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Cost of having children soaring sky high

PARENTS-TO-BE have been warned that it’s now more expensive than ever to bring a child into the world, and competition among parents is driving up the price.

These are the sex capitals of Australia

Sex is in demand.

Data reveals surprise Australian suburbs where people want sex the most

Aussie couple road tests hotels by having sex in them

Justin and Jess have revealed their steamy hotel experiences.

They won a comp to share stories of getting lucky in hotel rooms

‘I have slept with 100 people’

The documentary is one person’s quest to track down their 100 past sexual encounters

Documentary counts down one person’s full list of sexual encounters

Pregnant Erin Molan hospitalised

Erin Molan has been announced as the new host of the Footy Show. Picture: Jonathan Ng

She collapsed, hitting her head on the ground

Botched jump led to years of hell

Hilary Judith nearly died in a skydiving accident. But that was only the start of the trauma.

Her body was reliving the accident, over and over again

Return to sender

HEAR THE ECHO: The Mountain Story is a metaphor for life in general.

Like a voice echoes in the mountains, in life we get what we give

Woman’s insanely healthy fridge

IF YOUR fridge is anything like ours, it looks nothing like this super smug healthy fridge from an Aussie food blogger.

Incredible transformation to male model

Gwilym Pugh, from insurance salesman to international model. Picture: Instagram

MEET the red-headed insurance salesman who shed 42kg

Banana Girl’s crazy new jungle life

Freelee the Banana Girl is living ‘off the grid’ in a jungle in South America. 'Banana Girl' shows off new jungle lifestyle

'Banana Girl' spends most of her days naked and no longer shaves her body hair

Everyday veg key to weight loss

Enjoying a glass of beetroot juice every day could help people lose weight.

Is beetroot juice a powerhouse veg, or just a fad?

This $15 trick will save you thousands

Take the stress out of family dinners with a meal planning board. The best meal delivery services

These mums have said goodbye to monotony of tacos on Tuesday and Spag bol...

Waitress sacked for $940 bill rant

Tamlynn Yoder, 25, was sacked by Outback Steakhouse after the online rant.

Florida mega-church skips tip on $940 Outback Steakhouse order

Jamie Oliver’s food empire crashing down

Jamie Oliver.

Jamie Oliver’s company has cooked up more than $125 million in debt

Don't just dream about it

Given most of us spend one-third of our lives in bed, it makes sense to create a stylish and welcoming retreat

Laying it out straight

Persian rugs are incredibly elegant and their patterns tend to be elaborate as they're often crafted by hand.

Magic carpet guide will mean you're not floored by rugs

Slice of paradise defies valuation

PARADISE FOUND: More a private resort than a home, this stunning Mudjimba property is truly one of a kind.

Rare slice of paradise that's impossible to value

Why asking your table to dim the lights is almost a thing

Everything you see here is connected, meaning you can ask the chair, pot plant, fridge and more to activate other devices in the house. For example: "Hey, Bixby. Turn the airconditioner to 14 degrees" could be said to the coffee table.

SAMSUNG works with companies to build technology into furniture.

Turn over a new leaf

When we think about colour in the garden, we usually think about flowers.

Let your love grow this Valentine's Day

PLANT THE SEEDS: A foodie or gardening enthusiast will love an edible gift that keeps giving.

Flowers last days, a plant will last years

Family devastated as pet dogs 'drop dead overnight'

Ten-week-old Macey, an American staffy-bulldog cross and four-year-old Reba, a cattle dog-Jack Russell terrier cross fell victim to what vets believe was a brown snake bite near Sarina.

Andergrove and Blacksbeach have been targeted areas.

Could this be the perfect tree for your garden?

Fall in love with evergreen tree that produces flowers en masse

Bring the outdoors in by using suitable Aussie natives

Kentia palms make an ideal indoor plant as they are slow-growing and are tolerant of low light and low humidity.

Many Australian natives can have a happy life in your home

Time to take fight to summer-loving mites

Fresh cherry tomatoes on the vine

Time to keep watch for spotted mites with a penchant for tomatoes

Create a jungle vibe with this striking indoor plant

Monsteras feature striking foliage.

Add a tropical feel to your home with this easy-care plant.

Couple’s big $2 million gamble

TRACEY and Rob were sick of busy Sydney life, so they sold their beautiful home and now live in a van with their two kids.

Horrible truth about long-term travel

Oh sure, travel looks and sounds super glamorous. But it can get messy fast.

Travel isn’t as glamorous as people make it out to be

Passengers reject 'unacceptable’ offer after cruise from hell

Passengers from the Carnival Legend being taken off the cruise ship by Police in Eden, NSW.

Passengers reject ‘unacceptable’ compensation after ‘cruise from hell’

Make a great Cape escape

AERIAL VIEW: There's a lot to love about Cape Town, South Africa.

Explore the wonders of Cape Town

Sojourn to savour in the heart of Melbourne

DoubleTree by Hilton delivers on a delectable taste of Melbourne

A sunrise so spectacular it's raised fears for public safety

A spectacular sunrise has been caught on film shining over Haleakala National Park in Hawaii.

Natural phenomenon has forced a sunrise reservation system.

Reporter goes undercover to bust hotels

Channel 4 sent an undercover reporter to the UK's Premier Inn. Picture: Channel 4

A new documentary shows exactly what hotel staff get up to in your room

Kylie reveals ‘nervous breakdown’ over split

KYLIE Minogue was left heartbroken when she split last year from her fiance Joshua Sasse, saying she thinks she had “a nervous breakdown” and has taken time to...

I’m a Celeb outrage: ‘You’ve hit rock bottom’

David and Lisa Oldfield pose for a portrait at their home in Belrose.

