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Thrifty mums share $19 Kmart hack for transforming laundries

<p>Thrifty mums have shared their genius Kmart hacks for transforming their laundries into stylish, organised spaces.</p> <p>One popular tip, posted to a Facebook group, involves turning a $19 drink dispensing station into a clever way to store and dispense fabric softener and laundry liquid.</p> <p><img id="i-7885303e7667ee51" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" class="blkBorder img-share b-loaded" src="https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/newpix/2018/08/20/02/4F399B8C00000578-6076965-Clever_mums_have_revealed_how_this_19_drinks_dispenser_pictured_-a-5_1534727662912.jpg" alt="Clever mums have revealed how this $19 drinks dispenser (pictured) from Kmart can be transformed into a chic and stylish laundry liquids station" width="634" height="683" /></p> <p>The hack was so well-received that several mums shared photos of how they’ve used the dispensing station in their laundries.</p> <p><img id="i-efbe7f25673da0e7" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" class="blkBorder img-share b-loaded" src="https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/newpix/2018/08/20/02/4F39995B00000578-6076965-The_drinks_dispenser_along_with_a_jar_and_a_black_placemat_makes-a-6_1534727662965.jpg" alt="The drinks dispenser along with a jar and a black placemat makes for a stylish nook " width="634" height="724" /></p> <p><img id="i-22bd2c2eec77cee4" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" class="blkBorder img-share b-loaded" src="https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/newpix/2018/08/20/00/4F39996800000578-6076965-image-a-104_1534722934483.jpg" alt="Melynda revealed how a quote board added to her corner made for an interesting touch " width="634" height="845" /></p> <p><img id="i-c86153dd09d89cfb" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" class="blkBorder img-share b-loaded" src="https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/newpix/2018/08/20/00/4F39996300000578-6076965-image-m-106_1534723034735.jpg" alt="This laundry uses both the drinks dispenser and quote board, however, a grey caddy helps to store extra products  " width="634" height="448" /></p> <p>Another mum also revealed how she used a $10 Big W ladder and $6 Kmart felt baskets to create extra storage in her laundry room.</p> <p>Queensland mother-of-six, Joelle Skinner, shared ton her blog: 'Phase two of laundry room organisation, a place for all of the kids' shoes! I thought and thought on this one, whether to use shelves or drawers or even purpose built shoe storage. But finally came up with this, which fits perfectly in this little space!”</p> <p>“I found this bamboo ladder at Big W for $10 and these felt baskets for $6 each at Kmart, I added an extra dowel on top and voila, it's like they were made for each other!” she added.</p> <p><img id="i-17267e801984bac7" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" class="blkBorder img-share b-loaded" src="https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/newpix/2018/04/26/03/4B8F1BE700000578-5657957-Posting_on_her_page_Jedi_Mum_Tricks_Mrs_Skinner_recently_shared_-a-132_1524709348165.jpg" alt="Posting on her page, Jedi Mum Tricks, Mrs Skinner recently shared a number of ways she's simplified the process - the latest 'hack' involving $6 felt baskets from Kmart and a $10 ladder from Big W" width="634" height="845" /></p>

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7 ways to revamp your living room without spending a fortune

<p>If your living room feels dull and lifeless it's time for a new look. Using a balanced combination of light, colour and texture, you can transform a tired space into a room you don’t want to leave. And the best part? It doesn't have to cost you a fortune.</p> <p><strong>1. A floor rug</strong></p> <p><span>A floor rug can bring visual warmth and ties in the elements of a room creating a succinct space. In open plan areas it can also help ‘zone’ the living room and segregate it from the dining room. Note: Make sure you consider the size of the rug. A rug too big or too small can change the dynamics of a room. You can find a reasonably priced rug discounted through some wholesalers.</span></p> <p><strong>2. Couch pillows and a throw</strong></p> <p><span>Pillows and throws are a great way to revitalise a room. Simply changing the materials and colours of them can transition your room from summer to winter in a matter of minutes. Bold colours, pastels and thin materials can be great for summer, yet thick materials, heavy textures and muted tones are perfect for winter. Note: Mix and match colours of the same season. </span></p> <p><strong>3. Framed prints</strong></p> <p><span>Framed prints can form interest in a room, create a talking point with visitors and set the style of your living room. You can find some fantastic pieces from secondhand stores. Just remember that you want to match the ‘style’ of the room with the print, not necessarily the colours.</span></p> <p><strong>4. A vase and flowers</strong></p> <p><span>It is surprising how flowers can liven up a room. They bring a pop of colour and a sweet scent that cannot be artificially mimicked. Try keeping the vase a neutral colour or using a large recycled jar, and chose flowers that last, such as natives, kale flowers or greenery fillers.</span></p> <p><strong>5. A coffee table</strong></p> <p><span>Consider the shape and size of the coffee table to suit the layout of your sofa’s. You may find you need to compromise on the size of the table to fit the space. Think about the finish of the table. A timber table top may not always look good with timber floors.</span></p> <p><strong>6. A lick of paint</strong></p> <p><span>Paint is an easy way to transform a room and you can do yourself. Try a feature wall to give new backdrop to framed prints or paint the entire room for a complete overhaul. If you are confident with your decorating skills, try your hand at stenciling. Tip: Make sure you use a complementary hue if you are creating a feature wall.</span></p> <p><strong>7. A side table</strong></p> <p><span>It’s a useful piece of furniture to have. You can move it to suit the room layout and it can be used to sit a lamp, an indoor plant or just your cup of coffee! Like the coffee table, you may want to think hard about the shape and size of the table, and try not to match it with the coffee table. </span></p> <p><em>Written by <a href="http://www.ellevidovichcopywriter.com.au"><strong><u>Elle Vidovich.</u></strong> </a></em></p>

