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Ellen's picture of her mother under 'The Love Sculpture' in Manhattan

Last week an American girl came to work in our office, writes working mum-of-three Ellen Widdup.

Ellen's youngest son is starting early

I’ve never really understood the fanfare and sponsorship that goes alongside the annual attempts to abstain from booze, writes Ellen Widdup.

Tom Hardy - as a bedtime storyteller on CBeebies

New Year’s Eve is usually a massive disappointment for parents of young children, writes working mum-of-three Ellen Widdup.

Ellen's children

I love Christmas. I love everything about it. The explosion of technicolour baubles that adorn our tree, the excess of rich food, the happy clappy music in every department store, the excuse to spend money, the lights, the tinsel, the school nativity, the anticipation, writes Ellen Widdup.

Ellen's son is excited about Santa's visit on December 24

Here is your spoiler alert: In the improbable event that your child gets hold of this page of the newspaper, do not let them read on - warns mum-of-three Ellen Widdup.

health & fitness

Juliette Bryant with a healthy chocolate smoothie

Forget most of what you thought you knew about dieting and healthy eating, says nutritionist Juliette Bryant.

Essex Girls’ Night Out!

Saturday, December 3, 2016
It's all about making an effort and having fun with your friends

How Leanne and Tracy went back to the Roaring Twenties, with the help of their friends

Laughing helps us stay young

“My philosophy is that we are all still kids at heart, only older. It is important to stay curious about new things and have fun! We don’t stop laughing when we die; we die when we stop laughing!” says Dr. Hilary Jones.

Video: Get fit with Jack Cardy and HIIT

Friday, September 2, 2016
Jack Cardy

lynne mortimer

Saturday 21 is Squirrel Appreciation Day - will you be celebrating? Picture: Frances Crickmore citzenside.com

f you’re looking for a day to avoid, you might want to consider this Saturday, which is not only National Hug Day but also Squirrel Appreciation Day.

Lynne's grandsons at Christmas

The magic formula is: take one trimmed fir tree, add a pile of wrapped presents and stir in two small boys, writes Lynne Mortimer.

Lynne is ready for Christmas - and the excesses that are now a tradition

There are many, many experts that offer to help us through Christmas, writes Lynne Mortimer.

superdad will lodge

Superdad Will Lodge

Superdad Will Lodge asks how protective is over-protective?

Opinion: Will Lodge – When bed comes a-calling

Monday, August 29, 2016
The Lodge family, Mitchell, Gemma, Mila, Seth, Will and Finley.

Superdad Will Lodge looks at being apart and bedding down.

Superdad Will Lodge

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

thrifty living

It’s been a costly few days.

Out with old, in with new? Er, no

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Debt is an increasing problem for many

I may be accused of being a ‘Remoaner’, determined to be negative about Britain’s post-EU prospects, but I can’t help thinking the next few years might be financially bumpy for a lot of people when the reality of Brexit kicks in.

January can be a depressing month

January can be depressing, so depressing, in fact, that someone has even done a calculation to pinpoint the exact day when we’re likely to be at our most melancholy, writes Sheena Grant.

Sheena Grant avoids shopping as a leisure activity in order to live more thriftily

As 2016 comes to a close I’ve been reflecting on my thrifty year: the successes, the things that haven’t gone quite so well and my plans for the coming 12 months, writes Sheena Grant.

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