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Flu epidemic: the hell of being ill when you’re a parent, and how to get through it

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The country is bracing itself for the impending flu epidemic and while no one wants to be ill and special care needs to be taken of the young and elderly, there is one group of people desperate not to get sick – parents.

Being a parent, the odds are already stacked against you, so throw a debilitating illness into the mix and you’re nearly out of the game.

12 things you definitely took for granted before having your first child

Whether it’s full-on flu or a nasty cold or tummy bug, the double threat of being… Read the full story

Vegan Cornetto ice cream cones are coming to the UK

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Green like our hearts (Credit: Walls)

Vegans don’t have to miss out on much these days, thanks to creative minds and food technology.

We get to eat fried ‘chicken’, ‘cheese’ on toast, and filthy frozen pizza – all without harming any animals. It’s pretty great.

You know what else we get to eat? Ice cream.

Hell, the UK’s first vegan, free-from ice cream parlour even opened back in 2016.

There are also so many varieties we can pick up at the store and take home to devour, ranging from fancy flavours, to classic Ben and… Read the full story

You’ll soon get seven fewer Digestive biscuits in a packet

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Farewell, sweet prince. (Picture: REX/metro.co.uk)

It’s a sad day.

McVitie’s has announced that in answer to rising costs of production and a dip in the value of the pound, they’ll be reducing the size of their packets of Digestives – also known as the nation’s favourite biscuit.

A packet of Digestive biscuits will be shrunk by 20%, going from 500g to 400g. That’s the equivalent of removing seven biscuits. That’s a move from 34 biscuits in a pack down to 27.

Imagine, friends, if when you were down to the last seven biscuits in a pack they were… Read the full story

Just so you know, you’re ‘not an adult’ until you’re 25

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When you’re in your early 20s, you flip between two states of being.

The first: You feel like the oldest person at every bar you go to, realise you don’t understand anything teens are talking about on the internet (wait, why are we eating Tide pods?), and can’t believe you were as young as the students you spot in the city just a few years ago.

The second: You are a giant child who has absolutely no clue what they’re doing. What are taxes? How much is an electricity bill supposed to be? Why isn’t anyone taking care of me when I have the flu?

We’re not… Read the full story

Is getting lip fillers worth the faff?

Lip fillers - are they worth the faff?
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According to a 2016 study from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of people getting lip fillers is increasing.

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This trend has crossed the Atlantic, and thanks to the vast influence of celebrities such as Kylie Jenner and Charlotte Crosby, the procedure is becoming more and more popular in the UK too.

While I don’t have a problem with cosmetic surgery myself – if it’s your body, it’s your choice – I do wonder… Read the full story

Girl with chronic cold sores says a £7.95 liquorice balm is a ‘near cure’

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Indigo says that a £7.95 balm has nearly cured her of chronic cold sores.

For most of us, cold sores are an occasional, irritating inconvenience.

But when you have chronic cold sores that just won’t budge, your self-esteem can take a massive hit.

Indigo Faulkner is an 18-year-old student from Bridgnorth in Shropshire. She says she develops a cold sore on her lip every six to eight weeks, having suffered with cold sores since she was five.

Each cold sore is painful, and Indigo says hers have become worse and more frequent over time.

Naturally, that’s had an impact on her confidence.

‘They make me feel really… Read the full story

How art eased my anxiety and inspired me to start a business

Doing something creative for a few minutes a day made a huge difference to my mental health (Picture: Getty)

I have suffered from severe anxiety for a while now.

It started with workplace bullying, and was exacerbated by postnatal trauma and depression.

I was bullied by a person who was meant to mentor and guide me, and I felt belittled and humiliated as well as ashamed to acknowledge it.

The experience left me depressed and struggling with anxiety that still affects me.

Having twins in 2016 also had huge implications for my mental health – they were born prematurely, with a number of sensitivities and allergies.

And they suffered from colic and reflux, which was left undiagnosed for… Read the full story

New Zealand’s ‘First Bloke’ will be the hero we stay at home dads have been waiting for

Bondage lovers are using Donald Trump as a safe word during sex

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Choosing a safe word is tricky business.

You want to choose something that makes it very clear that it’s time to stop (so nothing confusing or likely to come up in regular sex chat, like ‘nipple’ or ‘harder’), but isn’t so strange that it completely spoils the sexy moment. You want your partner to stop what they’re doing, not collapse into a pile of giggles.

But you still want to have a bit of fun.

So we’re not too surprised that a new survey from LoveHoney has found that fans of BDSM have chosen ‘Donald Trump‘ as their favourite safe word.

Think about it. Donald is off-putting… Read the full story

Prepare your Instagram: You can now get millennial pink KitKats

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We’re no strangers to the wonderful world of unusual KitKats.

Pumpkin pie KitKats? Cheesecake KitKats? Creme Brulee KitKats you can pop in the oven to bake? We’re here for them all.

So naturally we’re pretty excited about the launch of a new millennial pink KitKat, called the Chocolate Sublime Ruby flavour. Sounds fancy.

To be clear, this isn’t just the work of pink food colouring.

Remember when we told you about the discovery of a fourth type of chocolate that’s naturally pink? That’s what’s going on here – the KitKat has been covered in chocolate made from Ruby… Read the full story

Amazing house has its own river that lets you swim from room to room

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When you were younger and imagined your dream house, it probably had some kind of jazzy transportation system to get you from room to room.

A roller coaster, perhaps. A giant slide from the third floor to the ground floor. A mini train system.

Or, if you were feeling a little more understated, a stream.

We assumed that no one actually had houses like we dreamed of. We were wrong.

