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13 ways to ‘give’ locally this Christmas

No matter what your family situation, the numbers in your bank balance or your age, Christmas is a time to share. Sharing presents, food and hospitality with family, friends and loved ones are staples of Christmas that everyone can relate to, but Christmas is sometimes the perfect way to share with those you don’t know. Spreading […]

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Bright Bees: a home away from home

For any new parent, choosing a childcare centre can be a daunting experience. Those early years are such a critical time for learning and development, and handing your little one over to someone new can be an added stress to an already anxious time. Then there are some centres you walk through and feel an […]

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Considering a move overseas? Questions to ask and answer

Apparently, there are over one million Australians living and working overseas at any given time. I’m currently one of them. But it took me about five years to actually pluck up the courage to pack my bags, say goodbye to my comfortable life and move halfway around the world to live in Canada (in the […]

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Donate $6 for Maya, change a family forever

We’ve previously written about the bittersweet comfort that Maya’s Rest has brought to Canberrans.  Maya’s Rest is a privately owned and operated refuge for families experiencing the illness or loss of a child, founded by the Maguire family after the loss of their beloved Maya (pictured above) from a rare form of soft tissue cancer, Rhabdomyosarcoma, in 2013. Finding a lack of facilities […]

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International Day of the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Trigger warning: Discussion of domestic violence and sexual assault. Today, Saturday 25 November is the International Day of the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the commencement of the Global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign. Since 1981, women’s activists have marked 25 November as a day against violence. On 20 December 1993 […]

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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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