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It's Official: These 20 Loungewear Pieces at Free People Are the Coolest Options Online

It’s Official: These 20 Loungewear Pieces at Free People Are the Coolest Options Online

We all love a good pair of sweatpants, but do they have to be ugly? The answer is no. There are tons of comfy yet stylish pieces that will make you feel put-together, even when you’re at home all day long. We have been ogling Free People’s site because the brand has released tons of loungewear cute enough for an Instagram snap. The selection is so impressive.

Whether you’re looking for a head-to-toe set or just a cozy pair of joggers, we curated a selection of the best Free People arrivals to invest in right now. Nothing will brighten your day quite like these lovely designs. Let’s check them out.

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We're due to give birth during coronavirus lockdown – now we're terrified we'll have to do it alone

TERRIFIED mums fear giving birth alone after Britain went into lockdown just days before they were due to deliver. 

It comes as New York hospital Columbia University Medical Center revealed it had BANNED dads from attending their partners’ births amid the coronavirus outbreak and the Royal College of Midwives telling Fabulous any birthing partner showing signs of coronavirus would be forbidden from the delivery room. 

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Birte Harlev-Lam, Executive Director for Professional Leadership at The Royal College of Midwives, urged expectant mums to plan for a backup birthing partner as the coronavirus gripped Britain.

However, Jenny Meecham, 33, from  Grimsby, North Lincs., who is due with a girl tomorrow, hasn't anyone available.

"There's only my mum Janet and my sister Lucy and if mu husband, Rob, gets sick then mum'll look after the kids and Lucy has her own family," she said.

"I'll be on my own."

Meanwhile, Emily Scott, 28, from York, who is 38 weeks pregnant, also worries she will be delivering alone.

Emily, mum to 17-month-old Lucas, said: "I just have to keep thinking it will be okay in the end."

Jenny, already mum to Emma, 11, and Greg, five, is due to attend Diana Princess of Wales Hospital in the town to discuss a possible induction tomorrow. 

She is concerned as, as well as suffering from asthma, she will have a big baby.

Her first two children weighed in at a hefty 10lb 8oz and 10lb 9oz respectively.

Scans indicate this baby, a girl, is likely to measure a similar weight – so doctors might forgo a natural labour in favour of an induced birth or even a c-section.

Jenny, a blogger and freelance writer, told how she hoped writer husband Rob, 38, would be there with her when she gives birth, but admitted she could be delivering alone if either he, or their only childcare – mum Janet – displayed any symptoms of corona and couldn’t care for the children.

“The plan is for Rob to drive me to hospital and the kids to go to my mum’s home,” said Jenny. “She is 70 – so in the risk category – but healthy and has been self-isolating. 

“It isn’t ideal but we haven’t got a lot of options as my dad has passed away, Rob’s dad died a few months ago and his mum is poorly.

“I just really don’t want to be in hospital too long. 

“One doctor said to me, ‘the safest place you can be right now is at home’.

“My fear is that more and more coronavirus patients will come into hospital while I am giving birth or have a newborn.

“But I am likely to have a big baby, so I might have to be induced or have a c-section and then I will be there for days.

“I’m dreading that because I was told I was safest at home, not in hospital.

“I want her to arrive sooner, rather than later, as I think it will only get worse.”

Jenny, who has been self-isolating along with her family for three weeks, told how she was sad her mum would not meet her new granddaughter immediately, as she had her previous grandchildren.

“But it is simply not safe,” she added. “My sister, Rob’s siblings and my nieces and nephews won’t either as they attend three different schools and they are being kept separate from us.

“It’s really sad as I would love them to see her.

“Having a new baby is so special, but we can’t risk it. Me, Rob and Greg are asthmatic so we have to be extra cautious.”
She told – how despite Brits being allowed to go out once a day to exercise – she intended not to take her daughter for walks in the pram.

“That’s what mums do,” she said. “Walk for miles so their baby sleeps. But I just can’t risk that.

