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TEN GIFTS FOR THE COLLEGE SORORITY GIRL

Ten Gifts for the College Sorority Girl

  If you know a young woman in college, there’s a good chance she’s involved with a Greek organization! Maybe she lives in house with 50+ of her other sisters or maybe she belongs to a service or professional organizations, who knows? Here are some gift ideas that could easily work for either situation! 1. Paddles A classic go-to gift for anyone in a Greek organization! Paddles are a great way to make something unique to share with sisters! In my experience, it was always a great … [Read More...]

Don’t give stuff as gifts

Don’t Give Stuff as Gifts

Giving things is always a nice, generous gesture to make. As a child, you’re pretty happy to receive a gift, tear the wrapping paper off and be surprised and delighted with what you’ve received, so it is no wonder that we all have fond and positive memories of receiving stuff. However, giving a gift doesn’t [...]

Kindle Fire Review and Giveaway

Kindle Fire Review and #Giveaway

The good people at Staples Canada emailed me the other day with an opportunity that sounded pretty darn swell for me and more importantly, for you! They, like you, are gearing up for Back to School time, and think that the Kindle Fire is a great gift for teachers, students and parents. They have even been [...]

10 drug store beauty finds for the budget conscious

10 Drugstore Beauty Finds for the Budget-Conscious

I love receiving make-up gifts as much as the next beauty product junkie, but what’s even better is discovering a new product that not only works great but is also cheap. Win-win, right? If you have an equally budget-conscious giftee on your list, consider that some of the secret weapons in many a beauty aficionada’s [...]

The Internet is Full of Savings

The Internet is Full of Savings

One great thing about the internet, as long as you are not a brick and mortar retailer, that is, is the ability to find the lowest price for something, very quickly.  Actually, the internet is also a great way for brick and mortar stores to find new and cheaper products, too. One great thing about [...]

Salsa and Sausages

Salsa and Sausages

  The last few weeks have been fun in world-of-Anne.  If you follow me on twitter, which you absolutely should, you will know that I got a fancy new phone this week. I’m still figuring out how to use it, and how to type without a million errors, but hey, it’s pretty slick. I also [...]

Easy Meals to Take to Families

Easy Meals to Take to Families

  Awhile back, I wrote a rather long post on Tips for Taking Meals to Grieving and Celebrating Families.  It has a LOT of good info in it, if I don’t say so myself.  That said, coming up with meal ideas that are a good fit can be tricky, especially if you don’t want to [...]

Grocery Costs in North American Infographic and Cash Giveaway

Comparing Grocery Costs Coast to Coast & CASH #Giveaway

    Have you ever wondered how your grocery costs compare to grocery costs in other places? Well, over at Money Propeller, I have an infographic showing the cost of the same basket of goods in 12 different locales across North America!  It’s very interesting stuff. Head over there to check out the infographic AND [...]

A Fun and Simple Gift Idea

A Fun and Simple Food Gift

  One of my coworkers was munching on a ziploc bag full of goldfish the other day, which led to a conversation about how it has been forever since I ate goldfish. (It also made me think of C.J. from the West Wing.) It turns out that his partner was going away for two weeks [...]

Inglorious Vegetables and Infants

Inglorious Vegetables and Infants

Happy Friday, y’all! Stop by Debt Free Guys to read my interview as part of their Money Masters series! This week I watched this awesome video by the French supermarket Intermarché. It tells the story of how they repurposed not-pretty vegetables that used to be discarded by wholesalers, reducing food waste. Yay! Tonight I am [...]

Bingo Board with Photos as a Gift

Bingo Board with Photos as a Gift

Bingo Board With Photos As A Gift Bingo is a great fun hobby, whether played in a hall, online or with your own game at home. If you know a bingo-head, why not make them a fun, personalised bingo board as a gift? To do this, you’ll need plenty of photos of your gift receiver, [...]

The Many Types of Pearls

The Many Types of Pearls

The Many Types of Pearls Akoya pearls are prized for their stunning rich color and luster, and are typically a symbol of beauty and elegance. Akoya pearls — which come from Japan’s akoya oysters –are on of the most popular pearl types on the market. They grow between 3 to 10mm, and naturally come in [...]

7 Gift Ideas for Little Gardeners

7 Gift Ideas for Little Gardeners

Little minds need nurturing for optimal growth.  Curiosities grow into lifelong hobbies and careers with a bit of help and guidance.  Kids who like to work with the earth become farmers, rural workers, and home gardeners. If you know a little person who likes to work in the dirt, consider the following seven gift ideas [...]

A Pampering Gift  Basket for Busy Moms

Pampering Gift Basket for a Busy Mom

When spoiling the busy moms in your life for Mothers’ Day, one of the easiest ways to make a big impression, on a not-so-big budget,  is to put together a bespoke gift basket. Since you can customize the contents to your gift recipient’s tastes, it will feel more special and thoughtful than more traditional options [...]

Announcing my new blog MoneyPropeller

Almond Fish and New Blogs

Drum roll please!!!!! *brrrrrrrrrr*  (<- You had best be doing this on your desk or making a noise right now!) *brrrrrrrrr* I have ventured into the land of Personal Finance blogs! (Aka PF blogs, aka the blogs that I read all the time!) Introducing: Money Propeller!  Monday was the “official launch,” and I have been [...]

driver's lessons

Give Your Child The Best Gift Of All: Driving Lessons

So – your child’s 17th birthday is in a month’s time and you still don’t have a gift to mark this momentous occasion. Some children will ask for an expensive laptop or gadget, or some other item. However, the best gift to give them is driving lessons. For starters, if they have been eyeing up [...]

A Gift for a Friend Having a Rough Time

A Gift for a Friend Having a Rough Time

Sometimes, you need a gift idea for a friend having a bad day, or a gift for a friend having a rough time.  Sometimes, it is a culmination of events over quite a long time, making for an overall rough time.  Other times, it is a month or so where everything just seems to go [...]

I'm on the Radio!

I’m on the Radio! Come Listen Online

  A few weeks ago, I got what I considered to be a bit of an odd email. It was from a lady named Ingrid and she wanted to know if I wanted to be interviewed on her internet radio show! I was rather apprehensive, I must admit, but she convinced me to do it [...]

45 Bridesmaid Gift Ideas

45 Bridesmaid Gift Ideas

After you’ve picked your bridal party, celebrated with the showers, and reached the big day; you might want to give the excellent bridesmaids (maybe your flower girl, too!) standing up with you a little token of appreciation. It’s really simple to find something practical or fun to give them and not blow the rest of [...]