Now that we’ve officially left the season of pumpkin spice, bring on the holidays! I got the chance to check out the new philosophy collection and holiday packaging. Offering hot apple cider in a showroom
filled with pine themed holiday decor and ornaments of Purity Made Simple, Amazing Grace and Hands of
Hope, philosophy knows how to get us in the mood for the holidays. (more…)
The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa
This heartwarming tale is told from the perspective of a Japanese cat named Nana. Satoru, his owner, adopted him when he was found injured on the streets.Since then, human and cat have lived together in quiet companionship.
Suddenly, everything changes.
Satoru takes Nana on a roadtrip across Japan to find a new home, but Nana doesn’t know why. This book has beautiful descriptions Japanese landscapes like the countryside, farms and the sea.
While we journey, we learn a bit more about Satoru’s childhood, relationships, and of course, cats.
This book may or may not have a heartbreaking conclusion…you’ll have to reach it to find out what it is. If you’re a cat lover, you’ll warm to this charming book.
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I’m not lazy, exactly, but if someone happened to gift me a free cleaning service for life I would gladly take them up on their offer. It’s not quite a cleaning service, but this just may be the next best thing.
I was super excited to find out that Shark had entered the world of robotic vacuums. Thanks to Shark, I got my hands on a Shark ION™ Robot Vacuum Cleaning System. This vacuum is awesome! It packs a double punch, because it also comes with an ultra slim hand vacuum. (more…)
The Gardiner Museum is home to a new restaurant this fall. Clay is a new, beautifully designed restaurant brought to us from the genius minds of The Food Dudes.
Clay offers a select, seasonal menu featuring fresh, local ingredients. They’re open for brunch and lunch. I was invited to check out the new space, and immediately fell in love with the clean, simple design. (more…)
Monsters You Should Know is a delightful little book chock full of monsters from around the world that you may or may not know. I’m a big fan of folklore and legends, so I knew I had to get my hand on this book. It’s a beautiful hardcover book with full colour illustrations by Emma SanCartier. Inside there are 17 monsters brought to life with charming illustrations. (more…)
Kikkerland is such a fun brand. I’ve been a big fan for a long time. I first discovered the brand through their travel gear (super handy luggage scales and packable laundry bags have been a lifesaver!). Now that I’m a homeowner, I’m finding fun and useful ways to use Kikkerland day to day life.
This is the tool that I didn’t know I needed until I discovered it. I have a mini herb garden that’s constantly producing basil, oregano, mint, thyme and parsley. This handy herb multi tool is able to chop herbs with it’s curved blade, strip herbs of leaves (I’m looking at you, thyme) and can zest in a pinch. It’s also able to peel citrus and open bottles. (more…)
If you find yourself in Ottawa or Quebec, run, don’t walk, to Nordik Spa Nature. This is North America’s largest spa, and it’s oh so worth spending every minute here. The spa is only 15 minutes away from Ottawa, making it super convenient if you happen to be in town. This massive spa gets it’s roots from Scandinavian countries. They have 10 outdoor baths, 9 saunas, a floating salt water pool (my favourite!) a panoramic pool and multiple restaurants. Paradise? Yes.
When exploring the spa, it helps to know a little bit about how it’s laid out. The Kaskad area is great if you want some peace and quiet. This is a silent zone. If you still want to chat, but don’t want to be too loud, the Borëa allows you to speak quietly. It’s called the whisper section and it’s perfect for couples. Finally, if you’re here with a few friends and you really want to celebrate the Panorama area is the place to be. Talking is allowed and you can even drink in some of the pools. (more…)