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Month: October 2012

Behind the scenes…

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I’ve been super busy (as always!) the last few weeks working on various features for the Times, Telegraph, Guardian and Mail, as well as Top Santé, on top of my regular reviewing and blog writing for Parentdish.co.uk and Allaboutyou.com. Do look out for some interesting stuff coming up in the next few months.

SLOW COOKER RECIPE BOOKS – OUR TOP TEN — Allaboutyou.com

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Slow cooking is perfect for this time of year – pop your ingredients in before heading out for the day and just leave them; when you get home you’ll find a hearty, wholesome home-cooked meal waiting. No wonder ‘slow cooking recipes’ is one of the most popular search terms on Allaboutyou.com. So for this month’s […]

BREAST CANCER MYTHS EXPOSED — Parentdish.co.uk

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The vast majority of women don’t know the warning signs of breast cancer, according to shocking new research from charity Breakthrough Breast Cancer…

KIDS’ BOOK CLUB: FINDING A FAIRYTALE COLLECTION — Parentdish.co.uk

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Once upon a time a mother was looking for fairy tales: she wanted her son to discover the land of spinning wheels, magic spells and talking animals. She searched high and low for a collection of fairy stories to read aloud and was shocked not to be able to find all the ones she knew […]

OCTOBER’S BEST NEW CRAFT BOOKS — Allaboutyou.com

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Olivia Gordon reveals the must-have craft books to stack your shelves with this month. My top recommendations this month are The Gentle Art of Stitching by Jane Brocket and Homespun Style by Selina Lake.

KIDS’ BOOK CLUB: HOLES BY LOUIS SACHAR — Parentdish.co.uk

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Holes is one of those cult books I’d heard of but had no idea what it was about. Now I’ve read it, I’m still not sure what it’s really about. But I love it…

JEWISH MUM OF THE YEAR: DOES MOTHERHOOD REALLY FALL INTO CULTURAL STEREOTYPES? — Parentdish.co.uk

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This week Channel 4 launched its new series Jewish Mum of the Year, in which eight formidable mothers from the Jewish community compete to show who is the ultimate in hen-pecking. Their first task was to team up to put on a bar mitzvah party ‘for a small gathering of 200’…

KIDS’ BOOK CLUB: CORALINE — Parentdish.co.uk

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I started reading Coraline by Neil Gaiman at 8pm one evening. I couldn’t stop reading until later that night when I finished the last page. It’s that good. In fact it’s better than good. It’s genius. This is one of those rare philosophical and thought-provoking children’s books which is quite obviously going to be a […]

ZOE BALL ON WHY READING WITH YOUR CHILDREN IS A TIME FOR CALM AND INTIMACY — Parentdish.co.uk

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Celebrity broadcaster and mum-of-two Zoe Ball is SO lovely. She told Parentdish why she feels so strongly about reading to her children, Woody, 11, and Nelly, two.

THE HEALTH MAXIMISERS — Red

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We all know we should be active, eat well and make time for our mental health, too. But who can fit it all in? I asked four busy women to share their health routines in November’s RED magazine.