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ROAD TRIP ALONG THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD, AUSTRALIA

One of the coolest parts of our trip to Australia was hiring a camper van and going on a road trip along the Great Ocean Road. Despite the rainy weather and having more than our fair share of back-of-the-van cooker mishaps, we had so many amazing experiences including…

▹▸▹▸ Seeing the 12 Apostles

the 12 apostles

▹▸▹▸ Rock climbing by a beautiful waterfall

waterfall

▹▸▹▸Making a pebble tower on this cute little beach

pebble tower

And finally the most awesome of all ▹▸▹▸

▹▸▹▸ Seeing an adorable little Koala in the wild!!!

Check out the latest video in my Australian Adventures series to see our wild Koala encounter:

Sleeping ruff – 24 hours as a rescue dog

Next weekend, 2 of my friends and I will be spending 24 hours in a kennel, completely cut off from technology and living on a budget of £1.20 each (the price of 2 cans of dog food). We’re doing this to raise funds for Foal Farm, the rescue centre we voluteer at, to build a much-needed new kennel block for the dogs.

Foal farm is an incredible no-kill animal rescue that is funded entirely on donations, so fundraising like this is really important as it enables Foal Farm to continue saving lives.

We’ve filmed a short video explaining a bit about what we’ll be doing and more importantly, why we’re doing it  ▹▸▹▸

If you’d like to find out a little more about why this cause is so special to us, please check out my post 5 REASONS TO ADOPT YOUR NEXT BEST FRIEND and my friend Maria’s post about her dog rescue story.

We, and the dogs, will be incredibly grateful for anything you can donate, no matter how big or small. The more money we raise, the more lives we save! If you’d like to contribute, you can find our fundraising page at: gofundme.com/sleepingruff

Thanks so much for your support guys!

Jade xxx

Top 5 tips for a vegan traveling in Italy

As you guys probably already know if you read my Berlin Vegan Guide, earlier this summer my mum and I went traveling around Europe. After our amazing time in Berlin, we headed to Venice and then to Lake Garda.

Feeding swans on lake garda

We had some incredible experiences in Italy, from sitting on the rocks feeding swans in Lake Garda to Gondola rides in Venice.

gondola ride in italy

We also ate a lot of pizza and pasta. In fact, for our entire time in Italy, aside from fruit filled breakfasts, we ate exclusively pasta and pizza for lunch and dinner!

Vegan spaghetti in Italy

During our time in Italy, I picked up some tips that I think will be really useful for any other vegans/vegetarians traveling in Italy. You can check them out in the video below as well as some footage of our amazing trip!

▹▸▹▸ ITALY VLOG & TOP 5 VEGAN TRAVEL TIPS

As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts on my video and any ideas of videos you guys would like me to film.

Lots of Love, Jade xoxo

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Berlin vegan guide

This summer, instead of our typical beach holiday, my mum and I decided to do something we’d wanted to do since I was in High School: travel around Europe! Our first stop was Berlin – voted the most vegan-friendly city in the world here, and with a wide range of vegan restaurants, a veggie/vegan hotel in its centre, and an entirely vegan supermarket, it’s not hard to see why.

Throughout our 3 day stay, we visited so many cool vegan places and I’m really excited to share those that we loved the most with you guys. Not only were the vegan options abundant, the city had so much culture and all of the people we met were really friendly and helpful, making our entire experience amazing. I can’t wait to go back and am already dreaming about my next trip!

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We stayed in Almódovar Hotel, an organic, vegetarian spa hotel. It is located a short walk from Ostkreuz train station, from where the main tourist attractions are easily accessible.

The beautifully decorated modern rooms are extremely comfortable and spacious. The rooftop spa is equally stunning with a big relaxation area, a lush balcony and a glass-walled sauna overlooking the city. As part of our spa in the city package, my mum and I both had a full body massage and agreed that it was the most relaxing massage we’d ever had.

almodovar hotel berlin

In addition to the beautiful facilities, the hotel also offered delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. The buffet breakfast at the hotel was 100% vegetarian and mainly vegan, meaning we were spoilt for choice.

breakfast at almodovar hotel

There were delicious cakes, fruit salads, and my personal favourite: a vegan twist on traditional german cuisine. The staff were all so friendly and helpful, and our waitress recommended lots of vegan restaurants/cafes for us to visit during our trip.

breakfast at almodovar hotel

My mum and I both loved our experience at Almodovar Hotel and next time I visit Berlin, I will definitely be staying here again!

