My favourite addition to the mall below my work: Saje

Let me say that I will feel it keenly then I no longer work in an office tower that is above a good mall. Saje joined the roster of shops within the last year and it’s a great addition in my opinion. It’s one thing to read the fantastic marketing copy about every blend and…

For the shopping files: Travel the world through eating candy

She sees it and she buys it. That would describe my knee-jerk reaction to see an email from Squish promoting their new, undoutably limited time offered Bon Voyage Jumbo Mix. There’s a Squish store in The Bay that is in the mall in the concourse of my office – score. I mean, the gorgeous bag has passport stamps…

Anatomy of a day trip to the States

We used to have so much fun going to Bellingham, just across the border, and beyond, for day trips and longer. The past couple of times have felt strange and I think it also reflects our changing priorities. We could hardly get out the door earlier than 9:30. The kid woke up frightfully early at…

The savviness and insanity of online shopping

Where is the line between “it is smart to be efficient and practical” and “this is a full-blown addiction”? For the past week, I’ve been making a few purchases every other day at AliExpress. I used to be able to say that I would order a thing or two every month or two months. Order,…

Kid room transformation

When the kid was going on 2.5 years old in January, he hadn’t slept in his crib for nearly a year. Yeah, it was hard to fathom but was the case. Maybe we were a little ahead of the game but we got him a twin-to-king size bed, eschewing that toddler bed with the toddler…

So, I just bought a boring black tote bag

For a while, I wanted the Michael Kors Jet Set tote (below, left). It was all the rage a few years ago – such clean lines, elegant but practical. I don’t know if it always had a zip-top as it has now but I didn’t enjoy the way it pinched the top in profile view to…

Run for the swag

It’s kind of on my mind that I should/could sort-of train for an 8K and run in May. It’s largely because I saw the 2018 Vancouver Marathon design and I want some of it. Even the coarse rendering and display on gray t-shirts is nice. In practice, each race length will have a different colour…

Coast to coast with Air Canada

In early September, I got an email from Air Canada announcing their Coast-to-Coast Flight Pass. Apparently it was the first time this was being offered. On Flyer Talk, someone expressed their frustration having to buy a North America flight pass just to go from Toronto to Yellowknife. And browsing through the 44 regularly offered flight…

Impulse buy: umbrella stroller (but was it really?)

Our main stroller is an Uppababy Vista 2014 model in Black. I remember making the decision back in 2015, tentative about making big ticket purchases, before E made his appearance and we would know everything is okay. West Coast Kids had a clearance sale on older 2014 models, so we got it for $599 or…

Silly experiments on myself: Eyelash extensions

Getting eyelash extensions is not my thing. It seems poufy to me. Why not go the mascara route? There are some fantastic ones these days, the marketing would have you believe (see end of this post). But … last year, BIL’s sensible girlfriend started getting them. She got them once ahead of a trip abroad….