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that's life! Issue 25, 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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1 min

One of the perks of this job is being able to work with amazingly talented and lovely people. I’ve made some great friends, and I know many more friendships have been made within the team. We often joke that once you’re part of the tl! family, you never leave. Two of our team right now, Jude and April, are perfect examples. They both left tl!, at different times, and, I’m delighted to say, they’re both back with us. I’m incredibly proud of the staff who have contributed to tl! over my 15 years as editor. And I’m especially happy that some of those great tl!ers have also become Aussie citizens while working with us. Jude took the pledge five years ago, during her last stint. She’d emigrated to Oz as a two-year-old,…

1 min
your life!

My husband, Chris, said I looked like a stunned mullet when I turned the page and saw myself as Puzzler of the Week! Margaret Flood, Tea Gardens, NSW Tess, 17 months, is very cute and she brings so much joy to the family. Sandra Speechley, Tweed Heads, NSW My beautiful granddaughter Lara, 10, had so much fun learning how to surf. Diane Strong, Tuross Head, NSW My eight-year -old son Joshua, between his little brother Lachlan and cousin Sophia, looks so happy at his LEGO theme party! Lara Longo, Pooraka, SA It was wonderful to take my mum, Ruby, out for lunch, with my sister Jo, on the far left, and my daughter Margot, second from the left. Beck Van Toor, New Town, Tas Mia, five weeks, is ready for winter with her new beanie. Holly Nelson, Clifton Springs, Vic Thank you…

4 min
my girl was saved by a photo

Jamie-Lee Schmitzer, 31, Taree, NSW Snapping a photo of my four-month-old baby girl, my heart was bursting. With brown hair and piercing blue eyes, Ivy-Mae looked just like her daddy, Matt, then 29. We were already parents to two wonderful boys, Nate, then four, and Cooper, two, and when Ivy-Mae arrived in December 2016, our family felt complete. Dressing my girl in handmade outfits from small businesses, I took photos to share on Instagram to promote their work. Over the next few months, though, I noticed Ivy-Mae’s right iris appearing darker in the images. That’s strange, I thought. There was a white glow in her eye in a photo, too. ‘Some babies just have different coloured eyes,’ friends from my mums’ group assured me. I’m positive my brave girl can achieve anything Still, when Ivy-Mae was around eight months old,…

4 min
monster torched my home as i slept

Nina*, 53, Brisbane, Qld Twirling around the hall, I was having the time of my life. I loved dancing and had recently joined a swing dancing club. That’s where I met Dan*. Gentle and softly spoken, he’d moved to Australia from overseas. After class, Dan asked for my number to organise driving there together the following week. Calling me two days later, we chatted for hours and I learned Dan had two daughters back home. A divorced mum to three beautiful kids who lived with their dad, I could relate. I wasn’t looking for love, but Dan seemed interested, and his kind nature and charm won me over. A devout Mormon, I couldn’t be intimate with a man outside of marriage. ‘I’m happy to wait,’ Dan replied, ever the gentleman. After three months together, we got engaged, and my family…

4 min
doctors killed me to save my life

Will you help me look after the baby?’ I asked my one-year-old, Leo, as he beamed at me. I loved being a mum and I couldn’t wait to do it all over again. At 36 weeks, I’d had a few bumps in the road with this pregnancy, as scans had shown my bub was measuring small. So, a week later, in August 2018, my then partner took me to hospital for a planned induction. But in labour, doctors were worried that my baby wasn’t getting enough oxygen. Pushing and pushing as the room spun around me and my own oxygen levels plummeted, it was clear we were both in real danger. Finally, my little boy Arthur was born. He was placed on my chest for a few moments, but before I could hold him, he was taken…

3 min
the office cover-up

Elise, 35, Maryborough, Qld* My colleague Carla was a nightmare. Studying in her spare time as well as working full-time, she was constantly stressed. ‘Can’t you keep the noise down?’ she’d yell, working on her assignments during her lunch break. There were only three people in our office – Carla, me and our boss, Joe – so she wasn’t easy to avoid. It got to the point where I hated going to the office, but, being a single mum, I couldn’t chuck in my job. One week, Joe and I had been working together on a presentation. ‘This customer is worth a lot of money to us,’ Joe said. ‘If we secure this, there’s a bonus in it for you.’ ‘I’ll do my very best,’ I said. On the night of the presentation, our clients were shown to…