Aug 4, 2018

Houses that think: Are smart homes really a smart idea?

I saw this article on the ReNew and it's quite interesting (and sad).  Knowing that these smart devices use little power when standing-by, but I was not aware of that adding them up would come to such a scale. 

http://renew.org.au/articles/houses-that-think-are-smart-homes-really-a-smart-idea/?mc_cid=7c8d83438f&mc_eid=d4d61202f4

Enjoy the read.  Think twice before you commit to smart home.

Jun 15, 2018

Merlin Annual Pass SALE NOW ON. Get access to SEA LIFE, LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre and many more!




Dive into an adventure at one of our four SEA LIFE Aquariums, discover Australia’s big Aussie 5 animals at WILD LIFE, take selfies at Madame Tussauds Sydney, enjoy breathtaking views from Sydney Tower Eye, play and learn at LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre PLUS much more!

Annual Pass $65 per person.

Jun 5, 2018

The Psychology of Money

Just want to share a thought with everyone.  I read this article today and this piece grabs my eyes:

A key use of wealth is using it to control your time and providing you with options. Financial assets on a balance sheet offer that. But they come at the direct expense of showing people how much wealth you have with material stuff.

 from http://www.collaborativefund.com/blog/the-psychology-of-money/

Dec 6, 2017

Raising resilient, passionate children

Received this great article in the email.  Love to share it here.

People often tell us that their biggest worry is what will happen to their children and their grand-children when they are gone. It is one thing to hand on a substantial estate – generally built through years of hard work, discipline and planning. It is another to be confident that our children and grand-children will themselves have the discipline and the emotional resilience to make the most of the opportunities that they are presented.
Family counselling expert, Bernie Bolger, has drawn on her clinical experience, together with cutting edge psychological research, to compile a list of the 8 mistakes parents make and the key strategies they can use to grow resilient, passionate kids who have the discipline themselves to achieve and maintain financial success.
Growing resilient, passionate kids in affluence.
In a world of material abundance, we all as parents are doing our best to raise self-disciplined, appreciative, and resourceful children who are not spoiled by the prosperity around them. So why does it seem that the more we give them, the more ungrateful and entitled some children become? How can we use the advantages they already have to move them from striving to thriving?
MISTAKE 1: We cotton-wool our children from experiencing risk

Oct 29, 2017

Kids Fun Run With Thomas - 26/11/2017

The 'Kids Fun Run with Thomas' is an annual fundraising event organised by the Rotary Club of Emerald and District Inc.

This year's event will be held on Sunday 26th of November, 2017 at Puffing Billy Railway Station Gembrook and raise much-needed funds for Insight - Education Centre for the Blind and Vision Impaired, Berwick.

All children aged 3 to 12 years are invited to take part in the exciting fun run alongside Thomas the Tank Engine and Puffing Billy! All participating children will receive a show bag and certificate!

In addition to the exhilarating fun run, children can enjoy Thomas train rides from Puffing Billy Railway Station Gembrook, join a Thomas-themed treasure hunt, have fun on rides and attractions, and meet Lizzy's Lizards and new furry friends at the animal farm.

There will also be market stalls, roving entertainers, plus lots of yummy food!

Registration is $20 per child (includes show bag, participation certificate and a bottle of water) and Thomas train rides are $5. Register online at www.kidsfunrunwiththomas.org.au.