Holidays and Occasions

Some sweet and simple ways to celebrate Valentine's Day.

Long before it was a Hallmark holiday, Valentine’s Day was a celebration reserved for enjoying the love in your life. But what to do during those precious hours after work?

“Date night on a Tuesday? No fun,” you might think. But why not?

If you think outside the box, Valentine’s Day 2012 can be a fun and memorable one to... Read more
Every February 14 th , there's no doubt that many women expect to be treated to flowers, fancy dinners, or French perfume. We might be taken on a romantic date night, or spoiled with a special evening. And what do men get?

Neckties. Boxer shorts. A new wallet, maybe. And everyone's favorite gift to the waistline - chocolate!

Ladies, help the man in your life look forward to Valentine’s Day a... Read more
It’s the new year, and we’ve all noticed that pink and red heart-shaped boxes already line the aisles at the local pharmacy. Glittering picture frames and toy gorillas in heart-patterned boxer shorts can’t be far behind. And I can’t believe it! Valentine's Day , already?

See, January presents an interesting dilemma for me. I love the Christmas holidays, and I tend to keep my tree up... Read more
Don’t let lofty goals get in the way of daily victories! Remember, life’s a journey, not a destination.

As we enter the home stretch of 2011, many of us are out and about, shopping or preparing for a big night that celebrates the past year and anticipates a new one.

2012 is just a few short hours away, and with it come new opportunities. Tabula rasa . Time to wake up earlier, get to the gym more... Read more
Every year around Christmas I pickup my camera and walk around the city trying to capture some nice holiday and winter shots. Unfortunately, this year we have no snow in Toronto and it doesn't look very Christmasy outside right now.

Actually, it was so warm this December that my plants on the balcony didn't freeze and I still see flowers when I look through my balcony door. :) That's not the Toronto... Read more
Here's an easy cookie recipe that you might want to try this Christmas. Spicy Salt and Pepper Chocolate Cookies

Cookie Recipe

(Adapted from Marguerite Henderson's - Small Sweet Treats )


1-1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
1-1/2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
3 to 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper... Read more
Instead of creating an elaborate Halloween costume and going to a party, we decided to check out the Halloween Parade in downtown Las Vegas and gawk at everyone else's creative costumes!

This year the participants really outdid themselves. Downtown Las Vegas is normally chock full of slightly odd people, so add to that Halloween costumes and it makes for a very entertaining evening :-) Just to set the... Read more
For Indians the world over, Diwali, or the festival of lights, is the time for decorations, making rangoli or floral art, eating yummy food and sweets, dressing up and of course invoking the blessings of the Goddess Lakshmi!

So this year I am excited to decorate my home with tea lights. And more so, because my young daughters are in awe of everything new that they see, and its so much fun to decorate with them,... Read more
Coming up with a new and exciting birthday gift every year can be quite a challenge. Certain milestone birthdays, like a 30th birthday, can be even tougher since they hold so much meaning.

This past summer, my sister and I threw a fantastic 30th birthday party for our cousin, and close friend, Michelle as our gift to her. Sometimes, giving someone an experience is better than any gift you could buy. :-)... Read more
Men often think that ladies expect red roses, fancy chocolates or expensive jewelry on Valentine's Day. I think that's because retailers plaster so many ads all over the place giving them this idea. In fact, I've heard from some men that they belive Valentine's Day was invented by store owners to ensure people spend some money after Christmas shopping is over.

Unfortunately, Valentine's... Read more

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