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that's life!

19 September 2019

Many media outlets try to connect with readers and engage them. But for genuine engagement and a vibrant sense of community, there is nothing else on the Australian media landscape that so clearly connects with its audience like that's life! magazine. That's because our million-plus readers also provide our content - it is their voice that makes that's life! the magazine with heart.

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It’s always fun to see the inventive ways that ordinary people find to save money. And sometimes, in trying to save, you can uncover hidden skills, such as cooking or growing your own vegies. In the case of mum-of-three Sarah Tyau (page 23), her decision to start remodelling and updating clothes has turned into a career, with a popular online blog and a channel on YouTube with almost 70,000 subscribers. Sarah takes op shop clothing and remodels it into something special using what she describes as her ‘very basic’ sewing skills. I’ve been known to do a bit of op shop shopping myself, but my sewing skills are probably a bit more basic than Sarah’s. My mum, on the other hand, is a whizz. When my sister and I were…

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your life!

ME and my PET So much love for my gorgeous one-year-old labrador Bea. India Harper, North Ryde, NSW On a recent trip to Singapore I couldn’t bear to be without my favourite magazine. Anthi Gouliotis, Gladesville, NSW My husband Adam, son Izaiah and I enjoyed Taronga Zoo while visiting family in Sydney. Christina Schultz, Mount Gambier East, SA I hiked all the way to the top of Elephant Mountain in Taipei, to get the best view of the city! Sarah Lee, Lidcombe, NSW Amaya, 11, Zaria, seven, and Callia, 14, got such a treat when they met Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck at Disneyland Paris. Penny Spreitzer, Cordeaux Heights, NSW My happy 10-month-old grandson Finnley enjoying the winter sun. Andreea Nicolescu, Wanniassa, ACT DON’T I KNOW YOU? I was shocked to run into Michelle Bridges shopping at my local store. Scott Callaghan, Tamworth, NSW WINNERS are…

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a race against time

Brodie Cottam, 26, Batlow, NSW Here she is,’ smiled the midwife. Our beautiful little Addison – a sister to Liam, five – had arrived in just over an hour. I was impressed. I’ve taken longer than that to get ready in the morning! ‘She’s beautiful,’ said my partner Mitchell, 29. Like many newborns, her skin had a yellow tinge, indicating she was slightly jaundiced. But it wasn’t uncommon and we all went home. However, little Addy became yellower. And despite constant breastfeeds, she didn’t put on weight. Concerned, our GP sent us to Westmead Children’s Hospital in Sydney, a six-hour drive away. ‘She has biliary atresia,’ the specialist said after tests. ‘It’s a rare disease of the liver and bile ducts.’ She had surgery but it wasn’t enough Her jaundice was caused by a build-up of bilirubin, a yellow waste material,…

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sliced by my butcher hubby

Carron Wickens, 58, Adelaide, SA Summer had just begun on Kangaroo Island, SA, and sipping a cold drink, I was surrounded by friends. Then, they introduced me to George, 50, a mental health nurse. With blond hair, blue eyes and an infectious smile, he was a handsome man. As we got to know each other better, we bonded over our love of music and travel. George also told me he’d been diagnosed with Parkinson’s 10 years earlier. I was touched he’d been so honest with me. Soon he was showering me with gifts, including lingerie. Though I’d never normally dress up in that way, it made me feel special. And George could barely keep his hands off me. I feel like a teenager again, I thought. Exhausted by his lies, I told him it was over Six months into our relationship,…

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wedding crasher! the bridesmaid’s had a baby

Opening the front door, I smiled at the helium balloon bobbing up and down. Holding it was my sister Francesca, and standing beside her was her six-year-old daughter Ivy, grinning like mad. ‘Come in,’ I said, confused, as Francesca held up a pin. ‘You have to pop the balloon,’ she said. Ivy laughed as confetti fluttered across the room and a small scroll fell out. Will you be my bridesmaid? it said. ‘Well, will you?’ Francesca asked. ‘Of course!’ I said. Hugging, I was so excited to watch her exchange vows with her fiancé Phillip, 31. ‘You better not give birth on the day. I need you there’ The wedding was booked for June 2018, so there was a year to plan. But four months later, my period was late. Surely not? I thought. In the bathroom, I watched as a blue…

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the buzz

HOT Another man’s treasure A Malaysian man has found a kettle full of tens of thousands of Canadian dollars in a landfill site in Penang. The honest man wants the owner to come forward and reveal the amount as proof to reclaim it. NOT Backstage demands TV host Ian ‘Dicko’ Dickson shared that while working in the UK, Mariah Carey requested ‘12 white Labrador puppies’ in her dressing room for a morning TV show. Pocket art Good things come in small packages, or in Heidi Annalise’s case, mint tins. The Colorado-born painter draws mini masterpieces of the environment using oil paints with mint boxes as her canvas. What started as a hobby in 2013 has now turned into a full-time job. The artist has made it her goal to capture as many landscapes in her home state…