Sasquatch Books sent me a copy of Scandinavian Gatherings for review purposes. All opinions are mine and from the heart.
With a high of 7°C, it’s been milder here today then it has in ages yet even so, all I want to do is burrow under the covers and not come out until Spring has sprung. Fortunately I have lots of great books to keep me company. One I keep coming back to is Scandinavian Gatherings: From Afternoon Fika to Midsummer Feast — 70 Simple Recipes & Crafts for Everyday Celebrations by Melissa Bahen of the food and lifestyle blog Lulu the Baker. Continue reading “Scandinavian Gatherings: From Afternoon Fika to Midsummer Feast — 70 Simple Recipes & Crafts for Everyday Celebrations”
Entertainment One sent me complimentary copies of A Bad Moms Christmas to facilitate this post and Penguin Random House Canada sent me The Wedding Date for an upcoming review. All opinions are my own and from the heart.
What would we do without our girlfriends? Ideally we’d show them how much they’re appreciated throughout the year but sometimes we fall down on the job. (Well I know I do. Barb, if you’re reading this, I miss you!! Let’s make a date to catch up and watch
Gabriel Suits!) Remember your galentines this Valentine’s Day and treat them to something they’ll love, whether it’s a few hours of babysitting so they can enjoy some time for themselves or an “I care” package of thoughtful treats. Here are some of my favourite gift ideas and a giveaway to share with a friend. ❤️ Continue reading “Gift ideas for your galentines + A giveaway!”
I partnered with Green & Black’s for this post but all opinions are my own.
For as fancy as it looks and feels, chocolate fondue is surprisingly easy to pull off. And HELLO! DELICIOUSNESS! If you’re looking for a quick and special treat to share with your valentine, galentine, or to just enjoy on your own (I won’t tell!), I HIGHLY recommend Julie Van Rosendaal’s recipe. The Dinner With Julie blogger, cookbook author and food columnist created this fantastic dark chocolate fondue for two for Green & Black’s chocolate and I’ve got it for you here, along with a giveaway I think you’ll love. Continue reading “Julie Van Rosendaal’s Quick & Easy Dark Chocolate Fondue for Two + a giveaway!”
Well hey y’all! How have you been? I want to say I’m just home from Florida but truthfully it’s coming up on a week and apart from an event on Tuesday night, I’ve been mostly lazing about the house in my jammies watching the new Queer Eye on Netflix and organizing a few odd things here and there. I’m overdue for check in and thought I’d pick up where we left off with a few pictures from my trip. I also have the potential winners of January’s Thursday Plantation and Sweet Reads Box giveaways to announce so we’ll get to that too. Continue reading “Five things (Florida edition) + did you win?”
I received January’s Sweet Reads Box for free to review but all opinions are still my own.
I know I gush a lot about Sweet Reads Box (if it’s the first you’re hearing of it, it’s a Canadian subscription box for book lovers that includes a novel and a few treats tied to the story) but when January’s arrived this week, I was so happy with it (it’s so me!) that I was like, “Is it my birthday?” As it so happens, today is my birthday and lucky me, I get to share one of my favourite things with you! Thanks to Kerrie and Mark at Sweet Reads Box, one try small things reader is going to win a January box of their own! Let’s see what’s inside. Continue reading “What’s inside January’s Sweet Reads Box + A giveaway!”
Thursday Plantation Canada sent me some samples to try free of charge, but all opinions are still my own.
I’ve been reading a lot about self-care in the blogosphere over the past week or so and feel like I’m getting better about identifying (and maybe even embracing) what fills my cup (as uber cheesy as that sounds). Making something tangible with my own hands is huge for me. (This poster = TRUTH.) When I leave the camera or the kitchen or the blog for more than a few days it nags at me; I feel listless and ghost-like, like if I don’t make some sort of impression, something solid, then I don’t exist. Is that weird? Maybe as a lead-in for a fun and easy DIY. Maybe a little dark for this happy valentine soap. But it is what it is, and I have to tell you I was elated by how well these turned out and how much I enjoyed the process. If you’re a maker or think you might be one, show yourself some love with a sweet DIY you can keep for yourself or gift to family and friends. Valentine’s Day may be a few weeks away yet, but love is in the air with this super cute and good-smelling soap. Continue reading “DIY valentine soap + A giveaway!”
Happy New Year! I hope you’re looking to the future today and seeing all the good things. I’m seeing a few more days lounging around the house in our jammies before my guys go back to school, and maybe a trip to IKEA before the week is out. Too long in between trips to IKEA and I start to get the shakes, ha ha. Here’s what else I’m up to this month. Continue reading “Happy New Year! • January is for…”
I’m a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam and receive special perks, but all opinions are still my own.
Last New Year’s Eve we were at my brother-in-law’s and crowded together on the couch to watch Mariah Carey die a slow death on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest. (Clearly we don’t always make the best viewing choices.) This year we’re ringing in the new year at home with just us four, and while I’ll miss my extended family, I won’t miss Mariah Carey. We’re a Netflix and Netflix-only family without cable or even rabbit ears, and I daresay we’re better for it. This year the clever folks behind the streaming service have a special New Year’s treat for younger kids and their parents. Continue reading “What are you doing New Year’s, New Year’s Eve?”
I received November’s Sweet Reads Box free of charge to review. All opinions are my own.
Don’t pack up the decorations just yet — we have one more box to open before the holidays are out, and it’s a good one. Here’s what’s inside December’s Sweet Reads Box, the Canadian subscription box service for book lovers featuring a contemporary novel and related treats. Continue reading “What’s inside December’s Sweet Reads Box”