UK Summer

Here’s How You And Your Child Can Make A DIY Water Slide

Tamsin Kelly | Posted 15.07.2016 | UK Parents

After some fabulous summer fun? Nothing beats a water slide. A total magnet for children, they bring hours of joy from all the slipping, sliding, laug...

Sweet Potato Kale Salad

Steph Matthews | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Steph Matthews

I hardly used to eat any vegetables so the fact that this salad is made up of kale of all things means it had to be pretty tasty! This is now one of my all time favourite kale recipes that I go back to again and again...

Top Outdoor Toys for Summer 2016

Faye Jacobs | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Parents
Faye Jacobs

Is it just me or is summer starting later and finishing earlier every year?! I'm trying not to get depressed by the late start and am focusing on the dates of the summer holidays set by the school, this means we still have almost 2 weeks for the climate to get its act together... So, in preparation for a glorious season and time spent in the garden, here are my top outdoor toys - all tried and tested by my 3 very active children!

Affordable Last Minute Summer Holiday Destinations

Written by Ruth D'Alessandro | Phillip Othen | Posted 07.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle

There are loads of wallet-friendly places in the UK, Europe and even further afield you can visit on the spur of the moment. In fact, it’s cheaper t...

The Changing Face of Childhood as We Know It

Ran Berger | Posted 07.07.2016 | UK Parents
Ran Berger

Summer holidays. Two words which can evoke a variety of emotions. For teachers, a giddy sense of relief. For parents, the all too common clutch of dread mixed with guilt. For kids, pure thrill - hazy days stretch out before them, 6 weeks feeling like an eternity.

Back to school - It's Not About the Shoes

Melissa Hood | Posted 05.07.2016 | UK Parents
Melissa Hood

I was talking to one of the other facilitators at The Parent Practice, Juliet Richards, this week about going back to school.... As you do when the summer holidays haven't even begun! She said her teenagers will still need some help and 'encouragement' in September to get themselves organised, but it will be easier than it has been before. They're used to it, after all.

Acne? You Need to Avoid These Sunscreen Ingredients

Amy Saunders | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Saunders

Now the weather is getting warmer and the sun is shining brighter, I wanted to look at the sun cream ingredients people with acne need to avoid to prevent pimples and clogged pores.

Mysterious Ways

Caragh Little | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

So as the end-of-term rain hammers down outside, as the postman thinks up new and more outrageous insults as the Summer holidays go on, as the political leaders rip one another apart and as people try to figure out whether Article 50 will actually work in reality... weeks without bells and a timetable loom. Now what?

Summer Ready - Four Luxe Treatments We Love

The Spa Spy | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Often, when I'm heading to the sun, I'll give my nails a break and leave them clean to soak up the vitamin E. If I do opt for a manicure I always go for a Shellac over a Gel - I find it kinder to the nails, and it usually stays chip free for around a week.

Welcome To British Summertime

The Huffington Post | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK

It's the first day of British summer and yes, you guessed it, it's raining. If walking to work with only a soggy Metro to shield your coiffured barnet...

The Fashionable Student: What You Need to Know About Summer Clothes Shopping

Natalie Turco-Williams | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Natalie Turco-Williams

Flip flops, shorts and bikinis - oh my! There's nothing better than summer clothes shopping, even if you haven't got a holiday booked. Just the though...

The Perfect Vegan Barbecue - Strawberry Vanilla Lemonade, Potato Salad and More!

Poppy Velosa-Ayres | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Poppy Velosa-Ayres

In my opinion, a barbecue should be a relaxed way of cooking and eating. And so it defeats the object entirely if you spend hours slaving in the kitchen before the coals are even lit, preparing and cooking sides.

Summer Bucket List

Lucia Williams | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lucia Williams

Living in the UK you learn from an early age that summer is a special time, to be savoured, cherished, enjoyed, worshiped even? It's a time for BBQs, festivals, parties in the park, softball, families, ice cream and fun.

England's Balloon Set To Rise This Summer

Vince Raison | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Sport
Vince Raison

We are a strange breed. For a nation with a high patriotic regard for itself, we don't half apologise a lot. We're not fond a boastful winner either. We like a trier. In truth, we're more Eddie The Eagle than Richard The Lionheart.

Northern Ireland's Bite Is As Formidable As Their Bark

Vince Raison | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Sport
Vince Raison

Northern Ireland's hopes aren't pinned on brilliant mavericks, no matter how much fun they are. They're built on everyone doing their bit for the team, like honeybees, working for their queen. But honeybees in a 4-4-2 formation playing a strong pressing game.

Why Wales Could Be On Cloud Nine This Summer

Vince Raison | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Sport
Vince Raison

The Welsh are a proud bunch. Proud of their beautiful country, proud of their history and culture, proud of having a ruddy great dragon on their flag. But right now they are very proud of their superb football team. And it's not even their favourite sport. That's just taking the Mick...

Entertaining This Summer: The Secrets Of Hosting A Budget BBQ

Written by Ruth D'Alessandro | Phillip Othen | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle

The sun is (often) out, the tinnies are on ice and it is time to get grilling! Barbecues are the best way to get all your mates together for some al f...

Sam Faiers Causes Stir On Instagram With This Photo

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Parents

Sam Faiers has caused yet another unanticipated debate on Instagram after uploading snaps of her son and niece without sun hats and life jackets. The ...

13 Stages Of Every British Picnic

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Australians may have the barbecue, and Americans have a cookout, but none quite compete with the humble institution that is the British picnic. Despit...

Our Guide To Affordable Outdoor Entertainment This Summer

Written by Ruth D'Alessandro | Phillip Othen | Posted 09.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle

It’s summertime, and wallet-conscious Brits are choosing staycations in the UK, rather than schlepping off abroad. According to a report by the Worl...

All The Story of The Night Told Over...

Caragh Little | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Caragh Little

This was a special production, too, in that the parts of Shakespeare's 'Mechanicals', the working men of Athens who stage the play-within-a-play at Theseus and Hippolyta's wedding feast, were played by actors from local amateur dramatic groups in each region visited by the tour, and the parts of fairy attendants being played by local schoolchildren.

This Woman And Her Disastrous BBQ Attempt Is All Of Us This Summer

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 03.06.2016 | UK Comedy

Summer's almost here which can only mean one thing: BBQs (and lots of 'em). For some, the art of barbecuing comes naturally. However for one woman, h...

Getting Your Skin Summer Ready

Seena Seka | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Seena Seka

Finally, with warmer weather soon to arrive, is your skin ready for the extra UVA / UVB exposure? Sunny days generally mean more bare flesh - so now is the time to make sure your skin is looking its best and continues to do so with adequate protection!

Travel Essentials: What's In My Carry-On

Steph Matthews | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Steph Matthews

You might be in the midst of making travel arrangements for the upcoming summer months so I'm sharing the types of things that I enjoy traveling onboard with.

How to Plan for the Best Summer Holiday Ever My #sweetsummerchallenge

Lisa Barry | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK Parents
Lisa Barry

The thought of the approaching 6 week summer break may bring you feelings of dread or excitement but either way you can't stop them coming, equally th...