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“Best $8 I’ve spent”: Mum shares Kmart cleaning hack

<p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">A mother has shared a clever hack for picking up small toys using a $8 product from Kmart.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">Ange Dobbin explained that she had trouble picking up her son’s small Lego pieces around the house.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">“Went and bought a pooper scooper today and it's the best $8 I have spent for picking up my son's Lego,” she explained on the Kmart Mums Australia Facebook page.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: center; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><img style="width: 500px; height:313.8801261829653px;" src="/media/7820214/0.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/76831a47fb5b480fb3bb231db429633f" /></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">“BEST KMART HACK EVER! So doing that this week!” one mum commented under the post.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">“I use mine for NERF bullets too,” added another.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">More than 1,000 people have since ‘liked’ the post, suggesting that it is a common problem in households.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">Some mothers also shared the clever ways they thought to pick up the tiny building blocks left lying around the house.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">“Vacuum cleaner with a stocking over the end,” one said.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">One mum suggested buying a cheap ‘kids play mat’ from eBay, with many of them being sold online for less than $20.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">The mum said that once her children finish playing with the Lego, she folds the mat up into a small bag and places it in the corner for the next time they play with it.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">Other mum’s said they used a bed sheet rather than ordering a specific play mat.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">What is your best cleaning hack? Let us know in the comments below.  </span></p>

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Viewers speak out over new villain of The Block

<p>We’re not even a week into The Block and a villain has already emerged.</p> <p>Last night, controversial contestant Sara demanded cash from fellow teams and accused foreman Dan Reilly of intimidatory tactics.</p> <p>The drama began when Sara found out her husband Hayden had agreed to pay another team’s tradie fees for the day without telling her. Hayden said he’d pay fellow contestant Spence’s $700 “hold up” fee as he was unable to put on his tradies for several hours because of work being done on Sara and Hayden’s apartment.</p> <p>But Sara was furious when she found out and marched upstairs to tell another team, Bianca and Carla, that she’ll be passing the full $700 bill on to them. As Sara and Hayden were late getting started because they were waiting for Bianca and Carla, as Sara sees it, the ladies should be paying the bill.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7820130/the-block.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/00d2a6869ca64951b8d14b326bd6b73a" /></p> <p>After a stand-off with neither side willing to budge, <em>The Block</em>’s foreman, Dan Reilly, enters to find out what the conflict is about.</p> <p>Dan reminds Sara that he’d told her earlier to talk to Bianca and Carla to find some way they could repay her for the delay they caused, suggesting she should ask them to do her and Hayden’s “lagging”, or water pipe insulation.</p> <p>But Sara has a very different memory of what happened.</p> <p>“Dan, you came to me, and you started yelling in my face. You did. Yeah, you did,” she tells Dan.</p> <p>“I didn’t. It takes a lot for me to yell,” he replies. “I said, ‘I think you should go upstairs and ask the girls to do your lagging’. Can we go the replay? I don’t think I was yelling.”</p> <p>Cut to the replay and sure enough, a calm Dan advises Sara about what he thinks she should do.</p> <p>“If you think I was coming across yelling, I apologise … but I wasn’t yelling,” he says.</p> <p>“OK fine, it wasn’t yelling,” Sara retorts. “But it was in a very assertive tone, that made me feel intimidated. That’s NOT ON. Because I don’t know ANYTHING about building.”</p> <p>Viewers were left less than impressed by Sara’s antics.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Sara claiming she was intimidated by Dan? Girl, ALL THE WAY bye <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/9TheBlock?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#9TheBlock</a></p> — james (@artjameso) <a href="https://twitter.com/artjameso/status/1026935542079008769?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 7, 2018</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">One problem Sara... you’re on camera... we can see Dan didn’t yell at you. You’re no wallflower, stop playing like you are <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/9TheBlock?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#9TheBlock</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/liarliar?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#liarliar</a></p> — HausofBec (@BecRants) <a href="https://twitter.com/BecRants/status/1026801838119473152?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 7, 2018</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Sara- the queen of melodrama. First dan is yelling at her, then when he says he heard yelling, she says she wasn’t screaming. Then she claims to the one person who understands going on the block without any background that they don’t get it. Right....<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/9TheBlock?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#9TheBlock</a></p> — Janelle Berner (@missnellebelle) <a href="https://twitter.com/missnellebelle/status/1026797809092055041?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 7, 2018</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Wow That Sara is a piece of work. Guuuuurl You can't lie, manipulate or bully while TV cameras are around. Hopefully she gets served a nice plate of accountability soon. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/9TheBlock?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#9TheBlock</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/thegatwick?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#thegatwick</a></p> — Taylee (@arcolicastant) <a href="https://twitter.com/arcolicastant/status/1026779567934005248?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 7, 2018</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">So Sara claims that <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ForemanDan?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ForemanDan</a> spoke harshly to her because she doesn't understand building. THEN WHY ARE YOU ON THE SHOW? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/9theblock?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#9theblock</a></p> — Caffeine Kiddo (@CaffeineKiddo) <a href="https://twitter.com/CaffeineKiddo/status/1026778762401087489?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 7, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>So after all that, who paid the $700? Drawn the fight, Spence tells them all the stop arguing as he’ll pay the money rather than cause a conflict between teams so early in the competition.</p> <p> </p>

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Inside Judge Judy’s new $12 million mansion

