Money Can Buy Happiness

it’s quite ironic for people to tell me ‘money isn’t everything’ or ‘you can’t buy happiness,’ but some people can tell me ‘oh, studying music/art won’t make you much money. It’s not going to get you anywhere. This degree/ job is going to get you the most money.’

Now what does that say to you? It’s saying to me that money is important but isn’t important. Do you get what I’m trying to say? We grow up in a world where money dictates how great our lives can be. Yeah, you can be poor but happy and wealthy and sad and blah blah blah, but if we all had the money we needed, just the right amount, we could live the lives we wanted. We could give generously, we can feed our kids. Those parents don’t have to steal things anymore to get money for their children. Theft rates will go down, people will be more content with their lives if money wasn’t the issue. Money seems to be the sole issue in everyones lives.

People work just to live. Why aren’t we entitled to a life where we can have purpose and meaning and happiness. Not a lot of people can have purpose and meaning if they don’t have the money to do it. Money starves people. Did you get what i’m saying here? MONEY STARVES PEOPLE OF A PROSPEROUS LIFE.

I sound stupid, don’t I? I sound selfish and have no idea what the meaning of life is. I do, in fact, but money plays a factor in our lives. Money can buy happiness. It can fix poverty and starvation and crime and build homes. It can give countries fresh food and water to grow and function like every human being should be entitled to. Instead, the government, say, wants to build a new stadium instead of feeding starving kids. They’ll spend 22 million of a new flag. We don’t need that crap.

What was life like before technology?

What was life like before technology? Before Facebook, before selfies before any of it. Was it beautiful? Did you embrace love? I don’t mean love you hear in songs, but real love. Did you call your best friend every night? Did you search for hours in the library for the topic you were studying on. Did you make up stories because you couldn’t scroll endlessly through social networks. Did you have a purpose?

Fair-T T’shirts taking care of the world

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I’ve been waiting for a wee while for something I really want to write about. I have been struggling to find something that I can really talk about and want to share with people, and I’VE FOUND IT. THEM. FAIR-T.

Fair-T popped up onto my Twitter. They are so lucky because I signed up to Twitter AGES AGO and NEVER went on it. I didn’t understand it. Anyway, I’ve become an addict and I’m quite happy about that because of Fair-T. They are a group of cool as people who love sports and crazy things like jumping off buildings. Just kidding, but they are into that adrenaline-junkie stuff. They “give a shit” about the conditions most clothing is made in so they’ve created $100 ethical, Fair-trade clothing, hence the name Fair-T.

I’ve seen other companies do this but the clothing looked horrible. For a change, Fair-T’s t’shirts are magnificent. They are just really cool. I mean, I’d wear them! The photo above is a women wearing a t’shirt from the women’s wear collection. I quite like the boy collection stuff, too…

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This is from the men’s Surf Collection, called the Fair-T Wave.

OMG. They have a Hand Drawn Collection with amazing drawings. So beautiful.

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LOOK AT THESE. HOLY CRAP. (Sorry for my language.)

“When you’re wearing a Fair-T product you will be making a difference to cotton farmers’ lives and the communities they live in. We are also doing whatever we can to reduce our carbon footprint! Therefore, our collection consists of a combination of environmentally friendly Tees and Fairtrade certified Tees! We like to keep things fresh, so keep a look out for new designs at www.fair-t.com!”

These guys are doing amazing stuff, and to support them, click on the link above and buy a t’shirt. Click here for their Facebook Page 

Rexona Invisible Dry

Rexona is excited to announce the launch of Rexona Invisible Dry – an improved aerosol formula with superior yellow stain protection that outperforms any Black & White antiperspirants. Rexona Invisible Dry is designed to help whites stay white and blacks stay black so New Zealand women don’t need to sweat the small stuff.” The only thing that should be invisible about women, is the deodorant on her clothes.

