Lifestyle blog; Edinburgh, MS, food, beauty and chit chat.

Are you a social addict?

I NEED my Facebook fix

The dictionary definition of addicted is ‘devoted or or given up to a practice or habit or to something psychologically or physically habit-forming.’ So I ask the question, are you a social addict?

I put my hand up and admit, “My name is Jennie and I am a social addict”. I don’t mean this in the extreme that I am sitting in a darkened room on Facebook logging every thought and feeling, only moving to eat a tin of beans. I mean social in every respect. I am a people person and I use social media to enhance and build relationships. (more…)

Social shopping, the new Selfridges?

Would you go shopping on Facebook?

As social networking sites infiltrate our day to day lives further and further, then surely this is the next logical step. It is thought that Facebook Will Be 50% Of Online Retail By 2015. So it looks like it is going to happen whether we like it or not. Brands are investing increasing amounts of time and money in social media, so is this the next challenge, to sell directly through these platforms?


Google divide

Hello, is anybody there?

I admit, when Google + was launched I didn’t make as much effort with it as I maybe should have done. Why? Probably because I thought it would soon fade away anyway, but is it going to?

Don’t get me wrong, I am one of Google’s number 1 fans! I use it for email, calendar, documents, etc etc. But my worry is, how difficult would it be to get people to move to a new social network? And what is the USP that would get them to do so? In order for interaction to occur, a significant number of friends/acquaintences all need to be joined and connected. (more…)

RIP Facebook

RIP Facebook

It is well known that on Saturday 5th November a group of hackers named anonymous had threatened to take down Facebook. In case you hadn’t noticed, they didn’t. Phew! 😉 But it made me think (which is said to be one of their objectives, to make people reassess), what would we do if Facebook did go down? How would it affect our day to day lives? And what would this mean for social media? (more…)

Christmas Gingerbread

It’s no secret that I love Christmas. So now Halloween is over and bonfire night is out the way, we can now focus on the big event! Last night I started by using my new festive cookie cutters and making Christmas themed gingerbread…


This recipe makes approx 20 biscuits.


  • 90g soft dark brown sugar
  • 45g clear honey
  • 30g butter
  • 180g (12oz) plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 egg, lightly beaten
  • Baking parchment
  1. Put the honey, sugar and butter in a pan, and melt over a low heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Remove the pan to allow to cool slightly.
  2. Sieve the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and ginger into a bowl. Pour in the melted mixture and the egg. Mix well.
  3. Knead on a lightly floured surface.
  4. Set the oven to 180ºC/350ºF. Roll out the gingerbread on a surface lightly dusted with flour.
  5. Cut out your shapes (preferably xmas themed) and transfer to the lined baking sheets.
  6. Bake in the centre of the oven for 10-12 minutes, or until they start to brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on baking sheets.
Sit back and relax with a cup of tea and enjoy your biscuits!

Seven stages of social media acceptance

Yes, some people still “just don’t get it”! I hear it all the time. Much like the stages of grief, you need to learn to accept the inevitable, social media is growing, and definitely not going away. In fact, approximately one in every nine people on Earth is on Facebook, so why aren’t you?

So let me guide you through the programme. If you are freaking out at any point, remember it is completely normal, we will reach number 7, together!

Typically, the seven stages of grief (and now social media acceptance) are described as follows:

1. Shock or Disbelief.

Where did this “social media” spring from? How could sitting at a computer possibly improve my social relationships, increase sales, customers, or increase word of mouth? I don’t believe it! (more…)