<p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">Judge Judy has bought a new home with her husband Jerry for $AU12.15 million in Newport, Rhode Island.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">The 9,719-square-foot property has six bedrooms, six full bathrooms, two partial bathrooms, a pool and an elevator.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">Most of the rooms in the impressive mansion have panoramic ocean views and there are many other modern amenities, such as a geothermal heating and cooling system and heated floors.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">The home was previously owned by Campbell Soup heiress Dorrance Hamilton, who nicknamed the property ‘The Bird House’ because of her love for birds.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">According to a news release, Judy Sheindlin told Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty that she and her husband are “looking forward to falling in love with Newport”.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">The home is located at one of the highest points in Newport, so Judge Judy will be secluded away from prying eyes.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">Take a look inside the $12 million mansion by scrolling through the gallery above.</span></p>

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Top tips for keeping your pantry in order

<p>There is something about opening the pantry when it’s just been cleaned and organised that fills you with a sense of calm. Having a well organised, totally functional pantry is a must-have in this busy day and age. All it takes is an hour of your time, some matching containers and a little pantry inspiration.</p> <p>I am a firm believer that if you can see everything, you won’t waste it. Shallow= shelving will stop you from stockpiling cans; simple, clear containers will tell you when you are running low on items, and baskets are handy for odd-shaped packets that are a little tricky to decanter. I like to keep everything together – my herbs, spices and baking items, such as flour and sugars, all lined up neatly, a section for tea, and so on. Doing this makes it much easier to find what I am looking for in a hurry.</p> <p><strong>Learn to love labels</strong></p> <p>I can’t be the only one who’s confused plain (all-purpose) flour with self-raising flour, or icing (confectioners’) sugar with cornflour. Poor labelling can cause some real issues in the kitchen, so there’s no excuse not to label your jars, especially when there are so many free templates on the internet to get you started.</p> <p><strong>Creative labelling</strong></p> <ul> <li>Hang a simple piece of brown card from the lid and neatly write the contents in thick black marker.</li> <li>Paint a square on the outside of your jars with blackboard paint and label them with chalk.</li> <li>Write directly on the jar with a marker in neat, cursive writing.</li> <li>Match your labels to your kitchen colour scheme to ensure continuity.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Tips for a neat pantry</strong></p> <ul> <li>When buying containers for your pantry, stick to the same size, style and look. Consistency with your containers will create an inviting sense of order.</li> <li>Label, label, label!</li> <li>Group similar items, especially oils and condiments, together so that you can see everything at once.</li> <li>Never store more than two layers deep. If you can’t see it, you won’t use it.</li> <li>Invest in good lighting for a walk-in pantry. Searching in the dark is no fun.</li> <li>Tidy weekly to avoid your pantry getting disorganised.</li> <li>Having a collection of baskets on the floor of a walk in pantry is a neat and tidy way to store big packets and odd-shaped containers.</li> <li>A plastic-sleeved folder will solve your recipe mess. Simply slip cut-outs into a plastic sleeve and file away. Do the same with takeaway menus.</li> </ul> <p><em>This is an edited extract from </em>Chyka Home<em> by Chyka Keebaugh published by Hardie Grant Books NZ$44.99 and is available in stores nationally. </em></p> <p><em>Image credits: </em><em>Lisa Atkinson and Armelle Habib</em></p> <p><em><img style="width: 249px; height: 375px; float: right;" src="/media/7820051/chyka-home-cvr.jpg?width=249&amp;height=375&amp;mode=max" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/396ccbcca1724fe5acec948b99d97c13" /></em></p>

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Can you spot the snake in this overcrowded shed?

<p>A snake catcher has left the internet stumped after asking his followers to spot a python hiding inside an overcrowded shed.</p> <p>The reptile, which was believed to be two to two-and-a-half metres long, picked a clever hiding spot after slithering inside a shed at Coolum last week.</p> <p>Max Jackson shared a 180 degree image of the shed on the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/SunshineCoastSnakeCatchers/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7</strong></span></a> page, asking viewers to spot the python.</p> <p>Can you spot it?</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FSunshineCoastSnakeCatchers%2Fposts%2F2048817575370027&amp;width=500" width="500" height="696" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>“Don’t think I could find anything in that shed,” one Facebook user commented.</p> <p>Some people thought there was a snake hiding along the roof, but they were mistaken.</p> <p>However, many people were able to spot the python tucked away near a couple of black boxes, on the far left of the picture.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 0px; height:0px;" src="/nothing.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/6aae76d0c24e4c69a912132a53f307da" /><img style="width: 500px; height:375px;" src="/media/7819917/2.jpg?width=500&amp;height=375" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/6aae76d0c24e4c69a912132a53f307da" /></p> <p>“Bit ‘boxed’ in their lil fella,” one person joked.</p> <p>“Got him! I’m never walking in my shed again” said another person. </p> <p>Max explained that the reptile was first discovered when a child went to get a toy from the shed.</p> <p>“Their kid had gone into the shed to go and get the toy and realised the toy was basically sitting on top of the python,” Max said.</p> <p>Max explained that pythons like to move to sheds and roof spaces in the winter to keep warm.</p> <p>“It’s a nice warm way to spend the day especially in winter,” he said.</p> <p>“They do tend to come with rodents as a free bonus too.”</p>

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'It's a joke': Ban on backyard barbecue smoke dubbed un-Australian

