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Author: Lorraine Candy & Trish Halpin

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Are you living in a hormonal hothouse, feeling a little overwhelmed and in need of some positive, uplifting and comforting guidance on how to lead a more magnificent midlife? Well, you're not alone and this podcast is for you. Hosts Lorraine and Trish chat with celebrities and experts on all things midlife, from menopause and perimenopause to parenting teens via fashion, beauty, wellness, nutrition, fitness, careers, relationships and finances. The witty duo, who have been editing glossy magazines for more than two decades, have six children, two husbands, two dogs and one cat between them. They share their personal stories alongside the advice and wisdom of spirited women with extraordinary stories to tell. And they ask experts all the questions you need answered to have a healthier, happier and more harmonious second act. 

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It’s laughs a go-go in the season finale as Trish and Lorraine meet actor Fay Ripley who tells her tales from behind the scenes of a brilliant career: from playing a prostitute with Kenneth Branagh, to 25 years as Jenny Gifford in Cold Feet. She also shares her fears about empty nest syndrome and the dinner party an A-List star nearly ruined. Plus: Season 12’s best bits - the really useful advice that could change your life; & is this American rock legend our ultimate celebrity name drop?Handy linksDiscover our content website & sign up for our newsletters : Postcards From Lorraine & TrishContact us: hello@postcardsfrommidlife.comFollow us on Instragram: @postcardsfrommidlifeJoin our private Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/681448662400206/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Lorraine and Trish are joined by Tana Ramsay for one of their most frank, heartwarming and advice-filled interviews yet. The mum of six reveals how she keeps her family unit happy and well organised, what she’s learned when crises have rocked its foundations and what it’s really like being married to Gordon (including the only thing they ever row about!). And she shares her advice on parenting teens and twenty somethings as well as cooking for a larger family. TW: baby loss. Plus: how to channel your natural emotional resilience & what happened when your hosts hit the road on holiday togetherHandy linksDiscover our content website & sign up for our newsletters : Postcards From Lorraine & TrishContact us: hello@postcardsfrommidlife.comFollow us on Instragram: @postcardsfrommidlifeJoin our private Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/681448662400206/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
The model mum and hilarious Instagram star (@mamastillgotit_ 500k followers & counting) tells Lorraine and Trish how she copes with the daily overwhelm on the parenting frontline, what got her through a devastating teenage eating disorder and the campaign she’s spearheading to help young girls deal with social media. Plus: Swimwear best buys - the perfect brands for your midlife figure; & playing the ‘Margo bagpipes’Handy linksDiscover our content website & sign up for our newsletters : Postcards From Lorraine & TrishContact us: hello@postcardsfrommidlife.comFollow us on Instragram: @postcardsfrommidlifeJoin our private Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/681448662400206/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Trish and Lorraine meet Emma Sayle, the entrepreneur and married mum of three who is on a mission to sexually empower women by making their sexual desires, fantasies and curiosities a reality with her Killing Kittens online club and real life parties. She reveals what she’s learned in her twenty years in business, from how to communicate desire in a long-term relationship, to body confidence, ramping up sexual energy and the question every woman should ask herself. Plus: Holiday chit chat & expert advice on the best places to travel for every budget - and to suit everyone from singletons to teens & multi-generational familiesHandy linksDiscover our content website & sign up for our newsletters : Postcards From Lorraine & TrishContact us: hello@postcardsfrommidlife.comFollow us on Instragram: @postcardsfrommidlifeJoin our private Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/681448662400206/Find out more about our special AG1 offer: https://drinkag1.com/postcards Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Award winning thriller writer Clare Mackintosh tells Trish & Lorraine why she decided to write about the loss of her baby boy Alex, a twin, and shares what she has learnt about grief, including exactly what to say to someone who has been bereaved. In a moving, uplifting and advice-filled chat the mum of three, aged 47, also talks about why she walked away from her career as a high ranking police officer when her children were little. Plus: why do we feel invisible after 40, six lovely things to do & buy this summer and Lorraine turns sleuth to return two lost passports.Discover our content website & sign up for our newsletters : Postcards From Lorraine & TrishContact us: hello@postcardsfrommidlife.comFollow us on Instragram: @postcardsfrommidlifeJoin our private Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/681448662400206/Find out more about our special AG1 offer: https://drinkag1.com/postcards  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Trish and Lorraine meet Gogglebox's Reverend Kate Bottley for some invaluable life lessons on finding easy joy every day. The 49-year-old mum of two reveals what she's learnt about love and relationships in her career and domestic life, why an 'OK' marriage is good, how she's tackled her body confidence demons and why we should all do a 'love audit' to bring happiness back in the sad times. Plus: It’s Book Club! New reads for summer as well as old favourites - and are these the funniest books you'll ever buy?Handy linksDiscover our content website & sign up for our newsletters : Postcards From Lorraine & TrishContact us: hello@postcardsfrommidlife.comFollow us on Instragram: @postcardsfrommidlifeJoin our private Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/681448662400206/Find out more about our special AG1 offer: