Thoughts

Bye Bye 2018

And hello 2019!

2018 flew by and has probably been one of my busiest years ever with Highers, S6 and university applications taking up a huge amount of time.

There have been lots of amazing little moments so, just like this time last year, here are 52 photos (for 52 weeks!) of my 2018 highlights! I’ve added a little context in the caption for each, and the links lead to relevant blog posts if you fancy reading more. So here’s my 2018 recap…

Please note that although chronological order should work on desktop, tablets and iPads, unfortunately it gets a bit muddled on phone screens - apologies for the technical difficulty.

 
5th January - an amazing vegan cooked breakfast from  Singl-End

5th January - an amazing vegan cooked breakfast from Singl-End

4th February - a beautiful walk around the local reservoir at sunset

4th February - a beautiful walk around the local reservoir at sunset

24th February - loving my new  mom jeans !

24th February - loving my new mom jeans!

31st March -  vegan Biscoff cupcakes  ( and my first time creating my own cake recipe!)

31st March - vegan Biscoff cupcakes ( and my first time creating my own cake recipe!)

12th April - buddha bowls (can you tell that I quite like broccoli?!)

12th April - buddha bowls (can you tell that I quite like broccoli?!)

12th April - another  fab photoshoot  with Mia and Freja

12th April - another fab photoshoot with Mia and Freja

28th April - in the full swing of  studying  for my Highers

28th April - in the full swing of studying for my Highers

2nd May -  berry oatmeal smoothie bowls  (and my most pinned post ever!)

2nd May - berry oatmeal smoothie bowls (and my most pinned post ever!)

27th May - looking at the Eiffel Tower…

27th May - looking at the Eiffel Tower…

5th July -  La Sagrada Familia  (definitely one of my mum’s favourite pieces of architecture)

5th July - La Sagrada Familia (definitely one of my mum’s favourite pieces of architecture)

7th July - takeaway  açai bowl  in Barcelona

7th July - takeaway açai bowl in Barcelona

11th July - quite a view from  Montserrat

11th July - quite a view from Montserrat

25th July - pink or blue?!

25th July - pink or blue?!

3rd August - a big Biscoff cake

3rd August - a big Biscoff cake

7th August - a smoothie bowl in a raw coconut!

7th August - a smoothie bowl in a raw coconut!

10th August - hey it’s hay!

10th August - hey it’s hay!

18th August - one of many, many, MANY trips to Picnic

18th August - one of many, many, MANY trips to Picnic

23rd September - the stunning Mathematical Bridge in Cambridge

23rd September - the stunning Mathematical Bridge in Cambridge

23rd August - the intricate interior of the Fitzwilliam Museum

23rd August - the intricate interior of the Fitzwilliam Museum

13th October - pretty raindrops

13th October - pretty raindrops

2nd November - Annette’s Angels at the Halloween disco

2nd November - Annette’s Angels at the Halloween disco

10th November - the BEST COFFEE EVER (got to Tamper in  Sheffield !)

10th November - the BEST COFFEE EVER (got to Tamper in Sheffield!)

16th November - fundraising for Children in Need dressed as minions!

16th November - fundraising for Children in Need dressed as minions!

27th November - fashion show

27th November - fashion show

27th November - prom dresses for fashion show and Mr Liddle

27th November - prom dresses for fashion show and Mr Liddle

12th December - it’s RED!!!

12th December - it’s RED!!!

24th December - an extremely time-consuming and enjoyable Stephen Hawking querkle (credit to New Scientist)

24th December - an extremely time-consuming and enjoyable Stephen Hawking querkle (credit to New Scientist)

3rd February - the beginning of my  Paesano Pizza  obsession (both cheap and tasty, they’re so worth a try if you haven’t been before!)

3rd February - the beginning of my Paesano Pizza obsession (both cheap and tasty, they’re so worth a try if you haven’t been before!)

