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The challenge of healthier living – one year later

The challenge of healthier living - one year later
It’s been a full year since I decided to stop talking about getting healthier and actually began doing something realistic about it on a daily basis instead of wishing, being angry, saying I didn’t care, being upset, and nearly killing myself every weekend on a one-off hike. I finally worked it out for real. I owed it to nobody other than myself to stop the cycle of self-bashing. Only then... 

Don’t turn off geolocation. It could save your life.

Don't turn off geolocation. It could save your life.
I’m seeing lots of posts from people waving the privacy fear flag, warning mothers (and women generally) that they might get killed because of the geolocation tag on their phone. ”Murderers can find you!” “Your kids will be kidnapped!” “That stalker guy will shoot you dead!” The story goes something like: ‘Did you know that every post you make to social... 

A beautiful passing

A beautiful passing
As you know, my mum has been hard hit by cancer and its treatments over the last three years. My family and I currently grieve her loss, as she passed away on Friday 10 February, and we celebrated her life on Friday 17th with a beautiful Thanksgiving Service which mum herself designed. There will no doubt be numerous posts over coming months. But I know she would not mind me sharing her final passing... 

How much should parents ‘help’ kids with assignments?

How much should parents 'help' kids with assignments?
We’ve just finished dealing with the school Science Fair assignment. The directions were handed out just prior to Winter break, coinciding beautifully with the end of semester for me, and my extended stay in Sydney for family reasons. I got back the day after school started to a child with the project begun only in my child’s head. No materials, no nothing. This, my friends, is payback. I... 

Introducing Ian Fixit – Australia’s DIY answer to Tim the Toolman

Introducing Ian Fixit - Australia's DIY answer to Tim the Toolman
Some people just have a knack at DIY. Some don’t. And some think they’ll give it a bash even though they’ve never actually successfully accomplished any DIY project before. That’s where our new Mediamum contributor, Ian Fixit, comes in. Ian is the Aussie King of DYI (do yourself in) – his special version of DIY. Ian’s DIY experience is full of great how-to lessons... 

Diversity means I can wish you tidings of comfort and joy

Diversity means I can wish you tidings of comfort and joy
The Daily Telegraph’s poll yesterday announced that over 70% of people will not attend any religious service this Christmas. I am surprised by this. In years gone by, even the most non-believing people would line the aisles in churches at Christmas – it was what you did, as much a part of the traditions of Christmas as roast turkey and family. Today it seems, not so much. In Colorado it... 

A special pre-Christmas afternoon tea

A special pre-Christmas afternoon tea
The week or two leading up to Christmas in Australia is usually harried and hot. All the shopping, wrapping, preparing can leave us all feeling somewhat exhausted on Christmas Day. My mum decided to have a nice, informal afternoon tea this week, with just a few close family members, to take five and enjoy each other’s company, with no gifts, wrapping or other social impediments. It was a fantastic... 

Memories without media are about how you feel, not what you see

Memories without media are about how you feel, not what you see
Our lives have become mediated to an extent never before encountered. A concert? A kids’ play? A birthday party? Everyone’s got some sort of technology recording every moment. So much so, they’re only ever living the moment through a lens – from the moment it’s recorded to every revisiting of it, the same view and memory will be had. We carry the tools of media with us everywhere, every day.... 
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Before and now with pictures: The journey to fit and fantastic

Before and now with pictures: The journey to fit and fantastic
I have been thinking it must be time to share some pictures, so you who don’t get to see me offline really can see the results those who see me all the time can see. I am about to celebrate a weight loss of 30 pounds. I am already celebrating my daily walk/jog/hike with my dog in the trails of South Boulder. Every day I celebrate putting on clothes that fit. Every day I’m pretty much surprised... 

When do you unstrap the girls? Boobs and freedom

When do you unstrap the girls? Boobs and freedom
Many women I know can’t wait to get home from work and take off their bra. The over-the-shoulder-boulder-holder can be one of the most restrictive pieces of clothing a woman has to endure. The larger your cup, the worse it seems to be. To feel good about yourself at a certain age, you need scaffolding not unlike that which supports the Sydney Harbour Bridge to keep the girls in your chest area... 
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Well played QANTAS, but you still suck. #QANTASluxury twitter un/fail.

Well played QANTAS, but you still suck. #QANTASluxury twitter un/fail.
Tonight QANTAS decided it was time to turn things around. The world’s leading safety airline (we’ve never crashed, mum!) is moving onward to try and get Aussies back on board, trusting the airline to be as true blue as ever. The company decided to launch a little twitter comp, with the requirement being to tweet what would make your inflight experience the most luxurious ever, with #QANTASluxury... 

A healthy Thanksgiving with a new tradition and 10 tips to stay on track

A healthy Thanksgiving with a new tradition and 10 tips to stay on track
We don’t have Thanksgiving in Australia (of course, but it still surprises many Americans :)). In order to explain to the Aussies, Thanksgiving is about eating and football. That’s all you need to know. The eating is massive. For someone like me, therefore, Thanksgiving is a dangerous time, where I’m very likely to embrace things like Pumpkin Pie (yum) and a very large dinner of roast... 
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