“So I will only be taking her out in the garden. I am worried, of course I am, but I am trying to be calm.”

However, Jenny has had to turn to Amazon to buy baby essentials including breast pads for double the price.

“I paid £4 for 20 which I will get through in a couple of days, so I don’t know what to do,” she said. 

“You bleed a lot after giving birth and we had totally run out of toilet roll so we used our business account and spent £43 on a couple of industrial sized rolls.”

She’s also seen midwife appointments cancelled and is worried about her healthcare visits post-birth, where the baby’s weight and progress is checked, disappearing.

Emily’s husband, who asked not to be named, is a key worker in food production and his parents are nearly 70, placing them in a difficult situation.

We know this is a really worrying time for pregnant women and having the reassurance of their birth partner is more important than ever. However, if they do have COVID-19 or symptoms of it, they won’t be able to be at the birth.

She said: “We had been relying on them to take our boy but my father-in-law has heart and lung conditions so is high risk.

“If we all stay symptom free, they say they will still take our son when I go into labour, but if my husband and I get symptoms we cannot risk infecting his parents so have no idea what we will do.

“It's all very scary and is giving me lots of anxiety.

"My first birth was pretty traumatic – four days of contractions and nine hours of pushing.

"I'm anxious about having endless contractions again this time.

"My midwife told me last week that if I were to have virus symptoms and when I go into labour, everything would be the same but the midwives in the hospital would be wearing full protective suits. But otherwise nothing will be different. That was before these tighter restrictions though.

"I've heard that only your birth partner can enter the ward and visit, but that is to be expected in this situation.

"I have no idea what I would do without my husband there through the birth. It's not something I want to think about really as it would be very tough and emotional without him.

"The thought of holding my newborn baby without him there is devastating. But I expect the midwives would be even more caring and helpful if I had to be alone.

“My parents are in London so unable to step in. 

“Knowing it is unlikely they will be able to come and meet the newborn is absolutely devastating, plus I have constant fear of not being able to get milk for my son or nappies for the baby.

"I just have to keep thinking it will be okay in the end."


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Anonymous mums-to-be  have also voiced their concern on Mumsnet.

One woman said: “I'm due a baby, but in the UK. I'm terrified of this, but understand it may happen, and trying to get my head round it.”

Another added: “My daughter is pregnant, not due yet, but we have no idea how long this will go on.

“I imagine this is something she's very worried about as her husband has always been very important to her feelings of comfort and support during birth.

“I also don't know if I would be permitted to go and look after their other children either while she's in labour, it's all very worrying.”

Ms Harlev-Lam from The Royal College of Midwives, said: “We know this is a really worrying time for pregnant women and having the reassurance of their birth partner is more important than ever. If your birth partner does not have COVID-19 or any symptoms, then there should be no barriers to them being with you.

"However, if they do have COVID-19 or symptoms of it, they won’t be able to be at the birth. This is for your and your baby’s safety, as well as that of the midwives and maternity staff.

“If it’s possible that your birth partner may not be at the birth, start thinking about an alternative birth partners as a back-up. This could be a friend, another family member or a doula.

“This is a new disease, and, as such, we are developing our knowledge quickly, which means the guidance may change. Remember, you can speak to your midwife to discuss your options.”

Desperate mums were forced to turn to eBay for baby milk after shops sold out – and were shocked to find it on sale for £155.

And this mum told how she battled swine flu, as coronavirus grips the world.


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Christine Lampard’s rainbow floral dress is SO flattering

Clearly ready for sunnier days, Christine Lampard provided fans with some major fashion inspiration last week when she stepped out in a gorgeous floral frock perfect for summer. Returning to the Loose Women panel after a well-deserved break alongside her co-hosts Stacey Solomon, Carol McGiffin and Nadia Sawalha on Thursday, viewers couldn’t keep their eyes off of her dreamy blue dress – and neither could we. 

