Welcome to my first Friday Five – 5 things that are bringing me bliss this week! I hope to do this type of post every week, and include all different manor of things…food, books, podcasts, people, places, things, etc. All things that make me happy, and that you might enjoy as well!
1. Effy Wild
This week’s number one is in honour of the person I stole the Friday Five idea from, Effy Wild. She is a mixed media journal artist and teacher, who I am blessed to know not just online, but in the real world as well. I have personally taken her Book of Days online classes for 3 years now (I am a huge fan of the weekly “Bed Head Diaries”), and I consider it a privilege to be part of her “Wildlings” tribe. She is famous for over-delivering in everything she does, creates such an inspiring community of like-minded individuals, and shares her honest journey in this thing called “life”. It’s no wonder her fans number in the thousands!
She also happens to be running a special this weekend (until Tues, April 4, 2017) on her Book of Days 2017 class.
“Book Of Days 2017 is a year long ‘art in community’ experience taught in three sessions that run from January 1 – April 1, May 1 – August 1, and September 1 – December 1 throughout 2017. Each week, you will find new content designed to inspire your own art journaling practice, as well as instruct you in mixed media art journaling techniques.”
Learn more about Book of Days (and her other offerings), and access the special sale price by clicking on the link here.
(Please note, these are not affiliate links. I am just a true fan of the courses and the artist, and highly recommend them!)
2. Baden Coffee Company
This local cafe in Baden, Ontario is where I wrote most of this week’s blog post. It’s a short drive down the highway from my house, and is the perfect escape, especially on cold, blustery days like this one (that whole March coming “in like a lamb, out like a lion” thing is happening here). I love that it’s cozy, with comfy tub chairs to lounge in, or table and chairs if you prefer. There is a patio out back when the weather is nice. It has a definite “local vibe” with a steady stream of regulars popping in to grab their caffeine fix (there is even a self-serve, self-pay section at the back). I’ve also witnessed business meetings, mommy groups, lunch dates, and book club get-togethers being held here.
Being a specialty roastery and wholesale coffee supplier, there is always great artisan roasted coffee, but they also have rotating soup, sandwich, and other lunch specials. And best of all, an assortment of freshly baked goodies (the giant cookies are my favourite)! You might even catch Kaffee, the resident pooch, casually greeting customers.
3. Harry Potter
I know…I’m late to the party. It’s not that I haven’t been in the loop. I have seen all the movies several times (spoiled myself and upgraded to blu-ray last Christmas) and I’ve read the first few books out loud with my boys (more than once over the years). I’ve even visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando, and took the boys to the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry event at University of Guelph last year. There may or may not be a wand or two in this house.
But I’ve never actually sat down and read all seven books. I think the furthest I read was the first three books, but I could never seem to get past that point. One of my resolutions this year was to finally do it. And I’m happy to report, I did just that! It is true what they say, the books are always better than the movies. So much more detail, back story, and while the movies made me emotional, the books made me cry buckets of tears! It was almost bittersweet, finishing the last book. I didn’t want my affair to end!
4. Essential Oils
Yes, they are all the rage now it seems. There are plenty of different companies offering a variety of oils, blends and accessories. I actually took an aromatherapy certification course over a decade ago, and I do believe essential oils have beneficial qualities to them.
With my recent bouts of illness, and to help relieve stress, I have purchased a few different blends from this company. I picked them up at my local Goodness Me location. My favourite is “Clear the Air”, a blend of peppermint, eucalyptus, hyssop and rosemary. I use it in a diffuser in my bedroom every night, and find it helps me sleep (and not snore so much…)
5. National Crayon Day
Today is National Crayon Day! It also happens to be the day Crayola is officially retiring the colour Dandelion, or Dan-D as he likes to be called. I have to say, I was kind of surprised by this pick, and it seems I’m not the only one. However, he’s not disappearing right away. Dandelion is going on a retirement tour, that you’ll be able to follow on Instagram (#CelebrateDandelion). And check out Crayola’s website, where you can stock up on a limited edition 64-pk of the solitary colour.
Well, that’s it for this week. I hope you enjoyed the first edition of Friday Five! Let me know what you think. What’s rocking your world this week?