Book Review: Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Book Review: Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


Fifteen-year-old Kambili and her older brother seem to live in a world of luxury in Nigeria.  Their father, a self-made man found Catholicism and devoted his life to the religion. He’s a wealthy man, but in actuality, he is a religious fanatic who shelters and controls his families every move. Kambili and Jaja have their daily lives scheduled for them, and they must never deviate from his plan. When political unrest sends Nigeria into a military coup, the family is threatened and their father sends them to live with his sister who lives a very different life. 

Cheekbone Beauty : Pink Pop Liquid Lipstick Trio and the Women Behind the Shade Names

Cheekbone Beauty : Pink Pop Liquid Lipstick Trio and the Women Behind the Shade Names
Cheekbone Beauty recently launched three new liquid lipstick shades, and while I love discovering the new shade selection I enjoy the announcement of the shade names just as much, if not more. That might sound strange; shade names are shade names but Cheekbone names each shade after a strong Indigenous woman. The end goal is to empower Indigenous youth. The lipstick collection is aptly named 'The Warrior Collection' and has a total of 17 shades. This brand is founded on the idea that we can all make a difference. We have such amazing women in our culture, it's really humbling to see all that our warriors have achieved. The newest trio of lipsticks is the Pink Pop Warrior Women. Full disclosure, I am apart of the brand ambassador program. I do not receive a commission from sales, but I do receive products to help promote the brand. I've loved Cheekbone Beauty long before I became an ambassador.

Weekly Recap: Grief, Morning Walks, Wet'suweten Strong

Weekly Recap: Grief, Morning Walks, Wet'suweten Strong


Friday has come again. I had a good week overall, but I have been struggling with knowing that March will be two years without my Mom. She was hospitalized in February and those dates keep swirling around in my head. I don't want to write too much about that here because I have been journaling and I will write a more dedicated post about grief pretty soon. I've been feeling really distant from my extended family and that's been hard. I'm not good about reaching out and I don't have many people in Montreal. My inlaws are supposed to visit in March, I think that will help.

I've been watching the Wet'suweten protests and it breaks my heart that Canada is still here. They still call in militarized RCMP when Indigenous people protest. The government calls for the Rule of Law, but the Rule of Law doesn't apply equally to us. The Rule of Law also allowed it to be illegal for Indigenous people to hire lawyers until 1951. Rule of Law has allowed them to break treaties over and over again. The Wet'suweten people are not a conquered people, they have not given up rights to their land. The Wet'suweten hereditary chiefs offered an alternate route for this pipeline to proceed, and it was denied. Now railways are being blocked and many people caught in the middle. For a government that promised to build relationships with reconciliation, it has time and time again proved that to be a lie. If you want to read an interesting article you can read "A Pipeline Offers a stark reminder of Canada's Ongoing Colonialist" by Alicia Elliot. I'm thinking of writing more education posts when it comes to Indigenous people in Canada. I think education is key, and we've been negatively portrayed for generations.

How To Read More (Deep Focus Reading, On Deck Pile, Tracking Your Reading, ASMR)

How To Read More (Deep Focus Reading, On Deck Pile, Tracking Your Reading, ASMR)

I'm a working mom, and I've lived in a world of books for as long as I can remember. Books have always been my form of entertainment and it's my form of self-care. When I know I'm reading and I'm finishing books at a pace that I'm comfortable with, I know I'm taking time for myself. If I look back at my yearly reading totals, I can tell you why my reading slowed down in certain years, it usually coincides with a huge life event. When I was newly grieving the loss of my mother, books helped to pull me out of the depths of grief and give me something else to think about. Books are comforting to me. If you're already a reader; these tips might be an added addition to your routine. If you're looking to find a new hobby, these might help to set you up for success.

Double Book Review: The Secret Daughter and The Golden Son by Shilpi Somaya Gowda

Double Book Review: The Secret Daughter and The Golden Son by Shilpi Somaya Gowda


Today, I'm bringing you two book reviews from books that I read quite a few years ago. The first is Secret Daughter, a debut novel as well as The Golden Son by author Shilpi Somaya Gowda. Both of these were 5 star reads for me, and I had previously reviewed them on my book blog. I decided to rewrite the posts and bring you a double review. Often we see new releases being reviewed, but you don't see that many backlist titles being reintroduced to readers. I have years of old blog posts, I'd like to work on and freshen up and I'll probably work on posting some of my favourite books I read.

Book Review: Open Book by Jessica Simpson



Book Review: Open Book by Jessica Simpson





As this book was about to release, I Googled the year Newlyweds was released and I calculated how old I was at the time; I was 18 years old and I closely followed Jessica Simpson for years before the show aired. So, it's safe to say I've been a longtime fan of hers. I remember reading her blog on her website many moons ago. Throughout her career, Jessica Simpson has been the butt of many jokes, and often you'll see her laughing along but for the first time, her audience can really get a sense of what was going on in her life. On the audiobook, you'll hear Jessica cry and laugh along. Within the first chapter, Jessica mentions she "know[s] there are people who think [she] can't string two thoughts together, let alone sentences" and to me, this sentence really sets the tone for her to open up and tell her side of the story, in her own words. If you've been a fan, you'll want to pick up "Open Book," it far surpassed my expectations.

Month in Review: January 2020


Month in Review: January 2020


January was back to work, back to school, back to extracurriculars,  back to our regular routine. I was a bit hesitant about the "back to school" because my son was showing some signs on anxiousness before the break, and it did show up again a few weeks into the month. I decided not to wait, and I reached out to his teacher. She was quite surprised by what I had to say, she didn't realize that my son doesn't do well with change, that he likes to attach to people who he feels comfortable with, and it was a very productive meeting. Once he felt like he was heard, and that we were going to work with him, we started to see improvement pretty quickly.

Monthly Lifestyle Favorites (Tea Hippie, Davids Tea, Airpods, Manitobah Mukluks, Amazon Kindle)

Monthly Lifestyle Favorites (Tea Hippie, Davids Tea, Airpods, Manitobah Mukluks, Amazon Kindle)

Am I the only one who felt like January flew by? I kept seeing posts about January feeling so long and drawn out, and I didn't feel that way at all. I guess that's a good thing. I'm not a fan of winter, but I do like slowing down, staying home and enjoying the coziness of home. In an attempt to include more lifestyle content, I want to start posting my monthly favourites. I've been including more book content and I'm working to expand this blog. I want this to be my creative space, my corner of the internet and I want to keep it open and fun. I hope these changes are positive. I'm excited about the possibilities. Let's get into the favourites!

Tea Hippie Butter Beer, and David's Tea Nordic Mugs

A pot of tea is essential to my morning routine. I make a pot, pour a mug of tea and fill up my thermos for work. This month I've been on a hunt to find new loose teas. I found a Canadian shop on Etsy called Tea Hippie and they had really interesting blends. I immediately saw some Harry Potter inspired blends and I couldn't wait to try Butter Beer. This is a black tea (my favourite) that includes; almonds, coriander, red peppercorns and natural flavouring. It's really good and I can see myself ordering more from this shop. I've also been enjoying some new Nordic Mugs from David's Tea. Honestly, I have about 15 of these mugs and they are just perfect. I love the shape, size and the designs. This particular cat mug is colour changing. When you add water, stars show up. So cute!