RELATED: Christine Lampard’s classic court shoes are a fashion must-have

Christine looked gorgeous in a rainbow midi dress on Thursday

Adorned with a delicate flower design in shades of blue, pink, yellow and green, Christine certainly made a statement in this vibrant rainbow frock from Closet London. Keeping her accessories minimal, the mum-of-one wore her signature dark hair down in loose curls. She completed her look with natural dewy makeup which consisted of a smokey-brown eyeshadow, dark eyelashes, a hint of bronzer and a high-shine berry gloss to match. Want to find out how you can get your hands on Christine’s latest look? We’ve got the lowdown…

Floral Midi Dress, £88, Closet London


Retailing at £88, Christine’s midi dress is still available in most sizes on the Closet London website. Part of the brand’s colour block collection, this summery frock features long cuffed sleeves, a round neck and a glamorous front split. A versatile piece perfect for all seasons, Closet London recommends styling up your new favourite dress with knee high boots or dressing it down with some crisp white trainers. Sounds good to us! 

VIDEO: Christine Lampard’s Red Dress On Lorraine

Styled by her trusty duo, Gemma Shanley and Bertie Bowen – who work under the name MotherShoppers – Christine often wows viewers of the show with her elegant ensembles. Back in February the TV star appeared in yet another dreamy blue dress from Ceffin Studio. Clearly one of Christine’s favourite colours, followers of the presenter were quick to praise her belted midi dress on Instagram. “That colour really suits you,” wrote one, “Blue definitely is the colour. Looks fab on you,” added another. 

MORE: Christine Lampard wears the L.K.Bennett trousers Kate Middleton loves

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Puffed-out Brits joke about how unfit they are as they tune in to Joe Wicks’ PE lessons while homeschooling their kids

FITNESS expert Joe Wicks has stepped up to be the nation’s PE teacher, as the UK goes on lockdown and schools have shut.

Joe is hosting live fitness sessions aimed at kids on his YouTube channel every weekday at 9am, and parents have joked how unfit they feel after joining in with their children.

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So far, his Monday and Tuesday 30-minute-long videos have racked up nearly 3.5million views on his TheBodyCoachTV channel. 

And many adults shared their dismay that they were unable to keep up with their kids. 

One person tweeted: "Just done the Joe Wicks PE class! Safe to say I am seriously unfit I feel f***ed haha."

Another said: "Did the Joe Wicks workout with my little sister and it's safe to say I've never felt more unfit in my life #PEwithJoe."

Announcing the news on Twitter, Joe said the sessions were for “little kids right up to secondary school”. 

He said: "It's a workout designed specifically for kids because when the schools are closed there is no PE.

"Don't worry, I've got you. I'm going to take this over.

"I'm going to get your kids moving, feeling energised, positive, optimistic."


The lessons called "PE with Joe" are streamed live on Wicks' You Tube channel at 9am.

'The Body Coach TV' channel has 1.2million subscribers and Monday's first episode had over a million views.

There's no need for any equipment with Wicks' lessons designed to be done in living rooms using only bodyweight.

Wicks' sessions will provide relief for parents who are indoors with children all day while they're off school.

While the sessions have been a wake-up call for some adults, others raved about them and said Joe has inspired them to get fit. 

Someone else tweeted: "Just did the #joewicks 30 min workout. Kids laughing at how unfit I am.

“Going to do it everyday and when football starts again join a team. Feel knackered but happier."

Someone else said: "Thanks Joe Wicks for confirming how unfit I am. Here's to tomorrow."

Another added: “Kids said this was the most fun part of their day yesterday! Looking forward to joining you again today. Thank you.”

Here's how you can watch Joe's videos during the lockdown.

It comes after Britain's schools were closed indefinitely as the government battles to control the spread of coronavirus.

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Daily horoscope for Tuesday March 24 — here’s what the stars have in store for you today – The Sun


March 21 to April 20

The new moon is in your sign to give your love life a fresh start and make it easier to draw a line under the past.

Uranus, the planet of technology, places you in a group which devises an online game inspired by football that has the potential to become a bestseller.


