Feel Sexy and Stylish With Swimco Swimwear

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How do you feel about shopping for swimwear? For some, it can be a less-than-pleasurable experience. I personally love shopping for swimwear because it means I'm heading towards water—and nothing makes me happier than swimming in the ocean or a pool. Going on vacation, especially in the winter, makes me excited—and so does finding the perfect swimsuit to wear while I'm enjoying the sunshine and warm weather. I feel confident in my body, and love wearing bikinis and one-piece suits. I believe there is a perfect suit for everyone, and that everybody should have the confidence to wear what they feel great in when they're on vacation. (And all the time, really).

I love being a Brand Ambassador for Swimco because they carry so many swimsuit brands. I quickly found out that shopping for swimwear online with Swimco is an easy and fun experience, because of the wide variety of suits they carry, and because of the excellent customer service.

Swimco is a Canadian retailer based out of British Columbia with stores across Canada, including three new stores in Ontario (Mississauga, London, and Hamilton, to be exact). The three-generations family operated business focuses on product fit and body confidence. There is a suit at Swimco for every single body, and I guarantee you will find a suit you love once you're finished shopping with them, either online or in-store. 

The stores have trained Fit Experts (they have these experts ready to chat with you online, as well) that will help you find the perfect suit. Their goal? Make every body "feel good half naked." Swimco carries only the best fitting suits, with a focus on style, fashion, and trends that are wearable. With over 150 brands, (the choices are endless!) you're certain to find the one (or two, or three) suit that is perfect for you.

I found my new favourite bikini from Swimco, as well as a sexy one-piece bathing suit with cut-outs that I had to have in three colours—black, turquoise, and blue. You'll find more than just swimwear at Swimco, too—they sell adorable beach hats, towels, beach bags, goggles, wraps, and cover-ups. Basically, everything you need for your tropical vacation down south.

I love my new swimsuits from Swimco and adore my pom-pom beach hat. Here is a travel tip for you: if you want to pack your wide-brimmed hat in your suitcase, just stuff the top part with smaller items of clothing (like your bikinis) and pack around the hat. Happy travels!

Thank you, Swimco—I always love working with you!

The Sweetest Gifts To Give For Valentine's Day

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Valentine's Day is such a sweet occasion to celebrate, don't you think?  I love doing something sweet with my boys on Valentine's Day, and celebrating with my husband later in the evening (and on the weekend when things slow down a little).

Giving a sweet gift for Valentine's Day doesn't have to be complicated.

Here are some great Valentine's Day gift ideas I featured on Daytime Ottawa:


I'm sure you know online shopping is sweet because it's easy and convenient, but did you know 3/4 of eBay.ca sellers are Canadian, and 80 percent of what is sold is brand new?

I partnered with eBay.ca for Valentine's Day and found some truly amazing products that would make the perfect gift for this occasion, like the new Adidas Stella McCartney Sonic Solar Red Running Shoes, retailing for $130, Valentino Valentina Eau de Parfum, $76, and a beautiful Cluse La Boheme watch, selling for $86. Fragrance and jewellery are the perfect gifts to give for Valentine's Day, and a new pair of running shoes will make any fitness lover excited.

All these products are new and ship quickly to your location so it's stress-free shopping from eBay. eBay provides endless gift-giving inspiration and access to unique Valetine's Day gifts for everyone in your life. Visit eBay.ca/valentines for more gift-giving ideas. 


Shopping at Chapters-Indigo is the best. We love going for the books, but Chapters-Indigo is really your one-stop shop for everything—for any and every occasion. I love the selection of gift-giving items they have, from bags to scarves to candles to home décor items. There are endless ideas at Chapters-Indigo, and you can even shop indigo.ca. I love the decorative pillows, mugs, reading socks, journals, and pens—all make great ideas to gift to someone you love (or keep for yourself!) this Valentine's Day.


All you need is candy for Valentine's Day, right? Sugarfina makes adorable Candy Bento Boxes, and you can even design your own XOXO eight piece box to give to a friend or lover. I love these boxes so much and the candy is delicious. You can shop Sugarfina at Nordstrom Ottawa and at Sugarfina stores near you.

Purdy's Chocolates

Chocolate is always a good idea, even on Valentine's Day, especially if it's good, quality chocolate from Purdy's. Purdy's is Canadian (from beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia) and Purdy's uses only 100% sustainable cocoa. I love all the pretty boxes and selections of chocolate available for Valentine's Day, and making your own box filled with chocolate your favourite person loves the most is a great idea.

Elizabeth Arden

I'm a beauty lover, and I love makeup and skin care products from Elizabeth Arden. Giving the beauty lover in your life something luxurious from Elizabeth Arden is the perfect Valentine's Day gift. From the Prevage skin care line to the new eye shadow palettes, Elizabeth Arden will make any beauty lover smile this Valentine's Day.

Poppy and Peonies

The new Poppy and Peonies "Have my Heart" bag is the perfect accessory for Valentine's Day. This heart-shaped purse is adorable, fun, playful, and versatile. It retails for $89, converts into a cross-body with a removable strap, and comes with six credit card slots, a cell phone pocket, and a removable keychain you can use all year long.

With so many wonderful gift ideas to give (and receive) this Valentine's Day, don't forget the most important thing about the day is celebrating the ones you love. Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!


Disclaimer: I have partnered with Purdy's, Sugarfina, eBay, Poppy and Peonies and Chapters-Indigo for my Valentine's Day gift guide segment and post and have received product and/or compensation for my review. All views and opinions are my own.

Make Your Galentine's Day Sparkle With La Marca Prosecco

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Valentine's Day is tomorrow, but today is all about celebrating the other important people in your life: your best friends! Yes, February 13th is Galentine's Day, and it's the perfect day to indulge in the things you love with your closest girlfriends.

