The Best Homemade Chili




I hate to say it, but the cold weather is fast approaching and what better way to warm up then a bowl of homemade chili. Delicious and super easy to make, this recipe will be sure to hit the spot!

Ingredients:
  • 2 lbs Ground Beef
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper
  • 1 Orange Bell Pepper
  • 1 Yellow or White Onion
  • 1 (28 oz) Can Diced Tomatoes
  • 2 Cans Tomato Paste
  • 1 (19 oz) Can Six Bean Blend (Chick Peas, Dark Red Kidney Beans, Black-eyed Peas, White Kidney Beans, Romano Beans, Baby Lima Beans)- Drained
  • 1 (19 oz) Can Dark Red Kidney Beans - Drained
  • 1 Package Chili Seasoning 
  • 1 tbsp Brown Sugar (optional)
Instructions:
  • Cook Ground beef, onions and bell peppers, then drain.
  • In large Saucepan combine meat mixture, drained bean mix, tomatoes, and tomato paste.
  • Sprinkle in packaged chili seasoning, and brown sugar.
  • Simmer until warm.
  • Serve with sour cream, cheese and for those who like a crunch, Nacho chips. 

thredUP Try On Haul



Happy Wednesday! If you have been reading my blog for a while, you guys would know that I'm all about saving money and am constantly looking for deals ... well I think may have found the best one yet! On my recent order with thredUP I saved $105.03! I have heard of thredUP through other bloggers and youtubers, and I'm excited to say that they now ship to Canada! 

For those who have no idea what thredUP is, let me give you a quick summary! thredUP is a 'fashion resale website for consumers to buy and sell secondhand clothing online.' A few features that I love about the site is you can easily browse stock and can search by brand, size, clothing type, etc. Also, probably the best feature (although I have yet to try)  is that you can recycle your old clothing through them! You can order a Clean Out Bag and fill it with like-new women's and kids clothing while earning a little cash or credit.

As a Canadian, this gives me a way to purchase brands not sold in Canada, and all at a very good price!

Below are the three items I purchased from thredUP! Leave a comment letting me know which one is your favourite!

Puella Pullover Sweater- Original Price $71.00 - Purchased Price $10.99
I love everything about this piece. The fit, the feel, the style, everything is so flattering and well made. Not only can I wear this during the warmer months, I can also pair it with a cardigan or little jacket when the weather gets cooler.


Alya Cardigan- Original Price $45.00 - Purchased Price $11.99
I'm a sucker for long cardigans. This one is perfect for work as it has Three Quarter Length Sleeves so I won't get to hot, but also will be warm as the weather is getting cooler. Paired with a pair of little brown booties, I can't wait to wear this all fall and winter!


Forever 21 Long Sleeve Button Down- Original Price $20.00 - Purchased Price $7.99
Im very picky when it comes to flannel shirts. As a Canadian, it is a staple piece in my wardrobe and I was not disappointed with this one. The quality was as if it was brand new, and fit me perfectly! I love that I can pair this with a cardigan, vest or jacket and no matter how I wear it, I will always look put together!




I am so happy with all of my items, I will absolutely be purchasing from thredUP in the future and I highly recommend you give it a try! 

* This is not a sponsored post, all items were purchased with my own money and all opinions are my own. 


15 THINGS YOU CAN DO TODAY TO START DECLUTTERING


Within the past month or so I have become very interested and invested in decluttering and organizing my life. I have come to realize that I have acquired a lot of 'junk' over the years that has been taking up space and collecting dust.

Fun fact about me: I am someone who loves and craves clean space. My counters, desk, and surfaces need to clear of debris and only have the necessities!


