2017 Holiday Gift Guide

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With the festive season officially underway, I put together my 2017 holiday gift guide just in time for you to hit the mall. I featured some amazing products on CTV yesterday, but didn't have enough time to talk about everything on-air, so all the details are here to make your holiday shopping a breeze.

For the beauty lover:

Clarins: Clarins is one of my favourite skin-care companies. The 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar is the perfect gift to give someone to start celebrating the holiday season early, because they'll receive a little gift every day for 12 days. It contains two full-sized products and 10 discovery-sized products, which are much larger than sample size. It’s exclusively available at The Bay and on www.clarins.com. It retails for $92, with a  value of $174.  


The Essentials Winter Palette: The Essential Eye Palette by Clarins is a holiday exclusive with sales going to support indigenous communities of the Brazilian Amazon. It available for $62, and comes with ten eye shadow palettes, inspired by the shades of winter. It contains 4 different textures: 5 pearl-finish shades, 1 silvery diamond pop, 3 satin-finish shades, and 1 matte shade.



Caudalie: Caudile is incredible skin care for anyone, and I love the pretty holiday gift boxes the make giving the perfect gift that much easier. This set includes the best-selling Vinoperfect Complexion Correcting Radiance Serum, (an immediate brightening boost to the skin), Caudalie's Brightening Essense, and the Vinoperfect Overnight Renewal Cream, a cream that works overnight to resurface, brighten, and detoxify the skin. Find it in stores for $89.



Elizabeth Arden: I can’t get enough of Elizabeth Arden skin care products. The Ceramide Eye and Face Capsules are a must for my day and night routine. These products leave skin feeling soft and moisturized. They are the perfect capsules to protect your skin from the elements of winter, and they help prevent fine lines and wrinkles. 

The Prevage line from Arden is my ultimate favourite; the Prevage Daily Serum, together with the Prevage anti-aging morning and night cream, work incredibly well to reduce the visible signs of aging, targeting wrinkles, sun damage, age-spots, and discoloration. These products help improve the look of firmness, tone, and radiance. 

Another great product to gift the beauty lover in your life is the SUPERSTART Skin Renewal Booster, which supports the surface layer of the skin. The ultra-lightweight, fast-absorbing formula is clinically proven to restore the healthy appearance of the surface of the skin for smooth, more radiant looking skin. 

Elizabeth Arden has all your make-up needs covered, too, with their luscious Plush Up Lip Gelato in a variety of bright colours, like Flirty Fuschia and Berry Burst, Cool Glow Cheek Tint in Pink Perfection, the Four Ever Bronzer Bronzing Powder, and my ultimate favourite, especially for those hot summer days (or your winter trip down south) the Elizabeth Arden Bronzing Oil, making your skin look shiny, bronzed, and making it feel silky smooth. 
Moroccan Oil: For hair that shines, feels healthy, and smells absolutely delicious, use Moroccan Oil. From shampoo and conditioner to their oil, they are the perfect hair care products to use and gift this holiday season. 

NYX Cosmeics: One of my favourite gifts to give this year is the NYX Advent Calendar. It’s a fun calendar with 24 days of beautiful, colourful lipsticks and lip gloss. Get Holiday Glam with this NYX makeup advent calendar, the perfect gift to give or keep for yourself as you count down the days until Christmas. 
Skinceuticals: Great skin care products that truly take care of your skin. To maintain and improve skin health, an effective skin care regimen must contain three elements: prevention, protection, and correction. These products are designed to prevent signs of future damage, protect healthy skin, and correct the appearance of previous damage. SkinCeuticals is committed to advanced skin care products that are backed by science. 
Hard Candy: Hard Candy is a great gift to give the teenager girl in your life, or anyone who loves collecting make-up.
Benefit: Benefit Cosmetics is celebrating the holiday season with a collection of beautiful ‘snow globes’ featuring iconic San Fran scenes. Each set holds a cute selection of Benefit favourites, and make the perfect gift to give. Many of these sets include full-sized products. The Hello San FrancisGLOW set features Benefit’s most popular highlighters. 

Kerastase PARIS: Just in time for the holidays, Kerastase Paris has come out with their luxury holiday trio for those who love to take care of their hair. This beautiful boxed set helps improve the appearance of any type of hair, making styling easier, and leaving you with shiny, healthy, bouncy hair. 

