Maybe it’s the crazy political scene to the south, or the crazy clowns rampaging across North America, but something in the air has made us all very appreciative of our not-remotely-crazy, homegrown, Canadian goodness. We’ve added in even more comfort in the form of delicious wines and even more delicious reading to round out this week’s comfy, sane Crush and Covet.
Candace Derickx – As soon as I saw this t-shirt my patriotic cup runneth over! This shirt so brilliantly sums up what is means to be Canadian that I immediately fell in love with it. Happiness is being Canadian and it’s just that simple for me. The story behind this great little Canadian start-up will give you all the feels and you’ll no doubt cheer wildly to know that everything is made right here in the Great White North! I see these Ts (and sweatshirts) under the tree for a lot of people on my gift list this year.
Kelly Flannigan Bos – I have been living in the Caribbean for the last seven years but moved back to Canada in August. The question everyone asks is, “WHY?” This is followed by a lot of grumbling about winter. I understand the sentiment, but I am not afraid. This is Canada and just like Stark House would say, “Winter is coming.” Winter in Canada is beautiful, while tough so to get through we simply have to dress for it. If I’m prepared with these Joan of Arctic winter boots from Sorel I will be just fine, with only occasional sighs when thinking of the Caribbean sands.
Editor’s note: I accepted this submission, but gave Kelly one chance; if winter comes early because we’ve said the W-word and boots, she’s out of here.
Gwen Leron – I’m currently coveting the three new e-books J.K Rowling recently released through her Pottermore website in September. If you haven’t heard, these books are additions to the popular Harry Potter series. They don’t continue Harry’s story, but rather, they delve deep into the backgrounds of certain characters, Hogwarts, and the Ministry of Magic. We get to learn why these characters and places are like they are.
The books aren’t expensive (they’re only available electronically) or hard to find (you can buy them on Amazon) but my bookshelf is filled with equally amazing unread books (I’m a bit of a book hoarder!) so, I’m not going to get these until my stash is a bit smaller. Until then, I covet!
Nicole MacPherson – I’m a middle sister. Well, technically I’m an only sister, but I’m a middle child, so that counts as the reason I love Middle Sister Wines. They are perfect for relaxing on Friday nights; delicious and smooth, my favourite is Wild One Malbec. Maybe it’s the wild middle child in me, but the label reads “After waking up at stupid o’clock this morning, I’m looking forward to wine o’clock tonight.” My normal wake up time is 4:30 am, so this speaks to me. Hey, today’s Friday, isn’t it? Cheers!
Maija Craig – I need mugs that hold a lot of coffee. They’re a survival tool. These Canadiana Mugs from Walmart won’t break the bank (only $4 each) and serve a dual purpose, they hold my magic elixir and they remind me of all the great places we’ve seen and have yet to see in our country. I love throwing in a little Canadiana into my home decor to remind my family about our many Canadian adventures. Moose and bears are common sightings on their road trips and some of our favourite sightings are moose in Alberta and in Newfoundland, grizzlies in the Yukon, and the rare blonde bear in Quebec. These mugs bring it all together.