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Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020Hello!How we can all help It’s finally that ‘waking up’ time of the year when animals start to come out of hibernation. From hedgehogs to frogs and even butterflies, there are lots of things we can all do to help them thrive. From page 10, our handy guide not only showcases the cutest of the bunch, but also provides tips on what you can do when they make an appearance. Next year I’m thinking about joining them by sleeping from October to April. What a lovely idea! PS Our fabulous Test Kitchen is now creating all our recipes. Look out for our Approved logo too – we’ve tested all these products and they’re the best!…1 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020Good to SHARELove sun, sea and sand?Seems we all do! The Maldives has been named by UK holidaymakers as Favourite Holiday Destination in the World, at the 13th Ultimate Luxury Travel Related Awards gala. Made up of 1,192 islands in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is known for its high-end resorts.FASHION ICONNearly half of Brits say Catherine, duch*ess of Cambridge, is the top royal female fashion icon, but only a fifth think it’s Meghan, duch*ess of Sussex, reveals research from the Fashion Retail Academy. The Queen is the third most influential royal fashion icon, with her bright coats, dresses and matching hats. Does Her Majesty inspire you?DID YOU KNOW?Nearly half of UK drivers worry about paying for unexpected repairs when getting vehicles serviced, research for RAC MOT Assist has found. And, of…4 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020You Wore It WellJanet Higgins, 1961 I love this happy photo of me in Blackpool with my friend, Mary (left). We wore suedette jackets, slim tartan trousers and flat shoes – a look you could wear today. We are now in our 70s and have been friends since nursery school. ✣ We’d love to see how great you looked in any era up to and including the 1980s. Please send a good-quality photo with your name, address and daytime phone number clearly written on the back, to: Fashion Dept, Woman’s Weekly, 161 Marsh Wall, London E14 9AP. Photos will be returned.…1 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020‘NO BOTOX I’m growing old disgracefully!’Back in the 1990s, during her first stint at Emmerdale, Claire King was nominated the title Sexiest Female at The British Soap Awards.Fast forward 30 years and the glamorous actress is still winning admirers for her portrayal of manipulative bad girl Kim Tate.But while Claire looks amazing for 58, she says her looks are not something she gives much thought to.‘I won’t be winning the Sexiest Female this time around,’ she laughs. ‘Probably wrinkliest because I don’t do Botox. I’m very relaxed about ageing, I made the choice not to have anything done and grow old disgracefully.She adds, ‘My fella [Claire has been with her partner for 10 years, but won’t publicly name him] is happy with it. He can’t stand the look of people on Instagram, he thinks they…4 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-20209 ways to support wildlife in your garden1 Leave ‘wild’ insect-friendly areas in your garden to encourage insects for hibernating animals to eat in the spring.2 Check carefully for animals before mowing or strimming your lawn.3 Never disturb a hibernating animal or try to encourage it out of hibernation.4 Ponds provide a natural source of water and attract food sources such as insects. It’s a good idea to make a slope at the edges of the pond to create steps in case animals fall in.5 Things to avoid: Bonfires, netting, uncovered drains, litter and chemicals, and be careful if dismantling a shed.6 Bee houses, hogitats (hedgehog homes) and bat boxes can all be readily bought or made, and these help animals find somewhere secure to shelter.7 The best thing to feed hedgehogs is fresh water and meaty…1 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020Why do animals hibernate?‘Hibernation is crucial to the survival of many species, as it allows them to reduce energy consumption during colder periods when insect prey is limited,’ explains RSPCA scientific officer Emma Horton. ‘An animal’s breathing slows and their heart rate drops, as well as their temperature.’ If you catch sight of an animal that should be hibernating, don’t be surprised – it’s not uncommon for animals such as hedgehogs to move sites at least once. And with milder weather, many are coming out of hibernation earlier than usual. As long as it looks fit and healthy and there’s no frost on the ground, there’s no need to worry.…1 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020‘I’ve never ironed anything in my life’“Recently, I shocked a group of otherwise unshockable women by admitting that I’ve never ironed a piece of clothing in my life. Cue gasps around the room.‘That revelation explains a lot,’ snorted one person less than cryptically, looking me over from top to toe.This is because I like to wear a lot of cotton and linen, and don’t give a monkey’s how crumpled it is. I watch people swanning round the tropics in TV costume dramas wearing beautifully pressed pleats, and think ‘servants’.‘Doesn’t stuff get crumpled again when chucked in a drawer?’As ever, there’s a difference to how crumpled women are perceived compared to men. For a start, ‘crumpled’ often becomes ‘rumpled’ when it’s a creased bloke. Think of Columbo’s raincoat or any shabby-chic male politician and the implication is:…2 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020All about SKINCOMPLEXION DE-STRESSER Botanics Calm Hydration Serum, £11.49 This helps to eradicate the sensitivity and redness caused by cold winter weather. This nurturing combination of calming cannabis sativa seed oil and soothing aloe vera will instantly de-stress your complexion. GET YOUR GLOW ON Laura Mercier Pure Canvas Primer, £32 Want to know how make-up artists cheat naturally glowing skin? Illuminating primers are their number-one secret weapon. Apply a small amount before your foundation to ensure a radiance that everyone will notice. DITCH DARK SPOTS Bioderma Pigmentbio Foaming Cream, £15 This ingenious cleanser uses a new patented formula to target blotchy patches and leave you with smoother, more even-toned skin. Use it as a wash on your face and body, or leave it on as a hydrating mask. LUMINOUS EFFECT Guerlain Les…1 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020BRUSH UP YOUR finances1 Get rid of what you don’t needGather up the past year’s bank statements and credit card bills, and check