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While mulled wine is a common Christmas drink enjoyed in a number of places where it's actually cold at Christmas, it's not so common here in Australia, even during our chilly winters. Cosying up with a mug of something that's both warm and alcoholic is one of the best things you can do on a cold winter's evening -- here's how you can make some.

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Heated throw rugs feel like the ultimate in wintertime luxury. To take the simplest winter staple and pump electricity into it until its toasty warm seems like a bit of a waste of energy, but you might actually save a little on your bill this weekend if you rug up instead of turning the heater on.

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The conensus is if you don't want to crawl into a cold bed every night, the most economical option is an electric blanket. But going to bed involves changing into pyjamas or other comfy clothes and well, they'll usually be pretty chilly. But they don't have to be.

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Temperatures have dropped like a rock, now that we're in winter, so it's time to start thinking about when to bring in your potted plants. OK, that part is easy: bring your plants in when nighttime temps drop to 8°C. But before you do it, make sure you do it right.

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Winter has finally arrived: This morning in Melbourne, the temperature was 6°C. It's cold! For some people, the first freezing winds of winter are doubly depressing — we're closing in on the shortest day of the year (June 21), which means we're not getting a good dose of sunlight and it's too cold to go outside and get some exercise and fresh air.

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The 2018 Winter Olympics have begun and it's time to cheer on our athletes. The trouble is, it's hard to know what the heck's going on in some of these events. Why are there so many people skating at once? What is curling exactly? Is ice dancing the same as figure skating? And, woah, does that lady have a gun?

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If you have a blocked or runny nose, chances are you’ll reach for a tissue or hanky to clear the mucus by having a good blow. But do you go for one nostril or two? Hard blow or gentle? It turns out that some ways are more effective (and less risky) than others.

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If you've ever driven a car that's parked outside in winter, you'll know it's frigid as hell inside your car and the windshield can be totally opaque from all the foggy arse frost. Not cool. How do you get rid of it? Hit the defrost button right? That's not all. The always inquisitive Mark Rober tested out every combination on how to defrost your windshield and came up with a way that is twice as fast as other methods. That means you'll get a clear windshield in half the time.

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If, like me, your credentials as a woodsman come primarily from watching movies set in the woods, you might think you can just swing any ax down the center of a log to split it. That's not quite right. Like many things in life, you need the right tool for the job.