Group Summer Hiking Tips for Beginners

Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, I always felt I needed to go against the flow with the hobbies I chose. As a young adult, I would always whine about how my favourite musical acts and traveling shows would skip our “small-town” of Vancouver in the 90s. Meeting visitors and residents and teaching international students throughout the recent years, I have learned to appreciate the … Continue reading Group Summer Hiking Tips for Beginners

How-to set-up an Ice Cream Sundae Bar

Looking to switch it up from the usual summer barbecue gathering at work? Try organizing an Ice Cream Sundae bar for the team to gather to decorate their own cones and bowls of ice cream instead on a hot summers day. To put together a memorable ice cream experience, assemble these supplies and find volunteers to set up your next Ice Cream social for the … Continue reading How-to set-up an Ice Cream Sundae Bar

7 Surprising Ways you may be undermining your Sun Care and Sun Safety

Growing up in an multi-Asian household, the idea of having deep dark tan has never been an appealing summer look that I wanted to work on. Friends and colleagues tend to chuckle when they find some Asian women wearing those “Darth-Vader-like” visors or holding an umbrella out on a bright sunny day. In most Asian cultures, we really care about our appearances. One aspect for … Continue reading 7 Surprising Ways you may be undermining your Sun Care and Sun Safety

New Name and New Etsy Store Announcement

One year has passed since I have started this blog. It’s been a great learning experience curating fun and unique gift ideas. I wanted to announce two new things: New Name – Pretty Smart Guide Pretty Smart Gift Guide started out with the intention to share findings of awe inducing and sentimental gifts for different people in your life. I have always been drawn to … Continue reading New Name and New Etsy Store Announcement

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3 Things that I wish I knew about Owning a Clothes Steamer

Sigh. It’s been several weeks and I finally gave up on resuscitating my Rowenta Precision Valet garment steamer. I am deciding whether to leave it in our communal laundry room for someone to take or to pass it along to someone who is patient enough to run water through it to descale further. I bought this Rowenta steamer when Target was still around in Canada … Continue reading 3 Things that I wish I knew about Owning a Clothes Steamer