Why keeping secrets is bad for you

Keeping a secret gives you stress (Huffington post , Forbes), this has been known for a while. Now new studies show that how often we think about our secrets makes a big difference (The Economist). Scientists have found that people who thought about their secrets less often than once a week had better health and…

Awards time!

Hi! I didn’t think you would be interested in what I do, like and… mess up, but two very sweet bloggers, Cheila from Pink For Days  and Mrs S LDN nominated me for these awards, so I owe it to them to write this post (thank you girls! I’m chaffed that you’ve chosen little me!)…

“Are you a good driver?” Test

Why do I keep going on about driving? Because, unless we live in a large city with good public transports, we spend ages behind the steering wheel. Also, as soon as we become parents, we turn into the kids’ default taxi service. So let’s see if we are up to… speed with our driving. Have…

“Don’t wash during your periods” and other menstruation myths

The most mystifying of all the bad pieces of advice that we’ve collected this week is the advice about periods: don’t wash your hair, don’t have a shower, don’t touch plants during your periods. Where does this cleanliness ban – which, from your comments, seems to have spread from Italy to India to Scotland –…

What’s The Worst Advice Your Mum Gave You?

Mums are usually wonderful and wise but they can make mistakes and give some bad advice. “Don’t wash your hair during your periods.” This is an old Italian belief, together with a ban on having showers and on touching plants – which would die. Hey, lady gardeners, it’s time for weeding! “Never contradict your husband,…

How To Join A Fitness Class (with dignity)

If the idea of joining a fitness class makes you feel like a child starting a new school, you’re not alone. Joining an ongoing fitness class is not just like starting a new school, but like joining a new school half-way through the year: you don’t know the rooms, the routines, the other people, but…

Focaccine In Five Steps

Warning: this recipe might requires up to one year’s advanced planning (to ask Fr. Christmas for a bread maker machine) Load your bread maker  with all the ingredients required for white dough, according to the machine’s own recipe book, and set it to the white dough programme When the machine beeps, grease your hands with…

How To Argue With Your Partner

Move away from fragile items. Stick to the original topic. If your started off about dirty laundry and, after a while, you find yourselves arguing over money, unless you’ve mentioned a launderette along the way, you’ve gone off topic. Mentioning in-laws, each other’s friends or pets grants an instant penalty shoot to the adversary. An…

Turn Your Leggings Into A Crop Top

This is not a sewing project because there’s no sewing involved, only hacking away. Buy a pair of leggings without trying them on Put them on and discover that they feel like flight compression socks Take them off after a few hours and muse over the marks they’ve left on your legs Give up and…

When The Highway Code Doesn’t Mean What It Says

Solid white lines: as solid as a lick of white pain. They will not protect you from incoming vehicles. Central reservation: not reservable. Traffic lights: to be obeyed whether there’s traffic or not. Zebra crossing: do I even need to say it? U-turn: not an instruction. Speed restriction signs:   can you spot the similarities?…

Raise Your Pulse

Lentils Pasta I can’t think of any vegetarian dish that doesn’t require shedloads of cutting. If you are a young person recently moved out of your parents’ home, there’s a number of reasons why you don’t want to do shedloads of cutting: Unless you are extremely rich and can afford to rent a place all…

Dating Advice #2: Respect His Elders

The percentage of 20 to 34 year olds in UK living with their parents has gone up from 21% in 1996 to 25% in 2016, with men more likely than women to be living with their parents (31% of men compared to 20% of women in this age group  – Office for National Statistics) This…