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How to prepare your child for their first day of school

The night before Get everything ready Double-check that all clothes and bags are labelled, lay out your child’s uniform and have bags packed and ready for the morning. This will leave time for any last-minute talks or perhaps a special breakfast. Talk about the exciting day ahead Remind your child about the fun things waiting for them at school, but also talk them through what to do if they aren’t sure abou ...

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How to pack for a holiday

We’ve all been there… you jet halfway around the world only to touch down at your beach resort and realise you’ve forgotten favourite bikini. In the excitement and chaos of holiday packing, it’s easy to forget things like plug adaptors or local currency, let alone your latest tankini. So plan ahead and print off our handy checklist so you can tick off before you fly off. The essentials Documentation: Are yo ...

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How to protect your home from burglars

Stop burglars scoring a home run in your street by turning your home into a castle with these nifty defences and deterrents… No cost As most burglars are opportunist, and looking for signs that the homeowner is not security conscious, ensure all garden gates, windows and doors are closed and if necessary padlocked – both at night and when you go out. Cut back tall trees and shrubs around fences and doorways ...

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How to stay safe on social media

From hashtags and handles, tweets and tags, to feeds and followers – we might all be fluent in the language of social networking these days, but do we know who we’re talking to? Friends, family, mates of mates? Or, could we be letting complete strangers know more than we’d like? While social media has enabled billions of us to connect and share experiences, it also leaves a trail of ‘virtual footprints’ – l ...

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How to choose a secure and safe front door

Home is where the heart is, and the idea of a burglar getting in and getting their hands on your property is something that nobody wants to think about. So, when it comes to choosing a front door for your home, it is important that you consider how secure it actually is, to prevent prying eyes and light fingers! Here are a few tips from Door-Stop on how to make sure you choose a secure and safe front door: ...

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How to make dairy-free mayonnaise!

Alex Connell, Principal Tutor the Vegetarian Society Cookery School shares his recipe for the perfect dairy-free mayonnaise... You will need: 85ml chilled soya milk 30ml fresh lemon juice ½ tsp mild mustard 170ml light vegetable oil Method: Place the soya milk, lemon juice and mustard into a food processor and blend. Then add the oil a drop at a time while the blades are turning. Gradually the mayonnaise wi ...

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How to have a great veggie BBQ!

Alex Connell, Principal Tutor at the Vegetarian Society Cookery School, shares his top tips on having the perfect vegetarian BBQ... I love BBQs! As a vegetarian for 25 years I have been to many and as a professional chef have been encouraged to host quite a few too. There’s nothing better than getting a few friends and family around while you chat and create a delicious BBQ spread. So, how to impress? I com ...

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How to nurture your fussy eater

Most parents will, at some stage, go through the worry that their child is refusing the great healthy foods they prepare for them. It can be particularly frustrating when your little one ate all the good stuff when they were weaning and then later starts to become picky. The first place to start, if you want your children to eat a great balanced diet, is taking food off the reward list (“eat your dinner and ...

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How to safeguard your child’s sight through summer

While most parents understand the importance of applying sunscreen to shield their child’s skin from harmful UV rays, it’s believed that 75% are risking their offspring’s sight by exposing them to bright sun without adequate protection. Young eyes, thanks to their larger pupils and clearer lenses, are ten times more sensitive to UV light compared to those of an adult, with blue eyes presenting the biggest r ...

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How to integrate puppies and kittens in to the home

Vet of 30 years Judy Walker, at Argos Pet Insurance, offers top tips on integrating puppies and kittens into the family home... Welcoming a puppy or kitten into a home is an extremely rewarding experience; however, it’s easy to get carried away with the excitement and forget that integrating the animal into the family and ensuring it has a happy home requires plenty of preparation. The behaviour of both cat ...

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How to look younger and feel better

You want to look and feel great and you know it takes commitment to achieve your goals, but what changes can you make right now to make the best of what you already have? Dr. Maria McGee, founder of natural skincare company, Marble Hill, has five easy, effective suggestions: 1. Hair style and colour Sticking to the style and colour that was fabulous in your 20’s can be a big mistake. When you visit your hai ...

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