What we ate in Australia Part #2

Hey there!

This is the second part of my „What we ate in Australia“ series. Some pictures were still taken in Darwin but the other half of the meals are the ones we cooked while we were travelling down the east coast. Problem was that you can’t carry to many groceries while travelling. Additionally we were on a tighter budget and consequently had a lot of pasta. (ca. 1$ per meal) 😁

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Self-made christmas cookies in Darwin, while it was 35 degrees celsius outside…
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Asian inspired soup with a poached egg
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Nachos with guacamole in a mall
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Our last dinner in Darwin with avocado sushi…this dinner was so expensive since we had salted caramel chocolate as well 😅
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Couscous with cucumber and tomatoes
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Rice cake with banana and peanut butter for breakfast
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Pasta with cheese and tomato sauce
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This is a not so good looking potato-egg-capsicum salad
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The aesthetically least pleasing meal we cooked – rice with Indian chick pea sauce
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Vegan and gluten free pancakes in Rainbow Beach for breakfast
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This salad was so delicious! Rice, corn, cucumber, onions, lemon and spices
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We always carried lime juice, Italian dressing, salt and pepper with us while we were travelling the east coast

What do you eat on your travels?

xx, Sophie

What we ate in Australia Part #1

The What we ate series shall be continued, this time I will share the food we cooked in Australia. All the foods in this post are „self-cooked“ in Darwin.
Since we had access to a kitchen in our apartment, we were able to buy more groceries and store them in a fridge. Hope you enjoy!

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Banana Porridge for breakfast
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Banana porridge with greek yoghurt and cinnamon for breakfast
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Baked beans and veggies for our wraps
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We loved making wraps since it is rather a cold dish and it gets very hot in Darwin!
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Porridge with berries, not for Instagram 😹
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Couscous with eggs, tomatoes, cucumber and feta cheese
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Apple porridge with cottage cheese and cinnamon
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Wholegrain bread with cottage cheese, avocado, cucumber and an apple – gosh we ate a lot 😹
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Roasted veggies with egg and avocado
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Pasta with baby spinach, salt and pepper
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Homemade pizza, cut with a scissor 😹
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The healthier pizza
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Veggies and chick peas

We usually had loads of veggies and cooking was really fun! We also occasionally bought some Lindt dark chocolate, so delicious!

Have a good week!

xx, Sophie

What we ate in Indonesia Part #2

Hey there,

I hope you have a great summer! Today I would like to share with you the second part of my What we ate in Indonesia post. Enjoy!

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Veggie falafel/hummus/kebab dish (50Rp)
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Dragon Fruit from a local fruit market in Bali
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This dish does not look as good as it actually was. We had dinner at a local Warung. These restaurants are very cheap and many locals eat there. You can pick different things and I only paid 22Rp for it!
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Chia Pudding at camp
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The best banana split ever- we actually had 5 banana splits in 3.5 weeks 😄 It was soo good!
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Fried rice with egg in Nusa Lembongan
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Fried Noodles with egg in Nusa Lembongan
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Street food after a good surf in Bali (10Rp)
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Another Superfood Bowl
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Rice with peanut sauce – we loved it!
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Smoooooothies!

Have a great week!

xx, Sophie

Zero Waste DIYs | Body Butter and Deodorant

Hello guys,

I hope you are all good and enjoy the sun. Summer means spending time outside in the sun which is great for our vitamin D production but the sun also dries out our skin and we sweat a lot in the heat.

This is why I would like to share with you my Zero Waste Body Butter and a Deodorant. Before getting into the DIY, I would like to point out that this is not an advice from a professional, I am just sharing my personal experience. I found similar recipes on google, I can also really recommend the blog Trash is for Tossers by Lauren Singer in case you are interested, her recipes and ideas inspired me a lot.

For these Zero Waste products, you might have to find „your own mixture“ that perfectly works for you, you can change the proportions and also use different oils. This is kind of the basic version that works for me and I hope it works for you as well!

Zero Waste Body Butter

For one small jar you’ll need:

  • 1/3 Shea Butter
  • 1/3 Coconut Oil
  • 1/3 Cocoa Butter (Unfortunately, mine is packed in plastic, I’m still looking for another packaging)
  • 1 Tbsp Almond Oil or Jojoba Oil (check my Zero Waste Toiletries Post if you want to know more)

Start to boil some water, put another pot into the boiling water and heat up all the ingredients in order to mix it properly. Afterwards, you put it in a bowl (Caution- it’s very hot!) and cool it down in the freezer until it is all solid. When your body butter is all solid, you can whip it with a mixer until you have whipped body butter. This will need some time, it took me ten minutes until I had the perfect texture.

You can also change the scent and add some essential oils, I used tea-tree essential oil since it is good for your skin but it does not smell good at all so don’t really recommend it.

Store your whipped body butter in a cool space, if you put it in the freezer, it will turn solid again. All in all, this recipe is really good for your skin, since we’re using good and natural ingredients without added chemicals!

Zero Waste Deodorant

You’ll need:

  • 1 Tsp of Shea Butter
  • 1 Tsp of Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tsp of Baking Soda
  • 1 Tsp of Arrowroot Powder
  • 1 Tsp of Jojoba Oil
  • (Optional: essential oils)

Same procedure as with the body butter, heat it up over boiling water and fill it in a small jar. No need to whip it, you are ready to use it when it’s solid again, just apply it under your armpits and you’re ready to go!

I was extremely suspicious at first, I mean nobody wants to be smelly but it really works! However, it does not really work as an antiperspirant.

