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Prince Harry and Meghan’s touching moment with Aussie war widow: “He’s a wonderful friend”

<p>It was a gorgeous moment when loyal fan of Prince Harry and war widow Daphne Dunne met the Duke of Sussex today for the third time, as he and his wife Duchess Meghan visit Australia. Prince Harry was photographed in Sydney kneeling in front of the 98-year-old war widow and clasping her hands.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 372.333px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7821385/harry-hands.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/241dfcda6d41413980927b0284f5bd52" /></p> <p>Dunne was delighted to chat with Prince Harry, who is known for being generous with his time with fans, once more. She first met him in 2015 and then again last year during the royal's previous visits to Australia, and news.com.au reports, she’s known as Prince Harry’s “favourite Aussie.”</p> <p>“I’m excited to see Harry. He’s a wonderful friend … That’s how I feel about him,” said Dunne. “He’s my favourite royal and so good-looking too. I’m sorry he’s taken.”</p> <p>Speaking with Today’s Sylvia Jeffreys in Sydney, the ardent fan of the Prince said, “He’s a natural,” and “he just loves what he’s doing.</p> <p>“I’m very happy for him. I’m glad he’s got a wife now, and soon have a b-b-bubba. I was stuttering there purposely,” Dunn quipped.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">On two occasions 98-year-old Daphne Dunne stole Prince Harry's heart! Now she's looking to get a third kiss from the royal as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex begin their official tour. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/9Today?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#9Today</a> <a href="https://t.co/ocFKkKsLIH">pic.twitter.com/ocFKkKsLIH</a></p> — The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheTodayShow/status/1051949386165448704?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 15, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>Dunne got to meet Duchess Meghan when Prince Harry stopped for a chat and introduced his wife. The Duchess of Sussex shared a touching moment with Dunne who gave her flowers and cards.</p> <p>“Hopefully next time we see you we’ll have a little one with us,” said the mum-to-be.</p> <p>“I’m so happy to finally meet you. I’ve heard so much about you – all good things,” the Duchess told Dunne.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 372.667px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7821386/meghan-arms-outstretched.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f96ab0da008e46e399f40c06dd51cf74" /></p> <p>Dunne told news.com.au before the reunion how happy she was that her favourite royal was to be a father.</p> <p>“I think it’s wonderful … it’s what he’s always wanted. He will be a marvellous dad,” she said. “He won’t let anything stand in his way and he will be so gentle and loving. This should be an Australian baby.”</p> <p>She said she thought that Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan were “beautiful together,” and wanted to wish them happiness.</p> <p>“I think that’s more important than any gift. I think it’s a gift on its own, to wish them happiness,” said Dunne.</p> <p>It was the Victoria Cross that the war widow was wearing that led to her first meeting with Prince Harry. Her husband, Lieutenant Albert Chowne, died during WW2 in 1945, and was awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously. Dunne remarried 10 years later to another war hero Corporal John Dunne.</p> <p>"He said, ‘That’s what attracted me over here,’” she told Jeffreys.</p> <p>“He said, ‘I’m glad I came over.’ We were just chatting for a little while and then they kept saying to him, ‘We’ve got to go. We’ve got to go.’ But he didn’t worry about that. He just continued on with what he was doing, which was talking to me and then when he started to go he gave me a kiss on the cheek.”</p> <p>Dunne received another kiss in 2017 on the other cheek, joking, “because I was lopsided”.</p>

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Duchess Meghan’s heartfelt tribute to Princess Diana after pregnancy announcement

<p>Yesterday, the Royal Family announced the exciting news that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their first child.</p> <p>Following the happy news, Meghan has made a sweet tribute to her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana, as she welcomes in her next chapter with Prince Harry.</p> <p>To kickstart her first day of royal engagements with Harry for their tour Down Under, Meghan wore one of Princess Diana’s much-loved jewellery pieces.</p> <p>The 37-year-old former actress was spotted wearing Diana’s butterfly earrings and matching bracelet while out and about in Sydney.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7821381/image_.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/79a0e1d9defc4d28802f94648e8df2fc" /></p> <p>Diana wore the set during a trip to Canada with Prince Charles in May 1986.</p> <p>The tour took place a year and a half after Diana gave birth to Prince Harry.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Meghan?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Meghan</a> wearing Princess Diana’s gold and diamond butterfly earrings and bracelet on her first day of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RoyalTourAustralia?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RoyalTourAustralia</a> <a href="https://t.co/2InKbM8dHW">pic.twitter.com/2InKbM8dHW</a></p> — Emily Andrews (@byEmilyAndrews) <a href="https://twitter.com/byEmilyAndrews/status/1051992918641205248?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 16, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>For her first day of engagements, which included visiting Admiralty House and visiting Taronga Zoo, Meghan wore a $1800 white dress by Australian designer Karen Gee.</p> <p>The designer’s website crashed at 9.20 am as photos of the Duchess wearing the dress surfaced online.</p> <p>During their visit to Admiralty House to meet with Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Lynne Cosgrove, Harry and Meghan were gifted a plush animal kangaroo with a baby joey in its pouch.</p> <p>They also received a tiny pair of baby Ugg boots for their newborn to wear next year.</p> <p>While holding onto the gift, Meghan said: “Out first baby gift!”</p> <p>The newlyweds will spend much of their time in Australia focusing on the 2018 Invictus Games, a foundation which Prince Harry founded in 2014. </p>

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A day on the TranzAlpine

<p><em>Justine Tyerman survives a tornado on the TranzAlpine ...  </em></p> <p>The excitement was at fever pitch as the passengers filed into the spacious carriages of the TranzAlpine train and found their seats beside the huge panoramic windows. On the dot of 8.15am on a bright, cloudless, spring morning, the train glided smoothly out of the station.</p> <p>The twin diesel locomotives pulling the 10 or so carriages quickly gathered speed as we whizzed through suburban and industrial Christchurch at the start of our five-hour journey from the Pacific Ocean on the east coast of the South Island to the West Coast town of Greymouth on the Tasman Sea. </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7821376/the-diesel-locomotive-one-of-two-that-pull-the-tranzalpine.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/0b27eb4ddbc4431c8b1b75f7ae69ec34" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>The diesel locomotive, one of two, that pull the TranzAlpine.</em></p> <p>Most of the passengers were contented to sit in their comfortable seats watching the ever-changing landscape flicker by but I joined a handful of hardy, puffer-jacket-clad photographers who braved the blustery, dusty and decidedly chilly conditions in the open-air observation car at the rear of the train.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7821375/open-air-viewing-carriage.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/8ac591c42fb54b13bfc28f2f49b40f5b" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Justine wearing many layers in the open-air viewing carriage.</em></p> <p>The lack of windows certainly enabled photos to be taken without the impediment of reflective glass but the constant rocking and rolling motion resulted in more than a few blurry shots and random views of my boots and the ceiling. Navigating my way around a forest of selfie sticks without being clonked on the head was another challenge. </p> <p>A veteran of many train trips overseas, this was my first such journey in New Zealand and as one of the few Kiwis onboard, I felt inordinately proud of my own land. </p> <p>The grass on the Canterbury Plains seemed greener than ever and the lambs even more frolicksome. There were squeals of delight as foals, calves, alpacas and fawns came briefly into view looking impossibly cute in paddocks alongside the train. Were they placed there deliberately to enchant the passengers? If so, it worked.</p> <p>Giant irrigation lines, some up to a kilometre long, stood ready to pour water onto the pastures as soon as the summer heat set in.</p> <p>The Main Divide was visible in the distance, a seemingly impenetrable fortress of mountains. We’ve travelled to the West Coast via Arthur’s Pass by road a number of times, but after the rural town of Springfield, the TranzAlpine took a completely different route, leaving me feeling quite disorientated.</p> <p>As the train approached the foothills of the Southern Alps, the stunning aqua-turquoise Waimakariri River came into view to a chorus of ‘wows’ and a frantic scramble for cameras by the overseas passengers.</p> <p>The train climbed high above the Waimakariri, crossing the river on steel girder viaducts so high I felt dizzy looking down into the gorge. There are 15 short tunnels and four viaducts, including the 72-metre-high Staircase Viaduct, as the TranzAlpine ascends the Torlesse Range</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7821379/waimakariri-river.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e34def7056e541e1a4e8389c4a308e79" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>The Waimakariri River far below as the train crosses a viaduct.</em></p> <p>The landscape changed again as the train wound its way along the broad upland plains of Craigieburn where the braids of the Waimakariri spread across a wide silver shingle river bed. The alps, so distant at the start, were now almost close enough to touch.</p> <p>The black-green forested lower reaches of the mountains were a startling contrast to the snowy white peaks and pinnacles above. Lake Pearson sparkled in the spring sunshine and the golden tussocks, tossed by the breeze as the train sped by, were vibrant and glossy. The summit of Mt Bisner looked as though it had been freshly iced, the snow cover was so deep and smooth.</p> <p>I’d like to have leapt off the train to watch as it crossed the iconic, often-photographed long, low bridge over the glacier-fed Waimakariri, heading towards Arthur’s Pass. It’s such a dramatic sight as it spans the river against the spectacular backdrop of the alps.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7821373/arthurs-pass.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4098f785d5474ae0bcd26a369a4390d1" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Stunning mountain scenery as the train approaches Arthur's Pass.</em></p> <p>The TranzAlpine stops briefly at the village of Arthur’s Pass (740m above sea level), a popular hub for serious climbers, hikers, snow sports enthusiasts and nature-lovers. Last time I visited, it was snowing heavily, and the mountain tops were shrouded in mist but on this occasion, the little settlement was basking in the warm sunshine under a cloudless, blue sky.</p> <p>A handful of fit-looking trampers disembarked at the pass, laden with heavy packs and climbing boots, no doubt heading into the mountainous national park to engage in rugged outdoor activities. I was sorely tempted to join them.</p> <p>The hiking and climbing trails there are epic. There’s also a backcountry ski field nearby, Temple Basin, where I skied in my younger days. The field is largely unchanged today with ungroomed slopes, three rope tows and a cosy lodge.</p> <p>The timely appearance of a couple of kea, New Zealand’s comical alpine parrot, created a frenzy of selfie sticks among the overseas passengers. Little did they know how mischievous these entertaining birds can be. Many a sandwich has been tweaked out of my hand by a sly kea. They’re also particularly partial to the rubber on windscreen wipers and ski racks.</p> <p>The next phase of the trip took us through the 8.5km Otira Tunnel under the Southern Alps, the backbone of the South Island. The tunnel, completed in 1923, was the final stage of the TranzAlpine railway which began in the 1880s. When it opened, it was the longest rail tunnel in the British Empire and one of the longest in the world.</p> <p>The outdoor viewing carriage and café car were closed as a safety precaution as the train slowly descended from the pass at a steep gradient of 1:33. I wish I’d made it to the café beforehand because the tunnel was the only time during the five-hour trip that I could prise my eyes away from the stunning scenery.</p> <p>Emerging from darkness into light, we found ourselves in a different world. The West Coast never fails to intrigue with its misty rainforests and snow-capped mountains. The train travelled alongside the Otira, Taramakau, Arnold and Grey Rivers as we made our way towards the Tasman Sea, trundling through towns with colourful pasts that sprang up overnight in the gold rush of the 1860s, and other settlements associated with timber milling, coal mining, the Cobb and Co stagecoach and the construction of the road, railway and tunnel.</p> <p>As we passed through Otira, population 45, I happened to be taking a rare break from the viewing car, sitting in my luxurious seat listening to the excellent commentary. Former railway-workers’ houses were lined up neatly along the roadside. They were a hardy lot to live and work in a region with five metres of rain a year and only a few hours of sunshine in the winter.</p> <p>I chuckled as I heard about the ingenious way the local policeman dealt with thefts of coal from the railyards at Otira. He devised small explosives, painted them black, hid them among the coal bins at the station, and when a chimney blew up, he went to the house and arrested the culprits, no doubt caught black-handed.</p> <p>That was the only disadvantage of the perfect weather. I missed 95 percent of the commentary because I was outside in the viewing car most of the time.</p> <p>We skirted lovely Lake Brunner, tranquil and sombre under the slate sky, and the village of Moana with its quaint Kiwi baches. The previous summer we had camped there and spotted the rare whio or blue duck in a tributary. The fishing and walking trails are outstanding, well worth a stopover. You can catch the TranzAlpine on to Greymouth or back to Christchurch the next day … or whenever you are ready.</p> <p>The terrain opens out from Lake Brunner and after a sharp left turn at Stillwater, the train travels along the Grey River into Greymouth … just in time for the lunch I missed while ogling the scenery.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7821378/the-tranzalpine-at-greymouth-railway-station.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/3479a08c4e88490294860dedbd919226" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>The TranzAlpine at Greymouth Railway Station.</em></p> <p>Far from grey, the West Coast’s largest city was bathed in sunshine so after a quick snack and a cool beer at the historic Speight’s Ale House, I strolled along the river bank walkway making mental notes of future hikes and bike trips. I stopped at a beautiful riverside memorial to pay tribute to the coal miners who have lost their lives in a series of disasters in the region: 1896, Brunner mine, 65 dead; 1926, Dobson mine, nine dead; 1967, Strongman mine, 19 dead; 2010, Pike River mine, 29 dead. I vividly remember the Pike River tragedy which is still fresh in the minds of all West Coasters.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7821377/the-memorial-at-greymouth-to-the-coal-miners-who-lost-their-lives-in-mines-on-the-west-coast.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/b416da7e6e784df5852bb52897a42098" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>The memorial at Greymouth to the coal miners who lost their lives in mines on the West Coast.</em></p> <p>A plaque near the train station tells the story of the 1864 goldrush which attracted 29,000 miners to the region and saw three million ounces of gold extracted.</p> <p>The text also reminds New Zealanders:</p> <p><em>“Our gold financed this country’s growth. Westland’s coal fired the furnaces that industrialised New Zealand and our timber helped build the nation.”</em></p> <p>Greymouth is an ideal place to purchase pounamu, also known as New Zealand jade or greenstone. Found in many places on the West Coast, part of a UNESCO World Heritage site known in Maori as <span>Te </span><em>Wahipounamu, the Place of Greenstone, it is t</em>reasured for its spiritual significance, strength, durability and beauty.</p> <p>Most of my fellow passengers headed off to explore the magnificent West Coast glaciers and beaches while I reboarded the TranzAlpine an hour later for what I expected to be a slightly more relaxed return trip seated in my comfy armchair.</p> <p>But the landscape, transformed by the long shadows of late afternoon and a dazzling sunset in the evening, demanded that I return to the viewing car for another blustery episode, dashing from one side to the other to get the best views. But this time I was almost alone, thanks to the near-zero wind chill.</p> <p>And I did find time for a pinot noir with tasty lamb shanks for dinner.</p> <p>My husband, who met me at the station, expressed surprise at my red cheeks, dishevelled appearance, double puffer jackets, gloves and woolly hat, assuming I’d spent the day in the lap of luxury sipping bubbly and dining on fine food while languidly gazing at the scenery through the panoramic windows.</p> <p>“You look like you’ve been in a tornado,” he said.</p> <p>“Yes, nine or 10 hours standing in an outside carriage of a train travelling at around 100km per hour can have that effect,” I replied.</p> <p>“No seats left inside then?” he asked.</p> <p>“Plenty … comfy, warm, luxurious, big panoramic windows, great commentary.”</p> <p>He just shook his head …</p> <p><em>Justine Tyerman travelled courtesy of Rail Plus international rail specialists, and Great Journeys of New Zealand.</em><em> </em></p> <p><strong>FACTBOX:</strong></p> <ul> <ul> <li><em>The TranzAlpine scenic train trip is a daily return service in New Zealand’s South Island between Christchurch on the East Coast and Greymouth on the West Coast, or vice versa, covering a distance of 223 kilometres in just under five hours.</em></li> <li><em>Visit <span><a href="https://www.railplus.co.nz/new-zealand-by-rail/tranzalpine/prices-book.htm">www.railplus.co.nz/new-zealand-by-rail/tranzalpine/prices-book.htm</a></span></em></li> <li><em>for more information on this and other epic train adventures around the world, or phone 09 377 5420</em></li> <li><em>A veteran of many rail journeys organised through Rail Plus, I’ve also travelled on the <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/travel/domestic-travel/what-it-s-like-travelling-across-australia-on-board-the-indian-pacific">Indian Pacific</a>; the <a href="http://www.oversixty.com.au/travel/international-travel/on-the-unesco-world-heritage-bernina-express-from-switzerland-to-italy">Bernina Express</a>, the Golden Pass and Jungfraujoch.</em></li> <li><em>Rail Plus has a </em><span>dedicated</span><em> team of experts to advise you on Great Train Journeys all around the world including the famous Orient Express. </em></li> <li><em>The magnificent <a href="https://www.railplus.com.au/canada-by-rail/independent-packages/snow-train-to-the-rockies/prices-info.htm">Snow Train to the Rockies</a> is next on my list. </em></li> </ul> </ul> <p> </p>

