Wisdomist Wednesday : Happy Canada’s Day


Happy 148th Birthday, you beautiful Son-of-a-gun.

As much as I brag about living in my favourite city in the world. Seriously, being Canadian trumps it all.

I couldn’t be more proud of what we stand for as a country.

I couldn’t be more proud, that we’re known for being too kind ( how is that even a thing?!?) and that we have the greatest population of all races and religions. Like any country, yes we have flaws … but the true north strong and free shines, none the less.

Happy Birthday Canada!!

Happy One Year Blog-iversary

Happy Blog-iversay… Happy Blog-iversary… Happy Blog-iversary to yoouuu and to meee!!

That was me, singing to you.  I’m either doing one of two things right now … I’m bowing as you throw flowers at me – – or (more than likely to be the case) I’m running away in utter shame. But that’s why I love you guys … you put up with my silly shenanigans and make me feel like what I do is somewhat normal.

Thank you.


Guess what? Guess who’s one year old today?! WE ARE?! – – not me and you as people, but me and you as blog buddies. Living The Sweet Life Blog has been chatting, charming and hopefully filling your tummies with delicious food for one full year. I feel like a proud sugar mama ( except not in a sugar mama sort of way …. Awkward).


And while I’m not giving away a Kitchen Aid Mixer (Bloggers, how do you do this?!? …. Kitchen Aid Canada – – help an Ontario sister out!!) I do have to thank you .. and I have a funny feeling, there will be a giveaway soon *cough November cough*

In the meantime, all I can do is THANK YOU.

Yes, you – – you sitting there reading this.  You that comments  on the recipes, asks questions and e-mails me pictures of your delicious treats. Thank you for laughing at my corny jokes … and for sitting tight when life just wasn’t so sweet.  Thank you for being both my therapist and my platform to just runaway to a Sugarland.

Not too long ago, I took a chance by introducing myself to you – – I opened you up to my life and invited you into my playground … my kitchen. I started off with poor pictures, and having no idea what in the world I was doing. Little did I know, I was taking the first step towards my sweetest dreams. Over the past year,  I’ve made great friends – – gone on amazing adventures, taken on new baking challenges, connected with individuals far and wide, and felt supported beyond belief. All over my true love – – being in my kitchen and baking.

Thank you.


You, my readers both astonish and humble me. I always thought, just my mom would read this blog … you know because she had to. I now sit here with subscribers, twitter followers, Facebook Page Lovers and regular commenters. What the cupcakes?!? – – me?

Thank you.

It’s a big deal. A huge deal. You are all a huge deal.  My very first comment blew me away. Someone, somewhere wanted to hear what I had to say … and they cared. They cared so much so that they wanted to comment. The network and community I’ve built around Living The Sweet Life never ceases to amaze me – – it means more to me than anyone would ever know and I thank you all from the very bottom of my heart. You have made my life sweeter and more fulfilling than any sugar high.

Thank you.

For doing all that you do, I promise you that LTSL has only begun. I will be featuring more delicious recipes, quick and simple answers to your sweet cravings. I promise more giveaways, blog spot lights, more product reviews and a couple of weekly series that you will have complete control over. I’ve only accomplished this year because of you.

Thank you.


I am lucky to be doing what I get to do – I thank you for joining me on this journey and welcoming me with open arms into your hearts and homes. You truly are irreplaceable and without sounding  completely like a Hallmark card – – I love you all.

Living the sweet life, may just be the name of my blog … but I truly am Living The sweetest life


Happy Birthday Batman <3

I’m deeming July Birthday month at LTSL … we’ve got another one today – – and this one is extremely near and dear to my little Grinch heart… today we celebrate my personal superhero’s birthday.

Faster than superman

Stronger than the incredible hulk

More sly and cunning than Batman

Dooo dooo doooo doooooooo


I have a little secret to share with you folks about my dear Mr.LTSL – – when we started dating he would make silly little jokes about how he’s a superhero and would whisk me away if ever I was in danger (cheesy – yes – – did I buy into it and love every second of it – yes!) as time went on, instead of deterring him from this ultra-ego – – I think I’ve only made it worst.  