direct debits and standing orders. Research by Sky Mobile found the average person pays £40 a month on forgotten subscriptions and services – insurance policies for long-gone appliances, magazines still delivered to an old address, for example. If you don’t need it, cancel it.2 Plan to shop aroundWe all know we can save money by shopping around for insurance and utilities, but the thought of it can be daunting. So instead of blitzing everything at once, do one a month. Check all your insurance renewal dates, then put a date in your diary two weeks before to check comparison sites, such as moneysupermarket.com or confused.com, for the best price. In-between…3 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020Skinnier DINNERSMIDDLE EASTERN LAMB An easy recipe for anyone with leftover spices in the cupboard, this cooks slowly and melts in the mouth. SERVES 8 ✣ 2tbsp olive oil ✣ 2 large onions, sliced ✣ 2 garlic cloves, sliced ✣ 5cm (2in) piece fresh root ginger, grated ✣ 2tsp ground cinnamon ✣ 2tsp ground cumin ✣ 1tsp paprika ✣ 2tsp ras-el-hanout blend ✣ 1kg (2¼lb) lean leg lamb, cut into chunks ✣ 250ml (8fl oz) chicken stock ✣ 12-18 fresh figs (or dried) ✣ 45g (1.6oz) chopped pistachios ✣ 6tbsp chopped fresh coriander and mint ✣ Pomegranate seeds and giant couscous, to serve 1 In a large casserole dish, heat half the oil and cook the onions for 10 mins. Add the garlic, ginger and all the spices. Stir well and…3 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020What you need to knowSpondyloarthritis self-care✢ Keep flexible and fit. It’s vital to maintain joint flexibility, strength and symptom control. Take regular activity – of whatever form you enjoy and can maintain.✢ Oral pain relief can be supplemented by topical NSAIDs or other topical treatments, such as menthol or capsaicin, or simple local heat pads.✢ Sleep can be difficult. Daytime exercise will help, but consider changing your mattress, pillows and other supports to make you comfy at night.✢ Have a healthy diet and lose excess weight to reduce stress on joints. Omega 3 supplements may help some people.…1 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-20204 fixes for... high cholesterol1 CUT SATURATED FATSwap animal fats, palm and coconut oil for unsaturated fats, such as rapeseed, olive or sunflower oils, nuts, seeds and oily fish.2 MAKE SWAPSHealthier options include nuts instead of crisps, and low-fat milk and vegetable spreads instead of butter. For lower-fat meat options, just cut the fat off.3 MOVE MOREMore activity strengthens your heart, increases your good HDL cholesterol and pushes bad non-HDL cholesterol to your liver where it will be disposed of.4 STOP SMOKINGIt prevents the ‘good’ cholesterol from helping to clear ‘bad’ cholesterol, increasing the risk of heart disease.…1 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020Here to helpI’m at a loss over my son’s smelly roomQ My 15-year-old son’s room has been untidy and smelled for the past few months. I had been cleaning it and removing his clothes and the dirty crockery. But, following reading one of your answers, I stopped doing that and told him I wouldn’t clean the room or wash his clothes unless he put them in the wash bin. His room has become worse and the smell now permeates the house, so it has to change. I’m at a loss.Karen, WiltshireA I’m sorry that the sanctions you applied didn’t make any difference. It sounds like he’s still getting all his needs met, so he hasn’t had to change much. I have two further thoughts: first, I wonder if he knows how to…4 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-20204 fixes for... high cholesterol1 CUT SATURATED FAT Swap animal fats, palm and coconut oil for unsaturated fats, such as rapeseed, olive or sunflower oils, nuts, seeds and oily fish. 2 MAKE SWAPS Healthier options include nuts instead of crisps, and low-fat milk and vegetable spreads instead of butter. For lower-fat meat options, just cut the fat off. 3 MOVE MORE More activity strengthens your heart, increases your good HDL cholesterol and pushes bad non-HDL cholesterol to your liver where it will be disposed of. 4 STOP SMOKING It prevents the ‘good’ cholesterol from helping to clear ‘bad’ cholesterol, increasing the risk of heart disease.…1 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020Living With THE PASTLinda sank onto the sofa and eased her broken ankle up on it, scratching beneath the cast delicately with a knitting needle. She didn’t know which was worse – the itching or not being able to do things. If Greg had listened to reason, she wouldn’t be in this situation.She glanced at her watch, wondering what was taking him so long. It was a five-minute walk to the chip shop and he’d been gone half an hour. At the sound of a vehicle, she grabbed her crutches and moved to the window. A van had pulled up outside with Greg in the passenger seat. Her heart sank. What had he bought this time?‘You can put it in the hall for now, mate,’ Greg instructed as he opened the front door.Linda…4 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020BRIGHT eyesYOU WILL NEED (to make one case)✣ 18 x 18cm lightweight fusible interfacing✣ 21 x 21cm patterned lining fabric✣ 18 x 21cm patterned outer fabric✣ Matching sewing thread✣ Prym piercing and snap tool✣ Colourful snap fasteningSTOCKISTS Prym piercing and snap tool, £12.99, coloured press fasteners, £3.09 for 30, Minervacrafts.com1 Fuse the interfacing to the centre of the reverse of the lining fabric, following the manufacturer’s instructions.2 Take the outer and lining fabric and pin together along two edges of the same lengths, with right sides together. Sew together with a 5mm seam allowance.3 Open out the fabric, press seam towards the lining.4 Fold the case in half along the longest length of the sewn-together fabrics, with right sides facing, and press. Pin the raw edges together and sew all the…1 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020NEVER Done ThatTry as she might, Jessica Ryder wasn’t feeling all that chipper. Earlier in the week she’d been involved in a minor accident and it had brought her life into sudden and sharp focus.It had made her think about what she’d done – and, more importantly, just what she hadn’t done.She’d never, for instance, been drunk. She’d never been inside a nightclub. Never been to the opera, nor to a football match. She’d never ridden a motorcycle nor flown in an aeroplane. And Anglesey was the farthest from home she’d ever been.Now, here she was, in hospital, staring death in the face. Literally.‘Nice scythe,’ she said.