In Miami there’s a glorious house (so glorious it has its own name, Woodsong. Fancy, huh?) that has an actual, proper river running throughout the home.

Created by architect Alfred Browning Parker, the 18,000 square foot home is said to… Read the full story

10 things people with fibromyalgia want you to know

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I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia for a couple of years.

Amazing house has its own river that lets you swim from room to room

I think I’ve had the condition – which causes pain all over the body – for much longer.

It’s difficult to get a diagnosis of fibromyalgia, not only because the symptoms can be vague and very similar to other illnesses but because there’s no definitive test for it.

Once diagnosed there is a sense of relief for finally knowing what is causing such draining symptoms, but… Read the full story

Traditional family dinners around a table are dying out

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Is your dining table currently hidden under a pile of coats, notebooks, and whatever other bits and bobs you wanted to dump the second you got through the door?

You’re not alone. Hardly any of us are actually making proper use of our dining room tables, instead opting to eat meals in front of the TV.

New research from Co-op Food Chronicles found that the average British person eats dinner in the living room while sitting in front of a screen, and finishes their meal in just 21 minutes.

So those traditional family meals you remember from your childhood, with everyone sat around… Read the full story

10 of the best vegan and gluten-free protein powders

There are options out there for everyone (Becky Excell)

Have you resolved to up your fitness levels in 2018?

A crucial part of working out is making sure you get your protein fix post-gym.

If you’re gluten-free or vegan though, some of the most popular protein powder options may not be available to you.

Protein powder is often derived from whey, a dairy product which isn’t suitable for vegans.

It can often contain barley or gluten too, making it a nightmare for anyone with multiple dietary requirements.

But there are gluten-free and vegan protein powders out there, so here’s 10 of them to get you started.

1. Pulsin Rice Protein Powder

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If you’re a sleep talker, you’re probably saying nasty things while you’re snoozing

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If you’re a sleep talker, you’ll know the unique dread of having a sleepover.

What if you say something rude? What if your sleepy self reveals your most embarrassing secrets? What if you start blabbering about a weird dream that everyone assumes is real-life?

It’s easy to get into a cycle of sleep talk paranoia, because who knows what your brain might blurt out while you’re in snoozetown?

Thankfully, we now have some insight into what we’ll probably say.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that the words that are most likely to come out while you’re asleep aren’t great. Oh dear.

New research conducted by Dr Isabelle Arnulf found that sleep talk tends to… Read the full story

Exhibition draws light to hidden experiences of motherhood and struggles with mental health


Pregnancy isn’t always as magical and joy-filled as maternity photoshoots and celebrity stories make it out to be.

One in four women experience issues with their mental health during pregnancy, and it’s often the pressure to be the perfect, ecstatic mother (even before actually pushing out a child) that keeps them from speaking out.

Photographer Camille Sanson‘s journey into motherhood was tough.

‘Pregnancy is often such a vulnerable, lonely time for women,’ Camille tells Metro.co.uk. ‘It becomes very easy for you to slip into depression.’

To deal with her own emotions around pregnancy and raising a child, Camille teamed up with artist and mental health advocate Gina Harrison to create Absolution; a series of photographs that explores the fear and healing that come up as part of bringing a new life into the world.

What contains more caffeine, tea or coffee?

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It’s midweek. You’ve had a long night out and the alarm clock has gone off, and you reach for your phone slowly to turn it off, wishing you could have an extra hour in bed.

After you somehow manage to get ready and head downstairs, you need that kick to wake you up for that important meeting.

Will you have tea or coffee for that morning caffeine boost? There’s a wider perception that coffee has more caffeine than tea, but is this true?

What has more caffeine: Coffee or tea?

According to Bluebird Tea Co., tea has less caffeine, however, the amount of caffeine you consume depends on… Read the full story

Italian beauty brand Wycon faces heavy criticism for naming black nail polish ‘Thick as a N*gga’

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We truly cannot fathom how this beauty brand thought their shade name was okay.

At this point, we’re starting to wonder if major brands are deliberately using racism to get loads of attention, whether it’s the move to put a child in a ‘monkey’ sweatshirt or provide just two foundation shades for darker skin tones.

The latest controversy in the world of beauty: Italian brand Wycon Cosmetics decided it would be appropriate to name a black nail polish: ‘Thick as a Nigga’.

Yep. Really. A cosmetics company truly, genuinely didn’t think twice about referencing a racial slur as a name for a… Read the full story

Why living by the sea is good for your mental health

Even in the winter, there’s nothing like a brisk walk by the sea (Picture: Getty)

The first couple of months of the year can be tough for some people.

It’s a time of contemplation and change, reflection on the previous year and new resolutions for the one ahead.

Plus, the skies are mainly grey and it’s pretty cold.

I personally feel very grateful to live by the sea, as I know that being it really helps my mental health.

And it seem the experts agree – here’s why.

Sea air helps you sleep better

Dr Natasha Bijlani, a consultant psychiatrist at the Priory’s Roehampton Hospital in south west London, says:

‘Sea air is good for sleep because… Read the full story

10 strange things all British people do with baked beans

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Are you even a proper Brit if you don’t wolf down at least one tin of baked beans every few days?

Growing up in the UK means possessing a certain number of habits that may seem strange in other parts of the world.

Like our insistence on carrying an emergency umbrella in the case of a surprise rain shower.

Or it being absolutely acceptable to furiously debate the correct level of milk in your morning cuppa.

But another true British trait is our absolute obsession, undying love and dedication to the humble baked bean.

1. All over toast

We don’t just merely spoon a dollop onto a crispy bit… Read the full story

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