The Lainie List

What is The Lainie List?  Inspiration sent to your inbox each week.
Great things to read online, creative projects, neat ideas, cute videos….
It’s a peek into my head and my every day life…

Send the list to my inbox each week!

Previous Lainie Lists…

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  1. This is too cute.  Father-daughter duo sing How Fall I’ll Go.  
  2. And an adorable interview with the duo on Ellen.
  3. Taylor Lee, I LOVE her work.
  4. A new Melissa McCarthy movie.  Va-Google.
  5. Oprah Winfrey’s Latest Book Club Pick.
  6. How to Make Handmade Paper out of Recycling Materials.  I’m going to do this!
  7. Justin Timberlake’s Superbowl Half-time Performance
  8. I’m a Painted Turtle. A recent piece of my writing.
  9. A Triptych of a Maker.  This is another piece.
  10. Our household soundtrack lately: this and this.
  11. This Is Us Has Crock-Pot in a Slow-Simmering Panic
  12. I just finished this book and loved it.
  13. Spoonflower: Custom print your own fabric. Amazing.
  14. Some great Canadian bloggers I met this week: @harlowandthistle, @emmetsabcs, @lifeatcloverhill
  15. Winter Olympics 2018 Opening Ceremony

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  1. Inspiration for making a kids placemat
  2. Build Your Dream French Fries And We’ll Reveal What People Love About You.
  3. Hot Toddy recipe.
  4. Turning a baby car seat into a keepsake.
  5. A feel good video.  Too cute.
  6. Storyful.
  7. Mom’s Chicken Parmesan Recipe
  8. I’m in trouble.  A lot of shopping is going to happen from this site.
  9. I’d like to buy some of Adam’s little books. Like Pick Me Up.
  10. DIY Placemats for Kids
  11. a poem by Ursula Le Guin
  12. Right now I’m reading Big Magic.

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  1. In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs.
  2. This is a little much, IKEA. Gross.
  3. Inspiration for a future bathroom reno.
  4. The New Yorker: Improving Ourselves to Death
  5. Inside Silicon Valley’s Secretive, Orgiastic Dark Side
  6. Why You Should Pay it Forward
  7. A Simmer Pot for Cold Season
  8. I’m currently reading this and just finished this.  LOVED it.  So good.
  9. Design for Mankind: My 5 Favorite Life Hacks Right Now
  10. Live. Love. Bake! My February Fundraising project.
  11. It’s pretty hard not to smile at this.  Get a cute baby fix.

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  1. How to Survive Winter the Scandinavian Way
  2. How to Release Your Expectations and Trust in the Process of Life
  3. The best mascara I’ve used in my life.  Really.
  4. Extra storage for your iPhone.  Free up space fast.
  5. Ewe Knit.
  6. Free patterns on Purl Soho.  Beautiful stuff.  Field scarf.  Newsprint cowl.Optic blanket….
  7. I want to make one of these!
  8. A love letter to my 13 year old daughter
  9. How to Create an Email Course.
  10. The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada – a part of my February project.
  11. Sugar Paper.
  12. Envelopes that are pieces of art
  13. Maddman: The Steve Madden Story on Netflix. I knew nothing of his story.
  14. This tea is so good.  My current fav from David’s Tea.
  15. The Year of 100 Rejections
  16. Oprah Winfrey’s Golden Globes speech: full transcript
  17. Best Ever No-Cook Play Dough Recipe
  18. The FOLD Reading Challenge
  19. Mail Me Art: An International Mail Art Project
  20. Mail Me Art: Going Postal with the World’s Best Illustrators and Designers
  21. No longer saved for generations, family heirlooms are being shed
  22. How to Repurpose Family Heirlooms: Grandma Beatrice’s Doilies
  23. A hilarious story of meeting Ellen Degeneres.

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  1. The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women
  2. The Gifts of Imperfection. A book to add to my reading list.
  3. Think Different. 1997.
  4. How to Create your Own Pin on Pinterest
  5. DIY Hack to Keep Mittens on your Kids
  6. Calgary dog loves his custom made snow maze.
  7. This video has 28 million views.  It includes three stories from his life.
  8. The Living Obituary.  Page 41. I want to write my own.
  9. People to follow on Instagram: Adam J. Kurtz, Elise Joy, Tiffany Han
  10. Abstract: The Art of Design.  Binge watch on Netflix.
  11. I am LOVING this book.  So good.
  12. A great little book I got for Christmas: Side Hustle.
  13. Extraordinary Routines: Illuminating the Everyday Lives of Creatives

