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Mother’s Day 2018: How mums are taking the small business world by storm

Mum and baby on phone with laptop
Juggling work and motherhood isn’t always easy – but these mumpreneurs agree – it’s worth it (Picture: Getty)

This Mother’s Day let’s celebrate the creativity, drive and pure grit of Mums who have started their business since becoming a parent.

Statistics show that more and more people are starting up businesses. Whether it’s rising childcare costs, a great idea or inflexible employers many of those budding entrepreneurs are mums.

20 great Mother's Day deals in London

I’ve spoken to six inspirational women, all of whom have started their own business since becoming parents, to find… Read the full story

Mother’s Day: People share the things they have always wanted to tell their mum

Let’s take a moment (Picture: Mmuffin for Metro.co.uk)

If you could tell your mum one thing, what would it be?

Maybe you’d thank her for making you boiled eggs when you were sick; for helping with – ie doing – your science project; or for still washing your laundry, even though you are 36 and have two children of your own.

Mother’s Day 2018: 20 great deals to treat your mum to in London

Maybe you’d want to yell at her; to cry; to give her a piece of your mind?

Many of us would opt for a combination of the above because the… Read the full story

6 dream mums for those without one this Mother’s Day – from Beyoncé to Tilda Swinton

**Comp requested** Mother's Day (11 March): dream mums for those without one (Sareta) picture: REX/metro.co.uk
If you don’t have a mum, you can daydream about the women you might pick (Picture: REX/metro.co.uk)

Last Mother’s Day I reflected on growing up without a mum and how that has influenced who I am.

This year, I have been thinking more about the absence of that figure in my life, and what kind of person I would pick to have as my mother.

I recently heard author and architect Carolyn Steel speak at an event.

She was passionate, intelligent, quirky and inspiring. I thought, ‘wouldn’t it be great if she was your mum?’

That got me thinking.… Read the full story

Restaurant charges white customers £13 more than people of colour to challenge racial wealth disparity

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Around the world, different races have varying levels of access to wealth and resources.

And in America, the disparity between black and white social mobility is still huge.

Which is why one chef is challenging the way people understand racial wealth disparity by charging white customers at his pop-up restaurant more than people of colour.

SAARTJ is the brainchild of New Orleans-based chef Tunde Wey.

Anyone can dine there but white customers will face an $18 (£13) increase in their bill, compared to others.

Tunde is originally from Lagos, Nigeria, and he’s previously organised a nation-wide dinner series called ‘Blackness in America’.

His latest experiment comes from discovering that, according to… Read the full story

Glossier launches its first eye shadow

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We knew it was coming as soon as that photo of Beyoncé pre-Grammys.

There she was, all radiant and ready to slay…covered in Glossier makeup.

One thing stood out in particular – her eyeshadow. Everyone wanted to know when and if Glossier were hinting at a new product.

And turns out, it was.

Glossier has just dropped its latest invention – Lidstar, it’s first ever eyeshadow.

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Available in six colours, from baby pink to olive, the shimmery cream eyeshadow comes packaged as a kind of disco-esque test tube, complete with doe-foot applicator for super easy application.

‘Each shade lights up eyes with a wash of twinkling colour,… Read the full story

Blogger shares candid photos of her ectopic pregnancy scars to support other survivors

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Ectopic pregnancies affect 1 in every 80 UK expectant mums.

And yet, we don’t really hear about the condition…at all.

Which is why one travel blogger is opening up about her experience – scars and all – in a bid to support anyone currently going through it.

Olive Cooke was on holiday in Mexico when she was rushed to hospital.

She was ‘given half an hour to live’, during which time she had her ruptured fallopian tube and blood clots removed.

What is an ectopic pregnancy?

It happens when a fertilised egg implants itself outside the womb – usually in one of the fallopian tubes.… Read the full story

Candid photographs show the intimate and unique bonding between sisters

(Picture: Sophie Harris-Taylor)

Sisterly love comes in all shapes and forms.

