Newsletter JUNE

June.. summer will officially start this month! Yay! The temperatures have been so nice though, it feels like it’s summer already. What is everybody been doing with this lovely weather all the time? June has a lot of nice things coming up again. So let’s see what we can review from May and then let’s plan up coming month!

LONDON SUMMER VEGAN FESTIVAL – REVIEW 
Discovered a lot of lovely new things. Got some beautiful products to review (stay tuned) and had some lovely food. Jake’s Vegan Steaks was definitely a hit as the queue was the longest ever. I’ve never heard of it, but I had it for lunch.. loved it and it turns out he is on Portobello Market on Saturdays. I’ll go as soon as I have time to go. Great discovery! And had a lovely desert (ice cream + waffle) at Yorica. This is one of my all time favourite hotspots and I love the van they use for festivals. Who else went and did you have a good time?

24/5 – 27/5 – ROME
The days in Rome were fantastic! What a beautiful city. Soon I will post all about it + I’ll give you some nice hotspots. Stay tuned!

03/06 – 04/06 – BRIGHTON VEGAN FEST
June is starting off well with Brighton’s Vegan Festival! It’s on Lewes Road, BN2 3FX and it starts at 10:00 on the 3rd and it will end at 17:00 on the 4th of June. This is the place  to be, because: 170 fantastic stalls, 15 world food caterers, great talks, cooking demos, all day live entertainment, live music and much more! You can pay at the door. It’s £5 for 1 day and if you want to go on both days, you can also purchase a 2-day ticket for £8. I’m going! Do I see you there?

10/06 – GREATER LONDON VEGAN FESTIVAL
It’s the 4th time the festival is on. There are over 100 companies with food/cakes, clothing, cosmetics and campaigns. There will also be inspirational talks and cooking demos. It’s held at the Camden Centre (38-50 Bidborough Street, WC1H 9JE) from 10:30-17:00. Get your tickets here. Have fun for everybody who’s going!

15/06 – RAW TALKS AT PARADISE UNBAKERY
Every month there is an inspirational talk at the amazing Paradise Unbakery. This time it will be about ‘Natural Weight Balance’ by Lia Sokhi. All about the truth behind weight loss and cleansing your body. Are you having difficulties with your digestive system? Then this might be interesting for you! It’s from 18:30-21:00 and you can get your tickets here. I’m thinking about going here myself. Who’s with me?

17/06 – VEGAN MARKET HACKNEY 
From 11:00 – 14:00 there is a vegan market in Hackney at the Hackney Downs Studios (17 Amhurst Terrace, E8 2BT). It’s an outdoor market with food and art. It’s admission free.

18/06 – BRIXTON VEGAN FESTIVAL 
A super social event for only £1 (children under 16 are free)! Lots of stalls, workshops, creativity, talks and good food. Does this sound like something you’d like to go to? Then make sure you’re at the Dogstar  (389 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton) between 12:00-19:00 (The pub will be open until 10:30).

21/06 – SUMMER
Yay!! It’s officially summer.. let’s hope for a good one!

RECIPE SPOILER
Who love(d)s Pasta Carbonara? But then vegan.. look out for this ‘Veganara’ recipe!

Was this helpful, did you like to read this or do you have any questions? Would you like to tell me about your Easter.. I’d love to hear all about it! Please let me know in a comment below! Do you have any exciting things coming up what is related to veganism, positivity, spirituality etc? Please let me know! Send me a message via CONTACT and I might publish it in my next newsletter! Thank you! X

Newsletter MAY

Finally! The -r is out of the month! There were very lovely sunny days in April, but also very cold days.. like we’re used to from this month. But now May started, warmer days are coming a bit more often and more frequently (hopefully.. cuz let’s remember, it’s still the UK!). There will be baby animals everywhere and most trees are all green now. Yay for May!

VEGGIE WORLD – REVIEW
On Saturday the 8th of April I went to Veggie World and that was a big success. I did expect it to be a little bigger though, but there were lovely stalls and good food. I bought a new day/night cream from iUVO and I absolutely love it. I will write a review about it soon. This weekend 2 friends came over from the Netherlands and they came with me. I shared a Dutch Weedburger with one of them. A burger made out of Dutch seaweed. I knew about its existence, because I’ve seen it from some Dutch bloggers. You can’t get them in London yet, but I really hope they will come soon, because it was super delicious! I also handed out more than 250 leaflets in the most lovely sunshine. I’ve got some very nice reactions and it was lovely to meet so many people who are passionate about the same thing!

