Reasons to start cycling today

If you haven’t yet discovered the wonders of cycling, you are about to, after reading this post. Either you’re a minimalist, Eco friendly, or whatever you like to label yourself, owning a bike and actually use it, is great in so many levels. Here are a few reasons why you should get a bike, now.

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1. Exercise. I’ve decided to quit the gym since May. Most of the times it just made me feel guilty for not having time to go there. But you know what I have time to do? To cycle! Because I do it to go to work every day! Cycling burns an enormous amount of calories, and takes you places whilst you’re doing it.

2. Green. Bikes don’t release toxic gases. And they don’t take that much energy to make and transport. They run on good old clean human energy and extra calories!

3. Takes up less space. Bikes can fit in doorways, in the front garden, in alleyways, and in sheds. They can be parked on lamp posts, fences and railings. They’re great for city dwellers, studio flats, apartments, not to mention Minimalists!

4. Easier to maintain. Bike pieces are cheap and a lot of bike shops will help you out for free if you buy the parts from them.

5. Faster. One of the things I’ve been enjoying the most since I’ve got my bike is look at people stuck in a traffic jam and me still being able to cycle all the way through.

6. Quieter. There’s nothing more Zen than the silence of a bike, maybe my house on Sunday mornings when everyone is asleep, but not the point. Imagine the morning rush with no horns or beeps, engine hums and roars or people venting their road rage. Just a few cyclist’s bell things and the quiet clicks of the pedals running.

And these are just a few reasons why I’ve decided to get a bike. If you have more, please share on the comments below!

If you’re curious to know which bike I got head to my Instagram where I’ve been sharing a few pictures!

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Chewsy Natural Gum | Review

I’ve always been a chewing gum fan, until I had to wear braces for 2 years and my addiction had to kind of slow down. I literally stopped buying gum.

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After having my braces taken away and being able to chew gum with no difficult at all, I didn’t have the need to have it anymore. The addiction stopped. But this happened until I decided to try natural and sugar-free chewing gum.

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Chewsy is the only 100% natural and sugar-free chewing gum in the UK made with only 5 natural ingredients sourced from trees. That means no aspartame, no artificial flavours or sweeteners, no preservatives, and no plastic gum base.

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It has an extremely soft chew, and sweetened with natural xylitol for healthy teeth. And because they only use natural ingredients, their gum is biodegradable. Thumbs up for that!

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The regular chewing gum is filled with a lot artificial stuff including aspartame, acesulfame-k, BHT, and a plastic gum base.

I definitely recommend you to try this healthy and tasty gum!

Visit Chewsy’s website here.

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Go paperless billing | Minimalism Series

On my last minimalism post I talked about getting rid of your junk drawer. And one of the things that we accumulate the most, and is probably 40% of the content in a junk drawer, are documents and paper bills!

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Last month I’ve decided to go through all my bills, sort them out and come up with a plan to reduce them. There are several ways you can do this.

E-statements. Choosing paperless billing will reduce the amount of bills you receive. You can choose to receive an email or text message from most companies. If you can limit the flow of paper coming in you’ll have an easier time keeping on top of it. Wherever possible opt for online statements.  I’ve created a folder on my e-mail inbox where I save all my bills.

Scan. Not all companies give you the option to go paperless, so the one’s that don’t, you can always scan the bill and recycle the paper. If you don’t have a scanner you can use your phone. I always use the PhotoScan app to scan my documents.

Back-up. Google drive is my bestfriend when it comes to save images, but I recently started using it to save documents and mostly billing too. By creating a backup of all of your bills and documents you will be able to access these whenever and wherever you are.

And the good news are… I have one more free drawer!

If you have any other tips to go paperless please leave them in a comment below.

I’ve been writing separate posts about my minimalism challenge experiences, so make sure you’re following the blog or any of my social media challenges to not miss out on these!

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