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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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