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If Bridget Jones Made A Valentine’s Day Album …

Bridget Jones’s Diary is a modern love story. Girl meets boy, can’t have boy, goes through a series of embarrassing, yet comedic and self-discovering obstacles and realizes that made said boy isn’t right for her. There’s other fish in the sea. Other, well dressed, terribly handsome, fish. Now all she has to do is navigate the tricky world of unspoken feelings, and she’s all set!

Maybe you have a much more classic love story, maybe you and your loved one actually did fall in love at first sight, or you met when the two of you accidentally picked up the same lemon at the supermarket. Either way, there’s nothing quite like recording your story of how the two of you got together. Narrate your photos by adding your own personal thoughts, reflections, and memories to give to your other half this Thursday (yes, Valentine’s Day is fast approaching)!

So go on, make yours!

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February 12, 2013 at 9:30 pm Leave a comment

Hump Day Post – Infographic Proposal

It’s not every day that that you decide to propose to someone, or that you get proposed to. Since it’s only going to happen to you once in your lifetime (hopefully), Drake Martinet – associate editor at AllthingsD.com – decided to put his best skills to use and propose to his girlfriend via infographic. Not only has this gone viral, it is quite possibly one of the coolest and creative ways anyone has ever gone about proposing. And for the record – she said yes 🙂

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January 23, 2013 at 12:28 pm Leave a comment

Hump Day Post: This One’s For The Moms!

When Sarah Jessica Parker’s movie I Don’t Know How She Does It came out, it sparked a nation-wide dialogue about how women juggle it all. While there may be no one solid nugget of wisdom, moms everywhere know one thing – you just have to keep going! And it’s always good to know you’re not alone, which is why this book: Sh*tty Mom, is not only a New York Times bestseller, but it’s rightfully hilarious and delivers just the right amount of humour, cleverness, and honesty that all mom’s can relate to.

Here’s a quick summary!

We’ve all been there, between a rock and mom place… where there are just too many Sh*tty Mom moments to think about.  Like handing your child the iPhone at dinner so you can eat quietly at a restaurant, or baking cupcakes for your child’s birthday celebration at school (only to learn that half the class eats gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free).

There is definitely a less-than-glamorous side to parenting. It’s always nice to know you aren’t alone!

 

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January 16, 2013 at 10:32 am Leave a comment

7 Things To Look Forward To In 2013

2013 is a new year! Now that we’ve survived doomsday, there’s a new list of things to look forward to. Everything from tech to movies to pop culture and everything in between, we’ve complied a nice little list of the top 10 things to look forward to in the new year.

For the Social Media Lover: Twitter may go public

This is just speculation, but insiders say that Twitter and LivingSocial may be following in the much publicized and talked-about footsteps of Facebook. Whether or not you’re looking forward to this, it is something to look out for!


The for the Techie: The iPhone 6?

Is it any surprise that there are rumours buzzing that the next iPhone will surface this year? Answer: No. Here’s the concept for the latest in Apple’s iPhone line. Now the real question is, how much thinner, lighter, brighter and faster is it really?

Family Fun; For the Ladies: A little royal for Will + Kate

How many of you got up at the crack of dawn to watch the royal wedding? How many of you are going to waiting anxiously to hear news of whether it’s a boy or girl or even twins? Put on a pot of tea, curl up, and watch the inevitable live broadcast!


Family Fun; For the Men: The Superbowl Ad line-up (and the Superbowl itself)

Like everything else to do with the Superbowl, their line up reads like a rap sheet of who’s-who in the land of the rich and famous. We have a completely brown M&M (a.k.a Ms.Brown), Pepsi’s crazy 50 million dollar deal with Beyonce surfacing with her in the famous red and blue get up, oh and Audi spoofing vampires with Jay-Z thrown in there somewhere. Get excited!

Family Fun; For the Whole Family: The Great Gatsby (May)

This is probably one of the most anticipated films, along with Star Trek, Man of Steel, and maybe Iron Man 3. Either way, we already hear Oscar buzz around this film, critics lining up to take a bite of it, and audiences to swoon over Leonardo DiCaprio. And Chapters may want to stock up on Fitzgerald’s classic, with any luck it will rush off the shelves just like Twilight did.

For the Gamer: Grand Theft Auto 5

There’s no official release date yet, but when this comes out every guy you know will be lined out outside their local gaming store to get a copy. You getting them a copy will not only make you the coolest mom in the world, but you might start liking to play it too!

What are you looking forward to this year?

 

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January 14, 2013 at 12:23 pm 1 comment

Voice Series: 5 Reasons You Should Call Instead Of Text (or Tweet or FB Chat)

It’s been less than a decade since Facebook emerged, changing the face of communication as we know it today. Nine years ago (FB launched in 2004) our collective voices dwindled, and instead of hearing the other person’s voice through our phones, we saw text on our computer screens. Then technology took a somewhat backwards turn by introducing voice online – FaceTime, Skype became more popular – so we could go back to the original voice to voice connection!

