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Australian fashion influencer shuts down blog over mommy guilt, admits she can’t ‘have it all’

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A popular fashion influencer in Australia revealed she’s shutting down her blog in a teary video, in which she admitted that the pressures of her career were negatively impacting her relationship with her family.

I Heart Bargains blogger Chelsea Thomas, who has amassed 105,000 Instagram followers, said she decided to close shop after realizing she can’t actually have it all.

Thomas said her e-commerce fashion blog had become like her third child and took time away from her actual children.

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“I am an example of a woman who’s tried to have it all,” she said in a 15-minute video posted on Tuesday.  “You are never going to be able to do everything to be perfect. It just doesn’t work that way … I am grieving a lot of the time I have missed with my children.”

“It’s now time for me to really protect myself creatively, be with my family,” she added.

Thomas said she initially started the business eight years ago as a “side hustle” when her son, Jude, was 10 months old.

“I wanted to give women access to affordable fashion,” she said. “There was nothing quite like it in Australia at the time.

“It was an unbelievable ride. I didn’t anticipate the success it would bring me. I didn’t anticipate it would be my full-time job,” she said.

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Thomas said she is drawn to do something else creatively but hasn’t yet pinpointed what that something is.

Overall, it was her son and her occasional absence in his life that drove her to return to being a full-time mother.

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“Jude definitely needs me. He’s now 8, but he has seen a mother that has worked so hard for so long,” said Thomas, who began to cry. “For nearly a decade I’ve smashed it. I thought that smashing it was the right thing to do. I thought that meant success, power … more following. No, it doesn’t mean that.

“It means being disconnected to your children, it means potentially being apart from your husband,” she said.

While some followers admitted that they were sad to see the blog go, they also expressed support for Thomas and her decision. Other moms even said they could relate.

“Omg omg omg the end of an era. You should be so proud. What a journey,” one Instagram follower commented.

“I love how incredibly bold and strong you are to walk your own path! Well done,” another person wrote.

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Another follower said, “I resonated, related, understood and connected with a lot of your honest and real message – so so proud of you!”

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Traveler fakes pregnancy to avoid baggage fees, is caught seconds before boarding

A travel writer said she went to extreme lengths to avoid paying much-hated baggage fees on a low-cost Australian airline.

Rebecca Andrews devised an elaborate plan to fake a pregnancy in order to get around the $40 charge, but was caught just before making her way onto the aircraft.

“Would you believe a minute after I’d scanned my ticket and was walking down the gangway to the plane, I dropped my ticket, [leaned] to pick it up and [a] laptop poked out of my jacket. I got 100 percent busted,” she told Fox News.

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In an article for the Escape travel website published Friday, Andrews detailed how she decided to “fight the system” in an effort to avoid the extra fee imposed by Jetstar.

She said the airline is notorious for canceling and delaying flights and is “inflexible with check-in times.”

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Travel writer Rebecca Andrews said she almost got away with faking a pregnancy to avoid paying an excess baggage fee on Jetstar, a low-cost Australian airline. (Rebecca Andrews)

She also said customers are routinely hit with excess baggage fees even if their bags are just 2 pounds over the weight limit.

“Their staff [wanders] around with scales at the boarding gate, so you can’t sneak things into your luggage at the last minute because they’ll definitely re-weigh your bags,” Andrews said.

A Jetstar spokesperson told Fox News on Friday that its team has seen just about every trick in the book.

“While we appreciate the creativity, our team [is] pretty wise to all the tricks, and most of our customers find it more comfortable to pay a little bit more for an extra 3 kilos [nearly 7 pounsd] of carry-on.”

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Accompanying Andrews’ article was a video and a nine-step plan that she demonstrated in her Sydney hotel room the night before her flight to Melbourne.

Wearing a lycra leotard, Andrews placed a laptop down her back and put the charger wrapped in clothing in front of her stomach to replicate a baby bump.  She then dressed in jeans, a sweater and a jacket.

Andrews repeated the process the next day in a Sydney airport bathroom before walking to catch her flight.

“I walked very erectly […] to the gate, and found I was the [last] person to board my flight,” she said.

That turned out to be a mistake, Andrews pointed out, because it left her in the crosshairs of most of the remaining staff near the gate. The ruse was up when she walked down the gangway and dropped her ticket, during which time the laptop poked out of her jacket.

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Rebecca Andrews showed her fake baby bump, which was a laptop charger wrapped in clothing. The travel writer faked a pregnancy to avoid paying excess baggage fees on an Australian airline.  (Rebecca Andrews)

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“I should have told her I had on a back brace, but hindsight, hey? I freaked out and blabbed on myself,” she said.

Andrews said she relented and paid the $40 fee and boarded the plane. She said she has no regrets.

“If my carry-on was ever overweight I would do it again and just make sure I was not the last person to board,” she said.

