The Big Apple, the city that never sleeps and apparently the vegan mecca for food! New York baby! I love New York. I find it so vibrant, full of culture, things to do, vegan places to eat, and the chaos, and bright lights make it so exciting. I feel so safe in New York, it's easy to travel around, and the list of benefits of this city seriously goes on and on.
I love getting the opportunity to travel and not only see new places, but also eat my way through new cities. I think the best way to explore is by planning my day around my meals, everyone does that right? My latest adventure took me to Toronto, where I got to indulge in all the city has to offer. For all my plant based friends, please enjoy this vegan guide to Toronto!
I'm so excited to share with you my latest plant-based vacation with Andrew to Whistler and Vancouver recently!

I just want to say that it has been a long time coming for Canadians to get an airline that doesn't charge you an arm and a leg to fly within our own country. People always question us Canadians about why we don't travel within Canada more than we do, and it's because the flights across Canada can sometimes be the same cost as flying to another continent completely. That's why I'm so excited that Canada finally has a true ultra-cost airline - Swoop, making travel within our country, and beyond, more accessible to people.

You're probably thinking, where on earth do you get good vegan food in Calgary? Well, plant-based eating is making a huge impact on our community, so there are truly many more hidden gems throughout the city that a lot of us have no clue about!  To raise awareness and help support local I have teamed up with Travel Alberta to share with you my top picks for comforting plant-based meals.  All I can say is... get down to these locations now! Here they are folks:
  • Jinya Ramen Bar
  • The Dandelion Cafe
  • Donna Mac
  • Canela
  • Pinche Pierogies
I know it's not a topic a lot of us, or any of us, really talk about but why not? It's important and we all do it. So lets talk about our bowel movements because they are critical to our health. This post we are going to dive deep into our digestion and bowel movements, and what we can do and eat that is plant-based to improve our digestion. The facts First off, lets get real with the facts. SOOOOO many people have issues with their digestion and bowel movements. In fact 25-45 million people in the United States alone suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), and 63 million people have issues passing stool and are constipated. That's not to mention all the other issues that come with poor digestion like acid reflux.
On my recent trip to London, England, I took a little side trip to Barcelona, Spain to visit my sister. I absolutely love Spain. The culture is so vibrant, the food is amazing and who can resist the beautiful Spanish language? While I was in Barca I ate at some fantastic vegan friendly restaurants like Flax and Kale (30 second walk from the below hotel), Brunch and Cake By The Sea, and The Green Spot. I also stayed at the incredible Yurbann Passage which was a gorgeous hotel with an incredible view (check out my photos) and it's where I had the best breakfast of the whole trip. [embed][/embed]
One of my favourite things to do is jet off from my cozy home in Calgary, Alberta to head out and explore a different destination. Whether it's somewhere I've never been before or a familiar place I'm returning back to, travel is definitely something I get jazzed about. Recently I headed to London, England to visit my boyfriend Andrew's family. For those that didn't know, London is where he is from and where his family lives. About 8.7 million people live in London and it is famously known to be one of the most expensive places to travel. Given the high price tag that comes along with traveling to this beautiful city, it can be hard to find hotels and restaurants that cater to plant-based eaters. So I set out on a mission to find just that so I can come back and share with you all the great places I found, stayed and ate at to make your trip planning to London easier. The best part? All of these places are really affordable and close to a tube station!
I've teamed up with Grace & Consciousness to invite you to join us for an evening of RAW love on February 6th. February can be a time when we hear a lot about all kinds of romantic love, but what about your first love, YOURSELF? Join me and Kelsey Schiavon who will lead us in a workshop on Radiant Beauty,  and then I'll be talking about my journey to loving myself unapologetically. The evening will also feature some goodies for you and exclusive shopping with incredible, ethical and local businesses.
First things first, a new year does NOT mean a new you. I am sorry to burst your bubble, but baby, you must see... that's fucking bullshit! What, at the flip of a switch, do you suspect that your life will change? That your mind will suddenly function in a way that you've always dreamed of? That out of nowhere you'll wake up with the motivation, drive and determination to make your life the one you've always wanted? If you've figured it out, please let me know, because I'm dying to know. I understand that a new year brings on new inspiration and in fact, stimulates your mind to work harder and finally do what you've been meaning to do. But I guess what confuses me most is why can't we do that anytime of the year? Why do you need a fresh year to start?
Looking for some last minute gift ideas for the friends and family in your life? You've come to the right spot! Here are some of my fav products that I think make some of the best gifts for the outdoorsy ones, the vegans, the socially conscious, the people that have everything, and more. In order from left to right and top to bottom
On May 6th, 2017 I quit my job.... I was working as a professional waitress, like I did it for 14 years. I was so good at what I did that a customer of mine at the restaurant I was working nominated me for a White Hat Award and I received second place in all of Calgary. The day I found out I won, one of my bosses told me. He is genuinely such a kind guy and I was so pumped to hear from him that I was being recognized for my hard work. But life isn't all roses and rainbows, and it was in that moment, right fucking then, that I knew I needed to get out. My managers and shift leader didn't even recognize that I had won an award. They made no eye contact. Nothing. Sure they may have said congrats, but I can tell when people mean it and they sure as hell didn't.
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