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5 CITIES I’D JET SET TO IN A HEARTBEAT

We all know I’m a little jet setter, so I thought it would be fun to share my top 5 places I’d travel to in a heartbeat!

1. Antiparos, Greece

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Antiparos is one of Greece’s hidden gems. I follow my friend and former bachelorette, Andi, on Snapchat and she recently visited this island. I immediately fell in love. It went straight to the top of my “places to visit” list. Antiparos is secluded, which means that it is peaceful and quiet. Something I love. I’m 31 and engaged now. My Vegas days are over. All I want is to explore romantic, peaceful getaways with my guy! Antiparos has golden sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, fresh and green landscapes, and is filled with pure, natural beauty. The village has stone paved streets and the homes look stunning. It’s just a beautiful island and I have ALWAYS wanted to go to Greece. I mean, just Google some photos. SOLD.

2. Sydney, Australia

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Shawn and I have talked a lot about heading to Sydney. Not only does it look breathtakingly beautiful but the people seem SO laid back. The lifestyle there just screams beaches and beers. Who wouldn’t want to get down with that? There’s the Harbour, the famous Bondi Beach, Blue Mountains and let’s be honest – pub hopping! Shawn and I LOVE animals and we’ve heard that there’s an incredible zoo there as well. The other night, while playing “heads up”, I learned that I have a terrible Australian accent. I wouldn’t dare try it out on the Aussies.

3. New Orleans, USA

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Okay, I know I’ve said my Vegas days are over…BUT…NEW ORLEANS? Come on. I’ve never been, but I know I would love it. Shawn and I could have fun in a shoebox, but just imagine the kind of Snaps you’d get if we were to travel to New Orleans for Mardi Gras! Everything seems so “in your face” and I’ve heard that the bartenders can make a mean mint julep. The festivals get me fired up just thinking about them. We love live music, so a good jazz band is right up our alley. One of my favorite things to do is to try new food and find the best hole in the wall restaurants. Creole cuisine? Don’t mind if I do!

4. Denver, Colorado

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I feel like it’s very underrated by people who haven’t been, but I love the sound of it. I grew up in snowy Alberta and moved to BC because I love the mountains. I feel like I’m in a happy place when I think of ski-in-ski-out resorts, snowboarding all day, stopping on the hill for a Bailey’s and coffee and finishing off the night with games and a dip in the hot tub. I Colorado is filled with fun outdoor activities that would take me back to my childhood. There is something comforting about the snow and being curled up with Shawn in a cabin with the fireplace going. Sign me up.

5. Venice, Italy

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Wine, siestas, pasta, canals, lagoons, romance, shall I go on? Italians seem to know what’s up. I feel like they’d put red wine in their cereal and I’m not above that. I want to travel there, have dinner with older, happily married Italian couples and listen to their stories. I want to sip red wine on a cobblestone street by the water and watch little boats go by. And after that, do as the Italians do, nap, wake up, and find one of those hole in the wall restaurants where they make pasta and sauce from scratch. I would shop all the little kiosks with knock off bags (one thing that I’m not really into are name brands, I will never understand spending money on that stuff). Italians know how to live life. They know what’s important, and it’s not Instagram likes, or how many views your Snap story gets. It’s the stories of love, family and history. They enjoy the moment, they enjoy life and love. THAT’S IT, I’M BOOKING MY TICKET.

All this travel talk and I’ll happily put myself in debt for it. I could go on and on and tell you of the other places I’d want to travel to one day. Vienna, South Africa, the Bahamas, Egypt. The list goes on. Dublin is on there too, but I was lucky enough to spend 3 weeks there. I highly recommend visiting.

What is your favorite place to visit and where would you jet off to in a heartbeat?! I wanna know!!

Love,

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J’AIME PARIS

Romance overload coming in HOT.

