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Pack Your Bags Because Here Are 101 Aussie Holiday Ideas

Australia is a vast country containing eight climate zones and many more beautifully unique landscapes. While it might be tempting to escape overseas, there’s so much to see here you’ll never get it all done in a lifetime. Here’s 101 Aussie holiday ideas to keep you closer to home. Holiday…

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Financial Advice From Your Parents to Ignore

In the time of coronavirus, there is some money advice that no longer applies. Our parents’ generation may have passed down rules of thumb with good intentions — but some of these pearls of wisdom may not fit the challenges of the modern era, so here are some common rules…

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Assess Your Air Quality With This Mashup of Sensors

I was checking the air quality at my California abode the other day, and the first website I went to said the Air Quality Index was a lovely 40 or so. That seemed strange, given how smoky it was outside — so I tried another site: 400+. That also seemed…

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Find Disability-Inclusive Dolls and Accessories at This Etsy Shop

It’s so important for our children to see themselves represented in the world around them, from those within their own community and characters portrayed on film, to the very toys they play with. But for kids who have hearing aids, cochlear implants, a cleft lip, a tracheostomy, feeding tubes, or…

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How to Communicate With Kids When You’re Wearing a Mask

“Mask-muffle” is a term I just made up, but it’s a real thing. If the cloth is meant to block a bunch of tiny respiratory droplets, it’s bound to muffle our words a bit, too. It can be hard enough to catch every word when you’re standing close to someone…

5 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Precious Lunch Break

It appears a lot of employees have an odd relationship with lunch breaks — while they’re definitely not discouraged from taking them by employers, there seems to be this underlying guilt associated with taking a full half-hour or hour-long smoko. Perhaps it’s the rationale that you’re somehow skiving by leaving…

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Turn Mediocre Canned Artichokes into a Versatile Vegan Spread

One of my favourite Panic Meals involves whatever sad produce I have in the fridge, purposefully burned to a crisp and puréed with something fatty. It’s a great way to revive vegetables that have long passed their prime and an excuse to have chips and dip for dinner — which is…

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How to Prep Your Devices for iOS 14 and watchOS 7 Today

Ah, finally. It’s time for Apple’s latest operating systems for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV to release to the masses. Public betas, be damned. They should, in theory, arrive around 10 a.m. PT today, but there are a few things you might want to do while you wait…

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Create a Schedule of Little Things to Look Forward

What so many families need right now is structure mixed with some flexibility — plus a little bit of joy sprinkled on top. That’s what prompted one member of the Offspring Facebook group to create a small family schedule of little things to look forward to. And it’s something we…

Hard-boiled eggs with butter and hot sauce is a top-tier breakfast. (Photo: Claire Lower)

Foods That Are Unexpectedly Improved by a Little Hot Sauce

It would be unfair to suggest that there are things that aren’t improved by a little hot sauce, but there are definitely foods to which it is more typically applied. But if, like me, you are looking to broaden your mind and add hot sauce to even more things, I…

How to Piss Off Advertisers With Your iOS 14 Settings

Of all the big tech companies, Apple has arguably the best privacy policies. And with iOS 14, Apple is making yet another big privacy-focused upgrade to iOS. Once the new OS update hits this Friday, users can choose to hide their device’s “Identifier for Advertisers” (IDFA) number from apps. And…

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How the Far Right Is Exploiting the Pandemic With Conspiracies

Just as the global death toll from COVID-19 reached 250,000 at the start of May this year, a short film emerged that has since been called “the first true hit conspiracy video of the COVID-19 era”. Titled “Plandemic”, it featured a lengthy interview with the discredited scientist Judy Mikovits, who…

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Essential Tools to Create the Perfect Cocktail Cart at Home

Deliver your next drink in style with this selection of essential gadgets for your home cocktail cart. Is there such a thing as a perfect cocktail cart? Opinions are naturally going to vary about the items that you must have on your bar cart, as distinct from those nice-to-have-but-not-vital bits…

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Never Store Your Baked Potatoes in Foil

As an enjoyer of large, elaborate steak dinners, I often find myself with a partially eaten, leftover baked potato. Perhaps you’ve experienced this as well. It’s not a bad thing — you can use the leftovers to make really good breakfast potatoes — but you should take a small amount…

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Here’s What Happens When Guys Add Their Cats to Dating App Profiles

If you’ve used a dating app, you’ll know the importance of choosing good profile pics. These photos don’t just relay attractiveness; a recent study suggested that 43% of people think they can get a sense of someone’s personality by their picture. You might guess that someone who has included a…

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Embrace Friluftsliv — Norway’s Open-Air Living

Look, we’re in this pandemic for the long haul. As much as we want everything to go back to “normal” in time for the holidays, what we actually need to do is buckle up for winter. And to keep our collective sanity, it’s time to embrace outdoor living in all…

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How Can I Prevent Arm Pain After a Flu Shot?

Flu shots are more important than ever this year so I hope you’re all scheduling yours, if you haven’t gotten one already. But when you do, you might have a sore shoulder for a couple of days. A reader asks if there’s a good way to prevent that soreness:

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Rinse Your Marinara Jars With a Little Wine

Whether you use a jar of prepared marinara or make your sauce from scratch with canned plum tomatoes, there is always going to be a little bit of jammy, red residue in the bottom an on the sides of the container, whether that container be plastic, glass, or aluminium.

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Use Physical Tokens to Count Your Exercise Sets

There’s something about exercise that scrambles your brain a little. I know I’m not the only one who stops being able to count accurately after about…set two. So if you have multiple sets of an exercise, or rounds of a circuit, try giving yourself some physical tokens to help count.