Is your relationship in trouble?

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News reached us this week that almost 1 in 5 couples are close to splitting up, according to research carried out by the relationship charity Relate. We at ZmG HQ are no strangers to heartbreak and heartache, so we’ve compiled a handy (but highly scientific and utterly accurate) quiz to help you decide if your relationship is on the rocks. Devised in association with renowned relationship experts, this quiz should help you work out whether it’s time to move in or move on, love them or leave them, get hitched or bury them in a ditch. That last one sounded a…

Technology. I hate you.

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Technology eh? Last night I was gonna give it up for good. Go live in a cave like that fella. I swear, the tablet, the cat and everything in the room almost went out the window. Yesterday we went to McDonalds. I couldn’t be arsed cooking. I’d exercised the previous day and ached in bits I couldn’t name. A Happy Meal is a rare treat for the girls, and very happy with it the girls were too. It included a toy from the Angry Birds movie and a voucher for a free Angry Birds ebook. We saw the film at the weekend…

Is live streaming a birth on Facebook oversharing?

Now there’s sharing, and there’s over-sharing. Did you hear the one about the man who live streamed his child’s birth on Facebook? Now I know there are some people who’ll do anything for their 10 minutes of fame and I’m sure we blogging types are guilty of a little oversharing at times, but did this guy go too far? Fakamalo Kilhe Eiki obviously has a very understanding wife, because I don’t know of anyone who’d ever agree to this, no matter what his point was. And he had one. As the backlash hit, Eiki defended his decision by questioning others…

20 Signs That You Are a True LEO

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I am a Leo. My eldest Son is a Leo, and I know lots of other Leos. And I am yet to come across another fellow Leonian (That’s an actual word, by the way) who doesn’t share and exhibit at least some of these traits below … (incidentally, if you exhibit all of them, then my sympathies are with your nearest and dearest.) what do you think? can you tick any of these traits off of the list? 20 SIGNS You are fiercely loyal to your friends and family – God help anyone who even hints at criticising those deemed…

Let’s talk about sex

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On Thursdays I pick up my stepdaughters from school. We walk along the main road and as we get nearer home and cross the road by the traffic lights, my heart sinks. I feel like a man facing a firing squad. Because, as we pass the front garden on the corner, the girls shout ‘Yay! It’s The Friendly Doggies!’ Why does my heart sink? Why are these four Spaniels of differing colours and ages called The Friendly Doggies? Why would I prefer to be facing a firing squad at that exact moment? Well, the dogs rush to the fence and greet…

FridayStylefinder: Tailored Wide-Leg Trouser from Karen Millen

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Happy Friday everyone! apologies for this being a little late in the working day … I got a bit held up earlier! Anyhoo … Trousers, guys. Bright red ones. Big, massive, wide-legged things of 90’s-esque beauty from Karen Millen. Who loves them? God I do! … they may well be a little ‘out there’ for everyone’s tastes, but for me, I think they are fabulous. I know, I do need to have them taken up, but what can I say, I’m a shorty. They have only just arrived in the post but I still wanted to show them to you… However, that…

Raising awareness for International Hyperemesis Awareness Day #HGDay16

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“Calling HG ‘morning sickness’ is like calling a hurricane ‘a little rain.’” Every year Pregnancy Sickness Support joins forces with its sister organisation, the HER Foundation in the USA for International Hyperemesis Awareness Day on 15th May. This is an opportunity to raise awareness of HG (Hyperemesis Gravidarum) across the world and to highlight the support and information both organisations can provide to sufferers, their families, friends, employers and even the healthcare professionals treating them. For those who don’t know what it is, Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) is a debilitating and potentially life-threatening pregnancy disease. It is marked by rapid weight…

FridayStylefinder: Two Summery T-shirt Dresses

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For this weeks #Fridaystylefinder I thought it only right to feature clothes that are actually applicable to our sudden onset of (very welcome) summer. Basically, I’m showing the dress that I am actually wearing today, plus its sister dress –  I love this dress that I’m wearing so much that I bought a similar one. I’ll show you … This is what I’m wearing today – Its from Boden (I know. Boden again!) but I love its simplicity. I love that its loose and comfy, and its just perfect for a day working from home, and doing a bit of…

Guest Posting on Mummy’s Got Style – The Not-So-Good Photos

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Last Friday, I was super fortunate enough to feature on the fabulous site: Mummy’s Got Style (The style blog of super-blogger Vicki of HonestMum). The theme was ‘Festival Style for Mums’ and it seemed only fitting to shoot the photos whilst enjoying a (VERY boozy) picnic with friends, accompanied by one seriously cute VW camper van … Just to put this into perspective if you aren’t familiar  – Mummy’s got style Is a very popular and busy site. Its uber professional and my guest post needed to reflect that. Now that’s all fine, I’m happy and comfortable with professionalism. Professionalism is my middle name.…

A step in the right direction

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On Friday my partner left for work as usual, and my stepdaughters and I had breakfast, as usual. My eldest step daughter was stating how she had a Big Write to finish at school; a treatise on how she should be the leader of the Anglo-Saxon tribe and not Ethelred The Ready, her opposition for the position. I suspect it was to encourage persuasive argument, tied up with a bit of history. All good stuff. She’s 10. I’ll always be supportive and advise with schoolwork. So I decided to support, and advise. “Back in the day,” I began, “the question…