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Ahhh. Spring has finally sprung; the trees are blooming, the sunshine is returning and the warmer weather is on its way. It means that it’s time to enjoy long weekends & cottage trips. Today I’m sharing my long weekend style essentials and some of the cute #DixieDeals I picked up at the Dixie Outlet Mall. These pieces will definitely be in heavy rotation for me this season and into the summer.

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Since things are still warming up a little, a cute jacket (pictured from Urban Planet, $30) is an absolute must. I love having a lightweight jacket that I can just throw on over anything to protect from the wind and rain when I’m out. It isn’t too heavy but adds that little layer of protection from the elements and inevitable mosquitos.

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For cooler nights spent by a bonfire, you can’t go wrong with a cozy sweater (sweater pictured from Dynamite, $2 – yes, $2). Wrap yourself up in a soft one to keep yourself warm when things get a little chilly. And if you’re like me and plan on spending your spring & summer going on adventures – there’s never been a better time than Canada’s 150th to get out and explore – grab a pair of sneakers (sneakers pictured from Urban Planet, $12) to keep your feet protected and comfortable.

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Printed shorts (shorts pictured from GUESS, on sale for $32) are always a great option. Whether you go with a pattern or print (like these flamingos I’m so enamored with), they add a little personality to any outfit and they go great with a sweater. Pair them with a cute, loose tank (top pictured from Winners, $17) and you’ve got a perfect sunny day outfit.

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Of course, if you’re planning on a weekend getaway you’ll need a cute bag that can hold everything you need. A large weekender bag (bag pictured from Call It Spring, on sale for $40) doubles as a purse and is great for packing your clothes, toiletries and anything else you need for a road trip, beach day or cottage escape.

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(Because I’m a total goof)

What do you like to bring with you on a weekend getaway?

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The Tarte Magic Wands Brush Set contains four perfectly twirled brushes that are as pretty as they are useful. The unicorn horn-shaped golden handles and colourful brush heads are too cute, as if anyone really needs another excuse to buy more brushes.

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Spring has finally sprung! Which means it’s time for me to shake off the dust from hibernating for the winter, and start being a little bit more of a human being. Spring for me means spending time with friends, especially this year; my boyfriend and I are going to be getting a place together next month (yay adult things) and we really want to make the most of our place and be able to enjoy having company over. That being said, I’m sharing some of my entertaining on a budget essentials with you, to hopefully help make your next get together a little more fun!

For me, there are four things that I think you really need to make sure your next shindig is perfect – plus some of my amazing finds from Dixie Outlet Mall that set up the perfect ambiance:

Great Snacks – Is it really a party if there isn’t any cheese? For me, having tasty snacks available is an absolute must (like these amazing pepperettes & aged cheddars from TJs Meats and crunchy pita chips I snagged at Winners). Whether it’s something simple like a cheese tray and chips & dip or a fun app that you found on Pinterest, your guests will thank you.

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Perfect Serving Ware – I totally believe that good snacks taste that much better when they’re displayed nicely. A gorgeous marble slab or wooden plank (I found this one at Winners) makes for a great cheese board, and quirky, clean dishes (Hello – how cute is this pineapple one from Urban Planet?) are perfect for housing bite-sized snacks and chips.

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Killer Décor – Make sure you add some decorations to add a little life to the party – and if they’re Instagrammable, it never hurts 😉 Before you know it, you’ll become renowned for your entertaining skills. If you decide to go with a theme, try hunting down fun little things that add to it, or freshen up a little with cute items. These little faux plants from Dollarama are super cheap but look so lux, while this pretty diffuser from Fruits & Passion adds a little floral flair and fragrance.

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Tasty Cocktails – If your guests are planning on imbibing a little, make sure you give them something interesting to drink. My boyfriend and I love coming up with a cool signature cocktail for the evening that we know our friends will enjoy. There are tons of recipes online if you want to find a combination that you know works, or take some time and experiment with some different flavours (aka the fun part) until you find something you like. Make sure you have non-alcoholic versions available for any DDs as well! And of course, as with the snacks, mix them together and serve them in cute glassware (Winners is great for this – I love these cocktail glasses and found super appropriate cocktail napkins to go with them).

What do you like to do to make your get togethers perfect? Share your entertaining essentials below!

 

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Lately, I’ve been on a bit of a health kick. Between getting ready to head to Costa Rica for a few weeks (helloooo, I’m going to basically be living on the beach), coming out of winter and just generally trying to focus on myself a bit more, I’ve been trying to make some changes for a healthier and more positive lifestyle. Of course, part of this means eating properly and adding foods into my daily life that nourish and give benefits.  If you’re in the same boat, you’ll love this post, because I’m talking about how to make the perfect smoothie bowl (with a recipe!).

I love smoothies, and turning them into a bowl full of goodness is super easy – and fun! I really like having them this way, as it turns them into a fun snack. You can add different ingredients to get exactly what you want out of it and to make it taste the way that you want, and if you feel like getting creative, you can turn it into a bit of an art project.

I recently had a chance to get some insight into what makes the perfect smoothie bowl from Joy McCarthy, Holistic Nutritionist and the brains behind Joyous Health. In order to maximize the potential of your smoothie bowl, it’s important to ensure you have a combination of protein (which helps with things like metabolism, muscle recovery & healthy hair/skin/nails), good fat (to build healthy cells & regulate sex hormones), fiber (because your body needs to detox) and phytonutrients (for improved short and long-term health).

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And now, because I’m sure you’re all itching to have your own benefit-packed smoothie bowl, check out this recipe from Joy + a few of my favourite add-ons to make it even better!

Funky Monkey Smoothie Bowl Recipe

  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1 medjool date
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 scoop Genuine Health Fermented Vegan Proteins+ in chocolate flavour (because this powder is fermented it is more easily absorbed for better nourishment – and it doesn’t cause bloating!

Blend all of the ingredients until smooth and pour into a bowl, then top with your favourite ingredients!

What do I like to add on?

  • Strawberries – full of polyphenols and Vitamin C to give my immune system a boost
  • Pumpkin seeds – packed with zinc and magnesium
  • Pomegranate seeds – antioxidant-rich
  • Hemp hearts – protein for improved metabolism
  • Raspberries – full of vitamins, antioxidants and fiber
  • Coconut – protein and fiber
  • Kiwi – high source of Vitamin C and helps improve skin and digestion
  • Dragonfruit – rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients
  • Genuine Health greens+ Extra Energy – jam-packed with phytonutrients with a clean, natural source of energy – you’ll honestly notice a change with regular use!

What would you add in for your perfect smoothie bowl?

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Disclaimer: This post contains PR samples sent for editorial consideration, but as always opinions are 100% my own! xo

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