  1. Manuals: Everyone has old manuals for microwaves, ovens, toasters, etc. Not only are they taking up space and collecting dust,  but there is a very good chance that you can find the manual online or troubleshoot through sites such as google.
  2. Mysterious Cords: Speaking from personal experience, I know I have cords laying in drawers and to be honest I have no idea what they belong to. If I cannot match the cord to any electronic or device, there is a high percentage that I no longer have the item and no longer need the cord.
  3. Cookbooks: My first tip is to go through all of your cookbooks and pick out your favourite recipes, then compile them into a homemade cookbook. My second tip is to utilize sites such as Pinterest when looking up recipes, this will cut down on the hard copy cookbooks you own.
  4. Mismatch Socks: If you are like me, you probably have a few lone socks laying around waiting for their pair to mysteriously show up, but I can almost always guarantee that it won't be found.  Toss the sock without its mate, its just collecting dust and taking up space.
  5. Dried Out Pens: You'd be shocked at the amount of dried out pens I have. Every few months I like to go through them and toss the ones that no longer work as in the future I would have just picked it up, went to use it, then got frustrated when I realized I would have to find a new one.
  6. Old Magazines: First ask yourself  'Am I going to read this again?' If your answer is yes, then keep it, but if you are like me, that magazine will be sitting around, unread, years from now. I always used the excuse 'What if I need to make a collage?', but lets be honest, I have never had to make one.
  7. Junk Drawer: Although they come in handy, a 'junk drawer' is not necessary. It just becomes a dumping ground and a cluttered mess. Everything I own needs to have a place, if it doesn't then I must decide if I really need it. 
  8. Old/Dried Nail Polish: Guilty. I can admit it. I have dozens of nail polish that I haven't worn in years and they are almost always dried up and no longer wearable. I tend to have a few colours that I always end up wearing on repeat, and lets be honest, if I need a certain colour for a specific outfit or event, I can guarantee one of my friends has one I can borrow. There is no need to hang onto all of these colours, although pretty. 
  9. Shoes That Hurt to Wear: Most people have a pair of shoes that they curse whenever they wear them. Whether they are too small or just don't fit right, toss them. They are not worth the physical pain and heartache of wearing them.
  10. Mismatch Tupperware: I'm not sure how it happens, but I have numerous Tupperware that have lost its lid or the lid has lost its container. Some nights it takes me a few minutes just to find a matching pair. My advice is to empty the drawer, match everything that has a pair and toss the ones that don't. You won't be finding its mate no matter how hard you search. 
  11. Prom Dress: If I was smart, I would have sold it in the years that followed my prom. I always hung onto the dress thinking 'What if I get asked to another prom?', but I'm now 23 years old and can say that I was never asked to another prom and if I was, I would have bought another dress.  6 years later, the dress is now out of style and is just sitting in my closet collecting dust. Now, although I am not tossing my dress at this moment, I will be donating it to my old High School come prom season.
  12. Old School Assignments/Notebooks: I still have notebooks and assignments from high school. Why? I have no idea. I have never once went back to use the information or read them. Unless you know and can guarantee that you will use and need the information again one day, toss it. The same thing applies to university. Unless it a course specific to your degree, you most likely will not be needing those scribbled class notes again.
  13. Costume Jewelry: Jewelry is one of those items I think multiples. How did I acquire 12 pairs of diamond stud earrings? I have no idea. I recently donated almost half of my jewelry as it was items I haven't worn since junior high or I had 3 or 4 of the same item. I only kept the sentimental pieces, the ones I wear daily and ones I absolutely know I will wear in the future. 
  14. Old Textbooks: I have almost a dozen old textbooks in my basement collecting dust. I always told myself that I may need them again, and to be honest, I have never gone back and read them. Heck, I hardly read them when I was enrolled in the classes. One regret I have is not selling them once finished with them. Not only am I now stuck with old, dusty textbooks, but they are now out of date as new editions have been published and I am now out of some extra cash.
  15. Social Media: This may be the easiest yet hardest thing to declutter. Although it is not a physical item, it still piles up and gets cluttered. I recently went through my Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and got rid of those people who I no longer talk to or (sorry not sorry) no longer care about. We all have those individuals you knew in High School but you can no longer read their daily statuses that are nine times out of ten complaining or bashing someone or something. You don't need that negativity in your life. Social media can be stressful, get rid of that stress and just keep your close friends and family (and your old high school crush you want to keep tabs on).
Although not all of these items may apply to you, I hope this will give you a start to decluttering and make you ask 'Do I really need this?'.  I would also love to know what items are easy for you to declutter? Mine would have to be clothes. I can now easily weed through the collection and donate the ones I no longer wear!

FALL DECOR TOUR


Fall is my favourite season to decorate for, I love everything from the warm colours, to the pumpkins, wood accents, inspiration from nature, and everything in between.  Today I want to share with you some fall home decor inspiration. I had so much fun decorating this year! The following are two of my favourite displays I made!

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'Blessed' Wooden Box: Michaels
Hydrangea's: Michaels
Gold Antlers: Michaels
Burlap and Lace Table Cloth: Amazon




'Thankful' Wooden Pie Box: Michaels
White Pumpkin: Michaels
White Metal Pitcher: Passed down from my Grandmother
Cotton on Sticks: Michaels
Wooden Stands: Passed down from my Grandmother


I hope you enjoyed the fall decor and got some inspiration for your own home. If you would like to see more decor ideas for the home and various seasons and holidays, make sure you are following me on Pinterest! 

My Experience with Marleylilly

Want to know a fun fact about me? ... Although I may live on the East Coast of Canada, I still love all things southern. Their lifestyle, colleges, houses, food, clothing and most importantly everything monogrammed. I was recently scrolling through Facebook and an ad for Marleylilly appeared, having not heard of this company before I decided to check them out and I am so glad that I did!

