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Lent is coinciding with Valentine's Day this year, so we're all giving up our boyfriends and girlfriends, obviously. 

Just kidding –  while Lent may seem like and outdated religious practice to many, it's an excellent opportunity to take the time to start something you've always wanted to do, whether that's starting to learn a new language or finally joining that yoga class. 

It's also a time for trying to break old vices, be that smoking, over-heat processing our hair or texting back f*ckboys. 

Here's what we're giving up and taking on this Lent at SHEmazing HQ: 

'Asides from the fact that I'm giving up all jellies (not chocolate, because otherwise, what's the point of life really?), I am going to try give up worrying so much.'

'I was born a worrier. I worry about everything – things that happened, things that happened yesterday, things that haven't happened yet – it's exhausting; I'm exhausted from it.'

'Self-care usually makes me roll my eyes but it's nice to practice what you preach every now and again. I always tell others never to stress and it'd be nice if I could give myself a bit of a break in the process.' – Jennifer McShane, Mummy Pages Editor 

'I'm gonna give up pasta, and I will probably live to regret it.' 

'I eat pasta at LEAST four times a week, so it'll be some challenge.' – Rebecca O'Keefe, SHEmazing Editor

'I tend not to even entertain the idea self deprivation as "I can resist anything but temptation" (nice one Oscar Wilde) so instead I plan on getting up off my obnoxiously comfortable sofa, fling open the curtains and embrace the outside world.'

'Be it weekend jaunts up hills or rambles through woods or just having a child and technology free hour to myself to sip coffee and embrace my inner flâneur.' – Kate Dwyer, Graphic Designer at Sheology Digital

'I'm planning on taking up something, rather than giving something else up. Being cruelty free is really important to me, be it in my diet or in beauty products.'

'I've been slowly trying to transition to veganism for a few months now, and I think Lent is the perfect excuse to start being really conscious about the choices I make when it comes to buying foods that use animal by-products.

I'd love to be eating completely vegan by the end of the forty days of Lent, so here's to hoping.' – Sarah Magliocco, journalist at SHEmazing. 

'Right, so I'm giving up clutter.'

'My aim is to throw out/re-purpose/give away something every day for lent. Hopefully it'll encourage me to do that massive clear-out I've been telling myself I needed to do for ages.' 

'Simplifying for 2018.' – Katie Meegan, journalist at Magic Mum

'I'm making a new habit of not partaking in unnecessary spending.'

'Sure, fancy coffees and over-priced brunch dates are great, but I'd rather save my pennies and splurge on a weekend away.' 

'Madrid is calling, and it sounds a lot better than overpriced eggs benedict.' – Lauren Nolan, journalist at SHEmazing

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I had read a few interesting articles about how good it can be for the mind and soul to take a break from social media to re-balance and recharge if you've been feeling a little down.

I follow so many amazing bloggers and just amazing people in general on Instagram, Snapchat etc. and seeing what they were up to always made me a little insecure that I wasn't living my 'best life' like my favourite influencer was on her free, sponsored trip to Bali. 

Of course seeing hot dogs or legs pictures beside an azure pool with palm trees in the background is never going to do much for the mood when you're trudging off to work in the rain at 7am.

So, last year, I decided that a good social media purge was what I needed, and what better time to start than Lent. 

While I did feel creatively recharged after, I also noticed so many funny little subtlety's about our social media obsessed culture around me while I was sans-Snapchat.

Like there's nothing quite so strange as sitting at the head of a lunch table on a Monday afternoon looking down at the crowns of four other peoples heads all bent towards the LED screens of their smartphones.

There was something almost religious and reverent about their bowed heads, faces illuminated by the familiar glow of a screen. 

Later in the week I was going for a little run, which rarely happens, and so I felt the urge to Snapchat this major event.

I mean, did you even exercise if you don't take the perfect post-workout gym selfie?

And was my Sunday brunch even nice if I didn't share a picture of it on Instagram? Why do I need to let people know that I'm enjoying a weekend afternoon with great food and even greater friends?

Is it to rub it in other peoples faces, that I, a 22-year-old-woman, have in fact got a social life or does it stem from a place of insecurity?

Obviously sharing a brunch picture of a particularly aesthetically pleasing meal isn't a sin, and I will definitely be guilty of it again, but I guess taking a social media break makes you consider your motives.

And this sunset. Why did I feel the need to share it in a digitally manipulable two-dimensional square, can I not just keep it as a memoir for myself?

Overall I felt better about myself as a person by abandoning the like button for a while. I thought less about the imperfections I feel my life has because I wasn't so constantly saturated with images of digitally-altered models and bloggers every time I slid open my lock screen.

No longer did I compare my very un-photogenic pesto pasta dinner to someone else's Michelin starred meal, and enjoyed my Friday night in bed watching Charmed without feeling the FOMO caused by incessant Instagram stories of nights out happening across the country. 

