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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 • 156 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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    How To Make It Fair with Eve Rodsky

    How To Make It Fair with Eve Rodsky

    Feel like you do everything at home, or at least more than is your fair share? This one’s for you. Steph speaks with Eve Rodsky - Harvard-grad lawyer, activist and New York Times Bestselling author of Fair Play.
     
    Eve is working to change society one partnership at a time by coming up with a new 21st-century solution to an age-old problem: women shouldering 2/3 or more of the unpaid domestic work and childcare for their homes and families. Eve and Steph talk about the massive impact this has not only on relationships, with couples everywhere hissing and resentful while trying to navigate this, but also the workplace, the pay gap, and our mental and physical health. They also talk about what’s in it for men to get more involved, and how do you bring them to the table.
     
    Eve’s book Fair Play
    Find out more about the Fair Play system
    Eve’s Instagram
    Steph’s Instagram
    Thoughtful gifts at Don’t Buy Her Flowers
     
    This episode is sponsored by gift experience website The Indytute

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Being a Mad Woman with Bryony Gordon

    Being a Mad Woman with Bryony Gordon

    Steph talks with author, journalist and mental health campaigner Bryony Gordon about her new book Mad Woman, an account of her life and challenges over the last few years.
     
    With a live audience at Henley Literary Festival, in classic Bryony-style, she brings lots of energy, honesty and humour to the conversation, in which they discuss depression, OCD, Bulimia and Binge Eating Disorder, addiction and alcoholism and being perimenopausal and a woman in her 40s.
     
    Bryony’s Instagram
    Mental Health Mates
    Buy Bryony’s book Mad Woman
    Steph’s Instagram
    Steph’s gift company Don’t Buy Her Flowers
    Henley Literary Festival

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    • 57 min
    Anxiety with Dr Kirren Schnack

    Anxiety with Dr Kirren Schnack

    Steph talks with Dr Kirren Schnack, Clinical Psychologist and author of Ten Times Calmer, a book with tools to help beat anxiety.
     
    The conversation starts by understanding what anxiety is, what happens when we’re anxious, what are the triggers and what is happening to our nervous system. They discuss the impact having children can have on anxiety, and with the festive season around the corner, they also talk about how to avoid Christmas anxiety.
    Steph and Kirren then chat about some of the basics for good mental health, plus Dr Kirren talks through some of the tools to help bring some calm.
    This episode is sponsored by The Indytute, handpicked experiences all tried and tested by another female founder, Calypso Rose. Use the code Steph10 for 10% off via www.indytute.com
     
    Ten Times Calmer: Beat Anxiety and Change Your Life by Dr Kirren Schnack
    Kirren’s website
    Kirren’s Instagram
    Steph’s Instagram
    Don’t Buy Her Flowers Christmas Gift Guide

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    • 53 min
    Mums’ Night Out with Louise Boyce, Gill Sims and Clara Batten at Henley Literary Festival

    Mums’ Night Out with Louise Boyce, Gill Sims and Clara Batten at Henley Literary Festival

    Recorded Live at the Henley Literary Festival, Steph interviews Louise Boyce AKA Mama Still Got It, Gill Sims and Clara Batten live from a Town Hall full of women out for a Friday night! Join them as they discuss the rollercoaster of motherhood - the first year of being a mum, identity, holidays with kids, the PTA, and Louise’s gross middle-of-the-night payback on her husband. Expect some swearing, some drinking and a touch of raucous.
     
    This episode is sponsored by Ancient + Brave, who create pure, potent and sustainable supplements, and are offering 20% off with the code DBHF20
     
    Louise’s Instagram and book 
    Gill’s Instagram, Facebook and book 
    Clara’s Instagram, Tik Tok and book
    Steph’s Instagram
    For future Henley Literary Festival events
    Don’t Buy Her Flowers Christmas Gift Guide

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    • 1 hr
    How Not to Let Having Kids Ruin Your Sex Life with Dr Karen Gurney

    How Not to Let Having Kids Ruin Your Sex Life with Dr Karen Gurney

    Ahead of the release of her new book, Clinical Psychologist Dr Karen Gurney returns to the DBHF podcast after her previous episode about sex in long term relationships became the most downloaded to date, resulting in at least two pregnancies (that we know of!) and Steph received hundreds of messages from women and couples that felt huge relief in what Karen said about desire in long term relationships.
     
    Now Karen, AKA The Sex Doctor, has written a book specifically for parents - How Not to Let Having Kids Ruin Your Sex Life - out in April 2024. Steph and Karen talk about how tiredness, distraction, lack of time and the mental load affect sex lives, and Karen describes the ‘storm’ that children often bring to a relationship. They talk about the different impacts of new babies, primary school age kids and teens. Karen and Steph also discuss spontaneous vs responsive desire and the idea that it is normal to never feel spontaneous desire in a long term relationship. Karen also explains how key it is to understand the different role sex plays for individuals, communicating better about sex, and offers advice and practical ways to maintain (or bring back) sexual connection, particularly when there is no time.
     
     
    Karen’s first episode on the DBHF podcast on Apple or Spotify
     
    Karen’s Instagram
     
    How Not to Let Having Kids Ruin Your Sex Life, out in April 2024 and available to pre-order now
     
    Karen’s first book Mind the Gap 
     
    Eve Rodsky’s book FairPlay
     
    Darcy Lockman’s book All the rage: Mothers, Fathers and the myth of equal partnership
     
    Steph’s Instagram
     
    Thoughtful gifts www.dontbuyherflowers.com
     
    This episode is sponsored by Ancient + Brave, a new generation of sustainably sourced collagen, blends and supplements with targeted health benefits. Use the code DBHF20 for 20% off any product on their website
     

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    • 1 hr
    Midlife Wisdom, Careers and Parenthood with Fi Glover and Jane Garvey

    Midlife Wisdom, Careers and Parenthood with Fi Glover and Jane Garvey

    Steph chats with broadcast LEGENDS Fi Glover and Jane Garvey about their move after thirty years (each!) from the BBC to Times Radio, where they host a radio show and the Off Air podcast. 
     
    Fi and Jane describe how they found juggling a broadcast career with small children, with Fi owning that hers ‘ground to a halt’ for a period, but that she now has a job she loves that may not have been where she’d have ended up without the career break. They discuss phones, teenagers, teenagers with phones, the impact of Perimenopause, Tweakments and what advice they’d give to their 35 year old selves. Most of all, they offer HOPE to women in the rush hour feeling overwhelmed - there is good stuff to come in the future. 
     
    Thank you to sponsors Ancient & Brave, a new generation of sustainably sourced collagen, blends and supplements. Listeners can get 20% off orders with the code DBHF20 on their website
    Times Radio (Jane & Fi are on air 3-5pm, Monday to Thursday)
    Off Air Podcast with Fi and Jane
    Jane & Fi’s Instagram
    Steph’s Instagram
    Thoughtful gifts at Don’t Buy Her Flowers

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    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
156 Ratings

156 Ratings

JMC Haggis ,

Excellent discussions

Informative and positive.

Tangotangp ,

My postpartum savior

So glad I have found this episode. I have related SO much to so many of the themes discussed. Thank you 🩷

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Love this podcast

Really love the down to earth chats in this podcast, Steph is such a great podcast host and the guests are fab too x

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