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

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

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 ❤️”

DAVIDsTEA’s feel-good collection + A giveaway!

DAVIDsTEA’s feel-good collection + A giveaway!

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!”

Five things

Five things

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”

A gift guide for girlfriends. (Also me. I love everything here too.)

A gift guide for girlfriends. (Also me. I love everything here too.)

For Christmas I like to treat my girlfriends to a little luxury — not necessarily something expensive, but something they wouldn’t buy themselves. With that in mind, here’s my gift guide for girlfriends. (And also me: I love everything here for me!) The gifts range from $8 to $105 and are all available online.  Continue reading “A gift guide for girlfriends. (Also me. I love everything here too.)”

Halloween is nigh! Treats from DAVIDsTEA + tricks for bat cookies

Halloween is nigh! Treats from DAVIDsTEA + tricks for bat cookies

Lord knows I’m a sucker for pretty packaging, but DAVIDsTEA‘s Halloween collection is so cute it’s scary! Die Fledermaus motif inspired me to whip up a bat-ch of bat-shaped chocolate sugar cookies to go with — a little flight of fancy for one of the year’s best holidays. Here’s a few tips and tricks so you won’t turn yourself upside down making them, and a closer look at some of DAVIDsTEA’s spooky-good treats. Put the kettle on and let’s sit a spell.  Continue reading “Halloween is nigh! Treats from DAVIDsTEA + tricks for bat cookies”

Be a flock star with this watermelon cotton candy slushy float

Be a flock star with this watermelon cotton candy slushy float

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You know what they say: Birds of a feather drink watermelon cotton candy slushy floats together! Or something like that. This recipe is all delicious goodness — you can totally wing it and you won’t go wrong. Serve with feathers. (Oh I know some of you have them already!) Continue reading “Be a flock star with this watermelon cotton candy slushy float”

Five things on a Monday

Five things on a Monday

If you’re looking for something to read this summer and you haven’t already read it (or liked it so much you want to read it again), maybe you’d like to pick up a copy of The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman. The publisher is hosting a read-a-long starting July 8 in advance of the movie version coming out in September. (They sent me a copy of the book to review and tell you about.) I can’t wait to get into it, but of course I will. Okay I did read the first couple of pages. But I promise I’ll wait on the rest and we can read along together. Here’s four other things from the past little while.  Continue reading “Five things on a Monday”

Tea time! (But really, when isn’t it?)

Tea time! (But really, when isn’t it?)

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I’ve been a tea drinker since my teens, but it’s only been in the last few years that I’ve stepped outside of the Tetley tea box to steep something new. Curiously, that was right around the time DAVIDsTEA opened their first Ottawa store in the Glebe. Coincidence? I think not. The pretty Tiffany-blue façade drew me in, the gorgeous array of tea tins and accessories in a rainbow of colours made me linger, and the delicious, fragrant tea made me stay. So when DAVIDsTEA offered to send me some samples from their new summer line, I put the kettle on. Pour you a cup? There’s plen-tea here to try. (Sorry. I can’t help myself.)  Continue reading “Tea time! (But really, when isn’t it?)”