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that's life! Issue 32, 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

Of all the senses, our sense of smell is surely the most powerful. Just the other day, I was out walking with my mum and we went past a hot bread shop that had just put out some freshly baked loaves. Maybe it’s because I was with Mum, but I was immediately transported back to my childhood holidays, when we stayed in a flat around the corner from a bakery. Every morning, my sister Lenore and I used to walk to the shops to pick up a still-warm loaf, and we’d drink in that fabulous just-baked smell. That’s the reason I was so interested to read in our Living Well section (Page 62) that there are scientific explanations as to why scents are so powerful at triggering memories and emotions.…

1 min
we love you

WINNERS are grinners Thank you that’s life! for my aftershave prize. My husband Wayne was excited to use it. Jo Warren, Cootamundra, NSW Sophia, nine, Joshua, seven, and Lachlan, five, were all so brave getting their flu shots. Lara Longo, Pooraka, SA Sporting my new pink shirt, I’m ready to work on the farm. But I still always find time to read my favourite magazine, that’s life! Karen White, Kawungan, Qld We had a lovely lunch with our daughter Tilly. Suzy Doyle, Maroochy River, Qld We had the biggest snowfall in Orange for years. Lyn McDonell, Orange, NSW ME and my PET My dog Cyril, one, and four-month-old grandson Van just relaxing. Tracey Oliver, Mount Duneed, Vic My husband Jason and I recently went to a themed birthday party as Al and Peg Bundy from the TV sitcom Married With Children. Tracey Drescher, Eagleby, Qld Gia,…

5 min
miracle madilyn my toddler has arthritis

Makayla Milne, 26, Southland, NZ Holding my little girl, Madilyn, in my arms for the first time, I felt incredible relief. ‘You beat all the odds to be here, little one,’ I told her, as I cradled her gently in my arms. Heartbreakingly, I’d lost 10 pregnancies before this one, and been told I’d likely never have children. Still, I’d fallen pregnant naturally and now my miracle baby girl was here, at long last. Over the next six months, she was a dream come true, sleeping and feeding perfectly. Her dad, Kayden, 27, and I weren’t together, but he saw Madi all the time, and my mum, Lisa, 46, was also a huge support. But at eight months, Madi got a spotty rash on her arms and legs. Taking her to Emergency, I wondered if she might be…

4 min
17 year aussie mystery my sister vanished at a party

Karen Schaffer, 49, Sydney, NSW As my sister Kylee-Ann, 19, chatted away down the phone at me, I listened happily. ‘I’m going to dye my hair,’ she announced gleefully. I smiled at her bubbliness. My kind-hearted sister loved giving me a ring to tell me the latest news. Thirteen years younger than me, Kylee-Ann was not long out of high school. And even though she lived hundreds of kilometres away in Kempsey, NSW – with our dad, Peter, her mum, Sue, and her sister, Tracey – while I was in Sydney, we were as thick as thieves. With her shock of long blonde hair that matched mine, we looked like twins too! When Kylee-Ann was a toddler and I was a teen, she’d follow me around during my visits – in awe of her big sis. As she got…

4 min
mum’s warning scarred by an exploding hot water bottle

Drue Hartley, 36, Barnsley, NSW Dancing around the backyard, my nine-year-old daughter Layla stopped and frowned. ‘Mum, I’m cold,’ she yelled. ‘Put some clothes on then,’ I laughed. It was a chilly Sunday morning in March this year, but Layla was only wearing her undies. A sporty little monkey, if she wasn’t playing rugby, Layla was zooming about on rollerskates and bikes. She loved being free to move, so she wasn’t a fan of clothes! ‘Shall I get Macca’s breakfast as a treat?’ I called as Layla zipped inside. ‘Yummy!’ she beamed. I bit back tears as poor Layla sobbed I went to ask my son Lenny, 13, but he was still asleep, so I got ready to leave. ‘Just going to Macca’s,’ I told my husband Luke, 36. But while I was in the carport, I heard a commotion from…

3 min
the purrrfect plan

Jasmine, 24, Adelaide, SA* My friend Tasha was a mess. ‘I don’t know what to do about Doug,’ she wailed. ‘I can’t believe I have to leave him!’ Tasha, my best friend since college, had just landed a dream job – a two-year post in Auckland. Leaving in a month, she’d sold her car, sub-let the room in the house she shared, and sold lots of stuff. In fact, she had everything sorted – except her cat. ‘Can’t Doug stay at your share house?’ I enquired. ‘No,’ she sighed. ‘None of my housemates want to take on the responsibility.’ ‘I guess I could look after him until you return,’ I said, not believing what I’d said. I wasn’t fond of Doug. He had scratched me the first time we met and ever since then, we’d kept out…