Top 5 Subscription Boxes

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

I discovered meal subscription boxes when they started popping up as ads on my Facebook and Instagram. Pretty sure I was complaining to my husband about not knowing what to make for dinner and my sneaky phone heard me. The boxes helped give me new ides for things to make and helped me meal prep. I tried many boxes and these are my favourites, stay tuned later my review of them is coming. 

Hello Fresh- I like that this box doesn't have complicated recipes, and they have promotions all the time so it's easy to try it out for a good price.

Chefs Plate- This is one is good if you want a happy medium between gourmet and simple.

Goodfood- It took me a long time to order from this one because I found the menu options really complicated, and too I don't know gourmet. I like simple ingredients and flavours, once I ordered it though I liked the recipes and used them on my own. 

MissFresh- They have meals, snacks and breakfast. I only ordered dinner plans but I like the option. 

truLOCAL- This box is not like the rest in that you don't get all the ingredients to make a meal but I do love it because I can make what I want but I always have meat on hand. 

Which ones have you tried? Any suggestions for ones we should check out?

OOTD - Midi Skirt

Monday, January 21, 2019

Winter is in full effect and while I should be really thinking of ways to create looks that are both warm and comfy and fab and stylish – here I am resorting to my go to combination. Midi skirt and pretty Spring-ish (yes, that a thing) colours.
Midi skirts are perfect for us who love to embrace their girly side, and I think that one of the best kinds of skirts to go for during the colder days is the midi skirt. Not pictures is me wearing Ugg’s to work from my car and switching into heels once I was inside– because Edmonton frigid temperatures suck.

top: Aritzia
skirt: H&M
shoes: Valentino
purse: Chanel

Travel Hacks to Make Your Next Trip Easier

Friday, January 18, 2019

I love traveling, but there are times when honesty there are times that I wished it was easier. Generally, if you a plan or process in place its less hectic but without a system it can be overwhelming and frustrating. 
Here are five things that have made my life a whole lot easier while traveling, let me know what you think.
Pack better: Pick a color scheme and outfits ahead of time
I used to a notorious overpacked, but after traveling every week for work for almost a year I learned that a well planned back is the best. Pick a couple/few of colors and try to coordinate everything based on that – your shoes and accessories - this way you can mix and match. Try few things on together see how they will work together. I would say pack enough outfits for every day plus 3 others, for you know just in case. When it comes to shoes and purses, try and pack neutrals or colors that work well with range of shades. Wear your coat or heavier items or layer on the plane – this will help with fluctuating temperatures on a plane and save you space. Rolling your clothes tight, use packing cubes or Ziploc bags in order to pack it more effectively.

Breeze through security: pack your carry on like a pro.
More organized and better packed your carry on is, the easer security line and check will be. I always have a cross body purse that holds all my travel documents, headphones, phone, gum and make up remover wipes. You want to have easy access to your passport/ID and boarding pass, and keep an eye on it easily. (because safety first). I am partial to the backpack as a carry on, but the same packing principle applies. Make sure your carry on size is appropriate (airlines and airports differ) last thing you want is to show up at check in and be told you have to check in your carry on due to size or weight.
Put all your liquids in a Ziploc bag - check security rules because not all make up has to in ziploc bags. Make sure that your laptop, e-reader and liquid are easily accessible  
Wrap all your cords and tie them with elastic or paper clip. 

Be prepared: things make my life easier when traveling.
A portable charger, converter (if traveling over seas) and a power bar if you have more than one piece of technology. There is nothing worse than landing places and having no ability to call a cab, check routes or make resos. 

Make up removing wipes, hand sanitizer, gum, lip chap and moisturizer. Airplane air is the worst - so take your make up off, moisturize and hand sanitize. You don't want to be sick while on your trip.  

Snacks/Water. One of the simplest things you can do to save money and make sure you can eat something you actually want is to bring your own snacks. The last thing you want to do is go hungry (we all know not all plane/airport food is good), and the second to last thing you want to do is spend too much money on overpriced. Bringing an empty water bottle, which you would refill after security is recommenced.

Walk/Stretch. I stand behind this, especially if you are on a long haul flight, make sure that you walk around the airport, find a spot to stretch your legs and back because you are about to be sitting on a place for a long time.

Relax/Sleep. I know this is easier said than done, I personally cannot sleep while people are moving around, but having noise canceling headphones, eye mask and my favourite Spotify list usually at least help me relax if not sleep. I have a friend who takes a Tylenol cold and flu (and one who takes a Neocitron) every time they fly - it helps them relax and prevents from being sick. If you are tall like me and don't have seats with more space try and change your seating position every 30min or so. If you can, try and sit cross legged on your seat for a bit - you be shocked what that does for your legs.
What are your best travel hacks? 

