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Why I, Unhappily Bald, Embraced The Selfie

Scott Manley Hadley | Posted 23.04.2017 | UK Comedy
Scott Manley Hadley

So why have I - a grumpy, balding, man whose poor sleeping habits have caused the speed of my ageing to accelerate during the tail end of my twenties - embraced the selfie? Because I get a masochistic kick out of watching myself decline, watching myself move towards death.

Blind Dating And Awkward Romance

Marc Gulwell | Posted 23.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Marc Gulwell

If I can offer a word of advice, don't ever do speed dating without research first. The bars can be dark, and there is a lot of movement. Not the good kind of movement either. Check to see if there are mirrors on the wall, as good looking as you may be, you aren't going to get anywhere by chatting up yourself in the mirror.

Being Step Mum - The Biggest Privilege Of My Life

Tina McGuff | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK Parents
Tina McGuff

To date raising all the children is the most rewarding thing I've ever done. It's been an honour for me to have raised them the best I could. I can honestly say hand on heart I've given it my best shot - also to watch them become happy adults has been everything I had hoped for.

Prince Harry's Podcast Has Been A Game Changer For Mental Health - How Important Is It?

Tina McGuff | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Tina McGuff

I tried to tell a friend for comfort and she told me I was a potential danger to her child so needed to stay away. I was devastated. I did not know what to say and simply withdrew further into my mental anguish, staying away from everyone like a shamed hermit. Silenced again by another person's opinion which I valued dearly at the time.

The Sweet Spot Of Parenting

Lyndsey Stoner | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK Parents
Lyndsey Stoner

Did you know I have a six year old? I wouldn't blame you if you hadn't realised - my writing is so heavily dominated by the antics of my ToddlerMonster that my 'big' girl hardly gets a mention.

I Am Sorry We Can't Have Children. A Letter To My Husband

Sharron Phillips | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sharron Phillips

I am so sorry that I am the reason you might not get to experience fatherhood. I wish I could change what we have been through. I wish that I could change what I have and we could have had a normal progression from two to three. I can't.

Set Boundaries For More Freedom

Hanni Melnicenko | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Hanni Melnicenko

I understand that people all have their own stories, their own standards and that my issue here was with my own lack of boundaries NOT with him or his.

8 People Reveal How They Knew They Were In Love

The Huffington Post | Poorna Bell | Posted 14.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle

“You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you neve...

I Fight My Fiancé's Killer Every Day - Parkinson's Awareness Week

Amanda Elias | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Elias

This week is Parkinson's Awareness week and I will be blogging about my experience as the partner of a person with Parkinson's. My fiancé Ryan was diagnosed in 2015 at 36 with Early Onset Parkinson's Disease.

People Share The Best Relationship Advice They've Ever Been Given

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle

When you’re working through relationship struggles, sometimes some wise words from a third party are just what you need to see a different perspecti...

What To Expect When You're Expecting Adopting

Ali Russell | Posted 11.04.2017 | UK Parents
Ali Russell

In the last part of the adoption process, before we were officially matched, everything seemed to hang in the balance because nothing was official until the matching panel, where (very knowledgeable and kind) strangers would decided if we were the right match for the children we'd never met but had all ready fallen in love with.

I Met My Fiancé On His Stag Night - Parkinson's Awareness Week

Amanda Elias | Posted 11.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Elias

I picked him up at Swansea station, he came in for a hug and as he always laughs, I jumped back. The reason I jumped was because I felt something I hadn't felt before, my body lit up, it felt like sparks were flying through me, that thunder bolt when two souls re-connect - it's true people!

My Teenage Diary: Part Two

Lucy Jones | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Jones

My blog is a heartfelt tribute to the innocence of youth. At 16 I was an ingenue and a hopeless romantic. I was always in love. I loved with abandon, in great quantities and with huge generosity. But it was always unrequited and boyfriends persistently eluded me. The diary that I turned to so diligently has survived to tell the tale of one teenage girl's attempts to find true love and her place in the world.

Supporting Your Partner Through Depression

Samantha Glass | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
 Samantha Glass

Life with depression is not easy and recovery can be a long, hard road. Never judge your partner and how they cope with their depression. If you have not been there, you cannot comprehend the intensity of the experience. All you can do is be there. Things will get better.

Does My Infertility Make You Uncomfortable?

Sharron Phillips | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sharron Phillips

I can honestly say, even though I did feel jealous, I was always happy for them. At first I would say, "Oh don't be silly, don't feel bad telling me! I am fine!" Finding myself comforting them through the experience of having to tell their defective friend they were getting their bundle of joy after only a couple of months of trying.

Unravelling My Thoughts

Rachel Lamb | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Lamb

Admitting that I needed help to organise that box of emotions I'd pushed to the back of my mind for so long was a huge milestone for me. Going from an abusive relationship, to escaping and feeling strong and empowered, to finally coming to terms with the fact that I can't deal with it on my own, is one hell of a realisation.

Suicide And Why We Have To Talk About It...

Tina McGuff | Posted 03.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Tina McGuff

They say all suicides are preventable by speaking out - reaching out. Having the confidence to open up about what you're going through is clearly the hardest thing for so many people to do as they fear the reactions of the loved ones towards them.

How (Not) To Tell Your Child Their Beloved Pet Has Died

Ali Russell | Posted 03.04.2017 | UK Parents
Ali Russell

Let's just take a moment to remember Honey Bunny. She was a gentle little rabbit with a spring in her step. And even though she ate her own poo (very common in rabbits apparently), we loved her very much.

The Invasion Of The Baby Bumps

Sharron Phillips | Posted 30.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sharron Phillips

I was having problems following a miscarriage and watching those pregnant bellies was an ice pick to my heart. I kept my head down, making little eye contact. I sat silent tears falling onto my lap.

Beat Text Message Anxiety in New Relationships

Rachel Conlisk | Posted 29.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Conlisk

We still have the agonising waiting by the phone. Only these days it's more likely that it's for a message than a phone call. Don't let text messages cause you stress. Keep them short and sweet and don't let waiting and responding to text messages take over your life

10 Things I Realised When I Became a Parent

Ali Russell | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK Parents
Ali Russell

Before the children moved in, lots of parents we know told us that nothing prepares you for parenting. If I'm honest, I listened and nodded but felt slightly smug because I've worked with children for 10 years, so surely that would have prepared me.

Three Tips To Turbo Boost Your Way Into Your 50th Year

Dr Amanda Foo-Ryland | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Amanda Foo-Ryland

What I do love about turning 50 is that I now have this attitude where I no longer care anymore of what others think. I've been there, done that and now I'm living life on my terms. These three tips will help to turbo boost the action beyond the mindset, so go for it, make your 50th year as fabulous as you are.

Five Love Myths Modern Women Have To Let Go Of

Melanie Swan | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Melanie Swan

Expectation can lead to even greater disappointment than heartache alone and learning to manage those expectations has, over the last couple of years, been the one thing which has brought me greater peace in myself and my relationships.

Is There An Afterlife?

Nader Dehdashti | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK
Nader Dehdashti

If I had asked myself the question 'is there an Afterlife?' Three months ago, I would most definitely have said no. No being in me believed that there...

E Is For Ed (An A-Z Index Of Bad Dates, Exes & Aubergine Emojis)

Stephen Bailey | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK Comedy
Stephen Bailey

I've been away from the ol' bloggage for a couple of weeks now. My anxiety (see previous posts) has been through the roof. Some days it has taken me u...