5 easy ways to reduce your use of plastic

The other day, I got chatting to a woman who was taking part in Plastic Free July  – a challenge that asks you to refuse single-use plastic for the month. I have to be honest, up until that conversation I really didn’t realise how much we rely on plastic. After I spoke to her I started trying to make more conscious decisions instead of blindly reaching for the plastic wrap or tossing plastic packaging into the recycling bin.

It’s not easy, that’s for sure. Cherry tomatoes – they come in a plastic container. My favourite skincare – plastic tubes and bottles. Chocolate – wrapped in plastic. But just being aware of how much plastic we use every day is the first step to making smarter choices and looking for alternatives.

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The books I read in 2016

In case you didn’t know, I am a certified #booknerd. I love to read and have for as long as I can remember; my bookshelves are overflowing, there are piles of books all around my house, I can find a quote from a favourite book for any occasion, and I just can’t stop buying books despite already having  SO MANY that need to be read.

In 2015 I set myself a challenge of reading a certain number of books and failed miserably. In 2016 I set myself a much more realistic goal of reading 25 books, and I’m happy to say I smashed that goal, finishing my 35th book just before New Year’s Eve.

And because I am always curious about what other people are reading, here are the books I read in 2016:

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Beauty Bites November

I don’t know about you, but I am always on the lookout for recommendations when it comes to beauty and skincare. In the past I’ve tended to stick to one or two brands for fear of wasting money on something that just doesn’t work for me, but these days I read a lot more about products and am more willing to branch out and try new things. In fact I love nothing more than wandering through Priceline or Chemist Warehouse looking for new goodies to try, so I wanted to share my thoughts on a few products. You can expect to see these mini reviews on a monthly basis, so let me know what you think!

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A little life update – part 2

Hi guys!

It’s been five weeks now since I had carpal tunnel release surgery and I wanted to let you all know things are going really well! The good news is the pain and numbness I was experiencing has completely gone away – woohoo! Unfortunately the bad news is I’m still pretty sore and weak due to the surgeon having to cut through what I understand is a pretty big ligament to get to the nerve. This can apparently take anywhere from 6 weeks up to 6 months to heal up, so here’s hoping that in a couple more weeks I start seeing some big improvements on that front.

What does this mean for the blog? I’m launching back into it as of today – it just might mean it takes me a little longer to write posts than usual! I’ve got a whole bunch of stuff up my sleeve that I can’t wait to share, especially my very first bloggers event that’s happening tomorrow! Make sure you jump over to my Instagram or Snapchat (username: hvnstourniquet) to see all of the highlights from the Bloggers United Au event.

I’m also working on the website for my newest venture, Emdash Media (I’ll let you all know when that is up and running) and have just started my Social Media Mastery certification. It’s all happening!

More from me real soon! x

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A little life update

Just popping by to let you guys know I’ll be taking a short break from blogging over the coming weeks. Things have been a little quiet recently and will be for another few weeks as I’m having carpal tunnel release surgery tomorrow. I’ll still be posting over on Instagram and Snapchat (username: hvnstourniquet) to help prevent cabin fever while I recover, if you’d like to come along for the ride. I can’t wait to get stuck back into things in a few weeks! Wish me luck x