April 21 to May 21

A secretive new moon tempts you to keep two brilliant ideas under wraps.

Concentrate on coming across as self-assured and talented.

If you do, you could capture the heart of that special someone.

People are ready to listen this time and you could receive a remarkable offer.


May 22 to June 21

If you are missing certain people in your life, you can find new and entertaining ways to connect while also making shared plans in practical ways.

Neptune heals emotions so you can see what and who really matters.

A total career switch can be the result . . . along with the decision to learn a surprising new skill.


June 22 to July 22

Success takes many forms and they all shine with potential.

You are ready to showcase just how adaptable your skills are.

When a familiar face reappears on a screen, it is a sure sign love is in the air.

If you are already attached, going back to basics and making new love rules refreshes the bonds.


July 23 to August 23

If an opportunity comes to learn a new technique, go for it.

Your mental powers are super-sharp.

As the new moon makes you the zodiac’s smartest student, you find brilliant blends of facts and imagination.

Writing about your life is just one way to express this.

In love terms, you enchant everyone you talk to.


August 24 to September 22

Powerful influences are at work in your personal growth, helping you express many hidden aspects.

You have extra patience with partners and family members.

A natural creative sparkle enables you to show love in ways that are 100 per cent you.

A new ability to solve mysteries could prove profitable.


September 23 to October 23

You have a positive effect on a team, so don’t hold back from saying what you really think or feel.

When you take a question about family history to the next level you get a fascinating answer.

The moon of marriage visits your sign – so it is prime time for proposals or a first chat with the love of your life.

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October 24 to November 22

Taking charge of fitness, in even the smallest way, turns back time and brings people together.

Willpower you felt was lacking is back, so use it in an effective way.

You are a sensual mix of physical bliss and emotional closeness . . . and no matter what the barriers, this reaches exactly the right person.


November 23 to December 21

A blank page or screen is calling you to get vague ideas into good shape and ready for the next stage.

From your CV to a novel, whatever you write has special impact.

If you are in love, extra demands might prove a test but you will triumph.

If you are single, a contact linked to “F” has so much to offer.


December 22 to January 20

Home and family are your joint focus and there is a window of opportunity to seek out a special future address, in the long-term or sooner.

With your fast and smart judgment, others will follow where you lead.

Switching love roles turns passion back on.

If you are fancy-free, look twice at those cute freckles .


January 21 to February 18

The sun and moon review your mindset and rearrange ideas.

You find it easier to set personal and shared priorities.

Take a tougher line with someone younger.

Numbers with a link to personal dates have a lucky edge and while celebrations might need to be altered, they still bring the right names together.


February 19 to March 20

Transforming cash into practical items or answers is your star skill and a local name is ready to make use of it.

A smile near a pale blue door is a hot love signal.

If you are already attached, exercising together can unlock vital words that were jammed.

Common sense will guide you through a maze of facts.

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5 Things TikTok Star Mahogany Lox Cannot Live Without When Working From Home

When I first received the news that we were to work from home, I grabbed all my initial needs from the grocery store: hair conditioner, bread, eggs, and snacks on snacks on snacks. Then, after day three of self-isolation, I realized it might be more difficult than I thought.

Like everyone else, I’ve been filling a lot of my days scrolling through TikTok. It sort of passes the time, especially when you can learn how to get fuller lashes using concealer or how to do your makeup in under a minute. TikTok has been on the front lines of keeping us informed and full of laughter.

We’re also not the only ones navigating these uncertain times: even influencers like Mahogany Lox, who has garnered over 6.4 million TikTok followers, are working from home. That’s why I asked Lox for a list of things that bring her joy while working remotely — from hype-up songs to products she loves. Here’s what she said.


With most people staying home and social distancing, the need to do a full hair routine has lessened these last two weeks. One thing Lox always keeps on hand with that in mind? Her scrunchie. “I always have one on my wrist just in case I have to put my hair up in a flash,” she said.

