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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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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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Car maintenance for women: guaranteed no mansplaining

How much attention do you usually give your car in the lead up to hitting the highway, other than filling up the tank? If you’ve ever broken down and stood gazing helplessly at the ‘bits under the hood’, wondered if your tyres are safe to drive on, or blown a headlight while driving at night, we’ve got some […]

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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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Trish Smith: NaNoWriMo and a new novel

 This year we are going to try something new, though it’s an old-fashioned concept. We are going to serialise a novel, publishing a few chapters each week over the summer break. The novel is called Love Your Work and it was written by Trish Smith, a born and bred Canberra girl and first-time novelist who you […]

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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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GardenSpace: 21st Century gardening

I’ve been meaning to start gardening for a while. It’s one of those things that seems to bring such satisfaction and gratification to those who do it habitually. The hurdle for me, among a couple of other things, is that the time and care I’m able to give my hypothetical garden is unpredictable. I spend […]

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Going Solo…like a boss

Being a travel agent I come into contact with dozens of new people every week. As anyone who has been in a customer service role knows, the public can make you laugh and they can make you want to cry and on the worst days they can make you question your entire existence. But every now […]

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Monday Moment: Rising from disappointment

Someone close to me experienced a big disappointment last week, in a case of ‘so near, yet so far’. It was something she’d wanted very much. She had put herself ‘out there’ for it, taking risks beyond her comfort zone. She’d had lots of feedback suggesting this thing would really happen. Then it didn’t, and she fell. Hard. When […]

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