Here’s To A Kinder, More Lighthearted Year


Happy 2015!

I love the idea that the New Year is a fresh start where I can improve things, big or little. While I don’t always follow through (going to bed earlier…sure…) it can be nice to dream, can’t it?

Without further ado, here are my resolutions for 2015: Continue reading “Here’s To A Kinder, More Lighthearted Year”

Best Hostess Gifts


Recently I had a few girlfriends over for a girls’ night in–something I don’t do nearly as often I should or would like to. It’s so great to have everyone together, chat and laugh about little things, and enjoy some good food and drinks. I even made homemade sangria for the first time!

I was given this beautiful planter of adorable little succulents as a host gift by two of my friends, which has taken up residence in my kitchen beside my cookbook collection. I love it! I had actually talked myself out of buying some for my house earlier that day at a farmers’ market, which I’m pretty sure is called fate.

I love gifting. I can’t help it. And the only thing better than receiving an adorable and unexpected gift is giving one, in my opinion. I think the key to it giving something a little special that you wouldn’t necessarily buy (or make) for yourself. A bottle of wine is always great, but I do appreciate a unique or personalized touch.

Here are some of my favourite hostess gifts.

What are your favourite hostess gifts?


Fave Find: Cute, Eco-Friendly Christmas Cards


Welcome to my first Fave Find blog post! I’m going to try to do one of these each week, showcasing a recent discovery of something I love and want to share.

Not only do I love Christmas, but I also love Christmas cards. It’s all about steering clear of the big card stores and finding unique cards that are locally made, eco-friendly, and beautiful. Like these adorable cards I found at Whole Foods the other day. Take a look at those penguins–they’re making a pyramid! Doesn’t get any cuter than that, folks.


And there’s the fine print: made in BC out of 100% post-consumer paper. Check and check.

Want more? Visit Val’s website. Available at Whole Foods.