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"In your face, ALDI!": Shopper shares hack to slow down checkout

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An ALDI customer has shared a hack for beating the fast pace of the store’s checkouts and has received a mixed response from others online.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">ALDI staff are known for their high speed scanning of groceries at the checkout, and a shopper has shared an image of the simple thing she does to slow them down.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The photograph shows a series of grocery items spaced out along the conveyor belt, with around 30cm between each item.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She claims this trick ensures she has enough time to pack items into her trolley or bag at the other end of the checkout.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“In your face ALDI! Just so we got time to pack!” she captioned the photo.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 351.4548238897397px; height:500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842759/56af82373d000fbf58e0cc7cf01a0e13364e9926-161x229-x0y67w459h653.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/53b9ae1571cb47468cd7c6896aa0f03f" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Facebook</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While many have praised the technique, others were angry and accused the shopper of being “selfish” and “annoying”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Stop trying to pack your bags at the checkout. Put your groceries back into your trolley after they’ve been scanned and pack them at the packing area like you’re supposed to. You don’t need to do stupid things like this if you just follow the rules,” one person said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“People like you packing their bag at the register is so annoying and selfish. Try packing them at the bench like everyone else,” another added.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“If you are selfish enough to do that I hope they really throw them at you,” a third wrote.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“How childish,” another said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A former ALDI worker also contributed to the debate, saying she had come across this tactic in the past.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“When I worked at ALDI and people did this, I would hold the first item back from the sensor with my arm until everything piled up,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Meanwhile, others praised the idea and told people “to lighten up”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Great idea. Might try it next time I don’t feel like taking on the ALDI ninja fast cashiers lol,” said one.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Facebook</span></em></p>

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“Prince Charles wasn’t happy”: Royal cake-maker spills on Charles and Diana’s wedding creation

<p>Dave Avery, the man who designed and made Prince Charles and Diana's wedding cake for their big day, has revealed it was the prince who called him to make changes to the design – after Diana had approved it.</p> <p>The head baker of the Royal Naval Cookery School, Avery designed the couple's five-tier fruit cake which stood at 165cm for the July wedding 40 years ago in 1981.</p> <p>Avery, then 37, had been selected to bake the royal wedding cake – an auspicious task but one that he was more than capable of. Avery, now 78, told 9Honey via Zoom from the UK, he still clearly remembers walking into Buckingham Palace for his first meeting with Princess Diana – known at the time as ‘Lady Di.’</p> <p>“I’ll never forget it," says Avery. "She was beautiful. She was very pleasant, very polite, we had a few little chats.”</p> <p>Avery had been given the task of designing the wedding cake and he’d gone to the palace to show his plans to Diana. She had approved the designs with no changes but when Avery arrived back at the Royal Navy Cookery School in Chatham, he received word from the palace that Prince Charles was not happy.</p> <p>"I got a phone call that Prince Charles wasn't happy," says Avery. But thankfully, it wasn't a criticism but rather – something the Prince wanted added.</p> <p>"We hadn't put on the Red Dragon," says Avery. Once we added the Red Dragon symbol of Wales, which was Prince Charles' call sign when he was flying helicopters with the Navy, the Prince was happy.</p> <p>The cake’s design included hand-painted symbols representing Prince Charles' military roles, the Prince of Wales emblem, St Paul's Cathedral, Buckingham Palace and Highgrove – one of which took eight hours to complete.</p> <p><strong>How big was this Wedding Cake of the Century?</strong></p> <p>The five-tier cake stood at 165cm and took some time to bake with the bottom tier alone taking Avery 12 hours. As well, Avery used a spirit level and set square to ensure the dimensions were perfect.</p> <p>He was sworn to secrecy during the 14-week process of designing and making the cake and says the pressure was on to get everything perfect: "If there was anything wrong, the whole world would have known about it, not just me," he says.</p> <p>When it came to the baking of the cake, Avery turned to a favourite recipe he had from his mother for a rich fruit cake.</p> <p>"But I had to take things out and add things in to improve it. I had worked on that recipe for up to five years until I got it absolutely perfect."</p> <p>As perfect as it is, Avery says he won’t be sharing this recipe: “I’ve been asked many times, but no,” he adds.</p> <p><strong><em>The Wedding of the Century</em></strong></p> <p>2021 marks 40 years since Prince Charles married Diana Spencer at St Paul's Cathedral on July 29th - a wedding which drew a global television audience of more than 750 million people.</p> <p>A new documentary has been made to mark the occasion which will screen on BritBox Australia, aptly titled <em>Wedding of the Century.</em></p> <p>The original documentary includes remastered footage of the wedding plus never-before-seen interviews with those closely involved in the wedding planning, including the florist and one of the photographers.</p> <p><strong>Was it all successful?</strong></p> <p>After the wedding, Avery received a letter from the new Prince and Princess of Wales saying "how thrilled they were with the cake."</p> <p>They even saved the second tier to use at Prince William's christening on August 4th, 1982. Diana loved Avery's work so much she asked him to make William's first birthday cake, too, "a sponge with nursery rhymes around it.”</p> <p>These days Avery has retired from the Royal Navy after serving for 22 years. He went on to open a cake shop, baking wedding cakes (naturally) before going back into teaching.</p> <p>As Avery says: "It's the wedding of the century, it's the cake of the century.”</p> <p><strong>Image: Getty Images</strong></p>