‘For the reaping of souls, see,’ he said.Another thing Jessica Ryder had never done was imagine the Grim Reaper with a Welsh accent.‘I suppose that does…8 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020Friends FOREVERDifficulty levelMEASUREMENTSApprox 28cm/11in tallMATERIALSFor all: 1 x 50g (165m) ball of Sirdar Snuggly DK (55% nylon, 45% acrylic) in each of Biscuit (494), Soft Brown (428), Bramble (501), White (251), Pastel Blue (321), Surf Blue (496), Sunshine (500), Spicy Pink (350), Lemon (252), Black (312), Tangerine (489)*. Pair of 3mm (No.11) knitting needles; stitch holder; sewing needle; toy filling; pair of 6mm black beads or safety eyes per doll; pink pastel crayon or blush (optional for cheeks); cotton buds (optional); black cotton thread; oddments of dark brown 4-ply yarn.Pink dress: A few metres of light pink DK yarn for flower; size 3mm crochet hook; small button.Blue dress: 2 pairs of snap fasteners; light blue or white cotton thread.Yellow dress: 2 pairs of snap fasteners; orange or white cotton thread. Yarn…8 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020Your starsARIES 21 Mar – 20 AprThis is a time to be firm and not to waver in your desires. Work round the obstacles rather than fighting them.TAURUS 21 Apr – 21 MayYou may meet someone who has a profound impact on your life. Pay attention to every conversation and see what you can learn.GEMINI 22 May – 21 JunLook to new beginnings now. Doors are opening for you. The question is, will you walk in and go on an adventure?CANCER 22 Jun – 23 JulThis may be the moment to consider a new direction in your career or some adaptations of your existing work and skills.LEO 24 Jul – 23 AugCleaning, recycling, decluttering and generally making space for the new is your focus for this week.VIRGO 24 Aug – 23…1 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020What’s onShowPretty Woman the MusicalStarring former Strictly finalist and actor Danny Mac (above, far right), Pretty Woman the Musical will be at London’s Piccadilly Theatre throughout 2020, bringing all the magic of the hit film to the West End stage. Featuring original music from Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, for more information and to book tickets, visit prettywomanthemusical.comTVSport Relief BBC1The biennial fundraiser is back with another star-studded evening of entertainment, hosted by a line-up of famous faces, including Gary Lineker. As well as the usual mix of music and comedy, there’s also a ‘Clash of the Channels’ rowing race featuring stars from BBC, ITV, C4 and Sky shows, including BBC Breakfast’s Louise Minchin, Loose Women’s Andrea McLean (right) and Dancing on Ice pro Matt Evers (above right).FilmMilitary Wives Out 6 MarchKristin…2 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020MRS D IS on the case“Make yourself a nice cup of coffee, sink into a comfy sofa, keep a large tub of diet-busting Celebrations within easy reach, and prepare yourself for episode two of The Mysterious Case of the Missing Handbag (incorporating the second part of The Baffling Conundrum of the Mobile Phone and Car Keys That We Can’t Seem to Put Our Hands on at the Moment).You might remember from episode one that Mrs Beasley, the manager of our charity shop, thinks that somebody has stolen her handbag. She is not accusing anybody in the shop, you understand: after all, most of us have worked here for so long that you could probably get us valued at £750 on Antiques Roadshow.However, there is one of us who hasn’t been here very long. Which is…4 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020Your starsARIES 21 Mar – 20 Apr This is a time to be firm and not to waver in your desires. Work round the obstacles rather than fighting them. TAURUS 21 Apr – 21 May You may meet someone who has a profound impact on your life. Pay attention to every conversation and see what you can learn. GEMINI 22 May – 21 Jun Look to new beginnings now. Doors are opening for you. The question is, will you walk in and go on an adventure? CANCER 22 Jun – 23 Jul This may be the moment to consider a new direction in your career or some adaptations of your existing work and skills. LEO 24 Jul – 23 Aug Cleaning, recycling, decluttering and generally making space for the new is…1 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020MRS D IS on the case“Make yourself a nice cup of coffee, sink into a comfy sofa, keep a large tub of diet-busting Celebrations within easy reach, and prepare yourself for episode two of The Mysterious Case of the Missing Handbag (incorporating the second part of The Baffling Conundrum of the Mobile Phone and Car Keys That We Can’t Seem to Put Our Hands on at the Moment). You might remember from episode one that Mrs Beasley, the manager of our charity shop, thinks that somebody has stolen her handbag. She is not accusing anybody in the shop, you understand: after all, most of us have worked here for so long that you could probably get us valued at £750 on Antiques Roadshow. However, there is one of us who hasn’t been here very long.…4 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020Hello!How we can all helpIt’s finally that ‘waking up’ time of the year when animals start to come out of hibernation. From hedgehogs to frogs and even butterflies, there are lots of things we can all do to help them thrive. From page 10, our handy guide not only showcases the cutest of the bunch, but also provides tips on what you can do when they make an appearance. Next year I’m thinking about joining them by sleeping from October to April. What a lovely idea!PS Our fabulous Test Kitchen is now creating all our recipes. Look out for our Approved logo too – we’ve tested all these products and they’re the best!…1 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020You Wore It WellJanet Higgins, 1961I love this happy photo of me in Blackpool with my friend, Mary (left). We wore suedette jackets, slim tartan trousers and flat shoes – a look you could wear today. We are now in our 70s and have been friends since nursery school.✣ We’d love to see how great you looked in any era up to and including the 1980s. Please send a good-quality photo with your name, address and daytime phone number clearly written on the back, to: Fashion Dept, Woman’s Weekly, 161 Marsh Wall, London E14 9AP. Photos will be returned.