Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Wedding Wednesday: The Proposal

Okay... here goes... I am OFFICIALLY writing my first wedding related blog post about ME and not about my various times as a bridesmaid
(herehere and here!)
This holiday season has been a bit of a whirlwind, but I've found myself someone's Fiancé so now the story must be told!
So, before we begin months and months of Wedding Wednesday posts together, let's start at the beginning. Let's start with the proposal!
Looking back, I should have caught wise to the fact that this was finally happening when Kris offered to cook dinner twice in one week (very unusual).
The second to last Saturday before Christmas, we had made plans to go to Toronto's Distillery District for our annual Christmas Market date night. Mulled wine, beautiful lights, a cozy dinner and lots of Christmas fun. We were en route and the ring was burning a whole in Kris' pocket... but then we got there and it was SO cold and SO busy. "This is not the place" he decided. 
So we just enjoyed our evening, rummaging through stores and enjoying the lights.
Tuesday night rolls around. The last Tuesday before Christmas. My Uncle had generously given us free tickets to the Bat Outta Hell musical, so we made our way back downtown for another great date night! We loved the show and then stepped out into the night to look at the Christmas Window displays and walk past the tree and skating rink by City Hall. The ring was burning a whole in Kris' pocket... But it also wasn't right, we hadn't had time together before the show, we hadn't really talked all night because we'd been watching.
So we just enjoyed some lights and then went home, singing Meat Loaf loudly.
Wednesday night. Less than 1-week until Christmas, and the man has decided he MUST propose before Christmas and not ON Christmas... so he offers to make dinner (ignoring my "I think I'll make this for dinner" text). GREAT! I love having the night to chill. His plan is to have a cozy night in: it's warm, we're alone, he can control the conversation. Truth be told it was a wonderful date night and the ring was burning a hole in his pocket... BUTTTT it ALSO wasn't right. He'd realized that he shouldn't equate making dinner for me with something so special; he should just make nice dinners for me and have great date nights at home because he loves me, not with a hidden agenda.
So we had a great date night and that was that.
Thursday, we're busy. Friday, we're busy... and now it's Saturday. The LAST SATURDAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS. Kris knows that the following night we will be at our respective parents houses, and therefore not together. This is the last opportunity for this proposal.
He had to work that day, as he's heading out the door I ask him "What do you want for dinner tonight? I was thinking I could make something and we can watch Die Hard or something"... "NO! I want to make dinner". A weird reaction since I had the day off to do whatever I wanted and he had to work until 5... but I wasn't going to pass up on another delicious not-cooked-by-me meal (again... this should have been my clue)
5 o'clock rolls around and the text comes in "I didn't have time to think about dinner, Date Night?"... And I very nearly ruined everything by saying "I'll whip something up" but instead I decided that he had said he would cook, and it's his own stupid fault he didn't think of anything, and that he could take me out for Chicken and Waffles at one of our favourite neighbourhood spots.
Little did I know this had been his plan the whole time.
So we get to Door55, and we order our Chicken and Waffles and have an amazing night. The place is nice and quiet (unusual) the staff is wonderful (they always are) and our food is delicious. Over our meal and our beers, we talk about our future. Thoughts on the next year of our lives and things we want to do, concerns and excitements about work, real estate and grown up stuff. We talk about what makes us a good couple, about how we even each other out, about how that's a lucky break because I certainly wouldn't have thought that going in.
Dinner wraps up, and Kris suggests a walk down by the pier. It's snowing softly, the lighthouse is all lit up, it's freaking FREEZING out, and we reach the end of the pier. We're a little tipsy, laughing, continuing on with our conversations, and after about 10 minutes I say "ok, I'm cold, lets go home"
"Ok, but one more thing... would you marry me?"
I picked my jaw up off the floor and said "REALLY?" using a high pitched tones only dogs can hear, and after saying that same word about 10 times and being reassured that yes, in fact, after 4.5 years together, almost 4 years of living together, and about 2 years of me dropping less than subtle hints about what I might like in terms of a diamond, he was asking me to marry him.
So I said yes.
And then we took this drunk ass picture, and I love it.
SO what have I learned in the 5 days that I have been engaged?
Making the decision to not tell anyone until the next day, and to tell our parents in person, was the right call. As soon as you tell people the crazy train starts rolling outta the station. I have been asked the date (uh?) our colour scheme (uh?) who our bridal party is (uh?) and what my dress will look like (uh?). These answer to these questions are starting to come together, but I am so happy that our first night as a newly engaged couple was all ours.
Wedding Wednesdays are going to be a regular feature moving forward! I hope you join me in my giddy excitement! It's gonna be a fun, sometimes successful sometimes messy ride, and I can't wait to marry my man!
xxox, Laura (AKA: the Bride-to-Be!)

