Note from Lana | Lifestyle Queen Bee: Can I be honest for a sec? I HATE seafood. I can eat tuna 1-2 times a year and every so often can pop a few popcorn shrimps into my mouth but that’s as far as it goes. Bring the daughter of a woman born in St. Lucia with 4 of my 5 older siblings being born there + being HUGE seafood lovers, I definitely was the odd (wo)man out. Given the fact I am anemic (iron deficiency) and I don’t eat seafood or eggs (both which are great sources of the iron I need), let’s just say it’s been a challenge to maintain my iron levels. While I am not a huge fan of seafood, I know I’m in the minority. Aside from the great intake of iron you get from consuming fish, there are other great health benefits. My guest, Ian, is giving you all some ways on how you can Continue reading “Introducing More Fish into Your Diet”
One of my favourite things is discovering new products, food, restaurants, etc. As I try to do more and try more in my new life here in Toronto, I’ve definitely been coming across so much more things to discover! As a Lifestyle blogger, it’s one of the things I strive to do – introduce my readers to things I’ve discovered that you may love too! That being said, I’ve decided to start a monthly feature where I Continue reading “Things I’m Currently Obsessing Over: February Edition”
This past weekend, my husband & I celebrated our first year of marriage (January 28th). We had a beach wedding in Punta Cana (Dominican Republic) with 40 of our closest friends & family. The day itself went off without a hitch – beautiful weather, delicious food, lots of love and joy – I truly couldn’t have asked for a better day.
While planning a destination can save you significant money, it’s still a lot of work & not knowing what things actually look like until you’re physically there can be a bit overwhelming but I’d recommend it to anyone. Not only do you get to say your vows in a gorgeous setting but you get to make a trip out of it with a group of people!
In today’s post, I’m giving you 10 budget tips I used for my wedding that Continue reading “Bougie On A Budget: 10 Ways to Wow at Your Wedding”
With Thanksgiving just around the corner (It’s next Monday here in Canada), the thoughts of Turkey, Gravy and Cornucopias might be dancing around in your head (think sugar plums at Christmas). If you’re hosting your first Thanksgiving, the thought can be nothing short of a nightmare. Before you throw in the towel, check out my 10 steps for hosting a kickass Thanksgiving Gathering!
- Get yourself organized in advance
Preparation in advance is key to everything, including hosting a gathering. Get yourself ready for your hosting duties by checking out this fun infographic (scroll to the bottom of the post).
- Set a gorgeous table (on a budget)
While you’re running around getting the food purchased & prepared, don’t forget about setting the table! Leave your guests in awe with these High Style, Low Budget Thanksgiving Table Ideas!
- Don’t forget about the kids!
If you have any nephews, nieces or other tiny humans coming to your dinner, make sure you make them feel included by bringing a little fun to the table with these FREE Printable Colouring placemats.
- Cue the music!
While keeping things quiet during dinner time is key to ensure the conversations around the table is the focus, make sure you have a great Thanksgiving playlist for the pre and post-dinner activities.
- Prepare delicious appetizers
Your guests may be there for a spectacular dinner, don’t forget some of them may not have eaten in a few hours so keep their inner hangry monsters at bay with a few delicious appetizers. Try one (or a few!) of these 29 Thanksgiving appetizers.
- Have a signature drink
Skip the typical wine offerings (or save it for dinner) and spruce up the gathering with a signature drink for the evening, like this Caramel Apply Sangria.
- Make a delicious turkey
Is this your first turkey? Don’t panic! It’s a lot easier to prepare than you think! Take the guess work out and learn how to roast the perfect turkey here.
- Have a memorable dessert
Pumpkin pie? How 2015. Don’t be a cliche and serve something up with a little creativity. No idea what to make? Try this Pumpkin Bundt Cake!
- Play some party games!
What’s a game without a little fun? After everyone is full of turkey and gravy, the natural thing to want to do is sit around and not do much of anything. Don’t let your guests become lethargic (& ultimately kill your party vibe early!) – bust out a few games to keep the fun going & everyone moving! Gather some awesome ideas here.
- Send everyone home with a little somethin’ somethin’
Now that it’s getting late & everyone is ready to head on home, to help than them for stopping by, why not give the gift of leftovers to your guests? Personally, i would be happy to take home some turkey and gravy to make post-Thanksgiving turkey sandwiches at home. Wow your guests one last time with this FREE Thanksgiving Leftover Printable Bag.
While you’ve got a GREAT outline of what to include in your Thanksgiving dinner, you can add to it as you see fit. First time hosting Thanksgiving? This post should help you feel a little less frazzled and a little more Martha Stewart.
Who doesn’t love getting happy mail? When all you seem to get is bill after bill in the mail, it’s always nice to treat yourself to a little somethin’ somethin’ every month like a good old subscription box. While there are so many to choose from, whether you want something for yourself, your family or your furry companion, it’s hard to go wrong. With the endless options at your fingertips however, Continue reading “5 Subscription Boxes I Love (And You Should, Too!)”
If you follow me on Social Media or even read my last post, you’ll know I have a soft spot in my heart for Fall. While some people are sad to see Fall come around as it marks the end of Summer and warm weather, I like to look at it positively. Fall means a time for new beginnings and change. It’s also a time to reset your goals and refocus for the final months of the year. I like to set goals for not only myself personally, but for Continue reading “Here Are My 20 Goals for Fall. What Are Yours?”
With Canada Day just days away (& Memorial Day for my American readers), many of us are planning a great BBQ with friends and family.
$100 bucks says you’ll be serving hamburgers. No judgment here because so will I (who doesn’t love a great burger?) but why not serve up a twist on the summertime staple and have your guests drooling? Rock their tastebuds with the combo of smoky chipotle and creamy ranch in this delicious spicy ranch burger!
If you’ve never made burgers before, Continue reading “Spicy Ranch Burgers”