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Woolworths worker shares top 4 deli secrets

<p>A Woolworths worker opened up about what it's like working at the supermarket's deli section in a TikTok video.</p> <p>The employee created a video titled "Things people always ask me about working in the deli", which attracted hundreds of thousands of views.</p> <p>The employee answered four burning questions on many customer's lips, which includes whether or not the deli foods are fresh or frozen as well as whether or not staff receive a discount.</p> <p>The third question was whether or not you can eat whatever you want and whether or not the employees smell due to hours behind the counter.</p> <p>She answered that "majority of our stuff comes in frozen, including almost all our seafood and all our schnitzels and that come pre-frozen".</p> <p>She also confirmed that deli workers receive a 5 per cent discount at Woolworths and aren't allowed to eat deli foods for free.</p> <p>Answering the last question “Don’t you smell” - which Emma said was “her favourite” - she replied “YES!”</p> <p>Others responded to the TikTok, saying that they agreed as they had worked at Woolworths.</p> <p>“I worked at Woolies for five years and when I was in the deli I’d try and guess the exact weight of meat the customer asked for, it was a fun game,” said one.</p> <p>A fellow Woolies worker wrote: “I used to eat olives and mortadella and sun-dried tomatoes in the back - little did I know they actually watched the cameras. Probably why I got fired!”</p> <p>One more added: “7 pm seafood deep clean smell hits hard.”</p> <p>Wrote another: “Nothing comes in frozen, only seafood does. My mum [has] been working in the deli for nearly 20 years.”</p> <p>A Woolworths spokesperson clarified some of the points in the TikTok to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/food/woolworths-worker-shares-top-four-deli-secrets-in-new-tiktok-video-c-3444853" target="_blank"><em>7NEWS.com.au</em></a>.</p> <p>“We’re committed to providing our customers with high quality and affordable food right across Australia,” the spokesperson said.</p> <p>“In the deli, fewer than five percent of our products come into stores frozen or thawed nationally.</p> <p>“We know it’s important for our customers to understand where our food comes from, which is why we work hard to ensure there’s clear and transparent labelling on our products.”</p>

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"Holy guacamole!!": Today Extra host tries avocado hack that REALLY works