But today I’m here to say my love – – you will always be my knight in shining armor. You have used your superpowers to cast a spell on me, and I don’t want it to ever end. I’m flying among the stars when you’re by my side. I’ll keep this short and sweet by simply saying, I love you and I’m thankful that I have your constant support and love in my life. I’m floored by your smile, mesmerized by the look in your eyes and intrigued by your intellect. Loll, your friend hit the nail on its head when he said “I choose right” loll ha ha ha – – I sure did. I’m truly blessed, that you and I have each other.  You’ve managed to make me the happiest girl in the entire world, and together – – I know we are unstoppable.

For your 25th birthday, I have so many wishes and dreams for you – I want to see you take over the world;  see you succeed –  see you continue to fall in life – and for us to continue building our life together. But of all of this – – most of all, I wish you complete contentment, with yourself and those around you. I wish you laughter, the respect you deserve and everlasting love. I can’t wait to grow old with you, laughing with each other and at each other.

How can I not love this goof-ball❤

I’m proud to be your girlfriend and all that you believe in. I had never allowed myself to know what true love was like, or that happily ever after was something that every girl could have. But you changed all of that for me. You weren’t kidding when you said I was dealing with a different kind of man this time around. You’re not just a different kind of man – you’re an exceptional man.

I love you, my knight in shining armor. Here’s to celebrating today, and for the rest of our lives and we grow old, grey and little bit more crazy – –  happy birthday


It’s a VeryBari Birthday!!

Happy Birthday VeryBari!!

We’re celebrating another birthday for this month – – it’s VERYBARI’s birthday!! *woooo-hooooo* I would have to say, Miss. VeryBari is one of my newest of friends, only becoming close in the last couple years. But she’s one of those people you can’t help fall in love with.

She’s sassy – sexy – smart and has a shoe closet that would put Carrie Bradshaw to shame.

I love this little lady, and though she’s the most recent addition to our group of women I feel like I’ve known her forever. Her smile could fix the worst of days, her giggle is contagious – she’s as cute as a button and if I could, I would hand her the world.

She’s fun – and relatable. My favourite thing about my VeryBari is the fact that she’s real – she’s not there to gossip, or create any sort of confusion. Her simple mission is to lead an honest life – she sets out to enjoy every day, laugh as much as possible and leave her mark on the world.

With her, I don’t have to be anyone – – no mask needed, I don’t need to be the responsible one – or the funny one – – or the smart one. I can just be me – – without judgement. Ever. I feel safe with her; I’m comfortable with her knowing my entire life story, because after our discussion … it ends there.

She makes me proud to know such a strong, independent woman with values and morals that no one can shake. Through our friendship, she has taught me so much!! She convinces me to trust myself, to love myself and allow people to love me. She’s a constant reminder that even when things seem to be in the pooper, there’s ice cream waiting to cheer us up, hugs work wonders and your true friends would never leave you hanging.  

It’s true Miss. VeryBari, you’re one smart cookie😉 and I am so lucky to know you.

Already, we’ve had some CRAZY CRAZY CRAZY times together – – moments that I wouldn’t trade in a lifetime. I thank you for it all – – but I know this is just the beginning. I know we have a forever of laughing, of traveling together, of partying and a lifetime of memories to make. It’s the crazy times that reassure me we’re in for the long run kiddo.

Please know, that I adore you – I respect you and I’m proud of the young woman you are.

Happy Birthday my dear, I wish you everything good in the world – the best of health – happiness – and an endless supply of cake (call me anytime, I’ll always have one on standby for you😀 )


Happy 25th Birthday My Angel

I’m lucky enough to have more than one best friend.

I actually have three.

Each of them holds a special place both in my heart and in my life. These three women have seen me at my very best – – and at my very very very worst. And still 10 years later, we stand by each other’s side.

It’s just us, no matter what. Forever. Together to the end.

And today, I dedicate this little note to one of my best friends. My very own angel, on earth. My angel, also known as PandaPants within our little group is celebrating her 25th birthday today. You can ask anyone who knows her personally – she truly is panda-riffic, cute – cuddly and she gives the very best hugs!! She’s smart – she’s beautiful – she’s hard-working – determined – strong ( I could go on forever!!) … heck, if I were a guy I would marry her in an instant knowing I would forever live happily ever after.

