There is something wonderfully personal about giving someone a book you’ve handpicked for them. So, this Christmas, with the help of Value Village, I selected some pre-loved books to give as gifts to my loved ones. Here are a few I chose which may help inspire you in your search…
A few fun links to peruse this first weekend of December…December?! How’d that happen?
I’d love to tour these underwater art installations.
Such a pretty DIY Advent Calendar.
Ways to use the stress of the holidays to make your relationship stronger.
Would you eat dinner in the sky?
Beautiful ways to display art at home.
I definitely need a cat-tongue detangling brush (as soon as they’ve created it).
There was a National Pie Day and I missed it.
A simple design quiz to figure out your interior design personality. According to this, I’m “urban industrial”, but secretly I think I’m “transitional”.
This will make you think twice about parental shaming and fears.
A one-pot dinner that looks delicious and simple to make.
Kate’s second instalment of book recommendations are perfect for this spooky season. (Read her first instalment of recommendations here).
I love the arrival of fall. It means colourful leaves, pumpkin-spiced everything, cozy sweaters, and, hopefully, some rainy afternoons with a good book in hand. With the weather turning and Halloween approaching, I always find my literature choices veer to the darker end of the spectrum. Suspense, thrillers, mysteries; they’re all fair game for me now. Here are some of my all-time favourites to help jump start your fall reading.
The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury
While Ray Bradbury is better known for his adult fiction (his works such as Fahrenheit 451 are very popular in English Lit classes) his kid’s books are just as delightful. My particular favourite is The Halloween Tree. The story opens on Halloween, with a band of friends gathering, eager to run amok. When they discover a member of their group is missing, they must turn to a mysterious stranger for help. Only by travelling through time and space to learn the true meaning of Halloween can the boys hope to save their lost friend. This fabulous book offers a bit of everything; it’s spooky, educational, funny, and emotional and appeals to a wide range of readers. Plus, it’s not that long, making it a perfect family read.
A few fun links …
A great picture of a mom just getting it done.
Wish I could have a cocktail served by this guy.
An ode to Facebook mum groups.
Avocado toast. Yes please.
The real colour of a dinosaur.
Very happy to hear that binge watching can be good for relationships.
I’m quite fond of the idea of healthy chocolate bars.
Looks like I’ll be hiking in jeans the next time I go for a walk near rattle-snakes. Which could quite possibly be never.
Some reads for the long weekend…
Loved reading about co-living and the idea of making neighbourhoods within buildings themselves.
Like a lot of people I’ve been obsessed with Stranger Things, so that means I was totally interested in seeing Eleven with long hair.
Speaking of Netflix, here’s all that’s coming soon.
Mmm, Bento Box snacks. Such a great idea.
I’m guilty of always letting my phone’s battery die completely. Apparently, it should never go below 50%!
These homes with green grass roofs are magical.
Some healthy habits and tips to keep in mind.
This short documentary about gender is on my watch list.
The rain is setting in and I’d love this to keep me covered.
My friend Kate is one of the most voracious readers I know, and she’s been recommending books to me since we first learned to read together in Kindergarten and Grade 1. Charlotte’s Web and Bunnicula certainly did not disappoint.
Kate loves fiction (often with a gothic/medieval leaning), whereas I gravitate towards nonfiction, so she often recommends books that I would never even consider reading. Here are a few of her recent book suggestions, followed by some nonfiction reads I’m looking forward to making my way through this summer…