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Why I’d Be Lost Without My Smartphone

I use my phone all the time. All the time.
I have no doubt that when I die I will have my phone in my hand.

Chronic pain makes it difficult for me to sit at my desk or use my laptop for any real length of time due to the discomfort, so my phone is invaluable to me.

Being able to work from the sofa or my bed means I can still earn a living even when I’m lying in something that resembles the recovery position. I’ve written whole articles, emails, blog posts, book chapters and short stories on my phone.

I use my phone for Photography, social media, invoices, online shopping, poetry and keeping my calendar up to date. I use my phone to do so many things I truly would be lost without it.
I even did some photography for The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies – London for three of their events using only my smartphone. You can take a look at them here (Lecture from Stephen Thrower) and here (Kim Newman Lecture). You can also see more of my smartphone photography on my Burn The Witch Art Facebook Page.

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Without my phone I wouldn’t be able to keep in contact with my friends in other countries and I also wouldn’t be able to bombard my best friends with endless RuPaul Drag Race gifs. Due to chronic pain I can’t always hang out with my friends, so my phone helps me stay in touch through Twitter, Facebook, Whatsapp,Kik etc

I use an to use an app to help me remember to take my medications, I used to use an app that tracked how far I was walking when I took my dog out. I use an app to apply text to my photography and I use an app order my shopping. Technology really does play a large part in my life and I’m grateful for that. Without these apps and without social media etc I would be more restricted than I am now.

My phone is a Sony Xperia, pretty sure it’s the Z1 version which is pretty out of date by now but it’s still a good phone and when I upgrade I’ll be looking to get another Xperia.

Do you use your phone to it’s full capacity or do you try to limit how much you rely upon your phone?

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Moxie McMurder
The Badass Manifesto

Badass Dessert – Pudology

I spotted Pudology in may local supermarket and because I’m vegan I feel it’s my responsibility to try all the different vegan desserts that come my way. So I can spread the word. *wink*

I bought the Pudology Decadent Chocolate Puds and I shared it with my husband (who is not vegan) and we were both seriously impressed. Pudology aren’t just vegan friendly, all their Puds are also gluten free. You can view their range here.

Creator and dessert maker Lucy was diagnosed with a dairy and egg intolerance in 2010 and realised there were very few tasty treats for people like her, so she took to the kitchen and started creating.

I was so impressed with Pudology that I contacted them and Lucy very kindly sent me some samples to review and we’re collaborating on a Badass Giveaway, so stayed tuned for that!
Using coconut milk and dark chocolate their creamy puds are bursting with a deep chocolate flavour that’s hard to beat. I also love that a woman decided to create what she couldn’t find and has not only created some delicious desserts but also a business that she’s clearly passionate about.

THE REVIEW

Orange Chocolate Pudding

‘Seriously smooth chocolate and orange ganache with Brazilian orange oil.’

Oh my! This tasted just like a certain well known orange chocolate ball that, despite what their ads claimed, you could not just ‘tap and unwrap’. Delicious thick chocolate that has a ganache style texture and infused with a zesty but not overpowering Brazillian orange oil . This one is a real stunner!

Scrumptious Millionaire’s Shortbread

‘Truly decadent layers of biscuit, caramel and smooth, rich chocolate.’

I’m not the biggest fan of Millionaire’s Shortbread, mostly due to the fact i don’t like shortbread. I may be Scottish but I draw the line at sugary sand! Pudology have used a biscuit base inplace of shortbread and the ratio of base to caramel and chocolate is spot on. The silky smooth chocolate and gorgeous gooey toffee made for an excellent after dinner treat. The shortbread/biscuit element was given the thumbs up by my husband, who knows about these sorts of things. All I can really say about the biscuit base is that it was crumbly.

Deeply Decadent Chocolate Pudding

‘deeply decadent & irresistably smooth chocolate ganache with Madagascan vanilla.’

I can’t quite decide if this or the Chocolate Orange Pud is my favourite, they’re both delicious. The thick, rich and truly decadent chocolate pudding, my mouth is watering just writing about it, is genuinely a vegan delight!
Honestly, no one would ever guess that these desserts are dairy free. They feel totally indulgent and of a gourmet standard.

