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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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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
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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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Staycation at the Westin Harbour Castle
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Girls’ Staycation at The Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto

Last week, my good friends, Solmaz, Anna and I had the pleasure of staying at The Westin Harbour Castle for a girls’ staycation! Our staycation fell on a Friday evening, and could not have been more perfectly timed, after what felt like the longest week and after receiving the sad news about Anthony Bourdain. We arrived just after check-in time and quickly made ourselves VERY comfortable in the huuuuuggge Executive Suite on the Penthouse level! The Hotel & Location The Westin Harbour Castle is at 1 Harbour Square, in between Bay St. and Yonge St. in Toronto’s Harbourfront district. It…

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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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left-brained versus right-brained entrepreneur
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Is It Better to be Left-Brained or Right-Brained as an Entrepreneur?

Would you consider yourself to be left-brained or right-brained? Analytical or creative? What happens when you are both? And as an entrepreneur, which one is better? Left Brain vs. Right Brain People whose dominant side of the brain is the left side are said to be more logical and analytical. On the other hand, those whose dominant side is the right side have been said to be more artistic. The prevailing thought is that creative people aren’t, by nature, analytical and vice-versa. I disagree. I’ve always thought of myself as having one foot in the professional/analytical world and one foot…

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Cliffs of Moher
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How to Spend One Week in Ireland (7-Day Itinerary)

Ireland has been on my bucket list for ages, so when Air Transat invited me on a trip there, I had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming! Before I could even respond to the email, I had visions of twirling around in the countryside, rolling green hills that went on for miles and miles, sitting at the edge of the Cliffs of Moher…ahhhhh, how lucky could I be?! Well, some might call it the luck of the Irish, I guess 😉 On this trip, I was joined by my friends, Filipa, Lauren, Isabelle, and Joëlle, who are…

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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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