16th March - delighted to pass my grade 8 oboe with merit!

16th March - delighted to pass my grade 8 oboe with merit!

4th April - rose gold hair…

4th April - rose gold hair…

21st April - some very pretty cherry blossoms

21st April - some very pretty cherry blossoms

12th May - some yoga fun in the sun ( here ’s why you should give it a try…)

12th May - some yoga fun in the sun (here’s why you should give it a try…)

25th May - a little post-exam trip to  Paris !

25th May - a little post-exam trip to Paris!

24th June -  Happy Pineapple Day!
6th July - the most AMAZING  concert

6th July - the most AMAZING concert

10th July - palm tree sunset

10th July - palm tree sunset

11th July - sunrise at the beach

11th July - sunrise at the beach

28th July - a Reese’s cake for  James’ 15th

28th July - a Reese’s cake for James’ 15th

6th August - blueberry banana peanut butter smoothie in the heart of London (it was soooo good!)

6th August - blueberry banana peanut butter smoothie in the heart of London (it was soooo good!)

9th August - a lovely day trip to Bath

9th August - a lovely day trip to Bath

15th August - day one of my last year at school…

15th August - day one of my last year at school…

8th September - team building at EYP Nationals in Liverpool

8th September - team building at EYP Nationals in Liverpool

16th September - fun times with Amy!

16th September - fun times with Amy!

12th October - I bleached my hair AGAIN!

12th October - I bleached my hair AGAIN!

19th October - loving some sunset silhouette photography

19th October - loving some sunset silhouette photography

4th November - chocolate salted caramel popcorn cake (and yes it is vegan!) for my mum’s birthday

4th November - chocolate salted caramel popcorn cake (and yes it is vegan!) for my mum’s birthday

11th November - lots of leaves in  Yorkshire Sculpture Park

11th November - lots of leaves in Yorkshire Sculpture Park

24th November - sparkling candle for my dad’s birthday

24th November - sparkling candle for my dad’s birthday

5th December - pre-interview…

5th December - pre-interview…

9th December - Christmas lights at George Square

9th December - Christmas lights at George Square

18th December - some  Christmassy bokeh

18th December - some Christmassy bokeh

 

2018 certainly was an action packed year, but I have to confess to being even more excited about 2019. I can’t quite believe that I’m going to be leaving school, turning eighteen and (hopefully!) going to university too! It’s a year full of lots of big changes but I’m really, really looking forward to it all.

Hope you’ve all had a brilliant 2018 and all the best for the new year!

Heather xoxo

 

The Curse of Coffee Culture

Hello again everyone! Apologies for my blogging break - the end of summer holidays and back to school have been crazy busy already so unfortunately my blog post frequency is likely to be reducing slightly for the next little while.

 

You’re probably aware that exam results have been released in the UK in the last couple of weeks - I’m delighted with mine and I really hope others are too. Last year, I shared both of my English portfolio pieces: a persuasive essay on veganism and a reflective essay about my Grandad. So to keep up the tradition (and provide content for a post - I’m really struggling to plan content so if you have any ideas then please tell me!) I thought I’d share my essays from this last year.

 

So today, here are my thoughts about one of my favourite beverages, coffee…

 
coffee
 

It’s a chilly October morning. Outside it’s raining cats and dogs. Strangers hurry past, wrapped tightly in their jackets, breath fogging in front of their faces. Tucked away in a cosy corner of your favourite coffeehouse, you’re bundled up in the blissful warmth of a thick jumper. The scent of freshly brewed coffee tickles your nostrils. Friends surround you, catching up over a cup of coffee and a slice of cake. You indulge in a sip of your Pumpkin Spice Latte, revelling in the sugary liquid sliding down your throat. You are completely content, thriving on the bustling atmosphere inside the little coffee shop.

 

But have you ever taken a minute to consider the implications of your cup of coffee?