<div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>A DIY avocado hack that's gone viral on TikTok really works, according to<span> </span><em>Today Extra</em><span> </span>co-host Belinda Russell.</p> <p>The hack shows a really fast and smooth way to remove an avocado seed.</p> <p>"Holy guacamole!! Saw this hack a few months ago and I finally got to "avo-go" to see if it works. 🥑🤯" she captioned the video.</p> <p>"I saw this on TikTok about a month ago, and I haven't tried it out yet, so let's give this a go," the 43-year-old says in the beginning of the video as she picks up half of an avocado with a seed in it.</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/reel/CRghPGODpg0/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/reel/CRghPGODpg0/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Belinda Russell (@belinda.russell)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>According to Russell, instead of using a knife, you put your index finger and middle finger in a V-like shape under the seed while cupping the back of the avocado with your thumb. Once you apply pressure to the seed, it should "pop" out.</p> <p>Many were impressed that the hack actually worked and appreciated the how-to video (which broke down the "pop" of the seed in slow motion).</p> <p>"Oh my, where have you been all my life. I'd have 10 fingers otherwise", one commenter joked.</p> </div>

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Woman’s INSANE tomato hack goes viral

<p><span>It has always been considered a perilous task to peel back the skin of tomatoes, however one chef on TikTok has shown a simple, three-step hack to peeling them with your fingers.</span><br /><br /><span>British home chef Jax Hamilton revealed her "quick skin tomatoes" hack to people online, and claims her method results in "no mess" or "watery toms".</span><br /><br /><span>"Let's get the skins off these bad boys — nice and quick," she says in her video, filming a dozen, robust tomatoes.</span><br /><br /><span>First slicing the tomatoes in half, Hamilton says to drizzle olive oil in a pan over medium heat.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842543/daily-6.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/6c5b02a80f1c4bb59c63ed3f00e0df28" /><br /><br /><span>"When your oil [is] warm, you want to pack all your tomatoes in and pop on the lid," she adds.</span><br /><br /><span>She says that within five minutes of sizzling on the stove, the skin melts off the tomatoes with her method.</span><br /><br /><span>She then goes on to pinch the loosened flesh between two fingers, and lifts off the shiny skin and discards it to the side, revealing soft, warmed tomatoes.</span><br /><br /><span>"And there we have it, check it out — skin free!" she said.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842542/daily-5.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/8199922710c848e684721c6bc79da8b5" /><br /><br /><span>The hack has been viewed over five million times.</span><br /><br /><span>"This is amazing — tomato skins always make me stop eating when I find them in my sauce and it bothers me so much," one user wrote in the comments.</span><br /><br /><span>Another added: "This video relaxes me so much.”</span></p>

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ALDI’s brand new "Corner Store" unveiled

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A photo of ALDI’s newest store has appeared on social media, with the supermarket giant unveiling its first ever “mini supermarket” in the Sydney suburb of North Sydney.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A shopper posted a photo of the new signage on the Aldi Fans Australia Facebook page, confirming the new store will be in the same location as the previous ALDI.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Open from today, the ALDI Corner Store offers groceries and Special Buys just like a regular ALDI but is only half the size and features a new store layout, an in-house cafe, fresh orange juice, an artisan bakery, and self-serve checkouts.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">ALDI chief executive Tom Daunt said the new store will sell a slightly different range of grocery items - including smaller-sized packs, convenience food and fresh products.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“There will be some range changes, so some of the products that don’t typically really appeal to inner-city urban dwellers, like 10kg dog food, we have removed and that has given us space back and allowed us to squeeze a traditional Aldi store into a smaller format,” Mr Daunt told </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/retail/aldi-ceo-tom-daunt-says-the-chain-is-ready-to-innovate/news-story/5e0e43feef46ba87cc98a72b73f1181e" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Australian</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The corner store is about developing a format to allow us to bring the Aldi offer to those customers in high-density urban locations.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The store also offers ready-to-eat lunch and dinner options and ‘pup parking’ outside the stores where owners can tie their dogs while they shop.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The interior of the new store has been complemented by street artist and muralist Joel Moore, aka Mulga, who’s artworks in-store celebrate the store’s surrounding neighbourhood.</span></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/CRSmnR3NqTt/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CRSmnR3NqTt/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by ⚡🦍🌴MULGA🌴🦍⚡ (@mulgatheartist)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite the current COVID-19 restrictions, the retailer decided to open the store without encouraging customers to visit just yet.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We have proceeded with opening the new ALDI Corner Store in North Sydney, taking into account all the current COVID restrictions,” an ALDI Australia spokesperson told </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-9785609/Aldi-Corner-Store-North-Sydney-cafe-serving-barista-coffee-bakery-self-serve-checkouts.html" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Daily Mail</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Given the lockdowns in Greater Sydney, we don’t feel it is appropriate to drive interest or additional customer traffic to Corner Store at this time.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We are fortunate that as an essential service we are open for trade, and in these challenging times feel it is our responsibility to ensure North Sydney locals have access to the re-opened store to make their essential grocery purchases as needed.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The completion of the store comes just months after the supermarket chain submitted an application to North Sydney Council to convert the existing outlet into a smaller store.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The new ALDI Corner Store will be open from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday and from 8am to 8pm on weekends.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Aldi Fans Australia / Facebook </span></em></p>

