Macbook user? Here’s an airpod trick

I found TikTok during the first lockdown and what started off as aimlessly scrolling through people dancing has now become quite useful. Because I’ve found the useful life hacks side of TikTok. And I just had to share this one – if you have a MacBook and AirPods then here is a handy trick that can make sure you never lose them again.

Your MacBook has a magnet in the left-hand corner of the screen which allows the airpods to stick to them. So if you’re getting up from your computer and just need somewhere for them to hang for a while, that’s it. In fact, the AirPods case will also stick to the screen too.

Now, I feel I should add a quick warning. Reading some of the comments on the original post people are concerned that doing this will result in a cracked screen should you close it whilst the pods are attached. SO, if you do this, please do remove the pods before closing the lid.

Vintage Food & Drink Ad’s To Make You Cringe

I love a good vintage ad. No only for the styling but also, it’s interesting to see how people viewed certain foods and drinks – especially when it comes to coca cola. But it’s even more interesting now, with the start of the sugar tax to see just how much sugar was pushed as a health tonic.

In fact, that’s exactly what coca-cola was when it was first launched, a brain tonic that supposedly cured headaches, anxiety, indigestion, addiction and depression.

It just goes to show that since the marketing companies took control of the food industry, we’ve been told that we need things like coke, chocolate – and in the case of some of these adverts, even cocaine, to give us energy and make us feel better.

What do you think?

vintage coke ad

vintage coke ad

What do you think – any vintage ad’s that stick in your mind?


Weekend Reads #15


The last weekend reads I was writing it in beautiful sunshine. No idea what’s happened because today it’s dull, grey and very wet.

But here are some links from around the web that’ll cheer you up…

Enjoy x

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Another self promo – my new business Busy Girl Kitchen will be launching in June. Sign up at to be notified when it goes live.

These gorgeous photos of endangered animals are gorgeous.

How to get a beach body

5 ways you can save money when you work from home.

My friend Carla has just launched her new detox program – the NO TOX DETOX – check. it. out.

11 Futuristic Kitchen Gadgets That Will Change The Way You Cook

Why ‘Natural’ Doesn’t Mean Anything Anymore

Hillary Clinton reinventing female lives: not “going hag” at 67 but owning the world.

Why Bulletproof Coffee works

How social media made me better at almost everything

Why tidying up could change your life

Do you know how much sugar you’re really eating?

Seth Godin – self-talk and how to deal with criticism.

Live, work & eat better link love #12

#cornwall #beach #staustell #sun #sea #england #uk

I’m planning some BIG changes for this blog. February for me is all about getting centred, getting organised and moving forward with some pretty big plans. Does anyone else use January to mess around a bit before really throwing themselves in to the new year?

Here are some interesting bits and pieces from across the web…

If you like BUTTERED TOAST then you should try a California Chardonnay for more amazing tips for choosing wine then checkout Joanna’s post.

Want to eat less meat? It’s easy with these 16 great vegan recipes from Cookie & Kate.

Homemade pizza, yoga and failure…this girl is right up my street.

The Cosmedic Coach is my hero. She’s working hard to campaign for safety in beauty. Check out her latest post on the great vitamin IV debate.

I have SO much time for Beth Reacher, you ALL need her wise words in your life. This post  on how things have to fall apart so that better things can fall taught is just so spot on at the moment.

Chickens are closely related to dinosaurs, and other insights from the new bird family tree > OK so I was initially drawn to this because of the flamingo pic (I <3 flamingoes) but turns out its a great read too.

There’s been LOADS of talk about Vaginal Steaming lately…Gwyneth suggests on that women steam-clean their vaginas for extra energy, to rebalance female hormones and for a squeaky clean uterus. This writer in The Guardian explains why that’s a BAD idea.

Meet Mr. Money Mustache, the Personal-Finance Blogger Who Wants You to Spend Like You’re Poor.

and FINALLY…if you’re stuck or procrastinating then you need to read this article by Gary Vaynerchuck. Stop Asking Me About Your Personal Brand, and Start Doing Some Work.

I was having a little look through my flickr photo stream the other day and found this from my visit to New York in May. That squirrel kept going back and back and back for nuts. Clever.

Have a fabulous week x


image from my trip to Cornwall last summer. 

live, work & eat better on the weekend #11



Susannah Conway talks some serious sense > The myth of perfection  

Joshua Rothman has a few notes on grumbling 

Do you use Find my Friends or any other geo-tagging apps? the Independent writes about the sinister side of them.

Thinking of going Vegan? The LA Times did a piece on how to reap the benefits and avoid the pitfalls.

How to cook the perfect vegetarian haggis

Words of wisdom from my friend Deborah…

THIS from  is fascinating >  online reputation is becoming more valuable than money or power

My friend Claire has made a brilliant documentary for Radio 4 on MCAT and how it’s trail of destruction >  CHECK IT OUT. 

Jo Goddard has narrowed down all those “sneaky” exercises me undertake on a daily basis.

