Miss Moon: Wise Words from a Dog Governess + A giveaway!

Miss Moon Wise Words from a Dog Governess by Janet Hill cover

You don’t have to be a dog lover to appreciate Janet Hill’s charming first picture book, Miss Moon: Wise Words from a Dog Governess, but the sweet sentiments and darling illustrations in its pages might sway you in that direction. A brief introduction tells us Miss Moon cared for 67 dogs at her first placement on a small island off the coast of France, and here she is sharing her “twenty most important lessons for raising happy, healthy, well-manned pooches — and people.” And the pages that follow are no less than enchanting.  Continue reading “Miss Moon: Wise Words from a Dog Governess + A giveaway!”

A summer splash with Lick Your Plate + Thai turkey sliders with peanut slaw

Lick Your Plate pink flamingo pool float and pink lemonade

Summer entertaining should be as easy as the day is long with little time in the kitchen and lots of time in the pool. Especially when you’ve got a pretty flamingo floatie like this fella to play with. I paired up with my friend Emily from The Best of This Life for a pool party earlier this week and really, the hardest part was choosing which recipes to make. Our inspiration: Lick Your Plate, the fun and colourful new cookbook with 160 family-friendly meals from Canadian sisters Julie Albert and Lisa Gnat of Bite Me More. It’s designed for busy bodies who want fresh and healthy (and sometimes healthy-adjacent) meals and desserts they can prepare in a flash. There’s everything under the sun from appetizers you can eat with your hands to quick and satisfying pasta, rice and grains and more salads and veggie dishes than you can shake a carrot stick at (‘tho I’m not sure why you’d do that). Julie and Lisa share tips for saving time, swapping ingredients and using leftovers and they’re funny too. (Funny ha-ha, not funny strange.) Today Emily and I are sharing two of Julie and Lisa’s recipes and a little decor inspo from the book. Let’s take the flamingo a go-go and get to it! Bonus: you won’t have to lift a finger, except maybe to scroll. Continue reading “A summer splash with Lick Your Plate + Thai turkey sliders with peanut slaw”

Five things

benny citrus purse

I don’t have the patience to shop WINNERS for clothes but when it comes to stand-out accessories, well I’ve got all the time in the world. This sweet bag said take me home when I spied it in store last weekend for $9.99 (regular price!). But before you run out to try to snag one of your own, here’s four other things from this week.  Continue reading “Five things”

Canadian, eh? Streaming home-grown talent with Netflix

Canada Day 16 FB

Like a lot of people, we had something extra to celebrate this Canada Day: the first day of summer holidays! No more pencils, no more books! (Well not for a few days anyway. We do want to work on James’ reading this summer.) Friday started as all good home days do: with both kids sitting practically on top of each other at the end of the couch nearest to the TV, watching Netflix, followed by a long bike ride downtown, a stop for a shawarma, and back home to hang our flag just before it started to pour. But the rain didn’t spoil our fun, no sir! Not when there’s lego to play with, laundry to put away (fun fun fun!) and Netflix to watch. And we are more than happy to do our part to celebrate all things Canadian by watching our favourite Canadian movies, shows and stars. Here’s some of the CanCon we’re we’re tuning into this July. Continue reading “Canadian, eh? Streaming home-grown talent with Netflix”

Be a flock star with this watermelon cotton candy slushy float

cotton candy watermelon slushy float DAVIDsTEA flamingo 1

You know what they say: Birds of a feather drink watermelon cotton candy slushy floats together! Or something like that. This recipe is all delicious goodness — you can totally wing it and you won’t go wrong. Serve with feathers. (Oh I know some of you have them already!) Continue reading “Be a flock star with this watermelon cotton candy slushy float”

Five things on a Monday

The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman

If you’re looking for something to read this summer and you haven’t already read it (or liked it so much you want to read it again), maybe you’d like to pick up a copy of The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman. The publisher is hosting a read-a-long starting July 8 in advance of the movie version coming out in September. (They sent me a copy of the book to review and tell you about.) I can’t wait to get into it, but of course I will. Okay I did read the first couple of pages. But I promise I’ll wait on the rest and we can read along together. Here’s four other things from the past little while.  Continue reading “Five things on a Monday”

Thursday Plantation essential oils + A giveaway!

Thursday Plantation essential oils

Like kindness, blush and hot sauce, a little essential oil goes a long way. Do you swear by essential oils? I only started using them a few weeks ago when Thursday Plantation sent me three to try. Oil bet you can guess which ones, but did you know there are hundreds of ways to use them?  Continue reading “Thursday Plantation essential oils + A giveaway!”