Make these simple clay stars using a modeling clay that you bake. Simple and lovely, if you've got children wanting to get involved in Christmas crafts, they're a sure-fire winner. By Sarah Heeringa and Susan Elijas What you will need:  Air-drying modelling clay - available at any craft shop A

Dreaming of your next summer holiday? Sarah Heeringa goes hunting for a top spot to birdwatch the days away By Sarah Heeringa Our party of eight is shuffling as stealthily as we can along the dark bush track. The sun has long since gone down and though

Dreaming of your next summer holiday? Sarah Heeringa hunts out a dreamy hideaway to rest and recuperate. By Sarah Heeringa. The drive is made even more enjoyable in a Lexus ES 300h. This top-of-the-line hybrid combines fuel efficiency with the best in comfortable design. The road to the Cape Palliser

"War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing," Edward Starr once sang. Well, it turns out Starr was wrong - war is good for spreading diseases, and polio, almost eradicated by 2012, has been the chief beneficiary in recent years. Mary de Ruyter takes a closer

Considering checking out your local Playcentre? Mother of two Heather Lyall dispels five common myths about these parent-led early childhood centres  1. Playcentre is run by teachers and paid staff Playcentre is a unique organisation that’s been around for almost 80 years. Playcentre recognises parents as the best

One taste of these amazing crackers and they’ll never leave your repertoire. Perfect as a special Christmas treat to have on hand – or as a scrumptious homemade gift.  100g square or rectangular plain crackers (You might use Salada, or for a gluten-free version try Orgran

Sick of your tall boots falling over in a tangled scuffed heap? Here's an easy and quirky way for a tidy shoe space and no more floppy boots.  Words Sarah Heeringa. Craft, styling and photography by Susan Elijas and Sarah Heeringa. Sick of your tall boots falling over in

The best things in life might be free, but money allows us other pleasures, both big and small. No matter how much we earn, the sooner we take control of our finances, the faster we'll reach our goals, explains Esther Goh  Compound interest is the eighth

Feeling blah in the morning? Fading away in the afternoon? Here’s a tasty way to put an extra bounce in your step This tangy apple-flavoured drink is quickly whipped up in a powerful blender, such as a Vitamix. It can be used as a general tonic

Ever stood at the bow of a ferry and wondered what would happen if you jump? Or found yourself lighting a gas stove, imagining it's going to explode? Don't panic! You're not alone. Psychology expert Alice Boyes is here to reassure us. By Dr Alice Boyes Sometimes

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