• Alex @Alex4 Heage 3 months ago
    In a study recently conducted it was found that people who took part in arts and creativity were 73% less likely to develop mild cognitive impairment. https://time.com/3814104/adults-arts-and-crafts/
  • Alex @Alex4 Heage 3 months ago
    Following mounting pressure from 170 organisations and concerned citizens in an ‘End the Cage’ initiative the EU will phase out the use of cages in animal agriculture by 2027, affecting 300 million animals! https://vegnews.com/2021/7/eu-ban-factory-farm-cages
  • Alex @Alex4 Heage updated 3 months ago
    A Vegan Market at Stoke Newington (Hackney) with a well-selected variety of 28 stalls including delicious food, drinks, music, crafts, clothing, skincare, candles, plants, scents, illustrations and more. We are following all safety guidelines. The next markets dates are: 10th & 11th July 7th & 8th August Times: 11am - 5pm Address: Abney Public Hall - 73a Church Street - N16 0AS Free Entry Family, kids & pets friendly - Check out our pet station with water and homemade snacks.
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  • Alex @Alex4 Heage 4 months ago
    Supplies – Pressed flowers – Floral scissors – Parchment paper – Heavy books or flower Press – Glue – Shadow box frame (I used an IKEA Ribba frame) – Craft foam sheet – Colored paper – Pins (I used specimen pins, because I love the gold tops and matte black stems) – Tweezers 1. Cut the flowers close to the base. Small, thinner flowers that can lay flat work best for pressing. Line a book with parchment paper and place cut flowers on the page without overlapping. Press for two to four weeks until they are completely dry. Tip: Try to press your flowers when they are in full bloom to help get the best shape and colors. The colors will fade, but pressing them in the height of their bloom helps. Make sure they are completely dry, too, or they can mold. 2. Cut the paper and foam to frame size using the mat as a guide. Adhere foam to the back of the paper and frame. 3. Compose an arrangement of pressed flowers. Once you decide on your layout, pin flowers in place starting with the bottom layer and working up. Use tweezers to easily pick up the pressed flowers. Enjoy your new art piece!
  • Alex @Alex4 Heage updated 4 months ago
    There are different categories and types of veganism, based on the lifestyle followed. While some people try to follow veganism in the purest form, some find it difficult to maintain the same. Knowing about these categories might help you to choose the best vegan diet for yourself. Level 1 Vegan The level 1 vegans are people who switch to veganism typically for health benefits. Usually, this level of veganism doesn’t focus on the ethical and environmental benefits of veganism. Though the level 1 vegans avoid animal-derived food, they might cheat on rare occasions. Besides enjoying green smoothies they might consume organic honey as well. Hence, we can assume they follow vegan diet for about 95% of the time. These people are the believers of a great balanced diet but are not very strict with their vegan ethics so they might use non-vegan products. Level 2 Vegan Since they are beyond level 1, they primarily choose a vegan diet to stay fit and active and additionally, are more emotional in nature when it comes to animal cruelty. They will initiate an urge to protest against animal agriculture. Yet, they just might flaunt their brand new non-vegan accessories. I Level 3 Vegan Small changes do make a difference and this is what the level 3 vegans will tell you to motivate you. They are much more aware of animal cruelty and therefore, stand against it firmly. Level 3 vegans are usually conscious when it comes to choosing plant-based foods for diet like capers. Level 4 Vegan The level 4 vegans are just one level below level 5. Hence, they are aware, confident as well as quite active to opine about animal rights. This level refers to the vegans who are also practical when it comes to making a choice for living. They follow a healthy vegan regime, which includes more fruits, vegetables like Eggplant, and nuts like walnuts over packaged foods. Level 5 Vegan A level 5 vegan is someone who never eats anything that casts a shadow. Now, that sounds very funny and almost impossible. Well, the term was actually used as a humorous barb in the episode of The Simpsons. More precisely, it was first coined in the ‘Lisa the Tree Hugger’ episode of The Simpsons to describe the character, Lisa Simpson. A level 5 vegan is the most extreme and difficult level of veganism. It refers to all those vegans who go to the extreme extent to follow a lifestyle that eliminates all exploitation of animals from their lifestyle. It is not about the food but also the products one uses on an everyday basis, starting from the toothbrush to the shoes (they tend to even use vegan combat boots rather than using the leather one). Which level are you at?
