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Affordable Christmas catch ups

The festive season can sometimes cost an arm and a leg. With work functions and family and friend catch ups, it can feel like you’re constantly reaching for your wallet from November until January. But having a social summer doesn’t have to send you broke. Here are some cost-effective options for spending quality time with friends, […]

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Sustainable Life: Home-made pesto

Intense flavour and fresh, green goodness.   There’s so much to love about home-made pesto. It’s easy to make, flavour combinations are as wild as your imagination and a dollop of home-made pesto transforms the mundane into gourmet. Right now is the best time of year to plant herbs. Lots of herbs. Enough herbs so that you […]

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Monday Moment: Thank you for the music

My old piano teacher died last week. I began piano lessons with Miss Thompson in 1979, and was terrified of her from Day One. I loved music, just not the way she taught it, and I think she found my ‘non-purist’ mentality infuriating. She had exceptionally high expectations for her students, and I did not […]

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Making friends in a new city

Picture this: you move to a new city and want to make friends. Luckily, your workplace has an active social calendar and is filled with lovely, like-minded colleagues. You already know a handful of people who welcome you with open arms into their social circle. You envision chuckling with your freshly-minted mates at after-work drinks, […]

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Get your Christmas shopping done while helping PANDSI

Are you searching for the perfect Christmas stocking filler, teacher gift, foodie dream, unique local souvenir or a gift for the ‘person who has everything’? The Canberra in Cake book ticks all of the above, plus you’ll be helping local charity PANDSI. PANDSI supports over 300 families a year experiencing perinatal depression and anxiety. Although […]

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How to cope with delays in the Family Law Court system

If you know someone recently involved in family law litigation you’ve probably heard them talk about delays in the Family Law system and how courts struggle with dwindling resources and increasing caseloads. The Australian Government has asked the Australian Law Reform Commission to conduct a wide-ranging review into the Family Law system and to provide […]

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Tears, Laughter, Champagne and Bushfires

Canberra bushfire survivors have launched a crowdfunding campaign for new book. A group of nine local women, working with independent publisher Obiter Publishing, have launched a crowdfunding campaign on Pozible for their cookbook come memoir Tears, Laughter, Champagne: A story of friendship forged through fire and food. These nine women forged an unbreakable bond in […]

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Canberra meets world

It’s been a little more than a year since Canberra was officially connected to the world through the introduction of direct flights via the Capital Express. It didn’t take long for the direct flight service run by Singapore Airlines to become as cherished as a lonely housewife’s dog-eared copy of Fifty Shades and we are […]

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Crisis loans for women and families in need

Increasingly we are becoming aware of just how prevalent domestic and family violence is within our community. While this violence is a complex issue, one of the critical factors for many individuals trying to escape violence is a financial one. To better understand the complexity, the Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS) conducted a study with […]

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How to host a pumpkin carving

Pumpkin carving is one of the quintessential Halloween activities, and is surprisingly easy to do! Not only is it a fun and crafty activity for the whole family, it’s a great way to keep the spirit of Halloween alive in the lead up to October 31. Here are some handy tips for you to host […]

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