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Bryce: From pound puppy to flyball champion

Bryce: From pound puppy to flyball champion
Today is kinda hard on my heart. I got a phone call from Bec just after lunch. As the phone rang and “Bec Bec Pain in the Neck” came up on the caller ID, I was at first excited – she *never* calls me! We always chat on social media because it’s free – and then as I answered, in that second or two, I wondered if she’d called by mistake. And then as I heard her shaky... 

Not your 80s braces: Our kids have it easier than we ever did

Not your 80s braces: Our kids have it easier than we ever did
I think I’d blocked most of my braces experience out. That’s the only excuse I have for jauntily accepting the invitation to hear about Invisalign and the modern approach to braces, and write a post about how options for braces today are better than ‘back in my day’. As we were talking about braces, it didn’t take long before the wall came down. I remembered the metal... 

He’s back

He's back
Max has been back with us for 24 hours. It’s so new I’m still counting it in hours. He traveled from Sydney to Denver via San Francisco by himself and of course, by now, his 20-yr-old hubris and international sensibility means he feels completely comfortable making that trip. After all, he’s done it numerous times, coming through San Francisco or Los Angeles, he’s seen it... 

Colorado kicks off drivers licenses with black stripes: So you know who the aliens are

Colorado kicks off drivers licenses with black stripes: So you know who the aliens are
Going to the DMV is hell. It’s like walking through the Narnia wardrobe to the 1950′s, where you sit for hours, waiting for your bingo number to be called. No matter if you’ve lived in Colorado your whole life, or if you have a visa, or even if you are undocumented, you can now legally get a drivers license. If you have a visa, which means you’re legally present and documented,... 

Mario Kart 8 – Worth the investment?

Mario Kart 8 - Worth the investment?
16 year old Forest reviews one of his latest purchases and proves that Nintendo really is for everyone. Surprise surprise! Mario Kart 8 is worth your money. That surprise surprise thing was sarcasm by the way, the whole sarcasm thing does not translate very well to text. Back to the topic at hand, never has a Wii U title kept me so indulged in the experience and kept me having fun for this many hours.... 

Today’s Facebook change to memorialized pages

Today's Facebook change to memorialized pages
Facebook has announced a change to the way memorialized pages operate, and while the usual outcry has ensued (as it always does when Facebook makes any change at all) I believe it’s a really positive move for Facebook, and for all of us with loved ones who have passed. When someone passes away, their Facebook Page can be memorialized. What does that mean? Up to today, someone (anyone at all)... 
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Jump in my car. Comb-over optional.

Jump in my car. Comb-over optional.
We’ve lived the extraordinarily lean start-up life since we arrived in the US five years ago (aka the kind of life no sane person is interested in). I took a cut in pay of 80% from my Australian income. We’d sold our cars in Oz, put almost everything we owned in storage – where it still is – and we sold our house. The first two years we went without a car altogether. We weren’t... 

Tips on enjoying time with guests this holiday season

Tips on enjoying time with guests this holiday season
Disclaimer: Compensation was provided by Hampton Hotel via Mom Trends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Hampton or Mom Trends. Traveling immediately prior or after Christmas Day itself always seems to involve intricate travel plans wrapped around tight seasonal deadlines. While it’s stressful getting all the demands of the season... 

Immigration is a women’s issue.

Immigration is a women's issue.
Immigration is a women’s issue. In particular, it is an issue for mothers to be concerned with, and here’s why. My family is split between two countries. This was a decision we made six years ago. But as the kids are growing up, it’s getting to a point where we need to think about college. Watching media conversations and commentary about immigration, I see that many think being... 

Help the whole family #DriveSafe with Sprint

Help the whole family #DriveSafe with Sprint
Disclosure: JG Media and Sprint provided me with an OBD device to try out for a few weeks. I also received compensation for this post. As always, my views and this review remain independent and my own opinion. How often do you worry about your teenager when they’re driving? All the time, right? It’s normal to be concerned as they get behind the wheel. When Sprint M2M  asked me to try out a UBI... 

9/11 plus 12

9/11 plus 12
What were you doing on this day in 2001? Twelve long years ago, we lived in Sydney and my youngest teenager was then an infant. Tomorrow evening Jed and I were watching the West Wing, when it was interrupted by news reports of an explosion of some kind in New York. I had never been to America, let alone New York, but this bustling city is a known place to everyone. As the news interruption carried... 
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Milking the last days of summer

Milking the last days of summer
If you close your eyes you can live in a nice little land called denial. That’s a place where summer just keeps going, grills stay hot and the weather will never include snow. It’s a nice world. In an attempt to bring that land of denial into our real existence, some friends got together last weekend to have a cook out and talk. It was alarming for us to realise it was the first time we’d... 
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