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places to go, people to see: toronto food and wine festival

Summer may be over, but outdoor festival season (yes, that’s a thing!) isn’t over just yet. Tomorrow through Sunday, the first Toronto Food & Wine Festival will be held at Evergreen Brickworks. If the event’s trendy locale and inviting name aren’t intriguing enough, allow me to name drop: Mark McEwan, Chuck Hughes, Gail Simmons, Curtis Stone, Tyler Florence, Antonio Park, Roger Mooking – these celebrity chefs and many more will showcase their skills and divulge expect tricks during live demonstrations. And when you’re positively salivating, taste your way through the 130 booths to sample some of the city’s best eats and bevvies. Here’s a glance of what’s in store.

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Buttermilk biscuit with egg by Brad Long of Café Belong.

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five blankets for fall that deliver beauty and balmy bliss

One of the most worthwhile investments you can make at this time of year is a beautiful wool throw or blanket for your home. Wool fabrics have greater bulk, allowing them to hold air in and act as great insulators. Another great quality of wool is that is it hypoallergenic.

A well-made wool blanket will last you a lifetime. Here are five blankets that will not only look great in your home but will make you feel just as great as you snuggle your way into the cooler seasons ahead.


The Crux Blanket & The Cross Blanket by Pia Wallen


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casual dining in newfoundland

Can’t believe it’s already mid-septmeber and with temperature reaching almost 30C this week,  I am ready to soak up as much warmth and sun as possible before the leaves turn color! Speaking about an extended patio season, I miss my summer vacation at Newfoundland and the delicious treats from French pastries to super fresh seafood.

Eat in Newfoundland

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hey calgary! cosentino is coming to town

Cosentino – a leader in stone, quartz and architectural surfacing – is opening in Calgary TODAY! Anyone planning on doing some home renovations this coming fall? Read on to learn more about the brand new showroom.

Dekton-Living-Room---MakaiDekton shown in Makai (which is designed to look like wood)

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Have we been pronouncing IKEA wrong this whole time?

Is it my North American twang or a monkey-see-monkey-do effect? Whether I’m trained by mimicking commercials or we’re all seriously lacking a Swedish dialect, my world has been rocked after watching this adorable new IKEA kitchen commercial from Malaysia.

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Did you hear it?

In presenting their new 2016 catalogue, the narrator pronounces IKEA as “Ick-kee-ya”. Meanwhile, here I’ve been saying “eye-kee-ya” my whole life! Where and when did “ick” become “eye’?

How do YOU pronounce IKEA?

shop in newfoundland ~ part two

As the days get shorter and the air is cooler, I now cherish the bright and warm coastal weather I loved during my visit to Newfoundland in July.  I took you on a tour at Home on Water Street last week and today, I have one more shopping destination for you in St. John’s: SAM Design.


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shop in newfoundland ~ part one

I had an amazing time in Newfoundland a couple of weeks ago touring around the island for some whale watching, iceburg spotting, and of course treasure hunting.  Today, I want to share with you one of my favourite shops in St. John’s: Home on Water Street.

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gold home office accessories

gold-macbook-home-office It seems more and more people are working from home these days. Whether you’re a blogger who works at home full-time or have an office job where you’re able to work from home occasionally, a dedicated home office space will help you stay organized and efficient.

I needed to upgrade my old laptop recently and decided on the chic new gold MacBook from Apple. With a new gold computer, I’ve also decided it’s time to give my home office a facelift. (Any excuse for a bit of redecorating!) Using my laptop as the jumping off point, I’m scouring pretty gold home office accessories to complete the look. Here’s how my home office is coming together:
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4 tips to refresh your outdoor oasis

Summer is finally here and are you all set to enjoy the beautiful weather Mother Nature has to offer?  I have recently given the tired deck at my family home a much needed facelift, and now it is everyone’s favourite hangout spot! Here are my top 4 tips to update your outdoor oasis this summer.

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10 best gifts for your summer hosts

Summer’s the time for weekend getaways, visiting out-of-town family and friends and taking trips to the cottage. Here’s a round up of fun gifts to give to the host with the most.

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