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Coconut Oil

We’re all trying to find ways to preserve what we have and use less. One way Mahogany does this is by using multi-purpose products like coconut oil: “I use it every day to take my makeup off and I feel like it really hydrates my skin and keeps it healthy and glowy. I’m almost out right now so I’ll have to get some more soon.”


Social distancing has definitely disrupted our routines and with many working from home, it can be easy to mesh the worlds of career and personal life. Lox offers a more business-as-usual approach, explaining that practicing your daily regime balances out the sense of uncertainty, especially when you’re having fun doing it.

“I’ve been a fan of NYX for a while and was super excited to be part of their #ButterGlossPop TikTok campaign since the Butter Gloss is one of my go-to’s. I love how [it] glides on my lips with no stickiness and makes me feel cute — even on my no-makeup days, it’s perfect for that little extra something something. My go-to color right now is Angel Food Cake ($5).”

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Good Music

One of the perks of working from home is being able to blast music without headphones while working. Mahogany affirms that guilty pleasure in all of us by offering up some of her recommendations: “I love listening to all the ’90s/early 2000s song playlists on Spotify,” she said. “They have all the classics on there — from Destiny’s Child to Mariah Carey to NYSNC. I love it.”

Social Media

Without pizza and social media, it’s hard to imagine where I’d be, especially now. For me, I try to balance out the scarier news with content that I know will make me feel good — and that’s where Lox comes in on TikTok. She says that’s why she keeps her phone close while working from home. “I love making content online and my phone makes it all possible.”

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Miley Cyrus and Hailey Bieber Live-Streamed Their Polar-Opposite Night-Out Makeup Routines

Miley Cyrus and Hailey Bieber have decidedly different approaches to makeup. Whereas the latter tends to not wear a lot of makeup in her time off from modeling, the former is a proud maximalist. “I have a different approach: I try to overdo everything,” Cyrus said while speaking with Bieber for her ongoing Instagram Live interview series, Bright Minded. She added, “My approach to life is overdo it, but that’s because my role models are RuPaul and Dolly Parton.”

During their livestream chat, the two decided to walk viewers through their respective night-out makeup routines, which entailed a “classic Miley red” lipstick look for Cyrus and a soft smoky eye for Bieber. “I’m a girl who’s good at doing the very natural beat that has a little bit of attitude to it,” Bieber said. The BareMinerals ambassador then proceeded to demonstrate her neutral look using the brand’s Gen Nude Rose Eyeshadow Palette ($29), Gen Nude Powder Blush ($24), and BarePro Glow Highlighter ($29). Cyrus chimed in, “There used to be a BareMinerals cult-following in my middle school . . . So, I bought it because I’m a follower.”

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Can we talk about Meghan Markle’s highlighter? We look at how experts recreate it

Can you think of a single royal engagement or outing when the Duchess of Sussex‘s skin hasn’t been glowing? Us Neither. Her skin looked particularly incredible during her royal tour to South Africa and back in February when she was photographed heading into the Natural History Museum. Turns out the secret to her skin is a combination of drinking lots of water and using a number of different beauty products, particularly moisturiser and highlighter. We take a look at what makeup artists Lisa Potter-Dixon, Daniel Martin and Lydia F. Sellers have said about how to recreate her look.

Meghan glowed at the Natural History Museum in February 2019

One of the fabulous perks of being pregnant is the famous pregnancy glow, and who can forget Meghan’s? On 12 February, the flashbulbs went off like crazy and revealed the amazing highlighter on her cheekbones as she headed into the Natural History Museum. Lisa Potter-Dixon, the Head Makeup Artist for Benefit who also co-hosts the Life & Lipstick podcast with Princess Eugenie’s makeup artist Hannah Martin, told us how we can recreate Meghan’s glow at home. Speaking of the brunette beauty’s skin at the time, she said: “It’s unusual for us to see the royals with such a glow as they tend to opt for matte skin, so Meghan’s fresh, highlighted skin is refreshing! Paired with a soft, smoky eye and a nude lip, this look really compliments her white outfit.”

