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Ditch the label: Here’s why some mental illness slogans T-shirts don’t sit well with me

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I’m not embarrassed about having depression and anxiety, but forgive me if I don’t want to wear a T-shirt with my diagnoses embroidered across the front.

Some people might think that’s rich coming from me, a writer who is literally paid to talk about my mental illness online and is in the midst of writing a book about my personal story.

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But wearing a T-shirt with the word ‘depressed’ written on it isn’t something I want to do.

Not because I’m keeping it a secret – if you Google my name… Read the full story

These are the most popular baby names of 2017

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If you popped out a baby last year, get ready to see how original you were when it came to giving them a name.

The US’s Social Security department has revealed the most popular baby names of 2017 (in the US, obviously, rather than in the UK).

As per usual, Emma was the most popular name for girls last year, but baby boys have had a shock winner in Liam, which has beaten Noah as the most popular baby boy’s name for the first time ever. Well done, Liam.

Other trendy names include Amelia and Evelyn, each making an entry into the top 10 for the first time… Read the full story

Balance Festival: Meet the entrepreneur changing the way we think about wellness

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If you’re wondering what do to with your Sunday, grab your gym kit and head down to the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane for the last day of this year’s Balance Festival.

It’s the event for anyone wanting to try out the city’s best studios (Boom Cycle, Barry’s, Boys of Yoga…you name it, it’s on offer) before eating their weight in London’s best healthy grub (hello nut butter-laden acai bowl).

And it’s the brainchild of Ludovic Rossignol, the entrepreneur also behind the London Coffee Festival.

He says that the wellness extravaganza was born out of his own ‘inner wellness revolution’.

I had the desire to help… Read the full story

You don’t have to buy anything in Starbucks to be able to use to their loo anymore

epa06716216 (FILE) - Starbucks signage in front of the store's window in Oakland, California, USA, 19 April 2018 (reissued 07 May 2018). Swiss-based food giant Nestle will pay 7.15 billion US dollars (about 5.99 billion Euros) to Starbucks for a global market license of the US coffee shop chain's products, Nestle announced on 07 May 2018. EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO

Starbucks has announced that you’ll now be able to use their loos without having to buy something first.

The move comes after two black men were arrested in a Philadelphia branch last month – causing widespread outrage.

Donte Robinson and Rashon Nelson were waiting for someone inside Starbucks when one… Read the full story

13 reasons why Vanuatu should be your next holiday destination


When planning a visit to the South Pacific, Vanuatu isn’t usually the place that springs to mind.

I’d never heard about it myself until I proposed a trip to Fiji, only for my Australian partner to suggest Vanuatu instead.

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The 83-island archipelago has a lot to offer holidaymakers, including world-famous beaches, accessible volcanos and tasty cuisine.

It’s the place where James A. Michener wrote his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Tales of the South Pacific, and remains a popular holiday spot for many of those who live Down Under.

Here are just some of the many reasons why you need to visit this beautiful location.

Away from the crowds

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Fiji tends to be the more popular choice for holidaymakers headed to the South Pacific.

But it’s ten times more crowded than Vanuatu — which actually offers many similar sights and experiences.

In… Read the full story

Oh good, Starbucks is selling ‘premium bananas’ in plastic bags

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The war on plastic is in full force.

Everyone’s carrying around reusable bags these days and loads of us have swapped disposable coffee cups for keep cups.

Go us!

But in South Korea, Starbucks is wrapping fruit in plastic. And not just any fruit…BANANAS.

Yep, the coffee giants are wrapping an already pre-wrapped fruit in plastic and selling them as ‘premium bananas’.

Rachel Clarke shared a picture of a bagged banana with the caption ‘Not again’.

M&S came under fire a few months ago for slicing up cauliflowers and wrapping them in a load… Read the full story

US hotel chain wants to pay you $10,000 for your sunset snaps

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If you’re planning on spending the summer outside collecting premium #content for your Instagram feed, you may as well get paid for it.