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Coca-Cola's embarrassing vending machine blunder

<p>It’s a pitfall marketing departments must come across regularly, the risk of a message painfully missing the mark, lost in translation.</p> <p>Coca-Cola Amatil New Zealand is currently feeling the heat over that very pitfall, with some vending machines in the country causing much mirth on social media.</p> <p>The offending slogan on the machines reads: “Kia ora, Mate”. ‘Kia ora’ is a greeting you’ll often hear in New Zealand, but “mate” in te reo Māori means “death”. So the slogan essentially reads “Hello, death.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">When the languages don't mix well. <a href="https://t.co/3piZIoptAE">pic.twitter.com/3piZIoptAE</a></p> — Waikato Reo (@waikatoreo) <a href="https://twitter.com/waikatoreo/status/1051264259089264640?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 14, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>One of the machines is at Auckland International Airport and is <span>where Gareth Seymour spotted the vending machine.</span></p> <p>"I read with Māori language eyes and thought, ‘They haven't had this checked by a Māori,” he told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/article/2018/10/15/kia-ora-death-vending-machine-slogan-gets-lost-translation" target="_blank">NITV News</a></em>. He suggested the slogan should have read “Kia ora e hoa” or “hello friend”.</p> <p>The response on social media after a shot of the vending machine was posted was merciless.</p> <p>“This reminds me of being back in uni and learning marketing 101,” said one Facebook user.</p> <p>“The coca cola company gains self-awareness?” tweeted another detractor, referencing the potentially dire health effects of Coca-Cola.</p> <p>But the commentary became serious with this comment on social media: “Totally spot on, it does mean death for a lot of Indigenous people.”</p> <p>There are some that have argued that the Māori native tongue and English language commonly mix, and that’s the line Coca-Cola Amatil NZ has taken.</p> <p>"In no way was the ‘mate’ in reference to any Māori word, that would have been inappropriate and unacceptable,” the company said in a statement to <em>NITV News</em>.</p> <p>It said that by merging the two words, it "only meant to bring Maori and English together".</p> <p>"Coca-Cola Amatil New Zealand is proudly Kiwi and respects and embraces all aspects of Maori culture and any other culture."</p> <p>The company wouldn’t say, however, whether the Māori community had been consulted on the marketing campaign.</p> <p>Seymour said that, “Even a Māori-speaking school kid would notice the mistake. The moral of [the] story is – if you use it there are ways of doing it right.”</p> <p>What "lost in translation" blunders have you seen? Let us know in the comments section.</p>

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Googlebox favourites reveal they’ve quit the show

<p><em>Googlebox</em> breakout stars Wayne Mott and Tom Walsh have announced that they’ve quit the Channel Ten show and won’t be returning next season.</p> <p>The duo revealed that they have “three episodes left” to film and wouldn’t be renewing their contracts once they finish up.</p> <p>“I’ve had a lot of fun. And I think its just time,” Tom told the <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://joy.org.au/wordforword/"><em style="font-weight: inherit;">Word For Word</em></a></strong></span> podcast. </p> <p>“Me and Wayne are ready to retire. We’re ready to buy a farm and go bush.</p> <p>Although <em style="font-weight: inherit;">TV Tonight</em> reported that they “had a change of heart” since their decision was announced, the couple seemed adamant that nothing could stop them from walking away.</p> <p>Tom explained that an offer of more money could not make them backflip on their decision.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/nothing.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ef5fc303c73045f3af04ab19ef07b188" /><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7821370/1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ef5fc303c73045f3af04ab19ef07b188" /></p> <p>Tom and Wayne, who have appeared on the show since 2015, released a book of their favourite cocktail recipes earlier this year.</p> <p><em style="font-weight: inherit;">Googlebox</em>, a reality show which sees everyday Aussies commentate on some of the biggest TV moments of the week, was voted the most popular entertainment program at this year’s Logie awards.</p> <p>Channel Ten is yet to comment on Tom and Wayne’s departure from the show. </p> <p>Are you a fan of <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Gogglebox</em>? Tell us in the comments below. </p>

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New recall: Target removes popular item from shelves

<p>Popular discount department store Target has issued a warning to parents after a popular children’s toy has been considered a potential “choking risk”.</p> <p>The Young Ones Light and Sound Guitar sold at Target Australia, Target Country and their online store from July 2014 to September 2018 has been recalled after the item was deemed too dangerous for children to play with.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 353.3969010727056px; height:500px;" src="/media/7821367/capture.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/cb32d3c1236e4c1394bcdf61d2182727" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;">Photo: <a href="https://www.target.com.au/">Target Australia</a></p> <p>The company made the decision after a discovery where a small part of the toy could “detach with applied force”, which “may pose a choking risk to small children".</p> <p>Due to the findings, the company has made the decision to remove the item from its shelves and has advised those who have purchased the item to “stop using the product” and return it to their closest Target store “as soon as possible".</p> <p>Those who have purchased the item will receive a full refund from the company, regardless of having a receipt or not.</p> <p>For further information, contact Target’s Customer Support Centre on 1300 753 567 or visit the company’s <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity-life/royals/war-widow-daphne-dunne-wants-another-kiss-from-prince-harry/news-story/e019948991de6276e09aae94dc7b9933" target="_blank">website</a>.</p>

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The $7 Aussie item pregnant Duchess Meghan never travels without

<p>After landing in Sydney and announcing their pregnancy to the world, Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex have caused quite the stir, and now, it’s been revealed what the Duchess carried with her on her flight Down Under.</p> <p>Travelling with Australian airline, Qantas, Meghan is said to have brought with her an Aussie cult classic, and it only costs a mere $7.</p> <p>In a resurfaced interview with <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.allure.com/story/meghan-markle-suits-beauty-tips" target="_blank"><em>Allure</em></a> magazine, the Duchess revealed that she never travels anywhere without a bottle of Tea Tree oil.</p> <p>“The one thing I cannot live without when I’m travelling is a small container of Tea Tree oil,” she told <em>Allure</em>.</p> <p>“It’s not the most glamorous thing, but if you get a cut, a mosquito bite, a small breakout, no matter what it is, it’s my little cure-all.</p> <p>“It’s inexpensive, it’s small enough to carry on, and I bring it with me all the time.”</p> <p>Having been an Aussie favourite for decades, Tea Tree oil is the cure to almost every problem, and it comes from a myrtle tree that is native to Queensland and NSW. The all-rounder oil works as an antiseptic to cure cuts, grazes and blemishes.</p> <p>The oil is known for its affordable price, with many places retailing the natural remedy for $7. And if it’s good enough for the Duchess, then it’s good enough for us!</p> <p>Do you use Tea Tree oil? If yes, what do you use it for? Tell us in the comments below. </p>

