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

Berry Crumble Ice Box Cake Recipe + Giveaway (US/Canada)

Nature's Path

I could have cereal for breakfast every morning and not feel bored. There are so many varieties of Nature's Path cereal to keep me interested. Not only are there plenty of options to eat cereal and granola straight out of the box, but Nature's Path provides tons of recipes on their website. Cake with corn flakes? Yes, it's possible—and it looks delicious! … [Read more...]

13 Photogenic West Coast Hikes

13 Photogenic West Coast Hikes

Dying to escape for a few days? These 13 hikes on the West Coast are prime with photo ops. 1. Weaver’s Needle on the Peralta Trail in Arizona The loop from Peralta Trail to Fremont Saddle is a perfect day trip. It’s a 4.9 mile hike at an elevation of 2,400 feet. 2. The Narrows in Zion National Park, Utah This can be a dangerous jaunt, so check with local authorities first to find out about weather conditions and water levels. Ideally, this is perfect for an overnight backpacking … [Read more...]

How to Leave Room in your Travel Plans for Spontaneity

The World Awaits

Even booked tours leave a little room for taking in other sites, or doing whatever you want. Yet, when I come across people who plan out every single thing they're doing, they seem overwhelmed, exhausted, and generally seem like they're not having any fun. Now, on the opposite end of the spectrum, I've been on trips where I had to walk for 2 hours just to get to the place we wanted to for lunch. That just doesn't seem like a good idea! That kind of thing left me really hungry/cranky, feeling … [Read more...]

Keep Memories Close at Hand with a Personalized Cellphone Case (with giveaway)

personalized cellphone case

Sure, memories live in your heart, and they are personal. But, at the same time you can keep them close at hand in a form that gives you visual cues: hey! remember that time. . .? That was awesome. One thing I always have close at hand is my cellphone—can you relate? What better place to put a picture of one of my favourite travel destinations, then on the back of my cellphone? The case I got from The Case Studio has been working well to make me think about the best times in my life throughout … [Read more...]

Book Recommendation: A Colorful Home

A Colorful Home

It's easy to make a home look like it flows, works well together, and as if it an interior designer stepped in to help you put everything together if you start with a theme. I'm not talking about something crazy, like a Victorian theme or a Georgian theme. One of my favourite things to do is work around a colour scheme. It makes it so much easier to coordinate furniture, accessories, and fixed elements, when you have certain colours to work with. Since I live in an apartment that I rent, one … [Read more...]

Vegan Maple Waffles

Vegan Maple Waffles

This recipe could easily have been called  "Canadian Waffles," but that would be a bit weird and stereotypical. Wouldn't it? I know that maple syrup isn't a must-have ingredient in everyone's pantry, but it always has been in mine. I more-or-less just use maple syrup on my waffles and pancakes (I rarely make the latter, though. I just never got the hang of it), so a small bottle tends to last a long time. For those of you who have a larger family (than just my family of one), or who … [Read more...]

Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Waffles

How to Surprise your Mom with Waffles Without Making a Mess

Breakfast in bed. Sounds amazing, doesn't it? What if it came with a mess in the kitchen included? Somehow, it's a bit less appealing! Honestly, I have think really hard to remember what it's like to make waffles and be left with a ginormous mess to clean up afterwards. You know the kind of mess I mean: gooey bits of waffle batter stuff to the waffle maker, all over the sides and just. . .everywhere! You see, I haven't had to deal with that in a while, not since I got the new No-Mess Waffle … [Read more...]

Disney’s Tomorrowland: Imagine a place where nothing is impossible (With Giveaway)

Tomorrowland

If you love mysteries, adventures, and dreaming about the possibilities your life and the future of the world could hold, this movie is for you. I have a double pass plus a family pass (of 4) to giveaway!About Tomorrowland: From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s riveting, mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, … [Read more...]

Family Camping in Ontario – I’m in, Are you?

Family Camping in Ontario

Camping. Fresh air. Relaxation. Spending time with my family. It all sounds like perfection to me. I don't know about you, but for me, the start of spring signals to me that camping season is almost here. With family members spread throughout Canada, it can be challenging to get together throughout the year (especially given the not-so-fun weather most areas have had to deal with). Summer is all about re-connecting, unplugging and just chillin' with the family. The thought of it makes me … [Read more...]

How to Make Healthy Food Choices the Easy Way

Healthy Food Choices

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...]