Controversial Apprentice star Katie Hopkins is blogging exclusively for Yahoo's parenting section. This week she addresses the unfair system of picking kids for the Nativity play and why lazy children often get rewarded at prize giving...
Not long now until the school Nativity play. Given our youngest is five my husband has been sent calendar invites with explicit warnings that this might be his last nativity and is therefore unmissable.
My children reminded me in no uncertain terms that I missed last year's and was in no position to talk. No Mumsnet subscriber has ever missed the Nativity play - ever.
Number One Son is a donkey. Husband number two is hugely proud. It is clearly a nod to the prodigal son's manhood and ability to shoulder onerous burdens in an uncomplaining fashion.
[Katie Hopkins refuses to back down after class row with Holly Willoughy on this morning]
[Katie Hopkins lambasts 'lazy working mothers']
The fact he was the only one that fitted the costume may have had a bearing
- Katie Hopkins | Katie Hopkins – Wed, Dec 4, 2013 16:16 GMT
Controversial Apprentice star Katie Hopkins is blogging exclusively for Yahoo's parenting section. This week she addresses the unfair system of picking kids for the Nativity play and why lazy children often get rewarded at prize giving...Read More »from Katie Hopkins: Nativity Plays reward naughty kids. Mary has an attendance record of 82%
- Millie Mackintosh | Millie MackIntosh – Tue, Nov 5, 2013 15:58 GMT
Anyone who follows me on Twitter may have noticed that recently, I've been out partying a lot - and have suffered some serious hangovers as a result!
My mum always says everything in moderation and with the festive party season on the horizon, I've been trying to undo some of the bad by eating and drinking healthy foods when I can.
The very inspirational James Duigan, the creator of Bodyism, and man behind some of the best bodies out there sent me his clean and lean cookbook and some supplements to try.
So here's what I've discovered...James' ethos is all about total well being - the clean and lean way of life - and with this in mind, I first tried out one of the smoothies.
I had this before a workout and felt great afterwards, so it's definitely one I recommend.
1 glass of coconut water
1 scoop berry burn
1 scoop body brilliance
1 scoop beauty food
a handful of frozen blueberries
Blend and enjoy!
Another smoothie I'm loving is this 'green' recipe, which I've made Read More »from Millie Mackintosh's blog: My healthy tips ahead of the festive party season
Millie Mackintosh's blog: My secret recipes that curb my pasta cravings and keep me in shape revealedBy Millie Mackintosh | Millie MackIntosh – Tue, Oct 29, 2013 14:57 GMT
As you're all probably aware, I have a serious weak spot when it comes to pasta.
It's my ultimate indulgent comfort food and while I try to limit servings to just once a week - twice if I'm feeling particularly naughty - I do feel guilty as I know I could be healthier.
But I've since discovered a new kitchen gadget that means I can chow down on pasta whenever I want to and most importantly, it's guilt-free!
My close friend and leading nutritionist Madeleine Shaw was the one who introduced me to a Spiralizer, which makes pretty, spiral noodles out of healthy fruit and vegetables.It's really easy to use too, as you can make courgette spaghetti by simply attaching the right blade for long, lovely thin noodles which are a fab replacement for spaghetti.
You can do the same with carrot, cucumber, sweet potato and onion - the list just goes on. There are also different blades so you can have thicker, chunkier noodles - it definitely makes salads a lot more interesting!
So seeing as we're all Read More »from Millie Mackintosh's blog: My secret recipes that curb my pasta cravings and keep me in shape revealed
- Millie Mackintosh | Millie MackIntosh – Tue, Oct 22, 2013 17:53 BST
Winter might be one of my favourite seasons, but the shift in the weather means it wreaks havoc with your beauty regime - not to mention the damage to your tresses.
I've wanted to treat my hair to a Keratin hair treatment for ages now and what with all the gloomy skies, October rain and the impact of central heating, now seems as good a time as any.My hairdresser Miguel at Josh Wood Altiler has been telling me all about the benefits - it helps to condition and reconstruct damaged hair by putting a natural protein on the hair - so I've decided to give it a go - hopefully it means I can ditch the hats I've been hiding under!
My hair is naturally wavy and if left to dry naturally, it goes fluffy and frizzy. What with the new addition of a fringe, this really isn't a good look and I don't always have time to blow dry or straighten my hair.
Like most people, I often put my hair under a lot of stress. If I'm going to a meeting straight from the gym I normally give my hair a quick once-over Read More »from Millie Mackintosh blog: My top tips for AW13 haircare and my keratin hair treatment boost
- Millie Mackintosh | Millie MackIntosh – Tue, Oct 15, 2013 12:13 BST
With the summer now a distant memory and the festive season almost upon us, there are suddenly a lot of parties and events popping up which I want to look my best for.
So I've decided to embark on my favourite cleanse - Honestly Healthy's three-day cleanse and fridge fill. I feel I need to give my body a detox because I've been going out a lot lately and drinking lots of alcohol, which means all I want the day after is a takeaway pizza!
Thanks to this and the heavily protein-based diet I'm on what with working out three days a week, my stomach is obviously struggling to digest so I wanted to go easy on it for a while and give it a little break.
