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Paul is now selling a mince pie croissant

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It’s never too early for a Christmas treat, that’s what we say.

But if you’re getting restless for the Christmas offerings to grace the high street, you could be in luck.

You’ll be able to get your mitts on a limited-edition mince pie croissant to satisfy that Christmas craving from French artisan bakery PAUL from 7 November.

The all-butter croissant filled with sweet mincemeat of currants and sultanas comes in four flavours: original, apple crumble, chocolate, and pecan nut.

The £1.75 hybrid creation isn’t the only new offering though – the Cosy Christmas Pig Sandwich is an alternative take on the traditional pigs in blankets. And it’s not just savoury foods either –… Read the full story

Homemade devil, witch and vampire Halloween costumes you can make cheaply and easily

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Halloween is fast approaching and for those of your looking for an authentic Halloween creature costume, you have arrived at the right place.

Devils, Witches and Vampires are all the classic costumes we have dressed as more than once before, but let’s bring back a revival of these distinctly Halloween looks.

Paul is now selling a mince pie croissant

The main aim is to look scary – not sexy, it’s not sex-o-ween – so there are obviously some key elements of your looks to nail in order to actually look frightening because that’s obviously what you’re trying to achieve, right?

Here are the top… Read the full story

Grandma diagnosed with stage four cancer has pre-wedding dance with her granddaughter

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It’s incredibly tough to celebrate a happy day when a member of your family is sick.

You want to focus on the positives, to celebrate life and love. But in the back of your mind sits the knowledge that you could be losing someone you care about deeply.

When Ellen Haynes was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer last year, her biggest concern was that she wouldn’t be able to see her granddaughter, Brittany Marr, get married.

Brittany, meanwhile, couldn’t bear the thought of her grandma not being there for her wedding day.

So she came up with an idea. Brittany contacted Mikayla Miller, the photographer behind Copper +… Read the full story

Asda is selling prosecco for £5

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Prosecco lovers, get ready to race to the nearest Asda.

From Thursday 26 October to Wednesday 1 November, Asda will be selling Yellow Label Prosecco for just a fiver (for less than a sarnie and crisps, it’d be criminal to miss it).

We’re a nation obsessed with the sparkling stuff – Brits have guzzled 12.8 million litres of the stuff and we spent 12% more on prosecco in 2017 than we did last year.

We can’t help but be obsessed with all things sparkling – from Prosecco flavour jelly beans, Prosecco Christmas crackers to a van touring the UK selling Prosecco on tap, we can’t get enough.

With Christmas a… Read the full story

Dear white people, you’re never discriminated against so shut up

No one’s buying this bollocks (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

A recent poll published in the New York Times has found that over half of white people in America believe that they’re being discriminated against.

Yes, you read that right.

55% of white folk in the States believe that they’re mistreated by society because of their skin colour.

To recap, this is a country where:

  • Slavery was around for 245 years, followed by over 100 years of official and unofficial segregation
  • 25% of those killed by the police are black – despite Afro Americans only making up 13% of the population
  • 34% of the prison population is black
  • 45.8% of young black children live in poverty
  • 1,064 racially… Read the full story

40% of people deliberately avoid their neighbours

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Everybody needs good Neighbours. So says the soap’s theme song, so you know that’s legit.

But if your reality is more hovering by the door just so you’re not forced into conversation, you’re not alone.

Don’t feel too guilty – according to recent research by Homes.com, 40% of Americans try to intentionally avoid their neighbours.

The new study which examine’s people’s relationships with their neighbours found that the top reason people avoid their nearby residents is being too busy.

But count yourself lucky if your neighbour has too much of social life to care about yours – 1 in 5 say their neighbour spies on them, keeping tabs of their… Read the full story

18 times we’ve all massively failed at adulting

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Yes, I’m an adult. No, I don’t know what I’m doing (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

Yet another irritating term to flood our social feeds and every day conversations with the younger crowd in the office that make you feel like you’re a day away from a hip replacement.

‘Adulting’ can often be found as a hashtag to accompany an annoying post from a girl on Instagram who’s cooked her own dinner and is really owning this #adulting thing.

