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Two sets of quadruplets smash cakes in first birthday themed photoshoot

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Two mothers from the same town, who both suffered miscarriages before going on to have two sets of quadruplets just eleven days apart, have celebrated their quads’ first birthdays with an adorable ‘octo-baby’ cake smash.

Mums-of-five Kylie Szafranski, 26, and Virginia Johnson, 35, from Phoenix, Arizona, became friends after discovering each other online following the birth of their quads last year.

While Kylie and her husband Phil Szafrankski, 37, had three boys and one girl – Damon, Gideon, Theo, and Emery – Virginia and her husband Victor Johnson, 45, welcomed three girls and one boy – Ava, Madelyn, Olivia and Victor Jr.

Little boy has a rare condition which causes his bones to break every time he falls

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A four-year-old boy has a rare brittle bone condition which has seen him fracture his collarbone from just bumping into a radiator.

Kieran Dube has a ‘zest for life’ despite being diagnosed with Type V Osteogenesis Imperfecta which causes his bones to break as easily as glass.

He has suffered 13 fractures since birth because of his condition, which he refers to as O.I.

Despite his young age, Kieran is aware of his condition and the need to be extra careful.

Dog-mad woman transforms her home into a Dalmatian themed museum


A Dalmatian-mad dog mum has transformed her home into a museum inspired by her first ever puppy.

23-year-old Amanda Renae has spent more than $1,000 on creating the pup-themed pad.

She bought little Cloud 18 months ago and claims she managed to dedicated her room to the tiny dog in just a day.

Amanda, from Michigan, US, said: ‘What started as a small idea quickly, within 24 hours, turned into the home of my dreams.

‘At first, it was a little collection but quickly turned into the… Read the full story

What is the Met Gala and what was the 2018 theme?

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Amy Sussman/WWD/REX/Shutterstock (9662981ie) Kendall Jenner The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Benefit celebrating the opening of Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, Arrivals, New York, USA - 07 May 2018
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The Met Gala is that time of year when the creme de la creme of the celebrity and fashion world descend on the Met red carpet to make their finest fashion statements.

Prepare for outfits from the super-glamorous to the wackiest designs you’ve ever laid eyes on as stars do battle to win the most shocking style accolade.

What the guests wear depends on the theme and their interpretation of it.

But what… Read the full story

Ikea asks students to bully a plant for 30 days to prove how negativity can stop growth


Continous bullying can turn even the most vivacious kid into a wallflower.

And at Ikea, students have been getting a lesson in just how damaging bullying can be…even to plants.

The Swedish flatpack giant got the students to record a load of insults and compliments.

It then took two plants and gave them both the exact same amount of sunlight and water, before playing one plant the mean words and phrases, and the other the positive comments on loop for 30 days.

The result?

Dad picks up wrong dog at the groomers, despite owning it for 10 years


Parents juggle a lot of balls at the same time, which is why they usually end up getting something wrong.

Usually, it’s forgetting where they’ve left the car keys or mixing up the names of their kids.

But one dad recently made an even bigger error…by taking the wrong dog home from the groomer.

Alex, who goes by the username @Pinappl3pizza, shared that his dad dropped off their pet Maltese at the groomer and came back with another pooch hours… Read the full story

What I Rent: Christie and Dom, £1,100 for a flat in Lewisham

Christie and Dom share a one bedroom flat in Lewisham. (Picture: Alexander Crawley/Metro.co.uk)

Fancy having a look inside a bunch of people’s homes?

Us too. We’re a nosy bunch.

But there’s a reason we’re taking you inside people’s rented houses in London, beyond wanting to see people’s cupboard organisation.

The current renting situation is a nightmare. It’s tricky to know what’s a reasonable amount to pay each month, the majority of viewings you go on are dismal rooms with shoddy showers, and it’s hard to get a proper sense of what other people are getting for what they pay.

So for What I Rent, we’re showing you around a different person’s rented property each… Read the full story

Student claims to find a piece of chewing gum in her McMuffin

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A student who ordered a McMuffin at a drive-thru claims to have found a lump of grey chewing gum inside.

She went to a Canberra branch on Saturday night with a mate, where she ordered an egg and cheese bap.

But when she bit into it, she immediately realised that all was not well.

Upon opening up the cheesy mess, the undergrad said she found a gross lump of matter in her bun.

‘I opened it up and found what looks like a piece of chewing gum,’ she told Yahoo 7.

‘It was cooked into the burger, it was in the cheese.’

10 fascinating things to discover, see and do in Doha, Qatar


Qatari capital Doha is a fascinating city – a mix of the old and new Arabic world.

Officially the richest country in the world, Qatar is fast becoming a key Middle Eastern destination.

You can spend a weekend here and discover some great Islamic art, exciting cultures and traditions and taste delicious Qatari food – plus sneak in some shopping at one of their enormous (and delightfully air conditioned) malls.

Here are some of the most amazing things to do if you find yourself in Doha for a few days.

1. Visit Souk Waqif

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Pat McGrath launches first beauty and fashion line at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Pat McGrath, the world’s most influential makeup artist according to Vogue, has just been asked to launch her own makeup line.

She was asked by the folks at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which hosts the Met Gala, to display and sell her products in the museum gift shop.

It makes her’s the first beauty brand to be sold at the museum, and beauty lovers and bloggers alike who can’t get enough of the artist’s work will be delighted to know there’s also a clothing line in her honour.

Meet the critical care nurses abseiling down St Thomas’ Hospital to fund their studies

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We all know that nurses are overworked and underpaid.

Nursing isn’t a job, it’s a vocation.

And if you ever doubted that fact, you might want to pop along to St Thomas’ Hospital (also affectionately known as Tommy’s or GSTT) on Friday, where 20 nurses will be abseiling down the tower to raise much-needed funds for the critical care unit.

