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It is our belief that everything impacts on happiness, not the least being health and finance.

Subjects covered in our publications reflect the ups and downs of our own lives and will hopefully be both entertaining and informative. We invite you to take a look through. All articles, eBook previews and sample pages are available to print FREE of charge.
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Popcorn

Latest Popcorn:  Olde Words

  There's nothing too serious in Popcorn, just a few reflections on life's lighter side. Please enjoy.....

If you like to read, there's a short story  A Gift from the Grave   by Dave Hawkins

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Focus

Latest Focus:   The Silence of the Men

  A closer look at some important aspects of life that are all too often taken for granted.

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Money Matters

Latest Money Matters:   Third Time Lucky

  Take the sting out of money and make it work for you.   A look at the household budget, banking, loans and investments through the eyes of ordinary people. Learn to spot the scams and how to reduce your credit liability.

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Healthy Living

Latest Healthy Living:   Skin Cancer

  Here are some suggestions to help you as an individual to achieve the balance that will improve your health and self-esteem.

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Recipes

Latest recipe:   Bacon & Cheese Quiche

  Create tasty dishes that will delight family and friends using readily-available ingredients that won't break the budget - most of them can be made Gluten Free. Even the kids will love them.

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Internet Tips

Latest tip:   Saving, Copying & Printing

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Handy Hints

Recycle Those Old Wine Skins

  The silver wine skins from inside Chateau Cardboard boxes are often just binned. Here are some practical ways to make use of them:

  Open the valve on the pourer and blow in air, turning the skin into a shiny balloon that can be hung up in fruit trees and vegie patches to deter birds. The kids can even paint them to make their own, special party balloons.
  Blown up not quite so full, and they are a handy camping pillow. And why buy expensive bubble-wrap for packing fragile items, when these cost nothing?
  With the pourer prized off (sometimes they are a bit stiff); the skin first washed inside and drained; then it can be partially filled with plain water - about half the capacity is probably best. Once the cap is snapped back on to seal, it can placed in the freezer to serve as an ice pack for chilling an insulated bag or Esky. Apart from keeping food cool on picnics, it will help save the frozen shopping defrosting for quite some time.
  Instead of cold water, pouring in hot (definitely not boiling!) provides a convenient, temporary heater to keep those take-outs warm on the way home from the Chinese or Burger Bar.
  There are probably dozens more uses for those old wine skins, if you just think about it.

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Reviews

  Not everyone has the time to read long articles, so we are presenting summaries of our earlier issues. These are brief just covering the main points, and can be read in one or two minutes.

  The full articles are still on the website and can be accessed by clicking on the link at the foot of the review. Click here for reviewed articles so far.

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