She’s the type of young woman, everyone wants as a best friend. Always willing to go that extra mile to make you smile, she wipes my tears when I’m sad – she makes me pee my pants laughing at our stupid antics. She’s holds my hand when I’m scared and gives me the confidence to be a better person each and everyday. She truly is my angel. And though, I would do absolutely  anything to keep her in a bubble – – so no one could or would ever hurt her – – I know she’s an amazing woman and can definitely hold her own.

I admire your will power, and your tenacity to always be the very best you. I love your witty remarks, and your snappy little come backs. I love how you’re a beautiful person both inside and out. I admire your kind heart, and your willingness to rid the world of evil. I cherish you more than you’ll ever know. You truly are my little angel, always guiding me – protecting me – taking care of my every desire.  Thank you. Thank you a million-billion-zillion-trillion times over and to the moon and back twice (lol that’s a lot :P)

The two of us have grown up together, making mistakes , laughing until we cry and crying until we laugh. I am so proud to call her my best friend.

Panda & Me, just lunching like two ladies do

Today my panda – on your 25th birthday… I wish you happiness that lasts forever … I wish that you always have a reason to smile … and that our friendship lasts until we are old grannies, gossiping over coffee (not that we don’t already do that😉 lol). I wish you love, that gives you silly giggles. I wish you warm cuddly hugs — I’ll always be here to give them – – even if I randomly attack you and hug you🙂 lol.  I wish you good health, I wish you’re always surround by a wealth of friends. I wish you sprinkles that glitter like the starts and extra chocolate, so delicious you feel like you’ve just left willy-wonka’s chocolate factory.

Sweet Kisses

I also wish that we always laugh together, always have random desert nights at Williams. I wish that we can always call each other sisters, instead of just friends. I wish we get the chance to see each other take over the world, even if just in our own little ways. I wish us both a lifetime of late night dancing – make ups – break ups – mess ups and hook ups. But most of all… I wish us a forever,  that mimics the past 10 years.

You mean the world to me. And so, my live (lol :P) – – Happy Happy Happy 25th birthday. Cheers to our good times, cheers to the nights that we’ve spent complaining to each other, cheers to our hits and misses. Cheers to another 100 years of being the very best of friends. I love you, and would gladly keep you forever😉


Happy Birthday To My Main Hype-Man!!

Happy Birthday Pop-sicle!!

Today, My Main Hype-Man – – my dad is celebrating his birthday!!

Yahooo * Cake * Balloons *Dinner out among the city lights!!

Many people say, they have an amazing dad – – and they’re probably right, but MY dad – – He’s EXCEPTIONALLY-AMAZINGLY-FANTASTICALLY-COOL!! Look at those sunglasses, can he BE any cooler?!?! I love this man. Really. No one can, or ever will compare.

He’s patient.

He’s funny.

He’s far too caring.

He loves endlessly and without judgement.

He wears his heart on his sleeve and would turn the world upside down for those he cares about most.

My every dream and wish whether to take over the world or to stay in bed all day, is supported by him and I can not thank him enough. He makes me proud to be his daughter and gives me faith that there are actually good men out there. He never disappoints and I would never want to disappoint him.

I know we have a pretty special relationship as father and daughter. When I was little, I would look up to him in amazement knowing that no matter what – he could fix anything. And he did. I’m able to talk to him about things no one else would ever understand. He allows me to dream big and never settle until I’ve touched the stars. I know im gloating  – – but he completely amazes me🙂

The First MANY Father-Daughter Tequila Shots in Cancun

So, here’s to you my pop-sicle – – Happy Birthday!!

Thank you for being my super hero every single day. Thank you for each laugh we share, each time you wiped my tears,  and your constant support. You’re SUCH a good man. I don’t know how you do it. But I thank you forever and ever to the moon and back – twice.

I love you Dad – you will forever be my main man – and I will forever be your little princess.

Happy Birthday you Crazy Crazy Man - - you make my life perfect!