Last year they raised over £2,000 doing the same thing and this year, they’re hoping to raise £3,000, with the aim of putting more nurses through the relevant training. It costs £1,000 to complete the Intensive Care Unit training course – which more and more aspiring nurses are having to self-fund.

This year, the… Read the full story

A massive suspended pool, 12 bathrooms, eight bedrooms, and two bars – this house is an actual dream

Cantilever home
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Imagine living in a house with eight bedrooms and 12 bathrooms – you’d never find yourself arguing over how long someone is taking in the shower.

Ah sweet, sweet bliss.

If you have a cool £35 million burning a hole in your pocket, you’ll be delighted to know you can afford this ‘cantilever home’ that boasts luxuries like an inside and outside bar, and a suspended pool.

It’s like an infinity pool but is suspended over two different floors (not one for the vertigo sufferers).

This baby’s Batman style birthmark on her face makes her look like a tiny superhero

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Natalie Jackson is a tiny tot who was born with a black mark covering a third of her face.

Her parents Lacey and Andrew, from Hull, Yorkshire, think it makes her look like a little superhero and we can totally see it.

The birthmark, resembling something of a Batman and Robin-style mask, will grow as she grows, they’ve been told.

Because it’s a part of Natalie and an ode to her strength, her parents say they will not get it removed.

Why I love being an ‘older mum’: from feeling more confident to greater financial stability

Amancay with her daughter
Amancay with her daughter (Picture: Amancay Tapia)

Ageism is rampant in our society, particularly when it comes to the age women decide to become mothers.

There is a passive aggressive kind of pressure for women to have children in their 20s or early 30s.

Recently, Rachel Weisz announced she is pregnant at the age of 48. 

This made news not because she is a famous actress who is pregnant, but because she is considered old to be becoming a mum.

Admittedly, most women probably plan to get pregnant at a younger age than their late 40s, but no-one other than the woman in question should feel free to… Read the full story

Why you should visit Yosemite even if you’re not an outdoorsy person


For me, Yosemite fell into a similar category of experience as camping, music festivals or cruise ships.

They’re ideas which seem notionally awesome but utterly terrifying for someone who gets mildly panicky whenever I’m more than 10 minutes outside a city and would gladly live my life well away from wildlife and nature.

So when the opportunity to go to the iconic California national park came up, I was shocked to find myself saying yes without really thinking it through – and even more shocked to actually enjoy it.

Here’s the deal: if you’ve always wanted to visit Yosemite, go. Immediately.

If, like me, you never thought it would be for you, also go. I can almost guarantee you will not regret it. Here’s how to do it.

Dating after divorce: How to date as a single parent

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‘I just didn’t think I would fall in love again’ – not an unusual feeling after a divorce or separation.

But Sarah had almost resigned herself to it just being her and her daughter after her relationship with her long term partner dissolved before their daughter turned one.

As things settled into a routine though, she found herself thinking about dating again and turned to dating apps.

‘I had no idea what I was doing – I met my ex on… Read the full story

How to test if your skin is dehydrated

Drink up folks. Though, you probably don’t need to smile up at the sky while doing it (Picture: Getty)

After a freezing winter, it feels like summer is here early.

As such, we need to make sure our bodies are adjusting to the warmer climate. We don’t want to sound like your parents, but that means drinking plenty of water.

The NHS recommends drinking at least six to eight glasses of fluids per day, but many people are drinking less.

You might be unsure how much water you drink as most of us don’t really monitor how much exactly we consume.

Luckily there’s a very easy way to test it and… Read the full story

Maternity photoshoot shows off pregnant mum’s floral prosthetic leg

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Maternity shoots can give a chance for expectant families to get creative.

Christa Couture, from Toronto, certainly channelled her artsy side as she posed with her soon-to-be-born child.

Unlike the mums we’re used to seeing though, Christy has a prosthetic leg which is decorated in pretty, floral designs.

And she totally rocked it in her photo shoot.

The singer-songwriter, who had to have her left leg amputated the age of 13 due to bone cancer, says she’d never seen maternity pictures with women who have disabilities.

So she decided to change that.

‘I don’t call myself an intersectional feminist’: Slumflower on dating, race and self-love


Unless you’ve been in a social media hole for the past year, you’ll no doubt be familiar with The Slumflower.

An award-winning blogger, Chidera Eggerue is one of the most outspoken women on the internet right now – encouraging women, and especially black women, to realise their worth.

At just 23, she’s just about to bring out her first self-help book, What A Time To Be Alone, which is full of Igbo proverbs from her family’s homeland of Nigeria.

‘When the rat follows the lizard out into the rain, it’s only the rat who gets soaked’ is one of Chidera’s favourites.

‘A lizard has scaly skin but a rat has fur so it’ll be soaked for quite a while; the meaning of that is that you should be careful about the kinds of influences you allow into your life,’ she tells Metro.co.uk.

‘Just because someone else has responded positively or hasn’t been harmed by doing something, that doesn’t mean that’ll necessarily be the case for… Read the full story

ASOS is selling some Vans that look like cans of Irn Bru

Everyone Thinks This Pair Of Vans Look Like Irn Bru
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Ever fancied walking around with cans of Irn Bru on your feet? Well, now you can. Sort of.

ASOS is selling some orange and blue Vans which look like the Scottish drink.

The £60 trainers feature a blue, orange and white pattern with white laces.

Currently, and somewhat surprisingly, the trainers are actually out of stock – and it probably has something to do with Charlotte Wilson, who tweeted about the shoes to let her followers know they can now wear their favourite drink on their feet.


Alongside a photo of the Vans, Charlotte wrote: ‘These Vans look like cans… Read the full story

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