First of all, I have to say, you can never have enough time in Paris. I could spend months there. This was my second trip to Paris. My first time was with one of my best buddies who used to live in Germany. I visited him and took in the Christmas markets (just Google German Christmas markets and you will want to go). So, Paris was only a train ride away. We went there for Christmas Eve and we were back in time for Christmas Day. One day in France was such a tease – I knew I had to go back. So, this time I went back with my fiancé and again, it just wasn’t long enough. Short and definitely sweet 🙂

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Shawn had never been to Paris. Being Canadian, I tried to show off my second language. French! And by second language, I mean I can say hello, please, thank you, goodbye, and a glass of wine, please. Our driver only spoke French and ALL I had to say was “McDonald’s, please.” (Yes, McDonald’s. We just got off a red eye and we were starving). So, in my best French accent, I said, “McDonalds s’il vous plaît.” Which I know means, “McDonald’s, please.” How could I mess that up? Well, I did and I ended up having to download the Google translate app and have him read it. I failed French, so that makes sense. ANYWAYS…

After our romantic trip to the Golden Arches, we were in desperate need of a sieste (a nap). I used to think of hotels as a fun getaway, but with the number of hotels I’ve seen on The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, and the worldwide tour of Kaitlyn and Shawn, they get old. So, I was so excited to stay in a modern, trendy, and renovated apartment in the cutest little neighborhood. Huge shout out to HomeAway.com for making us feel at home! HomeAway hooked us up with One Fine Stay, who made our journey seamless by picking us up from the airport and getting us checked into our apartment rental. It was such a nice change of pace!

If anyone has a trip to Paris coming up, I would highly recommend this place. It was clean, very chic, and comfortable. We felt like locals. When we woke up (a little later than we expected, it was already supper time!), we walked down this cute little street called Rue Mouffetard, and enjoyed some incredible food, watched some soccer, and then hit a Canadian pub for Canada Day! I knew they had a Canadian pub from the last time I was there and I figured what a great way to celebrate my home country…in France!

In the morning, we Google mapped where the closest coffee shop was and it gave us Starbucks. NO CHANCE we were going to Starbucks for coffee in this city – so we opted for a longer walk and a much cuter cafe. I love walking around in Europe. The architecture is something to see and everything is just so historical and beautiful.

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Speaking of historical, I know some of you saw my Instagram and Snapchat that we got to go to the Eiffel Tower. Ok, we didn’t just get to go there, we got to hang out inside of it, on the second floor, for the HomeAway’s LoveAway party. This blew my mind, because they had turned the second floor into an apartment and held a contest for people to win the chance to stay there. It is an actual HomeAway apartment stay. Could you even imagine? I couldn’t until I saw it with my own eye balls. The party was unbelievable. We took the elevator up to the second floor and when we walked in, there was a DJ, gourmet cupcakes, a beautiful open room overlooking Paris, a little bedroom suite, a foosball table, champagne, an artist painting portraits of the guests, an arts and crafts room, a photo booth…shall l go on? I still can’t get over the experience. The party was all about celebrating love. Could there have been a better setting? I don’t think so, and I just happened to be there with my fiancé. Who I love. So, it was pretty perfect. We enjoyed the music, smooched, sipped champagne and took in the view. We even had the FIRST EVER pillow fight in the Eiffel Tower. We would. It was such a fun event that was just full of love and we definitely embraced the city of romance.

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A few cocktails and espressos later, we did some walking around, got some steps in on our fit bits and went for dinner at this place called the Buddha Bar.

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I know sushi isn’t exactly French cuisine, but we had done that the night before and I’ll take good sushi any day of the week. No matter what city we are in we always try and squeeze in a cute date night. It never gets old.

Paris is 6 hours ahead of Nashville, so the jet lag was getting to us. We went back to our little apartment to recharge our batteries. Time was going by so fast, it was already time to go home. PS. 3 days in France is ALSO a tease. There’s so much to do in this city.