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President Donald Trump grilled in 60 Minutes interview: "I'm not a baby"

<p>US President Donald Trump has faced some tough questioning in an interview with the US’s 60 Minutes program, which airs on the CBS network. Journalist Lesley Stahl grilled the President on everything from his close ties with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Russian interference with the 2016 election, and the cutthroat nature of Capitol Hill.</p> <p>In a sign of his tumultuous presidency, that has been filled with scandal and the resignation of several cabinet members and advisers, the commander-in-chief said he mistrusted some of his staff, and called Washington DC “a vicious, vicious place,” reports <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/current-affairs/donald-trump-grilled-in-extensive-60-minutes-interview/news-story/445a1688bddf5722c68d738be2940df7" target="_blank">news.com.au</a>. “I don’t trust everybody in the White House, I’ll be honest with you,” said Mr Trump.</p> <p>“I’m not a baby. It’s a tough business. This is a vicious place. Washington DC is a vicious, vicious place. The attacks, the badmouthing, the speaking behind your back.</p> <p>“I have some people that I’m not thrilled with. And I have other people that I’m beyond thrilled with.”</p> <p>When questioning turned to President Trump’s close relationship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, he was unrepentant about his recent comment that the pair “fell in love”.</p> <p>“And then we fell in love, OK? No, really. He wrote me beautiful letters. And they’re great letters. We fell in love,” he said at a recent political rally.</p> <p>Stahl took Mr Trump to task on the statement, reminding him of the Supreme Leader of North Korea’s shocking and cruel acts.</p> <p>“I want to read you his resume,” said the journalist. “He presides over a cruel kingdom of repression. Gulags, starvation, reports that he had his half-brother assassinated, slave labour, executions — this is a guy you love?”</p> <p> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Lesley Stahl on Kim Jong Un: "He presides over a cruel kingdom of repression, gulags, starvation…slave labor, public executions. This is a guy you love?"<br />President Trump: "I know all these things… I get along with him, okay? … Let it be whatever it is to get the job done.” <a href="https://t.co/J6Gbuns2t6">pic.twitter.com/J6Gbuns2t6</a></p> — 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) <a href="https://twitter.com/60Minutes/status/1051619117789302784?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 14, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>“I know all these things. I mean, I’m not a baby. I know these things,” said the President. He put his recent remarks down to “a figure of speech”.</p> <p>“Look. Look. I like, I get along with him, OK?” he said.</p> <p>It seems the pair have gotten over the acrimony which involved threats of nuclear attacks and name calling.</p> <p>“I believe he likes me. I like him,” said Mr Trump. “We have a good relationship.”</p> <p>“I do trust him. I trust him. That doesn’t mean I can’t be proven wrong.”</p> <p>On Russian interference in the 2016 election, the President admitted that “they meddled. But I think China meddled too,” he said. “I think, frankly, China is a bigger problem.”</p> <p>He said that he had taken a “tough” stance with Russian President [check] Vladimir Putin over the matter, despite claims he’d avoided the accusations of political tampering.</p> <p>“I think I’m very tough with him (Putin) personally. I had a meeting with him. The two of us. It was a very tough meeting and it was a very good meeting.”</p> <p>Of the investigation into Russian interference in the election and possible collusion with US officials, Mr Trump said it was “very unfair".</p> <p>“There was no collusion of any kind,” he said. “There is no collusion.”</p> <p>In a rare moment of humility, President Trump admitted that he had made some missteps during his tenure so far, saying, “Everybody makes mistakes.”</p> <p>He reiterated his scathing attack on Washington DC and its hard-bitten politicians as another learning curve since winning the top job, comparing the environment to the tough world of Manhattan real estate, a world he knows all too well.</p> <p>“I always used to say the toughest people are Manhattan real estate guys. Now I say they’re babies,” said Mr Trump.</p> <p>“This is the most deceptive, vicious world. It is vicious. It’s full of lies, deceit and deception.”</p> <p>And again President Trump lashed out at media outlets that have questioned and criticised his presidency, calling them “dishonest".</p> <p>“I never knew how dishonest the media was. I really mean it. I’m not saying that as a sound bite,” he said.</p> <p>His antagonistic relationship with the media was apparent when he <span>arrogantly dismissed Stahl’s probing on the issue.</span></p> <p>“Lesley, it’s OK. I’m president and you’re not.”</p> <p>Did you learn anything new about the US President from his latest interview? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Duchess Meghan's mother Doria reacts to exciting baby news

<p>After weeks of speculation and Meghan’s sly concealment of her stomach during recent engagements, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced they are expecting their first child.</p> <p>While the world is overjoyed that Prince Harry and wife Meghan will soon be welcoming a baby into the world, there is one person who is particularly excited.</p> <p>Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, issued a sweet statement via Kensington Place following the news that she will be a grandmother for the first time.</p> <p>The statement said Ms Ragland was “very happy at this lovely news and is looking forward to welcoming her first grandchild”. </p> <p>According to <em style="font-weight: inherit;">The Sun</em>, royal sources suggest that Meghan’s mother will migrate from the United States to London to help the newlyweds with the baby.</p> <p>It is believed that the former actress will rely on the help of her mum, instead of hiring staff or a nanny.</p> <p>The royal family revealed on Twitter that Harry and Meghan’s baby is due in the Spring of 2019.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019. <a href="https://t.co/Ut9C0RagLk">pic.twitter.com/Ut9C0RagLk</a></p> — Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) <a href="https://twitter.com/KensingtonRoyal/status/1051739344887848960?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 15, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>In the UK, Spring begins on March 20 and lasts until June 21.</p> <p>The baby announcement comes nearly five months after the couple said “I do” at St George’s Chapel in Windsor.</p> <p>British media are reporting the Queen and other royals learned about the pregnancy on Friday, when they were all gathered for Princess Eugenie’s wedding to Jack Brooksbank.</p> <p>Meghan and Harry’s pregnancy announcement comes hours after they landed in Australia for their first royal tour.</p>

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Sabotage crisis widens: Mum finds needle inside cucumber

<div class="replay"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>A Melbourne mother was horrified after discovering a wire in the cucumber her son was about to eat, only a few weeks after the fruit contamination crisis that surrounded Australia.</p> <p>After people were contaminating fruit with needles and other sharp objects across the country, with items such as strawberries, bananas and mangoes being a target to the crime, police have stated that many of the acts were “copycat” cases.</p> <p>Over 100 cases of life-threatening objects found in fruit were reported to authorities, with this one being the latest.</p> <p>Speaking to 3AW’s Tom Elliot, Maria recounted the story of how her 12-year-old son was close to swallowing a “piece of thick wire” that was lodged inside the cucumber last night. She had purchased the fruit from Woolworths Devon Plaza in Doncaster East, Victoria.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">It's happened again.<br /><br />Distressed mother speaks after "panicking" son found contaminated cucumber » <a href="https://t.co/kPJV4vDcNc">https://t.co/kPJV4vDcNc</a> <a href="https://t.co/kPzQjCPQ9R">pic.twitter.com/kPzQjCPQ9R</a></p> — 3AW Melbourne (@3AW693) <a href="https://twitter.com/3AW693/status/1051699974679932928?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">15 October 2018</a></blockquote> <p>“As soon as he came out of his room he said: ‘Mum I found a needle in it’,” said Maria.</p> <p>“I said: ‘Come on stop joking’ and he goes: ‘Mum, I’m not joking’ and showed it to me.</p> <p>“I was just beside myself … it looked as though it had been snapped with some pliers … it was curled on one end of it.”</p> <p>Maria mentioned that the wire did prick her son but it “didn’t penetrate him.”</p> <p>“He was so upset … he said, ‘Mum if I had swallowed it could I have died?’” she said.</p> <p>“He was just so worried … he was panicking.</p> <p>“I just feel I don’t know what the world is coming to … (I’m) too scared to buy food, (I) don’t know what to do anymore.”</p> <p>A spokesperson from Woolworths told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/food/food-warnings/melbourne-boy-12-allegedly-finds-needle-inside-cucumber/news-story/d27474c756ff2b93c3b92b8da98e9552" target="_blank"><em>news.com.au</em></a> that the company was “aware of the customer report and understands police are looking into it".</p> <p>“We’ll work closely with our supplier to assist the police as needed,” said the spokesman.</p> <p>During the needle crisis, many grocery stores dealt with countless recalls, with countries such as New Zealand placing a ban on Australian strawberries as they were deemed unsafe to consume.</p> <p>Speaking to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/food/food-warnings/melbourne-boy-12-allegedly-finds-needle-inside-cucumber/news-story/d27474c756ff2b93c3b92b8da98e9552" target="_blank"><em>news.com.au</em></a>, a Victoria Police spokesman said that they were in the process of investigating “multiple reports of contaminated fruit” which now includes the cucumber.</p> <p>“We can confirm we are investigating numerous incidents of what appears to be ‘copycat’ offending with reports of various other types of fruit contaminated across the state,” said the spokesman.</p> <p>“We urge the public to report any similar cases of fruit contamination to their local police.”</p> <p>The act of fruit contamination can see the offender having to face up to 15 years of jail time. </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p> </p>

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John Howard reveals his biggest regrets as prime minister

<p>Former prime minister John Howard has spoken extensively about his term in office in an interview to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the move from Old Parliament House to the current Parliament House in Canberra. A library has now been opened in his name.</p> <p>He spoke about his regrets during his time in office which ended in 2007 after almost 12 years, one involving a seminal moment under his leadership.</p> <p>Mr Howard, 79, had only been installed as Australia’s 25th Prime Minister a matter of weeks before one of the most tragic crimes Australia has ever witnessed occurred – the Port Arthur massacre, in Tasmania. Martin Bryant gunned down 35 people and wounded 23 in 1996.</p> <p>The former prime minister’s subsequent gun control reform, which led to a decrease in shooting deaths, has become a praised example for other countries to follow, but the debate around its introduction at the time was fiery.</p> <p>Mr Howard visited Sale in Victoria to address a rally about the proposed measures, and a threat had been made against him. He was advised to wear a bullet proof vest, and said he instantly regretted it, and faced criticism in the aftermath.</p> <p>"I should never have worn it,” he told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.9news.com.au/2018/10/14/05/02/john-howard-library-old-parliament-house-federal-politics-history" target="_blank">9News</a></em>.</p> <p>“That was security advice I was given. I never really felt unsafe in Australia.</p> <p>“I knew there were a lot of people in Australia who disagreed very strongly with what I did.</p> <p>“That's the stuff of politics. But Australians are not violent people."</p> <p>The former Prime Minister, who led the country through other tumultuous events such as 9/11 in the US and the Bali Bombings that killed 88 people in 2002, said he still preferred Old Parliament House to its successor. He served 14 of his 33 years as a politician there and says the smaller, more intimate space provided a more social environment, than the expansive modern Parliament House.</p> <p>"The biggest change is people spend less [time] with their colleagues,” he said.</p> <p>"(In the old house) you'd go in for a division, a big debate after that was over, instead of going back to your office, people tended to spill in the party room, which was more like a common room and they'd sit around talk, read a newspaper have a yarn, have a cup of tea.</p> <p>“The party room never functioned in the new parliament house as a common room as it did in the old house."</p> <p>And the former PM’s other regret? Suitably, it involved cricket on a visit to Pakistan in 2005 in some now infamous footage.</p> <p>"The worst mistake I made as prime minister was to be talked into bowling in Kashmir by the Pakistani Army,” he said.</p> <p>“The problem was that it wasn't a real cricket ball. It was the inside of a tennis ball with some white tape on it.</p> <p>Mr Howard said he hoped that he would be remembered as a prime minister who led a government that fostered a “prosperous” Australia.</p> <p>"I would like for that government and for us to be remembered as people who left the country stronger, prouder, more prosperous than it had been when we were elected in 1996.”</p> <p>Do you think John Howard did a good job as prime minister of Australia? Share your thoughts in the comments below. </p>