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"Touch and go": Masterchef winner wanted to leave comp

<p>Masterchef 2021 winner Justin Narayan has been known as the show's underdog and won by just one point against rival Pete Campbell.</p> <p>The nail-biting final saw the final three, which had Justin, Pete and Kishwar Chowdhury, make two hard dishes by guest chef Peter Gilmore.</p> <p>Luckily, Justin crushed the dishes, which were golden crackle desert and squid noodles and ended up winning the plate and $250,000 in prize money.</p> <p>He's now confirmed that the prize money was far out of his sight as he was hit with a tragic family circumstance during the competition.</p> <p>His father ended up falling sick and ended up in the ICU, which made Justin contemplate his role in the competition.</p> <p>"He got sick during filming and ended up in ICU for a few days, and it was touch and go if I would continue on with the comp or not, but he ended up getting better and got out of the hospital," shares the 27-year-old with <a href="https://www.nowtolove.com.au/reality-tv/masterchef/masterchef-2021-winner-justin-narayan-68368"><em>Now To Love</em></a>.</p> <p>Luckily, his father overcame the illness and Justin admitted he leaned on his co-competitors, Brent Draper, Pete Campbell and Amir Manoly pretty heavily for support.</p> <p>"I remember telling those guys, I didn't really tell anyone, but I told those guys one morning, and there was a couple of tears. Those boys were really supportive, and we all just had each other's backs.</p> <p>"It was just a genuine friendship, like competition and everything aside, it was awesome to have people like that around you in moments like that," says Justin.</p> <p>His father was absolutely thrilled that Justin won the competition, as well as his fiance and his grandparents.</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/CRRC8HHrjgh/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CRRC8HHrjgh/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Justin Narayan (@justinnarayan)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"The first person I thought of would have been my dad, who was next to me, which was awesome," he remembers.</p> <p>"And then my grandparents; so it was real special to have them around, and it was real awesome to have my fiancée there. I definitely wouldn't even have signed up if it weren't for her."</p> <p>"I was just genuinely so shocked I wasn't ready for it at all.</p> <p>"I honestly was so confused I just went blank, like this is nuts, the weight of the moment just hit me," he recalls.</p> <p>As for what he's up to next? He still hasn't "figured it out".</p> <p>"I still haven't figured it out. I think I still want to get a little more experience and see what new techniques I can work with, but I do love the nostalgia of the food I grew up eating, so I am sure that will sneak into every type of food I make," he explained.</p>

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Mum shamed for putting "alcohol-free" vodka in child's lunchbox

