A Book That Takes Its Time: An Unhurried Adventure in Creative Mindfulness + Win a copy

When you hear one of your favourite magazines is putting out a book you get excited. So I couldn’t wait to see what the co-founders of Flow dreamed up for A Book That Takes Its Time: An Unhurried Adventure in Creative Mindfulness, released earlier this month. Just like the magazine, the book (printed on similar thick matte paper ahhh!) contains articles, activities and paper goodies to pull out, fill in and post up to remind you to slow down and appreciate the little things. It’s organized in six chapters — time to breathe, time to learn, time to create, time to reflect, time to let go, and time to be kind — with essays, poems and exercises designed to encourage mindful exploration. “Life is so much better when you enjoy living in the now, when you focus more on the beautiful moments, and when you don’t expect so much of yourself all the time,” say authors Irene Smit and Astrid van der Hulst. “We hope that our book will help you worry less, feel more at peace, and change your perspective.” Here’s a look inside. (Thanks for the copy, Thomas Allen & Son.) Continue reading A Book That Takes Its Time: An Unhurried Adventure in Creative Mindfulness + Win a copy

A tired corner gets a cheery refresh with Thimblepress + A giveaway

It’s reveal day! Woohoo! I’ve been wanting to give my favourite corner a refresh for what feels like forever, and Saturday I finally rolled up my sleeves and got started. I stripped the living room wallpaper, gave the walls a fresh coat of paint, and brought in some colourful accessories my friends at Thimblepress sent from their HQ in Jackson, Mississippi. I’ve loved their cheery art prints and greeting cards and confetti push-pops and pretty much everything they do for a few years now, and here I’ve incorporated some of my new and old favourites to give the space a happy vibe. (The new goodies were free of charge in exchange for this post.)  Continue reading A tired corner gets a cheery refresh with Thimblepress + A giveaway

For paper lovers like us! Meet OliveBox + A giveaway

I know I tend to gush, but I am so excited to show you today’s super fun find: it’s OliveBox, a wonderfully whimsical subscription service for paper lovers created by Grace Kang, founder of the Pink Olive gift boutiques in NYC. Monthly, 3-month, 6-month and 1-year subscriptions are available, as are single boxes like the ‘Dig in’ Foodie box I picked to review. (I picked a foodie box? Shocking, I know.) Let’s take a bite out of the Big Apple and see what’s inside!  Continue reading For paper lovers like us! Meet OliveBox + A giveaway