Holiday tech gift guide: Toys, smart home, and high-tech must-haves for 2018


Here are some of my top picks sure to impress even the pickiest tech-lover on your list, as seen on Cityline.


Google Home Mini, Belkin Chargin Pad, and Chamberlain MyQ Smart Garage Hub from Best Buy. 

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, Eyeglass Cleaner, and Wand UV Sanitizer from Amazon.

3D Leap-Start from Leapfrog.

iPad Pro from Apple.

Hue Play from Phillips.

Tech Shoes from Allbirds.

Google Pixel & accessories from Google.

Last minute holiday tech gifts – Cityline

As aired on Cityline, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, on City.
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Show notes:

Winston’s credits:

iPod + Product(RED)


Swarovski keychain

ASUS MemoPad

Lululemon gloves

eBay Holiday Collective USB bracelets


Holiday de-stressing tips

The holiday season can be a stressful time for all with the pressure of buying gifts, planning holiday events with friends and family, all on top of the regular hustle-and-bustle of everyday life.

Here are four easy and helpful ways to find serenity and sanity during this busy time of year.

Plan events in advance:

The longer you procrastinate and let your list grow, the more stress you are building for yourself.  To minimize that, schedule the extra time to plan your events and holiday shopping.  Prioritize and figure out what needs to be done straight away, versus things that can be done a couple weeks down the road.

Delegate tasks to family members:

Spread out your must-do tasks on a calendar and split what up needs to get done between your spouses, or even your kids!   That way, you’ll get more done – minimizing the stress you put on yourself.

Accept that traditions can change:

While traditions are important, realize that things can change, too.  Don’t be afraid to shy away from the same-old and start new traditions, particularly if they better fit your family’s lifestyle and dynamic.  Whether that’s changing the food you serve, or when and where you have the big family gathering, be sure that everyone enjoys themselves – including yourself.

Set aside time for yourself:

This would have to be the most important tip – block out time for yourself.  The holiday season means you are constantly on the move, so it’s crucial you find a moment to stop, reflect on what the holidays mean to you, and give yourself a chance to relax.  Perhaps treat yourself to dinner at your favourite restaurant, or pamper yourself with a day at the spa.  As insignificant as these indulgences may sound, they’re really helpful in boosting your mood come holiday time.

Holiday online shopping tips – Cityline

Holiday online shopping tips:  Episode as seen on Cityline – December 3, 2012.

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Show Notes:

Toys R Us
Play-Doh Candy Cyclone

Banana Republic
BR Monogram Sequin Top Sheath

Sport Chek
Men’s snowboard combo (Burton board, boots, bindings)

How to avoid the holiday bloat

This time of year is full of tempting food at the office, indulging potluck parties, and family get-togethers.  Whether you’re looking to shed a few pounds, or maintain a healthy lifestyle, here are a few tips to not overdo it during this holiday season.

1)    First (and most important) suggestion: be realistic.  Avoid starting a diet near the holidays as you are most likely setting yourself up for failure.  Instead, set a realistic goal, and maintain that weight.
2)    Hors d’oeuvres are delicious, but be picky and choose a few favourite snacks and eat them with moderation, versus eating one of everything on the table.  The calories, fat, and sugar all add up.
3)    Just because there are more dinner parties around the holidays, don’t starve yourself.  Starving yourself often leads to binge eating – which can do you more harm than good.
4)    Beat the bulge and avoid drinks that contain alcohol and caffeine, as well as fruits that are acidic in nature.
5)    Portion control – be realistic about sizing.  Most importantly with a buffet table, resist the temptation to eat everything.  Eat the things you want most, and remember to eat in moderation.
6)    Pace yourself.  Often, people are eating so much that the stomach doesn’t have enough time to catch up and digest the food.  The key is to eat slower so that you can savour the food while allowing your body the chance to tell you that you’re full.
7)    If you are bringing a dish to a potluck party, set an example and bring a healthy dish.  Your host will appreciate that you’re offering a healthy option to their guests.
8)    Keep exercising.  Even if finding time is difficult, find a way to incorporate it in your daily routine during the holidays.  Yoga is great source of staying physically active and is a big stress reliever.
9)    If you (or your party guests) suffer from certain health conditions like celiac disease or a gluten intolerance, look online as there are a variety of helpful recipes and resources for hosting those living gluten-free.
10)    And lastly, enjoy yourself!  These are suggested tips and will differ from person to person.  It’s important to take the time and plan out your ultimate goals before heading into the holiday season.  Remember that you can enjoy all of your favourite foods without overeating.

What tips do you have when it comes to not overdoing it come holiday time?  Share them in the comments below!