Everything is the Worst: A Book for People Who Just Can’t + Win a copy!

Everything is the Worst: A Book for People Who Just Can’t + Win a copy!

Thomas Allen & Son sent me Everything is the Worst in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and from the heart.

It’s the middle of April for crying out loud and the windows are frozen shut, the power is cutting out, my nose is running like a tap and we’re out of tissues with lotion. Yeah, everything could be a lot worse, but can we not do that for a minute and just call it the shitshow that it is? If you just nodded in agreement, 1) you are my people, and 2) you’ll love Everything Is The Worst: A Book For People Who Just Can’t. New this month from Workman Publishing, it’s a collection of hand-lettered illustrations that say what’s on our minds at one time or another — things like “Can everyone please shut up”, “I’d rather stay home”, and “Tired AF”. PLUS a paper garland to punch out and string together that says “Everything Sucks”. Perfect to flip through on those days when you’re not feelin’ it, and great to gift to that friend who tells it like it is. “If I’m at a party where I’m not enjoying myself, I will put some cookies in my pocket and leave without saying goodbye.” — Mindy Kaling, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (Mindy’s quoted in the book too, along with Amy Schumer, Amy Poehler and other smart people.)  Continue reading “Everything is the Worst: A Book for People Who Just Can’t + Win a copy!”

Craft A Life You Love: Infusing Creativity, Fun and Intention Into Your Everyday by Amy Tangerine

Craft A Life You Love: Infusing Creativity, Fun and Intention Into Your Everyday by Amy Tangerine

Abrams Books sent me a copy of Craft A Life You Love in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and from the heart. 

As someone who frequently struggles with writer’s block, I’m always looking for new ways to get those creative juices flowing. (Unless they involve eating bugs. I don’t know why they would, but there I draw the line.) So I was excited to get an early copy of Amy Tangerine’s Craft A Life You Love: Infusing Creativity, Fun and Intention Into Your Everyday. Available today, it’s the newly updated version of her 2017 book of the same name (which I hadn’t read). This one includes 28 exercises (three more than the earlier book) around making time for the things that bring you joy, embracing your weird and how to be creative every day, plus a new chapter on discovering and cultivating your creative passions. Amy is known for turning her sewing hobby into an award-winning t-shirt line and her love of scrapbooking into a full-time business, as well as her online creative workshops and YouTube videos. In Craft A Life You Love, she shares some of her personal and professional struggles and the lessons, habits and tools that have helped her overcome them. Positive (but not sickening) and practical (but not simplistic), it’s a workbook I’m really enjoying working through, and think you will too. (And there’s nothing in it about eating bugs.)  Continue reading “Craft A Life You Love: Infusing Creativity, Fun and Intention Into Your Everyday by Amy Tangerine”

Five things

Five things

I was a guest of Alt Hotel and The Captain’s Boil and received the products in this post free of charge to review. All opinions are my own and from the heart. 

You know when you tell yourself you’ll get to it tomorrow and suddenly it’s four months down the road and you’re no further ahead? Uggggggh. You feel crappy, right? Guilty, lazy, maybe anxious — all the things. I’ve been neglecting my fitness since before the holidays and the way I’ve been talking to myself because of it hasn’t been pretty. But that changes today. Today I’m taking a baby step to take better care of me with my first spin class of the year. But before I go (and I’m already in my gym clothes so there’s no going back now, right?), here’s a quick look at some of the things I’ve been doing lately, like enjoying some local eats and drinks at Ottawa’s Alt Hotel last Thursday (above). The cocktail party at the altcetera café was a chance to sample some specialty cocktails and nibblies made using locally-sourced ingredients.
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Green Sangria for St. Patty’s Day 🍀

Green Sangria for St. Patty’s Day 🍀

Two Oceans sent me some wine to facilitate this post, but all opinions are mine and from the heart. 

St. Patrick’s Day is usually a slap-dash affair over here with a last-minute run to the dollar store for green hats and sunglasses and whatever else we can find because for some reason not one of us has a single green tee in our closets. The overall effect is as tacky as it gets, but it doesn’t have to be. With this easy Green Sangria you can be quick like a leprechaun and classy too, with layers of jewelled green fruits like the rolling hills of Ireland. Invite your lads and lasses and raise a glass to the emerald isle (and St. Patrick too). May your troubles be less and your blessings be more and nothing but happiness come through your door. Continue reading “Green Sangria for St. Patty’s Day 🍀”

Happy mail: What’s inside the March Sweet Reads Box

Happy mail: What’s inside the March Sweet Reads Box

I received the March Sweet Reads Box for free to review but all opinions are still my own. 

I’ve been talking about Sweet Reads Box here since it launched last September and I feel like it’s high time we got to know a little something about the Toronto-area couple who started it and some of the behind-the-scenes work that goes into putting the boxes together each month. (If it’s the first you’re hearing of it, Sweet Reads Box is a monthly subscription box service that includes a novel and four or five treats tied to the story and its characters.) I’ll be chatting with founders Kerrie and Mark in a couple of weeks and I’d love to hear what you’re curious about. What questions would you like me to ask? While you’re thinking about it, let’s take a look at what’s inside the March box.  Continue reading “Happy mail: What’s inside the March Sweet Reads Box”

DIY marbled eggs and entertaining tips + A giveaway!

DIY marbled eggs and entertaining tips + A giveaway!

Two Oceans sent me some wine and craft supplies to facilitate this post. All opinions are mine and from the heart. 

With Easter just around the corner I’ve got a fun craft for you today that would make a cheap and cheerful addition to any Easter table and a quick and easy activity to do with family and friends. Let’s make some DIY marbled eggs! Handmade Jungle‘s Victoria Stacey developed this clever craft for Two Oceans Wines and I’ll show you eggs-actly how to do it, plus share some of Victoria’s entertaining tips and a giveaway to get you started. Let’s hop to it!  Continue reading “DIY marbled eggs and entertaining tips + A giveaway!”