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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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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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Touching face holding balloon
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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
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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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About 8 months ago, I did something that I, never in my wildest dreams, would have imagined to be possible: I quit my job as a lawyer (of 9 years, I might add) to pursue my passion as a full-time blogger. I traded in my 6-figure salary, steady bi-weekly paycheque, medical and dental benefits, and office with a view on a bit of a whim. At the time, I had no clue whether it would pan out in the long run. But I can honestly say that it’s been one of the best things I’ve ever done, and I haven’t…

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