Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, gorgeous creatures!

We rung in the new year with friends. Inspired by Have Some Decorum, I made a fondue with Comte, Gruyere, and Emmental cheeses from Farmhouse Artisan Cheese in Oakville (we now have a cheese shop and a book shop so I can officially stay in town!) and a new Emile Henry Pot from To Set A Table.

Love shopping local. I did all of my boxing day shopping on Lakeshore, Oakville's main street. Anthropologie housewares never disappoint. I picked up some cute things for the wedding and a set of jewelled cat ears that I think are meant for children.

Ready for a new year? I know I am. Happy to shake off 2015 which was mainly good with a smattering of dark clouds.

This year I get to plan our wedding, work on my book, buy a house (and maybe reno), and write about things like happiness over at HuffPo. Not a bad year ahead...

I'm not a big fan of New Year's resolutions but have resolved to drink more water. I mainline tea and lattes but am so cold in the winter that I cannot bear water. But I've vowed to drink a glass every 90 minutes during the day (I add Mint Chlorophyll sometimes to make it tastier.) I've set up an app to keep me on the straight and narrow. Glug glug.

I'm also taking vitamins regularly. Every doctor I see tells me to take Omega 3s so take them I will. I also need iron so I've set up one of those pill boxes that make me look like an octogenarian at the breakfast table.

I'm focusing on happiness this year and thought this Happiness Planner tool might help.

I also will try to keep up a 10 minute meditation practice but won't be hard on myself if it slips.

I'll let you know how I fare…

My daughter has been baking up a storm. She's into Rosanna Pansino and made up the unicorn poop cookies from her latest cookbook. They are made with cream cheese dough and are delicious.

I've been reading for pleasure this week. Loving Sloane Crosley's The Clasp. If you like The Goldfinch, you'll enjoy it a lot.

I'm also quite caught up on movies. People have been raving about Brooklyn and it was good, but my favourite of all the movies I've seen was The Big Short. I'd loved the book and worried how it might translate on the screen: if anything, the movie might be better. It's a must see, particularly for ex-bankers like me.

The girl child is at a play date and the boy child is playing in the snow (finally we have some, although skiing won't be great for another few days) so I'm going to spend some time relaxing today.

I hope you have a wonderful New Year's Day and a 2016 filled with love and laughter.


  1. Happy New Year, Jen. Looks like it's off to a great start for you.

  2. Happy New Year! Planning the wedding will be so fun! I'm excited to watch your plans!!

  3. Happy New Year my friend! I think we should do some local shopping in your town when we see each other next, that main street sounds perfect. Wishing you a super New Year with loads of laughs and happy events! The ski hills are indeed a bit dodgy but half are open at our club so some of us are venturing out today. Have a great weekend XO

    1. I would love to take you on a tour of Oakville. Enjoy the skiing (thank God there is snow!) xo

  4. Happy New Year...a day late and a dollar short. Try not to float away with all that water.

  5. Happy New year, what a lovely post, I've never heard of unicorn poops, so I feel honored to see them in the flesh too, brilliant that they sparkly. will get onto that Sloan one, am reading like a demon these days. I've happened onto some goodies, after reading about 15 books where I stopped reading half way through, just didn't care enough about the main character to keep on going I suppose....

    1. Aww thank you. I don't finish non-good books either. Life is too short... xo

  6. I just found your blog via Hostess of The Humble Bungalow.
    Fondues are our Christmas Eve tradition, so it was a surprise that this is the post I landed on, this first visit to your blog.

    1. So happy you found me! Fondue is fabulous!


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