EASTER REVIEW
How was your Easter? You can read about my lovely Easter weekend in the Netherlands now, if you didn’t do that already. My boyfriend, Steven, and I started off in Amsterdam on Friday and we made a yummy Easter brunch over the weekend. I had such a good time! I’m curious about your Easter adventures! Please let me know! Oh and don’t forget to check out the hotspot list..

06/05 – KENT VEGAN FESTIVAL
This is the 3rd time this festival is on. There will be a variety of stalls: a cafe run by Potato Tomato, cookery demos, great speakers, some workshops, a children’s area and live music. So if you don’t want to miss this, then make sure you will be at the Westgate Hall, Canterbury (Westgate Hall Road, CT1 2BT), between 10:00-18:00. The tickets are £3 at the door. For more information and to find out what speakers will be there, take a look at their website

13/05 – SURREY VEGAN FAIR
Between 10:00 – 6:30 at the H.G Conference & Events Centre in Woking (Church Street East, GU21 6HJ), there will be a lovely vegan fair. Lots of stalls, inspiring talks and great food. The tickets at the door are £5, but you can also get your tickets now, for only £3 (or 2 for £5). There is also an option to get a VIP ticket for £6, this includes a goody bag.

13/05 – VEGAN SUMMER FEST LONDON
Yes people.. 150 stalls, 15 world food caterers, free samples, cooking demo’s and great talks! It’s held at the Ibis Hotel in Earls Court, from 11:00 – 17:00. This is definitely a nice way to spend your Saturday afternoon. You can buy tickets at the door for £5.

20/05 – VEGAN MARKET
From 11:00 – 14:00 there is a vegan market in Hackney at the Hackney Downs Studios (17 Amhurst Terrace, E8 2BT). It’s an outdoor market with food and art. Sounds very nice to me and it’s admission free.

24/05 – 27/05 – CITYTRIP ROME
Yay! I’m going to Rome! I always wanted to go to Rome, as I hear from everyone that it’s such an amazing city. Rome is also the first destination of Elizabeth Gilbert’s ‘Eat Pray Love’ adventure and as that is my favourite book and movie, I must admit that this gives me some extra excitement! When I was in Paris, I said to myself I’d go to Rome next, so I kept my word and booked my tickets. Ohh and guess what.. Steven is coming with me! How romantic.. we will look for nice vegan friendly hotspots and I’ll, of course, write about our adventures. I can’t wait!

25/05 – ART MASTERCLASS
Are you into art and did you always wonder if you can create a master piece yourself? This is your chance! At Mini Picassos there will be given a masterclass for beginners from 19:30 – 21:30. You will make 2 small canvases and by the end of the class you will have a much better understanding of drawing still-life, mixing oils and paint on canvas. It’s £30 and you can book the class via their website.
LIFE DRAWING
Every Monday, from 19:15 – 21:30, Mini Picassos also offers Life Drawing classes. This is a drop in class. If you want, you can reserve an easel via the website or you can just pop in to see if there is one free. It’s only £15 and beginners are welcome. So why not?! Give it a try!

**JUNE!!** 03/06 – 04/06 – BRIGHTON VEGAN FEST
This is June, but I thought I’ll let you know now, just so you can prepare (read: keep the weekend free!). It’s on Lewes Road, BN2 3FX in Brighton and it starts at 10:00 on the 3rd and it will end at 17:00 on the 4th of June. This is the place  to be, because: 170 fantastic stalls, 15 world food caterers, great talks, cooking demos, all day live entertainment, live music and much more! You can pay at the door. It’s £5 for 1 day and if you want to go on both days, you can also purchase a 2-day ticket for £8.

RECIPE SPOILER
Ohh yes.. who’s in a Mexican food mood? Keep your eyes open and stay tuned for a Taco Feast this month! I can tell you.. it’s good! 

Was this helpful, did you like to read this or do you have any questions? Would you like to tell me about your Easter.. I’d love to hear all about it! Please let me know in a comment below! Do you have any exciting things coming up what is related to veganism, positivity, spirituality etc? Please let me know! Send me a message via CONTACT and I might publish it in my next newsletter! Thank you! X

 

Newsletter APRIL

Yes, it’s already April! The last month with an -r in the month, but the sun is shining a lot more often. There are flowers everywhere, the birds are building their nests and the first baby animals are born. Yay!

