What I’m Loving: Baba Souk

About a month or so ago came across Melissa‘s blog, So about what I said … after she had made a sweet comment on one of my posts. If you haven’t stumbled across her blog yet, you should definitely do so because she’s the sweetest person and her story is so inspiring. Seriously. Do it.

She was hosting a giveaway with Baba Souk, an amazing little Canadian-based online store with some of the most gorgeous little household items, knick-knacks, and baubles I’ve ever seen. Of course, I was taken away with the stuff that they had, so I entered the giveaway. Low and behold, a couple weeks after the entry deadline passed, I found out I won!

Now, I’m not writing this post to boast or brag. I’m writing because I seriously love the items I got from Baba Souk. With the shop credit I won I ordered myself the Black Polka  Teardrop Vase and the Mixed Leaves Notepad. And, about 10 or so days later, my pretty little package arrived in the mail! Nothing makes me happier than REAL mail that isn’t bills, so allow me to share:




Nothing is more fun than pretty packaging and little notes, am I right? I swear little shops like this take way more time to personalize their stuff and make shopping online so much better.

Oh, and of course, here’s my cute little vase and notepad:


Now to just find something special to put in it :)

Thanks again, Melissa, for hosting the giveaway, and to Baba Souk for sponsoring her giveaway! I hope to spend more in the future!

Disclaimer: I won a store credit to Baba Souk through So about what I said and was in no way asked for this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own!

#Fails and #Wins

Things that are full of #FAIL:

– My chair at work is killing my back.

– My cute new flats make my feet warm and uncomfortable. My cute new flats also make my feet smell. Ergo: My cute new flats have to continue making my feet warm and uncomfortable or the smell will make my coworkers uncomfortable.

– I haven’t done any freelancing in a while, which makes me feel rusty, which makes me think that if I did pick up some work I’d be out of practice

– I apparently don’t have any confidence in my writing skills

– I have to pick out blinds for the rooms we’re renovating. This will be a painful task. (I once had garbage bags on my windows for almost a year because we didn’t bother to buy blinds)

– My Word program at work keeps defaulting to some horrible bold font. I’ve yet to change it even though it’s annoying me.

– My keyboard at work is also the pits with its stiff keys and useless USB ports.

– My Mac computer at work has no USB ports. WHY???

– I apparently complain about work a lot.

– The wall charger for my cellphone stopped working, which means my phone will only charge if I plug it into the computer via the USB cord.

Things that are full of #WIN:

– I will be out of my old department at work on Monday and will be a partish-time worker again (I say “partish” because I’m taking on a couple of side jobs at work as well. More on these eventually)

– The room we’re renovating is looking seriously awesome. Can’t wait to share “Done” photos!

– Almonds: My new favourite snack food. AND they’re good for you!

– I am by far the speediest phone-answerer in the land.

– The long weekend coming up. Golfing with my mom Saturday, visiting my bestie in Kelowna on Sunday, and spending time with Kyle on Monday.

– The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Seriously hilarious. (Ding dong! Who’s at the door?!)

– The sunflowers I planted in the spring at starting to bloom! The buds arrived in the last couple weeks and the yellow petals are starting to show:

Pretty, no?

What are your #Fails and #Wins today?

Giveaway Winner!

After a quick count and visit to Random.org, looks like Lucky No. 17 is the winner!

I’m pleased to announce that ‘SassyGirl’ at Girl and City is the lucky winner of the Bath and Body Works eGift Card! Congrats! Email me with your name and email address and I’ll get started on making sure your eGC makes its way to your inbox.