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Having Marmite on toast for breakfast could reduce your stress and anxiety

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Marmite can help soothe anxiety REX Features/Getty
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Wait, why have I been paying for therapy like some schmuck, when the answer to all my problems has been sitting in the spreads aisle all this time?

(Because serious mental health conditions can’t be magically fixed with one food item. Okay?)

New research suggests that the high levels of vitamin B in Marmite could not only reduce the risk of miscarriage and birth defects, it could also relieve stress and anxiety. Hooray.

The study, from the University of Victoria, Australia, surveyed 520 people about their consumption of yeast-based spreads, diets, and symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression.

While no beneficial effect… Read the full story

Heart-shaped blush is the super cute beauty trend to try right now

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Finally, a slightly out-there beauty trend that doesn’t involve our eyebrows. We reckon Christmas tree brows pushed us over the edge.

The next big makeup thing to try is heart blush.

Not blush applied in the general area of your heart, which would be a bit strange, but blush applied on the cheeks in a heart shape.

There are two different takes on the trend.

First off, there’s negative space heart blush, which is a little bolder. It started picking up speed when cool teen Saebom shared her heart blush on Instagram, explaining to Allure that she created the makeup by drawing hearts on her… Read the full story

Pinterest predicts the top beauty trends for 2018

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Farewell, spider lashes. So long, squiggly brows. Goodbye forever, dangerous-sounding shattered glass eyeliner.

The year is almost over, which means we can finally wave away the beauty trends of 2017 and get ready for new exciting things to do to our face.

If, like us, you aren’t a fan of surprises and would like some clue of what looks will be trendy in 2018, you’ll be happy to know that Pinterest has just shared their predictions for what’s going to be big in the world of beauty next year.

Here’s what to expect.

Big, bold lashes

The focus has moved… Read the full story

3 alternatives to Aperol Spritz you need to try

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3 alternatives to Aperol Spritz
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Aperol Spritz has rightly had enormous amounts of attention over the past couple of years.

It’s the perfect drink for so many occasions, for beaches and barbecues, aperitifs and after-parties.

It starts the party and it ends it, being the only drink that really cuts through that feeling when you’ve drunk too much of whatever else it was you were drinking.

It’s pretty impossible to tire of too – unless the person making it for you gets the mix wrong.

Too much Aperol and it becomes bitter-sweet and syrupy, which is why I now order an extra shot of Prosecco on the side in most pubs to fix… Read the full story

9 vegan champagne, prosecco, cava and sparkling wines to enjoy this Christmas

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Best vegan proseccos/champagnes to enjoy this festive season (Sareta) picture: Supplied/Metro.co.uk
We’ll toast to that (Picture: Various/Metro.co.uk)

It isn’t Christmas without a bit of fizz.

But as with table wines, Champagne, prosecco and sparkling wines can contain animal by-products, including milk protein (casesin), egg white, gelatin or isinglass, which is made from fish bladders, meaning that us vegans need to be more aware of what we’re swilling.

How to make a vegan Christmas feast with all the trimmingsHow to make a perfect vegan Christmas dinner with all the trimmings

Top brands including Moet & Chandon, Piper-Heidsieck and Champagne Thienot are completely vegan-friendly.

But if… Read the full story

Red, white and rose: 14 vegan wines you can enjoy this Christmas

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Best vegan wines to enjoy this festive season
Cheers! (Picture: Various)

We all know that the real joy in Christmas comes from being able to enjoy a glass – or several – every day in December without judgement.

Unless it’s the day after the office Christmas party when all bets are off.

How to make a vegan Christmas feast with all the trimmingsHow to make a perfect vegan Christmas dinner with all the trimmings

But mulled wines present a dilemma for vegans.

Wine can unsuspectingly contain milk protein (casesin), egg white, gelatin or isinglass, which is made from fish bladders, so you have to be extra… Read the full story

Half of young people don’t use a condom when they’re having sex with someone new

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Half of young people don't use a condom with a new partner
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You might imagine that all our banging on about safe sex would mean no one’s having sex without protection.

