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RecipesSlow Cooker Beef Massaman Curry

Super delicious fall apart beef and packed full of flavour, this super simple recipe is ready to cook in a few easy steps, then just set and forget in your slow cooker.

Pill-proof your clothes
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Handy Home HintsPill-proof your clothes

Have you ever pulled out your favourite sweater only to find it covered in pesky pilling? Here’s how to reduce the chances of it happening, and get rid of it if it already has!

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RecipesDate & Apple Cake with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting

Expecting guests? Woo them with this fruity, rich and sticky date and apple cake topped with caramel cream cheese frosting. Or just make it for yourself - you deserve it!

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Handy Home HintsWhere mould loves to lurk

Mould is a sneaky intruder that can cause health issues like allergies and respiratory problems. Here are some of this troublesome interloper’s favourite spots.

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TipsKickstart your day with exercise

If you’re not naturally a morning person, exercising first thing might not be your cup of tea (or coffee!). But there are some incredible benefits, so why not give it a try?!

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RecipesRed Lentil and Sweet Potato Dahl

Who would have thought that something so delicious would be so easy to make. Just tip the ingredients into a slow cooker and switch it on! Perfect as a side dish or a main meal.

Can food affect your mood?
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Health and FitnessCan food affect your mood?

Ever noticed how a chocolate bar can instantly lift your spirits, or how a hearty meal can make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside? It’s not just in your head - food really can affect your mood!

Do you know your onions?
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Handy Home HintsDo you know your onions?

Onions are the unsung heroes of the kitchen and are one of the most commonly used vegetables in the world. But with so many varieties available, how do you know which to choose?

Common curtain hanging mistakes
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TipsCommon curtain hanging mistakes

Hanging curtains might seem simple, but it's easy to get wrong. Here are some common mistakes and how to avoid them, so you can dress your windows like a pro.

Easy Peasy Berry Crumble
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RecipesEasy Peasy Berry Crumble

A super easy crumble that makes use of frozen berries and pantry staples. Just add ice cream for a dessert the whole family will love.

DIY air-dry clay - 3 ingredients, hours of fun!
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Fun With KidsDIY air-dry clay - 3 ingredients, hours of fun!

From dinosaurs and jewellery, to aliens and 3-D art, this homemade air-dry clay lets kids (big and small) create just about anything!

Man and woman holding a glass of milk
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Health and FitnessSimple ways to better bone health

From aged 30 onwards, our bones gradually lose their density as a natural part of ageing. The good news is, there are some simple things you can do to help maintain them.

Save money with a bit of savvy gift shopping
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Money Saving HacksSave money with a bit of savvy gift shopping

Whether it’s a birthday, a special time of year, or one of those wonderful ‘just-because’ surprises, the cost of buying presents can quickly add up. Here's how you can stay well within your budget.

From average to awesome. Smartphone photography tips
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TechFrom average to awesome. Smartphone photography tips

Now that we've all got a camera in our pockets or bags most of the time, here are some tips to get the most out of your smartphone photography.

Relaxed person laying down listening to something on headphones
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TipsWhy mindfulness is good for you

Have you ever driven somewhere and when you've arrived you have no memory of getting there? That's because you were on auto pilot. The opposite of this is mindfulness and here is why it's good for you.

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TipsWatch out for hidden tooth hazards

When we think about foods that are bad for our teeth, sugary snacks and fizzy drinks are usually the first culprits that come to mind. But did you know that some seemingly harmless foods can also be less than friendly to your pearly whites?

More fast and fabulous soups ready in 30 minutes
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Time Saving HacksMore fast and fabulous soups ready in 30 minutes

Last year we brought you some speedy soup ideas for when it’s cold outside. This year we’ve found some new ones for you to enjoy.

Which quilt/doona/duvet is best for you?
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Handy Home HintsWhich quilt/doona/duvet is best for you?

Whatever you prefer to call them, when it comes to creating a cosy and comfortable bed, choosing the right quilt/doona/duvet is the key!

Moroccan lamb meatball tagine
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RecipesMoroccan Lamb Meatball Tagine

Experience the taste of Morocco with this delicious,one pot, lamb meatball tagine. Tasty, aromatic and perfect for an easy dinner.

Get cracking with cress egg heads!
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Fun With KidsGet cracking with cress egg heads!

This simple and engaging craft allows kids to explore their creativity while learning a bit about growing food.

Lost your hairdresser? Don’t panic!
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TipsLost your hairdresser? Don’t panic!

Finding a new hairdresser can feel a bit like a matchmaking adventure—it's all about finding that perfect person who just gets you and your hair.

