Five things + A giveaway!

Some of the small things I’ve been trying lately (including these jumbo bottles of Eva NYC shampoo and conditioner) and a chance to try one along with me. 


1. We’ve been trying a few different things for back-to-school lunches, like this easy, cheesy one-pot mac and cheese from Today’s Parent. (It passed.)

2. She took my spot! Some of Fall’s new releases (packed with recipes and DIYs I can’t wait to try): Today Will Be Different, Purely Pumpkin: More Than 100 Seasonal Recipes to Share, Savor and Warm Your Kitchen, Decorate for a Party: Stylish and Simple Ideas for Meaningful Gatherings, The Seasoned Life: Food, Family, Faith and the Joy of Eating Well, and Simple: The Easiest Cookbook in the World.

3. I made soap yesterday for the first time and guys, it was so fun! I followed this tutorial from A Beautiful Mess and used my Thursday Plantation lavender oil for the scent.

4. Sampling the strawberry, chocolate and vanilla gelato at the new Pure Gelato location in the Glebe. (We prefer the gelato at Stella Luna, but it’s a cheery spot.)

5. I’ve been using Eva NYC’s Clean It Up shampoo and Soften Up conditioner for a few days (Eva NYC sent me some to try to celebrate their Canadian launch at Costco) and love how soft and light my hair feels. The keravis protein in it is supposed to work wonders for strengthening hair (mine has all kinds of breakage around my ponytail) and it’s got argan oil to moisturize and detangle. I can’t speak to the strengthening since I’ve only just started using it, but my hair is a lot easier to comb through wet than it has been in a long time. (Saving me from dousing it with a detangling spray like I always have to do.) Would you like to try it? Here’s your chance! 


To enter to win two 33-oz bottles of Eva NYC’s Clean It Up shampoo and Soften Up conditioner (one bottle of each), tell me what kind of hair you have (short, thick and shiny? long and limp? curly and colour-treated?) in the comments below. (This entry is mandatory.)

For an additional entry, follow try small things on Facebook and share this post, then tell me you did so and your name on Facebook in the comments below.

You may also tweet the following once per day and leave the url for your tweet in the comments below (one entry per tweet).

Stronger, healthier, trend-slaying hair: #Win Eva NYC shampoo and conditioner from @trysmallthings CAN/US 10/5 

The giveaway is open to residents of Canada (excluding Quebec) and the US 18+ and ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on October 5, 2016. The potential winner must respond to prize notification within 48 hours, including the correct answer to a skill-testing question, otherwise another winner will be selected.

Update October 7, 2016: Congratulations Christine H!

Eva NYC sent me the shampoo and conditioner to facilitate a review. All opinions are my own. 

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  1. Maritess S

    I have long, fine and wavy hair.

  2. Lynn Clayton

    long dry thick hair

  3. Wendy hutton
  4. Breanne

    I have long, thick hair.

  5. Lynn Clayton

  6. Monique L.S.
  7. Dianne G.
  8. loriag

  9. lyndac1968

  10. Ashley B.

    Daily tweet

  11. John H.

    I shared on Twitter.

  12. Denise Hrehoruk
  13. John H.

    My hair is short and wavy.

  14. butterflyamyc

  15. Carol

    I have short and wavy hair.

  16. Jennifer H.
  17. Jennifer H.

    I have long and curly hair.

  18. Anne Taylor

  19. jan

  20. kristen visser

  21. Jeannie Lam

  22. favgreen(Rhonda W G.)

  23. Rob the Concert Guy

    my wife’s hair, who’d i’d give this too, is long, thick, and color treated.

  24. Wendy hutton
  25. Florence C

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