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Carrie Bickmore shares sweet snap of baby Adelaide with her big brother and sister

<p>Ever since she welcomed her third child into the world, Carrie Bickmore has been “treasuring every moment”. And turns out, the little bub isn’t only popular amongst her parents, but also her two elder siblings, Oliver and Evie.</p> <p>Taking to Instagram, Bickmore shared the heartwarming photo of Ollie, 11, and Evie, 3, holding baby Adelaide. And if it wasn’t obvious already, their beaming smiles showed just how excited they were for their new sibling.</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/BrYqOs4Hw6M/?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/BrYqOs4Hw6M/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">The look of ❤️ ❤️</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/bickmorecarrie/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Carrie Bickmore</a> (@bickmorecarrie) on Dec 14, 2018 at 2:56pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“The look of [love],” captioned <em>The Project</em> host.</p> <p>Ollie, who is Bickmore’s eldest child from her first marriage to the late Greg Lange, wrote a sweet note for his youngest sister, promising to protect her and to always carry out his elder brother duties.</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/BrZDF00njy2/?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/BrZDF00njy2/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">And this...☺️....</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/bickmorecarrie/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Carrie Bickmore</a> (@bickmorecarrie) on Dec 14, 2018 at 6:34pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“To Adelaide, from Ollie. You are the cutest baby I have ever seen. I hope I am a good big bro and I will guide you through life,” he wrote in the letter that was shared to Instagram.</p> <p>It was only last month that Bickmore was <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/lifestyle/family-pets/carrie-bickmore-gets-emotional-over-concerns-for-new-baby">concerned that her new bub may cause a rift</a> between her two eldest children.</p> <p>"They're so cute together," she said at the time.</p> <p>"They're a little team. He (Ollie) never thought he was going to get a baby brother or sister and then he got a little sister and they're seven years apart and they're joined at the hip.</p> <p>"And I know families of three and I know they'll al love each other so much, but I don't want anything to happen to their bond. So it makes me a little sad," she said.</p> <p>But if these photos are anything to go by, it seems as if Bickmore has nothing to worry about.</p> <p> </p>

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Do you think this mum’s Christmas decision is “cruel”?

<p>A mother took to social media to ask for advice on a Christmas dinner dilemma, which many horrified users slammed as “cruel”. Do you agree? </p> <p>The mum, named Sophie, took to Facebook to ask for advice after wrestling with a difficult Christmas situation.</p> <p>“[I] feel this may upset some people so apologies in advance if this is a sensitive topic,” began her post.</p> <p>She explained her financial struggles which have left her family unable to purchase their “usual big Christmas dinner” and asked advice on whether it would be wrong to eat their family pets.</p> <p>“We live on five acres and have loads of chickens, a goat and a pet pig,” she shared. “Would it be wrong to cook them for Christmas? Not the goat, just two of the chickens and the pig?”</p> <p>She then added that if they do end up cooking the family pets, should she tell her children or not say anything and just replace them when they have the money?</p> <p>There was an array of different opinions regarding the matter, with many people saying they believed there was nothing wrong with eating the animals on their farm and that the kids should be aware that it’s a “part of life”.</p> <p>One user shared, “We knew as kids that the lambs we ate used to be the ones we fed and played with at our uncle’s farm.”</p> <p>Another wrote, “I think you should do what you have to, if that’s your option then take it.”</p> <p>But others found it “cruel” and disturbing. “I’d never eat a pet. How cruel to the kids losing a member of the family for one meal,” one user responded.</p> <p>While another added, “I think I’d rather have a veggie Christmas than eat my pets.”</p> <p>What do you think about this mother’s Christmas dinner dilemma? Share your thoughts with in the comments below.</p>

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The heartwarming reason behind this $5 Kmart Christmas hack

<p>Kmart is every Aussie mums’ favourite, and with their loyal following using Facebook to share their DIY hacks, it’s easy for everyone to get on board with the budget-friendly ideas.</p> <p>The most recent DIY project isn’t only clever, but it holds strong sentimental value that will make sure there isn’t a dry eye in the house.</p> <p>A woman took to the Kmart Mums Australia Facebook page to share a photo of a bargain Christmas bauble she used to display a photo of her late mother.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 485.69157392686805px;" src="/media/7822412/bauble1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/237e6f55e9d84398982ab1a9a8f33a5b" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Photo: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/1638160709797701/">Kmart Mums Australia</a></em></p> <p>“My memory ball for my mum using the Kmart glass light up bauble,” she wrote. “I love how it’s turned out.”</p> <p>The post was well received as it collected over 1.7K likes and hundreds of comments as members wanted to know just how the savvy woman did it.</p> <p>“I unclipped the top of the bauble, took the lights out, inserted a few feathers and a double-sided photo that I’d glued together with some fishing line and at the top, so the photo would remain central then hooked it into the clip and put the lights back in,” she said.</p> <p>The light up bauble is priced at an affordable $5.</p> <p>Soon after the post gained traction, members of the group started to post their own creations, as they made baubles for their loved ones who are no longer with them.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 481.687898089172px;" src="/media/7822413/bauble2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c92ef8a4cce143a8926ad339be0deda7" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Photo: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/1638160709797701/">Kmart Mums Australia</a></em></p> <p>“Last Friday we had to say goodbye to our best friend of over 8 years. He’s watching over us though. Put bits of his favourite balls in with his picture. Used the $5 Light up Bauble.”</p> <p>Others fans of the Facebook group were grateful to the original poster for sharing her idea with them.</p> <p>“Thank you to the person who shared this lovely idea to remember a lost loved one. My sister-in-law lost her Mum 6 months ago and they are coming from Ireland to have Christmas with us in Sydney this year. I wanted to include her Mum in some way. I hope she likes it.”</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 361.7693522906793px;" src="/media/7822411/bauble-3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ef64a273562f428b8a69ad5d9cbc1229" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Photo: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/1638160709797701/">Kmart Mums Australia</a></em></p> <p>“Thank you to whom ever posted this idea. My MIL puppy passed away suddenly Friday morning, so I rushed into Kmart and she had this on her tree by Friday afternoon.”</p> <p>The post attracted a lot of positive attention, with one person commenting “this is a beautiful idea".</p>

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Royal photo album released: Monaco twins celebrate their 4th birthday