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  1. Ease into the New Year with a photo challenge.
  2. Did you have glitter gravy over the holidays?! Seriously, it’s a thing.
  3. Impractical Jokers makes me laugh.  Here’s a dare to watch.
  4. Paper collage: your word of the year
  5. 8-Year-Old Steals the Show During School Christmas Concert
  6. What I got for Christmas!
  7. Etsy Studio
  8. Annie Leibovitz Teaches Photography.  I wish.  Another to add to my wish list.
  9. The New York Times: How to do Things Better in 2018
  10. Toronto Zoo welcomes new baby rhino (first time in 27 years)

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  1. Indigo’s Best Books of 2017
  2. Rupi Kaur, author of Milk and Honey & The Sun and Her Flowers, has a really interesting story.
  3. This video is too cute.  Try watching it without getting a little teary.
  4. Winners of the 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year
  5. Love coffee mugs? These are great.
  6. The most beautiful Airbnbs in every state.
  7. MEC has some different looking backpacks.  Check out this one in harvest gold.
  8. Ottawa’s signing Santa giving children who are deaf the gift of inclusion. Love this.

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  1. Christmas tree brownies
  2. Birthday Letter Ritual
  3. I want to buy this issue of Flow Magazine, and this one, and this one, and this one!
  4. Pantone’s 2018 Colour of the Year
  5. Beauty products you should keep in the fridge
  6. Pixsy, it makes total sense for professionals.
  7. What type of reader are you? Take the quiz!
  8. I want to buy these boots or these!
  9. The Annual Holmes Christmas card.
  10. This bag is amazing.
  11. Easy Homemade English Toffee
  12. How to Tell Your Own Life Story
  13. I want to publish a book with them someday. They are so creative.
  14. The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published.
  15. Make a new year’s resolution that will actually stick.  Find Your Word.
  16. We have competition with our holiday cards😉
  17. An amazing recipe book. A must buy for yourself or another baker on your list.
  18. A Book that Takes its Time: An Unhurried Adventure in Creative Mindfulness.  Bought it. LOVE it.

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What is The Lainie List?

It’s what I’ve been reading online during the week, books that I’ve found, things that I’ve tried or want to…it’s a snapshot of my week. It’s all the random things that come into my head and a peek into my every day life…

  1. The difference between Scandinavian and Nordic.
  2. #holidayhygge  My project for December.
  3. I bought this print at the One of a Kind Show.  Love it.
  4. Christmas Simmering Pot recipe.
  5. Zombie Safe Zone Maps.  Hilarious!
  6. City of Craft.  Free workshops and amazing artisans selling their work this weekend!
  7. This year’s strangest stocking stuffers.
  8. My mom’s ginger molasses cookie recipe.
  9. Make great scones!
  10. Make a free Shutterfly photo book as a Christmas gift!  I have a code you can use.
    (If it doesn’t work, someone might have beat you to it.)
  11. I want to add this to my Christmas Wish List and my 101 Lainie Projects list.
  12. 2017 Gift Guide for Bloggers.  So good!
  13. Great little planners.
  14. Some ground rules for giving holiday gifts.
  15. Get The Lainie List sent to your inbox each week!
  16. Purl Soho Favorites
  17. Recommended crayons for little hands.
  18. I want to go to this conference one of these days.
  19. Reindeer Rice Krispie Treats
  20. Eggnog Pancakes
  21. HERSHEY’S Ultimate Chocolate Brownies
  22. The world’s first cheese advent calendar
  23. Hallmark has a Dream Book for keepsake ornaments.  I had no idea.
  24. #25daysofmittens
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The boys insisted on bringing their stuffed animals to the park.
They also insisted that they wear sweaters 🙂

  1. If you’re a fan of typography, you might like this site.
  2. Creativebug: Online Craft Classes and Workshops
  3. I went to the Swedish Christmas Fair on the weekend.  It was awesome.
  4. At Some Point, You Have to Eat the Broccoli.
  5. Have you tried the black and white photo challenge?
  6. Christmas is a great time for the Writing Acts of Kindness Challenge!
  7. Craft & Design Artists-in-Residence workshops at Harbourfront Centre
  8. Mary Karavos.  I LOVED her work at the One of a Kind Show.  It’s incredible.
  9. Hygge. My new December project.  Can’t wait.
  11. 15 Simmering Pot Recipes
  12. Prancercising: The New Rage in Exercise.  Bahahaha.

