27.11.15

TGC update

Well guys we are starting to slowly grow! 

These last couple of months have been very stop and go when it comes to the business but Brent and I are not feeling the least bit defeated. We understand that every business takes a while to grow and we are more than willing to wait for it to grow. 


The fact that our product is being placed into stores is unbelievable to us! We are so excited. We have big dreams for our company and slowly but surely I know we will accomplish them. It takes a lot of patience to run a company and you make a bunch of mistakes (trust me I totally know that one) but making those mistakes only means that you are trying to do your best. We have been learning and growing and that is all that I can ask from myself. No one is born knowing it all. 

Anyways, this is a small 'big' step for us and we are so excited! So if you're in the Oshawa area feel free to stop by the Kingsway Greenhouse to check out their spectacular plants and buy an environmental candle to go with it :) Our candles make great christmas gifts! 

Have a happy Friday friends!
xo 

25.11.15

QOTW

         
(im not understand why my pictures won't be centred but please bear with me. I'll figure it out)

Self-love is one of the hardest things to accomplish. I mean, I do like myself a lot but that doesn't mean I don't criticize myself. Have you ever heard, "you are your own worst critic?" Yeah, I can be an absolute nightmare. 

For example, over the weekend Brent and I had to film ourselves saying a bit for a new company that were working for. It was something small saying how excited we were to be joining up with said company. We finished after about a million takes (reading lines can be hard!!) it was edited and then sent. The whole time Brent was editing, I kept looking at my face and criticizing how stupid I looked, how I should be looking more at the camera, how I should be smiling more or looking more fake. It was just a bombardment of criticism. 

The next day we showed up at the company's meeting and I got SO many compliments on the video. People came up to us and said how lovely we looked and how well done it was. So there I was thinking about how hard I was on myself when EVERYONE loved it. 

My goal is to love myself more, criticize less and just be kinder to myself. I mean, I have always thought I'm pretty awesome (my ego can be a bit big sometimes) but that doesn't keep me from self-loathing and that is a little sad to me. 

So here's to loving yourself more. You are worth it. Everyday look in the mirror and tell yourself how awesome you are, I promise you'll start believing it more!! 

Have a great humpday!

xo

24.11.15

Six Years


This post is just a littttttle bit delayed, like a couple of weeks... but who's counting?

Wow. Our six year anniversary has come and gone. I am so unbelievably blessed to have such an amazing man by my side. Seriously, I am lucky.

It's kind of surreal how fast the years fly by. Six years ago we drunkenly started dating, waking up in the morning and thinking to ourselves "I guess we'll see how this goes."  I never would have imagined I'd be marrying him, although a month in I knew I had found the one.

Having someone has thoughtful and caring as Brent is so refreshing, even after all these years. Here is a man who loves to take care of me, who accepts me for all that I am (crazy and all) and who time and time again has shown me he loves me unconditionally. I am so so blessed.

Thank you Brent for always loving me, for pushing me to be better, for wanting a good life for us and for always staying by my side.

I love you to the edge of the universe and back.

xo

9.11.15

QOTW


So often I find myself thinking about tomorrow, next week or next year. I am not that great at "living in the moment,"  I'm always making plans, thinking about whats next. I am trying really hard to live in the now. To enjoy my life now and not thinking about what it could be later. 

Making the most out of everyday is important because these days fly by. Like hello, its almost Christmas! It's really time to just stop for a minute and take in this beautiful life. There are so many things to be grateful for, I have to remember to slow down and take it in. How do you keep your happiness? I'd love to know!

:) 

2.11.15

Weekend update


After what felt like the longest most emotionally draining week, I am happy to report that my weekend went pretty good. It's always a blessing when you have great nights with friends, whether is chilling out at home or out at a Halloween party. We spent a lot of time socializing and "getting out there" haha. We had a very exciting meeting this weekend too! The Greatest Candle is slowly making progress and it makes me so excited, I am in no hurry to have our business booming though. I want to make sure we're doing everything right and proper instead of quick and messy. These things take time ;) 

(for some reason these photos DO NOT want to be centered, ugh)

This is year six of mine and Brents relationship, our anniversary is coming up soon! I am only announcing this because it took us SIX years to finally dress up together on Halloween! To be fair I haven't ever gone to a Halloween party with him haha we always did this separately, don't ask me why! But anyways, I think that we were some pretty fabulous pirates! 


