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that's life! Issue 28, 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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in this issue

2 min

My husband Simon and I were lucky enough to spend a week in Adelaide last month, partly to do some hiking. My trusty Akubra hat came with me, and even though I usually only wear it when we’re walking in the great outdoors, I wore it out one day when I went to the city. That night, I realised I hadn’t brought it home. It was pretty old, but had real sentimental value. So I frantically called every shop I’d been to and then, the next day, I phoned the lost property office for the bus line I’d used. ‘Why yes,’ said the nice man at the other end of the line. ‘We have an Akubra that matches your description.’ I was overjoyed and so thankful for the kindness of…

1 min
your life!

Texy may have been extremely ill, but she still managed a smile for my daughter Alice. Dawn Dolinski, Booyal, Qld A great day was spent with friends at the Red Hot Summer Tour concert at Jacobs Well, Qld. Lesley Sebo, Canungra, Qld We had the most beautiful holiday in Tasmania. Amber Hardwick, Wollongong, NSW Eli, two, loves having a crack at the puzzles. He’s also using the amazing breakfast tray I won a few years ago from that’s life! Leyla Holland, Caringbah, NSW Milling the grain at Common Ground Brewing in Brisbane proved to be hard work, but the final product was delicious! Joslyn Erickson, Arundel, Qld As a LEGO Masters fan, I was stoked to meet two of the contestants, Summer and Jodie. Eliza Mahoney, Wynn Vale, SA Thank you that’s life! for my $50 cash prize. It arrived on my…

4 min
my boy’s had brain surgery 10 times

Rusha Harper-Ceylani, 32, Darwin, NT Holding my newborn, Bertie, in my arms for the first time, weeks of worry melted away. Towards the end of my pregnancy, doctors had picked up something in a scan that made them think Bertie might have Down syndrome. Then they thought it was cystic fibrosis, but finally, he’d been diagnosed with an arachnoid cyst in his head. The rare growth was filled with spinal fluid, and was sitting inside the arachnoid membrane that covers the brain. ‘It can’t be easily removed because of its position,’ the doctor told me. The hope was that it wouldn’t grow any more, and Bertie would be able to live with it and be fine. Now, cuddling him at last, I felt sheer relief. He’s perfect, I thought. We stayed in hospital and, at a few days old,…

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my insides came out my belly button!

Jahsmyn Sands, 28, Whitsundays, Qld Scratching my belly button, I felt a searing pain. What’s that? I thought as I lifted up my T-shirt to have a look. My belly button was red raw and sore, and there was a tiny lump underneath my piercing. I was having my period and, strangely, when it finished days later, my belly button cleared up. That’s odd, I thought. ‘I’ve had this piercing since I was 13, and I’ve never seen a lump before,’ I fretted to my fiancé, Drew. ‘I’m sure it’s nothing to worry about,’ he replied. For the next four months, the lump kept appearing around my period. The pain was so bad, I went to my GP. The doctor suggested it could be a small hernia, but back home I noticed something strange. A tiny marble-like ball was now protruding…

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the buzz

Edible toolbox Tassie mum Sarah Collins creates magnificent cakes with the utmost attention to detail. Her amazing toolbox cake took 36 hours to finish as each screw and bolt was individually made from fondant and painted silver. Five years ago, the talented baker created a Facebook group called ‘HELP! I Need a Cake!’to give every cake maker in Tasmania a platform to show off their skills. Baby business With over 800 million disposable nappies ending up in Australia’s landfill each year, Modibodi have come up with a sustainable solution – a reusable nappy range. With the average baby needing more than 6500 nappy changes before they move to undies, the new comfy, easy-to-wash nappies are better for bubs, their parents – and the planet. Sniff, sniff Golden retrievers and labradors have been trained to sniff…

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our bathwater made us millions!

Hannah Pereira, 27, Noble Park, Vic My kitchen table looked like a kid’s science experiment. Bright pink bubbles were fizzing over the edges and, as I madly tried to wipe up the mess, my husband, Ashton, rolled his eyes at me, laughing. ‘I’ll get there,’ I groaned as the bubbly lava dripped onto the floor. I’d just taken up bath-bomb making. It was a hobby I’d stumbled on after being involved in a soap-making craze on Pinterest, where people made soaps in unusual shapes. Initially, I’d made soaps from kits I bought, but then I’d branched out, starting from scratch and creating something a bit different. It wasn’t quite as easy as I’d thought, though. More often than not, my bath bombs, which were scented and meant for a relaxing soak, turned into a giant, stressful…