• Oats and Porridge

    Baked Banana Blueberry Oatmeal

    Despite the generally warm weather in the UK, I woke up one morning and it was windy and cold. The sunshine has disappeared and it felt like winter had returned for the day. As usual, it meant I fancied warm food but didn’t want to fancy a bowl of usual oatmeal. I did, however, have a craving for banana and blueberries. I had always seen recipes and posts on Instagram for baked Oatmeal but had never given it a go. Before today. The premise of this recipe is pretty simple. I used how I make my normal oatmeal as the basis for this recipe, tweaked it a bit and added…

  • Mental Health

    Mental Health Awareness Week – Stress

    Hello, as you may already be aware, it’s #mentalhealthawarenessweek here in the UK.  It’s something that happens each year and with each year there’s a topic that is the main focus to promote awareness of. This year is ‘Stress’. Now, when I considered what I wanted to write for this post I felt frustrated and at a loss because I don’t feel like I deal with stress very well. It manifests itself in how my body feels a lot of the time and is one of the biggest triggers for my anxiety because to be quite frank we all have a lot of crap going off in our lives and it’s…

  • Hair and Beauty,  Vegan Lifestyle

    The true magic of Aloe Vera

    Aloe Vera is a wondrous plant that has been used for more than 6,000 years! It’s great for so many uses so it’s no wonder people still love feasting on this plant as part of a healthy lifestyle or smoothing it on their skin. The greatest thing about it is that it’s quite easy to grow your own and doesn’t need a whole lot of maintenance. It comes as a whole plant to prep yourself as you wish. You can get gels to soothe onto your skin, drinks to add to your daily diet and numerous products with Aloe Vera added into it such as Shampoo to make your hair…

  • Sneak Peeks

    New book progress – Changed name & exciting twists

    Hello! Hope you’re all well. As promised, here’s the latest sneak peek from the new book. The title of which has changed from ‘Deaths Absence’ to ‘Living in Limbo’. Enjoy! Copyright Kimberley Jackson, 2018 “I’m going to call you Emily” Saying the words makes it seem more real. Images flash into his mind like watching an old film, the film is still there but the tape is broken. It feels good to have thoughts of her again though. The one who owned the trophy that sits at the bottom of his bag, wrapped in layers and cherished. Zale smiles but its lips turn differently this time, not all the way…

  • Mental Health

    Learning to love yourself

    Hello! Recently I’ve started working with the ‘Vegan Warrior Academy‘ posting the occasional blog post for them. I’m excited as it allows me to write more in-depth about subjects I wouldn’t necessarily write about here, but, I feel the importance of still writing a little summary and posting the main article in case you want to read it. So, let’s talk about Self Love.  It’s the way you start everything. It’s one of the important roots of the positivity tree. In order to show respect, love, gratitude and all those positive emotions towards another, you also have to consider them for yourself. You have to love yourself and enjoy your own company because you’re…

  • Lunch

    Five ingredient Hummus – Oil Free

    Perfect as a dip with crackers, carrots or tortilla chips. Hummus is a crowd pleaser and is a firm favorite in the vegan world. not just the vegan world though, lot’s of people tuck into hummus on a regular basis. It can be super healthy if you exclude the oil. It’s also quick, creamy and so good! Did I mention you don’t just have to use it for dipping? You can use it to spread onto toast, top off your jacket potato with a spoon fool or even create a delicious soup or pasta dish with hummus as the base. It’s thick, smooth, tasty, healthy and Vegan. What more could…

  • Bites and Bars

    Peanut Caramel Cookie Dough Bites

    Just a warning. These are dangerously addictive. There are 3 layers to this recipe. Each one combined with the other makes these Cookie Dough Peanut bites, moreish, delightfully decadent and dangerously good. Below is a little breakdown of the steps. For the main Recipe and Method scroll to the bottom. Step 1. Blend your cookie dough ingredients (apart from the chocolate chips). Mix with your chocolate chips in a bowl and form into balls, then make a well in the middle with your thumb, like a thumbprint cookie. Step 2. After freezing. Add your peanut caramel into the wells. Step 3. Melt your chocolate. Use a fork to coat each bite, then…

  • Personal Life

    What’s new in my world? Life Updates and exciting opportunities

    Hello! It feels like a long time since I’ve done one of these posts. I generally don’t enjoy writing about myself but I feel like it’s an important aspect of blogging as it takes my connection with the audience and you guys to a new level. So, what’s been happening with me? Read until the very end for the most exciting life update! Writing -I am still writing ‘Deaths Absence’, it’s going pretty well and I’ve recently thought of a dark twist which has made it even more exciting! I’m trying to get it written and published this year at the minute but we’ll see how it goes. I would…

  • Vegan Lifestyle

    Washing with Soap Nuts -Everything you need to know

    As you may know, if you follow my main account on Instagram, I have recently ventured forth into the world of Soap Nuts and I’m loving it! So, I’m here today to give you the low-down on them. Everything from what they are, the pros and cons and most importantly how to get the most use out of them. What are Soap Nuts? Soap Nuts come from a tree called  ‘Sapindus Mukorossi’ and don’t actually contain any soap whatsoever. You see, Soap Nuts are actually Berries, they’re part of the Lychee family and contain a natural cleaner called ‘Saponin’. Saponin can dig into the fibers on clothes to free dirt,…

  • Light Snacks

    Chocolate Coconut Pistachio Balls

    These little balls are sweet and nutty (pardon the pun) with just a hint of coconut. At only 50 calories per ball, they’re great for a snack or an addition to a bowl of warming oats or even a smoothie bowl. These balls are pretty small, about the size of a teaspoon or a little bigger than your thumbnail. Super cute! The oats in this recipe aren’t essential, you could just use coconut on its own and add more to it but I find the oats give it that nice starchy texture and make them a lot more filling for such a small amount of calories. If you enjoy this recipe you…