6 episodes

Steph Douglas - Founder and CEO of Don’t Buy Her Flowers - chats frankly with a guest about LIFE and staring down the ‘rush hour’ that many of us feel we’re living in. The day to day overwhelm, juggling careers, relationships and families, parenthood, not looking like a dog’s dinner, the expectations and the big, tough bits that come with being a grown up.
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The Don't Buy Her Flowers Podcast Steph Douglas

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 28 Ratings

Steph Douglas - Founder and CEO of Don’t Buy Her Flowers - chats frankly with a guest about LIFE and staring down the ‘rush hour’ that many of us feel we’re living in. The day to day overwhelm, juggling careers, relationships and families, parenthood, not looking like a dog’s dinner, the expectations and the big, tough bits that come with being a grown up.
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    Podcasts, Pregnancy & Poo with Jessie Ware

    Podcasts, Pregnancy & Poo with Jessie Ware

    With a critically acclaimed career in music that has been going for more than ten years, a chart-topping podcast, three kids aged five and under and a batch-cooking obsession, Jessie Ware is definitely in the Rush Hour, juggling it all and sometimes questioning whether she’s doing it right.
     
    As a self-confessed oversharer, in this episode Jessie talks openly with Steph about pregnancy and babies, how relationships can struggle when children come along and how starting the Table Manners podcast in 2017 gave her a creative outlet when she felt a bit lost as a mum in the music industry. Steph and Jessie also swap gross (but perfectly natural!) tales of bodily fluids and birth when talking about Jessie’s pregnancy podcast, Is It Normal?
     
    For information about Jessie’s latest music and tour dates https://www.jessieware.com/
    The Table Manners Podcast
    Jessie performing Wildest Moments at Glastonbury in 2015
     
    Browse thoughtful gifts at Don’t Buy Her Flowers (as recommended by Jessie Flippin’ Ware!)
     
    Steph’s Instagram
    Contact us podcast@dontbuyherflowers.com

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    • 44 min
    New Year, Mental Health and the Pandemic with Dr Emma Svanberg

    New Year, Mental Health and the Pandemic with Dr Emma Svanberg

    It may well be the New Year, but not everyone is feeling pumped for it. Psychologist Dr Emma Svanberg chats with Steph about New Year resolutions and why they might feel particularly challenging this year after almost two years since the pandemic began. Emma and Steph talk about why some of the last two years is a blur (in particular the homeschooling/working from home juggle – what WAS that?! Dr Emma explains what was happening in our brains), the impact it’s had and why we might be exhausted, anxious, a bit lost and, for some, having feelings of shame because we’re struggling and we know we’ve not had it as bad as many. Emma has a great way of helping us reframe some of those feelings, explaining what’s going on in our brains, as well as giving specific tips on ways to try and process and recover.
     
    Emma has launched A Year of Reflection & Recovery – a year focused on understanding, healing and processing the last two years. As she says ‘We live in a culture so set on quick fixes, but we are dealing with a global crisis. A six week online course is not going to cut it’. Find out more on her Instagram @Mumologist
     
    The Village Facebook Group
     
    Nova Reid The Good Ally
    Steph’s Instagram
     
    Steph runs thoughtful gift company Don’t Buy Her Flowers

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    • 46 min
    Permission to Rest with Tamu Thomas

    Permission to Rest with Tamu Thomas

    Well-being coach Tamu Thomas talks with Steph about toxic productivity and our inability to stop, the enormous energy we put in to keeping going to make us feel safe (including some classic Tamu quotes through the lyrics of Chumbawamba and Bananarama). 
    Tamu recommends a 17 second practice to help slow your body and mind and ‘take in the good’. They also discuss every day joy, abandoning ourselves to care for others, the mental load and how to better communicate with a partner when you’re feeling overwhelmed and resentful.
     
