“Non-video game” gift ideas

It is already quiet the challenge to get kids any sort of meaningful gift with a reasonable price – it is even more difficult if those kids are not yours or if you don’t know them well.  It is easy to rely on getting video games, particularly for boys as the easy way out or…

Last Will Info….for later

Based on a couple of emails I received on a previous blog related to the importance of having a will for all circumstances; a few have asked me how can they send will and other sensitive information to loved ones….but after they die. Obviously, they do not want to give account information, passwords, email access,…

Give Kids A Sense Of Growing Up

There are plenty of reasons why you should make sure your kids enjoy their childhood and try to protect their playful innocence.  That comes with making sure that they enjoy what kids want to enjoy from riding a bike to watching cartoons and snacking on junk food once in a while.  But as they grow…

My top 10 apps (2019)

As the year rushes by (as every year before did and every year since will), I was reflecting how addicted to my phone I have become. Rather than reduce my use of the phone to focus on real life, I decided to list the top ten apps that made my phone that much more addictive…

Online Red and Green Lists

I’m no stranger to e-commerce and online shopping.  I do my fare share from electronics to baby products.   But are there items that are absolutely no goes for online shopping?  Do you have a red line or rather a red list of what items you simply would not buy online?  Not because of availability or…

Money Talk 101 (Ontario)

Ok so you decide, eventually, to be responsible and worry about money (or lack thereof). It’s a dry topic, but one day you’ll get an AHA moment and realize you’re head has been buried in the sand for way too long. I am by no means a financial advisor, but what I do know is…

More Musical Hidden Gems

It is interesting to see how pop music has evolved, particularly in the last decade (this BBC article provides really cool insight on how music has changed in the 2010’s).  Unlike many people who look back on the past and say “music today” can’t compare – I disagree, the music from your past came with…

Print Those Photos!

My kids are lucky enough to have more clothes and toys in their lives than they know what to do with.  So when it comes to their birthday I often opt for other things such as experience based gifts like mini-putt, or aquarium tickets.  But in their early years (the first three birthdays of my…

Celebrating Our Special Seniors

We get so wrapped up with birthday milestones for kids we forget the older bunch who should be equally if not more celebrated for their hard fought milestones.  Obviously how you celebrate those special seniors in your life is up to you, and depends much on their personality and what you know about them, as…

Wrath Of The Bed Bugs

I still shudder at the thought of bed bugs….I had the extreme misfortune of dealing with them.  You thought Al Qaeda was hard to get rid of?  Bud bugs are crazy!  The amount of times I washed the sheets, vacuumed the mattress, steamed the mattress and had professional cleaners, short of burning my house –…