https://drinkag1.com/postcards Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Lorraine and Trish meet developmental clinical psychologist Dr Meg Jay, to talk about her new book, The Twenty-Something Treatment: A Revolutionary Remedy for an Uncertain Age, the new bible for youngsters - and their parents - dealing with uncertain times. What is developmentally normal? How do you motivate and inspire someone who doesn’t want to change? Is discovering their identity through social media really a bad thing? And what are the four words every teen and young adult wants to hear from their parents? Find the surprising answers to all of these and more. Plus: Favourite new foodie recipes for summer; & knicker drawers, airing cupboards, washing machines - why every woman needs a secret household hiding place!Sign up for our newsletter: Postcards From Lorraine & TrishContact us: hello@postcardsfrommidlife.comFollow us on Instragram: @postcardsfrommidlifeJoin our private Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/681448662400206/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Trish and Lorraine have had a very busy week: they spent an afternoon with celebrity makeup artist Cher Webb to find out how to create a fresh, new makeup look and share the surprising and helpful things they learned. Then they met infamous petrolhead Richard Hammond and his Gen Z daughter, Izzy, to talk about generational views on father & daughter relationships, toxic masculinity and why it really matters to talk about mental health. Plus: Your summer culture club: films, theatre & TV shows to watch now; & whatever happened to ‘flicking the Vs’ in Nostalgia Noodle?Who We Are Now with Izzy and Richard Hammond is available to listen to on all podcast platforms.Sign up for our newsletter: Postcards From Lorraine & TrishContact us: hello@postcardsfrommidlife.comFollow us on Instragram: @postcardsfrommidlifeJoin our private Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/681448662400206/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Lorraine and Trish meet their favourite Dragon and business woman extraordinaire, Deborah Meaden, for her best advice on getting over financial anxiety, making sure your money delivers for the life you want, pitching a business idea and using your instincts to build a tool box for life. She also explains how we can talk to our children about money so they understand it well, and reveals what exactly is making her feel happier and healthier than ever. Plus: Door open, door shut? The best rules for parents of teens on budding romances and how to deal with a lazy partnerSign up for our mini magazine: Postcards From Lorraine & TrishContact us: hello@postcardsfrommidlife.comFollow us on Instragram: @postcardsfrommidlifeJoin our private Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/681448662400206/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Trish and Lorraine talk to Dr Sarah Hughes, CEO of Mind, about developing a daily routine to help protect your mental health and how you can spot the signs of mental distress and develop coping mechanisms. She also explains where to get the right support as well as how to help a partner, child or friend. And Sarah, 49, tells her personal story of breaking the CEO stereotype (clue: blue hair, tattoos, piercings) and her diagnosis of ADHD aged 40. Plus: favourite mood and morning energy boosters from nutritionists; Trish’s surprising everyday wins & Lorraine’s cosmic calamities Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Lorraine and Trish meet the UK's most talked about stress experts, Mo Gawdat and Alice Law, to learn their easy techniques to reset your mind and body now, as well as cope with life’s ups and downs in the future. You'll live a calmer, happier life after listening to this. Plus, how to support teens during exam season; help a hedgehog & a nostalgic encounter with the WomblesSign up for our mini magazine: Postcards From Lorraine & TrishContact us: hello@postcardsfrommidlife.comFollow us on Instragram: @postcardsfrommidlifeJoin our private Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/681448662400206/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Join Trish and Lorraine, ambassadors for And Begin midlife skincare, in this bonus episode as they take a deep dive into how our skin changes as we age and the product ingredients we need to keep it looking and feeling healthy. The duo interview consultant dermatologist for And Begin Dr Malvina Cunnigham, who works in the private sector and for the NHS, about menopausal skin and also find out how your skincare routine needs to change after 40. Plus what is Lorraine's new tattoo really going to say? And you can get you first order from And Begin for just £4.99 by using the promo code PFMPOD here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Trish & Lorraine meet the fabulous Joely Richardson to go behind the scenes on her latest role as Lady Eularia Moggerhanger in Renegade Nell and why she’s having the time of her life playing maverick midlife women. She also reveals how friendships carry her through and why she documents life with her mum Vanessa. Plus: Season 11 best bits & A Race Across The World inspired Nostalgia Noodle Sign up for our mini magazine: Postcards From Lorraine & TrishContact us: hello@postcardsfrommidlife.comFollow us on Instragram: @postcardsfrommidlifeJoin our private Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/681448662400206/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Lorraine and Trish meet the first female co-artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company to find out how she is putting her stamp on the national institution and what she’s learned about following a creative passion while raising a young family. Also this week, another installment from the Postcards from Midlife retreat in Cornwall, featuring an interview with somatic movement educator and breathwork coach Nahid de Belgeonne: learn how your nervous system works and the breathing and movement techniques to give your mind and body peace.  