How I Got Rid of My Credit Debt and 23 Things I Learned While Paying It Off

Debt. Almost everyone has it, and it’s usually credit debt. (If not a student loan or two!) Mine was credit debt, and I’m very pleased and proud to say that, after almost four and a half years of (sometimes backbreaking) monthly payments, as of March 8th (International Women’s Day!), 2018, I’m officially DEBT FREE. Woot! And I finished early. Double woot!

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How to Stay Healthy & Happy While Travelling

Travelling is wonderful. But if you get sick in any way while there or right after you get back, not so fun. Some of this can be attributed to jet lag and recycled air on the plane. But over the years I’ve realized that the biggest reason much of the above happens is that while we are doing ourselves a favour by taking a break to go away (for however long), we tend toĀ stop mindfully looking after ourselves when we travel.

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4 Concerts Coming to Vancouver that You Need to See This Spring

I’ve just finished paying off debt (yessss!!), which means I have a bit more freedom to be thinking about some events I would like to go to. I really love concerts and these four events have sparked my curiosity, each for different reasons. They also aren’t ridiculous in price, so there’s a #GetThrifty bonus! šŸ™‚

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Blog Pod Fancy Tea at The Secret Garden Tea House

I love tea. I particularly love having tea with friends. I’ve mentioned the Blog Pod that I belong to a few times; these ladies have become a lovely group to get together with, and some of us recently had the opportunity to spend a hyggeĀ afternoon enjoyingĀ Secret Garden Tea Company‘s High Tea together. One day, all ten of us will be in the same room, but for this day we had me, Karlie, Emily, Po On, Melissa, and Orla.

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Date Night In

It’s already past the midway point of February! What the what?

I had (what I had originally thought were) fairly realistic plans to get some Date Night blog posts done to coincide with Valentine’s day; but in the way of things, work and life got busy, and I need to sleep. But I realized that posting after what I know some call a ‘Hallmark holiday’ works better.

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My 5 Favourite Memories of 2017

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The days after Christmas and before New Year’s Eve are always a time for both reflection and looking ahead, and I am drafting this all cozied up in a beautiful cabin in Lund (BC not Sweden, but perhaps next time??), sitting on a comfy couch with my feet up, listening to the fireplace crackling and the rain pelting down outside. I’ve got a got a cup of tea and Vivaldi playing on my phone. The Brit is currently outside in said pelting rain, sitting in the hot tub – happy as a clam. (No joke. I thought my setting was way more hygge, but I’ve now also experienced hot tubbing in the rain and the snow and it’s pretty great!)

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VanDusen Gardens Double Date (Collab with travelorlabout!)

My friend and fellow blogger, Orla (from travelorlabout.comĀ and the blog pod I belong to) and I have been talking about doing some collab stuff and I thought this time of year would be the perfect. She and her guy, Jack, are away from their families this year (as is The Brit), and I wanted to make sure they had some Christmas cheer. So we bundled up earlier in December to brave the drizzle and had a hygge double date at one of my favouriteĀ places to visit during the holiday season: VanDusen Gardens’ Festival of Lights (open until Jan 7 if you haven’t been yet!)

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Three Gift Ideas to Make the Last Minute Christmas Gift Dash Easier

Three more sleeps until Christmas! Which means… The last minute Christmas shopping dash! So fun. Not. But it happens to all of us, whether by circumstance or habit. I’m lucky this year because I did most of my shopping online. So my inevitable dashing will involve clicking a couple buttons for something that I can print, an evening of baking, and buying a couple bottles of wine.

But, if you’ve missed the online shipping deadlines (or don’t think you’ll get to clicking on time) or are feeling a bit overwhelmed, here are three failsafe options:

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