VIEWERS vent their anger and disappointment at the latest intruders.

Shock twist: MAFS affair explodes

A mess.

The final decision left everyone stunned.

Stone the flamin’ crows: Home and Away actor's new project

Ray Meagher has launched his own line of hot sauce.

Stone the flamin’ crows! Actor releases own line of hot sauce

Audience member shocked penis puppeteer

Rich Binning and Barry Brisco from Puppetry of the Penis.

It takes a lot to shock Rich Binning who appears nude on stage

What’s the greatest 1980s movie ever?

That lift, featuring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, back when she had a normal nose.

From Dirty Dancing and Crocodile Dundee to Die Hard

Jennifer Lawrence flaunts her nudity on set

Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends the premiere of "Red Sparrow" at the Newseum on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Washington. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP)Source:AP

Jennifer Lawrence so comfortable on Red Sparrow set, she went naked

Play it cool this autumn

Autumn is around the corner and these smart-casual trends will see you through the season's style shift

Aspiring supermodel chases her dream overseas

Mackay supermodel hopeful Danielle Gutschlag.

Mackay teen set to compete in Fiji

Frock star

Have some fun this summer with feminine fashion

Commonwealth Games uniform: 'Fresh, fun and very Australian'

Matt Hauser (triathlon) and Britany Elmslie (swimming) show off the Australian Commonwealth Games team uniform as it was launched at The Star on the Gold Coast.

Team will have more than 700 athletes and officials

OPINION: Perfection is impossible to achieve

Natalie Hicks dropped half her body weight in 18 months.

"Don't strive for perfection, strive for progress"

Stylish art you can wear comfortably

Fashion label turns works of art into fashionable pieces to wear.

Expert argues you could force Aldi to order-in special buy

ALDI customers have become increasingly frustrated as they miss out on Special Buys. But could the retailer be breaking the law?

Kmart destroying ‘confused’ icon

Shoppers are passing H&M by.

Sales at H&M down after aggressive store openings

$49 Kmart item rated ‘better than luxury brands’

A Kmart item has rated well in a recent Choice survey.

$49 Kmart suitcase that’s rated higher than luxury brands

Popular children's pram recalled over safety risk

Nationwide retailer forced to recall popular pram over safety flaw

It's time to shop smarter

THINK SMART: Coolum and North Shore Coast care have launched a new 'smartbag' to replace plastic shopping bags, and Stephanie Phillips wants everyone to support it.

LOOK out for the environment while doing your shopping.

Apple’s launch to spark AI battle

Apple will launch its smart speaker, HomePod, in Australia this week after more than six years in development. Picture: AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

Buyers yet to be convinced over privacy issues, say experts

Two boys impacted by organ donation join forces

THE son of an organ donor and a footy-fanatic recipient joined together to play a very important role at this weekend's Bulldogs v Raiders match.

Parents in favour of new vaccination laws

VAX LAWS: North Coast Health District officials are hoping new vaccination laws which prevent children not yet immunised from attending day care will persuade parents to protect their youngsters.

Children's lives saved through vaccination laws

Transgender woman breastfeeds baby

“We believe that this is the first formal report in the medical literature of induced lactation in a transgender woman.” Picture: iStock

Transgender woman breastfeeds baby after experimental treatment

Acker's legacy to live on for one special little boy

Sunshine Coast Falcons vs Northern Devils Intrust Super Cup. Sunshine Coast's James Ackerman.

Olliver Ackerman to deliver match ball to NRL trial

Just one bite could be deadly for food-allergy sufferers

LIVING WELL WITH FOOD ALLERGIES: Jackie Nevard and her son Thai who was born with food allergies.

Jackie Nevard aims to build a more food allergy-aware community.

Highly contagious infection at Ipswich school

generic mask

Highly contagious infection has been confirmed at an Ipswich school.

Mozzie bite causes 14kg lump

Saidalavi, who has an enormous swollen mass growing from his left thigh. Picture: Caters

A MAN in India took his first steps in years

Dad says girl was left alone on street by after-school care

A BUNDABERG dad says he was left shocked after an after-school care service left his daughter alone on the street for 40 minutes.

Dad stunned at wife’s baby news

This is the moment David Rose's wife Audrey revealed she was pregnant on their flight. Picture: Audrey Rose

A woman has enlisted the help of the flight crew for an unusual task

‘I think my colleague is faking’

When do you report a colleague to management is a source of great debate.

EVERYBODY knows that you need to be careful what you say to a pregnant woman

Single fathers at risk

Lifestyle

Single dads more likely to lead unhealthy lifestyles

‘I thought you were taking the piss’

Sia Soliola being rescued from the surf.

'Send your kids to Nippers so heroes like this legend here can save silly rocks...

Boy, 16, shot by police at his front door

Police opened fire after a boy allegedly lunged at officers while holding a knife

16-year-old boy is in a serious condition after being shot by police

Woman booted off flight over baby tantrum

A woman was kicked off a flight in the US after she spat the dummy over being put next to a mum and her baby. Picture: Facebook

“shut the f*** up and shove it”

Never a good idea to reopen the ex files

'The one that got away' is not in your life for a reason - don't look back as far as relationships are concerned

Disturbing advice in 300yo sex manual

The sex manual from 1720 that was banned until the 1960s — is unearthed by Hansons Auction House. Picture: Hanson's Auction House

A rare sex book dating back to 1720 has come to light full of disturbing...

Frances Abbott’s surprise wedding

Frances Abbott and Sam Loch have wed on Valentine’s Day. Picture: Sam Loch/Instagram.

Frances Abbott has married her fiance of three months on Valentines day

When Tinder date leads to a baby

Lucy found out she was pregnant to a man she met on Tinder.

'Condoms were used sporadically'