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Double Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Jar

Truth be told, I am no great baker. I know my way around a stove really well. But when it comes to baking, well, that’s another story! That being said, I do love a good DIY project, and I’ve got the perfect cookies in a jar recipe that you can gift to your family and friends. With the holidays just around the corner, you might be wracking your brains trying to think of what to purchase your loved ones (I know I have this issue every year!). I think handmade, personalized gifts are so much more meaningful than ones you…

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coffee sustainability colombia
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Going Beyond the Cup: Understanding Sustainable Coffee Growing in Colombia

You can’t scroll for more than 5 minutes on Instagram without seeing a picture of someone’s coffee, and I’ve seen so many people comment or caption “coffee is life” or “coffee is everything” (including me). But until you’ve walked a mile in the shoes of a coffee farmer, you really have no idea what that actually means! I was recently invited to join Keurig Canada and 3 other content creators on a coffee origin trip in the Eje Cafetero (traditional coffee-growing region) in Colombia. To the average coffee drinker, like me, this obviously sounds like an incredible opportunity on its…

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Layover in Panama
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20-Hour Layover in Panama City

A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of accompanying Keurig Canada on a coffee origin trip to Colombia. On our way there, we had a layover in Panama City, Panamá for 20 hours. Panama City had never been on my bucket list, and since we only had a short time there en route to Colombia, I didn’t bother to do any research (as I normally do, when I travel). I went into Panama City with zero expectations and was pleasantly surprised at just how beautiful it is! Panama City piqued my interest and now, I definitely want to return!…

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36 Hours in Niagara on the Lake with Buick Encore
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36 Hours in Niagara-on-the-Lake | Girls’ Road Trip with Buick Canada

Niagara-on-the-Lake is one of the most charming places I’ve been to. Within 1.5 hours from downtown Toronto, it’s one of the best road trips you can plan, whether you’re an oenophile, foodie, lover of architecture, or just seeking a little change of scenery outside of the city. A few weeks ago, my good friend, Soheila, and I went to Niagara-on-the-Lake on a girls’ road trip with Buick Canada. We spent a quick, 36 hours in the region, but managed to squeeze in A LOT! We did our own research (obvi to find the most Instagrammable spots in Niagara-on-the-Lake, hello?!) and…

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Reasons to plan a trip to Northwest Florida
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12 Reasons to Plan a Trip to Northwest Florida

Did you know the best beaches are in Northwest Florida? Spoiler Alert! This post is about 12 reasons to plan a trip to Northwest Florida, and the beaches are at the top of the list! My good friend, Karen, and I had an opportunity to hit up several Northwest Florida destinations in partnership with VISIT FLORIDA and local tourism boards, South Walton, Emerald Coast, and Visit Pensacola. From East to West, we visited Inlet Beach, Rosemary Beach, Alys Beach, Seaside, Destin, Okaloosa Island, Pensacola, Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key. These towns are just a few inside the larger region called…

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Benefits of wearing contact lenses
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6 Benefits of Wearing Contact Lenses

I’ve needed eye glasses pretty much all my life. I first started wearing them when I was in Grade 2 – what my parents thought was the result of me having my eyes glued too closely to the TV every day! Turns out, bad eyesight is something that runs in our family. When I was in elementary school, I didn’t mind wearing glasses because I was known as the school “brainer” by all my friends (a nickname I inherited because I was in the gifted program and was always the teacher’s pet). But, the situation quickly changed when I got…

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Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita
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10 Reasons Mauritius Should be on Your Bucket List

Exotic location, tropical climate, beautiful beaches, turquoise water and lush scenery, Mauritius is one of the most underrated islands in the world. Full stop. The land of the Dodo bird – it’s been on my bucket list for over a decade! I finally had the opportunity to visit a few months ago for my honeymoon. When people asked where we planned to go for our honeymoon and I told them Mauritius, many asked me “why?” or “where is that?”. It was surprising to see just how many people didn’t know anything at all about this beautiful island nation just in…

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Review of Hotel X Toronto
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Review of Hotel X Toronto – Toronto’s Newest Luxury Hotel

Where in Toronto can you find a hotel/resort/entertainment complex/sports facility, all in one property? Well, prior to Hotel X Toronto opening earlier this year, the answer would have been nowhere. Hotel X is Toronto’s newest (and only) luxury resort-style hotel. In fact, it’s not just a hotel; it’s an entire experience. I had the absolute privilege of being treated to the full experience last week with girlfriends, Solmaz, Soheila, and Karen, for a girls (and fur baby)-themed staycation. The Location Hotel X Toronto is located on the grounds of the Canadian Exhibition Place, just across from the Enercare Centre. It…

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at the Blue Water Bridge in Ontario's Southwest and Ontario's Blue Coast
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12 Things to See and Do in Southwestern Ontario

Ontario, “yours to discover”. I never really understood what that meant as a kid, whenever I’d see it on an Ontario license plate. It’s shameful to admit that I was raised and live in Toronto, and I will plan trips all around the world, but have never taken time to explore my own backyard! I was surprised to see just how much there is to discover within less than a 3-hr. drive from Toronto. I went on a little road trip with some girlfriends to Ontario’s Southwest, specifically Sarnia & Point Edward and Grand Bend. We visited several places along…

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Throwing flowers in hotel bed
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Where to Stay in Dubai: Fairmont Dubai

My husband and I recently went on our honeymoon. We spent a week in Dubai and a week in Mauritius. As both were places we’d wanted to visit for a long time, this trip was quite the dream come true! We saw a lifetime’s worth of sights, which I’ll write about in full travel guides on each location soon. But first, I wanted to recap our stay at one of the hotels in Dubai that made our honeymoon extra special: Fairmont Dubai. With over 600 hotels offering a total of more than 100,000 rooms, Dubai is ranked as one of…

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