3 Ways to Celebrate the best Moments of Last Year

3 ways to celebrate

As we start a new year, it's easy to get lost in all the planning, resolution-making and excitement about the year ahead of us. There are so many lessons that can be learnt from last year, and even more special memories that should be cherished. In an effort to not let the years all blur together, I like to do a few things to celebrate the previous year every January. Do you have any traditions around celebrating special moments in your life? I would love to hear them! Here are just 3 easy … [Read more...]

3 Things I’m Doing More of This Year

3 things I'm doing more of this year

I can hardly believe that it's now the third week of year all ready! I've been spending a lot of time clearing up things from last year—physically and mentally. I've shared with you the 3 Things I'm Letting go of and I'll soon be sharing 3 things I'm focusing on this year, but this post is all about things that I want to do more of.  … [Read more...]

How to Have the Best Year Ever

How to have the best year ever

New Year’s resolutions: don’t you just hate them? Many people make them, and never stick to them, or make resolutions that they think they should—like a resolution to lose a certain amount of weight. I’m doing things differently this year; really focusing on what is most important to me. First, I started by creating a word for the year, and using that to guide me with my goals and intentions for the year. Along with the word of the year, I will be using several other tools in my life.  … [Read more...]

Teach Yourself with Photography Books from DK Canada

DK Canada Photography Books

“You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” ― Ansel Adams I know at least 3 people who received (or bought for themselves)cameras this holiday season. With any new purchase, it's a good idea to get a feel for what it can do to get the full benefit of it. My best friend, for instance, has never had a DSLR camera, so isn't quite sure how to use … [Read more...]

Octaspring Pillows for a Good Night’s Sleep


If you're one of seemingly thousands of people I've seen posting recently about how tired you are and how much you wish you could be gifted with more sleep during this time of year, I've got just the thing for you. Sold exclusively at SleepCountry locations across Canada, Octaspring pillows, from international bedding brand Dormeo, use the same principle used in creating comfort zones in their mattresses. The technology used in the pillows makes it so the neck and head are fully supported. I … [Read more...]

Spruce up your Bathroom with a Speed Connect Faucet (with Giveaway)

American Standard faucet

It's officially winter now. In my world, winter means more time spent indoors.  To warm up during the cold months ahead, and to relax after a hectic holiday season, I plan on taking many more baths and pampering myself overall. Who wants to stare at an unsightly bathroom faucet that doesn't suit the general mood of the bathroom? Have friends and family staying with you? This is a great idea for enhancing the look of your bathroom or powder room. The Speed Connect line of faucets from American … [Read more...]

Winter Nails Gilded Dreams Collection


These shades of CND Vinylux, from the Gilded Dreams collection, will take you in to the winter season. I picture myself ice skating downtown at the Robson Square ice rink they set up every winter, with one of these colours on my nails. New to CND Vinylux? Here's a bit about their Weekly Polish:  The Weekly Polish system eliminates the need for a base coat, with the self-adhering colour coat. The top coat becomes more durable with exposure to natural light. Each coat dries super-quickly, in … [Read more...]

DIY Holiday Treats for Gift-Giving #FeelGoodHoliday (with Giveaway)


I like to enjoy healthy, delicious cereal a few times a week, though not always for breakfast. I'm a big fan of the Love Crunch line, and was happy to see a few flavours of it in the box I received from Nature's Path. I got my brother hooked on it, too! For those of you who are gluten-free, there are several cereals to choose from, so don't feel left out! If you feel creative, you can use Nature's Path cereal in a lot of recipes this holiday season. With a few other ingredients, you can put … [Read more...]

Three Things I’m Letting go of in the New Year

3 Things I'm letting go of

As we head in to the New Year, I've been laying out my calendar for the next year and filling out worksheets, like the ones I mentioned in this previous post. I started by filling in some of the adventures I plan on going on/experiencing and then some of the programs I'll be launching in my Whirligig Social business. In order to add in more (fun/adventure/business launches), it's necessary to remove things from my life that are no longer serving me. Here are just three of those things. 1. … [Read more...]

Art & Sole Coffee Table Book

Art and sole

Rather than giving your friends and family another ordinary gift, how about a beautiful art book, perfect for a coffee table? Art & Sole by Jane Weitzman, wife of shoe designer Stuart Weitzman, features 150 fantasy art shoes made of highly unique materials she has discovered and commissioned by artists for the first Stuart Weitzman shop on Madison Avenue in the mid-1990s. The shoes in this book are unique and definite works of art. They're made from from feathers, paper, ceramic, … [Read more...]