• 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,  France

    2 Perfect Days in Paris

    We really did out do ourselves when planning our honeymoon. How typical could we get? Two newlyweds touring around Europe hand in hand, a stop in Paris was a MUST! It was short, sweet and to the point. No time was wasted and we made sure we indulged in as much of Paris as we possibly could.  Paris is HUGE. There are a ton of historical sights, landmarks and museums scattered throughout the city centre and further. Traffic is pretty insane there and unfortunately I can’t speak to their public transit system. But I’m sure it’s comparable to any other major Western European City. With a short stay of only…

  • 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

    Den Haag – Where the Beach is in Reach

    So you want to go to the beach?  You’re probably thinking California, Florida, Hawaii, Greece, Spain, Mexico… How about The Netherlands? We tend to forget that the Netherlands sits on the coast and offers multiple different beautiful beach throughout the country.  My husband and I seem to fall upon these hidden/undiscovered awesome towns. Spring 2017 was the first time we were introduced to the dutch beach, we visited the national park Zuid Kennermerland (which in it self is an magnificent park to check out with its rolling hills, furry cows and beautiful beaches). The second time was while we were on our honeymoon in September 2018. A last minute realization…

  • 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…

  • Adulting Guides,  Travel Tips

    How to Prep For & Survive Food Poisoning

    Travelling the world is an enriching experience besides the obvious pros to touring various countries there are the less obvious cons. You can talk to any world traveller about their journeys and they’ll all share stories of surprises they’ve encountered, problems faced and plans gone a rye. Although, that’s what makes travelling so enriching and educational. No matter how good of a traveller we are, it comes down to sheer bad luck when faced with a diagnosis of food poisoning. Countries around the world have different food preparation processes and different food safety standards . Minerals in the water are different, sterilization is different, everything is different! Being a young,…

  • 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

    6 Clever Home Decor Ideas for the World Traveller

    Travel as Home Decor! I am so excited to be writing this post – there is so much chitter chatter on the web on planning your travels and what to do while travelling and then on the other side so many DIY home decor ideas. I haven’t come across very many ideas that combine the two and it’s something my fiancé and I do often. We figured why buy photos of beautiful landscapes when we have those photos taken by us? Why go to Homesense and buy statues as decor or coasters for our tables when we can get those from Thailand as a souvenir and always remember our trip?…

  • Adulting Guides

    How To Understand Buying vs Renting Real Estate

    Real Estate Buying real estate is a very daunting task that at some point comes across the minds of every single person. For the average person, buying a home is the most expensive and largest purchase you will ever make, and no matter if your buying or renting every single person is paying that cost. Ironically we don’t get educated about mortgages, contracts, taxes & loans. In this post I’m going to dive into the importance of understanding the difference between renting and owning and how owning can help you travel more than renting! My Real Estate Story When my fiancé (who is 6 years older than me) started talking…

  • Adulting Guides

    Save A Downpayment & Travel

    You’re one step closer to your flight outta here & outta your parents house! So lets keep this momentum going and save some money to achieve your biggest goals! So now you know how much you spend in comparison to how much you earn – was is it shocking? It usually is. You want to travel & you want to save money for a down payment for your first home how the heck are you going to do this? Pt.1: Saving Your Money Say you have $500 extra per month (you know this from using my free downloadable money finding template – found in 3 Tips on How to Budget…