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that's life! Issue 27, 2021

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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2 min

Our item about the most popular karaoke songs (The Buzz, Page 13) caused lots of discussion and laughter in the tl! office. Everyone, it seemed, had a funny story to tell. With most of us agreeing that reminiscing about our karaoke adventures made us cringe with embarrassment. A few years ago, while on›a›girls’ weekend away, a couple of friends and I wandered into the local pub and noticed it was karaoke night. ‘Who does karaoke anymore?’ Lynne scoffed, as we all agreed it’d had its day. But after a lovely pub meal and a couple of glasses of wine, when we asked ourselves again, ‘Who does karaoke anymore?’, the answer was very different. ‘We do!’ we chorused excitedly. Five songs later, when it became obvious that the only enthusiasm in…

1 min
your life!

ME andmy PET Willow, 12, was pretty happy to add Hedwig, nine weeks, to our clan. Melissa Harper, Avenel, Vic There are plenty of surprises to be discovered in our vegie garden! Rhonda Shingles, Maffra, Vic My talented granddaughter Sophie, 12, and I had fun at Movie World on the Gold Coast. Helen Savage, Niddrie, Vic Fun, laughter, jokes – and our favourite magazine accompanied us at a craft retreat. It was the very best therapy. Pamela Deckert, Nhill, Vic My grandson Oaklyn, five, and his friends, waiting for Dad to come home. Ray Hocking, Caboolture South, Qld WINNERS are grinners Thank you that’s life! for my $1000 cash prize! Wally Sharpe, Cranbourne, Vic On a trip to the Netherlands a few years ago, my family tried on traditional Dutch costumes. Adriana Schouten, Maryborough, Vic email: thatslife@aremedia.com.au write: AUS: GPO Box 5245 Sydney NSW 2001 NZ: PO…

4 min
amazing aurora doctors rewired our girl’s heart

Julia Carroll, 32, Balgowlah Heights, NSW Traipsing through the freezing snow in Finland, I was cold, but buzzing with excitement. The night before, my boyfriend, Ben, then 36, and I had watched the incredible northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis. Together for more than a decade, we loved going on adventures together. Now, we were heading out on a husky sled ride. After we’d raced through the snow, Ben knelt down in the freezing cold and asked me to be his wife. ‘Yes!’ I said, thrilled. Tying the knot in January 2018, we couldn’t wait to start a family together. Fast forward to January 2020, and we were at the 20-week scan, excited to see our growing bub. My twin sister, Liz, had revealed she was expecting seven weeks before I was due, and I could already…

4 min
68kg gone trapped at home for 40 years

Maria Kann, 63, Ipswich, Qld Stretching out my swollen feet on the recliner, I groaned as I moved. ‘Come out for lunch,’ my son Mitchell, 45, urged gently. Concern was etched all over my lovely boy’s face. Racked with guilt, I hated disappointing him. But I just couldn’t do it. ‘I can’t,’ I said sadly. ‘I don’t feel up to it.’ The problem was much bigger than that, though. You see, for the past 40 years, I’d been housebound, barely even stepping outside my front door. The smallest movement sent aches rippling through me, and I could barely walk with the state of my back and knees. The awful pain was due to my weight, which had climbed to 142 kilos on my 164cm frame. As well as Mitchell, I was mum to Christian, 42, and Marcus, 39, and my…

5 min
sweet lucas killed by his daddy

Sam Duckmanton, 25, Wangaratta, Vic Cradling my newborn, Lucas, in my arms, I gently kissed his forehead. ‘You’re perfect, bubby,’ I whispered, my heart overflowing with love. Only a few days old, little Lucas’ wide, curious eyes would dart around the room, taking in the sights. His brother Ollie, then two, doted on him as well. Going to kiss him, he’d give his head a little lick! Juggling two young kids wouldn’t be easy, though. So I was glad I had Lucas and Ollie’s dad – my partner Joseph, then 22 – to help. At first, he seemed happy to look after Lucas, just as he had with Ollie. With our first son, he’d been very hands on. But then he became stressed and on edge. ‘Could you clean the milk bottles, please?’ I asked. ‘Can it wait?’ he growled back, his…

3 min
is that my baby?

Mikayla, 28, Manly, NSW* I’d always hated the way I looked. Instead of getting Mum’s fair hair and good looks, I’d inherited Dad’s huge nose, crooked teeth, thick dark curly hair and non-existent chin. I couldn’t stand looking at myself in the mirror. ‘You’re beautiful,’ Mum would tell me. But I knew she was just saying that. I didn’t tell him about the work I’d had done At 15, I had braces fitted to correct my teeth. I also got an after-school job so I could afford to bleach my hair blonde – and keep it that way. ‘You look great,’ friends said, but I had a suspicion they only kept me around to make them look better! When I was 21, my grandma died. She generously left me some money and I used my inheritance to get a nose…