For the fashion lover:


Columbia Womens Heavenly Light Hooded Jacket: This incredible jacket is all you need this winter and at only $189.99, it's very affordable. It's available at select retailers in Canada and online at www.columbiasportswear.caThe Heavenly Light Hooded Jacket is a sleek, long (to the thigh) and lightweight jacket that’ll keep you cozy and warm when you’re outside this winter season. The jacket combines a light yet toasty synthetic down insulation and a thermal-reflective lining for bonus warmth without the bulk. The shell fabric resists wet weather, while a flattering, longer cut and comfort cuffs with thumbholes provide crucial coverage from the chill.


Men’s Voodoo Falls Turbodown 590 Jacket: This jacket retails for $199.99. When 550-fill power down meets 40g Omni-Heat Thermal insulation, magic happens. The Voodoo Fall 590 TurboDown Jacket retains nearly every degree of body heat and is one of the warmest, softest, and lightest jackets Columbia makes. A durable, water-resistant shell with grid baffling provides a snug, close-to-body look and feel. This product is made with 100% responsibly sourced down, because Columbia is committed to ensuring the highest industry animal welfare guidelines.

Ann Taylor:

Ann Taylor has a wonderful Holiday 2017 line, including some gorgeous dresses you can shop for yourself or to gift to someone; perfect dresses to wear to all the holiday parties you’ll be attending. I love giving hat and glove sets, and the Ann Taylor embellished hat and gloves make wonderful gift to give. Also popular this year, the Ann Taylor Pom Pom Hat. A super cute and stylish hat to wear to stay warm this holiday season.




For the jewelry lover:

Bulova: A stunning, classic Bulova watch makes a perfect gift to give that special someone in your life. The Bulova Rubaiyat watch is a gift that will be treasured for life. The Rubaiyat watch has been reinvented in a stainless steel case with synthetic blue spinel cabochon crown at 12 o’clock position and 141 diamonds individually hand set with double curved sapphire crystal, a stainless steel bracelet with double-press deployant closure, and the iconic dye-struck “Goddess of Time” dimensional case back. This watch is also water resistant to 30 metres.

The limited edition Buloval Rubaiyat watch (my favourite!) has 50 diamonds individually hand set with a textured grey dial, double curved sapphire crystal, stainless steel bracelet with double-press deployant closure, featuring the iconic dye struck “Goddess of Time” dimensional case back, and it is also water resistant to 30 metres. Bulova watches are available at Hudson’s Bay.


Alex and Ani: Alex and Ani jewelry make a beautiful gift to give a loved one this holiday season. With bracelets, necklaces, and rings ranging in price from $30 to over $200, there is something just right for that special someone on your list. I love the Moon and North Star set of Five bracelets, retailing for $153 at Alex and Ani and Nordstrom.

For the tech lover:

Huawei P10 Smartphone: Fun fact: This awesome smartphone is pronounced Wah-Way, and the Huawei is a phone that delivers—making it a great gift to give someone who is really into technology and loves taking pictures, too. Some great features on this smartphone include a duel-camera, with vivid colour images and crisp details. It takes very high-quality photos and its also a very fast phone with great memory. A huge bonus with this phone is the long-lasting battery: a 30-minute charge provides a full days use. This phone retails for $700, and is available at major carriers across Canada, like Rogers, Bell, and Best Buy.

Nintendo Switch: If it’s from Nintendo, it’s guaranteed to be the most perfect gift at all, in most households… including mine! The Nintendo Switch is the perfect gift to give this holiday season. Perfect for the entire family and for those who love video games. Pair it with the new Super Mario Odyssey for countless hours of fun and play. 

For the Hostess:

Grey Goose: While everyone is giving the gift of wine this holiday season, why not stand out and bring a bottle of Grey Goose? Bring a touch of French luxury to your celebrations this holiday season with Grey Goose, an extraordinary vodka you can share with family and friends. Grey Goose is made with the finest French ingredients and creates great cocktails for the ultimate holiday soiree. Retails at LCBO for $49.95.

Star of Bombay: another great hostess gift this holiday season is surprising the host with a bottle of Star of Bombay. This premium gin is available at the LCBO for $49.95.



For the home:

Paderno: Paderno is Canada’s only cookware manufacturer. This cookware is perfect to gift the foodie in your life, especially because it’s made for eternity. I love the Paderno Canadian signature frying pan (retailing for $269.99, currently on sale for $79.99, until December 21st at Canadian Tire, which is an incredible deal). 

The Paderno Maple Paddle Board is also a great gift to give and modestly priced at only $49.99; I love using this tray when I’m entertaining guests over the holidays; it’s the perfect tray for cheese and crackers. The Paderno kitchen towels are a great addition to give the host or hostess this holiday season, too.