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  • Alex @Alex4 Heage updated 4 months ago
    Materials: Glass Coupes (can buy from Ikea) Permanent adhesive vinyl (any brand works, just look for the colours you love!) Scissors Begin by cutting out the vinyl with your scissors into tiny little confetti bits. I like to cut the vinyl into asymmetrical, wavy edged ovals to give them the perfect confetti look. Once you have your vinyl pieces cut in various sizes, peel off the backing and stick them on the outside of your clean glasses to form your confetti pattern. Repeat until you fill the cup portion of the glass Perfect for summer days :)
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  • Alex @Alex4 Heage 4 months ago
    Delicious Sweet Potato Soup Recipe ... Ingredients 1 medium onion 2 tbsp olive oil 1 bell pepper, red (yellow or red go well but any will do) 2 cloves garlic (2 cloves = 1 tsp dried garlic) 0.7 inches ginger, fresh (0.7 inches = 2 cm = 1 tsp dried ginger) 1 tsp cinnamon ½ tsp cayenne pepper 3 cups vegetable broth 2 large sweet potato (approx 300 g/ 10 oz each; a total of 2.5 cups chopped) ½ cup tomato puree 2 tbsp peanut butter 2 tbsp maple syrup 2 tbsp soy sauce (low sodium if necessary) 2 tbsp vinegar (lemon juice can also be used) salt and pepper to taste ½ lime (juiced) peanuts (to garnish) ¼ cup cilantro/coriander, fresh (Or other fresh herbs: go a bit wild with them – make it your signature dish by throwing in any and all of the following herbs that you have: basil, parsley, coriander, oregano) Instructions Dice the onions, bell pepper, garlic, ginger and sweet potatoes. Throw the onions into the oil in a pot on low to medium heat. Let the onions cook slowly for about five minutes – they should begin to turn clear. Add the bell pepper, garlic and ginger to the pot. If you’re using dried herbs, add them now. Add the cinnamon and cayenne pepper too. Cook for another two minutes and then add the peanut butter, soy sauce, vinegar and tomato. Add a splash of broth and stir well. Chuck in the sweet potatoes and rest of the broth, and simmer on a medium heat. If you’re using fresh herbs, add them now. Stir occasionally and after 10-15 minutes check the sweet potatoes are soft (poke one with a knife and it should slide in). Season with salt and pepper, maple syrup and lime juice and give another stir. If you used a cinnamon stick then fish it out now. Using a hand liquidiser or (blender if you don’t have one), give the soup a blend. That’s it – done! Garnish with peanuts and serve with a side if wanted – fresh bread is an obvious choice!
  • Alex @Alex4 Heage 4 months ago
    Really great piece on all of the free exhibitions happening around London over the coming weeks including Rhys Coren & Kate Dunn! https://www.timeout.com/london/art/free-art-in-london
  • Alex @Alex4 Heage 4 months ago
    Great idea for anyone looking to add a unique touch to their home. Needing only 3 items: String Reclaimed wood Photos This design is great to add a personal touch at a low cost. Polaroid pictures look great with this design but any type can be used; Boots offer quick printing services and are local to most places. Also a great gift for the person that has everything!
  • Alex @Alex4 Heage updated 4 months ago
    Since the hit Netflix documentary dropped many people have been discussing the impact that eating seafood has, not only on our wildlife but also on our planet and climate change in general. Interesting article on it here: https://vegnews.com/2021/5/seaspiracy-takeaways-never-eat-fish-again
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  • Alex @Alex4 Heage 5 months ago
    Tomato, Lemongrass & Rice Soup Ingredients vegetable oil 1 tbsp garlic 1 clove, crushed ginger 2cm piece, finely grated red chilli 1, finely chopped lemongrass 2 stalks, woody outer leaves discarded, finely chopped cumin seeds ¼ tsp ground coriander ¼ tsp chopped tomatoes 400g tin tamarind purée 2 tbsp basmati rice 3 tbsp coriander a handful, finely chopped Method STEP 1 Heat the vegetable oil in a pan and cook the garlic, ginger, chilli and lemongrass for 2 minutes. STEP 2 Add the spices and cook for 1 minute, then tip in the tomatoes, tamarind and 600ml water, and simmer for 5 minutes. Blitz with a stick blender until smooth, then season. STEP 3 Heat the soup again, add the rice and simmer for 10-12 minutes or until the rice is cooked. Stir through the coriander and serve!
  • Alex @Alex4 Heage updated 4 months ago
    Things you will need: Smooth rocks about 2” in diameter; a variety of shapes but mostly full and round White paint pen Black paint pen Satin Acrylic Paint in colors Black Tie, Buff Beige, and Cotton Ball Paper towels and mixing cups Paintbrush Instructions Make sure all rocks are clean and dry. Give the rock a washed-out look using a watered down black and white paint mixture. Mix a small amount of water with a bit of black paint and paint the surface of the rock. Right after, use a clean paper towel and wipe away the excess paint leaving a washed-out appearance. Do the same on the other rock or rocks with a watered down white paint mixture. Let paint dry fully before moving onto the next step. Using a white paint pen, gently begin drawing spirals all over the black-washed rocks. Avoid pressing on to the paint pen too much, keeping the strokes light and consistent. Do the same on the white-washed rocks using a black paint pen. On the white sheep, use a fine tip paintbrush to paint a round egg shape on the upper half of the rock in Black Tie. This is to resemble the sheep’s face. Next, paint the ears as well as the sheep hooves. On the black sheep, do the same except use Buff Beige paint instead. Using a white paint pen, draw two oval-shaped eyes on the face. Once dry, paint the pupils using a black paint pen Draw the nose and mouth on the black painted sheep as shown. Repeat for making more painted sheep rocks. Enjoy!
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  • Alex @Alex4 Heage updated 7 months ago
    I am planning a holiday somewhere around August time but have been met with some disapproval from people I have spoken to. I was thinking to go somewhere not too far, maybe around the Lake District for a long weekend but am now unsure. I know nobody has any idea what is going to happen but after the latest announcement I had hope for a short break. What I don't want is to book and lose my money or to be acting selfishly by looking to go away. Is it too soon to be considering?
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