 

As a society, we tend to shun drug users who snort cocaine and smoke cannabis whilst glossing over the fact that caffeine, a substance most of us consume on a regular basis, is a drug too. A single shot of espresso contains an average of 75mg of caffeine - that’s more than double the amount found in a can of Coca-Cola. And although caffeine stimulates the brain and can temporarily improve concentration, the body rapidly acclimatises itself to caffeine until a regular coffee drinker is no more alert after their daily coffee than someone who doesn’t consume caffeine at all. Excess caffeine is particularly dangerous for women too: it results in a hormonal imbalance and has been known to result in miscarriage during pregnancy. Despite allegedly offering a short-term mood boost, long-term it has been proven to increase stress levels and worsen anxiety, commonly causing insomnia which can have a severe impact on daily life. But the stimulating effect of caffeine makes it addictive, trapping the consumer in a vicious cycle of coffee consumption from which it is impossible to break free without suffering unbearable withdrawal symptoms.

 
coffee
 

It is far from just the caffeine that society is addicted to: it’s the experiences we associate with coffee. Seeing friends, going on dates or studying subjects: the memories of people we’ve met over a cup of coffee make it inconceivable not to love the concept of chatting over a cup or two, regardless of whether we even like the drink. The natural bitterness of coffee itself appeals to few - most choose to mute this flavour with the additions of milk, cream and sugar until they can tolerate the taste. All of these extras, however, can pile up to an extortionate expense. Our obsession with consuming “trendy” coffees has turned modern society into coffee snobs. Those who make their own coffee at home in a stove top coffee pot spend an average of £0.09 per cup compared to the outrageous average of £1.60 spent at a single coffee shop. Although £1.60 may sound like a rather insignificant setback, it can add up to a cost of tens of thousands of pounds in a lifetime - and that’s not even factoring in the effect of inflation or the pressure to customise the most magnificent order possible.

 

Alongside this desire to consume the most “luxurious” coffee, however, is a bigger issue: the obesity epidemic. Fuelling this is a popular marketing strategy, used by most franchises, known as “upselling,” where customers are offered the chance to “improve” their order by topping with whipped cream or upgrading to large for just 50p. Not only does this scheme increase the cost of a coffee, it can result in an average consumption of almost 20,000 additional calories per person per year. The fact that caffeine makes food taste less sweet further worsens the situation: people are more likely to sweeten their drink or indulge in a sweet treat too. Moreover, the drinks served by Starbucks rarely even taste of coffee - they have so much sugar, milk and cream that they’re more like flavoured milkshakes than artisanal coffees. A Venti White Chocolate Whole Milk Mocha with Whipped Cream, for example, contains an outrageous 609 calories, 65.9g of sugar and 28.6g of fat, making Coca-Cola seem healthy with just 139 calories, 35g of sugar and no fat per can. Some would claim that these extra calories are negated by the effect of chlorogenic acid found in coffee (which supposedly boosts weight loss), but any benefit of this disappears once a slab of cake is consumed alongside. The general public is oblivious to the nutritional content of these enormous servings of cake - a lemon drizzle cake sold by Pret A Manger had more than triple the recommended daily amount of sugar for a child. Go on a couple of coffee dates a week and all those calories rack up rather quickly…

 
takeaway coffee
 

Not only does coffee consumption affect the health of the human population, it also has a detrimental impact on the environment. Takeaway coffee cups are coated in a thin layer of polythene to make them waterproof and aid with insulation, but this makes them non-biodegradable. Technically speaking they’re still recyclable - but only by highly-specialised facilities, two of which exist in Britain. In the UK we get through a staggering 10,000 takeaway coffee cups in only two minutes; on a global scale, humans discard 16 billion coffee cups per year. That equates to 6.5 million trees, 4 billion gallons of water and enough energy to power over 50,000 homes. Some stores offer a discount for people who bring their own reusable takeaway cup, but the simplest way to tackle this issue is to simply use recyclable cups - a study showed that the majority of people would happily pay a little extra for their coffee if this was the case.