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Almodovar Hotel Restaurant

almodovar restaurant

On our first evening in Berlin, we were feeling super tired as we’d been up since 2am, so decided to eat in the restaurant in our hotel. We ordered bread with a red pepper almond dip to start and paella to share for our main. Both dishes were amazing!!!! Unfortunately I didn’t manage to snap a picture of the paella, but it was filled with veggies and faux meat sausages and was by far one of the best paellas I’ve ever had. The red pepper almond dip was also delicious – I am definitely going to try to recreate it at home and if it turns out well I’ll be sure to share the recipe with you guys.

Sfizy Veg Pizzeria

vegan pizzeria sfizy veg

On our second evening we visited Sfizy veg, a vegan pizzeria recommended by one of the lovely waitresses in our hotel. It was a little far from the centre and was so busy that we had to wait a while for a table but the food was so delicious that it was definitely worth the trip. Once again dark lighting + iPhone camera made for very bad photos, so I unfortunately don’t have any to show you guys but rest assured that my pizza and my mum’s spaghetti pomodoro both went down very well. The cheese on my pizza was extremely dairy-like so if you’re newly vegan/missing the taste of dairy then you would absolutely love it! Whilst I really enjoyed the pizza, this meal confirmed to me that after just over a year as a vegan I do not miss dairy at all!

▹▸SUPERMARKET/CAFE▹▸

Veganz aka vegan heaven, is an entirely vegan supermarket chain that stocks everything from fresh fruits and veggies, to vegan cheese and mayo, to vegan pizzas, to vegan dog food. How freaking cool is that!? Oh, and as if that’s not enough, the branch we visited also has a vegan cafe annnd on the second level, there is a vegan shoe shop and a vegan restaurant! Basically, I never wanted to leave.

veganz

We bought lots of treats for ourselves like vegan ice cream and yoghurts, and also decided to get some vegan dog treats for Poppy, Panda, Teddy and Kitty. Like all dog treats, they look kinda gross but I’m sure the dogs will love them.

vegan dog treats veganz

On our last day in Berlin, we had veggie burgers and green juices for lunch in the Veganz cafe and they were so yummy! I really wish we had a Veganz in the UK as it would be amazing to have somewhere where you can eat delicious vegan food and do your weekly shopping. Veganz – come to the UK!!!

veganz cafe berlin

 

Overall, my mum and I had an amazing time in Berlin. I’m already planning my next trip there as I can’t wait to take my boyfriend and all of my veggie/vegan best friends to all of the cool vegan places we explored.

Have any of you guys been to Berlin? I’d love to hear if you guys have any cool vegan finds to add to this list!

5 reasons to adopt your next best friend

A common misconception that dissuades people from adoption is that most dogs in rescue centres have behavioural issues. In reality, the vast majority of dogs are there through no fault of their own and fit perfectly into family life. Since I started volunteering at Foal Farm, I have seen first hand the wide variety of amazing dogs available for adoption: lazy/energetic, playful/calm, independent/loyal, puppies/oaps, big/small, purebreds/cross breeds – there is a dog to suit everyone. With such a diverse range of dogs available for adoption, I’m confident in saying that there is a dog perfectly suited to your family and your lifestyle sitting in a rescue centre near you, just waiting for you to come and give them their happily ever after. In case you’re not already convinced, here are my top 5 reasons to adopt your next best friend.

All pictures featured in this post are of dogs at Foal Farm who are currently waiting for their forever home. If you think that could be with you, you can contact Foal Farm here or fill out an adoption application form here.

1. The special bond you form is incomparable

There is something extremely special about the bond a rescuer forms with a rescue dog. My mum went to collect our rescue dog Teddy and the loyalty and adoration he feels towards my mum is incredible. Dogs without a doubt know when you’ve rescued them, and in return shower you with a lifetime of love and loyalty. What could be better?

rescue collie

Gypsy is a beautiful & extremely special dog who I’ve completely fallen in love with, whoever adopts her is one very lucky human

2. You get to skip the difficult puppy stage

Whilst it is undeniable that puppies are adorable, there is nothing cute about coming home to a house full of wee and poo, being the chew toy for a teething puppy, or having your brand new GHDs bitten up (I’m looking at you Panda). What I’m trying to say is, puppies are hard work, so one major advantage of rescuing a slightly older dog is that you can skip the puppy stage and get straight to the good stuff.