<p>One state in Australia is receiving backlash after drafting laws that aims to reduce the smoke created by backyard barbecues.</p> <p>The Tasmanian Government has released draft smoke laws that include limiting the number of landholders allowed to burn vegetation and toughening standards around wood-heater emissions.</p> <p>The Tasmanian BBQ Society has spoken out against the changes, which have been labelled as ‘un-Australian’, in fear it will make it easier to fine people if their barbecues produce too much smoke.</p> <p>"When you're talking about the amounts of smoke that some of these permit and controlled burns give off, in comparison to what is an Australian way of life — the barbecue — it's a joke," president Rowan Peterson told the <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-19/barbecue-smoke-ban-dubbed-un-australian/10012644"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>ABC</strong></span></a>.</p> <p>The draft regulations state that barbeque smoke is unlawful it is:</p> <p><em>(a) visible for a continuous period of 10 minutes or more; and</em></p> <p><em>(b) during that continuous 10-minute period is visible for a continuous period of 30 seconds — (i) in the case of a heating appliance or fireplace in a building, or part of a building at a distance of 10 metres or more from the point on the building, or part of the building, where the smoke is emitted; or (ii) in the case of a heating appliance or outdoor heating or cooking appliance or fireplace that is not in a building, or part of a building — at a distance of 10 metres or more from the point where the smoke is emitted.</em></p> <p>Mr Peterson believes that these laws could be maliciously used in spats between neighbours.</p> <p>"If you have a nasty neighbour and/or a grumpy person that lives in your street, in my opinion it's just a tenuous argument that they can use to cause more issues," he said.</p> <p>While much of the Draft Smoke Act is rewording of the rules introduced in 2007, the consequences have ramped up.</p> <p>Under the new changes, barbecuing Tassies could be fined two penalty units if their fire breaks smoke rules. Magistrates will also be able to impose fines of up to $1,600 as a maximum penalty in courts.</p> <p>"There's so many forms of barbecue that relate to so many cultures in Australia," Mr Peterson said.</p> <p>"Not only does it affect your backyard bloke doing chops and snags, it'll affect anyone potentially who wants to cook outdoors."</p> <p>Fellow member of the Tasmanian BBQ Society, Rowan Armitage, said authorities should be "tackling the big end of town".</p> <p>"How much damage does 500 barbecues on a Sunday afternoon do compared to the huge forestry burn-offs?" he asked.</p> <p>On social media, many residents criticised the changes.</p> <p>"Bugger off fun police, a smoking BBQ keeps the mozzies away," Brendon Nowak said.</p> <p>"They can fine me all they like I'll be still having a nice smoking BBQ unless it's a total fire ban," added Quinton Turner.</p> <p>What are your thoughts on the smoke laws? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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10 more uses for Sunlight soap from the Over60 community

<p>Sunlight soap was the world’s first packaged and branded laundry soap, being introduced by the Lever Brothers in 1884. Since then, it has continued to impress customers with its quality and many uses. We shared with you <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.oversixty.co.nz/lifestyle/home-garden/2016/01/uses-for-sunlight-soap/" target="_blank">surprising uses for Sunlight soap</a></strong></span> and now, the Over60 community have shared 10 more ingenious uses for Sunlight soap.</p> <p><strong>1. Laundry</strong></p> <p>“I remember my Grandmother using this for laundry, cleaning and used it for the bath and washing dishes. Soap went into basket, locked it shut then as the water ran over it make suds… sunlight soap is amazing.” – Susan Lyzwa</p> <p><strong>2. Shampoo</strong></p> <p>“I always used it to wash hair when we were young... it was remarkable how soft it left our hair too… no conditioner in those days.” – Marlee Marley</p> <p><strong>3. Remove stains</strong></p> <p>“Fancy expensive stain removers are not necessary. Cold water and sunlight soap rubbed on any stains or marks, before placing item in the washing machine will do the trick.” – Fran Doyle</p> <p><strong>4. Discipline naughty children</strong></p> <p>“I remember having my mouth washed out with it for saying ‘bloody’. That was 55 years ago, and I never said it again in front of my Mum. I can still taste it!!” – Carolyn Korlaki</p> <p><strong>5. Remove splinters</strong></p> <p>“As a child I had a lot of splinters. My nan mixed grated sunlight soap and sugar to form a paste, place it on my finger then bandage it... later you would feel it drawing the splinter out, no tears.” – Lois Boon</p> <p><strong>6. Clean pets</strong></p> <p>“Old vet told me to use it on my dog years ago when he had some sort of mite rash on his skin. It fixed it.” -- Ellie Tarver </p> <p><strong>7. Treat grazes</strong></p> <p>“Very effective for those who get nasty grazes whilst playing various sports. Only 'treat' with sunlight soap and it will clear up very quickly!” -- Robyn Hern </p> <p><strong>8. Stop cramps</strong></p> <p>“Stops the cramps when you put it between the sheets, old wives’ tale but it works for me.” – Penny Button </p> <p>“Put a cake of sunlight soap under your pillow. Helps with pain, funny but true. Try it.” – Rhonda McWilliam</p> <p><strong>9. Treat boils</strong></p> <p>“Sunlight soap, little water and white sugar makes a paste. It fixes sores, boils and draws out splinters.” – Patti Cloake</p> <p><strong>10. Firelighter</strong></p> <p>“Nanna used to cut chunks of it to put into the wood fired copper.” – Maureen Snelson</p> <p>What are your favourite uses for Sunlight soap? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Mum’s clever $27 Kmart hack for gorgeous indoor hanging garden