In this episode of our Voice Series, we’re comparing voice vs. text, and we think voice rules! Here are our top 5 reasons why:

People identify with voice better than with text

You’ve seen it in countless movies before, expecting parents-to-be are always talking to an ever growing belly, playing Mozart to potentially produce a mini genius, turning on TSN to calm a kicking little one, well, there’s a reason for that! When your voice is heard over a long period of time, they begin to bond with you. It doesn’t matter what you talk about really, it’s just getting your child to recognize  and respond to your voice. Eventually just the simple sound of your voice elicits an involuntary emotional response – safety, love…it just sounds like home.

You want to stand out? Call.

According to TIME Magazine, “Americans ages 18-29 send and receive an average of nearly 88 text messages per day, compared to 17 phone calls.” The older we get, the less we communicate, and the less energy we have to put into reaching out in any form. So the next time you catch yourself thinking ‘we never talk anymore’ about someone, pick up the phone and give them a call. They’ll remember you took the time out to call, and you’ll remember when you last spoke!

You’ll build a better relationship with yourself and others

Not to get too scientific on you all, but one of the biggest worries developmental psychologists have when it comes to texting, especially in young people, is that it inhibits and slows down the full development of interpersonal skills. For adults, most of those skills are innate by now, so it’s not as worrisome. But saying “I’m sorry” in person is so much more powerful and meaningful than seeing those two words on your screen.

Less miscommunication

It happens to the best of us. We’re scrolling down a text and we miss that one crucial line that tells us when we want to meet up, then you inevitably reply with a “so what time are we meeting?” And either they’ll just repeat themselves or say something along the lines of “scroll up.” When we text, not only may your eyes just glaze over and read wrong, but things such as tone and emphasis on words are completely lost in translation over text. Now we all know what happens with miscommunications: hurt feelings, incorrect items procured at the grocery store, business deals gone awry.

It’s a natural mood lifter

Multiple studies have shown that the simple act of calling someone can lift your mood. You’ll laugh, you’ll smile and that creates endorphins that will stimulate our brain and get you ready to take on the world again. Call your mom, your best friend, your other half, whoever it is that makes you smile. You’ll feel better, studies say so.

There you have it. Now go talk to someone!

 

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January 9, 2013 at 2:21 pm Leave a comment

For Parents: A Beginners Guide To Your New Tech Toy

Chances are, you or someone in your family got some new piece of technology over the holiday season. You’ve turned it on, powered it up, and toyed around with it – all with your kids by your side, walking you through it all.

Does this situation seem (somewhat) familiar? Maybe from a previous post?

Fear not – we’ve got the resources to help you become a mini tech whiz in no time!

iPad for Seniors for Dummies

This book literally teaches you everything you need to know and it’s organized perfectly into different categories. Email, internet, movies, you name it, this book will teach it to you. It covers the basics and it’s easy to read, filled with excellent step-by-step images and best of all – you can read it online and fiddle around with your iPad all at the same time!

Fun Tech Support For Parents

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This is probably the best way to get your parents and anyone else to understand how to use not only the internet, but any application on their laptop. You select what they need help on, and a short, informative video will be sent to them – from you!

iPhone For Dummies

These Dummy books may just be some of the smartest books ever written! Touch screen phones are definitely a defining part of our generation, and that being said – it’s not innate for everyone to use it. This book covers everything from how to activate the phone, to how to make a call and finally ends off with several tips and tricks!

These two together make great gifts, and if anything, it will save you from hours of repeating yourself over and over again. Did we miss out on some of your favourite beginner guides? Tell us about them!

 

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January 7, 2013 at 2:24 pm 1 comment

Voice Series – What Morgan Freeman Sounds Like To Morgan Freeman

A few days ago we explored the reasons behind why we generally don’t like the sound of our own voices. Quite simply, it’s a foreign sound to us because we rarely hear our own voices outside of our own bodies.

As we continued exploring the woes of listening to ourselves played back to us over voicemails or random recordings our friends surely subject us to, we began to wonder – do famous people like the way they sound? Is it foreign to them? Surely Mariah Carey likes the way she sounds.

Then it hit us. A celebrity whose voice everyone loves. Morgan Freeman. Aha! Right? Listen:

He’s narrated countless documentaries, was probably the only person who could pull off playing and sounding like God (watch Bruce Almighty if you haven’t yet!), he’s even narrated Obama’s election campaign.

That is how much everyone loves and responds to his voice. That’s pretty powerful.

But what makes his voice so unique? Why does it resonate with us? And what can we learn from him?

His voice is calm, authoritative, rich, and mellow at the same time. To himself however, he may sound completely different, or even better.

A little while ago, the man himself revealed his tips on how to make our own voices sound better. And surprisingly, it’s very simple:

  • Yawn a lot. Why? It relaxes your throat muscles. When you relax those muscles your voice becomes lower. The lower your voice, the better it sounds.

Simple no?

The fact that his spoken voice can be lent to any topic has even spawned ideas such as a Morgan Freeman voice app:

We think it’s a mighty fine idea. Maybe he can even lend his voice to all our Spoken Photo’s, we wonder how that would turn out …

So, are there any voices that you love?

 

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January 4, 2013 at 11:03 am Leave a comment

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