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Pick Me Up! Special

Pick Me Up! Special August 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!

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
TI-Media
Frequency:
Monthly
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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
august special

Are you enjoying the warmer weather? We certainly are! This month’s edition of Pick Me Up! is packed with everything you’ll need to enjoy the sun, from delicious BBQ recipes (pg20) and family summer essentials (pg66), to the latest swimwear fashion (pg28) and crazy workout trends (pg50). This month, we’re all about taking back control. When she reached rock bottom, Hannah (pg30) found a clever way of turning things around. You’ll never guess how! Now her life is looking pretty sweet! George (pg34) spent years in denial about his weight. But a stark warning from his doctor changed everything. He bravely put his best foot forward and took back control. With her whole life planned out, Georgina (pg38) was excited about her future. But a splitting headache one morning saw all those plans go out the…

1 min.
your pick me ups

Doorstep delivery Lovely surprise. What a lush bunch! T. Wood My BBQ is so clean… You could eat your dinner off it! Keeping busy I love sitting in the garden doing my 1,000-piece puzzle. So peaceful! Cheryl, Liverpool Chef mum The yummiest crayfish noodle salad made by my mum! Zoe, Newcastle Fancy a pint? Learning how Thatchers cider is made with my boyfriend. Finished with a lovely pint. Maisy, Newquay Pizza delivery I demolished my first takeaway in weeks. Yummy! Shannon, Torbayl Picnic in the park Enjoying a day out with my friend. Nadine, Manchester Garden centre Popped out to buy some new plants with my wife. Operation garden makeover! Andy, Swindon Woodland walk My little boy enjoying our fresh wander around the woods. Christine, Bristol Dreamy bakes I made these delicious Terry's chocolate orange brownies! Bea, Birmingham What do y ou call a line of men waiting for a haircut? A…

6 min.
up in flames

Lifting the pole above my head, I gently lowered it into my mouth. ‘Go on Mummy,’ my little girl, Annabelle, six, clapped from the sidelines. As my number one fan, she was there watching me practice for my big performance. As an NHS health care worker, I’d once again entered the NHS’ Got Talent, to show off my fire breathing skills. It can go wrong in a few seconds I’d first learnt the art of fire breathing at a circus workshop and had been hooked ever since. So, in my spare time after work or mum duty, I liked burlesque dancing and fire breathing. It was always a hit at the annual fundraising talent show. So, when they emailed to announce they were looking for performers again, I quickly signed up and started rehearsing my dangerous routine. I…

6 min.
sleep tight

Tipping over the bucket of sand, I helped both my girls tap their spades on the top. ‘Lift it up together,’ I said to Harmony, two, and Libby, 10 months. 'Please save my baby,' I cried Guiding their hands, we lifted the bucket to reveal the castle inside. ‘Wow, look at what you both did,’ I said proudly, as their little faces lit-up. It was our second holiday away together that summer and my two girls were loving the seaside. At the beginning of August, my boyfriend Nathan, 24, and I had taken the girls to Ireland for a week. A day after returning home, we headed down to Dover with my parents, Ellie and Ian, for the Lydden Hill Race Meeting. We only planned to go for the weekend but my car broke down and we found…

2 min.
fakeaway

Watching the evening news with my partner Kieran, 33, we turned to each other in worry. It was March this year, and the coronavirus lockdown in the UK was looming. ‘How will we cope?' I stressed to Kieran. Whilst most people were panicking over loo rolls, sanitiser and hand wash, my first concern was McDonald's. Our two boys Luke, five, and Jake, four, have autism and part of that means they have no awareness of days of the week. But that doesn't stop them keeping track of their Monday night McDonald's! It's the highlight of their week. ‘Their routines will be completely disrupted,' I said. Over the following few days, my worst fear came true. ‘McDonald's is closing!' I told Kieran. ‘What am I going to do?' Neither Luke nor Jake understood the virus, but their favourite fast…

1 min.
in the bag

Some people collect stamps, others are interested in coins... But marketing and investment consultant Niek Vermeulen of the Netherlands has built up the world’s largest collection of airsickness bags. With over 3,700 bags from over 800 different airlines and another 10,000 spare bags. He’s held the Guinness World Record since 1986. Niek began collecting airsickness bags when he and a friend made a bet to see who could accumulate the most of any one item and set a world record. Over 30 years ago, Niek was using a sickbag to scribble down expenses during a flight, and had the bag in his briefcase with him. That was when the idea for his collection was born. Since then, Niek and his family embarked on international flights each year, harvesting sickbags along the way. Friends also helped him by…