This cracked me up, use glitter, the herpes of the art world, to torture your exes

Becca (Bionic Buddha) on hashtag hijacking 

image is from my trip to the V&A last week. Art work by Cornelia Parker

Live, work & eat better on a weekend #10

So, it’s been the first full week back at work after the Christmas break…how’ve you coped with it? I’ve not done too badly, I’ve stormed ahead with a HUGE writing project and I’ve also been updating my e-course #YBYW ready for round two.

Anyway, here are some reads to ease you in to the weekend! Enjoy…


This is interesting from Emma Barnet and I’ll definitely be tuning in to her radio 4 documentary on Sunday (11th Jan at 1.30pm)  when she explores “Mindfulness” and why are so many of us living lives we feel unable to cope with?

Are your 30’s really the happiest years of your life?

I am SO glad Jamie Oliver is on the case about misshapen fruit and veg. The thought that perfectly good veggies are thrown away and not sold because they aren’t perfect drives me mad. it’s 2015 and people are still in poverty in this country, it’s time to get real and stop the waste.

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live, work & eat better #9

Well December has shot by! I’ve had a bit of a blog break – well, kind of, I’ve still been working on the redesign, the podcast and the second round of my E-Course Your Blog, Your Way. OH and I’m also working on a self love challenge for January, if you fancy going me then sign up to my newsletter (over there >>>) to be first to know the details!


So since you’re all hopefully still snuggled down, eating chocolates and watching crap festive TV, here are a few brilliant reads to get you through the next few days…

Well first of all, I watched Gone Girl last night and can I just say – WOW!!! It’s one of those films you just keep thinking about! Anyhow, if you too liked Gone Girl (which by the way, the book is just 99p on Amazon at the moment) then Harpers Bazaar have compiled a list of 15 psychological thrillers you may enjoy.

This casserole reheats perfectly and will keep for at least five days in the fridge

I’ve been so lucky to have travelled to Cuba several times since 1999 and also travel across the Island taking in all those non-tourist spots. Cuba is one of my favourite places on earth, until you go and experience it for yourself (and I’m not talking about drinking Cuba Libre on the beach – although that is fabulous) then you’ll never know just how wonderful the Cuban people are. So this Associated Press piece about whether the diplomatic thaw between US and Cuba open the market for hotels, coffee chains and burger joints is really interesting.

Great post from about how you can’t move on to the year ahead without addressing what happened in the year you just lived.

How To You Know.

Forget your expensive lotions and potions, find out how the Mediterranean Diet can slow ageing.

Who cares so long as people are cooking? While women are cooking much less than they did in the 1960s, men are cooking much more.

So Serial has finished but if you still want more then check out Rabia Chaudry ‘s blog. Insightful.

This piece by Mark Manson – In The Future, Our Attention Will Be Sold is.


live, work & eat better at the weekend #8

Such a busy week, I’ve been compiling a gift guide for the insatiable Maison Du Vann, I’ve been working on my new website design and then to top it off, I’m launching a new 21 day pre christmas plan to help other fabulous women feel great in the run up to Christmas. If you’re interested in finding out more then make sure you sign up to my news letter ——>

So this week’s live, work & eat better on a weekend…


Texting neck: why your smartphone is bad for your posture. Apparently weight on head of walking while texting is like having four bowling balls stacked on your head.

Did you see this the secret life of passwords from the New York Times? It’s brilliant.

This is good news for me…The Psychology Behind Messy Rooms: Why The Most Creative People Flourish In Clutter.


Do you sell digital products? Ebooks, e-courses etc? Well, in January the rules on VAT are changing…

I LOVE this comment from Karen Brady… ‘The only reason to look down on other women? If you’re helping them up’


WHAT do you think of this? A teacher who killed and skinned a rabbit in class to “show children how their meat is processed”.

The miraculous benefits of coconut oil.

Why New Yorkers will be sipping bone broth (in coffee cups) this winter

I know I’m going to be offending people here, but I’m not a HUGE cheese fan (I know, I don’t really like bacon either)  but I do love a cheese toastie and a bowl of tomato soup on a cold winters night. Here’s a tip on the ultimate grilled cheese.

live, work & eat better #7

Seriously, what’s been up with the weather? It’s been more like summer than Autumn! I’m working on a new design for this website at the moment so I’ve not had much time to get reading, therefore only a short LWE this week…


9 surprising ways salt can restore your skin and body 

What aging and what true beauty means.

How to understand an introvert, in one chart.

I LOVE this…movies and their food pairings.


5 lessons from the digital revolution

How mentally healthy is your workplace?

Why it’s better to be a business woman in Sweden than the UK


Would you feed your baby an alkaline diet? Really interested piece in the Daily Mail. Would love to know your views on this.

THIS smoothie bowl from Bionic Buddha

What’s so bad about gluten?

I’m REALLY bad for eating late at night. However, after reading this piece in the New York Times I think I’ll be changing my ways.

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.