<p>Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco are celebrating an exciting milestone in their family, the fourth birthday of their adorable twins.</p> <p>To celebrate the birthday of Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques, Albert and Charlene hosted a superhero-themed birthday bash.</p> <p>Guests of the elaborate party, which took place on the grounds of the Palace of Monaco, enjoyed a visit from very special guests, including Spider-Man and Monaco’s Fire Department.</p> <p>The twins’ 40-year-old mum and former Olympic swimmer, Charlene, shared an adorable photo album from the day on her Instagram account.</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/BrNiaRVlTnJ/?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/BrNiaRVlTnJ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">“Such fun at our party! Thank you to our firemen for the surprise visit! Our True Heroes.” Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella turn 4 today.</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/hshprincesscharlene/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> HSH Princess Charlene</a> (@hshprincesscharlene) on Dec 10, 2018 at 7:17am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The photos of the special day give fans a rare glimpse into the royal family’s private life.</p> <p>In one snap shared to social media, Gabriella and Jacques can be seen enjoying a ride in the fire truck’s towering crane on the grounds of the palace.</p> <p>In another photo, the twins are seen standing next to their cake as they are surrounded by their friends.</p> <p>"Such fun at our party! Thank you to our firemen for the surprise visit! Our true heroes," Princess Charlene wrote.</p> <p>This isn’t the first themed party the royal twins have enjoyed.</p> <p>For their second birthday, Albert and Charlene planned a safari-themed party and last year they embraced a museum theme.</p> <p>Albert, who is the son of Hollywood actress turned royalty Princess Grace of Monaco, admitted the twins are “very active, very playful, absolutely adorable , lots of fun and a lot of work”.</p> <p>He said: “Jacques is very reserved. He is sure of himself, but he likes to take his time doing things, to observe them, and no one can force him to do anything. Gabriella, for her part, is not afraid of anything. With her it is always full steam ahead!"</p> <p>Prince Jacques will inherit the throne despite his twin sister being older than him.</p> <p>The twins also have two half-siblings from Albert’s previous relationships, Jasmine Grace Grimaldi, 26 and Alexandre Coste, 15.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see the full photo album. </p>

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Mum-to-be cancels baby shower after family mocks unique name

<p>An angry mum-to-be has decided to cancel her baby shower after she discovered her friends and family were mocking the name she has chosen for her unborn son behind her back.</p> <p>The post, which was originally posted on Facebook, has been shared to a forum on Reddit and shows the woman going on a furious rant about her family’s behaviour.</p> <p>She calls out those who are questioning her sanity for wanting to name her son Squire Sebastian Senator.</p> <p>The rant starts off with an explanation as to why the event has been cancelled.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7822379/skf5qmmcuw221.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/9923d418a247406cbcd6d7a654f5a301" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Photo: </em><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/insanepeoplefacebook/comments/a43e0k/woman_cancels_babyshower_over_name/"><em>Reddit</em><em> </em></a></p> <p>“It brings me pain to have to tell you this, but I am cancelling the event. I will text you soon if you’re invited to my smaller, more inclusive party. At least here no one will judge me,” she said.</p> <p>“Why? Why am I doing this?</p> <p>“Because ya’ll have been talking sh*t about my unborn baby. AN UNBORN CHILD. How can you judge an unborn child? What is wrong with you?”</p> <p>She then went on to accuse her family and friends of spreading rumours about her because the name isn’t according to their taste.</p> <p>“No, I am not crazy. No, I am not mentally unstable. No, I was not drunk when I named my child,” she said. “His name is Squire Sebastian Senator. That is that.”</p> <p>The name, which according to the expectant mother is inspired by family history, is expected to be said in full. No nicknames allowed.</p> <p>“You cannot force me to change his name. This is the name I was meant to give him.</p> <p>“No this is not his full name. Squire Sebastian Senator is only his first name. This is how it will be. He will not be allowed to have a nickname, he is to be called by his full and complete first name.”</p> <p>Clearly taken aback by her family’s “judgemental” actions, the woman went on to further explain her reasoning behind the unique name.</p> <p>“We come from a long line of both squires and senators,” she said. “If you look back in our family tree, the survival of this clan is literally rooted in squiredom. We are all related to senators too.</p> <p>“This name conveys power. It conveys wealth. It conveys success.”</p> <p>“My baby’s name WILL be a revolution,” she went on to say. “It will push people to question everything.”</p> <p>The enraged mother also revealed that she will instead be having an intimate baby shower, which is “more inclusive” with those who support her reasoning behind the name.</p> <p>“F**k you all. Fake ass family,” she wrote. “You won’t get to be a part of my baby’s life and it’s all because you had to judge him.”</p> <p>Do you think the mum-to-be has a right to be furious? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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The unseen photo Prince Charles proudly has on display in his home

<p>Prince Charles has been a part of many important moments this year, but there was one occasion that he holds very dear to his heart. </p> <p>Royal fans around the world were touched when they saw the Prince of Wales walk Meghan Markle down the aisle to marry his son, Prince Harry.</p> <p>And it turns out, the special favour meant a great deal for the 70-year-old royal, with a framed photograph of the moment now on display in his home.</p> <p>During a visit to Clarence House, the London home of Prince Charles and Camilla, <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Daily Mail </em>reporter Rebecca English revealed that she saw the photo.</p> <p>“I spotted a framed black and white photograph (in the public area) of the Prince of Wales walking his soon to be daughter-in-law, Meghan Markle, towards the altar at St George’s Chapel,” she wrote.</p> <p>“It was very touching – and shows how much the moment meant to him.”</p> <p>Charles ended up walking Meghan down the aisle after her father, Thomas Markle, was unable to attend the nuptials last minute due to health concerns.</p> <p>Thomas also made headlines in the lead-up to the royal wedding after being accused of staging paparazzi photos.</p> <p>According to <em style="font-weight: inherit;">The Telegraph</em>, the news brought the 37-year-old former actress to tears.</p> <p>However, Meghan’s soon to be father-in-law happily stepped in to take on the fatherly role.</p> <p>In a recent documentary, <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70</em>, Harry opened up about the special moment when he asked his dad to do the honours.</p> <p>“I asked [Charles] to and I think he knew it was coming and he immediately said; 'Yes, of course, I’ll do whatever Meghan needs’,” Harry said fondly.</p> <p>“I was very grateful for him to be able to do that.”</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7822355/image_.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/06fcca67ffdc4532b718ee4d2adf5813" /></p> <p>Royal spectators have previously revealed that Charles is very supportive of his new daughter-in-law.</p> <p>“He’s got a real soft spot for her and thinks she’s the best thing to have happened to Harry,” the source told <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Vanity Fair </em>earlier this year.</p> <p>While there are no images of the framed photograph, there is no doubt it beautifully captures Charles and Meghan’s special bond. </p>