Monday, December 11, 2017

Organization Tip Of The Week: UNSUBSCRIBE For Ultimate Email Maintenance

A few weeks ago, I sat down for an hour at my computer and did something that I'd been putting off for a while:
I cleaned up my inboxes.
I went through my unread emails, my uninspired emails, and emails that I probably should have followed up on. As I went through this process I realized something rather annoying; I get a LOT of spam emails!
It seems every store I've ever shopped at, every online service I've ever registered for, and some places I'd never even heard of want to get in touch with me by email. What's more, because the holidays are here I'm getting MULTIPLE emails a day from the same stores.
I love Kate Spade, but after their 4th email to me on a single day, I was about done.
So I went through the list and started unsubscribing to ALL store-or-service related emails. 
Anthropologie? Unsubscribe.
LinkedIn? Unsubscribe.
How did you even get my email address? Unsubscribe.
The truth is, I never look at any of these emails. The few that I do find valuable I decided to keep up, but I filtered them into their own folder so they stay out of my main inbox.
The result? Well now rather than deleting or "mark as read"-ing upwards of 50 spam emails a day, I'm only receiving emails I WANT to see, have better email inbox management, and better review and response time to emails I actually need.
Spring may be for cleaning your home, but this winter try to declutter your online-life. Unsubscribe from your pointless email lists that just drag down your phone, your time, and your productivity!
And then send me an email at successesandmesses@gmail.com, because I'll actually see it come in and can email you back! 
I promise, no Stupid-Pointless-Annoying-Mail! 
xxox, Laura

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Monthly Challenge: Pescatarian Diet

