• 7 weird Easter eggs, from Game of Thrones-inspired to Marmite-flavoured
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    7 weird Easter eggs, from Game of Thrones-inspired to Marmite-flavoured

    Easter, otherwise (unofficially) known as chocolate-eating season, has arrived. Year upon year, chances are that the Easter eggs you receive from your loved ones to commemorate the religious occasion are delicious, albeit slightly bog standard. Last month, Sainsbury's revealed its all-new "Cheesalicious" Easter egg - an egg made entirely - as the name suggests - from cheese.

  • When is Easter 2019 and why does the date change every year?
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    When is Easter 2019 and why does the date change every year?

    One of the most important festivals in the Christian faith, Easter celebrates the period during which Christians believe Jesus Christ was resurrected following the crucifixion. Unlike Christmas, the date of Easter is subject to change, as its date is determined by a lunisolar calendar. Easter marks the end of the 40-day period of Lent, during which those who observe the festival abstain from everyday luxuries such as rich foods.

  • Top 10 wellbeing trends of 2019 so far, from CBD to indoor rowing classes
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    Top 10 wellbeing trends of 2019 so far, from CBD to indoor rowing classes

    In 2018, a UK-wide stress survey conducted by the Mental Health Foundation revealed that 74 per cent of adults felt so stressed they felt “overwhelmed” or “unable to cope”. “Individually we need to understand what is causing us personal stress and learn what steps we can take to reduce it for ourselves and those around us,” said Isabella Goldie, director of the Mental Health Foundation. It makes sense then, that more of us are searching for new ways to improve our mental and physical wellbeing.

  • CBD: What is it and how is it being used in the UK?
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    CBD: What is it and how is it being used in the UK?

    The number of CBD consumers doubled in the last year and with Canada becoming the latest country to legalise marijuana for recreational use, cannabis-derived products are now in the news more than ever before. CBD is a non-psychoactive chemical compound found in the marijuana plant. This means that products containing CBD, such as oils and extracts (which contain concentrated amounts of the compound), won’t lead to changes in mood and perception like recreational use of marijuana in its complete form is known to do.

  • Stacey Solomon praised for opening up about pregnant stomach hair
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    Stacey Solomon praised for opening up about pregnant stomach hair

    Stacey Solomon has been praised for speaking openly about the excess hair she's noticed on her stomach since becoming pregnant with her third child. On Thursday, the Loose Women presenter shared a photo of her pregnant stomach on Instagram. In the picture, a few dark hairs are visible around her belly button.

  • Royal baby: What is a doula and will Meghan Markle have one as she gives birth?
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    Royal baby: What is a doula and will Meghan Markle have one as she gives birth?

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expected to welcome the birth of their first child any day now. In October 2018, Kensington Palace announced Meghan Markle was pregnant and due to give birth in spring 2019. Among the rumours is the suggestion that the 37-year-old has hired a doula.

  • Three gardens to visit this Easter weekend
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    Three gardens to visit this Easter weekend

    The Old Corn Mill exemplifies the sensitively nurtured style of garden that is increasingly popular with owners and visitors in the National Garden Scheme. Gently introduced planting such as drifts of tulips in meadow grass and aquatic marginals along the stream enhance the natural scenery of woodland and waterside that leads out to sheep meadows and Herefordshire countryside. Wild daffodils seed themselves and if you’re lucky the spotted orchids will be out. There’s a trail for children, but with the freshness of spring, this is enchanting for all ages.

  • More than two hours of daily screen time linked to ‘behavioural and attention problems’ among children
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    More than two hours of daily screen time linked to ‘behavioural and attention problems’ among children

    Two or more hours of screen time a day could lead to behavioural and attention problems among children, scientists have warned. Earlier this year, it was reported that screen time for children under the age of two had more than doubled over a 17-year period, increasing from an average of 1.32 hours to 3.05 hours. While this indicates that many children may spend an excess of three hours a day in front of smartphones, tablets and television screens, doing so could be impacting their attention span.

