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Belinda Glindemann
Belinda Glindemann

Belinda knew she was destined for a career in communications and publishing from the age of 11 when her Year 6 teacher introduced her to poster projects and glitter pens. She completed her journalism cadetship in the Whitsundays and went on to hold various newspaper and magazine editor roles across Brisbane in a media career spanning more than a decade. When Belinda's not writing for haven, she runs her own PR agency, kid-wrangles two young daughters and drinks way too much sweet tea.

Number of Entries : 107

Say Cheese

Right about the same time that this magazine will be chugging through a printing press, hot on its way to you, I will be joining a group of my most beloved girlfriends, and our combined seven kids, in our annual Christmas pilgrimage to get photos taken with Santa. This year will be our 13th pilgrimage in a row. This tradition started in the most traditional way – you have to get your first child’s first Chr ...

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Traditional Traditions

The season of celebration is upon us! You get a whiff of Silly Season straight after Father’s Day when the shops decide to fill their shelves with Christmas decorations. We all whinge our way through September saying it’s way too early to start thinking about Christmas. But then October 1 hits and the conversations instantly start about who’s hosting various end-of-year celebrations and who’s bringing what ...

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Celebrate Good Times, C’mon!

There's a party goin' on right here. A celebration to last throughout the years. So bring your good times, and your laughter too. We gonna celebrate your party with you… I’m sitting here contemplating celebrations for a variety of reasons this afternoon: a) It’s haven magazine’s annual ‘Celebrate’ edition next month and we are busily writing stories about all types of fun and festive things! b) It’s my daug ...

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Hide and Seek

Know what the terms ‘geocache’, ‘muggle’ or ‘trackable’ mean? If not, let us let you in on a cool little secret that’ll turn your school holiday downtime on its head… There’s a very addictive pastime that’s taking over my children (and maybe even the ‘big’ kids in our household): Geocaching. As readers of this story, you’ll probably fall into one of two groups: You’ll be shaking your head in disbelief that ...

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Mini Groceries, Maximum Stress

Dearly beloved. We are gathered here today to pay our final respects to someone who I thought was a friend. But, no. Coles Minis, I AM OFFICIALLY OVER YOU. OK, I’m going to say it out loud. I am OVER Coles Minis. I’ve come to the realisation this week that, even though I was somewhat late to the Coles Minis party, I’ve spent way too much of my time thinking about them and listening to my two tween daughters ...

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Winnie the Wonderbeagle

My hubby grew up as one of three boys living on bush acreage and was adamant that for his 30th birthday he wanted a Winchester air rifle to re-live the ‘good old days’. At the time, we were living 10 mins from Brisbane’s CBD and I pretty sure there was nothing he needed to shoot. So I talked him into the idea that what he actually needed was a barbecue. But what I actually knew was that he was getting a pup ...

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Sweet 16 and Never Been…

Guess what? It’s my wedding anniversary today. Yep, 16 years of wedded bliss. To celebrate my wedding anniversary today, I’ll: Prepare two lunch boxes Feed the dog and collect some chicken eggs from the coop Taxi the kids to and from school (and be grateful that Friday is my day off from extra-curricular taxi-ing duties) Sit at my desk, shuffle papers around, ping out probably 12 million emails and take 750 ...

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The Gift That Keeps on Giving

I was about 10-ish when I received one of the coolest ever birthday gifts – a Casio electric keyboard. It was an uber-fancy thing with loads of buttons and settings to make my piano notes sound like saxophones or trumpets or a full orchestra if I wanted. You could set a beat and play along. It was cool. Having said all that, I’d had no formal training in piano at the time nor were my parents thinking they’d ...

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School holidays // Love or Loathe?

Every parent on Earth has an opinion on school holidays and that opinion generally falls into one of two broad categories: Dread or bliss. Funnily enough, parents themselves also fall into one of two broad categories: Working or stay-at-home. Interesting parallels. You do the math… As a working mum, I’ve officially faced and survived 29 separate school holiday periods and am right now bracing for Number 30. ...

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Happy Glow

These school holidays, head up Tamborine Mountain to hang with some of the tiniest, but coolest, ‘stars’ of the insect world. There was a chill to the air as we stood there, fascinated, transfixed even, peering up into the all-consuming darkness. Tiny specks of twinkling light filled our view that evening, like busy constellations. You would have laid down money to the fact that it was a brilliant starry ni ...

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