Stocking Stuffers: 

Purdy’s Chocolates: Tis the season for spreading holiday cheer, and since Purdys is the official chocolate of Christmas, a beautifully wrapped box of chocolates will make a lovely addition to add to someone’s stocking. 




Mad Radish: Mad Radish is one of my favourite places to go to for lunch, and thankfully, it's just down the street from my office. A Mad Radish gift cards would definitely make an excellent stocking stuffer to give someone who wants to start the new year the healthy way. (And Mad Radish salads are delicious!). 

Second Cup: Second Cup gift cards, mugs, hot chocolate and coffee make excellent teacher gifts and perfect stocking stuffers–we love the classic hot chocolate–it's a staple in our house all winter long. 

Starbucks: Starbucks Canada always makes me happy, especially during the holidays with their much loved red cups. This holiday season, Starbucks wants to help keep your shopping full of cheer. Starbucks is all about keeping it practical and chic with beautiful designed holiday products available in-store. I love the idea of gifting friends and teachers something from Starbucks, like a gift card inside a mug.

Sugarfina: For those with a sweet tooth, give them a beautiful holiday box from Sugarfina filled with favourite candies and chocolates inside. The boxes are so pretty, you almost don’t want to open them!


For Him:
Remington: The Remington Durable trimmer is a new, all-in-one tool for trimming, shaving, and styling any length of hair to 0.2 mm without irritation. With state-of-the-art precious blades, you will never have to replace your blades again. It’s also waterproof and conveniently charges by USB, with a 60-minute run time. This newly launched Remington DuraBlade is available at retailers across Canada for $49.99.

American Crew: American Crew is a great line for men which includes 3-in-1 shampoo, conditioner, and moisturizing shave cream to make shower time go by even quicker for those hectic mornings. The American Crew Grooming Starter Kit is for the beginner’s to grooming; clean and condition your hair and body with American Crew’s 3-in-1, and use the American Crew Pomade to create classic, slicked back looks, a modern, flexible alternative to styling gels. Available at salons across the city, for under $30

Happy shopping, everyone! If you would like more details about any of these products, please feel free to contact me.


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Stay Warm This Winter With Columbia

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Now that winter is here, I'm officially in hibernation mode. I don't like the cold or the snow, and I already miss the warmer days of summer. However, as a Canadian I have come to accept that we're left with no choice but to embrace these chilly days, and the only way to truly enjoy winter and the great outdoors is to dress appropriately in the right winter gear, and to get out and have some fun.

When I'm dressed warm, I can handle whatever winter throws my way (except maybe a crazy blizzard, though we haven't had any of those yet this year).

I was given the new Columbia Women's Heavenly Light Hooded Jacket to review, (along with the Men's Voodoo Falls Turndown 590 Jacket) and I absolutely love my new jacket! Spending time outside hasn't been painful at all. This jacket is sleek, stylish, long, and lightweight. It keeps me cozy and warm no matter what activities I'm doing outside, and I've received so many compliments. I love how light-weight it is, and how it truly goes with everything.

The jacket combines a light yet toasty synthetic down insulation and a thermal-reflective lining for bonus warmth without the bulk. The shell fabric resists wet weather, while the flattering, longer cut and comfort cuffs (with awesome thumbholes) provide excellent overage from the chill. This jacket retails at select retailers in Canada and online for $189.99.

The Men's Voodoo Falls Turndown 590 Jacket is a perfect coat for my youngest son to wear on these chilly days. He loves it because it's not bulky, it keeps him wear, and he can easily move around in this coat, making play time that much more fun.


The Voodoo Fall 590 Turbodown jacket retains nearly every degree of body heat and is one of the warmest, softest, and lightest jackets Columbia makes. It's durable, water-resistant shell with grid baffling provides a snug, close-to-body look and feel, and it's made with 100% responsibly sourced down, because Columbia is committed to ensuring the highest industry animal welfare guidelines.

I have always been a huge Columbia fan, and I am so pleased with these new jackets to help us get through these next few months.

I think a Columbia jacket would make an absolutely perfect holiday gift to give someone you love this season. It'll be the gift your special someone will wear every day.

Thank you, Columbia!

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Netflix: Your Must-Have Travel Essential

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As the holiday season approaches, many families will be travelling to get away from the cold or to visit their families in other cities.

While we stay close to home for the holidays, we area already planning our annual winter getaway to south Florida. I am so looking forward to feeling the warm sunshine on my skin again, and spending hours on the beach and by the pool–pina colada in hand!

