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Ellen's children are all reassuringly normal

I used to hate the word “normal”, writes mum-of-three Ellen Widdup.

Absolutely Fabulous

Last month, for my best friend’s birthday, I sent myself some flowers, writes Ellen Widdup.

Brexit has brought out the worst in us

For all the criticism of “the media” – a term that lumps us all under one phone-hacking, politician-bashing, scare-story-spreading stereotype – I have always felt that journalists have a responsibility to shine a light on society, writes mum-of-three Ellen Widdup.

Ellen's son is learning baby sign language

Although my son and I have known each other for almost eight months now, we have yet to have a proper conversation, writes mother-of-three Ellen Widdup.

Ellen's youngest son

My husband says I am “achingly middle-class”, says Ellen Widdup, as she admits she has a cleaner, a coffee machine and childcare.

health & fitness

placenta capsules

Coleen Rooney’s done it. So has Alicia Silverstone and Kim Kardashian.

Sharon Morrison and family

I turned 60 this year and, apart from the occasional “How did THAT happen?” I feel good, says Sharon Morrison. 
Now, just in case you think I’m smug, out-of-touch or plain clueless about what it’s like to “feel bad”, I need to turn the clock back to 2004 when I was fat, frumpy and nearly 50.

lynne mortimer

Should there be a gloabl shortage of cleaning products, Lynne Mortimer will save the day

From time to time, I pat myself on the back for being neither a collector nor a hoarder...unlike my husband who hides all his precious things in case I throw them out, writes Lynne Mortimer.

Wil and peas

We are just back from a week in Gloucestershire with the grandsons and now feel in need of a week away to recover, writes Lynne Mortimer.

It's hot up there!

You know it’s hot when your thighs stick together. For men out there, it’s more of a woman thing, writes Lynne Mortimer.

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Superdad Will Lodge

Superdad Will Lodge imagines what it is like inside a child’s mind.

The Lodge family, Mitchell, Gemma, Mila, Seth, Will and Finley.

Superdad Will Lodge laments the Fathers’ Race at school sports day.

Superdad's Fathers' Day haul

Superdad Will Lodge reflects on Fathers’ Day.

thrifty living

An Abellio Greater Anglia train at Colchester

When it comes to public transport there’s often no shortage of things to moan about, whether it’s punctuality, quality of service or cost, writes Sheena Grant.

Time for a garage sale

I’ve never been a minimalist. But sorting through cupboards at the weekend made me think it might be a good idea to become one, writes Sheena Grant.

Have you noticed how much plastic packaging there is around supermarket fruit and veg?

Thrift comes in many forms, as I’ve discovered since I began trying to embrace a less costly way of living, writes Sheena Grant.

It’s week one of my Plastic Bottle Challenge, writes Sheena Grant as she continues her attempt to live a thriftier life. Or it would be, if I was able to follow simple instructions with any degree of accuracy.

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