Torvill and Dean watch out! The Moores are ice skating!

Torvill and Dean!Middle child DJ went ice skating for the first time on Sunday. Ice skating. On really slippery, really hard ice. With blades strapped to his feet. Can you hear my heart palpitations as I type? This post is really about how I underestimate my children. And how I am prone to wrapping them in cotton wool and how bad that is. And why it’s bad. And it’s about ice skating.

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Postscript on Belvita Breakfast biscuits

BelVita Breakfast biscuitsLast week I wrote about Belvita Breakfast biscuits being sent to me to trial and arriving crushed to smithereens. It was a post designed to be funny. In a classy move, the publicist responsible had three new boxes hand delivered – with a box of Roses chocolates! I think it was a nice gesture not to write off the review of one little blogger that, in the scheme of things, wouldn’t amount to a hill o’ beans. So thank-you lovely publicist (you know who you are), and here’s my review on Belvita Breakfast biscuits:

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Best TV themes of all time

Linda Gray and Larry HagmanRemember when hair was big and shoulderpads even bigger? Remember when the whole country, nay, the whole western world wondered who shot JR? Or if Sam and Diane would patch up their relationship (Cheers)? Or if Hannibal, Murdock, B.A. Baracus and Faceman would ever prove their innocence? As it so happens, today marks 32 years since the world pondered who shot JR. So, in honour of awesome ’80s television here are my top 10 TV themes of all time. Did I get it right? What would you put in the number one spot?

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Gender anything but a neutral issue

Dance Academy (ABC3) fills Matilda's tutu needsA wonderful piece in The Australian Magazine this weekend, Raising Sasha, brought up some interesting points about gender stereotyping. A couple in Britain, and another in Canada, have tried the ultimate gender bias experiment – hiding the gender of their baby. But while their intentions were pure, were they condemning their child to a life of not fitting in, of being a little odd? When you deny a developing personality part of its identity – its gender – are you stunting part of its growth? Or liberating it to cross boundaries and explore all avenues?

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PR peeps take note: what NOT to do when sending out BelVita Breakfast biscuits

Free sample FAIL - Nabisco's BelVita Breakfast biscuitsBloggers get sent tons of stuff. Some it’s good, nay, GREAT (such as the Philips AirFyer and Philips electric toothbrushes) and some of it is smaller, but still good stuff. Sometimes, however, you wonder what the PR officer was thinking when they sent it off. Like today’s sample of BelVita Breakfast biscuits…

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Mothers Groups – supportive or judgmental?

Mothers groups - strong support structure or sinister gang?Mothers groups are a wonderful thing to be part of, especially for this generation of mums (Gen X) who have relocated away from family. They are based on the principal a problem shared is a problem halved. And, two heads are better than one. But are they all the unqualified support structure they’re designed to be, or is there a sinister side to these ‘matriarchal gangs’?  Continue reading

Dadpreneur creates top selling site for mums

MyKidsStuff.com.auWhen he was looking for surfboards on eBay and kept getting random things in his search results, such as security cameras and skateboards, Cameron Dart wished for a site limited to *only* what he was looking for, a specialist site, if you will. Two years later he and a mate created MyKidsStuff.com.au a website that trades only, well, kids’ stuff.

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Overdue Freebie Friday winners!

Bakers Delight vouchersAnnouncing the winners of the THREE Bakers Delight vouchers, valued at $10 each. Sorry I’m so late, people – no excuse, have just been slack! Thanks again to the wonderful people at Bakers Delight.  So, let’s get down to business. The three lucky newsletter subscribers who will be eating fresh, delicious and healthy bread from Bakers Delight are…

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