Valentines Day - Give Her a Gift She Will Love

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Each year just before Valentines day I get calls from at least two or three of my guy friends saying "HELP, what I get her for Valentines?"  (In their defense this happens at Xmas and their wife/girlfriends birthdays). I can totally sympathize with the struggle to find the perfect gift for women like my friends – they generally buy what they want and since there is no magic no one-gift-fits-all for every woman out there it's hard. I rounded up few things that women in my life and I would like. Let me know what you think?
Spa days, trips, A PLANNED DATE, flowers, finishing that task she has been bugging you for (Shayne hint hint, I think there is painting and floors to be done) or taking the kids for a day so she can relax are always good. 
Here is direct shopping links to few things - for every budget (notice how little chocolate there is on this list :P)

Shows I'm Currently Watching

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

It's 2019 and with that comes new seasons of my favourite shows, or a new show i've discovered and binged watched. The following shows are ones i'm currently watching that I think you should check out. I have been recommending these to everyone I know., so why not share with you guys too!
Good Girls Revolt- This show came out in 2015 and I just found it. I binged watched the whole first season. On IMDB it doesn't have an end date so i'm hopeful there's a second season in the works. If there isn't I will be really sad. The show is a  look at the personal and professional lives of employees at an American news magazine in the late 1960s. 

Vanderpump Rules- A new season just started so catch up and keep watching, this season has just as much drama as ever. Don't judge me I love trashy reality tv and this is one of my favourites. 

Kim's Convenience- The new season just started. I love this show it's about a Korean Canadian family that run a connivence store. I like that this show is Canadian, and I can totally relate to it and it's hysterical. Check it out. 

Tidying Up with Marie Kondo- This Netflix show is amazing I am obsessed. This show helps people tackle their stuff and helps them organize their stuff. 

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina- This is a reboot kind of, there's Harvey, Sabrina, Aunt Zelda and Aunt Hilda but that's where the similarities end. The new show is about Sabrina's 16th birthday, Sabrina must choose between the witch world of her family and the human world of her friends. This version is also darker.

What are you watching? What should I be watching?

5 Under-the-Radar Towns You Need to Visit

Friday, January 11, 2019

I absolutely love to travel, in case you haven't figure that out about me yet, and hitting all the must see spots is awesome. I love me a big city, all things happening kind of place but finding those under-the-radar places is amazing. The smaller yet buzzing metropolises and quaint towns that consistently offer out delicious food and drink, quaint places to relax, or breathtaking views to take in; you know those great places without the big-name reputation. So, we went on a hunt, to find best places, who’s names you know, but never considered them. 
That is, until now. Who knows? You could find your next vacation spot.
We rounded five places you should visit - we'd love to hear what you think!

Norrkoping, Sweden
Norrkoping is nicknamed “The Manchester of Sweden” because of its historical role in the paper and textile industries. Those industries were powered by the Motala river, which runs through the city. City is filled with gorgeous architecture, many places to eat and drink and lots of places to explore. If you are looking for a relaxing, charming place to take it easy - Norrkoping is for you.

Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Located in Northeast part of Bosnia and its mostly known for its Salt mines. The Ottoman empire architecture can be spotted everywhere. Tuzla is home to man made salt lake, called Panonsko Jezero, great parks to explore and small family owned restaurants with delicious food. Tuzla is also home to a great little airport that offers super cheap flights to assortment of places around Europe.

Kotor, Montenegro
Located on a beautiful bay on the coast of Montenegro, is this hidden beauty called Kotor. This port town located between mountains and the bay is filled with Venetian inspired architecture, and breathtaking views. From scenic beaches, to gorgeous trails to explore and charming places to stay and eat you should definitely add Kotor to your must visit list.

Manarola, Italy
Manarola is a small, but charming place, on a hill side. With delicious and romantic places to eat and drink to views you wont believe. If you are looking for a romantic getaway, or place to relax this is a place for you. 

Pamukkale, Turkey
Pamukkale, meaning "cotton castle" in Turkish, is a natural site in Denizli in southwestern Turkey. The area is famous for a carbonate mineral left by the flowing water. Its gorgeous, pristine white cliffs tower over this recently revitalized spa town with its Sacred Pool and calcium-rich mineral springs. This is on my must see list - just google it. The photos are AMAZING.

Review: HP Sprocket 100

Thursday, January 10, 2019

My Christmas present this year was a portable photo printer. Our budget was $100 so finding one in this price range was hard but my secret Santa did it, perhaps with a little nudge from me. I've only had it for a few days but I already love it. 

My mother in-law gave me magnet photo holders and I love them. Printed a couple photos for my brother in -law, a couple for myself and one for my husband to take to work. 

Here is a picture from my phone and how it looks printed. You can see the photo quality is amazing. 

 left is a picture I took with my phone the right is the picture I printer and placed in the magnet. 

If you watch for sales you can find a good deal and buy this for just under $100. 

What do you think of the HP Sprocket? What photo printer do you recommend?