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Forget bumbags, this utility vest is the new festival fashion must-have

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If you’re not one for carrying a bag at a festival, yet feel a bit 80s throwback wearing a bumbag, then we’ve found the perfect alternative.

Meet this ultra chic utility vest.

Designed in Stockholm by uber stylish Swedes, & Other Stories, it’s the ultimate festival accessory for those who like to live life hands-free.

The  ‘versatile utility-style body pack’ has eight functional compartments to stash all your stuff and an adjustable d-ring strap at the strap to keep it attached to you, making it more secure than a bumbag which can be accidentally unclipped/purposely removed by festival criminals.

The khaki and orange vest costs £69… Read the full story

Ten adorable rescue puppies named after the royal family have found new homes

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Harry and Meghan. See SWNS story SWPUPPIES; A stunning litter of ten puppies will go to their new homes on Saturday - and they?ve all got royal names. The cute crossbreeds were born on National Puppy Day, March 23, and been cared for by staff at Dogs Trust Manchester. And as tens of millions tune-in to watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot in the most eagerly anticipated wedding of the year, these fluffy puppies will also be starting the latest chapter in their lives. Staff at the animal charity have named the pups Harry, Meghan, Duchess, Prince, William, Henry, George, Windsor, Charlie and Albert. The puppies? mum, thought to… <a href=Read the full story

Your favourite roast chicken sandwich from M&S is getting a royal makeover

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Royal wedding themed memorabilia is aplenty but you can’t always eat it. And what good is a wedding if you can’t eat?

So, Marks and Spencer has decided to get involved in the celebrations of Prince Harry and Meghan with a royal sandwich.

The posh supermarket is rebranding the popular roast chicken salad sandwich in honour of the proposal, not the actual wedding happening over the weekend.

That’s because Harry is said to have proposed to Meghan over a chicken dinner (chicken and romance, what’s not to love?).

Wedding speech tips for the best man or groom

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We don’t envy Prince William right now. Not only does he have to deliver a best man speech at Meghan and Harry’s wedding, he’s got to do it in front of a shed load of people.

Probably no sex jokes for you then, Wills.

Like most weddings, there will probably be lots of speeches – to the groom, to the bride, and from the best man.

So how do you write a decent wedding speech?

If you’ve ever endured one and thought you could write something so much more funny and witty, then you’re probably wrong.

More than half of wedding guests say they were bored during speeches and one in… Read the full story

How I’m managing my mental health at work

You could win a £1.2 million French mansion for £10

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You could be in with a chance of winning a £1.2 million mansion for a tenner, as one woman is offering it as a competition prize.

Ruth Phillips, 61, owns Chateau de Cautine, a 350-year-old mansion that boasts nine bedrooms, a 12 metre swimming pool and 30 acres of land.

Built in 1667, the stunning house is located in the most easterly point of the Dordogne, in the Department of Corrèze.

Are potatoes good for you?

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There’s no vegetable quite as versatile as the humble potato.

Roasted. Mashed. Boiled. Fried.

And that’s before you get onto sweet potatoes and the various foods you can make with them both, like farls, dauphinoise, rostis…crisps.

Every version is delicious and every version tastes completely different.

And considering that about 40% of the Irish population used to be solely reliant on potatoes before the famine,  it’d follow that it is possible to live off them.

 

What nutrients do potatoes contain?

Regular potatoes are actually pretty nutrition-dense.

They’re a good source of vitamin B6 (essential for maintaining a healthy nervous system) and potassium (helps maintain consistent blood pressure), as well as copper (helps with energy), vitamin C, manganese, phosphorus,… Read the full story

Asda creates unique trolley for 32-year-old mum of triplets

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A supermarket has created a unique trolley for triplets for a mum who struggled to do her shopping.

32-year-old Manda Kiernan told staff at an Asda supermarket near her home in Gloucester that she was having a problem juggling three kids around the aisles after giving birth to Niamh, Aoifa and Cormac in 2016.

She tried taking a triple buggy along with a shopping trolley but found it too much to handle.

And so, as a last ditch attempt to get some help, she spoke to Asda, and was shocked to find they actually wanted to help her out.

We went to doom metal yoga to try to find some freaking zen

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I like yoga, I really do.

Sure, the bendy bitches who you clock doing handstands as a warm-up as you walk in class are a bit annoying (hun, the sequence includes a warm-up – you don’t need to warm-up for a warm-up *explodes from inception*) but it’s a great way of keeping your joints greased and trying to stave off that ever looming cloud of anxiety.

I’m never usually up for the bastardisation of yoga – you can keep your chocolate yoga and beer yoga – as I kinda feel bad for the ancient yogi founders who are no doubt… Read the full story

Beauty products to pack in your gym bag

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There’s no escaping the reality of the gym: aka bright red face, sweaty pits and messy hair.

And anyway, why would you want to? It’s what happens when you work out. While it’s more or less unavoidable, there are ways to make managing your post-workout face, hair and body a lot easier.

We have put together a quick guide to the beauty products that will really make a difference in your gym bag.

 

Aromatherapy Associates De-Stress Muscle Gel

Emma Gannon shares how she deals with money and mental health as a multi-hyphenate

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‘I found that having a salary, a regular income, made me so lazy, so forgetful, and just so complacent,’ says Emma Gannon, an author, podcaster, writer, social media expert, and influencer (the list goes on).

‘Now because of that irregularity of my income, I have to watch it a lot more closely.’

Emma knows what she’s talking about when it comes to having multiple jobs and multiple streams of income rather than one steady salary.

She’s done a bunch of different work to create her own career, using the internet to her advantage.

Now she’s releasing a book around this new attitude to work: One based on skills, freelance jobs, and taking on projects you’re passionate about rather than the standard 9 to 5.

