Five things

Five things

I was a guest of Alt Hotel and The Captain’s Boil and received the products in this post free of charge to review. All opinions are my own and from the heart. 

You know when you tell yourself you’ll get to it tomorrow and suddenly it’s four months down the road and you’re no further ahead? Uggggggh. You feel crappy, right? Guilty, lazy, maybe anxious — all the things. I’ve been neglecting my fitness since before the holidays and the way I’ve been talking to myself because of it hasn’t been pretty. But that changes today. Today I’m taking a baby step to take better care of me with my first spin class of the year. But before I go (and I’m already in my gym clothes so there’s no going back now, right?), here’s a quick look at some of the things I’ve been doing lately, like enjoying some local eats and drinks at Ottawa’s Alt Hotel last Thursday (above). The cocktail party at the altcetera café was a chance to sample some specialty cocktails and nibblies made using locally-sourced ingredients.
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Books she’ll love for Mother’s Day + A giveaway

Books she’ll love for Mother’s Day + A giveaway

Yes of course I want to see my kids on Mother’s Day — I’d like to see them playing outside while I curl up inside with a book. Who’s with me? Uh huh. I see a few nods out there. Any one of these four would suit me just fine, and a tea if you’re making it, maybe a couple of tarts too. (*brushes pastry crumbs off leggings* How many days have I been wearing these?) Spring brings a bounty of new releases in every genre, and today I’ve got a look at a selection in stores just in time for Mother’s Day — two for those who love to cook and bake and entertain (alone or with kids helping alongside), one for fashionistas and another for the reluctant traveller. Because every one knows a mom who just wants time to think and read, and one of these books might make the perfect companion. (My thanks to Hachette Book Group Canada, who sent me all four to review.) Continue reading “Books she’ll love for Mother’s Day + A giveaway”

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

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

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!

GOOP Clean Beauty + Win a copy!

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!”

The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz + Win a copy!

The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz + Win a copy!

I know I’m not alone in feeling overwhelmed this time of year, but if it’s your holiday menu you’re worried about, worry no more! I’ve got your back. The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz is a fantastic resource not only for vegans (and for those with vegan guests coming to the table), but it has plenty of plant-tastic, comforting recipes to satisfy meat-eaters too. It’s Isa’s largest book (she’s published several other vegan bestsellers) and very likely one you’ll turn to the most, both for celebrations year-round and everyday meals. Continue reading “The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz + Win a copy!”

Deep Run Roots: Stories and Recipes from My Corner of the South by Vivian Howard + Win a signed copy!

Deep Run Roots: Stories and Recipes from My Corner of the South by Vivian Howard + Win a signed copy!

As I write, North Carolina chef, restaurateur and television personality, Vivian Howard, is ambling toward Atlanta, Georgia in a food truck, two and a half weeks into a nine-week book tour that will take her to more than 20 towns and cities across the southeast United States. Together with a small team, she’s serving up stories and dishes from her new (and first) cookbook, Deep Run Roots: Stories and Recipes from My Corner of the South. The book is a comprehensive record of modern Southern cooking that explores the history of North Carolina cuisine, catalogued by the ingredients that residents have cooked around for generations.  Continue reading “Deep Run Roots: Stories and Recipes from My Corner of the South by Vivian Howard + Win a signed copy!”