  • Mother shares ‘heartbreaking’ photos of baby girl with measles ‘to educate about vaccinations’
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    Mother shares ‘heartbreaking’ photos of baby girl with measles ‘to educate about vaccinations’

    A mother has shared "heartbreaking" photographs of her baby girl suffering from measles, with the hope it will encourage more parents to vaccinate their children. Over the weekend, Jilly Moss, from London shared pictures of her daughter, Alba, on Facebook. The images show the baby lying on a bed attached to medical tubes, while being treated for measles.

  • Beyoncé opens up about emergency caesarean after one of her twins’ hearts 'paused'
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    Beyoncé opens up about emergency caesarean after one of her twins’ hearts 'paused'

    Beyoncé Knowles-Carter has discussed her "difficult" second pregnancy, opening up about having to undergo an emergency caesarean. New Netflix documentary Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé chronicles the events leading to the singer's history-making Coachella set in 2018, which she performed 10 months after giving birth. Having originally been scheduled to perform at the music festival in 2017, Beyoncé postponed her appearance when she found out that she was, unexpectedly, pregnant with twins.

  • Sleep myths, such as feeling fine on five hours’ sleep, can pose ‘risk to health’
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    Sleep myths, such as feeling fine on five hours’ sleep, can pose ‘risk to health’

    The prevalence of sleep myths could pose a serious risk to one's health, scientists have warned. While they may be under the assumption that lack of sleep is no big deal, perpetuating this notion could lead to long-term health issues. Researchers from the New York University (NYU) School of Medicine have carried out an investigation to identify the top 20 most widespread beliefs regarding sleep.

  • Bowel cancer: What are the symptoms and how many people does it affect?
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    Bowel cancer: What are the symptoms and how many people does it affect?

    On Monday 1 April, BBC journalist Jeremy Bowen revealed he was diagnosed with bowel cancer last year. Bowen, who is currently receiving chemotherapy treatment, has implored others to get tested, issuing his message on the first day of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month. Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK, with more than 42,000 people diagnosed with the condition in the UK every year.

  • Royal baby: The most popular names in the House of Windsor
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    Royal baby: The most popular names in the House of Windsor

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are due to welcome the arrival of their first child any day. Following the announcement that Meghan Markle was due to give birth in spring in October 2018, speculation has grown regarding the royal baby's gender, name, royal title, and birthplace. Current predictions suggest the child will be a girl, with 12-1 odds the soon-to-be parents will name the child after Diana in tribute to Prince Harry's late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.

  • Royal baby: The best photographs of the royal family's youngest children
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    Royal baby: The best photographs of the royal family's youngest children

    The countdown to the royal baby’s arrival has officially begun. Since Kensington Palace announced the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were expecting their first child in spring 2019, the world has been counting down the days until the spring equinox in anticipation. As a result, royal fans have taken to betting on its royal-inspired monika, and turning to the history books to guess what Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will name their offspring.

  • Royal baby: 8 of the most unusual traditions as Meghan Markle set to give birth
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    Royal baby: 8 of the most unusual traditions as Meghan Markle set to give birth

    In October 2018, Kensington Palace announced Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were expecting their first child, due in spring 2019. Following the birth of a child, common practice may dictate new parents to post the first picture of their child on social media or start perfecting the art of fitting a baby seat in the car. Both medical professionals helped deliver the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s three children, Prince Louis, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

  • Royal baby: 16 pictures of the Windsor family when they were children
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    Royal baby: 16 pictures of the Windsor family when they were children

    With the Duchess of Sussex due to give birth imminently, excitement is brewing over the arrival of the royal baby. Many aspects of the pregnancy are yet been confirmed, including whether or not Meghan Markle will give birth in the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London and what the baby's name will be. As the nation prepares to welcome a new member of the royal family, some may be reminiscing over what the rest of the Windsors looked like when they were children.

  • More women getting pregnant after 30 than in their twenties for first time ever
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    More women getting pregnant after 30 than in their twenties for first time ever

    According to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) covering England and Wales in 2017 – the most recent years for which figures are available – there were 395,856 pregnancies among women in their 20s and 398,284 among women aged over 30. For the second year running, women aged 40 and over were the only group to see an increase in their pregnancy rate, rising 2.6 per cent. The ONS credits this with factors including women's increased participation in higher education and employment, rising opportunity costs of childbearing, and housing.