Metro IllustrationsThe prospect of having kids still scares me rigid, even though I’m the ‘right age’ to have them

However, there are quite a… Read the full story

Blogger shares how postpartum depression meant she didn’t feel a connection with her son for three years

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We don’t talk about postpartum depression enough.

There’s still shame around feeling rubbish immediately after giving birth – guilt about not immediately living up to the ideal of the perfect mum.

It takes courage to speak up about not feeling great, and that courage should be applauded.

Sharing her experience with postpartum experience is blogger and author Bunmi Laditan, who took to Facebook this week to explain how it took her years to feel a connection with her child.

‘I had it bad with my third born,’ Bunmi wrote. ‘My last baby, my first son.

‘We all know about the anxiety, OCD, chilling thoughts, rage that sneaks up on you like… Read the full story

It’s ok to think of food as your reward for exercising

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The gym on a Monday evening is a busy place.

Monday evening gym is a time for atoning for sins – working off a weekend of cheat days and prosecco. It’s the reset button in the week where you say this week will be better, you’ll be more disciplined.

But my favourite time in the gym has always been Saturday morning.

For me, Saturday gym is about working towards a reward. It’s planking for pizza. It’s lunging for lager. It’s squatting for sweets.

The 9.30am body attack class I go to in Essex is often punctuated by the instructor yelling: ‘JUMP HIGHER IF YOU’RE PLANNING TO GO OUT ON THE RAZ… Read the full story

Don’t bring your baby to work

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An office is not a good place for a baby.

It’s not good for the baby, who really shouldn’t be around fun sharp objects like desks and scissors.

But more importantly, it’s not good for me. Me, meaning adults at work who could really do without the bother of a random kiddo someone’s decided to bring into the office.

It’s a real struggle to get work done when you can hear the wails of a baby a few metres a way.

It’s even more of a struggle to maintain a positive attitude when the smell of baby faeces is gently wafting through the office. That has to be an offence worse than putting… Read the full story

I add kisses to all my emails and texts – is that sexually inappropriate?

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Etiquette can be a minefield sometimes.

Which is precisely why society has handy little conventions to guide us – essentially so we don’t need to think for ourselves.

Meeting someone new in a business context? Shake hands!

A person you barely know sneezes? Say ‘bless you!’

Somebody is behind you at the supermarket checkout? Quick, grab one of those divider thingies!

These laws are ancient and constant as the cosmos.

But the age of electronic communications has created a bewildering jungle of new protocols for us to navigate.

And lately I’ve begun to fret – does signing off emails, texts, WhatsApps and so on with a jaunty ‘x’ make people think I’m… Read the full story

9 ways to have a vegan Halloween

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‘Tis the season to be spooky – but let’s not make it scary for animals.

Show that you care by following these frightfully good tips for having a vegan Halloween:

1. Trick out your treat basket with vegan sweets

Kids of all ages love Starburst, Skittles, Jelly Tots, Flying Saucers, Oreos, and other vegan sweets.

Buy plenty so you’ll have some left over for your resident ghosts and goblins.

2. Make your jack-o’-lanterns beewitching with soy candles

Avoid candles made from beeswax or with stearic acid, which may come from tallow, a product derived from cow or sheep fat.

Instead, stick with eco and animal-friendly soy-based candles. They’re the bee’s knees.

3. Purrtect black cats

Some people… Read the full story

The three months’ salary rule for engagement rings is officially dead, says jeweler

Yes please (Picture: annasheffield.com)

Add a big, shiny rock to that list of financially unobtainable dreams, right next to owning a house.

The cost of an engagement ring puts the fear of God in even the savviest of savers.

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It’s a fear that’s saddled by society’s expectation that we must fork out three months’ salary for the damn thing.

But what if we didn’t have to? It would be a bit of a game changer, wouldn’t you say?

Well, world, breathe an outrageously loud sigh of relief — because the three months’ salary rule is officially dead.

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Frighteningly good recipes that will keep your little Monsters occupied this Halloween



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Like every holiday, the best bit about Halloween is the frighteningly good treats that you whip up and get to enjoy with your family.

Thankfully, there’s no trick to making these delicious recipes.

Whether you’re throwing a party or just having fun at home with your nearest and dearest, you’re sure to have a devilishly good fun getting Spooky In No Time with fun twists on these family favourites.

