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Sorry, did you say something? I’ve had my head in a book the past couple of weeks and I feel like half of me is elsewhere. Which is so wonderful, isn’t it? When was the last time you got lost in a great book?

etta and otto

I started Emma Hooper’s Etta and Otto and Russell and James one night last week and stayed up ’til 1 in the morning to finish it. And wanted to start it all over again, it was that good. I’ll tell you more about it this week.


What do you think about the Nate Berkus pillow in front? I obsessed about it for a couple of weeks before bringing it home to try it out. Hubs thinks it’s too 80s, but I’m kind of liking how it contrasts with the black and white pillow and picks up on the peach in the brick. I’m just wondering if I’ll tire of it. What do you think? Keep, or return to Target while I still can? (I’ve got two of them.)

candy hearts for blog

So happy to see the Valentine candy at the Bulk Barn. Hearts are cute year-round!

lily thimblecakes

Happiness is finding a leftover cupcake in the fridge, this one from ThimbleCakes.

jan hm doggie

And January’s Happy Mail is here! I’m sending some of this month’s collection to Aneta, Carolyn, Janey, Brian, Linda and Renee. Would you like some happy mail too? Email your name and address to me at and I’ll pop a note in the mail to the first 10 people to respond, wherever you are in the world.

Have a great week, everybody!

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Hello friends! How was your week? I saw the cutest craft project on Oh Happy Day last week and thought it would be perfect to try yesterday for the first day of Summer.

popsicle garland

Can you guess what they’re made of? If you answered pool noodles, you’re right! They make the cutest garlands, don’t they? You can see the complete how-to here.

jamesy shirt

And can you believe another school year has almost come to a close? Last week my guy’s JK class had an end-of-year concert, followed by a surprise informal graduation. The kids wore mortarboards made out of construction paper and their teacher read a great book about finding your own path called I Knew You Could: A Book For All The Stops In Your Life. Oh my gosh, what a tear-jerker! There wasn’t a dry eye in the room. (I mean, the kids were alright. But the parents: cue the waterworks!)

egg salad

I’m still all over the Lunchmatch contest and trying to come up with somewhat interesting entries every day. This picture was the best of the bunch last week.

Do you have any sandwich/chip combos to suggest? I’d love to hear your ideas!

horned owls

My daughter and I had a girls’ day today and spent some time browsing around an annual art festival. The horned owls were a favourite.

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As was the pottery.

one last cupcake

In sad news, our favourite cupcake shop closed today after four years of business. We dropped in this morning for one last treat.

We’ll miss The Flour Shoppe. Gone too soon.

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The Farmer’s market had a bounty of delicious goodness this week, with seasonal greens making way for more colourful fruits and veggies.


Here’s my daughter feigning interest in the radishes. Such a gorgeous pink!

first strawberrie

And the early strawberries were in! We treated ourselves to one of the few remaining pints. I want to take the kids strawberry picking in a few weeks when the berries are more plentiful and bring home enough to make a few batches of jam.

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The whole family pitched in this weekend to help me with a DIY for the fabulous blog So Fawned. You’ll see my post about it on the site in the next couple of weeks, but until then it’s hush hush. (This is very exciting!)

go your own way

I saw this print at Target and it really spoke to me so I brought it home for the gallery-wall-to-be. Just $20, framed and all!

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And to end things on a sweet note, two of my favourite digital magazines just released their summer issues. I can’t wait to curl up with my tablet and see what seasonal inspiration EMMA Magazine and Sweet Paul will bring. I’ve made many recipes from EMMA Magazine, including the one for this rather sophisticated orange olive oil and rosewater cupcake, and nearly all of them have been as delicious as they look. Will you be inspired too?