…1 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020WAKE-UP time!Spring is just around the corner and, as your thoughts turn to getting outdoors and into the garden, spare a thought for hibernating animals. Hedgehogs, dormice, bats, frogs, newts and toads, butterflies, slow worms and snakes all hibernate in the UK from October to April. And, while animals such as foxes, badgers and birds do not, there’s still plenty you can do to help them as the weather turns warmer. March is a vital time for animals, according to the RSPCA, as many are starting the breeding process ahead of the late spring and summer arrival of babies and young animals. Supporting animals like hedgehogs, whose numbers are dwindling, can really make a difference. There are simple things you can do in your garden to help them as they emerge…1 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-20209 ways to support wildlife in your garden1 Leave ‘wild’ insect-friendly areas in your garden to encourage insects for hibernating animals to eat in the spring. 2 Check carefully for animals before mowing or strimming your lawn. 3 Never disturb a hibernating animal or try to encourage it out of hibernation. 4 Ponds provide a natural source of water and attract food sources such as insects. It’s a good idea to make a slope at the edges of the pond to create steps in case animals fall in. 5 Things to avoid: Bonfires, netting, uncovered drains, litter and chemicals, and be careful if dismantling a shed. 6 Bee houses, hogitats (hedgehog homes) and bat boxes can all be readily bought or made, and these help animals find somewhere secure to shelter. 7 The best thing to feed…1 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020That’s a RELIEF!Cause: TensionThis is the most common headache type and can last from minutes to days. It can be triggered by poor posture, stress and strong emotion – not just anxiety but excitement too.✣ Sit up straight, support your lower back and don’t sit or stand in one position for long periods. See a physio or an Alexander technique practitioner for specific posture advice.✣ Release tension with this relaxation technique from wellness consultant Sloan Sheridan-Williams (sloansw.com). ‘Lie still, breathe in and out slowly, and relax your muscles. Visualise the pain as a colour or number and change the colour from black and dark grey to bright whites and yellows. Or count down from 10 to one over a few minutes.’✣ Take a brisk walk. Regular aerobic exercise, such as walking, cycling…4 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020‘I’ve never ironed anything in my life’“Recently, I shocked a group of otherwise unshockable women by admitting that I’ve never ironed a piece of clothing in my life. Cue gasps around the room. ‘That revelation explains a lot,’ snorted one person less than cryptically, looking me over from top to toe. This is because I like to wear a lot of cotton and linen, and don’t give a monkey’s how crumpled it is. I watch people swanning round the tropics in TV costume dramas wearing beautifully pressed pleats, and think ‘servants’. ‘Doesn’t stuff get crumpled again when chucked in a drawer?’ As ever, there’s a difference to how crumpled women are perceived compared to men. For a start, ‘crumpled’ often becomes ‘rumpled’ when it’s a creased bloke. Think of Columbo’s raincoat or any shabby-chic male politician…2 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020Making MUSIC‘When I saw TV cameras, I nearly walked out!’Victoria Forth, 36, Plymouth Military Wives ChoirWhen I first saw a leaflet about a new Military Wives Choir that was being set up, I had no idea it would change my life.It was May 2011, and I’d been married to my husband, Tim, 36 – a submariner – for six years. He was on deployment at the time and, left at home with our two young children (who were aged three and 18 months then), I was feeling quite isolated. The idea of meeting with other wives and having something just for me really appealed.When I entered the hall and saw TV cameras, I nearly walked out! Luckily, I was too embarrassed to make a scene. Staying was a good decision –…5 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020Making MUSIC‘When I saw TV cameras, I nearly walked out!’ Victoria Forth, 36, Plymouth Military Wives Choir When I first saw a leaflet about a new Military Wives Choir that was being set up, I had no idea it would change my life. It was May 2011, and I’d been married to my husband, Tim, 36 – a submariner – for six years. He was on deployment at the time and, left at home with our two young children (who were aged three and 18 months then), I was feeling quite isolated. The idea of meeting with other wives and having something just for me really appealed. When I entered the hall and saw TV cameras, I nearly walked out! Luckily, I was too embarrassed to make a scene. Staying was…4 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020BRUSH UP YOUR finances1 Get rid of what you don’t need Gather up the past year’s bank statements and credit card bills, and check direct debits and standing orders. Research by Sky Mobile found the average person pays £40 a month on forgotten subscriptions and services – insurance policies for long-gone appliances, magazines still delivered to an old address, for example. If you don’t need it, cancel it. 2 Plan to shop around We all know we can save money by shopping around for insurance and utilities, but the thought of it can be daunting. So instead of blitzing everything at once, do one a month. Check all your insurance renewal dates, then put a date in your diary two weeks before to check comparison sites, such as moneysupermarket.com or confused.com, for the…3 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-20203 ways to… prepare for hay fever1 USE A BARRIER BALM Apply around your nostrils to help trap allergens and stop them entering your system. Try HayMax, £6.99 from Boots. 2 MONITOR POLLEN COUNTS When they’re high, stay indoors if you can. Or shower, wash your hair and change clothes when you get home. Don’t dry washing outside on these days. 3 TALK TO YOUR PHARMACIST Plenty of the newer antihistamine drugs don’t cause drowsiness, unlike some of the older ones. Talk to your GP or pharmacist about what’s available.…1 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020Coping with... SPONDYLOARTHRITISSpondyloarthritis (SpA) is increasingly recognised as a specific group of conditions causing pain, inflammation and swelling of joints, with a key feature of enthesitis – inflammation at the tendon attachments to bones, rather than just the joint surfaces. Associated inflammatory conditions that may be relevant include psoriasis and inflammatory bowel disease such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, and uveitis (an inflammatory eye condition). Also gastric or genito-urinary infection can trigger a reactive SpA. SpA occurs as two main types – axial SpA, affecting central joints such as the spine, sacroiliac joints and rib attachments to the vertebrae; and peripheral SpA, affecting peripheral joints such as hands and feet, with enthesitis and tendonitis. Dactylitis – inflammation of the fingers or toes, causing a sausage-shaped swollen digit – is often indicative.