30 Before 30 | My Bucket List

I’ve decided to put together a 30 Before 30 bucket list to give my goals some structure and to have some things to look forward to that aren’t just abstract thoughts floating around my noggin.

30 Before 30

I just turned 25 so I have five more years before I hit the big 3-0. It’s actually incredibly hard to believe that in just five short years I’ll be the same age that I considered old when I was fourteen. Like, thirty is NOT old, past Mary you little brat!

The following list are things I really want to achieve in the next few years. Some of them are simple wants and others are needs that are rooted deep in my heart, things I absolutely must achieve.

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Vegan-Friendly Spa Experience At The V Spa In Co. Donegal

I was fortunate enough to have a spa day at the Villa Rose Hotel’s V Spa this week, courtesy of my lovely mammy, who bought me a package for my birthday. I got the Pick n’ Mix package for €69, which gives the option of choosing two 30 minute treatments (Recovery Facial / Back Massage / Back Scrub / Hand Treatment / Foot Treatment) as well as the use of the Thermal Suite and unwind time in the Relaxation Room.

I thought it was a brilliant deal and I went for the back massage and the recovery facial. When I’ve been to other spas, I usually go for a massage because the products used are just oils and essential oils, whereas oftentimes the facials aren’t vegan-friendly. Thankfully, I messaged V Spa ahead of time and they happily informed me that the products they use are vegan-friendly. I was DELIGHTED as I hadn’t had a facial since before I was vegan.

V Spa vegan

We were supposed to get there fifteen minutes before our appointment, but we were a little late so we arrived at the time we were meant to be in the Thermal Suite. Thankfully, the staff were lovely and we still got the hour in there before our treatments, after we filled out a quick form about any medical conditions we have.

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I’ve Set Up An Informational Website For Irish Vegans

The title says it all!

There’s no clickbait to be found here; I’ve set up a new website for Irish vegans by Irish vegans called Vegan Éire.

It’s an informational resource, so if you’re transitioning to veganism or you’re just curious, or even if you’re already vegan and you haven’t quite gotten into the swing of it yet, this site is for you.

Vegan Éire

There’s something for everyone on the site, including a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions section) and a section on The Vegan Family, which includes advice on vegan pregnancy and raising vegan children. I also keep the News category regularly updated with news that relates to Irish vegans.

If you’d like to get involved more in the Irish vegan community, you can check out Events, where I have lists of upcoming protests, festivals and food & drink events. Or you can check out the Resources tab where I’ve listed all the vegan Facebook groups across the country with links to their pages.

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How To Do Valentine’s Day In Dublin… Vegan Style

If you haven’t yet made plans and you’re looking for something nice (and vegan) to do in Dublin for Valentine’s Day, read on!

Get a three course 100% vegan Valentine’s meal for just €25 at Aperitivo! If you’ve never been, the eatery is VERY small, so expect to be a little cramped as Valentine’s night is super busy. But it’s all worth it for a slice of Buttercream Dream’s vegan rolo / cookies n’ cream cake!

vegan valentines dublin
Photo: The Rolling Donut Facebook page

Note: there’s an error in the Aperitivo menu – it’s not coconut cream!) and a Speculoos cake (Lotus biscuit flavour) is also available on the normal menu! Woo!

According to their Facebook page, there are a few spaces left so get booking! If, however, you aren’t lucky enough to bag a place, you can also head to Cornucopia, who have an ALL DAY Valentine’s deal as well! It’s slightly cheaper at €40 for 2 rather than €50 (like at Aperitivo).

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Dr Dünner Phytovitality Immune Support Capsules | REVIEW

A few months ago, I started looking for a good supplement to give me a boost during the winter months. I know everyone hates being sick, but I REALLY hate being sick. Thankfully, I haven’t been ill with cold or flu for at least a year (touch wood) and that was mainly because I’d just left my job and was VERY stressed out and run-down.

I don’t get the flu shot as I think that our bodies are totally capable of fighting off illness on their own. As long as we prioritise our health and make sure we go into flu season with an equipped body, we can fight off any cold that threatens to derail our health. Eating a balanced diet, drinking plenty of water, upping your vitamin C intake and taking a vitamin D supplement to help vit C absorption are all part of making sure your body is prepared for winter. Another way you can do this is through a supplement.

Enter, Dr Dünner!

The family-run company was founded in 1948 by Dr Helene Dünner and remains passionate about the restorative effects of plants and medicinal herbs. This is called Phytovitality. Dr Dünner has been harnessing the powerful properties of plants for four generations and handpicks its organic herbs from the unspoilt UNESCO biosphere at Entlebuch in Switzerland.

From what I can tell, they seem to be an excellent, ethical company that supports local farmers. Their orchards support endangered bird life, 100% of their electricity is renewable (obtained from local hydroelectric plants) and they also strive to achieve carbon neutrality. Definitely a company I can get behind!

dr dunner review

I was sent Dr Dünner’s Phytovitality Turmeric, Pepper and Green Tea capsules with Vitamin C and, honestly, they couldn’t have come at a better time. There were a few choices to pick from, but I chose the immune support capsules as they were exactly what I’d been looking for, and as a massive fan of turmeric (I put it on EVERYTHING), it seemed ideal for me. They’re also vegan, gluten free and non-GMO. Win!

Curcuma (turmeric) is revered as India’s ‘sacred plant’ and it is a fantastic anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. If you don’t already use turmeric in your cooking, consider adding it during the winter months especially. Dr Dünner’s turmeric is sourced from the best quality producers in Ayurvedic cultivation areas, and because the capsule blends turmeric with pepper it improves the absorption and increases the bioavailability of the active ingredients.

The capsules also contain Green Tea, a renowned antioxidant, as well as Vitamin C, which contributes to the normal function of the immune system. They can be taken every day, but it’s not necessary to do so. When you order a packet, you’re sent 60 capsules, which is a two month supply, but if you take one every two days then you can stretch that to three months. That pretty much covers the winter months.

They capsules themselves look quite large in the packet, but when you take them out of the foil casing they’re actually fine. I started a skin and nails supplement last year but I had to stop it because the capsules were far too large. In terms of size, they’re just shorter than a 20 cent coin.

I took the capsules for a month and I will absolutely be buying them again after I finish them in a month’s time. I usually get sick around Halloween, it’s like clockwork, and I didn’t get sick this year. Not even a sniffle. The only difference in my routine from last year is that I started taking this supplement. Coincidence? Possibly, but I don’t think so. The capsules are packed full of goodness that is specifically designed to support a healthy immune system, and I think its done its job. I definitely felt like I had more clarity, I wasn’t as stiff in the mornings and overall I just felt a bit… boosted!

The pack costs £25.99, which isn’t cheap, but at the end of the day, if it prevents you from getting a nasty cold, in my opinion it is totally worth it. Especially when you factor in the costs of Lemsip and lozenges and days off work. Plus, you have to remember it’s a 2 month supply, which works out at £13 per month. For the quality of the product, I think this is a fair price.

If you’re looking for a supplement to support you through the winter months, you should definitely consider these. I’ve tried quite a few supplements in my time and these are one of the best; they don’t upset my tummy, there’s no nasty aftertaste and they’ve kept me healthy throughout cold Irish days (and hopefully they’ll continue to support me throughout the freezing winter). I wish the size of the capsule was a little smaller, but ultimately it’s not a problem. I’ll definitely be repurchasing.

Have you tried any Dr Dünner products? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!