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Point Pelee Marsh
in Travel

How to Spend a Weekend in Southwestern Ontario

I’m a big proponent of local travel. Not only can you plan a trip for the whole fam that doesn’t break the bank, but you can also discover what’s in your own backyard and support local businesses. Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of local travel within Southern Ontario. I’ve visited Grand Bend & Sarnia, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Prince Edward County, and just spent another weekend in Southwestern Ontario (London, Essex County & Point Pelee, to be exact). All four were easy weekend road trips, and each destination is suitable for families, couples and/or groups of friends. Ontario’s Southwest has SO much…

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The June Motel in Prince Edward County
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11 Things to Do in Prince Edward County

This year, I’ve been traveling a lot more than is usual for me, and am totally loving it (while grateful, at the same time)! Thus far, I’ve been to Jamaica, Disneyland, Los Angeles, Miami, and now, Prince Edward County. As I publish this today, my husband and I are en route to explore another destination, which I’ll be writing about in an upcoming post soon. While I love to travel to exotic destinations, it’s not always in the cards (or budget) for people. Living in Canada, we are totally spoiled with so much natural beauty in our provinces. Within Ontario,…

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what to do when someone steals your images
in For Creators

What to do When Someone Steals Your Images

“When your self-worth goes up, your net worth goes up with it.” – Mark Victor Hansen For 9 years, I practiced law. When I quit my job about 2 years ago (you can read all about why I quit here), I was verrrryyyy happy to say goodbye to that career. But I’m so thankful I have my legal education and experience because I use them almost every single day as a professional content creator, photographer, and blogger. And today, I want to share a story about how I used them to strike back when someone blatantly (and illegally) used one…

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how to spend 36 hours in los angeles
in Travel

How to Spend 36 Hours in Los Angeles

My husband and I went on a little jaunt to L.A. on our way back to Toronto from Disneyland a few weeks ago. It was our first trip to Disneyland (you can read my post on 12 ways to maximize your time at Disneyland here), and since we were only there for 4 days, we wanted to spend some time in La La Land before returning to the harsh Canadian winter. This was not our first time in L.A. But in the 5 years since our last visit, a lot had changed (while a lot had stayed the same). Being…

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how to maximize your time at disneyland
in Travel

12 Ways to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland

“Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, dreams are forever” – Walt Disney. Here, I sit, on a snowy, minus 10-degree Celsius day in Toronto writing this post (and shedding one single tear). When less than 2 weeks ago, I was living my best life at Disneyland in California. At the ripe old age of 36, it was my first time visiting Disneyland – can you believe it?! In all fairness, I had been to Disney World before, but I have very little recollection of it. So, that’s why I was so thrilled (and honoured) to have been invited by…

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microsoft rainbow railroad
in Lifestyle

Creating for a Cause – How Microsoft is Making an Impact through Design

I am always looking for ways to make a greater impact on my audience, whether in the form of providing inspiration, creating meaningful content, giving advice, or leading by example. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have built a platform to be able to reach people and do that. Another way I try to achieve this goal is by partnering with socially responsible brands (like when I traveled to Colombia to learn about sustainable coffee-growing). I have been a proud Microsoft ambassador for the past couple years and I’m pleased to continue to partner with this company. Not only does…

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15 hard truths about marriage
in Lifestyle, Wedding

15 Hard Truths About Marriage

It’s Valentine’s Day. Last year, you may recall that I shared this post about how Alex and I met – our love story. While it wasn’t written for this purpose at all (I literally was just opening up and writing about us from the heart), the post garnered a lot of attention, people reacted so positively to it, and I received so many heartfelt messages. A year later, it remains one of the most popular posts on my blog. However, this year, I wanted to share a continuation of the story because last year’s post truthfully only tells one side:…

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Valentine's Day Cheese and Charcuterie Board
in Food

Valentine’s Day Cheese & Charcuterie Board

I can’t believe Valentine’s Day is already here! Do you know what you’re doing for dinner? Going out can be such a hassle. Lots of restaurants offer prix fixe menus for Valentine’s Day (which are usually not that different than their regular menus, and a lot more expensive, to boot). Scoring a reservation can be difficult, if you don’t book early. Plus, there’s the added complication of venturing out in the wintertime, finding parking, and walking in the snow or slush in a pair of heels! To avoid disappointment, my husband and I have been opting to stay in on…

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things you'll wish you knew before your wedding
in Lifestyle, Wedding

17 Things You’ll Wish You Knew Before Your Wedding

Wedding planning season is in full swing! And while it’s been over a year and a half since my husband and I tied the knot (you can read all about our wedding details here and here), I still get questions about how we planned our wedding, and find myself frequently giving advice to friends who are just beginning their own wedding planning journeys. It’s an exciting time, but it can also be an extremely overwhelming time. It’s very easy to get swept away in the planning and eventually bogged down with all the details, especially if you’re trying to tackle…

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Melia Braco Village beach
in Travel

Where to Stay in Jamaica | Air Transat’s Luxury Collection

I just got back from a one-week trip to Jamaica with Air Transat where I was given the arduous task of checking out their Luxury Collection offerings on the island *sigh*. I’ve been fortunate to visit Jamaica 3 times in my life, and each time, I’ve had a vastly different experience. I’ve done everything from the standard all-inclusive, to budget friendlier, to luxury all-inclusive resorts. You may remember that I also had the privilege of joining Air Transat in Jamaica last year (which I wrote all about here). Being one of the most visited islands and the 4th largest in…

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