Family's plea to help raise $500 so tot can play in water

AN EMOTIONALLY and financially drained family turns to Ipswich community to give bright but very sick little girl a special Christmas gift.

Woolies' new reindeer carrots hope to feed Santa's fliers

Woolies gets on board with the tradition of leaving a carrot out

Penis-measuring service hopes to increase condom usage

A health clinic in Sweden is offering to measure men's penises

How Australia's largest family does Christmas with 16 kids

BIG CHRISTMAS: Enjoying their new PS4 is the Bonell family (back, from left) Natalie, Karl, Jesse, Samuel, Katelyn, Claire, Cameron, Brooke, Sabrina, Timothy, parents Jeni and Ray Bonell and (front, from left) Nate, Eric, Damian, Rachel, Eve and Brandon.

The Toowoomba family said the device brought them together

Take extra care in scorching conditions

Six simple steps for staying safe in the heat.

IKEA says simple swap could save Aussies a billion

IKEA says Australian households could save as much as $1.08 billion

Christmas survival tips

DON'T OVEREAT: Be aware of your portion sizes when it's time to tuck into some Christmas fare.

How to survive the festive season if you're health conscious.

Don't ignore your body's warning signs

TAKE CARE OF YOU: The earlier you start taking care of yourself, the better.

Ignoring signals from your body is a quick path to a health crisis.

Funky, flavoursome vegan food

Two women have written a cookbook set to shake up preconceived ideas about plant-based cuisine.

Cheers to new beer that saves our reef

BEERY GOOD: Bargara Brewing Company head brewer Andrew Clark with the second Great Barrier Beer creation for The Good Beer Co.

Second Great Barrier Beer infused with honey.

Twice-cooked delight

These pretty Christmas biscotti make an ideal gift.

Make biscotti with a Christmas twist

Put some sparkle into the season

Put some sparkle in the festive season with a selection of wines perfect for celebrating with loved ones.

A selection of wines to start the celebrations

How to satisfy their warring tastebuds

Devil's Delight are chocolate pancakes with strawberries, cream, chocolate ice cream and drizzled with chocolate sauce.

Kids need to eat but they don't always want the same things

Plan the perfect party

SWEET SUCCESS: Elise Strachan has released her first book.

Plan the perfect party

REVEALED: What we're using the web for this Christmas

KEEPING in touch with loved ones and impressing dinner guests with new recipes are two reasons internet usage is expected to increase this month.

Find best weave for your floor

A genuine Persian rug is hand-crafted and highly collectable.

From royals to celebrity outings, there is a rug for every occasion

WATCH: $63m retirement village rises up on Sunshine Coast

VISION: The new vertical retirement village at Oceanside.

Construction begins on vertical retirement village

Dressing up the home for sale

Home staging, when less is definitely more.

How can you "stage” a house for sale?

It's time to plan your summer garden

SUMMER has its particular challenges in the garden here's how to overcome them.

Little fruit packs punch

Blueberries have plenty of fibre, virtually no fat and loads of vitamins.

'Berry' good addition to gardens, even in sub-tropical climates

Jacaranda Crowning in pictures

A large crowd gathered under the Jacaranda and the carnival lights to watch the Jacaranda Queen crowning ceremony

All the pictures from crowning night

Community garden set for Palmwoods

Kay Nixon at the Palmwoods Community Gardens will be hosting a launch day and inviting the ecommunity to come along and sign up.

Parcel of land to supply sustainable gardening for community

Epic backyard caters for golf, bowling, handball, basketball

INNOVATIVE MUM: Bec Mortensen has created the ultimate backyard for her kids to encourage them to enjoy being active outside.

The DIY mum says you can do anything with Google

How to get edible treats in your backyard

It's time to find a spot for a blueberry bush.

The middle of spring is yet another wonderful time for gardeners

How to get your garden glowing for spring

Daisy May grows about 25cm tall and produces large white daisy flowers.

How to pick the right plants to get your garden perfect for spring

$259 flights to Honolulu: Jetstar sale launched

Discount airline Jetstar has launched its annual Christmas sale with flights for as little as $49 up for grabs on domestic routes.

International visitor numbers going up on Fraser Coast

The region saw 136,000 visitors in the year to September 2016.

Snapshot of lake life in Guatemala

SPECIAL PLACES: Lake Atitlan in Guatemala has lots of pretty towns along its shores. This is a view from Panajachel.

Discovering small town life in Guatemala

The Qld spot where lightning strikes all the time

A guide shows off the rocks created by lightning strikes on Moreton Island.

Rock is evidence of repeated strikes in Queensland spot

Traveller detained, told NZ is part of Australia

Kiwi traveller was told New Zealand is part of Australia

Find plenty of attractions in Mackay

Cape Hillsborough at dawn.

Check out some of this north Queensland town's best attractions.

How to travel Australia without robbing a bank

Beautiful Greens Pool, Denmark, Western Australia

It's the great Australian dream here's how it can be yours

Amy Schumer thanks Barbie trolls for hateful comments

AMY Schumer has responded to criticism that she is not right for the lead role in the new Barbie movie because of her body shape.

Shannen Doherty's husband is suing for destroyed sex life

Shannen Doherty's husband is suing her former manager

Azealia Banks' battery case against Russell Crowe dropped

Russell Crowe will not be charged with battery

Mel Gibson named Best Director at AACTA Awards

Mel Gibson poses in the media room after winning the AACTA Award for Best Direction for Hacksaw Ridge.