From the photographs, Lisa thought Meghan opted for a liquid highlighter for her glow. “If you use a liquid highlighter like Meghan, apply this with your fingers,” Lisa advised. We love Benefit’s High Beam, £22, the bareMinerals Bare Pro Highlighter Drops, £23, and the Iconic London Illuminator, £30. If liquid isn’t your thing, Lisa recommends you use a powder highlighter and said the best brush to use is a fantail brush. “Start at the apples of the cheeks and sweep the highlighter up to the temples, along the cheekbones.”

MORE: The Queen only hires a makeup artist once a year – find out when

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According to Refinery 29, Meghan’s former makeup artist Lydia F. Sellers said that the former Suits actress likes to embrace her natural complexion (freckles and all!). And with skin like hers, can you blame her? Lydia explained she would use a small amount of Armani Luminous Silk Foundation on Meghan, ensuring her freckles remained on show. “It was more about the amount of product that went on her skin and keeping it really fresh and dewy, rather than caking it on.” She continued: “Meghan’s secret to glowing skin is her night-before-prep. She uses Iconic London’s beautiful multi-use spray, Prep, Set, Glow. Meghan gently spritzes this mist 10 minutes before bedtime as the final part of her beauty regime and wakes up with skin that imparts luminescence.”

Meghan during her royal tour to South Africa in early October 2019

Daniel Martin was the one who perfected her iconic royal wedding look, and he recently shared how he achieved her radiant complexion on the big day. Appearing on Lorraine, he said: “For Meghan’s wedding what I particularly did was I mixed a bit of illuminizer with foundation so it integrated the glow.” Clever! For evening events, we often see Meghan rock a glam makeup look and her flawless skin could be down to a £9 beauty cream. Speaking to E!, Daniel said: “A lot of my highlighting is done with skin-care.” On capturing Meghan’s fresh-faced glow that we’re all lusting after, he explained that he often uses multi-purpose balm Eucerin’s Aquaphor. 

WATCH Lisa recreate Meghan’s royal wedding look

Ah, and talking about skincare. We all know that getting the ultimate glow has a lot to do with looking after your skin, but there’s more to it than just staying hydrated. Sarah Chapman, the woman who Meghan calls on for glowing skin, shared the simple regime that she follows when treating her client’s skin. Talking to HELLO!, she said: “First wash your hands. Then begin by using a facial steamer to open the pores and prepare the skin – or have a bath or shower. Apply a balm cleanser like my Ultimate Cleanse to the whole face, using massage techniques to work it deeper into the skin, and then circle the blemish with the pads of your fingers to soften the blockage further.

RELATED: Royal ladies who look fabulous in trousers – from Duchesses Kate and Meghan to Queen Letizia

“Apply a warm flannel to the affected area and start to apply gentle pressure with a wiggle to either side of the blemish, stopping immediately if you see any blood. It is important to always use your fingers and to avoid using your nails, as this can cause trauma to the skin.”

If that’s the secret to getting skin like Meghan’s, we’re all in!

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Studio slashes the price of its steam mop as people look to deep clean their homes during coronavirus lockdown

MORE than ever, people are looking to deep clean their homes amid the coronavirus pandemic battling the UK.

And while it was naturally time for a spring clean, domestic gods and goddesses will be pleased to learn that Studio has slashed the price of its steam mop in light of the current lockdown.

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The online retailer is currently offering 25 percent off their Pifco 12-in-1 Steam Mop, now costing £22.49.

Steam ready in 30 seconds, the mop's high temperature helps kill 99% of bacteria, dust mites and other allergens.

It can be used to freshen up curtains as well as upholstery while steam is also great for eliminating odours from clothes and removing creases in seconds.

The mop, which was recently heralded by Queen of Clean Mrs Hinch, boasts 1500W, a 400ml easy fill water tank, adjustable steam and a triangle shaped swivel head.

