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The Best Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Him

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I wanted to provide some ideas for all you ladies looking to buy for your boyfriend, husband or special someone in your life. I love buying gifts for my husband. It brings me great joy, especially when I find that perfect gift. Although lately I find it extremely difficult to shop for him as the longer we’ve been together I’m starting to run out of ideas. Needless to say, I’ve done a bit of research this year and with his feedback these are Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Him that I know he will love. Don’t forget to check out the scrolling images at the bottom of the post for gifts under $25 for him. Enjoy!

I'm always looking for unique gifts that my husband will love. Here is a list of items that I know he will love, inspired by him.

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1. Color-Block Cotton-Cashmere Sweater | 2. Diagonal Stripe Tie
3. Small Billfold with ID Slot | 4. Pilot Sunglasses | 5. Men’s Reversible Leather Belt
6. Bluetooth Headphone | 7. Diesel Distressed Slim Fit Jeans
8. Clic Card Leather Iphone Case (Black and Tan for IPhone 7 Plus And 8 P)
9. Flat-Knit Trouser Sock 3-Pack | 10.Textured-Stripe Cotton-Linen Sweater
11.Wilson NFL Football |12. Saxx Men’s Boxer Underwear
13. Mini RC Quadcopters Drones | 14. Allure Homme Sport Eau De Toilette Spray
15. Long Sleeve Henley |16. Wireless Charger (see compatible phones in link)
17. Diesel Dark Wash Jeans | 18. Josef Seibel Lace Up Sneaker
19. Fossil Men’s Brown Watch

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him Under $25

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Fab Finds Under $25

Who doesn’t love a good deal? This time of year is great because there are so many good finds for under $25. I’ve searched for winter items that won’t break the bank, but yet are still of quality and in-style. This collection focuses on black, white and pink, although there are other colours available in some of these finds. Be sure to check out the products in the scrolling bar at the bottom of this post as they are also under $25.

Fab Finds Under $25 - The best deals for this time of year. #winter #outfits #fashion #sales #deals

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1. Moto Jacket | 2. Colorful Eyeshadow Filter Palette | 3. Knit Cotton Sweater
4. Stripe Fringe Oblong Scarf | 5. Satin and Lace Camisole Top
6. Super Skinny Regular Jeans | 7. Women’s Vantage Fabric Flat
8. Glitter Ombre iPhone 7 Case | 9. Cable Knit Pom Pom Beanie
10. Leather Gloves with Pompoms | 11. Wool Sidewalk Skirt | 12. Clean Court Leather Sneakers
13. Shopper Bag | 14. Double Hoop Earrings | 15. Minimal Faux Leather Crossbody Bag
16. Private Eyes Sunglasses | 17. Textured Printed Dress | 18. Wool-blend Tube Scarf
19. Circle Pendant Necklace | 20. Black Slim-fit Leggings

More Deals Under $25

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The Best Books for Baby’s First Year

I know there are hundreds of children’s books out there to read. And we’ve purchased and been given A LOT over the years.

In fact, for my oldest daughter’s first birthday we asked for a book in lieu of gifts. As a result, we have quite the collection of amazing children’s stories.

The books I have listed below are the ones my girls loved reading over and over.

The images are beautiful, the stories are easy to follow and some you can flip over pictures, turn wheels or pull handles to make a motion (because what kid doesn’t love that?).

This is a list of my favourite books that I read to both my daughters as newborns and up to 1 years old.

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The Best Books for Baby’s First Year

First 100 Words Lift-the-Flap (my fav!)| Indestructibles:Things That Go!

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? | Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?

Doggies | My First Book of Colors | Baby Animals | Snuggle Puppy

10 Little Rubber Ducks | Cowboy Small | Bright Baby Touch & Feel Baby Animals

Dog (pull images to make motions) | Winnie the Pooh’s Giant Lift the-Flap

While this is just a short list, I hope this points you in the right direction when picking out your next best book to read.

Am I missing a favourite book? Add a comment below, I would love to hear from you.

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Best Baby Toys: Newborn to 1 Year

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Are you looking for baby toys that your little one will actually play with?

This is the ultimate list of toys that our daughters use with my honest opinion of what they loved most about each.

Are you looking for toys that your baby will actually play with? I've compiled a list of toys that our daughters used and describe what they most loved about them (my honest insights).

Best Baby Toys: Newborn to 1 Year

1. Vtech Busy Learners Activity Cube: This is a new gift that our 6 month old loves. Each side is different with something for her to touch with musical or moving elements.