I purposely booked our flight later so that we could do some exploring in the daytime. We managed to run around the city and even if we couldn’t go into some of the buildings, we can still say we saw them. We went to the Louvre Museum, which is stunning. That’s where the Mona Lisa is. But again, no time to go in and see it. Then we walked down to the Roue de Paris (The ferris wheel) and went for a little ride around! The views from the top of the ferris wheel are incredible. You can see everything. There’s something romantic about a ferris wheel. I don’t know if The Notebook has brainwashed me, but I just love it. (Maybe it helps that I have my real life Noah who likes to be sweet with me). After that, we just walked around taking photos, did a little shopping, and took in the view of the Eiffel Tower – one last time. We are so lucky to be able to do what we do. It’s draining, but worth it! We both always bring something home from the city we were in and add it to our memory jars. Shawn made me one on the show and now we have filled up about four jars and are on to our fifth.

I think that’s how I knew my love for Shawn could last – when I realized I have fun traveling with him. Traveling is stressful, but we do it well. My one complaint about Paris? TOO MANY BIRDS… Other than that? I’ll suffer the jet lag any day of the week.

Love,

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BEAUTIFUL BRITISH COLUMBIA

Last week, Shawn and I flew out to Vancouver for a few days. If you’ve ever been, you’ll know that when it rains there – it pours. But, regardless, it still felt so good to be back in the city that captured my heart. We celebrated my birthday with friends and watched my best friend walk down the aisle. We had way too much fun dancing at the reception – if you follow me on Snapchat, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

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We don’t have a permanent house in Vancouver, but the OPUS Hotel made us feel right at home. I mean, we stepped into our room and there was a bottle of red wine just begging to be opened! I was right in my element. These people do not miss a beat.

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As if the wine weren’t enough, they also sent up a couple glasses of champagne. So, here I was – in Vancouver and nicely buzzed in my first hour.

I can’t say enough about the staff. They were all so friendly and even left little candy treats for us in the room. Seriously, Shawn and I felt so spoiled! We were either sippin’ on vino or running around the city on a sugar high (thanks OPUS). Oh, and I need to mention that housekeeping also came to my rescue. I had my bridesmaid dress hemmed by a sweet lady in Edmonton who works for Blu’s in Southgate Centre. She did such a great job, but I’m pretty petite, and after trying on the dress again – it was still a bit long. That was no issue for housekeeping. They had it hemmed and ready to go in a matter of a couple hours! Phew.

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Our trip to Vancouver was too short – and we need make our way back again soon. I miss it more than ever today.

So, with that – I’ll leave you with a few reasons why Canada is one of the GREATEST countries in the world. I may be in Paris right now, but you can bet that I’m making a Caesar and toastin’ to my homeland. It may not taste as good as Leo’s, but, it’s still pretty darn good to me. Find him at OPUS Bar and tell him I sent ya!

20 THINGS THAT MAKE CANADA GREAT

1. It’s underrated. If you’ve never been – you’ll never fully understand its beauty.
2. The people are the friendliest you’ll ever come across.
3. Ketchup chips are everything.
4. Our beer is 5% – ha!
5. Prairie summers, bright yellow mustard fields, rolling hills, endless skies, prairie lakes and long, late sunsets.
6. Places have a small town vibe.
7. Canadians stand up for each other – and for what they believe.
8. You don’t hear anyone saying, “let’s make Canada great again!” – It’s consistent; it’s always great.
9. The snow! I love it – seasons give people balance and make you feel grounded.
10. We feel safe – gun control is important.
11. There are endless options for road trips.
12. Vancouver is home to many, but you never get used to its beauty. It feels like you’re permanently on vacation! The mountains and beaches. Enough said.
13. Caesars – yum!
14. Gay marriages. Everyone is treated as an equal.
15. Justin Bieber #SorryNotSorry.
16. Tim Hortons – the ice caps AND the mini donuts.
17. Poutine (okay, I’m getting hungry).
18. Newfoundland icebergs in the middle of June.
19. Lake Louis (featured on Sean Lowe’s season). BEAUTIFUL.
20. Canada is the land of diversity and opportunity.

Happy Canada Day, guys! I’ll be back before you know it.

