Be your own Valentine: small gift ideas for your big heart + A giveaway ❤️

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Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day at a posh restaurant with a tall drink of water or at home with your cats and a tall bottle of red, there’s no better day to treat yourself to your heart’s desire. Even if it’s just a little something to say to yourself, “Self, you are loved.” Here are some of my favourite little sumthin’ sumthins for Valentine’s Day — all treats you can pick up last minute or order online for a delightful delivery later in the week. Love is all around but some of the Valentine-themed gifts won’t be around forever.  Continue reading “Be your own Valentine: small gift ideas for your big heart + A giveaway ❤️”

Skip The Dishes and order in! + A giveaway

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We could have ordered dinner tonight from any one of hundreds of restaurants around the city and naturally the kids wanted burgers from a place two kilometres down the road. The food delivery network SkipTheDishes comped us a meal in exchange for a review and since we rarely get take-out (or eat out), it was kind of a big deal.  Continue reading “Skip The Dishes and order in! + A giveaway”

Wonder Plants: Your Urban Jungle Interior by Irene Schampaert & Judith Baehner + Win a copy!

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Now some of you may say plants never go out of style, but in the past couple of years their popularity in home decor and design has grown in a huge way (pun absolutely intended). Wonder Plants: Your Urban Jungle Interior by Irene Schampaert and Judith Baehner, is a tribute to some of of the most marvellous and magical renderings of botanical style and a primer in plant care for readers looking to enliven their spaces with the same greenery at home.  Continue reading “Wonder Plants: Your Urban Jungle Interior by Irene Schampaert & Judith Baehner + Win a copy!”

DAVIDsTEA’s feel-good collection + A giveaway!

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Why don’t the Maple Leafs drink tea? Because the Canadiens and the Red Wings have all the cups. (Ba-dum-bum-chuh.) Little seasonal tea humour for you there. (Hey, we’re in the thick of winter. We need all the laughs we can get.) If you’re a die-hard hockey fan, you’ll know the joke’s not even true: the Leafs have won the Stanley Cup 13 times over the Red Wings’ 11. (Don’t be impressed — I totally Googled it.) But we’re not here to talk hockey. Let’s talk tea! Pull up a chair and let me pour you a virtual cup from DAVIDsTEA‘s new feel-good collection. The company sent me its five new limited-edition teas to try and I’m curious to know which one you’d like best. (Or maybe you already have a favourite. Do tell!)  Continue reading “DAVIDsTEA’s feel-good collection + A giveaway!”

Netflix and other preoccupations

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Some decisions should be easier than others, but when you’re riddled with anxiety they all seem to carry the weight of the world. Like this month I was back and forth (and back and forth!) about whether to let the kids watch Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events before finally deciding they’re not ready for it. (Especially my seven-year-old. He’s a sensitive little guy and I’m sure he’d find it too scary.) I don’t think there’s any harm in waiting another year or two when they’re perfectly happy with the new seasons of Voltron and Home: Adventures With Tip and Oh that debuted this month. It’s not like we’re at a loss for things to watch.  Continue reading “Netflix and other preoccupations”

Five things

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Somehow it’s the end of January already and (not for the first time) we still have our Christmas tree up. As long as there’s more needles on the tree than on the floor, am I right? Something tells me I’m in the minority. But it still smells so good and looks so pretty lit up at night. Plus I’m too lazy to pack up all of the decorations and put them away. Oy vey, so lazy! Here’s a peek at a few things I’ve tried this month and a few things to come. Like Your Inner Critic Is A Big Jerk And Other Truths About Being Creative. It’s at the top of my to-be-read pile. What’s at the top of yours?  Continue reading “Five things”

Gifts for the littles: nesting favourites + A giveaway

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Shopping for baby gear has come a long way since I was out to here with my first child 10 years ago. (Ten years ago?! How is that possible?!) I mean yes, you still have those crappy cookie-cutter megastores where you have as much chance of finding a staff member as you do laying an egg, but now you also have places like The Baby Cubby that go the extra mile to give shoppers exceptional selection and service. The Utah-based company reached out to me recently to introduce themselves in hopes that I might introduce them to you, and ‘tho I couldn’t visit the store because Utah, I was pleasantly surprised by their online shop and think you will be too.  Continue reading “Gifts for the littles: nesting favourites + A giveaway”

Stick-er with me, Valentine + A giveaway

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“Where are you, my little object of art? I am here to collect you.” — Pepe Le Pew • If you’ve been reading try small things for a while, you might remember my crush on Pipsticks, the sticker club that delivers the most delightful little packages each month to subscribers worldwide (I wrote about it here). Well I’m still stuck on Pipsticks, and it’s even dreamier than before! “Is it possible to be too attractive?” Pepe would ask. Mais non! Here’s why.  Continue reading “Stick-er with me, Valentine + A giveaway”

She Sheds: A Room of Your Own by Erika Kotite + Win a copy!

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For any woman who’s ever wanted a space to call her own — a retreat to squirrel away and work or dream or read or just sit — this book is for you. She Sheds: A Room of Your Own by Erika Kotite is a close-up look at 23 small and unique outbuildings around the world reflecting the diverse personal styles of their owners. From an art escape in Australia to a Bali-inspired retreat in Oregon, these purpose-built spaces constructed from a wide variety of new and salvaged materials will inspire readers to create a refuge of their own. The book launches in Canada and the US tomorrow, but today we have a sneak peek inside. Continue reading “She Sheds: A Room of Your Own by Erika Kotite + Win a copy!”

GOOP Clean Beauty + Win a copy!

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What we eat, how we sleep, how we deal with stress — all have a huge impact on how well (and how beautiful!) we look and feel. Which explains why so many of us feel so garbage-y at the start of the new year after weeks of indulging and running on fumes. And why beauty from the inside out is the focus of GOOP Clean Beauty, the first book from the editors of the popular lifestyle brand and online magazine, goopContinue reading “GOOP Clean Beauty + Win a copy!”

Holidays are happier with Trollhunters on Netflix

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Merry Christmas and happy holidays, everybody! We’ve got dinner in the oven and Christmas music playing on the radio and everyone is chilling in their own way on what’s turned out to be a mostly merry day. But anyone whose got kids home for the holidays knows the holly jolly can only last so long — the threat of boredom looms large with so much time away from school and the usual activities and you’ve got to be quick on your feet with a few strategies to bust those I’ve got nothing to doooooo blues. This year Netflix gave us one the whole family can enjoy: 13 hours of adventure, suspense and imagination with the all-new series Trollhunters.  Continue reading “Holidays are happier with Trollhunters on Netflix”