Post Masonry – Style 1

A Warming Winter Lentil Moussaka

Too cold to get out of bed? Join the club: we’re warming our tummies from the inside-out with this Lentil Mousakka.

the old post office
The Old Post Office – And Us! – On RightMove

After my much-thumbed Instagram, Rightmove is the most-used app on my phone. I spend hours, absolutely hours, combing through houses I will never live in located in places I will never visit.

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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. 

small businesses on Etsy
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!!

Beauty Pie haircare
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.

Cat Sims - the Back-Up Plan Podcast
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. 

Asma Khan London
The Back-Up Plan Podcast, Episode 2: Asma Khan

There are so many things to say about the day I interviewed Asma Khan, founder of the Carnaby restaurant Darjeeling Express and the only Briton to have been featured on Netflix’s hit show ‘Chef’s Table’.

summer chicken curry
A Summer Chicken Curry That Even Your Kids Will Eat

There are many things the UK school system has given my kids – the 7 times table, the definition of a fronted adverbial, the ability to run round and round a freezing…

Stephanie Yeboah
The Back-Up Plan Podcast: Episode 1, Stephanie Yeboah

Stephanie Yeboah glows. Like, from the inside out she glows. Which is something I always think is the sign of a really lovely person: one who is totally down with double cleansing.

mark warner paleros
I Know I’m Prone To Exaggeration But That Was The Best Holiday We’ve Ever Been On: Mark Warner Paleros

Never have I got home from a holiday and not felt just a little bit pleased to get back. There’s always something I’ve missed: my clothes, my house, (most likely) my own bed. But then I’d never been to Mark Warner Paleros, in Greece.To be fair, as the resort was only three weeks old, barely anyone else had been either.