 

Coffee capsules used in the increasingly popular Nespresso machines are even worse. Made from a combination of aluminium and plastic, they’re virtually impossible to recycle - a problem that is worsened by the coffee granules trapped in the bottom of the pod. And this trend doesn’t seem to be disappearing - coffee capsules currently make up a third of the entire Western European coffee market and it is believed that by 2020, sales of coffee capsules could overtake that of teabags.

 
coffee
 

The packaging of coffee isn’t the only thing harming the environment: new farming techniques have a drastically detrimental effect too. Over 125 million people rely on growing coffee beans to survive, but the ever-increasing popularity of coffee has resulted in major changes in farming methods. Traditionally, coffee beans were grown under the shade of trees, a method which required no chemical fertilisers and encouraged greater biodiversity in the area. Now, the canopies which once sheltered the coffee plants have been obliterated so that coffee beans can grow in direct sunlight, resulting in a severe loss of biodiversity. Although the beans grow more quickly and are easier to harvest, they require large quantities of chemical fertilisers which deplete the soil.

 

We consume four hundred billion cups of coffee a year, but how often do we stop to consider the wider impact this has? Coffee is detrimental to our personal health, our finances and, most of all, our planet. And the funny thing is, most of us don’t even like its natural taste. We drink coffee to fit in with what we perceive the expectations of society to be: for many it’s more of a habit than a conscious choice. Completely cutting out coffee from our lives would be the simplest solution to these issues; but coffee culture plays too significant a role in modern society for that. Regardless of how we take our coffee, it doesn’t change our memories created over a cup of coffee, or the pleasure of indulging in the drink. Perhaps the answer is to take small steps towards a healthier relationship with coffee: next time you’re cosied up in your favourite Starbucks, maybe consider skipping the cake, going decaf or using a reusable takeaway cup.

 
reusable coffee cup
 

I really hope you enjoyed the essay and I’d love to hear your feedback! I still have a daily cup of coffee, but I now carry a reusable cup out with me (mine is from Stojo) which has been fantastic so far. It reduces the environmental damage and many places even give you a discount if you bring your own reusable cup too!

 

Hope everyone has had (or is having - lucky you who aren’t back at school or uni yet!) a fantastic summer and I’ll do my best to keep up with blog posts - as mentioned earlier, any content ideas would be much appreciated. Thank you for reading this far too!

 

Heather xoxo

 

* FYI as this was an exam piece and it has my copyright please don’t copy or reproduce it. It was hard work with many drafts and it’d be gutting for someone else to take credit!

 

References

 

’12 Health Benefits and 6 Disadvantages of Coffee (Smashing It!),’ Warrior Coffee

<https://www.warriorcoffee.com/news/2/12-health-benefits-and-6-disadvantages-of-coffee-smashing-it>

[Accessed: 17/09/17]

 

Triggle, N. ’Public 'tricked' into buying unhealthy food,’ BBC News

<http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41129960>

[Accessed: 17/09/17]

 

Hurley, B. ’Coffee order: would you like environmental sustainability with that?,’ The Guardian

<https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2017/may/09/coffee-order-would-you-like-environmental-sustainability-with-that?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other>

[Accessed: 17/09/17]

 

Smithers, R. ’UK coffee chains criticised over sugar-laden products,’ The Guardian

<https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/dec/06/uk-coffee-chains-criticised-sugar-laden-fruity-products?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other>

[Accessed: 17/09/17]

 

’The Effects of Paper Coffee Cups on The Environment,’ Green Match

<https://www.greenmatch.co.uk/blog/2015/06/the-effects-of-paper-coffee-cups-on-the-environment>

[Accessed: 17/09/17]

 

Fearnley-Whittingstall, H. ’Viewpoint: The waste mountain of coffee cups,’ BBC News

