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


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


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.)


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


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!


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!”

Happiness is homemade: 5 DIY gifts to give kids + A Mrs. Meyer’s giveaway


We’re always telling our kids the best gifts are homemade, so why don’t we lead by example and give them something homemade too? I don’t mean instead of all those other things they really want (that’s crazy talk!) but as an extra-special something, well one of these DIYs might be just the thing. And I dare say more memorable. I know, you’ve got 101 things to do before the holidays already, but they’re quick and easy (I promise!) and wallet-friendly too.  Continue reading “Happiness is homemade: 5 DIY gifts to give kids + A Mrs. Meyer’s giveaway”

Breaking Breads: A New World of Israeli Baking by Uri Scheft + Win a copy!


The other day I asked you to share with me something you tried recently and quite a few of you told me about a new recipe you’d made and how well it turned out. It’s so satisfying, isn’t it? I’m confident you’ll have all kinds of success with this book too. Breaking Breads: A New World of Israeli Baking by Uri Scheft of the famed Lehamin Bakery (Tel Aviv) and Breads Bakery (New York) is an approachable and inspiring guide that will excite both novice and experienced bakers with its inventive twists on classic and lesser-known breads, scintillating photography and clear, step-by-step instructions.  Continue reading “Breaking Breads: A New World of Israeli Baking by Uri Scheft + Win a copy!”

Cosmic and Eternal Love by Amrita Sen + Win a copy!


She’s performed for Oprah and the Academy Awards, released records with Weezer and Pitbull, sings on a track on Justin Timberlake’s latest album, has an MBA from Harvard, designed a fashion line sold at Nordstrom and other stores, and just released her first book and accompanying CD. Oh and she called me today from her home in LA. No big deal LOL. Artist, entrepreneur and creative wonder woman Amrita Sen’s Cosmic and Eternal Love: An Everlasting Love Story & Coloring Book is a true labour of love: in addition to writing and illustrating the book, she also wrote, performed and produced the music CD that brings the story to life. Here’s a closer look at the book and an excerpt from today’s interview.  Continue reading “Cosmic and Eternal Love by Amrita Sen + Win a copy!”

Five things + A giveaway!


I’ve been tying to keep my face to the sun this week but it hasn’t been easy. Jamesy’s been so sick and I’m stressed to the hilt. (It’s been two weeks since his autoimmune disease flared up and it’ll likely be another two before he’s feeling better.) But I’ve got a tonne of things I want to share with you right up until Christmas, so I’m going to try my best to stay in touch. Here’s Benny this afternoon in the blanket of leaves that is our backyard, plus four things we’ve tried this week.  Continue reading “Five things + A giveaway!”

Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History by Sam Maggs + Win a copy!


“I know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling, but some day someone will—and hopefully sooner than we might think right now,” Hillary Clinton said in her concession speech today. “And to all of the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.” It’s a particularly important message today, and one most of the women in Sam Maggs’ new book likely never heard. Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History tells the little-known stories of 25 fascinating women scientists, engineers, mathematicians, adventurers and inventors from around the world who overcame incredible obstacles to achieve amazing things.   Continue reading “Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History by Sam Maggs + Win a copy!”

Oil try it: Saje Natural Wellness essential oils and more


Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t yesterday’s time change supposed to give us an extra hour of sleep? I’m so tired today it’s all I can do to stay vertical. Maybe I’m just worn down. Jamesy was laid up all week and we were beside ourselves with worry ’til we finally got a diagnosis at the hospital Friday night (he’s got a fairly common autoimmune disease called Henoch–Schönlein purpura that should work itself out in a month). James was feeling better today and went to school, but this mama is fried. I’ve spent most of the day on the couch with my tea and my essential oils, watching funny cat videos on YouTube. Continue reading “Oil try it: Saje Natural Wellness essential oils and more”