Heard of Beauty Pie? Here’s how it works

Beauty Pie, heard about it? Or have you seen the ads and been slightly confused and thought  “how does Beauty Pie work”? Chances are that if you are on Instagram or Facebook then you will have seen an advert for Beauty Pie because their ads are everywhere but if you aren’t on there then Beauty Pie might have passed you by and that would be a shame. Why? Well because

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Jesy Nelson, Odd One Out

Did you see the Odd One Out, Jesy Nelson documentary on TV recently?  I have to admit I started to watch it, fully intending to watch it all as Jesy detailed being trolled online.  I am ashamed to say that once Jesy started talking about trying to take her own life as a result of the online abuse in 2013 I couldn’t watch anymore.   Listening to Jesy Nelson, a

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I’m cheating on my hairdresser

Google “cheating on hairdresser” and you get over three quarters of a million results.  Some telling you how to do it, some telling you it is the best thing they ever did, some saying they regretted it the second the stylist made the first cut and are now wearing a hat for eight weeks.   My reason for cheating on my hairdresser recently was a little less complicated and was

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Back to school organising

This is it, if they haven’t gone back already, children all over the country are heading back to school this week.  New hair cuts, shiny shoes, pristine book bags.   And as they all head off us parents can let out a collective sigh of relief that we have done it.  We have checked everything off the kit list, remembered to sort out dinner money, or bought the new lunch box, and

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Turning off the outside world

I have been increasingly thinking about turning off the outside world because my phone buzzed at 07.18 this morning.  Not for the first time, and as before, not my alarm, I had turned that off at 5am when I had finally given up on sleep because my mind was whirring, but by a text.   A text that had been sent with a query that needed to be dealt with fairly urgently.   

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Still getting notifications?

“What do you mean you don’t have notifications on for emails and only check it a couple of times a day?  I am still getting notifications on my phone as they arrive, so why aren’t you?”   I was incredulous.  The very idea that my husband didn’t get a red dot on his home screen that alerted him to the fact I had sent a message that needed his urgent

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Luke’s memorial cricket match

Every year one of Mr B’s oldest friends, Rupe, (met at uni 30 years ago and part of the crowd in this blog post about memories from Germany “old”) hosts “Luke’s Memorial Cricket Match“ a cricket match in memory of his son Luke, who died suddenly a few years ago aged 12.   Held on Luke’s birthday it’s a “lads vs dads match” and the day also raises money for

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50 things I have learned as I turn 50

Next month I turn 50.  A whole half a century.  In a summer that saw Woodstock and moon landings yours truly arrived into the world in a hospital in Roehampton.   It was the summer that Bryan Adams would go on to sing about and as he was buying his first real six string in a five and dime, playing it til his fingers bled, my parents were working out

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Can we talk about death for a minute?

Sorry, I know that might be a bit of a downer and that nobody ever starts a conversation with “can we talk about death for a minute?” but can we, please? I am a huge champion of having a will.  Everyone should have a will, even if you think you don’t have a home or assets, you do have “stuff”.    It doesn’t have to be about expensive pieces of

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An open letter to Tanya Gold

Dear Tanya Well this is weird, I feel like I am writing to myself.  Maybe I should explain, or at least introduce myself.  This is an open letter to you, Tanya Gold, from me, a woman who shares the same first name as you but I fear that might be where the similarities end. I had the misfortune to read your latest piece in the Telegraph this week that sat

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Beano Time Travellers at Mottisfont

Mottisfont might be my favourite of all the National Trust properties, especially at this time of year.  If you haven’t been, then you really should because the walled garden, full of roses really is  stunning.  You can smell it before you even reach it and I have written about it here: Mottisfont’s Rose Garden but I wanted to let you know about an opportunity to win a day pass to

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Why nobody should be mean online

I read two things this week about why nobody should be mean online.  One was a pithy statement from Em Clarkson on Instagram who was responding to the “just don’t read the nasty comments” sentiment with “what would be better was if people didn’t leave the f*cking comments in the first place”.  So true. Then this morning I read this great article on Medium entitled “Why being mean online is

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