Wednesday, July 26, 2017

On Swimsuit Shopping (and my Swimsuit Find!)

Like many women, swimsuit shopping has always been hard for me. I have always felt uncomfortable in them and had trouble finding a proper fit.

Serious question - why do so many swimsuits (especially plus size swimsuits) not have underwire support?! It just doesn't make sense to me.

I went on the hunt and ended up finding a swimsuit top that I absolutely adore, and I need to share!

I've gotten so many compliments on this swim top! The support is amazing, the back and shoulders are adjustable, it's super easy to find bottoms to match, the design and colour are gorgeous, and it comes in a huge range of sizes.

Have you ever found a "game changer" swimsuit? Tell me about it!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Currently... July 2017

Watching: The Challenge: Dirty 30 started on Tuesday! I also just finished Riverdale and just started Big Little Lies (both so good).

Eating: Cream cheese filled banana bread. This recipe is amazing.

Doing: Enjoying our new car! My 2002 Cavalier kicked the bucket 2 weeks ago, so we purchased a 2016 Ford Fiesta (and finally have working air conditioning).

Thinking: Of a way to kick my summer blues and reminiscing about my amazing girls trip to Niagara Falls.

Planning: A trip up north to visit my family next week. It will be CJ's (now 2.5 years old) first time there. Summer is crazy!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Our Wedding: Simple Gold Save-the-Dates and a Wedding Website

This post may contain affiliate links or banners, but all opinions are my own. Read my full disclosure statement here.

From the beginning I knew that I wanted simple, elegant save-the-dates. I also knew that I didn't want to spend a lot of money, so I decided to make them myself. I brainstormed a lot of ways to incorporate gold (ribbons, glitter, etc.), but when I stumbled across these gold cards at Michaels, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

I created our save-the-dates using 4 things:

1. Foil cards from Michaels
2. My home printer (Canadian link here), with ink via Costco
4. Zots glue dots (Canadian link here)

After lots of research, I realized that ordering business card magnets from Vistaprint was significantly cheaper than ordering wedding postcard magnets. Yes, they're smaller, but who really wants a giant magnet on their fridge anyway? Not me.

The business card magnet designs aren't laid out to be save-the-date magnets, so I played around with fonts and designed my own. If you want to save money but aren't willing to give up the idea of magnets, this is the way to go.

Click here to check out current deals at Vistaprint.

After we received our magnets, I used Microsoft word to type out the cards. I was scared about the whole printing at home process, but it went incredibly well. I printed all of the cards in 15 minutes, and then attached the magnets. The Zots glue dots held the magnets on perfectly, and didn't damage them when pulled off the card.

To go along with our save-the-dates, we created a custom wedding website on The wedding website builder is an extremely useful tool. It was extremely easy to design, edit, and customize.

We ended up purchasing our own custom domain (now expired as we only paid for 1 year) so that we could include it on the physical save-the-date cards. I highly recommend doing this as we had several people RSVP via the website. Check out a preview below!

Click here to see our wedding website.

If you're not into DIY but love the look of our save-the-dates, check out Shutterfly. They offer tons of options very similar to ours. Click a photo to see your options!

Some of my favourite cards:

In the end, our DIY save-the-dates cost a total of $100 and look similar to ones that cost 4x more. I was extremely happy with the result!

Is it weird that I love invitation making?

Other posts in Our Wedding series:
1. Our Wedding: Our Engagement Story
2. Our Wedding: The Date is Set
3. Our Wedding: Inspiration
4. Our Wedding: Hunt for the Dress
5. Our Wedding: A Realistic Budget
6. Our Wedding: The Venue

Monday, July 3, 2017

Instant Pot Blogger Giveaway! (CLOSED)

This post may contain affiliate links or banners, but all opinions are my own. Read my full disclosure statement here.

It's summer and it's time for a giveaway!

Myself and 9 other amazing Bloggers have teamed up to offer this awesome Instant Pot Prize Pack Giveaway worth $280 CAD. The giveaway is open to residents in both Canada (excluding Quebec) and the USA who are 18+.

This contest is sponsored solely by the 10 Bloggers who have come together to purchase the prize pack for the winner. You will have 3 weeks to enter the contest and show love to ALL the Bloggers who have made this giveaway possible by following them via the giveaway entries.



The first entry (blog comment) is MANDATORY and must be completed by each entrant. Once you have completed the mandatory entry you will be offered additional entry options to earn additional entries into the draw. These additional entries while not mandatory they are very much appreciated and show the Bloggers you appreciate us putting this giveaway together.

Please note, ALL entries are verified, if your name is drawn and it is found that you did not complete the entry or unfollowed the account you said you followed, your entry will be null and void and a new winner drawn.

This incredible contest begins Monday July 3rd and will end Monday July 24th at 11:59 PM EST.

Scroll down and enter using the widget. Good luck to everyone!

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