Newsletter DECEMBER

I’m sorry I’m sorry!! It’s the 10th of December today and so this newsletter is officially 10 days late! I’ve just had so many things to do and so working on my blog isn’t first priority at the moment. Apart from that, there is a wifi problem in the house and so I can not access the internet very well. Super annoying, but that’s why I went to the nearest Starbucks today, to do a bit of work. To keep you up to date and to let you know what’s on this month, here is the late December newsletter. And before I forget: a Merry Xmas to you!

Last month:

SOUTHAMPTON VEGAN FESTIVAL
As I was van viewing near Southampton this day I decided to quickly take a look at this festival. It was the first time they held it here and so I was curious. I’ve had a good time and there were quite some stalls. Some I knew already, but also some I didn’t see before and that is always fun. As it was lunchtime I had a burger from ‘Got No Beef’, what was super yummy. For dessert I tried the most amazing ice cream from ‘Ice Green’. I chose peanut butter and apple crumble and I enjoyed this so much, you have to try this if you ever get the chance! As a treat to take home I chose a chocolate salted caramel brownie from ‘Dark Matters’. My goodness, I did make yummy food choices that day. The downside of this festival, and I’m sure everyone who went agrees, it was way too dark everywhere and the floor was super sticky everywhere (even the carpet). I think a different venue is definitely a good idea, would they want to do this festival again.

VAN NEWS
Something else very exciting happened last month too. I got my van!! Yes! I found my perfect van, a Citroen Relay form 2014 and I picked it up the 25th of November. I’ve been working on it since, though I couldn’t do lots yet. I stripped and cleaned it so far. The new window and the skylight ventilator arrived now though and as soon as there is a dry day I will get that in (what is a bit scary). To stay tuned and updated about my van(life), please follow my instagram, as I post updates on my IGS regularly. Soon I will do a blogpost about my van too.

LUCKY OLIVER
Oliver is 7 weeks now and he is doing well (if you want to know more about Oliver and his rescue, please read his story here!). He will move to the barn somewhere in the up coming days. I’m a little anxious about this, but it’s time. He’s getting too big for his cage in my room. Of course he’s out whenever I’m off, but the 4 days I’m working he does spend a lot of hours in the cage. He really wants to move, run and jump around though. He needs more space!

Now what is on the rest of the December month:

16/12 – TAUNTON VEGAN FESTIVAL 
There will be a small vegan festival in Taunton this Saturday. It will be held at the Wilton Church Hall (TA1 3JT) from 11:00-16:30. There will be a few stalls and some talks too. So if you’re around, please go and have a look. The entry is free.

22/12 – XMAS HOLIDAY
This day I will travel to my family in the Netherlands to celebrate Xmas and NY. I’m so excited! I will make a yummy Xmas dinner (that I will post here too) and it will be so much fun to see everyone and to give the presents I got them. Who else is traveling home for Xmas and NY this year? I will travel back the 1st of January, but even that is so exciting, because my mum will come with me to spend a week with me in my new house. What a lovely time I will have and it’s almost. I can’t wait though!

24-25/12 – XMAS!! 
Yay for Xmas eve and day! Please tell me about all your Xmas plans!

26/12 – BOXING DAY
In the Netherlands we call this day second Xmas day and we actually celebrate it the same as the actual first day. Sometimes we choose just one, but most people celebrate both days with different people. Whoever is going shopping here in the UK instead, have fun!

31/12 NEW YEARS EVE
The last day of the year. What a crazy year it was for me. So much has happened, but I’m also super grateful for all the good it brought me. Who would have guessed I’d move to the country side, own a van and be a pig mum by now?! Also 2018 will be super exciting, finishing my van conversion, start living in it + travel around with it for the first time. Also I will rescue a dog and maybe another piglet. So many plans.. What was 2017 like for you and what are your plans for the new year?

RECIPE SPOILER
Keep your eyes open for this up coming recipe:

Was this helpful, did you like to read this or do you have any questions? Would you like to tell me about your year or Xmas plans.. 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

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Newsletter OCTOBER

This is a big month! For lots of different vegan reasons, but also for personal reasons. There are also a lot of other things happening in October.. a great start of Autumn!

07-08/10 – BRIGHTON VIVA! VEGEN FESTIVAL 
A huge vegan festival in the lovely Brighton, held at the Hilton Hotel. Both days you’re welcome between 11:00-17:00. There are around 100 vegan stalls, including many caterers. There will also be cookery demos, talks and workshops. The tickets are £5 at the door, £8 for a whole weekend and £15 for fast track entry + goody bag!

13-15/10 – BRIGHTON OCTOBERFEST – Beer&Cider Festival
And there is more to do in Brighton this month as the following weekend there will be a 3 day beer & cider festival, starting at 20:00 on Friday and ending on Sunday 23:00. All made without any animal derived finings. It’s held at the Cowley club.

13-19/10 – NETHERLANDS 
Before I move (move??), I planned a holiday to the Netherlands, to have a little break (well.. break? I will be doing lots of things!) and to spend some time with my family. I will be going to Amsterdam for a day and do lots more. I will of course write about it all when I come back, with hopefully some new hotspots for you.

17/10 – TRAFFIC LIGHT PARTY
For everybody who wants to meet new people, go have dinner at Tibits this Tuesday between 18:30 – 10:30. They are having a Traffic Light Party. Red = off limits (e.g. attached and monogamous, or single but not looking).  Green = single and looking. Yellow = other (e.g. attached but polyamorous, early days of dating someone or prefer not to say). This is not a singles party, buy if you are single.. who knows!