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The beginning of my next project…

  1. Oprah’s Favorite Things 2017
  2. A Photographer’s Old College Classmates, Back Then and Now.  So cool.
  3. The Cheesecake Factory in Toronto. Yaaas!
  4. The best house ever for a game of “the floor is lava.”
  5. We got our Christmas tree!! From here.
  6. Is adoption still closed in Quebec?
  7. Shrimp po’ Boy Sandwiches.  I’m glad my hubby finds us new recipes to try.
  8. LOVE this show.  We already binge-watched the first season.
  9. A look inside my planner.
  10. Top 10 Saunas and Steam Rooms in Toronto  
  11. Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting. I need to make some.
  12. 102 year old holocaust survivor meets newly discovered nephew.
  13. A new book to add to my list.
  14. Kids and the hours of activity they should have
  15. Hubby and I watch this each week.  TV date night.
  16. I made dinner tonight.  Festive specials all around.
  17. 7 Tips to Find Yourself When You’re Feeling Lost
  18. Dad’s seem to love this song.   This guy.This one.  And another!
  19. I love this video.  Thrift shops all the way.
  20. I’ve been going a little Pinterest crazy – My Christmas Board.
  21. An impromptu kitchen party in the Toronto Pearson Airport.

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  1. Loved the restored building and the food.  You should go to Cherry St. BBQ.
  2. Bang Bang Ice Cream, you are ridiculously good.
  3. A Way to Donate toys this Christmas (in Toronto)
  4. It’s official! Christmas music in the house on November 13th.
  5. My favourite Christmas song.
  6. Who remembers these Christmas candies?
  7. Stephe Caissie Photography.  I’d love to learn how to take great portraits.
  8. I am so making one of these.
  9. Planning my birthday girls weekend.  Woot! Woot!
  10. A Scandinavian Guide to Toronto
  11. There’s a new issue for me to buy!
  12. I love these stickers.  I bought them for my planner.
  13. I am going to this! The Swedish Christmas Fair.
  14. There’s a Swedish bakery in the Beaches?!


  1. Very Lainie
  2. We watched this tooooo many times this week.
  3. Arizona man selling ranch for $5M due to constant ‘alien attacks’.  Oh boy.
  4. Pictures of Wildlife Items Illuminate the World of Contraband
  5. I still find this video funny.  8 thousand people disagree.
  6. I just downloaded this book. I’m looking forward to reading it.
  7. Something to add to my Christmas Wish List!  I’ve always wanted to get one.
  8. These DIY Advent calendars are amazing.  I’m going to make one!
  9. How to sign art prints.
  10. I burst out laughing when I saw Ellen’s Halloween costume this year. You have to see it.
  11. I want to make these: Apple Butter Hand Pies.
  12. I had no idea Heidi Klum was SO into Halloween.  Her costumes are incredible.
  13. 25 Days of Mittens

I hope you had a fun Halloween this week!  Here’s a photo of our little crew dressed up…


Have a great weekend!!

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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,

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When you find your boys like this, you take a picture.  #nofighting
  1. I love it when people have fun with photoshop.  Too funny.
  2. Miley Cyrus and Jimmy Fallon recreate Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton’s Islands in the Stream.
  3. Two new books to add to my “to read list.”
  4. Tips for using a slow cooker.
  5. White or gray grout for white subway tile?
  6. This Halloween costume is so creative.
  7. My Christmas Wish List
  8. Ryan Gosling can carry me into a room like this any day…
  9. Storytelling with Infographics
  10. When someone from your small hometown ends up on The Bachelor, you actually watch it.
  11. The best place for Gelato.

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When old Scrabble pieces become the best toy…
  1. The Best Small Towns in the World
  2. Slow cooker beef gyros. These were amazing and so easy.
  3. Caramel Pumpkin Oat Bars
  4. A nail polish wall.  Amazing.
  5. Maybe I’ll read this someday.
  6. A course to add to my list.
  7. Meet Protective Patty
  8. Homemade Pop Tarts…yes!
  9. I want to go here for my birthday this year.
  10. How to live Nordicly.
  11. Ten reasons to HYGGE
  12. Pumpkin and Almond Stuffed French Toast
  13. Foodland Ontario: Apple Pie recipe
  14. Chicken Roti. So good.
  15. You have to watch this video.  It will make your day.

