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Pick Me Up!

Pick Me Up! 03-Jun-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!

As a teenager, I always knew I wanted to go into childcare. At the age of 16, I lost my cousin Corina, at just 10-months-old, after she was born with a congenital heart defect. After the funeral, I completed my training in childcare and I began working in schools. I loved working with kids, however it was a few years later, while volunteering for a local charity that I realised my true calling. I wanted to offer emotional support for families and children suffering with congenital heart conditions. I’d seen first-hand the heartbreak it can cause, and I wanted to bridge the gap between the hospital and the home. So, in July 2018, myself and my best friend Zoe launched Heart Heroes. We’re an emotional care charity for families and young people with heart disease. In…

4 min
your pick me ups

What a great idea With the world beginning to open back up, we can finally make plans and organise our time! Martha Brook’s mid-year diaries are perfect for pencilling fun plans for summer and beyond. Start afresh for the rest of 2021, and choose from a beautiful range of colourful, personalised notebooks. With monthly calendar pages, a yearly planner (July 2021 – August 2022) and weekly diary pages, reflection pages and additional notes – there’s everything you need to capture important dates. Lovingly made by hand in Martha Brook’s West London studio, the luxury hardback covers are coated in a specialist book cover material that feels soft to the touch and printed with real foil. They make a brilliant gift for a parent, student, teacher or any academic. ● Go to www.marthabrook.com to purchase yours. Prices…

7 min
while i was awake…

Stepping off the train, I felt giddy with excitement and joy. We’d just arrived in London and I loved visiting the city. My husband Michael, now 59, and I usually went for our anniversary, but this time, we were with our friends, Tracey, 56, and her husband Gaz, 60, to celebrate their birthdays. It was March 2012, and we were off to see Mamma Mia! in the West End. A big fan of musicals, I couldn’t wait for the weekend to begin. As we arrived at the hotel, I unpacked our bags, ready to glam myself up. Slipping on a nice dress and heels, I was ready to party. Only, just as we were about to leave, I caught my heel on the plush carpet and felt my right foot twist. ‘Well, someone’s enjoying the complimentary wine,’ Michael…

6 min
daisy’s dreams

Pottering around the kitchen, it was another busy day. As I got to work on a few chores, my daughter Daisy, then 12, was dancing around, listening to Ed Sheeran’s, Castle on the Hill. It was her favourite song, so we had to listen to it on repeat. Along with Daisy, I had my son Evan, then 10, and little Zak, then four, who I’d had with my husband Leighton, now 55. Leighton was Daisy and Evan’s stepdad, but he was amazing with them. We had a wonderful life, but in July 2015, it all changed. After complaining of leg spasms, Daisy was taken down for an X-ray. ‘We need you to bring her back in for an MRI,’ the doctor told me down the phone. ‘We’ve found a shadow on her hip and pelvic bone.’ I couldn’t…

1 min
your brainwavess…

This week, our tip of the week will receive a great product from Addis! The sleek Mode two piece set is a great addition to the bathroom. The pedal bin comes complete with a separate liner and the ultra-hygienic toilet brush which offers a discreet place for your cleaning detergent. Hard wearing and won’t dent or rust. For more ways to make your life easier, visit addis.co.uk Wildlife whisperer After scooping the middle of a fruit, poke holes in the sides for string and hang up full of birdseed for a zero waste bird feeder. Laura Raynor, Bradford One too many! If you’ve spilt red wine, blot it with a paper towel, cover the stain with a thick layer of salt, let the salt soak and simply hoover to remove the mark. Alexandra Low, Halesowen No trace If you don’t…

1 min
bbq better

SINGLE USE Try to avoid using one-time-use barbecues, they’re pretty much impossible to recycle – invest in a good grill. FUEL IT UP Look for sustainably sourced charcoal that is carbon neutral. They’ll burn for longer and also aren’t linked to deforestation. BUY LOCAL Eating local ingredients reduces CO2 emissions plus you’ll be using seasonal produce that’s often tastier. USE THE LID Save the amount of fuel you use by keeping it covered – also it’ll make your food more flavoursome. MENU ADJUSTMENTS Try some plant-based recipes to cut your carbon footprint – you’ll be surprised with how delicious they can be.…