I lived in Marina del Rey for almost two years and I have a few favourite restaurants that I go to over and over again. Since moving back to LA in March, Paul and I have slowly been hitting up all of our favourite places we missed while we were living in Portland. I thought I would share my choice picks with you in case you ever find yourself in this little community next to Venice Beach.
These are definitely not the fanciest places, but more of my local favourites. Here are my favourite places to eat in and around Marina del Rey:Continue reading →
I can’t believe I visited back in 2014 – almost four years ago. The city had such an impact on me that Paul and I seriously considered moving here and it was between Nashville or Portland, Oregon. Continue reading →
I honestly think this is one of my favourite weekend getaway ideas – and for my Toronto readers, there is now a direct flight running from Toronto to Memphis – making it an even easier destination to get to. I definitely recommend it and suggest you do a combo Memphis + Nashville trip to make the most out of your flight.
I know the Canadian Dollar is super low right now, but I found that the cost of food, drinks, and entertainment were a lot lower in Memphis overall. If you love food, music, and history – you’re going to love Memphis! Here’s what we got up to + suggest for your getaway:Continue reading →
I had no idea what to expect during my recent visit to Claremont, California. I had recently read about their craft brewery, the local food scene, and the re-imagining of an old citrus packing house into a food, art, and shopping space.
I was definitely intrigued, because so many of these things remind me of our time living in Portland, Oregon. Since Claremont was roughly about an hour or so away, Paul and I decided to make a weekend food tour out of it and get out of LA for the weekend. Continue reading →
Summer is in full swing and I’ve been trying to keep my beauty routine light and fresh to combat the humidity and heat. Where we are in Santa Monica isn’t too bad, but as soon as you get into Downtown Los Angeles or into the Valley – things get hot FAST.
Here’s what I’ve been reaching for so far this summer for to beat the heat and to stay hydrated:
I am really digging this natural Canadian beauty brand out of Vancouver, BC. I have pretty sensitive skin and their products are pretty gentle and nourishing. I have been using the Woodlot Cleansing Balm, Facial Toner, and Facial Oil every night before I go to bed and it’s been hydrating my skin overnight really well. It’s been feeling crispy lately after a big day out in the sun.
The cleansing balm is made with a blend of oils and melts easily in your hands and lathers well to remove dirt and make-up. I follow-up with the toner which contains rose water, hyaluronic acid, and witch hazel to soak up any excess oil.
Since it’s night time, I use the facial oil so my skin can soak up all that good moisture overnight while I sleep. I do love how everything from Woodlot is natural!
I recently had the chance to spend a quick weekend in Vancouver, Canada as the departure port for my recent cruise to Alaska. I’ve been to Vancouver a bunch before and I love the beautiful waterfront, vibrant neighbourhoods, food scene, and outdoor activities.
Planning a trip to Vancouver or heading there before a cruise? Here’s what to get up to for a few days in this pretty city:Continue reading →
We just got back from a super fantastic trip to Ojai, California last weekend to celebrate our friends getting married. I have been dying to get out to Ojai Valley since we moved to LA in 2013 and just never ended up making the trip – until now!
This wedding was the perfect excuse we needed. So we booked BINGO a sitter via Rover and took Friday off to fully soak up a weekend in the sun. I’ve been eyeing the Ojai Valley Inn forever and since it was super close to the wedding we were attending – I decided to just go for it.
Here’s what we got up to during our weekend away and what I definitely suggest for your next trip to Ojai!Continue reading →
I recently just made it to Astoria, Oregon for a second visit and added a few fun places to my Travel Guide. If you’re looking to hit up a fun place on the Oregon Coast, Astoria is a quick and easy drive from Portland, Oregon and great little town to explore.
We finally made it to Astoria, Oregon!
The pretty coastal town of Astoria has long been at the top of my wish list. Everyone who has come to visit us in Portland, has pretty much made it to Astoria before we have.
We definitely got sidetracked by the multiple trips made to Lincoln City to work on our airbnb beach house, but now that it’s up and running – we are back to our adventures and travels all over Oregon.
Here’s what I suggest you eat, see, and do on your own weekend getaway to Astoria:Continue reading →
I’ve just updated this post with a few extra tidbits since moving to LA last month for a SECOND time and with a new visa! Also, the comments are a great place to find answers for visa questions and importing your car. Enjoy!
Whether you’re being transferred for work or going to college in the USA – you might find this post helpful. Having just moved to the USA from Canada (here’s WHY we moved), I’m hoping others doing the same can benefit from my experience so far and avoid a lot of hassle when getting settled into the United States.
I did everything below out of order, but here is a rough idea of what order you could consider doing everything in and some of the bumps I experienced along the way! Continue reading →
I’m slowly getting back into the blogging groove and will be updating and sharing a few old posts in the next coming weeks as I work on redesigning the site! If you’re looking for a super easy dinner idea – here’s a recipe I just can’t live without.
One of my favourite go-to weeknight meals is this Zucchini Ravioli Pasta recipe I have adapted from Real Simple. It’s easy, requires only a few ingredients and is packed full of flavour.
I usually keep a pack of cheese ravioli in my freezer and I always have Parmesan cheese in my fridge. All you got to do is stop at the market for some zucchini, parsley and a pack of cherry tomatoes on your way home and you have a delicious and easy weeknight dinner. Here’s how it goes:Continue reading →