<http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-36882799>

[Accessed: 17/09/17]

 

Stokel-Walker, C. ’Is there a serious problem with coffee capsules?,’ BBC News

<http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-35605927>

[Accessed: 17/09/17]

 

’Caffeine and Insomnia,’ My Life Stages

<https://www.mylifestages.org/health/sleep/caffeine_insomnia.page>

[Accessed: 17/09/17]

 

Benson, T. ’How Your Coffee Got so Damn Expensive,’ ATTN:

<https://www.attn.com/stories/5117/history-of-coffee-cost>

[Accessed: 17/09/17]

 

Jourdan, T. ’It can be good for your brain and waistline, but bad for your bones and kidneys: What your daily coffee is really doing to your body,’ Daily Mail

<http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2987126/It-good-brain-waistline-bad-bones-kidneys-daily-coffee-really-doing-body.html>

[Accessed: 17/09/17]

 

Shilling, L. ’Retro coffee - was it really that bad?,’ Cafe Culture

<http://www.cafeculture.com/news/retro-coffee-was-it-really-that-bad>

[Accessed: 17/09/17]

 

Ferdman, R.A. ’It’s true: Americans like to drink bad coffee,’ The Washington Post

<https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/02/24/its-true-americans-like-to-drink-bad-coffee/?utm_term=.d1a387b6f5fb>

[Accessed: 17/09/17]

 

Goodwin, L. ’How Much is Starbucks Coffee?,’ The Spruce

<https://www.thespruce.com/how-much-is-starbucks-coffee-766065>

[Accessed: 17/09/17]

 

’Starbucks Nutrition Info,’ Starbucks UK

<https://www.starbucks.co.uk/quick-links/nutrition-info>

[Accessed: 17/09/17]

 

DiSalvo, D. ’Caffeine May Make People Crave Sweetness, Study Says,’ Forbes

<https://www.forbes.com/sites/daviddisalvo/2017/08/24/this-is-why-coffee-and-donuts-taste-so-good-together/#54010eac3b52>

[Accessed: 24/09/17]

 

Arumugam, N. ’Why Starbucks Has No Time For Me: The Science Of Being A Coffee-Hater,’ Forbes

<https://www.forbes.com/sites/nadiaarumugam/2012/03/26/why-starbucks-has-no-time-for-me-the-science-of-being-a-coffee-hater/#221b1d182e20>

[Accessed: 24/09/17]

 

’Coca-Cola Classic,’ Coca-Cola

<http://www.coca-cola.co.uk/drinks/coca-cola/coca-cola>

[Accessed: 24/09/17]

 

’Coffe culture,’ Wikipedia

<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffee_culture>

[Accessed: 24/09/17]

 

Looijen, F. ’Coffee: Just an Energy Boost or a Social Atmosphere?,’ Masters of Media

<https://mastersofmedia.hum.uva.nl/blog/2012/10/19/coffee-just-an-energy-boost-or-a-social-atmosphere/>

[Accessed: 24/09/17]

 

’Coffee Farmers,’ Fairtrade

<http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/en/farmers-and-workers/coffee>

[Accessed: 24/09/17]

 

Myers, A.J. ’The dark side of coffee: an unequal social and environmental exchange,’ The Conversation

<https://theconversation.com/the-dark-side-of-coffee-an-unequal-social-and-environmental-exchange-46838>

[Accessed: 24/09/17]

 

Milne, L. ’Fights disease and helps weight loss: Surprising perks to your coffee fix,’ Sunday Express

<http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/562984/Perks-to-coffee>

[Accessed: 24/09/17]

 

Gunnars, K. ’13 Health Benefits of Coffee, Based on Science,’ Health Line

<https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/top-13-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-coffee#section1>

[Accessed: 24/09/17]

 

Nordqvist, J. ’Coffee: Health Benefits, Nutritional Information,’ Medical News Today

<https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270202.php>

[Accessed: 24/09/17]