And yet, despite every advert for condoms, every shouty sex ed teacher, and every campaign reminding people to stay safe, loads of young people are going ahead and having unprotected sex. More than you might think, actually.

New research from YouGov reveals that nearly half (47%) of sexually active young people in the UK have had sex with a new partner without a condom, and one in ten sexually active 16-24 year olds have never used a condom.

That’s pretty… Read the full story

Looks at these super proud dogs posing with their newborn litters

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Cute little Corgi and her beauts little litter
‘Look human! I did a thing and they’re all asleep!’ (Picture: Splitpics.uk)

Being a parent is hard work, and I should know. I was the mother of five guinea pigs once.

I mean, I haven’t birthed an actual human – and sure, I didn’t birth those guinea pigs – but I imagine it’s pretty similar to being the parent of an actual baby.

Have you ever had to deal with five hungry mouths before going to school in the morning? And then again when you get home from school?

Have you ever had to clean out two big hutches twice a week? Give them extra bedding… Read the full story

A £385 per head sushi restaurant in London is the best dining experience in the UK

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There’s so many restaurants to choose from in the capital, it’s hard to figure out which one’s the best.

Well now, a poll has done the hard work for you, with a sushi restaurant in London named as the best dining experience in the UK.

The Araki in Mayfair recently gained three Michelin stars, beating Bristol’s Casamia and The Ledbury in London in the poll of thousands of diners for the Harden’s Best UK Restaurants guide.

But if you fancy popping along, not only will you have to vie for space (it only seats nine people), be warned: it’s not cheap.

At £385-a-head, it’s definitely a spendy date night.

The guide’s editor and… Read the full story

Grandmother with dementia volunteers at a nursery school once a week

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Dementia can be heartbreaking.

But a grandmother who struggles with vascular dementia has not let it define her.

Instead, she’s found a new passion in the eighth decade of her life by volunteering once a week at a nursery school.

Joyce Stackhouse, 85, has problems recalling her day-to-day activities or the people she sees on a daily basis. As a result, she can become quite anxious.

But the grandmother of seven lights up during her weekly shifts at Highdale Day Nursery in Clevedon, Somerset where the children fondly know her as ‘Nanny Joyce’.

A pensioner has built three miniature villages in his back garden

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We’ve all wanted to have our own hideaway.

Some people flee to underground luxury bunkers but others, like this pensioner, build three miniature villages in his back garden.

Just the other day, Lowson Robinson, 72, woke up to a rather Christmassy scene when he found his villages covered in a sprinkling of white.

The villages have been a project in the making since 2005 for over a period of 12 years.

Lowson has spent that time painstakingly creating the minuscule buildings. His installation even included a 12ft high model of Big Ben to help him keep track of time

9 reasons why you should go to Bahrain not Dubai for a taste of the Middle East

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Pearl diving in Bahrain (Picture: Hannah Berry George)

‘I see you used to be fat,’ said the man at passport control.

I immediately told him his remark was inappropriate, informed his manager, and replied that, actually, it was just a bad passport photo.

At least, that’s how it went in my head.

In reality, being British, I smiled politely and laughed it off.

metro illustrationsThese will be the top beauty trends in 2018

That is my lasting memory of Dubai.

That, and almost getting arrested for mistakenly being in a gold class train carriage when we only had a ticket for silver class.

We had fun… Read the full story

Body-positive bloggers dressed up as princesses to ask Disney for more diversity

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Disney princess tend to fit a fairly rigid mould.

They’re slim. They have long, flowing hair. They’re usually white, with smooth, ivory skin. They’re straight.

What effect is that having on those of us who don’t look like that? How is that shaping the way young people see themselves? Representation matters. If you don’t see yourself reflected in media you can start to think there’s something wrong with you, that you can’t be the hero of a story.

Two body positivity influencers are calling for change.

Michelle Elman, the blogger behind the Scarred Not Scared Instagram, and body positivity advocate Amy Woolridge have asked Disney… Read the full story

8 wonderful ways to fill your Christmas limbo

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Ah, the Christmas limbo period.