Senior woman waking and stretching
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Health and FitnessQuick ways to start your day full of energy

Some people leap out of bed ready to start their day, others not so much! Here are some simple ways to start your day with a bit more energy (without having 3 cups of coffee!)

Garden wars – which plants don’t get along!
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GardeningGarden wars – which plants don’t get along!

Companion planting (putting together plants that help each other grow) can work wonders, but what about the flip side? Here are some plants that don’t make the best neighbours.

Prepare your gas barbie for winter hibernation
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Handy Home HintsPrepare your gas barbie for winter hibernation

We have some simple steps to prepare your barbecue for winter storage, and make sure it’s ready to shine once spring rolls around.

Squeeze more juice from your laptop battery
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TechSqueeze more juice from your laptop battery

Whether you're working from home, writing that novel at a coffee shop, or binge-watching your favourite shows, your laptop it's a vital part of your digital life. But have you ever felt that sinking feeling when the battery percentage drops faster than you'd like?

Winter paving cleaning? Great idea!
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TipsWinter paving cleaning? Great idea!

Autumn’s beautiful leaves may look picturesque on your driveway or patio, but they also leave behind dirt, stains, and, sometimes, mould.

Apple Raspberry Custard Parcels Recipe
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RecipesApple Raspberry Custard Parcels

With 5 ingredients and baked in the air fryer, this yummy treat will be ready to eat in no time!

How to make a calming glitter jar
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Fun With KidsHow to make a calming glitter jar

Creating a calming glitter jar with your children isn't just a fun craft project - it can be a great method for helping kids (and adults!) calm down during moments of stress or when they are feeling overwhelmed.

Run out of thyme? Here's what you can use instead
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Handy Home HintsRun out of thyme? Here's what you can use instead

Ever found yourself in the middle of a cooking session only to realise you're missing an important herb or spice? No need to panic - there’s often a substitute that can save the day and your dinner!

Keep it clean!
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TechKeep it clean!

We’re talking about our mobile phones and why (and how) we should give them a regular clean!

Smart ways to save on daily travel
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Money Saving HacksSmart ways to save on daily travel

Whether you're commuting to work, running errands, or just trying to get around town, the cost of being out and about can add up quickly. But don't worry! By following a few smart tips, you can significantly cut down those costs.

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RecipesQuick & easy Chicken Nasi Goreng

Nasi Goreng is a tasty weeknight dinner that is quick and easy. If you can, cook the rice the night before and leave it to cool in the fridge until you're ready to use it.

Avoid a winter virus
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Health and FitnessWinter virus? No thank you!

The peak flu season in Australia usually starts around April and lasts until October - but there are things you can do to reduce your risk of getting a winter virus.

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TipsCaring for snuggly woollens

Whether it's your favourite sweater or a chic scarf you splurged on, wool clothing can be like a big hug on a chilly day. But they do need a bit of extra TLC to keep them looking their best.

Make a stress ball from a balloon
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Fun With KidsMake a stress ball from a balloon (and it's not at all stressful!)

Here's a great, fun activity to do with the kids. You only need a couple of ingredients and about half an hour!

Grab and go breakfast ideas
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Time Saving HacksGrab and go breakfast ideas

Don’t skip the most important meal of the day if you’re busy or in a rush to get out of the house. Here are some speedy breakfasts solutions for when you’re short on time.

Avoid a washing machine disaster
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Handy Home HintsAvoid a washing machine disaster

Ever opened your washing machine to pull out your favourite shirt only to find a mysterious stain that wasn’t there before it went in? Welcome to the world of laundry! If you're like most people, your washing machine is one of your home's unsung heroes, tirelessly cleaning your clothes, bedding, and sometimes, items that frankly shouldn't be there. Here's what not to throw into your washing machine and why.

someone running up a flight of stairs
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Health and FitnessSneak more movement into your busy day (without too much effort!)

The benefits of exercise are well-documented, but you don't have to join a gym or run a marathon to reap the benefits.

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PetsA quick guide to kitty dental care

Just like us, our feline friends need a bit of help to keep their smiles healthy. Here are a few things to look out for and what to do to make sure their gnashers stay healthy.  

Blocked drain
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TipsHow to avoid a blocked drain

Want to avoid blocked drains? Obviously, the answer will be a resounding ‘yes!’ So here are some of the most common culprits to keep away from your pipes.

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TipsTidy tech: Simple ways to organise your computer folders and files

If you spend way too much time trawling through files and folders looking for something on your computer (and could have sworn you put it ‘there’!) we have some simple tips to get everything organised.

