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Samsung's fix slammed as 'deficient'

Joel and Angela Hudson of New Lambton with their children.

ESTHER HAN The "plastic bag and tape" fix applied to at least 63,300 faulty Samsung washing machines has been slammed by an expert as "deficient".

Blogger Zoe Stavri makes sourdough bread from her yeast infection


Colleen Simpson with staff writers A bout of thrush is usually as welcome as unexpected visits from the in-laws but when feminist blogger Zoe Stavri developed an itch she decided to put those naughty bacteria to good use - as a rising agent for sourdough bread.

Woman faces abuse for not wanting children

UK woman Holly Brockwell temporarily closed down her Twitter account after she was abused for her decision not to have kids.

Laura Walters A woman who admitted she did not want to have children was mercilessly bullied and forced to shut down her social media accounts as a result.

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Baby rumour

Anne Hathaway reportedly pregnant with first child

Anne Hathaway is reportedly expecting her first child.

PETER VINCENT Anne Hathaway, that most loved-but-hated-but-loved of Hollywood stars, is apparently pregnant with her first child and the internet, predictably, can't get enough.

The Katering Show: The buns are out of the oven

The Katering Show will get a free to air debut on the ABC next year.

Rebecca Foley Season two of The Katering Show has been announced - so what can we expect now that they're not expecting?

These women are not "flaunting their baby bumps"

Rose Byrne

KERRI SACKVILLE If there are any headlines that make me want to fling a magazine against the wall (or slam down my computer) it is this.


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Is international travel with small kids worth it?


DONNA WEBECK Our trip home was a disaster, but there are some people who make international travel with small children look like a walk in Central Park.

In-car camera to give you eyes in the back of your head

Garmin offers babyCam for parents on the road.

DAVID MCCOWEN Garmin is to introduce babyCam locally in 2016.

What one mum really thought of the new Honda CR-V

Beth Macdonald I'm not a typical 'car person'. I'm a mum, and a tired one, at that. For me, I want a car that does a couple of things.

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The mum who gets paid by Aldi for being the supermarket's biggest fan

Sam Jockel aka 'Aldi Mum' started the Facebook page in 2010.

PATRICK HATCH Meet the woman who loves Aldi so much it started to pay her.

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Baby deposit

How much do you need to save for a ‘baby deposit’?


KASEY EDWARDS It's fairly straightforward to calculate a house deposit, but how much money do you need to save up for a baby?

How to save for a deposit while renting


Brooke Tasovac As hard as it sounds, it is possible to save money when you rent, and certain things can be done to build a deposit faster.

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Adele has a released a new song to sing along in the car to: 'When We Were Young'

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AMBER ROBINSON Singer follows up success of Hello with new belting ballad When We Were Young.


Wiggles reunite original members for pub gigs

The Wiggles: Coming to a pub near you.

PETER VINCENT While there won't be black skivvies instead of the customary red, yellow, blue and red tops, a planned pub tour by the original Wiggles lineup could feature rock songs.


Flying with babies and young children: A survival guide

Flying with babies.

JULIE MILLER Author and travel writer Julie Miller shares her experience of flying with a crying baby.

Family Home more articles

How to grow your own groceries

Save money and teach the kids a lesson or two.

Lynda Hallinan Follow these 31 tips to save money and enjoy time in the garden in the kitchen.

Toddler fights for his life after almost drowning at family day care

The Carramar home where a toddler was found floating in the pool.

Fran Rimrod A toddler is fighting for his life after he was found floating in a swimming pool at a Perth family daycare on Monday.

New recycling labels to take guesswork out of rubbish night

Two out of three Australians believe the humble Pringle tin is recyclable. It's not.

Lucy Cormack, Environment reporter When you take out your recycling, are you really sure every product in there is meant to be there?

Being Dad more articles

Dad discovers a present even better than Apple Watch


Staff writers This man thought he was getting an Apple Watch as a birthday present, but he was wrong.

Yes dads, fatherhood does start before your baby is born

A dad's involvement in his partner's pregnancy has many benefits.

Armin Brott My girlfriend and I just found out that she's pregnant. She wants me to go to all the doctor visits with her, but I don't see the point.

Aussie dads see themselves as mums' helpers, not equals: study


JULIE POWER  You've shopped and raced home from work to cook dinner for the family. It is nearly ready when your partner asks: "How can I help?"

Essential Kids Recipes more recipes

Chocolate drizzled nutella meringues


The Kitchen Coquette Easy to make and even better to eat, your kids will love these nutella meringues.

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DIY guacamole


Jill Dupleix Mexican restaurants now offer a guacamole service at your table, crushing the avocado in a traditional molcajete or mortar and mixing it with condiments just before you eat it. Here's a version for you to try at home. Set everything up at the table and get pounding for the freshest guac you've ever had.

