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Young’s House of Happiness

January 25, 2017
Young's house of happiness

I write this on the side of a mountain in The Alps. The vista is snow covered and outside it’s minus five, but I’m cosy here in a little french cafe with a glass of vin chaude, a blanket and a fire in front of me. And that’s one of the places I’m happiest to be found when it’s miserable outside: somewhere warm and cosy with delicious food and drink on tap. Done. According to a survey on happiness commissioned…

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Fitness Tips For January

January 24, 2017
fitness tips january

Ah, January. The month where I regret December’s wine-and-stilton combo and wonder wistfully what happened to my flat stomach. Come to think of it, I’m not sure I’ve seen any sign of it since approximately 2006. January is the month I duck into the shower under the cover of a towel lest I catch a glimpse of errant thigh wobble. The month I just think “sod it”, and tuck into another warming jacket potato in front of the fire. The…

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Finding Happiness When The World Is Blue

January 16, 2017
how to be happy

Blue Monday. Thought to be the most depressing day of the year, it makes sense that the skies have opened and the world is grey. As if Mondays weren’t bad enough, eh? And this year, apparently Blue Monday is the worst of all. Through a combination of celebrity deaths, Brexit anxiety and Donald Trump presidency fears, Dr Cliff Arnall, the expert who came up with the term, has warned there’s no making us feel better today. Dr Arnall came up…

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The Email You Never Knew You Needed

January 6, 2017
Coople review

You guys, I think 2017 might be the year of the email! Hah, only kidding, 2016 was the year of the email. I’m just running late as always. So let’s say that 2017 is going to be the year of MY email, shall we? I’ve been working on a weekly mailer for approximately the last five years or so (real time: six months) and I think I’m about there. Whether through work or through play I spend a lot of…

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Hugh Hefner For a Day: Christmas Cards with Snapfish

November 23, 2016
avoiding christmas

The first time I came across a personalised Christmas card was back when I lived with my parents, sent from some distant relatives in the USA. I was a teenager, maybe 14 or 15, and I remember thinking what a self-indulgent practice it was. I couldn’t imagine why you’d want to send out a card to your friends with your face on it. Fast-forward 16 years: 3,000 Instagram selfies later and here we are, fully immersed in the era of…

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Good Things Will Happen

November 11, 2016
Good Things Will Happen

And we thought Brexit was bad. I watched, as many people did, with mouth agape as the election results rolled in from the United States early Wednesday morning. I woke up at 1.30am, when all looked good, then again at 2.30, ditto, and finally at 4am when it all fell apart. I feel like I haven’t properly slept since. I’ve been trying to articulate this week why I feel utterly shattered at the result. America might not be my country, but it’s…

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What’s in your future? #ad

October 21, 2016
Surviving single parent holiday

As a millennial (just about), viagra 100mg I feel like I have grown up a lot slower than those living in my parents’ generation. If anyone ever asks me how old I am I instinctively say 28 – I’m 31 – and I don’t feel responsible enough to have children yet, really (oops, who left me in charge of Elfie and Hux?!). By this age my parents were well on their way up the property ladder, properly planning for their…

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9 Things From My Childhood My Kids Will Never Experience

September 21, 2016
Just Seventeen

It must be fun for children these days, growing up in the exciting digital age. Taking my two to school this morning I looked at the bank of computers they have in their classroom and the iPads their teachers were working off; with memories of the blackboards and chalk dust at my old school I thought – yeah, you lot have it pretty good. But there was something I found so thrilling about growing up in a time where tech was on…

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The Best British Road Trips

August 26, 2016
warwick castle

We’re big fans of the great British road trip in our house. OK, erectile the Ford Focus in the drive might not have the magnificent allure of an airplane (for Hux, search at least) but there’s really nothing like hopping on the road for a good old home-based adventure. Most recently we drove to Warwickshire, cialis taking in Stratford-Upon-Avon and the magnificent castle over 24 hours, having a really wonderful (and even a bit of an educational!) time. But I’d…

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Things I’d Rather Do Than Run A Marathon

August 11, 2016
Running feet

There are many MANY things I’d rather do than run a marathon. Some of these include: Get a Hollywood wax, repeatedly Watch the latest Alvin and the Chipmunk movie on repeat Spend weeks and weeks and weeks extremely sleep deprived Lose my phone Sleep in dirty sheets Drink cold tea Running, you see, is one of those things I just don’t get. I grew up going to a very sporty school and because I was skinny I was expected to compete in…

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The Bloody Brexit

June 27, 2016
bloody brexit

I’m on holiday. And I’m not sure if that’s a good or a bad thing with the whole Brexit fandango underway (and let’s be honest, it’s been a massive effing fandango) but it’s most definitely brought things home for me, even when away. Let’s face it: the fact we have a democratic society is a massively amazing thing that should not be sniffed at. I religiously use my vote because other women fought so hard for me to have it,…

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