Great looking hair in less time
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Time Saving HacksGreat looking hair in less time

Having great-looking hair doesn't mean you have to spend hours in front of the mirror every morning. With the right tips and tricks, you can cut down on your hair care routine and still step out with your locks looking fabulous.

Unleash the potential of your muffin trays!
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Handy Home HintsUnleash the potential of your muffin trays!

You can use your muffin trays for more than just baking. The handy, individual compartments make them ideal for many alternative uses around your home.

dismantled hair dryer
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Fun With KidsHave a 'Pull Apart' day and see how stuff works

This activity shows kids that the stuff we use every day isn't magic! If you have items that are old, broken and about to get thrown away, take them apart and see what is happening behind the scenes.

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TipsWhy DIY carpentry might not be a great idea!

Thinking of taking on a DIY carpentry job this weekend? After all, it can't be that difficult, right? Well, you could be very wrong. Here's why you should rethink those DIY projects.

Buying a new laptop?
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TechBuying a new laptop?

Choosing a new laptop is a bit like finding a new friend who's going to hang out with you for a few years (so you want to make sure you're compatible!). Here are a few things to think about.

Save cleaning time with a glass splashback
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TipsSave cleaning time with a glass splashback

Do you want to style up your kitchen, while cutting down your cleaning time? If the answer is a resounding 'Yes!' we have the perfect solution!

Modern and relaxing bathroom
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TipsTurn your bathroom into a relaxing retreat

Bathrooms used to be a place to go to have a quick bath or a shower to get clean! Now it’s more about creating a private retreat, for chilling out and washing away any stresses you’ve picked up during the day!

Green ceramic fruit bowl with mandarins
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Money Saving HacksThe best way to store fruit and save money

According to the Department of Climate Change, Energy, Environment and Water, food waste costs Australian households up to $2,500 a year - and fruit is one of the five most wasted food groups. Here’s how you can store it to make it last longer.

Raspberry coconut slice
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RecipesRaspberry Coconut Slice

Another delicious slice recipe, perfect for afternoon tea with friends, or just sitting at home with a cuppa! You can try it with marmalade instead of raspberry jam for a different flavour.

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Handy Home HintsFresh and fluffy towels? Yes please!

Remember those soft, fluffy towels that felt like you were wrapping yourself in a cloud? Now they’re more like a hug from a giant piece of sandpaper. Here’s how to turn back the clock and keep them as fresh as a daisy.

Need more time? Try one or more of our time-saver tips
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Time Saving HacksNeed more time? Try one or more of our time-saver tips

You don't need to turn your whole routine upside down to snag some extra time for yourself. Try one or more of our small changes that can turn a sprint through the day into a cool, calm, and collected stroll!

Baked ricotta tart with chorizo, feta and leek
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RecipesBaked Ricotta Tart with Chorizo, Feta and Leek

This savoury tart is good for breakfast, lunch or even dinner! You can also take it on a picnic or to work for lunch as it’s delicious eaten hot or cold.

Thinking of DIY tiling? Check out these common mistakes!
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TipsThinking of DIY tiling? Check out these common mistakes!

Diving into a DIY tiling project is a bit like deciding to cut your own hair after watching a couple of YouTube tutorials – not necessarily a great idea! So you know what you’re letting yourself in for, here are a few common bloopers.

Autumn cleaning - the new kid on the block!
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TipsAutumn cleaning - the new kid on the block!

Who says spring should have all the fun with cleaning? It’s time to buck the trend with some autumn cleaning for the cooler days ahead.

Someone having a foot massage and pedicure
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TipsWhy you should treat your poor old feet!

Our feet have to be one of the most neglected parts of our body and they deserve a treat now and again. Here are 6 good reasons why.

Kids playing with blue slime
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Fun With Kids3-ingredient gooey slime!

Kids of all ages love playing with slime (including really big kids like mum and dad!). It's a great sensory play experience and encourages fine motor skills. Sensory play also helps kids regulate their emotions and slime can be a great calming activity.

Online security as easy as 1, 2, 3
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TechOnline security as easy as 1, 2, 3

You may have heard the phrase ‘multi factor authentication’ (or MFA) mentioned when it comes to keeping our online world safe and secure. But what exactly is it?

From cluttered to calm. How to declutter your garden!
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GardeningFrom cluttered to calm. How to declutter your garden!

Lots of us embraced the decluttering trend for our homes, but it doesn’t have to be an indoor thing! If your garden feels a bit too jungle-like, a bit of decluttering can transform it from a wild, overgrown space into a place where you can relax.

Which kitchen layout?
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TipsWhich kitchen layout?

Renovating your kitchen is like giving your home a mini facelift: It’s exciting, but also a bit daunting! One of the first decisions you'll face is choosing the right layout.