This month I decided to challenge my diet and try something new: for the month of November, I would live the Pescatarian life (no meat except fish)!
Why did I decide this? Well aside from my decision to engage in regular monthly challenges (more on this later!) it had to do with that ever annoying fact of life: vacation weight.
At the end of October, Kris and I finally went on a trip we’d been talking about for years: road tripping down from Toronto, through the US, and back.
we hit Cleveland, Chicago, Louisville, Nashville... we saw a lot, drank a lot and ate a lot... too much in fact.  
Vacations always mean letting your health slide a bit, especially when it comes to food; but after a week of rest-stop fast food joints and fried everything, I was missing veggies.  Not only did I not look great, but I didn’t feel great either.
So on our drive home I made my decision: I would eat a pescatarian diet for the next month to see how it made me feel. My goals were simple:
  • Shed those vacation pounds
  • Force myself to eat more veggies
  • Diversify my cooking
  • Give my body a pre-holiday-season break
Once I had made my decision, I decided on a few easy rules.
The first was the biggie: even though I was allowing myself to eat fish, I could only do it a few times a week. The point of this challenge was not to replace chicken with fish. But with no-nuts and a boyfriend who doesn’t like chickpeas (or black beans, or lentils), there’s only so many sources of protein available.
The second rule was that I wasn’t going to impose my new diet on anyone. If you’re making a full life change, you should let people know ASAP, but I wasn’t about to make my family and friends lives more difficult for the few food interactions we may have together in a single month. 
Finally, I had a hard and fast mantra that just because pizza can be vegetarian, it doesn’t REALLY meet the requirement of “more veggies”. Skipping meatballs with pasta? Same deal.  My last rule was to try new things and add MORE veggies, not just remove meat.
So how did this little experiment go? Let’s start with the successes! 
THE SUCCESSES
  • I lost weight! I have never lost vacation weight that quickly in my life (and then some!). My face looks thinner and I feel AWESOME.  
  • My gut health is on point. Not to get too gross but my life is even MORE “on the reg”, Plus I'm not bloating! 
  • I shook up my cooking. I probably could have done more, but I did manage to eat a metric ton of broccoli, rediscover parsnips, create delicious stuffed mushrooms and perfect my homemade jalapeño salsa Fresca! 
THE MESSES
  • A few slip ups. Because I didn’t broadcast my new diet, I ended up eating a few pieces of chicken (2 meals to be precise) at Kris’ parents. Again, I’m totally ok with that versus the alternative, especially since they’ve already stopped cooking beef to accommodate my 2017 resolution
  • Not enough food! My first few days I was pretty hungry because I forgot that you have to eat so many MORE vegetables to get the same calories as you would from a small piece of chicken. There was an incident where Kris only used half the broccoli we had in a stir fry, and while he was happily eating his chicken on the side, I was mentally blowing up his head with my mind, because I get hunger rage
  • Restaurants are BORING. I have new respect for my vegetarian friends, the no meat options at restaurants are terrible, even the added option of fish often didn’t help. I often had only 2 or 3 things to choose from. Terrible. 
  • I felt a little left out at my family birthday dinner. We went for Indian food (my choice) which is a vegetarian delight. But while I was munching away on paneer dishes, everyone else was chowing down and sharing the wider assortment of food that smelled SO good. It was still a great night though!
So, would I recommend going Pescatarian? 
Sure!
Am I going to make a life commitment: No
While I am happy with how I feel, and really enjoyed trying new things, I’m not connected with the idea of giving up meat all together. I definitely feel more confident in my ability to eat meat free though, and will try to continue to do so more days a week then I don’t. 
But I frankly am looking forward to more restaurant variety again... and also rotisserie chicken!
Have you ever challenged yourself to a particular diet? Do you live a pescatarian, vegetarian, or even vegan lifestyle? Are you basically a carnivore and think I’m nuts? Let me know down in the comments!! 
xxox, Laura

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Organization Tip of the Week: Pre-pack Your Gym Bag!

If there's one thing I excel at, it's making excuses not to go to the gym.
Seriously. I can talk my way out of a workout session when I'm 5 minutes away with nothing to do. Laziness will just creep RIGHT in.
On the other hand, I LOVE going to the gym. You'd think I wouldn't make excuses, since I enjoy it as much as I do... but I think that may just be the human condition. We make excuses to avoid the things we like (because Netflix?).
So of course the trick is, finding a way to remove the possibility for excuses: If you can't talk yourself out of it, you'll go, plain and simple.
I do this in three distinct ways:
  1. Attend a gym in a convenient location - I literally walk past my gym on my way to work and on my way home. Right past the front door. It's hard to ignore it when it's staring you in the face
  2. Schedule the workout - if you treat it like a dinner date, or a doctors appointment (whatever works), you're more likely to go. If you can schedule to MEET someone there, even better!
  3. Prepack your gym bag.
Every minute you spend trying to organize yourself to get out the door to the gym, is another opportunity to make an excuse not to actually go.
"Oh... my sports bra is in the wash... and I wore my shoes outside the other day, gym's hate that... and I have that event tonight so I'd have to get ready at the gym... I just won't go"
Or worse, you can overcome ALL of that... get to the gym... and realize you don't have any gym socks in your bag (it is embarrassing how often I used to do this).
To avoid the possibility for excuses (or forgotten gym socks) pre-pack your gym bag, not just the night before but for the week! Add organizing your gym bag to your list of Sunday tasks that start you off right on Monday: if you can grab your bag and go at any moment, you'll be in better shape (literally and figuratively!)
Here's what my gym bag looks like on a Sunday:
  • 5 pairs of gym socks
  • 2 sports bras
  • 2 workout tops
  • 1 pair of workout pants
  • 1-2 extra pairs of underwear
  • 1 Empty waterbottle
  • Some energy options (granola bars, Gu, single serving protein powder packs)
  • my lock
  • 1 pair of running shoes
  • a small army of hair ties and clips
  • face wipes & moisturizer
  • travel shampoo bottle
  • small hair brush
  • deodorant
  • basic makeup (cover up, mascara, blush)