My boys have always been excellent travellers, even on long flights overseas. While I help them pack their carry-on bags, I make sure I have all their favourite Netflix shows and movies downloaded. After all,  travelling can be chaotic at times, so why not take a little time before you leave to make sure your kids have what they need to stay entertained, and not annoyed, during your travels?

If you travel often enough, you will know that sometimes, the unexpected can happen–delayed flights, lost luggage, long line-ups, and more–and I find that if my boys have their headphones and a few of their favourite movies downloaded on their iPads they are okay with anything that gets thrown our way. 1 in 5 Canadian parents say one of their main concerns when travelling is keeping their kids entertained. Netflix is all the entertainment you need to keep your kids (and yourself!) happy, no matter how long the flight or airport wait.

Downloading our favourites movies and shows (or movies we haven't seen yet) are always on the top of our travel 'to-do' list before each trip. With shows like Fuller House and Stranger Things (a favourite of my boys!) there is so much to choose from to keep everyone happy. (And if you haven't seen Stranger Things 2 yet, what are you waiting for? It is so good–even better than the first season).




Happy holiday travelling, and happy streaming, everyone!


Disclaimer: I am part of the Netflix Stream Team. As part of my affiliation with this group, I receive special perks. 
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Ottawa Senators And Canadian Tire Gift Card Giveaway (Go Sens Go!)

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I don't think you can be Canadian and not be a lover of hockey, one of the greatest sports on earth. Although I don't love winter very much, hockey season still excites me, and I'm a huge Ottawa Senators fan.  I was so excited last year and was so hopeful that the Sens would finally win the Stanley Cup–and they came so very close.  The last time I was that excited for the playoffs was years ago, and I remember being so absolutely heartbroken when the Sens lost. It was so depressing!

This time around, my youngest son joined in my excitement and we were lucky to attend a couple of playoff games to cheer on our favourite hockey team. The excitement at a Sens game is incredible, and it was even more awesome to see it all through my son's eyes.



With the holidays around the corner, wouldn't it be a great idea to give the Senators fan in your life a little something to make them cheer even louder this year? Canadian Tire is giving Ottawa families a head start by helping turn local babies into the next generation of Sens fans with brand new Ottawa Senators onesie, or Sensie.

Canadian Tire is giving away a free Sensie to customers in Ottawa while supplies last. All you have to do is register online at nhl.com/sentators/fans/baby-sensie to receive a voucher which can be redeemed at a local participating Canadian Tire store.

Since it's the holiday season, I'm giving away TWO exclusive Baby Superfan Kits which  include everything the baby in your life needs to become a super Sens fan: a Sensie, protective ear muffs, a Sparticat plush mascot, a bib, and a Canadian Tire gift card. (This is valued at $100). 




To enter just leave a comment below or on my Instagram page, and I will pick a winner randomly on December 11th. (Please remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win). 

Good Luck, Happy Holidays, and... GO SENS GO!


Disclaimer: I have received product/compensation in partnership with Canadian Tire. All views and opinions are my own.
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Giving Back With Rice Krispies and #TreatsForToys

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The holidays are my favourite time of the year—after summer, of course.

I love everything about this season: shopping for presents for everyone on my list, writing Christmas cards, wrapping gifts, decorating the house with my family, watching holiday movies, attending and hosting festive parties, and of course, the most important thing of all—giving back, in big and small ways, to those who deserve it the most.

The Kellogg's Rice Krispies #TreatsForToys campaign is back, helping kids during the holidays in a great way. In partnership with The Salvation Army, Canadian families are encouraged to create a toy-shaped Rice Krispies treat and submit a photo of it on TreatsForToys.ca, or share on social media with the hashtag #TreatsForToys.

For every photo of your Rice Krispies creation you share online, (and it doesn't have to be anything really creative; it is, after all, the thought that counts!) Kellogg's Rice Krispies will donate $20 to The Salvation Army for the purchase of a real toy for a Canadian child in need during the holiday season.

I had a lot of fun making Rice Krispies treats with my youngest son over the weekend—he basically made three batches all by himself, which made me so very happy because now he can take over all the baking duties in our house—phew!


I'm spreading the love and giving away a great Kellogg's package to help you take part with your family, too.

Included in the package: two holiday edition Rice Krispies boxes, candy for decorating your creations, marshmallows, and some amazing Paderno mixing bowls. All you have to do is make some tasty treats which will help create lasting memories for deserving children.

Leave me a comment below telling me what you love most about the holiday season, and I'll pick a winner randomly on Friday, December 8th.

