8 Gift Ideas for a Friend Getting Divorced

These gifts for a divorced friend will help her see the divorce as a new beginning – not just an ending. You’ll find ideas ranging from towers of happiness to tools of empowerment. “The Ex” Skewer Set with Unique Black Holder and Tray is a gift for a friend getting divorced that’s a bit on the dark side, but it may […]


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White Elephant Gift Ideas and Tips

Here’s a list of 14 White Elephant gift ideas for holiday parties at Christmas, plus the rules for the gift exchange. I describe how a White Elephant Gift Exchange works so you know what you’re getting yourself into — and I also share a list of really bad ideas for White Elephant gifts. If you want a new twist to […]


6 Ways to Get Out of a Boring Conversation at a Party

These tips on how to end those boring conversations at dinners or parties aren’t about rushing away. Rather, these tips are meant to help you enjoy talking to anyone about anything. My husband (pictured) pointed out that it’s possible to get stuck in a boring conversation with an employee or neighbour – not just at a party. That made me […]

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12 Ageism Scenarios for Social Workers – Including Reverse Ageism

These scenarios encourage students to think about and discuss ageism; they’re from our anti-oppression presentation for social work class (I’m a first-year MSW student at UBC). In our group presentation, our goal was to encourage our fellow students to think about how older people are represented and treated in society. Further, we discussed how young people are treated (reverse ageism). […]


17 Party Appetizer Ideas and Recipes – From Cheese Penguins to Devils

I rounded up these 17 ideas for appetizers and recipes for party snacks because I’m throwing two parties soon and don’t want to be scrambling at the last minute! Plus, November is Party Month on Quips and Tips 🙂 The recipe for the Cream Cheese Penguins is at the bottom of this article – it’s an easy party snack, though […]

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16 Christmas Party Themes for Work or Home – Meaningful and Fun

Here lies a wide variety of themes for Christmas holiday parties – funny, meaningful, traditional, interesting, and yummy. We’ll start with Operation Christmas Child and end an Ugly Christmas Sweater or Pantsuit party theme (which I admit isn’t very original…but it is funny!). Christmas is the focus for these holiday ideas, but they can be applied to other denominations. They’re […]


20 Jobs for People Who Love to Party (Extroverts!)

If you’re an extrovert who is energized by attention and excitement, why not find a way to get paid to party? These jobs include professional clown, cruise ship entertainer, and elementary school teacher. If you don’t know what job suits you, read Career Match: Connecting Who You Are With What You’ll Love to Do. Shoya Zichy and Ann Bidou wrote this one-of-a-kind […]

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How to Plan the Perfect Party for Your Dog

They don’t call dogs “fur babies” for no reason! These tips for planning your dog’s party (birthday or not) will help you celebrate with waggy tails and happy howls. Life’s too short to be serious about parties. These doggy party tips will help you cover all the bases! If your dog is turning a year old, read How to Plan the […]