3 Cottage Appropriate Meals for Canada Day

“On behalf of all Canadians… SORRY for being so awesome all the time”

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When you factor out black fly & mosquito season, I’d say summer for us Crazy Canucks culminates to a mere four good, “quality weekends“. So when Canada Day long weekend hits, I tend to reserve said weekends solely for trips up to the Great North – aside from when there is some form of mandatory, “super important” social function tying me to the city, like a wedding or shower of sorts…. Which is just the actual WORST – kidding, kidding – but if we’re actually being honest here, I’m really only half kidding because I take my cottage summer weekends VERY VERY seriously. Anywho – my nonsensical, long-winded intro is not for nothing, what I’m getting at here is that I know the “ins & outs” of all things cottage – not limited to “socially acceptable cottage mannerisms” so to speak. And seeing as how Canada Day officially, officially marks the start of cottages, camping & all things summer social, I thought it apt to discuss one of the more traditional & unspoken, yet totally mandatory, responsibilities of a cottage guest: prepping a meal for the weekend! I’m therefore sharing a few different, SIMPLE meal ideas one can bring up for a summer weekend getaway with friends… because it honestly is such an ART! (more…)


World’s CUTEST Hot Chocolate

“Chocolate is cheaper than therapy, & you don’t need an appointment”

Catherine Aitken

Okay so this overly inflated Blog Title may or may not be a slight exaggeration, but this mason jar hot chocolate is pretty darn cute, is it not? I wish that I could take credit for this adorable DIY, but truth be told I was totally inspired by my Aunt Liz, whom is essentially Martha Stewart 2.0. Every year around Christmas, my Aunt gives out these cookie/baked goods recipes in mason jars to friends & family, & they are just SUCH a hit.. so I thought I’d try my hand at a hot chocolate version! This is a super easy & cost-effective hostess gift with the most perfect personal touch! Enjoy! (more…)


Fall Bucket List

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower”

Albert Camus

We’re a mere four days into October & I’ve literally crammed as many October/Autumn themed activities into the past 96 hours it’s almost nauseating. If you follow along in any of my social media antics, I’m sure you’ve noticed that fall has essentially thrown up all over it, especially my Insta Feed [& I kind of absolutely love it: #sorrynotsorry]. SO… to commemorate my favourite time of the year, I’ve put together a Fall Bucket List that you simply MUST try before winter rolls around! Get on it people! (more…)


Summer Swaps – “Better For You” Cold Treats

“You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy ice cream, and that’s kind of the same thing”

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This summer is literally en FUEGO!!! I’m trying my absolute very best not to complain about the heat, because I know that come winter I’ll be longing for the dog days of summer like nobodies business. However, there’s only so many semi-sleepless nights I can bare sans air conditioning & sans clothing! SO in an attempt to thwart the heat, cease my whining & embrace all things that this weather has to offer… I’m listing off three, “better for you” cold treats! (more…)


DIY Lemon & Lime Sport Drink

“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up”

Babe Ruth

Gatorade has a long withstanding title of being a total staple in the athletic & childhood “sick day” departments. I mean, who else remembers receiving a bottle of Gatorade bedside from their parents during bouts of the cold or flu? Aside from the obvious downside of actually being sick, this ritual was pure bliss – my personal flavour of choice was always orange or lime! However, there’s just one teensy, tiny problem with this little “situation”… Sport Drinks are typically loaded with sugars!! So today I’m sharing this incredible [& healthy], lemon & lime, homemade sport drink with all of you! (more…)


Summer Athleisure Wear

“Do your squats, eat your vegetables, wear red lipstick, don’t let boys be mean to you”

from #FitGirlCode

When it comes to personal style, I very much like to adhere to a strict dress-code involving some variation of flowy top/legging combination. Thus, the whole athleisure trend that’s happening right now is so up my ally – like I am very here for this moment in fashion. Seeing as it’s now officially summer (hurrah), I thought that it was more than appropriate to put together a cottage-inspired, athleisure ensemble that’s perfect for a Northern weekend getaway!  (more…)


DIY 100% Natural Fruit Juice Popsicles

“Indulge… life is sweet”

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Yes ladies & gents… yet another “basic” DIY Popsicle recipe floating around the inter-web for your tasting pleasures. It was simply just too delicious & pretty looking to pass on the opportunity to give this one a go! Not to mention, who doesn’t love Popsicles?! The nostalgia factor was very real during the creation (& subsequent tasting) of this particular sweet treat! Enjoy 🙂 (more…)


DIY Eco-Friendly Wedding Decor

“Every girl has her best friend, boyfriend, and true love. But you’re really lucky if they’re all the same person”

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Ever since oh so hesitantly activating my Pinterest account a couple of years ago, I admittedly have become a bit of a self-proclaimed “DIY demon”. Not that I have, or will, ever reach a “Martha Stewart” level of craftiness, I have undoubtedly developed quite the penchant for all things involving glue guns. So with wedding season upon us, I thought it would be more than appropriate to share three, insanely adorable Eco-friendly, DIY crafts that are perfect for the Big Day! (more…)


Monthly Meatless Meals

“A recipe has no soul. You as the cook must bring soul to the recipe”

Thomas Keller

This month’s Meatless Meal feature is courtesy of the oh so lovely Jayme Gill of Vancouver, Canada! Upon hourly duties of scrolling through my IG feed the other week, this gorgeous & vibrant dish instantly caught my eye… to say that it’s stunning would simply be an understatement. Not to mention, Jayme’s entire online presence completely radiates warmth, beauty, positivity & happiness – you seriously can’t help but smile if you’re one of her followers! So I am more than pleased to introduce all of you to Jayme & her loaded sweet potato recipe!  (more…)


Making it Happen: DIY Vision Boards

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts”

Winston Churchill

Adult crafting, colouring & scrap-booking seem to be all anyone can talk about these days…. & I am positively LOVING it! Besides the fact that this new trend presents the most perfect opportunity to embrace my inner child, all of these activities can be extremely therapeutic!!! At least they have been para MOI! However there’s one trend that’s always intrigued me, yet I’ve never actually tried… vision boards! I’m generally more of a visual person so I love the idea that vision boards transform your goals into an actual, tangible “entity”! Here’s a quick peak into my 2016 vision board & how you can make your very own! (more…)