I like to think of a cleanse as a way to undo all the wrong I've done to my body!I last did an Honestly Healthy fridge fill before Glastonbury and it made me feel great; my skin looked radiant and I felt less puffy. It's a really straightforward plan to follow and fits in perfectly with my busy schedule.
The meals are great and easy to eat on Read More »from Millie Mackintosh blog: My alkaline cleanse diet plans revealed
- Millie Mackintosh | Millie MackIntosh – Tue, Oct 8, 2013 15:21 BSTSo you might have seen last week that I got all dolled up to be an air hostess for the day! I love fancy dress so it was really fun being in the iconic uniform and I wanted to add a touch of old school glamour by going for a Brigitte Bardot beehive (my ultimate hair inspiration) and bold red lips.
The beehive look was a great way to show off my new fringe too and it even follows on from my favourite London Fashion Week SS14 trends of an ‘undone’ ‘updo.Read More »from Millie Mackintosh’s blog: How to steal my glam Sixties style
Since I debuted the look, I've had lots of people asking me how to get the look, so I thought I’d exclusively share how it was created for me so you can recreate at home…
1. My hair was initially prepped with Bumble and Bumble’s Prep, which acts as a primer and makes the hair easier to work with.
2. My hair was then sprayed with lots of Bumble and Bumble thickening hairspray, before being tonged and clipped into curls to take shape while they cooled. My hair was then left for 10 minutes.
3. The clips were then taken out and
Happy National Curry Week!
Think of a healthy meal and a curry might be the last thing that springs to mind, but recent research shows that many of the ingredients used within a typical curry can do you the power of good.
1. Reduced risk of Alzheimer's
Turmeric, one of the spicy ingredients of almost every curry from korma to vindaloo may be an effective treatment for Alzheimer's. According to researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, a chemical found in the spice called curcumin can reduce the build up of knots in the brain that can cause Alzeihmer's by as much as 50 per cent.
This may help to explain why Alzheimer's affects just 1 per cent of people over the age of 65 living in some Indian villages. Turmeric has also been found to improve memory, aid digestion, reduce inflammation, fight infection and guard against heart attacks.2. Fewer colds
2. Boosted immune systemRead More »from 10 health benefits of curry
Paprika, chilli and many other spices commonly found in curries can ward off colds by triggering the
- Millie Mackintosh | Millie MackIntosh – Tue, Oct 1, 2013 16:04 BST
Now I'm back, it’s suddenly hit me that autumn is upon us! So that means it's time to store away your summer wardrobe and get very excited about winter dressing.
Although I have some of my all time favourite pieces from previous winters ready and waiting, I love updating it with pieces that are in line with the season trends.
I always think it's very important not to follow trends too seriously and to instead stick to what suits you. So I recommend making a twist on a trend and working with it.Come a new season, it can be easy to splash out on a whole new wardrobe. But as we all know, the real key is to invest money in statement pieces like coats or winter boots; pieces that will last you many winters to follow and that you'll always feel fabulous in.
Here are my top fashion picks for AW13 so far…
This season it's all about masculine tailoring. I love the boyishness of this Comptoir Des Cotoniers coat - (above) with the thick grey wool and the leather collar, it’s a must-have!
Read More »from Millie Mackintosh: My top five AW13 fashion must-haves
- Millie Mackintosh | Millie MackIntosh – Wed, Sep 25, 2013 10:35 BSTNew season, new hair style!
Read More »from Millie Mackintosh blog: My fringe was inspired by Sienna Miller and Alexa Chung
I finally made the decision to brave it and get a fringe cut. I've wanted to do it for a while but wanted to wait till after the wedding. It's been 24 hours and I'm still loving it!
My hair idols, Sienna Miller and Alexa Chung really know how to rock a fringe and I feel now there are many more ways I can style my hair!
I chose to do it quite spontaneously, originally just planning on trimming off my split ends but then thought why not try something different! I haven’t had a fringe since I was about six so was a bit nervous if it would suit me.
Mikey Pearson, who cut my hair, did it in stages so that we could get the length exactly right.
My hair isn’t thick enough to have a really chunky blunt fringe so I went for a softer, longer style, slightly thinning it out so it doesn’t look bulky.
I like to wear my hair in a centre parting and that works with the fringe as well.
To get a natural wavy effect instead of using tongues I twisted my wet hair into 4
- Millie Mackintosh | Millie MackIntosh – Tue, Sep 17, 2013 13:42 BST
I've loved seeing all the videos and pictures from London Fashion week SS14 this past week.Read More »from Millie Mackintosh blog: My favourite hair and make up looks from London Fashion Week SS14
I have definitely noticed a trend in the make-up and hair styles and although some look a little daunting at first, I can’t wait to try out them out and see how they look.
I tend to always keep my make up quite light but do like to wear a heavier look in the evening.
I'll certainly be taking make-up inspiration from my favourite looks at London Fashion Week and New York too. With my hair, I do usually opt for a natural wave but would love to give some of louder styles a go.
Here are my favourite looks which I think looked incredible on the catwalks this year…
Up dos, especially a modern French roll, is a huge hair trend this year. Jessica Alba showed just that at Diane Von Furstenberg during New York Fashion Week. She looked fabulous with the fat French roll with a modern front quiff.
Although quite messy, there was a lot of shows where there seemed to be hair that was done to look undone.