The Mani – Valentine’s Day

I had given up doing my nails for several months so I thought I would ease back in by doing a quick, and easy manicure. There is nothing too remarkable about this one, I just enjoy the colour combination and the process of doing my nails again!image

Even if you aren’t adept at doing unique and complicated manicures (i.e. you are me), I find a simple one still makes me feel made up and confident. Today I used a bunch of my favourite brands to come up with a red sparkly look. Continue reading


The Gift List – Valentine’s Day for Cats

Stay with me: You love your cat. They love you. It’s Valentine’s Day. Why not!

We have a day set aside to show our love to our significant others and family, so don’t forget about your fur babies on this special occasion. Below I’ve compiled a list of cute and practical gifts to show your kitties how much you care.


  1. Pedigree Dentastix Daily Oral Care Dog Snacks ($5.29 CAD at Petsmart). My cousin changed my life when she mentioned her cat loves these chew sticks. One of our cats, Ali, is obsessed with chewing. She loves chewing on drawer handles, window cranks, our metal bed frame.. the list goes on. When she really gets going, I hold one of these in my hand and she goes to town. It seems to get the chew out of her system! Give it a try.
  2. BlackCatStitches Shark Bowtie ($7 CAD + $2.75 CAD shipping on Etsy). Any bad ass cat would be proud to sport this adorable shark print bow tie. Shipping from B.C., these bow ties are designed to slip over your cat’s existing collar, which I love as it is an affordable way to change up their look.
  3. Oster Sunny Seat Window Cat Bed ($19.99 CAD on Amazon). Our cats would kill for this set up. This portable window seat can support up to 50 pounds, is easily installed, and is pretty much the best thing to happen to cats since canned tuna.
  4. Kitty Boinks 38″ Bamboozler ($9.99 CAD at Pet Valu). We got our cats one of these for Christmas and they are obsessed! It is the ideal wand if you like to sit on your couch but still interact with your cats. Don’t judge me.
  5. TheRoverBoutique White Pointed Cat Collar ($35.52 CAD + $8.53 CAD on Etsy). I know. This seems expensive for a pretend collared shirt for your cat. But it’s pretty adorable, so I’m going to declare this worth all the money.
  6. Punto Pet House ($19.98 CAD at Jysk). This collapsible pet house is a great place for your cats to find some solitude and relax. You get extra cat love if you place it near a fireplace or heating vent. That is pretty much cat heaven.


Do you get your cats gifts for holidays?

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The Gift List – Valentine’s Day for Her

Valentine’s Day is coming up and while Brian and I don’t usually exchange gifts, I have found an assortment of sweet gifts for under $30 CAD for your special someone.


  1. Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon in Rose Hip ($28 CAD at Sephora). This warm, rose-y red is the perfect romantic colour that will suit any skin tone. Bite Beauty is a Canadian brand that was born in Toronto, Ontario and all their products are created with ingredients that are literally good (and safe) enough to eat.
  2. David’s Tea Pink Hearts Essential Glass Travel Mug ($24 CAD at David’s Tea). An adorable 12 ounce travel mug with a built in tea infuser. A great gift for the loved one that loves tea and wants to take it on the road.
  3. Indigo Hot Water Bottle – Grey & Pink ($29.50 CAD at Indigo). Show her you care and keep her warm at the same time. This cable knit hot water bottle will be a reminder of your love year round (let’s be real, this is Canada, it’s always cold somewhere).
  4. Simons Zircon Two-Sided Earrings ($19 CAD at Simons). Ear jackets are still very hot, and these pearl-and-zircon beauties are no exception. Simons jewellery is unique, well-made, and on trend, making them the perfect place for affordable gifts.
  5. Lush In Your Dreams Wrapped Gift ($26.95 CAD at Lush). This gift combines a Unicorn Horn bubble bar (you break it up under running water to make a bubbly, delicious smelling bath); Prince Charming shower gel (a delectable pomegranate and vanilla gel); and The Kiss (a pink lip tint). Everything you need for a romantic night in.
  6. Forever 21 Ultimate Matte Blush Palette ($11.90 CAD at Forever 21). 10 matte shades of blush in one convenient palette. Ranging from nude and coral to pink and red, this palette would be a great gift for any make-up lover.
  7. Fierce Deer Little Heart Necklace ($26 CAD at Workshop Studio & Boutique). A delicate 14 K gold filled heart necklace, available at a local Ottawa boutique. A reminder of your love she can proudly wear every day.


What would you like to receive this Valentine’s Day?

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