• 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,  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

    4 Tips for Planning a Trip by a Canadian

    Planning a Trip So you’re a Canadian. Yell it loud and proud! But…unfortunately a lot of the information out there is based out of the United States, we don’t have a lot of resources to help us navigate with the rising cost of living while still being able to travel. Flights are expensive and the CAD $ tends to be on the lower end when converting to USD, EUR or GBP.  When my fiancé and I were planning our first trip together I had more than a handful of people say; “Just remember to add extra to what you budgeted! Trips always end up costing you more than you plan.”…

  • 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

    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…

  • Adulting Guides

    3 Tips on How To Budget Monthly Bills & Save Money

    Do you follow someone from your past on insta or Facebook who’s always posting these stunning photos of their adventures but also seem to be achieving some of those big life purchases as well like a car or house and every time that person posts a photo your hit with a ping of jealousy but also curiosity as to “how the heck do they do it?!” or “do they even work?!” I feel you. I’ve been there, but now I have people at work, past friends and acquaintances coming up to me asking me how I do it. I guess for myself, I always wanted to travel, its something that…

  • 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…