So, what's the best way to dump your social media addiction for a while and de-clutter your mood? Well, here's how I did it.

First I popped all of my existing social media apps into a folder marked 'Out Of Bounds' so that even if I slipped and automatically went to check Facebook or Snapchat, I would see the folder name and remember.

Then I went to my notification settings and turned off everything social media related. Simples.

So maybe try purging yourself of social media for a bit. Here's some reasons why you should try:

  • You will be more productive without the social media distractions.
  • You could feel better about yourself and heighten you self esteem without the constant barrage of pretty much unachievable perfection that saturates much of Instagram
  • You will be more creative and encourage more independent thoughts as you move away from being influenced by what other people are doing. 

Once I had returned to social media, blinking blindly in the glossy glow of Instagram, I began to unfollow any accounts which weren't contributing to my happiness.

Anyone who made me feel insecure or just contributed nothing of substance, aesthetically or otherwise, was devoid of my follow.

It's almost impossible to avoid social media forever in modern culture, but it is possible to control your pool of influence, and remove those who bring nothing of substance to your feed. 

Often, we follow someone and if we dislike their content, we just stop seeing it on our feeds as we don't interact with it – but the power of actually using that 'unfollow' option is huge. 

So, if you can't tear yourself away from social media entirely, make sue you curate the content you see every day – it could seriously make a difference on that 7am commute when you're seeing relatable, positive images instead of completely unattainable ones. 

This article originally appeared on Vintage Venom 

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Creme Eggs are an Easter institution, and no Easter bank holiday weekend would be complete without a few of these bad boys.

Sadly, if you've been off the chocolate for Lent, you may have forgone the confectionery icon in favour of your chaste religious commitment. 

Those off chocolate are probably gagging for a bit of the sweet stuff, and now Rage restaurant in Dublin is serving up a new way to fix your craving. 

A Creme Egg cocktail exists, and we're more than delighted. 

The popular eatery in Blackrock Village is serving up the sweet treat which looks completely delicious.  

We'll take a vat of the stuff, please. 

Oh, and while we have you; don't forget to have your say in the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this May! It's time to vote, and you can do it right here!

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Ah, Lent, the annual era of chastisement and depravity where some of the finer things in life, including alcohol chocolate and takeaways, are shunned in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

It's officially Ash Wednesday, so it's time to get that grey smudge on your forehead and remove something delightful from your life until April, when the chocolate-fest that is Easter commences.

Here's some of the best Twitter banter about the season of soulful suffering. 

10. When you instantly regret your life choices.

9. Don't set yourself unrealistic expectations there.

8. Swearing and chocolate… the two toughest things.

7. Prior preparation prevents p*** poor performance.

6. Separating the believers from the heathens.

5. They should make mass pulpits Pokestops. 

4. That's our kind of Lent…

3. A missed opportunity. 

2. The feeling is extra strong today. 

1. We can get behind this one.

 

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If it feels like you have more maple syrup than blood running through your veins right now, that's because you took on Pancake Tuesday like an absolute pro.

As children, we were encouraged to tuck in because getting our hands on sugar over the next 40 days and 40 nights (give or take) would be damn near impossible.

As we impatiently awaited the arrival of the Easter Bunny, the vast majority of us were forced to wean ourselves off the white stuff in the name of the baby Jesus, and Christ were those six weeks an exercise in torture.

Here are just 11 things you'll remember if your family (and your school) decided a sugar-free period was mandatory.

1. The way smugness was encouraged.

If you made it through break AND lunch on day one without so much as a jelly bean passing your lips in the school yard, you were well within your rights to brag about it.

"40 days? I'll do this spinning on my head, man."

 

2. The way panicking was expected.

There was always one kid who let the pressure get to him and could often be seen loitering in the yard hoping someone might accidentally drop their Club Milk.

"Watch your pockets. Colm's on the hunt again."

3. The way people introduced new rules and expected no one to notice.

The schoolyard was full of kids convincing each other the were entitled to break the rules by day two.

"Yeah no, it's grand. I said sweets, not chocolate. I'm still doing it right."

4. The way certain events didn't count.

If your sibling's birthday fell during Lent, you were given carte blanche to have a slice or two of cake.

"Arra c'mere to me, pet. You're more than welcome to another slice on your sister's 9th birthday, sure."

5. And the way St. Patrick's Day sure as sh*t didn't count.

If there was one day when your parents would loosen the Lent reins, it was St Patrick's Day.

"Give that child another glass of red lemonade. Sure, isn't it our Patron Saint's big day?"

6. Biscuits were a grey area.

You knew your tenpenny mix was a no-go, but what about those manky biscuits your Granny lived on?

"I don't even like them, so I'm definitely allowed to eat them."

7. There was always one kid who sailed through Lent.

Granted they lost many friends along the way, but you couldn't help admire their determination.

"He won't be so smug when no one goes to his damn birthday party."

8. You had at least one major slip-up, and swore any witnesses to secret.

The 'slip-up' generally happened after a particularly rough day in school when you cared little for Jesus.