Love,

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THE LOCALS CALL IT “PARADISE” FOR A REASON

Since the day Shawn and I got engaged, we have always said that our first vacation together would be to Hawaii. We both had never been! I know it’s hard to believe, but that was over a year ago. In all honesty, we are two of the busiest kids in all of the land. After the show, we had our fair share of appearances, show obligations, family trips and business opportunities. We were all over the map! We were always grateful for getting the chance to fly to new cities and the opportunities that came our way. However, on all of those trips, we never had the chance to just relax, enjoy each other and switch into vacation mode. Hawaii was the perfect place for us to do all of those things. A couple of my close girlfriends told me it’s their “happy place” – and now it’s ours, too.

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Let me start with the smell. IT HAS THE BEST SMELL. I got off the plane and decided I already didn’t want to leave. Hawaii smells like a little slice of heaven, mixed with the ocean and fresh flowers (and Mai Tais). I could smell those from the plane. We headed to the Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina where we were greeted with Leis and the friendliest staff. They escorted us to our beautiful ocean front suite – the kind of room you dream about. They told us about all of the fun things we could do – and that relaxing by the beach the entire week was acceptable too! We definitely did both.

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On our first night, we watched the sunset and enjoyed a romantic Italian dinner at a restaurant called Noe. We put our phones away (until later for pictures, of course) and had such great conversation. Chef Ryo Takatsuka gave us the tasting menu, where we got a little bit of some of their best dishes. We were in HEAVEN. I love Italian food. Now pair that with some good wine, a hot date in Hawaii – and life is good. We were quite tired and with a full tummy we were ready for bed. After all, we had a Hawaiian blessing in the morning from the one and only Auntie Nettie.

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This blessing was extremely special to us. Auntie Nettie lives “where heaven meets earth.” A beautiful area with crystal lagoons, views of the mountains and a couple of cozy huts surrounded by coconut trees. Auntie Nettie greeted us with a smile and I knew this was something we would never forget. She is a Kahu, which means she is a spiritual advisor. She told us about her family and their history as we walked down to one of the lagoons. She gave me a wooden bowl to fill with water from the lagoon, so she could use it to bless us. She took two giant leaves to bless us with. We all put our right hand in the water and said a Hawaiian prayer. Shawn held the bowl while she dipped her fingers in and blessed me first. She blessed my mind and my heart, and then did the same for Shawn. She hugged me close and said that I have good, strong energy. She hugged Shawn and said she liked his energy as well. We then went into the lagoon and went fully under the water to cleanse ourselves. After our cleanse, we presented Auntie Nettie with a gift. It is said that it is a good way to close your blessing and show your respect. Even something small. It was the perfect way to start our trip.

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If anyone knows us well, you know that we are HUGE Lost fans. When we found out we were going to the island where Lost was filmed, we geeked out big time. The Four Seasons Resort was so good to us. They booked us a tour and we were two kids on Christmas morning heading over there. We got to do a full tour of the island, swing a club on Hurley’s golf course and hang out on the docks where they filmed many scenes. It was amazing! We were on a high on our drive back, reminiscing of the time we watched the show and how it kind of brought us closer together. We stopped at a couple local spots on our drive back and for the rest of the day, we relaxed by the infinity pool, which looks over the ocean. It was a pretty perfect day.

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Seeing how on the show I got to have two helicopter dates, I figured it was only fair to take Shawn on one in Hawaii. He deserved it. Makani Kai helicopters took us up for a bird’s eye tour of the island. If you ever go to Hawaii, this is a must. I can’t get over its beauty. I’ve been to a lot of places in this world and there’s just something about Hawaii. My words won’t do this ride justice.

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If you follow us on Snapchat, you would have seen that we ended up taking an incredible hike one morning. It’s called Palehua Palikea, a restricted hike. Not many get to do it so we felt very lucky. It was myself, Shawn, and our leader Anu. What’s really special about doing these things in Hawaii, is the local people who are so knowledgable about the land, the culture and the history there. I learned so much! They don’t care about social media or who you are on TV. They care about where you come from and in turn share their story. This hike was no joke. There were times were I had my back against the mountain taking baby steps saying to myself “don’t look down, don’t look down.” It was a breeze for Anu, He’s done that hike hundreds of times. Shawn and I kept looking at each other with fear in our eyes, but also loving every minute of it. Breathtaking views, stories of the land and a good work out! What a way to start our day.

