Why women get flak when they talk…

Have you ever listened back to a recording of yourself and recoiled in horror? I have, I’m really bad, I hate listening to myself on playback. But apparently this is more common in women than men.

NPR are running a series at the moment about The Changing Lives of Women and they’ve discovered that many women in positions of power are advised to modulate their voice pitch and speech patterns to match their male counterparts.

Take a look at the video and let me know what you think below…

Before you overshare – take note…


I bloody LOVE Robbie Williams!

But as much as I love Robbie, the live vlogging/tweeting of his son’s birth is – for me – a chronic case of oversharing.  And he’s not alone. We’ve ALL posted something to Twitter and Facebook that’s been a case of too much information or not of interest to anyone but our very own nearest and dearest. However, these days on social media, oversharing is rife and there really are somethings that need to remain private – especially when it comes to giving birth – the only people who need to see that are the people in the room with you.

So, before posting something on social media – especially if you’re prone to the odd occasion of oversharing, ask yourself these five questions…

1. Does your post contain anything about the parts of your body that when in public should be covered by clothes? If yes then it’s very unlikely that anyone on your friends and followers lists needs to know about it.

live, work & eat better #6

A bit late with this week’s link love, because I’ve been way too obsessed with my new fish tank. I will obviously share more about this at a later time but suffice to say I’m slowly turning my new home in to a zoo.
I’m actually thinking about switching this live, work, eat better post to newsletter…what do you think? If you’re not signed up then you can do so here


Ageing is a huge topic this week. Especially with all the hoo-ha over Rene Zellweger and her alleged plastic surgery. So this interview from Rita Wilson on life after 50 is a must read.

Perez Hilton on how he’s a changed man

The past and future of cemeteries is a fascinating read.

Why we (media and consumers) shouldn’t be humiliating Rene Zellweger.


Taking Pictures: How photographers can protect their work.

I think I’ve been a bit obsessed with The New Yorker this week – How to Write a Sentence. 

Absolutely LOVE this. How successful people handle toxic people.

I HATE asking for money. I like getting paid though. Here’s some great tips from Marie Forleo on how to get paid when you hate asking for money.


I absolutely LOVE cauliflower cheese but it can be a bit too much. However, this Sicilian Cauliflower and Black Olive Gratin is perfect. Comfort food without the mass of calories.

Would you consider drinking raw eggs in milk for your breakfast? No? Well Marilyn Monroe did. Read this account of how a New York Mag journalist tried Monroe’s diet for a week.

Love mushrooms? Well now is the perfect time to get out and start foraging for them. Here are 12 recipes you can make with mushrooms.

Is it grumpy of me to hate that so many pumpkins are wasted because of halloween? Here are some things you can do with pumpkins other than just hack them up.

Making Whey Work: The Benefits of Whey Protein

Those who work out regularly or who are trying to lose weight often take supplements to ensure they get the nutrients their body needs. Protein supplements are regularly used by athletes to build muscle but can also help you to lose weight, cope with stress and improve your immune system.


If you’re considering incorporating whey protein powder into your diet then here are a few helpful points for the uninitiated.

Staying healthy while working out

We all like to stay fit and healthy, and working out has for many of us become part of our daily routine. But exercising means we need to ensure that we ingest the right foods to help our muscles recover after that intense workout. Getting enough protein not only helps to build muscles but also ensures those same muscles receives the nutrients they need after a workout. A whey protein powder supplement such as a milk shake will also boost your metabolism, which makes it a lot easier to lose weight, if that’s your goal. (more…)

Red Wine (Velvet) Cupcakes

We can’t be healthy ALL the time so in celebration of that fact and my new kitchen (it’s finally done – hoorah!) I got in to the kitchen to make some cupcakes.

red wine velvet cupcakes

I’ve got to tell you, that Sainsbury thankfully sent me a bottle of red wine from their So Organic range to celebrate September being Organic Month (yes, I know, I’m a bit late). Red wine (and chocolate) are two things that are way better organic. The wine is much heartier, it’s also less likely to give you a stinking hangover. (more…)

Live, work & eat better #5

So I forgot to actually upload and publish this last week! Don’t ask me how but somehow I seemed to sleepwalk through the back end of the week. Anyway here are a few links to kick off your hopefully relaxing weekend…


This is a really interesting piece in the New York Times about Alan Cummings. I can’t wait to read his book.

I’m obsessed with avocados so I shared my recipe for this homemade face Mask on Maison Du Vann

This is a fascinating look at the motive behind Helene Pastor’s murder.

Here’s what to do when you’re feeling small. Reframe your power. By Danielle LaPorte

We all have our own way of dealing with trolls but this woman has it sorted…

So Mercury is now in full retrograde. Why not check out this post from Gala Darling.


Wouldn’t it be great if being a brilliant artist was all it took to earn a living?


This weekend I’m making Red Wine (velvet) cake so for balance, here’s how to bake the perfect flourless cake.

Think you can’t eat pasta and still lose weight? Wrong. Try this simple trick.

If you’re a fan of fast food then you may find THIS interesting. The Food Babe has looked at the difference between UK and US fast food outlets. Amazing finds. In the US french fries are basically a chemical shit storm, where are in the UK it’s essentially potato and oil. Take a look.