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The royal baby tradition Duchess Meghan is planning to break

<p>When Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan revealed that they were expecting their first child in the UK springtime, royal fans around the world rejoiced over the happy news.</p> <p>Now, it has been revealed that the protocol-breaking couple may steer away from tradition during the birth.</p> <p>A royal correspondent has revealed that the Duchess of Sussex is reportedly reading up on hypnobirthing and could even consider giving birth in their new Windsor home.</p> <p>Although Duchess Kate gave birth to all her three children at the Lindo Wing at London’s St Mary’s Hospital, Meghan may opt for another choice.</p> <p>The Lindo Wing, also where Prince William and Harry were born, costs £7,500 and offers luxurious perks to its patients, including having the finest champagne on its menu.</p> <p>Speaking to <em style="font-weight: inherit;"><a href="https://www.vanityfair.com"><strong><u>Vanity Fair</u></strong></a>,</em> royal correspondent Katie Nicholl has said there is “some talk” of Meghan having the baby at Frogmore Cottage.</p> <p>Although it’s her first child, so doctors could recommend a hospital birth, the royal insider claims that Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland will be encouraging “a natural birth”.</p> <p>“Doria plans to be around a lot when the baby arrives, and there are plans for her to have a dedicated space at their new home,” Katie said.</p> <p>“She wants to be on hand to help Meghan and Harry with the baby. Doria will be involved and if she's involved she will be encouraging Meg to go for a natural birth.”</p> <p>Meghan’s mum is a yoga instructor and the Duchess herself has admitted her love for early morning mediation.</p> <p>The 37-year-old pregnant Duchess is still attending engagements and recently made a surprise solo visit to King’s College London to discuss how higher education can help to tackle global issues. </p>

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Mum goes viral over controversial babysitter job ad

<p>An anonymous mother is receiving a wave of criticism after posting a lengthy job ad for a babysitter.</p> <p>The post, which was originally shared on Facebook, reveals the woman’s specific demands for the chosen candidate of the $10-an-hour role.</p> <p>The US-based woman is on the hunt to hire a babysitter who is also a Trump fan, has no tattoos and is willing to pay for some snacks for her three young children.</p> <p>“Looking for a babysitter in the area. PM me if you’re interested. Here are the requirements,” she wrote on social media.</p> <p>The list stipulated: </p> <p><em>1. Have a Bachelor’s Degree in Childcare or 9 years of relevant babysitting experience</em></p> <p><em>2. 3 good references with phone numbers</em></p> <p><em>3. Full time availability including weekends</em></p> <p><em>4. Your own car and driving license</em></p> <p><em>5. Native English speaking and preferred second language to teach to my children</em></p> <p><em>6. CPR certified, ideally a CAN license</em></p> <p><em>7. NO history of traffic tickets and NO problems with the law. (I will be running your name through databases)</em></p> <p><em>8. No tattoos. No drugs. No alcohol. No sketchy social media behaviour AND/OR public pictures</em></p> <p><em>9. MUST be okay with my two Pit Bulls</em></p> <p><em>10. MUST be okay with emergency last minute calls</em></p> <p><em>11. Perfect attendance 100% required</em></p> <p><em>12. Willing to pay for some snacks</em></p> <p><em>13. Will love to work with an infant, 3-year-old and 5-year-old</em></p> <p><em>14. Ideally will be a Trump fan</em></p> <p><em>In exchange, I will be offering $10/hr under the table cash. It’s like making $15/hr normally without paying tax. Serious inquiries ONLY.</em></p> <p>The mother-of-three’s job ad was later shared to Reddit, where it received hundreds of comments from people who were dumbfounded by her requirements.</p> <p>One person wrote: “I thought she meant SHE'D be willing to pay for the babysitter snacks. I was like well I guess that's nice, then I realised she meant the babysitters would be paying for the snacks. Lovely.”</p> <p>Another added: “9 years experience is very specific! Also, would be worried about someone who had the degree and/or experience but was still willing to graft for $10 an hour.”</p> <p>One user said that a job with so many requirements should result in extra benefits for the chosen candidate.</p> <p>“A friend of mine did this and one of the requirements was also having a degree at an Ivy League (she did). She was able to stay at their summer home whenever and got to go to Paris Fashion Week. This lady is nuts though.”</p> <p>“For $10/hr I will come over to watch your TV and eat your snacks. Expect to return to alive children.... that's it,” wrote another user. </p> <p>Another pointed out that although she wants her babysitter to have a clean record, she’s willing to commit tax fraud to hire them.</p> <p>“No problems with the law but she's committing tax fraud. Ok then.”</p> <p>What are your thoughts on this job ad? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Just like dad! Robert Irwin is spitting image of dad Steve Irwin in never-before-seen photo

<p>Looking at Robert Irwin, it doesn’t take a genius to see how much he resembles his late father Steve Irwin, but after a photo showing the two side by side was shared online, it’s remarkable <em>just</em> how much he looks like his famous dad.</p> <p>Host of <em>The Sunday Project</em>, Lisa Wilkinson, interviewed the Irwin family and later, took to Instagram to share a photo of Robert, 15, next to a photo of his dad when he was roughly the same age.</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/Bq4YsXVlX-h/?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/Bq4YsXVlX-h/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">And if you were thinking tonight just how much Robert Irwin is looking like his late dad Steve Irwin, here’s proof. That’s Robert on the left, and his dad Steve around the same age on the right. Amazing. @robertirwinphotography @australiazoo #australiazoo #robertirwin #steveirwin #theirwins #crikey #sunshinecoast #australia @animalplanet</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/lisa_wilkinson/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Lisa Wilkinson</a> (@lisa_wilkinson) on Dec 2, 2018 at 2:08am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“That’s Robert on the left and his dad Steve around the same age on the right,” Wilkinson captioned the photo. “Amazing.”</p> <p>It didn’t take long for the photo to gain traction, as users flooded the comment section with their reactions, saying: “I swore I was looking at two photos of Robert”, “Spitting image”, and “Uncanny!”</p> <p>On last night’s episode, Robert told Wilkinson that despite his dad not being around, he still feels a strong connection to the late zookeeper.</p> <p>“I feel closest to Dad when I’m working with the animals that he really loved,” he said.</p> <p>And that rings true, as Robert is regularly seen following in the footsteps of his father as he has a passion for conserving wildlife and appears on US television shows to deliver his message.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/DO9U_XxN-Kc" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Robert has been invited on <em>The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon</em> several times over the last two years to showcase different animals from the wild. His most recent appearance has garnered over 20 million views on YouTube since September.</p> <p>Do you think they look alike?</p>

