and verdant mountains that fill her with a magical energy.

RRP £39.95
Available in all LUSH stores

Northern Bloc’s vegan ice cream

If your date likes to experiment, these ice creams will be perfect for them as they’re anything but your typical - but Northern Bloc don’t really do ordinary. Choose between chocolate and orange blossom (orange blossom gives this rich dark chocolate ice cream a twist), peanut chip (sweet, salty and super nutty ice cream scattered with chocolate chips), hazelnut and rose (rose gives this hazelnut ice cream a distinctive floral note), strawberry and yuzu (strawberry ice cream with an added citrusy zing from the yuzu) and Madagascan bourbon vanilla (own version of a classic vanilla, made with the finest Madagascan bourbon vanilla).

RRP £5.49
Available from Co-op stores, Ocado and at .

Not into any of this?

If you’d rather put money into giving back, there are a lot of sanctuaries up and down the UK that dedicate their resources, energy and time to taking in animals rescued from the meat and dairy industry, which means they can go on to live a life free of cruelty and exploitation. Take your friends, your partner or yourself along and get involved. You can find all the organisations that are local to you here.

About The Vegan Society
The Vegan Society is the world’s oldest vegan society whose co-founder Donald Watson came up with the word ‘vegan’ in 1944. We are a registered educational charity (no. 279228) that provides information and guidance on various aspects of veganism, including to existing and potential vegans, caterers, healthcare professionals, educators and the media. If you are interested in learning more about veganism, download our new VeGuide app now.

Sunday, February 03, 2019

Book Spotlight: Love, Lies and Lunch

I’ve recently had the opportunity to read an intriguing collection of short stories entitled Love, Lies and Lunch by Diana Kay, published by Mereo Books. It’s a collection of stories about women who find themselves in interesting situations. The stories are beautifully written and vary from instances of daring to eat alone to daydreams about strangers on a train.

There has been great care taken with each story and they excellently tap into the human experience and allow readers the chance to put themselves into the shoes of the characters.  There are real life themes of love, deceit, vanity, humour, revenge and redemption, among others, woven into the pages of the book which definitely makes this a very enjoyable read!

Love, Lies and Lunch is available through Mereo Books, internet booksellers and at all good bookshops.

To learn more about this lovely book, please visit the Mereo Books website here.

About the author:

Diana Kay, lives in Hove (East Sussex) and is known to her many blog fans as ‘Delia Despair’. She is a former ground stewardess, governess, receptionist, library assistant and archivist to nobility. She was also a journalist with The Daily Telegraph and has written two other books, How to Get On with the Boss (1964) and her memoir The Grown-Ups Wouldn’t Like It (Mereo, 2014).

Saturday, February 02, 2019

Healthier Saturdays and the Moon

Happy Saturday!

I'm feeling better than I did two Saturdays ago or even one Saturday ago. I pray that the flu is gone and that I'm never that sick again. As I mentioned previously, I actually took the flu shot, but I still got the flu. Oh well, nothing is 100% effective. I'll still get the flu shot next time around because you just never know. Anyway, I'm extremely grateful to be feeling better and I'm praying for a full recovery and for my full energy to return soon. 🙂

As I mentioned the other day, as I feel better and better, I'd like to get back here more regularly to share what I'm up to, more like I used to in the earlier days of this blog. I'm also still loving taking photos, so I'd like to share them here again, even though I share them on Instagram often. I know that not everyone is on Instagram, so I'm going to get back to sharing them here on the blog also. I hope you'll enjoy taking a look.

To kick things off with sharing photos, I thought that I'd share a series of images that I shared on Instagram a few weeks back. I was walking home when I took these. The evening sky just took my breath away with its beauty. Nature is amazing! They're a little bit fuzzy, but I took them as I was walking briskly in the very cold evening air 😉

I loved getting a glimpse of the crescent moon along with all of that fantastic color! I love the moon!

I hope that you're having a great Saturday wherever you are.

Happy weekend! 

Friday, February 01, 2019

Happy February

Above: Beautiful trees back home

Happy February! 
Happy New Month!
Happy Black History Month!

Well here we are at the beginning of a new month. It's hard to believe that we're going into the second month of 2019 already. Time waits for no one. 

Since I've been sick with the flu for about half of January,  I feel a bit behind, but it's all need to rush to catch up. I'm just going to trust the natural flow of life and just enjoy the now and go forward flu 🙂

I hope that you have a wonderful February wherever you are!