6 Life-size Teddy Bear Gift Ideas

One weekend this fall, Douglas and I were running errands around the city to get ready for the winter. We were glad to leave the overcrowded Costco to head over to Home Depot to look for particular tools. Wandering by the seasonal section, as expected, many customers saw me squeal in delight as I was hugging their airblown hugging teddy bear. Animated Airblown-Mixed Media-Hugging Teddy … Continue reading 6 Life-size Teddy Bear Gift Ideas

Holiday Advent Calendars for Kids

Holiday Advent Calendars Gift Ideas for Kids

Just a few more weeks until Christmas and another fast-approaching days until the beginning of December. This year I find our family and work holiday gatherings are starting earlier in the year. Recently, my friend Annie was helping our work social committee with researching gift ideas for families and their kids for our upcoming Christmas brunch. Inspired by her research, here are holiday advent calendar … Continue reading Holiday Advent Calendars Gift Ideas for Kids

Ninja Day Inspired Gift Ideas

Did you know there’s International Ninja day on December 5th and National Ninja Day in Japan on February 5th of every year? Ninja Day is a day where to let loose to dress up and act like a ninja. You may find ninja-fans running wild in the streets or wearing a ninja mask to work. Whether you celebrate Ninja Day on internationally or in Japan, … Continue reading Ninja Day Inspired Gift Ideas

Warm Welcome with Quaker Oatmeal

Breakfast is one of those meals that we all know is important, and I admit there are times where I rush off to work without it. Usually I start my day later than the other staff as I like to stay late in the office where I need a quiet environment to work on certain tasks. One morning, I arrived earlier in the office and … Continue reading Warm Welcome with Quaker Oatmeal

Foodie Advent Calendar Gift Ideas

With the weather being very cold, windy and rainy lately on the west coast, Douglas and I have been getting our steps in on weekends by exploring shops and stores under cozy roof-tops. And in between our stops, we have been wandering around seeing more advent calendar ideas, especially with snacks and other foodie goodness. Here are some advent calendar gift ideas for foodies on … Continue reading Foodie Advent Calendar Gift Ideas

Gift Ideas for the Dill Pickle-lover

Different nations celebrate their love for pickles in many ways and on different days with pickle-adorned decor and munching on a variety of pickles. On November 14th, it’s National Pickle Day in the US. Here are quirky decor gift ideas for the dill pickle-lover on your list. Christmas Pickle Glass Ornament When my sister-in-law received one as a gift from one of her students, it … Continue reading Gift Ideas for the Dill Pickle-lover

Boxes of Pocky

#PockyDay Gift Ideas

Growing up in Canada, I have always worn a poppy and shared a moment of silence at 11am on November 11th for Remembrance Day. I learned recently that in Japan, November 11th is known as Pocky Day, a day to celebrate Japan’s favourite stick snack. Glico, the makers of Pocky, chose November 11th as Pocky sticks look like the number one, hence 11-11. For the … Continue reading #PockyDay Gift Ideas

Holiday Beauty Advent Calendars Gift Ideas

With my multicultural family, we actually don’t have many traditions for celebrating the various holidays. Sometimes I wonder why we don’t include certain traditions like other families, but we like to keep the holidays as simple and stress-free as much as possible. Thankfully growing up on the West Coast, I have had the privilege to spend various holidays with different families and learn about their … Continue reading Holiday Beauty Advent Calendars Gift Ideas

Spanish Gin and Tonic at Cabriota Tapas

Gifts Ideas for the Gin Lover for National Gin Day

It was International Gin and Tonic Day every October 19th. And continuing to stay on the gin train, it’s National Gin day on December 7th. For those gin-lovers on your list, here are unique entertaining and gift ideas: Gin bottles up-cycled to glassware The Joy of Gin Luxury Gift Box From gorgeous gooey elderflower and gin marshmallows to the gin and tonic bath bomb this … Continue reading Gifts Ideas for the Gin Lover for National Gin Day

Fall Pampering with Pumpkin Beauty Products

It’s been a cold and wet this autumn. As I flocked to our nearby mall, Metropolis at Metrotown, to do some window-shopping, I popped into several skincare and beauty boutiques. I went to Lush to recycle and exchange my five clean, black pots of packaging for a fresh  face mask.  As the cold weather settled in the Pacific Northwest, many others had picked up a … Continue reading Fall Pampering with Pumpkin Beauty Products