Additionally, I tried to find out WHY it works. Well I didn’t find a lot of scientific proof why it should work but Baking Soda has a pH of 9, sweat has a pH of 4.5-7 and our skin is pH 4.1-5.8.

So this is my hypothesis:
Baking Soda can reduce perspiration because when the pH of our sweat is too low, it starts to smell bad and the Baking soda might neutralize it and the pH starts to rise again and we are less stinky 😅

Our deodorants often contain lots of different, and sometimes dangerous, chemicals -so why not trying this natural alternative? Also, shea butter and jojoba oil are great for dry skin, as already said! 😊
However, if you need a Zero Waste option but you don’t want to make your own deodorant, many companies sell deodorants with natural ingredients in jars as well!

If hope you found this helpful, let me know if you have ever made your own experience with DIY toiletries.

Have a great week!

xx, Sophie

Zero Waste Hair Care – A critical review

Alrighty, we’ve already talked about Zero Waste Dental Care, but what about our hair? This post is all about hair care but the difference between this post and the other is that this one is a rather critical article, showing that living Zero Waste is not as simple as we (I) want it to be.

As you know, I am currently in the US so I can’t work properly on my plastic free life at the moment, but this was my first try with Zero Waste Hair Care and today I’ll be sharing my experiences with you.

I am sure many of you have heard of solid shampoo or hair soap. The soap I bought is by Zhenobya and I got it at the Body Shop. My first thought was, hundred years ago people also washed their hair with usual soap so why not giving it a try?

I was so motivated to try this, actually not zero but less waste alternative, and I got a bit disappointed to be honest. Usually, my hair feels light, smooth and healthy after using the products I normally use. But after having used the shampoo bar, my hair felt thick, heavy, not smooth at all and not clean and healthy. Plus, it smelt like curd soap.

Nevertheless, I was still very keen to rock this environmentally friendly heir care and applied my DIY Conditioner which made everything even worse. At first I thought it helped but I went to my ballet class in the afternoon and realised that my hair at the back of my had was still not completely dry. This happens quite often to me because I have really thick hair BUT it was not wet, it was greasy due to all the oils and butters in it – so embarrassing 😂 I had to laugh so hard about myself. I mean, what did I expect? You can’t just add tons of fat to your hair and expect it to be fluffy and smooth…

However, I found another purpose for my DIY conditioner – I just turned it into a mask. I now use it every week as a mask before washing my hair to nurture my it and keep it healthy. Since these stories should also be part of this journey, I decided to share with you this „NO Conditioner-but oily hair mask“ recipe with you anyways.

NO Conditioner-but oily hair mask

  • 1 Tsp Coconut Oil
  • 1,5 Tbsp Cocoa Butter
  • 1,5 Tbsp Shea Butter
  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Tsp Jojoba Oil
  • 10 drops Essential Oil (optional)

I decided to share this with you, because I really try to be authentic. To my mind, bloggers should share real experiences, because social media and the internet in general is not always as authentic and transparent as it could be. It is not my goal to always be super successful and perfectly organised or environmentally friendly, I want to be real.
So this was my first experience with Zero Waste Hair Care, I will definitely try other shampoo and conditioner bars, for example the ones from LUSH, but I don’t think that I will use the other one ever again…unfortunately.
Conditioner seems to be not as easy to make as body lotion for example, so I will stick to my „No Conditioner- but oily hair mask“ idea and keep looking for other package-free conditioners.

What do you think about this article, do you agree that we should also share our unsuccessful experiences and what do you think about authenticity when it comes to blogs?

Thanks for reading!
xx, Sophie

What we ate in Thailand Part #2

It’s time for my second Thailand Food-Post! I will share with you the food we had on my birthday in Koh Lanta, a not so delicious meal in Koh Phi Phi and the best Pad Thain in Bangkok. Enjoy!

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Pineapple fried rice – my favourite type of fried rice!
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My birthday croissant and an omlette at „Faim de Loup“ in Koh Lanta

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Spring roles with sweet chili sauce

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Deep fried veggies, not so healthy but so delicious!

 

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Again, fried pineapple rice
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Thai pancake with banana and chocolate sauce
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Street food in Koh Lanta
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Weird noodles in Koh Phi Phi
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The best Pad Thai ever (and the cheapest we had) in Bangkok with loads of peanuts and a spring role!

Enjoy your week!

xx, Sophie

What we ate in Indonesia Part #1

Hey there,
today I don’t want to talk a lot, I prepared some Food posts for you. In the following weeks I will share some meals we had in Indonesia, Thailand and Australia. As you will see, we had local food, as well as some western meals on some occasions. I hope you enjoy :)!

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„Fruit Platter“ at our Surf Camp for breakfast (A two-course breakfast with a fresh juice was included every day, breakfast was usually too much to eat though, especially when you wanted to surf afterwards 😅) 
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Poached egg with toast
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My absolute favourite: Coconut rice with some fruit and honey
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Pad Thai with tofu and peanuts
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Pad Thai with falafel and peanuts
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Pizza on our last day at camp
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Street food: Fried tofu and rice for only 12 Rp (less than a euro)
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Veggie Burger at our Surf Camp
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Indian Naan Bread with sauce and dip
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My pasta-obsessed friend (love you <3!!) had pasta with green pesto and olive oil
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Superfood Açai Bowl
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Fried rice with eggs (20Rp)
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Fried Banana – soo delicious! (10Rp)

Have a good week!

xx, Sophie