…2 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020What you need to knowSpondyloarthritis self-care ✢ Keep flexible and fit. It’s vital to maintain joint flexibility, strength and symptom control. Take regular activity – of whatever form you enjoy and can maintain. ✢ Oral pain relief can be supplemented by topical NSAIDs or other topical treatments, such as menthol or capsaicin, or simple local heat pads. ✢ Sleep can be difficult. Daytime exercise will help, but consider changing your mattress, pillows and other supports to make you comfy at night. ✢ Have a healthy diet and lose excess weight to reduce stress on joints. Omega 3 supplements may help some people.…1 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020Survey 2020DEAR READER,Please help us to make your favourite magazine even better by completing this survey and you could also win a cash prize. Thank you!Catherine WestwoodEditor-in-ChiefYou can take part online by going to womansweekly.com/readersurvey2020A. BUYING MAGAZINES1 Do you tend to buy:2 How often do you buy each of the following:3 How often do you buy Woman’s Weekly?4 How long have you been buying Woman’s Weekly?5 What made you buy this issue of Woman’s Weekly?6 How often have you bought each of these themed magazines published by Woman’s Weekly?B. WOMAN’S WEEKLY MAGAZINE7 Would you describe Woman’s Weekly as:8 How important are each of the following subjects to your enjoyment of Woman’s Weekly?9 And how do you rate the quality of the content in the following areas of the magazine?10 Do you…3 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020Here to helpI’m at a loss over my son’s smelly room Q My 15-year-old son’s room has been untidy and smelled for the past few months. I had been cleaning it and removing his clothes and the dirty crockery. But, following reading one of your answers, I stopped doing that and told him I wouldn’t clean the room or wash his clothes unless he put them in the wash bin. His room has become worse and the smell now permeates the house, so it has to change. I’m at a loss. Karen, Wiltshire A I’m sorry that the sanctions you applied didn’t make any difference. It sounds like he’s still getting all his needs met, so he hasn’t had to change much. I have two further thoughts: first, I wonder if he…4 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020LOWER CAL dessertsPOACHED PEARS AND RHUBARB IN MEAD WITH SAFFRON AND CARDAMOM Perfect for a dinner party, simply poach ahead of time and warm the pears slightly before serving. SERVES 6 ✣ 450ml (¾ pint) mead or similar sweet white wine ✣ 75g (2½oz) caster sugar ✣ Juice of 1 lemon ✣ 1 vanilla pod, split lengthways ✣ 4 cardamom pods ✣ A pinch of saffron ✣ 6 pears, peeled (we used conference) ✣ 200g forced rhubarb, cut into chunks ✣ Creme fraiche, to serve 1 In a saucepan, combine the mead, sugar, lemon, vanilla, cardamom pods and saffron with 650ml (22fl oz) water and bring to a slow rolling simmer. Simmer the pears for 7-12 mins (this depends on the ripeness; very ripe pears will be closer to 7 mins and…3 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020Survey 2020DEAR READER, Please help us to make your favourite magazine even better by completing this survey and you could also win a cash prize. Thank you! Catherine Westwood Editor-in-Chief You can take part online by going to womansweekly.com/readersurvey2020 A. BUYING MAGAZINES 1 Do you tend to buy: 2 How often do you buy each of the following: 3 How often do you buy Woman’s Weekly? 4 How long have you been buying Woman’s Weekly? 5 What made you buy this issue of Woman’s Weekly? 6 How often have you bought each of these themed magazines published by Woman’s Weekly? B. WOMAN’S WEEKLY MAGAZINE 7 Would you describe Woman’s Weekly as: 8 How important are each of the following subjects to your enjoyment of Woman’s Weekly? 9 And how do you…2 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020Great days out for MOTHER’S DAYTraditional baking in West Sussex If your mum’s a foodie, take her to Saddlescombe Farm in West Sussex, where you’ll experience making your own bread or pizza in a clay oven. And while the dough rises, you’ll discover more about the history of bread-making at the farm on a guided tour. ✣ Mother’s Day baking at Saddlescombe Farm, £14 for adults, £7 for children; nationaltrust.org.uk Flower arranging in Gloucestershire Take your mum to the Tudor Farmhouse Hotel in the Forest of Dean for a Mother’s Day flower-arranging workshop. Afterwards, relax over afternoon tea. ✣ Mother’s Day Flowers workshop, 21 March, £50pp including afternoon tea; tudorfarmhousehotel.co.uk Steam train adventure in Norfolk Join the Bure Valley Railway in Wroxham and experience a nostalgic steam train ride through nine miles of pretty Norfolk…2 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020BRIGHT eyesYOU WILL NEED (to make one case) ✣ 18 x 18cm lightweight fusible interfacing ✣ 21 x 21cm patterned lining fabric ✣ 18 x 21cm patterned outer fabric ✣ Matching sewing thread ✣ Prym piercing and snap tool ✣ Colourful snap fastening STOCKISTS Prym piercing and snap tool, £12.99, coloured press fasteners, £3.09 for 30, Minervacrafts.com 1 Fuse the interfacing to the centre of the reverse of the lining fabric, following the manufacturer’s instructions. 2 Take the outer and lining fabric and pin together along two edges of the same lengths, with right sides together. Sew together with a 5mm seam allowance. 3 Open out the fabric, press seam towards the lining. 