 

^^ approx. 700 words ^^

Alban, D. ’15 Links Between Caffeine and Anxiety,’ Be Brain Fit

<https://bebrainfit.com/caffeine-anxiety/>

[Accessed: 30/09/17]

 

’Insomnia,’ NHS Choice

<http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Insomnia/Pages/Introduction.aspx>

[Accessed: 30/09/17]

 

Domingo, I. ’What is the Kremlin and how to buy tickets online,’ Russiable

<https://russiable.co.uk/kremlin-moscow-buy-tickets-online/>

[Accessed: 30/09/17]

 

’The Most Obnoxious Starbucks Drink Orders,’ Huffington Post

<http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/30/starbucks-drink-orders_n_3671496.html>

[Accessed: 30/09/17]

 

’Shade Grown Coffee,’ Earth Easy

<http://eartheasy.com/eat_shadegrown_coffee.htm>

[Accessed: 30/09/17]

 

Alexander, S. ’Revealed: the cost of your coffee addiction,’ The Telegraph

<http://www.telegraph.co.uk/food-and-drink/news/the-cost-of-your-coffee-addiction-revealed/>

[Accessed: 01/10/17]

 

Alexander, S. ’How much is your coffee addiction costing you,’ Buddy Loans

<https://www.buddyloans.com/blog/how-much-is-your-coffee-addiction-costing-you/>

[Accessed: 06/10/17]

 

17 Photos for 17 Years

Happy seventeenth birthday to me (am I really old enough to start learning to drive?)! It’s been a fantastic day so far (thank you for your lovely birthday wishes!) and I’m loving all of the celebrations. I’ve not quite got round to making a cake yet like I did for James a couple of days ago, but I plan on getting baking in a couple of days for when we visit family - I’ll be sure to post photos of how it all turns out…

 

You might remember me celebrating James’ 14th last year with a collection of 14 photos from his childhood, so I thought I’d do a similar birthday blog post for my 17th. I had so much fun looking through seventeen years worth of photos yesterday in prep for this post - it took forever but was lovely to take a little trip down memory lane. In the end it was a nightmare trying to narrow down all of the photos to only seventeen, but here’s the final cut…

 
31st July 2001

31st July 2001

2nd March 2002 - hugs for anyone?!

2nd March 2002 - hugs for anyone?!

29th July 2003 - day two of being a big sister

29th July 2003 - day two of being a big sister

3rd August 2003 - and I've been a total nerd ever since...

3rd August 2003 - and I've been a total nerd ever since...

1 December 2003

1 December 2003

31 July 2004 - celebrating my 3rd birthday with cupcakes topped with Shrek characters (one of my earliest memories!)

31 July 2004 - celebrating my 3rd birthday with cupcakes topped with Shrek characters (one of my earliest memories!)

23rd October 2004 - being a bridesmaid at Auntie Jenny and Uncle James' wedding

23rd October 2004 - being a bridesmaid at Auntie Jenny and Uncle James' wedding

14th June 2005 - James looks like he's about to be the next hero in a Star Wars movie while I look completely confused at what to do with a baguette

14th June 2005 - James looks like he's about to be the next hero in a Star Wars movie while I look completely confused at what to do with a baguette

5th September 2005 - first day at primary school

5th September 2005 - first day at primary school

17th August 2006

17th August 2006

11th April 2007 - one of many segments of Grandad's famous obstacle courses

11th April 2007 - one of many segments of Grandad's famous obstacle courses

13th February 2008 - tai chi with the cousins

13th February 2008 - tai chi with the cousins

19th June 2013 - P7 leavers assembly

19th June 2013 - P7 leavers assembly

15th August 2014 - one of the many famous photos from my 13th birthday party

15th August 2014 - one of the many famous photos from my 13th birthday party

2nd October 2016 - post 10K

2nd October 2016 - post 10K

2nd April 2017 - family selfie at Old Trafford

2nd April 2017 - family selfie at Old Trafford

27th December 2017

27th December 2017

 

So that’s a super brief summary of my life so far! I’m looking forward to adding to the collection of photos in all the years to come…

 

Hope you’ve all had a brilliant July and a fab summer. For now I’m off to enjoy celebrating the rest of my birthday with family - I’ll definitely do an update post soon!