UPDATE BANANA ISLAND
In last month’s newsletter I announced I would be on Banana Island from 20-26 of March. This means I only ate bananas (and a little greens) that week. I can now tell you that in total I ate 140 bananas and guess what.. I still like bananas! What did I experience during my time on Banana Island? On the 10th of April there will be a post about everything around Banana Island. I’ll tell you exactly how it went, what happened, what I experienced, if I found it helpful, if I would do it again and what happened after coming back from the island. So stay tuned!

01/04: WINNER GIVEAWAY!
Last night at 00:00 the Anniversary-giveaway ended. I want to thank everybody who entered, but I can only let 1 person win. To make it fair I used a generator (as shown in InstaStories). The winner of the Giveaway is: Sassyvegan. Congratulations!!

01/04: APRILS FOOLS DAY
Personally I’m not a big fan of April’s Fools day, but you might want to prank somebody with Foolish Chocolate Mouse. A yummy recipe, especially for this day. Have fun!

02/04: BRIXTON SPRING VEGAN FESTIVAL
Nothing planned for you Sunday afternoon yet? Then go to the Brixton vegan festival, between 12:00 – 19:00. A lovely beginning for spring. You can expect International Street Food, Eco Friendly Gifts, Alkaline & Raw Delights and some great Talks and Art Workshops. This all for only a £1 pound entrance!

08/04 – 09/04: VEGGIE WORLD
I am super excited for Veggie World as it’s one of the biggest and one of the oldest vegan festivals there is. You can expect a lot of stalls with food, fashion, beauty and a lot more andddd.. all vegan! There will be talks, cooking demo’s from plant based chefs, activities for children, animal yoga and do you want to start a business? There will also be some useful information for vegan entrepreneurs. Did you get your ticket? You pay £2 less if you pre order your ticket. So make sure you have your ticket and I hope to see you there!

14/04: GOOD FRIDAY
What have you planned for this day off? Just an idea.. you could start with some raw pancakes at Nama or make a big breakfast yourself. Make it pamper day and get yourself a lovely bath bomb from Lush. Or.. if the weather is good, go for a day trip. For the people in London.. what about Brighton?! Looking for beautiful stones, beach walks, feel the wind blowing through your hair and have vegan pizza at Purezza. It’ll be refreshing and so much fun!

16/04 – 17-04: EASTER
Are you doing an egg hunt? Then you’re in need of vegan chocolate eggs. In my experience it’s quite tricky to get small chocolate eggs. Most of them are big. Super delicious, but a little much and expensive to get a lot of them. I did some research and found these mini eggs from Montezuma’s on amazon. I think they’re perfect. Click here to order them. You pay £8,69 for 9 eggs, but it’s free delivery! To make it less expensive, but more fun, you can also make some eggs of pastel coloured paper. You could write a nice message or quote on each of them or a question and make it into a quiz. It’s not about how many kg’s of chocolate you collect (or is it? Hehe..), it’s about the fun you have! Cruelty free fun!
I’m in Holland with Easter, to make and enjoy a good brunch. Are you going to make or go to an Easter brunch too? Take a look at my easter recipes: Stuffed Green Eggs and Hopping Bread.

22/4: EARTH DAY
Earth Day is a worldwide annual event. Events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Let’s all post something on our Facebook or Instagram what support Earth Day! Tell people about their carbon footprint if they’re not vegan.. Let’s spread the word!

27/4: KING’S DAY IN HOLLAND
On the 27th of April it’s King’s Day in Holland, a national holiday, in honer of King Willem-Alexander. Everything in Holland will be orange and there are a lot of activities (like children flee markets all around the country. The biggest party is in Amsterdam though. This attracts a lot of people all around the world!

RECIPE SPOILER
Easter recipe, you might want to try this easter! Keep your eyes open for ‘Easter Puddy’!

