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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

Mum upset after sister steals both her baby names

She has two boys and her sister has used both her children's names for her own kids

"AIBU [Am I Being Unreasonable] to think this is a bit unfair?”

Mum doesn't know she has given birth

Sarah has been in an induced coma since she gave birth on August 28. Source: Gofundme

Her son won't be named until she wakes from her coma

'I regret sending my daughter to school too early'

"She had started formal education too early."

Identical twins give birth on same day

Identical twins Becky Pistone (left) with baby Andi and Rachael McGeoch with William gave birth to their newborns hours apart using ‘twin power’.

The sisters went into labour after synching births with ‘twin power’

Mum plans to invoice ‘no-shows’ at daughter’s birthday party

Would you send out an invoice?

"Am I being unreasonable to send a terse note to these families?"

Mum loses custody of kids because of how she handled tantrum

Check out the activities to help get kids away from the TV these school holidays.

Mum reveals how police took away her two young children

Hate camping? This idea might change your mind

Imagine arriving at a camp site and all the hard work is done.

Camp Hire Australia hires the gear and will even pitch and pack away

From hospital bed to six-day, 250km desert run

IN TRAINING: Neil Collie runs trails around the scenic Glass House Mountains area in preparation for the 250km Big Red Run.

How a stroke survivor will tackle a gruelling desert ultra marathon

Last fishing trip entry form in tomorrow's paper!

Don't miss out on this great prize!

Only a few days left to get into competition!

Top 11 places to cool off in Gladstone when it's stinking hot

Aerial View of South End (bottom) and Facing Island. Gladstone. Photo Brenda Strong / The Observer

Want to get out and cool down? Here's where to visit in summer

7 weird fishing superstitions

WOWEE! This is a deadly combination if you're heading out fishing! Photo: contributed

Any of these ring true for you?

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

Why social media has us ordering wild cocktails

Grab a fancy cocktail at one of Brisbane's top rooftop bars, Eleven. Photo: Contributed

COCKTAILS on trend, in all shapes ans sizes.

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

Break the mould this Valentine's Day: 25 unique things to do

If you're looking to show someone in your life that you love 'em, here's our list of Valentine's Day ideas to guarantee they feel the love.

Our list of Valentine's Day ideas will guarantee they feel loved.

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...

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.

Horrible truth about long-term travel

ANYONE who tells you long-term travel is glamorous is lying. Kindly enjoy this list of every sticky situation I found myself in while abroad for a year.

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

Flight from hell with ‘demonic’ child

A passenger has filmed a 'demonic' child who screamed during an entire eight-hour flight. Picture: AP

Your nightmare flight, in one video

What happened when I finally flew First Class

Here's what flying First Class is like.

What it's like to fly in the pointy end of the plane

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.

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

HE’S played the iconic Alf Stewart for 30 years — but now, Home and Away’s Ray Meagher is working on a new project.

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

Bardot’s biggest secrets finally revealed

L-R: Belinda Chapple, Tiffany Wood, Sally Polihronas, Sophie Monk and Katie Underwood made up Bardot.

Popstars girl group Bardot’s biggest secrets finally revealed

How three Aussie movie-makers lured Helen Mirren

Jason Clarke and Helen Mirren in a scene from the movie Winchester. Supplied by Studiocanal.

It took a lot of work for three Aussies to lure the Oscar winner

Roxy Jacenko: ‘I came over all hot’

Roxy Jacenko and Oliver Curtis have talked about their sex life since his prison release last year. Picture: Aaron Francis.

The pair gave revealing interview about their lives since his release

Play it cool this autumn

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

‘The $2 item that cured my acne’

Pictures on Twitter show her skin before and after the treatment.

It took her five months to see results

Aspiring supermodel chases her dream overseas

Mackay supermodel hopeful Danielle Gutschlag.

Mackay teen set to compete in Fiji

Glamour comes to Gladstone with Miss Teen

WINNERS:  Anelia du Plessis (seniors) and Samarah Belton  (juniors, both on the right).

The winners will go on to compete in Mackay.

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

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.

Supermarket savings in 14 steps. How to save $1500 a year

Be vigilant to save money when heading to the supermarket. Illustration by John Tiedemann

Avoid the oldest supermarket trick in the book.

Transgender woman breastfeeds baby

A TRANSGENDER woman has become the first to officially breastfeed a baby after an “experimental” three-and-a-half month treatment regimen.

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

premium_icon Hanson‘s health care power play

Senator Pauline Hanson at Parliament House in Canberra. Picture: Kym Smith

Hanson expresses concerns over plan to raise Medicare levy

premium_icon Junior sport in Qld becoming too expensive for parents

THE cost of junior sport is becoming a growing concern among Queensland parents with fees for weekend footy, soccer and netball really hitting the hip pocket.

premium_icon Newborn tips scales at 6.3kg

Maoama Ala is Sunshine Hospital’s biggest baby ever, weighing 6.3kg. Picture: David Caird.

Melbourne boy almost twice as big as the average Australian baby

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

A 10-year-old girl was left alone after she was missed in a school pick-up.

Childcare centre says human error to blame

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

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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...

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'