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The Importance of Finding Your Tribe

Amber Bell | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Amber Bell

I always thought of myself as an incredibly independent person. And I am - to a certain extent. I moved out of my home city at 18, I funded my way through University and a few months ago I packed my bags and emigrated to Italy.

We're Going on the School Run - My Adaptation of 'The Bear Hunt'.

Polly Walker | Posted 29.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Polly Walker

Get undressed again! Wriggle struggle! Wriggle struggle! Into bed. Under the covers. Yawny stretchy! Yawny stretchy! We're not doing the school run on an inset day again.

Dear Stranger in the Supermarket Car Park

Claire Kirby | Posted 29.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Kirby

A few weeks ago a stranger chased me half way down the street to give me my sons glove, which he had dropped from his buggy. She didn't have to go out of her way to do that, but the fact that she did made my life a little easier.

24 Things No Parent Wants to Hear

Sinéad Fox | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sinéad Fox

They all talk all the time (no idea where they got that from). I love the chats and the sweet singing, but there are some sounds that send me over the edge, that make my heart sink, my head hang or my shouting commence. These things more than others are triggers for me, especially when I'm tired.

Your Neighbourhood Needs You - Give a Little Community Spirit to Help Our Elders

Dr Paul Zollinger-Read | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Paul Zollinger-Read

One of the saddest things I read while investigating community spirit was to learn that one million people in the UK may not have spoken to another human being in a month. And, for an estimated five million older people living alone, TV is their closest companion.

The Ages of Soft Play

Claire Kirby | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Kirby

Hey kids, listen up. We all love soft play, right? You can run indoors. Really fast. And not get told off. You can climb up stuff, jump down from stuff, and you can be loud. Anything your Mum won't let you do at home, you can do here. So here it is the definitive guide to soft play through the ages.

Get The Tissues Out! 81-Year-Old Man United With Son He Never Knew

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

An 81-year-old widower has finally found the son he always wanted, after discovering a letter his late wife had stowed away years ago. Tony Trapani...

The Turn of the Budget Supermarkets

Paige Hiley | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Paige Hiley

Aldi and Lidl have been, in the past, seen as the lowest of the low when regarding supermarket products. It is the sort of place you'd go when you're not able to buy the expensive products on display at your local Sainsbury's or you are in need of unusual ingredients from far away lands...

Why January is the Perfect Opportunity for a Vital Conversation

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 15.01.2015 | UK
Jane Ashcroft

This year more and more will be typing terms into Google such as 'care home', 'nursing home' and 'retirement living'. We know that this spike following the festive period is no coincidence.

Opinion - So Now Research Tells Us That Circumcision is Linked to Autism?

Jo Worgan | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

The article below was originally posted on Autism Daily Newscast. Opinion - So now research tells us that circumcision is linked to autism?Research ...

And The Top Ten Happiest Moments In Life Are...

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 07.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

There are many things in life that make us happy - buttery crumpets, sunny days and cute cat videos being just some of them. Now, a new piece of re...

Style Edit: The Great Outdoors

Faye Jacobs | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Faye Jacobs

Each year, I watch the glamour walkers in their DuBarry boots, Moncler jackets and oversized shades and then rush home feeling totally inspired to see what bargains I can pick up online in time for my next walk. Here are my "must have" picks to look super stylish for the Great Outdoors.

Fourteen Things I Learnt in 2014

Anais Mutumba | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anais Mutumba

2014 has been unexpected. Dreams I didn't even know I had I've accomplished, friendships I didn't know I needed I've gained and memories I will neve...

Cash-Grabbing Catholics

Patrick Cash | Posted 28.12.2014 | UK
Patrick Cash

I won't indulge myself in my own personal problems with the Mass, how the language sounds to my ear a lot like lines Christopher Lee should be spouting whilst dancing around a windswept island in The Wicker Man ('It is right to give Him thanks and praise'), because I'll probably come across exactly as I am. A man who vehemently railed against his indoctrinal upbringing mid-teens when he realised his homosexuality made him, in the Dr Eckleburg eyes of the church, a sinner.

