Christmas fun

>   How can you make Christmas even more fun? Use your phone and make your child into a happy santa, my daughter loves this app. Check it out, its … Continue Reading →


How many calories does sex burn? Photograph: Denkou Images / Alamy/Alamy

Is sex good exercise?

It’s more enjoyable than hitting the treadmill – and there are many documented health benefits. But is making love really an alternative to aerobic exercise? Continue Reading →


Almonds: rich in monounsaturated fats and vitamin E. Photograph: Jill Mead for the Guardian

Why almonds are good for you

Robust, fresh and a delight to cook with, almonds are packed with vitamin E and other minerals

• Try them in Rosie Sykes’ aromatic chicken with almonds recipe Continue Reading →


Mannequins with extreme proportions on display in Caracas, Venezuela. Photograph: Meridith Kohut/New York Times/Redux / eyevine

How cosmetic surgery is changing the shape of Venezuela’s mannequins

Shop-window dummies with enlarged breasts, tiny waists and unnaturally sculpted rears are catering for the national obsession with implants and plastic surgery Continue Reading →


Night nurses: go to sleep and wake up beautiful.

The best beauty products that work while you sleep

Make your skin glow, without moving a muscle Continue Reading →


Skylanders Swap Force offers plenty of challenges.

Skylanders: Swap Force – review

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Skylanders: a parent’s guide Continue Reading →


Sweet 16: Honda’s Earth Dreams diesel engine is only 1,598cc, but punches well above its weight. Photograph: Paul Harmer

Honda CR-V: car review

Don’t judge Honda’s big, family SUV by the size of its engine. The tiny unit will give you the ride of your life Continue Reading →


To shuck, hold flat-side-up in a cloth, insert an oyster knife just next to the hinge, and work it into the shell. All photos: Tamin Jones for the Guardian

How to handle shellfish

Don’t fear the briny crustacea: follow a few basic rules and you’ll be shucking oysters and peeling prawns with panache Continue Reading →


Spot the difference: the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One launch this month. (Oh all right then, the PS4 is on the left)

PS4 or Xbox One? A parent’s guide

This month sees the launch of two next-gen consoles – here is a guide to help parents in the latest battle in the gaming war Continue Reading →


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How to get a flat tummy

> How to get a flat tummy Has it been a long since you seen last your feet by simply looking down? Has retrieving objects from the ground become a … Continue Reading →