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Achieving a Work Life Balance...Is It Possible?

Benjamin Bonetti | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Benjamin Bonetti

Pause for a moment now to consider the balance you currently have in your life...and the balance you're striving to achieve.... The most common areas of consideration are family, work, health, friends, and spirit...all of which you try to "juggle" at the same time.

How to Survive Christmas When You Have Two Families

Rachel Moss | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Moss

Hundreds of thousands of people in the UK have divorced parents and I'm one of them. The majority of the year I don't even think about the fact that my parents live in different houses with different people. After all, it's been that way for the last 15 years. But at Christmas time their separation is suddenly significant.

Choosing to Go It Alone

Jayne Molyneux | Posted 04.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jayne Molyneux

A study released by Bupa found that a considerable number of cancer patients are choosing to go it alone and keep friends and family in the dark about their diagnosis and treatment, in order to protect them.

We Can Grow New Eggs, Ladies

Claudia Spahr | Posted 04.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Claudia Spahr

Researchers recently discovered the existence of Egg Precursor cells (EggPC) in the outer cortex of female ovaries. These immature egg cells can mature into fresh, young eggs. Scientists even believe that these intact, immature egg cells can be found in a woman of any age.

Exposure for UK Startup 23snaps Puts Them In the Frame

Eamonn Carey | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Tech
Eamonn Carey

London-based startup 23snaps is a privately curated social network for families designed to save family photos and videos in one digital journal. The app now has more than 500,000 customers in 179 countries and is expanding rapidly.

Artist Photoshops Old Photos To Show Her 'Growing Up' With Her Mother

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Tech

Imagine being able to go back in time and visit your parents when they were your age, would you have got on? Would you have laughed at the same things...

Things to Consider Before Bringing a Pet Home

Gabrielle Leimon | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK
Gabrielle Leimon

Christmas is now officially just around the corner. As we roll through into December it's important to remind people of the troubles of giving animals as gifts. Every year people give animals, typically kittens and puppies, as gifts to their loved ones...

'I May Be Dead By Then' - Amazing Texts From @YourSh*ttyFamily

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

If you think your family's dysfunctional, just check out new Instagram account @YourShittyFamily. The concept is simple - real people submit screen...

Maintaining Your Energy and Confidence Levels

Maggie Currie | Posted 29.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Maggie Currie

These people have the power to drain your energy and bring you down to their level, a million miles away from the level that YOU want to be operating on. But, and here is the interesting thing, they only have that power if you allow them to.

How to Have a Calm and Content Christmas

Cat Williams | Posted 25.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Cat Williams

Christmas can be one of the most stressful times of the year, particularly if we have family members who don't really get on with each other! What is the secret to staying calm throughout the festive season, no matter what it brings? It's self-esteem.

Never Stop Dancing - A Year in the Life of a Business Startup

Hannah Saunders | Posted 24.01.2015 | UK
Hannah Saunders

It's been over a year now and, as I hoped and feared, it's been the most fun/interesting/terrifying year I've had for a few decades. On the whole, it would have been cheaper to buy a sportscar and less time-consuming to have an affair with a 25 year old, but, as I can't drive and am happy with my fella, this 45 year old's mid-life crisis is a "follow your dream" business startup.

We Will Eat at the Table Tonight!

Kerry Gibb | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kerry Gibb

In my house I am made to feel like the biggest nag in the world suggesting a family dinner round the table - by all five of my men! My two eldest tell me that 'it's boring' sitting at the table. My four year old contests just because that seems the thing to do and hey, if his big brothers are saying it then it must be right.

Four Things to Do If You're Meeting the Parents This Holiday Season

Liz Marie | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Marie

If you've been dating someone new for the past few months, chances are that you'll be meeting their family this holiday season. Meeting the parents (and the grandparents, and the siblings and the family friends....) is always nerve-wracking and there seems to be even more pressure to make a good impression this time of year. Here are four ways to make a great first impression this holiday season.

How to Be Happy - A Simple Formula!

