Pick Me Up! Special December 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!

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
USD 2.69
USD 20.26
13 Números

en este número

1 min.
december special

Winter is often a good time to reflect on all we have achieved. As we spend more time at home, we can take a breather before the festivities begin. It’s easy to imagine Natalie (pg15) reading one of her own stories to her little ones in bed. As she drafts new ideas for her creative children’s books, the evenings are a wonderful time for her to reflect and brainstorm – after all, it’s probably one of the few moments she gets to herself! As busy mums, ‘me time’ is a rarity, so when we have it, we should make the most of it. Whether that’s a bath, a cup of tea, or reliving the torturous bleep test. Abi (pg34), always wanted to be a firefighter like her father, but her weight stood in…

1 min.
your pick me ups

Girl gang Celebrations with my group of friends. R. Crass, Bristol Piled high A delicious mountain of pasta in my local Italian. Tory, Sheffield New home Celebrated my friend’s first home with a takeaway night! Audrey, Manchester Top of the world Sunday morning hike with my partner. Mandy, Newport Feeding the ducks My children love nothing more than a trip to the park! Gerri, Portsmouth Cheers! This bar had over 400 gins! How could I possibly choose? Mollie, Bristol Cocktail club I’d like every cocktail I have to come with a biscuit from now on. Katy, Bath Being the best My daughter sent these gorgeous flowers in the post during lockdown. Theresa, Salisbury Eggcellent Brunch date with my sister in our favourite spot. Cheslea, Dorset…

7 min.

Chatting to a colleague in work, she seemed a little stressed out. ‘I can’t find a babysitter,’ Lily*, 33, groaned, as we were serving on the tills at the convenience store where we worked. ‘When do you need one?’ I asked her. ‘Well, I was hoping to go out for a bit on Boxing Day,’ she said. ‘I’ll do it,’ I told her, without hesitation. Lily and I had been friends for eight years after we met at the shop where we were regularly on shift with one another. ‘You deserve to let your hair down,’ I smiled. ‘Rachel, are you sure?’ she asked. I nodded and she squealed with delight, throwing her arms around me. When I told my husband, Wayne, 41, what I’d agreed to, he wasn’t happy. ‘But it’s Christmas time,’ he said. ‘And you’ve got a…

7 min.
strangled in the womb

Scrolling through Plenty of Fish, I recognised a potential match. Dave Squire, 26, was from the same area as me and a keen rugby player. It turned out I’d been to watch his team play when one of my friends was seeing one of his teammates. ‘I remember thinking you were alright then,’ I laughed, when we met up for our first date. We quickly became a couple and were soon inseparable. A few months into our relationship in January 2018, I moved into Dave’s house with my cat in tow. We had talked about what we both wanted in the future and knew that marriage and babies were on the cards. In February 2018, I thought I might be pregnant. But when I took a test it came back negative. ‘Oh,’ I sighed, rather disappointed about…

2 min.

There are lots of people around the world who are convinced that one day, robots may just take over the world. And if you take a short walk around Milton Keynes, it's not hard to imagine why. With a fleet of robots strolling along the street in a straight line, it looks like something straight out of a Sci-Fi film. However, the people of Milton Keynes are more than used to seeing these car-like robots around town. Launched in 2018 by Starship Technologies, the firm originally partnered with Co-op in order to help deliver local residents their weekly groceries. The electric robots can carry up to two full grocery bags of shopping, making them perfect for those in need of some basic supplies. And it couldn't be simpler. After paying a monthly subscription of £7.99, customers…

2 min.
special delivery

As my partner pulled in from work, I could tell he was knackered. ‘I’m completely done in,’ Pete, 41, sighed. ‘I’m looking forward to a lie-in tomorrow,’ he said, falling onto the bed. Pete was a Hermes delivery driver, and with it being the peak of lockdown, his workload had almost tripled. With everyone ordering stuff online, I was lucky if he’d get home before 9pm. When we met 14 years ago, I already had Luke, 10 and Rebecca, six, from a previous relationship, but I soon added to my brood. I went on to have Layla and Josh with Pete. ‘No more,’ I decided. But a decade on, last August, at 37, I’d had the shock of my life - a positive pregnancy test. ‘It’s meant to be,’ Pete gushed. So, come April this year, me and my…