The vegetarian journey and eating out

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I went full vegetarian last year and the vegetarian journey has been an amazing experience. It was not something I planned. It kind of just happened but I am glad it did. Being vegetarian has changed my life completely for the better. I am now very conscious of what I do eat and I try to eat clean as much as possible everyday. The funniest part is I don’t miss eating meat or chicken at all. I was never a fish eater right from when I was a little girl, so no issues with that. However, unlike many vegetarians I know, going vegan is not on my radar. I love my free range eggs in moderation, so I don’t ever see myself completely going off that. The vegetarian journey has been effortless for me and I am looking forward to exploring more vegetarian dishes.

Speaking of vegetarian dishes, are you vegan, vegetarian or interested in plant-based dining options? If the answer to any of these questions is yes then you are reading the right post. As the lockdown restrictions ease off, you may be considering getting out and about. If you are after cool dining recommendations for vegan/vegetarian restaurants or plant-based restaurants, here is one amazing Italian restaurant you should check out if you are in the City of London.

Sicily by Da Scalzo

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This restaurant is great dining option for those who love Italian food. The Vegan/Vegetarian menu is full of yummy delicacies. I spent ages salivating at the thought of eating many of the dishes, especially the Spaghetti Vegani roasted pepper and tomato sauce topped with toasted pumpkin seeds. It sounds divine!

This buzzing restaurant provides all day dining. It is in the City of London and there is outside seating available, so plenty of space at Sicily by Da Scalzo.  If you like the sound of this restaurant, you should check out SquareMeal website. It is a fantastic website for a variety of party venues, meeting venues, eateries, and wedding venues. As the lockdown restrictions ease, now is a great time to treat yourself or your loved ones to SquareMeal gift vouchers. There are over 7,000 restaurants and bars in London and the UK on SquareMeal Website. So there should be a dining option to keep you salivating. Booking on SquareMeal is a great idea because prior to booking, you can get all the information you need about the restaurants you are interested. The booking process is also very easy. Customers can make reservations online, over the phone, and via email. Also, anyone who books on SquareMeal website can automatically collect points (100 points per restaurant and 400 for a venue), which can be exchanged for luxury gifts from high-end brands.

I think this service is amazing especially for the foodies. Vegetarian restaurants are on my radar and I will be exploring a few this year. What do you think of Sicily by Da Scalzo? Have you dined there before? Will you be using the SquareMeal website? Are you vegan/vegetarian? How has the journey been for you?

 

Keeping Sun Safe: How To Do It

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The summer is ahead and everyone is hoping to be able to get out into the sunshine for the first time in a year. It’s not that we’ve been locked IN, but being locked DOWN has made it much harder to plan to go away on a fun vacation. The thing about the beach is that while it’s the most beautiful place that you can go to, it’s also the place that can be dangerous for your skin. Getting outdoors for sunshine isn’t always easy, but it’s much safer to do it when you know how to look after your skin properly.

The sun is great for your health, but in excess, it can be dangerous. The body needs the sun to produce vitamin D and getting outdoors to find things to do in the longer, brighter summer days can help you to feel calm, relaxed and make you feel as if you’re glowing! The only thing that you need to do is be very aware of sun safety and how you can protect yourself in the harsher UV lighting out there in the sunshine. With this in mind, we’ve got some of the best ways that you can protect yourself and stay safe in the sunshine.

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  • Apply sunscreen. You need to prevent your skin from burning in the sunshine and that means that you need a good quality sunshine. Think about the products with the highest star ratings, has an SPF of 30 and is water resistant. You may not be out there swimming, but your body is bound to sweat a little and you need to ensure that you don’t’ run off the sunscreen every single time you sweat. You should also ensure that it’s not out of date! Around half an hour before you go out, add in some sunscreen to all exposed areas including the face!
  • Wear protective clothes. You don’t want to go out into the hot sun and wear a ton of layers, but you do need to get comfortable with breathable fabrics that can cover exposed skin. Wear a hat – no hat, no play! – and make sure that you have a light cover up over your arms and legs to stop too much UV radiation going through to your skin. You can check how much sunlight gets through your clothes by holding them up to the sunshine. A hat protects your head and you need sunglasses for your eyes, too.
  • Keep an eye on the UV index. You want to ensure that you’re not going outside in the strongest UV without protection. So, make checking the UV reports as regular as checking the weather each day. You can find out the UV index where you are when you are on the Met Office website!
  • Stick to the shade. Where you can during the strongest rays of the day, stick to the shade and be inside. This is usually between 11am and 3pm. Avoid being out in the direct sunlight in these times, and you can ensure that your skin will be happier!

 

Hallway Makeover Ideas That Will Make Your Home Rock

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Very often, hallways are the forgotten rooms of our homes. They’re just a transit area that takes us from the front door to the living room or kitchen – and not much more than that. 

But that’s a shame. Hallways have massive potential. And they can totally change how you feel in your home. 

In this post, we’re going to take a look at some hallway makeover ideas that totally rock. Check them out below. 

Choose A Paint Colour That Sets The Mood

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When it comes to hallways, you can afford to be a little bold. People don’t spend a long time in them, so any decor should make an immediate impact. Don’t wait until you get into the main reception rooms. Things like multi-coloured tile patterning on the floor and moody, black-painted walls can all help set the tone. 

Implement A Statement Piece

Next, you’ll want to implement a statement piece – something that really stands out from the rest of the room. Marble console tables are a great idea here. They’re slim enough to provide plenty of walk space. But they’re also stylish enough to really get people talking. 

Statement pieces make a lot of difference to how your hallway feels. The room feels “full” and “bold” at the same time as practical and convenient. 

Get Your Lighting Sorted

As with paint colour, your hallway is also an opportunity for you to experiment with lighting options. Yes – you can stick with regular spotlights. But many designers swear by hanging light shades that create a mellower atmosphere. Remember, spotlights can make the lighting in your property feel a little harsh at times. So if you’re somebody who is a little sensitive to bright lights, you might want to avoid this typical setup. 

Accessorise Your Hallway

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Many homeowners have a habit of leaving their hallways bare, but that’s a missed opportunity. After all, there’s fundamentally no reason why you can’t accessorise your hallway with paintings and vases. They look just as great here as anywhere else. 

If you want storage space in your hallway, just add hooks to the wall. This way, you have somewhere you can quickly hang your hats, coats and face masks when you get in. 

Choose Neutral Tones For A Lighter Hallway

Sometimes, hallways can feel a little dingy, especially if there are no windows. The way to deal with this is to use as many neutral tones as possible. White-painted walls will reflect any natural or artificial light entering the space, helping to lighten the entire volume. You can also try things like laying light rugs, placing neutral side tales and even using mirrors. For extra reflectivity, paint your radiators white. 

Embrace Maximalist Designs

Maximalist designs are a response to minimalism. It’s the idea that you can still enjoy your environment, even if it is teeming with interesting patterns. 

If your stairs run alongside your hallway, you can experiment with bold maximalist wallpaper on the adjoining wall, next to the cupboard underneath. Choose a bold print with a dark scheme to contrast with the rest of the space. 

 

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