10 Alternative Advent Calendars For Every Interest

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While I appreciate that the holidays are pretty much all about the unhealthy food, I have a particular loathing for the chocolate inside advent calendars. Life is just too damn short for cheap chocolate.  This is the first year that Bear is old enough for an advent but he really is too young for chocolate, so I […]

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8 Family Friendly Movies To Stream This Halloween

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The greatest tragedy of my life is that Halloween wasn’t celebrated in Australia until I hit my twenties. I was smack bang in the middle of my all black wearing, Tim Burton worshipping, emo phase when the kids first started trick or treating so I’ve never gotten to bob for apples un-ironically.  Once you have […]

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Dear Bear: A Letter To My Two Year Old.

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Hey Bear, Yesterday was  your birthday and you are now a two year old.  A year ago you were cruising around, yet to let go of the furniture and walk solo. You were a bit timid about crawling and walking, but you’ve gotten over that and run headlong at whatever life throws your way. You have […]

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Toddlin’ About: Convention Survival Guide

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Whether your jam is Oz Comic Con, Nexus or Supanova,  convention season is definitely upon us here in the land of Oz. Conventions can be hard to navigate at the best of times, and doubly so when you are toting a toddler with you. Here is my essential Convention Survival Guide for anyone bringing the […]

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Building A Nightly Routine That Works

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We’ve touched on my habit of procrastination before, and as part of my effort to get past it, I’ve spent a lot of time working on my nightly routine.  Building an effective nightly routine is key to a good nights sleep and a less stressful morning. It also sounds way more difficult than it actually is. […]

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The Every Day Achievement Awards

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I’m a big believer in the small things in life. I try to show gratitude for the tiniest things, like someone letting me in in traffic or a truly amazing cup of coffee. As a culture though, we don’t celebrate the little things and I think that sucks. Every day wins are wins nonetheless and should […]

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7 Ways To Embrace Your Inner Geek With Your Kids

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Happy Embrace Your Inner Geek Day! Embrace Your Geekness Day was celebrated internationally on the 13th July, but here at MintedRogue we are running a bit late. At the risk of sounding like a hipster, embracing that inner geek is far easier these days than when I was a teenager. When I was a kid, comic shops […]

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Depending On The Kindness Of Strangers

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I’ve never really depended on the kindness of strangers. It’s a sad state of affairs, but I just don’t have that much faith in my fellow human beings. I am, however happy to be surprised when someone exceeds my expectations for basic humanity. This is a story of an lovely couple that did just that. A couple […]

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