My Spring Collaboration with “Canadian Beauty Box”

Good morning beautiful souls, welcome to my channel if you are new! My name is Alyssa! I am so grateful and happy you stopped by! I am super excited that spring is just around the corner and the nice weather is showing up! Literally, nothing like the birds chirping, the sun shining, bringing out the cute outfits, and feeling in a more upbeat mood! I don’t know about you beauts but this nicer weather is such a mood changer! With spring around the corner, you know what that means! Hello Spring collaborations! BEAUTS…. I am super excited to share with you guys this amazing company that I am so thankful to work with again! If you guys saw previously, I had reviewed their Winter Subscription Box. There were so many gorgeous products inside! Now I am super eager to share with you guys the Spring Subscription Box! Let me just say this…… you’ll want to grab one of these for sure, hands down! So…. shall we get started!?

“Live life in full bloom”

What I adore about this wonderful company is that they include so many wonderful Canadian Beauty, Fashion and lifestyle products, giving you all those mad spring vibes! This company helps support local Canadian companies which I absolutely LOVE. I love supporting local businesses! You also get to hear about so many unique and beautiful companies out there. which is amazing! Can we just talk about how stinking cute the packaging is! I love the design of these boxes, and I am loving the giant “EH” sticker! Such a nice touch to this!


So like I had mentioned earlier, there are so many wonderful products located in the box! I am going to share and review all the products with you beauts so grab a cup of tea or coffee! The first product located in the Spring Box is the “Agate Phone Grips “ by AA Designs. This beautiful company sells Aromatherapy and Gemstone Jewlery, ranging from wholesale to custom orders. Their pieces are STUNNING, and I simply could not get over how gorgeous the phone grips were! The phone grips help provide a secure grip for your phone, and also can act as a stand as well. Did I mention how classy and elegant they look? This product also includes a 3M sticker on the back so you can attach it to the back of your phone! You can find this company on Instagram at “@aadesignsjewlery” This product retails in store for $28.00.

“I swear I have never seen a phone grip that looked this cute before!”


The next product that I am going to share with you guys located in the box is this “Bare Blend Face Oil” by The Salted Rose. This company offers luxe natural self care & lifestyle products. This face oil is super gentle on your skin and includes a blend of high quality oils. This is the perfect product to keep your skin feeling nourished and hydrated! I absolutely love this product and love how it makes my skin feel! This is a must have in your selfcare routine that’s for sure! I also love and adore how cute the packaging is! It really is pleasing to the eye, and I love all the products this company has to offer. This product does not contain any essential oils and is safe for all skin types. You can find this company on Instagram at “@thesaltedrose”. This product retails for $30.00 in store”.

The third product that I am going to discuss with you beauts are these GORGEOUS earrings! These are the “Fringe Hoop Earrings” by Clover and Coast. You beauts know I absolute adore my earrings! I love a whole bunch of different styles, and love pairing them with different outfits! I love this beige neutral colour that I received, they go perfectly with so many looks! I love the fringe tassel look, and can not wait to style them in lots of ways! I truly think that jewlery can spice up any outfit and dress it up! Love these SO SO much! You can find this stunning company on Instagram at “@cloverandcoast“. These earrings retail for $26.00 in store. I tell you guys….. this is a must have in your spring collection! Just saying!

(These are literally the cutest earrings for Spring!)

The next product that I am going to be sharing with you beauts is the “Accurate Rumor Hair Clip” by Kash and Co. This hair accessory is so stylish and chic, I can’t get enough of it! I truly want to get more into hair clips and experiment with them a lot more! I love the pearl detailing on this particular piece, and love how classy it looks. You can pair this with so many different outfits! I love the variety of hair accessories this company has to offer. They have such cute scrunchies and hair clips. Who said doing your hair in the morning had to be boring? This Spring, let’s bump things up a bit! You can find this cute company on Instagram at “@mykashandco”. This clip retails for $18.00 in store.

(Something about pearl clips that makes me feel classy as hell!)

“ Good hair does not stay home on a Friday!”

Okay, so I know what you guys are thinking, how can a box have so many adorable and cute goodies in it! Hey…. we are just getting started my dear friends! The next product located in the Spring Subscription Box is the “Hot Mess Room Spay” by Arrow It Forward. GUYS…… I am absolutely obsessed with this spray and can not get over how good it smells! I literally spray this all over my room, on my bed sheets, pillow…. you name it. I have worked with this amazing company before and I am hooked on ALL her products. Her work is amazing, and the scents are heavenly. When I look for room sprays or candles, I want to ensure you can really SMELL them in the room! Trust me when I say this, you can for sure smell everything and won’t want to stop smelling everything! Did I mention how cute the labels are and the packaging! The label on the front of this product states, “a barely hanging on blend of leggings and dry shampoo” (how freaking adorable is that!). Pretty much when you’re a “hot mess!”. I am actually spraying this all over my room as I type this…no biggie or anything! You can find this company on Instagram at “@arrowitforward“. This product retails online for $14.00 (brb…. just going to bathe in this).

(This product contains notes of Jasmine, Sandalwood and White Amber. Can you say YUM?)
(This bottle pretty much sums up my life! Just saying)


Extra extra read all about it, Lyss is getting eco-friendly and we’re going to SHOUT IT! Guys, it’s happening! I am so happy to start using this product on a daily basis! This is the “Bambu Smoothie Straw” by AllBambu. This is such a unique product that I think everyone should carry with them! This straw is made completely out of bambu, it’s organic, GMO-Free, Vegan and also Cruelty-Free as well. I love how stylish and convenient this product is! It comes with a case and a cleanser too. Ps… I am one of those people that loves my straws and I hate asking restaurants for them! For sure going to be carrying around this litte fella in my purse! You can find this amazing company on Instagram at “@allbambu.inc”. This product retails online for $12.99.