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13 things you do that your cat actually hates

<p>Experts explain which human behaviours irritate our cats most.</p> <p><strong>1. Tummy rubs</strong></p> <p>Petting on the belly is generally not welcomed: “Most cats don’t like to be stroked on their tummies,” says animal behaviour researcher Dennis C. Turner, who edited what’s considered the “cat bible,” <em>The Domestic Cat: The Biology of its Behaviour</em>. How can you tell?</p> <p>“They will (try to) depart the scene or hit you with one of the front paws (with claws extended!),” he says, or they might bite (Turner emphasises that cat bites need to be thoroughly disinfected).</p> <p>Then again, different cats have different preferences, says <span><a href="https://maueyes.com/">Kristyn Vitale</a></span>, a postdoctoral researcher at Oregon State University, in the <span><a href="https://thehumananimalbond.com/">Human-Animal Interaction Lab</a></span>.</p> <p>“Other cats love when a person pets their belly,” he adds. Just be ready to back off if the cat gets annoyed.</p> <p><strong>2. Interacting with strangers</strong></p> <p>Paying attention to your cat’s reactions is also important when an unfamiliar person wants to pet him – especially if that person is a child or someone who hasn’t spent much time around cats.</p> <p>“One way to see if the cat is amicable to being pet after just meeting them is to let the cat sniff your hand and then watch how they behave,” Vitale says.</p> <p>“If they want to interact they will most likely approach you and engage in social behaviour after sniffing you, such as rubbing on you or trying to sit with you.”</p> <p>She adds that if they don’t want to interact, they’ll usually walk away or ignore you, in which case it’s best to let them have their space.</p> <p><strong>3. Being picked up</strong></p> <p>“They certainly don’t like being held against their will,” Turner says.</p> <p>He adds that most cats will forgive you for coming on too strong from time to time if they’re used to socialising with people and they trust you: “My research has shown that they accept most advances by their keepers, giving us the impression that we are in charge.”</p> <p>But, he adds, for the sake of your long-term human-cat relationship, it’s always better to wait until the cat comes to you for attention.</p> <p>“Then there’s more time interacting in the relationship.”</p> <p><strong>4. Having their tails held</strong></p> <p>For little kids, a cat’s tail can look like a very tempting handhold – but don’t let them grab it!</p> <p>Turner says cats really dislike having their tails held or pulled.</p> <p>Instead, show the child how to let the cat sniff his or her hand, and if all goes well, to pet them in their favourite places: “If they’ve been socialised to people as kittens, then they usually like being tickled around their necks or stroked down the back,” Turner says.</p> <p>Make sure kids are watching for signs that the cat is unhappy, says Vitale: “If a cat does not like the interaction they are receiving, the cat may have dilated pupils, a rapid, fast twitching tail, ears that are flat against their head, fur that stands up on its ends, and may make hiss or growl vocalisations."</p> <p><strong>5. Being left alone</strong></p> <p>Dogs aren’t the only pets that get lonely and bored when you spend the whole day at work.</p> <p>Vitale advises cat owners to give their pets food puzzles when they’re alone – they’ll be too busy solving problems for snacks to miss you much.</p> <p>She also recommends providing a variety of toys and a protected outdoor space (sometimes known as a catio or a window perch).</p> <p>Some people even consider a second cat.</p> <p>“Although not all cats will do well with another cat, many will readily accept a companion given a proper introduction,” Vitale says.</p> <p>“A new owner could also consider adopting sibling kittens or cats, which may already have a well-established social relationship.”</p> <p><strong>6. Not enough litter boxes</strong></p> <p>Is your kitty doing her business in the wrong spots? It could just be that she feels there’s not enough of her smell around your house.</p> <p>Vitale suggests having more litter boxes: “Cats are typically more relaxed and secure in areas that have their scent,” she says.</p> <p>“Usually, the rule is you want at least one litter box per cat plus an extra, although some cats may need more than this.”</p> <p>She says to spread the boxes around the house, and she advises choosing unscented cat litter and cleaning the boxes with unscented products, so no chemical smells keep your cat from being able to adequately detect her own fragrance.</p> <p><strong>7. Cat carriers</strong></p> <p>It’s no news flash that most cats hate going into a carrier.</p> <p>But it’s not the box itself that’s the problem – it’s the veterinarian they usually have to visit when they get closed up in there.</p> <p>Vitale says that, with some work, you can change their negative associations with more positive ones.</p> <p>For starters, “Leave the carrier out with a blanket inside so the cat can explore the carrier and even sit in it at times where the cat is just relaxing at home,” she says.</p> <p>You can put treats and catnip inside too.</p> <p>Once he ventures in there on his own, praise him and give him more treats.</p> <p>If he gets comfortable, try shutting the door for a minute – and then opening it and dispensing even more goodies.</p> <p><strong>8. Riding in cars</strong></p> <p>Carriers and car rides usually go together, but the good news is that some cats can be desensitised to cars too.</p> <p>“One thing owners can do is to take their cat for rides around the neighbourhood, while praising the cat for doing a good job,” Vitale says.</p> <p>She suggests keeping it very short at first (maybe five minutes) and – yes – giving lots of treats, petting and play time (whatever your cat loves most) when you get home.</p> <p>If your cat seems to be getting more comfortable, make the rides a little longer.</p> <p><strong>9. Other cats</strong></p> <p>Lots of cats love having cat companions, but if yours doesn’t, she might act out by showing fear or aggression.</p> <p>This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to give one up! “Cats show great flexibility in their social behaviour,” Vitale says.</p> <p>She suggests separating the cats into different areas of the house and slowly reintroducing them to one another using a method called “Scent, Sight, Touch”. Take a toy or blanket from each cat and swap them.</p> <p>Give each cat the other cat’s scent item along with lots of praise and rewards so they associate the smell with good things.</p> <p>After doing this a few times, set up a space where the cats will be able to see one another through a physical barrier, like a screen door or gate.</p> <p>Then feed them, so they start to associate positive feelings (food) with the sight of the other cat.</p> <p>After a few successful feeding sessions, you can try to introduce the cats without a barrier – distract each cat with toys during their first meeting in the same room, so they have less time to worry.</p> <p>“If owners go slow and give lots of rewards, many cats can learn to accept a companion cat,” Vitale says.</p> <p><strong>10. Baths</strong></p> <p>Yes, obviously, domestic cats hate baths. (Tigers and jaguars, on the other hand, have been known to enjoy a leisurely soak, <span><a href="https://www.catster.com/cat-health-care/how-to-give-a-cat-a-bath">according to <em>Catster </em>magazine</a></span>.)</p> <p>The good news is that they don’t usually need to be bathed – regular brushing is enough to remove detached fur and shake out loose dirt.</p> <p>If, however, your kitty rolls around in something noxious that really needs to be removed with soap and water, it’s not likely to be a fun process for anybody, so you want to make it as quick as possible, <em>Catster</em> says.</p> <p>Have everything ready and nearby (cat-specific shampoo, towels, a washcloth for his head, and a pitcher if you don’t have a handheld spray nozzle on your kitchen sink) and wear long rubber gloves to protect yourself from any outbursts.</p> <p>When the deed is done, get your cat as dry as you can with a towel; only use a hair dryer (low heat) if he’s not afraid of it.</p> <p><strong>11. Medication</strong></p> <p>None of us like taking our pills. To make the process easier, the Lincoln, Nebraska, All Feline Hospital suggests wrapping your cat’s meds inside a piece of cheese or lunchmeat, or in a commercial “pill pocket”. It might work if she’s not a big chewer and really loves the treat.</p> <p>Otherwise, you can grind up the pill and mix it in with whatever food your cat likes most – the trick is that the cat has to eat it all, or she won’t get all the medicine.</p> <p>If your cat sees through these deceptions and refuses to take her medicine, you’ll have to place the pill into her mouth and somehow convince her to swallow it – see <span><a href="http://www.allfelinehospital.com/pilling-your-cat.pml">detailed instructions for a variety of methods</a></span>.</p> <p>Keep in mind that if you administer the pill by hand, it might get stuck in the oesophagus for a while before making its way to the stomach, which you can usually avoid by squeezing a syringe of water or broth into your cat’s mouth after the pill.</p> <p><strong>12. Old food</strong></p> <p>Lots of cats will turn their noses up at food that’s been sitting out all day while you’re at work.</p> <p>Small, frequent meals throughout the day actually matches their natural feeding behaviour more closely, so if you’re able to fill their dishes just a little several times rather than free-feeding a full bowl, Vitale recommends it: “This also gives the cat an event during the day to look forward to, which may help alleviate behavioural issues.”</p> <p>If you won’t be home to dispense multiple meals, Vitale again recommends food puzzles.</p> <p>“This would allow the cat to get the food out at their own pace, give them enrichment to focus on while alone, and help food from sitting out too long,” she says.</p> <p><strong>13. Dog visitors</strong></p> <p>Dogs can be as scary (or scarier) than kids, and Vitale suggests introducing your cat to both in more-or-less the same manner: “Always allow cats to sniff, then see the dog or child before physical interactions occur.”</p> <p>Make sure, too, that your cat has a safe, accessible place to hide if he’s just not interested in participating.</p> <p>Just like humans, animals have their own unique personalities. When you pair two different species together it can be harmonious – or the clash of the titans.</p> <p><em>Written by Krista Carothers. This article first appeared in <span><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/pets/13-things-you-do-your-cat-actually-hates">Reader’s Digest</a></span>. 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Duchess Kate’s cheeky Christmas gift to Prince Harry

