Top 10 Best April Fool’s Day Pranks & Tricks You Can Buy

The countdown to April Fool’s Day has begun. This year, millions of people will play tricks on their friends and family. While some people are all about the DIY pranks, others prefer to use classic tricks you can buy in stores. These class pranks have been used for generations, and they’re still good for a laugh. If you got pranked last year, now is the time to start plotting your revenge. Here are ten awesome April Fool’s Day pranks you can pull in 2015.

IMPORTANT: Any tricks or jokes must be harmless and in good taste for the unsuspecting "victim". They must not be dangerous or hurt anyone's feelings. Give your jokes and gags some thought before carrying them out.
And, we suggest you think twice before pulling one on the boss, even if he or she is know to be of good humour.

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A four-step client appreciation strategy for the year ahead

If you found yourself scrambling to organize last year's holiday gifts for your clients, a client-appreciation strategy may be the solution for you this year .

I've always believed that client appreciation is really not rocket science. The whole idea is  to make it structured, so that there's some thought and planning behind it. I recommend developing your strategy early on in the year so you are ready when an occasion or event arises.

1. Learn more about your clients
You will want your event or gift to suit your client. So, knowing what he or she values is critical.

That is one reason why beginning this process in the new year is a good idea. You will have time to gather information that can help you choose a way to show that you value that client.

Take advantage of review meetings and regular phone calls to ask questions about your clients' families, their interests and what's important to them. For some, it might be classical music or fine art. Others might be avid sports fans or lovers of mystery novels. This kind of information can inspire ideas for both gifts and events.

2. Store that information properly
A good client-relationship management system is important. Be diligent about inputting what you're learning so your information is accurate.

The more frequently you update your data, the more you can deliver that "personalized targeted touch" to your client-appreciation endeavors.

3. Decide who will be "appreciated" — and how
Who are the clients you truly value? Which clients will play a part in your company's future? Which clients are more outgoing and would enjoy events, and who are the "homebodies" who would be better suited for a gift?

Those are just some factors to consider as you decide who will receive your gifts and hospitality.

The most obvious recipients will be the clients who bring in the most revenue. But you should also think about those who provide referrals or have been long term customers.Organize this information and your budgetary considerations into a chart.

4. Set up a calendar
You should know in advance at what times of the year you will acknowledge your clients. If you like to hold events, have an idea of when you will be running those. 

A good thing to remember is not to limit your gestures to holidays or birthdays. What is important to your clients and how can you acknowledge it? Which events require something of monetary value? Which occasions can you acknowledge with a card — which can be effective if it is personal.

And don't just think about money, A card with heartfelt sentiments for the client can be just as effective."

For example, maybe you have a client who mentioned they are celebrating a wedding anniversary. Include that event in your calendar and be sure to congratulate them with a card.

What Your Gift Giving Habits Say About You

Ah, the holidays. That time when we express ourselves not in our words or our actions but in our shopping chops. We consulted a gift-giving expert to decipher the hidden meaning behind what we give — or don’t give — to those we love.

 I have no idea what to give my significant other. Does that mean I don’t know my partner well enough?
Actually, it’s the opposite. You can’t pick a gift because you’re anxious over finding the right one. “The more the relationship matters, the more we worry about getting it right,” says Karen Pine, a professor of psychology at the University of Hertfordshire in Hertfordshire, England, who actually studies the psychology behind giving gifts. “The more we value the other person, the more want the gift to be an accurate reflection of the strength of our feelings towards them. And what we don’t want to do is give them a gift that’s a poor sympbol of the importance of the relationship.”

My best friend gave me a gift I hate. Do my friends not know me as well as I think they do?
We think someone is our closest pal, and then they gift us with something that makes no sense. What went wrong? According to Pine, there may be a disconnect in how we think they see the relationship. “The way we think someone sees us is not necessarily how they see us. That becomes manifest in the gifts that they give us sometimes. That can be a bit of a surprise, and sometimes not a very good one,” says Pine. And maybe warrants some more together time to figure things out.

Of course, it could also mean that your BFF is simply a bit selfish — and was giving you the gift she’d like to receive. “Sometimes people choose gifts that they quite like themselves, and it gets a bit egocentric. We think that because we like it, other people will too,” says Pine.

Every year, I take a lot of time picking gifts I think my family members will like. But they always appear disappointed. What does that say about our relationship?
You mean well, and you probably do know what they like, but you may be going over the top. “Sometimes we pick something too personal,” says Pine. “We pick a certain category. For example, Aunt Mary loves big earrings and she loves cats. So, you get her big earrings with cats on them. But she doesn’t actually want that. We put the wrong things together.”

My romantic partner never gives me sentimental gifts, like jewelry. Does that mean he’s not committed?
Gender differences — big surprise — play a big role in gift giving, which is something Pine has studied extensively. Women tend to be more sentimental about giving gifts and attach a lot of meaning to specific presents. Men, on the other hand, tend to desire and give gifts that are usable, pragmatic and functional. “Oftentimes, for example, a man finds it easier to buy an iPad for his wife. If he thought she wanted a piece of jewelry, he would have no idea how to choose it. He doesn’t necessarily know what type she likes. It puts him in a retail experience that’s awkward and unfamiliar to him. But he does know how to buy a gadget,” says Pine. So don’t read too much into that new microwave that’s under your tree this year.