These ladies made my night such a hit. After struggling this week it was so fun going out and having a great time. They had the idea of our new hashtag, cuz you know marketing! It's always amazing to have so many people supportive of your dreams, wanting to build you up and not tear you down. 

Keep those kinds of people around you peeps! 

Have a very Happy Monday friends and a great week too! 

xo 

30.10.15

to my past


When problems tried to get fixed but instead the wrong thing is said and it just leads to a bigger problem, it becomes a snowball effect. I am not perfect. I have my flaws, I have been a bad friend in the past and I've owned up to that. Sometimes my honesty is bigger than me, I believe that there is such thing as being too honest because no one ever really wants to hear the whole truth. Because the truth isn't always pretty, it can be ugly and hurtful. If there's one thing I wish that I can hold back its my tongue, this damn tongue of mine can get me into trouble.

I was taught that honesty is the best policy but what if that honesty leads to the pain of someone else, someone who can't handle it? What do you do then? Do you just smile and say that everything is okay? Do you just fake it? That's my problem. I physically can't. If I am upset with someone I will tell them. If I am hurt by someone I will let them know it. Often times I try to do it nicely but sometimes I can also do it harshly, I can be mean and hurtful. That is the defence mechanism that I use. You want to hurt me? Let me show you how I can hurt you more. It's not the right way to do things at all but after years of bullying and being let down its what I learned to do and it's something I need to learn to undo. Because I do not want to be that person. I am better than that. I know that I am.

Everyone makes choices, your life is filled with them you can choose to do the right thing or the wrong thing. Although you may have your reasons for the choices you made, you need to also learn that they were your decisions and you have to be okay with the outcome from them. I chose to pull myself out of an equation that was harming my well being, I was becoming a bitter and ugly soul and I did not want to be that person. I chose to walk away from a situation in which I felt at this moment was best for me.

Life throws at you things that you can handle, in my current situation I know that I can handle it. I am pissed off  but I am also incredibly sad. Sad because I tried to fix something that had been broken a long time ago and it got to a point that it was damaged beyond repair. Sad that I lost someone who I thought was important to me. Sad that who I thought that person was, was all a lie.

I read a quote online that 100% explained how I have been feeling this last week, it said:

 "I'm not crying because of you: You're not worth it. I'm crying because my delusion of who you were was shattered by the truth of who you are." 

I think I will leave you with that quote, there is not much left to say. This blog is my outlet and although I try to keep it as positive as I can sometimes I need to remind myself that life isn't all daisies and butterflies. Life can be painful but it is also beautiful and real. Once you let go of the negative you can see how beautiful it can be. 


27.10.15

QOTW



I can honestly say that this quote just speaks for itself. Starting a business has been the most uncomfortable, stressful, hectic and rewarding experience. I know that it's only just the beginning and that excites me. I'm not naive, I know owning a business is A LOT of hard work but sitting on my ass not doing a thing wasn't getting me anywhere. 

Brent and I decided to make a change together, we wanted to have a purpose and to make a change. We're getting comfortable with being uncomfortable. I believe that great things are coming. I'm telling the universe that I want great things. I'm out of my comfort zone and I'm ready for this. 


26.10.15

Weekend update


This weekend was one of the best weekends I've had in a very long time! You know when just one day sets the mood for the rest of your weekend? Well Friday was my day. I had been told over a month ago by my sister that I needed to book the 23rd off, nothing else was said. I actually completely forgot about it until Monday when she reminded me and thats when I started getting curious. Still she didn't let on, all she said was it was a sister date. Come Friday and this girl is still keeping her lips shut, not a peep about what we were doing up until we got to the restaurant. We arrived at milestones and me being the sneaky one that I am, I looked around to see if I recognized any cars. I saw nothing and finally relaxed and thought how sweet it was that she decided to take me out. Once we got inside, we were guided to our personal table that had 7 seats and in one of them was my best friend! I was completely taken aback. I am not surprised very often because i ALWAYS find out haha but this time I was completely shocked. My sister pulled off the sweetest bridal party and it was so unbelievably great. I definitely cried and just felt so much love.

