I love Sophie Kinsella, and devour everything she writes. This winter, she’s released a charming novel to warm you right up until spring.
In I Owe You One, Fixie is trying to live up to her namesake by desperately fixing everything in her life, and the lives of her family and friends. Unfortunately, she’s doing anything but.
Fixie Farr has always lived by her father’s motto: “Family first.” And since her dad passed away, leaving his charming housewares store in the hands of his wife and children, Fixie spends all her time picking up the slack from her siblings instead of striking out on her own. The way Fixie sees it, if she doesn’t take care of her father’s legacy, who will?
It’s simply not in Fixie’s nature to say no to people. So when a handsome stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop for a moment, she not only agrees—she ends up saving it from certain disaster. To thank Fixie for her quick thinking, the computer’s owner, Sebastian, an investment manager, scribbles an IOU on a coffee sleeve and attaches his business card. Fixie laughs it off—she’d never actually claim an IOU from a stranger. Would she?
But then Fixie’s childhood crush, Ryan, comes back into her life, and his lack of a profession pushes all of Fixie’s buttons. As always, she wants nothing for herself—but she’d love Seb to give Ryan a job. No sooner has Seb agreed than the tables are turned once more and a new series of IOUs between Seb and Fixie—from small favors to life-changing moments—ensues. Soon Fixie, Ms. Fixit for everyone else, is torn between her family and the life she really wants. Does she have the courage to take a stand? Will she finally grab the life, and love, she really wants? (more…)
Kingston, Ontario is one of those cities that I always end up stopping in on my way to another place, and always end up saying, I need to come back here! I was in desperate need of a winter staycation, and I decided to finally make Kingston my destination…and I already can’t wait to go back.
Where to Stay
Kingston isn’t too far from Toronto, just a 2.5 hour drive. We stayed in the ultra modern Delta Waterfront hotel, perched right by the water.
Who said winter is for hibernating indoors? Bundled up in my warmest down-filled winter coat and boots, I took the Parkbus, along with other bloggers, journalists and photographers, to Arrowhead Provincial Park in Hunstville. In celebration of Ontario Parks 125th anniversary and the Arrowhead Visitor Centre grand opening, Ontario Parks arranged the tour. Just over two hours north of Toronto, Arrowhead is the perfect getaway to explore nature and beautiful scenery without venturing out too far away from home. (more…)
Just because it’s winter, that doesn’t mean that you have to stay inside! There are tons of great events to check out and explore in the chilly months. Here are some of my favourites.
Winterlicious January 25 to February 7
Everyone’s favourite foodie festival is back for another year. This time, there are almost 200 participating restaurants. Lunch prix fixe menus can be #23, $28 or $33. Dinner clocks in at $33, $43 or $53. See all the restaurants here.
Winter Stations Feb. 18 to April 1
Walk along the waterfront between Ashbridges Bay and Balmy Beach to see interactive waterfront art installations. This year, the theme is migration. Check out the winning designs.
Come Up to My Room, January 17-20
All four floors of the Gladstone Hotel will become an intersection of art and design. Throughout the hotel, site specific installations will be throughout the hotel. This year, there’s a permanent installation that will be at the hotel for one year that manipulates light and reflection to create new spatial experiences.
Toronto Light Festival January 18 to March 3
This totally free festival features thousands of lights and 44 building in the Distillery District. Exhibits range from fun to interactive to just plain beautiful. Local and international artists are participants.
Interior Design Show January 17 to 20
This show celebrates and promotes designs in Canada and across the world. This year the show is bigger with more never-before-seen installations and features from 10 over design and architecture firms.
It can be a daunting task to pick out a book for the book lover in your life. I’ve picked a few of my favourite books from this year that would make any reader happy!
Astrology: Using the wisdom of the stars in your everyday life This book is great for someone who likes astrology, and wants to learn a bit more about it. This book dishes up practical advice about careers, starting a family and more, customized to your star sign. A great gift for your spiritual friend.
The Healthy Instant Pot Cookbook Instant Pot fever has swept the nation. Even I have one, and use it to make pulled pork and apple pie filling, among other things. This handy book shares tasty healthy recipes that you can whip up in a flash using your magical instant pot. A must for any Instant Pot owner.
Woman World by Aminder Dhaliwal Woman World is a funny, touching graphic novel. What if men went extinct? Where would women be? This book answers that question and so much more. Perfect for the graphic novel lovers in your life.
Spice This book is perfect for a foodie or cook. It breaks down the origin of spices from around the world with beautiful full colour photos, facts and recipes.
I can’t get enough of the recipes in this book! The recipes all have mouthwatering photos, and have fun names like Texas Trash Dip. The dishes are easy to create and for the most part, use items you might already have stocked in the fridge. This would be awesome for a foodie who’s getting into cooking.
Art This stunning coffee table book covers the history of different art movements from Greek to modern art. This beautiful book is a must for the art and culture lover in your life.
Thanks to DK, I’m giving you the chance to win your very own copy of Art or Astrology from DK. Enter below!
The Aurora Winter Festival has blown into Ontario Place, filling it with holiday magic. I checked out the festival just a day before it opened. So, what can you expect to see at the festival?
The Aurora Winter Festival inspires the festive spirit through magical winter experiences. Escape into a hidden village by the North Pole filled with captivating Christmas light displays and magical characters, and enjoy the market huts, food gardens, amusement rides, live entertainment, and plenty of other exciting activities. From visiting Santa’s Workshop to lacing up your skates on the Frozen Pond, there is something for every age at the Aurora Winter Festival. (more…)