UK Lifestyle

Travel Eye: Finding Bliss In The Maldives

Karen Edwards | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Edwards

At just under three acres, Thelu Veliga may be a small island but my partner Brad and I are in our own little haven; from our stunning water villa with a balcony that opens up onto the ocean, to a cosy restaurant and beach bar. With just 30 beach and water villas, the resort never feels busy, more remote and exclusive.

The True Cost Of Christmas? Three Months Of Your Lifetime - But Only If You Are A Woman

Jackie Leiper | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jackie Leiper

The research did show that men do spend time on Christmas preparations but prefer those tasks that are typically more 'fun', choosing to lend a hand coordinating outings with family and friends, preparing the festive feast and looking for unusual ingredients for Christmas dishes.

Three People Sit In A Dark Studio, Drinking Port, And Talking About What They Call Their Genitals...

Leah Green | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Leah Green

This is Token, the podcast I present with my colleague Freddy McConnel. We just recorded our Christmas special, with guest Mona Chalabi from the Guardian video series Vagina Dispatches. I am a mixed race, Jewish, northern woman, and Fred is a trans, queer white guy from down south. So between us we have a fair bit of experience of being tokens! Normally the episodes focus on gender, identity, race and culture, but this episode was strictly vag.

QUIZ: Christmas Family Arguments Bingo

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle

As traditional as the turkey with cranberry sauce, family arguments are an integral part of Christmas celebrations. What would Christmas be without h...

Here Are 11 Reasons Why Being Single Over The Holidays Is Better Than Being In A Relationship

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Everyone bangs on about summer being the time to be single, but actually you are all overlooking the sheer joy of a commitment-free Christmas period. ...

Top Tips To Manage Festive Stress

Susan Leigh | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Susan Leigh

Most people's festive experiences require some planning and compromise. Some people will be alone, perhaps for the first time or are having to share custody of their children or tend to ailing relatives

Who Needs Turkey When You Can Have A Nut Roast?

Jonathan Young | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jonathan Young

Rewind back to 2013 or any year before and the thought of a nut roast as the centrepiece of my Christmas meal bordered on blasphemy. I would give it similar short thrift as other usurpers like quorn, tofu and seitan (or Satan as I assumed it was spelt).

Why Teaching Gives Me Goosebumps

Mat Galvin | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK
Mat Galvin

Of course teaching is not without its own challenges, but there are also many benefits and rewards that make the hard work worth it. I go home at the end of each day knowing that I've made a difference. Is that something you'd like to feel too?

Let's Shift The Narrative On Women In Business

Halima Khatun | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Halima Khatun

We need to coin another definition of success for women in business. A lifestyle business should not be sniffed at, and running a business and a home should be well regarded. After all, the latter is a job in itself.

Hyperbolic Salad Dressing

Kevin Fleming | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kevin Fleming

This life-changing-world-peace-inducing Hyperbolic Salad Dressing is rooted in simplicity. It would feel imprisoned in an ostentatious hand cut crystal carafe. I recommend using an old jam jar and keeping a batch at the ready. It's laidback but does require refrigeration after use.

Sensible Snacking In The Christmas Season: Don't Let Workplace Treats Be Your Enemy

Lucy Jones | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Jones

But snacking shouldn't be labelled as a bad habit linked to piling on the pounds. Making informed decisions when it comes to your office snacking habits can make a big difference, especially at this time of year.

16 Foods From Our Childhood That Really Deserve A Comeback

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle

It’s official, fish fingers are making a comeback. After several decades of being left on the supermarket shelf, sales have risen 5.9% in 2016, acco...

Do Trendy 'Detoxes' Really Work? What's The Secret To A Healthy New Year?