We were later joined by my future sister in laws and my future cousin in laws. It was such a special night, I am so blessed and grateful to have such a strong group of women who are so supportive of me. I am truly a lucky girl. 

Free cheescake for the win. YUM


There was one more event that made my night THAT much better. My mom called me in the middle of dinner and announced that she had found my pandora bracelet. For those of you who don't know the story, this is kind of a BIG deal. I thought I lost my bracelet almost two years ago in Chicago. I could've sworn I brought it back with me but I couldn't find it for the life of me. Talking about the bracelet was a bit of a soft spot for me, since it did have a lot of charms on it and it was extremely special to me. But alas, my mom found it in one of my very old bags (that I SWEAR I looked through at least three times) and it was just the icing on the cake, for such a great night. 


Top was mine, middle was the company's and bottom was Brents! 

Saturday was a pretty laid back day we worked on our workshop (it's coming along!) pictures will be up as soon as it's done! That night we ordered chinese (naughty, naughty!) and we got these fortune cookies that were dead on. One for Brent, one for me and one for the company. They all fit and I kept them because I just think that they're special.

Sunday was a pretty exciting day, we unintentionally went wedding shopping. Brent bought his suit for the wedding and boy does he look handsome!! We also bought my wedding band and at a much cheaper price than we initially had saved up.

Overall, this weekend was laid back, relaxing, filled with so much love and happiness. I truly believe that once you let go of the negativity surrounding you and embrace the positive, good things will happen. You just gotta open up to it.

Hope you all have a lovely Monday!



23.10.15

Mini Pumpkin Candles


One thing I love about my business is the fact that I can do SO many different crafts with the candle powder and that is just wicked cool. I love crafting and I've had to take a break from it since I was working so much but now my job IS crafting and selling an awesome product that I really believe in, so all is right with my life. 

Anyways, this is a simple and fun craft (using The Greatest Candle powder) that literally took me 10 minutes to do! Listening to music really helps make it that much more fun! 


Step One
First step is hollowing out your mini pumpkin. Use a knife to cut a hole at the top of the pumpkin. 



Step 2
Scoop out the flesh, I used a knife, a spoon and then my fingers to get it all out. 



Step 3
A mini pumpkin doesn't take much candle wax since it's pretty small. I made a regular 100ml candle and just divided it up between pumpkins (it made three for me). Follow The Greatest Candle instructions to make your candle wax. 



Step 4
Pour the wax into the pumpkin, it will sizzle since the candle wax is hot and the pumpkin is cold but that's okay! Slowly insert the candle wick. Use the candle wick holder to keep the wick in place.  



Step 5
 20 minutes later your candle should be set and you have a super cute fall decoration that smells good and is environmental friendly! :) 
 
 
You can buy The Greatest Candle product HERE. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! :)

22.10.15

The Greatest Candle Canada

Hello my chickens!!

I have been completely M.I.A on the blog for the last few months but I have good reason! For the last few months Brent and I have been working SO hard on building our new business and its pretty scary/exciting.


We have literally gone balls to the wall with this one but we are so excited and we really believe in this product.


I introduce to you, The Greatest Candle in the World. This is a product that is so amazing. You make your own candles (or buy already made candles) using used (or virgin) cooking oil! It is such a fun craft and so easy that anyone can do it! 



If you have a couple of minutes, please watch this video.

For all the awesome info about it please click HERE to check out our website and get the full scoop! 


I will be blogging a lot more now that I finally have this project out in the open. Be ready to hear a lot about fun crafts, being an entrepreneur and just this fabulous thing that I call my life. I am so excited and SO ready to enjoy this life I have been blessed with. 

7.8.15

QOTW


Heyyyyyy ohhhhhh, it's Friyay!!! 

I am so excited that it's friday! I get to actually sleep in tomorrow and that is so exciting! Anyways, I figured I'd put up a quote of the week today since our week is almost over! 