2. Oball Classic Bendable Toy Ball or Oball Kids II Rainstick Rattle: Our oldest LOVED this toy as a baby. The holes in the ball made it easy to grab. It’s super flexible and soft if it does end up their mouth.

3. Vtech Musical Rhymes Book: Music and lights, what more can a little one like? This book sings different nursery rhymes and there are buttons to push for music.

4. B. Funkeys: We ordered this for our 6 month old for Christmas but when we received it realized the age says 18 months and up. The buttons are fun to press with real like car sounds and it has a little flashlight.

5. Oball Clickity Twist Toy: Another easy to grab toy which goes right in our daughters mouth because she is teething right now. It rotates and clicks (as the name suggests) and she plays with this one quite a bit.

6. Sophie the Giraffe: This ‘natural’ product seems to be a favourite among moms. Both daughters loved the squeaking noise it makes although I found neither of them used it much as a teething toy.

7. Big Board First 100 Words: One of my favourite books for the girls when we started reading to each of them at 4 months. It’s a great book to keep them engaged as they have to flip pictures over to see what’s underneath.

8 Rainfall Rattle: If you want to get your baby to stop crying immediately, this toy works like a charm. I don’t know why or what amuses them about this rattle, but it just works.

9. V-Tech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker:  I love the versatility and how you can just lay the board on the ground. She can lay on her stomach, press buttons and it will light up and play songs or noises.

10. Nuby 10 Piece Bath Squirter: We used these squeeze toys in swim lessons and then purchased them for our daughter for the bath tub. They are colourful and keep her entertained.

11.Fisher-Price Rock-a-Stack Toy: At 4 months and up, I find the top ring is the most entertaining because its a rattle. As they get a bit older, they can start stacking the rings as another activity all together.

12. Nuby Playlinks Teether: Super cheap and easy to bring when you are on the go. These playlinks are attached to the handle of my daughters car seat. She likes hitting them around and chewing on them.

13.Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes: A musical toy that was gifted to us and I wasn’t sure how long it would stay in the house. This ended up being a favourite with our girls with all the songs and lights.

14.The First Years Massaging Teether: Now this is a neat toy – the yellow star is great to chew on, but if they chew hard enough it vibrates in their mouth. Cool right? Plus there is a rattle on the opposite end.

15.Fisher-Price Stackin Sounds Animal Toy: Three cute little rattles with different noises, this set will keep your little one entertained and when they are older they can use it as a musical instrument.

16. Fisher-Price Rattle and Rock Maracas Musical Toys: A rattle on one end and a soft fabric on the other. My daughter uses the soft end to chew on right now. I find this rattle easy to grab and she is playing daily with it.

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8 Amazing Websites with Free Stock Photography

Looking for free stock photos for your website or blog? Look no further. This comprehensive list highlights my top 8 favourite websites for photography. PLUS you will receive a list of easy to use photo editing programs.

Are you looking for the perfect stock photography for your blog or business website?

Sometimes it can be a challenge to find not only that perfect photo, but one you can use without restrictions.

Below I’ve listed my top 8 favorite websites for free stock photography.

The list of websites below are under the Creative Commons Licensing, meaning you can use any of their photos to do what you want for FREE. You’re also allowed to share or modify the photos – for private, public and commercial purposes!

*Please make sure you check the usage rights of each of the websites as they may have changed since this post. I am not responsible for the usage of these photos.

My Top 8 Stock Photography Websites:


1. Pexels

This is my favourite of the websites. You can search photos by popular, category or just by typing a word in.

Pexels - Workplace Office Pexels - Girl Homework

2. Stocksnap

This one is also a favourite of mine. Search by category, all photos, trending or just search by word.

StockSnap - Desk StockSnap - photo frame

3. Unsplash

You can search by category, collections or by word.

Unsplash - Love Unsplash - Bike

4. Pixabay

Search photos, illustrations, vector graphics, videos and more!

Pixabay - baby Pixabay - money

5. Freely Photos

A Christian website that highlights beautiful clean images. The categories are more limited but it’s definitely my style of photography that I would look for.

Freely - Guitar and Coffee Freely - Couple

6. Iso Republic 

Offers 12 categories of free photos including: animals, business, food & drink, nature, technology, travel, architecture, city & urban, landscape, people, textures and various.

Iso Republic - glass-woman Iso Republic - lipstick-red

7. Negative Space

Search by word or category. Categories include: architecture, art & design, business, food & drink, landscapes, nature, people, sport, technology, transport, travel and typography. I find the photos have a darker filter on them.

