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.
Halloween and thrift-store shopping are two of my favourite things. So, this year, I was excited to decorate my mantel for Halloween with the help of Value Village.
While shopping I found a variety of housewares that I thought would add a spooky feel including a candleholder, dessert stand, vintage books, and old glass bottles.
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 possibly be never.
It dawned on me that despite enjoying the beautiful summer weather, having a toddler to chase around, and taking many pregnancy naps, I have managed to fit in a large amount of Netflix time over the past few months (with Joe by my side). I often hope that we are not the only ones who have been sucked into the world of extreme streaming and that it’s many couples’ dirty little secret. We like to refer to Netflix as the glue that holds our relationship together (along with watching The Bachelor, of course).
In case you aren’t as extreme as us and need a few recommendations …
This past week has really just felt like a waiting game. Being so close to my due date and likely passing it (which I will do tomorrow) has felt a bit anticlimactic. I was over a week overdue with Frankie, so I’ve been expecting an overdue baby again. By this point the anticipation feels so great that I’ve found myself twiddling my thumbs a little bit. I don’t want to go on any adventures too far from the hospital and I don’t think I can handle doing any more baby preparations. So, here’s to spicy food and long walks!