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Ok, so in my last post – 9 Fantastic Gift Ideas for kids that AREN’T toys and that parents will LOVE, I gave you an extensive list of non-toy Christmas gift ideas, but I know some of you won’t heed my advice and will still buy toys for your munchkins. If you’re going to just ignore me, then at least buy toys they’ll actually play with longer than 15 minutes before they get bored! 1. HAPE QUADRILLA “Derived from the combination of two German words, “Quader” and “Rille”, meaning “bricks” and “slots” respectively – which are also the main components of the game – Quadrilla’s unique marble run system is “a lot like coding” (assessment from Wall Street Journal) and a perfect platform for STEAM education.” Quadrilla is a beautifully designed series of marble run sets, made from quality wood components. There are some different sets available in many different…

If you have kids in your life, either your own, or nieces, nephews, grandkids etc., the odds are good that you’re beginning to think about holidays gifts. As a parent of 2 young children, let me tell you where to spend your shekels for gifts that will not only go over well with kids but will be appreciated by parents. 1. A Trip to the Movies. Costco sells these packages for kids; it’s a move pass and child size popcorn, drink and treat combo for like $11.99 plus tax. Buy these! Buy loads of these! It’s such a great gift. You can buy them in-store, and they’ll give you a voucher, or you can buy them online, and they’ll send you an e-voucher you can print off. Costco also sells adult combos, for $29.99 plus tax, you get two adult passes, a regular popcorn, and two regular drinks. 2.…

I know it feels too early even to be thinking about holiday cards, but trust me, the next month and a half is going to sneak right by us. Before we know it, it’ll be December 8, and we’ll decide to skip the holiday card this year because we don’t have time to put something together to arrive before the holidays are over. Here’s why you shouldn’t wait to get your holiday cards ready. Networking It’s an excellent opportunity to subtly remind your friends, family, colleagues and customers of your existence. There is no easier way to remain top of mind than sending them warm wishes this season with a card tailored with your branding. This is especially true for those contacts you don’t get a chance to see very often. It’s also a great way for families to keep in touch with loved ones far away. You can say…

Sigh I shouldn’t even HAVE to write about this. Honestly. It’s disgusting. Please people, for the love of holy things, tell me that you flush your toilet after dropping a deuce when you are at home. Yes? Then why the hell can’t you do the same when you crap in a public washroom? I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve flung open the door to a bathroom stall to be greeted by a bowl full of shite. Your shite. The toilet works too. I know, I flushed it with my foot from the doorway while holding my breath so I wouldn’t have to breathe in your fecal particles as the contents swirled themselves away into our wonderful, magical sewer system. If I can flush the toilet, YOU CAN FLUSH THE TOILET. There is no excuse for not doing so. If for some magical reason you find out after dropping your…

Inevitably, you’ll hear us talk about self-care at connexionista.com. And for many of us, that mostly means taking time out of jam-packed schedules for personal development, engaging in projects that speak to us outside of work and visits to the spa for downtime. Personally, while all that other stuff applies, self-care mostly means paying other people to do the stuff I don’t have time for or simply hate doing. This is not a new concept to me, paying people for tasks. I first realized how important the idea was 9 years ago when I read the book Smart Women Finish Rich – Canadian Edition by David Bach. In it, he asks why we as women, presumably skilled and educated in a particular industry, spend much of our time on menial tasks not related whatsoever to our chosen profession. Tasks like house cleaning, or lawn maintenance. He proposed instead, that we spend more…

Chances are good, your kid goes to school with a child with some type of disability or special need. If you’re not specifically familiar with their disability, the thought of planning a playdate or inviting them to a birthday party may seem a bit overwhelming or even frightening. You may think, it’s not worth the effort, and don’t bother. As a special needs parent, let me reassure you in the strongest way possible, we want the invitation. We want nothing more for our children to not just be “integrated” into regular classrooms, but to be included and accepted by their peers. We want them to experience typical childhood joys like other children so very badly. Invite us, we will go out of our way to move mountains to make it work. Here are some things you can do. 1. Send an email or DM with the invitation, or a note…

So, you’re gal-pal got knocked up. Exciting changes are going to be happening to her, and ultimately your relationship. Don’t let a baby gift flop, be the catalyst to a detrimental change in your friendship. As a 2x mom, let me share with you some of the best gifts I have received for my little ones, some I wished I had gotten and a couple to avoid. Please, Please Buy: House cleaning, grass cutting or snow removal Seriously, you won’t get an “ohhhh how adorable” reaction when they open this gift, but in 3 months time when they haven’t showered in a week, and the laundry is piled up and the weeds are overtaking the driveway, they will be so-freakin-thankful to be able to just call up someone and take care of whatever chore it is you purchased. Better yet, just go ahead and book the service for her when…