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Anyone involved in the #DearFutureHusband trend will probably end up alone

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One of the perks of being married (for almost a whole year) is that it qualifies you to give smug advice about getting married. 

So, here we are. My two piece of advice:

  1. Let the sun go down on an argument. Stop arguing and go to sleep. No argument is improved by exhaustion.
  2. Run as far away as possible from the #DearFutureHusband trend

In case you’ve missed it, #DearFutureHusband is a trend which people (largely American people) use to fantasies about their future husbands.

It tends to be quite prayer heavy. Website Odyssey Online published a list of prayers from a woman to her… Read the full story

Stress Awareness Month: How micro-stresses like losing your keys or missing the Tube are damaging your mental health

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We’re pretty wised up on what would be those big, stressful moments in our lives – and we know to take care of ourselves if and when they happen.

The death of a loved one. Moving house. Losing a job.

These are all obviously stressful milestones that we’d expect to derail things a bit, so we’d make sure to take it easy and dedicate time to self-care.

Then there’s longterm stress; of an intense job with constant deadlines to meet, a relationship that’s unsatisfying, or constant money worries.

But what about the smaller, everyday moments of stress we’re encountering? Are we fully aware of how those might be… Read the full story

H&M is selling a Kate Middleton wedding dress rip off – and it’s far more affordable than her £250,000 frock

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H&M Is Selling a Replica of Kate Middleton's Wedding Dress for a Very Affordable Price!
H&M is selling a replica of Kate Middleton’s dress – and you can snap it up if you’re quick (Picture: REX/H&M)

If you loved Kate Middleton’s wedding dress but you’ve not got her £250,000 budget for it, this might just make your day.

High-street store H&M have only gone and released a thrifty version of her royal wedding gown worn for her nuptials to Prince William back on on 29 April 2011.

Their version features the same lace long sleeves, a plunging V-neck and an A-line skirt packed with bridal elegance.

 

The sugar tax is a good thing, but it won’t solve all our diet problems

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Cans of Coca-Cola which would currently fall within the higher rate of the sugar tax, following the announcement of a tax on sugary drinks, unveiled by George Osborne as part of the Budget.
A single, classic 330ml can of Coca-Cola contains around seven teaspoons of sugar (Picture: Nick Ansell/PA Archive/PA Images)

A tax on sugary drinks has come in today. Widely supported by health campaigners, doctors and the likes of Jamie Oliver, it is designed to reduce the impact of obesity on the NHS.

But will the sugar tax be enough to prevent people from buying soft drinks? That remains to be seen and plenty of experts fear that… Read the full story

Man says that if you twist his unicorn nipples you’ll get good luck

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Danny Ruxton has a new product he's hoping to launch onto the market. Luck could just be a flick away thanks to an eccentric entrepreneur?s bizarre unicorn-themed creation. See SWNS story SWNIPS. Danny Ruxton?s Lucky Unicorn Nipples could hit high street shops soon following a year of research and design. The 31-year-old, from Larkfield, enlisted the help of Dutch designer Ritchie van Daal to build a prototype of the colourful and furry teats of good fortune.
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Throw out your four-leaf clover and that special pair of pants. The hot lucky charm on the block is the nipple.

But not just any nipples. Unicorn nipples.

31-year-old entrepeneur Danny Ruxton is… Read the full story

Google autocomplete spills some disturbing secrets about how we see our families

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This might be the most 21st century way of working out what people are thinking about. 

By using Google’s Autocomplete, which suggests search options for users based on what they’re typing and what other people are searching for, Play Like Mum have discoveredthe questions people really want to ask about their family members.

They’re pleasingly dark.

Sex, lies and shouting.

Why does my wife keep farting?

Why does my wife keep lying to me?

Why does my wife keep rejecting me?

Why does my wife keep getting thrush?

Why does my wife keep shouting at me?

 

‘You’re not the boss of me! At least I don’t think you are. Are you?’

Do my parents… Read the full story

What is World Health Day and why is it important?

