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The Limited Edition “Hold On To Summer” Box

While we can hardly wait for the sound of leaves crunching under our boots and the smell of spiced apple cider lingering in the air on a crisp day, there’s something bittersweet about bidding farewell to summer. The warm breeze, the blooming flowers, the sunshine-filled days — there’s so much to love about the season that we decided to offer a limited edition box to help you hold on to that summer feeling (although you won’t want to miss the autumnal offerings in our seasonal box either!).

Bring flavor and fun to your kitchen

Make use of all the late summer produce that is in abundance at your local farmers’ market with this clever maple berry crisp kit from Simply Delish. You can pick up several cups of whatever fruit strikes your fancy — from summery mixtures like peaches and blueberries to the more autumnal combination of apples and cranberries. All you have to do is combine the fruit with the mixture, a splash of maple syrup and a bit of butter, and you’ll have a bubbling treat bursting with flavour in no time at all.

We also returned to Winnipeg-based bakery Flour & Flower, a brand that has been featured in our previous boxes, for a whimsical product perfect for the season. Hold on to those floral feelings with the spot’s lavender jam, which is a glorious soft pink hue that would make any breakfast more magical. The delicate flavor pairs perfectly with a variety of treats, from freshly-baked bread to a buttermilk scone, hot from the oven. The jam even comes with a small golden spoon with a flower-shaped head that will transform the simple task of topping your toast into a special moment.

Fill your days and nights with relaxing scents

Scent is incredibly powerful, and the simple act of introducing a few calming aromas into your day can help remind you to be more mindful.

We worked with Siglarr Viking Naturals to create a custom essential oil blend with hygge in mind. The mixture of energizing grapefruit, exotic jasmine, musky ambrette and carrot seed is the perfect scent to roll on throughout your day. The small rollerball packaging can be easily tucked into your purse or pocket before you head out the door.

When you’re winding down before bed, take the jar of lavender sugar scrub from MBM Home and Life Co. into your bath or shower with you. The sea salt scrub features shea butter, coconut oil and meadow foam oil, a mixture that will have your skin feeling pampered and silky smooth. The relaxing aroma and steamy water will have you drifting off to sleep the moment your head hits the pillow.

Enjoy the last of the magical summer light

It’s no secret that as summer draws to a close, it becomes dark earlier and earlier in the day. Soak in the last of that late evening summer sun by taking a great book to your favourite outdoor spot. We’ve included a novel from Canadian author K.A. Tucker, The Simple Wild. Though technology makes means we have books available at our fingertips at any moment, there’s something comforting about curling up with an engrossing read. Turn the pages until the waning light forces you indoors to read by lamp light.

A delicious beverage is the perfect complement to a long reading session, and while the season for steaming hot beverages is fast approaching, we’ve kept you in the summer spirit a while longer with a mango iced tea. The blend, a fruity, flavourful mix from HotCups Tea, will thrill your taste buds. Make a whole pitcher and enjoy it all evening long!

Set your intentions for the season ahead

Mindfulness is a huge part of hygge, and we love to greet a new season with a goal or dream in mind. May You Know Joy Inc. has crafted a stylish way to keep your mind on that purpose every single day with their intention thread bracelet. The piece features a crystal quartz bead on a thin string, a minimalist style that would fit anyone’s aesthetic. According to founder and Chief Joy Curator Adrienne Enns, you should have an intention in mind when you first put the bracelet on — you’ll think of it whenever you look at your wrist, and when your intention is realized, the bracelet is said to fall off.

The coming season will certainly involve a few dishes with autumnal flavours, but for this box, we’ve included a candle with a colourful tin to ease you into the months ahead. The pear and apple scent of the clean-burning soy wax candle from Lark & the Lotus Naturals will have you looking forward to walks around the apple orchard on a crisp fall day. Light it while you’re journaling about your intentions, meditating on the things important to you.