A great way to celebrate Galentinen's Day? With some bubbly, of course! I love La Marca Prosecco for any occasion, and today calls for some bottle-popping for sure. This sparkly and elegant Italian Prosecco is delicious, affordable, and the perfect bubbly to elevate the everyday with a touch a luxury and sparkle. (And the bottle is oh-so-pretty, too!).

Here are five ways you can celebrate Galentine's Day with your best girls and La Marca Prosecco:

1. If you love savoury foods, ditch the sweet and switch to rich, salty appetizers. La Marca Prosecco pairs perfectly with olives, cheese, crab cakes and prosciutto. Yum!

2. Host a DIY night. Whether you make homemade terrariums, body scrubs, or bath bombs, find something fun you can all do together while sipping your Prosecco. And if you totally suck at DIY (like me) don't worry about it. Just have fun watching.

3. Host a secret Galentine's gift exchange. Instead of gifting the obvious selections like chocolates or flowers, give something unique like a book you know your girlfriends will love, gourmet gummies, or a scented candle.

4. Grab a bowl of popcorn and a glass of La Marca Prosecco and screen everyone's favourite fearless movie that features bold, strong women—like Clueless or Legally Blonde.

5. Treat your girlfriends to a Prosecco and Pedi's night. Whether you do this at home or at your local spa there is no better way to celebrate your friendship on Galentine's Day.

Enjoy your night celebrating the women (and men!) in your life.

Happy Galentine's Day!

Disclaimer: I have partnered with La Marca Prosecco and have received product for my review. All views and opinions are my own.

Keeping Things Green With ReThink Tires

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Winter is my least favourite season of all. One thing I really dislike about it (besides the snow, cold, ice, and darkness) is the mess. As soon as we come inside and take off our boots, our entrance way is wet, with snow everywhere. Of course, stepping in puddles of slush is no fun, either.

I love simple solutions for keeping my entrance way looking as neat and clean as possible, since it's the first thing people see when they walk into my home. We have mirrored closet doors, hooks to hang up our coats, a neat shoe compartment from IKEA built on a wall, and now, thanks to Ontario Tire Stewardship, two products that make our entrance way cleaner.

Ontario Tire Stewardship is a not-for-profit organization championing waste diversion that works with a network of industry partners to collect and recycle used tired. OTS's Used Tires program has successfully diverted more than 100 million tires from landfills since 2009. The tires get safely recycled into new products, leading to hundreds of new jobs in this province, making communities more livable, and helping grow a green economy. 

I received the Traffic Master Scalloped Master Boot Tray– an essential product that holds all our boots so our floors aren't soaked with mud and slush anymore. The boot tray traps the wetness and dirt, and with its raised design, floors remain clean. It's also simple to clean, too.

Another product I received is the Traffic Master Recycled Rubber Floormat. I put this down in our entrance way, and it does the trick to keep things clean. It's durable and eco-friendly with a non-slip backing to reduce movement and help prevent accidents. Since it's weather-resistant and stain-resistant, this mat is ideal for outdoor use at the front door, patio, and garage in the summertime, too.

I love that the products I'm using have been made from recycled tires; besides being environmentally friendly, these products are also fire-resistant, long-lasting, durable and low-maintenance, and cost-effective. And every little bit we can do to help the environment is a good thing.

Visit RethinkTires.ca to see a wide variety of recycled rubber mats and other great products that will help keep your hallway clean–and say goodbye to puddles and wet socks. You can even drop off your old tires at a registered collector near you. If you're doing any home renovation projects,
RethinkTires.ca is a great resource for information on sustainable recycled tire products and projects, too.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post in partnership with Ontario Tire Stewardship. I received compensation and products for my review. All views and opinions are my own. 

Great Sleep Made Simple With Casper

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If you're looking for a mattress that's going to change your life and sleeping habits for the better, look no further than Casper. 

Casper, only a few years old, has become one of the most loved mattresses of all time and has basically revolutionized how people sleep–and shop–for mattresses. The bedroom is where the magic happens, after all.

We just completed our master bedroom renovations, (thanks to my husband for installing our new hardwood floors, painting the walls, assembling our new furniture, and putting together our Casper) and our bed is our favourite part of our new room.

Why do we love the Casper mattress so much? Simply put, it's the most comfortable bed we've ever slept on, and this includes all the wonderful beds we've experienced in all our favourite hotels.

Why is everyone obsessed with the Casper mattress? Here are just some reasons: 

1. The Casper mattress is comfortable. It's a perfect combination of a breathable, open-cell comfort layer and memory foam, offering incredible support, no matter your sleep position.

2. It's a hassle-free shopping experience. Casper conveniently ships to you in a compact-sized box, making it easy to transport up and down stairs. All you have to do is open the box, and your mattress is ready to go. Casper makes shopping simple and painless.

3. They have excellent customer service. All mattresses (as well as the Casper line of sheets, pillows, and duvets) come with a 100-night, risk-free trial.This means you can sleep on your sheets, relax on your new pillows, and try out your new mattress for 100 days and if you're not completely in love with it all (but you will be, trust me) they'll send over a courier and remove the products from your home and donate them to a local charity or have them recycled.

4. Casper foams are certified Certipur, which means they're ultra-low VOC and held to the highest environmental production standards. So there is no weird smell like some memory foam mattresses tend to have. It's perfect to sleep on from day one.

5. You'll sleep better. We went from a Queen to a King, and it was the best decision ever. But beyond the larger size of our bed, the Casper mattress makes sleeping more enjoyable because of the combination of pressure-relieving memory foam under a springy, breathable comfort layer. The top layer provides just enough sink, so you'll always feel fully supported by the pressure-relieving memory foam layer underneath.

