Irish Daily Mail - YOU - - CONTENTS - Linda Ma­her

HAPPY EASTER! I love this time of year, as it usu­ally means we’re past the worst of the dark evenings and fi­nally on the road to sum­mer. As Easter falls so early this year, we’re not quite through the worst of the weather yet, but you can def­i­nitely see the stretch in the evenings so I’ll take that for now! Easter Sun­day was al­ways as big a deal in our house as Christ­mas Day and I’ll be head­ing to my mam’s this year for din­ner as usual. She’s an ab­so­lute god­dess in the kitchen so needs no help from me, but if you’re in charge of the fes­tiv­i­ties and don’t know where to start, Cather­ine Ful­vio has it all worked out for you on page 40. From tasty starters to a beau­ti­ful lamb and an easy ‘to die for’ dessert that can be made to­day, it’s the fuss-free way to im­press your guests. Speak­ing of fam­ily gath­er­ings, on page 32, we hear from a mother who is fear­ful about her son’s in­ten­tion to move back to the fam­ily home – he’s part of the gen­er­a­tion known as ‘bounce-back kids’. While she’d be happy to see more of him, she doesn’t want to re­turn to the nag­ging mother/lazy son re­la­tion­ship they had be­fore he left for univer­sity. It’s clear he needs to grow up or they’ll end up at log­ger­heads again but how can she – and the thou­sands of other par­ents in this sit­u­a­tion – make this clear? Lastly, our cover star to­day is the lovely Lisa Ri­ley – we all re­mem­ber her fondly as the bub­bly, vi­va­cious Mandy Din­gle in Em­merdale. She’s had a very well-doc­u­mented bat­tle with her weight through­out her ca­reer, but now, hav­ing dropped to a size 12, she’s keen to move on and be­come a mum. On page 20, she tells us how she lost the weight sen­si­bly, not through fad di­ets or boot­camp-style fit­ness regimes, and how she plans to not only keep it off but to share her new-found hap­pi­ness with her boyfriend of four years, and hope­fully have a baby with him via IVF. We wish her all the best!

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