Holiday Tipping Guidelines

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Have you struggled with how much to tip over the holiday season? Holiday tipping is a way to thank people who enhanced your life throughout the year. Most people tip/give simply because they want to say “thanks for a job well done”. You most likely can’t afford to tip everyone however you might prioritize the ones that are the most important in your life. Below are some guidelines* to help you. Some of these suggestions might be a surprise as you may never have thought to include these people in your thank you list. Continue reading

How to Handle Receiving a Gift you Don’t Like

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How do you handle receiving a gift you don’t like? The word “gift” has an anticipation and excitement to it although receiving one can sometimes leave you wondering “what were they thinking”? Do you ever wonder what their thought process was when they chose the gift? Perhaps: Continue reading

Gift Card Pros & Cons

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Did you know in 2014 approximately $750 million dollars in gift cards went un-redeemed? Are you considering giving gift cards for Christmas? Although it tends to be the easiest thing to grab at the check-out counters, it can also be a dicey choice. Some people love them and some people hate them. Here are some pros and cons to keep in mind if you are considering gift cards this year! Continue reading

Modern Day Manners & Mobile Etiquette

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In today’s society there seems to be a complete breakdown of proper manners and mobile etiquette. Showing good manners lets people know they are valued, significant, and demonstrates and elicits respect. They also help us be comfortable in social situations. By neglecting good manners and etiquette you may come across as arrogant and potentially insult others. Manners are something which should to be learned in childhood.  As parents, we are role models for children, so we need to do our part to keep the world from becoming a very rude place. And as technology continues to grow and impact us at an exponential rate including our children, it’s important that manners and etiquette be taught – now more than ever. Continue reading

Thanksgiving – 5 Things to be Thankful For

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Our Canadian Thanksgiving holiday is just around the corner. It’s a reminder to be thankful and appreciative for any and all of the positive aspects of our lives.  This holiday is about getting together with family and friends, and spending quality time together, not about gift giving. Of all of the many blessings in the world, if we are lucky enough to have any or all of these 5 things listed below, we should consider ourselves lucky. Continue reading

3 Tips to Declutter your Bookshelves

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If you’re a book lover like me it’s hard to imagine letting go of any books but in reality, books serve three purposes once read; keep because you love and may reread it, share with someone else or donate it. In most cases people end up accumulating them on shelves, top tables, in bathrooms etc. Hopefully with these 3 tips you will be able to declutter a lot of those unnecessary books that are filling up your space. Continue reading

5 Simple Steps to Organizing your Shoes this Fall

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Is your shoe collection out of control? Having trouble finding a pair of shoes when you need them in a hurry? With fall approaching quickly it’s a perfect time to get them organized so here are 5 simple steps to get you started. Continue reading

3 Quick Tips for Preparing your Closet for Fall 2015

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With fall approaching, now is good time to get your closet re-organized to make room for your fall/winter wardrobe. By getting started now, you won’t be tempted go out and buy new pieces before you see what you already have. With these 3 quick tips, you’ll transform your closet in no time. Continue reading

7 Do’s & Don’ts When You’re a Summer House Guest

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With summer in full swing, some of you have probably received an invitation to a friend’s cottage or beach house. Lucky you! Once the host/hostess has let you know the date and time to arrive, your responsibility while you are there is to make things as easy as possible for your host.
Remember, you are not checking into a hotel or B&B, so don’t expect to be waited on. 😉 Here are 7 do’s and don’ts etiquette tips to follow as a summer house guest. Continue reading

Travel Etiquette 101 – 10 Tips for a Stress-Free Experience

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Travel etiquette – Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, by train, bus or plane, it’s the little things that can make your voyage much more enjoyable.  Here are 10 examples of thoughtful gestures and behaviour that will bring you a stress-free experience! Continue reading