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In a new study by researchers at the University of Toledo, toddlers who were given fewer toys played more creatively and were more engaged in their play than those who had many toys available. Mums and dads, this might be the time to remove that chicken robot, mustache plushie, emoji bingo set, and Spider-Man drone from your Amazon shopping cart. I'm sorry.

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You can complain about it all you want, but it's a fact: some fast food is delicious. The US has become the holy land for delectable fast food and many famous franchises have yet to hit Australian shores. But recreating some of the most iconic American fast foods is easier than you'd think and it gets a whole lot better with fresher, tastier ingredients. Here's our seven ten favorite American fast food recipes that you can make at home.

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Not to stress you out, but Christmas is 18 days away. And not to make assumptions about you, but you probably still need to buy gifts for your mum, dad, siblings, nieces and nephews, friends, significant other, office secret Santa, book club white elephant exchange, and that one aunt who always gives you a snow globe.

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Some things in life -- such as fixing your own car or DIY home improvements -- might appear dangerous or risky, especially if you've never done them before or you tend to err on the side of caution. They also might be more doable than they look. Here are ten daunting things you probably likely can handle on your own.

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Scary story time: You give someone a thoughtful gift certificate, maybe for a massage at the spa they have been eyeing, or for the drawing class they have been talking about wanting to take. You lay out the cash, give them the card. They are thrilled! They thank you. And then, they don't use it.

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Dear Lifehacker, I work from home and buy myself a takeaway lunch once or twice a week. Unfortunately, the only options near my house are a burger shop or a bakery that sells hot pies. Neither store has any nutritional information on their menu, so I'm not sure which is worse. Am I better off grabbing the burger or the meat pie?

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Until recently, I never measured freshly ground pepper. If a recipe called for half a teaspoon, I would simply grind the berries over the dish until I thought I had "enough", based on nothing but my nose and how pungent I was feeling that day, because there was no elegant way to measure it by teaspoon from the grinder. But, if you take the time to do some measuring just once, you'll be able to dispense the amount needed in any recipe, no measuring spoon required.

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My family isn't great at gift exchanges. We tend to buy gifts too late ("Merry Christmas, here's a print-out of what you'll get in January!") or misjudge each other's tastes. We have trouble matching our budgets - do I need to drop as much money on a cousin's new boyfriend as I do on my mother? And if I'm not going home for Christmas this year, do I really need to mail a dozen separate gifts? One year I just forgot to include a family member, embarrassing everyone involved.

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According to the Pew Research Center, 39 per cent of those who have married since 2010 have a spouse who is in a different religious group. When you're partnered with someone who's from a different religious or cultural background, sometimes you need to blend your holiday traditions or create new ones to suit your interfaith needs - especially when those traditions involve kids, blended families or extended families. If your family celebrates both Christmas and Hanukkah like mine did when I was growing up, here are a few tips on how to make the most of your Chrismukkah (Christmas + Hanukkah) celebration.

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I can't remember a Christmas dinner without a lasagna on the table. This is largely due, in part, to watery sauce with pasta and cheese sort of floating in it, but it's also just always been there (paired with an overcooked rib roast, of course). That meal, the last big holiday meal for many families, deserves better.

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Everyone knows that cinnamon rolls are a delicious indulgence. What this recipe presupposes is… maybe they should be bigger? I mean like a lot bigger. It's possible, and honestly it's beautiful, too.

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As if Prince Harry hadn't done enough this week by flooding our timeliness with good news and elevating Meghan Markle from "who?" to real-life princess (I know she's gonna be a duchess, don't @ me), he's also brought us a trick for making extra-crispy bacon.