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Pick Me Up! Special

Pick Me Up! Special January 2020

Published by TI Media Limited Pick Me Up! Special Series is your monthly feast of the best real-life stories from Pick Me Up! The series comprises of nine ‘Seasonals' and four ‘Best Ofs', featuring the best of Pick Me Up! Each bumper issue is crammed with a variety pack of true stories, your favourite features, money-saving tips, laughs, health ideas, great looks, budget beauty, food ideas to put a smile on your face and 12 puzzles. A fun package to keep you truly entertained!

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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
TI-Media
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13 Issues

In this issue

1 min.
january special

With everyone around us talking about New Year’s resolutions, we’ve come up with a good one that will cover all your bases – be more positive! This month, we’ve been inspired by women who have changed difficult circumstances into great ones, simply by being positive. When her teenage daughter developed an eating disorder, Julie (pg26) was understandably worried. But she dived right in to help out, and today, this mum and daughter duo are fighting fit. What’s the worst thing that could happen when you’re wearing all white? Spilling red wine of course! That’s what Eleanor (pg30) faced on a day out. While most of us would probably just go home, Eleanor looked on the positive side, and the result was something truly impressive. While pregnant with her little girl, something told Anne (pg47) she was…

1 min.
your pick me ups

Mamma Mia! My husband had this delicious steak tomato pasta when we were on a trip away. Safe to say, this bowl was not full for long! Hayley, Aberdeen How funny! What's the problem with jogging on New Year's Eve? The ice falls out of your drinks! Happy New Year I managed to capture these sparkling fireworks going off. We bought some silent ones this year so that they weren't noisy for animals! Tina, Swindon My resolution was to read more so I put subtitles on my TV. Food glorious food It was my dad's birthday in October, and we bought him this amazing coffee and walnut cake from a local baker called Belton Bakes! Wish I could say that I made this. Nina, Bristol Row, row, row your boat Here is my husband driving a boat on the Norfolk broads!…

5 min.
axe attack

Gagging from the stench of the toilets, I looked at the broken windows and filthy floors. ‘It was once the hub of the community,’ the estate agent explained to me. Now, in August 2018, the rundown pub in Southport was derelict. Still, something about it drew me in. It had always been my dream ‘It’s got a lot of potential,’ I said to my partner Alex, 33, grinning excitedly. He’d been encouraging me to open a pub for months. I loved cooking wholesome grub, and I’d always worked in restaurants and pubs. I loved the idea of having a pub I could call my own. But since our son Harrison, then two, had arrived, I’d been doing office work to pay the bills, and I hated every minute of it. ‘We’ll help out,’ my dad Jason, 47, promised. My mum Christine,…

6 min.
my brave lionheart

Sneaking down the baby aisle of the supermarket when I was a kid, my mum, Lisa, just laughed. ‘Come on,’ she’d chuckle. ‘Time to go.’ Mum says I’ve been broody from the day I was born. She’s probably right. Even from a young age, I always knew that I wanted to be a mum when I was older. I’d picked out my favourite baby names and everything. ‘If I have a boy, I’ll call him Leo,’ I’d say to Mum, when I was a teenager. ‘You’d need to find a fella first,’ she’d laugh. But that didn’t take me long. I met Aaron playing video games online. My mum would always moan about me sitting on the Xbox, but it wasn’t a total waste of time. After chatting online, we started to meet up and it wasn’t long before I moved…

3 min.
fan and wife

Down on one knee, my partner Shaun had tears in his eyes. ‘Will you do me the honour of being my wife?' he asked me. ‘Of course I will!' I cried, jumping into his arms and gladly accepting the gorgeous gold ring. It was June 2017, and Shaun, 49, and I had jetted off on romantic getaway to Menorca. Shaun and I had dated when we were teenagers, but it didn't last. We'd each gone on to marry other people, but by 2013, we were both single again. Shaun messaged me on Facebook, and within weeks, we were back together again. A lot of time had passed since we were teens, but one thing about Shaun hadn't changed at all – his love for the Bristol City football club! We were both soon working behind a local…

3 min.
burning vision

Splashing around happily, my daughter Summer was all smiles in the swimming pool. It was August 2019, and we were out at the Stay and Splash outdoor park on Canvey Island, Essex, celebrating Summer’s eight birthday. As Summer was in her element, I played with my son Reggie, then 16 months, in a nearby sandbox. Being a single mum of two, I needed all the help I could get, so my friend Carla, 40, had come along for the day. After a while, I stood up. ‘Mummy’s just going to the loo,’ I called to Summer. ‘When I get back, we can get ice cream!’ ‘Yes!’ Summer squealed back to me excitedly. Leaving Reggie with Carla, I nipped to the ladies, and was gone for about two minutes. But when I came back, everything had changed. Summer was now…