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Pick Me Up!

Pick Me Up! 22-Apr-2021

Pick Me Up! stimulates the modern real-life reader with a rip-roaring range of fun, fascinating and thought-provoking stories which feed her curiosity and hunger to know more. It hits the sweet spot for value-hunting, brighter women. Pick Me Up! gets under the skin of the story and encourages its reader to think harder, feel deeper… and share the experience. Plus, Pick Me Up! has the most up-to-date fashion and beauty pages, easily digested health and wellbeing advice, a good portion of fab food news and recipes, and pages of prize puzzles, all in a bright, modern package.

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
50 Issues

in this issue

2 min
one in a million!

I’ve always struggled with my speech. As a baby, my first words were delayed and speech therapists believed I would never have a full vocabulary. Thankfully, as the years passed, my voice and speech progressed, but I suffered from a severe stammer. Growing up, I hated the way I spoke and I was badly bullied at school. ‘Why can’t you say your own name?’ kids would taunt. ‘Why can’t you speak properly?’ Some of the comments were particularly nasty, but sadly, I just got used to it. With the help of therapy, my speech did improve, but by the time I began college, it all went downhill. Struggling to cope with the vast amount of social interaction demanded from me, my speech was worse than ever. So, in the summer of 2016, I enrolled in an intense…

3 min
your pick me ups

Support a small business The socks that save species! A decade ago, Dom Desmond visited Borneo and fell in love with the world’s oldest rainforest and critically endangered wild orangutans. In 2017, Dom returned to Borneo. Only, the once lush rainforests he remembered had fallen victim to greedy palm oil plantations and illegal logging. With a drive to protect and restore the rainforest, Dom created Critically Endangered Socks. On a mission to help every critically endangered animal, Critically Endangered Socks sell the most beautifully crafted, ethical socks to raise money for multiple charities, such as WWF, IEF and WDC. We must act now if we want to rescue some of the earth’s most beautiful endangered creatures from the brink of extinction. The simplest way to do that? By wearing your heart on your feet. • Go to www.criticallyendangeredsocks.com GOOD…

7 min
date with disaster

Picking up my phone, I reactivated my Plenty of Fish account. What’s the harm in looking? I thought to myself in November last year. And it wasn’t long before I received a message from a chap named Alec Maguire, now 41. Hey, how are you? he wrote. He seemed nice, and when I looked at his profile, he looked it, too! We started chatting and seemed to get along. So much so, we agreed to go for a walk that very weekend. For years, I’d been going out on hill walks and climbing the likes of Snowdon and the Three Peaks in Yorkshire. So, the fact that Alec had suggested going for a walk, I was well up for it! We spoke every day after that, so by the time we met up that Saturday on 15 November, I…

5 min
hotter than daughter

Running from the shower to my room naked, I heard a squeal behind me. ‘Mum!’ my daughter Rebbecka, 28, yelled in embarrassment – having caught a glimpse of my bottom. ‘Sorry, Becky,’ I giggled. I was always running around in the nude and Becky hated it – so I tried my best to cover up if I knew she was about. If I had it my way, I’d walk around naked all the time. I was proud of my body. I may be in my 50’s but I still feel young and full of life. Becky and I are mother and daughter, but we are also the best of friends. After getting divorced when Becky was a baby, I have raised her as a single mum. I had her at 25, and her father wasn’t involved – I think…

1 min
your brainwaves…

This week, our tip of the week will receive a great product from Addis! This stylish soap dispenser and sponge keeps your sink side area organised and clutter free. It comes with a soft touch non-slip base. Fill with your favourite detergent or hand wash. For more ways to make your life easier, visit addis.co.uk Can full of cola For a sparkling toilet bowl pour coke, or a similar sparkling drink, into the toilet and allow it to sit overnight before flushing away. Angela Garvin, Essex Splatter free When decorating, slip your hands inside a plastic sandwich bag to keep them clean of paint drips. Benita Graham, Devon Kitchen queen When my dishwasher gave up the ghost and I had to get rid of it, I saved the cutlery basket to use for a great kitchen sink tidy. Tina Vowles,…

1 min
best buys

Why not make your life easier by trying our top cleaning picks? 1. FAIRY PLATINUM PODS WITH EXTRA STAIN REMOVAL The same gentle care for sensitive children’s skin, but with a ramped-up cleaning, and stain removal power, all in one tiny pod. It’s perfect for mums with playful kids who like to get messy once in a while. £9, from Waitrose 2. JEYES FRESHBIN POWDER As the days get warmer, so do our bins. Stop the horrid cooking rubbish smells with a sprinkle of Jeyes Freshbin Powder. It kills germs and is easy to use. £2, from amazon.co.uk 3. FRUIT + VEGGI WIPES Naturally remove soil, chemicals, waxes and micro-organisms from your fresh fruit and veg on the go with Veggi Wash’s Fruit and Veggi wipes. Take these with you on your trips out, and snack…