I only buy giftcards. What’s the big deal?
It depends on who you’re giving them to. Once again, gender differences tend to come into play when it comes to whether gift cards are appreciated, as well as who is giving them. A woman is less likely to appreciate a gift card from a romantic partner because it lacks the sentimental factor. Pine has seen this play out in her research. “A woman recently said she desperately wanted her husband to buy her jewelry, so she hinted she wanted jewelry from him. When the big day came, he gave her a voucher for a jewelry store. He was being practical, and thinking, ‘I don’t know what to buy, but you can buy what you want yourself,'” says Pine. “For her, that completely missed the point. It was the sentimental value that she wanted.”

What does re-gifting say about me?
Basically, it says exactly what you think it does — that you don’t care. If you don’t get away with it, you’re putting a relationship at risk. “Being a recipient of a gift that someone is just passing on to you violates all the laws of gift giving, especially that you should make an effort and choose a gift for someone,” says Pine. “If you’re discovered, the person receiving the gift usually feels quite hurt and insulted.”

 

I can never tell when people don’t like my gifts. Am I out of touch?
No–it’s really hard to tell when someone truly doesn’t like a gift, especially if they pretend that they do. But there are some body language signs that can tip you off. Pine videotaped several people opening gifts, and asked them afterward whether or not they liked them. She and her team then studied what characteristics were common among people who appreciated their gifts and those who do not. A giveaway for a dud, for instance, might be lack of eye contact with you as they’re praising the gift. “Since our faces often betray our true feelings, we don’t want to have sustained eye contact with the giver because we might disclose how we really feel,” says Pine. When a gift is unpopular, the recipient also tends to put it back in the box, or start re-wrapping it. (You can’t start too soon readying things to return.)

How to Make This Thanksgiving Special

Thanksgiving will be here before you know it. Have you decided what you are doing on Thanksgiving Day or will it be just anotherlong weekend Monday for you? Do you want it to be the same old family ritual again this year or do you want to put in a little effort and planning to make it memorable? If you're considering making it extra special this time around, then here are a few tips to help you out.

 

1. Thanksgiiving is about being thankful, but many of us miss the whole point of the holiday. Whether Aunt Becky is hosting this year or it's your turn to have everyone over , ask every family member to write down a few things about your family they are thankful for. Then let everyone read out what they are grateful for or enjoy as part of the family.

2.Trace your family history. Bring out old photographs, albums and you can even put together a slide show of memorable family events.  Let everyone can share stories and their memories of those in your family tree past and present.

3. Eat out! Yes, I said it. I  know, how untraditional can one be? But this year, instead of slaving over a hot stove, why not let one of these restaurants take care of the cooking and cleanup. Here is a list of some of the best places to get Thanksgiving dinner in Toronto. 

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4. Relax and enjoy yourself! The best activity any family can do is to enjoy each other's company. Don't let the planning and preparatin get in the way of spending quality time together. Catch up on each other,s lives and toss any old family feuds. Instead love, laugh and be loved After all, family is one of the things to be thankful for.

5 Last Minute Father's day Gifts All under $50

Haven't picked out a gift for your dad yet for Father's day? Don't feel bad because you are probably not alone! Plus I am sure he has been in your shoes more than once in the past.

Dads are infamous for remembering anniversaries and birthdays at the last minute — so this time around, he won’t really mind if you’ve been procrastinating on his present. How would he know anyway?

To help you out, here are some eleventh hour gift ideas just in case you can't get that Mazzarati before Sunday June 15.

Craftsman 6-in-1 LED Screwdriver

This is a thoughtful gift for dads who have trouble screwing in the dark. The Craftsman 6-in-1 Screwdriver comes with two steel bits, each containing a slotted, a Phillips steel tip (four tips in all), and a LED that acts as a flashlight.

Craftsman 6-in-1 LED Screwdriver, $12, available at Sears 

2. Recesky Twin Lens Reflex Camera Kit

Get the old man something old school and retro, like the Recesky Twin Lens Reflex Camera Kit. This is the perfect camera for dads who are tired of the instant gratification of digital photos. The camera kit just requires you to buy your own 35 mm film and takes about an hour to assemble (three hours if you have one of those dads who refuse to read the instructions).

Recesky Twin Lens Reflex Camera Kit, $13, available at www.thinkgeek.com

3. Crocs Yukon Slide

Help your dad slide comfortably into summer with Crocs Yukon Slide. The shoe is a bit sportier than a flip-flop but offers the same level of relaxation (and ventilation). The footbed features material that Crocs claims to offer a massage-like feel, thus saving Dad hundreds of dollars from having to visit the masseuse every month.