Make. Share. Give. Good Luck!
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Weekend Escape To The Adelaide Hotel In Toronto

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If you're looking for a quick weekend escape but don't want to travel too far, head to Toronto. This incredible city in the heart of Ontario always has something exciting going on for the entire family. Every trip to Toronto allows me to experience something new, from dining to shopping. When I have the itch to go to New York City, sometimes a trip to Toronto is all I need to get my fix.

Where to stay:

I had the pleasure of experiencing the luxurious Adelaide Hotel in downtown Toronto. This AAA-Five-Diamond luxury hotel opened it's doors this past summer on the corner of Bay and Adelaide, and it's simply stunning—from the chic décor to the large suites, it took my breath away. When you're staying in a luxury hotel like The Adelaide, you'll be blown away with the beauty as soon as you walk in the front doors. Check-in, as expected, was a joyful experience. It's the friendly, personalized service, and attention to detail, that made our stay here so wonderful. The Adelaide Hotel was named the 11th top luxury hotel in Canada by Conde Nast Traveler Reader's Choice Awards, and rated the 2nd most luxurious hotel in Toronto—and it's easy to see why.









We stayed in a large two-bedroom suite, with a stunning marbled entrance leading to the dining room and kitchen. The chandelier over the dining room table was stunning, and so were the views of downtown Toronto from the floor-to-ceiling windows. The two-bedrooms in the spacious suite each have their own full-sized bathrooms, and the living room, complete with fireplace, was a perfect place to retreat to at the end of the night. Of course, the turndown service is welcoming when you've been out exploring Toronto for hours of end, and the beds? So very comfortable.

The Adelaide Hotel has an incredible spa, where I was lucky to enjoy a full-body one-hour massage, and later spend some time swimming in the huge infinity pool with my youngest son. (We loved the hot tub, as well). From the service to the amenities, and breakfast on the top floor restaurant, it was a perfect stay, and I can't wait to return.


In case you didn't know, the Adelaide Hotel will be transitioning to Canada's first St. Regis hotel in late 2018, and although the transition hasn't happened yet, there is nothing lacking at this luxury hotel. St. Regis Toronto will bring with it all that St. Regis hotels are known for, including the amazing rituals and services, like the Butler Service and Afternoon Tea. I can't wait to experience Canada's first St. Regis hotel when the transformation is complete.

Although it's hard leaving a hotel as luxurious as the Adelaide Hotel, it's fun to explore Toronto and enjoy the many fine places to dine, for lunch or dinner.

Where to dine:

CN Tower 360 restaurant: The CN Tower is a must-see when you're in Toronto, especially if you're visiting the city for the first time. I have been to the CN Tower many times, with and without my children, but I have never been to the top to dine at the 360 restaurant. The CN Tower's 351-metre high revolving restaurant offers the most spectacular views of the city, and you're able to see it all, from every angle, because it makes a complete revolution every hour or so. This was so fun for my youngest son, who enjoyed the views almost as much as he enjoyed his meal. We ordered several sides, including sweet potato fries, mashed potatoes, and vegetables, and all were equally delicious—so was the filet mignon and chicken Quebec. All ingredients are Canadian, for a truly authentic and very tasty experience.


Cibo Wine Bar: I love Cibo Wine Bar and have been several times. This truly delicious, vibrant, and modern Italian restaurant has two locations in Toronto, and one in Yorkville. (You can find Cibo Wine Bar in Miami, as well). I've been to the one on King Street and Yorkville. I love the extensive wine menu and the tasty food—there is something on the menu for everyone. (The bruschetta is delicious, and a great way to start your meal). The service is quick, which makes eating out with children a breeze. It's just as fun when you go with adults only. If you're overwhelmed with the wine options, let your waiter select for you.


El Catrin: The pedestrian-only Distillery District is a wonderful historic site to visit when you're in Toronto, where you'll find many great restaurants, shops, and Canadian art galleries. Just walking around the cobblestone streets is an experience, no matter the season. (In December, the annual Christmas Market takes over the streets, adding to the charm).

A great place to eat for lunch or dinner— especially if you're craving a truly authentic Mexican dining experience—is El Catrin. And if you love Guacamole, you're in luck, because it doesn't get any better than watching your server make it fresh, right in front of you. The menu, featuring only traditional and modern Mexican cuisine, was created by one of Mexico City's top chefs, and since it is a tapas style menu, you'll be able to sample a wide variety of dishes so you can try it all. El Catrin has the one of the best (heated) patios in Toronto, and whether you're dining inside or outside, you'll feel like you're actually in Mexico, because of the cool décor. (It actually took three Mexican artists almost 100 days to create the mural inside).


