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The life-changing magic of baking …

October 20, 2018

There is so much emotion tied to food. It really is one of those fundamental ways we can show people we love and care about them. I love that the Duchess of Sussex baked some banana bread in the kitchen of Admiralty House so she could “bring a plate” to the BBQ in Dubbo yesterday. How did it taste? I’m not sure it matters. It’s the gesture that means so much. Did you know baking for others it’s also really great for your mental health? Whipping up that chocolate cake is relaxing, it’s calming, it…

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"I’m ugly. So how will I ever get a boyfriend?" [extract from Ask Me Anything (heartfelt answers to 65 anonymous questions from teenage girls)]

November 7, 2015

Define ‘ugly’ for me. Ugly in what way? Because let me tell you what ugly means to me. ‘Ugly’ is someone who is racist or homophobic or sexist.…

Who you are in high school is NOT who you are for the rest of your life.

February 8, 2015

It’s this:  Who You Are In High School Is Not Who You Are For The Rest Of Your Life There are two big things I remember about high…

Is this the conversation you need to have with your child before school goes back?

January 24, 2015

Have you taught your child how to recognise a good friend? When you write a book about the importance of choosing the right friends in school, it goes…

If you’re after a feel-good movie, go see this one …

August 16, 2014

Once upon a time I went to the movies ALL THE TIME. On a whim! I’d be bored in an afternoon and think “I’m going to pop out…

That awkward moment when you realise your favourite song is actually about crystal meth.

August 16, 2014

Three years ago I confessed here on Mamamia about a rather embarrassing episode where I was publicly outed for singing the wrong song lyrics. Do you remember? You…

Well done, Tara Brown. You nailed it.

August 16, 2014

  Tara Brown, you nailed it. You bloody nailed it. That’s what I wanted to say last night when I watched Tara Brown conduct one of the most…

Some advice for the family and friends of Ada Nicodemou

August 16, 2014

I was in the kitchen last night buttering toast for my five-year-old daughter – when my husband gasped from behind his laptop. I looked up. “Ada Nicodemou’s  baby…

I think Offspring just broke up with us.

August 16, 2014

Be careful what you wish for. Three weeks ago, I somewhat controversially wrote that I hoped tonight’s season finale of Offspring would be the series finale. Why? Because…

Dear Offspring, it’s time to call it a day. (July 2014)

August 16, 2014

’m just going to spit it out:  I want Offspring to finish.  I want this season – season five – to be the last one. In three weeks time, I…

At 30 I had a very clear definition of success. At 42 I threw that definition in the bin.

August 16, 2014

I made the two-hour drive south to see my parents last weekend and on my bed, waiting for me, my mum had placed an old cardboard box sealed…

About Bec

Over the past 25 years Rebecca Sparrow has earned a living as a travel writer, a television publicist, a marketing executive, a magazine editor, a TV scriptwriter, a radio producer, a newspaper columnist and as an author.

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