This is what it is REALLY like to be a freelancer – The Bloglancer

Today I wanted to shine a spotlight on the realities of what it’s like to be a freelancer. I write a lot about things like ‘how to get into freelance writing’ or my monthly and yearly business updates. I’ve been lucky that my career has kept building from strength to strength, but I’m also conscious that my blog posts might just surmise ‘be a freelance; it’s great’ without actually sharing the realities of it. Last week, one of my favourite bloggers, Cat from More About Cat  (who also does amaz

10 best free-from recipe boxes

If you’re keen to improve your culinary skills but don’t have the time to spend hours trudging around the supermarket, recipe boxes offer an ideal solution. With new recipes and all the ingredients delivered directly to your door, they not only offer inspiration but also help reduce food waste and make sure you devote time to cooking real food in the kitchen. There’s only one problem: those with allergies and intolerances have previously been left without any options. Recipes usually contain

Public loos are a lifeline for me - losing them means losing my freedom

You might have seen recent reports on how the number of public loos in the UK is declining drastically. In fact, a recent mapping released by BBC showed that in 37 areas, major councils do not have any public toilets. In places like Isle of Wight and North Aryshire, the number of public toilets being maintained has been cut by as much as 92% and 80% respectively. Most media headlines reported this with indifference. I even watched a BBC presenter laugh her way through a segment on the topic.

15 Places to visit in China that aren't Beijing - Hostelworld

If China isn’t on your travel bucket-list for 2018, then it should be. Just as affordable as neighbouring Vietnam and nearby Thailand, China is second in the world for World Heritage sites and its size means much of the country remains untouched by tourists. Beijing might be home to the Great Wall, but only touches the surface as to what the country has to offer. Here are fifteen places to visit in China (beyond Beijing). Beach resorts and China don’t usually go together- but Sanya is an idylli

12 best book subscription boxes

We all know the power of a good book, but finding the time to seek out the latest bestseller or discover your perfect reading companion can be time consuming. If you begun your year with the intention of swapping your electronic devices for a paperback on a more frequent basis, then signing up to a book subscription box can take you one step closer to achieving your goal. Whether you can’t get enough of crime and mystery books, are partial to a literary classic or want something more contempora

How inflammatory bowel disease ruined my body confidence

I have blogged about many aspects of Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD): whether it’s hospital trips or surviving the dreaded colonoscopies. But it’s time to dig a little bit deeper and talk about how body image is affected by the condition. I don’t wish to paint an unnecessary, negative depiction of IBD: indeed, we shouldn’t expect special treatment with IBD. We should, however, highlight how the impact of IBD can go far beyond the physical. Unfortunately, for many of us, the disease can impa

Best winter duvets

With winter well and truly in full swing , we’ve reached official hibernation mode. Whether it’s lazy lie-ins or cosy nights in front of the sofa, a good duvet is a must to survive the cold temperatures unscathed. But with such a wide range of choices on the market, how do you know which one is right for you? There’s a number of factors to consider when making your purchase. Whilst tog rating (essentially a measure of the duvet’s ability to trap air, and therefore its warmth) is undoubtedly si

The Apprentice's 9 most annoying candidates ever

October has arrived, and you know what that means? Pumpkin lattes, Christmas food in the supermarkets and, most importantly, the return of The Apprentice. Terrible new promo aside (don’t get me started) I can’t help but be a little excited at its return. Even though it seems the candidates get more ridiculous and infuriating with each season, I decided to get all nostalgic and take a look at years gone by. Here’s my round-up of the most irritating apprentice candidates of all time… Maybe I’

10 best gluten-free birthday cakes

Whether you suffer from coeliac disease or gluten intolerance, it can be a real struggle living a “free-from” life. While gluten-free menus are cropping up everywhere and supermarket aisles are booming, it’s the everyday things that still seem difficult – like the office party or your child’s birthday. But being gluten-free doesn’t mean you have to miss out. We took on the task of reviewing the best gluten-free birthday cakes, from supermarket favourites to handcrafted offerings. While the cake