How To Make (and Win) the Perfect Charcuterie Board
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How To Make (and Win) the Perfect Charcuterie Board

The charcuterie board is the ultimate meat and cheese platter, with all the fixins’ and accompaniments. It not only looks fantastic, but can be enjoyed by many. If you’re looking for charcuterie board ideas, the perfect charcuterie meats and cheeses to include, and want to know more about how to pair them, read on! I’m thrilled to be sharing my new-found knowledge, straight from the experts. But before we get to the good stuff, I want to let you know about this phenomenal contest that comes as part of this post, the biggest contest I’ve run yet. My friends at Sapori Bottega Italiana and I are giving away three prizes, a total value of almost $300!

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Celebrating Culture & Beauty with Kenya Help
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Celebrating Culture & Beauty with Kenya Help

I wanted to showcase Kenyan culture and beauty, with the help of some truly amazing local women who came together to create this shoot. Within a week, Ashlee the photographer, Erin the make up artist and my lovely model friend Laura jumped right in to dedicate their time and talent towards this project, and I am so grateful! It is my sincere hope that by reading Nancy’s stories from Kenya and learning more about some of these jewelry pieces, that you too are inspired to give what you can.

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Three Thrift Shopping Tips
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Three Thrift Shopping Tips

It’s so easy to get lost in the adventure, to spend ages excitedly pulling out hilariously comical pieces, and howling over the fact that people in the past really used to wear that. Not ironically, not for Halloween, seriously. Yes, encountering those pieces is all part of the fun. All I’m saying is, it isn’t always easy to determine which items are must-haves, which are worth giving a try, and which should be left untouched for some quirky collector type. But as someone who can proudly pronounce herself a seasoned second-hand hunter, I’ve got three vintage-shopping tips to guide you on your next consignment shopping trip.

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My Skin Care Saga: The Journey To Clear Skin
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My Skin Care Saga: The Journey To Clear Skin

I’ve never been the girl with perfect skin. Well, let’s be real here, not even close. Similar to most, it started in my teens when puberty arrived but it hasn’t stopped since. Zits, bumps, and full blown acne have been my foes for many years now. No, it’s not a constant battle, I have had periods of time where my skin is fairly clear and my heart is rejoicing, but these are few and far between. Most days, I’ve got…

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How to Style a Kimono, to the Max!
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How to Style a Kimono, to the Max!

I have officially discovered what’s been missing from my wardrobe, and I didn’t even realize how badly I needed it. My friends, I bring you the kimono. No, this isn’t what you may know as a traditional Japanese kimono, but certain elements (the billowing sleeves for example) do resemble the historic garment. Trust me, I completely know what you’re thinking right now, “Anna, you’re crazy; you’re telling me that I absolutely need a kimono in my closet?!” Yes, you do.…

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The Truth About Judgment
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The Truth About Judgment

Lately, I’ve experienced a lot of superficial judgment, especially while meeting new people. I felt so overwhelmed by these feelings a few weeks ago, that I had to vent it out via my Instagram account (yes, it was a bit of a rant, but we all need to rave sometimes). However, I’m really glad I did. When I asked how others deal with judgment, I quickly encountered words of wisdom shared by my followers and stories of similar experiences had…

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A Full Stomach & A Grateful Heart: Helping Hunger Disappear
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A Full Stomach & A Grateful Heart: Helping Hunger Disappear

Food is such a personal thing. We all have our preferences and our favourites. It’s instinctual, a natural human need that most days, we don’t even think about. It’s a given. Many of us don’t worry about where our next meal will come from. In Canada, food is available just about everywhere and in mass variety. We do our groceries, we make our lunches, and we head out to dinner with friends. It’s part of our daily routine. What isn’t…

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Next Stop: Travel Beauty
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Next Stop: Travel Beauty

Anyone else itching for a little sunny getaway? Lately, the hubby and I have been checking out some travel deals and planning a winter escape. That got me thinking (more like day dreaming) about summer dresses and sandals, what to pack, and the necessities for travel. I’m honoured to have been featured in the Beautystopwatch app as a Beauty Coach. I’ve been collecting some of my favourite beauty tips and tricks, especially for travel. I thought I would share some…

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