6. You'll sleep cool. No more getting hot in the middle of the night. The Casper is designed to help you sleep cool, thanks to the open-cell top layer which uses convection and conduction to flow heat away from your body. Also, the memory foam layer leverages airflow to pull heat out of the top layer, leaving you cool and comfortable all night long.

7. They did their research. Casper mattresses are as comfortable as they because of the intensive research and continuous development from their San Francisco research and development team. Casper mattresses have received incredible praise from Consumer Reports, and Casper was named one of Time magazine's best inventions.

8. It's popular. And rightly so. Casper has quickly become one of the fastest growing consumer brands of all time.

9. The Casper mattress is backed by a 10-year warranty, so no matter what happens along the way, you know you're safe and protected.

10. They sell it all. Casper not only sells comfortable mattresses in all sizes, they sell the foundation and bed frame that also ship in compact boxes to your home, and are easy to assemble. (Super easy, in fact). The Casper foundation works like a standard box spring, and is engineered to provide excellent support under any mattress. As much as we love the mattress, sheet set (the fitted sheets are a dream, and the duvet is oh-so-cozy) their pillows are amazing, too. The Casper pillow-in-a-pillow is designed to stay supportive, cool, and comfortable all night long, regardless of sleeping position. It's got the perfect balance of squish and support. (The inner pillow is supportive, and the outer pillow adds a soft comfort).

After a lot of research, we decided that the Casper mattress was the perfect one for us. I'm so thankful I was given the opportunity to partner with Casper for my bedroom renovation. We could not be happier, and we recommend the Casper to all our friends, too, some of whom are in the market for a new mattress, as well.

With Casper, bedtime is that much more fun. And I'm suddenly getting more than five hours of sleep a night... imagine that!

I'd love for your try Casper, too. I have a promo code for you to use which will save you $75 off your new mattress. When you're checking out, just enter Loukia75 as your promo code. 

Sweet dreams!

Disclaimer: I have partnered with Casper on this review and have received a new mattress, bed frame, foundation, sheet set, pillows and a duvet in exchange for my honest review. All views and opinions are my own. 

NABOB Coffee Prize Pack


What's your morning routine like? If it's anything like mine, it's a little crazy. My children are up at the same time as me (super early in the morning, usually around 6 a.m.) and from that moment on, it's go-go-go until they're at school and I'm at work–where I finally get to enjoy my first cup of coffee. Weekends are a little more relaxed–I'm able to sip my coffee at home before we start the day.

I can't imagine life without coffee–I usually have about two to three cups a day (is that bad? Please tell me it's not bad). I love finding out that brands I love are giving back in great ways, and recently, NABOB partnered with Tree Canada to encourage Canadians to take the NABOB Pod Pledge.

For every Canadian that commits to recycling their NABOB pods, NABOB and Tree Canada will plant a tree in an area of need across Canada. So it's a win-win situation: you enjoy your coffee guilt-free and help give back to the environment at the same time! You can do your part by visiting NABOB.CA.

To help spread the good news, I'm giving away a package to three of you coffee-loving readers which includes NABOB coffee, a coffee traveler mug, a tree sapling to plant at home, and a sugar and cream set, valued at $100.

Just leave me a comment below telling me how you take your coffee and make sure to visit NABOB.ca to take the #NABOBPodPledge. I'll select my winners randomly on January 16th.

Good Luck!

Disclaimer: I have partnered with NABOB.ca and have received product and/or compensation for my post. All views and opinions are my own. 

New Year, New You In 2018

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Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. Now that the new year has started, it's time to get serious about sticking to those resolutions. This year, it's all about eating right, getting your beauty sleep, working out, and taking care of your skin.

Here are some tips on how you can be your best self in 2018:

Eat Right

We all want to eat healthy. I know no one is counting calories in December, but now that January is here, it's time to get back to eating smart. As someone who is always on the go with two busy kids, this is an area I struggle with. Working downtown can make choosing a healthy lunch difficult, but luckily I work close to Mad Radish. This Ottawa-based restaurant has great plant-based options to make healthy eating simple, delicious, and nutritious. My favourite is their Smoky Caesar salad–with a twist. This salad includes romaine and kale, garlic-marinated chickpeas, and broccoli. Instead of parmesan cheese, it's topped with a tasty cashew "parmesan" and a creamy vegan dressing. It's so good–guaranteed to become your favourite, too.

Second Cup is one of my go-to coffee shops for my morning caffeine fix and I'm so glad they have introduced their new Clean Label beverages, eliminating artificial colours, flavours, preservatives, and high fructose corn syrup from all beverages on the menu–including latte's, cappuccino's, smoothies, and hot chocolate.

Whether you love cooking or not, having the right cookware and kitchen appliances can make a huge difference. I don't enjoy cooking, but I do love my new Paderno cookware, especially my Paderno frying pan. Paderno is also the only Canadian cookware manufacturer, 100 percent Canadian-made, and lasts for an eternity. You'll totally have a different outlook on cooking once you start using Paderno. (Available at Canadian Tire).

And if you're looking for new and easy to prepare recipes, check out The School Year Survival Cookbook. Guaranteed to make meal planning a breeze, even with a hectic lifestyle.

Get Your Beauty Sleep And Relax 

I usually don't get more than five hours of sleep a night; I'm a night owl, and am most awake after 10 p.m. Falling asleep after midnight and waking up at 6 a.m. can take a toll on a person after a while, though, so I'm determined to start sleeping earlier this year, because sleeping well actually helps with maintaining a healthy body and even helps with weight loss.

I'm so thrilled that I recently partnered with Casper, (full review coming soon!) and received an incredible king-sized bed for our newly renovated bedroom.  The Casper mattress is the most comfortable I've ever slept on. Casper,  much-loved mattress-in-a-box company, has become one of the fastest growing consumer brands of all time. Casper includes a full line of mattresses, bed frames, foundation, pillows, sheet sets, and duvets, all created by a team of engineers, researchers, and scientists.

