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Back to work we go

Returning to employment after time out can be daunting. But if you plan well, it may fit in perfectly with your life...  Many people stop to have a career break at some point in their lives, and for women, this usually happens when they start a family. After a few months (or years) at home, the thought of returning to the world of 9-to-5 – especially since your domestic life is probably a lot mor ...

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How to wear red

It’s not an easy colour to wear, but if you get it right, red is smoking. So, remove all the fiery items you’ve relegated to the back of the wardrobe and get ready to dazzle!  There’s something daring and dramatic about red. And its association with danger – think stop lights and warning signs – as well as sexy lingerie, can make it a difficult colour to get right. It ...

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How to survive Christmas with your family

‘Tis the season to be jolly, but beware: unrealistic expectations, family tensions and Buck’s Fizz for breakfast can combine to create an atmosphere sadly lacking in peace and goodwill… Christmas comes just once a year, but for many, this time of year can be the most stressful of all. ‘Many parents – particularly mothers – put themselves under pressure to create a perfec ...

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A pinch of salt

Cutting back on salt can help your heart and your bones – and even make you look slimmer... When you sprinkle salt on your meals, you probably do so without even thinking. But salt does a lot more than just flavour your food and not all it does is good for you. What’s more, most of us are eating far too much of it. The facts Salt (sodium chloride) is found naturally in all kinds of foods. It ...

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We lost 13st between us

If you want to shift pounds and get to your dream dress size, there may be a way for you. Read how three women used very different ways to get new bodies they love! 'I had a gastric band fitted' Karen Baker, a 51-year-old hairdressing lecturer from Middlesex, opted for a drastic solution Fact file: ● Heaviest weight:16st ● Size then: 22 ● Weight now: 10st 10lb ● Size now: 14/16 ● Height: 5ft 4in ‘From ...

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Step away from the sofa

There have never been more high-tech and unusual ways to work out. We review the new generation of fitness trends, classes and gadgets that will be keeping you in shape in 2011... Body pump™ A barbell class that will strengthen your body. This strong workout challenges all your major muscle groups with the best weight-room exercises – such as squats, presses, lifts and curls – all in a gro ...

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The flexible career

Discover a job that fits around your family's needs and for which you're probably already qualified – social care... If you're thinking of dipping your toe in the world of work again, but need to find something that will allow you to pick up the kids from school or make it to their sports day and nativity plays – a career in social care could be the answer. What's more, jobs in this sector will ...

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James Martin’s Sunday brunches

This week, celebrity chef James Martin shows at home readers how to cook up two delicious dishes perfect for Sunday brunch... Sautéed chicken livers and mushrooms on toast Sautéed chicken livers and mushrooms on toast Chicken livers are one of the few remaining inexpensive meats and we should use them in cooking a lot more than we do. Make sure the green parts of the liver are removed and don’t overco ...

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Reach out

Fostering a child is a huge commitment and it's not always easy. However, the rewards are enormous and, ultimately, you may help to transform a young life...  It's a sad fact that thousands of children, right here in the UK, have a terrible start in life. Some are born with learning difficulties or disabilities because their mother was addicted to drink or drugs during pregnancy. Some may have a parent ...

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Skate your way to fitness

When Dancing On Ice hits our TV screens every January, it’s not just the skating that’s impressive – it’s also just how much the celebs tone up. For a piece of that action, head to your local rink... Like many of her predecessors on Dancing On Ice, Coleen got extremely fit during her time on the show. In fact, she lost an astonishing five stone, starting out as a size 20 and ending u ...

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Find a better you

There are areas of your life – career, money and relationships – that can be improved, making you feel back on track again…  What makes up you? Your partner, your children, your job? The one thing many women forget about, while trying to keep on top of the daily rush that is their life, is themselves. You are the most important person in helping yourself to be the person you want to ...

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Under the knife: what’s new?

Statistics show that cosmetic surgery is more popular than ever. Here’s our guide to the latest treatments... The face of the UK cosmetic-surgery industry is changing – not only are procedures now more affordable and accessible than ever before, but the development of less invasive treatments has meant that more and more women are choosing to go under the knife. Or, rather, under the laser or ne ...

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Christmas with the celebrity chefs

Do you need a little guidance in the kitchen this Christmas? Here are some handy tips from 17 of the top chefs… Rachel Allen 'When it comes to stuffing the turkey, I simply combine onion, breadcrumbs, herbs and some lemon zest with butter. For duck, orange zest works well, and apple with goose. The fruity flavours really complement and cut through the richness of the meat.' Want more? Visit www.rache ...

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James Martin’s family meals

This week, celebrity chef James Martin shows at home readers how to cook up two delicious dishes that your family are sure to love... Halibut with lychee, cashew nut and miso salad If you have only tasted miso in soup, then you’ll be forgiven for finding it bland. This is a much more interesting way to use it and show its versatility... Serves 4 Halibut 75ml sake 75ml mirin 225g white miso paste 110g ...

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’Tis the season…

Here are 20 tips for a festive break that will refresh your mind, body and soul... We’re all guilty of over-indulging at Christmas and during New Year and while the festive break is meant to relax and revitalise us, often, it does the exact opposite. So, if you want to have a happy holiday and use the Xmas break to kick-start a healthy 2011, read on… CHRISTMAS CHEER Dodge the really classic sea ...

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The winter blues

Waking up to darkness and coming home to darkness – those dull and dreary winter months can really take their toll on your mood. But winter depression is not just a myth: this year, 7% of people in the UK will suffer from seasonal affective disorder... Waving goodbye to summer can be, well, a depressing affair. Swapping your summer wardrobe for woolly winter warmers and scraping the ice off your winds ...

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The truth about fertility

The issue of fertility is shrouded in myth and confusion. Contrary to popular belief, male fertility is just as important as female fertility and both need to be better understood. We delve into the truth of the matter and explain why so many women over 40 are having difficulty conceiving Fertility is big news these days – for lots of different reasons. Quite a few of us are having problems with it (o ...

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We wish you a sexy Christmas

On the first day of Christmas, don't let your true love say to you: 'Not tonight, love, I've got a headache.' If your love life is more than a little frosty, get ready for some festive frolicking in the bedroom with 12 sex tips that'll really drive your man mad... ❄ On the first day… Spice it up If a fictional Marian Keyes romp appeals more than a real-life one, boost your sexual appetite by taking t ...

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James Martin’s delicious desserts

Celebrity chef James Martin shows at home readers how to make three seriously scrumptious desserts - mmm! Maderia cake "I remember my auntie making this cake at Christmas,’ says James Martin. "She would eat it with a glass of Madeira, and dunk it in the glass. Then she’d down the remains, crumbs and all, with a smile on her face – either because of the wine or the cake, I’m ...

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Your health fears explained

From diabetes to depression, we take a look at some of the conditions you’re most scared of, and how you can take steps to avoid them… Terrified of losing your mind in old age? Worried you’ll die prematurely of a heart attack? Everyone has personal fears about their health – anxieties borne out of your family’s medical history, extensive media coverage of certain diseases, or ...

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