She recommended passengers pre-check into their flights or go to the “do-it-yourself computer thingy at the airport,” and then change in an airport bathroom. She advised to not check in at the airline counter.

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Iran frees Australian travel bloggers in possible prisoner swap

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Iran has freed two Australian travel bloggers who were detained for three months after being arrested for flying a drone near a military zone without a license.

Tehran dropped its charges against Australian-British blogger Jolie King and her fiancé Mark Firkin, who both returned to Australia. They had been held in the notorious Evin Prison in Tehran since early July.

King and Firkin were released as part of a possible prisoner swap, according to The Associated Press.

At the same time as the couple’s release, Iranian state-run television reported that Reza Dehbashi, an Iranian scientist who was detained for 13 months in Australia over the purchase of a defense system for his country from the United States, had returned home.

Iranian TV said that the Australian judiciary had planned to send Dehbashi to the U.S. but that he was released through Tehran’s diplomatic efforts.

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King and Firkin thanked the Australian government and released a statement, saying: “We are extremely happy and relieved to be safely back in Australia with those we love. While the past few months have been very difficult, we know it has also been tough for those back home who have been worried for us.”

The couple requested privacy as they try to “get back to [our] normal lives.”

“We know there are others who remain in detention in Iran, including a fellow Australian, and believe intense media coverage may not be helpful for efforts to bring them home,” the couple said.

Melbourne University Islamic studies lecturer Dr. Kylie Moore-Gilbert has been detained in Iran since October 2018 on accusations of spying for an unidentified third country.

Australia Foreign Minister Marise Payne said Saturday that Moore-Gilbert’s situation is “very complex” and the government is still trying to secure her return.

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“She has been detained for some considerable time, and has faced the Iranian legal system and has been convicted and sentenced,” Payne said. It was not immediately clear what sentence had been passed down against her.

Before their arrest, King and Firkin had been traveling around the globe, documenting their adventures in YouTube videos and on Instagram.

According to their joint Instagram account, The Way Overland, the two are currently “taking a break.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Trump visits Ohio factory with Australia’s prime minister, touts economy

President Trump visited Ohio, a state essential to his 2020 reelection strategy, with Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison, taking the stage at a recycled-paper factory Sunday evening to highlight the United States’ investment partnership with the country.

Trump and Morrison visited the new factory in Wapakoneta, which is being opened by Anthony Pratt, an Australian businessman investing billions of dollars in the United States to create thousands of manufacturing jobs. Wapakoneta is about an hour north of Dayton.

“If it wasn’t for your presidency, this mill would not be here today,” Pratt said, praising the Trump administration’s economic and tax policies.

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“Today we celebrate the extraordinary economic partnership between our nations and we proudly declare that Pratt Industries and this great, great state of Ohio is open for business,” Trump said as he addressed the cheering crowd at the new Pratt Industries plant, which was still under construction. He added, “Australia is one of our most important allies and trading partners with more than 65 billion dollars in trade between our nations last year.”

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President Trump and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison shaking hands at Pratt Industries on Sunday in Wapakoneta, Ohio.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

He added, “Unlike so many other nations, Australia upholds the principles of fair and reciprocal trade.”

People in Ohio crowded into the hot factory and chanted “USA” when the president talked about products displaying the words “Made in America.” The plant is expected to open in a couple of weeks and has offered jobs to veterans, which Trump highlighted as he addressed the crowd on Sunday.

“I am especially excited to announce that one in four workers at this plant is a veteran,” Trump said. The audience responded with cheers.

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Trump said, “Over the next decade, Pratt Industries is creating 5000 new jobs in the United States. This massive new investment is made possible by the historic tax cuts and tax credits that we signed into law.”

Trump had nothing but praise for the Australian prime minister, who also praised the U.S. president.

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President Trump speaking as Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, center, and Pratt Industries chairman Anthony Pratt watched during a factory tour Sunday. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

“The president and I are here today because we believe in jobs, we believe in the way jobs transform lives,” Morrison said, adding, “What we are celebrating here is jobs.”

He also pointed out America’s 3.7-percent unemployment rate, saying, “That is an amazing achievement, Mr. President, the lowest unemployment rate we have seen in the United States for a very, very long time.”

The president and first lady Melania Trump hosted Morrison and his wife, Jennifer, at a state dinner on Friday night, two days before the Ohio visit.

Earlier Sunday, Trump visited Texas and met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to highlight the growth of U.S. exports to India and billions of dollars spent by India on U.S. defense equipment. Neither mentioned trade tensions on Sunday.

Trump and Modi clasped hands as they walked across the stage in a packed NRG Stadium in Houston, sending an apparent message of unity between the world’s two largest democracies.