In fact, it’s so simple you can even grab all your ingredients in one place – Costcutter makes it easy to Shop The Way You Live, eat well and have fun. And with Costcutter’s own-brand Independent range of over 600 products offering amazing quality at great prices you can rest assured you are getting great value for money.

So take a look below and see what fun treats you can make to keep the little monsters delighted this Halloween.

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National Pumpkin Day: 20 creepy pumpkin carvings to give you Halloween inspiration

Get creative with your carving this year (Picture: Getty)

Halloween is less than a week away and the spooky traditions have already begun.

Dressing up in creative costumes and stuffing your face with trick or treat chocolate is all part of the fun but we can all agree that pumpkin carving is clearly the best part of Halloween.

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Sure, it’s the taking part that counts, but for some crafters, pumpkin carving is like an Olympic competition – a contest to see who can carve the most imaginative, Instagrammable pumpkin on the street.

National Pumpkin Day (October… Read the full story

Five things that can ruin the day of any forty-plus woman

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Oh great, the whiskers are back (Picture: MMuffin for Metro.co.uk)

It’s not easy being a lady of a certain age and body-shape.

That shape, by the way, is Frumpy Housefrau.

7 reasons to have more than one kid

The bits of you that were perky, toned and blemish-free may now be tired, a little loose and a lot more lived in.

You might still be curvy but more potato shaped than hourglass.

Or perhaps you managed to hit those middle years still slim and as healthily as possible.

Either way, here are five horrors that can ruin any woman’s day.

The duplicitous bra

You pulled it out of the… Read the full story

Why it takes a village to bring up your kids

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On an average day I wake up at the usual time – whenever the three-year-old jumps on my face to tell me it’s morning time.

There are standard issues at breakfast, with fussy toddlers complaining when the service isn’t fast enough and questioning why ice cream is not on the menu.

Two hours are about the standard time it takes to get the three boys dressed, teeth and hair brushed, find missing school shoes from under the sofa and get out door for the 8am nursery drop off.

The three-year-old is either blissfully happy and skips in or is in floods of tears because he can’t believe he’s… Read the full story

What you need to know about LumiDolls – Barcelona’s brothel where women have been replaced by inflatable dolls

The Lily, Yoko and Katy dolls (Picture: Lumidolls)

Barcelona has always been a city on the cutting edge. It was at the frontier of Spain’s industrial revolution and the location of its first railway in 1848.

In 1992, it played host to one of the most memorable Olympic Games in recent history.

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And in 2017, Barcelona notched up another proud accolade as it welcomed Europe’s first ever sex doll brothel.

It’s a brave new world out there.

Here’s what you need to know about the LumiDolls enterprise.

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Using vinegar to tighten your vagina isn’t just ineffective, it’s dangerous

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As part of my daily check in on what people are putting in their vaginas (Vicks VapoRub? Wasp’s nests? Little balls of herbs?) I stumbled upon an article about using cider vinegar to tighten the vagina.

According to EliteDaily and TV show The Doctors, there’s a weird trend for people using cider vinegar – you know, that magical health substance people use to do everything from cleansing their hair to detoxing (you don’t need detoxing) – to try to tighten up their vagina.

Proponents of the method say that cider vinegar will not only make the vagina tighter, but can also ‘shrink’ the… Read the full story

Why we need an Airbnb of colour


You’d assume getting through Heathrow duty free without spending a small fortune would be the hardest challenge.

But for people of colour, travelling abroad comes with its own complications.

I know this all too well – it’s frustrating that instead of travelling being pure and utter escapism, I can end up feeling more anxious and worried about whether I’m going to be the recipient of distrust, suspicion, or even a racist attack on foreign soil.

And as a brown Muslim woman, I’m constantly on alert, concerned that my motives to travel will be interrogated – like that time I was accused of secretly joining a jihadi camp by a mate ten years ago when I visited family in Pakistan.

Safety is absolutely paramount when I’m travelling. In light of stories of discrimination where Airbnb hosts have thrown black women off stairs, cancelling a guest’s reservation after finding out she’s Asian, or when black Americans listed their grievances on #AirbnbWhileBlack, there’s… Read the full story

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