<p>Although they have plenty of wealth to spare, the Royal Family have one interesting rule when it comes to the gifts they exchange at Christmas.</p> <p>Rather than splurging on expensive products, the royals exchange cheap and hilarious gag gifts at Sandringham House on Christmas Eve.</p> <p>And it turns out, Duchess Kate made the room erupt into fits of laughter after Prince Harry opened the present she picked for him one year.</p> <p>Before he was in a relationship with Meghan, Kate bought her brother-in-law a grow-your-own girlfriend.</p> <p>Playfully poking fun at Harry’s love life, Kate got him the cheap gift which grows up to six times its size.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 332.0552147239264px; height: 500px;" src="/media/7822096/1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/85f85b77ee1d4f70b49a9588d2719d7f" /></p> <p>Reportedly, Kate would set Harry up on blind dates in his younger years and when he met Meghan, he sought approval from his sister-in-law.</p> <p>Royal reporter Katie Nicholl said of the duo’s bond: “Harry and Kate are very close, she’s been like a mentor to him and he wanted her seal of approval.”</p> <p>“Kate is different to Meghan in many ways but she has made great strides to help Meghan settle in.”</p> <p>According to the <a href="https://www.dailystar.co.uk/"><strong><em style="font-weight: inherit;"><u>Daily Star Online</u></em></strong></a>, last year Meghan gifted the Queen a singing toy hamster.</p> <p>Although the gift was a risk, it left Her Majesty in “hysterics”.</p> <p>“It was so funny, especially when the corgis tried to take hold of the toy,” a royal insider told the publication.</p> <p>“[The Queen] laughed and said, ‘They can keep my dogs company!’"</p> <p>The hilarious gift exchange takes place at 6 pm in the red drawing room.</p> <p>What are your family's Christmas traditions? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Carrie Bickmore gets emotional over concerns for new baby

<p>The due date of Carrie Bickmore’s third child is just weeks away but the popular radio and TV host has candidly opened up regarding her worries about the looming birth.</p> <p>Speaking on her radio show Carrie and Tommy for the last time before her maternity leave begins, the 37-year-old got teary as she discussed her concerns.</p> <p>Bickmore revealed that she was mainly worried about the impact the new baby would have on the special bond between her other two children, Ollie, 11, and Evie, three.</p> <p>“They’re so cute together,” Carrie said.</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/Bqbaq0xhX29/?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/Bqbaq0xhX29/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">It was an emotional last break of the show for 2018! Carrie is off on maternity leave about to have baby number three. . . . We wish you the best of luck Carrie and can’t wait to meet the new bub. . . . Carrie and Tommy return in 2019!</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/carrietommyshow/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Carrie and Tommy</a> (@carrietommyshow) on Nov 20, 2018 at 8:10pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“They’re a little team. He (Ollie) never thought he was going to get a baby brother or sister and then he got a little sister and they’re seven years apart and they’re joined at the hip,” she continued.</p> <p>“And I know families of three and I know they’ll all love each other so much, but I don’t want anything to happen to their bond. So it makes me a little sad,” she said.</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/BqWw-53HfRb/?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/BqWw-53HfRb/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Love watching these two do life together. 💖 Despite the 7 year gap they are so close. I am laying in bed at 6.30pm (gotta love maternity leave!) thinking about how their relationship might change a little when number 3 arrives. 🤔 hope they stay super close 🙏</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/bickmorecarrie/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Carrie Bickmore</a> (@bickmorecarrie) on Nov 19, 2018 at 12:46am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Despite her concerns, <em>The Project</em> host said she was happy her family was growing.</p> <p>“I’m very excited about my expanding family.</p> <p>“Ollie thinks we’re having a boy and Evie thinks we’re having a girl so one of them is going to be very disappointed and one very excited," she added.</p> <p>Carrie had Ollie with her first husband, Greg Lange, who sadly passed away in 2010 after suffering from brain cancer.</p> <p>Evie was born after Carrie met her current partner, Chris Walker, who worked as a TV producer for <em>The Project</em>.</p> <p>Last week, Carrie also temporarily said farewell to her chair on the panel of <em>The Project</em> in the lead up to the arrival of her new baby.</p>

