Bite Lip Lab Toronto | Review & Tips To Make Your Trip A Success

Thursday, 25 May 2017

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A few months ago my friend Courtney and I went to the Bite Lip Lab in Toronto to design our own custom lipsticks! Today I wanted to share with you a quick run down of our experience and to share some tips with you on how to make your trip a success!

5 Things I Wish I Had In My Purse When I Need Them

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

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5 Things I Wish I Had In My Purse When I Need Them

One night a few days  weeks(ish) ago I was reading some other blogs and I came across a fun post on Erin Azmir's blog titled "5 Things I Wish I Had In My Bag When I Needed It". It was really relatable, and I thought it would be fun to curate my list! Keep reading to see what I wish I had with me basically all the time. Which really I should just go and put these in my purse now and be done with it...

PACIFICA | Berry Happy Skincare

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

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Pacifica is one of my favourite green beauty brands! I first had a chance to fall for them when they started showing up in my ipsy bags a few years back, and again at Gen Beauty LA when I was gifted the most fantastic shampoo and conditioner. Today I am here with their latest launch: The Berry Happy Skincare collection! Keep reading to learn about this collection and to get my take on it!

Toronto...For Beauty Lovers

Monday, 22 May 2017

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Recently one of my friends from Ottawa (hi Sabrina! I know you're reading this!) reached out to my for recommendations of things to do in Toronto for beauty lovers. Based in Ottawa, she is in Toronto for work but is trying to carve out some time to explore the city between meetings. Add to that the fact that Generation Beauty is quickly approaching, and I know we will have lots of ladies (and gentlemen!) in town, looking for their beauty fix. Keep reading to see my suggestions!

Sephora VIB Rouge Sale Haul | Skincare

Saturday, 20 May 2017

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Let me start this post by telling you all just how proud of myself I am. 15% off for basically a whole week at Sephora and I only ordered three things. Gold. Star. And honestly, skin care is an investment so it totally does not count...

Clarins | Summer 2017

Friday, 19 May 2017

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Lately I just have summer on the brain, and this latest delivery from Clarins has my heart. Usually I can tell that I am thinking summer when I stop reaching for matte lips and start reaching for lip glosses. This summer collection from Clarins is bronzey ad beautiful. Perfect for summer!

Benefit Spring 2017 | So Many Pretties

Thursday, 18 May 2017

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Benefit spring 2017 dandelion twinkle galifornia hoola lite hoola contour

If Benefit has one talent in this world, it is packaging. And brows, I suppose those too. But seriously, before we even get into what is inside these beauties, can we take a moment to enjoy just how beautiful the packaging is? When Benefit sent me these four gems, I was over the moon. Mainly because I was already seriously considering buying three of them and this delivery saved me some serious money. But annnnyways, let's get into the good stuff!

Murale Haul | Spending My Points

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

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What if I told you that I paid for this whole purchase using points? And that those points were earned by buying things I need anyways? You would probably say that that is the greatest points program ever... and you're right. recently Murale had a bonus redemption weekend, so I decided to wish myself a happy birthday and grab a few things I have had my eye on for a while.

FarleyCo Favourites | Real Techniques & So...? Kiss Me

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

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Real Techniques Eye: Shade + Blend Set

Recently FarleyCo sent me a curated box of some of their new 2017 products. I really appreciated getting to pick a product from each category (think a brush set, a perfume, a men's product, etc). Today I am here with my favourites from the box I was sent!


Quo Spring 2017 | Favourites

Monday, 15 May 2017

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quo spring 2017 down to earth heat it up face palette

This spring Quo launched two beautiful face palettes. As usual, their limited edition launch has the most stunning and unique design. This season reminds me of tie-dye marble...

Colour Pop Haul! | Swatching Blotted Lips & Pressed Shadows

Sunday, 14 May 2017

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colour pop haul review 2017

Recently Colour Pop had a promotion on for free international shipping at $30 (rather than the usual $50) USD. While Colour Pop is wonderfully priced, shipping and the USD/CAD conversion can make it a bit harder for us Canadians to justify. I decided to take this chance to stock up on some old favourites, and try out some of their newer products!

