Merry Christmas!

The snow we do not have...

I hope you and yours have a beautiful Christmas and a happy New Year. If it's a bumpy one, hopefully some of these tips will help...

See you in 2016, darlings.

It's beginning to look a lot...

I was so excited to learn that Oakville is getting an independent bookstore on Lakeshore. The proprietress is a friend of a friend and I got a sneak peak at the place before its grand opening yesterday. It's gorgeous.

Archetype Books (305 Lakeshore on the old main street for any Oakvillains reading) is a curated selection of classics and current titles, as well as some gorgeous cookbooks and coffee table books. It's very charming and worth the drive if you are in the GTA (you can load up on Diptyque candles while you are at it at Soap and Water.)

Archetype has a lot of my favourite books.

I came home with Nevil Shute's A Town Like Alice, Sloane Crosley's The Clasp and Lauren Groff's Fates and Furies.

I'm on a bit of a reading jag. I just finished Jen Sincero's You Are a Badass (a great motivating book to kick you out of the doldrums) and am finishing They Left Us Everything, which is a terrific memoir by former Oakvillain, Plum Johnson.

Last weekend, we snuck away to Niagara Falls (or Angry Falls, as my daughter called it when she was little) for a weekend. The kids love the falls themselves and they looked very pretty with the Christmas lights. It was a nice pre-holiday break since WE CANNOT SKI in Ontario yet. Seriously. Where is the snow?

I've been decorating the house for the holidays. We do not have our tree up yet but it's still looking quite sparkly.

I repurposed a pie crust table as a bar.

I also visited a medium, which I wrote about for Huffington Post. She was amazing. Her readings are rooted in Catholicism, so it was quite angelical-celestial in nature. I'm still processing the session as it revealed some pretty amazing things.

The next few weeks are going to be very boozy busy. We are seeing the Nutcracker for the second time this season (the first was a local production with friends in the lead roles), going to a few shin-digs, and getting up to some other holly jolly activities.

I hope your days are merry and bright.

Christmas Traditions: The Nutcracker Ballet

Every year, I take my daughter to see the Nutcracker. (I took my youngest son once, but he loudly complained that there was too much dancing...