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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... 

Petaluma: Exploring Sonoma County’s gorgeous exclusive wineries

Petaluma: Exploring Sonoma County's gorgeous exclusive wineries
This summer has been full of adventure. We spent two weeks in San Jose, combining work and play. We first did that last year, and enjoyed it so much we decided to make it an annual thing. I was delighted when I was invited to join a wine tour of Petaluma in Sonoma County just after we arrived. Jed knows not to stand between his wife and a glass of wine, let alone a full tour of wineries in the heart... 

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,... 

The Day I Went to the Gun Range

The Day I Went to the Gun Range
I’m a pacifist. I was challenged once to describe what I’d do in a scenario where one of my kids was with me, a “bad guy” was after him/her and there was a gun on the floor between bad guy and myself. What would I do? My answer was that I’d cover my kid with my body. This answer, for the 20 years since this conversation happened, has never changed. I’ve never touched... 

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... 
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