how do you like your desktop calendar?

Sunny side up!

They’re back – The Hello Twenty Twenty-Two Desktop Calendar is here, and I am now taking orders. This year I am donating $5.00 from the sale of every desktop calendar to the Elizabeth Fry Society.

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland Nova Scotia builds and strengthens communities by supporting women through education, advocacy, housing, employment and emotional support. (Read more below)

Calendars are $15.00 ($10.00 if you don’t want a case).

If you are interested in one (or more!), please send me an email or DM before December 1 **and let me know if you want a case**. Please e-transfer payment to When the calendars are ready, I will contact you and make arrangements for pickup. **Non-local shipping costs are additional.**

Everyone near and far will receive their calendar by December 20.

Mockup: The desktop calendar is about the size of a CD case: ~5″w x 5.5″h

Thanks to friends and family support, I have been able to donate to Hope For Wildlife, Feed Nova Scotia, Welcome Housing and Support Services, Shelter Movers and the Canadian Association For Williams Syndrom. You all rock!

I hope you enjoy this year’s calendar as much as I enjoy brunch!

Thank you for your support!


Here’s some more information on the Elizabeth Fry Society:

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland Nova Scotia (EFMNS) is a non-profit, charitable organizations that engage with vulnerable women and girls to foster reintegration, rehabilitation, personal empowerment and to address the root causes of criminalization. The women we support are often at a high risk of returning to the cycle of poverty, homelessness and self-harm that can cause criminalization. We are devoted to improving the lives of women in our province through comprehensive housing supports, innovative programming initiatives, justice system reform and through building individual strength and capacity in all of the women we serve. EFMNS provide the structure for marginalized women and girls to transform their lives from a cycle of poverty and insecurity to one of stability, growth and hope.

meanwhile, elsewhere

Friday’s online finds: Cozy up and dig in.

  • I gave up my career as a TD executive to become a florist (Toronto Life, thanks Kristin)
  • And… A Profession Is Not a Personality (The Atlantic)
  • Dear White Parents – a film and website packed with guides and resources for parents and children of all ages (via swissmiss)
  • Netflix Is Launching a Book Club (Apartment Therapy)
  • And… Squid Game was not alarming because I expected it to be as disturbing as it was – knowing there’d be a twist thanks to still not recovering from the experience of watching Oldboy in Korea on rental-bed-private-room. That said, I really don’t think kids should be watching this. (NYT)
  • How to survive winter: Reversible House Shoes and Better Sweater Mittens
  • Charlie (the British nutritionist/blogger–Runner Beans) was in Nova Scotia and is offering some Nova Scotia inspired maple-salmon recipes
  • Now this would guarantee us a view of the river (design\milk)
  • Who Called the Carbonara Police? (Taste)
  • How a Missing Sock Changed My Life–Not the sock itself, but a note attached to the sock. (Actually, the guy who wrote the note.) (Modern Love)
  • ‘Tis the season for cozy cabin dreaming (SF Girl)
  • And… Latkes! (Food52)
  • Tuna noodle casserole–I recommend a couple of tweaks: sub ground turkey for tuna because tuna is high in mercury, and you can’t afford to damage your kids’ brains any more than constant exposure to screens already has. Sub zoodles for noodles, sub yogurt for mayo, and then sub the whole thing for pizza because, what the hell, you’re pretty sure the kids love their dad more anyway: The Stress-Free Family Meal Plan (New Yorker)
  • Ten minutes a day in this resting pose does wonders for your burnout (Quartz)


meanwhile, elsewhere

Friday’s online finds: Cozy up and dig in.

  • Anyone who has ever spent time as a teenage girl is unlikely to find any of these revelations particularly surprising. Facebook and Instagram are simply carrying on a longstanding American tradition: stoking the insecurities of teenage girls to cash in on them – For Teen Girls, Instagram Is a Cesspool (NYT)
  • A Modern Cabin in the Woods With a Compact Footprint (design\milk)
  • This will likely be added to my daily self-care routine (Cup Of Jo)
  • Is Vegan Fish the Answer to Sustainable Seafood? (Food52)
  • I really appreciate Ally’s remarks from her keynote address at The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia’s Let’s Keep Talking Awards
  • …Whether it’s a mid-century modernist’s dream come true or a little bit more on the rustic cabin vibe… – On Trend: Wood Paneled Kitchens Are Where It’s At. (SF Girl)
  • Super sad podcast news – I’ve been listening to Your Wrong About since 2018 so I am sad about this change, hoping the best for Mike. But in super happy podcast news, I just discovered ‎Tig and Cheryl: True Story and I am truly laughing out loud at every episode.
  • A social-media-shabbat: I hated to think that other people’s pictures in boxes on my phone was giving me more dopamine than my gorgeous, hilarious toddler who was in that brief window of time when he was literally obsessed with me. (Romper)
  • First stop in the states: Detroit for Mom’s Spaghetti, Eminem’s new carryout restaurant (Takeout)


meanwhile, elsewhere

Friday’s online finds: Cozy up and dig in.