Dining and shopping (we walked to Eaton Centre, just a couple blocks away from the Adelaide Hotel) in Toronto is enough reason to visit this city, but there is so much more to do, as well–we loved visiting the Ripley's Aquarium, which is always a fun time for the family.

Thank you for hosting us, Toronto Tourism! It was an incredible weekend and we can't wait to explore Toronto more the next time we're back.
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A Luxurious Stay At The Four Seasons Hotel Toronto

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When you check in to a Four Seasons Hotel, no matter where you are in the world, you know you'll be experiencing the most luxurious, memorable stay—and incredible service from the moment you check-in.




I had the chance to review the beautiful Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto, situated in the upscale Yorkville neighbourhood. This hotel is one of the tallest in the area, at 55 storeys—and it is breathtakingly beautiful as soon as you walk in the front doors. The flowers in the lobby area are so colourful and welcoming. The Four Seasons Hotel Toronto was designed by Yabu Pushelberg, so I instantly felt like I was back at the Four Seasons New York. There were many similarities between the two properties, like the incredible service one can only expect to receive at hotels of this calibre.



Yorkville is known for its fine shopping—from luxury boutiques to department stores like Holt Renfrew—to fine dining, and the Four Seasons Hotel is a perfect addition to the neighbourhood. It's no surprise that this beautiful luxury hotel in Yorkville was the first in Canada to receive the AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star rating.


Here's what I loved about the Four Seasons Toronto:


Unwinding in the spa: When choosing which hotel I want to stay at, I always check to see if they have a spa and a swimming pool. I usually travel with my family, including my children, and they always love spending time in hotel pools. The Four Seasons Toronto has a 30,000 square-foot state-of-the-art spa, one of the largest in Toronto, with 17 spacious treatments rooms, two steam rooms, and a salon with hair, manicure, and pedicure stations. A hair salon in a hotel spa is my dream come true... there's nothing better than getting a for a full-body massage, followed by a blow-dry, and at this spa, you can indulge in both services. The pool is large and next to it, an outdoor terrace overlooking Toronto.





Relaxing in the rooms: The Four Seasons Hotel Toronto has 259 rooms, including 42 suites. The spacious rooms are simply beautiful, with floor-to-ceiling windows, comfortable couches, and luxurious beds. My favourite part is the dream bathroom—a large granite room with a deep, fast-filling tub, separate glass-walled rain shower, extra-long vanity counter, and an in-mirror television to enjoy while taking a bath. The rooms at Four Seasons are relaxing, calming, and ultra-luxurious, and the turn-down service at night is the best—it's the little extra touches that make staying at a Four Seasons so memorable.





In-room and restaurant dining: I always like to experience the in-room dining options when I'm reviewing hotels, and the Four Seasons Toronto did not disappoint, from their perfectly brewed latte to their delicious breakfast parfait; it was a great start to my day. The resto-Café Boulud is a well-known hot-spot in Yorkville, too, located on the second floor of the Four Seasons Hotel. The menu, inspired by Chef Daniel Boulud's family's meals in Lyon, France, will make you feel like you're having lunch in Paris. The kitchen features a rotisserie, apparently the only one of its kind in downtown Toronto, with both vertical and horizontal spits. You'll love the delicious French cuisine. Once you're finished dining, make sure to check out d bar, on the main floor of the hotel, for after dinner cocktails, wine, or snacks. (A DJ also plays late into the evenings).




During your next trip to Toronto—whether you're travelling with your family, escaping for the weekend with your loved one, or getting away with friends—do yourself a favour, and book yourself a stay at the luxurious Four Seasons Toronto in Yorkville.




Disclaimer: I received a complimentary night at the Four Seasons Toronto as part of my review of the property. All views and opinions are my own.
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From Italy With Amore

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Anyone who knows me can attest I'm not a huge fan of cooking, as much as I enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal. However, I'm lucky to have a husband, parents, and in-laws who can cook amazingly well. Despite the fact that I don't love getting dirty in the kitchen, I'm great at making a few meals my children (thankfully!) love, and most of those meals are Italian.

I was so excited to be invited to Toronto this week along with several other bloggers to indulge in an authentic taste of Italy, and meet and learn from Italian Chef Massimo Bruno. We took part, as well—preparing some pretty simple recipes that I know will be a huge hit at home. Best of all? The meals we learned to cook involve only a few key ingredients, so prep time is simple, and takes almost no time at all to actually cook... and serve. (Which is perfect when you're heading home late from work and the children are starving). We sampled delicious Italian cheese and appetizers, drank wine, and got our hands a little dirty preparing food in a really fun atmosphere.



