Thursday, July 24, 2014

Cat's Adventures in Dating: Finding Love on the Lido Deck

Note: I went on a cruise last week, and really didn’t intend to find any romance, but as is the case with me I just love men too much. So I found someone, quite accidentally, and he was too damn good not to write about.

Picture this: a beautiful cruise ship deck turned into a glittering night time party spot.  My sun kissed skin showcased by a coral orange sheath dress and strappy wedge heels, my hair perfectly imperfect thanks to sun and salt water. I’m looking good, I’m looking confident, and I am ready to find some love on the lido deck.

Canon Rebel T3i Giveaway

I'm currently working on writing a blog post about some blogging tools I cannot live without. Along with great editing and social media tools, a good camera is always a great resource for blogging. Pictures break up large bodies of text and add visual interest, drawing your reader in.

If you don't have a good camera for blogging, don't worry just yet. These 22 bloggers and I want to give you a chance to win one! How would you like to get your hands on a brand spankin' new Canon Rebel T3i? Yeah, we thought you might. Just use the Rafflecopter below to enter.

Win a brand new Canon Rebel T3i!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

WTF Wednesday

Happy Wednesday! This week all of my WTF moments are coming to you in picture form. My peepers have witnessed a lot of WTF worthy stuff since the last post so let's jump right into it:

- So this looks like your run-of-the-mill trailer right? Of course it does. And yes, it is perfectly normal to have said trailer parked on the road in front of your house. But, is it normal to sleep in this trailer at night, on a suburban street, when you live just a few feet from it? I only realized someone was sleeping in it because I walked by at 6:45 a.m. and heard a man telling a growling dog (that was also sleeping there) to be quiet.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Banana Chocolate Muffins...with Coffee #HavaJava

Banana Chocolate Muffins with Single Jo Coffee Recipe

When I think of summer I always think "busy." Yes, we are all familiar with the phrase "lazy summer days," but for Canadians like me we only get a short amount of time with this warm weather and we want to maximize it. This means we pack in as much summer fun as we can - road trips, beach days, sitting by the pool, finding great hiking trails and picnic spots and just enjoying the summer sun.

That is precisely why I am sharing this easy, quick and delicious Banana Chocolate Muffin recipe! These muffins are perfect to pack on the go and the added coffee gives you a little extra energy. What's great about this recipe is that it can be easily customized. You can substitute the whole wheat flour for white flour or even a gluten free flour like almond flour. Add a few scoops of your favourite protein powder in the mix to keep you feeling fuller longer. Remove the chocolate chips and add cacao nibs or another healthier alternative. This recipe makes approximately twenty muffins.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Trace's Adventures in Dating: I Liked The Online Guy Better

Editor's Note: Since Catherine is living the life of luxury right now on a cruise ship (and hopefully creating some good Adventures in Dating moments!), I am taking over this week and sharing a story out of my dating vault.

He was not the typical guy I would go for. In the looks department, he kind of resembled Ron Weasley, so let's call him Ron for the remainder of the story. As you may have learned from viewing my own dating profile last week, I love to add in bits of humour and wit where I can. Well, Ron, made up for what he lacked in looks with his quick wit. I liked that, despite the fact that he maybe wasn't my type.

Ron and I started off with texting before we had our first date. Our back and forth banter had me in complete stitches.  I was glued to my phone and texted Ron non-stop for a week. Come to think of it, Ron was the only guy I ever gave my number to before we actually met in real life. I was kind of glad I did though, because through texting it seemed like we knew each other already and that our first date would be a breeze.

Ron was kind enough to meet me at a Starbucks in walking distance from my apartment. I remember walking to the date and being completely excited. I had visions of us laughing and talking for hours while annoyed baristas swept around our feet as they tried to close the shop for the night. Spoiler alert: This is not how our first (and last) date went down.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Update Your Wardrobe with a $300 H&M Gift Card Giveaway!

Organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!

I can honestly say that half of my closet is filled with clothes and accessories from H&M. I love that they are always on top of the fashion game but keep prices affordable so we can try the latest trend without breaking the bank. That's why when the opportunity to join in on this $300 H&M Gift Card giveaway presented itself, I jumped at the chance. One lucky reader will have the chance to shop till they drop with a $300 H&M gift card… and it just might be you.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

How Much is That Louis in the Window?

It all happened so quickly. One minute I'm driving and the next minute I'm spotting a Louis Vuitton Limited Edition Stephen Sprouse Pink Graffiti Speedy (say that ten times fast) in the window of a small boutique. Somehow I managed to avoid getting in an accident (thank you designer label gods!), and made a mental note of the shop so I could stop in at a later date.

Last week I finally was able to pay a visit Clothes Encounters of a Second Time, the consignment shop (with the pretty epic moniker) where I spotted the Louis Vuitton purse. Much to my dismay, the Louis had quickly sold, but lucky for me there were lots of other designer pieces for me to admire.

Immediately entering the shop, I was greeted with a smile and warm welcome by shop owner, Monique Dugas. The boutique itself is neatly laid out with designer goods lining the walls and shelves. Amid the dresses, shoes, handbags and scarves are inspirational sayings posted on the walls and above change room doors. The store is inviting and quaint, but packs a giant designer punch. From Prada handbags, to Fendi boots, there is truly something for every designer lover and each trip provides an exciting designer treasure hunt for the customer.