  • ‘The stories will be the last thing to go’: Robert Munsch on his legacy as one of Canada’s great storytellers (CBC via Kim)
  • Use the 4-7-8 Method to Fall Asleep Almost Instantly (Inc.)
  • Let’s Ignore Each Other in the Same Room – Why parallel play is good for grown-ups, too (NYT)
  • I have not gone to a movie theatre in 20 months – could this be the first one back? I thought it’d be this movie but it’s been pushed to next year!
  • All I want for Christmas is… booking a fancy hotel room (preferably not in Halifax) and marathon binging Nora Ephron movies. Alone. I know there are MANY mother’s who would happily book a room in the same dreamy hotel:
  • These jeans have been endorsed by every.single.blogger. between the ages of 35-50 however, the cost is what’s holding me back (Madewell)
  • A sad ending. An amazing woman who shared her diagnosis of ovarian cancer on Twitter in hope that it will raise awareness (twitter)
  • Accurate: Attached File (swissmiss)


100 Days of Summer : The Report Card

The end is here.

Year eight of my 100 Days of Summer Bucket List has come to a tragic and cold end (ugh, Fall). But looking back, Summer was filled with beautiful people and memories, so I must not be sad.

I’ll get right to the juicy stuff. Friends, I got 90/100 items done! A big thank you to all of the suggestions and willingness to join me on many awesome adventures. Like last year, going into the start of Summer, we had no idea what would be open and available to do in Nova Scotia, so I thought about that when I made my list. I am super grateful our province is doing well, and we were gifted a bit of freedom to enjoy our ocean playground in most ways.

Here’s a video I made if you’d like to watch it. I always try a get a picture of every item, but there were a few improvised, and at the very end is the ten I didn’t do. Enjoy!

  1. Night hike with my mom (on her trails)
  2. Night swim
  3. Night kayak
  4. Make a peach pie
  5. Make a rhubarb pie
  6. Make a banana cream pie
  7. Run with friends/Road Hammers again
  8. Run to the Bike and Bean
  9. Have a sushi picnic
  10. Eat ice cream in a cone
  11. Go trail running
  12. Have a campfire
  13. Eat s’mores
  14. Bike a trail
  15. Paddleboard down the Wallace River
  16. Paddleboard in the Northwest Arm
  17. Swing off the river rope
  18. Build a dock or finish the driveway or both!
  19. Patio dining and patio drinking
  20. Sleep in a tent
  21. Set out on a walk – meet a friend halfway
  22. Take a dip in the ocean
  23. Drink beer from a cooler
  24. Go for a beach walk
  25. Hike the new trails at Cape Split
  26. Hike the Bluff
  27. Apply sunscreen every freaking day
  28. Swim in my aunt’s pond
  29. Work outside
  30. Make peach marmalade
  31. Kayak (or canoe) the canal
  32. Go neighbourhood stalking with friends
  33. Expand neighbourhood stalk: guest posts in other cities!
  34. Stroll along the waterfront
  35. Cocktails by Cameron on the patio
  36. Try ice-dying
  37. Get a haircut
  38. Buy new Birks
  39. Make rhubarb syrup for (virgin) cocktails
  40. Dance in the rain
  41. Play four-squares
  42. Play croquet
  43. Play spike ball
  44. Drinks on my inlaw’s patio
  45. Go for a run and jump in the water right after
  46. Eat a lobster roll
  47. Eat fish tacos
  48. Eat a Kaiser’s sub
  49. Have a lunch date
  50. Have a brunch date (Almonak)
  51. Play hooky
  52. Yoga outside
  53. Discover a new beach
  54. Have root beer floats
  55. Get 10,000 steps every day
  56. Grow flowers from seed
  57. Road trip to visit a friend
  58. Take the ferry to Dartmouth
  59. Host (at least one) Youth Running Series race
  60. Summer wreath-making party
  61. Backyard outdoor movie night
  62. Run and jump off a dock without knowing the temperature of the water
  63. Go to a drive-in movie
  64. Road trip to Just Bloom Flower Farm
  65. Find a waterfall
  66. Bike to Bedford
  67. Visit the ocean after work
  68. Watch the sailboats on Sullivan’s Pond
  69. Send mail every week
  70. Make popsicles
  71. Stargaze
  72. Only use the clothesline
  73. Nova 7 in a can!
  74. Rent a cottage
  75. Re-do my 5km time trial
  76. Snorkel (or learn to scuba dive) with David
  77. Play sandbar rake tag
  78. Make giant bubbles with my nieces
  79. Make strawberry shortcake
  80. Get a bird feeder
  81. Celebrate Sunday Buddy Sundae
  82. Find and photograph lupins
  83. Run to a lighthouse
  84. Eat from a food truck
  85. Visit Tatamagouche Ice Creamery (at least once)
  86. Play tennis
  87. Drift down a river
  88. Go berry picking
  89. Go whale watching
  90. Yard sale
  91. Go out, wear clogs
  92. Take a “lunch” break – get fresh air (daily!)
  93. Organize and play a night game (not game night)
  94. Take a class/workshop (online)
  95. Make potato salad
  96. Dole Whip at the Chicken Burger
  97. Get fully vaccinated
  98. Watch the sunrise at the ocean
  99. Watch the sunset at the ocean
  100. Watch 500 Days of Summer

To SUMMERize – here’s what I did not do

  • Sleep in a tent
  • Swim in my aunt’s pond
  • Play four-squares
  • Road trip to visit a friend
  • Summer wreath-making party
  • Backyard outdoor movie night
  • Go to a drive-in movie
  • Snorkel (or learn to scuba dive) with David
  • Go whale watching
  • Organize and play a night game (not game night)

I always hope this inspires others to create their own version – I am already looking forward to year nine!

Here are my lists from 20202019 2018, 2017, 2016,  20152014