Ember is gorgeous friendly and playful boy who is great with other dogs

Ember is a gorgeous, friendly and playful boy who is great with other dogs and absolutely loves cuddles

3. Rescuing saves lives

For each dog you rescue, not only are you saving that dog’s life, but you are also freeing up shelter space for another dog to have the chance to be saved from euthanasia and find their forever home. So basically, you get a BFF and save lives. What’s not to love?!

Rescue lurcher

Bunny is a beautiful & bouncy little girl who was rescued from a pound, she is super friendly & has a tail that won’t stop wagging

4. You can find the perfect companion for you and your family

Most good recuse centres spend a lot time getting to know the families who come to adopt a dog. This means that they will be able to pair you up with a dog that will suit your lifestyle and fit perfectly into your family. Plus, rescue centres are so committed to ensuring their dogs find a forever home, that they offer ongoing support to adopters should you need any help/advice in the future.

jack russel rescue

Dolly is a cute and energitic jack russel terrier who loves to play fetch but also loves to snuggle up for kisses and cuddles

5.  Rescuing feels amazing!

Rescuing a dog is honestly one of the most rewarding things you could ever do. Seeing a dog that hasn’t had the best start in life happily running around in a field or cuddled up with you on the sofa is an incredibly special thing. It’s pretty amazing knowing that you were able to give a dog a second chance and provide them with their happily ever after.

Nala is a beautiful 1 year old cross breed who loves nothing more than to cuddle up with you on the sofa and cover you in kisses

Nala is a beautiful 1 year old cross breed who loves nothing more than to cuddle up with you on the sofa and cover you in kisses

If you think you’ve got room for some unconditional love in your life, rescue a dog today, you might be surprised to find that they rescue you too.

My favourite vegan products from Lush

Not only do Lush products smell insanely heavenly but the company also has great ethical principles, and any brand that promotes kindness to animals and uses natural ingredients whilst creating amazing products is definitely one I want to support! All of Lush‘s products are vegetarian, and those that are vegan display the vegan logo so are super easy to find. I have tried a variety of Lush cosmetics and these three below are my absolute favourites so I wanted to share them with all of you.

lush products vegan

The YUMMY MUMMY shower gel was a limited edition for mother’s day, so I have majorly stocked up on them before the stores run out! It smells so delicious and leaves your skin feeling smooth and healthy so if you manage to get your hands on one of these, I would definitely recommend it.

yummy mummy lush

REHAB is hands down my favourite shampoo that I have ever used! It is so nourishing and leaves my hair smelling absolutely incredible.

rehab lush

Finally, saving the best until last, the R&B hair moisturiser is an absolute godsend! Since I started getting my hair ombred last year, it has needed a lot of extra TLC and this leave in conditioner definitely does the trick. After washing my hair, I rub a pea sized amount through the ends and it helps to create healthy, natural curls.

R&B Lush

The combination of REHAB and R&B has made my hair feel so healthy and has restored my natural curls, meaning I barely ever use heat on it anymore which is amazing! I really cannot recommend Lush products enough, and especially these three!

Do you guys use Lush? What are your favourite cruelty-free cosmetic brands?

Adopt don’t shop – a rescue story

Today I am so excited to share the first ever guest post on Jade Green Vegan; and I can’t think of anyone better to write it than my animal-loving, dog-rescuing, veggie-eating best friend – Maria.  As you guys probably know from my recent post, Maria and I have recently started volunteering at an amazing animal rescue center, after she rescued her dog Max from there just before Christmas.