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Health For All (Picture: Getty)

We’ve endured Dress Up Your Pet Day and tittered through National Tea Day; finally, World Health Day is a campaign that really can make a difference. 

Celebrated annually on April 7, World Health Day is an initiative from the World Health Organisation (WHO), a body that celebrates its 70th anniversary this year.

woman on bedWorld Mental Health Day: Concerning statistics about mental health

Suitably, the theme for 2018 is Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere under the slogan Health For All.

WHO is calling for world leaders to commit to the 17 pledges they agreed… Read the full story

Why sometimes it’s OK not to talk openly about mental illness

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While it can be good to talk about your mental health online, it’s not right for everybody (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

There’s a growing culture online that insists we all talk openly about mental illness.

As a mental health writer, I’m always encouraging my readers to get help from friends, family and medical professionals.

But I’m careful to never make anyone feel forced into ‘outing’ their mental illness publicly too soon.

I’ve been quite vocal about how talking about my illness in the online world has aided in my recovery.

And I’m still adamant that without a platform to express my feelings I’d still be riddled with depression and anxiety.

But… Read the full story

My OCD tricks me into having memories of things that never really happened

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ILLUSTRATION REQUEST: * you think dating’s hard? Try using tinder while trans (dating apps really can’t handle anything non binary) (Carrie Marshall)
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I struggle with false memory; a symptom of OCD that few people know about.

This means I get intrusive thoughts that tell me I’ve done something – and I can’t tell whether the thought is a real memory or just an intrusive thought.

Many people with false memory OCD have thoughts of when they had consumed alcohol, worrying that they may not be able to remember the whole night. Intrusive thoughts ‘help’ to piece it back together – except they do it with things that didn’t happen.

But… Read the full story

People are fuming over Tesco’s meal deals having a smaller bottle of Coca-Cola

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Not content with ruining Irn-Bru and Lucozade, the sugar tax has wreaked further havoc on our enjoyment of fizzy drinks.

As a way to deal with the price hike, all the standard 500ml of Coca-Cola and Pepsi in Tesco have been swapped to a 375ml version.

That’s a big deal, because those are the bottles that are now part of the lunchtime meal deal, meaning you now get less sugary goodness as part of your lunch break.

But the real travesty here is this: Despite the shrinkage of the bottle, the price of Tesco’s lunchtime meal deal remains £3.

Yep, you’re paying the same thing for less fizzy drink… Read the full story

What to feed ducks on your next park visit – do they eat bread?

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One the top 10 activities as a kid was definitely feeding the ducks.

All you needed was a loaf from the shop and a small body of water, and you could be close to nature in no time.

One of the more horrifying things you learn as you grow up, however, is the fact that you shouldn’t really be feeding ducks bread – or in some cases feeding them at all.

Model shares the scars left behind by a car accident to inspire people to love their bodies

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When she was just 23 years old, Neli Zuma was in a serious car incident.

Her friend’s car had spun out of control and hit a wall, leaving Neli with a gaping hole in her stomach. Her friend passed away in hospital, while Neli was saved from bleeding out by having skin from her thigh sewn on to her stomach.

Already… Read the full story

Don’t stress if yoga’s not your thing – now you can do goat pilates

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As strange as it may sound, yoga with goats is nothing new.

Doing downward dog as a goat wanders beside your mat has been a thing since back in 2016, first in farms in the US, then eventually in special classes in Europe.

What is new, however, is goat pilates, which has some subtle differences.

The first goat pilates class in the UK has taken off at a former dairy farm in Marlborough Downs, created by Laura Corbett.

Laura breeds the pedigree goat kids on her farm.… Read the full story

Living without onion and garlic: How the Low FODMAP diet helped me cope with severe IBS

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Living without onion and garlic - how the Low FODMAP diet has helped me cope with severe IBS (with expert advice) 1000 words (Karen Edwards)
Bloating, wind, pain and diarrhoea are just some of the symptoms associated with IBS (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

Between 10% to 15% of the UK is affected by Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) says a joint study conducted by the Department of Gastroenterology and Nutrition and Dietetics at Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, and the Diabetes and Nutritional Sciences Division at Kings College London.