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So sweet! Prince Louis’ adorable moment with Prince Charles in never-before-seen photos

<p>When it comes to the heir to the throne, it’s unthinkable for normal folk to grab his nose or any other part of his face, but when you’re Prince Louis, then the rules don’t apply.</p> <p>A photograph released by Clarence House shows the youngest royal playfully grabbing onto his grandfather, Prince Charles’ nose, and the 70-year-old finds it hilarious.</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/BqVq6_wBy41/?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/BqVq6_wBy41/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Prince George of Cambridge, Prince Charles of Wales, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Louis of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex taken by Chris Jackson, pose for an official portrait to celebrate Prince Charles of Wales's 70th birthday (on November 14th 2018) in London, England 🎂 -November 18th 2018. . Look at Louis who being the cutest baby ever while playing with his grandpa and at Charlotte who is sitting as a little model girl and of course all those happy smiles 💞😍💎. . . 📷 : Chris Jackson/@chrisjacksongetty. . #royalfamily #katemiddleton #PrinceWilliam #PrinceGeorge #PrincessCharlotte #PrinceLouis #DukeofCambridge #DuchessofCambridge #London #monarchy #england #english #british #britishmonarchy #britishroyalfamily #photooftheday #love #l4l #happy #cute #gorgeous #beautiful #bestcouple #adorable #instadaily #baby #instapic #PrinceHarry #MeghanMarkle #PrinceCharles</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/thecambridges_family/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> The Cambridges 🇬🇧👑🎀</a> (@thecambridges_family) on Nov 18, 2018 at 2:33pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The family photo proves that Charles is happiest when he’s surrounded by his children and grandchildren, as with his busy schedule, he feels content when he can find time for the people closest to him.</p> <p>The Prince is currently a grandfather to three grandchildren, with another on the way as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are preparing to welcome a child of their own next April.</p> <p>The second photo of the royal shows him beaming with joy as he holds the little Prince in his arms.</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/BqUWlXegOOj/?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/BqUWlXegOOj/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">#New The Prince of Wales and his little grandson, Prince Louis💙 . 📸 Chris Jackson #britishroyals #britishroyalfamily #princecharles #princeofwales #duchessofcornwall #dukeofcambridge #duchessofcambridge #princegeorge #princesscharlotte #princelouis #dukeofsussex #duchessofsussex #royalfamily #royalbirthday #instaroyals #royalnews #princecharles70</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/royal.addicted/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Royal Addicted</a> (@royal.addicted) on Nov 18, 2018 at 2:16am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The new photographs released this week by the palace are from the same series of portraits taken back in September to celebrate Charles’ 70<sup>th</sup> birthday. Louis, who was almost five months at the time, was seen giving a toothless grin to someone behind the camera.</p> <p>It has previously been reported that Charles is not a hands-on grandparent and doesn’t spend time with his grandchildren, but these photos seem to prove otherwise.</p> <p>According to his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, he may not change nappies but will happily oblige when it comes to getting on the floor and playing with his grandkids.</p> <p>Camilla commented on how Louis can’t get enough of Charles’ hair and nose, as the seven-month-old constantly chooses to grab onto them.</p> <p>“People don’t see him as being someone who will roll around the floor with the children, but he does,” Camilla said. “He will literally get down on his hands and knees. He really loves them. He is sweet with his own grandchildren and little Louis tugs at his hair and his nose. He doesn’t get cross or angry, he loves it.”</p> <p>The endearing photographs were taken by official royal photographer Chris Jackson, who followed Prince Charles for a year to showcase his life for his 70<sup>th</sup> birthday.</p>

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The new way you could save your dog or cat’s life

<p>When 8-year-old “Singer”, a purebred Kelpie, was hit by a car on her farm in South Australia, her family rushed her to the emergency vet for a check-up.</p> <p>Although she had no broken bones or internal organ damage, it soon became apparent she was suffering from serious internal bleeding that couldn’t be stopped, with her belly swelling to twice the size.</p> <p>With her oxygen levels falling, it became clear she needed an urgent blood transfusion. If Singer didn’t get more blood in her, she would die. She needed a blood transfusion ASAP from a donor dog.</p> <p>With no blood supplies available at the emergency vet, her owner Jock had no choice but to post an urgent late-night call out to nearby family and friends on social media, hoping their pet could help.</p> <p><img style="width: 450px; height: 300px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7822006/1-singr_2_450x300.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/22bb01e7735641f0a8d495dada6f9966" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>8-year-old purebred Kelpie, Singer, was in desperate need of donor blood from other dogs.</em></p> <p>His Facebook post read: “A bit of a call out to my Facebook friends. I know it’s late but I received a call tonight that my dog needs a blood transfusion tonight. Unfortunately vets don’t carry blood. Therefore if anyone has a healthy dog above 25 kgs and is willing have their dog give blood tonight it would be greatly appreciated. please send me a msg. I am at the emergency vet at 102 Magill rd. Pls msg me and I will send you my number. Thanks”</p> <p>Jock never guessed what would happen next. Within five minutes, Singer had received four offers of blood donations.</p> <p>Many more flowed in over the next few hours. The first donor, Marlowe, an 18-month-old Mastiff, stayed at the vet all night to help Singer through.</p> <p>The next day a second donor, George the Golden Retriever, stepped up.</p> <p>Their generosity and spirit saved Singer’s life and she returned to the farm and the family’s three children just five days later.</p> <p><img style="width: 450px; height: 300px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7822007/2-singr_3_450x300.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ba38e55f1fdb48c9b91e2b3b312e4b61" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>A happy and fully recovered Singer with her owner, Jock. </em></p> <p>Realising the shortage of available blood donations available for pets at vets across Australia, <a href="http://www.singr.pet/">Singr</a> has been formed – a community platform for caring, like-minded, responsible dog and cat owners, where you can register your family’s pet as a blood donor for other dogs and cats that might be in need of a blood transfusion.  </p> <p>Veterinarians worldwide have limited access to sufficient quantities of blood for performing life-saving operations for our pets. <a href="http://www.singr.pet/">Singr</a> is a pet-to-pet blood service that allows pet owners to help each other and their pets in a time of need.</p> <p>It is free to register and is a world first. <a href="http://www.singr.pet/">Singr</a> hopes to be the service you never need but an added “life” insurance policy for your pet should that day arrive. Your pet will be under no obligation to donate blood should you be contacted.</p> <p>To find out more and register your pet, visit <a href="http://www.singr.pet/">http://www.singr.pet/</a>.</p>