20-22/10 OM YOGA SHOW
A 3 day show, all about yoga. With lots of classes and workshops in 3 levels. Friday: 11:00-18:00 / Saturday: 10:00-18:00 / Sunday: 10:00-17:00. It’s held at Alexandra Palace Way, London, N22 7AY. There will be vegan (and vegetarian) caterers serving hot and cold food. You can get your ticket at the door, but you get a discount if you get your tickets in advance.

21/10 – HACKNEY DOWNS VEGAN MARKET
There will be a lovely vegan market in Hackney again, like every month. There are such lovely stalls and you will be pleased to choose from a wide range of great tasting food. It’s from 11:00-17:00 and the entry is free. I’ve been here twice already and there is such good food.. really worth going!

21-22/10 – VEGFEST UK
Yay! VegFest timeee! A huge vegan festival with over 250 stalls, held at London Olympia. There will be so much to do. Some of the highlights are: Professional Health Summit – Vegan Athletes Summit – Environmental and Food Sustainability Summit – Animal Rights Summit – Vegan Comedy Festival – Vegan Film Festival (‘The Invisible Vegan’ will premiere here!) – Cookery Demos, – Living Raw Zone.. and much more! On Saturday it’s open from 11:00-18:00 and on Sunday from 10:00-17:00. Tickets at the door are £15, but if you book in advance they’re £12. If you buy one ticket, you will get the second for half price. Be quick though, because there are only a few of those tickets left! For more information and to see what else is on, go visit their website.

22/10 – MOVING DAY
This will be my last day living in London, because this weekend I will be moving to the country side. Moving to the country side?? Yes! You can read all about it here. New life starts now..

29/10 – BRIXTON VEGAN MARKET
Brixton launches a vegan market at the Brixton Station Road today. It will be from 9:30-15:30 and you can find lots of sweet and savoury food here. Hurray for another vegan market!

31/10 – HALLOWEEN
I’m not so much into Halloween, but there will be a yummy Halloween recipe up on my blog!

MORE EXCITING NEWS
* Wagamama will launch a vegan menu with 6 main options! YAY! It’s not available everywhere yet, but hopefully it will be soon!
* Tofurky will come with pre-packed sandwiches in 3 flavours (Tempeh Lettuce Tomato / Chick’n & Sweetcorn / Chipotle Chick’n). You can buy these at the WholeFoodsMarket from the 2nd of October. So curious!

RECIPE SPOILER
The Halloween recipe will be up just before Halloween, to give you enough time to get the ingredients! Keep an eye out!

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Newsletter AUGUST

August! The last month without an -r. I like August, because it can still be a very hot month, though it has been raining quite a lot lately. What, I think, is amazing with these nice temperatures of 20C+, because it’s so refreshing and the rain feels so nice. Now let’s review the last month and see what is on in August.

GLASGOW ROADTRIP – REVIEW
If you read my travel article about Glasgow, then you already know that I’ve had an amazing time over there. Glasgow is a city with lots of vegan cafes and restaurants and everybody seems to accept it there more. I found some really good hotspots and I shared it with you in the post. So please check it out, especially if you want to go here soon or already booked your trip.

BEN & JERRY ICE CREAM
It’s official! Ben&Jerry will bring their vegan ice creams to the UK! It’s truly the moment everybody has been waiting for. I think everybody is excited to try this. I think this is such a good thing as it’s such a famous ice cream brand. It will definitely send a message into the world. I’m excited to try for sure!

VIO LIFE HALLOUMI CHEESE
Vio Life came with a new cheese: Halloumi. I’m super excited to try this. So you can expect to read a review soon. Did somebody try it yet?

10-13/08 – RAW FEST
There is a raw vegan festival near Ascot (less than an hour outside London) this August. This festal is only running since 2012. It’s all about raw (organic) food, education, talks, workshops and yoga classes. Smoking, alcohol and fast food are not allowed. It’s all about health and nutrition and it’s a 100% vegan. Day tickets are £15, but you can also stay over and camp there, so you can stay for the whole weekend. The camping tickets are £80 and you can get all sorts of tickets here. This is something you do not want to miss when you are into raw food or if you want more information about it. I’m thinking about going myself too.

12/08 – STOKE NEWINGTON VEGAN MARKET
A brand new vegan market! This will be the first time this market is on. There will be lots of yummy food from different caterers, vegan goodies, cosmetics and more. The market is from 10:00-16:00 at Abney Public Hall. There is a suggested £3 at the door, or whatever you can afford. All this donated money will go to a local animal charity called ‘Stokey Cats and Dogs’ (a charity that is rehoming cats and dogs). So do you want to be the first one to visit this market, go check it out on Saturday the 12th of August.

18-19/08 – LIVIN ON THE VEG
There will be 8 traders battling for the Kerb Golden Carrot. These 8 traders are: Biff’s Jack Shack, Petare, Lemlem Kitchen, Eat Chay, Spice Box, Temple of Seitan, Greedy Khao and Young vegans. Tickets starts from £25, this is including 8 portions of each trader. After you’ve tried them all, you can vote. There will also be a beer and cocktail bar, a DJ and more! It will be held at the West Handyside Canopy (King’s Cross). Get your tickets here. Sounds like lots of fun to me!

19/08 – HACKNEY DOWNS VEGAN MARKET
There will be a lovely vegan market in Hackney again, like every month. There are so many lovely stalls and you will be pleased to choose form a wide range of great tasting food. It’s from 11:00-17:00 and the entry is free. I probably go myself this Saturday! Do I see you there?

RECIPE SPOILER
Cake for breakfast! Yes.. stay tuned if you want to know how to make these delicious tarts!

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 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