Ok, I KNOW that looks like a lot of stuff, you're thinking "I don't want to carry all that around", but lets face it, you probably have about half this stuff floating around in your purse right now. Not only is it not as heavy or as bulky as it seems, but it means you can leave your bag in the car or at the front door and be ready at a moments notice to get your sweat on.
So channel your inner boy scout and BE PREPARED! No more excuses!
How do you prepare for your workouts? Are you guilty of making excuses? Let me know in the comments below!
xxox, Laura

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

New Year, New Look, New Blog

You may have noticed that things are looking a little different around the blog...
Let's start with the most important news: Today is my 29th birthday! 
With 30 looming (oh how it LOOMS!) I decided that it was time to reevaluate my blogging life and decide what I wanted out of it.
Did the blog I was writing still reflect me? Did the path I started down nearly 4 years ago have me pegged into writing posts that I didn't love? What did I really want to SAY!?
When I started my blog (Cook, Wine and Thinker), I wasn't really asking myself any of these questions. The blog had a fun name, I talked about food, I occasionally rambled, but mostly I just enjoyed myself. 
As I kept up writing more and more, I found myself without any kind of niche, target or audience... I was writing to write (which was great) but I felt so AIMLESS.
Most people who know me will tell you, I am not so great at being aimless. In my day-to-day life I'm excessively organized. In fact my 9-5 (8-6?) job is as a Project Manager; I LOVE my job! So aimless wasn't working for me any more.
So I went into my cave and thought about turning 30. I thought about the things I wish I had known at 23 to kick start my adulthood into a more productive gear; I thought about how staying fit isn't as easy as it once was; I thought about my goal to de-stress; I thought about the many many many mistakes I have made along the way.
And so, the blog was reborn into a place where we can celebrate our achievements and failures. Where we can try new things, try to keep ourselves moving forward, motivate and laugh about what went wrong.
Today I am 29 years old. I have everything and nothing figured out.
Welcome to Successes and Messes.

SuccessesandMesses

Monday, September 18, 2017

Friday, August 4, 2017

Friday Wine Down


Happy Friday everyone! 

Monday, July 31, 2017

Fresh Shrimp Rolls


The other night, the idea of turning on my oven or stove to make dinner was unbearable. It's been far too hot to consider heating up my apartment further.

So when it came time for dinner, I decided the best thing to do was keep it cool, fresh and light.


Enter: Fresh Shrimp Rolls.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

My Home Is Really Messy Today (and that's okay!)


I pride myself on being an organized person.

Overwhelming mess makes me cringe, I tend to have a plan for EVERYTHING, and I will admit to being a bit of a micro manager (I'm working on it!)

I'm good at throwing things out, I actually like to vacuum and I believe in making my bed every day.

But boy oh boy can our home get messy!

Monday, July 17, 2017

How To Toss Out Your Clothes!


A person's closet is a funny place.

It can be the source of great fun and filled with fond memories, it can be a source of frustration, or it can be an overwhelming mess with the door better kept CLOSED.

We live our lives in our clothes, and we house them in a place that is often cramped, poorly organized and filled with things we regret wearing.

I believe that a closet should make you feel good. It should be filled with things that bring you joy and make you feel beautiful, and you should be able to easily see everything inside it.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

5 Quick Ways To Practice Self Care Daily


When was the last time you practiced some self care?

When was the last time you hit up a yoga class, got a manicure, drank a hot cup of tea or booked a massage?

