Five things

Abrams Books and Penguin Random House Canada sent me the books pictured in this post. All opinions are my own.

“I told my wife she was drawing her eyebrows too high. She looked surprised.” HA HA HA HA. Forgive me for not sharing a Halloween joke — I couldn’t find a gourd one. (ZING!) Today’s post is mostly a rehash of things I’ve shared in the past week on social media but if you want to see what’s coming up I’ve included that too. 

Yesterday I made these SCARY EASY jack-o-lanterns with some copper mugs I had at home and sticky-backed black paper from the craft store. I can’t remember where I first saw the idea (which bugs me ’cause I’d love to give them credit) but they literally take all of a minute to make. Plus they keep dessert cold. It’s Chimp Treats mango banana nicecream which is just mango and banana but by some wizardry and hocus pocus tastes like ice cream.

The Travelling Cat Chronicles came out this week and I want to give it to anyone who’s ever loved an animal and felt loved back. The international bestseller by Hiro Arikawa and translated by Philip Gabriel is told from the perspective of a rescued cat who travels across Japan with his owner to find someone who can give him a new home. They visit three of the man’s old friends and along the way learn about courage, gratitude, loyalty and love. It’s sweet and HEARTBREAKING and why do we not have more books told by cats?

And for little ones, Peppa Pig and the Halloween Costume. Halloween is coming up scary fast and Peppa Pig still hasn’t figured out her costume. She has all kinds of ideas — that’s not the problem — but her friends seem to have thought of them first. Can she come up with something that’s Perfectly Peppa in time? (The suspense!) The illustrations are adorable and I love the you-be-you message. A super simple, super cute story for ages 2 to 5.

Canadian Living magazine always has so many delicious-looking recipes. This week I tried the Sheet Pan Double Chocolate Cake from the November issue. Highly recommend.

And coming soon, a review of Home Made Christmas by Yvette Van Boven, which has all kinds of wonderful recipes for your holiday table and beautiful, moody photography that’ll you’ll want to pore over with a cozy blanket, a cup of tea and maybe your favourite candle. Also Willow Crossley’s Handmade Living: 40 Step-by-Step Projects for Crafting a Beautiful Home. Many of the projects would make lovely gifts, so if you’re looking for handmade presents to put under the tree this one might give you some ideas. And you’ll have a chance to win a copy of each book! If you like chocolate (goes great with books!), be sure to follow me on Instagram for a look at some of the scrumptious treats available from Marich Chocolates and a chance to win a selection. (Remember we sampled some here?) That one will be open to Canadian and US residents. What else? A review of October’s OatBox (my second one for A Year of Boxes, which has reviews of any subscription box you can think of) and maybe I’ll finally get a few little packages and cards in the mail that I’ve been wanting to send.

Would you like a little surprise too? Tell me your favourite thing in this post (either from the past week or coming up) and something you loved last week (A visit to a bookstore? A repair that cost less than you expected? A new show on Netflix?). Comment by 11:59 pm EST on Friday, November 2, 2018 and I’ll randomly select a winner the next day. The winner will have 48 hours to get back to me with their name and address and the correct answer to a skill-testing question. If I don’t hear back, I’ll choose again. Open to Canadian readers 18+, excludes Quebec.

Thank you so much for reading!! I can’t wait to hear from you.

(PS: I didn’t mean for this post to be so long but there it is.)

Update November 4, 2018: A little surprise is coming your way, NJ! 

18 responses to “Five things”

  1. I like the jack-o-lanterns copper mugs. Last week I tried a new essential oil (Balsam fir needle) in my diffuser and now my place smells like a forest whenever I use it.

  2. I like Peppa Pig and the Halloween costume, Our granddaughter is obsessed with Peppa and this is a great book to read to her. Going to find it for next year

  3. I’m all over that sheet pan chocolate cake and it has sprinkles 😉 My daughter is always asking for cakes with sprinkles. One thing i loved was that we had a last minute weekend getaway with the kids. I used some hotel points and it was wonderful..just what we needed.

    • Oh a last-minute getaway! That’s so, so nice! We don’t stay at hotels often so when we do it’s always such a treat. The kids look in every drawer and smell all the soaps, LOL. ❤️

    • Thanks Caryn! 🙂 And those copper mugs are everywhere now too. I got mine at HomeSense but you could also try Winners, Marshalls and Chapters/Indigo.

  4. I am still completely enamored with your Jack-o-Lantern mugs 🙂 They would go well with my favorite Sheet Pan Double Chocolate Cake

    • LOL. I love them too! I have a gold mug as well — thinking I might see if it’ll look like an emoji if I put stickers on it.

  5. The Traveling Cat Chronicles sounds like the absolute purrfect read for me! Can’t wait to get my paws on it!

    Something that was fantastic this week was that I bought a shirt from old navy in a freakin’ size MEDIUM. This time last year I was buying XXL!!!!! Can I get a high five?!

    • 🖐 HOLY CRAP! You have been working your tail off! Congratulations, Jennifer! All the high fives! What does the shirt look like? #madboutplaid #andstripes #andsolids

  6. I’d love to read Handmade Living. 40 project seems like a lot so I’m sure there must be one I can figure out 🙂
    Last week we binged watched on Netflix The Haunting of Hillhouse. It is super spooktacular. Really got us into the Halloween spirit.

    • LOL. I’m sure there will be a few! I picked photos of my favourite ones to share (and they all look pretty easy). Happy Halloween! 🎃

  7. I love all the things in your post!! That chocolate cake looks delicious!!

    On Saturday, I went to a free movie (Book Club) at Cineplex for Community Day. Then, I went to Hudsons Bay and received a free Guerlain facial! It was heaven! It was a good day!

  8. I love the ideas in Canadian Living too, and one thing I loved last week was finishing my crocheted blanket!

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