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Princess Eugenie’s wedding: The adorable moment you missed between the bride and groom

<p>On Friday, the royal family watched on as ninth-in-line to the throne, Princess Eugenie, said “I do” to Jack Brooksbank.</p> <p>While the public and guests had their eyes fixated on the beautiful bride walking down the aisle in St George’s Chapel, her groom made one sweet gesture.</p> <p>While no one was looking, Jack slyly put his glasses on to see his bride make her entrance into the church.</p> <p>The 32-year-old usually prefers to go without his glasses but made an exception on his big day so he would be able to clearly see Eugenie walking towards him.</p> <p>Once the Queen’s granddaughter made it to the altar and stood by his side, he removed the glasses and handed them to his best man and brother, Thomas.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">let's take a moment to Appreciate Jack wearing his glasses to see her 😍😂… <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RoyalWedding?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RoyalWedding</a> <a href="https://t.co/zfaUDdV71G">pic.twitter.com/zfaUDdV71G</a></p> — Asma (@4MissS) <a href="https://twitter.com/4MissS/status/1050700875130437634?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 12, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>It wasn’t the only time during the ceremony that the couple’s affection for each other was noticed by onlookers.</p> <p>According to the <a href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/auhome/index.html"><strong><em><u>Daily Mail</u></em>’</strong></a>s lip reader, when Jack first saw Eugenie he reportedly whispered to his brother: “Oh, my heart … oh, break my heart.”</p> <p>Eugenie and Jack also took turns comforting each other throughout the ceremony by holding hands and exchanging loving looks.</p> <p>On their wedding day, Jack gifted Eugenie a pair of diamond and emerald drop earrings, which perfectly complimented the tiara she wore on the day.</p> <p>The couple, who first met at a Swiss ski resort, dated for seven years before tying the knot. </p>

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Passenger's “disgusting” pedicure on flight caught on camera

<p>If you think you’ve dealt with awful plane passengers then think again, because it can’t get any worse than this. A passenger has become a viral sensation on social media after footage of her cutting her toenails was released.</p> <p>The woman was caught giving herself a mid-air pedicure and is now being shamed for it through an Instagram account called Passenger Shaming.</p> <p>The account, which is dedicated to exposing terrible passengers, shared the video of the lady buffing her soles with a foot file and trimming her toenails.</p> <p>She also has zero remorse, as she makes no attempt to hide her stomach-churning behaviour.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BorS94EB5RY/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BorS94EB5RY/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">PEDICURES ON PLANES! #happymonday ✈️👣🔪🤷🏼‍♀️😂 #DEADFLYINGSKINFORTHEWIN #passengershaming #flyingfeet #hatchetman • • • #NOPE #instagramaviation #airplaneetiquette #frequentflyer #crewlife #aviation #cabincrew #avgeek #cabincrewlife #flightattendant #flightattendantlife #stewardess #flightattendantproblems #travel #flightattendants #instapassport #aviationgeek #FAlife #airtravel #travelgram #traveltips #pilot #pilotlife #travelling #frequentflier</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/passengershaming/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Passenger Shaming</a> (@passengershaming) on Oct 8, 2018 at 8:06am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Having now been viewed close to 150,000 times, users from all over the world have left their opinions in the comments, and none of them sympathise with the woman in the video.</p> <p>“How [are you] even allowed to do that! Disgusting and I would have raised hell if I were sitting next to her. YUCK!!,” one user wrote.</p> <p>“Are you ****ing kidding me???? I am seriously losing all hope in humanity,” said another.</p> <p>Many wanted to see the woman banned off future flights or be forced to sit with the cargo next time.</p> <p>Do you think this passenger's behaviour is unacceptable? Let us know in the comments below</p>

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The common items in your luggage that could land you in jail overseas

<p>You may be surprised to learn that certain everyday over-the-counter medicines that are legal in Australia could be illegal overseas. That cold and flu tablet you may have in your luggage could land you in jail.</p> <p>“Even medications that are legal in Australia can attract heavy fines overseas or, in extreme cases, jail sentences in prison environments that might be much harsher than at home,” said household savings and travel insurance expert Abigail Koch of <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.comparethemarket.com.au/blog/travel/common-medications-jailed-abroad/" target="_blank">comparethemarket.com.au.  </a></em></p> <p>“In these instances, travel insurance may not cover you if you are carrying or using drugs that are classified as illegal overseas.”</p> <p>Koch advises travellers speak to their doctor in advance and get a letter from them to confirm that their medication is legitimate, and research what’s illegal in the countries they’re visiting. Travellers should also be sure to declare to their travel insurer any medical conditions.</p> <p>“If you have a medical condition, it is important to talk to your doctor to see if there are alternative medications you can take, and to get a doctor’s letter or prescription before travelling,” she says. “It’s also crucial to disclose any pre-existing medical conditions and current medical treatments to your travel insurer, and ensure you’re covered for any health issues that may arise while travelling.”</p> <p>According to comparethemarket.com.au, these are the medications that are illegal or restricted in each country.</p> <p>United States</p> <p>Addictive narcotics like antidepressants and sleeping pills, if you don’t have a doctor’s note. Any drugs that fit this category should be in their original packaging with no more than a 90-day supply.</p> <p>United Arab Emirates</p> <p>Surprisingly, children’s Panadol is prohibited here, common contraceptive pills and nicotine lozenges. Any medications with codeine is banned, as well as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis medication, Valium and Ritalin. Having any of these drugs on your person can lead to a jail sentence in many Gulf countries.</p> <p>But if you need your medication for health reasons, you may be able to carry them for 30 days if you have permission from the UAE Ministry of Health.</p> <p>Thailand</p> <p>Some drugs containing codeine are prohibited, while medication for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is considered a controlled substance.</p> <p>Hong Kong</p> <p>You’ll need a doctor’s note for otherwise prohibited sleeping tablets, and medications for things like anxiety and erectile dysfunction.</p> <p>Singapore</p> <p>Nicotine gum is illegal, while you’ll need a licence for medications for anxiety, sleeping and strong painkillers. It’s illegal to have more than a three-month supply of medications for things like diabetes or high cholesterol.</p> <p>Japan</p> <p>You could be detained for carrying ADHD medicine dexamphetamine, and some cold and flu tablets that have pseudoephedrine as an ingredient. You’ll need a narcotics certificate for any medications containing morphine or codeine.</p> <p>China</p> <p>Be sure to have a doctor’s note for any medication you are carrying with you, and you’ll need to have the prescription with you for verification of anything prescribed for above seven days. You should also bring a copy of your prescription for Customs.</p> <p>Greece</p> <p>Anything with codeine can only be carried with a prescription, and it needs to clearly show what it’s for, the dosage and that it’s for personal use.</p> <p>South Korea</p> <p>Anything considered a controlled substance or narcotic needs permission from the Narcotic Control Division of the Korean Food and Drug Administration before you can enter the country. So be sure to leave enough time for approval before you travel and have a doctor’s letter or prescription handy to show.</p> <p>Russia</p> <p>A doctor’s letter is required for anything containing codeine, and over-the-counter cold and fly medication may also need a prescription.</p>

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Luxury cruising on a budget: How you can get the perks without the price tag

<p>Most travellers know that cruising is an experience of a lifetime. You’re able to reach places that are usually exclusive to those who travel by sea and each morning you’re greeted with spectacular views. While there are plenty of cruise ships you can hop aboard on, nothing is quite like cruising in a luxurious suite aboard a boutique vessel.</p> <p>Boutique cruises are becoming extremely popular with more discerning travellers. They have a much more intimate feel to them compared to a mega-ship as they are usually smaller in size than their mainstream counterparts. But size does not compromise on experience, and if you’re someone who likes to build relationships and meet new people, a boutique cruise is the perfect option for you.</p> <p>Those who oversee boutique cruises are known to take great pride in providing the best services, such as staff knowing each traveller’s name and providing a much more personal experience.</p> <p>But if you need a bit more of a nudge, here are the reasons you should look to upgrade to a luxurious suite on your next cruise:</p> <p><strong>1. Boutique cruises can reach places big vessels can’t</strong></p> <p>It may seem obvious but it’s something to consider. Because of the convenient size of a boutique cruise, it’s able to sail to places their larger counterparts cannot. Meaning you’re able to truly immerse yourself in the location you’re visiting and see scenic views like no other. So, whether it’s the Northern Lights you’re gearing up to see or the Scottish Isles, it’s guaranteed that smaller ships will get you places that you can’t reach any other way.</p> <p>Cruise lines such as <span><a href="https://cmvaustralia.com/">Cruise &amp; Maritime Voyages</a></span> have ships with a comfortable, country-club ambiance that are able to make their way into harbours that many larger ships cannot, which gives you the perfect opportunity to explore the city in ways you never have before. Another perk is that many boutique cruise lines tend to stay in popular ports overnight, so those aboard can truly have a day to night experience in the city they’re staying at.</p> <p><strong>2. It’s more intimate</strong></p> <p>Whether you choose to travel with a crowd or fly solo, <a href="https://cmvaustralia.com/cruises/special-offers?utm_source=Over60&amp;utm_medium=Web&amp;utm_campaign=SuiteSale">boutique cruises</a> are a great way to get out there and meet new people. Because many vessels only carry 500-600 guests at a time, there is more of a chance to strike up a conversation with like-minded individuals who are currently on the same journey as you.</p> <p>With boutique cruise lines, it’s more about you than it is about the ship. It may not feature a great big water slide, but the cabins are spacious, there is more space for passengers and the staff are very attentive. It’s not about the grandeur but about the experience.</p> <p>Activities such as trivia nights or small group tours can really help bring people closer together, and not to mention the moments where you’re able to gather around a bar or café for drinks.</p> <p><strong>3. It’s convenient</strong></p> <p>A cruise always sounds like a great idea until you realise you have to travel long distances just to reach the departure dock. Luckily, a boutique cruise with <span><a href="https://cmvaustralia.com/cruises/special-offers?utm_source=Over60&amp;utm_medium=Web&amp;utm_campaign=SuiteSale">Cruise &amp; Maritime Voyages</a></span> depart from all around Australia, so it’s practically on your doorstep.</p> <p>With the voyages departing from places such as Sydney, Adelaide and Fremantle just to name a few, there is a way for everyone to get the full cruise experience without the inconvenience of long distances. Whether you choose to explore the great locations of Australia or take a trip to Europe, ships departing from every city is another detail that boutique cruise lines add to help make the customer experience that much better.</p> <p><strong>4. Better value for money</strong></p> <p>While it may seem like you’re paying quite a bit of money when choosing to go on a cruise in a luxurious suite, the truth is, it’s a much better deal than going with a standard run-of-the-mill voyage.</p> <p>And right now, you can save up to 60% off suites for a limited time with <span><a href="https://cmvaustralia.com/cruises/special-offers?utm_source=Over60&amp;utm_medium=Web&amp;utm_campaign=SuiteSale">Cruise &amp; Maritime Voyages</a></span>. Whether you’re looking into a quick getaway or a grand voyage, you’re bound to find something that suits you and your budget with the many packages available.</p> <p>With expansive living areas and plenty of on-board amenities, this is your chance to experience the life of luxury at an affordable cost. But run don’t walk, as the offer ends on October 22.</p> <p>THIS IS SPONSORED CONTENT BROUGHT TO YOU IN CONJUNCTION WITH <span><a href="https://cmvaustralia.com/cruises/special-offers?utm_source=Over60&amp;utm_medium=Web&amp;utm_campaign=SuiteSale">CRUISE &amp; MARITIME VOYAGES.</a></span></p>

