My faves from Foxy Originals’ new Spring/Summer collection + A giveaway!

My faves from Foxy Originals’ new Spring/Summer collection + A giveaway!

Foxy Originals sent me some shiny things to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own and from the heart. 

As much as I want to pack my winter coat away in the basement and not look at it again for another eight months, this weekend’s fresh snow makes me think we’re still a few weeks out yet. Which isn’t the end of the world but still, I feel like I’m not the only one who could use a pick-me-up to get me through. Luckily my friends at Foxy Originals were happy to help me out. Today I’ve got a look at my favourite pieces from their new (and very sunshiney) Spring/Summer collection, and a giveaway to share with two of you. So fun, right? I feel better already.  Continue reading “My faves from Foxy Originals’ new Spring/Summer collection + A giveaway!”

Tanya Bakes by Tanya Burr

Tanya Bakes by Tanya Burr

Penguin Random House Canada sent me a copy of Tanya Bakes in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and from the heart.

It’s a grey and drizzly day here in Ottawa, much like I imagine it to be in UK lifestyle blogger and YouTube star Tanya Burr’s corner of the world, only hers probably smells like fresh-baked cinnamon buns or lemon drizzle loaf or any of the other homey puddings, pastries, cookies and cakes in her lovely book, Tanya Bakes. It’s her first cookbook and her second book (Love, Tanya was released in 2015) and she’s got a third coming this September called Tanya’s Christmas: Make, Bake and Celebrate (which I’ve already got, thanks to my magical unicorn friend Maria). Inside this one are page after page of comfort foods — mostly desserts, but also some breakfast dishes and a pizza — accompanied by a brief bit about where or when they were first enjoyed or a tip on how to serve them. Many are family favourites, some a tribute to friends, and a few borrowed from the kitchens of beloved Brits Nigella Lawson, Mary Berry and Jamie Oliver.  Continue reading “Tanya Bakes by Tanya Burr”

My Floral Affair by Rachel Ashwell

My Floral Affair by Rachel Ashwell

CICO Books sent me a copy of My Floral Affair in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine and from the heart. 

If we ever have a backyard where we can actually grow anything, I would love to plant a lush cutting garden and create fanciful arrangements of fresh flowers of all colours, shapes and sizes (especially fluffy peonies, also said to be Meghan Markle’s favourite) for every room of the house. But flowers don’t have to be fresh to bring life and light to a space. In her new (and tenth!) book, My Floral Affair: Whimsical Spaces and Beautiful Florals, shabby chic doyenne Rachel Ashwell shows how flower-inspired design — be it in wallpaper, lighting or architectural details — can bring drama and playfulness and calm into bloom.  Continue reading “My Floral Affair by Rachel Ashwell”

Scandinavian Gatherings: From Afternoon Fika to Midsummer Feast — 70 Simple Recipes & Crafts for Everyday Celebrations

Scandinavian Gatherings: From Afternoon Fika to Midsummer Feast — 70 Simple Recipes & Crafts for Everyday Celebrations

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 BakerContinue reading “Scandinavian Gatherings: From Afternoon Fika to Midsummer Feast — 70 Simple Recipes & Crafts for Everyday Celebrations”

Gift ideas for your galentines + A giveaway!

Gift ideas for your galentines + A giveaway!

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!”

Julie Van Rosendaal’s Quick & Easy Dark Chocolate Fondue for Two + a giveaway!

Julie Van Rosendaal’s Quick & Easy Dark Chocolate Fondue for Two + 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!”