We’re back! And we’ve got a free find to share.

OPL country living

OK, so that was a longer break than we had intended! Christmas vacation turned into New Year’s vacation turned into Valentine’s Day vacation. I can’t believe how quickly the time has gone. Apologies for the absence, but given the exotic life I’ve been living these days, you might be glad I didn’t post. Yes, between trips to my parents, bundling up myself, the kids and the dog for freezing walks in the neighbourhood and watching too many series on Netflix, I’ve really set the bar high for an enviable lifestyle. Pass the wine honey, and can you wash my stretchy pants while you’re doing laundry? Yup, it’s the life of the Ottawa elite right here.

Here’s a gratuitous photo of my youngest distraction. I’ll disguise the blatant photo of my baby as a peek at my living room decor instead. As you can see I’ve added a bit of rainbow to my colour palette.  ;-)

nate and grandma

Amid my household chaos I would have felt a bit like a traitor sharing tips on organization or decluttering, instead I’ll share what has been keeping me inspired these days — FREE MAGAZINES!

I’m sure many of you share my weakness for design, decor or lifestyle magazines. Unfortunately if I buy them, I then have a hard time throwing them out. #hoarder! So finding an online source at the Ottawa Public Library to borrow magazines on my laptop is an awesome way for me to seek out pretty things and keep clutter to a minimum.

OPL country living

I found that I really like Country Living magazine. It’s not one that I would have normally picked up on the magazine stand, but when I saw the cover I was intrigued. When I digitally flipped through, I was hooked. Check out that tiny kitchen above. Gorgeous.

I will never give up my paper subscriptions to Style at Home or Canadian House & Home (thanks mom!) but these additions are a great way to enjoy these publications that I wouldn’t normally buy. Sometimes I find I’m paying for advertisements in some publications and others I find the products a bit too American for my tastes, so this is an awesome way to cut out that worry and see what I like. Oh, and I even found a few for my son and I to enjoy. Win win! And did I mention, free? ;-)

To use the service you’ll need a library card for the Ottawa Public Library and an account on Zinio. They’re all free to use and you can find information about it all from the OPL site.  Another great thing is that digital publications are automatically returned for you so you don’t get dinged with any late fees if you forget to hand them back in.

OPL home magazines OPL Home

Am I the last person in Ottawa to discover this resource?

And with that, I promise you we’ll be back again soon with lots of fun stylish ideas and decor inspirations.






4 Comments on We’re back! And we’ve got a free find to share.

  1. Susan Sykes
    February 15, 2015 at 12:47 pm (2 years ago)

    Great find Mere! I can’t believe I’ve never told you how good Country Living is. It was recommended to me a while back and I was skeptical, but it’s “country” in a vintage/flea market hip way, not a gingham & roosters way :)

    • Mere
      February 15, 2015 at 1:10 pm (2 years ago)

      So it’s like Rayna not Loretta? ;-) (Yes, Sue and I have a not-so-secret affection for the TV show Nashville.)

  2. Lisa Goulet
    February 16, 2015 at 12:31 pm (2 years ago)

    What a great tip, I never thought of using the OPL as a source for digital magazines. Yikes, now I’ll have even more mags to try and catch up on :-)
    I love Country Living, it is not really country as you see and I’ve kept lots of back issue (yes I’ve been known to hoard magazines too) for their great stories and ideas.

    • Meredith Newberry
      February 16, 2015 at 1:29 pm (2 years ago)

      I’m glad you like the idea…sorry for the time suck I have just found for you ;-) Yah…totally awesome ideas in the magazine and you’re right…not cowboy country AT ALL.


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