Crafting lately: alphabet blocks

Boy, does it seem like a challenge to get simple alphabet blocks these days. I’d love to have my vintage set – unless it’s a fake memory that I had one – but it’s long gone, handed to family friends with kids or something. You can get real vintage sets from Etsy/Ebay but I don’t…

Crafting lately: clothing/closet dividers

Four years ago, I was in constant discomfort due to pregnancy-related carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). I don’t quite remember if it started as early as 20 weeks and lasted until the very end, starting with just one hand and then the other. That period coincided with my discovery of Perler crafts and when I did…

Window shopping at Anthropologie

A long time ago (over two years ago, for my birthday in March), my sister gave me a gift card from Anthropologie. It was sweet. She listed a bunch of stores that aren’t my “usual” (i.e., Old Navy/Gap/Banana Republic was not listed) and had me select one and she would give me a gift certificate….

Game of Thrones viewing platters

Six episodes in the final season of Game of Thrones and each of them was a viewing experience.  I ended up making a mini platter for each one, flexing some mini entertaining muscles that are otherwise very dormant in between. GoT S8E1 – I put together my first charcuterie board ever using three types of…

This week in meal prep-cooking-planning

As is the case these days, I’m not sleeping too well in no small part due to being eager and anxious about how much stuff I want to make on the Conscientious Cooking (“CC”) front and on the getting-prepped-for-postpartum-days front (“PP”). And for the latter, which requires freezer space, then I have to think about…

Cooking adventures with beans

Certain bean dishes, I’m partial to – like hummus and chili. Sometimes I’ll come across some lovely fava beans at a restaurant and want to make my own. But when you want to stop or decrease eating animal meat, then you gotta appreciate beans so much more. Recently, in my favourite butter chicken recipe, I…

Five-Year Journal (5YJ): one year on

I first heard about Five-Year Journals (5YJ) while reading Dr. Susan Peirce Thompson’s Bright Line Eating. It’s the only thing from that book that stuck with me. Afterall, no matter what she writes, I don’t feel in a position to give up sugar and flour. I could limit helpings and portion size and whatever the…

Google Lens

I recognize the beauty in the symmetry, that I find use in two productivity apps (for that is how I will classify them) both with the word Lens in their name. I blogged recently (yesterday) about Microsoft’s Office Lens. Today, it’s all about Google Lens. NPY and I bought Google Pixel phones last year on…

Microsoft’s Office Lens

I was at a parenting seminar last year and while I took photos of some slides that just couldn’t be captured in the notes I was taking in Google Keep. A parent near me kept standing up to take photos of the slides and I could see on his screen these red borders pop up…

A Bulk Barn trip is like Christmas to me

It was very timely as it was just ahead of a States-side road trip (to Point Roberts, WA – we’ve never been to), SmartCanucks posted about Bulk Barn’s Earth day deals. Since we’d be passing through Richmond, I immediately made a list of things to buy and was eager to wash out different size containers…