How Budgeting Re-Invented Birthdays

Birthdays used to be a free-for-all for my husband and I. For months before the big day, I’d jot down notes about possible presents for him. The gifts would pile up in secret stashes around the house – small things at the bottom of my underwear drawer, big things behind my tall stack of pants and the surplus hidden in the nooks of my office.I love spoiling my favourite people on special days…

4 Simple and Sneaky April Fool’s Day Pranks

If you’ve got the time and the inclination, I fully encourage you to go big with your April Fool’s Day pranking. But if you don’t have the time to plan anything elaborate, you can still surprise, shock and confuse your friends with minimal planning – all you need is this list of 4 Simple and Sneaky April Fool’s Day Pranks! 1. The Ol’ Phone Background Trick (gets 'em every time)Change…

What are the Birthday Blues?

Whether you’re a one-time sufferer or an annual victim, the Birthday Blues eventually come for us all. But no matter how common this emotional phenomenon is, affected folk still feel guilty admitting they’re down about their big day. Birthdays are supposed to be the best, they think – so why do I feel so sad?Big build-up, big let-downThose expectations around birthdays being the BEST DAY EVER…

Butter on Your Nose and Other Exciting Birthday Traditions

Birthdays here, birthdays there, birthdays everywhere! In Episode 2 of Happy Birthday Podcast, me and Jeremy planet-hop to discover some of the most outlandish, interesting and profound ways that birthdays are celebrated around the world.These are a few of my favourites:-AUSTRALIA: Being given the key to the house is still considered an important sign of coming of age in Australia. This t…

Birthday 101: Birthday, What Even Are You?

What’s this birthday business about anyway? Commemorating the day of your birth makes sense, but throughout the centuries, birthdays have gotten pretty big for their boots. The cake, the candles, the singing, the presents, the Facebook notifications… birthdays are a big deal. Most importantly, CAKE. As far as we know, Romans were the first to decide that cake should be the official…

Ain't No Party Like a Birthday Party

Quick question: how do you feel about touching on the topic of the BEST THING EVER? Today, I want to tell you a little bit about birthday parties. When did humans start having them? How have they changed over the centuries? Party time in ancient EgyptLike most birthday traditions, they evolved from a handful of traditions practiced across a number of different cultures. One very obv…