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the photo I chose from our week. a week of two kids on antibiotics.
two sick parents and a little sister with a cold. it was a long week.
  1. How to actually love yourself.
  2. Let go of your past. Get clear on your future.
  3. Keep Going – by Austin Kleon
  4. how to order coffee in Italy without sounding like an idiot.
  5. how forest bathing can help with stress and anxiety
  6. an obituary written with a bit of sass.
  7. signs you’re addicted to sugar
  8. National Home Doctor. Why didn’t we do this sooner?
  9. introduced to Joan Didion this week.

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when your brother comes home from school, you cuddle.
  1. What Will the Future of Work Look Like in 2019?
  2. love this for toy organization
  3. kitchen knife for kids. shaped as a dog.
  4. wonderpens. a magical stationary shop.
  5. E. Frances Paper for the cutest paper products.
  7. Craftsman Explorer stamps
  8. Hightide Tiny Container | TOOLS to LIVEBY
  9. What Is Spirituality?
  10. Style Glossary – Ultimate list of interior design styles & definitions
  11. men’s bike pants for commuting
  12. the best skin care product I’ve ever used. cleansing balm from Beautycounter.
  13. Fiver Parties. Have you ever heard of them?
  14. an app that tracks your creative and productive times during the month (based on your flo). I know someone who loves it.
  15. love Field Notes

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three kids who are thrilled to finally have snow for their new sleds
  1. Five exciting brands opening stores in Toronto next year
  2. trying to find fabric with mail or envelopes on it. found this so far.
  3. Sisu fabric line from Art Gallery Fabrics.
  4. watched The Green Book. didn’t know that the writer was the son of Tony Lip.
  5. ordered myself power sheets this week!
  6. What Is a Chakra?
  7. The Artist’s Way: A Course in Discovering and Recovering Your Creative Self
  8. Before Pantone, there was Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours. Colours from nature.
  9. the cutest little toy blender set for kids.
  10. you have to notice when the universe is cheering you on.
  11. @enneagramandcoffee a fun new account on Instagram from Sarajane.
  12. my birthday cake this year.
  13. o-souji. you might have done it without knowing.
  14. the Poop Cafe in Toronto. yep, it’s actually a thing.
  15. my creative hibernation.

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you know you’re tired when you fall asleep mid-cookie.

1. Toronto raccoon socks

2. A feel good story at Christmas time.

3. Christmas drinks (with alcohol): Cinnamon Quill and Mistletoe Mojito

4. Ginger, lemon and maple syrup tea

5. DIY Scandinavian Christmas ornaments from fabric scraps

6. Mary Meeker’s 2018 internet trends report

7. The Story of Your Year (a new ebook I wrote). Grab your free copy.

8. A Healthy Me in 2019 (two questions to consider). Download the sheet.

9. 13 Absurd Wellness Trends That Need To Go Away In 2019

10. Visualize goals

11. Words to live by, keychain

12. Ex-NASA engineer builds glitter bomb to get revenge on package pirates

13. 12 things to do before bed

14. a course I’m taking in the new year

15. Pearl found in oyster bar

16. killer granola recipe

17. Google’s new ad with Macaulay Culkin

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when you pretend that you hear a tractor in the barn, so all of the kids will stand in one spot for a surprise photo 🙂
  1. A ten frame game for kids.
  2. Delicious weekend breakfast ideas
  3. Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes
  4. a German street becomes covered in chocolate. true story.
  5. you’ll never hear Baby Shark in the same way again.
  6. 25 Days of Mittens – 2018
  7. my word for 2019
  8. The Art of Creative Hibernation (a new book I recently wrote)
  9. a bird seed Christmas wreath for outdoors
  10. Find Your Word for 2019.  a free 5 day email course from Susannah Conway.
  11. Unravel Your Year.  Another great resource.
  12. Grandma Lainie’s Special K Bars.

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I write a list each week.  It’s like looking at my browser history and all of the things I have loved over the last 7 days.

I share my lists with others.  It’s like when you watch a really good movie and have to tell your friends about it.

If you like them, you can sign up to have #thelainielist sent to your inbox each week.  I once had someone describe it as getting a piece of joy to their inbox each week.  How sweet is that?!

This week’s list below:


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Thatcher was a big fan of Easter.


  1. Baffled by Conceptual Art? So Are Will Ferrell and Joel McHale
  2. What to make with leftover mini eggs.
  3. I want to make this.
  4. Grid sticky notes. love these.
  5. What To Do When I’m Gone
  6. Extraordinary Routines – Mari Andrew
  7. Orange and cranberry hot cross bun recipe
  8. Vintage sewing patterns online for download
  9. When I grew up, I wanted to live in Dryden.
  10. Hooded towel tutorial. Making some this weekend.
  11. For notebook lovers.  Field Notes: Dime Novel Edition.
  12. English Paper Piecing: How to Make Hexagons
  13. Removing paper templates (of hexagons)
  14. I made my own watercolour paint from flowers!
  15. Share Easter chocolate with neighbours


Have a great weekend!!

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Thatcher continues to hug every fire hydrant he sees.


  1. The New Mr. Roger’s Neighbourhood documentary.
  2. Pantone in postcards
  3. For those who love letter boards
  4. #the100dayproject starts April 3rd! I’m in.
  5. Me First! a picture book for kids.
  6. Stories by the Month
  7. ‘Orange snow’ baffles eastern Europeans – BBC News
  8. Dad faces backlash for bungee jumping with toddler.  Thoughts?
  9. Your Taste In Drinks Will Reveal The True Age Of Your Soul.  I’m 12.
  10. The Crossroads of Should and Must.
  11. Harry and the Hendersons
  12. All-Natural Easter Egg Dye Recipes
  13. I bet you can’t watch this without laughing.
  14. A hockey dad’s last ride – The Globe and Mail
  15. For the sticky note lover
  16. Making Keepsakes for Kids: My Free 5 Day Email Course!


Happy Easter!!

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A big week at the Holmes’ residence! Charlie Bear is now able to get up on all fours.


  1. Oh man, I might actually give this a try.
  2. Inspired.  I’m thinking about creating my own ecourse related to kids. Stay tuned!
  3. Can you wash dish towels with regular laundry?
  4. Classes I’ve taken on Skillshare this week: one, two, three, four.
  5. A list of feeling words. And another. Something to teach the kids.
  6. How to embed Instagram photos in a webpage
  7. I ordered one for each of the boys.  Charlie’s is now on its way!
  8. How to freeze garden carrots.
  9. The Best Canadian Children’s Books for kids under 5.
  10. Meet Me First Melanie
  11. Homemade baby gifts.
  12. #friendmail17


An early Happy Halloween to everyone! Next week I’ll post a picture of our little crew dressed up.

Have a great weekend!


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A weekly list of what I’ve read, tried, or laughed at.

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A fun morning wandering around Brickworks.


  1. 7 Crippling Parenting Behaviours That Keep Children from Growing.
  2. Baked Pumpkin Donuts.  When you see the picture, you’ll want to make them.
  3. Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie Dead at 53
  4. Humans of Danforth East: Paola from Sugarmoon Salon
  5. Meet Fake Francis (a part of myself I’m not proud of).
  6. What to put in DIY Microwavable heating pads…


Officially, my shortest Lainie List ever.  And officially the longest week ever with three little sick ones and myself as well.

I hope you are avoiding the cold season!  Have a great weekend,



#TheLainieList @holmeslainie
A weekly list of what I’ve read, tried, or laughed at.

If you enjoyed reading The Lainie List, sign up to have it sent to your inbox each week!