The Casper mattress is available in six standard sizes, and backed by a 10-year warranty. It has supportive memory foam and a springy comfort layer that come together to create a perfect sleep surface. Casper’s foundation ships in a compact box just like the mattress and works like a standard box spring. It’s engineered to provide excellent support under any mattress. Casper’s metal bed fame is the perfect frame for your Casper foundation and mattress. We just added a head board and now we have the most perfect bed ever. 

The Casper pillow-in-a-pillow is designed to stay supportive, cool, and comfortable throughout the night, regardless of sleep position. With just the right balance of squish and support, the inner pillow is supportive, while the outer pillow adds a soft comfort. Fine, silky fibers allow the pillow to keep its perfect shape, finished with breathable percale cotton to sleep cool all night long. Total bliss!

Casper’s cotton percale sheets are crisp, smooth, and airy, and get softer with every wash. Constructed with the longest, finest threads on earth—pure Supima cotton grown in California. The breathable sheets sleeps cool all night long. For more information, visit Casper.com

To add to your bedroom bliss, get a nice new candle from Chapters-Indigo. I love the Mantra Poured Glass Candle in Calm–it smells so good! I love lighting candles in my bedroom at night. 

Another thing I love doing before bed is writing in a journal, and Chapters-Indigo has tons of great journals in all sorts of pretty colours. The Five Minute Journal is my personal favourite. And why not cosy up after a great workout with a throw? Again, Chapters-Indigo has tons of comfortable throws and blankets to toss over your couch or bed. 

Using essential oils in a great way to relax after a hard day. Thursday Plantation is a 100% pure essential oil brand, and these oils have hundred of uses with restorative properties to help you maintain your health and well-being. I love the Pure Eucalyptus Oil; this oil relieves joint and muscle pain, coughs, headaches, and colds, and even helps clean floors and kitchen counters. The Pure Lavender Oil help calm, soothe, and relax the body and mind, and also relieves joint and muscle pain, and helps relieve coughs, headaches, and colds. Thursday Plantation is available at Walmart, and Well.ca. 

Take Care Of Your Skin

Along with eating right, working out, and sleeping, having a good skin care routine is so important. I never go to bed without washing off my make-up and I love my morning and evening beauty routine. I love using Elizabeth Arden's Skin Renewal Booster, and their Probiotic Cleanser–it's perfect to use after a great sweat session, and leaves your skin feeling clean and refreshed.

I also love using the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Wipes after my workouts. These awesome wipes remove all makeup, and cleans your skin while leaving it hydrated. And if you're looking for a great makeup remover, try the Garner Micellar Water. This cleans, removes makeup, and soothes your skin, and you don't even have to rinse it off. It's safe for your entire face, including eyes and lips.

A must-have product to bring to the gym with you? Matrix Play Back Dry Shampoo. This dry shampoo refreshes your lock, smells delicious, and works incredibly well.

Get Active

It can be hard to feel motivated when it's minus 40 degrees outside. I find it much harder to stick to a workout routine in the winter, but thankfully I have a warm vacation just around the corner that's motivating me to brave the cold and head to The Dailey Method. I love The Daily Method because they offer classes that truly help you feel and look your best. Between their cycle and barre class, you're definitely going to see this results sooner rather than later, get your full body workout done in an hour, and just feel amazing.

You know what always helps me stay motivated to workout? New gym clothes, of course! Bench has a great two-in-one tank top with built-in bra, available in store on bench.ca. They have a great selection of graphic tank tops and leggings, too, available in-store end of January. A great pair of workout socks is important, too, and Stance Performance Socks are perfect for your workouts. They are super breathable and provide an exception fit, and they come in a variety of fun colours to match whatever you're wearing to get your sweat on.

For days you want to work out at home, pick up a new yoga mat from Chapters-Indigo. They have so many different styles and colours. I love the one I received in pink, and love using it at home to power through a quick workout.

Don't forget to track your progress of the new you by taking a lot of pictures. The Huawei P10 smartphone is a great phone that'll help keep you on track with your health and fitness goals. You can utilize apps and tools that serve as reminders, do your calorie counting, find out nutritional information, and take incredible pictures with the camera. It's also a super fast phone, and has a long battery life. A 30 minute charge provides a full day's use!

Happy 2018, friends. Here's a healthy and happy year. I hope all your goals come true!

Disclaimer: I have received compensation and/or products for my review. All views and opinions are my own. 

Falling In Love With Bulova

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What is the perfect gift to give someone who has it all? I think jewellery is always the answer, no matter who you are shopping for–especially if it's for someone who really appreciates the finer things in life.

A classic, stylish watch from Bulova is a wonderful gift to give someone you love this holiday season, and it's a gift you know they'll cherish forever.

I was so fortunate to receive a new, limited-edition Bulova Rubaiyat watch, and I can't seem to take it off. It has everything you'd want in a high-quality piece of jewellery–including diamonds that sparkle when the light hits the right way. My Rubaiyat watch has 50 diamonds individually hand-set with a textured grey dial, double curved sapphire crystal, and a stainless steel bracelet with double-press deployant closure, featuring the iconic "Goddess of Time" dimensional case back. It's modern, stylish, and classic–a watch to wear all the time, for years to come.

The Bulova Rubaiyat watch is a gift that will be treasured for life. After all, the Bulova Rubaiyat watch is a timeless piece of jewellery you can wear all the time, no matter the occasion. Each timepiece is beautifully adorned with individually hand-cut diamonds and, to echo the original design, a unique cabochon-brown placement at the 12 o'clock position.

You can choose from stainless, gold-tone, rose-gold tone cases and bracelets as well as an elegant leather strap–and all are just stunning. The watch is also water-resistant to 30 metres.

Bulova watches are available for purchase at Hudston's Bay–basically your one-stop department store for all the gifts you need to buy for those on your list this holiday season.