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Charlie Bear was SO excited to play with this toy at the park.
  1. The Get to Work Book – perfect for those who love to be organized!
  2. Design your First Email Course
  3. Humans of Danforth East: Colleen from the Nooks
  4. I want to make my own.
  5. Why Aluminum Foil Has a Dull Side and a Shiny Side
  6. I want to order this!!!
  7. Homemade Creamy Fudgesicles
  8. Nurse creates a piece of art from hospital plastic
  9. My new fall boots!
  10. Our latest Netflix binge
  11. Two Lives on Instagram
  12. Making animal tracks

Spending time at Cherry Beach was the change in scenery we all needed this week.
  1. This is how often you should be washing your bedding.
  2. I want to sew my own: microwavable heating pads for kids.
  3. Order an IKEA catalogue online
  4. I would love to try this.  
  5. 12 year old app developer gets to meet Apple hero Tim Cook. His reaction is priceless.
  6. If this doesn’t impress you, nothing will
  7. This video has over a million views and will make you feel human.
  8. This is on my Christmas wish list
  9. This book is changing the way I see others and myself.
  10. I want to learn how to make hot cross buns.  Jamie Oliver recipe.
  11. A-how-to-tutorial for paper collage.
  12. How to make faux fur pom poms. So easy!
  13. The best books for toddlers, chosen by toddlers themselves.
  14. Shame and Humiliation: From Isolation to Relational Transformation.  I’ve upped my reading anti 😉

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  1. I need to get one of these! Yes, I’m a nerd.
  2. Preschool Pocket Treasures, a photo project of Melissa Kaseman
  3. Game of Thrones Real Life Partners
  4. Hootsuite’s Guide to IG Captions
  5. The Best Time to Post on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  6. I had no idea Burning Man looked like this.
  7. How to Sew Your Own Pencil Case
  8. 8 Wow Worthy Pie Crusts – pie as art
  9. Free sewing and knitting patterns from Purl Soho.  
  10. Free pattern for a lamb bonnet.
  11. Top Ten Tips to Help Siblings Get Along
  12. The Word On The Street Festival (Toronto 2017)
  13. Former IKEA boss reveals the trick.  Get through a store in 5 minutes.
  14. The Collapse of Parenting: Why It’s Time for Parents to Grow Up
  15. Freelance Achievement Stickers
  16. This 16 Year Old Makes Breakfast Look Like Art
  17. Funny “I woke up to this” moments

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I like to post a favourite photo from the week. 
What big brother does, little brother follows. 
Sitting in a box together.

Posted on August 26, 2017

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I like to post my fav photo from the week.  This is our Charlie.

  1. 18 Year Old Schizophrenic Artist Drawing Hallucinations
  2. The Extraordinary Routines of Creative Entrepreneurs: Lisa Congdon
  3. 12 Shocking Things I Learned While Working as a Butler at NY’s Plaza Hotel
  4. Making Your Own Labels for Handmade Goods
  5. This comedian’s hilarious recreations of celebrity bikini Instagrams
  6. Football Coach shows off his dance moves in front of the team.  He once toured with MC Hammer. Seriously.
  7. The 3-D Pancake Maker
  8. Creative Storage Solutions for Kids Toys
  9. This Is Us – First Look at Season 2!
  10. Morning People vs. Me – YouTube video that will make you laugh.
  11. Frozen Car Rescue – How to Keep Toddler Boys Occupied
  12. I am so going to try this with my kids.  Too cute.
  13. 10+ Before and After Pics that Prove Men Look Better with Beards.  Agree or Disagree?
  14. 5 Steps to Finding What You Truly Value
  15. Pick the freshest bread in the store.  Learn how to read the coloured tags.
  16. Humans of Danforth East: Erin and Yvonne from Origin Wellness
  17. 17 Writers to Watch in 2017
  18. The Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat Cereal Cartoon Party.  No joke, it’s an actual event.

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The boys playing on their light table.

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Miss Charlie enjoying time at the lake.

  1. My version of the Snack & Half Ice Cream Sandwich
  2. LOVED reading this book.
  3. Horrific accident shows why you should never put your feet on the dashboard.
  4. Recipe for Almond Coconut Granola Bars. So good.
  5. Piktochart: Easy Tool for Infographics
  6. Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches. Approve. Approve. Approve.
  7. When Your Favourite Song Comes on and Your Troubles Melt Away…
  8. Topping Ideas for an Ice Cream Bar
  9. 200 Core Values: Do you know what’s most important to you?
  10. I learned how to sew a baby / toddler swing!
  11. The best water balloons ever – self sealing.

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Each week I list what I’ve read, tried, or laughed at.
An idea inspired by Tracy from Shutterbean

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With each list, I like to include a favourite photo I took during the week.