I primarily shops at Loblaw's, so I was so happy to learn that I can find authentically Italian ingredients at my favourite grocery store, including extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, tuna in olive oil, pasta, strained tomatoes, and a huge variety of cheeses. The From Italy with Amore program, now in stores, showcases 350 products certified as authentic by the Italian Trade Commission. Some products I love include Mutti Passata, Delverde Pasta, PC Tuscany Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Rio Mare Tuna in Water (or Olive Oil), PC Splendido Balsamic Vinegar of Modena—2 Leaf.



With Loblaw's as my go-to store and knowing they carry only the best for my authentic Italian cooking nights, I'm ready (with some new recipes in mind!) to surprise my family with a delicious meal they'll love. After all, we are Greek and Italian... Mangiamo!


Disclaimer: In partnership with Loblaw's, I have been compensated for my post and social shares. All views and opinions are my own.
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Taking Care Of Your Skin With Dermis Advanced Skin Care And Medi Clinic

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I'm serious about taking care of my skin. That's why I love trying new products, and sticking to my skin care routine every morning and night. (I'll never not wash off my make-up before bed!). There are many fabulous products I love using that help keep my skin looking good, and as I get older, I realize there are more ways to help take care of my skin to keep it looking—and feeling—incredible.

I was recently introduced to Dermis Advanced Skin Care and Medi Clinic, and attended their 11th Annual Customer Appreciation Event to find out more about the products and services they provide.


I spoke with the owner, a truly educated and experienced woman, who answered all my questions, and told me about the services their clinic provides customers. The list of services varies from lifting and firming to deep cleansing and exfoliation, acne skin treatments, Botox and Juvederm injections, and so much more—like wrinkle and scar reduction. Everyone's skin has different needs and if you're unsure of what you need, you can go to Dermis for a free consultation, and have all your questions answered. I believe taking care of your skin and your body from the inside out can truly make a difference in how you feel about yourself. There's nothing better than feeling confident in the skin you're in, and giving yourself some extra TLC when you can.

I love that Dermis also provides laser hair removal, an excellent and efficient service that leaves your skin smooth forever. Dermis only uses the Cutera Excel HR laser, which is the latest laser approved by both Health Canada and the FDA, featuring brand new dual-wave technology and triple Sapphire cooling for comfortable treatments.

Even after one initial visit to find out about what types of services I'd be interest in, I felt comfortable and trusted the owner and her team. With over 10 years of experience and a Medical Director and Nurse Practitioner on-site, it's a comforting feeling knowing you'll be taken care of by the best while you take care of yourself.

Thanks for the great service, Dermis—I'll be back soon.




Disclaimer: I received compensation as part of my collaboration with Dermis Advanced Skin Care and Medi Clinic. All views and opinions are my own.
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Get Spooked With Season Two of Stranger Things On Netflix This Halloween

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With fall definitely in the air now—cooler temperatures, the beautiful changing colours on the trees, the return of pumpkin-flavoured everything—it's time to start think about Halloween. I always loved Halloween but when I became a mom it became even more fun for me, because I found there was nothing cuter than dressing up my boys in adorable costumes, going trick-or-treating, and helping my little ones consume all their delicious candy. (As a parent, that's totally allowed, you know!).


This year, we've got something else to be excited about: the return of Stranger Things on Netflix. Our boys are older now—12 and nine years old—and we all watched Stranger Things together months ago when it first came out on Netflix. My boys loved it, and it wasn't too scary for them, though there were definitely some jump-out-of-our-seats scenes.


This Halloween, we have a plan: go trick-or-treating to as many homes as possible, come home, turn off the lights, get under the blankets, (sugary treats in hand) and start watching Season Two of Stranger Things.


I love that we can watch as many episodes as we want on Netflix in one night. We probably won't get through the entire series on Halloween night, but I know it'll only be a matter of days before we're finished Season Two. Have you watched Stranger Things yet? If you haven't, I highly recommend it, because it's an incredible series, from the story to the acting. (And it's great seeing Winona Ryder again—she's as talented as ever!).


There is truly always something to enjoy on Netflix, and it is the only way our family watches television, whether it's a series we love, like Stranger Things, or a movie. And now that colder days are here, we all have more time to stay indoors and catch up on all the great shows and movies on Netflix.


Disclaimer: I am part of the Netflix Stream Team. As part of my affiliation with this group, I receive special perks and products.
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Stepping Out In Style With Roz + Loki Dress Shirts

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Sometimes, getting dressed for work every morning can be more challenging than fun. Although closet is full of clothes—countless dresses, pants, and sweaters—often I feel I have nothing to wear, and finding the perfect outfit in my closet isn't always easy. As much as I look forward to waking up each day, getting my children ready for school, and heading downtown to work, trying to decide what to wear can be frustrating.