<p>What's the difference between an alcohol-free bubbly drink and a soft drink? Although they sound the same, there is a world of a difference - as one NZ mum and gym director has discovered.</p> <p>After putting cans of zero alcohol Pals (a vodka seltzer) in her kids' lunchboxes, the mum shared a photo to Instagram with the caption: "perfect addition to school lunches too."</p> <p>While the drinks are free from alcohol the post caused a bit of a stir, especially on Twitter where a screenshot was shared.</p> <p>"I'm already imagining young kids grabbing the wrong Pals from the fridge for an after school drink ... very irresponsible marketing. And not from Pals," one person wrote.</p> <p>"Wow putting a non alcoholic drink in a school lunch! How irresponsible," another commented.</p> <p>When the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/mum-criticised-for-putting-zero-per-cent-alcohol-pals-in-childrens-lunchboxes/FG7IHR3MEPFBFACYPRT5MUURSE/" target="_blank">NZ Herald</a><span> </span>contacted the mum for comment she claimed that the post had been a "gag."</p> <p>"Just like I have the personal rights to pop down to the booze shop and purchase a zero per cent Heineken and put it into my kids lunch boxes. For a gag," she explained.</p> <p>"A lot of my content is appealing to the general population and our clients who can have a laugh, not those who have the capacity to spin something completely out of context and actually think I sent my kids to pre-school and school with a Pal in their lunch boxes."</p> <p>Alcohol-free beverages are becoming quite popular amongst a wife group of people, from pregnant and breastfeeding mums to non-drinkers to people who just want to cut down on their consumption.</p> <p>But there are still some misconceptions about them and how they differ from soft drink.</p> <p>Irene Falcone is the founder of Australia's first physical alc-free bottle shop,<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://sansdrinks.com.au/" target="_blank">Sans Drinks</a>.</p> <p>"Alc-free drinks are not soft drinks – they taste and smell just like alcohol," she says. "They have the same rules and regulations as alcohol."</p>

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Slow-cooked meat pie hack dubbed a "game-changer"

<p>A fan of a slow cooker has surprised others by using it to cook a meat pie, potatoes and mushy peas.</p> <p>Home cook Alison came up with the idea after seeing a similar meal online and posted it to the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/slowcookedwonders" target="_blank">Slow Cooker Wonders</a><span> </span>Facebook group.</p> <p>"Husband's dinner tonight, hope it works!" she wrote.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842268/slow-cooker-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/7f3bbd4791454a5faa4d29fa4ff8fd04" /></p> <div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post-body-container"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Many were fascinated by the idea.</p> <p>“I hope this comes out good, it’ll revolutionise teatime,” said one.</p> <p>“I need to know too, please, would be a game changer for me.”</p> <p>Others were surprised by the backlash, as group members were quick to criticise.</p> <p>“Those mushy peas (are) definitely going to run all over the pie lid and potatoes! Good idea if it works, but I would definitely put a few air holes in that pie lid or it might explode,” one group member pointed out.</p> <p>“Why can’t people just be kind? She’s cooking, it’s her husband. Are you eating it? No, her husband is. What’s wrong with experimenting and trying things? Jeez, get a grip,” said one.</p> <p>“The peas will soggy it all and potatoes won’t cook. Intrigued.”</p> <p>Alison did not mention how the meal went or whether her husband enjoyed it.</p> <p><em>Photo credits: Facebook</em></p> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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Coles introduces big change from today

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After announcing a new Sustainability Strategy in February, Coles will no longer be selling single-use plastic tableware across more than 2500 its supermarkets, Coles Express outlets, and Coles Liquor stores from Thursday, July 1.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Single-use plastic cups, plates, bowls, straws and cutlery have been taken off the shelves and replaced with a range of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified tableware and other reusable options.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Stores in South Australia phased out single-use plastic tableware in March to comply with state law, with the rest of the country phasing the products out by July 1.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The decision to phase out the plastic products will divert 1.5 million kilograms of single-use plastic from landfill every year, according to a press release Coles released in February.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The move has received praise from both the Honourable Sussan Ley, the Federal Minister for the Environment Honourable Susan Ley, and Pip Kiernan, the chairperson of Clean Up Australia.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s heartening to see Coles making impactful changes to reduce waste to landfill and providing customers with options that are kinder on the planet,” Kiernan said.</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">“These items are not recyclable, they are designed to be used once and discarded, going to landfill and many ending up in our environment as litter.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Last year our volunteers reported that over half of all items they collected were plastic or contained plastic.”</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Today we released our Sustainability Strategy, setting out plans to work with customers, suppliers, team members and the community to achieve our ambitions around <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TogethertoZero?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TogethertoZero</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BetterTogether?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BetterTogether</a>. <a href="https://t.co/ncaIDJ7eU6">https://t.co/ncaIDJ7eU6</a> <a href="https://t.co/fLEYvfANLy">pic.twitter.com/fLEYvfANLy</a></p> — Coles Supermarkets (@Coles) <a href="https://twitter.com/Coles/status/1410013713986326529?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 29, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Coles’ Sustainability Strategy - made up of two sections called ‘Together to Zero’ and ‘Better Together’ - outlines several commitments the supermarket giant is making to become more eco-friendly.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Together to Zero sets our ambition to reduce our impact on the environment.” the strategy says.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Better Together recognises that when we work together, we can make a real difference to our team, our suppliers, our customers and to the communities in which we live and work.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The strategy targets nine of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs): zero hunger, good health and wellbeing, gender equality, decent work and economic growth, reduced inequalities, responsible consumption and production, climate action, and life below water and life on land.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Under our important new sustainability pillars - Together to Zero and Better Together - we have set our aspirations and the pathway to meet the many challenges and opportunities we face,” Coles Group CEO Steven Cain said in a press release.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Coles Group has committed to phasing out “problematic” and “unnecessary” single-use plastic packaging for Coles Brand products and to ensuring all Coles Brand packaging will be 100 percent recyclable, reusable, or compostable by 2025.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The supermarket giant will also continue to focus on reducing food waste by donating unsold, edible food to organisations including SecondBite and Foodbank.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Coles.com.au</span></em></p>