It's funny what negativity or a bad attitude can do to you. It can bring you down from a positive high in one quick minute. It takes one mean thing to make you feel belittled and worthless and I'm tired of it. 

For a really long time I'd let people's negativity get to me, I was incapable of pulling myself out of their harsh words and it was hard for me to just move on from them. Over these last few years I have trying really really hard to not let others affect me. That's not to say that they don't ever anymore but it's not nearly as bad as it was before. I often times can laugh at someones negative drama and think that its ridiculous, I don't mean to be meanie but if people stopped caring so much about pointless things our world would be a much better place. 

Whenever someone is being super negative, dramatic or mean to you just take a step away gather your thoughts and remember, it's not worth it. Life is GOOD. It can push you down sometimes but thats LIFE don't let someone bring you down, you're worth all the positive and happy energy in the world. Embrace the good. Love hard and laugh always! 

Happy Friday friends! 

xo 

5.8.15

the jersey shore


Over the long weekend my parents and I made the drive down to New Jersey, so that I can spend some quality time with one of my best friends. 

Once we arrived and got some much needed rest, eight hour drives are no joke! Pinky (yes, that is her REAL name) and I drove down to the shore and partied hard for the weekend. I am probably the most grandma-ey grandma there is because come Sunday I was exhausted. I'm honestly still recuperating. 

It was my first time at the beach we went to and although it was super nice and pretty fun it was damn expensive! When in the world did a public beach require a $10 entrance fee?! My mind was blown! I mean like its nice and all that but $10 is ridiculous, not to mention that the Canadian dollar is at a stupid low! Alas, I still paid the money and enjoyed myself. 


Pinky and I have been really good friends for a looooong time. There may be a long distance between us but we have managed to keep each other sane for all these years. She is one of those people who I can be 100% honest with and loves me for it, even though she may sometimes hate me for it too. I am so lucky to have her in my life, she has been a steady rock for me and I feel like you need someone like that in your life. 


Overall we had a wonderful time together, it was so sad to say goodbye but I know I'll be seeing her really really soon. If you're reading this (like you promised you would ;) thank you for the wonderful, jersey shore, guido, juice head filled weekend. I had a blast and got a great tan! 

Love you

xo 

30.7.15

Less than a year


Good Morning chickens!! 

Hope you all had a wonderful sleep. I am so so excited to announce that we have reached less than a year till the wedding status! Heyyyooooooh! (we totally reached it a couple of weeks ago but whatev's, July 13th 2016 ALL THE WAY!) 

We are super stoked and hope that the year will go by super quickly! I'm totally wayyy more excited to travel with all my favourite people than the wedding, haha! Not that the wedding isn't important because duh, it totally is! But to me the importance is the fact that all my favourite people on earth will be there to celebrate! 

Since Brent and I live together I already feel like I'm his wife. Seriously, I look at him and think dammnnn thats my hubby. So getting married will truly feel like a celebration of us, along with having all those who we hold dear to us there. 

Our wedding is only a day, it's our marriage that I'm excited about. There will be ups and there will be downs but having Brent by my side every step of the way is exhilarating. There is no one on this planet I would rather go through life with. 

He's my superman dudes and it's pretty great. 

28.7.15

QOTW


Good morning lovelies! 

It's been a while since I've had a quote of the week but this one seems perfect for my coming back online. Competing with myself has not been something I have ever done but competing with others was easy at is comes... am I right? 

I have decided to take all that unnecessary energy and put it into a competition with myself. It's so easy to lose yourself on instagram, twitter or any other social media. Falling into the rabbit hole of self hate and destruction, where you believe you aren't good enough or your life isn't exciting enough. What you see online is just a smidge of someones life, a lot of people only post the good because in reality no one wants to see the bad. 

So, take a step away from the internet take a good long look at your life and if you see something you don't like change it, push yourself to be the BEST version of yourself. It won't be easy but I promise you, it'll be worth it. 

Have a wonderful tuesday chickens xo 

27.7.15

Portugal x2



In June my sister and I went on a sisters trip. I got to go back to Portugal for the second time this year and it was bliss. I haven't been to Portugal in the summer in seven years, SEVEN whole years. I didn't even remember what I was missing because going back in the summer is SO much better than the winter. The beaches were to die for, the ice cream was necessary and the weather was unreal. Sunshine and a perfect not humid 30 degrees. Heaven in a country, no joke. 

