Throw a Chemo Party in Style

When we found out that my brother had his last date of chemo scheduled, I wanted to throw him a little party. I could not plan anything that was late at night or during off hours because he was dealing with chemo on a day to day basis and I did not know how he would feel on a certain day or time. I called a party bus in Toronto to see if I could hire them to take him to his last chemo visit and then take him home, with a possible stop at a restaurant in between, if he was feeling up to it. I told him I wanted to be with him on his last day of chemo and when he heard that, he was really happy. Continue reading

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I Went to a Wild Party

I was just sitting in my office cubicle the other day when my buddy Ryan came over and invited me to a party. Of course I was happy to go, but I had no clue what sort of party he was talking about. It turned out to be some sort of bachelor party, but it did not seem as though there was anyone who was getting married. Apparently that was not a prerequisite in this case. They did need one of those big fancy limo bus in Toronto for this party. I have no clue who was paying for all this stuff, but they did not ask me to kick in and so I was pretty happy to ride along for free, although when we hit the clubs they did not offer to pay for what I drank or ate. That was not that big of a deal since there was plenty of free stuff on this bus and in the hotel room where we ended up. Continue reading

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Christmas Travel

Christmas is a beautiful time of year for everyone who celebrates it. It’s a time to bring family and friends together and spend real, quality time with the ones that you love. Family recipes are passed around and dishes from generations before are sampled and shared. New babies are loved on and passed around as often as the appetizers, and friends become family to exchange gifts, hugs, stories, and love.

 

The tree is decorated, stockings are hung, and gifts are exchanged.

 

It’s amazing.

 

It makes me wonder how Christmas, this magical holiday, is celebrated around the world. So, here are quick recaps of how this holiday is celebrated from other countries, in other cultures.

 

Kids World Travel Guide offers insights into how other cultures practice their celebration of “St. Nicholas or Santa Claus, as he is often known.

 

France

Their celebration seems to be a bit more traditional, starting the celebration in early December“In many regions in France, Christmas celebrations start with St Nicholas day on the 6th of December. Then children get sweets and little gifts. Cities are decorated in France, especially in the Alsace region, where they say the first decorated Christmas trees appeared as far back as the 14th century.”

 

Instead of stockings like in some countries, they use shoes. “On Christmas eve, Children put their polished shoes out in front of the chimney and hope that ‘Père Noël’ (Father Christmas) fills the shoes with sweets. Christmas Day, 25th of December is a public holiday and families get together for a big feast. On this day also presents get exchanged.”

 

Iceland

Iceland also offers a bit more of a traditional celebration, “In Iceland, children put their shoes on the windowsill so the ‘Juletide Lads’, the Santa Claus, fills the shoes with little goodies. Christmas celebrations in Iceland start on 24th of December, Christmas eve. Families get together and enjoy good food and many visit midnight mass.”

 

History.com offers some further insight into some countries down south:

 

Mexico

“In Mexico, paper mache sculptures called pinatas are filled with candy and coins and hung from the ceiling. Children then take turns hitting the pinata until it breaks, sending a shower of treats to the floor. Children race to gather as much of of the loot as they can.”

 

Australia

Australia throws the biggest curve ball in all of the Christmas celebrations. While the majority of the world celebrates this holiday in the December month they actually start in the summer. “In Australia, the holiday comes in the middle of summer and it’s not unusual for some parts of Australia to hit 100 degrees Farenheit on Christmas day. During the warm and sunny Australian Christmas season, beach time and outdoor barbecues are common. Traditional Christmas day celebrations include family gatherings, exchanging gifts and either a hot meal with ham, turkey, pork or seafood or barbeques.”

 

While all the ways may be slightly different in these celebrations, one thing remains the same. Family time and gift giving. Whether it’s something small, or just a simple connection that is made, the act of giving something to another is prominent.

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My Employees Deserved to Be Shown a Good Time

Before becoming a CEO myself, I worked for a lot of other bosses, who never quite caught on how important valuing your employees beyond seeing them as numbers. And in some cases, some of those bosses even cared. So, I wanted to do differently for the people who work for me. I contacted Toronto Party Bus Services to see what they could lay out for me in terms of what they offer. I really wanted to treat my workers to a really nice dinner, but my concern was how to get everyone there together at the same time.

It was quite obvious to me that each of my employees has the ability to transport themselves to a restaurant. Continue reading

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All Your Hotel Questions Answered With This Great Advice

All Your Hotel Questions Answered With This Great Advice

Whether you are headed for the beach or the mountains, you want your vacation to be special. Part of making your vacation special involves choosing the right hotel. This may seem a daunting task, but once you’ve done it a time or two, you can get it right every time. Keep reading to find out more.

Be sure to read online review websites prior to booking a hotel. Websites like TripAdvisor will give you some first-hand accounts of hotel experience from actual customers. What others say will help you make a wise decision.

To save money on a minibar or vending machine at a hotel, pack a cooler before you start out on your trip, and throw in some six-packs of soda or beer and a bottle of wine. When you get to the hotel, if you have a small fridge, you are all ready. If there isn’t a fridge, use the ice machine and your cooler to keep things chilled. Continue reading

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