I had just realised on the 23rd that it had been an whole 365 days since I left my family home and moved out into my own house with Simon.  It's hard to believe its been that long and we have done quite a lot to the house in that period which I thought I would give an update on for anyone like myself who is really into their home decor.  I also wanted to scatter through some of my tips or advice or even just some things I have come to learn or realise about moving out... spoiler alert: lots of bickering!

I set myself a goal earlier this year to travel lots in 2018, but cheaply.  The two aren't often portrayed as going hand in hand but I am determined to stretch out a small budget and experience some amazing sites this year.  We do plan on travelling abroad at the end of summer but  I want to spend a lot of it living out of a small bag, sleeping in a tent in rural Ireland.

 Some of you might be thinking, "But you are from Ireland".  There is so much to see and do at our own doorsteps that we often forget what our own country has in store.  Ireland can be explored from the highest point of the North to the bottom of the South in a matter of hours and why I haven't climbed into the car and road tripped my home country sooner is bizzare to me.  I really truly feel blessed to live in such a vastly green, true to nature country oozing with places to venture, and I plan to make the most of it.

 I thought I would start off by sharing some photos I took a few weekends ago when we stayed a night in Sligo town.  We stopped off at any brown "point of interest" sign along the road and seen some spectacular views and all only 2 and a bit hours from home.  The highlight for me was visiting the Strandhill area where we ate lunch in a really cute cafe and ran up huuuuuge sand dunes.

 Getting outside into the fresh countryside air is when I feel like the truest, best version of myself.  Everything from the working week fades away and becomes a distant worry, I live in that very moment and I feel so relaxed and care free. There is just something so soothing and good for the soul and I would quite literally go mad if I spent too long cooped up indoors. Social media wasn't even on the agenda for most of the trip and my focus was on spending some quality time with Simon & my camera. 

Make sure to get out and explore your local areas.

Shepherds pie, or cottage pie - who really knows which is which? was always a firm staple in my house growing up.  When I turned Vegetarian it was quite simple to replace the meat for Quorn or soy mince but since going Vegan & also being Gluten intolerant things got a bit trickier.

When I opened my January Vegan Kind box and seen this colourful book with a punchy hiliarious title I knew it was going to be something I would enjoy reading.  As you might have seen plastered all over my social media this January I vouched to go fully fledge Vegan alongside the famous movement #veganuary.  So far so good, with a few minor mistakes along the way I've stuck at it for the entirity of the month, and don't intend on stopping any time soon, or ever really.  This book could not have came at a better time for me.

Every Friday I sit down and plan what meals I would like to make for the upcoming week.  It gives me a good idea on what all I need to buy, stops me overbuying or buying random items that meals can't be made from and keeps everything on budget with minimal waste.  I can do a blog post on this for anyone who is interested in how I find recipes and plan my shopping list.

It's Veganuary day 13 and I've been finding eating zero animal products a lot easier than I thought I would.  I have been meaning to photograph more of what I make and eat but honestly it has been a lot of quick and really simple meals due to starting my new job and having zero time at the moment. 

However it occured to me that in order to convince anyone who is considering going plant based or vegan how easy and affordable it can be, showing these mid-week 'throw lots of stuff on a tray and bake' kind of meals are probably the ones I should be sharing.  So here you have my lazy girl weekend pizza night which saves us a fortune on dominos and is 100% Gluten free and Vegan.


  • BFree sourdough pizza bases
    Tomato puree 
  • Paprika
  • Garlic powder
  • Mixed herbs
  • Rapeseed oil
  • Potatoes
  • Rocket
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Onion
  • Sweetcorn
  • Pepper
  • Mushrooms
  • Jalapenos


  1. Mix together your spices and tomato puree to make a pizza sauce, you could use tomato passata (I had ran out and had to improvise) or buy a pre-made pizza sauce.   
  2. Spread this across your pizza base and begin to top with toppings of your choice.  Here I used mushrooms, peppers, onion, sweetcorn and jalapenos, sprinkling some rocket over at the end.
  3. Set pizza to one side, and wash and chop potatoes in wedges, power boil these to reduce amount of time baking.  You can bake from raw which I prefer the taste of however this can take a significant amount of time.  Mix together some rapeseed oil, paprika, garlic and mixed herbs and once potatoes have been boiled for 5-10mins drain and mix together with spices and oil.  
  4. Place on a baking tray or roasting tin and place into oven for 30mins at 220 degrees.
  5. Half way place pizza into oven for last 15mins.
  6. Serve with rocket and some tomato sauce, and a side salad.

What are your favourite Pizza toppings?