Aaaand that’s another month gone.
I was happy to enjoy the last of the sunshine but at the same time I’m so ready to wear winter jumpers, ankle boots, scarves, and my favourite coat. September has always been one of my favourite months and this year it holds a particular significance when it comes to living a cruelty-free lifestyle.
September was the month I decided to give up meat and dairy.
It sounds like a big decision but it hasn’t really felt like one, mostly because I never ate much meat to begin with. The worst thing is being tempted by Other Side at Kerb on Friday lunchtimes but apart from that I haven’t really missed meat at all.
|A dairy-free pecan brownie I picked up at my local food festival. So delicious, and you never would have guessed that it was dairy-free.|
The support from bloggers has been amazing, so a huge thank you to everyone who’s tweeted me with advice and product suggestions, and to those who left such thoughtful comments on my Giving Up Meat and Dairy post. It’s made the change a lot less stressful and has reassured me that I’m doing the right thing.
As for the offline world, my co-worker Elycia in particular has been incredibly helpful with tips and recommendations, and has given me her recipe for white sauce — which means I can still make lasagne! Expect a recipe once I figure things out (and hopefully Elycia will be starting her own food blog soon. She has us drooling when she describes the food she cooks and it’s something that needs to be shared with the world. The food, not the drooling).
I watched… Pretty Woman, finally. I think I may love it nearly as much as I love Dirty Dancing, which is saying something.
I read… The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory and Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I’ve managed to get into more of a routine with reading now I’ve settled in at work and I’m really enjoying it. The Taming of the Queen was a rare look at the experiences Henry VIII’s least-talked about queen might have had; no one quite creates the claustrophobia of the Tudor court quite like Philippa Gregory. As for Me Before You? I cried buckets. The film has swiftly been added to my To Be Watched list.
I listened to… Some old favourites that I hadn’t put on my iPod for whatever reason. Took me on such a nostalgia trip! A little bit of The Arctic Monkeys, some Paolo Nutini, some Franz Ferdinand… my train journeys are always much better when I have new music to listen to.
I bought… a denim dress. I managed to find one that didn’t fit me weirdly, about bloody time! Normally A-line skirts sit in all the wrong places on me, but this one skims over my buttocks quite nicely.
Blog Posts I’ve Loved: Isabelle’s post about looking to the future, Steph’s What I Eat in a Day, and Jess’s trip to Bath, which is really making me want to go back there!
Product of the Month: Avril Organic Roll-On Deodorant for Women. A cruelty-free deodorant that actually works (and it smells so fresh!)
How was September for you? Let me know in the comments!
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Beth, 26, South East England.
Lover of books, dogs, yoga, travelling, and gin.
I write about ethical & eco-friendly living, minimalism, and mental health, as I muddle through one step at a time. Enjoy!