La Palette La Rose by Lancôme

Saturday, 13 May 2017

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La Palette La Rose by Lancôme

Spring is probably my favourite season (just not this spring in Toronto because it has been frigid). Shedding winter coats, flowers blooming, the promise of summer, my birthday, all good things. This love extends to beauty releases. I always love spring collections, they're just so pretty. This spring Lancôme launched a beautiful palette and I am excited to be sharing it with you here today.

New Products From Pur | Foundation & Palettes

Friday, 12 May 2017

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Every now and again I get the chance to try a new product, and that product just blows me away. Today I am excited to be sharing some new products from Pur with you. I'm pretty sure that this will be my first time talking about them on my blog, and let me tell you, I am impressed.

Meet Maggie & Winston

Thursday, 11 May 2017

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introducing two kittens from different litters

Hi friends!

First off I want to thank all of you for sticking with me over this last month. Whenever my blogger friends feel burnout, or feel like they have too much on their plate I always tell them that real life comes first. Don't get me wrong, I love my blog and the community here, but real life comes first.

High Tea | Toronto's King Edward Hotel

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

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high tea kind edward hotel review

So back in March I went to high tea with my cousin's wife. And it is now mid-May... but anyways high tea is a tradition and I doubt that the tradition has changed much in the last month and a bit. Just goes to show how far behind I fell because of moving (note to self: don't move again for a long while). So with that being said, today I will be sharing a bit about my high tea experience at one of Toronto's most popular locations!

I first went for high tea at the Guildwood Tea Room which was right next to my old high school. Sadly they closed recently, but they inspired in me a love for scones that I did not know was possible. 

At the King Edward Hotel (or King Eddy as it is known around here) we were presented with quite the tea selection. I went with a tropical green tea while my partner in crime opted for a delicate jasmine tea. 

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Our first cup of tea was poured for us by our server. I found the service to be quite attentive and of course the decor was stunning.

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Now... for the treats

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I really dislike egg salad and any form of fish. I let our server know and he swapped those out for chicken salad and cucumber sandwiches, which was much appreciated. Once those were done we enjoyed some scones with Devonshire cream and jam. Once our scones were done it was on to dessert. Of course the mint chocolate macaron was delightful, but I loved the tart the most. 

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Vicky being classy

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Tea and yummy things

We enjoyed taking the time to eat, sip our tea and chat. While I think that any high tea would be lovely, I think the real difference maker is the company you have with you!

If you are interested in booking a tea reservation you can learn more here. It costs $49 (ish) per person.

Writing this post has me all excited for July when I will be going for tea at Fortnum & Mason in London. I never thought my boyfriend would be a high tea guy, but I think he is looking forward to doing something classy & British while in London. I am so excited to share some travel diaries with you soon!

If you are travelling to Toronto and are looking for something girly and relaxing I hope you will check out the King Eddy. And as always if you need ideas of things to do in Toronto, leave a comment.

xoxo

I paid for this service with my own money. 

Lancome Juicy Shakers | Swatches and Review!

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

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lancome juicy shakers review piece of cake

Mid-April I was feeling so spring... and then May came and stole that away from me. Even though the cold has me down (seriously, a jacket and warm scarf and tights to work...) I know that it will soon be warm. And with warm weather I like to leave my mattes (or at least the super drying ones) in the drawer while I embrace gloss. I've found over the last few weeks that as my lip wardrobe transitions so does my day to day makeup, lately I have been reaching for tinted moisturiser (or nothing!), simple brows and a coat of mascara. I've been really loving this fresh faced feel, and these lippies from Lancome fit right in!

Pure + Simple Sheet Masks

Monday, 8 May 2017

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Pure and simple sheet mask

I love a good sheet mask, and with all of the stress of moving and unpacking and settling in to my new routine, well let's just say that I have earned some time to relax. I admit that I have fallen behind on my reviews, but my hope is that I can catch up over the next few weeks and get back to my usual posting schedule. As a reward for sticking with me I will be posting some photos of my kitties!

LANEIGE | Two Toned Lip Bar

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

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laneige two toned lipstick review

It didn't take long for K-Beauty makeup to jump to the North American market after the skincare started to pop up in stores. Recently both Benefit and Laneige have launched duo toned lipsticks. You can read my Benefit review here. Keep reading for my full review!

