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5 Must-Do Things If You Are a Mum Alone on the Road

Road trips are a budget-friendly transportation/vacation option that is growing in popularity. Single moms no longer shy away from the challenges this course of action faces drivers with. After all, traveling with just your children can be an utterly rewarding experience, one that allows you to escape the daily routine and enjoy family bonding at its finest. Before you...

Sunday essay: family as ‘brand’ – the rise of the digital mumpreneur

Roxy Jacenko and daughter Pixie (centre) at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia in 2016. Pixie’s Instagram account has more than 100,000 followers and she has a signature line of hair bows.Getty Images “Taylen has become a brand,” says Angelica Calad, the mumpreneur behind the #influencer account #taylensmom. Taylen Biggs, age five, has more than 150,000 followers. In an era of advertising ennui, #influencers like Taylen’s...

‘Honeygate’ deepens as new tests reveal 27% of brands are adulterated

The new discovery significantly deepens the   ‘fake honey’ scandal. Subbotina Anna/Shutterstock.com More than a quarter of commercial honey brands have potentially been watered down with sugar cane, corn syrup or other products, according to our new analysis of 95 products from local food markets and supermarket shelves. Our discovery is set to deepen the concern over the authenticity of honey...

Five ways to reduce waste (and save money) on your home renovation

Sensible design can dramatically reduce waste   of a renovation. Photo by Nolan Issac on Unsplash On average, renovating a home generates far more waste then building a new one from scratch. This waste goes straight to landfill, damaging the environment. It also hurts your budget: first you have to pay for demolition, then the new materials, and then disposal of leftover building...

The road to here: rivers were the highways of Australia’s colonial history

A river in Van Diemen’s Land, charted during Nicolas Baudin’s 1802 journey. National Library of Australia, On November 2, 1816, Charles Repeat, “a poor old man”, was driving his master’s cart along the short route between Hobart and New Town in Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania). He accidentally drove over a small tree stump, and was thrown from the cart and killed immediately. By that...

Four lessons for Australia from England’s system of rating its aged care homes

Ratings work mostly because they change the behaviour of care providers. from shutterstock.com ABC’s Four Corners coverage showing mistreatment of residents in Australia’s aged care facilities has led to much discussion about ideas to improve care. One proposal is to introduce ratings, which would provide a score reflecting the quality of residential aged care services. Ratings have come up before in reports about...

Just because you’re thin, doesn’t mean you’re healthy

Being thin doesn’t mean you can eat unhealthy foods and get away with it. from www.shutterstock.com According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 63% of Australian adults are overweight or obese. But it’s much harder to estimate how many are within a healthy weight range but have poor diets or sedentary lifestyles. These can cause significant health problems that will...

Life as an older renter, and what it tells us about the urgent need for tenancy reform

Uncapped rent increases and ‘no grounds’ evictions leave older women particularly at risk of substandard housing conditions or even homelessness. Shutterstock The New South Wales government has introduced a bill to reform the Residential Tenancies Act. This act sets out the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants in private rental accommodation in NSW. The bill’s proposed limit on rent increases to one in every...

When falling home ownership and ageing baby boomers collide

 As the dream of home ownership eludes more and more older Australians, this has big implications for retirement, pensions and government spending on rental assistance.  Billion Photos/Shutterstock             Until now, the majority of older people in Australia have achieved the goal of owning their own home outright. Hence, policymakers have typically shown little concern about the size and budget...