6 Free Halloween Events for Kids around Toronto – 2017

Halloween Events for Kids

The season of Ghosts, Goblins and everything Pumpkin is upon us and there are many Spooktacular events to attend with kids. Time to decorate the house inside and out for another frightening Halloween. Since we live in a building we don’t hand out candy but my husband and I do dress up and take our daughter around the neighbourhood. This year my daughter will be Elsa from Frozen, I will be a cat and my husband will be some sort of monster.  Below is a list of free Halloween events … Continue reading

Follow the Rules – Why is My Child not Doing What They are Told

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In a perfect world, children would listen to their parents without a second thought. Unfortunately, the world is nowhere near perfect and kids don’t always do as they are told. The good news is that, as a parent, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Read on to learn how to get your child to follow the rules without bribing, threatening or screaming. Follow the Rules – Why My Child isn’t Doing What They are Told Be Adaptable No two children the same. It’s for that reason that you … Continue reading

Five Supplies That Should Be in Your Disaster Kits

No matter where you live, what your personal situation is, or what type of disasters you may be facing, there are some basic supplies everyone should have on hand “just in case”. Here are five things that you should stock and store at all times to have disaster kits ready at all times. Five Supplies That Should Be in Your Disaster Kits Water Let’s start with the most important and most urgent item on the list – water. You can make it a surprisingly long time without food, power, and … Continue reading

Tips on Dealing with Negative People in Your Life

We all want to feel positive energy around us. No matter how much we strive for this, there are always those will pull us in and drag us down.  Having negative people in your life will become a hazard to your health. For many, this is their way of life. Don’t get pulled in and stay positive. Learn ways to avoid and deal with the negative people around you.

Over the years I have dealt with a few negative people. At first, you don’t realize it is happening. You figure the person just needs to vent but after awhile it becomes apparent that this is the way this person is and it is time to deal with it before it takes over your thinking. Don’t become like them, be happy and positive to live a healthy life.

The tips below are things I try to do to stay positive around the negative. if you want more insights on what makes a person negative check out this article over at Psychology Today.

Tips on Dealing with Negative People in Your Life

Negative People

Don’t Debate

Everyone has their own views and opinions, whether right or wrong. Don’t debate with a negative person. They will have more reasons why we should agree with their views. If you engage in this situation, it will only end in an argument and you will be brought down to their level. Say what you have to then move on or it will be a never-ending debate.

Avoid Certain Topics

If there are conversations that seem to trigger the negativity in people, avoid those topics. Talk about the good that is happening in their life and yours. If the topic starts to turn back to the negative topics, ignore and move on. Hopefully, they get the subtle hint.

Give Compliments

I am sure we have all been negative about ourselves at some point in life but have been able to move on. For some, they hold on to these emotions and bring it to others. Compliment them, praise them for something they have done. They may try to discard the compliment, however, on the inside, they are smiling with glee. Turn that negativity into something positive and try to see the goodness in that person.

Cut the Connections

Sometimes we have to remove these people from our lives in order to feel happy and carefree. We can’t feel drained during or after an encounter. Find more positive people to be around, ones who will keep your spirits lifted with happiness. When you cut connections, it may be difficult but you will feel so much better for doing so.

Leave the Drama to the movies and TV and keep it out of your life. Vent if you have to but move on once it is off your chest. Train your brain and find motivation.

Have you had to deal with a negative person in your life? How did you deal with the situation?


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Become a Frugal Parent – Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees

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The secret is out and it’s been out for some time, raising children is expensive. Parents today are a little bit more challenged and making ends meet is much harder than it was for their parents and grandparents.  The good news is that there ARE ways to becoming a frugal parent to make parenting less expensive. Saving money is probably easier than you think. Just follow a few of these tips and save for a rainy day. How To Become a Frugal Parent Teaching Value to Children Did you grow up … Continue reading

Pesto – Using Fresh Basil from the Garden

When you have fresh basil in the garden, you want to make the most of it and use it up. While I do use it fresh in pasta sauces, stews, and soups, this year I wanted to try something different. Something flavourful that we have never tried before. I began looking for ideas and recipes to use it in. Since I have never tried Pesto, that was going to be my choice to use up some of my basil. The day I decided to try it out, I realized I didn’t … Continue reading