 

Heather xoxo

 
17 photos for 17 years - hefafa.me.uk
 

15, 100 or 1000?

Wow wow wow is today a day for celebration?! I was planning on just doing a happy birthday post for my brother James’ 15th, but it turns out this happens to be my 100th blog post too! To add to the excitement, I’ve also just hit 1000 followers on Instagram - yay! So I’ve combined all three events into a single post to celebrate…

 

James’ 15th

 

Happy happy birthday to my little brother! You might remember my celebration post from last year, featuring some of my favourite childhood photos of James (view the post here). As usual, I’ve spent more time than I’d like to admit in the kitchen creating a fancy cake. Having previously done Malteaser, Snickers, M&Ms and Ferrero Rocher cakes, this year I continued the chocolate theme with a Reese’s peanut butter cup cake…

 
Reese's peanut butter cup cake
Reese's peanut butter cup cake
Reese's peanut butter cup cake
Reese's peanut butter cup cake
Reese's peanut butter cup cake
 

Two chocolate sponges, sandwiched with peanut butter icing and crumbled Reese’s, coated in more peanut butter icing and decorated with chocolate ganache and even more Reeses’ peanut butter cups - wow! Unfortunately it’s not vegan (huge thanks to Life, Love and Sugar for the recipe), but I’ve also baked some vegan chocolate peanut butter brownies for me and my dad to indulge in too!

 
chocolate peanut butter brownies
 

So happy birthday James with lots and lots of love xxx

 

100 Blog Posts

 

I’m honestly shocked at how quickly my 100th post has come around - it doesn’t feel like that long ago I was just starting blogging. A major thanks again to my mum for proofreading and helping with all of these posts (for full thank yous check out this post!), I really couldn’t have done it without her.

 

As 100 posts is quite a lot, I’ve made a list of 15 posts (a combination of my favourites and the most popular posts) to round up the highlights of my blog so far. There are many, many more posts I could have included on this list, but these ones are particularly special to me due to the writing process, content, photos, your lovely reactions or simply the memories!

 
 

Posts have been arranged in chronological order. Use the arrows at the side to move between photos. To view a post, simply tap on the centre of the photo. Alternatively, view the posts in list form below:

 

  1. Goodbye Grandad
  2. Sweet Sixteen
  3. Veganism: The Answer to All of Our Problems
  4. Half and Half Cake
  5. A Mini Photoshoot with Mia & Freja
  6. A Day in Brighton
  7. What’s in my School Bag
  8. 31 Things That Make Me Happy
  9. Mom Jeans
  10. Vegan Biscoff Cupcakes
  11. Top 10 Tips for Exams
  12. Berry Oatmeal Smoothie Bowls
  13. Why You Should Try Yoga
  14. Exploring Paris
  15. Eating Vegan in Barcelona

 

Once again, thank you for all of your love and support on my blog - it really does make me so happy to hear all of your feedback!

 

1000 Followers on Instagram

 

And to add to the excitement I’ve just reached 1000 followers on Instagram! Thank you all for your follows and I hope you continue to enjoy my feed in the future…

 
instagram Block
This is an example. To display your Instagram posts, double-click here to add an account or select an existing connected account. Learn more
 

So with all of these brilliant reasons to celebrate, today is certainly lined up to be a super fun day with my family! Hope you’re all enjoying your summer too and I’d love to hear about your all-time favourite cake(s) in the comments… Happy 15th James!