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Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan touch down in Sydney

<p>The long-awaited moment is finally here as Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex have landed in Sydney for their Australian tour.</p> <p>The couple travelled with Australian airline Qantas instead of British Airways as previously predicted. The flight touched down around 7am at Sydney International Airport.</p> <p>Surrounded by security personnel and their entourage, the royals still found the time to give a smile in the direction of fans, media and countless waiting cameras.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7821329/capture.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c4fe2065a2364f0e899c2adcc19d18cd" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;">Photo credit: <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-15/prince-harry-meghan-royal-tour-begins-in-sydney/10376108"><em>ABC News</em></a></p> <p>Their large entourage is said to comprise of 10 staff members, a hairdresser and press secretaries.</p> <p>According to <em><a href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity-life/royals/prince-harry-and-meghan-arrive-in-sydney/news-story/23300d87611204a8c1772635a9ce45ea">news.com.au</a></em>, it is said that Meghan has invited her best friend and stylist, Jessica Mulroney, along with her husband Ben to help her with the styling of her outfits in an “unofficial” capacity.</p> <p>After leaving the airport, the Duke and Duchess made their way down to the Admiralty House in Kirribilli.</p> <p>The tour consists of visiting locations in Australia such as Sydney, Melbourne, Dubbo and Fraser Island, while also visiting other countries that are a part of the Commonwealth, which includes Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.</p> <p>While they are here specifically for the Invictus Games, the royals will also take part in events surrounding mental health, farm visits and public picnics.</p> <p>Their official duties won’t start until tomorrow, giving them one day to wind down.</p> <p>The two will start off by spending time with the Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and his wife, Lady Cosgrove, where they will be joined by representatives from the Invictus Games. Afterwards, they plan to visit Taronga Zoo to meet two baby koalas.</p> <p>Heading to Dubbo in NSW on Wednesday, the Duke and Duchess want to “see first-hand the hardships local farmers are facing by visiting local property” and also want to take part in a public picnic.</p> <p>On Friday, eager fans will be able to catch Harry and Meghan at Bondi Beach in Sydney where they will be promoting the awareness of mental health. And afterwards they will be seen climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge with Prime Minister Scott Morrison to raise the Invictus Games flag.</p> <p>They will also be visiting Melbourne and Cockatoo Island before departing for the South Pacific.</p>

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CHOICE reveals best and worst toilet cleaning products

<p>For a pristine bathroom, it is important that homeowners know the handy cleaning products that will cut their scrubbing time in half.</p> <p>Now, Australian consumer advocacy group CHOICE has made the job easier by testing 31 toilet cleaning products. </p> <p>CHOICE discovered some surprising results and pinpointed the popular products that perform no better than water.</p> <p>“Anything that makes cleaning your toilet quicker and easier will be a welcome addition to any bathroom,” CHOICE said.</p> <p>“But toilet cleaners aren't all created equal – the best ones can remove stubborn stains as well as particle matter, but the bad ones are worse than not using anything at all. We've tested the top toilet cleaners to tell you what works and what doesn't.”</p> <p>Out of the 31 products tested, ALDI's $2.19 Power Force Bright &amp; Clean Oxy Thick Toilet Gel was voted the best, receiving a score of 75 per cent.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="/media/7821362/image_.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f5d5968584c24f119fd696a7ebb40544" /></p> <p>Also finishing with a score of 75 per cent was Janola Power Clean Toilet Bleach Gel ($4.50) and White King Premium Bleach ($2.49).</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="/media/7821363/image_.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/bdd5e3568226400684a2dbc5a02c3d79" /></p> <p>Closely behind on 70 per cent was Strike Bleach Toilet Gel ($2.30), Janola Power Clean Toilet Bleach Gel Ultra Strength ($3.50) and One Shot Thick Concentrated Acidic Toilet Bowl Cleaner ($11.99).</p> <p>Next on the ladder on 65 per cent was White King Toilet Gel Power Clean 5 in 1 ($3.30) and Bref 10x Effect Toilet Gel – Ultra White ($2.50).</p> <p>White King Double Strength Toilet Power Gel ($3.95) and Domestos Thick Original ($5.50) scored 60 per cent.</p> <p>CHOICE also discovered the products that performed no better than water.</p> <p>The products that were found to be the worst on 40 per cent were Harpic Fresh Power, Woolworths Essentials Toilet Cleaner, Coles Toilet Cleaner and Coles Ultra Toilet Gel.</p> <p>Which toilet cleaning product do you use? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Body language expert's verdict: Did Harry and Meghan have a spat at Eugenie's wedding?

<p>On Friday, Prince Harry and Meghan joined together with the royal family to watch on as Princess Eugenie married Jack Brooksbank.</p> <p>And while the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are known for not shying away from public displays of affection, a body language expert has revealed the reason why the couple showed a “less than tactile display”.</p> <p>Speaking to <u><em><a href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/"><strong>The Sun's Fabulous Online</strong></a></em>,</u> body language expert Judi James revealed that Harry and Meghan looked tense as they sat inside St George’s chapel, waiting for the ceremony to begin.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 332.28643216080405px;" src="/media/7821335/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/05b190cbf22d4eea87537eafc78a3c0c" /></p> <p>“For some reason Harry looks distracted and fidgety as they wait in the pews, while Meghan sits facing front and looking demure and impervious, with a polite social smile on her face,” Judi said<em>.</em></p> <p>“Harry mutters something to Meghan and her eyebrows raise before she turns her head towards him, using what looks like an emphatic gesture with each word of her reply.”</p> <p>She added: “Meghan looks a little bit like a mother with a naughty kid and she even raises both of her hands in a gesture that could mean slight exasperation.</p> <p>“Whatever she says she then leans forward to resume her conversation with the guest in the row in front.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 333.9793281653747px;" src="/media/7821336/2.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ff7d6e72077540a4a11afc06555ff9e5" /></p> <p>“Harry's response is to rub his face, sniff and lick his lips impatiently as he sinks against the side of the chair, looking away.”</p> <p>Although the cause of the tension between the two is unknown, the couple quickly bounced back and became their normal outgoing selves again.</p> <p>Judi James explained: “If the pair did have a small disagreement it was soon over because they were back to their normal loving, hand-holding and hugging behaviours once the ceremony was over.”</p> <p>Harry and Meghan said their vows in the same church earlier this year on May 19.</p> <p>The Duchess of Sussex wore an elegant navy Givenchy dress to Eugenie’s nuptials, accessorising with a hat by Noel Stewart and Manolo Blahnik heels.</p> <p>For her big day, Eugenie wore a low-back wedding gown by Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vo, proudly showing her scoliosis scar following surgery when she was 12 years old. </p>

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Melania Trump’s bold claim: “I'm the most bullied person in the world”

<p>Melania Trump has said she is fed up with being the target of what she sees as constant bullying and criticism since her husband, US President Donald Trump, took office.</p> <p>In a no-holds-barred <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/melania-trump-speaks-out-about-donald-trump-s-affairs-in-tv-interview" target="_blank">interview</a> titled <em>Being Melania – The First Lady</em> airing on America’s ABC Network, Melania made the bold claim, stating, “I could say that I'm the most bullied person in the world.” </p> <p>Mrs Trump then backtracked slightly, saying she was “one of them – if you really see what people are saying about me.”</p> <p>She told Tom Llamas, Chief National Affairs Correspondent for ABC News, in the interview that the effect of the bullying she faces daily was one inspiration for her initiative Be Best, reported the <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6265015/First-Lady-Melania-Trump-says-bullied-person-world-does-not-trust-West-Wing.html" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a></em>. </p> <p>In part, Be Best is designed to combat bullying, particularly on social media.</p> <p>But Mrs Trump told Llamas that she was frustrated that the charities she had approached to be part of the initiative, in her view, had chosen politics over being involved.</p> <p>“It's sad to see that organisations and foundations that I want to partner with chose not to because of the administration,” she said.</p> <p>“I feel they are choosing the politics over helping others.”</p> <p>The First Lady refused to name the charities that had decided not to take part in the Be Best initiative.</p> <p>“I'm not going to talk about it, they know who they are,” she said.</p> <p>“I'm not going to put them out in front of the world.”</p> <p>Mrs Trump lays out her mission statement for the Be Best initiative on the official <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/bebest/" target="_blank">website</a>: “It remains our generation’s moral imperative to take responsibility and help our children manage the many issues they are facing today, including encouraging positive social, emotional and physical habits...”</p> <p>It aims to “focus on some of the major issues facing children today,” and teach children “the importance of social, emotional and physical health. Be Best will concentrate on three main pillars: well-being, social media use and opioid abuse.”</p>

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The royal rule for Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan's baby

<p>Now that Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s big baby news has been revealed, speculation has already turned to what title it will carry when it arrives in the northern hemisphere spring in 2019.</p> <p>You may think being bestowed the HRH (His or Her Royal Highness) title would be a mere formality in the Royal family, but just over 100 years ago, Queen Elizabeth II’s father King George V limited the use of the titles, reports <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity-life/royals/how-a-royal-rule-will-determine-if-meghan-and-harrys-baby-is-a-prince-or-princess/news-story/3b3f8ad43ef31c69b5d013c5e36db809" target="_blank">news.com.au</a>. Only the Monarch, the Monarch’s children and grandchildren, and the Monarch’s eldest child’s first grandson could receive HRH status.</p> <p>The rule, and Queen Elizabeth II’s discretion, will decide if the upcoming baby will be a Prince or Princess. If they are not bestowed that title they will known as a Lord or Lady with the surname Mountbatten-Windsor.</p> <p>If Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan have a son, he will be given the title of Earl of Dumbarton, one of the titles the Queen gave her grandson on his wedding day, according to peerage guide, Debrett’s.</p> <p>But if the bouncing baby is a girl, she will carry the name</p> <p>Lady Mountbatten-Windsor, and any subsequent sons, Lord Mountbatten-Windsor.</p> <p>So technically, under King George V’s decree, none of the couple’s children could legally be a Prince or Princess. It’s only Prince William and Duchess Kate’s first born son Prince George who legitimately fits the rule. Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis would otherwise be known as Lady Charlotte Mountbatten-Windsor and Lord Louis Mountbatten-Windsor.</p> <p>But it all comes down to their great-grandmother’s discretion. The Queen made the decision to bestow the HRH titles to all of Prince William and Kate’s children in 2012. Prince George was born in 2013.</p> <p>It’s a good bet that the Queen will offer the same courtesy to Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s children. They’ll probably have the surname Sussex after the title bestowed on their parents.</p> <p>The happy couple’s first born will be the seventh in line to the throne, Prince Harry is the sixth.</p> <p>Would you like Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s baby to be given an HRH title? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Hillary Clinton's surprising comment about Bill’s affair with Monica Lewinsky