<p>A mother with a love of greenery has shared her hack for transforming a $27 clothing rack from Kmart into a gorgeous indoor garden.</p> <p>Rebecca Grining, of Geelong, Victoria, rents her home which meant she had to find an inventive way to bring the garden into her home as drilling holes in the walls and ceiling was not allowed. So Rebecca turned to budget friendly retailer Kmart to help her find a solution. </p> <p>“When you rent and you will do anything to have hanging plants indoors!” she wrote on a post alongside an image she shared to social media. “Kmart clothes rack to the rescue! The obsession is real.”</p> <p>The photos show a tall, black, clothes rack with four plants hanging from the top rail.</p> <p><img width="399" height="499" src="https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/newpix/2018/07/10/00/4E12C11200000578-5935899-image-a-1_1531177363549.jpg" alt="As a renter, with a love of greenery, Rebecca Grining, of Geelong, reveals how a $27 rack from Kmart (pictured) could be transformed into a hanging garden " class="blkBorder img-share b-loaded" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" id="i-9038343d1bfdf3d4"/></p> <p>Rebecca also revealed she had sourced the other pieces for her indoor garden from second-hand shops, making it a very budget-friendly creation.</p> <p>“The four-tiered hanger was in stock [at Kmart] last year, the middle is an op shopped cane basket with the Kmart macrame hanger, the black and grey hanger was from pillow talk,” she told <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://homes.nine.com.au/2018/07/09/14/29/renter-mum-hacks-27-dollar-kmart-item-to-create-indoor-hanging-garden" target="_blank">9Honey</a>.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><img width="391" height="393" src="https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/newpix/2018/07/10/00/4E12C11B00000578-5935899-image-m-3_1531177580248.jpg" alt=" Ms Grining explained she removed the fabric panel at the bottom of the rack (pictured) as this didn't serve a purpose " class="blkBorder img-share b-loaded" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" id="i-3289a98b98960176"/></span></p> <p>Rebecca shared her hack to a popular mother's Facebook group where the post has been liked nearly 4,000 times.</p> <p>“I have one of those racks (full of clothes overflowing from small wardrobe), but am now thinking I need another to do this!” one mum wrote.</p> <p>Another added: “Deserves the Best Hack Award.”</p>

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Mum’s clever $27 Kmart hack for gorgeous indoor hanging garden

<p>A mother with a love of greenery has shared her hack for transforming a $27 clothing rack from Kmart into a gorgeous indoor garden.</p> <p>Rebecca Grining, of Geelong, Victoria, rents her home which meant she had to find an inventive way to bring the garden into her home as drilling holes in the walls and ceiling was not allowed. So Rebecca turned to budget friendly retailer Kmart to help her find a solution. </p> <p>“When you rent and you will do anything to have hanging plants indoors!” she wrote on a post alongside an image she shared to social media. “Kmart clothes rack to the rescue! The obsession is real.”</p> <p>The photos show a tall, black, clothes rack with four plants hanging from the top rail.</p> <p><img width="399" height="499" src="https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/newpix/2018/07/10/00/4E12C11200000578-5935899-image-a-1_1531177363549.jpg" alt="As a renter, with a love of greenery, Rebecca Grining, of Geelong, reveals how a $27 rack from Kmart (pictured) could be transformed into a hanging garden " class="blkBorder img-share b-loaded" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" id="i-9038343d1bfdf3d4"/></p> <p>Rebecca also revealed she had sourced the other pieces for her indoor garden from second-hand shops, making it a very budget-friendly creation.</p> <p>“The four-tiered hanger was in stock [at Kmart] last year, the middle is an op shopped cane basket with the Kmart macrame hanger, the black and grey hanger was from pillow talk,” she told <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://homes.nine.com.au/2018/07/09/14/29/renter-mum-hacks-27-dollar-kmart-item-to-create-indoor-hanging-garden" target="_blank">9Honey</a>.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><img width="391" height="393" src="https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/newpix/2018/07/10/00/4E12C11B00000578-5935899-image-m-3_1531177580248.jpg" alt=" Ms Grining explained she removed the fabric panel at the bottom of the rack (pictured) as this didn't serve a purpose " class="blkBorder img-share b-loaded" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" id="i-3289a98b98960176"/></span></p> <p>Rebecca shared her hack to a popular mother's Facebook group where the post has been liked nearly 4,000 times.</p> <p>“I have one of those racks (full of clothes overflowing from small wardrobe), but am now thinking I need another to do this!” one mum wrote.</p> <p>Another added: “Deserves the Best Hack Award.”</p>

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The Project’s Waleed Aly reveals the point everyone is missing about the plastic bag ban

<p><em>The Project</em>’s Waleed Aly has waded into the plastic bag debate that has raged ever since the nation’s most popular supermarkets – Woolworths and Coles – ditched single-use plastic bags last month.</p> <p>After airing a segment about the environmental benefits of the plastic bag ban on Friday’s episode of <em>The Project</em>, guest panellist Natarsha Belling said the ban should include all single use plastic in supermarkets.</p> <p>“I spoke to my local Woolworths lady about the plastic bag situation, now they’ve replaced it with the heavy duty plastic bags that next week they are going to charge 15 cents for each customer. Are they biodegradable?” she asked.</p> <p>“Does it matter?” Aly replied.</p> <p>“It does matter,” Belling countered, “because if we are going to go with no plastic, let’s get rid of all the packaging then on all the fruit and vegetables — what do you put your fruit and vegetables in?”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">The plastic bag ban is here to stay. It’s also the right thing to do - let’s stop being a bunch of sooks and deal with it. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TheProjectTV?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TheProjectTV</a> <a href="https://t.co/i1jEUJMiPA">pic.twitter.com/i1jEUJMiPA</a></p> — The Project (@theprojecttv) <a href="https://twitter.com/theprojecttv/status/1015164437165043713?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 6, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>But Aly argued that angry shoppers were missing the point about the plastic bag ban, arguing that the ban wasn’t about forcing customers to pay for reusable bags, but it was actually a move to try and get customers to stop using plastic altogether to avoid the charge.</p> <p>“Sure if you want to make that argument fine,” he said. “But the bags themselves that they sell — sure I get it would be better if they were selling biodegradable bags — but the point is not that.</p> <p>MREC-TAG-HERE</p> <p>“The point is the charge, so that you stop buying them, so it’s designed that you stop buying them eventually.”</p>

