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Woman & Home

Woman & Home December 2019

Published by TI Media Limited Woman & home is the UK’s number-one monthly magazine aimed at women aged 35+. Including best beauty advice, fabulous wearable fashion trends, delicious recipes, in-depth health and wellbeing advice, latest looks for the home, plus insightful interviews with celebrities and real women who have achieved remarkable things, W &H’s pages are bursting with irresistible inspiration. And there are also short stories, travel ideas, exclusive offers, competitions and much more besides! With a raft of top writers and stunning photography, W &H is gorgeous, glossy package.

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

in this issue

2 min.
welcome to a w&h christmas!

We’ve really enjoyed creating this special festive edition for you. The entire w&h team have worked tirelessly since July (yes, really) to bring you the very best of this magical time of year. My ambition was to create an issue that reflects the wide range of emotions we all experience at Christmas. From the uplifting tales of enduring friendship on page 64, to the challenges this season holds for so many in Bryony Gordon’s compelling depression memoir on page 76. Christmas for me is about finding unusual and affordable presents for my family. I love to watch their faces as they open them, and hopefully see their surprise and delight. If you’re still looking for some gift inspiration, I’ve rounded up some of my favourites, all priced under £50, from page 86.…

1 min.
meet our contributors

KATHY LETTE has written 14 novels, including Puberty Blues and How to Kill Your Husband (and Other Handy Household Hints). Her latest is Best Laid Plans. She writes a letter to Father Christmas on p44. Your favourite Christmas tradition? For my large and loving Australian family, sun worship is a religion. Christmas Day starts with a surf and a sunbathe, then a poolside barbecue. We also kick- start lunch with a vineyard’s worth of Champagne. Why should Rudolph be the only one with a red nose? Author KATIE FFORDE has been a porter in an auction house, tried pottery, refurbished furniture and been on a Ray Mears survival course. She believes falling in love is the best thing in the world, and she wants all her characters to experience it, and her readers…

2 min.
join the conversation!

FINDING PEACE I read with great sadness your article by Stephanie Nimmo on losing both her husband and young daughter [September issue]. It certainly put my life and its dramas into perspective. I hope very much that she will find peace and happiness. Carol, by email EVERY MOMENT COUNTS I wanted to thank the three women in When Every Moment Counts [October issue]. I am nearly one year into my chemotherapy treatment for bowel cancer. I too am looking at a prolonging of life, as opposed to being care-free. To know that other w&h readers are going through the same dark times helps me still feel part of life. Thank you for helping me feel positive about my unknown future. Yours gratefully, Jackie, by email CARE AT ANY PRICE? A colleague of mine cared for…

5 min.
tans! sequins! glamour! strictly’s back

EastEnders actress Emma Barton, 42, is single and lives in Surrey. Her dance partner is well-loved face Anton Du Beke. STRICTLY STRENGTH? I’m a good listener and quite calm, so I don’t panic. Also, I’ve done musical theatre, so I’m used to going out there and performing live. FAMILY’S THOUGHTS? My mum and dad are over the moon. We’re massive fans and I don’t think they can believe it’s happening! ANY SURPRISES? The tiredness and the amount of bruises. I just don’t know where they come from. ADVICE FROM YOUR EASTENDERS CO-STARS? Jake Wood said, ‘If in doubt, just wiggle your hips!’. And Letitia Dean bought me a goody bag filled with a foot spa, plasters and face masks. ‘It’s such a privilege to have dresses made for you’ STRICTLY STYLE? I feel like a little…

4 min.
my inner domestic goddess is just for christmas

In my twenties, I returned from a girly holiday to find a cheeky card from my then partner. ‘Welcome home’, it read. ‘Sure missed your cooking, ha ha!’ The truth is, the only hot thing I ate at home was cheese on toast. It was only much later, with a different partner and as a mother of three, that I found myself in the shocking position of being expected – OK, required, as I was the at-home parent – to put food on the table. And not only that. Seemingly, this food could not just be sandwiches. No, it had to be cooked, and of a standard whereby it would not merely sustain my family, like putting petrol into a car, but be praised and enthused over. Worse still, apparently…

5 min.
get rid of guilt

How many times a day do you hop aboard the ‘Guilt Trip Express’? Do you berate yourself for eating that extra slice of cake? Accuse yourself of being a bad mother, daughter or friend? Are you saying ‘sorry’ too much? Women are particularly prone to high levels of guilt, especially in the ‘sandwich years’, when we may be juggling work with raising a family and the needs of ageing parents. Christmas is a particularly guilt-laden time, with so many people to please. Here are some ways to start shaking off the psychological burden. It takes time to change old patterns, so be patient and kind to yourself along the way. 1 Be kinder to yourself Remember, everyone experiences guilt – it’s part of being human, so you’re not alone. Guilt can be…