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Sitting in a coffee shop
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Why I Stopped Buying Coffee for Three Weeks

I used to spend far too much of my time money at coffee shops. I’m ashamed to admit that every morning, like clockwork, I would go to Tim Hortons to buy an XL coffee, and sometimes get 1 (or 2) breakfast sandwiches to go along with it. The combined total of my order could be as high as $10.25, and it didn’t just stop there! At least 1 or 2 times a week, I’d also buy specialty coffee, like a latte or flat white at an independent coffee shop (averaging about $4-$4.50 a pop). Talk about throwing my money down…

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Setting the table for a perfect picnic in the park
in Food, Lifestyle

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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Putting leftovers into vacuum bag to vacuum seal
in Food, Lifestyle

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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Sitting with my dad
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Father’s Day Gift Guide – What’s Your Dad’s ‘Type’?

Every Dad is unique, which is what makes our individual relationships with our fathers so special. Like my Dad, I’m the youngest of 4 siblings, so we share a lot of similarities. My Dad has helped shape me into the person I am today. He’s guided me with his wisdom and life lessons, has taught me to use common sense, be street-smart, and pragmatic in all my decisions. His goal has always been to provide for his 4 daughters – to ensure we had a roof over our head, food on the table, and a good education. Like many immigrant…

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Protecting my eyes with Maui Jim sunglasses from IRIS visual group
in Fashion, Lifestyle

Protecting Your Eyes is Always in Style

Sunglasses are my go-to accessory, especially in the summertime, which explains why I have so many pairs! I try to keep on top of sunglasses trends for each season, which can become pretty pricey. So, for that reason, I tend to look for inexpensive options for trendy styles and invest in/splurge on good quality pairs that are more classic. Do you do the same? This year, I’ve teamed up with IRIS as an ambassador. Needless to say, this partnership is pretty awesome for a sunglasses and glasses fanatic, such as myself! I’m proud to represent this Canadian eye care brand,…

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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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blogiversary
in Fashion, Lifestyle

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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Touching face holding balloon
in 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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