Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Canada 150 Road Trip - FORD Canada

I was so lucky to be able to head out on a Canada 150 road trip with FORD Canada. Canada is turning the big 150 this year and what better year to discover all that Canada has to offer than a road trip. FORD has called Canada home for more than a century with over 400 Ford-Lincoln dealerships from coast to coast. FORD chose bloggers from each province and gave them the opportunity to road trip around their province. I jumped at the chance to take part because I'm always traveling other places, but never discovering my own province. FORD hooked me up with a Ford Fusion Energi which is such a sexy looking car and truly one of the smoothest rides I've ever driven. 

Canada is seriously SO beautiful!! My itinerary was Toronto to Sudbury, Sudbury to Sault Ste Marie, Sault Ste Marie to Wawa, Wawa to Sudbury and then home. I have posted a bunch of photos for you to see how the road trip went.

When we were in Sudbury we went to WagonWheel Ranch and rode some horses. It was the most beautiful day and these horses were absolutely gorgeous.

What's a road trip without a few food stops, right? I made a stop at Deluxe Hamburgers in Sudbury, which still has it's vintage interior and I loved it!!

While driving between Sudbury to Sault Ste Marie we stopped at Pier Seventeen restaurant and got to enjoy our lunch overlooking Blind River.

Many, many Tim Hortons stops were made!!

In Sault Ste Marie I got to check out the world's largest baseball. It was so cool!

Stopped in at Ernie's Coffee Shop in Sault Ste Marie before heading out to Wawa.

Between Sault Ste Marie and Wawa my sister and I stopped in at the cutest place, Voyageurs' Lodge & Cookhouse. I thought getting a poutine really fit with the Canadian theme of this restaurant. I was so obsessed with the Hudson's Bay stripes.

Wawa Ontario was absolutely beautiful, but my favourite part were all the Canada geese throughout the town!!

The famous giant goose in Wawa, Ontario.

I was so excited that we got our own chalet for the night at Northern Lights Motel & Chalets in Wawa, Ontario.

It felt so nice to relax on the porch drinking some wine after many hours of driving.

I had such an amazing road trip and I cannot wait to explore more of this beautiful country this year!!! Is anyone else taking a road trip or a Canada 150 trip this year!?

-Sydney Hoffman

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Patio Season with Canadian Tire CANVAS

I'm so excited patio season has officially arrived!!! 

I literally squealed when this Outdoor Fire Table from the Canadian Tire CANVAS line arrived on my doorstep yesterday. It's the perfect piece to finish off my decor and make my outdoor patio experience that much more memorable. Shawn and I spent all of last night outside on the balcony enjoying the fire table. We never sit outside at night because it's usually so dark, but something about having the crackling of fire makes it so enjoyable.

Now that I have my balcony all set up I plan on having more friends and family over to entertain. The fire table is the perfect setting for parties. I knew I had to pick this CANVAS Serving Marble Board to make sure I was serving snacks in a chic way. Can you tell I'm really loving the Canadian Tire CANVAS line!?

I have been wanting outdoor lanterns for the longest time and when I saw these ones, I knew they would fit right in with my decor. I especially love that they have LED lights and give off a warm glow at night.

-Sydney Hoffman

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

How to Achieve Healthy, Acne Free, Glowing Skin

From time to time I do get questions on how I keep my skin clear. I will admit I'm very blessed with clear skin (usually) and never really struggled with acne. 
 However, there are things I do to make sure I keep my skin clear, healthy and glowing. I thought I would put together a list of things I swear by to make sure I keep acne off my face.

1. Change your Pillowcase
Whenever I do start to break out, this is the first thing I do. Every night regardless if you wash your face or not, your pillowcase is collecting germs and bacteria. Especially from any hair product you use, thats being rubbed all over your pillowcase and causing your skin to clog up. I usually find my skin clears up after changing my pillowcase.

2. Clean your Makeup Brushes
Once I clean my pillowcase, I will always clean my makeup brushes. I think this is something a lot of people forget about, but the amount of germs and bacteria on our brushes that we are rubbing on our face everyday isn't good. 

