Does the thought of going to this year's holiday party make you uncomfortable? Do you prefer to avoid those social outings where you don't know anyone (or not everyone)? According to the New York Times, 40 to 75 per cent of people suffer from social anxiety. In fact, it's the number one social fear.
You want to invite your friends and family over for a holiday meal but Jane is allergic to fish, Alex is intolerant to gluten and Lisa can't eat dairy, and oh yes, Lisa's daughter has a nut allergy. Does this scenario sound familiar to you?
For 2015 the top holiday themes all have a classic or nostalgic twist. Think Charles Dickens, Hollywood in the 1950s or even a rustic cabin from the turn of the century. My favourite theme for the holidays is 1950's retro. But honestly, trends aside, just pick a theme that you love and think will be fun for your guests.
Which colours are on trend? Deep, rich shades of berry, evergreen, cobalt and silver and gold (of course) add luxe to even the easiest of pieces.These colours look fresh and unexpected when paired back to something lighter and brighter.
My main problem with you choosing to "let your fitness slide" in December is the simple fact that your kids are watching (just like Santa!). They learn that fitness isn't a priority and is something that can be put off for other more important tasks.
Recent data from RetailMeNot.ca predicts that Canadians will spend an average of $1,425 per household during the holidays. To help keep your budget in check, check out these six tips for holiday spending this festive season.
There are work events, dinners, parties and more food than you could ever need, so how can you manage it all? If you have been pretty mindful of your diet, the holidays don't have to be a time where it needs to go completely off the rails. You can stay on top of it with these five tips.
Yes, this is a work event, but the purpose is to connect socially and that is much harder to do if you spend the entire evening talking about key performance indicators and sales targets. It's completely appropriate to have a short dialogue about a common department or a project, but after that it's time to move on to getting to know each other better as people.
As trivago's best value cities list shows -- calculated using the annual average price of a standard double room and the city's average hotel rating -- planning a Canadian getaway in the New Year will not only be fun, it'll also be affordable.
One of the best parts about dating during the holidays is that it's naturally a romantic time of the year, especially for us lucky Canadians. The snowy atmosphere provides not only the perfect cozy setting to snuggle up with your sweetie, but also the opportunity for new dating adventures.
Company is coming! Get rid of the couches. We can't let people know we SIT! ...There cannot be any sign of LIVING in this house... I want this place looking like a new Mediterranean fusion restaurant by noon... This is a dishtowel. I need a hand towel. What are we? Barbarians!?!" Does this ring any bells?
There's nothing better during the holiday season than family, friends and food. The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah begins on Sunday, December 6th. As oil is important to the story of Hanukkah, many of the traditional foods used in the celebration are fried. But not all Hanukkah treats have to be oil-laden and full of fat.
When I know there's a special occasion or season coming up that may involve overeating, I prepare my mind and body.
There are a number of reasons to give money to charities and everyone has their own. And while it is secondary for most people, charitable donations also provide tax savings. Registered Canadian charities are allowed to issue receipts for donations so you can make a claim on your tax return.
With the holiday season come lots of fun events. It's a time of year to get together with friends we might not see that often, for some laughs and yummy treats. But with the many invitations comes the usual question: What on earth will I wear?
They may turn out to be a little more randomly shaped and spikier than the traditional rounder and flatter "pancake," but that only adds to their crunchy deliciousness. In our house we serve them with a dollop of sour cream and a spoonful of caviar. And champagne. Of course.