Category Archives: Life

7 Ways To Bring More Hygge Into Your Life

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I just recently landed back in Toronto for the holidays and – dayum, it’s cold.

Like -20 celsius COLD.

I haven’t been back in almost 2 years and I definitely haven’t spent a full winter here in 4.5 years. So yeah, you could say I’ve totally wimped out and my west coast body thinks 10 degrees celsius is like parka weather.

Ok, so how do we all stop ourselves from getting depressed this winter? I’m embracing hygge (pronounced hue-gah) and the Danish lifestyle of enjoying life’s simple pleasures when the weather is just miserable outside.

AND I can’t just sit at home eating chocolate biscuits and calling it hygge either.

I’m all about hacking happiness and if I have to hygge the sh*t out of my life to stay happy this winter – then so be it.

Now let’s begin… (more…)

Our Next Chapter – Launching January 2018!

Doing Good Digital

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After six incredible years in the non-profit consulting sector, Paul has made the big decision to finally launch his very own digital agency!

To be honest with you – it was time.

I will be joining him as a co-founder and helping out with business development, content strategy, marketing, and partnerships while we are in Canada. Paul will be doing everything else as we rapidly start to build our team. (more…)

Would You DNA Test Your Dog?

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From the day we adopted our pup BINGO over two years ago – he was our little crazed terrier. We were pretty sure he was a Jack Russell Terrier mix of some sort because he’s so freaking smart, is high energy and just needs a lot of attention.

Paul and I always told people he was a terrier mix of some sort but we weren’t really sure what else he could be. So I reached out to the nice people at embark to ask if I could review one of their Dog DNA Tests to learn more about BINGO’s exact breed and more about his health.

Well, the results are in! (more…)

Goodbye Portland

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After 18 incredible months of living in Portland, Oregon – we will be saying goodbye to this amazing and weird city in the next few weeks. We have had such a fun time exploring all of Oregon and have made some near and dear friends in our city that we know we will be back soon for a visit.

I can’t say too much about where we will land next. We are exploring a few exciting options right now. But I am very sure that I will have BIG and very positive news for you in the New Year.

In the meantime, we will be driving back to Toronto with our pup BINGO for the holidays. We considered flying – but he’s unable to even wait outside the grocery store for FIVE minutes, while the other person runs in to grab something. We figured that having our car in Toronto would be a plus too.

We will be driving through Boise, Twin Falls, Salt Lake City, across Wyoming, across Nebraska, across Iowa, past Chicago and through Michigan. Any suggestions for fun things to see and do in these cities?

So we are packing up our apartment and will be Toronto-bound at the start of December. If you happen to be in the city, do let me know! I’ll be spending that time catching up with all of our friends and family.

Stay tuned!

5 Ways To Keep Your Energy Levels Up During the Day

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I don’t know what it is, but things have been crazy here since we got our vacation rental up and running – coupled with a family visit.

I’ve been keeping busy with my freelance clients, blogging, running our rental, and planning get-togethers with family and friends. It’s hard to find time to fit everything in while aiming to cook a meal from scratch, making sure I’m hitting the gym for 30 minutes, and trying to get my 10,000+ steps. (more…)

Finding Your Fit

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This post has been sponsored by Always. All opinions are my own.

When was the last time something just wasn’t a fit?

Paul and I are planning to move out of our open concept loft next month because as cool as it was – it’s just not a fit. I think we both loved the idea of a big airy loft in theory, but I’m a night owl and Paul is an early riser and our space has no bedroom door.

So when he’s cranking out smoothies at 7 AM, I just went to bed a few hours ago having spent the night plugging away on a new blog post. Our kitchen is next to our bedroom and our bedroom is next to our front door. Which means our guests walk right past my usually messy unmade bed topped with unfolded laundry to get into our apartment.

Our current layout obviously wasn’t working. (more…)