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Pick Me Up!

Pick Me Up! 20-May-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 wanted to become a foster carer. And in 2018, with my eldest two moved out and my youngest son Jayden, now 14, in secondary school, I decided the time was right. Initially, I interviewed to care for children, but that’s when I discovered parent and child fostering. ‘You would help vulnerable mothers bond and care for their babies,’ I was told. I had my eldest daughter Jasmyne when I was just 16. As a young mum, I didn’t have a clue what I was doing. Remembering what it felt like, I knew becoming a parent and child carer was my calling. Although I had Jayden and my husband Scott, 48, at home, I was the main carer. To begin with, it was tough, and I was close to giving up. However, I powered through and soon…

4 min
your pick me ups

Good to know Haircuts, hugging and handshakes – we have missed you! With the UK easing restrictions, and the end of the roadmap on the horizon, a new study reveals the heart-warming simple pleasures that Brits have missed the most. Commissioned by Gala Bingo, the study of thousands of Brits revealed that hugging friends and family is the top thing people long for. While the simple ability to make plans and visit friends’ houses took second and third place. Here are 10 other everyday things that we are most looking forward to after the pandemic is over: 1. Going for a meal with friends or family 2. Spontaneous trips 3. Sitting next to people you don’t live with 4. Going to concerts 5. Regular haircuts 6. Not queuing in the supermarket 7. Going to the cinema 8. Trying on clothes in shops 9. Going…

7 min
paralysed in fearin

Dodging through the crowd, I looked around to make sure the guy hadn’t followed me. I wish he’d leave me alone, I thought to myself. Only, within seconds, the bloke I’d been desperately avoiding had found me. ‘So, how do you know everyone?’ he asked. Simon Cash was a friend of a friend, and I’d only met him for the first time that night in December 2018, as we were on a birthday night out together. Only, from the moment we stepped into the karaoke taxi at the start of the night, he’d latched onto me. ‘I don’t know, I’m going to the loo,’ I told him, quickly making my escape. Despite my best efforts to shake him off, Simon, 24, wouldn’t leave me be. I really didn’t want to be rude, but I had a roaring headache…

5 min
born to be together

Walking to the roller hockey game I tried to control my nerves. I was just 14 years old and hopelessly in love with Nick Monguso, who was also 14. We were each other’s first girlfriend and boyfriend and had been dating for two weeks when I decided to introduce our families. I thought the roller hockey game Nick was playing at, in Dudley Park, Bayville, New Jersey, was perfect for it. ‘That’s them over there,’ I whispered to my mum, Joy now 62 as I pointed towards Nick’s parents, Dawn, 49 and Nick, 50. ‘Don’t say anything embarrassing,’ I begged. Walking over to them and introducing ourselves was terrifying, but everyone got on. ‘This is crazy, two 14-year-old’s dating for the first time,’ Dawn laughed. ‘You know, you look so familiar,’ my mum said. ‘Where did you give…

1 min
your brainwavess…

This week, our tip of the week will receive a great product from Addis! Organise that never-ending flow of laundry with this stylishly designed linen hamper, complete with a lid. It comes with a large 50L capacity, allowing for ample storage for organising the family washing. For more ways to make your life easier, visit addis.co.uk Drip-free! When decorating, attach a piece of string across the top of the paint pot to easily remove excess from the brush. Lucy Travell, Glos Perfect cuppa Remove stubborn tea stains in your mugs by using a quarter of a Steradent tablet in half a cup of water overnight. They’re totally safe to use as they’re for cleaning false teeth. Mandy Keay, Angus Happy feet Any marks on my shoes, where the upper layer has been scuffed away, I paint over…

1 min
itchy issues

Surcare, the specialists in allergy-friendly washing products, share their four steps to keeping hidden allergens at bay. EXTERMINATE MITES Dust mites are teeny, and millions are living in your home. Vacuuming carpets, rugs and sofas regularly helps to get rid of them. As does washing soft furnishings like cushion covers and curtains. OPEN UP Dampness in the home is where common allergies thrive. Let your house breathe and open your windows to let fresh air circulate. CHOOSE WISELY When buying household products always check the label. Look for products that have been endorsed by organisations like Allergy UK. Also, make sure they don’t contain fragrances, enzymes, acids and dyes as these could all irritate the skin. MOULD MANAGEMENT The spores released from mould can be a huge irritant in your home. Regularly bleach hotspot areas like the seals…