WET 'N WILD | Spring 2017 Favourites

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

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A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend Wet N' Wild's event in Toronto. Not only did I get to play with some products while I was there, but I also got sent home with a pretty sweet goodie bag. Remember being a kid and going to birthday parties? And then on the way out as a thank you for coming and having a good time they would give you a bag full of stuff? Well that's what leaving felt, in the best possible way! I've had some time to test out the products, and today I am here with my curated list of favourites. 

Getting Ready With Blush Pretty

Saturday, 25 March 2017

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blush pretty 508 yonge

You may know Blush Pretty as a company to book your bridal beauty services with. They have recently opened a chair at 508 Yonge Street (2nd floor) for quick services-- think getting your hair or makeup done before going out. Currently its not a walk in, but you can book the night before.

CAUDALIE | Micellar Cleansing Water

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

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caudalie micellar water review

When it comes to skincare I have a few brands that I always keep coming back to. Caudalie is one of those brands. Straight from the vineyards of Bordeaux, France, Caudalie relies heavily on grapes for their core ingredients. Today I am talking about their micellar water.

Becoming a Mermaid | Aquamermaid Toronto!

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

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mermaid class toronto review

When I was first approached with the opportunity to become a mermaid participate in an Aquamermaid class I didn't think twice, I just said yes. Oh, and if I could bring a guest. I didn't want to go at it alone. Keep reading to learn about my fun day (hour) as a majestic mermaid.

MAC | ColourRocker Matte Lipstick Collection

Sunday, 12 March 2017

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MAC colour rocker matte lipstick collection

MAC is the queen of limited edition collections. They always have one on the shelves, and another stunner about to be released. In January they released a limited edition collection of 35 bold matte lipsticks including just about every matte colour you could dream up. Today I am here with five of them, and each one is exclusive to this collection!

BENEFIT | They're Real! Double The Lip

Saturday, 11 March 2017

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benefit theyre real double the lip review

Last Christmas Benefit released a set of four mini dual-toned lipsticks. I recall being curious about them, but I didn't like that you had to buy them in a set (I was pretty much just interested in the nude shades) and I figured what would it matter if I fell in love with them-- I wouldn't be able to buy them when the holidays were over. Well lucky me! They released a full collection availiable in full size for this spring. Keep reading for my first impressions, and lip swatches!

Exploring Essential Oils | Thursday Plantation

Friday, 10 March 2017

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Winter is finally, finally coming to an end. I mean its still winter...but finally I can unzip my coat a bit and shed my clunky winter boots. The only problem with this time of year is its still cold out-- and my optimism about the weather can leave me not feeling my best.  I mean you go out one time when its not quite warm enough without a proper coat... and yup.

My 10 Dream Destinations

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

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10 places I would love to travel venice

Ever since my first trip to Europe, I have suffered (enjoyed?) a sever case of wanderlust. Simply put, I was hooked on travel. I would go so far to say that I would be happy to go anywhere given the opportunity for it to be free or highly subsidised other than say, a war zone.

CHARLOTTE TILBURY | Pillow Talk & Valentine

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

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charlotte tilbury pillow talk valentine lipstick swatch and review

Charlotte has this way of launching lipsticks where she launches 1 or 2 at a time (I mean other than the Hot Lips collection, but that’s different!), and instantly making me want to just buy them. Just in time for Valentines Day she released two stunning pink-nudes, and I am so excited to be sharing them here with you today.

Clinique x Crayola

Monday, 6 March 2017

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Brand collaborations are always interesting to see. I think the best ones are a bit unexpected, but also a natural pairing. Bonus points if you can evoke some nostalgia. While officially Crayola’s lip crayons are called “Chubby Sticks” lets be honest… everybody calls them crayons. Partnering Crayola with Clinique is smart, its fun, and it doesn’t come in to either of their market shares. I mean hey, Clinique doesn’t sell *actual* crayons.

My Every Day Products | February 2017

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

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february makeup favourites

This month I thought that rather than do a "monthly favourites" type of post that I would instead talk a bit about the products that I have been using basically all month for my everyday work makeup. While I may switch the look up a bit day to day (eyeliner? No eyeliner? Bold lip? A pretty gloss?) the products I reach for tend to pretty much stay the same. Now, of course I swap things in and out as seasons change and as I get new goodies. But if I had to say "This is what I used this month" well this photo would sum it up.

