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Why You Should Be Using Buffer to Schedule Social Media Posts

  If you run a Social Media account for a blog, a business or a campaign, then this post will help you drastically reduce the time spent spent on this task. One of the reasons

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How to Write a Trip Advisor Review

I love a good Trip Advisor review. Generally I use them as an aid to finding hotels to avoid.  Any mention of “hilarious holiday reps”, “fab poolside and evening entertainment” or “delicious all you can

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Guest Post – My Make Up Day

A good friend of mine wore make-up last week. You may be wondering why that is worthy of a blog post, but you see Millie doesn’t wear make up. Not that she rarely uses cosmetics.

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Kids at a Wedding – 5 Tips to Keep Them Happy (and Quiet!)

    Whether you are a guest, or the host, having kids at a wedding can be stressful. Finding the balance between keeping the kids happy, and turning the wedding into a Kinderfest can be tricky.

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Review of The Yorkshire Shepherdess by Amanda Owen

I interviewed ‘The Yorkshire Shepherdess’, Amanda Owen for Jump! Mag this week. When we started talking about raising children, Amanda had some great thoughts on allowing kids to explore and develop, that I wanted to

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Kids are Scared of Fireworks? Prepare for Bonfire Night

For many, Bonfire night is eagerly anticipated and thoroughly enjoyed. Some younger or more noise sensitive children find it overwhelming, loud and downright scary. In the run up to the 5th November, start to prepare

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Why Facebook & Apple Egg Freezing Won’t Get Women into Tech

  When I linked to an article on Jump! Mag about why Americans wash and refrigerate eggs, a follower on Twitter asked if I was referring to the story about Apple’s egg freezing offer. It

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The Question of Independence

    I didn’t intend to write about this topic, but over the past few weeks I have become increasingly annoyed and disappointed at the direction the debate has taken. It seems to have descended

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Can a Traditional Girls’ Magazine Go Feminist?

      The magazine GirlTalk recently announced that they were ‘going feminist’, and I will admit that my initial reaction was ‘bandwagon jumping, much?!’ Several people have asked me what I thought, and whether

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Make Your Mother’s Day with an Online Flower Delivery – Bloom and Wild

  If you want to order flowers online for Mother’s Day on March 30th, then I have a great tip for you. I discovered Bloom and Wild Online flower service just before Christmas and have

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Social Media for Kids – What Parents Need to Know About Twitter

    This is the third of a series about Social Media, taking a look at the advantages and the pitfalls for kids. It is important that we parents know why our kids want to

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Social Media for Kids – What Parents Need to Know About YouTube

    This is the second in a series on Social Media for Kids, and what parents need to know about the various online communication platforms. At present the most popular Social Media channel is

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Social Media for Kids – What Parents Need to Know About Facebook

  This is the first of a more in-depth look at various Social Media channels, first – what parents need to know about facebook.      Remember when you got that first car seat for your

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How to Participate in a Twitter Chat

    This online version of  a party or mini-conference can be educational, informative and a lot of fun, but some people are unsure how to participate in a Twitter Chat. If you are new

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New in Dundee – Quirky Coo Gift Shop

  This past weekend, I was hurrying up Union Street in Dundee on my way into town when I caught a glimpse of snow flakes and glitter in a shop window. Hang on, I thought,

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Feminism and Motherhood – On Choice, Criticism and Self-Confidence

The organisers of Mumsnet Blogfest set the question, ‘Can Feminists be Mummybloggers’ at a rather volatile panel discussion yesterday. I won’t say much about the events of yesterday, as I didn’t attend, but did want

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Review Big Cup Little Cup Nespresso Alternative

  I recently received an email suggesting I review Big Cup Little Cup Nespresso alternative capsules. I don’t normally do reviews on the blog, but I was interested in this product so agreed to do

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Restaurant Review of Forgans St Andrews

  The town of St Andrews is world famous for many reasons – Scotland’s first university was founded here in 1413 and town is of course home to the game of golf. The oldest golf

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Review of Kitschnbake Cafe in Newport, Fife

  Just across the river from Dundee, is the sweet little town of Newport, and Cafe Kitschnbake. I’ve long been a fan of Mary-Jane and her incredible Tunnocks Teacake Brownies, so when she invited me along

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The Best Twitter Client – Hootsuite vs Tweetdeck

  If you’ve been using Twitter for a while, you may find that as you follow more people, it becomes increasingly difficult to keep track of them. Your timeline whizzes by, and you realise that

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Crazy About One Direction – Teens and Social Media

Twitter was ablaze last night with disparaging comments about a group of young girls, known collectively as ‘Directioners’ – the fans of the group One Direction.  The reason for the discussion was a report about

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Simple Steps when Running a Social Media Campaign

  Twitter is often seen as a quick fix to getting a lot of attention for a campaign or charity. It can be very useful, but there are a few pitfalls that should be avoided.

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A Twitter Trolliday – And Reporting Abuse on Twitter

Will you join in the #trolliday, a Twitter boycott on 4th August to demand action to protect women users of the site from violent threats?   The call for a Trolliday came yesterday, after the journalist

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Porn and Posturing Politicians

I am not the only feminist in UK who today has conflicting thoughts to the announcement by David Cameron about online pornography. While many of us are pleased that the government have finally noticed that

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The Paris Brown Twitter Scandal – and What Parents Need to Know

What would your reaction be, if your teenage daughter tweeted comments such as these?       I am guessing most of my readers would be horrified, and would have a stern chat with their

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Is Creative Work Worthless?

‘Was nix kostet, ist nix wert’   This German saying, which means, ‘What costs nothing, is worth nothing’ is one I use a lot. Lately I have been using it a lot when talking about

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Volkswagen Small But Tough Girl vs Barclay Precious Pink Girl

No, Barclays. This is NOT how I see my daughter’s relationship with her father.       I have been known to throw things at the TV when that advert comes on. As this blogger

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Can A Day Without Technology Change My Life?

Could you do a day without technology, Joanne Mallon asked.  ‘Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo’, I shrieked, while clutching my iPhone close to my chest.  When I got over the shock of the mere premise, I read Joanne’s blog

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Best Twitter Tips For Writers

For any self-published authors out there – I have blogged on Off The Shelf Book Promotions about publicising your book on Twitter. This post gives basic Twitter tips for writers, to help you hit the

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The Social Media Generation

Most schools offer good advice, and have policies in place to tackle cyberbullying, but what about the wider implications of our kids being the first Social Media Generation? They have grown up with Facebook and

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