The tedious time between Boxing Day and New Year’s Day when you’re off work, you’ve eaten your body weight in food and you’re not quite sure what to do with yourself.

Members enjoying a Christmas meal together at the table with volunteersWhere you can volunteer this Christmas to make a difference to those in need

So how should you fill the time? Play more board games with the family? Watch endless festive TV and pretend you’re still cheery?

Well, if you’re stuck for things to do, here are eight wonderfully different… Read the full story

Girl proves her loyalty to girl code after telling stranger her boyfriend may be cheating

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So my boyfriend has a identical twin brother and someone thought my boyfriend was cheating on me but it was really his brother and his girlfriend 😂😂😂 thanks for having my back though girl ✊
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When one girl messaged another girl on Twitter to explain she’d seen who she thought was her boyfriend hanging out with someone else, she was pleasantly surprised to find this wasn’t actually the case.

Jasmine Rios had received a message from a Twitter follower, Rebekah, who explained she went to her boyfriend’s college and had seen him with another girl. She even took a photo for evidence.

The message read: ‘Hey girl, I know we don’t… Read the full story

How to help people with dementia shop this Christmas

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Christmas shopping can be tough.

But add dementia to the mix and it can be that bit tougher.

Retailers have started to cotton to the need to become more dementia friendly – Sainsbury’s recently introduced dementia-friendly toilets in all of its stores – but there’s still a way to go.

Charity Alzheimer’s Society have decided to combat this issue through their Side by Side service. Matching a volunteer to a person with dementia, this allows them to continue doing activities they love.

As part of their Christmas campaign, ‘The best gifts can’t be wrapped’, they encourage volunteers to take someone Christmas shopping and say it’s better than any… Read the full story

17 Christmas gifts for the inflammatory bowel disease sufferer in your life

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IBD gift guide
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Inflammatory bowel disease can be difficult at any time of the year – but especially when the Christmas period hits.

When you live with a chronic illnesses that causes debilitating cramping, heavy fatigue and multiple toilet trips – without counting surgeries that may become a possibility if the disease is severe enough – the idea of a busy festive period can be overwhelming.

While everyone else is getting ready for parties and Christmas shopping, a person with inflammatory bowel disease is getting tired out, struggling to get through the masses of people with no energy, worrying about where the nearest toilet is.

And so, to give those in your… Read the full story

The world’s first cannabis-infused, alcohol-free wine is about to go on sale and yes, it gets you high

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Rebel Coast Winery's weed-infused wine bottles
Cheers. (Picture: Rebel Coast Winery)

The world has seen an influx of cannabis products over the years.

Edibles-wise, we’ve had weed-infused coffee pods, hemp milk containing actual CBD oil, cannabis candy floss, pot-infused pumpkin spice chocolate and frozen pizzas you can buy ready-sprinkled with with your favourite, er, herb.

Cannabis alcohol isn’t a new thing – the world has already been blessed with weed-infused beer and wine, but they either didn’t actually get you high, or made for a confusing time, thanks to the mix of alcohol.

That’s all… Read the full story

‘Father Christmas is my Daddy’: seasonal stories from Santa’s grotto

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When I was a little girl, I was taken on a trip to Santa, who was visiting the village Christmas fair.  

We would wait our turn before sitting on his knee to tell him what we would like in our stocking that year.

The funniest nativity play stories as told by parents

Today, parents are taking their children to Harrods, castles, among other places.

Visits are sold out weeks in advance; a trip to Santa has become bigger than ever.

One thing for sure though is, with kids, we can always expect the unexpected.

There have been some funny… Read the full story

What is a doula and how might one help you during pregnancy?

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Because pregnancy isn’t always like it is in the stock images (Picture: Getty)

Pregnancy and childbirth can be overwhelming, no matter how calm and organised a person you are.

You might be the sort of woman who has her days planned to the second, but stick a feotus in your womb and that can all go out of the window.

If you’re pregnant and feeling like you need a little more support as childbirth looms ever closer, then a doula might be just what you need.

But what is a doula?

Well, a doula is a woman who give support, help… Read the full story

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