The Saturday Weekend Review #13- Happy Easter! Why Can’t People Just Be Happy?

It’s going to be a Happy Easter this weekend for us but I often wonder why some people just can’t be happy. I’m a Yahoo nerd and I pretty much scan through the headlines every day to see what’s happening in the world. I mean who needs to pay for a newspaper subscription these days when all the glory and misery is at our finger tips. I am generally a happy person that I hope people enjoy being around. I often try to understand the reasons why I might be thinking something negative in order to improve by inner health. I’m also one of those guys who is happy for my friends and family when something good happens in their life. Why Can’t People Just Be Happy? We’ve all had friends and family who have had a rough day or are going through tough times in their lives and we should be there to lend an ear to listen or a shoulder to cry on. When something good happens to people sometimes the jealousy monster come out in people where you kind of sit back and say, wait a minute, who are you to rain on their parade because you […]

The Saturday Weekend Review #12- Is Public Intervention The New Norm?

Parenting is a topic that is controversial because all parents want to believe they are doing the best they can for their children in order to prepare them in this world. I’ve talked about teaching children about money from a young age but apart from that the psychology behind why children do what they do is out of my realm of knowledge since we have no kids. Last week I talked a bit about a child who took a backpack from her parents home with $20k inside and gave it to a friend who later handed it out at school. Kids do strange things that we may never understand but how far should a parent go in order to dig deep into their child’s emotions to comprehend their actions and teach them a lesson. I read this article about a 13-year-old girl in Crestview, Florida who lost her uncle in Afghanistan in 2011. The child then started to act up, but it was how far the parents took the situation which surprised me. Her parents felt like she gave up at home, at school and she became more defiant since she was so close to her uncle. Although they tried other […]

Saturday Weekend Review #11- What’s Happening Mr.CBB?

What’s Happening At The CBB House? I’ve worked like a mad man trying to get things done around the house this past week and as you all know multitasking is not what I’m good at and neither is Mrs.CBB. Besides my career, the blog and hanging with the wife and friends I’ve set aside time to work on plans to get some renovations done around the house which are long overdue. Our plans so far include new updated bathrooms a new kitchen and some simple landscaping. Making sure we  keep in line with what comparable homes have sold for to get the best return for our renovations. The last thing I want to do is over-renovate and lose money. The catch is we now have to save the cash to do these renovations  since our savings account will be depleted shortly. We knew we would be using up our cash to pay off the mortgage and are in no huge rush to renovate. That only means our plans will be stretched out over the course of the year and into next year. We planted the garden as you would have read the past two weeks and I’ll be starting my flower […]

The Saturday Weekend Review #10-Daylight Savings 2013, Door To Door Sales Begins!

Hearing the birds chirp when I wake up in the morning is a sure-fire sign that Spring is on the way! It’s daylight savings this weekend and besides having to spring forward our clocks one hour we will lose one hour of sleep no matter what we try. I don’t mind it to be honest as I’ve had just about enough of the white fluff and am ready to get outdoors and get my hands dirty. The part I don’t like is the melt and all the muck that comes along with it. Here Comes The Sun Again The biggest change this time of year is the amount of sun that blankets us, a warmth we crave all winter long. In some cases though, I wish I could make it all go away especially some mornings before I get my butt out of bed. In other cases I’m just going to bed and need one of those fancy eye masks (not really, I just bury my head under the sheets). Why, do you ask? For one, the sun is beaming through our upper bedroom window (that silly half moon stupid invention of a window) that we have no cover for. Each time I […]

The Saturday Weekend Review : Put On Something Sexy…

I just had to touch on this article I read about a child who won a book called “Put on Something Sexy” in his grade 8 sexual health class. Apparently it’s cartoon based book and when you flip the pages you see the couple getting it on (having sex) and the woman putting a condom on the man. A Nanaimo, B.C. mom says she was “disgusted” when her grade 8 son brought this flip book home from school. An organization Aids Vancouver Island said “they had material on tables the kids could pick up if they wish” during sexual education. One of the pamphlets was about oral sex and how to perform it and was quickly removed. So the school apologizes, writes a letter to the parents and will make sure all material is reviewed in the future, bla bla.. you can read the entire story at Huffington post Canada. So the boy is in grade 8 and I’m sure by now he realizes he has something special going on down there. I’m also pretty sure he’s not stupid and knows what to do with it. The TV is plastered with sex, music videos depict sex, video game, movies, magazines, internet and heck, kids talk. I’m sure […]

The Saturday Weekend Review: Toronto Illegal Immigrants,The Gates Are Open

Toronto seems to have an agenda for taking care of their own as “Toronto Becomes Canada’s first Sanctuary For Illegal Immigrants” according to Yahoo News. Toronto City Councillors voted 37-3 in favour for Motion CD 18.5  an “access without fear” motion of supplying illegal immigrants access to all city funded initiatives this past week. What this means is that they will allow undocumented migrants access to services such as the food banks and shelters and other offerings from the city. When I read this I thought, oh man here we go the gates are open, but are we being too harsh on Toronto for wanting to help these people? As a legal permanent resident (PR) in Canada I can tell you the process to move to Canada is not an easy process and one that I’m sure I’ll write about in full length one day. I remember reading about people complaining about all the “free” stuff immigrants get when they moved to Canada and thinking, “free” show me the way because “nothing” was handed to me on a silver platter when I became a PR. In fact I think I was lucky because the entire process was fairly quick only because we […]

The Saturday Weekend Review #7~ Return Fraud Costs Big Bucks!

Return Fraud, hmm what could that be. When my friend Karen wrote a guest post for CBB this week on dumpster diving it received mixed reviews and truthfully you either like it or you don’t. Personally I’m all for finding great bargains that people put out to the curb or don’t want to pay disposal fees for that I can use. This lead me this article titled “What Happens To A Product When It Is Returned To The Store” although centred around the USA I’m sure it happens right here on Canadian soil. Have you ever worn something a few times and decided to bring it back to the store wanting a refund? Well, they call that return fraud in the USA although I’m not sure what they call it, if anything in Canada but returning an item. Did you know that most items returned to the shops might not even make it back on the shelves, even in Canada? My wife has worked in retail when she was younger and she said that one shop could easily repackage some items in store and others would go to the garbage. For example if you open the package  of socks, it […]

The Saturday Weekend Review February #6~Well Behaved Kids Score Their Family A Dining Discount!

Hot Money Topics Trending Around The Web You never know where or when you will get a discount, even on your restaurant bill as one family received from Poulsbo, Washington. This has to be one of the most unusual of Yahoo articles I’ve read in a while and I really wanted to share my thoughts on it.  Competition for business especially in the restaurant industry is tight-fisted but for this owner the kids struck a chord with him. A family of 5 was eating at a little Italian Restaurant called Sogno Di Vino and because Laura King’s children were so well-behaved during the service they were rewarded with ice-cream, but that’s not all. When Laura received her receipt for the dinner she noticed a $4.00 discount for “Well Behaved Kids”.  She posted the photo on her blog and she shared this dining experience with the world. What a lovely gesture on the part of the restaurant owner, Rob Scott to recognize his patrons this way. He went on to say in the article the children were well-mannered saying “please” and “thank-you”. It’s spread like wild fire and was a great PR move on his part if you ask me. When I […]

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