  1. 8 Tips Every Beginning Portrait Photographer Should Know
  2. Basil Bread recipe
  3. 75 Questions to Ask to Get to Know Someone
  4. Weekly Wellness Checklist
  5. This is wrong on so many levels – bologna cake.
  6. #101LainieProjects
  7. Wallpaper designer’s new collection inspired by the Rock (Newfoundland).
  8. Unbelievably beautiful.  You need to see the canoe this guy built in his garage.
  9. Funny photos that show why you shouldn’t leave your kids alone. ever.
  10. Humans of Danforth East: Chris from Firefly Creative Writing
  11. I LOVE this video.  A rapper and his grandma. You need to watch it.
  12. A strawberry shortcake shoulder bag
  13. The Wellness Quiz.  How balanced are you?
  14. Dear Handmade Life

Charlie Bear
  1. Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches you can’t resist
  2. Humans of Danforth East (my new writing project)
  3. Strawberry Salsa Recipe
  4. I might start making and selling these… (Update: I got my first order!)
  5. A leadership course I recommended to my best friend
  6. Inspiration for an upcoming blog post
  7. On my ‘to read’ list: How to Self-Publish a Book
  8. Lemon Raspberry Pie Crust Hearts
  9. Humans of Danforth East: Kari from The Pop Stand (my first story!)
  10. My hubby’s first blog post for 3inThree!
  11. A DIY rock climbing wall for kids
  12. Doing some research: How to Add Email Subscriptions to Your WordPress Blog
  13. My search for great washi tape
  14. The Best Card, Paper and Stationary Shops in Toronto
  15. LOVE LOVE LOVE their stuff.  Grow with me clothing that fits from 18 months to 4 years.
  16. On the weekend to-do list: Listen to teaching online courses podcast.
  17. Another to add to my summer reading list.
  18. @elisejoy is a fun one to follow on Instagram.  Creative.
  19. Childhood through my photos and observations.
  20. 100 Uplifting Days with Jessica Swift

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Ice cream weather has begun!  Who am I kidding, it’s ice cream weather year round at our house.
  1. The 3 Books that Stanford is Asking Incoming Freshman to Read Over the Summer
  2. Fidget Spinners Are the Kitchen Gadget You Didn’t Know You Needed
  3. These look hilarious and amazing – I need this for camping!!
  4. My bio – continuing to evolve
  5. Surviving the Four Month Sleep Regression
  6. 8 Female-Led Podcasts to Fire Up Your Professional Life
  7. The reason why you shouldn’t eat cookie dough…and it’s not because of raw egg.
  8. Eight great entrepreneur stories
  9. The Best iPhone Photos of 2017 – they’re beautiful
  10. 10 Famous Book Hoarders, as in thousands and thousands of books…
  11. I find her quirky and funny.  And who doesn’t remember the Body Break couple!?
  12. LOVE these Paper Collage Packs made by Katie Holla
  13. These ice pop flavours look ridiculoulsy good.
  14. Skill Share.  This could be a problem for me… I would want to take everything!
  15. My Mom’s Ginger Molasses Cookie Recipe
  16. Too Cute and Funny: Jessi Cruickshank’s Pregnancy Advice from Grandmas | CBC Life

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We went strawberry picking this morning. Our little one filled his cheeks like a chipmunk.
  1. Tips for picking the perfect watermelon.
  2. This is both creepy and cool.
  3. Baking Soda vs. Baking Powder: Here’s the Difference.
  4. A course I’m taking this weekend…I’m very excited!
  5. We had 3 kids in 3 years…this is why we’re blogging about it. A new little project with my hubby!
  6. I didn’t know this existed — a typewriter for sheet music.
  7. I have watched this so. many. times.
  8. I love how this is written.
  9. It was a little hippy dippy for me at first, but it is interesting when you think about it…
  10. What I’ve been listening to
  11. Something new I learned this week. How did I not know this?!
  12. How to Host a Relaxed Dinner Party Like an Italian

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  1. What!?! I’ve never heard of this before. Poor baby bunnies.
  2. A look inside a designer treehouse
  3. A free online course I just took
  4. Why Your Kids Just Need You
  5. My Gram, the meaning behind my Writing Acts of Kindness: 30 Day Challenge
  6. Sweetery: Canada’s Largest Sweets Festival in Toronto
  7. The Dough
  8. My anaconda don’t…
  9. Yay! A friend just opened her new ice cream shop.
  10. I need to stop eating this. So good.
  11. Take the Quiz.  Which one are you?
  12. Cook this Page: Parchment Recipes.  Those sneaky Nordic geniuses at Ikea.  
  13. Raspberry Sangria Recipe
  14. Figuring out my word for this year

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This week I came across a blog I loved. Like, I have a girl crush on this woman. She is

super creative, real and funny. Check out Tracy at

Each week, she posts a list of what she’s been reading, watching, and checking out online.

I was inspired to give it a try.  It’s weird to share without any context, but a bit liberating

at the same time.  I’m a wild woman.