I know people can sometimes be a little apprehensive about adopting a dog, but since I started volunteering I am just simply amazed at how many friendly, playful, gentle and just generally loveable dogs there are waiting to be adopted. According to this survey by the Dogs Trust,  7,058 dogs were put down last year by local authorities alone, that’s almost one dog an hour! With staffies at particular risk, I thought it would be great for Maria to share her adoption story with all of  us, to show what an amazing experience rescuing a dog can be.

black rescue dog

Maria and her previous dog Benny (one of the most special dogs I’ve ever known)

Maria Smith, guest blogger:

Yay I am so excited to be able to:

1. Share my experience of getting my rescue dog at Foal Farm (an AMAZING shelter may I start with, that we now volunteer at every weekend); and

2. To be able to write this on my incredible best friend’s blog- it doesn’t get much better than that!

To give you wonderful readers a background, I’ll start at the beginning. As you may know, in order to start a new chapter in your life, you have to unfortunately end one, which in my case meant having to make the hardest decision in my life so far – saying goodbye to our gorgeous previous dog called Benny! I know it may sound cliché but I genuinely think we were blessed to have a dog as gentle, kind, obedient and friendly as Benny, which made letting him go even harder. Something that only other dog lovers know is that dogs are family, and so to lose a dog is to lose a part of your family. They provide the same unconditional love, only they can’t speak to tell you this, which in a way makes the bond you have with them even more special!

cockapoo and staff

Benny with his girlfriend, Panda

After a couple of months of grieving over losing Benny, I was the first in my family to realise that we could either carry on grieving (which no matter how much we hoped couldn’t bring him back); or we could give another dog the love and care we gave to Benny. My mum was adamant that this was not going to happen. However, after gentle persuasion, she recommended we visit an animal shelter (Foal Farm), continuously reminding me that we were just ‘looking’, to which I would just roll my eyes…

The next step was sitting down with Dan and Kayleigh from Foal Farm (both amazing people who devote pretty much their whole life to caring for abandoned dogs) so they could find out more about us as a family, and find a dog whose needs we could meet. We were really passionate about getting a dog who had been in kennels for some time and who had been struggling to settle. So, with that in mind, Dan and Kayleigh recommended Max (who had been in the kennels for about 3 months after being rescued from a pound who were due to put him to sleep after 7 days)! He was just under one and he had his whole life to spend with us! He was well trained (thank you to the dog team at Foal Farm for this), gentle, kind, loving, bursting with energy (which is great for when my sister – Natalie – and I go for runs and play with him), the list is endless!

staff rescue

Max playing in the park

We were eager to provide a home for him before Christmas so that we could spoil him rotten with presents!  The first day we could have picked him up was 22nd December, which was actually the first day foal farm was closed for Christmas! However, foal farm opened for us, purely so we could take him home that day, and I quote the dog team said “we would never close our doors, if it meant a dog going home earlier”- This I will never forget! This truly is the motto which Foal Farm carry, they care so deeply for their animals! They are a no-kill animal shelter and do everything they can to try save dogs’ lives; and for that, myself and my family are so grateful, as we never would have found our amazing addition to our family without them!

cross breed dogs playing

Max playing with Poppy after a dip in the river

We have now had Max for over a month and considering his past, it is amazing how gentle and loving he is. I love learning new and interesting things about him every day, like the way he snores LOUDLY (that one we picked up on the first night), the way he cuddles you by jumping on your shoulders, the way he destroys every toy within 5 seconds (literally!), the way he thinks he can get a bird that’s flying 100ft above him (bearing in mind there’s one that is sitting right in front of him 10ft away).. I could go on! But the main thing I’ve enjoyed learning is even though these dogs have all had confused, troubled pasts, they all still find somewhere in their hearts to love again!

So if there is one thing I could say, it would be to foster/adopt a RESCUE dog (in particularly from Foal Farm, I’m biased- I know :))! Each dog has a unique character and I’m sure there would be one (two/three/four? Ha) that would make a great addition to your family too!

dog cuddling arm

Max making himself right at home with Maria and her family

Editor’s note: I’m totally not crying right now or anything! I am seriously so grateful that Maria and her family were able to open up their homes and hearts to another dog who really needed it. Max is a very lucky boy and I know Benny would be so proud. I think Maria pretty much said it all, but if you can foster/adopt a dog, not only are you helping to save that dog but you are also opening up a space for another dog in need like Max.