Thank you, Bulova, for making my holiday season shine so bright.

Happy shopping!

2017 Holiday Gift Guide

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With the festive season officially underway, I put together my 2017 holiday gift guide just in time for you to hit the mall. I featured some amazing products on CTV yesterday, but didn't have enough time to talk about everything on-air, so all the details are here to make your holiday shopping a breeze.

For the beauty lover:

Clarins: Clarins is one of my favourite skin-care companies. The 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar is the perfect gift to give someone to start celebrating the holiday season early, because they'll receive a little gift every day for 12 days. It contains two full-sized products and 10 discovery-sized products, which are much larger than sample size. It’s exclusively available at The Bay and on www.clarins.com. It retails for $92, with a  value of $174.  

The Essentials Winter Palette: The Essential Eye Palette by Clarins is a holiday exclusive with sales going to support indigenous communities of the Brazilian Amazon. It available for $62, and comes with ten eye shadow palettes, inspired by the shades of winter. It contains 4 different textures: 5 pearl-finish shades, 1 silvery diamond pop, 3 satin-finish shades, and 1 matte shade.

Caudalie: Caudile is incredible skin care for anyone, and I love the pretty holiday gift boxes the make giving the perfect gift that much easier. This set includes the best-selling Vinoperfect Complexion Correcting Radiance Serum, (an immediate brightening boost to the skin), Caudalie's Brightening Essense, and the Vinoperfect Overnight Renewal Cream, a cream that works overnight to resurface, brighten, and detoxify the skin. Find it in stores for $89.

Elizabeth Arden: I can’t get enough of Elizabeth Arden skin care products. The Ceramide Eye and Face Capsules are a must for my day and night routine. These products leave skin feeling soft and moisturized. They are the perfect capsules to protect your skin from the elements of winter, and they help prevent fine lines and wrinkles. 

The Prevage line from Arden is my ultimate favourite; the Prevage Daily Serum, together with the Prevage anti-aging morning and night cream, work incredibly well to reduce the visible signs of aging, targeting wrinkles, sun damage, age-spots, and discoloration. These products help improve the look of firmness, tone, and radiance. 

Another great product to gift the beauty lover in your life is the SUPERSTART Skin Renewal Booster, which supports the surface layer of the skin. The ultra-lightweight, fast-absorbing formula is clinically proven to restore the healthy appearance of the surface of the skin for smooth, more radiant looking skin. 

Elizabeth Arden has all your make-up needs covered, too, with their luscious Plush Up Lip Gelato in a variety of bright colours, like Flirty Fuschia and Berry Burst, Cool Glow Cheek Tint in Pink Perfection, the Four Ever Bronzer Bronzing Powder, and my ultimate favourite, especially for those hot summer days (or your winter trip down south) the Elizabeth Arden Bronzing Oil, making your skin look shiny, bronzed, and making it feel silky smooth. 
Moroccan Oil: For hair that shines, feels healthy, and smells absolutely delicious, use Moroccan Oil. From shampoo and conditioner to their oil, they are the perfect hair care products to use and gift this holiday season. 

NYX Cosmeics: One of my favourite gifts to give this year is the NYX Advent Calendar. It’s a fun calendar with 24 days of beautiful, colourful lipsticks and lip gloss. Get Holiday Glam with this NYX makeup advent calendar, the perfect gift to give or keep for yourself as you count down the days until Christmas. 
Skinceuticals: Great skin care products that truly take care of your skin. To maintain and improve skin health, an effective skin care regimen must contain three elements: prevention, protection, and correction. These products are designed to prevent signs of future damage, protect healthy skin, and correct the appearance of previous damage. SkinCeuticals is committed to advanced skin care products that are backed by science. 
Hard Candy: Hard Candy is a great gift to give the teenager girl in your life, or anyone who loves collecting make-up.
Benefit: Benefit Cosmetics is celebrating the holiday season with a collection of beautiful ‘snow globes’ featuring iconic San Fran scenes. Each set holds a cute selection of Benefit favourites, and make the perfect gift to give. Many of these sets include full-sized products. The Hello San FrancisGLOW set features Benefit’s most popular highlighters. 

Kerastase PARIS: Just in time for the holidays, Kerastase Paris has come out with their luxury holiday trio for those who love to take care of their hair. This beautiful boxed set helps improve the appearance of any type of hair, making styling easier, and leaving you with shiny, healthy, bouncy hair. 

For the fashion lover:

Columbia Womens Heavenly Light Hooded Jacket: This incredible jacket is all you need this winter and at only $189.99, it's very affordable. It's available at select retailers in Canada and online at www.columbiasportswear.caThe Heavenly Light Hooded Jacket is a sleek, long (to the thigh) and lightweight jacket that’ll keep you cozy and warm when you’re outside this winter season. The jacket combines a light yet toasty synthetic down insulation and a thermal-reflective lining for bonus warmth without the bulk. The shell fabric resists wet weather, while a flattering, longer cut and comfort cuffs with thumbholes provide crucial coverage from the chill.

Men’s Voodoo Falls Turbodown 590 Jacket: This jacket retails for $199.99. When 550-fill power down meets 40g Omni-Heat Thermal insulation, magic happens. The Voodoo Fall 590 TurboDown Jacket retains nearly every degree of body heat and is one of the warmest, softest, and lightest jackets Columbia makes. A durable, water-resistant shell with grid baffling provides a snug, close-to-body look and feel. This product is made with 100% responsibly sourced down, because Columbia is committed to ensuring the highest industry animal welfare guidelines.

Ann Taylor:

Ann Taylor has a wonderful Holiday 2017 line, including some gorgeous dresses you can shop for yourself or to gift to someone; perfect dresses to wear to all the holiday parties you’ll be attending. I love giving hat and glove sets, and the Ann Taylor embellished hat and gloves make wonderful gift to give. Also popular this year, the Ann Taylor Pom Pom Hat. A super cute and stylish hat to wear to stay warm this holiday season.

