Sneaking in Netflix in style #StreamTeam

Sneaking in Netflix in style #StreamTeam

I live in jeans and tees year-round and try to stretch out sandal season as long as I can, but watching Suits on Netflix makes me want to dress better. Those pencil skirts that make Rachel’s legs look a mile long, the made-to-measure dresses that fit Donna and Jessica like a glove, those big brown puppy dog eyes that make Harvey — oh sorry, we were talking about clothes. But when funds for fun things are short and you’re honestly too lazy to put in much effort, a cute clutch can punch it up on the cheap. And if it’s large enough, double as a tablet case so you can sneak a peek at those big brown eyes wherever you go. Here are my favourite clutches for your ipad mini (or similar-sized tablet) and a few other things besides. (PS: Mine is on sale.)  Continue reading “Sneaking in Netflix in style #StreamTeam”

Jenny Han’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before series

Jenny Han’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before series

I came late to the party for Jenny Han’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before series. I just finished reading all three books for the first time, unlike those who’ve been following along since the titular book debuted in 2014. P.S. I Love You came a year later, and the final book — Always and Forever, Lara Jean — just this Spring. And I can’t say I’m mad about it, because the waiting would have been torture. (Note: Simon and Schuster Canada sent me the series to review.)  Continue reading “Jenny Han’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before series”

A tired corner gets a cheery refresh with Thimblepress + A giveaway

A tired corner gets a cheery refresh with Thimblepress + A giveaway

It’s reveal day! Woohoo! I’ve been wanting to give my favourite corner a refresh for what feels like forever, and Saturday I finally rolled up my sleeves and got started. I stripped the living room wallpaper, gave the walls a fresh coat of paint, and brought in some colourful accessories my friends at Thimblepress sent from their HQ in Jackson, Mississippi. I’ve loved their cheery art prints and greeting cards and confetti push-pops and pretty much everything they do for a few years now, and here I’ve incorporated some of my new and old favourites to give the space a happy vibe. (The new goodies were free of charge in exchange for this post.)  Continue reading “A tired corner gets a cheery refresh with Thimblepress + A giveaway”

Ain’t no party like a pizza party + A Panago Pizza giveaway

Ain’t no party like a pizza party + A Panago Pizza giveaway

If you’re a regular reader you’ll know large gatherings aren’t exactly my thing (who am I kidding? small gatherings aren’t my thing either 😬) but I do love planning them. And you know I can’t resist a good DIY. So today I’m all kinds of excited to share scenes from the pizza party we had last week to celebrate the start of summer holidays. Our friends at Panago Pizza supplied the food in exchange for this post, which left me more time (some might say too much time ha ha) to obsess about focus on the decor and all the rest. Try our DIYs to bring a little extra to your own pizza party this summer and let someone else take care of the pies. Continue reading “Ain’t no party like a pizza party + A Panago Pizza giveaway”

Sweet! Celebrations: The Ultimate Dessert & Party Planning Companion by Elise Strachan

Sweet! Celebrations: The Ultimate Dessert & Party Planning Companion by Elise Strachan

I need someone to have a baby. Or a birthday. Or a bar mitzvah. Or maybe we’ll just make up our own occasion because there are so many fun, festive and new-to-me ideas in Elise Strachan’s Sweet! Celebrations: The Ultimate Dessert & Party Planning Companion  and I want to try them all. Simon & Schuster Canada sent me a copy to review so here’s the skinny including the couple of treats I tried — one quick and easy no-bake, one a bit more persnickety that I turned into a no-bake — and both super cute and delicious.  Continue reading “Sweet! Celebrations: The Ultimate Dessert & Party Planning Companion by Elise Strachan”

