I like things that make your soul breakdance. Roots and Toots is an alternative lifestyle blog. I write about food with a conscience, quirky travel and holistic health.
Five years ago I walked away from a board directorship in a multi-award winning comms agency in Soho. It’s an age-old cliché. There was something missing – I wanted a more fulfilling life.
These days I live in Norfolk where I’m a freelance writer and mother by day. By night I write poetry and lucid dream. I’m working towards a second career as a writing therapist.
Roots and Toots in a Nutshell
My blog is about things that have a conscious in some way, whether that’s having a plant-based focus, switching to cruelty-free products, showcasing brands and companies that trade fairly, championing independents, charities and anything that’s been curated from the heart. Things that have good energy.
This blog is about FOOD that’s good for the soul. I sometimes(!) eat ‘clean’ and sugar-free and although I enjoy a vegetable juice for breakfast, I have no regrets about dunking an artisan doughnut into a large flat white later that day. I became vegetarian, with vegan tendencies, a few years ago but I’m not strict. I try to adopt a middle way. I also blog about food from my roots.
I write about independent, often quirky, TRAVEL, especially trips which are off the beaten track. I champion destinations that have a creative, heritage, nostalgic or spiritual twist and where the food is something to write home about. I’m also a backyard blogger and feature local produce and things to do in my home county of Norfolk.
WELLBEING has become increasingly important to me over the last five years. Specifically, alternative therapies have helped me through relationship break-ups, operations, pregnancy, childbirth, postnatal depression and chronic winter colds. My go-to therapies are a combination of daily Reiki treatments, a lucid dreaming practise, yoga, meditation and mindfulness, shiatsu and homeopathy.
Work with Me
True Story – Storytelling for Businesses
If you’d like to hire me, I charge a reasonable day and hourly rate. I can help you with your brand communications, feature writing, copy writing, storytelling and creative direction of your brand or business. I work as a freelancer in Norfolk and London, either from home or in your office. Email me Leah (at) TrueStoryPR.co.uk. Find me on twitter @TrueStoryPR or check out www.meettruestory.co.uk
Working with PRs – Blogger Outreach
As the owner of Roots and Toots, I occasionally accept free products, tickets, services and other compensation. However, I will always give my open and candid view on products and state clearly where any item has been gifted. I may decide not to feature a post if do not think the product or service is suitable for my readership. I am particularly supportive of small companies and independent businesses.
My blog is three years old and has a healthy growth rate. Currently, at time of writing, I receive around 4,500 unique visitors each month (2017). My highest month on record was 12k. I also have a combined following of 3,400 followers across Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Sponsored Posts and Advertising
I will work with selected likeminded partners and I will feature sponsored posts. These will always be clearly marked as “Sponsored” and I will declare any trips that are paid for by travel companies or tourist boards.
This is a personal blog written by me (Leah Larwood), unless there is a guest blog post, which states otherwise. All views, opinions and musings stated in Roots and Toots are my own.
I am a freelance communications consultant and copywriter by day and I work with many different food, lifestyle, drink and wellbeing brands. As a result, I occasionally will feature a blog post about a company or brand I am working with. This does not mean that I have been paid to do so – it’s through choice. Not every brand I work for will feature on my personal blog, only those that have likeminded attributes as outlined in at the top of this section.