  • McFly star Harry Judd opens up on struggles to bond with newborn son Kit
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    McFly star Harry Judd opens up on struggles to bond with newborn son Kit

    McFly drummer Harry Judd has discussed the struggles of being a father in a bid to open up honest conversations about parenting. The musician and his wife Izzy welcomed their son Kit in August 2017, but Judd admits that he struggled to bond with his son when he was born. Judd added that while he and his wife consider themselves as “incredibly lucky” to have two happy, healthy children, that doesn’t mean that they are immune to the common stresses that face parents.

  • Top 10 all-weather perennial plants
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    Top 10 all-weather perennial plants

    One of the most exciting developments in gardening over the past 20 years has been the proliferation of perennials that combine Liberace's showiness with Mo Farah's stamina to flower from spring until autumn. Some are stalwarts recognised for their staying power, others come via the cut-flower industry, but most are the fruition of decades of work by breeders.

  • 90% of people think they’re helping society by challenging people who don’t ‘look disabled’, says study
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    90% of people think they’re helping society by challenging people who don’t ‘look disabled’, says study

    Nine out of 10 people who challenge “healthy-looking” individuals for using accessible toilets in the UK think they’re helping society, according to a new study. A survey on behalf of Crohn’s & Colitis UK charity found that 93 per cent of people think that by challenging a “healthy-looking person” for using the toilet, they are “standing up for the rights of disabled people” or because they believe it is “not fair” on the rest of society. While the public’s intentions may be sincere, the charity claims it can lead to extreme “suffering and devastating consequences” for people with invisible disabilities.

  • ALEXACHUNG partners with Barbour to design collection ahead of festival season
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    ALEXACHUNG partners with Barbour to design collection ahead of festival season

    Alexa Chung has partnered with Barbour to design a collection for the British heritage brand just in time for festival season. Chung, who runs her own eponymous label, has been an avid supporter of Barbour for some time, having worn the label’s signature bottle green jackets with aplomb at several Glastonbury Festivals over the years. The It author revealed she relished in the opportunity to delve into the 125-year-old brand’s archive to find inspiration for her collection.

  • Miss Bolivia Universe stripped of crown for 'breach of contract' days before confirming pregnancy
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    Miss Bolivia Universe stripped of crown for 'breach of contract' days before confirming pregnancy

    Model Joyce Prado has been stripped of her Miss Santa Cruz and Miss Bolivia crowns days before confirming that she's pregnant. Ms Prado represented her country at the 2018 Miss Universe pageant in Bangkok, Thailand in December 2018, having been named Miss Bolivia six months prior. Despite her achievements, modelling agency Promociones Gloria, with whom the 22-year-old is signed, announced on Facebook on Friday that the model has had her most recent titles removed due to a "breach of contract".

  • Michelle Obama shares touching text she received from her brother about her memoir
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    Michelle Obama shares touching text she received from her brother about her memoir

    Michelle Obama has revealed a touching message she received from her brother after he ​finished listening to her best-selling memoir on audiobook for the third time. Last night, the former first lady appeared at London's O2 arena for the European leg of the Becoming book tour. As she made her way to the event, she received a text message from her older brother, basketball coach Craig Robinson.

  • Met Gala 2019: What is the theme, when is it and who is hosting?
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    Met Gala 2019: What is the theme, when is it and who is hosting?

    The first Monday in May is one of the most significant events in the fashion calendar. On this day, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art hosts its annual Costume Institute Gala where fashion designers, artists, models, musicians and actors come together in celebration of art and the unveiling of the fashion institute’s blockbuster exhibition. Over the years, the event has served as the perfect platform for the likes of Gigi Hadid, Kim Kardashian and Zendaya to celebrate the mélange of creativity.

  • Michelle Obama wears custom Stella McCartney jumpsuit for London leg of Becoming book tour
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    Michelle Obama wears custom Stella McCartney jumpsuit for London leg of Becoming book tour

    Michelle Obama has honoured British fashion by wearing a custom Stella McCartney jumpsuit while in London for her Becoming book tour. Last night, the former US first lady upped the fashion stakes by wearing a custom, black beaded jumpsuit by British fashion designer McCartney. Mrs Obama accessorised with large gold hoops by Jennifer Fisher jewellery, and finished off her look with a pair of classic, black Jimmy Choo heels.