For the jewelry lover:

Bulova: A stunning, classic Bulova watch makes a perfect gift to give that special someone in your life. The Bulova Rubaiyat watch is a gift that will be treasured for life. The Rubaiyat watch has been reinvented in a stainless steel case with synthetic blue spinel cabochon crown at 12 o’clock position and 141 diamonds individually hand set with double curved sapphire crystal, a stainless steel bracelet with double-press deployant closure, and the iconic dye-struck “Goddess of Time” dimensional case back. This watch is also water resistant to 30 metres.

The limited edition Buloval Rubaiyat watch (my favourite!) has 50 diamonds individually hand set with a textured grey dial, double curved sapphire crystal, stainless steel bracelet with double-press deployant closure, featuring the iconic dye struck “Goddess of Time” dimensional case back, and it is also water resistant to 30 metres. Bulova watches are available at Hudson’s Bay.

Alex and Ani: Alex and Ani jewelry make a beautiful gift to give a loved one this holiday season. With bracelets, necklaces, and rings ranging in price from $30 to over $200, there is something just right for that special someone on your list. I love the Moon and North Star set of Five bracelets, retailing for $153 at Alex and Ani and Nordstrom.

For the tech lover:

Huawei P10 Smartphone: Fun fact: This awesome smartphone is pronounced Wah-Way, and the Huawei is a phone that delivers—making it a great gift to give someone who is really into technology and loves taking pictures, too. Some great features on this smartphone include a duel-camera, with vivid colour images and crisp details. It takes very high-quality photos and its also a very fast phone with great memory. A huge bonus with this phone is the long-lasting battery: a 30-minute charge provides a full days use. This phone retails for $700, and is available at major carriers across Canada, like Rogers, Bell, and Best Buy.

Nintendo Switch: If it’s from Nintendo, it’s guaranteed to be the most perfect gift at all, in most households… including mine! The Nintendo Switch is the perfect gift to give this holiday season. Perfect for the entire family and for those who love video games. Pair it with the new Super Mario Odyssey for countless hours of fun and play. 

For the Hostess:

Grey Goose: While everyone is giving the gift of wine this holiday season, why not stand out and bring a bottle of Grey Goose? Bring a touch of French luxury to your celebrations this holiday season with Grey Goose, an extraordinary vodka you can share with family and friends. Grey Goose is made with the finest French ingredients and creates great cocktails for the ultimate holiday soiree. Retails at LCBO for $49.95.

Star of Bombay: another great hostess gift this holiday season is surprising the host with a bottle of Star of Bombay. This premium gin is available at the LCBO for $49.95.

For the home:

Paderno: Paderno is Canada’s only cookware manufacturer. This cookware is perfect to gift the foodie in your life, especially because it’s made for eternity. I love the Paderno Canadian signature frying pan (retailing for $269.99, currently on sale for $79.99, until December 21st at Canadian Tire, which is an incredible deal). 

The Paderno Maple Paddle Board is also a great gift to give and modestly priced at only $49.99; I love using this tray when I’m entertaining guests over the holidays; it’s the perfect tray for cheese and crackers. The Paderno kitchen towels are a great addition to give the host or hostess this holiday season, too.

Stocking Stuffers: 

Purdy’s Chocolates: Tis the season for spreading holiday cheer, and since Purdys is the official chocolate of Christmas, a beautifully wrapped box of chocolates will make a lovely addition to add to someone’s stocking. 

Mad Radish: Mad Radish is one of my favourite places to go to for lunch, and thankfully, it's just down the street from my office. A Mad Radish gift cards would definitely make an excellent stocking stuffer to give someone who wants to start the new year the healthy way. (And Mad Radish salads are delicious!). 

Second Cup: Second Cup gift cards, mugs, hot chocolate and coffee make excellent teacher gifts and perfect stocking stuffers–we love the classic hot chocolate–it's a staple in our house all winter long. 

Starbucks: Starbucks Canada always makes me happy, especially during the holidays with their much loved red cups. This holiday season, Starbucks wants to help keep your shopping full of cheer. Starbucks is all about keeping it practical and chic with beautiful designed holiday products available in-store. I love the idea of gifting friends and teachers something from Starbucks, like a gift card inside a mug.

Sugarfina: For those with a sweet tooth, give them a beautiful holiday box from Sugarfina filled with favourite candies and chocolates inside. The boxes are so pretty, you almost don’t want to open them!

For Him:

Remington: The Remington Durable trimmer is a new, all-in-one tool for trimming, shaving, and styling any length of hair to 0.2 mm without irritation. With state-of-the-art precious blades, you will never have to replace your blades again. It’s also waterproof and conveniently charges by USB, with a 60-minute run time. This newly launched Remington DuraBlade is available at retailers across Canada for $49.99.

American Crew: American Crew is a great line for men which includes 3-in-1 shampoo, conditioner, and moisturizing shave cream to make shower time go by even quicker for those hectic mornings. The American Crew Grooming Starter Kit is for the beginner’s to grooming; clean and condition your hair and body with American Crew’s 3-in-1, and use the American Crew Pomade to create classic, slicked back looks, a modern, flexible alternative to styling gels. Available at salons across the city, for under $30

Happy shopping, everyone! Thank you to all the fabulous companies and brands who worked with me to make my 2017 holiday gift guide such a success. I love all of these products, and love sharing what I love with all of you.

If you would like more details about any of these products, please feel free to contact me.


Stay Warm This Winter With Columbia

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Now that winter is here, I'm officially in hibernation mode. I don't like the cold or the snow, and I already miss the warmer days of summer. However, as a Canadian I have come to accept that we're left with no choice but to embrace these chilly days, and the only way to truly enjoy winter and the great outdoors is to dress appropriately in the right winter gear, and to get out and have some fun.