Marleylilly is a super cute online store based out of South Carolina. They have everything from women's monogrammed shirts, jackets, jewelry, shoes, hats, vests, gifts and so much more.  Their website is easy to navigate, extremely organized, and in my opinion just plain beautiful with all of their fun graphics and bright colors. 

Features that I love about their website:
  • When you first open their site you are welcomed with a FREE GIFT, usually a piece of jewelry. Once you you provide your email address they will send you a promo code for your free gift that you can than use on your order.
  • At the bottom of the page you will find a section called 'Monogram Bloopers'. As they say on their site "We're only human, so sometimes we make mistakes. Search for your monogram to discover already personalized and non-personalized products up to 70% off!" I love, love, love this section. 
  • In the States, they offer free shipping on orders over $75.
  • They frequently have Flash Sales with TONS of reduced clothing, accessories, etc.
  • At the top of the page is a link to their other boutique, Monday Dress, which has hundreds of beautiful clothing, jewelry, accessories, etc.  Although the items are not monogrammed it is still a site I highly recommend checking out.
After filling my cart with countless items, it was time for the difficult task of narrowing down my items to just two or three (especially since shipping was not free to Canada). After a hard time deciding as it was all such beautiful clothing, this is the shirt I decided to go with!
(sorry for the awkward lighting!)



*I would like to mention that all items were bought with my own money and opinions are my own. However, I would be open to collaborating with Marleylilly or similar clothing companies in the future if the opportunity presents itself!

Farewell Summer 2017

I'm in denial that I am currently writing this post, how can summer possibly be over? I feel as though I blinked and summer disappeared... Now with that being said,  I will be the first to admit that I did not accomplish all of the things on my 'summer to do list', but I did have an amazing summer spent with friends, family, and making memories that will last a lifetime.

Over the years I have come to realize that if you ask someone what summer means to them, you may get a variety of answers. Everyone has their own traditions, vacations, memories, etc. I love that a simple season can have such a different meaning to every individual.

As a send off to summer 2017 I thought I would share with you what summer means to me. Enjoy!


Summer Is...

  • Long scenic walks to clear my head.
  • Late night drives with no destination in mind.
  • A visit to Peggy's Cove. Natures beauty only a 20 minute drive from home.
  • Countless hours spent lounging in the pool.
  • Beach days. From anywhere in Nova Scotia you're no more than 67km from a beach.
  • Kayaking around the lake with friends.
  • Road Trips. This summer was to beautiful Prince Edward Island (make sure you check out my travel diary if you haven't already) and Moncton, New Brunswick.
  • Planning a surprise 25th Wedding Anniversary party for my parents. They deserve the world.
  • Campfires with delicious smores.
  • Patio drinks with friends.
  • Laying out under the stars wondering what else is out there?
  • Ice-cream, lots and lots of ice-cream. 
  • Working full time then wondering where all of your money went when it comes time to pay tuition.  (oops!)
  • Visiting my cottage, my all time favourite place in the world. 
  • Blueberry picking.
  • Seeing my cousins almost weekly, they truly are like sisters to me.
  • The freedom to lay in bed all day without having to worry about tests, assignments, etc.
  • Binge watching new shows on Netflix. 
  • Eating vegetables straight from the garden.
  • Driving around jamming to music with your best friend. 

What does summer mean to you? Leave a comment letting me know and maybe it will make an appearance on my Summer 2018 to do list!

Thank you Summer 2017. You won't be forgotten.

Planning A Vegas Bachelorette Party


Planning a bachelorette party can be a daunting, time consuming task for any maid of honour or bridesmaid.  I recently participated in Vegas.com's bachelorette campaign and would love to share some helpful tips, tricks and suggestions to make the party planning experience more organized, fun, and enjoyable.

Are you planning a Vegas bachelorette party and have no idea where to start? To help get you started, think about these points:
  1. Ask your bride if she is more comfortable with a Mild or Wild party.
  2. Decide when, where and how long you will be staying in Vegas. Having trouble deciding? Use this page to find travel and hotel packages.
  3. Make a small itinerary. Decide what shows, excursions or clubs you would like to see or what best suits your party.
  4. What essentials would you pack? What will the weather be like? Are you planning on having matching outfits, t-shirts made, etc? 
Below you will find information on where to stay, dine, drink, play and shows you can take in while exploring Vegas all easily broken down into the category of a Wild or Mild party!


Also included is a fun Vegas Bachelorette Scavenger Hunt for you and your party to print off or screenshot. This fun and easy hunt can be done by both small or large parties and take a little stress off of planning!



I hope you find this post helpful when it comes to planning your Wild or Mild Vegas Bachelorette Party!