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Mum bombarded with criticism for prepping meals for son

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A mum has been roasted online after sharing how she prepares a full freezer of homemade meals for her 30-year-old son.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The woman shared a photo of her freezer, chock full of frozen meals including pasta, curries, and beef casserole, on Facebook.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She wrote that her son could “always let himself in for a feed” despite not living at home.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He knows there’s always a selection in the freezer. If I can, you can,” she wrote.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But, she reportedly had to turn off comments on her post after receiving an “overwhelming” amount of negative comments.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a later update on the post, she explained she’d been bombarded and was forced to take action, according to </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Daily Mail Australia</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This post was meant to inspire, not judge,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I am turning off comments as this is becoming very overwhelming, love to you all, life can be wonderful no matter what.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Amidst the negativity, others came through and praised the extent of her meal prep, saying she was a “wonderful mumma”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I hope I do the same for my son because I love cooking,” one person wrote.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“My mum is exactly like you; she feeds me when I am there and I am over 30,” another commented.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Facebook</span></em></p>

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Jackie O reveals health battle in lockdown

<p>Radio host Jackie "O" Henderson has revealed that she's the new face of weight loss program Weight Watchers after battling with her own weight issues in lockdown.</p> <p>“When we were in isolation, I just started eating really unhealthy and then I got into this big rut that I couldn’t get out of“ the 45-year-old told Natalie Barr on Tuesday.</p> <p>“I noticed I was putting on more and more weight and with that I didn’t want to go out and I think my confidence was just shot.”</p> <p>Henderson revealed that she "stopped socialising completely" due to her feelings about her body.</p> <p>“I just got to a point where I wasn’t doing anything,” she explained.</p> <p>“I was coming home everyday from work, watching TV, and I was setting a bad example for my daughter as well by not eating healthier, having far too much takeout.”</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/tv/CQZgHYeAxQg/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/tv/CQZgHYeAxQg/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Jackie O (@jackieo_official)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Everything was getting on top of me and I didn’t really know how to start finding my way back.”</p> <p>Henderson is documenting her weight loss journey with the public and approached WW to try one of their plans.</p> <p>She ended up signing on as a celebrity ambassador instead, with the aim of losing 10 kilograms.</p> <p>“I thought OK, this has to stop, I have to do something where I’m starting to feel good about myself again, I need to get back to the way I used to feel,” she said.</p> <p>“So I reached out to WW because I’d heard a lot of great things about their plan and their holistic approach to not only losing weight but feeling good about yourself and exercising a bit more, so all of those things really appealed to me.”</p> <p>“When you put yourself out there for something like this, you kind of have got to come through with the goods,” she said.</p> <p>“I knew that it was something that was not only going to not only put a lot of pressure on me, but it would put me under the microscope.”</p>