And one US hotel chain is offering to do just that.

Days Inn is recruiting for a Sun-tern to travel around America snapping pictures of sunsets – and it’s offering to pay you $10,000 (£7,382) for the pleasure.

Now that sounds like a pretty sweet deal right? It’s even sweeter when you realise that the firm is offering to pay over seven grand for just a month’s work.

‘Bring your SPF because this month-long Sun-ternship will have you snapping photos in America’s sunniest cities—from sunrise yoga in San… Read the full story

People who marry in their mid-30s are more likely to divorce

FILE - In this Monday Nov. 27, 2017 file photo, Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle pose for photographers in the grounds of Kensington Palace in London. A dramatic ball gown, or a classic, simple silhouette? Sleeves, or bare shoulders? With less than a month to go until she marries Prince Harry at Windsor Castle on May 19, Meghan Markle most likely has already chosen her wedding dress - though what it looks like is expected to remain a top secret until the last minute. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, file)
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When all your mates are busy getting engaged and popping out sprogs in their mid-20s, it’s refreshing… Read the full story

14 men tell us why they want more women to initiate a date – and how

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As someone who is naturally pretty straight-forward, especially when it comes to dating, I’ve never really had an issue with asking a man out on a date.

Sadly, despite the progress we’ve made on equality, this doesn’t seem to be the norm.

More often than not, I’m told by other people – often women –  that I should act coy, play ‘the game’ or be mysterious, because men respond better to a woman who plays hard to get.

Darts, dicks and dirty Scrabble: 6 quirky speed… Read the full story

Visit Bronte country: 11 reasons to take a short break in Haworth in West Yorkshire

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It was home to the Bronte family and it witnessed the birth of some of the most dazzling novels ever written.

But the picturesque village of Haworth, nestled in the Pennines on the western edge of Yorkshire, has far more to it than Wuthering Heights.

And its surrounding neighbourhood has something for everyone, from rolling hills and pub lunches to fashionable boutiques and gourmet dining.

So whether you like the nightlife or the quiet life, here’s our guide to things to see and do in and around this beautiful part of the English countryside.

1. The Bronte Parsonage

Why Tunis should be your next city break


Tunisia beckons us to visit – and with flights now operating from the UK for the first time since the 2015 – they are welcoming us with open arms.

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A short two and a half hour flight with no time change at the moment (thanks to BST) sees you arrive at Tunis Carthage International Airport to the sun and warmth of this beautiful country.

However, even the sun cannot outshine the warmth of the people.

I was a little apprehensive about travelling here but from the moment you arrive, the genuine smiles of the Tunisians embrace you and make you feel instantly safe and secure.

French, Arabic and English are the spoken languages, and even if their English isn’t good, they are desperate to learn and will try hard to speak it.

This trip was all about the capital Tunis, a bustling and vibrant city… Read the full story

Finding adventure in the UAE: 5 essential things to do in Ras Al Khaimah


Think of the UAE and you’re mostly likely to think of Dubai’s shopping malls and skyscrapers.

But what if I told you there was an adventurous side to the UAE? A place to escape, take in natural scenery and find the explorer in you?

Ras Al Khaimah, one of the seven Emirates, is situated just 45 minutes from Dubai and has everything the adventurer in you is looking for.

Here are all the essential things to do when you’re visiting Ras Al Khaimah:

Try out some water sports

Many of the hotels are situated on Marjan island.

The island itself has plenty of beaches where you… Read the full story

20 easy party food ideas to make your next kids party go off with a bang



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Party food should be so easy but it’s often more complicated than you think. Make sandwiches and there’s a kid who doesn’t like the fillings. Opt for pizza and there’s someone who hates cheese.

And if you make a huge platter of chopped vegetable sticks I guarantee you’ll be eating soggy carrots for days on end – I have been making this mistake for EIGHT years now.

