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Surviving Christmas

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You've probably seen nearly every shop in the world declaring yesterday as 100 days until Christmas. Whether that fills you with dread or you're simply giddy with excitement now is the time to get your survival plan together. With the help of a few friends I've put together our top tips for getting through Christmas without a hitch. In no particular order: 1. Prepare Prepare Prepare. And I don't just mean your products. To minimise stress it's best to start thinking about preparing for Christmas so far in advance you can comfortably do it in shorts. But let's say you've not done...

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First 5 Photo Challenge

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Oh wow- I've been nominated by the lovely Gemma from Newton and the Apple to share some of my first pictures as well as the background and beginnings of Zoe Brennan. I didn't really know where to start to be honest! I guess the best place to begin is why Zoe Brennan started. Before I decided to go solo I was part of a creative duo called YOKE. Sadly this didn't last but I learned so much and found I had a passion for owning my own business. This was what I wanted to do. At the end of YOKE...

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In which risotto spells disaster…

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Last week, not long after I’d posted my Sunday diary entry, I decided to treat myself to a nice lunch. Little did I know that the lovely asparagus and pea risotto I made myself would give me a serious case of the dreaded food poisoning. (I’ll be sticking to micro chips in the future I think.) Monday was a bit of a write-off as I recovered. Someone must have been looking out for me as it was a Bank Holiday so I couldn’t dispatch orders anyway…but it got me thinking- what’s my back up plan if I’m ill? In general...

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In which I want to moan about my boss…

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They say that a problem shared is a problem halved but what do you do when there’s no one to share with? My partner works for a very successful coffee chain and it’s not unusual to go to the pub and be in the company of other managers from said chain. Naturally conversation turns to work, problems they’ve encountered and generally having a moan. (A good moan is very therapeutic after all.) Recently I’ve been getting a bit jealous that I can’t do the same. I touched on this briefly last week in reference to Jenny Hyde’s blog post about...

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In which an unlikely combination leads to an epiphany….

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Last Thursday I went to a comedy gig in Edinburgh as part of The Fringe. It was an act that I’ve followed for a while on Youtube and was pretty excited to see. One thing I wasn’t expecting was the level of teenage / pre-teen girls. You could have been forgiven for thinking it was a boy band I was seeing instead of a female comedy act for the amount of screaming and squealing that was going on. It was INSANE. However, it seems that Colleen Ballinger has tapped into something. Whether her dream audience is that of a bunch...

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