We did a lot of sightseeing and eating. The food in Portugal is seriously delicious. Sidenote: I remember back when Brent and I went on our Eurotrip in 2012, we visited England, Italy, France and Portugal. Once we finally got to Portugal we literally ate SO MUCH FOOD. England, Italy and France all had delicious food too, but it was only ever ONE type of food. 

England - Fish & Chips (AND Nandos) 
Italy - Pizza & Pasta 
France - Chocolate Croissants

But in Portugal it's a variety of delicious food, not just one food group. Everything from the chicken, the beef, the fish to the deserts and drinks are delicious. Portugal offers you a variety of different foods and they're mostly all amazing. 

         


Our ten days away were much needed and so much fun. I enjoyed spending some real quality time with my sister. I feel as we grow up life gets in the way and you just get so busy so it was nice to have a little getaway with her. I am so fortunate to have such a great little sister, we fight, we make up but were together through thick and thin. I love you pips! 


26.7.15

M.I.A


Hey lovelies. 

Wow. It's been quite some time since I've written here! Welcome back KP! Feels kinda good. I took a bit of a break these last couple of months and I'm feeling a lot better. A lot of exciting things have happened since I've been away1 Brents sister got married, I went to Portugal and my wedding is officially less than a year away! 

Taking this break has left me feeling refreshed and ready to blog again. I think I wasn't giving this blog the love it needed. I was distancing myself away from it because I was disappointed that my blog wasn't looking like I wanted it to so, a break was needed. Now that I'm back, I'm coming back to this as something fun to do. 

Life is just so good and I want to remember every bit of it. 

5.5.15

QOTW


Good morning chickens! 

For this weeks quote I chose one from Audrey Hepburn, she's classic and timeless and I'd say a pretty smart woman. 


This quote is spot on. I truly believe that if you want something you gotta do it yourself. Yes, receiving help is always helpful but in my case since I am such a perfectionist, I usually just do it myself. It always turns out better that way ;) 

Doing things myself and using my own hands always makes me feel more accomplished. I look at the end result or finished task and I'm always so proud of myself. I am a 'doer', always have been and always will be. I like getting things done, sometimes I procrastinate HARD but I always get it done. 

Remember, your hands can actually do many magical things when you believe in yourself you can accomplish great things, little things or all the things. Give yourself some credit, your hands are there for helping. 

Have a happy Tuesday!

xo 


4.5.15

Motivation Monday


Good Morning lovelies!! 

This weekend was a bit of an indulging weekend. I beat myself up for maybe a millisecond but got over it pretty quick. I believe in balance, in eating healthy 90% of the time but letting yourself slip for a couple of days is okay too! 

Today I'm starting week 4 of the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide and I'm loving it. I'm feeling so motivated and with it. It feels good to get back into it, like really get back into it. I'm actually looking forward to working out now and being constantly active. 

It has taken me a few months to feel this way but I am more than determined to keep going because being healthy is important to me, both physical and mentally. 

So, since it's motivational Monday you should get up, work out and have a wonderful day! 

2.5.15

The weird

Hi Hi Hi and Happy Friday!! 

I am starting a new series on the blog (first time?) and it's going to be called 'The weird.' Yep, you guessed it! It's gonna be all about weird things that I find on the internet. Since I am called weird on a weekly basis (thanks to my loving fiancĂ© and sister) I figured why not dedicate a bit of my blog to weird and nutso things that happen on this beautiful earth of ours! 

First up, the Dildo Urn. 



The other day, one of my best friends sent me THIS article. Take a read if you'd like, it's actually pretty crazy. This is an actual thing. You can put your deceased beloved into a dildo, I'll make this a note to remember. Ha! Seriously, though this is pretty hilarious! Now even if you're beloved is dead you can still have intimacy with them albeit it'll be a bit lonely but they'll definitely be there. Sheesh. The things that they come up with! But hey, if you have one, no judgement! All the power to you! Anything to do with the dead just creeps me out. 