Where do germs love to lurk?
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Handy Home HintsWhere do germs love to lurk?

When it comes to keeping our homes clean, some of the germiest spots are often the ones we least suspect! Here are a few of the worst culprits.

Strawberry and yoghurt icy poles
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Recipes3-ingredient Strawberry and Yoghurt Icy Poles

The warm weather is hanging around and what better way to cool down than with a super delicious home-made icy pole.

Cat scratching a sofa
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PetsHow to stop your cat from destroying your furniture

Calling all cat lovers! If you're reading this, chances are your furry friend has turned your beloved furniture into their personal scratching post. So, here are a few tips keep your kitty's claws at bay and save your furniture from turning into a pile of fluff and threads.

How to store clothes to make them last
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TipsHow to store clothes to make them last

From delicate silk to sturdy denim, here are some helpful hints to store your clothes properly so they last longer - which is great for your bank account, and the environment!

Why is good balance so important?
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TipsWhy is good balance so important?

Glad you asked! We’re not talking life/work balance, we’re talking about staying upright and healthy and how it can affect every part of your life.

Time for a new pillow?
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Health and FitnessTime for a new pillow?

We've all been there, tossing and turning at night, trying to find that perfect sweet spot on our pillow. But how do you know when it's just a bad night's sleep or your pillow is the real culprit?

Person shopping in a supermarket with a list
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Time Saving HacksSlash the time you spend at the supermarket

According to statistics, the average shopping trip takes 41 minutes. If you shop once a week, that's over 35 hours a year - (almost a full-time, working week!) and that doesn't count emergency trips when you run out of milk or a vital ingredient.

Food safety tips when the power goes out
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Handy Home HintsFood safety tips when the power goes out

Unplanned power outages can be a pain, but besides not being able to binge your favourite show – what about all the food in your fridge and freezer?

The ‘Why?’ behind leap years
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Community TipsThe ‘Why?’ behind leap years

We’re all familiar with leap years when that mysterious extra day in February arrives. But have you ever wondered why?

Avoid an ant invasion
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TipsAvoid an ant invasion

With the hot weather, ants seem to pop up everywhere, especially inside our homes. You might wonder why these teeny-tiny, uninvited guests seem to think your home is their summer hideaway and what you can do.

Start a garden in an egg carton!
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Fun With KidsStart a garden in an egg carton!

Growing seeds indoors is easy and can help teach kids about germination and plant care – and one of the easiest ways is in an empty egg carton!

woman sleeping peacefully in bed with grey sheets
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Health and Fitness4 ways to faster sleep

A good night's sleep is essential for your body and mind to recharge after a busy day, leaving you refreshed and alert when you wake up. But if you are tossing and turning and having trouble falling asleep, here are 4 things you can try to get you off to the Land of Nod a bit faster.

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RecipesFrench Toast with Caramelised Nectarines

An impressive breakfast that’s a great way to make use of nectarines that have passed their prime.

Protect yourself online
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TechProtect yourself online

Whether it's your social media accounts, bank details, or personal emails, it's essential to take some simple steps to protect yourself online.

Mason jar ice cream – no fancy equipment required!
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Fun With KidsMason jar ice cream – no fancy equipment required!

This is great fun to do with the kids and you get to enjoy the delicious results! All you need is a jar and some basic ingredients.

Weed without worry!
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PetsWeed without worry!

Calling all pet and garden lovers! Here are some easy ways to tackle those pesky weeds in your garden that will keep your plants and pets safe, happy and healthy!

Get your thinking caps on – it’s homework time!
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TipsGet your thinking caps on – it’s homework time!

If you thought your homework days were far behind you – think again! Whatever their age, when your kids start bringing home their latest maths or English problem, here are some tips for giving them a helping hand while fostering their independence and love for learning.

Car wax or car polish - what's the difference?
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TipsCar wax or car polish - what's the difference?

When it comes to keeping our cars shiny and looking their best, many of us turn to products like car wax and car polish. But what exactly are they, how are they different and what do they do? (So many questions!)

Make cleaning fun with DIY cleaning slime!
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Handy Home HintsMake cleaning fun with DIY cleaning slime!

If you’ve ever struggled to clean the cup holder in your car, or those tricky corners in your home – have we got the solution for you!

BBQ pork ribs
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RecipesBBQ Pork Ribs - tender, juicy and melt-in-the-mouth

You'll have to be quick to grab these delicious, mouth-watering ribs, because once they're ready, they'll be gone in a flash!

Ever wondered why grout gets so dirty?
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TipsEver wondered why grout gets so dirty?