    We’d love for you to subscribe and leave any feedback, and you can send voice notes and suggestions of anything you’d like discussed on the podcast. Email podcast@dontbuyherflowers.com
    Tamu’s Instagram 
     
    Tamu’s website and coaching programme 
     
    Steph’s Instagram 
     
    Christmas shop with us with the Don’t Buy Her Flowers Gift Guide 

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    • 47 min
    A Scummy Christmas

    A Scummy Christmas

    Ellie Gibson and Helen Thorn, AKA comedy duo The Scummy Mummies talk with Steph during their Christmas tour. They discuss the love story of the Scummy Mummies, and the evolution as their babies have grown up, Fishfingergate of 2017 and competitive mumming. In 2021 Helen got divorced, giving them a whole heap of new material as she familiarised herself with Tinder, and Helen talks honestly about becoming a single parent and the new traditions of her first Christmas just her and the kids.
    They also discuss bad Christmas gifts, throwing up at the in laws and THAT elf on the shelf.
     
    Get in touch with any thoughts, voice notes, dilemmas at podcast@dontbuyherflowers.com
     
    Get tickets to the Scummy Mummies Show
     
    Scummy Mummies Instagram
     
    Scummy Mummies shop 
     
    Get Divorced Be Happy by Helen Thorn 
    Steph’s Instagram
     
    Get some help with your Christmas shopping with the Don’t Buy Her Flowers Gift Guide
     

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    • 44 min
    People Pleasing and Christmas

    People Pleasing and Christmas

    Ahead of the MADNESS of Christmas and as we feel our stress levels start to rise, Steph chats with Psychotherapist and author Emma Reed Turrell about People Pleasing. Emma explains the four different types of People Pleaser, and they discuss how it can impact friendships, relationships and parenting. Steph also learns it’s not just about being ‘nice’, it’s actually about wanting to control people’s reactions and usually has some deep rooted beginnings from our childhoods. Crikey.
     
    Emma gives some advice on how to enjoy Christmas and not spend it only pleasing others while feeling a *little* resentful, they discuss the joy of Die Hard and circling the Radio Times, and hear from some listeners who want some help with their people-pleasing ways and navigating family drama ahead of the festive period.
     
    Emma’s book ‘Please Yourself: How to Stop People-Pleasing and Transform the Way You Live’ is available in DBHF packages from 9th November.
    Emma’s Instagram @emmareedturrell
     
    If you want to get in touch with Steph:
    podcast@dontbuyherflowers.com
    Instagram: steph_dontbuyherflowers

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    • 44 min
    Don't Buy Her Flowers - coming soon!

    Don't Buy Her Flowers - coming soon!

    Steph Douglas founded thoughtful gift company Don’t Buy Her Flowers in 2014. Prior to running the business, Steph worked in Brand and Marketing and then started a blog, writing honestly about motherhood, relationships and trying to be a grown up while never feeling quite like she knew what she was doing. Posts included ‘When New Mums Get Angry’, ‘With this ring, I give you my dregs’’, and the postnatal ‘Pulling up the Drawbridge’ post that went viral with over 110k views to date. The Don’t Buy Her Flowers podcast is an evolution of the blog, and enables Steph to find out how other people are coping. Or not.
     
    Seven years on DBHF now has 20+ employees, are in their second warehouse (a far cry from Steph packing on her bedroom floor for the first couple of years) and saw huge growth during the pandemic as people looked for thoughtful gifts, allowing them invest in growth but also importantly increase donations to long-term charity partners including Cancer Research UK and introduce new ones too.
     
    Steph has three children under twelve, is married to Doug and loves naps, gin and watching anything she’s seen a hundred times so it doesn’t require her brain.


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Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

lady vee p ,

Authenticity

I love the way Steph never changes to please her guests like I find with so many podcasts!
When you listen to a few it’s so noticeable when they often have conflicting opinions about views from one week to the next to suit who they are talking too…

Love her chilled vibes and true real life nuggets of wisdom which makes this podcast refreshingly authentic with a good bit of banter thrown in!!

Victoria p

CahTwin ,

It’s like listening to friends

Love this! Great podcast. Really insightful, funny and so much truth. More please x

Specs26 ,

Get a happy Christmas!

For anyone starting to dread the Christmas overload, episode 1 is a game changer. So much great advice and ways to look at things from a new angle. I love Steph’s friendly, inquisitive and intellectual style. Can’t wait for episode 2!!! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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