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We did a few other things on our trip – went to a couple local bars, drove around, hit a few beaches off the resort. We visited Pearl Harbor and paid our respects. That meant a lot to Shawn.

By the end of our trip we were feeling like locals. We even felt brave enough to swim with sharks. I’m telling you. This was not on my bucket list, but it was on Shawn’s so I wanted to be there and do it with him. We will see what he has to say when we go sky diving, which is on my bucket list. He is hooped now! That was an insane experience. We had such a fun car ride on the way there. We dressed up in silly Hawaiian shirts with two dollar sunglasses from the gas station, not thinking about what we were about to do. We got in with a father and his three boys. They own the little company called Island View Hawaii. They were pretty much born to do this. So calm and just great local guys. Once we got out there, I was like “ok, theres no turning back”. We went about 20 minutes out and the boys jumped in. I was like, “wait a second, we don’t have to sign anything? We are just jumping in and swimming with sharks?” I didn’t let myself over think it and I jumped right in with them. At first I was panicking and couldn’t even put my goggles on in the water to see what was around me. But, eventually, Shawn and the guys made me feel calm and as comfortable as one could be swimming with sharks. There were a few just swimming around us, I even made eye contact with one. It was terrifying. What was stopping them from having me for lunch? They said usually people start to get comfortable in there after the first few minutes. But to us, it just kept getting scarier. More sharks started showing up, circling around us, which makes for great photos but after abut 25 minutes we called it quits. We got in, we swam with them, got some pictures and now can say we did it. Would I do it again? HELL NO. But I suggest doing it once in your life. Pretty wild experience. And Shawn was super proud of me – so that counts for something.

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The Four Seasons Resort really gave us the Four Seasons treatment. They go above and beyond for their guests and I can’t wait to go back. I sprained my toe and they even had an ice pack waiting in my room just from watching our Snapchat story. SO thoughtful and the whole stay there was life changing. I mean that. We had such a romantic, relaxing, exciting, magical time.

Screw Disneyland. Hawaii is the happiest place on earth.

Love,

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BACHELORETTE PARTY WEEKEND ESSENTIALS

I’m going to take a shot in the dark and say that 99.99% of fans that read my blog are female. So, I thought this would be a great read for all of you ladies out there!! At some point in your life, you will be invited to a ladies-only, cocktail-fuelled weekend – also known as a bachelorette party. Did you know that in Canada we call them stagettes?!

I actually just got back from a bachelorette weekend – and while it’s still fresh in my mind, I thought I’d give you some suggestions for outfits, as well as a packing list! Usually, bachelorette parties are in the spring or summer – just before wedding season. All the outfits are cute, little summer get ups. Sabo Skirt was CLUTCH for me on this trip. Their clothes are comfortable, affordable, and ADORBS! They are based out of Australia.

First thing’s first. Make sure you pack a camera! Buying a camera has inspired me to be creative and to take more pictures of my surroundings. Nowadays, phone pics are definitely good quality, but there’s something old school and fun about having an actual camera.

Let’s get to it…

This outfit is the perfect example of something that’s a staple. It’s just a simple off-white knit tank with tassels and high waisted jean shorts. You can rock it with flip-flops or heels, but I love the western feel and paired it with my favourite little, red booties. It’s my “I’m not at a club, but I still wanna dance” outfit.

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This next one can be kept casual, or can be dressed up. It’s a little white dress made out of the softest material. You can wear it with flip-flops or wedges! Just don’t wear it to someone else’s BIG day – major faux pas. It’s the perfect dress for a boozy brunch – my “keep those mimosas comin’…” get up.