New Cacao 70 Eatery in Gatineau a chocolate-lover’s treat, and eye candy too

New Cacao 70 Eatery in Gatineau a chocolate-lover’s treat, and eye candy too

I’m pret-ty sure I’m not going to win Mother of the Year, but after Wednesday’s epic pizza party (more on that in another post) and yesterday’s trip to the new Cacao 70 Eatery in Gatineau, I might be in the running for Mom of the Month. Plus it’s World Chocolate Day (did you know?) and not only did we celebrate, but we did it a day early. The restaurant is Cacao 70’s newest location (it opened last month) and one of three new concepts for the Quebec-based chocolatier. We were invited to sample the menu free of charge in exchange for a review, so today I’d like to show you around and tell you more about our visit.  Continue reading “New Cacao 70 Eatery in Gatineau a chocolate-lover’s treat, and eye candy too”

An Insider’s Guide to Canada’s Capital + Win a copy! #Ottawa2017

An Insider’s Guide to Canada’s Capital + Win a copy! #Ottawa2017

Ottawa is anything but boring, and An Insider’s Guide to Canada’s Capital is the proof. Produced by a group of about 30 millennials led by multimedia co. Wingd‘s Zainab Muse, the book highlights the people, places and organizations that make the city an exciting, diverse and Instagram-worthy place to visit and live. Take a peek at the book trailer and tell me you don’t want to see more. Continue reading “An Insider’s Guide to Canada’s Capital + Win a copy! #Ottawa2017”

Good Veg by Alice Hart + Win a copy!

Good Veg by Alice Hart + Win a copy!

I don’t know how some people don’t like vegetables (and there are plenty out there!), but I’m convinced that any number of recipes in Alice Hart’s Good Veg: Ebullient Vegetables, Global Flavors — A Modern Vegetarian Cookbook just might bring them around. The key to satisfying vegetarian cooking (and one can assume, eating!) is in the contrast, Alice says — the balance of flavours, textures and temperature will elevate any meat-free meal. The U.K. author’s careful consideration to contrast and balance is evident throughout the book, which comprises some 200 recipes for mornings, grazing and gatherings, as well as “quick”, “thrify” and “raw-ish” meals. It’s aimed at “keen and interested” home cooks who want to make the most of the fresh produce available and in turn, discover new ways with fruits, veggies and grains that they’ll want to make again and again. Think Coconut-Chia Strawberry Bowls, Corn Tortillas with Avocado and Charred Scallions, Eggplant and Sweet Potato Lasagna with Walnuts, and Vegan Chocolate Mousse with Walnut-Sesame Brittle. Hello!  Continue reading “Good Veg by Alice Hart + Win a copy!”

Five things + a Netflix giveaway for two!

Five things + a Netflix giveaway for two!

It’s sweltering hot outside and hubby has the kids at the pool, so I thought I’d pop in here for a bit and write a quick hello and how-do. AS IF it only takes me a bit to write a post. Ha! When pigs fly. But I’ll to try to make it quick. Here’s a few pics from life lately (starting with this snap my mom took when she visited last month) and a Netflix giveaway just because.  Continue reading “Five things + a Netflix giveaway for two!”

Clear the clutter! Spring cleaning your Netflix profile #StreamTeam

Clear the clutter! Spring cleaning your Netflix profile #StreamTeam

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We always say our house never looks as clean as it does when someone’s coming to visit. And you can tell by the state of the house that we don’t get many visitors. But with Spring sprung and Summer just around the corner, I feel like I want to tackle some of those long-overlooked areas, including my digital spaces.  Continue reading “Clear the clutter! Spring cleaning your Netflix profile #StreamTeam”

Lola’s: A Cake Journey Around the World + Win a copy!

Lola’s: A Cake Journey Around the World + Win a copy!

Remember the story of the little red hen? Everybody wants to eat the bread, but nobody wants to help bake it. That’s what it’s been like around here the past week, only everybody wants to eat the cake, but nobody wants to get off the ipad and help make it. Or do much of anything else. I asked my daughter to give me a hand with this photo and what did I get? “What was I BORN for? Helping with PHOTOS or LIVING?” Yeesh. If you’re looking for me later I’ll be over here stress-eating hunks of this maple pecan cake. It’s from Lola’s: A Cake Journey Around the World. Thomas Allen & Son sent me a copy to review and they’ve got another one for one of you lucky ducks.  Continue reading “Lola’s: A Cake Journey Around the World + Win a copy!”