It also comes with 15 different accessories including a triangle mop head, cup, funnel, carpet glider, microfibre cloth, and scraper tool.
But don't take our word for it as many have shared their five-star review of the mop, branding it "brilliant".

One delighted customer penned: "I bought this mop it was mainly for the floors as i have pets, but i now use it for most things including cleaning my cooker top.

"The style is nice and it is easy to use. Quick to start up and ready for use, brilliant product dont know how i managed before.

"So much better and gives a really nice clean. The pad can be washed in the machine and used again which is a bonus. Will definitely recommend to any one who wants to buy one…." (sic).

While another echoed the previous customer's sentiments and added that they used the mop to clean their oven.

"I bought this steam mop is brilliant the 12 different functions work brilliant," a customer shared on the website.

"Cleaned my oven and it came up as new I also had a stain on my carpet that the steam lifted up.

Adding: "I definitely recommend this product great price and works well".

Elsewhere, parents are sharing hilarious memes as they try and homeschool their unruly kids.

While a mum was left in shock after buying 18 loo rolls only for her kids to put them all in the bath.

And this mother was slammed for showing off massive cleaning product haul her kids got her for Mother's Day.

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I stopped having sex for months because it was too excruciating but thanks to a £3 lube the sex is better than ever

SEX is an important part of any relationship – but for Louise Ritchings and Zak Rains, it became awkward and uncomfortable.

Louise, a 25-year-old project manager from Northwich, Cheshire, has always found sex painful – meaning the couple stopped getting intimate for months recently.

But she and boyfriend Zak, 26, a graphic designer, found an unexpected solution in a £3 lube – which has saved their sex life.

Speaking exclusively to Fabulous, Louise tells her story…

Zak and I have been together for four and a half years – we’ve just bought a house together and we have a Bedipoo dog call Hope who we both dote on.

A perfect day for us is taking her out for a long walk, then coming home and settling down on the sofa to watch a film and eat some delicious food that Zak has cooked me.

The only thing that’s made our relationship anything less than perfect is the problems we’ve had with our sex life. I’ve always found it difficult to have sex – I’m tighter than average down there and because I’m conscious of it, it’s caused a mental issue as well. 

I used to suffer a lot with urinary infections after having intercourse and when I’ve had smears it’s been painful but I’ve never discussed it with my doctor. I’ve always thought, ‘Well, that’s my vagina!’

But after years of struggling with painful sex, I’ve finally found an unexpected solution – a £3 lube.

Most women will relate to the fact if there’s a problem, we make it worse in our heads. That’s me. Before having sex, I get anxious about it, and if there are other big life events going on they can affect my sex drive too.

Before having sex, I get anxious about it. If things don’t go right during a session, it makes me feel crap

If things don’t go right during a session, it makes me feel crap. I discuss sex with my friends, so I know they aren’t having the same problems.

I compare myself and it’s made me feel sad when I’ve listened to them talking about their crazy love lives.

I lost my virginity to a boyfriend I was with at college – of course, the first time was always going to be tricky. Then I had a long-distance relationship and we only had sex about once every three weeks.

With both my exes, I found sex could be painful – and talking about my problems more so. With Zak, it’s different. He’s a really open person and we feel so comfortable with each other.

We met because his best friend was going out with mine. It’s hard to remember a first date as it escalated slowly. I was attracted to his personality first and foremost – he’s very charismatic, outgoing and funny.

Dyspareunia: The causes of painful sex

The official term for painful sex is dyspareunia and there are many causes, both physical or mental or a combination of both. Here are some of the most common…

Vaginismus: The involuntary tightening up of the muscles in the vaginal wall, leading to difficult of penetration, caused by fear of penetration. It can occur even in women who’ve previously had pain-free sex. Treatment includes psychosexual therapy, relaxation techniques and pelvic floor exercises. 