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"At a crossroads": Manu Feildel set to say goodbye to Channel 7

<p>French chef Manu Feildel's TV career with Seven could be coming to an end after the TV network axed <em>Plate of Origin</em> and <em>My Kitchen Rules</em> was "rested" after a disappointing 2020 season.</p> <p>After initially signing with Channel 7 in 2010, his contract is set to expire later this month.</p> <p>“I’m at a time of my life now where I’m at the crossroad,” Feildel told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.smh.com.au/culture/celebrity/hanging-up-his-apron-why-manu-feildel-is-giving-up-on-restaurants-20210614-p580uo.html" target="_blank"><em>Nine newspapers</em></a>.</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/CFbTpI9nJOg/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CFbTpI9nJOg/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Manu Feildel (@manufeildelofficial)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p> “Either TV is going to stop and I’m going to keep on going with my businesses that I’ve had or television is going to change its course. I’m at peace with whatever happens to me.”</p> <p>Feildel is appearing on the latest season of <em>SAS Australia</em>, but has also been chatting to other production companies about future projects.</p> <p>“That’s the type of TV I want to do,” he said. “There are smaller production companies not necessarily attached to a network that approached me for a few different ideas. They’re great ideas and I want to be involved with them but, again, it’s having the idea, producing it and then selling it that’s the trick.”</p>

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Woolworths sends shoppers wild over $8 beverage

<p>Woolworths shoppers have gone into a frenzy after a video posted to TikTok revealed the supermarket now stocks bubble tea kits for just $8.</p> <p>New Zealand brand Avalanche are the ones behind the DIY Bubble Tea Kits, with Woolworths across Australia exclusively stocking them in Milky (Original), Strawberry, Peach, Caramel, Brown Sugar, Mango, Matcha and Taro flavours. Each pack comes with five servings.</p> <p>Adelaide food TikToker Brittany Boyle was the one who shared the clip, saying her experience with the popular beverage was "fantastic".</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 279.1666666666667px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841822/screen-shot-2021-06-16-at-110436-am.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ccca23ab1df4440286575893023960e4" /></p> <p>“PSA for all my bubble tea lovers,” Boyle posted. “Woolworths now sell bubble tea kits.”</p> <p>Speaking to Pedestrian TV, Boyle said the taro and peach flavours were "delicious".</p> <p>“But I’d definitely recommend using milk instead of water for the milky teas and instead of microwaving the pearls soak them in hot water,” she added.</p> <p>“[It] tastes so much better that way.”</p> <p>In a statement, Woolworths Merchandise Manager, Cormac Deery, told news.com.au they “love seeing customers enjoy the new Avalanche Bubble Tea and sharing their excitement online”.</p> <p>“Customers are clearly enjoying the product and flavours available too as there’s been a noticeable spike in demand on the range, particularly over the weekend,” he added.</p> <p>“We have no doubt TikTok has played a large part in the awareness of the range.”</p> <p>The range has hit shelves in all states and territories bar Western Australia. But there's no need for concern, as shoppers can expect to find it within the next 24-48 hours.</p> <p>Boyle’s video was viewed by close to two million people, many of them commenting how excited they were about getting their hands on the product.</p> <p>“Looks like I’m taking a trip to Woolworths in the morning then,” one of the 15,000 people to comment wrote.</p> <p>“I’m so mad that it’s 11.45 pm now and I have to wait till tomorrow to get some,” said another.</p>

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"It ain't weak to speak": MasterChef's Brent Draper opens up about his anxiety

