Holiday Season

Sticky Situation: Classic Holiday Office Party Etiquette

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 11.21.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Here I go again sharing my annual holiday office party tips. I know that you know the guidelines but, a little refresher never hurts, especially in our global digital era. "What's different than a groovy 60s, or a discoing 70s party?" you ask. There is one big difference.

A Black Friday Deal Is Only Good if it's Something You Need

Anita Saulite | Posted 10.31.2014 | Canada Business
Anita Saulite

Both sides of the border will be vying for our hard earned money. We are going to have to get smarter and more strategic on how we spend and on what. It's easy to get caught up in the hype, excitement and euphoria of great deals. A deal is only good if it is something you really need.

Peace This Season

Paula Pyne | Posted 02.22.2014 | Canada Impact
Paula Pyne

"Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content." ~ Helen Keller After c...

Explore Your Family History This Holiday Season

Lesley Anderson | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Living
Lesley Anderson

Almost 60 per cent of Canadians will spend this holiday season with at least two generations of their family. With all this time spent together, it's nice to have fun projects to collaborate on. A fun one could be building your family tree and looking in to your past.

These Delicious Holiday Bliss Bites Are So Simple To Make

Carolyn Berry | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Carolyn Berry

I think that "bliss" is a very appropriate word to describe these treats, as they're chocolatey, fudgy, and full of wholesome ingredients. So wholesome, even, that not only are they considered a treat, but they're the perfect on-the-go snack -- whether you need an energy boost for a workout, or something to get you through those exhausting holiday shopping days.

This Holiday Season, Remember Those Who Go Without

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 02.17.2014 | Canada Impact
Ontario Association of Food Banks

This month, the Ontario Association of Food Banks released their annual Hunger Report, highlighting the prevalence of food bank use and the need for emergency food services in this province. This past March, 375,789 Ontarians accessed a food bank. As you finish up your holiday shopping, please remember that there are so many Canadians going without this festive season.

This vs. That: What Are the Healthiest Holiday Meats?

Rose Reisman | Posted 02.17.2014 | Canada Living
Rose Reisman

The average adult gains between three and five pounds during the holidays and no matter how diligent you are about your New Year's resolutions, not all of that weight gets lost. I looked at the various meats that grace our tables and came up with great alternatives that are as tasty, yet will save you loads of calories and fat and keep you fitting into your favourite jeans!

How to Survive the Holidays With Kids: Top 5 Tips For Parents

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 02.02.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

The festive season, not surprisingly, can be one that causes anxiety for many of us who are trying to balance parenting along with all of the other responsibilities. The good news is that there are ways for parents to alleviate the stresses that are a very real part of the holidays. By following the tips below, you can survive the festive season with the kids -- and even enjoy them as well.

How to Throw a Holiday Dinner Party You Can Enjoy

Parmjit Parmar | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Parmjit Parmar

With the holiday season fast approaching many are thinking about having friends and family over for a dinner party. What better way to celebrate the season than having a swanky dinner party? With the dinner party in mind, we decided to check in with Toronto's home entertaining maven, Dee Brun, a.k.a., the Cocktail Deeva to solicit her advice on throwing the ultimate party.

The Real Reason People Overeat During the Holidays

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

That many people's waistlines expand during the holiday season is a well-established fact. But, as a new study found, the reason why most of us overindulge at this particular time may not be so much the countless opportunities for extra munching but rather the need for extra comfort due to heightened stress.

Avoid Emotional Eating this Holiday Season

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

As the holidays are nearing, even those among us who mostly manage to stay in shape have to wonder how they can prevent serious damage to their waistline this time of the year. It's no secret: from Thanksgiving (or earlier) through New Year's Day, we all indulge in lots of parties, festive meals, and treats all abound.

The Dos and Don't of Last-Minute Holiday Shopping

Bianca Teixeira | Posted 02.18.2013 | Canada Living
Bianca Teixeira

with Christmas chomping down on my heels, I've been doing quick trips to random stores in an effort to pick up those oh-so-perfect gifts for my family members. Now that I've done some legwork, I'm comfortable in providing you with some tips for holiday shopping when you've left it down to the wire. Here are some dos and don'ts.

You Can't Buy Your Way Out of Emotional Debt

Deborah Nixon | Posted 02.13.2013 | Canada Business
Deborah Nixon

It's a Wednesday afternoon, two weeks before Christmas. Sarah decides to pop into the mall. She wasn't enjoying this. This is what obligation shopping looks like but it's also what emotional debt shopping looks like. This time of year is ensnares us in an emotional trap. Remind yourself that stuff doesn't heal anything. If you manage your emotions, you manage your money.