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Prince Charles opens up his home to the public in rare TV appearance

<p>The Prince of Wales is to make a star appearance on UK’s Gardeners’ World, asking green thumbs to “do their bit” to save native trees.</p> <p>A fierce advocate of the natural world, Prince Charles will invite the public into his gardens at Highgrove and discuss his love of gardening, which started when he was a boy, according to <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong><a href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/07/03/prince-charles-make-star-turn-gardeners-world-asking-viewers/">The Telegraph</a>.</strong></em></span></p> <p>The future King of England will implore gardeners to get their plants from reputable places, take measures to protect their own garden, and not bring back specimens from their holidays abroad – to prevent the spread of pests and disease.</p> <p>The Prince will be interviewed at Highgrove by presenter Adam Frost for a special episode focusing on trees.</p> <p><img width="424" height="266" src="https://imageresizer.static9.net.au/n0BeYOhQyns3AGQvyvuFG-7V4WA=/396x0/http%3A%2F%2Fprod.static9.net.au%2F_%2Fmedia%2F2018%2F07%2F05%2F08%2F24%2Fcharles2.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"/></p> <p>It is believed Charles was inspired to help tackle the issue after visiting border force officials at Heathrow Airport earlier this year, where he learned more about how experts are preventing plant-borne diseases being brought into the country.</p> <p>For nearly 40 years, Prince Charles has worked to transform the gardens at Highgrove, revamping overgrown and neglected land.</p> <p>On the TV special, he will talk through the steps he is taking within the Duchy of Cornwall, which covers 53,000 hectares of land across 23 British counties, to avoid the spread of plant diseases and pests.</p> <p>The prince will also share personal experiences of managing diseases on his own estate, including Dutch Elm Disease and Ash Dieback.</p> <p><img width="421" height="260" src="/media/7819610/capture_421x260.jpg" alt="Capture (12)" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"/></p> <p>He's previously spoken about his passion to save the trees, saying: "I have always been mortified by the loss of mature elm trees from almost every part of the countryside I knew and loved as a child, so I had high hopes for an American variety that appeared to be resistant to the disease.</p> <p>"I planted an avenue of them at Highgrove and then watched, miserably, as many of them succumbed just like the native variety.</p> <p>"The wider problem is that a great many more pests and diseases are now seriously threatening the health of all our native trees, yet public awareness of this situation seems to be frighteningly low."</p> <p> </p>

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The $1.95 Bunnings hack that will transform your home

<p>Bunnings customers are praising a new DIY hack that a Gold Coast decorator has shared, which uses a product from the store that only costs $1.95.</p> <p>Alicia Curtis’s budget decoration hacks have made her a following of nearly 30,000 people on her Instagram page ‘<a href="https://www.instagram.com/my.burleigh.reno/" target="_blank"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">My Burleigh Reno</span></strong></a>’ – and now she has shared a hack that definitely doesn’t disappoint.</p> <p>The 42-year-old has shared how Bunnings customers can turn a $1.95 doormat into a trendy plant pot, only using a few tools.</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: 658px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></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;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BkcSsDJhEQQ/" target="_blank">A post shared by My Burleigh Reno | Alicia (@my.burleigh.reno)</a> on Jun 25, 2018 at 2:08am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p class="mol-para-with-font">“These are made from seagrass door mats for $1.95 each,” the mother wrote on her Instagram.</p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">“I have used six mats here in this pic, total cost of mats $11.70 for five different basket planters.”</p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">Alicia explained how others can replicate the stylish hack in their own homes.</p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">“Simply roll or fold the mats together to form a planter cover for your pots,” Alicia wrote.</p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">“These mats are joined by tied jute rope or twine (which can also be purchased from the rope or garden section of Bunnings. These can also be cut to size as they won't unravel.</p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">“I have then decorated the planters by making tassels or plaited handles from the jute rope. You could also add shells, fringing or macramé.</p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">“The hanging basket is folded in half and tied at the sides.</p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">“Making tassels is easy, you can find lots of tutorials online or alternatively follow my steps found on an earlier post.”</p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">The result is a cheap and trendy plant pot that can be placed indoors or in an outdoor entertaining area.</p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">Alicia previously won over budget home-decorators after she explained how she transformed a Kmart shoe rack into a luxurious leather bench.</p> <p style="text-align: center;" class="mol-para-with-font"><img width="498" height="500" src="/media/7819543/1_498x500.jpg" alt="1 (164)"/></p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">Alicia previously told <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-5907653/How-turn-1-95-doormat-Bunnings-super-chic-plant-pot.html" target="_blank"><em><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">FEMAIL</span></strong></em></a> that the secret to her budget home decorating hacks is being able to think “outside the square”.</p> <p>MREC-TAG-HERE</p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">She said: “Before you get rid of something or discard buying something cheap simply because it's not right, think – can you alter or paint the item?</p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">“You can paint anything, from photo frames to garden pots, to give an item new life or adapt to new trends.”</p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">Alicia said she scouts her local discount stores for different products she can use to decorate her home.</p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">“I love being able to make and share inexpensive DIY hacks,” she added.</p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">“A lot of households can't afford new things and these hacks actually provide a lot of satisfaction – both personally and for my community.”</p> <p class="mol-para-with-font">What is your best decorating hack? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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9 cost-effective ways to warm your home this winter