Richly Indulgent Banoffee Pie Puds

‘Layers of biscuit, dairy-free toffee, banana & chocolate – the ultimate indulgence!’

This one was my least favourite of the samples I was sent. I don’t mind banoffee pie but it’s not a dessert I would choose to eat. My husband on the other hand, loved it and ended up eating mine as I couldn’t finish it. I can’t quite put my finger on what didn’t work for me but on reflection I think it was the banana element. Perhaps it was just too sweet for me.

Pudology has all the ingredients, allergen and nutritional information listed on their website but again, all their desserts are:

  • Dairy Free
  • Gluten Free
  • Wheat Free
  • Vegan Friendly
  • Coeliac Friendly

The Puds are now available at a range of shops including Sainsbury’s and I thoroughly recommend you seek them out.

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I look forward to seeing what Pudology brings out in the future and I sincerely hope it involves mint or peanut butter.

As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I’m working with Pudology to bring you a Badass Giveaway! Pudology creator Lucy Wager, who blogs here is getting some great Pudology swag for you to get your hands on, so keep your eyes peeled in September!

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Moxie McMurder
The Badass Manifesto

10 Minutes To A More Productive Day

My fellow Badasses!

Taking just 5-10 minutes in the morning can help make you more productive. As a freelancer I’m always looking for ways to be more productive and to make better use of my time. It’s easy to fall into the trap of winging it, a bit of emailing here, tweeting there. Writing then stopping to make some phone calls. Sometimes it’s good to break up the day by doing a little of everything but sometimes you need to focus. You’ve got a deadline coming up or perhaps you’ve let a few tasks build up and now you need to play catch up.

These steps are simple and you can start right now. It’s a mix of bullet journaling, lists (I’m a big fan of lists, ticking something off a To-Do list is just so satisfying isn’t it?) and getting into the habit of prioritising.

So, let’s do this!

Take 2 sheets of blank paper and grab a pen.

  • On the first blank sheet of paper take a few minutes to write out everything you need to get done today. List everything from meetings, emails, scheduling posts, etc
  • Pick 3 things – These are the 3 things that HAVE to get done today, so put a star next to them.
  • Pick 2 more things that COULD get done today if you have some more time and now put an arrow next to them.

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Now it’s time to use the second blank sheet of paper!

Write down what time it is. Why? Because now the clock is ticking. This allows your mind to focus on the given task and it gives yourself an actual starting point. You can also get a better idea of how long you’re spending on one particular task.

  • Pick the easiest/quickest thing on your starred list, write it down with the time and start the task. Starting with the easiest task gets the ball rolling and builds momentum.
  • When you’ve finished that check it off or cross it out. Crossing things off lists makes us feel good because we’ve accomplished something, it helps us feel confident and in control.
  • Now do the same thing with the 2nd starred thing on your list and so on.
    Remember to write down the time you get started and the time you finished on each task.
  • Once you’ve done the 3 starred tasks, and you have the time, move onto the tasks with an arrow next to it.

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I hope these tips help you to be more productive and if you have any tips of your own leave them in the comments!

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Moxie McMurder
The Badass Manifesto

Reasons to Start Blogging 

If you’ve been thinking about starting a blog – do it!

Think you’ve got nothing to say or maybe too much to say and you don’t know how to focus? Unsure of your voice? Are you scared to share what you want to talk about? Or just shy in general and the thought of sharing something personal makes you break out in a cold sweat?

I understand.

Writing is intensely personal and putting it out there for the world to see and judge can be daunting. But let’s be real, at first very few people, if any will read what you’ve written – and that’s a good thing!

The more you post, the more confident you become at sharing your work and while your audience is growing your writing will get better. This also gives you time to find your feet. Getting a better grasp of what you want to write about, how your blog looks etc

Here are a few reasons you should start blogging! 

You’ll become a better writer – All writing helps you become a better writer.

You’ll become a better thinker – writing with intent helps to focus your mind.

You’ll become more confident in yourself and your abilities.

Blogging creates opportunities.

You can meet new people.

It’s free, so why not? What do you have to lose?

You get to tell your story, your way.

Sharing your life can inspire others to do the same.

You can make some money through sponsored posts and advertising once you’ve built a following.

Its a great way to express yourself and also an easy way to share information with other people.

Moxie McMurder

The Badass Manifesto