She Sheds: A Room of Your Own by Erika Kotite + Win a copy!

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For any woman who’s ever wanted a space to call her own — a retreat to squirrel away and work or dream or read or just sit — this book is for you. She Sheds: A Room of Your Own by Erika Kotite is a close-up look at 23 small and unique outbuildings around the world reflecting the diverse personal styles of their owners. From an art escape in Australia to a Bali-inspired retreat in Oregon, these purpose-built spaces constructed from a wide variety of new and salvaged materials will inspire readers to create a refuge of their own. The book launches in Canada and the US tomorrow, but today we have a sneak peek inside. Continue reading “She Sheds: A Room of Your Own by Erika Kotite + Win a copy!”

GOOP Clean Beauty + Win a copy!

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What we eat, how we sleep, how we deal with stress — all have a huge impact on how well (and how beautiful!) we look and feel. Which explains why so many of us feel so garbage-y at the start of the new year after weeks of indulging and running on fumes. And why beauty from the inside out is the focus of GOOP Clean Beauty, the first book from the editors of the popular lifestyle brand and online magazine, goopContinue reading “GOOP Clean Beauty + Win a copy!”

Holidays are happier with Trollhunters on Netflix

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Merry Christmas and happy holidays, everybody! We’ve got dinner in the oven and Christmas music playing on the radio and everyone is chilling in their own way on what’s turned out to be a mostly merry day. But anyone whose got kids home for the holidays knows the holly jolly can only last so long — the threat of boredom looms large with so much time away from school and the usual activities and you’ve got to be quick on your feet with a few strategies to bust those I’ve got nothing to doooooo blues. This year Netflix gave us one the whole family can enjoy: 13 hours of adventure, suspense and imagination with the all-new series Trollhunters.  Continue reading “Holidays are happier with Trollhunters on Netflix”

Three picture books kids will love to see under the tree + A giveaway!

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All this talk about last-minute Christmas shopping is making me anxious. To me, last-minute is just before the stores close on December 24, which means there’s still plenty of time to pick up prezzies for your loved ones. And if books are on their list (and even if they’re not, get them some!), here are three picture books sure to be a hit.  Continue reading “Three picture books kids will love to see under the tree + A giveaway!”

The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz + Win a copy!

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I know I’m not alone in feeling overwhelmed this time of year, but if it’s your holiday menu you’re worried about, worry no more! I’ve got your back. The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz is a fantastic resource not only for vegans (and for those with vegan guests coming to the table), but it has plenty of plant-tastic, comforting recipes to satisfy meat-eaters too. It’s Isa’s largest book (she’s published several other vegan bestsellers) and very likely one you’ll turn to the most, both for celebrations year-round and everyday meals. Continue reading “The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz + Win a copy!”

Domino: Your Guide to a Stylish Home by Jessica Romm Perez and Shani Silver

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This Christmas my wish list is all about feathering our nest. I’d love a Scandinavian-inspired mirror for the entry, a swoony diffuser for the living room, some kind of lighting situation for the dining room (I finally painted it white but it’s still so dim), and a big screen TV to curl up with and watch all the holiday Netflix in bed. (Santa, I’ve been really good this year!) All of which was heavily inspired by Domino: Your Guide to a Stylish Home, the much-anticipated new release from Domino magazine editors Jessica Romm Perez and Shani Silver. It’s a follow-up to the 2008 release, Domino: The Book of Decorating. While the first book was all about demystifying interior design, this second one promises a deep dive into the nitty gritty of home decorating — how to use key elements from lighting to collections and everything in between to make your space your own. “Your home isn’t simply the things in it — it is more about crafting a space to share with the people you love,” the authors write. “It doesn’t need to be perfect — it just needs to be perfect for you.”  Continue reading “Domino: Your Guide to a Stylish Home by Jessica Romm Perez and Shani Silver”

The Sprinkles Baking Book by Candace Nelson + Win a copy!

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It’s been a fantastic year for cookbooks, and out just in time for holiday baking (and giving!) is The Sprinkles Baking Book: 100 Secret Recipes from Candace’s Kitchen by Candace Nelson. It’s the first cookbook from the investment baker turned pastry chef and founder of America’s first cupcakes-only bakery, Sprinkles. Inside are 50 cupcake recipes including customer favourites and new ones created for the book, as well as 50 other desserts (brownies and bars, pies and tarts, loaves and puddings and more). I want to try them all! But I started with two.  Continue reading “The Sprinkles Baking Book by Candace Nelson + Win a copy!”

They’re back! Date night with Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

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I never thought I’d say it because she’s growing up too fast already, but today I wish my nine-year-old daughter was just three, maybe four years older so we could watch the Gilmore Girls revival together. (Ideally on one of these babies.) In case you hadn’t heard, the mini series Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life debuted on Netflix today. This is a major bonding opportunity I’m missing out on! And Netflix has the stats to back it up.  Continue reading “They’re back! Date night with Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life”

A gift guide for girlfriends. (Also me. I love everything here too.)

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For Christmas I like to treat my girlfriends to a little luxury — not necessarily something expensive, but something they wouldn’t buy themselves. With that in mind, here’s my gift guide for girlfriends. (And also me: I love everything here for me!) The gifts range from $8 to $105 and are all available online.  Continue reading “A gift guide for girlfriends. (Also me. I love everything here too.)”

Minted More: A membership program for design + discount lovers

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Minted rolled out something pretty fantastic this fall that I don’t want you to miss. Especially if you’re thinking about ordering holiday cards and want to save some dollah bills. If you don’t know Minted, it’s a design marketplace of independent artists from around the world known for its gorgeous assortment of stationery, art, home decor and more. The company is  based in the US and ships to over 200 countries. Now they have a membership program, Minted More, that’ll not only give you major savings on your holiday cards, but on all your purchases year-round, PLUS an amazing box of stationery, wrapping supplies and textiles unlike any other.  Continue reading “Minted More: A membership program for design + discount lovers”

Bio Seaweed Gel nails it + A giveaway!

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What a difference a week makes. This time last Friday we were super stressed with Jamesy so sick, but now that he’s feeling much better and it seems to be behind him, it’s like a huge weight’s been lifted off my chest. Today I washed my hair, ate my greens and even did my nails — with non-toxic, vegan-friendly, cruelty-free polish no less! I’m one downward dog away from totally Zen. Ha ha, not really, but it does feel good to take care of myself.  Here’s a little more about the better-for-you nail products Bio Seaweed Gel sent me to try and how you can enter to win a chance to try some too.  Continue reading “Bio Seaweed Gel nails it + A giveaway!”