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Self-care can involve Margarita cocktails and Babybel cheese

Dec 9, 2019 by Hamza Sheraz.

A “one size fits all” approach doesn’t work when it comes to taking care of ourselves. I have been thinking a lot about self-care recently. Mostly because I am going through a four-week-show stint at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. A lot of performers think it’s crucial to ramp up their self-care during the festival, going vegan and alcohol-free for the month, doing yoga every day and taking regular meditation breaks during which they polish their halos. After four years of coming up here for a month, I usually do something like this on an annual basis and have benefited from...

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FOOD HONESTLY Anna Jones’ all-round-to-mine party food

Dec 10, 2019 by carol adams.

Four quick and easy party starters to kick off 2019 in style . Parties should be fun, without the stress of spending loads or days making vol-au-vents. By the time New Year's Eve arrives, I am often ready for some straightforward recipes and these little canapés hit the spot. A very British tart cut into little squares and some festive salsa always go down well and I’ll serve them with some pretty drinks that go down even better. SMOKY TORTILLAS & CELEBRATORY SALSA These couldn’t be easier to put together and people love them – it’s fiery party food at...

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if your social calendar is packed in advance, time for radical measures

Dec 11, 2019 by William Lewis.

A sabbatical taught Poorna Bell that relentless forward planning was sucking the joy out of seeing her friends and family. On her return, she took drastic action: the two-week rule. I returned from a sabbatical this spring, and a friend asked me what the best part of it was. The adventure and sightseeing were amazing; skipping out on the Beast from the East came close. But there was an unequivocal winner, and that was not feeling like I was about to throw up every time I thought about my social calendar. This was mainly because I spent most of my...

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The decision to become a single mother is hard. After that, it gets easier

Dec 11, 2019 by William Lewis.

Emma Brockes had twin girls when she was 39. There are, she finds, wonderful upsides to parenting alone.  It's exhausting, financially crippling, logistically nightmarish and emotionally draining. In the three years since I had my twin girls, I have been out later than 8pm approximately five times and, with the exception of two overnight work trips, spent the entire evening each time checking my watch before scrambling home to relieve the babysitter/my guilt at having gone out in the first place. Single parenthood is easy. You don't have to negotiate a partner's baggage about parenting. If you believe, thanks to...