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I had a look in my wardrobe…. OK, my floor, and I couldn’t find anything I wanted to wear. Shorts? No. Pants? Too hot. Dress – perfect! I always feel good in this dress, it makes me feel confident and feminine. It’s REALLY ANNOYING when I find white stains on my black dresses and feel stink about it. (get it?) Rexona Invisible Dry just saved my life, basically… Us women can’t be beaten by these things, we have things to do, people to see! I’m glad Rexona are backing women up.

But I gotta admit – I stopped using spray deodorant because I wouldn’t use it properly; meaning I’d irritate my skin, so I resorted to using roll on. I thought roll on was the best thing – it’s easy and you don’t have to worry about it irritating your skin; but there is one problem with it – it soaks up into my T-shirts and leaves a smelly wet mark, so it doesn’t really work as well as sprays.

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I managed to use Rexona’s Invisible Dry spray PROPERLY, without burning myself. I actually listened to the package… for once… and it says hold 15cm away. Yeah, I’m so uncoordinated that I’m scared I’ll probably spray into my eyes, but this time, I was successful. It smells OK. It’s not fowl or gives you those annoying headaches. It doesn’t make you go ‘oh god that smells nice’ but it’s not bad, either.

I had a stressful day ahead. Firstly, I was tired from the long weekend full of sunshine, a birthday, recovery from the birthday, and I had a singing lesson, had to pick up a parcel and go back home, 30 minutes away, to have a music lesson. I’m a very nervous person, especially around new people, so I nervous-sweat. When you know you smell, you sweat even more because it’s embarrassing. It was an especially hot day, 22 degrees and raining, and I thought it was going to go bad but it was fine with this spray. I hardly smell – YAY! It says it gives a 48h protection so I just gave my armpits a whiff and they are close to perfect. I do smell a little like floral fragrance and corn chips, but it’s not as bad as I’m used to. I get it BAD. But hey, I wore a black dress today, all day, and no white marks! I do have a sweat mark because I don’t think I put on enough.

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So, exams are coming up, and I’d love to give some tips on how to survive the stress and prevent sweating:
DON’T STRESS – Yeah, easier said than done, but there’s no point stressing about something you can’t change. If you’re about to head into the exam, just remember – you’ve done all that you can do, and you’ve just got to do your best. Don’t worry about what others are doing and stop thinking that people are going to get higher marks than you, because chances are, if you stress in the exam, you’re not going to get down what you want to.
BREATHE – This may sound really stupid, but it’s not – I do personal training, and when I’m on the rowing machine, boxing, or anything like that, I’m focusing too much on the task and forgetting to breathe. It’s so important to remember to breathe in and breathe out longer. You need to breathe from your diaphragm – the muscle under your ribcage. You’re not supposed to breathe from your chest – that causes hyperventilation, which I used to get very badly, and had to be taught how to breathe normally again, like babies. So breathe slowly, take a breathe in, and a long breathe out. If you’re stressing out at home, go and do something else from what you’re doing and take your mind off it. Do nothing for two minutes – literally do nothing. Just sit there and stare endlessly at something. It will calm you down and clear your mind.
DRINK WATER – If you’re stressing, you’re going to get hot and then that’s going to make you sweaty. Drink lots of water – not during you’re actually exams, though, because you will need to pee really bad, but during your exam study times, drink heaps. You will feel more energised and cool. Trust me, I drink 3 litres of water and I feel so good. I used to drink hardly anything and I’d get so sweaty, get really bad headaches and you’re not going to learn very well with a dehydrated brain/body. So please, drink water.
BE NICE TO YOURSELF – It’s hard, I know, but you’ve got to remember you’re a human being and you can’t please everyone. If you get worked up about something, you are going to breathe abnormally, get stressed and get sweaty. You don’t want that.

Women lead such active lifestyles, and we want to feel good while doing it, right? Feeling awful and sweaty is something that we just don’t need so I can strongly recommend Women Rexona Invisible Dry Diamond. “Don’t let anything get in the way when you want to dress to impress. Rexona won’t let you down.” – You said it! If I want to feel confident, I’m going to put on that dress, spray on that deodorant, and get on with my day.