Chocolate-coated fairy wands


NICOLE AVERY These super simple chocolate coated fairy wands are perfect for a princess or fairy party and by changing the colours of the sprinkle they would easily work for a Harry Potter or Halloween party too. With only a few steps, this recipe is a perfect one to get the kids cooking in the kitchen.

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Newborn baby found in a nativity scene

Police are trying to trace a woman who abandoned a baby boy in the manger of a church nativity scene.

Life would be harder without my kids

The Humans of New York Facebook page is well known for sharing touching, real stories from one of the world's biggest cities – and it's just hit the heart of parents everywhere.

Mum dresses as Wonder Woman for last day of chemo

A Brisbane mum dressed up as a superhero to celebrate the end of her chemotherapy and created a moment her family will remember forever.

How a raisin can predict a toddler's IQ

All you need to assess a child's future intelligence is a plastic cup and a raisin, according to new research.

Former Hi-5 member's cannabis hope

Former Hi-5 star Tim Harding hopes a cannabis-derived drug will help control his daughter's epilepsy, which sees the four-year-old suffering between 50 and 100 seizures a day.

The top 5 reasons your toddler throws a tantrum

Whilst to the outside world little people may appear to have it easy, it's actually not always the case – just ask any toddler who's had their toast cut up the wrong way.

Glenn McGrath thought he'd lost his wife and baby

Australian cricket ledged Glen McGrath has spoken about the moment he thought he might lose his wife, Sara and their baby daughter, Madison.


Inside my Centrelink nightmare

Mother Bec Smith has been trying for months to access Centrelink payments. A "serious error" is preventing her.

Warnings over push for hourly childcare billing

Australia's peak childcare body has called for caution around the Turnbull government's push for childcare centres to charge parents by the hour, not by the day.

Cate Blanchett thought about adopting for years

Cate Blanchett says her recent adoption of a baby girl had nothing to do with wanting a daughter after having three sons.

Kate Walsh: 'I can't have kids'

Grey's Anatomy star Kate Walsh has revealed she is unable to have children because she has experienced early menopause.

The parasite that could boost fertility

The Tsimane women of Bolivia are often revered as among the most fertile in the world - on average having 10 children in their lifetimes -- but some are even more fertile than others.

Family may sue cousin over genetics

A Melbourne couple is suing the Royal Children's Hospital for failing to diagnose a genetic disorder in their first child - an error they allege caused them to have another child with severe disabilities.

Strange things mums have done in labour

While most women in labour focus on the upcoming birth of their baby, some women do more interesting things.

Michael Clarke reveals baby's name

When Michael Clarke said he was wrapped around the finger of his little princess, he wasn't joking.

The logistics of breastfeeding twins

Our life is more or less divided into neat four hour parcels of time and it's hard to get much of anything done in the time between feeds.

How to stop people ruining Christmas

We can make a conscious effort about how we react to those curly Christmas day scenarios that can send us up the wall, or should we say chimney.

Lots of formula offers for desperate mum

The mum who was down to her last three tins of baby formula said she had received hundreds of calls and offers to send her formula.

Surviving breast cancer while pregnant

It was last thing Rebecca O'Donnell expected at 30 weeks' pregnant. One morning, while putting on her bra, she felt a pea-sized lump in her right breast.

Cot sheet brands for the nursery

With so many awesome cot sheet options these days, we thought we'd put together a list of go-to brands for you to seek out for your baby's bed.

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How I survived breast cancer while pregnant

It was last thing Rebecca O'Donnell expected at 30 weeks' pregnant. One morning, while putting on her bra, she felt a pea-sized lump in her right breast.

Grieving father's letter to Bataclan terrorists: "...this little boy will threaten you by being happy and free"

A grieving father whose wife was killed in the attacks on the Bataclan Theatre last weekend has written an open letter to her killers.

5 challenges of motherhood - and how to see them differently

Despite the smiles, the sloppy kisses and the pure magic children bring to our lives, it's hard to deny that motherhood can be tough.

4 challenges of being a new dad - and how to face them

Becoming a parent is challenging – and that applies to both mums and dads.

My battle against antenatal and postnatal depression

I was five months pregnant when I realised I needed help.

Children swapped at birth will not be returned to biological parents

A boy and girl accidentally swapped on the day they were born will stay with the families who have raised them, a South African court has ruled.

A quarter of men believe they get 'man periods'

A British study has revealed one in four men believe they have a monthly cycle.

Baby deposit

How much do you need to save for a 'baby deposit'?

It's fairly straightforward to calculate a house deposit, but how much money do you need to save up for a baby?

Dad's beautiful note to his wife, a nurse

To anyone else it might just look like a picture of a mum having a nap with her toddler.

'I was a complete schmuck': Mike Baird opens up about his wife's postnatal depression

When his wife Kerryn was not well following the birth of their daughter, NSW Premier Mike Baird buried himself in his work.


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