Volunteering at Foal Farm

Last weekend was extremely exciting for me, as I was able to fulfil a life-long dream of becoming a volunteer at an animal shelter. Just before Christmas, one of my besties, Maria, rescued her gorgeous dog Max from Foal Farm and shortly afterwards started volunteering there with her sister. When they asked if I want to volunteer with them, to say I was excited (like-pee-my-pants excited) would be an understatement, as as you all know I am a big time crazy dog lady and anything I can do to help animals in need makes my soul extremely happy.

animal shelter volunteer

We had a great time walking some of the dogs around Foal Farm‘s beautiful grounds, and after spending time with them I just couldn’t believe how many gorgeous, friendly, and just generally loveable dogs there are waiting to find their forever homes. If you are able to open your home to a dog, in my experience, rescuing is honestly one of the most rewarding things you could ever do.  Two of my dogs have been rescues and they are some of the most loving, loyal dogs you could ever meet.

animal shelter volunteers

All of the dogs that we we walked/spent time with were special in their own ways, like the lovely Stanley above, who has the most gentle soul and is extremely well behaved on the lead.

I particularly fell in love with this gorgeous boy Rex ▽▼▽▼▽. Five dogs wouldn’t be too crazy, right?! Seriously though.

border collie cross springer spaniel

All in all, my first volunteering experience was amazing, and I am so grateful that I can now hang out with all of these lovely doggies on a regular basis. Foal Farm is an incredible no-kill rescue that relies solely on voluntary contributions, legacies and money made from fund raising events, and I feel so humbled to be a part of it.

Have any of you volunteered at an animal shelter? I’d love to hear all of your stories, you know I can talk about animals all day!

Cruelty-free Christmas List

HAPPY 23 days until Christmas everyone! I absolutely love this time of year and as Christmas is right around the corner, I  thought it would be a fun idea to share some of the items at the top of my Christmas list with you all in case you’re in need of some inspiration.

Before we get into presents, I have 2 awesome advent calendars to share with you, because of course 1 is never enough! The first is a luxury dark chocolate calendar from Hotel Chocolat and is my all time favourite; you can buy that here. The second calendar by moo free is a more affordable option but is still super yummy and you can order that from Vegusto here.

vegan advent callendars

 

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My Christmas list is filled with some of my favourite vegan products by some awesomely compassionate companies. If you like the look of any of them, you can click on the names of the gifts below to check out the websites where you can purchase them.

kind christmas

The Tree Kisser clothing – beautiful slogan jumpers and tees promoting animal compassion

Tara Smith hair care products – vegan haircare tested on film stars, not animals (love it!)

Pana chocolate – delicious raw organic chocolate

Vego chocolate – my current obsession and one of the best chocolate bars I’ve eaten

A subscription to The Vegan Kind – a monthly lifestyle box filled with a variety of vegan treats

This year will be my first vegan Christmas and I am so excited to create a vegan christmas menu with my mum and share it with you all on the blog.

What are you all asking santa for this Christmas? Do you have any plant-based Christmas dinner ideas?

Superdrug vegan haircare

I am a big fan of Superdrug’s range of own brand products, as not only are they super affordable, they are also BUAV approved and suitable for vegans. So, when I saw that they had a tea tree oil shampoo and conditioner, I was beyond excited to try it! Tea tree oil has been attributed to being useful in aiding the treatment of a variety of medical conditions, as well as having lots of beneficial dermatologic properties (read: this little gem is awesome at getting rid of pesky blemishes!) Whilst tea-tree oil has been my go-to spot cure since I started a skin care routine; prior to purchasing this duo, I had never used a tea tree hair product before so was excited to see if it could work its magic on my hair too!

I was definitely not disappointed, as the shampoo and conditioner smell great and left my hair feeling silky and hydrated ▼▽▼▽▼

super drug tea tree shampoo

Since colouring my hair using the amazing Paul Mitchell products, my newly (half) blonde locks have needed a little bit more TLC. I therefore decided to try out the Supderdrug coconut oil as a hair mask. I generally leave it on for about 5/10 minutes in the shower post-conditioner but for a more intense rejuvenation, you can leave it in over night before showering it off in the morning. This works a treat and leaves your hair feeling healthy and moisturised ▼▽▼▽▼

coconut oil vegan

For more details or to purchase any of these products, click on the links below:

Coconut oil

Tea tree shampoo

Tea tree conditioner

Have any of you tried the Superdrug products? If so, what do you think?