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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... 

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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Would you fake leaving a meeting?

Would you fake leaving a meeting?
This summer I spent 10 days in Palo Alto, having a kind of vacation where I do less work than usual, in a different location to usual, and the kids went off to summer camp. It was a pretty cool arrangement, and we’ve already decided to do the same next year. One morning Jed and I dropped the kids off and took ourselves into Palo Alto to breakfast at one of the swanky yet relaxed cafe’s.... 

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... 

Review: One keyboard, no batteries, three devices. The Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard.

Review: One keyboard, no batteries, three devices. The Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard.
This summer we did a stack of traveling around the US. After I was on the ground down in Colorado Springs throughout the Black Forest Fire evacuation period, we then took the family off to Mountain View, California for two weeks. Then I bounced from there to Chicago for BlogHer 2013, back to Denver and finally another trip to New York. Gee, what a lot was crammed in! When I’m packing for trips,... 

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... 
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