Guys, life is just SO hustle and bustle. And if you're anything like me you just do NOT know how to take breaks. You have a job, side hustle, friends, fitness routine, love interest and general #adulting to take care of... I still wonder how the heck I'm going to throw kids into all that (eventually)

Monday, July 10, 2017

Change Your Perspective: Rearrange Your Furniture!


I don't know about you, but I find can get REALLY antsy in my space.

Sometimes it's due to a sudden change in my life, or upcoming change. Sometimes it's because nothing has changed in so long I'm starting to get stir-crazy, and sometimes it's because I have a lack of creativity in other areas of my life.


Whenever I start to feel like this, I throw on my comfiest clothes, switch on a movie, and move all the furniture around.


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Life Hack A Day: My Favourite Hacks



I can hardly believe that I've reached the end of my Life Hack A Day Project!!!

It's been one hell of a month, with lots learned along the way, tons of laughs, and some great input from all of you on Instagram who were following along!

For my final week of life hacks, I decided to pick my FAVOURITE hacks. The ones that I most wanted to try, that seemed the most interesting, or that pop up on my Pinterest feed the most.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Friday Wine Down


Happy Friday!!!!

Guys, the Wine Down is taking a bit of a different turn this week. Normally I like to review three or four things I've been up to, and then talk about what I plan on drinking for the weekend.

BUT, since tomorrow is CANADA DAY, I thought I would talk about a few things I LOVE about my country (and then tell you what I'm drinking).

Canada turns 150 years old tomorrow, so the celebrations are going to be big, big, BIG! Get ready to see our pretty Prime Minister out in all his glory (and check his socks, which are always a tribute to whatever he's out doing), as well as 33 million Red and White clad Canadians, politely offering doughnuts and beer to anyone who looks like they might be running low.

As for me, I'll be up at my cottage ("Rock, Bought'em") celebrating with my family! Expect lots of instastories!

OK lets Wine Down and talk about why Canada is so freaking great!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Adelaide Eats


If you've never visited Toronto, I want to let you in on a little known fact...

Torontonians LOVE their food!

We are obsessed with niche foods, unique foods, and celebrating food. There is no shortage of incredible markets in the city, both year round and seasonal. We also host fabulous festivals celebrating everything from Greek cooking, to Mac and Cheese, to Rib Fests and Veggie meals.

Toronto is a foodie paradise, so when the newest open air market popped up just two minutes from my office, I was THRILLED!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Life Hack A Day: Too Good To Be True Hacks


I can hardly believe that I'm already wrapping up another week of life hacks! Next week is my last week and I've learned so much.

Mostly that about 80% of the life hacks are total nonsense, but the ones that work are AWESOME.

This week's life hack a day project theme was "too good to be true" hacks. Essentially just hacks that seemed a little weird and a little pointless, but that needed to be tried all the same.

There was fire, crafts, and some (mild?) crime...

All in all, not wildly successful, but a pretty fun week!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Friday Wine Down


HAPPY FIRST FRIDAY OF SUMMER!!!!!

I can't believe it is officially summer! While the weather has been getting warmer for the past few weeks, there's something so wonderful about making it official on June 21st! 

The long hot days, the warm breezy nights, PATIO SEASON!!

So I'm a little excited. Plus next weekend is the Canada Day long weekend and our country is celebrating it's 150th birthday so it's gonna be a BLAST (just wait until you see our family Canada swag!).

With so much excitement coming up and planning to be done I only got one blog post out this week. But that's ok because there's so much on the horizon to be excited about that I can hardly stand it.

So enough prattling on, it's time to Wine Down this week! Grab your vino and let's go.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Life Hack A Day - Hacking The Internet


I don't know how anyone adulted before the internet.

Think about it: how many times a day do you google how to do something, or check something online?

You can get a degree online, learn new skills, consume media, or start a blog to share your thoughts with the world.

