Friday, April 20, 2018

Starfish Jolly Beach Resort - Antigua

 

The other week I had the most amazing opportunity to fly to Antigua thanks to Sunwing and stay at one of the Blue Diamond Resorts, Starfish Jolly Beach Resort. 


The first night we arrived the staff from Starfish Jolly Beach Resort put together an UNREAL dinner on the beach. It was truly magical and we spent hours eating, drinking and watching the sunset.




The first morning I woke up early and took a walk along the beach. I've never seen such clear blue/turquoise water before. It was pure bliss. I spent majority of my beach days sipping on coconuts and walking this beautiful beach.



On one of our last days we were fortunate enough to head out on an epic adventure with Nexus Tours. I believe the tour was called 'Land and Sea Tour' and was easily one of the best days of my life.


We started by jumping in this hilariously amazing island safari jeep and explored the gorgeous island of Antigua. We stopped for fresh fruit on the side of the road and I learned so much about Antigua.


The last part of the tour, we jumped on this catamaran and danced all the way until we came across the most serene, private beach where we took a pit stop to swim. Along with a yummy lunch and drinks we also went snorkelling. I can't believe that was my first time!! I would HIGHLY recommend this tour for anyone coming to Antigua or staying at Starfish Jolly Beach Resort.


Although I spent most of my time outside (obviously) I couldn't help but snap some adorable photos of my room and the property at Starfish Jolly Beach Resort. 

*My balcony*

I mean how cute is that pineapple light!? I also was a huge fan of the mint wicker furniture. I felt like the decor was very retro palm springs! I loved it.





Everything from the staff, to the food, to the cleanliness, to the beach was spectacular. On top of that you can find some sweet prices if you want to stay at Starfish Jolly Beach Resort. I would absolutely recommend this resort...I had a blast!!

BYE Starfish Jolly Beach Resort I miss you SO MUCH!!


I have also posted more photos on my Instagram @syd.hoff or lookup my hashtag on Instagram #SydHoffTravel for all of my travel photos. OR find my 'Antigua' highlight on my Instagram page to get all my Instagram stories from my trip.

-Sydney Hoffman

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Scope® Advanced Mouthwash


If you follow me on social media you will know I'm addicted to coffee. I have to start my day with a few cups, but that usually means my breath isn't exactly fresh. That's why I rely heavily on a mouthwash to keep my coffee breath away and to keep my breath clean & fresh all day.


The last thing I do before I dash out the door with Gary is use the
Scope® Advanced mouthwash. My favourite thing about this mouthwash is there is no harsh burn like other mouthwashes. It gives me that fresh feeling without the annoying burn. Not only do I enjoy the great-taste of this mouthwash, but it also whitens my teeth, kills germs, freshens my breath, strengthens my enamel and prevents cavity and tartar control. Now do you understand why I use this every morning!??


From meetings, to long photo shoot days and just giving a million and one kisses to Gary I'm confident in my Scope® mouthwash to keep my breath fresh and clean all day. 

You can find the Scope® mouthwash at mass retailers now!!

-Sydney Hoffman


*This post was sponsored by Scope® Advanced. However the views and opinions expressed in this blog are purely my own* 
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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Ford Dog Days


Last week I set out in this gorgeous Ford Escape and went up north with Gary. We traveled up to Muskoka first and then headed East to Haliburton. Going up north is always so refreshing, especially when I feel the city is becoming a bit too much. We stopped at cute outdoor cafe's, walked along beautiful wooded trails and Gary loved cruising around in our Ford Escape. Not to mention I'm officially in love with this vehicle. I usually drive around in a car and I 100% want an SUV and loved how smooth this was. We easily drove more than 4 hours that day and it was so comfy and relaxing to drive in.

 If you are in the Muskoka area I highly recommend this adorable cafe Camp Muskoka Coffeehouse.

 You can't travel to Muskoka without getting a classic Muskoka chair photo!




I would love to know...what are some of your favourite places to road trip!?

-Sydney Hoffman

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

French Bulldog - Gary


If you follow me on Instagram @syd.hoff you will know I got a french bulldog. Check out my YouTube video (here) for a little introduction to Gary. 

I've been getting a lot of questions about Gary and where exactly I got him. If you watch my YouTube video you will know my boyfriend and I only wanted a frenchie. We've been obsessed with them forever. After checking every Humane Society around me for over a year I realized there were no frenchies available. I decided to do some research on breeders and stayed far away from Kijiji as I've heard horror stories. I looked into a couple of breeders, but there was only one breeder I really followed for over a year. I knew I wanted a frenchie but wasn't sure when exactly I was ready so I just followed closely to the Royal Frenchies website. I even bookmarked the page and would legitmely click on their website everyday. I watched numerous litters of puppies come and go, but I patiently waited until it was the right time for me. What I loved about this breeder was being able to look up dogs that had been sold in the past. That felt reassuring because sometimes you never know what you are getting into with breeders. What was even better was being able to follow them on Instagram @royalfrenchies.ca this allowed me to see other dogs tagged in her page that have been adopted. I could look into them and see how the dog and owners were dealing with their frenchie. I saw nothing but positive comments and feedback from my research. Royal Frenchies are located in Hamilton, so it wasn't too far for me to travel. Karen the owner is so sweet and helpful. When I wanted some additional video and photos of Gary she sent them over right away. Shawn and I are absolutely in love with Gary and so far have had no complaints (fingers crossed).


I will update you soon with how training is going and some of my favourite products.

-Sydney Hoffman

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Shein Review

I always get so many questions about the website Shein and what I truly think of the clothing. I wear a decent amount of Shein which is why everyone usually asks. Shein is a website that has some super cute, bright and fun pieces but everything is extremely cheap. When you see some of the prices instantly a red flag goes up and you wonder, is this legit!? The answer is YES....it's legit. But I have some tips and some information for you before ordering.


1. Don't expect high end fabric and quality.
Most of the time I receive high quality pieces, but sometimes I don't. But that doesn't bother me because the reason why I order from here is the low price. I could care less if it's not the greatest quality because I'm only paying $10 for it and to me that is completely worth it.  Most of the time the fabric is great and I get a lot of wear out of what I order. Even with bathing suits I wear them all day swimming over and over again and haven't had any issues.

2. Always check reviews for sizing.
Sizing can vary depending on what you are ordering. However, I am usually a small and small fits most of the time. With bathing suits I would suggest potentially sizing up, because they to run a little on the tight side, but ALWAYS read the reviews for each product. What's amazing is that a ton of people will review the pieces and give you their honest opinions about sizing and quality. There has been a couple of times I was set to order small and everyone wrote how tiny the size was. I sized up and it was perfect.

3. Shipping takes longer
Whenever I order from Shein I usually order quite a few pieces to make it worth it. Shipping does not take 5-7 business days like most websites. I mean sometimes you may get it within 7 business days but I highly doubt it. You usually won't get an email about your item being shipped until a few days after. Once it has been shipped you can follow the tracking like normal, but it may take 2 weeks for your order to arrive...maybe longer. If you need something the following week I would not suggest ordering. If I need something for an upcoming trip I usually order way in advance.

These are just a few things I tell people. I get a ton of questions about where I get my bathing suits and this is where I order. Super cheap, awesome fun prints and I've never had any major issues. Little issues like a bikini bottom may be a bit small (but other websites I've had the same issues) I washed a bathing suit and the dye bled on another shirt while it was hanging to dry. That's about it. I know some people have had worse experiences, but I've ordered quite a few pieces and this is my honest opinion. I hope this helps :)

-Sydney Hoffman