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 [...]