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Four times you shouldn't eat food dropped on the floor

Five-second rule: foods high in sugar and salt are safer to eat after being dropped on the floor.

LIVIA GAMBLE 11:06pm A survey found that 87 per cent of people would eat food after it was dropped on the floor - but here are four times you shouldn't.

Childcare centres and schools on alert over frozen berries-linked hepatitis

One of the recalled Nanna's frozen berry packs.

ESTHER HAN Childcare centres and schools across NSW are on heightened alert after a health warning on potential hepatitis A cases linked with recalled frozen berries.

How to create a Peppa Pig pancake

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Thought your toddler could not love pancakes any more than they already do? How about if the breakfast treat came in the shape of every two-year-old's favourite cartoon character?

Second case of hepatitis A linked to Nanna's frozen berries

Patties Foods is recalling Nanna's mixed berries following a Hepatitis A contamination.

Brittany Ruppert and Timna Jacks A second person in NSW has been diagnosed with hepatitis A after consuming Nanna's frozen mixed berries.

Who will manage your Facebook account when you're gone?

Facebook is making it easier to plan for your online afterlife.

Hayley Tsukayama This is not something that people like to talk about, but Facebook has announced that it will grant users more control over what happens to their pages after they die.

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Wife forgives snake catcher husband for car surprise

LETITIA ROWLANDS With Valentine's Day coming up, Nat Gilbert could be forgiven for thinking her husband might be planning a surprise for her.

'It does not get much worse than this': baby fights for life after swallowing battery

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An eight-month-old may never talk or breathe on his own after swallowing a button battery.

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Mum banned from pool after pram altercation

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Staff writers A mum is outraged after being banned from her local pool following an altercation over her baby’s pram.

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Keeping kids safe in the right car seat

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JO HARTLEY In Australia, 1000 children are seriously injured in motor vehicle incidents each year. Using a well-fitted, correct car seat could save a life.

When one parent travels

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Samantha Shanley It happens several times a year: my husband takes a 10-day business trip, leaving me to juggle my own life, work, and the family alone.

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Why I'm never calling myself 'just a mum' again

Bianca Wordley with her daughters.

BIANCA WORDLEY I’ve grown three human beings. I feed them, dress them, teach them, care for them and love them 24 hours a day. Yet for eight years, when I meet new people and they’ve asked me what I do, I tell them: “I’m just a mum”.

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22 handy hints for better living at home

PLASTIC FANTASTIC: Get those Legos nice and fresh.

It's time to wash those Legos (and 21 other tips for better living in 2015).

Forgotten Baby Syndrome claims the life of toddler

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Liam Hyslop One baby dies every eight days in the back of a car in the US, victims of 'forgotten baby syndrome'.

11 tips to avoid buying a lemon of a car

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Buying a second-hand car can be a bit like navigating a minefield. Here are 12 tips for dodging the old bombs and clangers.

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10 tips to get your home cleaner

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LIVIA GAMBLE How often do you wash your towels and sheets? Our experts say it's probably not enough.

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Out with the clutter

Decluttering by the numbers: take the 30-day challenge

Writer Victoria Lambert with some of the items she decided to turf.

Victoria Lambert Forget the 5:2 diet - Twitter's 30-day declutter challenge will have your house back in shape in no time (well, a month).

So hot: 13 iconic Aussie ice creams reviewed

13 Australian ice creams ranked.

TOM COWIE We present a definitive ranking of ice creams you can find in your local freezer.

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Toddler killed in grandparents' driveway

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Jorge Branco A 15-month-old boy hit by a car in an Ipswich driveway has died.

I'm not a mum, but I can have an opinion on raising kids

Kitty Flanagan I think it's time childless people were allowed to offer an opinion on modern-day parenting.

How my happy-go-lucky husband became a monster

Detective Sergeant Scott Andrew Nicholson with his family.

Cydonee Mardon Sharan Nicholson-Rogers watched her husband change from a happy-go-lucky police officer into an unpredictable man prone to violent and emotional outbursts.

Tips for studying while raising young kids

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Kym Campradt Making the decision to return to study can be a tough one, no matter what stage of life you're at. But when you're a mum, it can be an even more tricky.

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Dad films baby playing with snake

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Most parents would not consider a snake an appropriate playmate for their baby, but a US dad who filmed his daughter playing with a python has defended himself against criticism.

It's time for the least-liked Christmas tradition

Farewell tree: it was fun while it lasted.

JESSICA RUDD Packing up the tree is the first domestic ordeal of the calendar year, which is why many of us put it off.

Victoria to make raw milk undrinkable

Tough new laws for raw milk are being introduced in Victoria.

Melissa Laria Raw milk products produced in Victoria will have to be treated or laced with a bitter taste to stop humans drinking it.

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10 things to cook with Christmas leftovers

Leftover ham in your fridge?

CAROLINE VELIK Always left with mountains of ham, salmon and bread after Christmas? Make the most of your leftovers with these great tips.

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How to deal with family on Facebook

Still learning: Older relatives new to Facebook may need to be told their shared posts can be seen by strangers.

