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Life Matters

A selection of thoughtful articles that confront common problems and issues that we all experience.
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26 Mar | 2014

Online you just push a button, but what happens in real life when a friendship becomes too hard?

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What is Lent?

21 Mar | 2014

We might already know that Lent is about giving something up in the weeks before Easter. But we may know little about why we do this, or the other aspects of ‘walking with Jesus’ to the cross at Easter.

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Are you a shop-o-holic?

29 Jan | 2014

The season of giving is behind us, but its ugly cousin, mass consumerism, keeps on keeping on. How can you shop differently this year?

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How to change your life

10 Jan | 2014

It’s the time of year when we often think about what we’d like to change about our lives. Here is a pocketful of wisdom on how to …

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What's for dinner?

10 Jan | 2014

How to save on last minute trips to the dairy and prevent food budget blowouts.

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The perfect status update

2 Dec | 2013

If you’ve got Facebook status anxiety, here are our dos and don’ts for the perfect update.

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The ‘No Freak Out’ Christmas

2 Oct | 2013

Its only 3 months till Christmas but don't panic; here are some handy budget tips.

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The dark art of phubbing

1 Oct | 2013

Ingrid Barratt on the international pandemic that is phone snubbing.

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Family mealtimes

6 May | 2013

A study by the Families Commission reports that taking time to share a family meal has far-reaching health and wellbeing benefits for young people.