4 Fold the case in half along the longest length of the sewn-together fabrics, with right sides facing,…1 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020NEVER Done ThatTry as she might, Jessica Ryder wasn’t feeling all that chipper. Earlier in the week she’d been involved in a minor accident and it had brought her life into sudden and sharp focus. It had made her think about what she’d done – and, more importantly, just what she hadn’t done. She’d never, for instance, been drunk. She’d never been inside a nightclub. Never been to the opera, nor to a football match. She’d never ridden a motorcycle nor flown in an aeroplane. And Anglesey was the farthest from home she’d ever been. Now, here she was, in hospital, staring death in the face. Literally. ‘Nice scythe,’ she said. ‘For the reaping of souls, see,’ he said. Another thing Jessica Ryder had never done was imagine the Grim Reaper with…8 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020Friends FOREVERDifficulty level MEASUREMENTS Approx 28cm/11in tall MATERIALS For all: 1 x 50g (165m) ball of Sirdar Snuggly DK (55% nylon, 45% acrylic) in each of Biscuit (494), Soft Brown (428), Bramble (501), White (251), Pastel Blue (321), Surf Blue (496), Sunshine (500), Spicy Pink (350), Lemon (252), Black (312), Tangerine (489)*. Pair of 3mm (No.11) knitting needles; stitch holder; sewing needle; toy filling; pair of 6mm black beads or safety eyes per doll; pink pastel crayon or blush (optional for cheeks); cotton buds (optional); black cotton thread; oddments of dark brown 4-ply yarn. Pink dress: A few metres of light pink DK yarn for flower; size 3mm crochet hook; small button. Blue dress: 2 pairs of snap fasteners; light blue or white cotton thread. Yellow dress: 2 pairs of snap…8 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020What’s onShow Pretty Woman the Musical Starring former Strictly finalist and actor Danny Mac (above, far right), Pretty Woman the Musical will be at London’s Piccadilly Theatre throughout 2020, bringing all the magic of the hit film to the West End stage. Featuring original music from Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, for more information and to book tickets, visit prettywomanthemusical.com TV Sport Relief BBC1 The biennial fundraiser is back with another star-studded evening of entertainment, hosted by a line-up of famous faces, including Gary Lineker. As well as the usual mix of music and comedy, there’s also a ‘Clash of the Channels’ rowing race featuring stars from BBC, ITV, C4 and Sky shows, including BBC Breakfast’s Louise Minchin, Loose Women’s Andrea McLean (right) and Dancing on Ice pro Matt Evers (above…2 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020Good to SHARELove sun, sea and sand? Seems we all do! The Maldives has been named by UK holidaymakers as Favourite Holiday Destination in the World, at the 13th Ultimate Luxury Travel Related Awards gala. Made up of 1,192 islands in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is known for its high-end resorts. FASHION ICON Nearly half of Brits say Catherine, duch*ess of Cambridge, is the top royal female fashion icon, but only a fifth think it’s Meghan, duch*ess of Sussex, reveals research from the Fashion Retail Academy. The Queen is the third most influential royal fashion icon, with her bright coats, dresses and matching hats. Does Her Majesty inspire you? DID YOU KNOW? Nearly half of UK drivers worry about paying for unexpected repairs when getting vehicles serviced, research for RAC MOT…4 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020‘NO BOTOX I’m growing old disgracefully!’Back in the 1990s, during her first stint at Emmerdale, Claire King was nominated the title Sexiest Female at The British Soap Awards. Fast forward 30 years and the glamorous actress is still winning admirers for her portrayal of manipulative bad girl Kim Tate. But while Claire looks amazing for 58, she says her looks are not something she gives much thought to. ‘I won’t be winning the Sexiest Female this time around,’ she laughs. ‘Probably wrinkliest because I don’t do Botox. I’m very relaxed about ageing, I made the choice not to have anything done and grow old disgracefully. She adds, ‘My fella [Claire has been with her partner for 10 years, but won’t publicly name him] is happy with it. He can’t stand the look of people on…3 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020WAKE-UP time!Spring is just around the corner and, as your thoughts turn to getting outdoors and into the garden, spare a thought for hibernating animals.Hedgehogs, dormice, bats, frogs, newts and toads, butterflies, slow worms and snakes all hibernate in the UK from October to April. And, while animals such as foxes, badgers and birds do not, there’s still plenty you can do to help them as the weather turns warmer. March is a vital time for animals, according to the RSPCA, as many are starting the breeding process ahead of the late spring and summer arrival of babies and young animals.Supporting animals like hedgehogs, whose numbers are dwindling, can really make a difference.There are simple things you can do in your garden to help them as they emerge in the springtime,…1 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020Why do animals hibernate?‘Hibernation is crucial to the survival of many species, as it allows them to reduce energy consumption during colder periods when insect prey is limited,’ explains RSPCA scientific officer Emma Horton. ‘An animal’s breathing slows and their heart rate drops, as well as their temperature.’ If you catch sight of an animal that should be hibernating, don’t be surprised – it’s not uncommon for animals such as hedgehogs to move sites at least once. And with milder weather, many are coming out of hibernation earlier than usual. As long as it looks fit and healthy and there’s no frost on the ground, there’s no need to worry.…1 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020That’s a RELIEF!Cause: Tension This is the most common headache type and can last from minutes to days. It can be triggered by poor posture, stress and strong emotion – not just anxiety but excitement too. ✣ Sit up straight, support your lower back and don’t sit or stand in one position for long periods. See a physio or an Alexander technique practitioner for specific posture advice. ✣ Release tension with this relaxation technique from wellness consultant Sloan Sheridan-Williams (sloansw.com). ‘Lie still, breathe in and out slowly, and relax your muscles. Visualise the pain as a colour or number and change the colour from black and dark grey to bright whites and yellows. Or count down from 10 to one over a few minutes.’ ✣ Take a brisk walk. Regular aerobic exercise,…4 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020All about SKINCOMPLEXION DE-STRESSERBotanics Calm Hydration Serum, £11.49This helps to eradicate the sensitivity and redness caused by cold winter weather. This nurturing combination of calming cannabis sativa seed oil and soothing aloe vera will instantly de-stress your complexion.GET YOUR GLOW ONLaura Mercier Pure Canvas Primer, £32Want to know how make-up artists cheat naturally glowing skin? Illuminating primers are their number-one secret weapon. Apply a small amount before your foundation to ensure a radiance that everyone will notice.DITCH DARK SPOTSBioderma Pigmentbio Foaming Cream, £15This ingenious cleanser uses a new patented formula to target blotchy patches and leave you with smoother, more even-toned skin. Use it as a wash on your face and body, or leave it on as a hydrating mask.LUMINOUS EFFECTGuerlain Les Météorites Happy Glow, £45Achieve a soft sheen of luminosity by…1 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020Skinnier DINNERSMIDDLE EASTERN LAMBAn easy recipe for anyone with leftover spices in the cupboard, this cooks slowly and melts in the mouth.SERVES 8✣ 2tbsp olive oil✣ 2 large onions, sliced✣ 2 garlic cloves, sliced✣ 5cm (2in) piece fresh root ginger, grated✣ 2tsp ground cinnamon✣ 2tsp ground cumin✣ 1tsp paprika✣ 2tsp ras-el-hanout blend✣ 1kg (2¼lb) lean leg lamb, cut into chunks✣ 250ml (8fl oz) chicken stock✣ 12-18 fresh figs (or dried)✣ 45g (1.6oz) chopped pistachios✣ 6tbsp chopped fresh coriander and mint✣ Pomegranate seeds and giant couscous, to serve1 In a large casserole dish, heat half the oil and cook the onions for 10 mins. Add the garlic, ginger and all the spices. Stir well and cook for 2-3 mins. Add the lamb and mix it well into the spices, stirring. Add the…4 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020Your wellbeingMY HEALTHY LIFE Dr Clare BaileyMy go-to remedyM As a GP, I’ve had years of building up my immunity and rarely get ill. But I also regularly eat fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi and other fermented vegetables, known to improve gut health and immunity. I keep the jars lined up in the fridge, looking gloriously colourful.My favourite mealEasy chicken tagine with preserved lemons, served with bulgar wheat and drizzled with full-fat live Greek yogurt. I throw it all in the pot and leave it to cook slowly in the oven. The Moroccan flavours work brilliantly – mixing the sweetness of the apricots with the slightly sour lemon, some veg and plenty of spices.How I keep fit and healthyI do outdoor circuits and fitness training once or twice a week…1 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020Your wellbeingMY HEALTHY LIFE Dr Clare Bailey My go-to remedy M As a GP, I’ve had years of building up my immunity and rarely get ill. But I also regularly eat fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi and other fermented vegetables, known to improve gut health and immunity. I keep the jars lined up in the fridge, looking gloriously colourful. My favourite meal Easy chicken tagine with preserved lemons, served with bulgar wheat and drizzled with full-fat live Greek yogurt. I throw it all in the pot and leave it to cook slowly in the oven. The Moroccan flavours work brilliantly – mixing the sweetness of the apricots with the slightly sour lemon, some veg and plenty of spices. How I keep fit and healthy I do outdoor circuits and fitness…1 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020Coping with... SPONDYLOARTHRITISSpondyloarthritis (SpA) is increasingly recognised as a specific group of conditions causing pain, inflammation and swelling of joints, with a key feature of enthesitis – inflammation at the tendon attachments to bones, rather than just the joint surfaces. Associated inflammatory conditions that may be relevant include psoriasis and inflammatory bowel disease such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, and uveitis (an inflammatory eye condition). Also gastric or genito-urinary infection can trigger a reactive SpA.SpA occurs as two main types – axial SpA, affecting central joints such as the spine, sacroiliac joints and rib attachments to the vertebrae; and peripheral SpA, affecting peripheral joints such as hands and feet, with enthesitis and tendonitis. Dactylitis – inflammation of the fingers or toes, causing a sausage-shaped swollen digit – is often indicative. Axial…2 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020Q Should I go low-carb for diabetes?A The definition of low-carb levels is less than 130g per day of carbohydrate. Very low-carb diets are 20-50g/d. It’s important to remember that low-carb diets (such as Atkins) don’t calorie restrict, yet for those who are overweight, calorie restriction is probably important. Trials show that low-carb diets are beneficial to glycaemic control, lipids (reducing triglycerides and increasing HDL, the ‘good cholesterol’) and hormone parameters, even without weight loss. Recent trials show that, if you can stick to it, a very low-calorie low-carb diet (800 calories/d) using food replacement shakes can, for some patients, lead to weight loss and diabetes remission. However, a Diabetes UK evidence review in 2017 pointed out that weight management should be the mainstay of glycaemic control in the overweight. Low-carb diets are safe and effective…1 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020LOWER CAL dessertsPOACHED PEARS AND RHUBARB IN MEAD WITH SAFFRON AND CARDAMOMPerfect for a dinner party, simply poach ahead of time and warm the pears slightly before serving.SERVES 6✣ 450ml (¾ pint) mead or similar sweet white wine✣ 75g (2½oz) caster sugar✣ Juice of 1 lemon✣ 1 vanilla pod, split lengthways✣ 4 cardamom pods✣ A pinch of saffron✣ 6 pears, peeled (we used conference)✣ 200g forced rhubarb, cut into chunks✣ Creme fraiche, to serve1 In a saucepan, combine the mead, sugar, lemon, vanilla, cardamom pods and saffron with 650ml (22fl oz) water and bring to a slow rolling simmer. Simmer the pears for 7-12 mins (this depends on the ripeness; very ripe pears will be closer to 7 mins and less ripe 10-12).2 Turn off the heat and remove the pears from…3 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020Q Should I go low-carb for diabetes?A The definition of low-carb levels is less than 130g per day of carbohydrate. Very low-carb diets are 20-50g/d. It’s important to remember that low-carb diets (such as Atkins) don’t calorie restrict, yet for those who are overweight, calorie restriction is probably important. Trials show that low-carb diets are beneficial to glycaemic control, lipids (reducing triglycerides and increasing HDL, the ‘good cholesterol’) and hormone parameters, even without weight loss. Recent trials show that, if you can stick to it, a very low-calorie low-carb diet (800 calories/d) using food replacement shakes can, for some patients, lead to weight loss and diabetes remission. However, a Diabetes UK evidence review in 2017 pointed out that weight management should be the mainstay of glycaemic control in the overweight. Low-carb diets are safe and effective…1 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020Great days out for MOTHER’S DAYTraditional baking in West SussexIf your mum’s a foodie, take her to Saddlescombe Farm in West Sussex, where you’ll experience making your own bread or pizza in a clay oven. And while the dough rises, you’ll discover more about the history of bread-making at the farm on a guided tour.