Was this helpful, did you like to read this or do you have any questions? Please let me know in a comment below! Do you have any exciting things coming up what is related to veganism, positivity, spirituality etc? Please let me know! Send me a message via CONTACT and I might publish it in my next newsletter! Thank you! X

Newsletter MARCH

Every new month I will write a newsletter. March has already started, so that is why it’s published today. From now on you can expect a newsletter every 1st of the month. I will write about anything new around PlanetManel, future plans, activities/festivals, new products, recipes and hotspots. I hope you will like it and you will find it helpful.

12/03: ANNIVERSARY
On the 12th Planet Manel celebrated its first anniverary! A year ago I started my blog and I’m very pleased that I’m still happily typing away. I love having my blog. Now veganism is so upcoming I’m happy that I’m able to help spread the word. It’s so imporatnt that we all educate the people around us. That’s why I’m so grateful for all my followers. I want to thank you all, because without you it isn’t much fun!
You also might have noticed that the website looks a little different. It was time for new pictures and some improvements. I made the topics more simple and I hope this helps you to find things more easily.
To really celebrate, I organised a lovely giveaway. Click here if you want to see what is there to win and how to enter. I hope you will!

20/03: SPRING
The day we’ve all been waiting for. Spring is officially starting today! Spring is one of my favourite seasons. The first warm sun rays, the flowers, the blossoms, the baby animals.. instant mood-lift!

20/03: BANANA ISLAND
Next week (20-26 of March), the first day of spring, I will be on Banana Island. For the people who don’t know what that means: it’s not a real island (unfortunately), but it means that you only eat bananas(20+). It’s a detox. You can do this for just 1 day or even for a month if you like, but I will be doing it for a week. It’s like a reset for your body. Your body only needs to digest bananas, what means very little energy will go to your digestive system. This left over energy will go to other things in your body, so it can heal. I never did this before and I’m very excited to notice the benefits. Some of the benefits are: clearer skin, clearing digestive system, more energy, the difference between emotional eating and real hunger, improves sleep. I will keep a journal and makes notes about all the changes I experience.
Does this sounds like something you would like to do to? Let’s do it together! Send me a message if you’re interested or if you want more information about this subject.

23/03: RAW-TALK
If you’re interested in Raw food, you might like to go to one of the Raw-talks from Paradise Unbakery. The next Raw-talk is on Thursday the 23rd of 
March from 18:30-21:00. Make sure you have a ticket.

25/03: KINGSTON YOGA & VEGAN FOOD FESTIVAL
This is only the second edition of this lovely festival, organised by Yogific. You can join talks and 20+ yoga classes for only £5. There will also be lots of yummy vegan food, live music, yoga challenges (and exciting prices to win) and 60+ 100% cruelty free stalls. You have to admit that this sounds amazing! If you like to go, then make sure you’re free on Saturday the 25th of March between 9:15 and 16:30. The festival is at the Kingston upon Thames Guildhall. To get your ticket(s) and for more information go to their website. I’m very excited about this festival!

26/03: MOTHERS DAY
Don’t forget! It’s Mother’s Day soon! Are you well prepared and do you already have something for your mum? What is better than an old fashion breakfast in bed, with a modern twist?! What do you think of ‘Chia Loves Oaty’, with some lovely eatable flowers on top? ..or enjoy a Middle Eastern breakfast together with ‘Azka Ftour’! Of course you can also always give her some nice chocolates, every mum loves that! My favourite chocolate to give away: Booja Booja!

27/03: SOCIAL GATHERING VANTRA VITAO
Do you like to have an evening with like minded people? Then you should go to Vantra Vitao on the 27th of March. I’m sure there will be a lovely atmosphere and lots of good food (minimum spend: £12). You’re welcome from 19:00-22:00. Vantra Vitao is one of my favourite vegan restaurants for sure, so I’m quite sure you’ll not regret it.

08/04 – 09/04: VEGGIE WORLD
This is actually April news, but just because you can already order your tickets, order them now! It’ll be £2 pounds less when you pre order.

Reminder: EASTER EGGS
Not to worry, as a vegan you can still enjoy a delcious easter egg. A lot of brands (and every year there are more) now offer vegan options. Make sure to get your Vegan Easter egg before Easter. It’s nice to give away, to share or of course, to devour all by yourself! Vegan Easter egg brands: MooFree, Choices, Booja Booja, Tesco Finest Free From, Sainsbury’s Free From.

RECIPE SPOILER
Super healthy and yummy granola! Keep your eyes open for ‘Breakfetti’!

