Chasing (Up) the (Chocolate) Bunnies

I posted this on the Modern Day Slavery blog as part 3 of my “Confessions of a Shopaholic” adventure. This is a follow-up post looking at the deeper problem behind unethically sourced cocoa – we have to do more than just buy Fairtrade chocolate Easter bunnies. Someone with whom I entered into conversation about thisContinue reading “Chasing (Up) the (Chocolate) Bunnies”

Confessions of a Shopaholic, part 2.

90 million chocolate Easter bunnies are produced each year. The time for these small mammals and their feathered friends, in their embryonic and fully-developped stages (read: Easter eggs and wee chicks…I’m just trying to sound scientific), as well as many other innovative shapes (Easter chocolate mini-pizza anyone?!) to be bought and eaten is fast approaching.Continue reading “Confessions of a Shopaholic, part 2.”

Confessions of a Shopaholic, Part 1

I’ve just begun a new series of posts on the Modern Day Slavery blog ( about changing my shopping habits in the face of slavery and human trafficking. I’m a self-confessed “girly girl”. Make up, shoes, handbags, pretty dresses, the latest nail colours – I like them. And with the girly girl territory seems toContinue reading “Confessions of a Shopaholic, Part 1”

I am a spoiled brat

My 4-month fast from Diet Coke and clothes shopping to raise awareness and funds for ended a few days ago. Now that I have enjoyed both of these things, many thoughts are swirling around my mind. Here are some things people asked throughout and at the end of it: Did I miss Diet CokeContinue reading “I am a spoiled brat”

Christmas shopping continued…

This is, ashamedly I admit, the first Christmas that I have been mindful of where the things I am buying come from. As I buy gifts or enjoy a meal out or look forward to festivities to come, I can’t help now but think of where the products I am using are from, what theyContinue reading “Christmas shopping continued…”

Christmas shopping…

When walking through the town centre today after uni, I was amazed at the number of shops offering special offers and snowflaked windows, the number of gloves, hats, and scarves clad shoppes and the number of their stuffed parcels and shopping bags. This means one thing: Christmas is just around the corner! I can’t helpContinue reading “Christmas shopping…”

Santa’s slaves…

Chocolate. Something you and I will probably enjoy this Christmas. Maybe more than we usually do. Chocolate advent calendars, hot chocolate, chocolate stocking-fillers, chocolates in a bowl in your hallway, chocolates to say thank-you or goodbye, chocolate in front of the TV… Indulgent. Delicious. Luxury. Relaxing. Gifts. NOT – Labour. Tears. Pain. Sleep-deprivation. Death. Sadly,Continue reading “Santa’s slaves…”