Tile grout, whether on floors or walls, often seems to have a mind of its own when it comes to attracting dirt and stains. So, why does it get so dirty?

What is chiropractic care?
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TipsWhat is chiropractic care?

Chiropractors play an important role by offering a drug-free, hands-on approach to spinal healthcare. They use a variety of non-surgical techniques, such as specific spinal adjustments and manual therapy.

How to clean your keyboard (and why you definitely should!)
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TechHow to clean your keyboard (and why you definitely should!)

Our beloved electronic companions are a must in this digital age. But when was the last time you cleaned your keyboard? (Be honest!)

How to spot signs of heat exhaustion
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Health and FitnessHow to spot signs of heat exhaustion

Because of our ever-increasing summer temperatures, It's important to look out for signs of heat exhaustion before it turns into heatstroke (which is a medical emergency).

How to do a 30-minute speed clean
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Time Saving HacksHow to do a 30-minute speed clean

Forget spending the day cleaning the house – here are some tips to get it done in 30 minutes so you can spend that time doing something else.

Looking for a pet? Adopt - don’t shop!
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PetsLooking for a pet? Adopt - don’t shop!

Did you know that the RSPCA is not just about cats and dogs? They’ve got a whole bunch of adorable rabbits, birds, and ‘pocket pets’ (like guinea pigs, rats, and mice) all looking for loving homes too!

Why you should have your mattress professionally cleaned
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TipsWhy you should have your mattress professionally cleaned

We spend roughly a third of our lives in bed, so having a clean mattress is important to you and your family’s health. In fact, you’d be horrified if you could see what’s lurking in there!

12 lesser-known uses for hair conditioner!
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Handy Home Hints12 lesser-known uses for hair conditioner!

If you’ve gone a bit overboard bulk buying hair conditioner, if you’ve changed brands, or if it’s simply past its use-by date, here are some things you can use it for instead.

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RecipesInvisible Apple Cake

A simple apple cake that's not too sweet. It's called 'invisible’ because the thinly sliced apples seem to vanish into the cake, giving it a unique and tasty twist.

7 good reasons to start a ‘Positive Things’ jar
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Fun With Kids7 good reasons to start a ‘Positive Things’ jar

A ’Positive Things’ jar is a great way to teach your kids to focus on the good things that happen every day.

Flaky paint on your car? Don’t ignore it!
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TipsFlaky paint on your car? Don’t ignore it!

Ever notice that annoying flaking paint on your car? Well, it might seem like no big deal right now, but ignoring it could lead to some serious issues later on.

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Handy Home Hints8 things you should never put in your dishwasher

These days most homes have a dishwasher and it's tempting to shove everything in it just to save time. But there are some things that don't belong in a dishwasher and could come out a bit the worse for wear or completely ruined!

Why pet ownership is good for your health!
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PetsWhy pet ownership is good for your health!

Owning a pet can be like having a furry, feathery, or scaly friend that brings joy and health benefits into your life – it’s not just about having a cute companion (although that’s great too!).

Cloud storage explained!
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TechCloud storage explained!

Do you have a digital ‘filing cabinet’ where you keep all your important documents, photos, and videos? Traditionally, this would be a physical device like a hard drive, or a USB stick connected to your computer. An alternative is cloud storage and here’s how it works.

Stay on track with your New Year's resolution!
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Community TipsStay on track with your New Year's resolution!

If you kicked off the year with a New Year's resolution, but idea is fading already – you’re not alone! Research shows that 23% of people quit their New Year's Resolution by the end of the first week, and 43% are done by the end of January! Here are a few tips for success!

Oil-based or water-based – which paint should you choose?
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TipsOil-based or water-based – which paint should you choose?

Choosing between oil-based and water-based paints depends on the job you’re doing and the look you’re aiming for. Here are some of the differences to take into consideration.

How often should you wash your towels?
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Health and FitnessHow often should you wash your towels?

We all love a fluffy, fresh towel after a shower, but have you ever wondered how often you should wash them? Well, wonder no more!

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RecipesMake ahead Broccoli & Date Salad

This salad is best prepared ahead of time to let the flavours develop. Enjoy it on its own or as a side dish.

Which patio roof?
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TipsWhich patio roof?

So, you’ve decided to install a patio – it’s a great idea for creating space without taking on an expensive renovation, but there are a few decisions to be made – including which style of roof you’ll choose. Here are some popular styles and their benefits.

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GardeningSome like it hot! How to select and grow chillies

Chillies come in all sorts of colours including bright red, yellow and purple. They add a burst of colour to your garden and a burst of flavour to your cooking. Choose a variety to suit your taste buds and enjoy a steady supply whenever you need them.