Birthdays

7 Hacks For Making Birthday Gifting Easier And Extra Special

Sari Friedman | Posted 08.26.2016 | Canada Living
Sari Friedman

Pretty much everyone loves being celebrated on their birthday, whether they admit it or not, and we're no exception. We've put together a list of seven tips that will help make birthday gifting easier -- and extra special.

Guess Who's Coming To My Fantasy Birthday Dinner

Linda Simpson | Posted 07.14.2016 | Canada Living
Linda Simpson

There's fantasy football, baseball and hockey. The idea of creating a fantasy team got me thinking --why not have a fantasy dinner party?

14 Toronto Spots That Give You Free Stuff On Your Birthday

Deepi Harish | Posted 07.01.2016 | Canada Living
Deepi Harish

When I say free, I mean FREE. Not "Buy one, get one free" or "Free after you've spent X amount." This is the list you've always wanted, but were too afraid to ask for. This is how you get absolutely free items, no strings attached, simply for being born. Go ahead and add this to your bookmarks.

15 Things I Learned By The Age Of 30

Todd Hauptman | Posted 05.12.2016 | Canada Living
Todd Hauptman

As I approach 30 at the end of June, I am thankful. So thankful. I should have died at the age of 23 following three massive seizures due to failing kidneys. As I approach the fourth decade of my life, I can't help reflecting on the things I've learned so far. Whenever we are about to celebrate a milestone birthday, many of us become reflective on the decade that we are about to close the chapter on.

Let Kids Open Presents At Birthday Parties, Please!

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 03.21.2016 | Canada Parents
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

There has been something that's been bothering me in recent years, while taking my kids to birthday parties. It's the "present-opening" time of the event -- or lack thereof. Yes, there's a trend towards not opening presents and I'm trying to figure out why.

Maintaining My Identity In Motherhood

Tara Mandarano | Posted 12.10.2015 | Canada Parents
Tara Mandarano

I noticed a distressing new trend: whenever we visited friends and family, they didn't really see me anymore. It was all about the baby -- how she'd changed, which adorable outfit she was wearing, or who she happened to look like that week. It took a while to get used to this strange sense of invisibility.

I'm Grieving One Birthday, Anniversary and Holiday at a Time

Robin Summerfield | Posted 08.24.2016 | Canada Living
Robin Summerfield

Three months ago, my love died. Today is our seventh wedding anniversary. I am miserable. Distraction and over compensation has been a great (if not especially healthy) strategy for me. If I can't face the pain of loss at the moment, why not flip the script.

This 12-Year-Old Paid It Forward for Her Birthday - 12 Times!

Hannah Alper | Posted 08.17.2016 | Canada Impact
Hannah Alper

To celebrate her , Maya decided that she was going to do 12 random acts of kindness in one day. She organized a race between three teams trying to do the acts as fast as they could! Sounds kind of like The Amazing Race, right? They called it #MayasAmazingRaceOfKindness.

Almost No One From My Son's Class Came to His Birthday Party and it Broke My Heart

Kathleen O’Grady | Posted 05.10.2016 | Canada Parents
Kathleen O’Grady

"It is with sadness that we will have to decline the birthday party invitation for your son," one mother wrote me, "as such short notice was given." I felt like I had been punched in the gut. Again. You see, my son Casey has autism, and I had been busily planning all the arrangements for his seventh birthday party for weeks. I wanted to tell her, in earnest, that I had tried, I really tried, to get it right this time.

The Type of Idiots Who Ruin Facebook (Hint: The Tag All-Star)

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 03.15.2015 | Canada Living
Sajeel Qureshi

The Captain's Logger -- The master of the universe that uses his or her status updates as a daily log. Save the useless information about your cat and pictures of your left over Arby's Beef 'N Cheddar combo for someplace else. Like Twitter.

How Will Kids Learn Patience When Everything Is Just One Click Away?

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 08.20.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Patience seems to have fallen by the wayside. In its place, anxiety and frustration have taken hold. In the digital era, patience is no longer a virtue; it is seen as an unnecessary vestige of a bygone era with little value. After all, why wait when instant gratification is just a few clicks away?

Thirteen Things I Know Because I'm the Mother of a Teenager

Lori Gard | Posted 09.28.2013 | Canada
Lori Gard

My son is celebrating his 13th birthday this month. Here are 13 things I now know, that I didn't know then...and all because of becoming Sam's Mama.

Are Expensive Kiddie Birthday Parties Really for Parents?

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Birthday parties and loot bags have increasingly become an obscene display of excess and expense for no good purpose. We are raising a society of highly-indulged, coddled and spoiled children and we only have ourselves to blame.

You Are Four Years Old Today

Vicki Murphy | Posted 06.30.2013 | Canada Living
Vicki Murphy

Max James Murphy, you sneaky rascal. How are you growing up so darn fast? You are four years old today. I am in awe. When people asked how old you we...

A Year Older, and Wiser? My Birthday Reflections

Natasha Koifman | Posted 03.27.2013 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

It seems like the New Year and its associated resolutions are ruled by my head -- all the things I know I should be doing, whether they're external or internal changes. But my birthday is ruled by my heart -- I feel my way through it -- a whole year's worth of gratitude, support, optimism, love and friendship.

Week 16: Can I Have My (Birthday) Cake and Lose Weight Too?

The Fat Diaries | Posted 07.25.2012 | Canada
The Fat Diaries

My family is, indeed, taking me out to my favourite restaurant. I will enjoy myself and eat/drink moderately. But I am also working out at least five days a week. And tomorrow I'll carve out extra time, enough to run 10K, just for insurance. I am 53 years old and I weigh 231.6 pounds. I never want to weigh more than that ever again.

PHOTOS: Kate Middleton Turns 30!

The Huffington Post Canada | Karolina Weglarz and Sarah Kelsey | Posted 01.09.2012 | Canada Style

It's been a banner year for Kate Middleton. She married Prince William in a fairytale wedding. She travelled the world (trips which included a pit-sto...