Studied Interior Design in college and Art History and First Nations Studies in university. She is passionate about gadgets, video games and technology, loves pouring over interior design magazines and blogs, and is an avid traveller. Tazim Damji

Quick and Easy Mexican Meal for Friends and Family #CreateYourBowl

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CreateYourBowl #CollectiveBias Easy, deliciously flavourful meals that can be customized by my friends and family are my favourite kind.   My family has never been one for formal sit-down meals with one person serving up different courses. There were no cloth napkins, seasonal tablecloths, or even enough matching chairs to fit around the small dining table. Casual get-togethers … [Read more...]

Easy Room Makeover Idea: Change out your Curtains

Whether you live in a rental place or own your home, spending a small fortune on window coverings isn't very high on anyone's to-do list. At the same time, window coverings make such a strong visual statement, while also performing valuable functions (privacy and blocking light to some degree). Ideally, a set of blinds or drapes that are beautiful, yet functional would be sought-out. You need to think about colour, material, and pattern when it comes to your décor so that your window … [Read more...]

Oral Care to Cure Wanderlust

I was invited to participate in a focus group the other day all about dental health. The other participants and I talked about what we thought about the way the oral care section in stores was set up, our favourite products, what improvements we'd like to see, etc. One thing that came up often was that there were only really a few brands to choose from. This is true with toothbrushes, toothpaste, and other necessary oral hygiene products. And when it comes to electric toothbrushes, the section … [Read more...]

Home Office Essential: Sonos Play:1 Compact Wireless Speaker

Every home office needs a Sonos Play:1. I really think that having clear, inspiring or motivating music streaming in your work space can really make your day just so much more awesome. Whether or not you're doing the boring (but necessary) work, or actually doing something enjoyable—the right music streaming from the right sound system can seriously improve things. These are my thoughts and results—I feel like there should be a disclaimer, but who amongst you wouldn't love to have a great music … [Read more...]

Easy Vegan Food Substitutes Free Printable

One of the most common questions I get when people find out I'm vegan (and have been for almost 14 years now), is "what do you use instead of. . .(milk, cheese, eggs, etc.)?" I sometimes take for grated that I live in Vancouver and that vegan food substitutes are easy to find in even the smallest grocery and corner stores. Not only that, but there are dedicated stores like Choices and Whole Foods that have large sections in their stores for all the vegan food my heart desires. . .beyond the … [Read more...]

Super Simple Strawberry Smoothie Recipe

When you find something you love, it's hard to think of life before it came along. For years, I have been wanting a stand-alone blender so that I could make my own smoothies. I used to buy smoothies for lunch when I worked downtown. A large smoothie is surprisingly filling! I loved the fresh flavour of fruit smoothies to keep me going throughout the day, but the cost really began to add up. I swear with the amount of smoothies I have made so far, with my new blender, it has already paid for … [Read more...]

Breville Smart Waffle Maker Review

I won't tell you how many waffle makers I've owned or used in my lifetime, nor the amount of waffles I've consumed. To tell you would open myself up to being made fun of, and being asked if I am the president of the "I Love Waffles" fan club. Instead, I'll just say that I know a thing or two about what makes a waffle makers (and waffles) stand out from the rest. … [Read more...]

How to Make Healthy Food Choices the Easy Way

My food choices are informed by the way I live life in general: I make them consciously and with deliberate action. You’ll find me at my local grocery store reading the backs of food packages, or selecting my favourite organic fruit and vegetables from the produce section. Knowing exactly what I’m putting in to my body is important to me. It’s been a while since I started making healthier food choices, choosing organic options—with no artificial colours, flavours or sweeteners—whenever … [Read more...]

Top 5 Spring Break Adventures Built for Kids

When I was a kid, one of my favourite things to do was experience places related to nature or history—museums, galleries, nature parks. Luckily, my mom really liked taking my brother and I (plus our cousins) to educational and cultural institutions during spring break and summer break. From exploring the great outdoors and getting up close to wildlife, to tapping into your creative side or solving science mysteries, below are five adventures that will keep your kids entertained this Spring … [Read more...]

Intuitive Tax Software: Use UFile (with 5 product giveaways)

As someone who is self-employed but also has a full-time job, you might think that I'd get overwhelmed with the different things I need to do (and keep track of) for filing my taxes each year. But you'd be wrong. I prefer to do my own taxes online. I have been using UFile for several years to quickly and easily file my taxes. It's possible to psyche yourself out, thinking it'll be a daunting process to get all your T4s, receipts and past-year's return information together and then figure out … [Read more...]