Negative Space-girl-pink-sneakers-longboard-road Negative Space-woman-writing-notepad

8. Burst 

Search by new photos, popular collections or business ideas.

Burst -pretty-woman-sipping-coffee_4460x4460 Burst - berries-granola_4460x4460

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Easy-to-use Photo Editing Programs

Once you have these beautiful photos, you need to make an image for your blog or business.I don’t know about you, but I’m not that great with Adobe Photoshop. It’s a bit too complex for me.

I’ve listed two websites that I’ve used with success:


Canva is the program I use to create all my Pinterest images for my blog. Not only is it easy-to-use, the basic service is FREE.

They offer a variety of free templates or ones that just cost $1 to purchase.

It’s free to sign-up for the basic package and the Work Package is only $12.95 a month.


PicMonkey used to offer this service for free, although they recently started charging. You can start off with a free 7-day trial to see if you like the program and how it works. For me, it wasn’t as intuitive as Canva, but there are others that swear by it so definitely give it a try.

There is a premium and supremium package available and if you pay for the year upfront there is a larger savings available.

Whatever direction you go, both are reasonably priced and it’s a great investment for your blog to have beautifully created images.

Do you have a stock photography website that you swear by? Let me know.

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The Beginners Guide: How to Start a Blog

The Beginners Guide How to Start a Blog

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There are quite a few blogs out there saying how easy it is to Start Your Own Blog in 15 minutes. I’m not saying you cannot start one quickly, but it will take some time to customize your website, learn WordPress, create content and then start marketing your website to drive traffic. I want to be real with everyone that it won’t be an overnight success without a little effort. It will take time and hardwork, but I DO BELIEVE that anyone can start a blog, share their passions and make some money while creating a flexible lifestyle for themselves.

When I was on maternity leave back in 2015 I decided to start a blog and use it as a creative outlet. I did my research online and the majority of bloggers recommended to set-up a website because it allowed the most flexibility. I consider myself fairly tech savvy, but WordPress was a whole new learning experience. It took lots of time, reading, research and watching several tutorials until I understood the basics. Below I have outlined steps below to set-up your own blog, starting with hosting to make it easy as possible

1) Set-Up a Web Hosting Account

I searched around the web and started reading other bloggers posts for suggestions for web hosting companies. BlueHost was the most widely recommended so I decided to give it a go. Plus, if you signed up for three years it was only $3.95/month, which is a steal of a deal!

Bluehost Home

To get started, go to Bluehost’s home page and click “Get Started Now.”

2) Select a Plan

I recommend starting with the basic option for now at $3.95 and if you need to upgrade down the road, you can switch to the plus or prime plan.

Select Plan

3) Choose a domain name for your site

Choosing a domain name is fairly important, so do your research. For me, I wanted to brand myself so it was an easy selection to choose my name. Other bloggers will focus on their niche or the main topic they want to blog about. For example, finances, fashion or mom blogs are all popular choices that you can inciroirate into your domain name.

If you already own a domain name, there is a field you can enter your domain name, and you will just have to go through a few extra steps to make sure you get your DNS pointed to Bluehost. If you don’t already have a domain name, you receive a free with your new WordPress hosting account purchase. Just type in the domain name you would like under ‘new domain’.

4) Enter your personal information

Account Information

5) Package Information

I suggest just purchasing the basic web hosting to begin with. You can always add on features such as sitebackup pro and others listed below down the road if you require them.

Package Information

6) Payment Information

Bluehost does require that you pay for the 3 years of hosting up front, although you can cancel your hosting any time during the Term by giving Bluehost notice by phone.

Payment Information

7) Create a Password

After you’ve filled in your personal information and have selected your hosting package, click the “Submit” button to complete your purchase. You’ll then be asked to create a password for your account. You can use the Password Generator to create a strong and secure password, or create one yourself.


Password Step 2

8) Log in to your account

Now that you have created a new password you can get to business and log into your account.



9) Pick a theme

Bluehost has completely updated their login to make it easy for bloggers to create a new website. Once you have signed up for hosting, you can select a free wordpress theme you would like to use. When I first signed up, I used a free option like this to get an understanding of how WordPress worked before upgrading and purchasing a theme.

If you do not want to select a theme right now, you can simply skip this step. I started off with a free theme through WordPress and once I was more comfortable and had set-up my website I then purchased a theme.

10) Start building your website!

This is where the fun begins. You can start building your website in WordPress or if you want to check out your account details, you can click on ‘Go to my Bluehost Account’.



Enjoy building your new blog!

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