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Free Real-World Outdoor Treasure Hunt

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices.  Players navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. The free game could spice up our holidays by adding game element into a normal road trip.  Check it out.

Property Market: Movers and Faders Suburb Performance Reports

Enjoy! Fastest time to sell suburbs Slowest time to sell suburbs Suburbs with the biggest price gap between top and bottom Suburbs with the highest percentage of renovation listings Suburbs with the highest percentage of distressed price listings Suburbs with the biggest decrease in stock on market Fastest population growth suburbs Suburbs with the biggest increase in stock on the market Suburbs with the biggest increase in household income

8 ways to have Easter fun without too much chocolate

With grandparents, friends and relatives all getting excited about spoiling your princess with chocolate treats, the Easter period could prove to be your worst nightmare. Don’t worry though, it doesn’t all have to be about chocolate and if you feel your child is too young or you’re not comfortable giving them endless bags of Easter eggs; there are plenty of other ways to have fun. 1. Flying Easter fruit:  Have a look at our  Flying fruit   recipe, grab some small Easter-themed cookie cutters (or use a knife and your creative eye!) and make some strings of fruit for your little ones to play with and eat. You can use any fruit you like and could even provide a small bowl of yoghurt or custard for dipping. Messy but fun!

Things Not to Buy at Costco

Found an article on Yahoo! Finance,   4 Things Not to Buy at Costco .  It is talking about US Costco, but I think some of them are relevant to us down under as well. Things Not to Buy: Designer's Clothes Imported Shrimps Sheets and Towels 4-kg of Oranges Things You Should Buy:

Highpoint, Melbourne David Jones AMEX Spend $200 Get $50 Back

Register an eligible American Express ® Card, spend $200 on that Card in one or multiple transactions at David Jones Highpoint between 14 March and 28 March 2013, and receive a $50 credit back onto your statement. Limited to the first 1,000 Cardmembers who register and only one $50 credit per Cardmember (Corporate Cards and Corporate Purchasing Cards are not eligible).

Free children's ebooks for ages 3-11

There are so many wonderful books, but how do you know which ones to choose? How do you know whether they’re the right level, or if they’ll suit your child? Whether you’re looking for a book to share with your youngest child or something to keep your ten year old motivated, we’re here to help. Go to Oxford Owl and find the right book for your child.  You’ll be taken through to a huge library of FREE eBooks and activities to enjoy online, plus links to fantastic books, flashcard games, dictionaries and activity books to buy.

Standby Power

TV is advertised with energy-saving that standby power is only 0.3W. Each watt is worth $2.63 per annual. The calculation: 365 (days) * 24 (hours/day)  / 1000 * 0.30c = $2.63 (Assuming 30c per kw/hour) 20w~30w of stand-by power will cost us $52~$80 per year. More information: environment/reports/docs/iMac_ 27inch_Product_Environmental_ Report_May2011.pdf climatechange/domestic.html au/factsheets/Conservation- and-the-Environment/Saving- Power-Saving-Money/192 http://www. does-appliances-standby-use- power.html au/households-tips/standby- and-switch-off

Google Search 2012 in Australia

Topics that saw the biggest jump in search activity by Australian users in 2012 1. Gangnam Style 2. The Voice 3. One Direction 4. Whitney Houston 5. Olympics 6. Oz Lotto 7. Diablo 3 8. Hurricane Sandy 9. Kony 10. Morgan Freeman MOST SEARCHED NEWS EVENTS 1. Hurricane Sandy 2. Julian Assange

Costco Huggies Nappy Price Update

Huggies Nappies Newborn (224ct) - $59.99 (Per each $0.27) Infant  (192ct) - $57.99 (Per each $0.30) Crawler (184ct) - $58.99 (Per each $0.32) Toddler (148ct) - $59.99 (Per each $0.41) Walker  (132ct) - $59.99 (Per each $0.45) Junior  (124ct) - $59.99   (Per each $0.48) Pull Ups Size 2   (51ct) - $29.59 (Per each $0.58) Size 3   (45ct) - $29.59 (Per each $0.66) * Compared to Coles/Woolworths when it's on special: $30 per box: Newborn (108ct) - $30.00 (Per each $0.28) Infant   (96ct) - $ 30.00  (Per each $0.31) Crawler  (90ct) - $ 30.00  (Per each $0.33) Toddler  (72ct) - $ 30.00  (Per each $0.42) Walker   (64ct) - $ 30.00  (Per each $0.47) Junior   (60ct) - $ 30.00   (Per each $0.50) * Updated on 2013/03/14

Is technology good or bad for toddlers?

Many parents worry about their children spending too much time in front of a screen and experts advise that limits need to be set. There is however, a whole host of educational and therapeutic uses for tablets (iPads) and smartphones (iPhones), and there are times when the distraction can be a godsend to frazzled parents. Director of Earlybirds Speech Pathology (see Resources ) in Sydney, Hayley Simmonds specialises in the early intervention of speech and language difficulties in young children. She uses her iPad with children as young as three years old , using a variety of apps that target speech articulation, language and early literacy skills. Hayley says: “It’s easy for parents who have an iPad at home to practise with their children between speech therapy sessions, by downloading the apps that target their child's goals.” Apps as therapy