1.5.15

Twenty



Happy Happy Birthday, little one!! 

Ahh. I cannot believe my little sister is no longer a teen! Where did the time go?! My sister is four years younger than me and although I am not THAT much older than her I have always acted like I was her mom. Haha my sister comes to me ALL the time and makes me talk my mom into letting her do what she wants or sometimes my mom comes and tattles on her and makes me give her a talking to. So, I have spent a lot of time being a BIG sister and telling her what to do, we are very very close and the fact that she is TWENTY now is freaking me the eff out!!! 



You have become such an amazing woman and I am so beyond lucky to have you as a sister. I am so happy that you will be standing up with me on my big day and I wouldn't choose anyone else in this world to be my maid of honour. You are always there when I need you, even though you make fun of me most of the time, you know exactly what to say to make better. You are as much my best friend as you are my sister. 

You will always be my little baby sister, I love you to the moon and back. Always. 


30.4.15

getting it together


Are you feeling sad, alone, depressed, frustrated or anxious? That's okay because you're not alone. I know you may feel alone and scared and that no one loves you but I promise you that you are loved. You are wanted. You are beautiful. How would I know? Well, because I think that you're beautiful, I love you and I care about you!

You may think that I'm a complete weirdo and that's okay! I am weird but I also care about people I have never met before because I know what it's like to feel broken. Sometimes you fall apart and it is SO hard to put yourself back together and thats okay! As long as you're making an effort that is all anyone can ever ask of you. 

These last few months I have felt so beaten down, I have allowed my demons to take control of every aspect of my brain. I have beaten myself up and told myself so many hurtful and shameful things. Things that I KNOW aren't true. My demons are making it all up and in the process I am losing myself. But you know what? I am fighting them. I am fighting the asshole side of my brain and telling it that enough is enough. I am beautiful, I am worthy, I am NOT useless and I am cared about. And do you know who has made me believe all these things? Myself. 

I have stopped telling myself that I am not enough and its helping. 

There is a saying "Be careful how you are talking to yourself because you are listening," you are always listening to what you're telling yourself. So if you look in the mirror and constantly think that you are not beautiful, you will begin to believe that you aren't beautiful and that is just horse shit. Life gives you the experiences that you yourself think and feel are worthy of receiving, so start believing that you deserve the world and you will receive the world. 

Every single day, tell yourself that you're beautiful, that you're worthy of this life, that you are wanted, that you are useful and smart and I promise that slowly you will begin to believe yourself. 

Let's start building ourselves up and stop tearing ourselves down. We are all perfectly imperfect. And we all deserve to love ourselves. 

29.4.15

Online Book Club // Station Eleven

Hey friends!

So, I'm thinking about starting an online book club. Anyone can join in! If you happen to be reading the same book as me just make a comment in the comments section! We can be nerds together and go back and forth and talk about what we like and don't like about the book! This is not so official because there will be times when I just don't have the time to read a book but every time I do happen to be reading a book (any book!) I would love feedback on what others think about it! 

This week I started reading 'Station Eleven' by Emily St. John Mandel, I am only on the fifth chapter and already liking it. It is a bit of a slow start but I have been promised that it's worth it. It's based in Toronto and is an apocalyptic novel. It kind of freaks me out but lets be honest here what doesn't scare the crap out of me?! 

If you're reading or have read this book, what are your comments? Let me know! Have a wonderful day!


28.4.15

QOTW

As you may have noticed I have been away from the blog for a few weeks. In an earlier post I mentioned how I have been having a bit of a difficult run. I have been in a rut that I have never experienced and I have had feelings that I don't really know how to deal with. I was feeling that I was drowning and I just couldn't pull myself out of it. 

I am happy to report that I am better. I am not 100% but I am slowly working my way back up. The building blocks were torn down and now I am slowly piecing them all back together. I have anxiety every once in a while but its a fleeting feeling and as soon as I feel it coming I remind myself how far I have come and go talk to someone or write in my journal. 

When you feel completely torn down, it's so hard to pull yourself together but I am so thankful that I have family and friends who understood me and helped me. If I didn't have the help and love that I am surrounded by I don't even know what I would do. 

