• Adulting Guides,  Buying Real Estate,  Money Management

    8 Must Know Tips to Getting Your First Mortgage

    Another day, another post guiding you through your adulting challenges. My husband and I borrowed our first mortgage about 5 years ago. Since then, we sold that first home, bought a new one and with that a new mortgage. This process was even more confusing than the actual real estate side. This is where the money starts talking!  Because I am far from an expert I reached out to Reza Sabour who has 15 + years experience working for big banks & now as an independent broker. I specifically chose to reach out to Reza (even though unfortunately we haven’t had the chance to officially work with him – we…

  • Destinations

    Unknown Amsterdam

    You’re planning your next trip to Amsterdam so you hop on Pinterest for some travel inspiration & tips on where to go and what to see. You click post after post and they’re all listing a variation of the same attractions.  Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with blogging or visiting these attractions.  They are the most popular sights to visit for a reason. Heck I’ve been to them all myself! But sometimes we look for something a little bit more off the beaten path. Something to WHOA our insta followers, shock our families and have all our friends and co-workers asking “Where is this?!”  That’s where this…

  • Destinations,  Travel Tips

    “Crafted” Mexican Vacation

    MEXICO! Deciding where to go next isn’t something we take lightly. Every trip we take we want it to provide us with a new experience. When presented with an all-inclusive trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico with 25 of our friends we couldn’t pass up the opportunity.  A trip that required zero planning and opportunity to completely veg out seemed like the perfect remedy to our oh so busy lives. Between wedding planning, career switching, honeymoon planning, starting a blog, selling our condo, buying our new home & moving. Sitting on the beach with a Pina Colada in hand seemed perfect! Expectation Originally when I thought about how this post would…

  • Travel Tips

    Carry-On Must Have’s For Everyone & Every Trip

    I ran into my youngest sister at the mall yesterday and she is starting to prepare for her first big trip…Thailand! (I am BEYOND jealous right now!!). She’s applying for a new passport, buying her plane ticket, starting to make a shopping lists etc. As we we walked down the hallway she started buzzing with a bunch of questions, “What do I need to pack?!” – “Do I need to buy those mini shampoos & stuff? Or do you just fill those refillable bottles?” – “Do I need to bring a side bag?” – “What should I bring in my carry-on? Do I even bring a carry-on?!” Take it from…

  • Travel Tips

    Top 7 Free Apps to Download for Travel

    My great grandfather worked for the Canadian Pacific Airline Company when my grandma was growing up. Owning a vacation home in Hawaii and working for the airline they would fly to and from Hawaii semi-regularly. Vancouver to Hawaii is a 6 hr flight in this day and age, think about how long it was over 50 years ago! My grandma would get dressed in her finest attire, have her hair done up and be on her best behaviour. Cigarette smoke would continuously be recirculated through the air as smoking was allowed in flight up until 1990! I think it’s safe to say things have changed since the first commercial flight…