The Multi-Hyphen Method covers what the future of work might be and how we can prepare ourselves for it, whether it’s having the confidence to go part-time and do something else or simply giving yourself… Read the full story

Woman fat-shamed on a flight thanks passenger who came to her rescue

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Savannah Phillips tends to try to sit on her own during flights because she feels self-conscious about her weight.

But when she boarded a plane from Oklahoma to Chicago earlier this week, she had no option but to sit next to a middle-aged guy who claimed to be a comedian.

‘As soon as I got buckled, he sat back down…his phone was maybe 12 inches from my face and he proceeded to text someone that he was sitting next to a “smelly fatty”,’ Savannah writes on Facebook.

‘I don’t even know what the rest of his text said. I turned my head away as fast as I could.… Read the full story

Four-year-old deaf girl loves to dance even though she can’t hear the music

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Four-year-old Kristalyn Ibarra was born profoundly deaf due to her hearing nerve on her right ear being missing for reasons unknown to medics – but she absolutely loves to dance.

Initially her parents feared the handicap would hold their daughter back, but the determined little girl has already defied their expectations.

Kristalyn plays baseball like her dad Marcos Ibarra, and at the age of three discovered her favorite hobby – dancing.

Every week, Kristalyn goes to Kimberly’s Dance Studio in Paramount, California, USA, where she does tap and ballet.

Can you wear makeup during Ramadan?

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Ramadan is the month in which Muslims refrain from daily pleasures such as eating, drinking, and having sexual relations during daylight hours.

The point of fasting throughout the day for a whole month is to get closer to God, gain social consciousness, and generally spend time in worship.

It’s also about forgoing things that can otherwise be excessive to a life of ascetic living, like music and cosmetics. Toothpaste and mouthwash are also considered unnecessary for some.

But is there an explicit rule that says Muslim women should not wear makeup if they are… Read the full story

Mum with a year left to live vows to teach life lessons to her son before she dies

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A single mother is hoping to teach her toddler all the life lessons he might need before she dies.

Ornela Kotupanova is one of only 77 people to have been diagnosed with a rare sinus cancer – and only the second to have had the grim prognosis under the age of 35.

The 30-year-old believes she may only be the second person under 35 to be diagnosed with stage T4 M0 Neuroendocrine Maxillary Sinus Carcinoma Cancer, since it was discovered in 1965.

She said: ‘A friend who is a doctor read this study and told me I seem to be the 77th person in the world to be diagnosed with the… Read the full story

Muslims, we desperately need to start talking about mental health

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Aisha’s brother started having schizophrenic episodes when he was six. Her sister was later diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Confusingly for Aisha, her mum told her to be careful and stay away.

She was told the ‘evil eye’ and jinns contributed to the problem.

So what exactly are jinns and what do they have to do with mental health disorders? Many Muslims* believe jinns are spirits who may appear in the form of a human or an animal and can take control of a person.

Sometimes when a person has a mental health disorder, they’re perceived to be possessed by jinns, rather than having a medical condition for which there are medical treatments.

By extension, the help Muslims receive can limited, as family members often end up seeking treatment from religious figures who may perform ‘exorcisms’.

This can be hugely damaging to the person suffering.

That’s a big part of why we need better education and open conversation about mental health in the Muslim community.

Read the full story

Patience’s daughter was raped at 13; she’s now a ‘gender defender’

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13-year-old Mary was raped on her way back from her grandmother’s house in Mukuru slum, Kenya.

The attack has taken its toll on both her and her mum, Patience, with some neighbours questioning whether it even took place. Others have speculated whether Patience may have asked the attacker for food, prompting such a violent backlash.

Despite all this, however, a local charity has helped Patience ensure that the case proceeds through the courts.

Every year in Kenya, 6,100 children under the age of five test positive for HIV and a third of girls in the country experience sexual violence before reaching adulthood. Only 10% receive any kind of professional help.

‘I had been out attending a policial rally,’ recalls Patience, 32.

‘When I got home, the children only wanted to sit close to me. I asked them what the matter was. I thought they’d missed me, because I had been away all day.

‘That was when my 13-year-old daughter Mary told… Read the full story

Woman’s video reveals what it’s really like inside a mental health hospital

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Despite it being 2018, there’s still a lot of stigma surround mental health hospitals.

Over the years, psychiatric hospitals have been used as a base for horror movies. We’ve seen absurd treatments, white jackets and haunted hallways.

It continues to paint this negative view that mental health hospitals are awful places. And because most of us will never have to visit a mental health hospital, it’s easy for us to assume this is the reality.

Aimee Wilson is trying… Read the full story

Attention, brides-to-be: You can now have your own hen festival

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If you’re a lover of festivals and a bride-to-be who hasn’t yet planned her hen party, stop looking right now because we’ve found the perfect thing for you.

Go Hen is offering Hen-Fest packages, a festival for hens who want to experience something different before the big day.

The packages include luxury glamping accommodation, live music or a silent disco, a BBQ, catering or hog roast, and a selection of daytime activities which include inflatable games, pamper parties, dance classes, assault courses and laser clay shooting.

Dad who was once a banker now drives his own ice cream van

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A man who once worked as a banker is now an ice cream man.

After being made redundant in December 2016, after 33 years working for Lloyds Bank, Darren Whyman, 51, from Isle of Man, invested his pay-off in a specially designed van so that he could become an ice cream man instead.

Darren, a dad-of-two, now drives around the Manx Whippy instead of working 9-5 in an office.

He said: ‘I have absolutely no regrets.

‘Sometimes I pinch myself, because I have landed in such a great opportunity and now I get to spend so much time exploring such a beautiful place where I live.’

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