HIS wartime drama Hacksaw Ridge sweeps 6th annual awards in Sydney.

Mark Hamill unaware his co-stars were romantically involved

Hamill too "self-involved" at the time to notice, he said

ABC's Fresh Blood graduates are a Skit Box full of laughs

Sarah Bishop, Greta Lee Jackson and Adele Vuko in a scene from the TV series Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am.

ALL-female comedy trio hitting the mark with new sketch show.

Kim Kardashian West said to be looking for a divorce

Kim Kardashian West is looking to file for divorce from her husband

Dive into latest swimwear trends

Think in terms of a free spirit and bohemian mood to be on trend at the beach or poolside.

Salty solution for skin issues

Body scrubs are really easy to make with regular household items.

Save some cash and make your own body scrubs

King seeks fashion crown with pop queen

North Coast TAFE Applied Fashion and Technology graduate, Sam King is aiming at dressing pop royalty Beyoncé Knowles one day.

Fashion students aims to dress pop royalty

Victoria's Secret 2016: Top supermodels wow in Paris

Lady Gaga revived her role as the first lady of pop music

Gladstone girl has the face for modelling

BUBBLY: Aviae Massey will know this week whether she is the top 100 to be the new face of Kinder.

AND she's no rookie to the glamour-filled industry

Get summer fit with Sally Fitzgibbons: Week 11

Sally Fitzgibbons has joined us in our quest for a healthier region.

It's getting hot and by you should almost be summer fit

Nikon D3400: Great way to start out in a DSLR

FOR an entry level camera with a price tag of around $500, Nikon’s D3400 is certainly worth considering as a first choice in a DSLR.

Coles beefs up its security in Mackay

Coles has taken its security measures to the next level, placing electronic tags on its meat.

Alarms ring at supermarket when customers buy good meat

MacBook Pro: You can touch this (finally)

The 13 inch and 15 inch MacBook Pro

The biggest hurdle, no doubt, is the price.

How you can save $250 on Christmas gifts this year

Cameras are on the list of Christmas gift ideas. But would you buy one second hand?

Australians will collectively fork out $10 billion on Christmas

AusPost says no problem as 14% of parcels go missing

Complaints about Australia Post are on the rise.

Complaints about parcel delivery are on the rise

Top tips: shopping with children during the 'silly season'

Santa arrives in a hot rod at Caloundra.

Tips for Christmas shopping with the kids

Could this toy caterpillar get kids into coding?

Fisher-Price has launched the new Think & Learn Code-a-pillar.

Cute toy promises to teach planning, sequencing and thinking

Why Mackay could be vital in black lung research

Push for Mackay to lead Australia's research into Black Lung

Gladstone Hospital no-shows cost a whopping $630K

RESOURCES WASTED: Stuart Orr.

MORE THAN 3000 Gladstone appointment no-shows cost $630,000.

Protein chosen with care

Celebrity chef Pete Evans shares his thoughts on paleo.

Part two of Pete Evans' chat about the paleo diet.

James Ackerman's daughter in hospital battle

FIGHTER: Milly Ackerman is battling a bout of pneumonia.

'Moo Moo' fighting in Brisbane hospital after bout of pneumonia

Delirium: Why pills could cause more harm than good

Delirium robs dying people of their autonomy and dignity

80 openings for first medicinal cannabis trials

Medical cannabis trials will be starting soon.

NSW cancer patients can now apply for medical marijuana trials

'Gone through hell': Wife's fear stress will kill her

Marlene Snoodyk.

"Delirium, hallucinations, aggression was brought on..."

Have we lost the art of imagination?

YEARS ago, we reported on a self-made millionaire who lamented that Australians had lost the art of dreaming big.

Gay teen revealed bullying before suicide

Tyrone Unsworth.

Calls for controversial Safe Schools program to be introduced

Sweaty Christmas to all

BE THANKFUL: Remember how important the people around you are at this time of year.

Making the most of family Christmases.

Just delivered: the most popular baby names of 2016

Ezra and Aria are two characters in hit show Pretty Little Liars

Did your baby's name make the list?

New school sexual education plan to target STIs

The strategy has fighting the spread of STIs as a priority.

Pack up the family for a cheap holiday

A family takes the plunge, packs up the kids and goes on a four-month driving holiday. In the December 3 edition of Weekend, they share how other families can live the dream.

Two mums share tips on how to have an adventure on a budget

Baby teething remedies cleared after link to deaths in US

The teething remedy was linked to deaths and side effects in the US.

Woman finds love with fellow gamer 11,711km away

IT'S time to delete Tinder - a Te Awamutu woman has met the love of her life living 11,711km away in Texas while playing a mobile farming game.

Coast brothel opens up to change 'prostitution stigma'

Emma Bennett is the manager of the coast's newest brothel, Lush, which is located at Marcoola.
Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily

Brothels are big business, and they're getting bigger

Stroll through park turns into flash-mob wedding proposal

She had no idea her boyfriend was planning a flash-mob proposal

Why we’re more likely to date someone who has an ex

Clarence Valley single men - a new TV series wants you.

Most people would agree choosing “the right” partner is important