Minimize the Holiday Craze with These 3 Simple Tips

The holidays may be over a month away, but if office tower decorations and traffic at the mall are any indication, the pre-holidays effort is in effect for many. I find December to be one of the most stressful months, as holiday parties, potlucks, family get togethers, and errands seem to take up every ounce of free time. Today I’ll share some simple ways you can take charge TODAY to lessen the burden once the madness really hits.

  1. Sort out your holiday party wardrobe. Waiting until the last minute on this one can lead to either wearing something you don’t like, or buying something impractical at the last minute. Instead, decide what type of attire is required for each event, shop your closet first, and then either pick up some new pieces or new outfits. Shop with the mindset of practicality (“Can I wear this again?”) and if you have the time, shop online to avoid a trip to the mall, and maybe even save some money. [BONUS TIP: use sites like eBates to get cash back on your online purchases!]
  2. Make your shopping list. Deciding what to get your family and friends (and everyone else on your list!) by mid-November is ideal so that you have time to price compare and have a plan of attack for Black Friday. While it used to be more of an American sale weekend, recent years have seen it move to Canada, and in many cases flyers are available a few days ahead of time. Use them to make a shopping strategy, so that when the weekend hits, you can make a beeline for the things you need. Shop online or wait until Cyber Monday if you can to avoid the lines and crowds.
  3. Mark your calendar. Whether you use a planner, app, or calendar, make note of the events you have and the preparation each one involves. Going home for Christmas? Make a note of when you have to pack. Attending a potluck? Make a note to grocery shop and cook or bake beforehand. This will give you greater (and earlier!) visibility so that you don’t get caught scrambling.

I hope these tips help as you gear up for the holidays. Leave me a comment with any other suggestions you have!

truLOCAL Review + Promo Code for 10% Off!

truLOCAL Review + Promo Code for 10% Off!

Learning about new Canadian companies is one of my favourite parts of being a blogger, so when truLOCAL reached out to me, I was excited to hear more. As some of you may know, I used to be vegan, and while I now eat fish and poultry, I remain aware of the importance of how food is sourced and some of the steps we can take to better treat our bodies, animals, and the planet. truLOCAL's guiding principles and business model are really appealing and I'm excited to share the experience of my first order.

For those of you unfamiliar with truLOCAL (as I was!), they are a Canadian company offering monthly meat delivery plans of high-end locally sourced meat, fish, and poultry products. Their products are all:

  • Free Run: Support humane animal treatment
  • 100% Local: All sourced from within Ontario
  • No Added Hormones and Antibiotic-Free: High quality and clean
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Uber: A Millennial Love Story (and $10 coupon code!)

Uber: A Millennial Love Story (and $10 coupon code!)

As the token millennial at family gatherings, I’m often asked about “this Uber thing” – “What is it?” “Why is it so great?” and “It’s causing a lot of issues for the taxi drivers, you know.”

I live in Toronto where taxis are expensive and we don’t have an ideal public transportation system. I also don’t have a car. Given this, Uber has been my go-to when the public transportation system doesn’t cut it, and that’s meant close to 100 rides in the past 2 years.

I am a staunch supporter of Uber from a customer experience perspective. Yes, I am aware of the challenges their introduction has posed on the existing taxi system. I recognize there have been complaints in the past about their insurance coverage and whether it stacks up. I’m not, however, here to comment on these more “political” aspects. Instead, I’ll share why, from a millennial user perspective, the Uber experience is so positive.

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Fitbit Alta Review

Fitbit Alta Review

With a goal to be more active every day, I recently picked up a Fitbit Alta. This is their newest model and the sleekest one yet, at only 15mm in width. After using it for about a month, I have to say I’m not a huge fan. Some of the features that intrigued me the most fell flat, and I found myself using it as a semi-functional watch, an alarm clock, and a pedometer. Based on my usage, it was not worth the $170 CAD price tag. That being said, if you are highly active and anticipate using several of the advanced features, it may be a valuable investment.

Let’s examine the various features the Alta claims, and how they perform.

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