For my third week of the life hack a day project, I decided to try out some of the hacks that took full advantage of the internet. Hacking the internet as it were... but with considerably less skill than people who actually do that.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

5 Tips To Improve Your Public Speaking Skills


Ahhh public speaking. Top phobia and bane-of-existence for people all over the world.

Public speaking is one of those things that can bring brave men to their knees, that successful women struggle with above all else, and that ruins grade school classes for children year-after-year.


Of course, it's also something that sooner or later we all must attend to. Whether professionally or socially, we've all had our 5 minutes of fame behind a podium or at the head of a boardroom table speaking to groups large and small.


Public speaking is something I used to be HORRIBLE at. I mean, it just terrified me. but through the years I've worked hard and overcome my anxiety and now I can speak quite comfortably in front of any group of people at length. In fact, I kind of love the rush!


Monday, June 12, 2017

Life Hack A Day - Hacking The Kitchen


I love food.

I love cooking, I love eating, I love trying new recipes, I love everything about being in the kitchen.

Ok well maybe not dishes, but I love the rest of it!

And so, for my second week of my Life Hack A Day Project I decided to get down to hacking the area of my life that brings me so much joy, in the hope that I could find a few things to make my time in the kitchen that much better.

I have to say: Not a supremely successful week, though definitely an interesting one!

Let's talk about Life Hacking The Kitchen.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Friday Wine Down


Happy Friday!!!

Guys I am REALLY happy it's the weekend!

My coworkers on my project have been on vacation for two weeks and I have been beyond swamped at the office and need a BREAK.

Plus this weekend should be a blasty blast! I have a Mani Pedi booked with my bestie on Saturday, and then on Sunday we're celebrating her baby shower because she's due in TEN WEEKS!

Crazy, I am so not mature enough to raise a little one right now, but I am so so beyond ready to be a cool auntie to her baby boy!

Anyway, with all that ahead of me, I think it's time we Wine Down this week! But let's kick off with the MOST important thing...

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Little Pebbles - Kensington Market


One of the joys of working in downtown Toronto is getting to explore all the little pockets of the city.

I've always lived close to the city, but not right downtown. So while I had my favourite spots, I didn't know intimate nooks and crannies the way some of my friends did who have always lived in the city.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Life Hack a Day - Hacking Minor Annoyances



Do you ever come up with a task that you just find annoying or difficult?

I know I have some tasks that fall into these categories. Whether it's cleaning the inside of my kettle, putting on a tight fitting bracelet, or finding a way to organize my hair ties (there must be a better way!) I'm always looking for a way to improve on these activities.

So for my first week of the life hack a day project, I decided to take on some life hacks that should ease some of the finicky tasks in my life.

Because this was a short week, we only have 3 life hacks to cover, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that they were hacks worth hacking!

So let's start with one of the best days of the year...


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Life Hack A Day Project


Lately I've found myself itching for a personal project.

Maybe because we're reaching the midway point of the year, maybe because the weather is FINALLY nice, or maybe just to break up the monotony, but I've been trying to come up with a challenge that I can do for a month.

At first I thought I should do a self improvement project... but honestly the idea didn't thrill me. I wanted to do something a little hard, a little silly, something I could blog and think about that wouldn't get monotonous after 30 days. Something FUN.

Then one night I was scrolling through Pinterest when it hit me. I turned to Kris FULL of excitement because I had decided what my June Project was going to be: Life Hack a Day

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A New York Minute


When you think of vacation, you often think of a whole week off. Lazy days on the beach, or sitting in a café, hours to shop and think of nothing but where you should stop and have your next drink.

But then there's the other kind of vacation. The kind where limited time leads to reckless enjoyment and forces you to make decisions about what you truly want to see and do!

It may shock you to find out that I actually prefer the second kind of vacation. While I appreciate that long lazy days are maybe more relaxing, I think there is something so fun about travelling in a hit-and-run fashion and foregoing maybe just a little too much sleep in the name of enjoying every single minute.

So when I had the opportunity to spend a whirlwind 42 hours in New York (including travel and airport time!) how could I possibly say no?