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Duchess Kate’s simple lesson for kids of all ages will warm your heart

<p>As a mother-of-three, Duchess Kate has firsthand experience raising her children with Prince William. Over the past five years, since her eldest child Prince George was born, she has learned many parenting lessons which she now feels should be passed on to other growing families.</p> <p>At a recent event, Duchess Kate openly shared her parenting advice at Basildon Sporting Village in the UK, as one admirer named Janet Emery hugged the royal.</p> <p>Kate welcomed the embrace, thanking the woman, and shared with Janet, “Thank you very much. Hugs are very important. I keep saying that to my children.”</p> <p>Janet is part of an organisation, Sport for Confidence, which provides sporting events and activities for people with learning disabilities and mental health problems, as well as giving them a supportive space.</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-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BqIvrC2gYHs/?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="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 style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BqIvrC2gYHs/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Clarence House (@clarencehouse)</a> on Nov 13, 2018 at 2:05pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Prince William has previously given insight into how he and his wife raise Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 3, and Prince Louis, 6 months. He revealed that besides their royal status, they do all they can to give their children a normal life.</p> <p>“As far as we’re concerned, within our family unit we are a normal family. I love my children the same way any father does, and I hope George loves me the same way any son does to his father, so we are very normal in that sense,” William explained to BBC News in 2016.</p> <p>Surprisingly, along with many parents across the world, William and Kate are against giving their children electronics, such as iPads, computers and gaming consoles.</p> <p>“As two people who grew up without gadgets for entertainment themselves, William and Kate are firm believers in toys, outdoor play and encouraging an active imagination,” shared a royal insider with <span><em><a href="https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2017/07/prince-william-kate-middleton-george-charlotte-technology-toys">Us Weekly.</a></em></span></p> <p>What do you think is an important lesson for kids of all ages to know? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.</p>

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Just like mum! Prince Louis' uncanny resemblance to Duchess Kate in childhood photo

<p>In honour of Prince Charles’ 70th birthday, the palace has released a <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/art/family-first-prince-charles-celebrates-70th-birthday-with-heartwarming-new-portraits" target="_blank">series of news photographs</a> giving a rare glimpse at the relationship between the three different generations of royals – including the youngest, Prince Louis.</p> <p>Taken in the gardens of Clarence House in September, the portrait features Charles sitting amongst his family which includes his wife Camilla, his sons Prince William and Prince Harry, their wives the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex and the future king's three grandchildren.</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/BqIvobkHrkB/?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/BqIvobkHrkB/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">This new photograph of The Prince of Wales and his family has been released to celebrate His Royal Highness’ 70th birthday. The photograph was taken by @chrisjacksongetty in the garden of @clarencehouse</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/theroyalfamily/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> The Royal Family</a> (@theroyalfamily) on Nov 13, 2018 at 2:04pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <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/BqIv49HHm2k/?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/BqIv49HHm2k/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">This second photograph of The Prince of Wales and his family has also been released by @clarencehouse to celebrate HRH’s 70th birthday. The photos were taken by @chrisjacksongetty in the garden of Clarence House.</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/theroyalfamily/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> The Royal Family</a> (@theroyalfamily) on Nov 13, 2018 at 2:07pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The royal family, which are known for their strict protocol, seemed visibly relaxed in the photos with Prince George, 5, sitting on his grandfather's knee and everyone around them beaming with joy.</p> <p>But people were quick to notice the uncanny resemblance between Prince Louis and the Duchess of Cambridge, as the new photos gave a rare glimpse at the baby Prince.</p> <p>The photo below shows the youngest royal at 5 months old next to a photo of his mother, who was also roughly the same age during the time of the photograph.</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/BqLKJakFW9_/?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/BqLKJakFW9_/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">We see who Prince Louis Arthur Charles looks like! #PrinceLouis #CatherineMiddleton #britishroyalfamily</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/royalchildrenofcambridge/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Olivia Page</a> (@royalchildrenofcambridge) on Nov 14, 2018 at 12:35pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Only a few days before, an adorable photo of <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/art/adorable-new-portrait-of-prince-louis-released" target="_blank">Prince Charles playing with his youngest grandchild</a> was released by the palace, offering a rare insight into the relationship between the 70-year-old royal and his grandchildren.</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/Bp74bqJFmkj/?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/Bp74bqJFmkj/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A new photo of Prince Charles, The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis by royal photographer Chris Jackson. . SO CUTE AWWW! ♡ . #katemiddleton #duchessofcambridge #princecharles #princelouis #princegeorge #princesscharlotte</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/thecambridgespage/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> The Cambridges.</a> (@thecambridgespage) on Nov 8, 2018 at 2:11pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>In the new documentary <em>Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70</em>, Prince William shares his sentiments on Prince Charles as a grandfather and hopes he will be able to spend more time with his grandchildren before he becomes King.</p> <p>“It’s something I’m working on heavily. I think he does have time for it, but I would like him to have more time with the children,” said the Duke of Cambridge.</p> <p>“Having more time with him at home would be lovely – and being able to, you know, play around with the grandchildren. When he is there, he’s brilliant, but we need him there as much as possible.”</p> <p>What do you think of the uncanny resemblance between Prince Louis and his mother Duchess Kate? Do you think they look alike? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below. </p>

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Jamie Oliver reveals the one thing in his marriage he has no control over

