How to Take a Good Selfie (not!)

This week I discovered the self-photography is not my forte. Selfies as the young kids call them. Blast them all to hell and bah-humbug.

I recently purchased a fun doo-hickey for my iPhone, a Tripod that acts as a Phone Mount, which can be used for video, photography, and even a selfie-stick. I first saw it on Chalene Johnson’s YouTube videos, and I wanted a tripod/selfie stick that was inexpensive and would help with taking videos for my blog…. Right! Well it turns out that Miss Chalene Johnson must have the most steady freaking hands on earth because every video I take is shaky as hell. The tripod works great as an actual tripod, I get the most use of it when I’m video conferencing or filming video. View Post


For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a girl who absolutely loves cars. I think I can put the blame on my father, who would take me to various car dealerships to look at cars and pick up fancy brochures that we’d pore over at home. But while my dad would be more into the specifications of a car, I was always more into the details and features – leather seats, sports packages, chrome details, moon roofs, and upgraded tires were my focus.

My husband and I have been together for 13 years now (what?!), and bought and sold over six vehicles in that time (double what?!). I’ve become a pro at looking for vehicles on Autotrader, however I still have questions about the reliability of a vehicle and which specifications I should be focused on – V6 or V8? AWD or FWD? It can get tricky to make the right decision! View Post

Personalized Children Book by LostMy.Name Books created beautiful picture books with your children's name and character

Books are one of my most favourite gifts for children.

From baby board books to colourful picture books to novels and series, stories provide children with a creative outlet for their imaginations. I still remember my favourite stories from childhood, and I hope to expose my kids to stories and books that will stay with them as they become adults as well.

A personalized children’s book is even better! LostMy.Name books are a favourite for before-bed-storytime, because of their amazing stories, beautiful illustrations, and because your child is IN the story – how awesome is that? (Check out my review of ‘The Little Boy Who Lost His Name‘!) I was super stoked to find out that LostMy.Name created a new personalized book for kids called, ‘The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home’.  View Post

Shrimp & Sausage Paella Recip

I have no time to cook.

This is not an excuse or an understatement.

During the week we survive on take-out, eating out, or frozen meals, but on the weekends I force myself to cook. In all honesty, I LOVE to cook, and creating a meal for the family that every last one of them can eat with no complaints, well that’s like the gold medal of Olympic family dinners.

But weekends get busy with errands, house repairs, squeezed in work, and impromptu trips to the beach that make everyone hungry for dinner RIGHT AT THIS MOMENT. View Post


Do you ever look around your house and think – Where did all this STUFF come from?

It happens to the best of us. It happens to the ‘us’ that strive for minimalism in their daily life. It happens to mostly all of us. Especially when there are kids added to the equation.

I’m fairly diligent when it comes to purging toys and clothes, and donating or recycling them. I try to go through closets on a monthly basis to take out things that don’t fit right, I pull out toys that are no longer played with, but in all honestly, I usually do this alone.

Why do get rid of excess toys and clothes by myself? Because it’s easier!

There’s no children around to watch you get rid of their suddenly ‘favourite’ toys, their prized possessions that haven’t been touched in months… No whining about favourite t-shirts that are two sizes too small – it takes a lot faster to go through it quickly, throw it in a box, and donate it that same day.

But then it occurred to me that there’s no children watching me purge the excess stuff.

Kids do as they see – not necessarily what they’re told. They learn by watching. They see the example you set for them and they will follow it. Nobody likes to be lectured to and told what to do. And if the kids aren’t watching me remove the stuff that’s no longer needed, just hearing about it, how will they really understand? View Post

Road Trip

Road Trip

Road Trip

I have fond memories of summer road trips with my family when I was growing up. Every summer, we would pack up our station wagon and go! We would camp in northern Ontario, drive as far east as we could get to the very tip of Cape Breton Island, explore the Anne of Green Gables house on Prince Edward Island, and have fun attempting to speak French in Quebec City!

While the destinations were the star of our vacations, as I’ve gotten older I’ve become fond of the journey, as well. Watching the landscapes change would be magical, for the longest time it would be the same, but then a curve in the road brings you a whole different scenery. The last few road trips we’ve taken led us to Tofino, Salt Spring Island, and Leavenworth, and the journey can be just as amazing as the destination. View Post


Hey Small Business Owners and Creative Entrepreneurs!

When it comes to branding your business what do you think of?

Do you think of your font choices, colour palettes, and logos? Do you daydream about business cards, websites, and chic packaging for your products? That’s great! But when it comes to truly branding your business, you’re only halfway there…

As a Creative Entrepreneur or a Small Business Owner, whether you provide a virtual product, coaching, physical products online or brick-and-mortar style, branding your business is an important part of your overall business strategy. Your branding should reflect the actual essence of the business. Think of the branding process as a unique opportunity to discover your business’ personality. View Post