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The Back-Up Plan Podcast, Episode Four: Emily Clarkson

First impressions of someone you follow online can be weird. I find it’s often split into two camps: you think, yep, you’re the exact same person I see on my phone every day, which I always think is quite a comforting realisation. Or you’re baffled at the difference between the on-screen personality and their real-life counterpart. 

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Three Things You Should Be Buying from Small Businesses on Etsy

Ever since I became a small business I have had a new love and appreciation for other small businesses. It’s true what that age-old quote says on Pinterest: every time you order from a small business,  a seller who has spent years developing their craft into a trade does a happy dance. They – we – really do!!

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Beauty Pie Haircare Has Launched And Predictably, It’s Brilliant

My barnet and I have been through the mill together these last few years, long before Beauty Pie haircare arrived on the scene. It started falling out two and a half years previously – most probably because of an incredibly stressful time – and the experience of losing so much of my hair was, quite frankly, harrowing.

You Can’t Eat Salad Without Bread: a Panzanella Recipe

There have been a couple of new additions to my bucket list this week, with one of them being ‘do a foodie tour across Italy’. You see, as much as I wholeheartedly…

What other people think of me is none of my business
What Other People Think Of Me Is None Of My Business (Repeat Ad Finitum)

“What other people think of me is none of my business” is a mantra I adopted a couple of years ago. I’d been lucky that, in my career of writing a blog and newspaper column, the negativity aimed towards me had been kept to a minimum, but for some reason, as I began being more vocal about my journey out of the doldrums to happiness, the trolls became more vocal, too.

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The Back-Up Plan Podcast: Episode Three, Cat Sims

Cat Sims, AKA Not So Smug Now, Is an honest-talking breath of Instagram fresh air whom I’ve admired online for a good long while. Writing about family life with two daughters and a musician husband, Jimmy, since 2014, Cat’s online presence has become a place of support and solidarity for her close-knit community of mothers.