Rashida Tayabali Feeling red-faced or angry with the oversharing sister-in-law or mum? You’re not alone.

How to take the perfect family Christmas photo

Great family Christmas photos will provide happy memories in years to come.

Kari Richardson Do you struggle to capture that perfect photo of your family in front of the Christmas tree? Here are some simple tips to help you succeed this year.

Help - we have a maternitywear misunderstanding

Uh oh ... what now?

Andrea Bonoir I have a major, awkward misunderstanding with a friend. What now?

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Lyndey Milan's 10 best baking tips

Lyndey Milan's chocolate hazelnut biscuits.

Lyndey Milan Whipping up a cake or biscuits need never instil fear again.

Ouch: study supports 'male idiot theory'

Dutch courage? Men are more prone to risk-taking behaviour.

CATHERINE RODIE A new study has used data to claim that men are idiots.

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Pineapple puts dog on high alert

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Pineapples are certainly unusual looking – but to this dog, they're particularly alarming.

The 'Secret Santas' paying toy bills for strangers

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Rob Crilly Wealthy 'secret Santas' are popping up across the country and paying off toyshop bills to spread festive cheer and help struggling families.

The danger of portable pools

Children under three years of age are the most at risk of drowning in portable pools.

LETITIA ROWLANDS They may seem like a great way to keep your family cool while having fun in the backyard over summer, but the Royal Life Saving Society Australia is warning parents about the dangers posed by portable swimming pools.

Marriage proposal goes horribly wrong

A crane crashed into the roof of a house when a man's wedding proposal went wrong.

A Dutchman's attempt at a romantic wedding proposal was a smashing success, but not in the way he had hoped.

I accidentally became a stay-at-home mum - and I love it

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Hannah Shuckburgh Much to her surprise, Hannah Shuckburgh finds that being a stay-at-home mum is just her cup of tea.

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10 easy DIY Christmas decoration ideas

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Babyology It's officially time to get into the Christmas spirit. Why not branch out when you put up your tree this year and add a personal touch with a few DIY decorations? We've found the perfect easy-to-make ways to put more festive fever into your home.

Not-so-bright spark disconnects street light for Christmas display

Christmas lights may be fun, but not worth possibly electrocuting yourself over ...

One bright spark has risked electrocution by disconnecting a street light outside his house to add that extra twinkle to his Christmas light display.

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Facebook 'copyright notices' won't protect your photos

You already own what you post, Facebook says.

LARISSA NICHOLSON A viral post doing the rounds says it will shore up your copyright if you post it. But does it work?

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Dead mouse found in rice paper roll

The mouse with the roll in which it was allegedly found.

A woman claims she ate part of a dead mouse after biting into a rice paper roll she bought at a Woolworths store in Queensland.

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How to photograph food like a pro

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Every good cook knows the mark of a great meal is how it looks cropped and filtered on your Instagram feed. OK, maybe not. But let's be real, you're going to take photos of this year's holiday spread, so it might as well look stellar.

Top tips for DIY nursery decoration

Decorating your baby's nursery doesn't have to be expensive, but it certainly is fun.

AMITY DRY While finding out the sex of your baby does make nursery decorating a bit easier, there are still plenty of options for those who want a gender-neutral look.

City to sparkle beneath a million Christmas lights for SIDS and Kids

David Richards among the Guinness World record attempt for the largest LED light image display.

EMMA KELLY Well known in his neighbourhood for his amazing Christmas displays, David Richards is lighting up Canberra for a good cause.

Nine household items dirtier than a toilet seat

Only 50 bacteria live on the typical toilet seat.

LIVIA GAMBLE Cleaning up its bad reputation, here are nine household items that are dirtier than your toilet - and how to clean them.

Six commandments of eating healthily as a family

How do we get our kids to eat their vegetables and grow up healthily?

JODIE BENVENISTE How are children’s eating habits developed? How much control do we really have other them?

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Woman swallowed by sinkhole while hanging out washing

The Spingvale sinkhole which is on the site of an old well.

MARISSA CALLIGEROS A mum of six who fell into a sinkhole in a Melbourne backyard remains in hospital.

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Teaching our son to say no to violence against women

Siobhan and her two boys.

Siobhan Kent Today, on White Ribbon Day - and every other day - we're teaching our son to say no to violence against women.

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Bad news: we're running out of chocolate

Dry conditions and a fungal disease have contributed to a chocolate drought.

Roberto A. Ferdman The world's biggest chocolate-maker says we're running out of chocolate.

Model's family photo deemed 'inappropriate' by Facebook

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Australian model Rhys Uhlich has hit out at Facebook after a photo of his young family in the bath was deemed inappropriate.

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Cigarettes, junk food dominate supermarket sales growth

Spike: Shoppers spent $8.5 billion on cigarettes and rolling tobacco with major supermarkets in the 12 months to June.

Mark Hawthorne One in every five dollars spent at supermarkets goes on cigarettes or junk food, according to industry data.

Tips for a stress-free Christmas

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Richard Meadows Here are some tips for a stress-free holiday that embraces the true spirit of Christmas, with none of the greed, one-upmanship or outdated traditions.

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