David Hurst | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
David Hurst

We all know that seeing a friend has this positive effect, but sometimes we repeatedly push it away in pursuit of happiness by other means. But in the pursuit of "achieving" this other happiness, we usually neglect what we know does make us happy: spending time with friends.

Friends Are the New Family

Jody Thompson | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jody Thompson

Whilst many bemoan our hyper-connected age and the distance some would say it puts between people and real human interaction, I have discovered quite the opposite. In fact, I've found friends are not only more important than ever, but the internet keeps them closer than has ever been possible.

Dealing With Death and Caring for Your Children

Susan Leigh | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Susan Leigh

In the UK alone twenty-two people die every day leaving their children to be raised by either one or no parents. Multiply this by the number of days in the year and it reveals a very large number of children and young people who are left in a bereaved situation.

Twenty Parenting Mistakes You Only Make Once

Jess Paterson | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jess Paterson

There are some parenting mistakes you make time and time again. Taking them out for a meal and expecting not to get indigestion. Assuming they heard you the first 10 times you asked them to put their school shoes on. Expecting them to have a two-hour nap as you have loads to do...

Eleven Steps to Support a Loved One With Mental Health Problems

Danny Bowman | Posted 18.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Danny Bowman

They are going to be feeling frustrated, confused and completely overwhelmed sometimes if not most of the time so it is important that you know some hurtful things that they say to you, they do not mean so don't take it too personally as it is just the illness talking and they will most likely apologise sincerely for it sometime after it has been said.

A Thank You Letter to My Mother

Rachel Kelly | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Kelly

Gradually as I began to get better, you would read aloud longer passages and poems to me as you had done when I was a child. You had always kept a commonplace book of snippets of poetry, prayer and anecdotes that had particularly struck you, entitled 'Consolations'. I devoured the collection as if it were ice-cold water offered to a parched traveller.

Twelve Reasons Being an Auntie Is the Greatest Job in the World

Kate Leaver | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Leaver

Making a teeny-tiny human is the greatest thing your brother/sister ever did. They didn't do it for you, obviously. But sometimes, in a perfect moment with your niece/nephew on your lap, it feels like maybe they kind-of did.When my nephew, Charlie, puts his little hand in mine, the whole world makes sense. His existence is joy.

Dementia - They Don't Tell You These Things...

Dawn Vance | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dawn Vance

They don't tell you about the friends she's had for years who gradually stop coming to visit because they 'hate seeing her like that'. I'm pretty sure she hates being 'like that' too, but she could really do with a friend. They'll all be at her funeral though, because that's what friends are for, isn't it?

A Letter to My Eleven-Year-Old Self

Danny Bowman | Posted 11.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Danny Bowman

Over the next couple of months things will become a little harder, your 11th Christmas will not be all cheer. And you will be full of fear due to your mental illness, you won't understand till early next year that it is mental illness.

Secondary Infertility: Is It Selfish to Want More of What You Already Have? I Say NO

Jane Newman | Posted 10.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Newman

I have secondary infertility, in other words I had fertility issues after my first child was born. She is now six. After five and a half years of numerous procedures, operations, four rounds of IVF, a miscarriage and ending up with a fairy godmother surrogate, I got my happy ending, my complete family.

To Be a Man, My Son

Ian Watson | Posted 10.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ian Watson

Dad's world was simpler than mine. Those he considered cowards were bullies and wife beaters. His idiots were layabouts, the intentionally uneducated and the spineless. My cowards are racists and homophobes. My idiots are the intolerant and the close-minded. People too scared to even try and understand anything that makes them look at their own lives.

Parents Need to Become Better 'Road Models'

Jo Whiley | Posted 10.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Whiley

Everyone picks up bad habits in life as well as driving, it's inevitable, but when you have children it's important to make sure you're not making glaring mistakes on a regular basis. I suppose that what many people need to realise is that if for instance your child grows up watching you on your phone in the car then they'll believe that it is safe behaviour.