A Christmas Gift Guide for the Foodie in Your Life

Amanda Riva | Posted 02.10.2013 | Canada Living
Amanda Riva

That time of year is finally here again, can you believe it? Our 12 days of Christmas guide will show an awesome gift for anyone you are shopping for. Whether it's for your super healthy sister or your gadget-obsessed friend, these gifts will be sure to satisfy their kitchen needs!

What Having Cancer Taught Me About Christmas

Andrea Paine | Posted 02.05.2013 | Canada Living
Andrea Paine

My newfound wisdom as a cancer survivor has shed the light on a little secret: we don't have to do all that work. I'm sure my family would have been just as happy to stay home, be less busy, and receive fewer presents. I am also certain that all they really wanted was for me to be there -- alive -- with them.

Don't Overindulge This Holiday Season

Christine Avanti | Posted 02.05.2013 | Canada Living
Christine Avanti

The holidays are about getting together with loved ones we don't get enough time with in our day-to-day lives, right? Rather than sitting around the table in a turkey coma, awkwardly running out of small talk and mindlessly helping yourself to a third helping of dessert, try this: Sleep well, eat well and enjoy what the holiday has to offer, without the drama.

Why Are We in Such a Hurry to Forget Veterans?

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 01.29.2013 | Canada
Jeff Rose-Martland

Every year, we put on a poppy, read a few feel-good stories about the surviving Second World War veterans, and maybe observe a moment of silence on the 11th. But veterans' news stories disappear almost immediately and are replaced with tales of holiday consumer-orgies. We should not be so quick to forget them.

SavvyMom Roundup: A Holiday Gift Guide

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 01.14.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

We have officially entered into the holiday season, whether we like it or not. It's all about the sounds of Christmas jingles in grocery stores, gingerbread house kits, sparkles, baubles and great gift ideas everywhere we turn. Instead of fighting it, I say bring it. Get your shopping done early so you can enjoy the festivities and family when the big day (and school break) arrives.

34 Savvy Toys for the Holidays

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 01.14.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

We're not going to lie, being a parent is tough work. But there are lots of perks -- like those sweet sloppy kisses and trips to the toy store. Every. Year. Have fun getting started on your holiday toy list with our 34 Hot Toys for the Holidays.

Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Make Them Your Meal

Meghan Telpner | Posted 12.06.2012 | Canada Living
Meghan Telpner

Family events can be tough and you don't have to be a vegetarian or a vegan to recognize that the typical Thanksgiving meal is heavy. My best advice, therefore, is to stick with the side dishes. Choose carefully and load up on the lighter options, taking small portions of the heavier, more decadent delights. Here are some of my favourite Thanksgiving Feast creations -- season appropriate, taste-bud delighting and wonderfully health promoting.

Healing During the Holidays

Kimberly Klein | Posted 02.10.2012 | Canada Living
Kimberly Klein

What started as a regular holiday season for me ended up being the worst time of my life. After nearly three days of not knowing where my daughter's plane was and whether or not she was alive, I found out, on Christmas Day, that she had in fact, died.

Dress Up to Get Down This Holiday Party Season!

Niki Blasina | Posted 02.08.2012 | Canada Style
Niki Blasina

With these winter holidays come holiday parties, which can only mean one thing: the perfect outfit is needed. Just call me Mr. Miyagi, my young grasshoppers, because I'm here to help. I've carefully curated some of my favourite and fashionable styles to guide you on the path to sartorial bliss.

Cheap Holiday Gifts Under $5

Erin Scholz | Posted 01.25.2012 | Canada Living
Erin Scholz

With the holiday season coming up, and purse strings tighter than usual, I've been thinking of frugal ways to check people off my list. Here's a few ideas to show the people you love you're thinking of them... without spending more than $5.

10 Office Party Etiquette Tips

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 12.07.2011 | Canada Style

It's surprising, but true: People really do need reminders about how to behave appropriately when they mix business with pleasure. This is particularl...

Celebrating Looming Holiday Stress

Neil Seeman | Posted 01.22.2012 | Canada Living
Neil Seeman

Why are looming holidays a time of such stress? This is an issue that's hard to assess. It could be the flu that's making us stew, but are there some other good grounds for distress?