Microlending update

In almost 18 months since I started lending through Lending Loop, I’m impressed how my three measly minimum deposits ($200 each) has translate into lending $900 so far.  My actual earnings is so paltry that (Banker) NPY laughs and wonder why I even mention it. I’m excited to be be a part of the growth…

We are rich… in car seats!

Yesterday, someone offered me a car seat her kids had outgrown. “No!” I scoffed. Not because I mind a hand-me-down but I told her that we have five car seats already and only one kid. Come to think of it, we have six car seats and this is how it happened … Graco Snugride Clickconnect…

Nellie’s starter bundle

As the end of the year approaches, I’m trying to clear out as many of my blog post drafts as possible. Like this one! I actually made this purchase back in February. Seemingly at PNE every year and every one of the numerous home & garden shows at BC Place, there is a Nellie’s kiosk….

My awesome Sash Bag

(I started drafting this post in March 2017, a couple of months after I got my Sash bag.) I watched what I’ll call the “OG video” which I saw on Facebook, noodled just a bit on the price (I’m cheap) and took the plunge. To date, the OG video is the one with the most…

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…