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This One Cheap DIY Hack Will Blow Your Mind And WFH Life

Game changer.

Sadly, not everyone has the luxury of isolating in a 10-bed, 6-bath, $10M mansion like the Kardashians. In fact, there are plenty of us who have been forced to quarantine inside shoebox apartments and share houses. With so much time spent indoors, how do we DIY and hack our surroundings to make working from home as comfortable possible, without having to stage a mini series of The Block?

To answer that question, we spoke to Jessica Holsman, the best-selling author behind YouTube channel Study With Jess, on the most recent episode of It’s Been A Big Day For… LISTEN BELOW:

Not only has Jess appeared on recent eps of Bunnings’ new IG live stream DIY Live, but she’s a bit of an expert when it comes to giving your interiors a bit of love, without a helping hand.

When it comes to making the most of small spaces, Jess spoke about the importance of ‘dead space,’ which is, for example, “the space between clothing hanging off a pole, then there’s nothing in between.”

“In all your cupboards, in the kitchen as well, there’s a lot of that ‘dead space,'” she explained. “There are ways we can utilise that space…there are drawer organisers and storage solutions that I picked up at Bunnings.”

As for working from home, Jess emphasised the importance of good lighting – and that doesn’t mean you need to go out and buy a bunch of expensive new lamps and light fittings. According to Jess, it’s all in the bulbs.

“My environment plays a big role in my motivation and my sense of calm,” Jess explains. “You need good lighting. We bought boxes of cold, white light globes and changed all the globes in the apartment – it was literally night day.”

“Even just having a good desk lamp available is so important.”

Who would’ve thought something as simple as changing your light bulbs could shake up your makeshift office so much?

According to research conducted by Bunnings, 65% of Australians have at least one unfinished DIY job to do. While that might seem daunting, research has also found that 1 in 5 Australians will undertake a DIY project at home this Easter long weekend, with general gardening, decluttering, painting and landscaping topping the list of activities planned.

Before you start planning a mass renovation in your head, beware of biting off more than you can chew. “Start small – start with a little project and see how you go with your confidence,” Jess says. “Don’t expect perfection.”

With so much time on our hands and all of it spent inside, there’s every reason to turn lemons into lemonade and flex some DIY skills to make your working and living environment as comfortable as it can be.

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Takeaway Booze Rules Have Been Relaxed In NSW For Easter

Here's what you can and can't do over the long weekend.

As we swiftly approach the Easter long weekend, things are looking a little different this year. Tight government restrictions around non-essential travel and social distancing mean we’re confined to our homes for the most part – but for NSW residents, there is a silver lining. 

It has been announced that licensed venues across the state will be allowed to sell takeaway food and alcohol on Good Friday and ANZAC day, in an effort to help businesses economically impacted by COVID-19.

Speaking of government restrictions, hear about Scott Morrison’s viral COVID blunders below:

“Some licensees who hold a liquor licence would normally be able to trade on a Good Friday but we’re extending that to all pubs, clubs, small bars, restaurants and cafes that sell food,” Liquor & Gaming NSW Executive Director of Policy and Strategy, John Tansey said.

“Likewise, ANZAC Day is normally a restricted day for trade, but given the circumstances it’s also a chance for some of our most impacted businesses to maintain operations and keep their staff employed.”

These relaxed rules mean that pubs, clubs, small bars, restaurants and cafes with liquor licenses can sell takeaway alcohol – with a meal – from 12pm to 10pm on Good Friday.

But what other activities are allowed this Easter long weekend amidst the pandemic? Sadly, you won’t be able to visit family unless it falls in line with government restrictions, you won’t be able to sneak away to a hotel or AirBnb or go driving anywhere unless you have a good reason.

The same goes for hanging out in your local park and even going for a bush walk – hefty fines apply if you’re caught doing any of the above. 

So, what can we do this weekend? Well, for starters, you can get yourself some top-notch takeaway booze and bites from your favourite pub, club or small bar. Why not try your hand at baking hot cross buns, get stuck into a new book, churn your way through Netflix, or make it a boujee weekend in isolation with one of these fun activities.

Either way, we’re all in this together. Stay safe, stay home and think positive.

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Josh Gad Wins WFH, Voices 'Frozen' Spin-Off From His Lounge

How to build a snowman, remotely.

There’s plenty of doom and gloom following the warpath of the global pandemic right now, including the delay on many highly-anticipated film releases. However, it’s not all bad. Disney animator Hyrum Osmond and Josh Gad have teamed up on the new Frozen spin-off series At Home With Olaf. The best part? The whole thing has been created from home.

Hear about all the details and other bingeworthy films and TV shows below:

According to Deadline, Jennifer Lee – who is the head of Disney Animation and director of Frozen I and II, gave Gad a call, asking him if he’d be happy to reprise the role of Olaf from home. 

“So, I did,” he told Deadline. “It was a little bit of a challenge because I’m not good technically, and now we’re releasing Olaf shorts!”

Taking to Twitter, Gad told his followers, “the sheer volume and production value of these is a testament to the brilliant animators and post production team at @DisneyAnimation.”

At Home With Olaf is just one of many ways animation and film studios are innovating, and even capitalising off the pandemic and government restrictions forcing people to stay home.

A bunch of films have been given an early release due to COVID-19 including Frozen II, Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker, The Hunt, Emma, Trolls: World Tour, Birds of Prey, The Gentlemen, Cats, Dolittle and it just gets better.

If you missed catching the Oscar-winning horror Parasite when it was released last year, you can catch up on the hype when it lands on Stan on April 11th. 

These early digital releases and shorts created specifically for on-demand platforms continue to blur the line between cinema viewing and online streaming. Who knows? Perhaps the pandemic will change the way we consume film and TV for good. 

One thing is guaranteed, and that is there will be no more bored kids in isolation after they get their peepers on At Home With Olaf.

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