When I'm dressed warm, I can handle whatever winter throws my way (except maybe a crazy blizzard, though we haven't had any of those yet this year).

I was given the new Columbia Women's Heavenly Light Hooded Jacket to review, (along with the Men's Voodoo Falls Turndown 590 Jacket) and I absolutely love my new jacket! Spending time outside hasn't been painful at all. This jacket is sleek, stylish, long, and lightweight. It keeps me cozy and warm no matter what activities I'm doing outside, and I've received so many compliments. I love how light-weight it is, and how it truly goes with everything.

The jacket combines a light yet toasty synthetic down insulation and a thermal-reflective lining for bonus warmth without the bulk. The shell fabric resists wet weather, while the flattering, longer cut and comfort cuffs (with awesome thumbholes) provide excellent overage from the chill. This jacket retails at select retailers in Canada and online for $189.99.

The Men's Voodoo Falls Turndown 590 Jacket is a perfect coat for my youngest son to wear on these chilly days. He loves it because it's not bulky, it keeps him wear, and he can easily move around in this coat, making play time that much more fun.

The Voodoo Fall 590 Turbodown jacket retains nearly every degree of body heat and is one of the warmest, softest, and lightest jackets Columbia makes. It's durable, water-resistant shell with grid baffling provides a snug, close-to-body look and feel, and it's made with 100% responsibly sourced down, because Columbia is committed to ensuring the highest industry animal welfare guidelines.

I have always been a huge Columbia fan, and I am so pleased with these new jackets to help us get through these next few months.

I think a Columbia jacket would make an absolutely perfect holiday gift to give someone you love this season. It'll be the gift your special someone will wear every day.

Thank you, Columbia!


Netflix: Your Must-Have Travel Essential

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As the holiday season approaches, many families will be travelling to get away from the cold or to visit their families in other cities.

While we stay close to home for the holidays, we area already planning our annual winter getaway to south Florida. I am so looking forward to feeling the warm sunshine on my skin again, and spending hours on the beach and by the pool–pina colada in hand!

My boys have always been excellent travellers, even on long flights overseas. While I help them pack their carry-on bags, I make sure I have all their favourite Netflix shows and movies downloaded. After all,  travelling can be chaotic at times, so why not take a little time before you leave to make sure your kids have what they need to stay entertained, and not annoyed, during your travels?

If you travel often enough, you will know that sometimes, the unexpected can happen–delayed flights, lost luggage, long line-ups, and more–and I find that if my boys have their headphones and a few of their favourite movies downloaded on their iPads they are okay with anything that gets thrown our way. 1 in 5 Canadian parents say one of their main concerns when travelling is keeping their kids entertained. Netflix is all the entertainment you need to keep your kids (and yourself!) happy, no matter how long the flight or airport wait.

Downloading our favourites movies and shows (or movies we haven't seen yet) are always on the top of our travel 'to-do' list before each trip. With shows like Fuller House and Stranger Things (a favourite of my boys!) there is so much to choose from to keep everyone happy. (And if you haven't seen Stranger Things 2 yet, what are you waiting for? It is so good–even better than the first season).

Happy holiday travelling, and happy streaming, everyone!

Disclaimer: I am part of the Netflix Stream Team. As part of my affiliation with this group, I receive special perks. 

Ottawa Senators And Canadian Tire Gift Card Giveaway (Go Sens Go!)

I don't think you can be Canadian and not love hockey, one of the greatest sports on earth. Although I don't love winter, hockey season excites me, and I'm a huge Ottawa Senators fan. I was so excited and hopeful last year that the Sens would finally win the Stanley Cup–and they came so very close.  The last time I was that excited for the playoffs was years ago, and I remember being absolutely heartbroken when the Sens lost.

This time around, my youngest son joined in my excitement and we were lucky to attend a couple of playoff games to cheer on our favourite hockey team. The excitement at a Sens game is incredible, and it was even more awesome to see it all through my son's eyes.

With the holidays around the corner, wouldn't it be a great idea to give the Senators fan in your life a little something to make them cheer even louder this year? Canadian Tire is giving Ottawa families a head start by helping turn local babies into the next generation of Sens fans with brand new Ottawa Senators onesie, or Sensie.

Canadian Tire is giving away a free Sensie to customers in Ottawa while supplies last. All you have to do is register online at nhl.com/sentators/fans/baby-sensie to receive a voucher which can be redeemed at a local participating Canadian Tire store.

Since it's the holiday season, I'm giving away TWO exclusive Baby Superfan Kits which  include everything the baby in your life needs to become a super Sens fan: a Sensie, protective ear muffs, a Sparticat plush mascot, a bib, and a Canadian Tire gift card. (This is valued at $100). 

To enter just leave a comment below or on my Instagram page, and I will pick a winner randomly on December 11th. (Please remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win). 

Good Luck, Happy Holidays, and... GO SENS GO!

Disclaimer: I have received product/compensation in partnership with Canadian Tire. All views and opinions are my own.

Giving Back With Rice Krispies and #TreatsForToys

The holidays are my favourite time of the year—after summer, of course.

I love everything about this season: shopping for presents for everyone on my list, writing Christmas cards, wrapping gifts, decorating the house with my family, watching holiday movies, attending and hosting festive parties, and of course, the most important thing of all—giving back, in big and small ways, to those who deserve it the most.

The Kellogg's Rice Krispies #TreatsForToys campaign is back, helping kids during the holidays in a great way. In partnership with The Salvation Army, Canadian families are encouraged to create a toy-shaped Rice Krispies treat and submit a photo of it on TreatsForToys.ca, or share on social media with the hashtag #TreatsForToys.