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The president also discussed border security on Sunday, an important campaign issue for Texas, which shares a border with Mexico.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Tourists ignore warnings, pose at cliffside hours after woman dies taking selfies

Tourists can’t seem to stay away from a dangerous cliffside in Australia – despite warnings from officials and, most recently, the death of a 27-year-old woman who fell while taking selfies.

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On Aug. 17, the young woman plummeted off the cliff at Diamond Head Bay in Vaucluse, New South Wales, around 11:30 a.m., according to local reports. Her identity has not yet been released.

However, within hours of her death, tourists were still showing up to take pictures at the dangerous location – which is accessed only by climbing over a fence that has signs posted by emergency responders warning visitors of the unstable cliff edge.

Diamond Bay Reserve in Sydney, which was popularized by an Instagram influencer earlier this year, has been regularly inundated by tourists who jump the wire fence, despite the warnings and rules prohibiting them from venturing past it.

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Famed for its gorgeous view, the Sydney-area cliff has grown so popular in recent months that officials have installed physical barriers to prevent people from going out onto the edge. However, the “no selfie zones” have reportedly not helped prevent tourists from wandering out.

“There is an ongoing and justifiable concern that visitors are irresponsibly endangering themselves and others by crossing over fencing and boundary lines and positioning themselves on the cliff ledge,” a motion by the Waverly Council concluded in June.

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The council agreed to investigate ways to restrict or deter movement around the area, including the possibility of installing cameras and more physical barriers, 7News reports.

“A wind or a stumble or anything [and] that’s the end of them because it’s sheer cliff down,” resident Rona Kahn said to Australia’s Nine News in April.

“We do see a lot of tourists that come past, I believe there’s a tour bus that drops off a bunch of people and it makes sense, it’s super beautiful down here,” resident Laura Dewitt added.

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According to a global study, there were 259 people who died while taking selfies over six years. (iStock)

According to a global study, there were 259 people who died while taking selfies between 2011 and 2017.

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Videos show unsuspecting tourists slammed by wave at popular Instagram spot

These tourists really got swept away by their Australian vacation.

A group of visitors at Figure 8 Pools in Sydney’s Royal National Park were recorded getting wiped out by a giant wave while they stood on the edge of the popular beach rock pool.

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In footage shared on social media, dozens of visitors are knocked off their feet by a wave that rises more than 16 feet and crashes over the rocks.

Some try to outrun the water, but also get swept in toward the shore.

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Mad scramble aside, no serious injuries were reported.

The spot, an Instagram-influencer fave, has a “Risk Forecast” online, warning people whether or not it is the right time to visit the pools.

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The warning system runs from extreme to very low risk – seeming to taper into a low risk toward the afternoon, after peaking at high risk around 7-10 a.m.

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Such wave-inspired mayhem has happened before. In May, two women trying to get the “perfect shot” were knocked over by one in Hawaii. The unidentified women wound up with scrapes and a broken camera but were not seriously injured.

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Airline crew helps dad pull off epic mid-air prank

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A devoted father got an airline to help him “punch” his daughter midflight, and now she’s plotting her revenge.

Bridie Connell was flying to New Zealand for a family party when her father got the flight crew involved in a years-long “prank war” between him and his daughter. According to Connell, she and her dad have been locked in a 15-year-long competition to see who can deliver a “pinch and punch for the first of the month” before the other one.

It’s based off an old superstition that giving someone a “pinch and a punch” on the first of the month will bring good luck.

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Connell chronicled her experience on Twitter, saying “Today is the 1st of May. First of the month! I’m flying home to NZ for my cousin’s birthday. It was an early flight – too early to call dad before I took off. “It’ll have to wait,” I thought as I settled into my seat.”

Her story continued, “Air NZ, my favorite airline. Got moved to a seat with more legroom. Premium economy, winning! Free chocolate. Hooray! … ” Unfortunately, the upgrade wasn’t all she was getting that day.

“And then a staff member comes over to my seat,” she tweeted. “Are you Bridie?” “Yes…” “I’m Beau. Nice to meet you.” Omg, it’s finally happening, the moment I have been dreaming of for years. I’m going to be UPGRADED, baby!! “I have a special delivery for you, Bridie.”

Beau handed Connell a letter from her father, which read “To my most beloved daughter, I do hope you’re sitting back reclining comfortably as you (slowly make) your way across the Tasman. I can’t wait to see you, and I know you are going to be very excited and thrilled when you see me! By the way, while I remember … pinch and a punch for the first of the month, no returns! Ps, aren’t Air NZ flight staff fabulous? I really do understand why it’s your favorite airline!”

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Connell doesn’t appear to be a sore loser, however, and she took the prank in stride. She tweeted, “I have to hand it to my dad, and to Air Nz. And Beau, the most hilarious and lovely man. I am SO annoyed but also SO impressed. And the worst part is tonight I’ll have to sit through a family dinner with everyone telling and retelling this story and dad being all smug.”

