Sustainable Hacks: Vinegar All-Purpose Cleaner

How many of you have googled how to make your own all-purpose cleaner in the past? I feel now more than ever people are trying to avoid chemicals and going back to natural products. I’m not mad about it — I think it can be an easy way to reduce waste and save some money. A few days ago I shared how to make your own toilet bombs, noticing how cleaning products have been disappearing from the shelves lately. I’m afraid to say, I still struggle finding enough cleaning supplies when I go grocery shopping. So perhaps this is the time to make our own. There are a lot of recipes out there on how to make your own all-purpose cleaner. Lots of chemicals you need to buy and dose with the exact amount.

Find Yourself A Mentor

It sounds like an old timely thing to find a mentor. Nowadays, there seems to be a culture of ‘making it on your own’ or ‘keep your secrets to yourself’. But I don’t see it like that, I think we should all help each other and there’s space for everyone out there. Especially women are taught they’re supposed to be against each other. Isn’t a classic film trope to put two women competing for the same man? It’s the same in business. And it makes me angry to think women can’t trust each other because society told us so. And that’s the whole concept behind my Women in Business posts: as a woman in business myself, I want to encourage other women to follow your dreams. So, today we’re talking abou

How Sustainable is Denim?

I don’t know about you, but my vegan journey has been much more than just not eating animal products. It opened a lot of questions about our impact on the planet as individuals, about sustainability and environmental issues. For me, sustainability is something I keep in mind in everything I do — from making more eco-conscious choices for LELE’S (like getting rid of our avocado toast) to the clothes I’m wearing. Looking up sustainable clothing can be overwhelming. What makes something not sustainable? What can I do about it? Do I actually have any power over big brand’s choices? It can get tough to navigate through all these questions and figure out what’s the right choice to make. I love jea

Food Hacks: Fresh Vegan Stock Always on Hand

There is absolutely nothing wrong with using stock powder or dry cubes. They’re handy, cheap and they’re always at the back of the cupboard for when you need them. They can be a cook’s best friend and honestly, quite tasty too. But what if you could have fresh vegan stock cubes always on hand as well? As many meal prep hacks, all you really need is time — we’re talking 2 or 3 hours max. You need fresh ingredients and something you can freeze the stock in. That’s it. And this is something you could do now and leave in the freezer for months. So, first we need to make the stock. You can choose the vegetables you like best, or maybe keep the scraps from another recipe and use those. What I’ll o

The importance of trying new things: Keep your mind fresh and curious

This year, I really wanted to push myself and try new things. It’s really helped me get out of my comfort zone in the past, and I was looking forward to putting myself out there even more! Of course, with everything that’s happening right now, it’s a bit more difficult. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible — we just need to adapt! Before opening LELE'S I really didn't know how to cook let alone how to decorate a cake like this one! Lol I am glad i didn't give up and instead I pushed myself to learn, while having fun! Learning new things somehow helps me to stay focused on my business goals and keep my mind fresh and curious, always open to change and improvement. For example, this year I st

3 Simple Ways To Store Food Without Plastic

There are many ways to store food without using plastic and for a long period of time. It’s just easier sometimes to think plastic is the better solution, when it really isn’t. Sometimes, plastic is inevitable and I’m far from being perfect about not using it myself. But as I always say, every little does count and if I can make a small adjustment to my life and be more sustainable, I will. That’s why I’ve been sharing these little hacks with you, hoping to inspire other people to make little changes in their lives. We don’t all have to be zero waste to make a difference, that would be impossible. But we can do something. So, here are 3 ways to store food without plastic: Keep All The Jars:

How to make your own business cards

Last week, we discussed why creating your own website is an important step when establishing a business. Now, it’s time to get people on board, spread the word, let everyone know that we do, in fact, have a business! In other words, you need to make your own business cards. Have you ever found yourself at a friend’s party — you start meeting new people, not really with the idea of networking, but it suddenly happens: someone is interested in your work. At this point, you don’t know what to do. Should you give them your email? Should you take yours? Do people still say the ‘www’ at the beginning of a website? We’ve all been there. I’ve been there. A business card is an effective way to let pe

Food Hacks: Frost That Cupcake (Without a Piping Bag)

When you’re just starting out learning how to cook or bake, chances are you won’t have the fancy tools you see on tv. But is that going to stop you? Hell no! There are so many tricks and hacks out there on how to make do without. And today, I’m going to tell you how to frost that cupcake without a piping bag! It’s like when you tell yourself you’re going to start working out. But you need the shoes, the leggings, the tops. Suddenly, it’s not that you don’t want to be working out, you just can’t without the right apparel. I say, excuses excuses excuses. And it’s the same with baking. I didn’t have fancy tools when I started. I still don’t — at LELE’S, we make what we have work for what we wan

Easter cake yummy recipe: Sponge cake with pear, vanilla and almond buttercream

CANNOT believe it's nearly Easter weekend! To cheer you up a little we have added a special brownie box to our online shop - if you order today we will do our best to deliver to you before Easter. Instead, If you fancy baking and cooking at home for yourself, your family and flatmates remember that we have 2 free e-books available to download from our website: the Vegan Christmas Feast and Our Best Sweet Treats Yet, both including easy recipes you can make at home. Also, our blog is constantly updated with even more recipes and food hacks you can play around with! Today we are sharing our Easter cake recipe: Sponge cake with pear, vanilla and almond buttercream. Here is our easy recipe for H

Women in Business: Why Having Your Own Website Is Important

I’ve always been very loud about wanting to support women, especially women in business. I think the business world can be a very lonely, isolating place for women. It’s very male dominated and instead of supporting each other, women are taught from a very young age to be competitive with each other, like there’s not enough place for all of us. But I think not only there is, but we can make it bigger and bigger by helping each other. And that’s what I want to do with this Women in Business series of posts! The first topic I wanted to address is the importance of having your own website for your business. Nowadays, it’s really easy to create a website and it can be a great tool to reach new a

Vegan Hacks: How to make your own toilet bomb

Have you been to the grocery store lately? I think besides toilet paper, cleaning products have been the most bought items in the past weeks. Empty aisle after empty aisle — it’s insane! I honestly don’t understand this need to bulk buy toilet paper! But that’s not what I want to talk about here. Here, we’re learning how to make your own toilet bomb. What is a toilet bomb? I didn’t know myself, honestly. I’ve always used those duck-neck-shaped bottles to clean my toilet. But extreme times call for extreme measures, or at least that’s how the Italian saying goes. A toilet bomb is basically throwing a lot of things you’d normally use in the kitchen, in the toilet. It’s easy, it’s cheap and it

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I create simple, rustic looking recipes that require very little time and ingredients to make

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Everything you will see here is vegan and made from scratch.

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