Thursday, July 27, 2017

What's in my Beach Bag?


If you have been following me on my Instagram @syd.hoff you know I just got back home from Greece. I was island hoping the last two weeks and had such an amazing time going from beach to beach. I thought after spending all that time on the beach I would share with you what I kept in my beach bag.


1. A solid pair of sunglasses
2. Hawaiian Tropic spray sunscreen (Shawn's favourite)
3. Hawaiian Tropic weightless face sunscreen
4. Old Navy bikini bag (to store those wet bikinis)

5. Water (I'm always drinking water)
6. Banana (I'm always hungry and always snacking on fruit)

7. Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration weightless body sunscreen (my favourite)
8. Tangle Teezer Hairbrush (my hair gets so tangled coming in and out of the water)
9. Hair Elastic (If it's too windy or too hot I always need to whip my hair up)
10. Poppy&Peonies bag (great to put money, hotel key etc.)
11. Blistex SPF lip moisturizer

12. Of course a solid beach bag (I love longer straps to easily throw over my shoulder)

-Sydney Hoffman

Friday, July 14, 2017

Greece Vlog - Serifos

I have officially posted my first YouTube video!! I thought what better way to start off my YouTube channel than a fun vlog from my trip in Serifos Greece. 

Click the video below to check out my first vlog!


There is definitely some kinks I still need to work out in the filming department, but I really wanted to share the beauty of Serifos with you guys!!

I hope you enjoy it and I will have a Santorini vlog coming to you soon :)

-Sydney Hoffman

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Unwrap Some Good with Nestlé

I just came back from the Nestlé factory in Toronto which is one of Canada's oldest and largest confectionary production facilities. I was lucky enough to get a full tour of how they make all the yummy chocolate bars. I was like a little kid in a candy store. I was fascinated with how the chocolate bars all come together.



While I was there I learned some cool facts about how Nestlé makes their chocolate bars and treats. They are peanut free and are not made with any artificial flavours or colours.  


*Smarties chocolate being poured in*

*Me taking photos of the Smarties chocolate before it heads in for its colourful coating*

I've always known Nestlé treats are delicious but today I learned some really important facts about how the company makes their products. The biggest thing I discovered is the passion Nestlé has for using 100% sustainable cocoa in their products. It made me look at the brand in a whole new light and I think it's something that should be shared with everyone. Nestlé has created something called 'The Cocoa Plan'. Their mission is to help out with key issues facing their cocoa farmers. Nestlé has gone above and beyond to source the best cocoa and to help the people who are living in the communities where the cocoa farms are. Nestlé has helped invest over $150 million in the communities where they source their cocoa from.

*Kit Kat packages waiting to be wrapped around chocolate bars*

*Kit Kat bars rolling out all ready to go*

Nestlé has provided 12 million high-yield, disease resistant cocoa plants to farmers who were loosing their crops. This has helped supply jobs for those communities and has trained over 57,000 farmers in field schools in 2016.

*Some of the wafers that didn't make the cut for the middle of the Coffee Crisp*

*The wafers that did make the cut and are ready for some chocolate*

 *Just after the wafers have been covered in chocolate - creating Coffee Crisp*

Nestlé has built and refurbished over 40 schools for the children in the cocoa farm communities and sent school supplies to students so they can properly attend school. 


*After the cooling system, each bar is individually checked and anything not perfect is sent in the bin*

Did you know that the Nestlé factory employs more than 500 individuals living in the Greater Toronto Area!!

*Nestlé is preparing for Halloween so you can see here, Coffee Crisp has their Halloween label on and called "Coffin Crisp"*


A lot of us don't think before we unwrap our chocolate bar and eat it (except how delicious it will be).  But after this tour I can't help but think of all the work that goes into each product. And all the people that Nestlé helps along the way.


PS what is your favourite Nestlé chocolate bar!? Mine is a tie between Coffee Crisp and Kit Kat!!

-Sydney Hoffman

*This post was sponsored by Nestlé Canada. However the views and opinions expressed in this blog are purely my own*

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Cottage Life - Canada Day Long Weekend





Cottage life is the best life, especially during a long weekend. There is something so exciting to see the lake full of boats and kids playing in the water. The little cottage towns packed with people lined up at the grocery/liquor store stocking up for a full weekend with close friends and family. It's truly a big party, but on a beautiful lakefront. Canada turned the big 150 this year so the celebrations were bigger and better. It was so nice to see how excited Canadians were for the big celebration!!

Whether you were celebrating Canada Day or the Fourth of July, how did you spend your long weekend!?

-Sydney Hoffman

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