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This is what a week without make-up does to your skin

On most days, I’ll wear make-up. By beauty influencer standards, it’s not a lot, but while I don’t spend hours applying layers of foundation and contouring (I much prefer the ‘no make-up-make-up’ look), I do have a few insecurities that I like to keep in check with a swipe of a concealer stick.

But like most people I know, the spread of coronavirus has thrown my beauty regime into a...

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Six financial fears affecting us all right now and how to deal with them

With many of us experiencing income shocks right now, our money worries have, understandably, escalated.

Nearly a third of people in the UK have already seen their household incomes hit by the coronavirus pandemic, consulting company Kantar recently found, while a separate survey from Hargreaves Lansdown revealed a quarter (26%) of people in full-time work are worried about losing...

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Ten ways to make family video calls more fun

Video calls are helping millions of families stay connected right now – but with daily life deep in Groundhog Day mode for many of us, it’s easy to run out of things to talk about.

Switching it up with some good, old-fashioned organised challenges can boost the amusement factor – and give you all something to talk about that isn’t just what you had for lunch.

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How to cook with your kids during the lockdown

Getting children involved in cooking from an early age can help them to develop the skills they need to plan and cook healthy meals throughout their lives as well as overcoming picky-eating.

With most children being schooled at home during the Coronavirus pandemic, now could be a good opportunity to teach them some healthy cooking skills.

With fast food outlet closures, it...

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More than a third of people finding it more difficult to work from home during the C-19 lockdown

With news of the three-week lockdown extension, a new national survey of 2,000 people into the experience of home working shows that 37% are finding it more and more difficult to work from home, but are prepared to carry on.

The survey commissioned by www.moneypenny.com , the leading outsourced communications company, showed that a further 6% said they don’t feel they can work from...

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Five new books to read in lockdown

With lockdown only set to continue, bolster yourself with a few good reads…


1. Redhead By The Side Of The Road by Anne Tyler (Chatto & Windus, £14.99)

Pulitzer prize winner Anne Tyler’s latest novel focuses on “what goes through the mind of a man like Micah Mortimer”. Micah, an unabashed lover of routine, runs his own one-man IT business helping mostly-...

Fruit and vegetables are part of a healthy lifestyle and your five-a-day

Easy ways to get your 5-a-day during the lockdown

Eating five portions of fruit and veg every day can help keep your heart healthy and reduce the risk of heart disease. As supermarket shelves are emptier than usual, Heart Research UK have some tips to help you achieve your 5-a-day during this challenging time.

What counts as a portion?

Eighty grams of fresh, frozen or tinned fruit and veg or 30g dried fruit count as one...

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How do I get my kids to do their lockdown schoolwork without a row?

I’m struggling to get the kids to do schoolwork during lockdown – especially my 15-year-old who doesn’t see the point as his GCSEs have been cancelled. Have you got any tips to help me deal with them without there being an almighty row?

Dr Helen Bilton, Professor of Outdoor Learning at Reading University’s Institute of Education, says: “Don’t have a conversation when emotions are...

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Seven money-saving habits you might want to continue after lockdown

Much has been said about the perils of being stuck in the house 24/7, like family pets interrupting your important conference calls, your partner leaving their dirty dishes everywhere and the lack of respite from the kids.

And while all of these are valid concerns, one silver lining to the situation is how much money you save when you’re living in lockdown (if you’re lucky enough for...

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How to get kids off their screens during lockdown

Dawn Isaac, author of 101 Things for Kids to Do Screen-Free, suggests kids should have designated daily screen-free time, and shares activity ideas.

Confined within four walls for the forseeable future, countless children are becoming even more dependent on screens to stave off the boredom of lockdown.

And while many parents will welcome the social interaction and...