Fidget Cube

The second half of my last Amazon order came in today—my fidget cube! It came with a little plastic carrying case with a removable insert. Minimal packaging, but practical because it can be re-used.

Originally, I thought I ordered pink and white, but red and white doesn’t look too bad. One thing I noticed on mine that seems different from pictures is the toggle switch. It’s a classic power switch like you’d find on an appliance or power bar. I kind of like as a gag but others might not.

It’s also a bit louder in the clicking department than I envisioned, but I want to see how it is after I’ve been using it for a while. I imagine it will feel less stiff after it’s been broken in more in general.

That’s it for today!


Re: Fidget spinner

This came in the mail today!

It’s more of a satin finish than matte, but the colour and quality seems to be what I expected. It’s got some weight to it as well. Also, is anyone else reminded of the Sony Walkman logo?

It spins longer than I thought it would (approaching the 2 minute range) but not 5-6 minutes like some of the listings on Amazon claim to, but I imagine that depends on how fast you spin it and how whether it gets jostled) I think anything over a minute I still pretty impressive.

I uploaded a video on YouTube (Niki @ Home) but as I’m writing this I’m still waiting for it to show up there. I’ll wait a bit longer and see if I can’t repost it or something.

Until next time,


Fidget Toys

So it finally happened, a healthcare professional recommended that I look into a fidget spinner. I ordered one (as well as a cube) on Amazon today. They’re supposed to be on sale at a factory outlet closer to where I live but if I go that route I’d be lucky if they weren’t sold out by the time I got there. Plus you’re limited to whatever colours are in stock—like if they only have green or camouflage.

It took more than an hour to find something that seemed to have good reviews, an acceptable price, came in the colour/style I wanted AND shipped to Canada. One item is due towards the end of May, while the other won’t arrive until sometime in June.

I also found the worst product review I’ve ever seen in an online store—”this product gave me hepatitis.” Either the person was A: being needlessly harsh, B: trolling, or C: actually did get hepatitis, in which case that’s terrifying! Needless to say, I didn’t get that particular spinner, though it’s still available. The one I got is pink with a matte finish, and the cube was white with pink buttons and knobs.

It will be interesting to see if these really do help with anxiety and restless hands, or if they’re just another fad and will fade into the background in a few months. I imagine the people who find them helpful will continue to use them regardless of popularity.

Until next time,




I love the smell of lavender. 

My mother used to put a couple of drops of lavender oil on my pillow every night. We used to call it “sweet dreams”, but a young kid announcing “Mom puts sweet dreams on my pillow every night” raised a few concerns with the faculty at school. I imagine they thought my mother was using chloroform, but I’m also happy they were concerned and thought to ask about it. Some schools look after their public image more than they look after their students.

My mom showed them the bottle and explained that it was aromatherapy. It was pretty popular after that. While I was in brownies, several of the other girls asked for a couple of drops on their pillows at camp. The whole room smelled of lavender!

One bottle of the stuff lasts a very long time. You only need a drop or two, though this brand smells stronger than the one I remember as a child. I try to only use one drop because of that. You may find after a while that your pillow case is a bit stained too.

I’ve heard that you can put it in the bath as well, but I haven’t tried it, personally. Also, apparently lavender tea is a thing, but I wouldn’t recommend you use the extract for that. I’m actually surprised it’s available in a form that’s intended for consumption at all.

If you’re looking to try lavender oil, I’d recommend checking your local health food store, bulk barn, or ask at a specialty store that carries incense. I’ve never bought it online before so if you have, feel free to share your experience in the comments! I’d love to hear which shops you’ve found it in, as I’m interested in trying other brands.

Until next time,


Toronto cafe

Went to meet a client downtown today and bought myself this delicious pecan tart! At the time I didn’t realize it was drizzled in chocolate! The shell was full of sugary goodness and crumbled in my mouth, but not enough to be messy. It was very sweet, but not sickeningly so. The flavour was great, how pastries should taste!

I also tried this black tea lemonade drink. It’s stronger than the lemon iced tea I’m used to. I would absolutely buy this again!

Portable Charger

I have a couple of these already but they were cheap and started falling out of their plastic casing. Probably not worth it to take chances even if they do still function. I definitely won’t be using the one for my iPhone 4 anymore since the upgrade anyway. Oh well, we had a good run.

I was actually going to buy this for myself, but my mother decided to throw it in with her purchases before I had the chance. It came pre-charged (though not fully) which was a nice surprise.