Yukon Slide Crocs, $50, available at Crocs

 

4.BIC FlameDisk 

If your dad is a big time barbecuer, he’d appreciate having an almost eternal flame that is also environmentally-friendly. The BIC FlameDisk is a portable, outdoor grilling innovation that is faster, cleaner and more convenient than charcoal. The FlameDisk uses ethanol as the main fuel ingredient — which comes from corn, a renewable resource.

Since this gift is only $7, you better beef up your BBQ-themed present with some steaks from M&M Meat Shops. Gift cards can be purchased online.

BIC FlameDisk, $7, available at various retailers.

5. Dewalt Tool Box

Get Dad excited to do chores around the house with a toolbox that looks like it's from the future. The Tough System DEWALT Cantilever Top Box has three waterproof storage units, a metal carrier, and probably a flux capacitor. And who knows, Dad might use his tools to finally fix the leaky faucet sink.

Tough System DEWALT Cantilever Top Box, $50, available at Home Depot

Things to Put in a Basket: 5 Health Benefits of Tea

Did you know that after water, tea is the most highly consumed beverage in the world? In fact, tea has been touted as a superfood for nearly 5000 years. From protecting against heart disease, promoting weight loss, boosting immune system function plus anti-cancer effects, the heath effects of a humble cup of tea are well documented. 

Tea is anything that comes from the tea plant (Camellia sinensis). Whether you prefer your tea hot or cold, black, green, white or herbal – each type of tea contains a unique blend making it the perfect compliment to any diet.  If you're not convinced that a soothing cup of tea may be just what the doctor orders for a clean bill of heath, here are 5 reasons to indulge in teatime.

 

1. Strengthen your immune system and reduce your risk of cancer
Tea contains catechins, an antioxidant that boosts the immune system. Vitamin H, also known as biotin, is present in teas and also assists with a healthy immune system. In addition, tea contains flavonoids, a type of antioxidant that assists in the prevention of cellular damage, cardiovascular disease, skin disease and UV-induced DNA damage.

2. Prevent tooth decay and fight bad breath
The fluoride in tea assists in preventing cavities. The catechins, or antioxidants, help to prevent halitosis. Catechins kill bacteria in the mouth. Tea contains calcium and magnesium, which work together to form healthy bones and teeth.

3. Build stronger bones
Tea contains vitamin D, which helps build bones. Also, the amino acids that are present in tea help form proteins in the body to build muscle, bone, skin and hair, as well as combat bacteria and viruses. Women who are experiencing menopause are usually told to eliminate caffeine because it causes bone loss; however, tea does not contain as much caffeine as coffee and may still be enjoyed. (Be sure to check with your doctor first.) Alternatively, try decaffeinated tea.

4. Protect your heart
The antioxidant in green tea, EGCg, speeds up the recovery of heart cells and minimizes cell death after a heart attack or stroke. Green tea is also associated with a reduced risk of coronary artery disease because its high quantity of antioxidants, namely flavonoids, may reduce the amount of cholesterol in the artery wall. Tea acts as an anti-inflammatory and improves blood vessel function.

5. Prevent aging and cleanse your intestines 
Tea helps with the antioxidation of cells because it contains vitamin E and antioxidants, and is therefore beneficial in slowing down the aging process. Catechins kill bacteria in the intestine while maintaining a healthy immune system and preventing illnesses such as gastric ulcers and arteriosclerosis. Tannins in tea help to calm the stomach and cleanse the intestinal tract.

5 Simple Ways to Remember Birthdays

There are few things that are more embarrassing than forgetting the birthday of an important person in your life. Here are five simple strategies to keep on top of birthdays. A great memory is wonderful but you can also just use these great tools!

1. If you use a wall calendar, write in all the birthdays at the beginning of the year. (I transfer them from my old calendar and other devices I store them on , ipad, etc.) Then, write in another reminder one or two weeks ahead of each birthday (“Paula’s birthday in 2 weeks!”) to give yourself enough time to purchase and send a card or gift. Birthdays that fall on the first few days of a month will no longer sneak up on you.

2. Since our lives are more and more managed on our cell phones, download an app like Birthday Express and enter all the birthdays you want to remember, as well as how many days in advance you’d like a reminder. Like an alarm clock, you’ll have a notification pop up right on your phone!

3. Still on the phone tip, as soon as you know the date, get your phone, go to your calendr, click add new event and type in 'ABC's birthday". Set the time for your alert. The earlier the better so you can be the one of the first to wish the person a happy birthday! Now that's not all. Look for where it says, "Repeat" or "Repeat Event" and then change that to yearly. make sure "End repeat" is set to "Never". Also make sure you set "alert" to a few days or hours before or the event.

4.Facebook has a good birthday reminder, but if you’re not in the habit of checking Facebook everyday (or every five minutes), sign up for MyCaldendar Birthdays. You’ll get early notifications, and you can write a birthday message in advance that will be delivered on the right day!

5. If email is your preferred mode of information, sign up for reminders from Punchbowl. Not only can you get email reminders for birthdays, anniversaries, and important dates, you can easily share information with your friends and family, which makes it easier to coordinate that group gift for Aunt Betty.

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