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love & sex

What makes love last?

Keep that passion alive in your relationship by showing your partner a bit of kindness.

A renowned relationship expert has the answer - and it may surprise you.

Is Instagram the new Tinder?

#Ionlygooutwithmodels is the not just a hashtag but a reality for some people.

Competing with a man's first love

Bad driving a real turn-off

food & wine

Tasting wine is hard work

When you taste a wine, nothing else matters for the next half minute except what that wine's smells, tastes and texture mean to no-one else but you.

A day's wine tasting is both mentally and physically exhausting.

Food parcels go gourmet

City Mission food parcels to go gourmet after The Food Show.

Chocolate pani popo are perfect for Father's Day breakfast.

Treat Dad with chocolate

If your dad's a chocolate fan (and aren't they all?), here's what to make him this Father's Day.

beauty

Beauty 'not about being average'

A female average.

Take a bunch of faces and layer them together and they turn out to be really, really good looking.

The power of self-pamper

Self-care is not just an indulgence; it's an investment in your wellbeing.

the MC1R series

Proof redheads aren't all white

Photographer Michelle Marshall is on a mission to bust myths about redheads.

fashion

Old cloths become trendy aprons video

Barbara Gilchrist creates and sells old fashioned aprons made from tablecloths and teatowels.

Barbara Gilchrist created quirky vintage aprons out of recycled tablecloths and tea towels with her apron business, Inapinny.

Best & worst dressed: The VMAs gallery

Chrissy wears the naked dress to end all naked dresses, Kim goes camo, and Miley bares pretty much everything.

Miley Cyrus poses backstage after hosting the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, California, August 30, 2015.  REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

Costumes all Cyrus, not serious gallery

We thought she'd be left field, not dressed like Xena: Warrior Princess on acid.

well & good

Is organic a waste of money?

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Buying organic veggies at the supermarket is basically a waste of money. Really?

A gruelling charity run in Kenya

Once a year, the Masai Mara National Park in Kenya becomes a marathon race track.

Does asthma affect your life? stuff nation

Do you need a 'man-plan' diet?

life

Tattoo reveals hidden battle

The text inked onto Bekah Miles' leg reads "I'm fine" to onlookers, but when she looks down on it, it reads: "Save me."

3:37 PM  Woman gets tattoo to express her ongoing inner battle with depression.

Kylie Jenner's anti-bullying campaign

Kylie Jenner might look like she has the perfect life, but she says she has been bullied too.

'Every fear I had vanished'

Turning abuse scars into artwork

home & property

How to get those roses growing

'Hayley Westenra' won rose of the year in 2010.

Rose guru Barbara Lea Taylor shares her tips for feeding roses this spring.

Bring a bit of spring inside

Winter is done and dusted. Inject some spring into your interiors with these 10 design tips.

The feline Bonnie and Clyde.

Sharing a flat with 'devil cats'

Maybe, just maybe, apartment-living isn't right for everyone – or everything.

luxury

Is this the Rolls-Royce SUV? gallery

A computer-generated concept of what the Rolls-Royce SUV will look like.

This vehicle shapes as the new face of luxury motoring that the mega-rich will crave.

Crazy new must-have of the super-rich

A dog nanny: akin to that of a governess, but entrusted with a slobbering pug in a pink diamond-studded collar.

'Dinner Time' by British artist L S Lowry commanded $95,000 at Dunbar Sloane's Wellington auction on Wednesday. The work beat Lowry's previous record for a work on paper of AUD $38,000, setting an Australasian record.

Pencil drawing sells for six figures

Pencil drawing of working-class men eating dinner snapped up for six figures in Wellington.

weddings

My singles-friendly wedding

Tossing the bouquet? Not at my wedding.

It was important to me that my wedding didn't single out my single friends.

How to have a horsey wedding gallery

If horses are the love of your life (bar your future spouse, of course), here's how to tastefully include them in the big day.

As young Chinese become wealthier, they have taken to Paris the national tradition of having wedding photos taken in advance for display on the big day.

Paris: Perfect for pre-wedding bliss gallery

Chinese tourists are flocking to the 'City of Love' in search of the perfect wedding photo.

Video

Old cloths become trendy aprons

Barbara Gilchrist created quirky vintage aprons out of recycled tablecloths and tea towels with her apron business, Inapinny.

Parenting

Home meals for new mums

Vic Parsons and son Kiva. Parsons had created a Loving Mamas Kitchen to help provide new mums with cooked meals.

Vic Parsons is helping new mums get food on the table.

Celebrating fantastic fathers stuff nation

Dads don't always get the credit they deserve so here's a chance to celebrate yours.

Alyssa Milano and her son Milo, now 4.

Alyssa Milano: I'm so blessed

Alyssa Milano felt reborn when she welcomed son Milo into the world.

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blogs

When pets are 'naughty'

Oscar is a freedom fighter. He liberated the spaghetti from its bonds. Now Oscar's work is done, and yours begins.

Stuffed toys, paper towel, spaghetti - they're all fair game for curious cats and dogs.

Why dogs make us smile gallery

Dog

Whether it's their knack with selfies or a love of cushions, they're guaranteed to do something cute every day.

My toastbusters mission

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Moata Tamaira
Blogger for STUFF

Try as I might, I struggle to be served bread items at cafes that aren't flattened into a melty oblivion.

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