"How was I to know candy floss was made of sugar? Keep your smart mouth closed."

9. You had at least one friend who would go out of their way to lead you down the wrong path.

They gave up on day three and they want to see you go down with them.

"Let me tell you more about my mam's goodie press."

10. The Trócaire Box remained empty until the final week.

While you knew you were meant to be filling your box with the money you DIDN'T spend on sweets, somehow it never played out that way.

"JESUS CHRIST. Give me a tenner and don't make a show of me in front of the whole school."

11. Easter Saturday night was often more agonising than Christmas Eve.

If you actually managed to endure Lent, the thought of wrapping your gob around an egg was almost too much to bear.

"I'm never going through that again."

 

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The day after Easter was always a love/hate time with your parents. You JUST received more chocolate than you weigh, and yet your mam or dad would give out to you for eating too much, or getting sick if you take one more bite.

Of course, we always sneaked a little into our room to eat at night time (which, looking back probably caused all of those nightmares) but, now that we're adults, we can eat and drink as much as we want. Yay!

And if you have some lovely Créme Eggs leftover from yesterday, why not have a little party with your Netflix account tonight and indulge yourself with this Créme Egg Mojito.

We know what you're thinking. This is possibly just TOO MUCH. But, take a look at the recipe here (and then look at the fancy pictures) and we're sure you'll probably end up really wanting it (because we totally do):

Ingredients:

  • 25ml Barcardi
  • 25ml chocolate syrup
  • Sprig of mint
  • 25ml 1:1 Gomme syrup
  • Dash of lime juice
  • 25ml soda
  • 1 Créma Egg

 

Method:

Crush mint and place in glass with other ingredients. Stir with crushed ice, top with more ice and garnish with ½ egg and mint.

The creation comes from a bar's across London, but we'll settle having it tonight in our PJ's.

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So, you’ve made the decision, you’re going to kick the chocolate for Lent.

Whether it be for religious reasons, raising some money for charity or just a good reason to get healthy – you’re going to do it. You’re really, really going to do it….right?

Here are some people you are bound to meet during the hardest month of the year:

The ‘Ah go on it’s just one square’ One
Peer pressure can be so hard…especially where chocolate is concerned

The ‘but you’re not even religious’ One
Sigh. Can’t a girl use a good excuse to make some positive changes?!

The ‘it will do you the world of good – keep going’ One
Sounds nice, is in fact a deeply-rooted backhanded compliment

The 'oh, you've only given up chocolate, I've given up sugar completely' One
And she actually has, and succeeds…ugh. 

The 'wow – well done, I'm not sure I could do that' One
Sweet, well-meaning and complimentary. More like you please. 

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Ahhhh Pancake Tuesday, it’s the day all Irish people look forward to most. The day when you can have pancakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner and nobody can give out to you because it’s Lent the next day.

While pancakes are fairly standard, whether you like them with lemon and sugar, maple syrup and bacon or even savoury, the pancake doesn’t get much shaking up. But that’s because it doesn’t need it.

So rather than trying to fix something that ain’t broke, we just…upgraded it a bit! Instead of having one pancake after another, you can have several, in a SLICE of Pancake cake. Oh yes.

Here’s the recipe:

For the batter:
Makes 12 pancakes

  • 100g plain flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 300ml milk
  • 1tsp. vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients into a smooth batter and chill in the fridge for up to an hour.
  2. Cook the pancakes as you normally would and set aside until you are finished all of the batter.
  3. Spread your filling of choice (ours is Nutella and mini marshmallows) on each one and stack them on top of one another so it resembles a cake.
  4. Add some raspberries on top and cut a slice of chocolate-y, marshmallow-y, pancake-y goodness in perfect proportions.

Because you're giving up chocolate tomorrow, remember?! 

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Rather than give up the usual chocolate or ice cream for Lent, we’ve come up with a list of annoying habits we could all do with putting an end to.

1. Eating smelly food on the bus/train/luas

2. Saying “never again” after a night out

3. Repeating the phrase “I’m dyyyyying” at least 60 times after a night out

4. Pressing snooze again and again and again…and once more

5. Watching The Jeremy Kyle Show

6. Secretly loving Joe Duffy’s Liveline

7. Listening to Liveline

8. Not realising that people know when you look at their LinkedIn profiles

9. Reading the Daily Mail

10. Pointing out mistakes on the Daily Mail

11. Facebook creepin’

12. Secretly fancying Ryan Tubridy…wait, sorry, we meant Gosling. Swear. 

13. Writing articles about Ryan Gosling (never!) 

14. Eavesdropping on the table next to you at the restaurant

15. Going into Penney’s to buy hair clips and coming out with 4 massive paper bags. Oops. 

16. Instgramming every single thing you eat

17. Googling yourself

18. “Socially” smoking

19. Not just “socially” drinking

20. Writing lists for every aspect of your life

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