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Second hand clothes

Millions of Brits turn to second hand sites as cost of living crisis worsens

The current cost of living crisis has meant that millions of Brits are turning to second hand sites in an effort to save or make a bit of extra money.

That’s according to new research by , which found that nearly half (43%) of UK adults said they have turned to buying second-hand due to rising living costs.

The data shows that UK adults are also selling their...

UK children have given or raised money for a charity five times on average in the past two years

Children become more charitable in response to Ukraine war and COVID-19

UK children have given or raised money for a charity five times on average in the past two years, with a third ( 31% ) of them becoming more charitable in response to wars in Afghanistan and Ukraine and the COVID-19 pandemic.  

New research by Save the Children found that over three-quarters ( 79% ) of children agreed that when they raise money for charity, they feel good knowing...

Research shows one in four women in the UK do not speak of or report experiences of online abuse

One in Four Women Don’t Report Online Abuse

Research shows one in four women in the UK do not speak of or report experiences of online abuse.

South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) commissioned research into online harms to inform the development of a new 24/7 secure reporting platform.

This new platform, Minerva, is being developed to ease the reporting of online abuse, report crimes and help victims of online abuse re...

The Joys of Owning a Cat and How to Keep Them Safe

Owning a cat is a great joy for many of us and we take pride in caring for them as best as we can. A cat can be more than just a pet, they are for many a companion and a constant presence in their day to day lives. Any cat owner will do the best they can to keep their pet safe and sound but if you are new to looking after such an animal you may not be aware of everything you should do. Keep...

Here is how to correctly pronounce the names of certain breeds of dog

From Dachshunds to Rottweilers, these are the dog breeds you are (probably) mispronouncing

The rumours are true… humans simply don’t deserve dogs - we don’t even know how to correctly pronounce the names of certain breeds!

Luckily, the team at Preply have shed some light on this and provided a roundup of dog breeds that typically tend to get mispronounced, and how to correctly say the names.

  1. Dachshund (daks-hund)

Yes, you’ve been pronouncing...

Back to school on a budget

Back To School Shopping: 9 Essentials For Under £50

Last week, schools across the country broke up for summer. So, you might think it’s a bit premature to start thinking about the new academic year in September already.

However, everyone knows shopping for back to school items can be a chore - and if you want to save yourself a headache in late August then getting your essentials early is the way to go.

And with the cost of...

Being a parent is incredibly rewarding but can also be incredibly hard

Playdate’s Guide to Self Care for Single Parents

Being a parent is incredibly rewarding but can also be incredibly hard. Often, the stresses of parenting can be amplified when you are a single parent, particularly if you have your children with you most or all of the time. It can feel almost impossible to get a moment by yourself to go to the toilet, let alone a couple of hours to pop to the gym, meet up with friends or take up a new hobby...

Alton Towers is the UK's best value theme park

Alton Towers named UK’s best value theme park

Large cottage accommodation provider Big Domain has crunched the data to find out which of the UK’s theme parks offer the best value for money by comparing the number of rides, cost of entry, parking fees, TripAdvisor ratings and Instagrammability. Here are the places that made the top 10 for cheap thrills this summer:

Alton Towers, Staffordshire

Coming in first is Alton...

Juggling summer holidays with the kids and working can be a stressful time

Expert solutions to reduce burnout for working mums over the summer holidays

Summertime might bring certain challenges for working mothers who need to deal with children at home as well as their professional life. Planning ahead, sticking to a work-life ratio, and considering how to approach hybrid work are some of the expert-recommended solutions to reduce burnout and elevated stress levels.

June 22, 2022. 53% of women report increased levels of stress while...

Divorce Prevention: Weathering the Storm

To have and to hold, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, till death do us part; these are the traditional vows said on that glorious, life-changing day, and yet keeping to them genuinely seems to be a struggle for many.

In the US, for example, nearly half of all marriages end in divorce or separation, and in the UK, it isn’t much better, with...

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