<p>Jamie Oliver may be one of the most renowned chefs in the world with food fanatics hanging onto his every word, but unfortunately for him, his reign ends in front of his wife Jools.</p> <p>Especially when it comes to deciding if the pair should have more children.</p> <p>Earlier in the year, Jools mentioned how she’s hoping for another child to join their family, which currently consists of Poppy, 16, Daisy, 15, Petal, nine, Buddy, eight, and River, two. But Jamie isn’t exactly keen on the idea.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7821924/jamiekids.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/0a86ffe42d2140668ab769144d4e2e01" /></p> <p>Speaking to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nowtolove.com.au/celebrity/tv/jamie-oliver-jools-oliver-family-52374" target="_blank"><em>TV WEEK</em></a>, the 43-year-old said: “I don’t have much say in that department. I’ve tried to put the brakes on a few times and it didn’t work. Women are very powerful, and I’m not very good at restraint of control.</p> <p>“I can give you a strong answer, like, ‘Look, five is enough. I’m struggling already to get them in the car. I can’t even have a car anymore. I drive a f*ing bus. We don’t need anymore kids.’ But you would be under the idea that I have control of this situation. So, we’ll see.”</p> <p>After dating throughout their teenage years, Jamie and Jools tied the knot in 2000, as soon as Jamie’s TV career began to skyrocket. Now, 18 years later, Jools remains Jamie’s biggest supporter.</p> <p>And with the couple celebrating their 20th anniversary in two years’ time, another of Jamie’s biggest milestones is soon to reach 20 as well: His debut TV show, <em>The Naked Chef</em>.</p> <p>Looking back at the young chef, Jamie reminisces about everything <em>The Naked Chef </em>managed to accomplish.</p> <p>“I think I had really big lips before my face grew into them,” he says with a laugh.</p> <p>“I think my fashion sense was highly questionable. My haircuts have been extraordinarily challenged.”</p> <p>But while he pokes fun of himself, he also highlights the discussion the television show managed to start.</p> <p>“Twenty years ago, in Britain, cooking was for girls,” he said.</p> <p>“It was kind of a moment, <em>The Naked Chef</em>. It was about telling the boys that they’ve got to do their bit. But also, that cooking wasn’t for girls, that cooking could get you girls.”</p>

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Pippa Middleton pays tribute to family members as baby name is finally revealed

<p>The secret’s out, as the name of the baby boy welcomed by Pippa Middleton and husband James Matthews has been released.</p> <p>And there’s a touching story behind it, as according to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/7712444/pippa-middleton-baby-name-arthur-michael-william-matthews/" target="_blank"><em>The Sun</em></a>, the couple chose to pay homage to many family members – including Pippa’s brother-in-law Prince William.</p> <p>Pippa chose to give birth at the same location as her famous sister, the Duchess of Cambridge, as her little boy was born at the prestigious Lindo Wing in St Mary’s Hospital, London. The same place her royal niece and nephews were born.</p> <p>According to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/mailonsunday/index.html" target="_blank"><em>The Mail on Sunday</em></a>, the one-month old boy has been named Arthur Michael William Matthews.</p> <p>While the name William sounds familiar, the first middle name is considered to be named after Pippa’s father Michael.</p> <p>Michael is also the name of James’ brother who tragically passed away at the age of 23 during his journey to climb Mount Everest in 1999.</p> <p>The couple announced that they were expecting their first child in June of this year.</p> <p>The little boy is already well connected, as he’s the cousin of Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte.</p> <p>When the news was announced, Kensington Palace responded with a statement saying: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are thrilled for Pippa and James.”</p> <p>Do you like the name Pippa and James gave their son? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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The reason Prince George and Princess Charlotte won’t open presents on Christmas Day

<p>The two eldest children of Prince William and Duchess Kate lead very different lives to most children.</p> <p>And it turns out, their Christmas traditions also differ from other kids around the world.</p> <p>When Christmas morning arrives, Prince George, 5, and Princess Charlotte, 3, will not be able to open their gifts.</p> <p>This is because the adorable young royals and their baby brother, Prince Louis, will instead open their presents on Christmas Eve.</p> <p>Speaking to the <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Express</em>, former royal chef Darren McGrady said: “The royals are of German descent so they weave in German traditions to their celebrations.”</p> <p> "After afternoon tea, they open gifts on Christmas Eve, as is the German tradition."</p> <p>The royal family’s website confirms McGrady, saying: “On Christmas Eve, The Royal Family lay out their presents on trestle tables and will exchange their gifts at teatime."</p> <p>This is a tradition that Prince Harry’s new wife, Duchess Meghan, will have to adjust to now that she is a member of the royal family.</p> <p>The American former actress will be enjoying her Christmas as an official member of the royal family this year and her mum, Doria Ragland, has <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/the-queen-breaks-major-royal-protocol-for-duchess-meghans-mum/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>reportedly been invited too</strong></span></a>.</p> <p>On Christmas Day, the royal family spend their morning attending two church services with the Queen.</p> <p>The first service, at 9am, is a private one so the Queen can take communion.</p> <p>The royals then return home and change outfits in time for the 11am service at St Mary Magdalene Church.</p> <p>Children of the royal family don’t attend the services until they turn five, which means George may be in attendance for the first time.</p> <p>What are your Christmas traditions? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Mum outraged as niece gives baby same name as her own 4-week-old daughter

<p>A new mum has taken to the internet forum <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/am_i_being_unreasonable/3413436-niece-has-named-her-daughter-the-same-name-as-my-daughter?pg=1" target="_blank">Mumsnet</a> </em>to express her disappointment after her niece gave her baby the same name as the poster's four-week-old daughter.</p> <p>The “hurt” mum caused quite a stir after she asked users if she has the right to be annoyed at her niece.</p> <p>The poster, who goes by the username GreyEyed, wrote: “My daughter was born 4 weeks ago (still in hospital) as she arrived premature.</p> <p>“Niece gave birth yesterday morning and named her the same name (although I’m putting a long version on the BC [birth certificate]).</p> <p>“I’m a bit hurt tbh [to be honest]. AIBU? [Am I being unreasonable?]”</p> <p>Her question garnered a mixed response, as many agreed with the mother and said that she has every right to feel upset, while others told her to get over it.</p> <p>“This would absolutely irritate me. Yes of course no one owns a name blah blah but seriously where’s the originality in using a very new baby’s name who will see you frequently. Also, a baby who is still in hospital. A bit off I think,” said one poster.</p> <p>Another commented saying: “It’s a ridiculous thing to do. I’d be really cross. Make sure your dd [darling daughter] isn’t dumped with the rubbish version so they can be told apart.”</p> <p>But others felt differently, as they advised the original poster to let it go.</p> <p>“If your daughter was prem then your niece would have probably used the name before you if your daughter was born term and had probably picked it out ages ago."</p> <p>“Maybe it was you that stole ‘her’ baby name op? Just a thought,” said a user.</p> <p>One poster questioned whether or not her niece was aware of the situation, as they asked: “Did she know in advance what you were naming your child? If she had a name picked for AGES and only just found out 4 days ago that you had the same one, then you can’t really blame her for going with it.”</p> <p>Do you think the mother has the right to be upset? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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