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

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10 tips to get your home cleaner

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Toddler killed in grandparents' driveway

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Dad films baby playing with snake

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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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Lyndey Milan's 10 best baking tips

Lyndey Milan's chocolate hazelnut biscuits.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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Woman swallowed by sinkhole while hanging out washing

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

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Teaching our son to say no to violence against women

Siobhan and her two boys.

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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

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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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More than 100,000 cars recalled globally after death of pregnant woman

More than 100,000 Australian cars have been affected by a recall over deadly airbags.

DAVID MCCOWEN The announcement of a mass recall comes as Malaysian police investigate the death of pregnant woman in July.

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10 great meals to make for new parents

Pork and fennel pasta bake.

DANIELLE COLLEY Ideally, you want to give food that isn’t expensive to make, isn't too difficult to create, and freezes well; stews, bakes, soups and pasta sauces are perfect.

Laundry detergent pods 'a serious risk to young children'

Laundry detergent pods are being mistaken for toys or lollies.

Fred Barbash A study has shown that 17,000 US children swallowed brightly coloured pods, with many hospitalisations and one death.

15 gadgets to make cooking more fun

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Jillian Kumagai Here are 15 gadgets that will help make cooking more fun and not just some mindless chore.

Kids don't fly: window and balcony warnings for summer

Window and balcony safety can help save a child's life.

Melanie Mahoney Families are being urged to do regular window and balcony safety checks following two events which saw children admitted to NSW hospitals after falling from windows.

Why Whirlpool's smart washing machine was a dumb idea

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Drew Harwell If you're wondering who would want to buy an internet-enabled washing machine, you're not alone.

What I took when my house caught on fire

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Who would look after your children in an emergency?

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Catherine Rodie The thing about emergency situations is that you can’t predict the circumstances. But it helps to have a plan in place.

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Baby's life put at risk by ambulance safety seat debacle

Worrisome wait: Kate Anderson and her daughter Isabelle.

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Partner doesn't want sex? Try doing the vacuuming

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Kathy Lette Men still do far less housework than women, with the old multi-tasking myth offered as an excuse.

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