Dating & Relationships, Featured

How to Survive Social Events When You are Single

Cocktails on a table
I have spent a fair few years being single. During some of those years, I was in an ill-advised relationship with a man who wasn’t single, so the rest of the world assumed I was unattached. To all intents and purposes, I was unattached. It’s not like we spent any significant holidays together and he barely remembered who I was between assignations. Because of this, I am well used to being the only single person at social events. It doesn’t
Featured, Recipes

Louise’s Spicy Turkey and Nachos

I’m not an enthusiastic cook by any stretch of the imagination. Years of chicken nuggets, spaghetti Bolognese and cheesy chips have sapped my desire for culinary experimentation. I’m happy to watch Jamie Oliver do his thing, but do I want to copy him? Hell no. On a good day, I can make a decent roast dinner, but on a bad day, pasta with a jar of pesto sauce is about the limit of my can’t-be-bothered dinner menu. The following dish is
Dating & Relationships, Featured

Louise’s Tips for a Hot Holiday Romance

Love heart in the sand
For the first time ever, I am going on holiday on my own. Yes, in a few short weeks, I’m heading off to Wales for a quiet no-frills break in a holiday cottage by the sea. It will be just me and my dog. I’m looking forward to a week of no work, no hassle, and plenty of long walks on the beach. Last year, me, my ex, my dad, and my two younger kids went to Scotland. It was
Dating & Relationships, Featured

How to Spot an Emotionally Unavailable Man – Relationship Tips from Louise

Fit man
Emotionally unavailable men are not always easy to spot, which is why millions of women fall for their charms, only to discover weeks, months, (or even years!) down the line that the man they have developed strong feelings for is utterly incapable of returning the sentiment. Basically, any kind of relationship with an emotionally unavailable man is a road to heartbreak for no matter how much you want him to change, he can’t because he has the emotional depth
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Breakups: The Good, The Bad, and the Very Ugly

Crying woman
Like most people, I’ve been through a fair few relationship breakups. It’s never pretty, but some were worse than others. It's Not You, It's Me... My last relationship ended seven months ago. We were together five years and it was me who decided it was over. I had a lot of reasons for doing this. If you asked my friends, they would say I should have done it 4.5 years sooner. But we all get there in our own time. I
Featured, Parenting

Why I Shipped My Teenager Off to Southeast Asia

When I was a teenager, my friends and I spent a lot of time shopping, reading magazines, and hanging out at each other’s houses talking about horses, boys, and clothes. We didn’t spend much time watching TV, staring at a smartphone, or sitting immobile in front of a computer. My son, Dylan, is typical of his generation. He lives for computer games and, some days, I barely get two words out of him, one of which is invariably “hungry!”. I