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The third one is one of my favs. It’s a white crop top paired with silky high waisted shorts. Can you tell I’m really into tassels these days? I’m all about crop tops and high waisted shorts. I think it’s a super flattering and edgy look. This is a fun one for going out, because you can dress it up with jewelry and heels. It’s my “I like to sip champagne and get real low” look.

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This outfit below is NOT ideal for golfing so I have no idea why I’m posing on a putting green – just trying to get creative, okay people? Mom said it was a good idea and she was my photographer for the day. So I listened.

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These are comfy, high waisted (shocker) shorts, made out of a lacey material. They’re cut higher on the sides – a very flattering look. I paired them with a high neck, striped cotton tee – and would’ve LOVED to slide on my white converse sneakers, but had accidentally left them at home. This is a look you can definitely dress up or down. It’s what I call my “high neck, high waist, low budget” outfit. Super affordable and adorable. Throw on some sunnies and this outfit becomes that much cuter.

Shoes have never been a strong point of mine. I’ve been into flip-flops ALL DAY, EVERYDAY. Or converse. It’s important for me to feel comfortable. I’ve learned to appreciate heels and my new favourites are the NASTY GAL queen wrap heel. They are sexy, fun and STILL comfortable.

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I didn’t take too many bikini shots; I feel silly posing in them! I did want to give a huge shout out to COPA BIKINIS for sending me a few cute pieces. They’re so perfect for lounging by the pool.

Coming to Nashville for a bachelorette party?! I know a few great places to celebrate your weekend with the girls!

Get a pedal tavern – you pedal around the city drinking and stopping at honky tonks. It’s so much fun AND you burn calories while you drink ‘em!! Then, check out a few places on Broadway. The best spots are Honky Tonk Central, The Stage and Tootsies Rooftop!

Finally. My packing list:

– ADVIL
– Simple tops and bottoms
– Jewelry and lots of statement necklaces to spice up staple outfits
– Heels, flip-flops, wedges, runners (try and mix in at least one work out to sweat out toxins)
– Nail polish remover and bright polish (this too spices up an outfit)
– Sunnies, sunnies and more sunnies (accessorize your outfits and hide those dark circles after a long night out)
– Penis straws (Just kidding! I HATE when people do those)
– Razors, bikini zone cream (waxing/hair removal is ideal)
– Bikinis and bathing suit cover-ups
– HATS – especially floppy ones when wearing a bikini – floppy hats are everything
– Rompers
– Make up remover and moisturizer – I can’t go to sleep unless I have a clean, moisturized face and it helps with the sun!
– DRY SHAMPOO
– Hair dryer, straightener, curler
– Party Smart Herbal Pills – no word of a lie – cures hangovers. YOU’RE WELCOME!

Happy packing!

Love,

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MY FAVOURITE THINGS TO DO IN VANCOUVER

Growing up in the tiny town of Leduc, Alberta meant turning to my imagination. For about 7 months, I’d hide indoors because I just couldn’t face the cold. Once summer came around, everyone would travel to explore other cities. My family’s summer vacations always led us to beautiful BC, where we’d hang out at the beach, go boating and master the hiking trails. We’d do all of the things that were impossible to do back home. To me, Vancouver felt like the perfect getaway – I couldn’t believe people got to live there! When I turned 19, I got the opportunity to move to this city and didn’t think twice. It seemed too good to be true!!

There’s so much to do in this beautiful city. If you EVER get the chance to visit, check out some of these top things to do. They still get me every time:

1. Grouse Grind. If you are an active person, challenge yourself to the Grouse Grind. I REPEAT, ONLY IF YOU ARE A SERIOUSLY ACTIVE PERSON. They call it the “grind” for a reason.

It’s a 2.9 km trail up Grouse Mountain – Mother Nature’s stair master. It usually takes about an hour to an hour and a half to fully make it up this mountain. But, let me tell you, it’s worth it. You get a SERIOUS butt workout and then once you get to the top you get THE most gorgeous views of the city. There’s also a restaurant there where you can reward yourself with nachos and a nice, cold beer. Walking around the mountain, you’ll find Grizzly bears (in a confined area), a bird show (ew, not for me) and other cool sights. During the winter, you can take the tram, which is SO much easier than the hike! You can spend the day skating on the frozen pond, skiing, snowboarding and enjoying some of the restaurants. It’s definitely one of my favourite things to do in Vancouver (especially, the après-ski part).

