Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The 90's Choker Trend: Back In Style

I'm pretty consistent with my style, and although I'm always shopping (it's an addiction I've come to accept) I stick to the basics, usually—for summer, that means cute heels and wedges, little dresses, (mostly black) and jeans with tank tops. Oh, and anything Free People.

Two trends I'm absolutely loving right now that have made a huge comeback are off-the shoulder tops and chocker necklaces. I've gone crazy shopping for off-the-shoulder tops and chokers. If you're looking for off-the-shoulder tops, check out Nordstrom Ottawa. (And what better time to shop than this weekend, during their famous Anniversary Sale—the big sale starts on July 22nd, so get there early.)

The 90's are back in a big way right now, with off-the-shoulder tops and dresses and chokers that everyone is wearing right now.



I picked up three chokers from Aldo this week, two black and one brown, and I love wearing them with my off-the-shoulder tops, dresses, and tank tops. The best part? They're totally affordable and a great way to accessorize for summer.

Here are a few that I love:

These three chokers are from Aldo, and all are under twenty dollars:


You can also stock up at Nordstrom Ottawa, and with the Anniversary Sale starting this weekend, it's a perfect time to go shop for these great necklaces:






Check out H&M, too—always a great place to shop for accessories that are very affordable. This choker is under ten dollars:


Happy shopping, everyone! The 90's are back in the best way possible.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Falling In Love With The Dailey Method

I've been a member of many gyms over the years, and as much as I love my usual work out routine of taking classes, spinning, or just doing my own thing with weights, swimming, and the elliptical machine, I was in the mood for something different, because I always love a new challenge.

I was so excited when I was asked to be a Brand Ambassador for The Dailey Method, because I had never done barre before. After taking a tour of the studio, and meeting the lovely owners, Sarah Thompson and Jamie Rigby, I fell in love—and that was before I took a class! I love how friendly the instructors are, and how they've build an amazing sense of community in the studio. It's easy to make friends at The Dailey Method.

Fast forward a few days, and I was officially taking part in the #DoItDailey30 challenge. My challenge? To attend a class at The Dailey Method at least three times a week. I'm happy to say I did just that.




You guys? It was hard. Much harder than I anticipated. I thought barre was going to be relaxing and easy, but instead, I found out it was not what I imagined. It was challenging. And it worked every single muscle in my body, leaving me sore, but happy, and energized.  I could see the difference after only a few classes. So, as far as fitness is concerned, you're going to get an amazing work out. And it'll be tough, and you'll sweat, and you'll find out just how flexible you are... and how flexible you'll be after only a few classes.

The Dailey Method (TDM) is not only popular in Ottawa's Glebe studio, but also across North America and Europe. To give you a bit of background here, TDM is a safe, efficient, and effective (like crazy effective!) way to increase muscle length, strength tone, and balance, while improving cardio strength, posture, and motivation. Also, any sort of pain you might have been experiencing before, like lower back pain? I found that for me, I had no more pain, even after a tough workout. It really is body changing... and mind changing. I'm addicted.

The Daily Method helps you achieve a fit, healthy body, with toned, flexible muscles, and the best part is TDM has some amazing instructors—not the mention some seriously amazing music to go along with your workout, from 80's tunes to Broadway tunes, and of course, some Drake... right, Sarah?

Another thing I love about The Dailey Method is that it's affordable. And with so many classes to choose from, you'll be able to make it work with your schedule.

If you have any questions about my #DoitDailey30 challenge, or about The Dailey Method, please feel free to email me. And see you at the barre.

Powering Your Child's Imagination With Duracell and Hasbro (Plus A Giveaway!)

We're half way through July and keeping busy enjoying summer and all the fun activities, from camp to tennis to swimming and hours of soccer at the park. Of course, my kids are staying busy indoors, too, on rainy summer days, and passing their time with their favourite toys—like Nerf guns, their BB-8 Droid, and video games—all of which require batteries. I've said it before—and I'll say it again—it's essential to have batteries of all sizes in the house, all the time.

Duracell is the name we trust, and the Duracell Quantum Hi-Density Core battery stores more power boosters to provide longer lasting performance than ever before. It's the battery we use for everything that needs to be powered up—from the remote control to toys and more. Duracell definitely helps give more hours of play out of my children's toys during, before, and long after the holidays have passed, and although we're not thinking ahead to winter holidays just yet, I love seeing the toys that'll get my kids excited, but before we get excited for that, I bring out toys that my kids have forgotten about over the months—the toys they needed to have just a few months ago. I've always loved rotating toys in my house.

Playtime with toys and games are an essential part of a child's development, and I love that Duracell helps power imaginations in children. I've partnered with Duracell and am giving away a Star Wars The Force Awakens BB-8 Droid for your kids to enjoy—and of course, lots of Duracell batteries to keep it powered up for hours of play.






To enter to win, just leave me a comment below telling me how you help your children power their imaginations through play. I'll pick a winner on July 30th, randomly.

Good Luck!


Disclosure: I have been compensated for this post and all views and opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Netflix And Chill This Summer

School's been out for a few weeks already (how do the summer months fly by so quickly?) and we've been keeping busy, mostly enjoying the gorgeous weather outside. 

My boys have re-discovered their love of soccer, thanks to Euro Cup 2016, and they've been kicking the ball around all day—that is, when they're not swimming until after dark. With two weeks of tennis camp coming up, I'm mindful that we spend some quality time together indoors, too, doing fun things like "help mom clean the house", "organize your rooms" and of course, snuggling up on the couch, after hours spent playing outside. I need some "me time" time, too, to get work done, so I totally appreciate that Netflix is able to entertain my children when they need time to relax.

My boys are a little older so the nice thing is, we're able to enjoy many Netflix shows and movies together, popcorn in hand. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days is one of our favourite movies to watch.

Several weeks ago, Netflix invited my children and I to watch some of the great new shows for kids, and my boys had a blast viewing and enjoying the tasty lunch at the Westin Hotel.








Here are some fun shows kids can enjoy on Netflix this summer:



Netflix never lets me or my kids down, and I love discovering movies and shows I haven't yet seen—and re-discovering movies, too. 

This summer, it's always balance... or trying to achieve balance, in some way, and that means as much fun as we're having outdoors, we try to find time to spend time together inside, too, and I can think of no better way to do that than with a bow of popcorn, and Netflix, of course. 


Disclaimer: I am a part of the Netflix Stream Team. I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this program, and all views and opinions are my own. 

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