<p>While speaking about her husband’s presidential affair with then-22-year-old Monic Lewinsky, Hillary Clinton provided an unexpected answer.</p> <p>During an interview with <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Sunday Morning</em> in the US, Mrs Clinton claimed that Bill Clinton’s affair wasn’t an abuse of power because Lewinsky “was an adult”.</p> <p>The response of the former First Lady was surprising considering her passion for championing gender equality and that her 2016 presidential campaign focused on her becoming the first female president if elected.</p> <p>When asked if her husband should’ve resigned the presidency after the affair was exposed, Mrs Clinton replied: “Absolutely not”.</p> <p>Pressed on whether it had been an abuse of power, as the president couldn’t have a consensual relationship with an intern, Mrs Clinton held her stance, reiterating that Lewinsky was old enough at the time.</p> <p>Mr Clinton was 49 years old when the affair took place.</p> <p>Mrs Clinton then focused on President Donald Trump, who has been accused of sexually assaulting several women before the 2016 election.</p> <p>“Let me ask you this: Where’s the investigation of the current incumbent, against whom numerous allegations have been made and which he dismisses, denies and ridicules?” Mrs Clinton said.</p> <p>Regarding her husband’s affair, she said: “So there was an investigation, and it — as I believe — came out in the right place.”</p> <p>The US House voted to impeach Mr Clinton for an obstruction of justice and lying under oath, however, the US Senate later acquitted him and he remained as president.</p> <p>Despite the spotlight that has been placed on sexual misconduct with campaigns such as #MeToo, Mrs Clinton believes sexism is still rampant in politics.</p> <p>Mrs Clinton believes sexism, as well as the investigation into her e-mails and Russian election meddling, were the reasons for her loss to Mr Trump.</p> <p>“If you watched the way Trump debated me, it was just imbued with sexism. Making fun of me for preparing. Well, you know, that’s the old, like, ‘Oh, yeah, the girl in the class who’s always prepared. I don’t need to be prepared,’” Mrs Clinton said.</p> <p>During the 2016 election, <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Access Hollywood </em>leaked a damning video where Mr Trump could be heard bragging about grabbing women’s genitalia.</p> <p>Mr Trump responded to the footage by holding a press conference with several women who accused Mr Clinton of sexual misconduct and accused Mrs Clinton of trying to silence them.</p> <p>However, Mrs Clinton said she played “no role” in silencing the women who accused her husband.</p> <p>“No role,” Mrs Clinton said. “I take responsibility for my life and my actions.”</p>

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Carrie Bickmore reveals her 8-second trick to a happy relationship

<p>Carrie Bickmore and Chris Walker have been in a loving relationship for the past six years and now, the host of The Project has shared her secret to success when it comes to understanding each other as a couple.</p> <p>The duo, who are expecting a second child together, said keeping the spark alive in their relationship is more important now than it has ever been before.</p> <p>“Chris said to me the other day, ‘I was talking to this guy at work and he is reading a lot of relationship books. He was telling me this great tip I think we should try. It means you start the day connected’,” said Carrie.</p> <p>The secret is simple but is apparently effective. Instead of giving your partner a peck on the lips before you head out in the morning, hold the kiss for eight seconds while staying still.</p> <p>“The first day we did it, Evie [her daughter] looked at us like we had two heads,” she said.</p> <p>“And then later when we were walking to school she said, ‘Are you and daddy friends?’”</p> <p>According to Carrie, her daughter’s reaction was a sign that the trick works.</p> <p>While they only recently introduced the technique into their relationship, they claim it’s been helping.</p> <p>Speaking to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/lifestyle/stellar/we-need-to-talk-about-miscarriage-in-our-own-time/news-story/a7db83da8656b43f6c8225cfb23ecd3f?login=1" target="_blank"><em>The Daily Telegraph’s Stellar Magazine</em></a>, Carrie spoke about her miscarriages and how this pregnancy means so much to her and Chris.</p> <p>“I was struggling to get my head around what had happened and was not in the mood to talk about it,” she explained.</p> <p>The Gold Logie award winner is currently a mother-of-two – 11-year-old Oliver and three-year-old Evie.</p> <p>Evie’s biological father is Chris, while Oliver’s biological father is Carrie’s late husband, Greg Lange, who passed away from brain cancer in 2010.</p> <p>Will you be trying out this 8-second trick? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Beauty salon causes a stir after banning children

<p>One of Sydney’s most popular beauty salons has caused a stir after they announced via social media that they will be banning children and babies from any future client appointments.</p> <p>Kristin Fisher, the woman behind the eyebrows of celebrities such as<span> </span><em>Today</em><span> </span>show star Sylvia Jeffreys, put the policy in place at her two salons in Double Bay and Rosebery after countless moments where children wreaked havoc after being left unattended.</p> <p>Charging between $75 and $95 for an eyebrow wax, shape and tint, and around $1,000 for eyebrow tattooing, Ms Fisher is highly regarded for her expertise in the beauty industry.</p> <p>Having two young children of her own, Ms Fisher made sure to inform her clients about the new policy through a text message and then posted about the change on her Instagram page.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BotSDEOn3Gr/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BotSDEOn3Gr/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">WARNING! Long rant. Apologies in advance..... To our beautiful KFE clients. This is a very hard post for me because I hate upsetting people and I feel this may do just that, but we have no other option. We are imposing a new rule that clients must not bring children or babies to their appointments. Recently we have had times where there have been ten children in the salon at one time, all unattended, whilst their mothers get treatments done. It simply isn’t fair to the other clients who have come solo, who for them this is their monthly treat/splurge and want some peace and quiet whilst they have their brows or lashes done, nor is it fair to my staff who are constantly chasing after kids and nursing babies (even though we secretly love this - they also have to answer the phones and rebook clients!). We have had kids run onto the street, we’ve had clients leave midway through their appointments as they’re too annoyed about the noise being made by children and we’ve had mums call and complain saying their brows are crooked after they’ve been nursing a squirming baby the whole appointment... I of all people know how hard it is to get away for an appointment as I have two young children myself without any grandparents here in Sydney to help out and mind them when I need to pop out. That being said I make sure all of my ‘me time’ appointments are just that - for me. I know how hard it is to book a babysitter for such a short time, but given these appointments are monthly (at the earliest) I do hope our beloved mummy clients can find alternative childcare prior to their appointments in the salon. Thank you for your ongoing support and loyalty and we are looking forward to seeing you all in the salon (relaxed!) and child free 😘😘😘😘</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/kristin.fisher.eyebrows/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> KRISTIN FISHER EYEBROWS</a> (@kristin.fisher.eyebrows) on Oct 9, 2018 at 2:35am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“This is a very hard post for me because I hate upsetting people and I feel this may do just that, but we have no other option,” she wrote. “We are imposing a new rule that clients must not bring children or babies to their appointments.</p> <p>“Recently we have had times where there have been ten children in the salon at one time, all unattended, while their mothers get treatments done,” she captioned on Instagram.</p> <p>“We have had kids run onto the street, we’ve had clients leave midway through their appointments as they’re too annoyed about the noise being made by children and we’ve had mums call and complain saying their brows are crooked after they’ve been nursing a squirming baby the whole appointment.</p> <p>“It simply isn’t fair to the other clients who have come solo, who for them is their monthly treat/splurge and want some peace and quiet while they have their brows or lashes done, nor is it fair to my staff who are constantly chasing after kids and nursing babies.”</p> <p>Being a mother herself, Ms Fisher said she understands how difficult it can be when finding alternative arrangements for your children.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BozyAzHHnAt/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BozyAzHHnAt/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">I have been overwhelmed with the support from my loyal clientele and the general public on my decision to have a child free salon. As a mum and a business owner this decision has not been made lightly so I am grateful at how positive the feedback has been! Please note the children in this photo were removed from the salon at 8.59am 😆</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/kristin.fisher.eyebrows/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> KRISTIN FISHER EYEBROWS</a> (@kristin.fisher.eyebrows) on Oct 11, 2018 at 3:10pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“I of all people know how hard it is to get away for an appointment as I have two young children myself, without any grandparents here in Sydney to help out and mind them when I need to pop out,” Ms Fisher wrote.</p> <p>“That being said, I make sure all of my ‘me time’ appointments are just that — for me. I know how hard it is to book a babysitter for such a short time, but given these appointments are monthly (at the earliest) I do hope our beloved mummy clients can find alternative childcare prior to their appointments in the salon.</p> <p>“Thank you for your ongoing support and loyalty and we are looking forward to seeing you all in the salon (relaxed!) and child free.”</p> <p>The policy was taken positively, as Ms Fisher’s followers backed up her sentiments and offered their full support.</p> <p>“I’m shocked that people would take their kids or babies to a beauty appointment. I wouldn’t even consider it. I’m a Mum of two little ones, so not judging. But it wouldn’t be relaxing at all — for anyone. Sounds like a totally fair decision,” one woman wrote.</p> <p>“I’m a mum of twins and sorry to all the other mums but the last thing I want is to hear your cherubs running around when I’m trying to have a sneaky snooze while having my brows tamed!” another commented.</p> <p>Some women raised their voices against those who claim it’s too difficult to find childcare solutions well in advance.</p> <p>“If you have to book 4 weeks in advance for your brows you can book 4 weeks in advance for a sitter and knock a number of things off your list to justify it, simple,” she wrote.</p> <p>“I have taken my son to my hairdresser twice, once when he was 8 and once when he was 10,” another woman wrote. “He was with me the whole time, we played UNO, watched YouTube with headphones on etc. never left my sight. Didn’t make a peep. And I felt guilty at THAT! Can’t imagine people leaving children for your staff to supervise.”</p> <p>But despite the support, some women sat and hoped for a “family friendly” day, where the salon was only open to mums and their bubs.</p> <p>“One day a week where mums can bring their babies and other clients? There are many mums who can’t leave their babies, have no help or options but still want to have killer brows!” she suggested.</p> <p>But her clients who are child-free couldn’t be happier with the new policy.</p> <p>“I’m not a Mum and frankly if I was I couldn’t think of anything worse than having them attend a brow appointment or any other self-care appointment for that matter with me,” one woman wrote.</p> <p>Do you agree with this beauty salon's "no children allowed" policy? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Coles and Woolworths under fire for drought-relief milk scheme

<p>Federal Agricultural Minister David Littleproud has slammed supermarkets Coles, Woolworths and ALDI after he claims that shoppers are being misled into thinking they’re supporting farmers when they pay the 30c surcharge on store branded milk.</p> <p>Littleproud, who made the comments yesterday, claimed all three of the grocery stores were running a “half baked” scheme.</p> <p>According to Littleproud, the supermarkets failed to keep up with their promise when it was said that the 10-cent-a-litre levy on all brands of milk would go directly to the dairy farmers in Australia.</p> <p>But his main gripe was with Coles, as he said that the store only agreed to the initiative after fierce rival Woolworths announced it was taking part.</p> <p>“The result is a half-baked policy which only applies to Coles’ three-litre variety of their own milk brand – and may not even go back to the farmers who supply that tiny portion of drinking milk,” he said.</p> <p>After introducing a 30-cent surcharge on all its three-litre home brand milk range, Coles promises to collect a levy on the items until the end of the year.</p> <p>Then once funds are raised, all proceeds will be shared with the Dairy Drought Relief fund and distributed to farmers affected by the drought. Those who receive the funding should expect to see the amount in their account by January 2019.</p> <p>But there is a catch. In order to be eligible for the funding, farmers must fill in an application form, and that’s where Littleproud said the scheme is a “farce” because many victims are not guaranteed payment.</p> <p>“I was initially prepared to give the benefit of the doubt, but it hasn’t been followed up with good policy work – it’s an empty media stunt. The result is a half-baked policy which only applies to Coles’ three-litre-variety of their own milk brand,” he said.</p> <p>Littleproud is advising shoppers to purchase branded milk instead of home branded items as the money will actually go to the farmers.</p> <p>He unleashed on Coles this morning saying that they’re “either lazy or at best being slippery” and by forcing farmers to apply for funding, they are adding a layer of “bureaucracy”.</p> <p>“They’ve asked the farmer to apply for it,” he told the ABC. “What Woolworths did, was they’ve handed it back to the process sorts, because they pick up the milk, they know where it comes from. This shows that Coles are either lazy or at best being slippery.”</p> <p>But Coles has responded to the criticism, saying: <span>“It is disappointing that the Minister has chosen to criticise Coles – which has already committed over $12 million for drought relief – before becoming familiar with the facts,” a spokesman said.</span></p> <p>“Coles established the Dairy Drought Relief Fund to ensure 100 per cent of the funds raised from this 30c increase on the price of Coles' own brand three-litre milk will be donated directly to dairy farmers affected by the drought.”</p> <p>To ensure the funds are going to the right people, Coles appointed PwC as an auditor, who is responsible for overseeing the application administration process.</p> <p>The agriculture minister also fired up on companies such as Woolworths and ALDI, saying that Woolworths has only put the levy in place for their own branded milk while ALDI has chosen not to take part at all.</p> <p>“The big German can go and take a running jump if they can’t be bothered to support Australian dairy farmers,” Littleproud said.</p> <p>“The best thing shoppers can do is buy branded milk, not supermarket brand milk or better still, shop at independent groceries.”</p>

