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How changing your morning routine can improve your happiness
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How Changing My Morning Routine Has Improved My Happiness

My ‘morning routine’ used to consist roughly of the following: Alarm goes off. Wrestles with phone to find the right button on the side to hit snooze. Repeat x 3. With eyes barely open, anxiously reaches for phone. Opens Instagram to check notifications and scroll through feed. Does this sound familiar to you? Since the start of the year, I hit a wall with Instagram. I noticed just how much anxiety the mere act of grabbing my phone and opening the app was causing me each morning, not to mention the extreme TIME SUCK going through my feed had become….

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how we saved for our honeymoon with Scotiabank
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How We Saved for Our Honeymoon

Cat’s out of the bag – Alex and I have FINALLY booked our honeymoon. I’d been hinting about where we were planning to go for the last few months, and I can now happily share that thanks to the Scotiabank #SavingsJourney we’ll be heading to Dubai and Mauritius for the big trip! Both Dubai and Mauritius have been on our bucket lists for a while. While everyone knows about Dubai, it turns out that a lot of people hadn’t heard of Mauritius before. I’ve actually been dreaming about visiting Mauritius for over a decade, ever since I first learned about…

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having regular date night
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My Husband and I Started Having Regular Date Nights and Here Are 5 Reasons Why You Should Too

How many of you have found yourselves ‘settling’ into your relationship after moving in together or getting married? As much as I hate to use the words “settling” and “relationship” in the same sentence, I am totally guilty of doing this in my own relationship. It’s natural. People get older. Our lives get busier and we start to fill them with more things. While unintentional, we start to take each other for granted. Over time, the idea of cozying up on the couch and watching TV in sweats is so much more appealing than getting dressed up (and this can…

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Writing in the sand at Ocho Rios beach near Dunn's River Falls
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Exploring Jamaica, the Home of All Right, with Air Transat

Just a couple weeks ago, the universe finally answered my call, and I was transported out of the dreary Canadian winter right onto the sunny shores of Jamaica, courtesy of Air Transat and Visit Jamaica! Jamaica is known as the “Home of All Right”, and boy, did that slogan ever hold true during what can only be described as a magical 5 days in the sun! This trip was the perfect getaway, and Jamaica is one of the best places you can go to escape winter. But outside of winter, there are so many unique things about this island that…

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blogiversary
in Fashion

Dine & Fash Turns Two

It was Super Bowl Sunday, 2016. I’d enlisted the help of my then fiancé (now hubby) to take this top down photo of me on my bed, wearing a cute sweater and cozy socks with a fashion magazine and cutlery on top of a tray beside me. I thought the photo was a perfect representation of what I was trying to be about (food & fashion, duh!), and I was so excited to hit “share”, so I could announce the launch of my brand new blog to the world! Alex cautioned it was 6:30 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday, and…

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Cliques and frenemies in the blogging community
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Cliques and Frenemies in Blogging: 5 Things You Can Do About Them

Community over competition, right? In theory, yes. In reality, not always. Last Sunday, I teamed up with 2 blogger friends to host our first live session on my Instagram account. One of the themes that came up in the questions from our followers before and during the discussion was the issue of cattiness and cliques in the blogging community. Unfortunately, the issue of frenemies and blogger cliques is not new. As much as the blogging world may seem like an incredibly happy place filled with sunshine and rainbows and messages of women supporting other women, there are cliques and there…

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Touching face holding balloon
in Travel & Lifestyle, Wedding

It All Started with a Text Message (Our Love Story)

Everything happens for a reason. I know that sounds so cliché, but I truly believe it. That’s because, 4 and a half years ago, there was one single text message—timed so perfectly—that saved me from a dark place, and steered my life in a different direction at the time I needed it most. My husband has become a bit of a permanent fixture on my Instagram account, popping up regularly in my photos. It’s to the point that I will bring him to a blogger event and people he’s never met will say “you must be Alex”! Since he’s such…

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In Alex's arms smiling at the camera
in Travel & Lifestyle

5 Reasons You Should Work with a Travel Photographer on Your Next Vacation

When you travel, do you: a) use a DSLR camera and professional lenses to capture your vacation photos, or b) rely on your good old smartphone camera (and possibly a selfie stick)? Whether you chose a) or b) (or maybe even both), I think you could benefit from working with a professional travel photographer for your next vacation, and I have 5 reasons why. Now, I consider myself to be a pretty competent photographer – I own a full frame DSLR camera, mirrorless camera, several lenses, a full-sized tripod, and a tabletop tripod, all of which allow me to capture…

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Fish en papillote with fennel and orange
in Food

Fish en Papillote with Fennel and Orange

I can’t recall when or where the first time I had fish en papillote was. But, it’s a dish that stuck out in my mind because of its presentation and ingenuity. It’s not only a healthy way to cook your fish, since the fish steams inside the parchment paper, but it’s also super fancayyy! It’s the type of thing you’d want to serve your guests, if you were having a dinner party! There’s just something so adorable about receiving your own little parcel on a plate, and then opening it up to a surprise of perfectly steamed fish! It’s also…

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Shopbop mustard top and levi's
in Fashion

2 Things I Learned From Failure

It’s been about a month since I started my Happiness Project 2018 on Instagram, and it’s been going really well! I’ve never been more conscious about my thoughts, and it’s also led to incorporating more gratitude into my life, mindfulness, and intention and purpose with my content. It’s also been about the same amount of time since I ordered Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project (one of the very first steps I took on my journey to everlasting happiness LOL). However, I have a big confession to make: I have not yet cracked the book open! Nope, haven’t even read the first…

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