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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... 

Take a Cake Boss class at Carlo’s Bakery

Take a Cake Boss class at Carlo's Bakery
When I was in New York this summer, I decided to indulge and take a class I’ve wanted to do for a while – a Carlo’s Bakery Cake Decorating class. I love the Cake Boss show and while I spend very little time actually baking and decorating myself, I have done a good number of Wilton classes at my local Michael’s store and I do love to browse Pinterest’s constant flow of... 

The dentist, my toe and what to get Bec for her birthday

The dentist, my toe and what to get Bec for her birthday
In just three days my eldest turns 22. That’s huge. I can’t believe my daughter is going to be the same age I was when I gave birth to her. While she’s known me all her life, I’ve now been her mother for half of mine. She’s an amazing woman. I’m in awe of her. She knows what she wants, she goes out and gets it, and she doesn’t take any prisoners along the way.... 

Why is Max going back to Australia? Immigration and us.

Why is Max going back to Australia? Immigration and us.
Today we’re packing. Max is heading back to Sydney tomorrow. It’s not something we wanted to do. Many friends and colleagues are wondering why Max, who is so nicely settled, and has college acceptances, is leaving, and I’ve been too raw to write about it in a balanced way until now. But here goes. Y’all kinda know that I’m pretty passionate about the “immigration... 

Nutrisystem Week 6: The one with the foot

Nutrisystem Week 6: The one with the foot
I’m checking in with my weekly update on my Nutrisystem journey. The company is giving me an opportunity to be on the program for four months in return for my honest feedback on how I go. As someone who is experienced on the diet roller coaster, I wanted to really make sure I learn as much as possible. What a week! In combination with my Nutrisystem routine I have been trying to get my exercise... 
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Daisy

Daisy
Daisy was born on 30 October, 2009. When she learned Daisy was going to arrive, mum used Doctor Google to find out all about the process and got very upset. Let’s face it; Google rarely makes anything medical pretty. I tried to help. I tried to find positive images, real stories. Things that would help mum balance out a little. I sent her what I could find. My mother questioned her doctor at... 
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