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2. Granville Island. Definitely a must see! You can drive down or take a quick water taxi from downtown – which, I recommend because you get to be on the water.
There are a lot of great restaurants for serious foodies (The Sandbar is my fav), Check out the shops, boutiques and live entertainment. There’s a brewery and a farmer’s market with fresh foods (including seafood – which I just love!). It’s a fun place to visit as a family, as a couple or even solo!! When I close my eyes, I can just SMELL Granville Island – there’s nothing I don’t love about this place.

3. Fly over Canada. This is a new one for me! I recently went and felt like I was in Disneyland!! It’s a 10-minute interactive ride where you buckle up and “take off” on a virtual flight through Canada. I don’t think anyone realizes how stunning Canada really is. I know I have a good amount of American followers who might think like Shawn – that it’s all igloos and frozen tundra. But, take this ride and you will want to travel the whole country. It’s incredibly inspiring, fun and entertaining.

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4. The Vancouver Aquarium. Anytime my friends or family visit, I take them to the aquarium. It doesn’t matter how old you are, it’s always a good idea. What I love most about this place is that it’s non-profit. They protect animals in the wild and care about conservation. Ultimately, they use what they learn to help sea life in the wilderness. I’m also a lover of animals so this place is just right up my alley. I feel like a little kid when I’m there. You’ll see everything from whales, jellyfish and sea otters to sloths and frogs.

5. Kitsilano Beach. This one is my go-to spot in the summer. The Kits area is a 15- minute walk from downtown over the Burrard Bridge – you go from a downtown vibe to literally, the most relaxed place in Vancouver. Everyone is so laid back and in beach-mode. There are concession stands, an outdoor pool overlooking the beach, a seawall (another one of my favs), people dancing in drum circles and lifeguards (so you can paddle board with no fear!). It’s Vancouver’s Venice Beach with mountain views and AMAZING sunsets. I have a thing for grabbing a blanket, a bottle of wine, and Shawn (of course) – just in time to catch the sunset. Before I met him, this was my all-time favourite thing to do with girlfriends.

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The west coast lifestyle is so alive here. People slow down and enjoy life a little more – there’s just no rush to get from point A to point B. Over the last couple of years, my life has become a bit busier and I DO need to keep myself on time and on schedule! I rely on my CLUSE watch – it keeps me from getting on people’s bad side. It’s a simple piece – elegant and minimalistic. Fits right in with Vancouver’s vibes!

Shawn and I are heading back to Vancouver this summer. Hopefully, I’ll run into some of you at one of my favourite spots!!

Love,

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A Little Getaway

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Our trip to Galveston was exactly what the doctor ordered.  After months of traveling all over the states and Canada, Shawn and I needed a relaxing little getaway more than anything.  Galveston was absolutely perfect.  Its chill vibe, beaches, and old fashioned downtown couldn’t have fit our personalities better.  It had everything we wanted and more.  We had our own little villa at The Villas at The San Luis Resort with our private pool and bar (are you kidding me?!).  It was a perfect little hideaway for us.  After being in front of the cameras and microphones for the last few months, a little escape from it all was necessary.

Galveston has so much to do.  In our short week there, we visited the “Lone Star Flight Museum”, had our own plane take us above the island to give us a bird’s eye view of everything, had a private pontoon ride out to an amazing restaurant on the water, ate at the best steakhouse around, went on carnival rides, went shopping, had drinks at the local bars, and more.  Everyone we met was very welcoming and very down to earth.  Shawn worked out at the hotel everyday while I got my tan on. The best part about Galveston was that everything was within a 10 minute ride. It’s a place we had never heard of before this trip, and after making many wonderful lifetime memories there, we left Galveston knowing it was a place we would never forget. It was truly the perfect romantic getaway.

Love,

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