Saturday, 3 December 2016

Edo a Little, Help a Lot + Giveaway!


The holidays are here and Edo Japan is excited to be celebrating this festive season with Simply Better giving through their ‘Edo a Little, Help a Lot’ holiday campaign! Edo will once again be supporting Canada’s food banks by donating 25 cents to local food banks for every spring roll sold during the holiday season. Last year, Edo raised over $74,000 for food banks across the country and with 850,000 Canadians using food banks each month, it’s never been more important to give back.

New this year, Edo will be hosting ‘Double Up Day’ on December 10 – a one-day event during which Edo will be doubling donations (from 25 cents to 50 cents!) to local food banks for each spring roll sold! With the classic savoury spring roll, and the new dessert spring roll bursting with apple filling, there’s a spring roll for both the sweet and savoury lovers. 

 Together we can help bring meals to those in need this holiday season. 
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How To Shop With Kids During The Holidays!


 
'Tis the season for shopping. Whether it's buying gifts, holiday decorations or groceries, most of us will find ourselves in the stores a lot more than usual at this time of year. If you are heading to the stores with babies or toddlers in tow, here are some ideas to make the experience less stressful for everyone.
 
Meet basic needs first. Kids who are tired, hungry or thirsty are more likely to act out. Plan a shopping trip around nap and eating schedules. Bring healthy snacks and drinks with you. Babies and young children can become dehydrated in the dry air of shopping malls, so be sure to take breaks for drinking or breastfeeding.
 
Bring a distraction/entertainment. Bring along a toy, a game or a book to keep your child busy.
  
Avoid the crowds. If you can, try shopping in the morning or early afternoon on weekdays, or have dinner a bit earlier and shop in the quieter early-evening hours.
 
Say no and still be supportive. Even if an item cannot be purchased, it can be helpful to share the child's excitement and interest in it. When your child reaches for an item try saying something like "that is nice isn't it?" or "we can't get that today but maybe another time."
 
Involve your child in shopping. Include older toddlers in decisions - asking your toddler to help you choose which item to buy, whether it's a holiday decoration or a piece of fruit can make the shopping experience more interesting for them.

Keep kids close and safe. 
Babies are almost always happier when carried. Consider a sling or a carrier that allows you to move around while providing a comfortable secure place for baby - be sure to use a sling or carrier safelyKeep toddlers close by - make sure you always know where your toddler is. Only leave your child alone with people you trust completely. Teach your child to check with you first before going anywhere with anyone or taking a gift or treat. Make sure your toddler understands you need to know where he is all the time and what things are given to him. For more information see Toddler's First Steps - page 145-146
 
Respect everyone's limits. If you find you are running low on patience and energy, take a break - go outside, visit a play area, or sit down in a quiet place.  A few moments away from the crowds can make a big difference for both you and your child.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Zulily's Holiday Financing Tips


We have all experienced the burden of stress that holiday shopping can impose. Whether it be getting the perfect gifts for family and friends, travel expenses or the price tag that comes along with many of our favorite holiday events, the most wonderful time of the year also happens to be an expensive one.   
Zulily, an online retailer obsessed with bringing customers special finds at incredible prices every day, recently conducted a survey regarding how to cut holiday stress. We found that 45% of people feel the most stressful part about holiday shopping is dealing with the crowds. This is only one of the stresses of holiday shopping brings.
 
But who says it has to be this way?
 
What we recommend:

·         Have a game plan: According to last year’s American Research Group holiday study, shoppers who purchased holiday gifts months in advance spent 40% less than those who waited until November.

·         Make a list: And do your research. Post-Black Friday shopping with online retailers like Zulily can help you score big with great sales and low prices, keeping your budget low. According to our survey, 65% of people believe shopping online from the comfort of home or office reduces stress.

·         Check in: Taking a bit of time every day to monitor your financial progress and watch for unusual activity (like strange fees or double-charges) should be a routine part of your life.

·         Think ahead: Setting up a separate savings account specifically for holiday expenses can be lifesaving. Start by creating a holiday budget spending cap. This total amount includes lifestyle expenses, travel, entertainment, d├ęcor and gift. Divide this cap by 12 and put that amount in your holiday savings account each month so that at the end of the year, you have enough to cover all your expenses.

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My Favorite Butter Tart Recipe

Butter Tarts

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups raisins
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 30 (2 inch) unbaked tart shells

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (170 degrees C).
  2. Cream the butter, sugar and eggs well. Add remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  3. Pour batter into tart shells, no more than half full. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes. Watch carefully!!--they'll burn quickly. Filling will keep in the refrigerator for 2 weeks or so. Liquid coffee creamer can be used for cream. Use any good pie pastry for shells.
Recipe originally from Allrecipes.com

Thursday, 1 December 2016

The Tricks You Need To Know For A Cozy Lounge Area

If you want a cozy lounge area, you’re in the right place. As the weather becomes colder, it’s only natural to want to spend more time at home. This makes it a great time to give your home a warmer makeover and make it feel more cozy. Take a look at these tips that will help you to do this yourself:

Make Sure You Add As Much Texture As Possible
Adding as much texture as you can to your lounge area is going to make it feel cozy and multidimensional. If you don’t add enough texture, your room can end up feeling bland and boring. You can mix texture up in a number of different ways, using things like throws, cushions, and more to make it happen. Get creative and mix as many as you can to create a cozy feel.

Take Your Time Selecting The Right Furniture
Make sure you take your time selecting your furniture, as it’s going to make the biggest difference to your lounge area when you want it to look cozy. You can take a look at the suites on a site like http://www.rothnewton.com.au/lounge-suites/ to get an idea of what to add to your room. You don’t need to make your furniture match either, if you’re brave enough to mix it up.

Consider Adding Vintage/Antique Touches
Adding vintage and antique touches to your lounge area will make it feel lived in and give it some character. You can sometimes find items that simply look vintage/antique and buy them new, or you can hunt around secondhand and vintage shops to find something that suits you. A few accessories like this will make all the difference to your home.

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Show Off Friends and Family
If you have pictures of your friends and family, make sure you show them off. This is going to make your home look like somebody actually lives in it. You can display them anyway you like. You could dot them around, or have them all displayed on one wall. Using frames of different shapes and sizes can add lots of personality.

Mix Different Styles
If you like two different styles or themes, don’t be afraid to mix them up. This will help you to really show off your personality and make your home represent you more. For instance, mixing modern and antique is usually a popular choice, but you can get as creative as you want.

Bring A Bit Of Nature Inside
Bring a bit of nature inside your house, such as pretty plants, flowers, or even decorative branches. This makes your home feel more warming and welcoming, and nature has been proven to have health benefits when used in the home.  

Install An Electric Fire
Installing a real fire would cost a lot of money and be quite a lot of hassle, but there’s nothing stopping you from installing an electric fire. Pointing your furniture towards this could make the world of difference!

Have fun creating your own cozy lounge area!