‘Although the condition can affect anyone at any age, experts say it most often starts in 18 to 30-year-olds and… Read the full story

How to deal with orgasm anxiety

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Not to be confused with post-sex anxiety, orgasm anxiety is when you’re overthinking your orgasm so much that you can’t relax and actually enjoy whatever sexual encounter you’re currently having.

It can happen to people of all genders, and can manifest in different thoughts.

Many women will worry that if they don’t get off, they’ll disappoint their partner. Then there’s the worry that they’re not enjoying themselves enough. Or that they’re being too loud. Or too quiet. Or they’re going to make a funny face when they come.

Men can feel an immense pressure to ejaculate as… Read the full story

Instagram star’s transformation into a human Barbie gets her labeled an alien and a snake

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A Chinese Instagram star tried to turn herself into a human Barbie… but has instead been labeled a ‘snake’ and an ‘alien’.

22-year-old Cammy Chong had rakced up hundreds of thousands of followers on social media thanks to videos of her dancing and chatting to the camera.

She disappeared from Instagram earlier this year. It was quite the internet mystery.

But now she’s returned to the internet to show off her new ‘Barbie’ look: with large round eyes, whiter skin, and… Read the full story

Is Glasgow better than Edinburgh? Obviously. Here are 11 reasons why

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Glasgow has so much to offer, and it’s cheaper (Picture: Getty)

The age-old rivalry between Glasgow and Edinburgh often trades on tired stereotypes of the ‘you’ll have had your tea’ variety.

The people of Edinburgh are snooty, tight-fisted and put heroin on their chips; the people of Glasgow are all crazed, tooled-up, bams fuelled by wreck-the-hoose juice.

And that’s a shame, because such petty tribalism obscures the fact that both cities are…

Only kidding. Glasgow’s the best. Let’s prove it with science.

Here are 11 reasons why Glasgow is way better than Edinburgh:

1. It’s flatter

Glasgow is flat and Edinburgh is not. And that’s important… Read the full story

Blogger opens up about her worries that she’ll pass her anxiety on to her daughter

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We’re slowly adjusting to the idea that people’s lives are not as perfect as they portray on Instagram.

But we’re still pleasantly surprised when someone takes to social media to share something truly honest and real; when they disrupt their standard stream of excellent selfies and jewellery with something emotional.

Take Emily Schuman.

As the woman behind the website and lifestyle brand Cupcakes and Cashmere, Emily’s life looks pretty glorious from the outside.

She often shares photos of her baking, her latest jewellery designs, and hanging out with her daughter on the beach.

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This week she shared something different, opening up… Read the full story

Why Hastings in East Sussex is the best commuter seaside town to move to

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XX reasons Hastings is the most desirable commuter seaside town to move to (Kate Peers)
Just an hour and 24 minutes into central London (Picture: Shutterstock)

Hastings in East Sussex is fast becoming the best place to live and commute to London.

The fast train will get you into the capital in one hour and 24 minutes.

And during the summer months, you can even be home in daylight to go swimming in the sea or cycling down the long promenade.

Unlike Brighton and Eastbourne, there are still bargains to be had on stunning Victorian properties and quirky cottages in the centre of town.

Hastings is more than up and coming, it is here.

Here are… Read the full story

What you need to know about the reality behind those Instagram hair colour transformations

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Oh, hey, I finally took the plunge and had my hair dyed the shade of violet I’ve been pondering for the last three years.

And it only took seven hours of bleaching, colouring, and conditioning.

Plus all the money. Plus booking an appointment for six weeks time to touch up my roots. Plus going into three different Boots to find a shampoo that’d work for my new hair.

Wait… that’s starting to add up.

When you see unreal hair colour on Instagram, it’s easy to get hypnotised. Suddenly you dream of sunset hair, or Read the full story

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