The Ottawa Tulip Festival Is So Gorgeous

15 May 2015 | 0 Comments

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I was in Ottawa for the last 24 hours with Camp Tech. I had a couple hours to kill before my flight home, so I checked out the Tulip Festival. It’s so beautiful! Here are some pics of my favourites. Some of them don’t even look like tulips, like the Yellow Pomponettes. And some have funny names like Sensual Touch. Gorgeous. If you get a chance to check it out, I highly recommend!

I’m Loving These Soaps and Scrubs

24 April 2015 | 0 Comments

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I love fancy soap, so when I recently visited the amazing Cabbagetown shop Labour of Love, I picked up a bar of Eucalyptus Mint soap by Toronto company Leaves of Trees. Whoa. It is the best. Even Ian totally loves it. I had to have more, so I placed an order on their website, and also picked up the Lavender Sugar Scrub and Lavender Argan Oil.

Leaves of Trees is run by a medical doctor who makes everything herself. The product is wonderful, the packaging is gorgeous, and it’s well priced. I’m hooked.

Photo from Labour of Love’s Instagram feed

Preschooler Date at TIFF and DigiPlaySpace

16 March 2015 | 0 Comments

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Lately Ian has been doing more than his fair share of the parenting duties as I’ve had a lot of work commitments. So to even the scales a little bit, and have some precious time with Clara (who is just shy of 4 years old), we had a girls-only date on Saturday.

We spent the afternoon at the TIFF Lightbox, having lunch at Canteen (we both had mac and cheese with bacon lardons… so yummy), watching The Little Mermaid on the big screen, and then checking out the DigiPlaySpace exhibit. It was so much fun. Highly recommended!

 

Would You Swing On This?

13 March 2015 | 0 Comments

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There’s a seismic monitoring station in Ecuador known as Casa del Arbo (“The Treehouse”). It has a rickety swing hanging from one of the tree branches, and it swings over a 100 foot drop. No harness, no net, or any other safety feature. The swing is commonly known as “the swing at the edge of the world.”

Would you swing on it? I don’t know if I would!

via Atlas Obscura. Top photo by David Silo, bottom left photo unknown credit, bottom right photo by Adam Rifkin.

Whoa… Check Out This Theatre Turned Bookstore

12 March 2015 | 0 Comments

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El Ateneo Grand Splendid is a theatre-turned-bookstore in Buenos Aires. Aren’t those pictures gorgeous?

This Video of Animal Friends Is Too Cute

9 February 2015 | 2 Comments

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This video (below) is a commercial for Android, but who cares about that… it features about a minute of adorable animal friends. Beyond adorable.

Watch This Video of My Dog Playing in the Snow

2 February 2015 | 0 Comments

My dog Isabel is a Border Collie/Australian Shepherd crossed with something small. I think she’s part Corgi because she’s so long and short. Whatever she is, she LOVES snow.  Here’s a video of her running in the fresh snow earlier today. Makes me smile.

I Think I’m Danish

2 February 2015 | 0 Comments

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Okay, not really. I’m not Danish at all. But I have been hearing a lot about a Danish concept recently. I’ve seen a bunch of articles all about hygge, the concept of well-being/cozy/social/friendly/warm-ness that is a central part of Danish culture, particularly in the winter. The more definitions of hygge that I read make me think this isn’t just a strategy for getting through long, cold winters… it’s a way of life (this is the best definition of hygge I’ve read). And it sounds a lot like how I live my life (prioritizing time spent with friends and family, warmth, comfort, art, good food, drink, conversation, etc). Now I really want to go to Denmark and experience hygge first-hand.

[the blurry photos above are from an evening spent with my best friends, in the yurt at the Ceili Cottage in the middle of winter. It doesn’t get much more hygge than that]

We Watched A Wonderful Documentary Last Night

30 January 2015 | 0 Comments

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Last night Ian and I watched a documentary I had recorded on the PVR from before Christmas. It was called Twin Sisters and it was shown on The Passionate Eye on the CBC (an internet search shows it was also aired on PBS, but I don’t think it’s on Netflix. You can stream it for $5 on Vimeo).

The film is about twin sisters who were adopted as babies in China. Their adoptive parents were told they weren’t sisters, but they did a DNA test to check, and they’re identical. One is being raised with her family in a suburb in California, and the other is being raised in a small town of 200 people in Norway.

It is so so lovely. The filmmakers did a wonderful job being sensitive with tough issues of biology, siblinghood (I don’t think that’s a word), adoption, and cultural differences.  If you get a chance to watch it, go for it. It’s won a bajillion awards, all well deserved.  The trailer is below.

 

I’m Jealous Of My Daughter’s Play Tent

28 January 2015 | 0 Comments

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We picked up this tent from Ikea for Clara’s room, and she adores it. She puts her stuffed animals in with her, pulls the flaps shut, and reads books (often out loud which is hilarious and adorable). Did you have a tent or a special spot as a kid? I had a treehouse, which was just the best. Even as an adult, I’m kind of jealous of Clara’s special place.