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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Wishing our valued readers, their friends and families a very happy, peaceful and prosperous New Year 2014. May the cares of 2013 be put behind you and replaced with the hopes of new opportunities and happy times in 2014! Personally, I'm not a fan of the song Auld Lang Syne but I love this haunting version from the first Sex and the City movie. Enjoy! [youtube p9m9DuhHBAo]   … [Read more...]

JOYEUX NOEL!

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Wishing all of our valued readers and their families a very Merry Christmas, a joyous festive season and great things for the New Year, 2014! Love and best wishes, Declan Leavy, Frances Winston and the Daily Update team xx     … [Read more...]

CHRISTMAS MUSIC: The 10 Most Played Christmas Songs Ever

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We love Christmas music! Love them or hate them, there's no chance high street stores are going to desist from the Christmas tunes. The likes of Mariah Carey and Slade singing about Christmas trees and Santa are good for business, making people much more likely to splash out on gifts, according to research from the music licensing organisations. One in four people claim to be more generous when … [Read more...]

CHRISTMAS TV: Our All-Time Favourite Christmas Adverts

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Unsurprisingly, Coca Cola features more than once in this list of our favourite Christmas ads. Click play and get nice and Christmassy! Guinness Coca Cola Penneys ESB Cornflakes Coca Cola Budweiser Coke Shake it Up … [Read more...]

LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX: A Girls’ Guide to Sex Toys

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It’s not that long ago that telling people you owned a sex toy would lead to shock and self righteousness from anyone in the surrounding area. However, thanks to shows such as Sex and the City, which probably did more for the marketing of The Rabbit than any advertising campaign Ann Summers could possibly have conceived, it is pretty much assumed that nowadays the majority of women own at least … [Read more...]

MOVIE TRIVIA: 21 Years of Disney’s Aladdin – 10 Facts You May Not Know

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"A whole new world. A new fantastic point of view. No one to tell us no or where to go. Or say we're only dreaming." It's hard to believe it's been 21 years since Disney's Aladdin burst on to movie screens and became one of the most successful animated films ever made. As an homage to one of our favourite Disney flicks, today's Flashback Monday takes a look at some fun facts you may not know … [Read more...]

MONDAY MARVEL: Former Grey’s Anatomy Star Eric ‘Dr. McSteamy’ Dane

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  Call a doctor! This week’s Monday Marvel is sure to get pulses racing… Step forward former Grey’s Anatomy star Eric Dane. After leaving Grey's - and breaking hearts around the world in the process - Dane signed up to the new Michael Bay produced TNT drama series, The Last Ship, but we'll always see him as Dr. McSteamy San Francisco-born Dane grew up in a Jewish household … [Read more...]

TOP TIPS: How to De-Stress During the Morning Commute

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A stressful morning in traffic, on the bus, or on the train can set you up for a bad day. Instead of focusing on what’s stressing you out, use your journey time to look at things differently and try look at the positive. It’s not always easy but it will lead to a sense of calm that will benefit you all day long Listen to music It's tempting to switch on your smartphone and start texting … [Read more...]

A SCARE BEFORE BEDTIME: Spooky Halloween Stories

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The witching hour is nearly upon us, and what would Halloween be without a good scare, or two! The following tales are three of our favourite spooky short stories. Be warned, these are not for the faint-hearted... Axe Murder Hollow Susan and Ned were driving through a wooded empty section of the highway. Lightning flashed, thunder roared, the sky went dark in the torrential downpour. “We’d … [Read more...]

ON A BUDGET: Halloween Party and Decoration Essentials at Dealz

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Earlier this week I took part in the Dealz Halloween challenge, in which I was tasked with purchasing everything I needed to throw a Halloween party for under €50. When nearly everything is priced at €1.49 you would think that €50 is more than enough, but with so many spooky Halloween decorations, treats and surprises to choose from it soon adds up! Top of the picks for me are the … [Read more...]