It's a good thing the city never sleeps!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

5 Tips For Eating Mindfully


It seems like just yesterday we were ringing in the new year, and now bikini season is just around the corner!

How is it possible it manages to sneak up on me every year?

If you're anything like me, you like to wring every last DROP out of hot summer weather. 

Living somewhere where it's cold (or at least chilly) for most of the year has me embracing those 6 weeks of true bikini weather like a long lost friend.

So of course, I want to look my best while doing it!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday Wine Down



Happy Friday!!!!

It's been a long, chilly and rainy week in the Toronto area.


Throw in my post-travel cold and I have been laying kinda low on the blogosphere...


That said, it's been a fabulous two weeks, especially the Easter long weekend which involved great friends, great family and fabulous travel! So let's get started and Wine Down this week with....

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Wok Fried Lamb with Cumin


I Love finding new recipes.

A few months ago, my mom snagged this one out of the newspaper, and it's quickly become one of my favourites! Wok Fried Lamb with Cumin.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

5 Tips For Bachelorette Party Planning


When it comes to wedding season, most women can expect to spend the occasional Sunday afternoon at some kind of luncheon watching the bride open gifts.

If you're in a bridal party, pre wedding events may also include an engagement party, rehearsal dinner, or any number of appointments.

So while the "Big Day" is proceeded by lots of "little days" to get everyone in the mood for canapés and champagne toasts, I will say that above all else the Bachelorette party is my favourite!

I love everything about bachelorette parties. I love planning them, I love the idea of a bunch of women celebrating a friend, I love the raunchy games, the occasional happy tears, and the seemingly endless potential for fun.

Above all though, I love the look on the bride's face mid-way through the night when all the wedding planning stress has melted away and she's just focused on enjoying HER night (without all the decorum of a shower).

having planned a few (ahem: five.. and climbing) bachelorette parties in my day, I want to give you the tools for success to make sure your friend has an INCREDIBLE time!

Here are my 5 tips for planning a great bachelorette party!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Always a Bridesmaid


When you hit your mid-20s, something funny happens, your friends suddenly fall into one of two groups:

1) Those who are getting married/in weddings constantly
2) Those who seem to avoid weddings with a 10 foot pole

Most of my friends seem to fall into one category or the other. They either spend all their time at weddings, or they haven't really started into that yet.


I fall into the first group.


Friday, April 7, 2017

Friday Wine Down


Happy Friday!


It’s been two weeks since the last wine down… I am… well I’m exhausted!


Last week was a whirlwind of travel, wine tours and adventures which I love love LOVED, but boy did it wear me out!


Since getting home I’ve been trying to get back on track with sleep, food and work, leading to some very early nights in bed!


I’m looking forward to a nice relaxing weekend. So let’s get this Wine Down started so I can relax!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Taking 15 Minutes To Improve Your Work Day!


When I got my first part time job my parents offered me this piece of advice: 

Just because your shift starts at 9:00, doesn't mean you show up at 9:00. Arrive 15 minutes early to get ready so that you can hit the ground running the moment the workday starts.

This lesson is one I carry with me to this day. It energizes me to be one of the first people in the office, and to streamline the first part of my work day so that I am my most efficient self all day long!

Today I want to share with you my process of taking 15 minutes at the start of the work day to make your WHOLE day better!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The PERFECT Tomato Chicken Sandwich


There's nothing better than eating something with fresh ingredients. 

The flavour, the texture, the colours; all of these things are amplified when your ingredients are fresh. It's the difference between a bland meal, and an exciting one.

Which is why, when I go to make a sandwich, I pick the freshest ingredients possible. 

I look at sandwiches the same way that I look at salads, which is that they come in one of two ways: boring, or AH-MA-ZING! There is nothing worse than a boring sandwich, in the same way that when you eat an incredible sandwich you want to share it with the world.

So today, I'm going to share this amazing sandwich the world. Not just amazing, the PERFECT tomato chicken sandwich.

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