The KeepCup that’s here to stay

In the lead up to #PlasticFreeJuly, I thought it was an appropriate time to finally purchase a KeepCup. I had been given a reusable cup from my mum, which she got for free after shopping at Farmers. I appreciated the gift and used it a few times, but soon realised it didn’t vibe with me very well. I ended up passing it on to someone who really enjoyed it.

I don’t buy a lot of takeaway coffees, so was in no rush to find a reusable cup that I liked and for those that know me, know that it’s not often I buy things like this when full price. I kept an eye out on places that sold KeepCups, checking out their colour combos and looking out for any sales. Last weekend, when I was at St Lukes Mall, I walked into Stevens and finally found one that I liked. As someone at work said to me, the cup you choose can potentially say a lot about you, so picking a colour combination that suited me was important. I also happened to get 15% off – bonus!!

Have you got a KeepCup, or something similar?

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 on orders $20+ and only $10 for South Island – Sorry no Rural Delivery due to courier restrictions”.

I have had an intolerance to gluten for several years now and I love stumbling across new products to try. I first took notice of Bakeworks when their Home St. Sprouted Seed Pizza Bases became an alternative option at Hell’s Pizza. I then saw them (and tasted their scrumptious samples) at the Gluten-Free Food & Allergy Show on the North Shore. However, not knowing where to buy these amazing bases from, Bakeworks fell off my radar.

Friday is pizza night at my house and I was gleefully getting used to Hell’s Pizza – an altered Pandemonium, being my favourite. My mother, however, came home one night with a packet of the sprouted seed pizza bases and I told her how much I had enjoyed them. She had purchased them from one of her favourite stores, Cere’s Wholefoods and I asked if she could get more the next time she was there. Lo and behold, Bakeworks showed up on my Instagram within the next few days and it said they had an online store! I was absolutely delighted. I made my order on the spot and within 36 hours had the goods delivered to my house for free.

The items that I tried were:

1x Torpedo Roll 210g Single for $3.99 each
1x Bakeworks Pizza GF Base 10″ 2pk 370g for $5.95 each
2x Home St. Sprouted Pizza GF Base 10″ 2pk 370g for $7.49 each
1x Bread Crumbs Retail 300g – Bread Crumbs Retail 300g for $5.50 each
1x Shortbread 200g for $5.50 each
1x Triple Choc Muffins 2pk Retail for $5.50 each

So far I have tried the muffins (which didn’t taste gluten-free, meaning I feel happy offering it to friends when they come over), the shortbread (which I would say have been the best gluten-free biscuits I have tasted thus far) and the plain pizza base (which was as delicious as the sprouted seed pizza base).

I definitely look forward to trying more of their products in the future. Go on, give them a go – spend only $10 (South Island) or $20 (North Island) and it can get delivered right to your door for free!!

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 tonight, I decided to have a smoothie for lunch. Today’s concoction involved: @oob.organic berries, @biofarmorganic organic low-fat natural yoghurt and a @huckleberrynz fair trade banana 🍌

As part of my self-care journey, I am also trying to investigate and explore ways that I can care for others and the environment. One way that I have found to care for the environment, is to purchase some CaliWoods reusable smoothie straws! The @caliwoods_eco straws “.. are made from food-grade, type 304 stainless steel so are easy to clean, completely dishwasher/steriliser safe and can be used over and over.”

I’ve always been a fan of using straws but felt bad about the plastic that I was using. Now, I don’t have to worry!