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”

What’s inside January’s Sweet Reads Box + A giveaway!

What’s inside January’s Sweet Reads Box + A giveaway!

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!”

DIY valentine soap + A giveaway!

DIY valentine soap + 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!”

What are you doing New Year’s, New Year’s Eve?

What are you doing New Year’s, New Year’s Eve?

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?”

What’s inside December’s Sweet Reads Box

What’s inside December’s Sweet Reads Box

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”

Quick DIY pom pom magnets for last-minute gifting

Quick DIY pom pom magnets for last-minute gifting

I partnered with Staples Canada who sponsored this fun DIY post. The creative content and opinions are my own.

I’m flattered if you think I’ve got it all together for Christmas but ha! That is so not true. The house is upside down, the tree is bare (we just brought one home last night), I have gifts to wrap and groceries to get, and I should probably wash my hair at some point. If this is you too (and I kind of love you if it is), you might feel like you don’t have time for one more thing but yes you do, because this DIY last-minute gift is quick and easy like you won’t believe.  Continue reading “Quick DIY pom pom magnets for last-minute gifting”

Big gingerbread boys with KitchenAid’s Artisan Mini #shoptsc • A merry little #recipe and #review #gingerbreadforthewin

Big gingerbread boys with KitchenAid’s Artisan Mini #shoptsc • A merry little #recipe and #review #gingerbreadforthewin

I received the products mentioned in this post for free from TSC. The opinions expressed in my post are my own and not those of Rogers. 

With less than a week to go, polling shows gingerbread has a decisive lead in the festive treats race. (Check out my last post for cute cookie ideas, a giveaway and up-to-the-minute poling results.) Today I’ve put a few new twists on an old family favourite. It’s a gingerbread boys recipe I think you’ll enjoy. (Of course you can make them girls or stars or whatever else you fancy.) My friend Cathy’s mother-in-law used to make them for her sons and grandsons when they were little (actually she still does). Their giant size thrilled the kids and their heft made them easy to handle and not so easy to break, which is essential when shipping them by post. On those years the grandkids couldn’t make it to see Nonna at Christmas time, she would package the gingerbread boys in popcorn to protect them on their journey, along with all the decorating essentials. I know. So sweet, eh? And isn’t it sweet that while I had visions of sugar plums dancing through my head, TSC had visions of me making cookies. To help me meet the demand for gingerbread boys they kindly sent me a KitchenAid Artisan Mini 3.5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer to review, and boy-oh-gingerbread-boy, this baby can dough go!  Continue reading “Big gingerbread boys with KitchenAid’s Artisan Mini #shoptsc • A merry little #recipe and #review #gingerbreadforthewin”

It’s here! Inside October’s Sweet Reads Box

It’s here! Inside October’s Sweet Reads Box

If you’ve been dying to see what’s inside October’s Sweet Reads Box, wait no more! I just wanted to give everyone who’d ordered one the chance to open it up and be surprised but since they shipped from Ontario last Monday (they go out on the 15th of every month), I think it’s safe to do an unboxing. If you missed last month’s post, Sweet Reads Box is a new Canadian subscription service for book lovers that includes a new novel and some treats connected to the story. Co-founders Kerrie and Mark sent me the October box free of charge to share with you here. So let’s get to it!  Continue reading “It’s here! Inside October’s Sweet Reads Box”

Five travel essentials + A giveaway!

Five travel essentials + A giveaway!

Even for a few days away I tend to way overpack but my travel essentials really don’t take up much room. Here are the must-haves I brought to Wasaga Beach for a girls’ weekend last month at Lakes of Wasaga Cottage and RV Resort. (Full disclosure: All of the products I’m talking about in this post were provided free of charge, but I wouldn’t share them with you if I didn’t love them and think you might too.)  Continue reading “Five travel essentials + A giveaway!”