Some of us can’t stand our sisters. Some of us can’t get enough of them.

But thing’s for sure – whatever your day-to-day relationship, there’s something unique and indelible about the bond sisters form.

Photographer Sophie Harris-Taylor has been putting together a series called Sisters, illustrating how diverse, close and special sisterhood can be.

For two years, she’s been going around photographing and interviewing more than 100 sisters to reveal the love, trust, competition, jealousy and intense bonding that happens between them.

The project, she admits, has been inspired by her own complicated relationship with her sister.

11 unexpected benefits of being a mum: from new friends to potato waffles

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Having a child doesn’t change you, but it can encourage to become a better version of yourself (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

Children are wonderful – we all know this. They fill us with joy, and all that stuff.

But what if I told you there are some really good things about being a mum that aren’t about the children.

From the perfect reason to turn down unwelcome invitations to more motivation to become a better person.

After all, you’re the first person your children learn from.

And, don’t forget it opens you up to a whole new group… Read the full story

Argos is launching a mirror-free gym, complete with pet-friendly classes

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One of the worst things about going to the gym, undoubtedly, is having to look at your sweaty red face.

Everywhere you turn, you’re confronted with mirrors reminding you that you’re less Jessica Ennis, more maraschino cherry.

But not at Argos’ House of Fitness.

The retail giant is launching a fitness pop-up packed with free fitness classes led by industry experts.

And there’ll be no mirrors.

Argos has collaborated with FitBit, Reebok and USN, as well as X-Factor PT James Stirling and Mr World bodybuilder Max O’Connor to create the ultimate ‘home from home’ workout space.

The aim is to do away with the usual barriers to exercise which many Brits say stop them from… Read the full story

Speaking to your ‘ickle doggie in a baby voice does actually make them listen to you

Bearded British male with his dog
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No one can resist talking to their dogs in a baby voice.

It doesn’t matter if you’re the sternest suit out there, throw a fur baby in your way and suddenly, you’ve turned into a pile of mush.

But it turns out that talking to your dog in a baby voice does actually have a practical use: it makes them more likely to listen to you.

According to research published by the University of York, speaking in a higher pitch with exaggerated emotion can improve communication between humans and dogs.

Researchers found that high-pitched baby talk also encouraged dogs to spend more time with their owner and increased their… Read the full story

Lego’s looking for a new Master Model Builder, so you best get that CV ready

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If you’re sick of your humdrum job, listen up.

Because we’ve found the perfect position for anyone who actively dislikes work.

Birmingham’s Legoland Discovery Centre is looking for a Master Model Builder – a role which requires you to play for a living.

The post is just one of 22 in the world – so, understandably, the competition is hot.

Over 5,000 applications have already been received and the final 50 will have to battle it out to win the role.

Lego bosses say that the selection process will culminate in a live public audition later this month in a kind of brick version of the X Factor.

The top 50 brick builders will… Read the full story

Mother Snapchats making chocolates out of her placenta and eating it

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Eating placenta is nothing new. Plenty of parents do it.

Kiley Whitworth, however, decided to make her’s a bit more flavoursome by turning it into chocolate truffles.

The American mother-of-two paid a professional placenta-preparer (that’s a thing, we checked) to whip up a batch of the chocolates, which she says improves postnatal health.

And because she thought we’d like to see a tutorial of how to make the stuff in case we had any spare placenta lying around, she Snapchatted the whole thing.

This Mother’s Day, three generations discuss how being a mum has changed over time

Lucy Nichol (centre) with her mum Sue and grandmother June (Picture: Topher McGrillis)

Is there such a thing as a ‘typical’ mum?

I’m not so sure. I’m also of the opinion that children don’t need mixed gender parenting or blood relatives to be loved and nurtured.

But, for now, I’m going to look at how things have changed within my family – from my grandma June’s experience of bringing up children in the 1950s and 60s, to my mum, Sue, who brought me and my sister up in the 1970s and 80s, and ending with me, a step-mum to one amazing young man who I have known since he was seven years old.