Schwarzkopf Gliss Ultimate Repair & Canadian Launch

Monday, 27 February 2017

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Schwarzkopf Gliss shampoo and conditioner

Earlier this month I was invited to the Schwarzkopf Gliss Canadian launch in downtown Toronto. Not only did I leave with a pretty side braid and a handmade, framed sketch of myself, but I left with some new products to strengthen my hair that I am excited to be sharing here with you today!

Pink Shirt Day Concert at Vaughan Mills!

Sunday, 26 February 2017

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pink shirt day vaughan mills

Earlier this week I was invited by the team at Vaughan Mills to attend their first ever Pink Shirt Day concert! For those of you who don't know what Pink Shirt Day is, back in 2007 in a grade 9 boy was being bullied at a high school in Nova Scotia for wearing a pink shirt. Two fellow students bought 50 pink shirts at a discount supplier and handed them out to students the following morning. And as the story goes, the bullies were never heard from again. And while this story is beautiful and heartwarming, we all know that bullying continues to be a problem for our youth.

Something is Better Than Nothing | January & February Check In

Saturday, 18 February 2017

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weight loss journey

Kate Moss once said that "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels"-- and well, I wouldn't know. I've never really thought of myself as skinny, though looking back at high school me I wish I could just sit her down and say your skinny, don't stop exercising, stay where you are, right now. Just maintain that. Gain 10 pounds if you want. But I digress. Somewhere between graduating high school and graduating university life got busy, exercise basically came to a halt, salad became fries, my blog took up more time (and hey, I only needed a pretty face for that anyways), school took up time, I was working a lot, my boyfriend lived three hours away... and yeah. And now I am here, feeling every muscle in my body a day after a workout, writing a post about my first month back on the healthy living track. I'm pretty determined, I know I can do it if I put my mind to it. I just need to do it.

CLARINS | Multi-Active Day & Night

Friday, 17 February 2017

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clarins multi active day and night cream

Clarins is a brand that is a bit newer to my skin care routine, but I have been so impressed by them in the months that I have been trying their products. You know about my love for their BB Detox Fluid, and today I am here to share with you the two products that I have been relying on in my skin care routine.

What I Learned At The National Bridal Show | & Pretty Pictures

Thursday, 16 February 2017

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toronto bridal show

As you may have saw on my social media, last weekend I was at the National Bridal Show. I had a blast presenting about skincare to brides with Simple, and wandering around the booths, snacking on samples and learning about some of the things I will need for when I am *actually* planning my wedding. Also! I got an idea of what a budget may look like, and what questions I should be asking.

PACIFICA | Super Kale Shampoo & Conditioner

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

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pacifica super kale shampoo and conditioner

Let me start this whole review with a few key facts. First, it takes something extra for me to feel excited to write a review on shampoo and conditioner. Second, I have a lot of hair and so I go through shampoo and in particular, conditioner at a faster rate than average. And third, I am picky when it comes to my hair products. With all of that in mind, it should mean something when I say that I seriously love this duo.

Bangkok Garden | Winterlicious 2017 (Gluten Free Friendly!)

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

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bangkok garden resturant

Last weekend my friend and sometimes blog photographer Brianna joined me at the National Bridal Show, and afterwards we went out for dinner. Now, I don't really have any food restrictions, so I don't often pay attention to the vegetarian/vegan/gluten free etc menu options. Let's just say that gluten and Brianna are not the best of friends, so in picking our Winterlicious restaurant for dinner, the gluten free options mattered to me. Keep reading for the details on our meal at Bangkok Garden!

Cold Winters & Tropical Drinks | Chic Choc Spiced Rum

Thursday, 9 February 2017

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We've been lucky with a mild winter in Toronto this year. But when the wind is snappy, wow do I ever start counting down the days until April or May. A few weeks ago I was in Cuba enjoying tropical drinks on the beach, so today I thought I would share one of my favourite tropical drinks to make at home.