For every photo of your Rice Krispies creation you share online, (and it doesn't have to be anything really creative; it is, after all, the thought that counts!) Kellogg's Rice Krispies will donate $20 to The Salvation Army for the purchase of a real toy for a Canadian child in need during the holiday season.

I had a lot of fun making Rice Krispies treats with my youngest son over the weekend—he basically made three batches all by himself, which made me so very happy because now he can take over all the baking duties in our house—phew!

I'm spreading the love and giving away a great Kellogg's package to help you take part with your family, too.

Included in the package: two holiday edition Rice Krispies boxes, candy for decorating your creations, marshmallows, and some amazing Paderno mixing bowls. All you have to do is make some tasty treats which will help create lasting memories for deserving children.

Leave me a comment below telling me what you love most about the holiday season, and I'll pick a winner randomly on Friday, December 8th.

Make. Share. Give. Good Luck!

Weekend Escape To The Adelaide Hotel In Toronto

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If you're looking for a quick weekend escape but don't want to travel too far, head to Toronto. This incredible city in the heart of Ontario always has something exciting going on for the entire family. Every trip to Toronto allows me to experience something new, from dining to shopping. When I have the itch to go to New York City, sometimes a trip to Toronto is all I need to get my fix.

Where to stay:

I had the pleasure of experiencing the luxurious Adelaide Hotel in downtown Toronto. This AAA-Five-Diamond luxury hotel opened it's doors this past summer on the corner of Bay and Adelaide, and it's simply stunning—from the chic décor to the large suites, it took my breath away. When you're staying in a luxury hotel like The Adelaide, you'll be blown away with the beauty as soon as you walk in the front doors. Check-in, as expected, was a joyful experience. It's the friendly, personalized service, and attention to detail, that made our stay here so wonderful. The Adelaide Hotel was named the 11th top luxury hotel in Canada by Conde Nast Traveler Reader's Choice Awards, and rated the 2nd most luxurious hotel in Toronto—and it's easy to see why.

We stayed in a large two-bedroom suite, with a stunning marbled entrance leading to the dining room and kitchen. The chandelier over the dining room table was stunning, and so were the views of downtown Toronto from the floor-to-ceiling windows. The two-bedrooms in the spacious suite each have their own full-sized bathrooms, and the living room, complete with fireplace, was a perfect place to retreat to at the end of the night. Of course, the turndown service is welcoming when you've been out exploring Toronto for hours of end, and the beds? So very comfortable.

The Adelaide Hotel has an incredible spa, where I was lucky to enjoy a full-body one-hour massage, and later spend some time swimming in the huge infinity pool with my youngest son. (We loved the hot tub, as well). From the service to the amenities, and breakfast on the top floor restaurant, it was a perfect stay, and I can't wait to return.

In case you didn't know, the Adelaide Hotel will be transitioning to Canada's first St. Regis hotel in late 2018, and although the transition hasn't happened yet, there is nothing lacking at this luxury hotel. St. Regis Toronto will bring with it all that St. Regis hotels are known for, including the amazing rituals and services, like the Butler Service and Afternoon Tea. I can't wait to experience Canada's first St. Regis hotel when the transformation is complete.

Although it's hard leaving a hotel as luxurious as the Adelaide Hotel, it's fun to explore Toronto and enjoy the many fine places to dine, for lunch or dinner.

Where to dine:

CN Tower 360 restaurant: The CN Tower is a must-see when you're in Toronto, especially if you're visiting the city for the first time. I have been to the CN Tower many times, with and without my children, but I have never been to the top to dine at the 360 restaurant. The CN Tower's 351-metre high revolving restaurant offers the most spectacular views of the city, and you're able to see it all, from every angle, because it makes a complete revolution every hour or so. This was so fun for my youngest son, who enjoyed the views almost as much as he enjoyed his meal. We ordered several sides, including sweet potato fries, mashed potatoes, and vegetables, and all were equally delicious—so was the filet mignon and chicken Quebec. All ingredients are Canadian, for a truly authentic and very tasty experience.

Cibo Wine Bar: I love Cibo Wine Bar and have been several times. This truly delicious, vibrant, and modern Italian restaurant has two locations in Toronto, and one in Yorkville. (You can find Cibo Wine Bar in Miami, as well). I've been to the one on King Street and Yorkville. I love the extensive wine menu and the tasty food—there is something on the menu for everyone. (The bruschetta is delicious, and a great way to start your meal). The service is quick, which makes eating out with children a breeze. It's just as fun when you go with adults only. If you're overwhelmed with the wine options, let your waiter select for you.

El Catrin: The pedestrian-only Distillery District is a wonderful historic site to visit when you're in Toronto, where you'll find many great restaurants, shops, and Canadian art galleries. Just walking around the cobblestone streets is an experience, no matter the season. (In December, the annual Christmas Market takes over the streets, adding to the charm).

A great place to eat for lunch or dinner— especially if you're craving a truly authentic Mexican dining experience—is El Catrin. And if you love Guacamole, you're in luck, because it doesn't get any better than watching your server make it fresh, right in front of you. The menu, featuring only traditional and modern Mexican cuisine, was created by one of Mexico City's top chefs, and since it is a tapas style menu, you'll be able to sample a wide variety of dishes so you can try it all. El Catrin has the one of the best (heated) patios in Toronto, and whether you're dining inside or outside, you'll feel like you're actually in Mexico, because of the cool décor. (It actually took three Mexican artists almost 100 days to create the mural inside).

Dining and shopping (we walked to Eaton Centre, just a couple blocks away from the Adelaide Hotel) in Toronto is enough reason to visit this city, but there is so much more to do, as well–we loved visiting the Ripley's Aquarium, which is always a fun time for the family.

Thank you for hosting us, Toronto Tourism! It was an incredible weekend and we can't wait to explore Toronto more the next time we're back.
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