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This product protects you from: Sweat marks, white marks, yellow stains, 48h long lasting freshness, crisp floral fragrance, alcohol free and dermatologically tested, doesn’t sting even after shaving. I can tick a few of these off, most definitely.

Overall, I give it an 8 out of 10. I say this, because I don’t think it’s a miracle, but it works. Oh, and I like the shape and how it fits perfectly into my hand. No more dropping it!!! Visit Rexona on their website here and on Facebook here

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Vegan Lifestyle Made Easy with Ethical Shopper

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I’ve become so infatuated with a Vegan lifestyle and have researched and researched and researched. I want so desperately to follow this lifestyle, but I’ve yet to convince my parents, since I’m still living at home. Some have said to me “you won’t get b-12 on that diet, how are you going to get your calcium and iron” and many more things as to why vegan isn’t good for me. But I’ve found all the information that proves you can get all those nutrients from a vegan based lifestyle. Thanks to Ethical Shopper, going Vegan seems like the easiest and tastiest transition ever.

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I was given Chicken-Style Nuggets, Cavalier Belgian Chocolate and Ziwi organic sparkling apple juice by the ever so lovely Shama, founder of Ethicalee (Ethical Shopper.)

ABOUT ETHICAL SHOPPER: Ethical Shopper specialises in ethical products which offer high quality food products which includes locally produced products, sustainable, eco friendly, organic, vegan, fair trade and allergy-friendly food. Their philosophy is simple – they like to reward producers who work hard for products that are better for us, our fellow animals, and our planet. They do not supply any farmed meat or dairy products as these violate the ethical criteria. They have alternative meats, like the Chicken-Style Nuggets used from legumes and other plant based products – and it tastes so good. So, so good.  You can pretty much find anything on there from hazelnut milk to baking supplies and you can shop by brand. Find more about them 

Chicken-Style Nuggets:

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WOW OH WOW. Vegan seemed like a hard concept to grasp, but not with these. They are even SHAPED like real chicken nuggets and actual smell a lot like them, too. I was a bit skeptical about how they would taste, but they are SO GOOD. They don’t exactly taste like chicken, of course, since it’s made from grains and legumes. And those who don’t think we can get protein, we can. It’s full of protein! 2.4g. I ate 10 in about 2 seconds. This product is award-winning… wonder why! Made by Fry’s Family. “Making the world a better place, one veggie meal at a time.”

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I washed that down with Ziwi, the first NZ organic sparkling organic apple juice. Shama recommended I have this one, and I agreed but was thinking it wasn’t going to be that great. My god was I so, so wrong. It’s like that sparkling grape juice you have at Christmas. My parents called it ‘kids wine’ when we were younger and we still call it that. We felt like grown ups! Ah, it’s great, and I wish I didn’t drink it so fast, because now I really want some more.

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See, eating right isn’t boring, and these treats prove it!

Oh, and for dessert, I had the Cavalier Dark Belgian Chocolate. This was delicious and it really curbed my cravings for really sweet, naughty stuff. If I have, say, Cadbury chocolate, I don’t get full and just end up wanting more and more of it. With this, I can have a reasonable amount and put it down. This is vegan and sweetened with Stevia, a natural sugar plant.

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The team at Ethical Shopper have such a good heart and are incredibly helpful and kind. They have FREE DELIVERY when you spend $50 at their store 

If you want to check out the resources for getting enough calcium, protein, iron and things like that, click here 

Thanks Ethical Shopper for your generosity and the commitment to helping the animals and the environment. Love what you’re doing!

COMMON GROUND – HELPING YOU HELP YOUTH

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Yep, it’s definitely not easy being a teenager, especially if you have a disability like I do. It gets tough! Us teenagers can hide things very well (I know I can), and it can be hard for others to help during those times, so thank goodness for Common Ground – Common Ground is a website for families, peers, friends and parents of young people who need information on supporting them while going through hard times. It’s a community where you can share knowledge and experience but also help others, too. Want to share YOUR experience with bullying, abuse, etc? Visit here: