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Dinner winner! Make a meal planner board

Plan your attack for dinner time and conquer the witching-hour with this functional and fun meal planner board. You will need: 🔨 1200 x 1200 x 7mm untreated plywood, cut in half to 600 x 1200, then 110mm cut off the bottom for the shelf (ask …

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DIY project: kids kitchen

A HOMEMADE OVEN SERVES UP THE IMAGINARY FUN!  You will need: ✔️ An old bedside table with small cupboard ✔️ Medium grit sandpaper and block ✔️ Resene Quick Dry waterborne primer undercoat ✔️ Resene Lustacryl paint in your choice of colours ✔️ …

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DIY: crafty storage solution

Not too high, not too low, this crafty storage solution ensures books are always at the right level for little readers.   You will need: ✔️   Wooden crates or storage boxes ✔️   A 1.2m length of 25mm thick pine dowel cut into 120mm long pieces …

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Stacks of fun with a DIY block family

Design your own block family for stacks of creative fun!   You will need: ✔️   Wooden blocks. We used blocks measuring 5.8cm x 5.8cm from Kmart, but you may have blocks at home or be able to find some at a secondhand shop. ✔️   Fine grit …

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The basics of parental leave

Paid Parental Leave (PPL) has come a long way baby! Back in 2002, when it was first introduced in New Zealand, parents and primary care givers received 12 weeks. However, PPL was increased from 18 weeks to 22 weeks, with a further increase to 26 …

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Conceiving medical miracles: the history of IVF

In vitro fertilisation (IVF) has been changing lives since 1969 and the process itself has changed too. What was once rare and complicated is now a mainstream practice, explains fertility specialist Dr Richard Fisher. Initially, IVF was seen as a …

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Can we afford to have a second child?

If you're feeling broody it might be time to consider the dollars and cents of adding to the family. Rochelle Gillespie explains. In an ideal world the only currency you'd need to increase the size of your family would be love. But the sad reality …

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Does your child have nature deficit disorder?

Many children are missing out on getting in touch with nature and the consequences could be dire for the rest of us, finds Rochelle Gillespie. Before we get any further I want you to take a moment to think about a time in your childhood when you …

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A single mum takes back Christmas for her family

Olivia Wix looks back on what went right for her family this Christmas. When it comes to crappy Christmases, I can stake a strong claim. On Christmas Eve 2017, I got up to feed my five-month-old, and in doing so stumbled across something that …

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Do mum skills count on your CV? Hell yeah, here’s how!

As I looked through my CV, I couldn't help but see the giant hole the size and shape of three small children in it. But we all know that a day with children requires a lot of competence, so how do you convey to a potential employer the numerous and …

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