Italian Apple Cake from A Cup of Jo

3.5 Bean Chilli

There are five amazing things about this bean chilli…
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1. It’s quick! (and I’m all about quick and easy)
2. It’s healthy
3. It’s cheap to make
4. There’s enough left to freeze!
5. It tastes amazing!!!!!!

Now, unless you’re feeding an army there’s probably not much chance you’ll work your way through this entire bean chilli but you could do what I do and either a) freeze it or b) make several meals from it. If you choose the latter then it’s great to mix with pasta as a protein boost for pasta bake.

So what you’ll need…

A giant pan
A tin of red kidney beans
A tin of rosecoco Beans
A tin of black eyed beans
A small tin of baked beans
A tin of tomatoes
Tomato paste
A red onion
Red wine (a glass for you and a glass for the chilli)
Chilli Powder
Dark Chocolate

I use tinned beans because a) they’re cooked so it takes less time b) you can usually buy 3tins for £1 in Asda. However,if you use dried beans don’t forget they need soaking the night before and extra cooking time.

Start off by chopping the onion – I’ll let you decide how, I like semi small chunks. Add to some hot oil and fry over a medium heat until soft. Next add your mushrooms.

As per usual with my recipes, next you just need to bung everything (but the chocolate) else in, so add give it a good mix. Bring to the boil and add the chocolate towards the end of cooking. I’ve not given an indication of the chilli powder as it’s probably best you determine your own level of chilli.

And you’re done. Serve with rice, a jacket potato or with sweet potato mash – whatever you prefer.

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Foods you don’t need to buy organic…

I’ll be honest, I’ve never really worried that much about whether I buy organic or not. So long as I was getting my daily quota of fruit and veg in and they haven’t travelled half way across the world to my plate – I was happy. However, the past 6 months, I’ve been making a huge effort to buy organic as much as I possibly can.


It’s funny because whenever the word organic is bandied about we immediately think – expensive. Yet we think nothing to upgrading our phones to the latest model or going on nice holidays or even putting an extra £20 of fuel in our car. Maybe spending a few extra £’s on apples is a better way to spend our money? Giving our own bodies better fuel? Not to mention the fact we live in this toxic environment: pollution, mobiles attached to our ears all day, wi-fi signals whizzing around us – maybe that £3 organic apple could help negate some of the toxicity we are taking in elsewhere?

But it’s good to know that there are certain foods that you don’t really need to buy organic.  Dr Andrew Weil has published a great list on his website – of 12 foods you really don’t need to buy organic…

  • Broccoli
  • Aubergine
  • Cabbage
  • Banana
  • Kiwi
  • Asparagus
  • Sweet peas
  • Mango
  • Pineapple
  • Sweetcorn (frozen)
  • Avocado
  • Onion

And here are 4 more foods to add to that list:
Sweet Potatoes

But on the flip side, there are two great reasons to buy organic: fewer pesticides and more nutrients. Here are 15 foods that you REALLY need to buy organic (no exceptions).

  • Apples
  • Peaches
  • Strawberries
  • Nectarines
  • Celery
  • Pears
  • Lettuce
  • Cherries
  • Spinach
  • Grapes
  • Kale
  • Peppers
  • Blueberries
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach

Do you buy organic? Is there a reason why you do/don’t? Share your views below…

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live, work & eat better on a Friday #4

What are you planning on doing this weekend? My kitchen should be finished by Sunday so I’m planning on a full day of baking cakes – not so good for the diet. Anyway, here are just a few links from across the web that I think you’ll enjoy x

Sorting out all the new bills #admin #coffee


Is Mercury in Retrograde? Check here.

Anthony Bourdain has some good tips on Travel

Found a new blog that I absolutely LOVE this week. Becca from Bionic Buddha has a plethora of posts on living well. Including some sage advice on how to not lose your shit!

These black eyed children sightings are a bit weird aren’t they?

I love these musings by Slim Paley



Want to make money from your personal blog? Then have a read of this > Why Personal Blogs Can Never Really Survive Monetization

Do bloggers make more money than editors?

This new book has a great quote on procrastination…

Also, I feel like the word “procrastination” is too strong. Just because you’re on Twitter saying stuff, it doesn’t really mean you’re procrastinating. The status update has become such a fluid part of culture.


I believe that you can eat extremely well on a budget, it’s just all down planning and savvy shopping. In MY opinion the problem lies with people not having the skills to cook and budget for healthy foods. I’d love to know what you think of this story.

Madeline Shaw has some great tips on eating healthy this Autumn

And in vast contrast, I cannot wait to try out this recipe for red wine cake!

Have a good one x

Oh! ps: I’m taking part in Gala Darling’s #LOVETOBER challenge so why not follow me on Instagram?

A quick tip: How to avoid lipstick on your wine glass…

OK so I know some of you are doing #stoptober so in advance – I’m sorry. But since the nights are drawing in and it’s getting time to start snuggling by the fire with a large glass of red – I thought it was a good time to share this tip…

I saw this tip yonks ago on acupofjo

If you want to avoid getting lipstick on your wine glass (which lets face it, is gross) then simply lick the edge of your glass (quickly and discreetly of course – I’m not suggesting you go to town on it) before you take a sip.

And voila – a stain free glass.

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