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When my son was a toddler, we went through a very big “sensory activities” phase. Any new texture that he could squish or mould (and incorporate into his dinosaur battles) would keep him occupied for dozens of precious minutes. He loved regular Play-Doh, so I went in search of a homemade version that would be a little softer and fluffier and found a favourite right away.

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The recipe for McDonald's Big Mac sauce was allegedly leaked online last year. It is - as most mass-produced sauces are - a long list of oil, corn syrup, stabilisers, emulsifiers, flavourings and preservatives. It's (kind of) interesting, but not exactly helpful for those who want to replicate the sweet and tangy special sauce for their burgers at home.

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Just because you can buy something online, doesn’t mean you should. Trichloroacetic acid, a main ingredient in the kind of chemical peel you would get from an esthetician or a dermatologist, is easy to obtain but it’s not safe to use yourself at high concentrations.

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We are at a stage with our infant son where every unexplained expression of discontentment is met with the question: “Do you think he’s teething?” Right now, it’s likely that he is. He’s drooly and a little fussy, and whenever I let him feel the “cold” of a canned beverage straight out of the fridge, he grabs it and holds it to his tiny mouth, giving me a look that says, “Thank you for the sweet, sweet relief.”

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For the past week I've been writing, swiping and doodling with Apple's original iPad Pro. As a fan of my older iPad Air 2, the more capable iPad Pro feels like a step in the right direction, save for one issue: that damn Apple Pencil. In a move that prioritises form over function, the company made a delightfully sleek object that completely fails at taking advantage of its form factor. Here's how to do what Apple, for some reason, didn't.

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If you’ve ever accidentally broken an irreplaceable commemorative plate or needed a quick way to fix the between-the-toes part of your flip flops, chances are you’ve used Super Glue (yes, it’a an official brand name, like Xerox or Kleenex). And while that one little tube can take on a lot of big jobs, sometimes accidents happen... like gluing yourself to whatever you’re trying to fix.

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If your home has a lot of interior doors that lock, sooner or later you’re bound to lose the key, lock it inside the room, or discover your toddler has locked himself in and cannot get out. Calling a locksmith each time is inconvenient (and expensive); instead, you can learn to pick your own locks.

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I love seeing my child paint. I fear seeing my child paint. These two feelings coexist. Whenever my six-year-old daughter is ready to go full Jackson Pollock at her art table, I’ll usually squeeze some paint into a few paper bowls. But the Parent Pack shares a way to keep things cleaner: Pour the paint into clear cups with dome lids. Starbucks’ Frappuccino cups are perfect.

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This month, I’ve been looking for kid projects that have some mileage in them - stuff that can be worked on over the course of days or weeks. I landed on an activity that’s easy, requires few supplies and makes me feel like a wizard: I blew up a colouring page.

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WiFi is one of the most important developments in the evolution of the internet -- no one wants to be chained to a desktop -- but it's also one of the most frustrating. If you're plagued by slow speeds, bad reception, and other WiFi issues, here are 10 ways you can power up the WiFi in your home.

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Oh, the childhood ritual of doorway height recording. You’d stand as straight as humanly possible as Mum or Dad would draw a line at the top of your head and write the day’s date. Then you’d step back and view the results. Hey, look! You grew three-quarters of an inch! Your parents would smile and give you a high-five—and then secretly cry a little as you’d run off to play.

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You know you’re supposed to store your electronics in a dry spot after you’ve removed the batteries, right? You don’t always do that, though, do you? You just haphazardly toss those decorative, battery-operated holiday candles into the storage bin, and you pile those musical toys your kid once loved into an old toy chest without further thought, like the irresponsible battery-owner you are.

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This year, I am all about freshening up the outside of my home. We’ve replaced old mulch with crushed red stone, we’ve had new bushes planted, and we’ve gotten some new yard decor. With each little improvement, I can feel my home’s curb appeal — and really, its entire vibe — brightening up.

And that got me thinking about perhaps the most important part of a home, the part our eyes are most drawn to: the front entrance.