Loving Love Your Suds!


It’s a very special feeling when someone you care about is succeeding at something they’re passionate about. I love rooting for people who are following their dreams! In this case, my friend and former coworker Belinda has launched her own all-natural, artisan soap company, Love Your Suds. But I should stop right there: this post isn’t because Belinda is my friend. It’s because her soaps are fantastic! Continue reading


Fave find: Fable naturals


I first encountered Fable Naturals at a trade show a while back. There were tons of other natural skin care companies around, but what really drew my eye was their awesome cardboard/paper packaging for their lip balm–absolutely plastic-free! How cool is that? When I found out the products were also fair trade, I was hooked. This Vancouver-based company sources as many fair trade ingredients as they can, and crafts small product batches lovingly, and typically by hand. Continue reading

Best Hostess Gifts


Recently I had a few girlfriends over for a girls’ night in–something I don’t do nearly as often I should or would like to. It’s so great to have everyone together, chat and laugh about little things, and enjoy some good food and drinks. I even made homemade sangria for the first time!

I was given this beautiful planter of adorable little succulents as a host gift by two of my friends, which has taken up residence in my kitchen beside my cookbook collection. I love it! I had actually talked myself out of buying some for my house earlier that day at a farmers’ market, which I’m pretty sure is called fate.

I love gifting. I can’t help it. And the only thing better than receiving an adorable and unexpected gift is giving one, in my opinion. I think the key to it giving something a little special that you wouldn’t necessarily buy (or make) for yourself. A bottle of wine is always great, but I do appreciate a unique or personalized touch.

Here are some of my favourite hostess gifts.

What are your favourite hostess gifts?