Being Grateful for What You Have This Christmas - How to Avoid the Post Christmas Emotional Crash

Benjamin Bonetti | Posted 24.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Benjamin Bonetti

I've experienced some really shitty moments in my own life, and it's this time of year where I'm usually reminded - not because of any specific event that occurred during this festive period, but because of the over indulgence that usually happens within the following weeks.

Have Yourself a Moany Little Christmas

Paul Marshall | Posted 23.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Marshall

What do you most want for Christmas? An iPad, something elegant in cashmere or a voucher for a plastic surgery procedure? The answer, of course, is for it all to be over with as soon as possible. In 1914, that's what millions of people also wanted for WW1. And look at how long that dragged on.

How to Avoid Killing Your In-Laws, Your Wicked Step-Mother and Even Your Kids This Christmas!

Kathryn Lovewell | Posted 23.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kathryn Lovewell

With just a few days until the big day, you may be feeling overwhelmed with everything that still needs to be done; underwhelmed, wondering what all the fuss is about for just one day or even, God forbid, full of Christmas spirit! However you're feeling, you may have an underlying rumbling of anxiety.

I'm Dreaming of a Beige Christmas - Why Ukip Can Suck It!

Yolanda Copes-Stepney | Posted 22.12.2014 | UK Politics
Yolanda Copes-Stepney

I hope people just think that Ukip are 'silly' and their increasing bundle of blunders will result in their downfall. But I genuinely fear that this is just the tip of the iceberg, we are on the verge of a major race, class and culture clash.

It's Not Weird to Feel Sad at Christmas

Rebecca Allen | Posted 22.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rebecca Allen

I think it's normal to feel a bit weird at this time of year. We build up Christmas to such a fever pitch of twee imagination and rose-tinted memories that it can end up feel disappointing and miserable. Sometimes, surrounded by a barrage of Good Will to All Men and Joy to the World and Christmas Cheer, we feel lost and alone, longing for a feeling we can't find anymore.

Five Truths About Christmas When You're Raised By A Single Mother

Sara McCorquodale | Posted 19.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sara McCorquodale

My most memorable Christmas was in 1990 - the year my mother had a zillion jobs to ensure she could brilliantly (and believably) keep the facade of Santa alive on her income alone. One of said jobs was being a cleaner, and driving to drop her off at a factory very early each morning, my mum, grandfather, sister and I would count all the Christmas trees zinging cheerfully from living rooms in our town en route.

Desperate Palestinian Prisoners Resorting To Sperm Smuggling

The Huffington Post UK/Al Jazeera | Ryan Barrell | Posted 19.12.2014 | UK

Desperate Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons are resorting to smuggling their sperm to start families. Around 4,700 Palestinians reside in th...

Enjoy Christmas and Think Carefully About the New Year

Stephen Burke | Posted 19.12.2014 | UK
Stephen Burke

At some point over the Christmas holiday many people will see older members of their family. This will for most people be a time of fun, celebration and great memories.

Family Takes Pictures With Santa Every Christmas For 60 Years

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 18.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Many families have Christmas traditions, but the Wilsons from Seattle have managed to keep this one going for 59 years. They've been taking picture...

Should I Get Back With My Ex For Christmas ?

Sara Davison | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Davison

Christmas is traditionally a time for families to be together. This can heighten emotions, especially loneliness if you are single as the focus is on happy families at this time of year. It can really highlight the fact that you don't have that special someone to share it with and that can be hard to deal with.

Why Festive Drinking and Motherhood Don't Mix

Anniki Sommerville | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anniki Sommerville

I actually think I'm a good parent when I've had a couple of drinks. I laugh more. Loosen up a tad. Let my daughter eat lots of cocktail sausages. I construct creative meals out of buffet foods- piling up her plate with crisps and cake (so she has a good balance of savoury and sweet). And I have fond memories of my own Mum being pissed...