<p>In what has been labelled as "the most pivotal moment in MasterChef history", the heart-wrenching scene where tradie Brent Draper raised his hand and confessed to struggling with his mental health to breaking point has resonated with hundreds of Aussies.</p> <p>Draper's decision to leave the competition and "rest his mind", as judge Jock Zonfrillo put it as he handed over a set of worry beads, was a first for the show, and a watershed moment for mainstream TV.</p> <p>Speaking to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://news.com.au/" target="_blank">news.com.au</a>, the 31-year-old said it was just the first step in a tough journey he's beyond proud to have embarked on, as he described the darkness he felt when he arrived home.</p> <p>“To be honest I was probably at the worst then,” he said of reuniting with his wife Shon and toddler Alfie.</p> <p>“Because my symptoms were physical, I legitimately thought that I had a liver disease or something. My brain had tricked me into thinking that I was dying,” he said.</p> <p>A conversation with a trusted longtime GP helped him understand anxiety was at the root of his symptoms, a moment which saw "the weight lift" as the realisation that he wasn't drying, and could seek help for his problems, sunk in.</p> <p>Since last night's emotional MasterChef episode and Draper's Instagram video follow-up, the response from fans have been overwhelming with praise for his courage.</p> <p>The humble dad says knowing he's managed to help some people has been heartwarming.</p> <p>“The amount of young males reaching out to me saying this has helped them so much,” he said.</p> <p>“I’ve had a lot of wives reach out saying they’d never seen their husband cry before so just to witness that was such a big thing for them. Others said they just cried together during the episode. I’ve had 58-year-old plumbers reaching out saying, ‘I was a mess.’</p> <p>“A lady reached out saying she watched it with her family. All the kids were crying and asking questions and talking about life and mental health. These are kids from ages 10 to 18.</p> <p>“Even my brother, he’s 17 and that’s a tough age … he messaged me saying that he’s proud of me and that’s something I never thought I’d hear come out of his mouth.</p> <p>“I think it’s helped a lot of people,” he said.</p> <p>As for his two-year-old son, Alfie, he hopes to show him the episode one day to teach him the importance of mental health awareness.</p> <p>“This is my responsibility now,” he said.</p> <p>“After going through this I need to make sure Alfie knows we are all emotional human beings, that’s what we run off – emotions.</p> <p>“I want to tell him, if you find that you wake up in the morning and just feel sad – it’s OK. He’s going to see this episode one day and see me break down on it, and I think it’s going to be something that’s really powerful.”</p> <p>As for what he’d pass on to those facing similar struggles of their own, his message is simple: “It ain’t weak to speak.”</p> <p>“There’s nothing weak about going and getting help from a professional,” Draper stressed.</p> <p>“There’s nothing weak about going to your mates and saying, ‘I’m having a really tough time at the moment’, or your wife or your girlfriend or your boyfriend. I just did on national TV.</p> <p>“Nothing bad can come out of it. I’ve gone and dealt with and learnt so much; it’s been nothing but positive since I opened up.</p> <p>“I like that line: If you’re not speaking it you’re storing it and storing it gets heavy. Especially for us males, we need to not just go to the pub and talk about the footy score, but talk about how your week was and what you’re feeling … and then the footy score after that,” he joked.</p>

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Woolworths shopping bag hack goes VIRAL

<p>A Woolworths hack for storing the supermarket's plastic grocery bags has ignited a debate with checkout workers.</p> <p>A Gold Coast mum revealed how she folded bags into convenient "triangles".</p> <p>The folding technique is more space-efficient as it means you can keep several in your bag.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height:0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841704/food-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/322d914984ff4df0b190cc03d9dbc63a" /></p> <div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post-body-container"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>The 20-second video started a debate with check-out workers who said that the hack was "frustrating".</p> <p>“As a cashier, please make sure to unfold them before you get to the checkout because it takes so much time trying to open these,” the Woolies worker wrote.</p> <p>She added: “Sometimes I shake it open aggressively so they’ll know I’m annoyed.”</p> <p>“I would rather give them a bag for free than deal with this,” another worker wrote.</p> <p>A third agreed, saying: “Yes agreed! I’m a cashier too and they’re just so fidgety to unravel and time-consuming.”</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/CPzzcWDH5J1/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CPzzcWDH5J1/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by nita 🤎 (@itsnitanita)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The poster who made the video said that she didn't expect it to be that popular.</p> <p>"I was home alone putting away groceries and thought I’d prop up my phone and film a 20sec clip to show how I put my bags away. Didn’t think I’d make the news HAHAHAHAHA lmaooo" she wrote.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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