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12 Awesome Gift Ideas for Under $50

December 8th, 2015

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” At least that’s how the song is supposed to go. For some people, Christmas is a time filled with cheer and happy memories. Other people might dread having to face the massive crowds at the malls, stressed over finding the perfect gift while staying under budget. The […]

Where to Get Free Stuff on Your Birthday

December 1st, 2015

If there is only day a year where you’re allowed to be as your most self-indulgent, it’s on your birthday. This might mean treating yourself to a little special something or hoping that the special someone in your life pampers you in a particularly special way… or it might mean making your way around town […]

The Best Baby Gifts for New Parents

October 16th, 2015

A few years ago, I was invited to a baby shower and I didn’t have a clue what I should bring for the new parents-to-be. Shopping for baby gifts is an incredibly daunting and intimidating experience when you’re not a mom or dad yourself, because it’s a whole new world filled with all new jargon. […]

Combating Costanza Wallet with Allett Slim

September 29th, 2015

One of my favorite episodes of Seinfeld is the one where George Costanza has his massive exploding wallet. He decides to pack away every receipt, coupon and who knows what else in there to the point where he can barely fold it closed. While my wallet isn’t quite so outrageous, I do suspect it might […]

Sunday Snippet: Sam Walton, Founder of Walmart (1918-1992)

August 30th, 2015

“There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down simply by spending his money somewhere else.” Say what you will about how Walmart chooses to conduct its business. There are certainly valid concerns about how the company treats its employees (and its suppliers), as […]

Cool Dad T-Shirts for Father’s Day

June 9th, 2015

As you’ve likely figured out by now, taking on the role of “dad” has become a very integral part of my overall identity. I talk about being a dad a lot because it is an all-consuming responsibility. To this end, you would assume that this upcoming Father’s Day (my first as a dad) would be […]

Boiron Homeopathic Medicine for Babies (Unboxing Video)

May 18th, 2015

As a new parent, being introduced to the world of baby products can be incredibly overwhelming. And that’s just with all the “normal” baby care items. When the little one is crying incessantly and clearly in discomfort, it becomes even more gut-wrenching for new moms and dads. We also understand that babies, in general, cannot […]

Got Craft? Spring Edition 2015

May 5th, 2015

Buying major brands from major chains is an everyday kind of thing, but there is something inherently special about supporting the independent little guy. Promotions like Crave in Buranby Heights epitomize that sort of thing for eating out. And Got Craft? gives Vancouverites the opportunities to celebrate the unique, the upcycled and the handmade.