Giving… Read the full story

Harry Potter t-shirts can now be customised and they’re here at Primark

Primark Harry Potter Tees
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Primark is cheap, cheerful and sometimes just dreamy.

After the budget retailer released its Disney range like the Alice in Wonderland accessories and Aristocats homeware collection, it has now moved to the world of Hogwarts.

You can now get customised Harry Potter t-shirts at the store, to match your house choice: Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, or Ravenclaw.

So even though you never got the acceptance letter into the world of wizardry, at least you can look snazzy as you continue to swear loyalty to your house.

Mother’s Day 2018: What’s the best piece of advice your mum ever gave you?

Things you only know if your mum is your best friend
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Whether it’s how to handle heartbreak, financial savviness or just general life hacks, our mums know best.

Those of us fortunate to have mums are pretty lucky to have such wisdom imparted on us.

Who better than the woman who birthed and raised you to advise you how to live your best life?

So, it being Mother’s Day, we asked a number of Metro.co.uk staffers and members of the public for the best pearls of wisdom their mums have imparted…even if they weren’t really listening at the time:

Not everyone becomes best friends with their mums in their 20s

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I heard that in your 20s, you become friends with your mums for the first time.

You might not have the best relationship during your teenage years but once you become a fully fledged adult, a strange thing happens.

You start to realise you have things in common with your parents.

Some men can be wrong for you, chores aren’t a form of child abuse, and a good night’s sleep can fix anything (well, almost).

But while you might appreciate and understand your mother a bit more in your 20s and beyond, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re the best of friends, at least not for me.

It’s time we stop referring to women as ‘single mums’

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My sister is mother to possibly the most beautiful baby in the world.

While I’m biased, the fact that this one-year-old has already had way more success with modelling since being born than I have in the past 28 years, is testament both to her cuteness and my sister’s diligence.

In fact, any success this child has is entirely down to my sister because she’s a lone parent.

The dad lives abroad and isn’t in a position to fund or parent the child.

So why then is my sister referred to as a ‘single mum’?

She may actually be a single parent but the fact that any lone woman gets slapped with… Read the full story

Mauritius at 50: 25 things to see and do while you’re on the Indian Ocean island


March 12 will see Mauritius celebrate the 50th anniversary of its independence from Britain.

This Golden Jubilee is a historic moment, which will be marked with ceremonies, live music and performances on the island throughout the year.

With so many national events and activities, we’ve put together our guide of things to do and see when visiting this island in the Indian Ocean.

So from trying rum shots to going on a sunset cruise, here are 30 things to get you started:

1. Go for a hike around Tamarind Falls

Please go and get your gait analysed before you even think about entering a race

(Picture: Ella Byworth)

We’ve hit peak marathon season.

With with London Marathon just a few weeks away and other races gearing up (here’s look at you Fulham 10k next weekend and Hackney Half in May), loads of us are spending our weekends pounding the streets.

And if you’re anything like me, you’ll be clocking up the miles in your most trusty pair of running trainers.

It took about five years of jogging, 12 weeks of marathon training as well as the actual race before I binned my old trainers and since last April, I’ve run and trained for a half, as well as weekly 10ks in my new Asics.

Oh, and I’ve lost a… Read the full story

Royal mother of the bride dresses for inspiration – from Diana to Queen Elizabeth to Kate Middleton’s weddings

Mother of the royal bride outfits (Picture: Getty, Rex/Shutterstock)


At any wedding – royal or not – as well as what the bride is wearing, all eyes are on what the mother of the bride has chosen for her daughter’s special day.

Have they gone textbook mother of the bride in pale pink satin? Or perhaps they’ve opted for a more subtle-yet-stylish number? Maybe they’ve tried to upstage the bride in white? God forbid they clash with the mother of the groom – or (even worse) the bridesmaids.

Choosing a mother of the bride outfit is a minefield.

As the speculation mounts over what – and who – Meghan Markle has decided to wear… Read the full story

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