Currently coveting

It’s late afternoon on a holiday Monday and no one is particularly hungry after snacking all day, the kids are watching a god-awful movie (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with Johnny Depp) and I’m tempted to lie down for a nap even if it means I’ll have a hard time sleeping later. (Not like that would be anything new; I’ve always been a pretty crappy sleeper.) Fall is my favourite time of the year so it makes sense that this would be one of my favourite lists to make too. Here’s what I’m coveting this month. (Some things on-point for the season, others just super fun.) Currently coveting

What’s inside August’s Mapleblume box #luxebeauty

I received Mapleblume’s August box for review purposes. This post also appears on A Year of Boxes

“Babies don’t need a vacation, but I still see them at the beach … I’ll go over to a little baby and say ‘What are you doing here? You haven’t worked a day in your life!'” — Steven Wright •  😂😂 How are our beach days almost behind us already? Summer has flown by (not that I mind; fall’s really my jam) and here we are almost at the end of August. I have a couple of August subscription boxes to review that still haven’t arrived so you’ll probably be seeing those early next month, but I DO have August’s Mapleblume box and it’s a really good one. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a quarterly subscription box of luxury cosmetics and skincare with at least five full-size or deluxe sample-size products in every shipment.  What’s inside August’s Mapleblume box #luxebeauty

Wonder Plants 2: Your Urban Jungle Interior + Win a copy!

I received Wonder Plants 2 for review purposes. All opinions are my own. 

I almost brought another plant home from the grocery store today — a darling little philodendron in a simple terracotta pot — but my basket was already weighed down with milk and tomatoes and other essentials (and non-essentials) that I’d be struggling to juggle on the bus as it was. Adding a plant to the mix seemed like a recipe for a bad end so decided to leave if (or leaf it, ha ha) for another day. And now I think it’s just as well. I’d much rather save up for a giant statement-making plant that’ll add life to the living room where we spend so much of our time. Okay maybe two giant plants. Three if I’m being honest. And for that I blame Irene Schampaert & Judith Baehner. The pair wrote the book (well books) on living large with plants in Wonder Plants and Wonder Plants 2: Your Urban Jungle Interior and the 20 stunning green interiors and plant care tips inside have me dreaming of something similar at home. We looked at Wonder Plants in 2017; here today is peek inside Wonder Plants 2Wonder Plants 2: Your Urban Jungle Interior + Win a copy!

August’s OatBox #breakfastbox

I received August’s OatBox in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. This post also appears on A Year of Boxes.

OatBox is a monthly breakfast subscription box from Montreal that comes with two large bags of handcrafted granolas that are 100% natural and preservative-free, plus two recipes. Gluten-free boxes are available and subscriptions can be delayed or cancelled free of charge. August’s OatBox #breakfastbox

Glossybox: The Birthday Edition 🥳 #beautybox

I received the August Glossybox in exchange for an honest review. This post also appears on A Year of Boxes

This month’s Glossybox is a special edition birthday box celebrating the company’s eighth year in business. 🎉They typically come with five deluxe or full-size beauty products ranging from trendy to high-end; for August it’s a selection designed to make subscribers sparkle and shine. ✨✨  Glossybox: The Birthday Edition 🥳 #beautybox

New books in the Little People, BIG DREAMS series + A giveaway!

I received the books in this post in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe • Little People, BIG DREAMS is a series of picture books about important figures in science, art, sport — virtually every field — who overcame difficult beginnings and hardships to pursue their dreams. Aimed at ages 4 to 7, the stories are simple primers that de-mystify modern-day heroes, sharing the milestones in their upbringing and careers achieved not by magic, but by hard work and perseverance. I’ve talked about some of the earlier books in the series (Frida Kahlo, Audrey Hepburn, Stephen Hawking and others) and wanted to share a peek at some of the newest ones. New books in the Little People, BIG DREAMS series + A giveaway!

Tell me you’ll make these s’mores brownies + A giveaway! (Only all the Loacker crispy wafers you could ever want)

I received the products in this post for promotional purposes. All opinions are my own. 

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you know I’m about as outdoorsy as that lamp over there. (I’m pointing to a tall reading lamp in the living room that I wouldn’t normally draw attention to but I’ve just dusted it, so feel free to hold it in your mind’s eye for as long as you like. It’s very shiny.) No surprise then that I’m a big fan of today’s s’mores brownies recipe from Loacker, maker of crispy wafers in all kinds of delicious flavours. They’re like a taste of the cottage right at home, like being around the campfire — only without the camp or the fire, ha ha. Tell me you’ll make these s’mores brownies + A giveaway! (Only all the Loacker crispy wafers you could ever want)

Free shipping makes this UK beauty box an affordable treat

I received July’s lookfantastic subscription box in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. This post also appears on A Year of Boxes

The lookfantastic Beauty Box is a subscription box from the UK that includes six premium beauty and skin care products and a copy of ELLE UK magazine each month. While the price is in line with other similar boxes (£15.00 or about $22 CAD/month and free international shipping), it has a luxurious feel about it that impressed me at first sight. It’s also my first one.  Free shipping makes this UK beauty box an affordable treat