Christmas Getaway to the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac

The family and I, including our pup Ivy, just got back from our Christmas Getaway to the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac.

Kitchener Waterloo Region Gift Guide

As promised, today I am sharing my Kitchener Waterloo Region Gift Guide

Canadian Christmas Gift Guide


There are only 9 days until Christmas. Yes, you read that right.

CTL Christmas Work Playlist


I  💝LOVE💝 making playlists. I love selecting new songs, combining them with old favourites and making sure that one song flows well into the next.

L.L.Bean Heritage Bird's Eye Sweater in Quebec City


Staying toasty and warm wearing the new L.L.Bean Heritage Bird's Eye Pullover sweater in cold and snowy Quebec City!

Christmas Sweaters


Time to start wearing your Christmas sweaters...or as my British family calls them, Christmas jumpers!

Pre-Holiday Getaway at The Prince of Wales Hotel

canadian blogger

Last week AMH and I checked in the the Prince of Wales hotel in Niagara on the Lake for a romantic, pre-holiday getaway.

Cyber Monday Sales for Canadians 2019

We've had our fun heading into our favourite stores for some shopping fun on Black Friday, now it's time to shop in our PJs! I've got all the best Cyber Monday Sales for Canadians!

#WearItWednesday - Sequin Pants for the Holidays

Today's #WearItWednesday was born out of a conversation about holiday dressing.

#WearItWednesday - Black Watch Blazer

#WearItWednesday - Black Watch Blazer

'Tis the season for wearing Black Watch!

L.L.Bean's Waterhog Rug - One Year Later Review

L.L.Bean's Waterhog Rug - One Year Later Review

The holiday season is coming up and that means lots of guests and lots of snowy shoes (and paws!)

Baby, It's Cold Inside


Apparently there's this thing called a power control panel on your furnace that can burn out leaving you without any heat on the first snowy day of the season. 

November's Sephora Rouge, VIB and Insider Sale

I've got the codes, the best buys for yourself, as gifts and everything else you need to know to shop Sephora's Rouge, VIB & Insider sale which starts right now!

Using Your Bumper Crop of Tomatoes

tomato recipes

Over the last few weeks our tomato plants have produced our largest fall haul yet!

#WearItWednesday - Black Jeans

black denim

Time to help a reader style a pair of black jeans for colder months. 

Caped Crusader

fall style

Look at me! I'm the caped crusader! 

My Favourite Flannel Outfit


This is hands down my favourite flannel outfit to wear right now! 

#WearItWednesday - Navy Loafers

preppy navy loafer outfits

Navy loafers. So classic and yet there seems to be a hesitation in purchasing and/or wearing.

Can't Think of Any Boat Puns, Canoe?

algonquin park

Well that title reads like a bad dad joke, doesn't it?

#WearItWednesday - L.L.Bean's Cotton Ragg Fair Isle Cardigan


I shared the new L.L.Bean Cotton Ragg Fair Isle Cardigan on Instagram last week and my inbox blew up!

Kitchener City Guide - Where To Stay, What To See and Where To Eat!

Kitchener, Ontario

Just in time for our city's biggest celebration of the year, I am sharing my full Kitchener City Guide for the city that I have lovingly called home for 20 years.

#WearItWednesday - Yellow Heels for Fall

#WearItWednesday - Yellow Heels for Fall

Colour me almost stumped on this one!

October Classics

October Classics

Here are the clothing items I'm deeming my October Classics this month.

#WearItWednesday - Jean Jacket for Fall

styling a jean jacket for fall

It's time for another #WearItWednesday and this week we are talking about styling a jean jacket for fall.

Hudson's Bay Stripe Hunter Boots

Hudson's Bay Stripe Hunter Boots

There are Hudson's Bay striped Hunter rain boots!

#WearItWednesday - J.Crew Factory Winnie Pant

jcrew factory

For this week's #WearItWednesday we are looking at styling the J.Crew Factory Winnie Pant for fall.

Olive and Pink for Fall

l.l.bean fall clothing

How to style olive green for fall while still remaining true to you feminine side? Just add pink!

Roots Kanga Hoody in Varsity Green

Roots Canada

Showing off a little Canadian pride with this Roots look I wore to the Drive-In last Friday.

Green H&M Dress for Fall


Where am I? Port Credit or Port of Spain?!?

#WearItWednesday - Red and Berry Beauty

fall beauty picks

Starting our new series, #WearItWednesday with some fall red and berry beauty picks!

Fall Flannels at L.L.Bean


Here's some exciting news for your weekend, all flannel items are 20% off this weekend at L.L.Bean!

Just Peachy

levi's jacket

Everything I am wearing? All old and from the back of my closet!

Gal Meets Glam Angelica Dress

Gal Meets Glam Angelica Dress

Don't you just love this time of year? Cool mornings, warm afternoons and fields of gold in every open space. 

September Classics

classic clothing

I'm going to be trying something new for the next few months, so please bear with me.

Two Weeks and Counting with Store Bought Roses


This summer will be remembered as the time I totally nailed keeping my store bought flowers alive for an extended amount of time.