Connell’s dad shouldn’t get too confident, however, because it looks like Air New Zealand has switched sides. The airline tweeted at Connell, asking what the plan for June was, so maybe her dad should watch his back.

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Australian robbery suspect uses unusual disguise during heist: cops

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At least he reuses his bags!

An armed robber in Queensland, Australia, raised eyebrows after he appeared to give up on a blue reusable bag he was using to conceal his identity and instead used it to carry out stolen cash and goods from a gas station, according to police.

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Security footage shows a man enter a gas station store in Caboolture, north of Brisbane, around 8:30 p.m. with a blue reusable shopping bag over his head to mask his identity, police said. The man allegedly threatens the female clerk with a knife who then hands over cigarettes and opens the register for the thief.

The robber first stashed the goods in his pockets, but then removes the bag from his head to carry the remaining bundles of money and cigarettes packs from the shop, leaving his face on full view to cameras in the process, police said.

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Police said no one was injured in the incident and are asking anyone with information to come forward, The Independent reported.

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Australia zoo giraffes experience bubbles for the ‘first time’

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Zookeepers at Werribee Open Range Zoo in the province of Victoria, Australia introduced their male giraffes to bubbles for what they said was the “first time.”

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In video shared by the zoo on Monday, zookeepers blow bubbles into the air as several of the world’s tallest mammals tower above, intently watching the new experience. Bubbles motivate the giraffes to “explore, socialize and play, which is very important for their survival,” zookeepers said.

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Giraffes stand from 14 to 19 feet tall and eat hundreds of pounds of leaves each week by using their long legs and towering necks to graze on leaves and buds in treetops, according to National Geographic. The population of giraffes is generally decreasing worldwide due to habitat loss caused by civil unrest and the expansion of farming in their native-Africa, BBC News reported.

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Instagram model denies claims she swam in sacred spring after fierce backlash

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An Instagram model has issued a statement after receiving harsh criticism over an untagged photo she posted to the social media platform of her swimming in a serene lake in New Zealand.

“There’s no better way to travel [than] to stumble across these gems unexpectedly. Not a single soul in sight or a piece of rubbish – my idea of perfection,” wrote Cleo Codrington, who is traveling through the country with her partner, Mitch Cox.

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Though the picture was not tagged with any location other than New Zealand, followers were quick to attack Codrington for swimming in what they believed to be Te Waihou Blue Springs — a picturesque water system that has banned swimmers since 2016 for having a “negative impact on the vegetation in the riverbed and on the bank,” Daily Mail reported.

“There is a reason [it’s] this clean. [It’s] sacred and a sign of disrespect to papatuanuku to swim here,” one person commented on the photo.

“You’re always welcome in Aotearoa but PLEASE learn the meaning of Kaitiakitanga @cleocohen and show our islands the respect they deserve,” another angry at the photo wrote.

“Just nature, you, and 133k people. It would’ve been beautiful if it came with respecting other people’s laws & land,” another wrote.

“Swimming in sacred waters to sell necklaces?” another comment read, referring to the Instagram influencer’s Etsy shop.

However, after the controversy – which was covered by the NZ Herald – Codrington responded to the backlash, claiming she and Cox were not at Blue Springs, but another idyllic location that is not off-limits to swimmers.

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“Please don’t listen to untrue articles written about me. This was at the Tarawera Falls River NOT Blue Springs. I didn’t want to reveal the location because I’m a big believer in preserving the hidden gems and the environment, not all places should be geotagged,” she wrote in a comment.

Codrington then posted another, longer statement, further defending her swimming hole.

“I am a genuine advocate for sustaining, preserving and enjoying what beautiful natural environments we have remaining. Adventure’s not based off geotags or “getting the shot” and especially not at the expense of the environment,” she wrote in a caption. “It’s not about promoting big tourist attractions or showcasing spots so they become overrun and abused, (Which unfortunately has happened to places like Blue Springs.) This IS NOT Blue Springs, but a completely unrelated river system and area in NZ, and yes, the locals and owners said we could swim!”

Many of her 134K followers came out in support of Codrington, claiming they know she would not have broken the law just for a photo.

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“Cleo ignore all these negative comments, I 100% know that you and Mitch are environmentally aware and respectful to the sites you visit and am thankful that you don’t tag all the locations in order to preserve them. People are so quick to pass judgement!! keep living the dream, I absolutely love your posts and am inspired by them daily, big love xxx,” one follower wrote.

“Keep the beautiful work you guy have been doing. Garbage is not only thrown to oceans but to people as well, don’t let this garbage affect you,” another commented.

The Instagram-famous couple is known for their travel pages, which feature the pair in many tourist and off-the-beaten-path locations around the world.

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