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ALDI hits out at rivals Coles and Woolworths

<p>Discount supermarket chain ALDI has attacked rivals Coles and Woolworths, saying their loyalty programs are manipulative and compared them to car salesman. The German retailers says the programs could be costing consumers up to $1,500 a year to gain enough points for products like a toaster.</p> <p>ALDI also claims Coles and Woolworths delay the receipt of rewards products such as vouchers and appliances to customers for years, reports <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/finance/business/retail/aldi-slams-loyalty-programs-of-rivals-as-schemes-that-benefit-shareholders-not-shoppers/news-story/583c3cc6aa5f8b026c15865f44bacc52" target="_blank">news.com.au</a>.</p> <p>An advertising campaign has been launched which attacks Woolworths’ Rewards programs and Coles’ Flybuys.</p> <p>[Aldi ad embed]</p> <p>But Coles and Woolworths have hit back saying that consumers can actually earn rewards much quicker than ALDI has claimed, and reiterated that customers receive points each time they shop.</p> <p>In a damning assessment, Adrian Christie, head of customer service at ALDI, has said that a family would have to buy $1,500 worth of groceries at Coles, and wait one year and seven months to accrue the points to buy a Tefal frying pan that retails at $60. And if you’re saving your points for a 13-inch laptop using Flybuys, you’d be purchasing over $380,000 in groceries and be waiting for 42 years for it.</p> <p>“It’s not a mistake that the words ‘loyalty’ and ‘scheme’ are used together as they are a scheme; there is some sort of manipulation going on,” Mr Christie told news.com.au.</p> <p> </p> <p>Christie questions who loyalty programs are really for.</p> <p>“A loyalty program is great for insights that can manipulate and can help shape the market. But in terms of value, is that value for the customer or for the shareholder?” he said.</p> <p>It appears that Australians love loyalty programs with <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.finder.com.au/" target="_blank">Finder.com.au </a>revealing that nine out of 10 consumers are part of one, and 60% say it influences where they shop, with 36 per cent saying they spend more to earn more.</p> <p>“Loyalty schemes entice you to spend more, so customers need to realise what they are giving up for the rewards,” Mr Christie said.</p> <p>Meanwhile, ALDI has unveiled a “loyalty calculator” so consumers can work out how much they’d need to spend and how long it would take to reap the benefits of these loyalty programs.</p>

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The big change coming to all alcohol bottles sold in Australia

<p>After a meeting on Thursday, it has now become mandatory for all alcohol bottles being sold in Australia to be clearly labelled with a pregnancy warning.</p> <p>The decision comes after the Australian and New Zealand Food Ministers have been lobbying for alcohol companies to add warning labels for the last seven years.</p> <p>Despite the pressure, only 75 per cent of alcohol bottles featured labels highlighting the risk of consumption during pregnancy.</p> <p>Michael Thorn, the chief executive of the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education spoke to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/lifestyle/health/all-alcohol-bottles-sold-in-australia-to-warn-against-drinking-while-pregnant/news-story/4db016c92c61e97d04b7cfd654856102" target="_blank">The Daily Telegraph</a></em> and said that he is happy that after seven long years, we are finally moving forward with the decision.</p> <p>“This is a win for consumers and a critically important decision that will save lives and the pain that is caused as a result of what is a preventable, but lifelong disability,” said Mr Thorn.</p> <p>According to Mr Thorn, the number of women not knowing the potential “life-threatening risks” of drinking while pregnant is alarmingly high, and the label will help reduce that number.</p> <p>Not-for-profit website <em><a rel="noopener" href="http://fare.org.au/" target="_blank">FARE</a> </em>claims that damage caused by alcohol is extremely prevalent throughout Australia.</p> <p>“More than 5500 lives are lost every year and more than 157,000 people are hospitalised making alcohol one of our nation’s greatest preventative health challenges,” the website states.</p> <p>Even though any amount of alcohol is considered harmful during pregnancy, as it can cause neurological disability, it’s estimated that almost 50 per cent of women drink during their pregnancy.</p> <p>CEO of the Brewers Association of Australia, Brett Huffman, said the industry supports the legislation.</p> <p>“While it is disappointing that mandating pregnancy labelling for all packaged alcohol products is necessary, today’s decision by Ministers is a no-brainer. We fully expected this outcome,” said Mr Heffernan.</p> <p>Currently no date has been put into place for the change, but food ministers are hoping it’s as soon as possible.</p>

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Aussie mum's thrifty Kmart renovation hack

<p>Home décor on a budget has become the latest phenomenon this past year, with creative women showing off their inspiring rooms that look a lot more expensive than they actually are.</p> <p>The most recent is a mother who has stunned thousands after completely transforming her home for less than $20,000.</p> <p>Stay-at-home mum Rebecca Townsend proudly shares photos of her creations through her Instagram account and says that except for the fireplace and air conditioning system, everything else is the result of her and her husband’s hard work.</p> <p>She managed to find affordable duplicates of designer pieces in order to create a “slice of heaven” on a budget.</p> <p>“With help from family and a lot of hard work, we’ve managed to not have one trade come through the house, we’re pretty proud of that,” she told the<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-6251367/Mother-transforms-home-using-Kmart-versions-designer-decor.html" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a>.</em></p> <p>“We repurposed and recycled things to save on costs so we can splash out on big ticket items such as the mirror splash back and heater.”</p> <p>The kitchen was torn down, including the surrounding four walls, only a few days after they moved into their new home.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BnxcxY0Bauw/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BnxcxY0Bauw/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Who loves a good renovation progress picture?? 🙋‍♀️ well, let me get more into detail on ours! . . . If you know one thing about us, it’s that we love to recycle materials and do things a bit differently 🙏 which our kitchen is a prime example of 👌 The day after we got the keys here we ripped out 4 walls, the kitchen and half the flooring (who needs to eat right?! ..or walk on a floor..🤦‍♀️) so when a family friend said they were changing colours of their kitchen we jumped at the chance to get their old one! We’ve just altered the lay out of it 🙌We’ve added the mirror backing inside the cupboards/ under them and the mirror splash back. You can never have too many mirrors 🤷‍♀️ not that we’re vein ‘round here (although I do see my 2yo check himself out more often than I could count 😂🙏) it’s the fact it plays with your perception on the space in here, which is much needed!! We’ve used railway sleepers found on our two properties to create the light fighting and bench-also our flooring was secondhand pine boards found at our local salvage yard! We sanded and grey washed the entire house ourselves to save on cash and they’re honestly one of my favourite features to date 🤩 coupling old with new is a great way to save on money, but also enables you to splash out on more expensive items that will really shine in your space! Not to mention, help the planet 🌍 . . . We’re obviously not finished in here yet, the cupboards are still in need of being refinished and we have high expectations of being able to create our own black concrete waterfall bench top ..but everyday that we’re not going backwards is a good day.. we’ll get there eventually and we’re so enjoying sharing it all with you ☺️😚✨ . . . #renovation #wemadethis #diy #diystories #reusereducerecycle #recycle #itsgoodfortheplanet #kitchen #kitcheninspo #rusticdecor #rustic #styleitdark #reclaimedwood #cornerofmyhome #apartmenttherapy #actualinstagramhomes #homeinspo #designsponge #interior123 #interiormilk #industrialdesign #earthytones #mirrors #mirrormirroronthewall #interior_design #theatmosphere #upinhere #newinteriorsontheblock #spotlightonmyhome #luxuryinteriorsonabudget</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/champagne_dreaming_on_budget/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Rebecca Townsend</a> (@champagne_dreaming_on_budget) on Sep 15, 2018 at 8:54pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>According to Ms Townsend, the home is 99 per cent decorated with items from Kmart.</p> <p>“One of our favourite Kmart hacks to date is the bar stools. We used the $8 tan cushions to reupholster the tops of the $49 industrial stools from ALDI to give them a more luxe appearance,” she said.</p> <p>Certain clock designs can put shoppers back hundreds of dollars, but thanks to Ms Townsend's savvy skills, she managed to find a replica for $19, which features a wooden backing to give a more rustic appearance.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bl9Bh_7nLbQ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bl9Bh_7nLbQ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Early morning cuddles in bed with Mr.2 ..and every.single.teddy he owns 🤦‍♀️ I’ve got a corner of the mattress, but I wouldn’t have it any other way 🤷‍♀️✨🌟 Enjoy your day instafam 😚 . . . Tap for sources🌟✨ . . . #earlymorninghangs #styling #loungeroominspo #howihome #myfabhome #mydomaine #apartmenttherapy #homeinspo #interior123 #plantmom #planteriordesign #plantsofinstagram #itsajungleinhere #crazyplantlady #rustic #interiormilk #styleitdark #industrialdesign #mybohotribe #chickswithplants #myhomevibe #boholocs #bohemian #thehecticeclectic #kmartstyling #styleonadime #showmeyourstyled #hyggehome #actualinstagramhomes #cornerofmyhome</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/champagne_dreaming_on_budget/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Rebecca Townsend</a> (@champagne_dreaming_on_budget) on Aug 1, 2018 at 3:44pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>To further cut down on costs, Ms Townsend purchased many items second-hand, which resulted in huge savings.</p> <p>In the past, the mother-of-one shared her and her husband’s work after they decorated their bathroom using items from Kmart, ALDI and eBay, totalling to $800.</p> <p>“You don’t need to spend a lot these days to get the designer look, you just need to be savvy, wait for the specials and shop around,” she said.</p> <p>“The bathroom is the only room we didn’t rip apart the moment we moved in, we just cleverly designed it on a budget with items mostly from Kmart to make it more designer.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bn2gJjiHpMS/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bn2gJjiHpMS/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">YES, I’m back! Well, I’m back ..yes, I’m BACK IN BLACK!!! . . . Black is the new black guysss and I’m all over it like a bee on a flower 🐝 (there’s a spring reference for you there 😉) . . . The bathroom is the only room in the house we didn’t completely gut the moment we walked in the door from getting the keys, we’ve just cleverly decorated it to make it ✨POP✨on a very tight budget of $800! This completely decked the room out from top to bottom including swapping all the hardware out for the more modern black look, you just need to be savvy and look for the bargains (don’t be afraid to be stingy 😜) and get your hands dirty with some #diy the money you save on the little things allows you to splash out on the bigger ticket items! . . . ✨I’ll go into more detail in my stories 🙏 ✨ . . . #diystories #blackonblack #backinblack #bathroomdecor #bathroom #bathroominspo #bathroomremodel #luxuryinteriorsonabudget #cornerofmyhome #newinteriorsontheblock #actualinstagramhomes #apartmenttherapy #interior123 #interior_design #designsponge #interiormilk #howihome #homeinspo #industrialdesign #kmartstyling #kmartaus #styleitdark #styleonadime #deliciousdarkdecor #interiorboom #myhomevibe #myhometrend #dailydecordetail #livefabulousandfearless</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/champagne_dreaming_on_budget/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Rebecca Townsend</a> (@champagne_dreaming_on_budget) on Sep 17, 2018 at 8:00pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Ms Townsend hopes that her décor-on-a-budget will help inspire other people to step out of their comfort zone.</p> <p>Her and her husband worked together on this home project during the time their baby was on home oxygen and was in and out of hospital.</p> <p>“After our son was born at 23 weeks gestation and spent 125 days in hospital, we bought this house when he was only seven months old and on home oxygen, but it didn’t deter us from creating a wonderful home for him to grow up and into,” she said.</p> <p>“Whatever challenges you may face, don’t put renovating off if it will provide you with happiness, if we can do it on a budget through all our ups and downs, you can too.”</p>