3. Drink more Water
When I say drink more water, I mean a significant amount. I don't mean have another cup or bottle extra in a day. You should be constantly drinking water throughout the day. Cut out the crappy sugar filled juice and pop, you only need water. It helps flush out the toxins, it helps clear and give you a better complexion, it helps you from overeating...it just helps!!! So go grab yourself a glass of water right now!

4. Get more Sleep
This one is tricky depending on your lifestyle, but I forgot what a goodnights sleeps does to your face. I have been going to bed at midnight or later, but the other day I went to bed at 1030-11 and I woke up feeling amazing and my skin looked so good. I totally forgot the benefits of a goodnights sleep.

5. Workout
Sometimes when I workout, I will push myself harder (obviously to get fit) but to get my face as red and sweaty as possible. I find the more red my face gets, the better my skin looks the next morning. Try to get at least 30 minutes a day or even every other day of physical activity.

6. Drink a Coconut Water Every Night 
I have a coconut water every night and I always wake up the next morning with glowing skin. I keep my refrigerator stocked and find coconut water is also great to help with those late night cravings.

7. Wash your Face Every Night NO MATTER WHAT
Even if I'm beyond exhausted or I've had a late night out with friends (that usually means alcohol is involved) I ALWAYS wash my face. I can't stress the importance of a clean face before you go to bed. It helps heal and clear your skin after having makeup on it all day.

8. Stick to What Works
Once I find a skincare routine that works for me, I usually stick to it and never change. Whenever I do change my routine,  I find my skin breaks out. If you have a routine that keeps acne and breakouts away, stick to it!

9. Stay Consistent with your Healthy Eating 
Obviously this one can be tough, but just like my skincare routine, I find I'm the same way with food. If you find a healthy meal plan that works for you, stick with it. Every morning I have a green smoothie and I add coconut oil and chia seeds and find it really helps give me a glow to my skin.

10. Green Tea
I will have about three green teas a day and I find it so beneficial to my skin and body. It helps with bloating and my skin always looks amazing if I've had a couple during the day.

I'm always excited to learn new ways that help you guys with your skin!? Any other suggestions!?

-Sydney Hoffman

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Toni & Guy Salon - Queen St Location

I was so lucky to be able to visit the new Toni & Guy Hair Salon - Queen West location before it opened. It was the ultimate girls pampering day. A couple bloggers and I had the salon to ourselves getting our hair styled, taking photos, eating sushi and drinking delicious mixed drinks while listening to music. I adored my hair and loved the Victoria's Secret hair inspo. I've never been to a hair salon before so it was quite the experience and I had so much fun. The ladies and owner are absolutely the sweetest and I can't wait to go back!

-Sydney Hoffman

Monday, May 8, 2017

Birthday Decor

I celebrated my birthday on April 22 and it was spent exactly the way I wanted it to be. Although it may look like I had a big party with my decor,  I ended up staying in, eating pizza and watching movies. I know when you turn 25 you're suppose to go out and party, but I'm a major homebody and spent it with Shawn. Shawn has been traveling a ton with work, so luckily he flew in the morning of my birthday and we could spend it together. 

Shawn picked me up some Rosé Champagne, a delicious bottle of red wine and a cute Tiffany&Co. present. It actually isn't jewelry, but a cute Tiffany's blue card holder. He always gets mad at me because I just throw my random cards into whatever pocket or purse I'm using at that moment. As you can imagine by doing this, I lose a lot of cards. It drives Shawn crazy so he went and bought me a card holder. He is always the most thoughtful when it comes to gifts.

If it was socially acceptable to have balloons in my house 24/7 I would!!

Classic Tim Horton's donuts for my cake.

It's also a tradition to have breakfast in bed for my birthday and the more sugar, the better.

I just wanted to thank everyone for the sweetest birthday messages. You honestly know how to make a girl feel special. I tried to thank everyone individually, but If I missed you I SERIOUSLY appreciate it the messages!!!

-Sydney Hoffman