I recently discovered roz + loki, a company that designed a truly innovative and high-quality dress shirt that's the perfect addition to a stylish outfit for the work day... and after-work dinner and drinks.


These shirts come in a variety of styles and colours (I love the black one I received) and they are the perfect addition to any woman's wardrobe; they are comfortable, form-fitting, stylish, and made with Supima cotton that resists pilling, fading and tearing, and 10% lycra for that form-fitting look. Best part? They're made in Canada. The shirts retail for $200 and they'll easily become a wardrobe staple. Sometimes, spending money on classic pieces of clothing is worth it, because you'll definitely wear these items over and over again.

I love wearing this shirt with a pair of skinny black pants and ankle boots for fall. The shirt falls longer than most typical dress shirts, with a jacket-like finish at the back for that extra polished look, whether you're wearing it tucked or un-tucked. There is even an extra absorption layer in the underarm area to prevent staining, which I think is simply brilliant.

Not only are you supporting a great Canadian company and looking super stylish when you're dressed in a roz + loki shirt, you're also giving back, because $10 from each shirt sold goes to either Sick Kids Foundation or Make A Wish Foundation. I love supporting both these organizations. When you know your money is supporting a good cause, it's guilt-free shopping at its best.

Happy shopping, everyone.

Disclaimer: I have collaborated with roz + loki for my review. All views and opinions are my own.

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Put Your Best Foot Forward For Fall

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I have enjoyed every minute of this September heat wave, but today there was a chill in the air and it's clear that fall is back, much to my dismay.

As much as I wish summer would last forever, I'm going to embrace the good things that come with fall: enjoying the colours of the changing leaves, leaving the windows open for that early morning breeze, and transitioning my closet to fall–I love comfy sweaters and skinny jeans, dresses worn with tights, and knee-high boots. All types of boots, actually. Putting away the summer wardrobe is never easy, but having some great boots to take you through the change of seasons makes it a little less painful. My favourite stores to shop at for boots and shoes for fall include Nine West, Ecco, GEOX, Aldo, Le Chateau, and Call It Spring.


Here are some boots I'm loving:

ECCO: For high-quality boots that will last longer than the snow on the ground, ECCO is where you want to shop. Guaranteed style, comfort and warmth for winter days that are just around the corner. Ecco is a must for those who love to look good and love good quality.



GEOX: GEOX is known for breathable, high-performance shoes and boots for the entire family. For the last couple of years, I have found my favourite pair of stylish knee-boots, the one fashion accessory every woman needs in her closet for fall. (I just love the look of a little dress with tights and knee-boots).



Le Chateau: Canadian company Le Chateau has everything you need for fall and winter, including an incredible selection of shoes and boots that are always in style. From block heels to stilettos, there is something at Le Chateau for every fashionista who doesn't want to break the bank while looking good.


Call It Spring: I was recently introduced to Call It Spring, and I love the many styles of boots and shoes they have in-store. It definitely doesn't have to be spring to shop here, and I love the affordable prices. Call It Spring has a great selection of boots for fall and winter, and they also have stylish and oh-so-pretty heels for every occasion, too, from black to blue and every other colour in between.



Aldo: Aldo Shoes is one of my favourite go-to places to shop for shoes no matter the season, and they always have an incredible selection of boots for fall and winter, whether you're looking for something casual and comfortable or dressy and elegant. I love these suede platform-heeled booties that look perfect with skinny jeans and an oversized sweater–the perfect fall outfit.



Nine West: I usually shop Nine West for my heels, but Nine West also carries an excellent selection of boots to keep you warm throughout the fall and winter months. Nine West is known for comfort, style, and quality, so when you're splurging on boots, it's worth it, because they'll last season after season. I love their gorgeous selection of ankle booties, too–they go perfect with black tights and a little black dress.



Native: Native is a great shoe company that's also environmentally conscious and vegan. Their vision in footwear is "Keep it Lite", and these practical boots for fall and winter will make you feel like you're walking on air–they're seriously that comfortable. At affordable prices and with the ease of online shopping, Native is a great idea for fall.



Happy shopping, everyone! I hope you find just what you're looking for this fall.



Disclaimer: I partnered up with Nine West, Ecco, GEOX, Aldo, Native, Call It Spring and Le Chateau for my Daytime Ottawa segment, and received product for my review. 
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