Writing

Me and our 11 year old

Remember Learning to Ride a Bike?

When was the last time you got a certificate in recognition of your achievements? No one’s going to give me the Nobel Peace Prize, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t

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6 Inspiring Dance Videos To Rock Your World

Six dance videos to inspire and delight you. They may amuse you, surprise you and touch you too, plus they’re examples of people using the dance to change

Just watching these dancers fills me with hope, energy and enthusiasm and that’s got to be a good thing. I hope they’ll have the same effect on you.

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White-ruffed Mannequin - found in our house in Costa Rica

Funny Search Engine Terms

It’s time to relax and have a bit of fun. So here are some strange things people have typed into the search engines recently. Even stranger still they then landed

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Photo from dalailama.com

Three Keys To Living Our Dreams

Thank you to everyone who voted for our new slogan. It was a close call, but Reboot Your Life got pipped to the post so the old tagline stays

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Going For a Walk in Rural Zimbabwe

Lessons From An African Witchdoctor

Everyone likes a story with a moral, something that teaches us a lesson. Look at how Aesop’s Fables, like The Hare and The Tortoise, have stood the test

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I Can, You Can, Toucan

In the Hot Spot Grows

Do you want to be surrounded by positive people who encourage you to make the best of yourself?

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Max Candy Was a Big, Bonny, Five Kilo Baby

Birth Story: Success Against The Odds

This is a vbac after home birth story. Dispelling the myth that if you’ve had one caesarian section then all your births must be by c-section.

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101 Ways to be a Happy Traveler

Do you want to feel happier than you already are? Do you find that most self-help books are too long, detailed, embarrassing or complicated?

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Chocolate Fudge Cake

Celebrate With Chocolate Fudge Cake

Well, who needs an excuse? What could be more enjoyable than making a cake from scratch? When was the last time you did it?

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Geek glasses: everyone should have some

If I Were A Geek, Just For a Day

During the 13 years I’ve been working on computers, designing websites, and studying online marketing, there have been times of frustration

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Unrelated Image of Native Australian Long-Necked Turtle

Puberty Bites: Talking About Puberty With Kids

Funny expose: 2 of the cardinal rules for good parenting are not to stereotype your children and not to compare them, however, I’ve noticed that my oldest

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A Winters Weekend in Noosa, Queensland

Winter in Queensland? They don’t know the meaning of the word! It’s almost mid-winter here in Queensland but we’re still getting out in the water and enjoying

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Controversial Dog in Booties

Shaggy Dog Story From the RSPCA, Noosa

My favorite contest, and the most fiercely contested category, was the “Owner and Dog Most Lookalike Contest”. The winner went to a Jack Russell and his

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Give Fear the Finger, and Live the Life You Want

There’s one major hurdle that stops us from achieving our dreams. Fear. In particular, the fear of failure. Jump on the In the Hot Spot bandwagon and get rid of your fears so you can start living the life you want.

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Don't Give Up the Day Job?

Here are a couple of photos taken at Australia Zoo that I couldn’t fit into my article, Sunshine Coast Tourist Guide: Australia Zoo. I could even expand on this theme and compile a book called “Why Animals Don’t Need Mascara (Apart from Reptiles)” Enjoy!

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