Plus: good news stories about sex and sleep; remembering teenage Saturday jobs - 80s styleSign up for our mini magazine: Postcards From Lorraine & TrishContact us: hello@postcardsfrommidlife.comFollow us on Instragram: @postcardsfrommidlifeJoin our private Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/681448662400206/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Live from the Postcards from Midlife retreat in Cornwall, Trish and Lorraine talk to the best-selling memoirist, writing tutor and literary festival president Cathy Rentzenbrink who shares what she’s learned about healing after personal tragedy and how to get started with writing - journaling, short stories, family memoirs or novels - and the process that will make you stick at it. Plus: Cornish shenanigans, tales from midlife women and a step back in time to the school register Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Lorraine and Trish catch up with the model-turned-mum-turned children’s wear designer to find out how she and husband Jamie are coping with a partially empty nest, her unexpected new career plan, why all she wants to do for her 50th birthday is dance and never saying no to dinner with Madonna ever again. Plus we discuss what Jools' childhood helping care for her disabled dad taught her about parenting and relationships. Also in this episode: how to buy a new fragrance for a new life stage & a Birmingham odyssey inspires an 80s Nostalgia NoodleSign up for our mini magazine: Postcards From Lorraine & TrishContact us: hello@postcardsfrommidlife.comFollow us on Instragram: @postcardsfrommidlifeJoin our private Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/681448662400206/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Trish and Lorraine catch up with the former frontline nurse turned novelist and ethics professor to share her story of falling in love with someone she least expected, and how together they created their blended family. We also go behind the scenes in the NHS to find out what inspired her new medical thriller Moral Injuries, and what she’s learned about transitioning from the big job of your life to a new unknown career. Plus: Lorraine tests self-hypnosis - could it help you manage anxiety in midlife? And surviving those French exchange trip in the 1980sSign up for our mini magazine: Postcards From Lorraine & TrishContact us: hello@postcardsfrommidlife.comFollow us on Instragram: @postcardsfrommidlifeJoin our private Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/681448662400206/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Trish and Lorraine meet history-making fire fighters Rebecca Openshaw Rowe and Georgina Gilbert, better known as the Antarctic Fire Angels, to find out how, what and why they took on the challenge of skiing to the South Pole and became great friends in the process. Discover how you can develop an endurance mindset, reach peak fitness in midlife and even cope with a hot flush in polar conditions as well as the joy of a strong inner monologue during tough times. Plus: Quiz time! Find out which of the 4 main personality types you are to help you understand your priorities for your second act; & your hosts’ verdicts on One DayBook a place on our special retreat: https://www.stmoritzhotel.co.uk/offers-and-breaks/postcards-from-midlife-retreat/Sign up for our mini magazine: Postcards From Lorraine & TrishContact us: hello@postcardsfrommidlife.comFollow us on Instragram: @postcardsfrommidlifeJoin our private Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/681448662400206/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Trish and Lorraine meet Mowgli Street Food founder Nisha Katona, the woman shaking up the world of hospitality thanks to both her innovative cooking and maternal management model. She shares her remarkable life story of becoming a barrister after failing A-Levels, then giving up a stellar career in midlife to follow her dream of opening an Indian restaurant. Discover her tips on what it really takes to succeed in business and how you can rustle up a divine dinner with whatever’s left in the back of the fridge. Plus: Melissa Hemsely’s meal planning quick fixes & why Trish has bought a pair of gaiters!  Book a place on our special retreat: https://www.stmoritzhotel.co.uk/offers-and-breaks/postcards-from-midlife-retreat/Sign up for our mini magazine: Postcards From Lorraine & TrishContact us: hello@postcardsfrommidlife.comFollow us on Instragram: @postcardsfrommidlifeJoin our private Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/681448662400206/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Lorraine and Trish get an important health update from ground-breaking TV doctor Nighat Arif, who reveals the link between oestrogen and UTIs, what to do if periods are messing up your life, when you might need anti-depressants and why women are still experiencing medical gaslighting (and what to do about it). Plus: the joys and disasters of playing freezer roulette and six cheery spring buys (because ‘Frugal February’ is nearly over at last!) Book a place on our special retreat: https://www.stmoritzhotel.co.uk/offers-and-breaks/postcards-from-midlife-retreat/Sign up for our mini magazine: Postcards From Lorraine & TrishContact us: hello@postcardsfrommidlife.comFollow us on Instragram: @postcardsfrommidlifeJoin our private Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/681448662400206/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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Dawn Travers

What a fab edition of Postcards from Midlife. just what I needed to hear right now. fab sensible advice with a smattering of humour you ladies are amazing.

May 17th
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Marinda Gerber

Loved this. Thank you

Sep 3rd
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Rhona and Damian McCormack

really enjoying this series. Funny and informative at the same time. It's my Sunday treat to listen when I'm out walking!

Mar 22nd
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Kimberley Bailey

Found this episode really interesting. I listened yesterday. I'm 43 at the moment and really struggling. Then i heard you on Virgin Radio this morning. 👍

Feb 12th
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Iva Sims

Thank you so very much for creating a show that addresses the menopause. Personally, I feel that there is a massive gap in GPs education about the issue that affects millions of women in the UK. Far too often we are sent away with a prescription for antidepressants instead of solving the real issue. We need to change that. So thank you thank you and thank you.

Feb 10th
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