Category archives: Totally Random

  • Book Review: The Enemies of Versailles by Sally Christie

  • This book, the third and final installment in Sally Christie's Mistresses of Versailles Trilogy, was a great read! I sat down with it on a cold Saturday with a pot of tea and a fire and promptly read the first 200 or so pages and the following day, the rest. (It was helpful to also have a bad cough/cold, requiring serious couch time allowing me to indulge my book worm.) Where the first [...]
  • Traditional Christmas Decor Home Tour #CBHomeTour

  • When it comes to Christmas decor I am all about tradition. Our tree looks almost identical year after year, and each year I love taking the time to hang each and every ornament, all of which have a story. I know where (or from whom) every single one came from. With 13 married Christmases, our tree of memories gets more full each year and I love it. Welcome to our Christmas home tour, pa[...]
  • Full Disclosure: A peek behind the curtain

  • Update: this change has come and it is now law:) A few weeks ago some news broke that got bloggers all a twitter. Why? Well, coming soon to a blog near you will be rules around how bloggers (and anyone else making claims or promoting products online) will have to do business. They have to provide full disclosure. Yes, folks - we're getting a peek behind the curtain! Starting in early [...]
  • Book Review: The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

  • Where to begin with this book. Quite simply, it was lovely. But it The Light Between Oceans is more than just lovely. It is a picture book with no pictures. The words did such a beautiful job of taking you to Janus Rock I feel as thought I've been. And for more than one reason. First, the book's synopsis: After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Aust[...]
  • Book Review: Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg

  • Words are powerful. We all know how much I love to dive into a new book, but this one was different.  Why? Because of those powerful words on the cover..... This book landed in my hands six weeks ago, and yet it wasn't until the other day that I opened it up and promptly devoured it.  I mean that literally.  I read it in one four hour sitting, no bathroom breaks, no cuppa, nothing, just page[...]
  • Lilacs and other loves lately...

  • This time of year is one of my favourites.  It's lilac season.  Their scent is .... perfect.  It also reminds me of having tea parties with my Nana in her back yard.  The lilac bush in her yard was GIGANTIC. I fill the rooms in our house with fresh bundles every couple of days until they sadly decide it's time to go for another year. Having them in the bathroom is the best kind of 'natur[...]
  • Life outside the perfect @Instagram photo

  • So a thought occurred to me the other day as I was moving stuff from my kitchen/dining room into the living room. Before I get to the thought though, let me list out the things I moved: two bicycles bread, bagels, and a baguette a basket of cycling accessories three pairs of shoes one pair of rubber boots laundry detergent a laundry basket two dining room chairs my purse[...]
  • A total holy crap moment...

  • ...or, why I almost vomited on Canada Day. It was just after 7am on Canada Day. As I usually do, I checked my mobile to see what was going on the world. And then it was there. An email. And my gut recoiled. And then I started crying. The email said a lot of beautiful things and ended with this, "Thank you so much for your words. They have lifted me. I'm really grateful." And to th[...]