Posts from — October 2014

Sweet Little Something + Book winners! 7

October 10, 2014

We have winners!! The generous people at Simon and Schuster gave us two copies of Marissa Stapley‘s Mating for Life to give away and we’re just about to do just that. If you didn’t get a chance to read Marissa’s interview and the competition entries please check it out here. All you had to do to enter was tell us what you are mated to for life, what you love and cannot live without. We absolutely LOVED all your answers; it was really challenging to select just two. In the end we chose Angie and Shireen as our winners; congratulations! A big thank you to everyone who played along. Please stay tuned for more competitions and give aways.

And finally, in the spirit of celebrating Marissa’s book and your fantastic comments this week’s Sweet Little Something depicts something each of us could not bear to live without. Please leave us a haiku or comment below; we love to hear from you and we do send good karma your way when you do. Truly.

Have a happy weekend!

From Hannah: My Sister. And a camera (though the one she is pictured with might not be overly effective). It doesn’t need to be a snazzy camera, the camera on my phone will suffice and I am an instagram addict. I guess I’m just a snap-happy, sister-lurvin’ kinda girl.


From Ria: Nature. I’m lucky to live in a gorgeous part of the world, with inspiring everyday sights outside my door. I try to maintain a child-like wonder about it all (just check out this Horse Chestnut seed pod. Amazing and beautiful.), which means I’m never bored when I’m outdoors. Having a three year old helps too.


In: From Hannah, From Ria, Seasonal, Sweet Little Something

How she does it: Marissa Stapley (+ Book giveaway!) 14

October 4, 2014

The story of how Marissa and I *met* : Around this time last year a book arrived in my mailbox from my Canadian publisher. It was a novel titled Mating For Life, written by Marissa Stapley. {SPOILER ALERT: You could win a copy! Keep reading. Yes, to the very end of the post. Cheeky.} I expected to take my time reading the book but once in I was IN and IN DEEP. Marissa’s writing is rich and authentic, her characters real and flawed and hopeful, her plot woven together so beautifully, so elegantly, I just couldn’t put it down. I love that the chapters are titled after animals that mate for life (including references to the animals hidden within each chapter) and I love the settings, especially the family cottage on Muskoka island. Mating for Life is an enchanting read and I was gob-smacked to learn that Mating for Life is Marissa’s debut novel. Watch this space, I say.


Since then, Mating for Life has been published, with a beautiful and evocative cover I should add, and Marissa has been busy busy busy with Life and Family and Writing. But from the moment I put down Marissa’s novel and looked her up online (what? That’s not stalk-y. Stalk-y isn’t even a word.) I knew we had to feature her on How She Does It. And now I have her responses to our favourite questions I wish I could thieve the answers for my own How She Does It. I’d also like to be invited to the dinner party please, should that magic ever occur. I promise to bring the chips and dip?


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In: Books & Reading, From Hannah, How She (or he) Does It, Writing

Sweet Little Something 2

October 3, 2014

Another weekend, another reason to celebrate with photos, comments and haiku. We’ve taken a break from working with a theme this week but would love to receive more theme requests for coming weeks. Plus we always enjoy hearing from you *just because* as well. Have a great weekend!

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In: From Hannah, From Ria, Sweet Little Something