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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.
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You heard me. Set romance aside with all of its ideas about candlelit dinners and flowers. Think about what you love to do. Rock climbing? Great! Museum-crawling? Delightful! Let go of the traditional and think outside the box.
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I've heard it said that "it's better to give than receive," and I've always joked that that couldn't possibly be true. Yes, I give. I give generously, but I have never experienced such an incredible joy from making someone feel special for a few hours.
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Tis' the season of get-togethers. Whether you are invited to a holiday lunch at your in-laws or to a cocktail party with your best friends, nothing says gracious guest quite as well as bringing along the perfect thank-you gift.
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It's officially December now and I have no idea what to get anyone for Christmas or how much it'll cost. Everyone should be getting ready to be merry and jolly, but I'm banging my head on the wall thinking of what everyone wold love without breaking the bank.
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Sure, Santa may determine that a child's behaviour is not up to snuff and is therefore a reason to deny said child of gifts on Christmas Day. But why does Santa have to be the judge, jury and (figurative) executioner on December 25th? Whatever happened to parental responsibility and the ability to look one's child in the eye in an attempt to deliver the verdict?
Christmas is a time for traditions, togetherness, recounting memories of Christmas past, and of building new memories. However, Christmas also includes an undeniable commercial element! With just over one week until Christmas, here are some 2013 Hot Gift suggestions that will make Holiday shopping simple for the young and old on your list!
Well, here it is, Christmas again, and that means...wrapping. Horrid, never-turns-out-right-no-matter-how-careful-calm-and-HAPPY-you-are-about-it wrapping. I am the worst wrapper in the history of present wrapping.
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.
If your mom is like mine, she's pretty great and deserves to be remembered and honoured on Mother's Day! Looking back, my mom was always gracious with every gift I ever gave her: from the stringy bean...
The concept of the "push present" is sweeping delivery rooms all over North America. Notionally, I get it. A proud new father witnesses the love of his life enduring the miracle of birth and wants to give her something nice for her hardship/efforts/bravery/magic. But are push presents now a thing?
Instead of telling you what gifts you want for this Mother's Day, we thought we would instead show you three of the seventeen gifts you already have! As you open up those homemade cards and eat burnt toast in bed, take a moment to think about all the little things--the smiles, the hugs and the freshly picked bouquet of dandelions.
Who wouldn't want a box of puppies for Christmas? We're not sure what we love more: the stunning decorations or adorable puppies unleashed on this idyllic Christmas scene. Was it worth it to have all...