PUBLISHED: 17:33 20 July 2018 | UPDATED: 17:33 20 July 2018 Cory Varney Adam Collard, Hayley Hughes, Jack Fincham, Kendall Rae-Knight, Niall Aslam, Samira Mighty, Dr. Alex George, Dani Mas Dyer, Wes Nelson, Laura Anderson and Eyal Booker. This photograph is (C) ITV ©ITV Plc No idea what Love Island is all about? It might be too late to immerse yourself in the latest series, but you can definitely prepare yourself for the next - or at the very least be able to hold a semi-lucid conversation with your offspring about where they’ve been disappearing to at 9pm every night. Sam Bird has been dumped from the Love Island villa. Leo Holden/©ITV PlcYou either love it or you hate it. Or, you love it but you would never, ever, ever, ever dare to admit to it. I’m not talking about Marmite – though the same applies – but rather Love Island. ITV2’s Love Island – the show where a raft of pretty 20-somethings with wildly … [Read more...] about An idiot’s guide to Love Island
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“It’s not easy being green,” said Kermit the Frog and many parents trying to raise their babies naturally on a budget.Living an eco-conscious life can be arduous at times – not to mention expensive! But with a little guidance you may discover easy ways to make your family more environmentally friendly without breaking the bank. From recycling to mindful shopping, from non-toxic cleaning to healthy cooking we have more information than ever to inform a green existence which is not just imperative for the health of our children but also our planet.With the Trump administration’s anti-environment agenda, the state of the EPA and our global environment headed toward disaster, now is the time for each of us to take responsibility for our own impact and make changes to boost our families’ eco-consciousness and social responsibility to benefit our children, communities and world. CREATE NEW HABITS Anyone else out there a creature of habit? I certainly am. … [Read more...] about Raising green babies: Teaching our children to love and respect the environment
WOODY: To help build NASCAR's fan base, it's good to let Blaney be Blaney (copy)With its never-ending quest to bring the next generation of fans to the sport, NASCAR has tried a number of things, from its daffy Chase format to stage racing, its race within the race.Stage racing, though, hasn't yet caught the fancy of the literary crowd that always is looking for the play within the play.Or, as Puck said in "A Midsummer Night's Dream," " ... what fools these mortals be."Give NASCAR credit for trying, though.Here's a better idea. Give fans more Ryan Blaney, on and off the track. Let Blaney be Blaney, something NASCAR seems to be happy to do so far in his young career.The 24-year-old, third-generation driver has plenty to offer. On the track for Team Penske in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, he has the potential to be a consistent winner, maybe even a champion one day.He has the personality of a young Jeff Gordon, with a little Dale Earnhardt Jr. thrown in.There isn't going to be … [Read more...] about Paul Woody: Ryan Blaney a fresh face that NASCAR fans should get to know
We should be better at dying. That sounds judgmental, but it’s more akin to wishful thinking. While death is a certainty, it’s rarely a goal, so we tend to resist, to worry, to grasp at new treatments or old beliefs. But the emerging death doula movement offers another option: We can’t change the destination, but we can improve the journey. The term doula is more linked to childbirth, describing someone present during labor to help a mother feel safe and comfortable. There’s no medical role; doulas are companions and listeners. They attend. End-of-life doulas, also called death doulas or death midwives, similarly are attuned to a dying person’s emotional needs. “It’s about filling a gap that the system doesn’t acknowledge,” said Christy Marek, an end-of-life doula from Lakeville. “The system is designed to tend the body. But when you get into the lonely feelings, the mess of real life, the expectations and beliefs around dying … [Read more...] about Death doulas provide comfort on final journey: ‘We know how to die’
Supported by Well | Family Ties By NICK BHASIN APRIL 6, 2018 Continue reading the main story Share This Page Continue reading the main story Our first child came easily. My wife and I were enjoying a trip through Southeast Asia and, well, a temple tour and a couple of four-hand Cambodian massages later, we were on our way to becoming parents.Life felt full with one child, but we started to imagine what our son would do if something happened to us. Where would he live? Who would love him?I pictured him stranded, bearded and alone like Tom Hanks in “Cast Away.” No friends. No family. Just the cruel face of a volleyball staring back at him with eyes that constantly admit what we all know to be true but rarely say out loud: that we all die alone.So despite admonitions from articles that say you shouldn’t have a second child just to give your first child a sibling, we decided to give our first child a sibling. A full-time … [Read more...] about When Do You Stop Trying to Have a Child?