If you’re throwing a party for your child soon and you’re looking for easy party food ideas then you’ve come to the right place.

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Light up inflatable lounge chairs are so cool, you might be dragging it to your local pool

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The Glow Foat is like a bean bag but it lights up and floats on water.

So naturally, we’ve got to get our hands on it.

The inflatable lounge chair is made by Frontgate which has all the summer essentials you could want like a multicoloured doughnut float (who doesn’t want to be seen from outer space?).

Any of you lucky enough to own a pool in your home might want to grab one (or more, moneybags) if you want to be the envy of the party.

The float lights up in 12 different colours so you’re not going to go unnoticed if you’re chilling on one of these bad boys.

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9 awful sex experiences that we’ve all had

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Sex is supposed to be one of life’s greatest pleasures, but quite often it turns into a messy and awkward affair.

Although sex is always different with each individual person you decide to get down and dirty with, there are some awful experiences that are pretty common.

And the worst thing is that there is no safeguarding against such calamities, because sex is supposed to be an adventure full of mystery and surprise.

Here are some awful sex situations that many of us have experienced.

If you’ve been fortunate enough to escape such a fate, don’t worry, because your time will come.

1. Terrible dirty talk

Dirty talk is one of those things that is always a… Read the full story

Don’t put cheap toys in party bags, they might hurt my kids, say parents

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Small fiddly toys, especially ones that need to be assembled, aren’t always safe for children.

And parents of little ones are feeling increasingly cautious of party bags that include anything potentially dangerous.

In fact, recent research claims that one in 20 parents has seen their own child hurt by a toy, food item or other unsuitable gift left in a party bag, in a poll of 1,240 parents.

As a result, nine out of ten supported more stringent regulations on items commonly placed into the post-birthday packages.

Parents are changing endings to fairytales because they’re not politically correct

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In these ultra PC days, telling someone how big their teeth are might have you done for body shaming…even if they’re a wolf dressed up in grandma clothing.

Sounds far-fetched?

Well, parents are apparently turning their backs on traditional fairytales like Little Red Riding Hood these days for fear that they’re not politically correct.

Fables like The Gingerbread Man and The Three Little Pigs were deemed the worst offenders, with some mums and dads comparing them to horror films.

Glitter swimwear is all the rage on Instagram but it looks like a lot of effort

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Some things are more hassle than they’re worth; glitter swimwear might just be one of them.

Swimsuits and bikinis adorned with bucket loads of glitter are the outfits of choice for many a festival goer at the moment and seem to be having a moment on Instagram.

And it might look pretty cool on the gram’ but if you’re spray-painting the glitzy stuff on your body, how long is it going to take to rub off?

But that’s exactly what some girls are doing; using glitter to cover their bits instead of you know, just wearing a swimsuit.

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Mum who didn’t sleep for six weeks says £7 lavender pillow spray cured her insomnia

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Having prolonged insomnia can be torturous – especially when you’ve got a baby on the way.

Jasmin Hart, 27, was left distraught after not being able to sleep for six weeks during her pregnancy. But she claims that she found a simple cure – a lavender pillow spray.

Trying to juggle her full-time job alongside her pregnancy on very few hour rest, she tried everything from chamomile ties to futile attempts at daytime napping.

‘I started to feel like my insomnia was never going to end,’ says Jasmin.

Weightlifting may reduce symptoms of depression and prevent chronic conditions

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Depression cannot be cured by exercise but its symptoms can be soothed by it.

Some find solace in yoga. Others find a long run can tire out their anxiety.

But according to a new study, it’s resistance weight training that might best help reduce depressive symptoms.

Researchers from the University of Limerick, analysed 33 clinical trials – including 2,000 people in total – and examined the effects of weight training on depressive symptoms.

They were looking at things such as low mood, feelings of worthlessness and a loss of interest in activities.

The study concluded: ‘Resistance exercise training was associated with a significant reduction in depressive… Read the full story

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