New York in Bloom by Georgianna Lane + Win a copy!

ABRAMS Books sent me New York in Bloom in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Happy book birthday to New York in Bloom! Told mostly in photographs, it’s Georgianna Lane’s love letter to the city’s parks and gardens, floral studios and displays, and market blooms, and it’s out today. The book is a companion to 2017’s Paris in Bloom (also lovely) and a third book, London in Bloom, is on the way. New York in Bloom by Georgianna Lane + Win a copy!

Little People, BIG DREAMS + A giveaway!

Quarto Publishing Group sent me the books in this post in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

After reviewing a number of subscription boxes over the past few weeks, I’m turning to something a little different today: books! (But I do have one more box to share with you before the month is out. And I think you’re really going to like it.) Today I want to share some of our favourites from a highly collectible series for young readers, Little People, BIG DREAMS. They’re whimsically illustrated picture books aimed at kids aged 4 to 7 that tell the stories of people who pursued their dreams to achieve incredible things, despite some difficult beginnings and/or hardships along the way. Quarto sent me advance copies of the newest additions to the series — Stephen Hawking and Muhammad Ali, both published earlier this month — and the Women in Art Gift Set featuring Audrey Hepburn, Frida Kahlo and Coco Chanel.

Little People, BIG DREAMS + A giveaway!

Inside February’s OatBox 😋😋

I received February’s OatBox for free in exchange for an honest review. This post also appears on A Year of Boxes

OatBox is a monthly breakfast subscription box from Montreal. It includes two large bags of handcrafted granolas that are 100% natural and preservative-free, plus two recipes that use them or make a tasty pairing. Gluten-free boxes are available and subscriptions can be delayed or cancelled free of charge. Inside February’s OatBox 😋😋

Inside the Winter ’19 Wanderlust Box

I received The Wanderlust Box for free in exchange for an honest review. This post also appears on A Year of Boxes

If you’re thinking about escaping the snow to hit the beach, The Wanderlust Box could be the ticket. The quarterly box of style, travel, beauty and fitness items is curated around a beach destination and has over $250 worth of full-sized products. (And that’s USD! So about $330 Canadian.) My first one arrived last week and it’s got just about everything under the sun. Inside the Winter ’19 Wanderlust Box

What’s inside February’s Mapleblume box #luxebeauty

I received Mapleblume’s February subscription box for free in exchange for an honest review. This post also appears on A Year of Boxes

What did the right eye say to the left? “Something between us smells.” 😂 My second Mapleblume beauty box came in the mail last week and a couple of the products smell too. But really, REALLY good. 😁 If you haven’t heard of Mapleblume, it’s a quarterly (formerly bi-monthly) subscription box of luxury cosmetics and skincare with at least five full-size or deluxe sample-size products in every shipment.  What’s inside February’s Mapleblume box #luxebeauty

What’s inside February’s GlobeIn Artisan Box

I received the GlobeIn Artisan Box for free for review purposes. All opinions are my own. This post also appears on A Year of Boxes.

GlobeIn Artisan Box is a monthly subscription box featuring handmade, ethically sourced products from makers around the world. Each Premium Box has a theme and February’s is Masquerade. (Just in time for Carnival and Mardi Gras. 🎉🎉)  What’s inside February’s GlobeIn Artisan Box

Fantastical Cakes: Incredible Creations for the Baker in Anyone + Win a copy!

Running Press sent me Fantastical Cakes in exchange for an honest review. Here’s what I think. 

You know you’re getting old when you get that one candle on the cake. It’s like, ‘See if you can blow this out.’ — Jerry Seinfeld  I’ve loved baking and decorating cakes since I was a kid but I can’t remember any that were spectacular to look at or eat. (Well none except the Strawberry Shortcake one I had for my 10th birthday, but that was store-bought.) It’s only since having my own kids (and a few years later, starting this blog) that I’ve learned a little about the hows and whys of baking and decorating and experimented with a few different techniques. If I could turn back time (🎵 If I could find a way🎵) I would have read Gesine Bullock-Prado’s Fantastical Cakes: Incredible Creations for the Baker in Anyone YEARS AGO because it taught me so many things I wish I’d known before. Unfortunately the book only came out in November and before that Gesine was busy running her Vermont baking school and writing five other books and tending to two dogs, two cats, a flock of chickens and the other animals on her farm. (She’s still got the baking school and the farm. And probably another book already started.)  Fantastical Cakes: Incredible Creations for the Baker in Anyone + Win a copy!

What’s inside Sweet Reads Box’s first YA Box

I received the Sweet Reads Box YA Box for free in exchange for an honest review. Here’s what I think.

I’ll understand if you won’t be exactly sympathetic when I say it was quite the SHOCK coming home from Florida to the frozen tundra chez nous. Did it just snow for two weeks straight or what? I don’t know how the mailman didn’t break his neck going up and down our ice-crusted front steps but I was happy to see a few packages waiting for me, including the first Sweet Reads Box YA Box. (Yay!) Let’s see what’s inside.  What’s inside Sweet Reads Box’s first YA Box

Two new cookbooks from Canadian Living + A giveaway!

Simon and Schuster Canada sent me both Canadian Living cookbooks in exchange for an honest review. Here’s what I think.

Hello from Florida! I’m writing from my aunt’s kitchen table in Zephyrhills, looking at the the palm trees swaying in the breeze outside the window. It’s sunny but cool — in the day we wear pants and a sweater and in the night we put the heat on. But I’m not complaining! Not knowing how miserably cold it’s been back home. Speaking of home, before I left I tried a few recipes from two new Canadian Living cookbooks, Quick 400-Calorie Favourites: 90+ Tested-til-Perfect Recipes from the Canadian Living Test Kitchen and One Dish Favourites: 90+ All-in-One Meals from the Canadian Living Test Kitchen. Maybe you remember seeing them on Instagram?
Two new cookbooks from Canadian Living + A giveaway!