Dryness: This often affects middle-aged women, women who are breastfeeding or having medical treatment or taking certain medications and is often caused by a drop in oestrogen levels. Treatment may include using water-based lubricants such as KY Jelly, or HRT. Sufferers should avoid perfumed products or moisturisers not specifically designed for vaginal use. 

Stress: Anxiety and tension in other areas of life can affect our libido too, which may lead to other problems such as a low level of arousal and accompanying dryness. It can lead to tightening of the pelvic floor muscles leading to pain on penetration.  

Illness: Deep pain can sometimes be caused by an underlying condition such as endometriosis, irritable bowel syndrome or ovarian cysts.

Infections: Thrush, cystitis or sexually transmitted diseases may cause painful sex. Other symptoms such as discharge may be present. You should speak to your GP if you suddenly develop any unusual symptoms.

Because I haven’t had many sexual partners, I’ve never been confident about having sex. I didn’t tell Zak about my problem beforehand, but on the first attempt I think it was quite obvious.

I put pressure on myself which made the sex more painful and I was embarrassed afterwards. People are age don't usually have these problems, which made me feel self-conscious.

But Zak handled it well, and it wasn’t awkward because we were already mates. 

In the early days, we’d have sex a couple of times a week. But my vagina being so tight meant that certain positions are out.

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My friends told me about doggy style and we tried it – but I really struggled. I’m not an expert, but Zak is well-endowed so that can be a challenge. Now we tend to stick to the missionary position. 

Sometimes the discomfort has prolonged me reaching orgasm too, but more because of the mental side. Sometimes if it feels uncomfortable I don’t want to ruin the moment but I start to get intrusive thoughts and feel tense and that means I take longer.

It's a vicious cycle – the more I worry, the more painful it becomes.

I’ve found I’ve relaxed more and the mental burden of worrying it’s going to hurt has lifted. It’s given our sex lives a huge boost, and now we are back at it more often

Sex has never been that important to us, as neither of us has massively high sex drives.

But in the past few months we found things had really dwindled which affected me mentally more than it did Zak. We just stopped having sex – there wasn't even any foreplay.

When you live together, sometimes it just isn’t a priority. It didn’t cause tension but we did want to see if we could improve things.

Zak says:

“It took Louise a while to really share exactly what was wrong but then she confessed it sometimes hurt to have sex. Obviously when you’re first exploring sex together you don’t want to stick to the missionary position, but after a while she let me know that some positions really hurt. 

“Once we’d started it discussing it we were a lot happier, and as I got to know her better I could tell when she was getting anxious or if something was making her feel uncomfortable in the middle of a session. 

“When things really started to peter out, we weren’t worried but we definitely started to think, 'What can we do to improve it?' Now we’re using the KY Jelly it’s more straightforward and smoother and we enjoy it more. There’s less pain which is great – the last thing you want is to have sex with someone and them not enjoy it! 

“Now we might settle down on the couch and watch something on the TV that will get us going. We’re not at it 24/7 and we don’t have sex as much as we did when we were first together but it’s a lot more intimate now. Less frequent, but better!”

I don’t suffer from vaginal dryness, but I’d tried lubricants in the past to see if it could make it easier. I always found they worked for about two minutes and then got really sticky which made things worse not better.

OK sometimes two minutes is all you need, but I wanted a more reliable solution. 

A few months ago I was browsing in Superdrug when I spotted some KY Jelly. To me, it was something for middle-aged people and it’s been around for such a long time that old people make jokes about it. But reading the packaging, I noticed it was water-based and so decided to give it a try – I have very sensitive skin so have to be careful about what products I use. 

It made such an immediate difference – I couldn’t believe I hadn’t tried it before. It makes having sex easier and much smoother for both of us.

Because it feels more natural, I’ve found I’ve relaxed more and the mental burden of worrying it’s going to hurt has lifted. It’s given our sex lives a huge boost, and now we are back at it more often. 

The best bit? I wouldn’t mind having a baby at some point in the near future, and the fact I’ve found a solution to my problem means I don’t have to stress about sex anymore.

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