I am blessed. My life is blessed. My life is good and every morning I remind myself that.

Remember: 



27.4.15

Motivation Monday


The other day on Instagram, I saw a post talking about the 'Fed Up' documentary and thought to myself, I should probably watch that. Since I had today off I figured it was the perfect time to sit down and see what the fuss is all about, holy crap. 

This documentary is all about how the food industry is literally killing us. 

I, for one never even imagined it was as bad as it is. Since I am skinny and don't gain weight easily I haven't really cared to read the nutrition labels, yes I am careful to not eat a lot of processed stuff because I'm not naive enough to think that it's good for you. But after watching this documentary it was kind of disturbing how much crap and sugar is actually put into foods that are labelled "healthy". 

What I don't understand is how is it legal? Sure, Michelle Obama may promote healthy eating and exercise but why is nothing being done to really shut down these huge corporations who are putting poison on the shelves? Money. Thats what it all comes down to, the food industry is a billion dollar business and as much as the government hates to admit it they're kind of running the show. 

My sister and I were never raised on McDonalds, boxed pre-made foods or sweets. Sure we had junk food once in a while, we were never deprived but we never really cared for it. When I was in my high school years my junk food consumption sky rocketed, I was eating McDonalds, pizza hut, taco bell, you name it on a daily basis. Like I said, I don't gain weight easy so I didn't know how harmful that crap was and I honestly didn't know better. As an adult, I still don't gain any weight but I do watch what I eat. I obviously indulge every once in a while because although I truly believe in healthy eating, I also believe in balance and having balance is the only way I know I can continue a healthy lifestyle. 

I can understand why living a healthy lifestyle can be difficult, especially since when you go grocery shopping the shelves are stacked with the stuff that we crave but I truly think that if you find the time to watch this documentary it will be an eye opener. It may not make you completely stop buying the snacks and products that we are told not to eat but even if it helps you make a change in how much of it you eat, I think thats amazing. 

I know for sure that I am going to decrease the amount of processed foods that come into my home, more than I already have. It's a slow process and one that takes time and effort but I want to live the healthiest and happiest life I can and I think food is a great place to start! 

You can watch the full documentary HERE.






31.3.15

travel diary // cleveland


Oh Cleveland, Oh Cleveland... What to say about Cleveland. 
Were it not for the company we had I don't know if I could really say that Cleveland was super duper fun! All it really had to offer us was the Rock and Roll hall of Fame and some pretty decent restaurants. 

It was absolutely FREEZING the entire time we were there and I got some pretty awesome wind burns on my face, I could've sworn we almost got hypothermia on friday night looking for a liquor store, ha! 

We found it kind of strange how everything closed super duper early. I mean they had closing times at 6-7pm on a saturday. There was no shopping done whatsoever because we could not find any stores in walking distance of our hotel so, Catina and I kept it locked down and didn't shop! 

Besides all the non fun stuff we did have a pretty good time, there were many laughs and good times so I can't complain. Brent had a great birthday (which is super important) and he absolutely loved the rock and roll hall of fame, it was so neat to see all the amazing celebrity memorabilia. We spent a good chunk of our saturday there walking around (in the warm!!!) and reading about the history of Rock and Roll. I'm so glad that it wasn't a bust. I know that Brent had been wanting to go there for years. 


Going out for drinks at the Winking Lizard, which may I add had the BEST service. Our server was unreal and hilarious. He made our dinner so much fun and even brought Brent out a nice big sunday and sang him happy birthday nice and loud, it was awesome. 


The Rock and Roll hall of Fame, it looks like it could be small but don't let that fool you there are SIX floors of rock stuff and its pretty cool. 


On the left was Brents favourite showcase, we stared at it for a good 10 minutes. It was pretty cute seeing how excited he was about it. Slash and aerosmith memorabilia, what more could he want!? 




This man is unreal. I love him so very dearly. What an amazing blessing I have, I can't wait to marry him! 



Thank you guys for the great weekend. Although we suffered some cold and a lot of walking in it, I am so glad we had such a fun weekend and I can't wait for more adventures! Happy birthday babe, I hope that 26 is your best year yet, love you dearly. 

xo