 

Heather xoxo

 
15, 100 or 1000? - hefafa.me.uk
 

Happy Pineapple Day

If you follow my Pinterest then you’re probably aware that I’m completely obsessed with pineapples - for those who don’t, I have a board dedicated entirely to my love of pineapples (which was sitting at 134 pins last time I checked)! Anyone who has ever been out with me has most likely seen me buying pineapple as a snack too - I buy it at almost every opportunity. Essentially, I really really really LOVE pineapples!

 

happy pineapple day
happy pineapple day

 

So imagine my excitement when I found out that there’s a whole day dedicated to celebrating my favourite fruit…

 

happy pineapple day
happy pineapple day

 

Sources vary, but the most common date I’ve found for Pineapple Day is the 27th June (other sources suggest it’s the first Saturday of June each year, but I guess it’s up to you which one you choose). To celebrate, I plan on eating as much pineapple as possible, starting with a pineapple smoothie bowl for breakfast (I’ll be sure to post the recipe soon!).

 

happy pineapple day

 

As a little extra, I’ve also done some research and thought I’d share 27 facts (as it’s the 27th of June) about pineapples…

 

happy pineapple day
happy pineapple day

 

  1. The name “pineapple” is a result of a pineapple’s resemblance to pine cones and fruit.
  2. Pineapples originated from South America.
  3. Christopher Columbus discovered them in 1493 on the island Guadeloupe. 
  4. The scientific name for pineapple is ananas comosus.
  5. Once cut from their plant, pineapples do not ripen any further.
  6. Pineapple plants have 100 to 200 brightly coloured flowers.
  7. Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Sponge Bob Square Pants!!
  8. Pineapples are 10% sugar.
  9. You can grow a new pineapple plant by planting the top part of a pineapple.
  10. Pineapples contain the enzyme bromelain which can be used to tenderise meat (not that I do that as a vegan!).
  11. The presence of bromelain in pineapples is what makes your mouth sting when you eat pineapple (essentially pineapple eats you while you eat it - but don’t worry, it won’t cause any harm!).
  12. There are 37 different types of pineapples which are grouped into four broader categories: Smooth Cayenne, Abacaxi, Queen and Red Spanish.
  13. It can take up to three years to grow a pineapple.
  14. Eating pineapple helps to reduce inflammation.
  15. There are approximately 50 calories in every 100g of pineapple.
  16. Pineapples are highly perishable and spoil easily within a few days.
  17. Large quantities of manganese and vitamin C are found in pineapples.
  18. Hawaii is the only state in the US where pineapples are grown.
  19. Costa Rica currently produces the greatest number of pineapples.
  20. Pineapple on pizza: yay or nay?
  21. The fruits of the numerous flowers on a pineapple plant join together to form what we know as a pineapple. 
  22. Hummingbirds and some types of bees pollinate pineapples.
  23. The world’s largest pineapple was grown in 2011 and weighed 8.28kg.
  24. Pineapples used to be so rare outwith the Caribbean islands that they were considered a symbol of wealth.
  25. Each pineapple plant can only grow one pineapple at a time.
  26. The bottom of a pineapple is the sweetest part.
  27. Pineapples are a type of bromeliaceae and are the only edible member of this species.

 

happy pineapple day
happy pineapple day

 

I’d love to write more about my favourite fruit, by right now I’m off to go and celebrate and eat an awful lot of pineapple - after all, we do have 2 whole pineapples in the house following my pineapple photoshoot! I hope you found a couple of the facts interesting and it’d be amazing if you could add my Pinterest here (I have boards for pretty much everything and I’ll be sure to follow you back)!

 

happy pineapple day

 

I hop you enjoy celebrating Pineapple Day and I’d love to hear your thoughts about this post. As for the question of pineapples on pizza, I’m a yes (although I don’t do it often) - what’s your opinion?!

 

Heather xoxo

 

happy pineapple day
happy pineapple day
 
happy pineapple day - hefafa.me.uk