<p>Sick of hearing about the same old heating methods<a href="https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/homed/heating" target="_blank"></a> that never quite do the job? Try these nine unconventional heating hacks. </p> <p><strong>1. Preheat your pyjamas </strong></p> <p>While you shower, put your pyjamas in the dryer to ensure that you have toasty warm clothing to change into as soon as you leave the warmth of the bathroom. For a slightly more affordable version, wrap your PJs in a hot water bottle or heat bag, not only will it heat your clothes but it will make your bed toasty warm too, just be sure to remove the hot water bottle from your bed before you settle down to sleep for the night. </p> <p><strong>2. Join the fan club</strong></p> <p>It might seem counter-productive but turning a fan on at the lowest setting will help circulate heat throughout the room. Don't knock it until you try it!</p> <p><strong>3. Hottie in the car </strong></p> <p>Dreading your chilly morning commute to work? Make your early start a little easier to stomach by putting hand warmers into your pockets or heat up a hot water bottle with warm water or a heat bag and put it on your lap as you drive. </p> <p><strong>4. Utilise bubble wrap</strong></p> <p>For those whose home insulation isn't up to scratch, a budget-friendly trick is to use bubble wrap to insulate your windows from the inside. To create the DIY double glazing, simply get some bubble wrap and use a product like blue-tac to hold it in place on your windows.</p> <p><strong>5. Make use of your curtains</strong></p> <p>Keep your house warmer for longer by making use of your curtains and the limited winter sun. To do this, open all of your curtains on a sunny morning and allow the house to soak up as much heat as possible during the day. As night falls, let your curtains act as an additional piece of insulation by closing them at dusk and trapping heat inside the house.</p> <p><strong>6. Cuddle your pet</strong></p> <p>When in doubt, a great way to stay warm on a cold night is by sharing body heat. While snuggling up with your partner might make you a little bit warmer, cuddling a furry pet will heat you up a lot faster. The key to success with this hack is to cuddle up with the fluffiest animal possible, so try and find a friend with a Ragdoll cat or a St Bernard.</p> <p>7. Go camping… indoors</p> <p><strong>Just because it's winter does</strong>n't mean you can't go camping... well, as long as it's in the living room. For a warm night's sleep, fill up a tent with pillows and blankets, make sure it's all zipped up and settle down for the night. The enclosed space will heat up by trapping the air and using your body warmth to make the space nice and cosy.</p> <p><strong>8. Redecorate</strong></p> <p>Positioning your favourite seat in front of the heater might feel great when you're sitting in it, but when you put furniture too close to a heating source you're actually stopping the hot air from circulating throughout the rest of the room. Fix this problem by repositioning your furniture and allowing the hot air to fill the whole room, rather than just absorbing it all up in one spot.</p> <p><strong>9. Get in the kitchen</strong></p> <p>There's nothing like a good soup or a roast to make you feel better on a cold winter’s night. Cooking is an easy way to warm up the air in your home, while also providing you with something warm to eat at the same time. </p> <p>What is your best tip for keeping your home warm in winter? Let us know in the comments below.</p> <p><em>Republished with permission of <a href="http://www.stuff.co.nz/" target="_blank"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Stuff.co.nz</span></strong></a>.</em></p>

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Selling Houses Australia host Andrew Winter: Inside my Gold Coast home renovations

<p><em>Selling Houses Australia</em> host Andrew Winter has revealed the outcome of his own renovation labours at his Gold Coast home.</p> <p>The English-born presenter revealed that the home took one year to complete – with his family living across the road from the property.</p> <p>As an expert in assessing properties both inside and out on his show, Andrew told <a href="https://www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/television/gold-logie-nominee-andrew-winter-reveal-amazing-renovation/news-story/4ca0352e0f6ab5b66664cfad07a29e36" target="_blank"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">News Corp</span> </strong></a>that this renovation focused on the exterior spaces.</p> <p>“We’ve never quite spent so much time focusing on the outside areas,” Andrew explained. </p> <p>The host revealed that he was drawn to the property because it has a pool in the centre of the house, rather than the backyard, which would allow him to experiment with design possibilities.</p> <p>“Every single bedroom has direct access to the courtyard and pool so it’s really unusual in that respect,” he said.</p> <p>While they left much of the interior layout unchanged, Andrew said he pushed the boundaries with features such as a black kitchen ceiling and a marble-look entry door.</p> <p>“It's a solid door but it's cut in porcelain,” Andrew said.</p> <p>“We were trying to push a few boundaries.”</p> <p>This weekend, Andrew Winter will attend the 60th Logies Awards in the Gold Coast, where he has been nominated for the Gold Logie. Andrew is up against <em>Love Child</em>’s Jessica Marais, <em>A Current Affair’</em>s Tracy Grimshaw, <em>Family Feud</em>’s Grant Denyer and <em>Doctor Doctor’</em>s Rodger Corser.</p> <p>Andrew is also in the running for the Most Popular Presenter award alongside Carrie Bickmore, Amanda Keller, Grant Denyer and Tracy Grimshaw.</p> <p>Unfortunately, Andrew Winter missed the Logies nomination festivities as he suffered a bout of Bell’s Palsy.</p> <p>“I was shocked to see that my eye was watering for some unknown reason, I then looked in the mirror and saw that my eyelid was closed on one side – like I was winking to myself,” Andrew told<em> TV Week</em>.</p> <p>He revealed that the doctors dismissed the “scary stuff” and diagnosed him with the condition, which causes temporary weakness or paralysis to the muscles on one side of the face.  </p>

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7 creative uses for wallpaper around the home