Kate Arnold | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Arnold

So while these miracle diets can seem enticing - promising speedy weight loss, glowing skin and numerous other health benefits - they're not made to last, and any 'positive' effects can soon disappear when you fall back into your normal habits

Seaside Fudge For Christmas

Fi Bird | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Bird

I pop some well washed carrageen into a pan, cover it with water and simmer the pan over a low heat for about 20 minutes until a rich gel is released. I then sieve the gloop into a pot, cover, and refrigerate the resulting gel for up to ten days. I use it to thicken, add sheen to sauces, in marshmallows or as a setting agent in panna cottas and mousses.

Day 6: 12 Days Of Christmas Dieting

Ali Stewart | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ali Stewart

We are now half way through this series of 12 days of Christmas dieting. The way I see it there is a lot of spurious information out there that is usually confusing, contradictory or just plain wrong. I've been educating clients for years on how to eat and train properly. Here is another dose of reliable information on how to avoid getting fat at Christmas time.

Read This Blog Before You Worry About Christmas Weight Gain

Becky Hodgson | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Becky Hodgson

Most of the weight gain you may see straight after New Year's Eve is water weight from the extra salt and carbohydrate consumed through all the meat and chocolate. Yum! So, some might say we should all stop fretting and enjoy the Christmas period for what it is. A time to enjoy ourselves a celebrate another year!

Cookery Class With The Sanssouci Collection, Marrakech - Review

Beth Brookfield | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Brookfield

During our stay in Marrakech, my husband Steve and I were invited to take part in a cookery class with The Sanssouci Collection at Les Cigognes Hotel, which has been the leading Moroccan cookery school for the last 15 years.

5 Terrible Phone Habits We Should All Try To Kick Over Christmas

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Tech

Christmas might be a time to spend with our family, but we all know after two hours we’ll be back on our phones looking for a morsel of comfort from...

Inspirational Stories Of 2016: From Being Diagnosed With A Brain Tumour To Meeting The Love Of My Life

Parminder Tatur | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Parminder Tatur

One of the hardest things was losing my hair. When it started to fall out and I had to have it cut, it felt like part of me was dying. I came home and cried. But now when I go to the hairdressers, I feel like a new person.

Rediscovering Christmas - Life After My Wife's Suicide

Gary Marson | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Gary Marson

I opened the box of Christmas decorations as carefully and as nervously as an archaeologist might approach a long lost haul of Anglo-Saxon treasure. This, to me, was much more precious; a collection not of gold but memories, a time capsule of the way things used to be, before.

Finding Our Natural Space On Earth

Sam Williams | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Williams

Reconnecting with nature is not just beneficial for us and our health; it is beneficial for all species. The more we can learn from the ecosystems that we depend upon, the better we can protect them, for everyone's survival.

What It's Like To Have Sight Loss At Christmas

Paul King | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Paul King

As our children grew up, it was wonderful to see the looks on their little faces as they opened their presents. All the excitement and anticipation that quickly turned into sheer joy and elation. Since I lost my sight eight years ago, I haven't had that same thrill with my grandchildren. While I try not be bitter about life, I do feel a little bit like I've been robbed of that pleasure.

Support Refuge's Wish Of Giving A Gift To All Women And Children Fleeing Domestic Violence This Christmas

Sandra Horley CBE | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sandra Horley CBE

The wishes made by the women and children Refuge supports are quite different. Women might wish they could wake up safe in their own home. Children might wish they didn't have to leave their school, their friends or their beloved pet to go into a refuge; or that their mum would stop blaming herself for the abuse she has experienced.

If You Breakup With Someone - Do It With Class

Jordi Sinclair | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jordi Sinclair

That was before the whole "Tinder" age took over and things have obviously reached a new low. The amount of terrible texts, emails, voicemails and even EMOJIS used to breakup with people is now beyond a joke. And it needs to stop.

The Five Decisions You Need To Make Before Buying A Bed On Boxing Day

Robert Lane | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Robert Lane

With mattresses, it's a very different story. Retailers wag their fingers and tell you that it's the most important purchase you'll ever make because you'll spend so many thousands of hours in bed. A cheap bed will lead to a lifetime of back pain and remorse, they say.