Was this helpful, did you like to read this or do you have any questions? Please let me know in a comment below! Do you have any exciting things coming up what is related to veganism, positivity, spirituality etc? Please let me know! Send me a message via CONTACT and I might publish it in my next newsletter! Thank you! X

Planet Manel’s 1 year Anniversary + GIVEAWAY!

Yay!! Today Planet Manel is 1 year old! Already for a whole year I’ve been writing about my passions. If you follow me for a while already, you know that this is mainly veganism. I love having my blog and I dare to say that I grew a lot in the past year. There were a lot of things that needed to improve and still there are things I work on and I try to improve every time I write something. I want to thank you all for following me, commenting and liking my posts. I really appreciate every one of you and I couldn’t do this if it wasn’t for my readers. Thank you so much!

As you can see, the website changed a little bit. A fresh start for a new year. I hope you like it and that this made it easier to find things. But to really celebrate the 1st anniversary, I created a little Giveaway with some of my personal favourites.

The giveaway:
-Avocado socks
-Peanut butter Nakd bar.
-Banana bread Nakd bar.
-Tony’s Chocolonely (almond/sea salt).
-Lenny & Larry’s cookie (snickerdoodle).
-Heath & Heather tea (green tea and coconut).
-‘Baa Bar’ bubble bar from Lush.

-I mean.. who doesn’t need avocado socks? Definitely great for the avocado-addicts over here! Like me.. I’ve got these sock myself! 
-Nakd bars for the win! These 2 are my favourite flavours, they even taste great together.. haha!
-Tony’s Chocolonely is hard to find here in the UK, but I brought this one especially from Holland. This is definitely the best flavour for sure! Just believe me..
-Just because after that huge work out, you need a treat!
-This green tea in combination with ‘Oatly Foamable’ is heaven! It’s like drinking green tea with coconut milk. Call it a ‘tea colada’!
-This is actually my second favourite bubble bar (Rose Jam is nmbr 1!!), but this one is lovely before you go to sleep. Soak yourself with this soy lavender goodness! Also.. it looks like a pig snout.. so it’s lovely! 

How do you win?!
-Follow my blog (you can enter your email address at the bottom of the website).
-Follow me on Instagram.
-Leave a comment below.

*** On the 1st of April the winner will be announced! (no joke.. haha!)

Thank you again and please enter the giveaway! If you have questions or if you want to send me a message about anything else, please do that via CONTACT. Thank you! X

Winner GIVEAWAY!

13129039_1142746512436117_283419995_oOk, the day is finally here! I’m SO excited!! I waited a bit longer as I would normally do, because it was the first Giveaway I did and I wanted it to reach as many people as possible. I would of loved to reach more people then it eventually did, but I’m happy with the 9 people who entered!

To make it as fair as possible(as a lot of people I personally know entered as well) I picked a winner in the most fair way. I made a video of it, you can watch on my Instagram!


The winner of the ‘Personal Favourites Giveaway’ isssss..

NIENKE BOER-WIERTSEMA

Congrataiolations!
I’ll send you a message and make sure the goodies are on their way asap! X


I learned that I need a lot more readers and followers before organising a giveaway. Because it’s much more fun(more work though, haha!) if there are a lot of people who enter! A big thank you for everybody who did! I hope you’ll try again the next time. I already got a new idea in my head..

 

 

Personal Favourites GIVEAWAY!

12822910_1107678942609541_505810167_oYEAH! PlanetManel is online! Lets celebrate!

Celebrating means presents! And no, not for me.. but for you! I created this ‘personal favourites giveaway’ especially for you. (worth over £40!)

It was hard to make a selection, as I have so many favourites.. But I think these are really my ultimates!


All these products I totally love. A lot!

– Bobble Bottle. (I use every day)
– EatPrayLove dvd. (I’ve watched it over 50 times and I’ll never get tired of it)
– The Olive Branch shower gel from LUSH. (I use it for my hair, body and even to remove my make up)
– Pukka Love tea. (Lovely brand, lovely tea! I love everything with roses, so why not tea?)
– Vego Chocolate (No words needed)
– Hurraw Coconut lip balm. (This is heaven!)
– ??? Surprise gift. (pssttt.. I use it every morning)

For a chance to win this giveaway:
-Follow my blog.
-Follow me on Instagram.
-Leave a comment below.