<p>Wallpaper has been back en vogue for years but interior design lovers are still pushing the boundaries of what you can do with it far past the standard feature wall.</p> <p>From covering the stairs to using it as art, here are seven creative things you can do with with wallpaper. </p> <p><strong>1. On the stairs </strong></p> <p>Take your entryway to the next level by installing wallpaper on your stairs. Either install a variety of geometric patterns or transform your stairway into a piece of art by choosing a pattern that is revealed to be a floral or abstract image from a distance.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://static3.stuff.co.nz/img-4774-copyjpg-97cdd145.jpg"/></p> <p><strong>2. Upcycle old furniture</strong></p> <p>Wallpaper can be used to upcycle tired and old furniture. All you need to do is wallpaper the back of a cabinet, bookshelf or even a set of shelves and voila. </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://static3.stuff.co.nz/17-rod-house12jpg-fa88f1d0.jpg"/></p> <p><strong>3. As a piece of art </strong></p> <p>Interior designer Daniella Norling created a unique piece of artwork in her living room by installing a bold piece of wallpaper - Kanchou by Brunschwig &amp; Fils - in a circular frame. </p> <p>Norling isn't the only one who has begun to think of wallpaper as art.</p> <p>"The lines have become blurred between art work and wallpaper art, which is often large-scaled art, such as a mural," Annabel Taylor of The Paper Room said. "A bold wallpaper or mural can make a great design statement that completely transforms a space. The key is not to have the design elements in your room fighting each other; rather they should be in harmony in terms of colour and pattern."</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://static3.stuff.co.nz/47726882726407f6da94cc45a5905c6d-c014787b.jpg"/></p> <p><strong>4. On a fireplace </strong></p> <p>Make your fireplace the focal point of a room, even when it isn't in use, by wrapping it in bold wallpaper. For a modern touch, opt for a geometric pattern.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> </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: 658px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50.0% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></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;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BgeSX-gH2K2/" target="_blank">A post shared by Lime Lace (@lime_lace)</a> on Mar 18, 2018 at 10:38am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>5. As a kitchen splashback </strong></p> <p>Renters rejoice. Give a tired kitchen a spruce without having to make any costly or permanent changes by installing removable stickers that resemble a tiled splashback.</p> <p>If you're looking for a more permanent solution, you could install wallpaper behind a piece of glass, but the experts say that this won't last in the long-run.</p> <p>"Sticking up wallpaper behind a piece of glass may look okay to begin with, but often moisture will get in behind the glass, bubble and create issues," Lucy Gauntlett of Lucy G Splashbacks <a href="https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/homed/kitchen/95676466/how-to-make-a-splash-with-your-splashback" target="_blank">t<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>old NZ House &amp; Garden</strong></span></a>.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> </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: 658px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50.0% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></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;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BYr8Q1gBWAE/" target="_blank">A post shared by 🔲Lover Of Luxe Homewares (@sartorialinteriors)</a> on Sep 5, 2017 at 9:43pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><strong>6. On the ceiling </strong></p> <p>Give any room a dose of wow-factor by installing wallpaper on the <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/homed/ceiling" target="_blank">ceiling.</a></strong></span> </p> <p>Wellington-based accountant and <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/home-property/91135726/statement-ceilings-transform-your-space-with-a-bespoke-fifth-wall" target="_blank">statement ceiling fan</a></strong></span>, Nicola Koptisch, said giving your your fifth wall some TLC is the perfect way to give a dull room an eye catching transformation.</p> <p>"I believe ceilings are just as important as the walls and furniture. A stunning ceiling can completely transform a space," Koptisch said. </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://static3.stuff.co.nz/26d2aab55c2587a9782ba37cc0f38694-01ea8e29.jpg"/></p> <p>MREC-TAG-HERE</p> <p><strong>7. As an alternative headboard </strong></p> <p>Not a big fan of headboards but don't want to be stuck with a plain wall behind your bed? Install a framed piece of wallpaper behind your bed instead. Opt for removable wallpaper as this will allow you to switch to a different style of paper without causing any damage.</p> <p><em>Republished with permission of <a href="http://www.stuff.co.nz/" target="_blank"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Stuff.co.nz.</span></strong></a></em></p>

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How regularly you should be washing your bed sheets

<p>A leading microbiologist from New York has advised people to wash their <a href="https://shop.oversixty.com.au/collections/sheets?utm_source=Over60&amp;utm_medium=in-article-link-sheets&amp;utm_campaign=Over60Shop&amp;utm_content=over60-shop" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>bed sheets</strong></span></a> once a week to avoid illness.</p> <p>Philip Tierno from New York University told Business Insider that microscopic life can build up over time and within a week gunk becomes “significant”.</p> <p>Tierno explained that not washing your bedding for two weeks will leave you with a build-up that can leave you with a scratch throat especially if you suffer from allergies.</p> <p>Unwashed bedding can also make you sneeze and sniffle more as the microbes are near your face, meaning you are more susceptible to breathing them in.</p> <p>"Even if you don't have allergies per se, you can have an allergic response," Tierno said.</p> <p>In a recent study, researchers found that a test sample of feather and synthetic pillows that were more than 11.5 -20 years old contained up to 16 species of fungus each.</p> <p>Mary Malone from about.com explained that leaving bedsheets unchanged can lead to health complications such as infected wounds and athlete’s foot.</p> <p>“It is possible to find saliva, urine, genital fluids and faecal matter in the fibres,” she told ATTN.</p> <p>“Infrequent cleaning of sheets and pillowcases allows the fluids to seep into the pillows and mattresses, and those are much more difficult to clean than tossing sheets in the washer,” she said.</p> <p>As well as your own microbial life, you can also find pollen, soil, lint, dust mite debris and faeces and finishing agents in your bedding.</p> <p>"If you touched dog poo in the street, you'd want to wash your hands," Tierno said. "Consider that analogous to your bedding. If you saw what was there — but of course you don't see it — after a while you have to say to yourself, 'Do I want to sleep in that?'"</p> <p>How often do you wash your bedding? Let us know in the comments below.</p> <p><em><strong> </strong></em></p>

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