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editor’s pick: eco etsy napkins

Everyone’s hopped up about Easter, but there’s another upcoming holiday to look forward to, Earth Day, which is on April 22. To some, April is known as Earth Month, and to honour it, I’m compiling my favourite eco-friendly offerings from the Etsy-sphere. The online marketplace seems a natural focal point as it is a certified B Corporation, meaning it’s met rigorous standards of environmental and social accountability. Today’s pick is Jaqs Studio, a textiles shop based out of Clayton, California. Hand sewn by owner Q, the eco merchandise includes quilts, placemats and toss cushions, in addition to a wide array of napkins. Check out the most swoon-worthy in the bunch.

Jaqs Studio Napkin 12 editors pick: eco etsy napkins

Large cotton Eco-Friendly Cloth N1333 napkins, $16 US per set of 4, Jaqs Studio.

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decor vs. fashion: floral duvet or dress?

Spring is officially in the air, ladies and gentleman! With pretty flowers just beginning to break ground, it’s time to bring spring into your home and wardrobe with a beautiful cherry blossom print. Decorate with florals using Amara’s pink cherry duvet cover or add a sartorial garden to your wardrobe with Lipsy’s petal print sundress this season.

If you saved up $100 for a spring shopping spree, which item would you pick–the cherry blossom duvet or dress?
decor fashion spring florals decor vs. fashion: floral duvet or dress?
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inspired by easter: my favourite pastels

With Easter only days away,  I can’t help but be inspired by the beautiful chalky pastel eggs I have been seeing on Instagram and Pinterest. It reminds me how much I love pastels and how beautiful they can look in your home, plus they pair beautifully with my favorite colour grey.  Here are a few of my favorite pastel items on the market.

Eggs inspired by easter: my favourite pastelsPhotography by Michael Graydon

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the blues

On a chilly day like the one we are currently experiencing here is Toronto, I find myself seeking solace in anything resembling warm weather!! I have always been attracted to the colour blue, it is so grounded, and yet versatile . I relate my love of blue to many beautiful days spent outdoors as a child enjoying the vibrant summer sky, and family vacations by the ocean.

BLUES2 the blues

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editor’s pick: beautiful serving bowl

How beautiful is this Brushstroke bowl from Provisions by Food52? It’s also available in the most lovely mint shade, and just perfect for serving Easter dinner or brunch.

ServingBowl editors pick: beautiful serving bowl

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gluten-free goodness: cookie dough balls

As a kid, the best part of my mom baking cookies was licking the spoon, the bowl and the attachments to the stand mixer. At the time, obviously, I was thinking about the risk of eating raw cookie dough. For all those cookie dough lovers out there (myself included), I’ve found the perfect solution: a healthy (yes!), gluten-free (yes!), salmonella-free (yes!) alternative. Believe it or not, these raw cookie dough balls are made with chickpeas, along with other ingredients like chocolate chips and almond butter. They’re decadent and protein-packed! This recipe by Elissa Goodman is a win-win for me. For the complete recipe, check it out here.

raw cookie dough balls gluten free goodness: cookie dough balls

editor’s pick: i could eat a horse spaghetti measurer

We’ve all been there. Cooking dinner, whether for one, four or 10, and vastly under- or over-estimating just how much food to make. For me, pasta is the worst culprit. I have a pretty tough time eyeballing just how much pasta I’ll need. So, imagine my delight when I found THIS:

i could eat a horse spaghetti measure editors pick: i could eat a horse spaghetti measurer
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diy: simple and thoughful gift idea

I know I’m biased…but I have some pretty crafty friends! Two of my best friends, Laura and Kelly, had lived together for years up until a few weeks ago when Kelly moved in with her boyfriend. Missing her roomie already, Laura made the cutest (and relatively simple) housewarming present for Kelly’s new pad.

Carrots diy: simple and thoughful gift ideaPhotography by Laura Scadding

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fab find: cute spring plates

Fab find
Seed packet plates, $32.92 (set of six); Crate & Barrel.
fab find spring vegetable plates fab find: cute spring plates
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new-use tuesdays: sugar

Hey there, sweet stuff! If you have a sweet tooth like I do, this week’s new-use feature is for you. I’m putting the new-use spotlight on my all-time favourite food group (kidding – okay, half kidding): sugar. Check out a few other handy ways you can utilize this pantry staple; just don’t share these tricks with your neighbours – they might drop by for a cupful of sugar that much more often!

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