✣ Mother’s Day baking at Saddlescombe Farm, £14 for adults, £7 for children; nationaltrust.org.ukFlower arranging in GloucestershireTake your mum to the Tudor Farmhouse Hotel in the Forest of Dean for a Mother’s Day flower-arranging workshop. Afterwards, relax over afternoon tea.✣ Mother’s Day Flowers workshop, 21 March, £50pp including afternoon tea; tudorfarmhousehotel.co.ukSteam train adventure in NorfolkJoin the Bure Valley Railway in Wroxham and experience a nostalgic steam train ride through nine miles of pretty Norfolk countryside before arriving at Aylsham, where you’ll…2 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020Gardening ROYALTYHandsome and hardyStunning lookers, resilient and long-lived, peonies deserve a place in every garden. Plant in spring, no deeper than 2.5cm (apart from tree peonies, which need the graft 15cm below the surface), in sun or light shade and fertile, well-drained soil. They like plenty of space, so they’re not competing with other hungry plants. Apart from their beauty, they’re low maintenance. Give them a mulch and feed in spring, then simply remove the dead stems in autumn.Max your displayThere are three types of peony. Herbaceous perennials have sumptuous, showy flowers in a range of hues from white to yellow and pink to red. Tree peonies are deciduous shrubs with dinner-plate-sized flowers up to 25cm wide. There are also the rare intersectional peonies (a tree-herbaceous cross), which are the longest…2 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020Living With THE PASTLinda sank onto the sofa and eased her broken ankle up on it, scratching beneath the cast delicately with a knitting needle. She didn’t know which was worse – the itching or not being able to do things. If Greg had listened to reason, she wouldn’t be in this situation. She glanced at her watch, wondering what was taking him so long. It was a five-minute walk to the chip shop and he’d been gone half an hour. At the sound of a vehicle, she grabbed her crutches and moved to the window. A van had pulled up outside with Greg in the passenger seat. Her heart sank. What had he bought this time? ‘You can put it in the hall for now, mate,’ Greg instructed as he opened the…4 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020STEPPING OutTHE STORY SO FAR: Vicar’s daughter, Carrie, out of step with the Victorian values of her parents, aspires to go on the stage. After a trip to Yakov’s Variety Show, she resolves to run away to join the troupe. Carrie is happy in her new career. But one night, from the stage, she sees her father in the front row of the stalls. She is terrified he intends to drag her back home and, although she avoids detection, she is told to leave for the trouble she has brought. Pursued by an agent who wants her for a new Paris revue, her career is back on track, but she finds herself facing intense jealousy from the other performers. Just when she thinks she’s won their friendship, Carrie receives an anonymous…12 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020Gardening ROYALTYHandsome and hardy Stunning lookers, resilient and long-lived, peonies deserve a place in every garden. Plant in spring, no deeper than 2.5cm (apart from tree peonies, which need the graft 15cm below the surface), in sun or light shade and fertile, well-drained soil. They like plenty of space, so they’re not competing with other hungry plants. Apart from their beauty, they’re low maintenance. Give them a mulch and feed in spring, then simply remove the dead stems in autumn. Max your display There are three types of peony. Herbaceous perennials have sumptuous, showy flowers in a range of hues from white to yellow and pink to red. Tree peonies are deciduous shrubs with dinner-plate-sized flowers up to 25cm wide. There are also the rare intersectional peonies (a tree-herbaceous cross), which…2 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020Book clubThe Animals at Lockwood Manorby Jane Healey (£14.99, HB, Pan Macmillan)It’s the beginning of World War Two, when Hetty, a young museum curator and evacuee, arrives at the manor, bringing with her part of the Natural History Museum’s collection of mammals, to keep them safe. She’s soon distracted by strange goings-on at the manor. When Hetty thinks she’s being stalked, this tale takes a more gothic turn. Part love story and part mystery, this story will keep you captivated.The Time of Her Lifeby Kate Fenton (£20, HB, Hodder)With her flair for characterisation, Kate Fenton’s latest read brings sensible 60-year-old Annie to life in style. The no-nonsense Yorkshirewoman encourages her friends to pursue their romantic endeavours and stop wasting time, but when it comes to herself, perhaps Annie should be following…1 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020STEPPING OutTHE STORY SO FAR: Vicar’s daughter, Carrie, out of step with the Victorian values of her parents, aspires to go on the stage. After a trip to Yakov’s Variety Show, she resolves to run away to join the troupe. Carrie is happy in her new career. But one night, from the stage, she sees her father in the front row of the stalls. She is terrified he intends to drag her back home and, although she avoids detection, she is told to leave for the trouble she has brought. Pursued by an agent who wants her for a new Paris revue, her career is back on track, but she finds herself facing intense jealousy from the other performers. Just when she thinks she’s won their friendship, Carrie receives an anonymous…12 min
Woman's Weekly|10-Mar-2020Book clubThe Animals at Lockwood Manor by Jane Healey (£14.99, HB, Pan Macmillan) It’s the beginning of World War Two, when Hetty, a young museum curator and evacuee, arrives at the manor, bringing with her part of the Natural History Museum’s collection of mammals, to keep them safe. She’s soon distracted by strange goings-on at the manor. When Hetty thinks she’s being stalked, this tale takes a more gothic turn. Part love story and part mystery, this story will keep you captivated. The Time of Her Life by Kate Fenton (£20, HB, Hodder) With her flair for characterisation, Kate Fenton’s latest read brings sensible 60-year-old Annie to life in style. The no-nonsense Yorkshirewoman encourages her friends to pursue their romantic endeavours and stop wasting time, but when it comes to herself,…1 min
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