Beth Shearing

Dark chocolate

Chocolate The bad: ‘Chocolate contains a stimulant called theobromine, so eating too much may overstimulate your adrenal glands and nervous system,’ says Brighton-based nutritionist Kirsten Chick (connectwithnutrition.co.uk). The good: Dark…

Prairie garden

Naturalised ‘prairie’ planting remains very much in fashion after more than 30 years, mainly because it is trouble-free and is an attractive alternative to an English cottage border. It also…

Naples

A tour of Pompeii is a highlight of anyone’s trip to the glorious Bay of Naples, but instead of staying on the Sorrento Peninsula or Amalfi coast, there’s another way…

Brain

We all know that feeling – as though your brain is in a cloud, waiting for the sun to break through. Names and other words elude you, you lose your…

Dianthus

Resembling a mini florist carnation, easy-care dianthus – which we call ‘pinks’ because the serrated edges to the petals look as though they have been cut with pinking shears –…

body changes colour

We quickly notice sudden colour changes in ourselves or others, but it can take longer when they’re subtle, develop slowly, or are hidden by clothes. There’s often a simple reason…

Body holiday

Stretch yourself We all know of the benefits of exercise for our general wellbeing, and anything that gets us moving – at home that could even be housework and gardening…

Food allergies

What is a food allergy? ‘Food allergies are related to the immune system,’ explains Holly Shaw, nurse advisor at Allergy UK. ‘It’s where the body identifies a normally harmless food…

Jawbone UP3 fitness tracker

Three members of the Woman’s Weekly trial a selection of popular health gadgets over a four-week period. Here’s what happened… The fitness tracker Editor Diane tries the Jawbone UP3 fitness…

Your garden: How to plant it

Scent connects with people in so many different ways. It switches on lights from your past, drawing forward precious memories. It’s a good idea therefore, to build a garden around…

Spray paint bathroom utensils

Give your bathroom some sparkle by upcycling your accessories with some metallic spray paint. This is a great project for anyone who’s following our Waste Not Want Not campaign which…

Sense of smell

Smell gives us pleasure (or not!), and is important for tasting food, detecting dangers (smoke, gone-off food), and even sexual attraction. Around 12 million receptors inside our noses send signals…

Your garden: How to plant it

One of the toughest parts of planning your garden is figuring out how to plant it. For an instant, new-look garden, take a tip from the experts and reshape the…

Customise an old scarf

Give a fresh lease of life to a favourite old scarf or customise a new one with a bright-coloured trim. It’s so easy and effective and will transform any outfit.…

Perennials

Flower beds stuffed with plants is the key to creating a great garden and reliable, perennial favourites, like bee balm or Monarda which attract pollinators such as butterflies and bees,…

Devon

Where I went Devon – famous for cream teas (cream then jam versus Cornwall’s jam then cream), scrumpy and some of the most beautiful views in the UK. I decided…