Too Faced Sweet Peach | Collection & Look

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

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too faced sweet peach palette collection

Last summer Too Faced's Sweet Peach palette took the beauty world by storm...and I let it pass me by with a big "meh". At the time I had kind of expended my beauty budget, I was trying better to save my money, and warm eyeshadows weren't really a draw. Plus, I didn't really wear peach eyeshadows and honestly, I needed another eyeshadow palette like I needed a hole in my foot. And then, the palette sold out, and I felt nothing. And then, a month or so later, as fall started to set in, I started thinking that I kind of sorta wanted the palette, and that it would be kind of cool if they did a restock. AND, they did. But not just a restock, they made a whole new collection. Everybody was suffering peach fever, peach-a-modium, peach madness. And now I am here, with the whole collection and some thoughts to share with you.

My Go-To Work Products | Introducing Clarins Makeup

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

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clarins makeup

Clarins is one of those brands that I always figured was high quality, but while I was in school always figured it was for older women. Lots of neutrals, multi-purpose products, very skincare focused. None of that really mattered to me until I started working full time in an office. In the summer, the AC is blasting and I am cold and dry. In the winter the building is freezing so I have to turn on my small personal heater and then I am warm and toasty, and dry. Let's just say suddenly I cared a fair bit more about multi-purpose products. Oh and the other thing I care about for work? Pretty neutral looks. I've been playing with these products over the last month or two and am excited to be sharing my thoughts with you.

Pre-Pre Wedding Planning & Dreaming | Spring National Bridal Show

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

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I'm the girl who has half of her wedding planned since I was 16-- makes sense given that I am also the kind of girl to start a blog devoted to makeup, travel to the other end of the continent for a beauty conference, and take pictures of flowers basically every time I see them. When the team behind the Spring National Bridal show reached out to me to see if I would be interested in working with them to cover their upcoming show I was first flattered, then a tiny bit confused (I'm not engaged!), and then honestly really, really excited. Keep reading to learn a bit about the upcoming show, a bit about where I am at in my relationship, and why I think now is a great time for me to go to the show.

Holts Cafe | Winterlicious 2017

Sunday, 29 January 2017

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holts cafe winterlicious 2017

One of my favourite things about Fridays at my office is having the chance to grab lunch with my work friends. We love going to new places (though we may have a bit of a thing for chicken wings...) and trying new things. Winterlicious is one of my favourite times of the year in Toronto-- it gives me the opportunity to try new restaurants, and with the price fix menu it usually forces me to order something a bit outside of my usual comfort zone on the menu.

Staying Cute in Toronto's Winter

Thursday, 19 January 2017

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stay cute and warm this winter

Okay, so there are two winters. There is the winter every beauty & fashion blogger dreams of where big fat snowflakes whimsically drift from the sky, where you go skiing and come back to a warm hot chocolate by the fire (#nofilter!), where you have a cute cozy jacket that keeps you warm, and where you can wear cute shoes. And then there is Canadian winter. This winter, that is my every day more or less December through February is one full of slush, where salt wreaks havoc on your boots, and where your jacket is so big that you can hardly hold a purse on your shoulders. Oh, and did I mention that its so cold that your photographer (aka friend) will totally resent you for the toll it takes for her to snap some casual pics of you while her fingers more or less fall off? Yeah, so that’s the winter I am currently dealing with. (Well, not entirely, I write this from 40,000 feet in the air on my way to LA…).

Relaxing At Home | Giveaway

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

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You know how it is, the magic of Christmas and New Years has started to fade, you are determined to stick to your New Years Resolutions, and you really, really need some pampering. Keep reading for some of my favourite ways to pamper your self in the winter, and a little giveaway to help you do just that!

Why We Keep Going Back To Iberostar Varadero

Monday, 9 January 2017

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varadero beach

Three years ago my family took our first beachy, all inclusive vacation to Varadero, Cuba. My dad worked with our travel agent and he was confident that he had found the best hotel for our family's needs and was excited to go. Me? I was just looking forward to escaping escaping Canadian winter. Well, we had a great trip. The staff were warm and welcoming, the weather warm and sunny, and the beach flawless and safe. Since then we have returned twice. Curious about what keeps bringing us back to Iberostar Varadero? Keep reading!

I Am Not Going On A Diet

Sunday, 8 January 2017

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2017 resolutions

This year my New Years resolution is not to go on a diet, its to make a lifestyle change. 2017 is a big, huge, exciting year for me and I want to be able to embrace it fully, and take photos I will be excited to show my grandkids one day. Diets are easy. Lifestyle changes are hard. I want to share the start of this journey with you. Keep reading, and if you want, feel free to join me.