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Michael Bublé has “no plans to retire” as he dismisses rumours

<p>He’s known for his melodious voice and for bringing along the Christmas cheer, but Michael Bublé broke many hearts after it was reported that he will be retiring from music. Thankfully, those rumours have been dismissed.</p> <p>In an article from the<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-6272425/Michael-Buble-QUITS-music-following-son-Noahs-life-changing-cancer-battle.html" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a>,</em> the media outlet reported that the singer would be quitting his music career to focus on his five-year-old son who is currently battling cancer, but a representative has put an end to those claims.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BLoIek9jPFg/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BLoIek9jPFg/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Feliz día de la madre !! Happy Mother's Day @luisanalopilato !! #myhero #bestmommy #bestfriend</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/michaelbuble/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Michael Bublé</a> (@michaelbuble) on Oct 16, 2016 at 7:25am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The 43-year-old will be releasing his album,<span> </span>Love, on November 16 which is why he sat down for an interview with the UK publication, and while discussing his music, he also spoke about the challenges his family has faced after discovering his son has the life-threatening condition.</p> <p>“This is my last interview,” Bublé told the<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-6272425/Michael-Buble-QUITS-music-following-son-Noahs-life-changing-cancer-battle.html" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a></em>. “I’m retiring from the business. I’ve made the perfect record and now I can leave at the very top.”</p> <p>While it does seem as if Bublé has intentions to quit his career, his publicist Liz Rosenberg set the record straight after social media went into a frenzy.</p> <p>“Michael Bublé has absolutely no plans to retire,” she told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thisisinsider.com/" target="_blank"><em>INSIDER</em></a>. “I wasn’t sitting in on the interview, but this must have been taken out of context.”</p> <p>“Perhaps as he discussed the different emotions he’s been through these last few years, that thought might have gone through his mind.</p> <p>“I assure you with a new album coming out, TV appearances, and a possible tour, he is not retiring.”</p> <p><span>Bublé’s upcoming album, Love, will be the singer's 10th record. He has dedicated it to his well-wishers and fans, who he says have helped him and his family out through this very difficult time.</span></p> <p>“On behalf of my family and I, there’s no way that you can know how much it meant to us – how much your prayers, how much your thoughts, how many times you got us through. For me, this is kind of a really small way of being able to thank you, to tell you how much I love you,” Bublé announced.</p>

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How to check if your Facebook account has been hacked

<p>Between September 14-27, 30 million Facebook accounts were hacked, and now the social media juggernaut has unveiled a <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/help/securitynotice?ref=sec" target="_blank">website</a> that will help you determine if your account has been compromised.</p> <p>“We're very sorry this happened,” it said of the incident. “Your privacy is incredibly important to us, and we want to update you on what we've learned from our ongoing investigation, including which Facebook accounts are impacted, what information was accessed and what Facebook users can do about this.”</p> <p>Facebook has made a move to assure its users, which according to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.statista.com/statistics/264810/number-of-monthly-active-facebook-users-worldwide/" target="_blank">Statista</a></em> amount to over 2.2 billion monthly active users worldwide, <span>that sensitive information like passwords and financial information were not accessed by hackers.</span></p> <p>“There's no need for anyone to change their passwords,” said the company.</p> <p>But other information was hacked, reported <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/can-check-facebook-account-hacked-042356675.html" target="_blank">7News</a></em>, such as phone numbers and email addresses, and in the case of 14 million accounts, the type of information that you can see on your friends’ accounts such as location, birthdate and relationship status.</p> <p>You can find out simply if your Facebook account has been hacked. On the Facebook advice website, scroll about halfway down to the question, “Is my Facebook account impacted by this security issue?” and you’ll have a notification there, specific to your account, if you have been affected.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 123.021px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7821357/facebook-notice.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/94961eb42d334a35a773be434fdab00b" /></p> <p>You’ll also be provided with account-specific information if you are logged in to Facebook.</p> <p>One expert argues that in light of the hacks, Facebook should be offering users free “credit monitoring” in case sensitive financial information may be accessed.</p> <p>“Those personal details could very easily be used for identity theft to sign up for credit cards, get a loan, get your banking password, et cetera,” said Patrick Moorhead, founder of Moor Insights &amp; Strategy.</p> <p>“Facebook should provide all those customers free credit monitoring to make sure the damage is minimised.”</p> <p>Facebook has declined to say where the effected users are located, only saying the breaches were “fairly broad”. The company says it will contact those account holders who have been hacked.</p> <p>According Facebook, the hacks are currently being investigated by the FBI, but the Bureau requested it didn’t discuss the culprits behind it.</p> <p>You can find more information at the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/help/securitynotice?ref=sec" target="_blank">Facebook advice site</a>.</p> <p>Did you find the Facebook advice helpful? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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All the details you missed in Princess Eugenie’s official wedding photos

<p>The official wedding photos from Princess Eugenie’s wedding day have been released, showing the loved-up couple looking as happy ever.</p> <p>However, the photos, which were taken by British fashion photographer Alex Bramall, also contain a few details that observant fans have noticed.</p> <p>Two of the four official portraits were taken inside Windsor Castle and show the newlyweds smiling with the bridesmaids, page boys and extended royal family.</p> <p>From the significant positioning of Sarah Ferguson to a small unidentified white object, here are the details you may have missed.</p> <p>In one of the photos, 6-year-old page boy Louis de Givenchy wasn’t looking at the photographer.</p> <p>Louis is the son of JP Morgan executive Olivier de Givenchy and wife Zoe.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.2018489984592px;" src="/media/7821347/1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/bb5d2e71bb02415a9d54a52b302375c2" /></p> <p>In the photo of just the bridesmaids and page boys, he is also looking away from the camera while reclining back on his chair and not smiling.</p> <p>Observant royal fans also noticed that the grand doors of the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle were left open for the photos.</p> <p>One person commented on the Kensington Palace’s Instagram photo: “Maybe the photographer is trying to even the width of the whole picture given the number of people but the open door is an eyesore for sure.”</p> <p>Another added: “They could’ve at least shut the door behind them.”</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 277.77777777777777px;" src="/media/7821348/2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/86f2c90b81384348847e2f20a1490739" /></p> <p>In the family shot, the Queen is positioned front and centre while sitting on a chair.</p> <p>Her Majesty sat in between her glowing granddaughter and Prince Philip, with an object hiding behind one of her legs.</p> <p>It appears that she attempted to conceal her handbag for the photo, with it being left behind her left foot, out of sight under her chair.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.2018489984592px;" src="/media/7821349/3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a26fc611ad834af1a453d63828c0f75c" /></p> <p>The official wedding photos are also believed to be the first time Prince Philip and Sarah Ferguson have been photographed together in 26 years, following her divorce from Prince Andrew in the 1990s.</p> <p>For the photo, the Duchess of York was positioned next to Prince Philip, a decision that signifies the end of their rumoured feud.</p> <p>Reportedly, Prince Philip found it difficult to forgive his former daughter-in-law after she was photographed getting her toes sucked by Texan financial adviser John Bryan in 1992.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.2018489984592px;" src="/media/7821350/4.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/997215961d1f4d94abe10f4474ab682a" /></p> <p>In the official photos, one of the bridesmaids was also captured standing on the bride’s train.</p> <p>Daughter of Peter and Autumn Phillips, 7-year-old Savannah Phillips, seem unconcerned that her foot was firmly planted on the expensive gown designed by Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 278.7456445993031px;" src="/media/7821351/5.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/0960a453e8e64ae9869a6ca3efa8a548" /></p> <p>Mia Tindall, 4, is seen holding a white toy or object in her left hand during the royal photoshoot.</p> <p>Mia looks unimpressed in the group shot and also doesn’t crack a smile for the photo without the extended family.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.2018489984592px;" src="/media/7821352/6.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/8edcd58324dc406d9ab02c086d872874" /></p> <p>However, Princess Charlotte melted hearts after she was spotted sitting with her legs crossed at the ankle in the photo.</p> <p>The pose closely mirrors the body language of her mum Duchess Kate, with the move previously being dubbed the “Duchess Slant”.</p> <p>Prince George also looks adorable in the photo as he flashes his pearly whites for the snap.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.2018489984592px;" src="/media/7821353/7.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/2dbf153ecc84473799f2ef82093ce238" /></p>

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The clever $10 Kmart hack you need to try

<div class="replay"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>The latest Kmart hack has surfaced and it’s a good one. The savvy women behind the popular Facebook group Kmart Mums Australia have discovered another creative use for an otherwise ordinary product.</p> <p>The latest hack comprises of a $10 shadow box frame and mothers are now using the affordable item for gifting purposes.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7821337/42279280-1-f.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/6267025a404e4560bf809b476e8a1767" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;">Photo credit: <a href="https://www.kmart.com.au/product/shadow-box-frame---12in.-x-12in.-(30.5cm-x-30.5cm)-white/867960?gclid=CjwKCAjw0oveBRAmEiwAzf6_rI97LH3C0hEQdz7J4S-QkNAex6Y_Z1rz9gvINPXCdFxs4GImEkTpwRoCxmoQAvD_BwE&amp;gclsrc=aw.ds&amp;dclid=CP3Q7N6mh94CFUjZvQodbVoPcw">Kmart</a></p> <p>Making a great present for teenagers, children and adults alike, mums from across the country have been sharing the different ways they’ve transformed the photo frame.</p> <p>“Thanks for the inspiration ladies this is for my nephew’s 14th birthday,” wrote one user alongside an image of the photo frame filled with her nephew’s favourite lollies.</p> <p>They go by the name of shadow box gifts.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Be7JDF2l7O-/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Be7JDF2l7O-/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Couldn't pick a better day to finish these beauties off 😊 This time last year we were busy making once in a lifetime memories. Excited to begin our next adventure. #kmartshadowbox #patches #holiday #memories #thinkingpositive</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/josie.dewaal/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Josie Dewaal</a> (@josie.dewaal) on Feb 7, 2018 at 9:32pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Because the frame is deeper than a regular photo frame, you can fill it up with whatever you fancy, whether it’s lollies or other bits and bobs.</p> <p>It makes the perfect gift for those who enjoy being creative without breaking the bank.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BKHzgIsBnKM/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BKHzgIsBnKM/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">#Kmart #Kmartshadowbox #kmarthack</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by @<a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/bigmummaj/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> bigmummaj</a> on Sep 8, 2016 at 9:34pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Users in the Facebook group were visibly impressed by all the images floating around of the shadow box, with people commenting “how cool is that” and “awesome” alongside countless comments of women asking how they could create the same at home.</p> <p>Some women chose to showcase their children’s first outfits making the frame into memorabilia, with one woman saying: “Shadow boxes I made for my 13, 5- and 1-year old tonight … Always wanted to do something good with their first outfits and hospital keepsakes.”</p> <p>Will you be trying out this clever hack? Let us know in the comments below.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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