Hello Friends & Allies (Café Review)

Overall: Hello Friends & Allies is my absolute favourite local café. Where are they? They are located at 93 Great South Rd, Epsom, which is known as ‘the Market Road Shops’. It’s a prime location, being situated at an intersection with four directions filled with hungry customers. It’s parking, however, is not so prime. I…

Reactive Arthritis: Dealing with Disappointment

I have to say, the feeling of disappointment is not something that I come across often. I often feel frustrated and annoyed in situations that don’t turn out how I would like them to, but disappoint is another story altogether. Why am I disappointed? Because as you may have read earlier here and here, I…

Tackling My Eating Habits

What does being healthy mean to me? That’s a question that I’ve often asked myself over the years. As part of my self-care and awareness journey, I am wanting to become healthier. What does that mean exactly? Well, although I may not be 100% certain what that means, I am certain that I want to…

Geeks On Sainsbury (Café Review)

Overall: I’ve been to Geeks On Sainsbury twice now and I’m definitely keen to go back again! Where are they? Their location, 1/55 Sainsbury Road, gives them enough privacy that they aren’t packed with people, but enough exposure that you don’t feel like you are hidden away. Both times I ate here, I happened to be in…

Reactive Arthritis: An update

For those that have been reading my blog, you’ll already be aware that I’ve been living with Reactive Arthritis for 6 weeks now. For those that want to catch up, go here. I thought I would give a quick update on how my Reactive Arthritis is going. As I said in my previous blog, I…

Gluten-Free Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe

I’m a big fan of baked goods. I am also a big fan of chocolate. These gluten-free banana chocolate chip muffins are a perfect combination of them both. As part of my self-care journey and wanting to become healthier, I’ve been trying to make small alterations in my diet. This has become increasingly important as…

Giving Back: Street Appeals

In my spare time, I enjoy volunteering for organisations like the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation and the SPCA. A lot of organisations like these run Street Appeals, where people can donate money into buckets that you’re holding outside of stores like Countdown and Mitre10. You may be thinking, “Hmm, I don’t know about that. I don’t…

Gluten-Free Delight: Bakeworks Delivers!

Having been stuck at home for the past month (read more about why here), I’ve consequently spent a lot of time on the internet, among other things. One delightful thing that I came across is that Bakeworks, an awesome Gluten-Free company, has an online shop AND they deliver for free – “Free North Island shipping…

How Reactive Arthritis took reign over my Summer Holidays

When I was first diagnosed with Reactive Arthritis, I did what most doctors hate and went straight to the internet for answers. I wasn’t looking for medical opinions, however – I was looking for personal experiences so I knew what to expect. So, what is Reactive Arthritis and how did I get it? Reactive Arthritis…

Summer Smoothies

During the summer months here in New Zealand, making smoothies becomes a common occurrence in our household. The ingredients usually consist of whatever I have available at the time. I do, however, like to keep my freezer stocked with frozen berries! My current favourite is the Smoothie range from Oob Organics. Knowing that I was getting take-out for dinner…

New Year, New Me?

At the start of every new year, you often stumble upon the statement new year, new me. I’m not too sure how intensely people unpack this statement, but from my own experiences, it often has a shallow meaning behind it. As a society, we place a lot of emphasis on the beginning of the year, as…