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The Importance of Taking a Break

How many times a week do you give yourself time to take a break? In North America, there’s such a pervasive culture of go, go, go – of “busy” and “productive” being good for us. Many people derive a sense of importance from how much work they have, and to them, taking a break may be seen as counter-productive or a luxury. I am definitely guilty of the above a lot of the time! Because I’m self-employed, the more work I take on, the more money I earn for myself and my family. When you have a mortgage, bills, and…

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metro online grocery
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Metro’s New Online Grocery Service

We all have good weeks and bad weeks. There are some weeks when I’m so completely on top of it – when my husband and I can get all our groceries, meal planning and prep done, cook a couple nights, I crush all my work goals, and somehow make it to the gym 5 days in a row. Then, there are other weeks, when I feel like I’m glued to my desk and working ‘round the clock, or am recovering from travel exhaustion, and I barely have enough time (or energy) for anything, let alone meal planning and grocery shopping….

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Moroccan citrus party
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A Moroccan-Inspired Citrus Party

Entertaining is one of my favourite things to do, especially once the weather warms up! There is nothing better than sitting outside in the backyard or on the patio with friends, enjoying good food and drink! Wouldn’t you agree? Are you more the entertaining type, or the type that prefers to be entertained? I’m definitely the former, and I’ve shared a few entertaining guides in the past. I always look at entertaining as a way to get creative and experiment with a new theme or a new recipe! It can also be a great way to collaborate with a friend…

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Valentine's Day Cheese and Charcuterie Board
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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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Breakfast egg cups
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Breakfast Egg Cups

The start of a new year usually signals people making resolutions or setting intentions, heading back to the gym, and trying to eat well. While I’m not a fan of new year’s resolutions per se, I definitely see the benefit of setting goals and treating the new year like a fresh start. I started a health and wellness journey in October of last year, and while there were periods I couldn’t keep up with it last year, I’ve committed to it more than ever before for this year. New year, better me! A big component of my wellness journey is…

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how to make the perfect cheese and charcuterie board
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5 Simple Tips for Holiday Entertaining and for Creating The Perfect Cheese and Charcuterie Board

The holidays are just around the corner and there’s nothing I love more than hosting my own holiday party. I love entertaining, but not gonna lie, it’s taken me many years and lots of practice to get the hosting down to a science and to ensure that I have as good a time as my guests. After all, that’s what the holidays are supposed to be about – bringing family and friends together, being merry, and enjoying! So, while throwing the perfect holiday party may seem a little daunting to some, I’ve got 5 simple tips that will ensure your…

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chocolate chip cookies in a jar
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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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Setting the table for a perfect picnic in the park
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How to Throw the Perfect Picnic in the Park

Entertaining is one of my absolute favourite things to do, especially in the summertime when you can take it to a whole new level by dining al fresco. I’ve just been dying to get outside for a picnic, and the PC Insiders Collection for summer recently gave me the perfect excuse! You might recall that I used the PC Insiders Collection during the holidays last year to put together this Easy Holiday Entertaining Guide. So, I’m super happy to team up with President’s Choice again to showcase all the goodies they have for this summer! Just in time for Canada…

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Salmon poke bowl recipe
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Salmon Poke Bowl – A Recipe That’s Good Your Eyes

Do you ever eat for your eyes? As a foodie, I say that we eat with our eyes all the time. But, do you ever make a conscious effort to consume foods that are good for your vision and eye health? Maintaining good eyesight and eye health is very important because we only have one set of eyes and they cannot be replaced! Especially as we get older, we need to safeguard ourselves against cataracts, macular degeneration, and loss of vision (all of which I talked about in a recent blog post about protecting your eyes from the sun). If…

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Putting leftovers into vacuum bag to vacuum seal
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How and Why I’m Starting to Meal Prep

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of FoodSaver®. All opinions are 100% mine. Do you meal prep? It’s such a simple concept and one that makes a lot of sense. But somehow, it’s not something I’ve made a habit of doing in the past. Well, now I’m making a concerted effort to change that! Since the start of the year, my schedule has been very erratic. I’ve been doing a lot of travel, and when I’m back in town, I have to deal with the aftermath and catch-up (and sometimes sickness and jetlag too!). As a result,…

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