Our Dog Friendly Cape Cod Airbnb Rental

Dog Friendly airbnb

Welcome to our dog friendly Airbnb rental on Cape Cod! 

The First Canadian L.L.Bean Store Is Open!

l.l.bean bootmobile

Welcome to Canada, L.L.Bean!

Cleaning Your L.L.Bean Boat and Totes


The legendary L.L.Bean Boat and Tote takes a real beating in my family and the question of how to clean them came up last summer. 

Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Game On A Budget

blue jays

This week I attended a Toronto Blue Jays game and challenged myself to do it on a budget.

160th Queen's Plate

preppy couples outfit

A few weeks ago AMH and I dressed to the nines and headed to the 160th Queen's Plate!

Stranger Things 3

It's Stranger Things 3 release day!

Summer Concerts

jean jacket lilly pulitzer

Summer + live music = Pure bliss

My IKEA Front Porch Makeover

ikea wicker chair

A few sunny June days was all it took to get me to finally tackle a project that I've been putting off for a good long while, my front porch!

Vineyard Vines x Target Haul

Vineyard Vines x Target

The Vineyard Vines x Target release was this past Saturday and I'm home and ready to show you what I picked up on my shopping trip!

Impairment Suit Experience with Ford Canada

celebrating this life

Just in time for the long weekend, let's talk about impaired driving! 

Sephora Sale Details April 26 - May 6, 2019

Time to start filling your cart, the spring Sephora sale is finally here!

5 Netflix Titles to Watch Spring 2019

Here we go, 5 Netflix Titles to watch this spring!

Spring Cleaning (that you may not have considered) & New Williams Sonoma Kitchen Towels

williams sonoma towels, vineyard vines shep sweater

Spring has officially sprung here in Ontario and I am all about spring cleaning right now! 

Review: L’Oréal Fine Flowers Cleansing Milk


When you're a raging flower lover and a trusted brand comes out with a new face wash called Fine Flowers Cleaning Milk, you tend to pay attention. 

Caring for Cut Hydrangeas At Home

hydrangeas, blue and white

The skies turn blue, the sun shines and the robins are singing their happy little spring song and my first thought is, hydrangeas! Specifically where can I get them and how many! 

While I do love all flowers, hydrangeas are my favourite. Their little lacy flowers are eternally classic and they look good no matter the situation. They're also a relatively inexpensive cut flower (even when we were saving every penny to buy our first home, I always had a small budget built in to buy hydrangeas) and they keep for a good amount of time. It's always sad to buy say, a dozen roses and watch them wilt within the week. 

Hydrangeas will last a good amount of time with the simplest of care but they will last even longer if you put in a little effort! 


Two weeks ago I stopped by our local grocery store floral section and scooped up two bouquets of roses and two bouquets of hydrangeas. I started sharing photos on my Instagram of how I was preparing them and my inbox was flooded with questions and comments! Turns out you all love hydrangeas as much as I do! And...many of you had never heard of my tips for ensuring your hydrangeas last as long as possible, so here we are! 

Caring for Cut Hydrangeas At Home

  • As soon as I get home I gather the vases I plan on using and have them out on my countertop. 

  • I clear out my kitchen sink (because it's somehow always full of dishes) and place the stopper in the drain. 

  • I clip the stems of my hydrangeas with sharp scissors or gardening scissors to fit in my chosen vase. 

  • Place the hydrangeas in the bottom of the sink and start filling with cold water. 

Cut Hydrangeas

  • Once the sink is about halfway filled and the blooms start to float, I place a large heavy plate or bowl on top to help them sink down (you need to put water on top of the plate/bowl) 


  • Let rest for 2-3 hours. Remove and carefully shake off water. Rest on kitchen towel. Prepare vases with cool water and floral food (the packet the florist provides) and arrange.

blue and white

Arranging is the best part! For all of my cut flowers I keep them out of direct sunlight to prevent wilting. Sometimes my flowers will start the day on my coffee table, and end up on my dining room table. I am constantly moving them around to get the full enjoyment out of them. Some florists and websites will recommend changing the water everyday, but I've always stuck with every second day and they last just fine. 

Cool water always and if you find in the first day or two that your hydrangeas start to wilt or develop a flat spot, submerge them in water just like when you started. Sometimes this will hydrate them enough to spring back. If not, they could be past their prime and it's best just to enjoy them while you can (there's no telling how long they were at the florist before you bought them) 

On the 7th day I placed them in my bathroom where they have stayed. 

Here's a view at 10 days:

Caring for Cut Hydrangeas At Home

and now 14 days:

Caring for Cut Hydrangeas At Home

My hydrangeas are finally spent and headed for our green compost bin. Can you believe that these $6 grocery store stems lasted a good two weeks?!?! They spent their first week moving around my living and dining room and the last week brightening up my bathroom. I admit I got really used to having them in my bathroom and can't wait to go grab another bundle, which of course I'll be putting through the steps above so I can keep them around for a good long time.