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Top 5 Christmas Gifts for the Person Who Has Everything

5. Sapadilla Organic Home Cleaning Products

Sapadilla makes nice little eco-cleaners that do nice little things for you, your home and the earth. Their smart formulations use only plant-derived ingredients and pure essential oils to leave your home sparkly clean and smelling wonderfully fresh. Who knew green cleaning could be such a beautiful thing? We especially like the dish detergent, countertop cleaner, hand soap, and all-purpose cleaner. Granted, these are about 2 times more expensive than your regular cleaners… but then again, you are buying for someone special who already has everything… except for this of course! Know that whenever your recipient uses these products, they can feel great; not only from the amazing scents, but by also knowing that everything going into the drain will not damage our planet. You can purchase a bunch of these awesome eco-cleaners to make a gift basket at www.Well.ca from $5 to $8 each.

4. Thierry Gift Basket of Baked Goods

For your gift recipient who has a sweet tooth, a gift basket from Thierry would be the way to go. The top quality sweets range from chocolates to macaroons to jam and every item in the basket is completely delicious and worth sharing. Baskets range from $80 to $200 for every budget.

3. Infinite Aloe Skincare

Certified organic ingredients are used in this light cream that penetrates up to 7 layers deep in your skin and doesn’t wash off. We love this cream as it can be applied on your body AND your face, is used to combat rashes, dry skin, eczema, is for cuts, burns, and even insect bites! I once had a very itchy mosquito bite last summer, and when I applied the aloe cream on my bite, the itchiness instantly went away! Truly a miracle cream, and this line of creams also carry anti-aging products and microdermabrasion scrubs made of bamboo to gently help you shred damaged surface cells leaving your face silky and rejuvenated. For more of their products, please visit www.InfiniteAloe.com. Prices range from $45 to $400 depending on product type and size. You can sometimes catch this company at Costco and at the PNE during the summer months where you can purchase their package specials. Alternatively, you can contact Renuka Kumar and she will be able to give you special prices at 778-288-0092 or sales.renukakumar@gmail.com.

2. Audibles/Blinkist Subscription

Many people who has everything loves to read, but may not have the time to do so… with an Audibles annual subscription, they will be able to listen to audiobooks of their favourite fiction and non-fiction titles from an app on their smart phone or tablet. And for those who already have an Audibles subscription who also loves non-fiction books, we highly recommend the Blinkist App.   It summarizes the top 2500 non-fiction books like “Rich Door Poor Dad”, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” to Biographies and many many more… the app allows you to read or listen to books in under 10 minutes! Each “blink” is a main point in the book… now, imagine how reading a few books a day can do to your success?

The Blinkist App is a must and the subscription is either $15.99 per month or $109.99 for a year.

1. Cuisinart Toaster Oven with Steam Function

I have recently got this wonderful gadget at home and I can guarantee you would love this fantastic kitchen helper so much that you would use all the time (or even every single day!)

This countertop convection oven has a full steaming capability that cuts cooking time up to 40%! There are 9 single and combination functions including: Bread, Bake Convection or Bake Steam, Broil or Broil Steam, Steam or Super Steam, Keep Warm and Toast. It attaches with a viewable water reservoir on the side so that you would know when you refill the water for the steaming function. You can steam or poach any type of vegetable, fish, poultry, or frozen dumplings. Or you could also use steam in combination with both Broil or Bake functions to create roasts that are beautifully browned on the outside, yet moist and juicy on the inside. Special settings allow you to proof breads, rolls – even homemade pretzels and donuts. Bake them faster, with bakery-quality results.

You can purchase this Steam Oven from major appliance stores, Costco or online through Amazon.

An Evening and a Lifetime with Oprah

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Like many of you, I have been watching Oprah since I was a little girl.  Oprah has inspired us as we graduated from high school, went off to college, got married, sat and folded laundry in our living room, made dinner in our kitchen, and then had children of our own.  What an amazing 25 years we’ve had with this remarkable woman.

Seeing Oprah live is one of those things you must do in this lifetime.  If I had to describe what she has done for women and for society, I would need to write a very long book.  So to simplify; I will use a quote from Oprah herself.  She has accomplished the “maximum achievement of her calling.”

As Oprah stood on stage on January 2013, there was a magical connection between her and the 16,000 mostly female fans at Rogers Arena. Within the first 10 minutes, most of us were captivated, touched, and inspired to “achieve our maximum calling”.  Oprah grew up poor and disadvantaged.  Her life could have been very different if it wasn’t for the choices she made to service others.

Some of the highlights of the show for me are… well almost EVERYTHING.

  • Everyone wants validation.  The cause of every argument in your life is because one person does not feel they are seen, heard, and/or appreciated.
  • There is no such thing as failure….you’re just on a “climb” to take one step at a time.  What is the next right step?  Then the next right step after that?
  • There is no such thing as luck.  Choice, not chance determines your destiny.
  • When you honor your power, nobody can touch you or stop you.
  • Your life is validated only through the service of others.  (helping, educating, donating and making a difference in other people’s lives).
  • Not everyone can be famous, but everyone can be GREAT.
  • Parents go from “Managers” to “Consultants” as their kids become Tweens. (My family counselor tells me this all the time, but why is it so damn hard to stop “managing”?)
  • Whenever you feel you need to shift, when you do shift, EVERYTHING will change.
  • Gratitude changes your energy field.  Be grateful for everything you have.  When you don’t know what you are grateful for – take in a breath of air : )
  • Intention –> Action –> Reaction.  When you BELIEVE, your beliefs are the lenses you see in the world.  You are co-creating your life.
  • Everything that happens to you grows you to who you are meant to be.

And my personal favourite:

  • Life gives you Whispers, and the Whispers are ALWAYS RIGHT. Pay attention to the Whispers.  Because if you don’t, life will give you a lesson.  When you still don’t listen, life will give you a brick, a crisis and then a complete Tsunami Disaster.  These are the “Hmm… that’s odd” moments.  LISTEN TO THE WHISPERS.

After discussing this enchanted evening with my 3 sisters and some friends who attended the event with me, it was agreed that we all had an amazing time. Some of us received affirmation from Oprah of what we believe to be true of ourselves, and all of us received some life-changing tips that we will apply to make a difference to our life and to the lives of others.

–          By Teresa Leung

My recommendation.  Print out my Oprah highlights and place it somewhere prominent like the wall in front of your work desk.  This will remind you every day that YOU MATTER, and your daily choices will ultimately determine your life’s destiny.  As Lady O said, “Not everyone can be famous, but EVERYONE can be GREAT!”  The only difference between you and Oprah is more people know her name… and maybe a few billion bucks.

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