“It’s time to be Eco-Friendly!”

Peace out plastic straws, Bambu is coming through!

You beauts know I have been all about skincare recently and I love finding great skincare products that are good for my sensitive skin. I was so thrilled that Canadian Beauty Box added this unreal product in their box! This is the “Refresh Face Wash” by Medikate. I am absolutely hooked on this face wash you guys! It is so gentle on my skin and has such a nice minty scent and feeling to it! This cleanser helps to remove any dirt and makeup on your skin without striping any natural oils! It is so important to cleanse your skin daily, and this is by far an amazing product to include in your daily routine! This product is also great for all skin types which I adore. I love how refreshing it makes your skin feel too! For sure helps you wake up in the morning let’s just say that! You can find this company on Instagram at “@medikate.skincare”. This product retails online for $49.99.

This product is so refreshing on your face!

The last product that I am going to share with you beautiful souls is this amazing “Nail Serum” by Bitter Gold. First off, can we just take into consideration how beautiful and gorgeous the serum is! I love how it was designed, so adorable! This product is a clear and odorless serum that helps strengthen and harden the nail as it grows. There is Biotin and Silica located in this product which is awesome! I don’t know about you beauts but my nails currently need all the help they can get at the moment! My nails are so brittle and weak, so I can not wait to try this out! You can check out this beautiful company on Instagram at “@bittergoldnails”. This product retails online for $9.99! Let’s say goodbye to damaged nails!

“Life isn’t perfect, but your nails can be!”

I want to take the time to personally thank Canadian Beauty Box for allowing me to collaborate with your beautiful company again! You guys are amazing, and I had such a great time reviewing the Spring Subscription Box! If you beauts are looking to try out some amazing local Canadian Companies be sure to get your hands on one of these! I seriously can not get over how unreal this box was and how STUNNING everything is inside! Loving all the spring feels!

Be sure to use my discount code “ALYSSA” for 20% off your order today! Trust me when I say you’re going to want to grab one of these! I hope you beauts have a positive and beautiful day!

My Collaboration with “From Rachel”

Good morning beautiful souls, it’s Friday and you know what that means, let the weekend begin! What are your plans? I am currently going to spend time with the family, probably stay all cozy and warm as well! I am almost done all of my Christmas shopping, and did most of it online which has been fun! Usually when it comes to Christmas shopping I dedicate a few weekends to go to the mall, rush around the large heap of people and try go gather my sanity back…. it’s tough and usually gives me a lot of anxiety not going to lie! However, this year I did a majority of my Christmas shopping online and have been pleasantly surprised with how many beautiful things I have found! I highly recommend purchasing some of your gifts online, you save yourself the rush of everyone, and also you can be in the comfort of your own home, with a cup of tea or coffee! I love this.

“Let’s ask Rachel!”

One company that I recommend checking out this holiday season is “From Rachel”. I found this adorable company on Instagram and was super excited to take part in a collaboration with them! This company is a woman’s clothing store, more specifically selling absolutely GORGEOUS tights…. like flawless. I am not going to lie, I have never really worn tights too much with dresses or skirts, I just didn’t really know how to style them, wear them, or what shoes to wear with them as well! I didn’t really care too much about fashion back in the day, let alone how I presented myself. Can we just start off by saying, “I have been missing out”. I can not get over how classy a pair of tights can pull together an outfit. These tights you guys, are so sexy, chic and stunning with outfits. I was gifted two beautiful fashionable pair of tights that literally suit my style so well, I couldn’t believe it!

“The secret of style is to feel good in what you wear”

The first pair that I was gifted were these flattering “Over-the-Knee Lace Crown Tights”. These tights have a faux lace finish which own my heart completely, I have received numerous compliments on this gorgeous pair! I simply paired this with an over-sized classy bow sweater, but the possibilities are endless when it comes to styling these! You can wear a gorgeous holiday dress, or a high-waisted skirt and be the talk of the room! These tights retail for $20.00, and are literally a must have in your wardrobe! These are honestly going to be my go to holiday looks and can even be such a cute “holiday gift for her” or for your significant other.

The second pair of tights that I was gifted were these adorable, “Glitter Tights”. I absolutely love anything in relation to glitter….like completely. I think sparkly products are so stunning, and they make me so happy! I think these tights are flawless! Heck let’s be real, I think every single pair of tights that this company sells are extremely fashionable and so chic! I paired these tights with a turtle neck black dress, super cute for the holidays or for family gatherings! These tights retail for $19.00 on the website.

“Style and confidence requires knowing yourself and wearing what you feel best in”

“Like….. can we appreciate the glitter on these tights?!”

I honestly can’t get enough of these tights and can’t wait to explore some of the other designs! When it comes to the holiday season, I love getting all dolled up, looking nice, and feeling all the festive vibes for sure! I honestly wish I started incorporating tights into my wardrobe a long time ago but I was so new to them, I wasn’t too sure which ones would look good! I can for sure emphasize how much I recommend for you beauts to try these out for yourself! They are super stunning, and there are so many designs to choose from! I think my favourite would have to be the “Over-the-Knee Crown Lace tights”! They are so unique, different, and can you say SEXY?!

“Holiday parties here I come!”

I am also super excited to throw in an amazing discount code for you beauts to use as well which is valid until the end of the year! Simply type in, “ALYSSAHOTRUM20” at checkout for 20% off all regular price e-shop orders! How amazing is that!? What are you beauts waiting for? It’s time to feel sexy, sassy and chic, it’s time to focus on you! It’s time to feel good about what you are wearing, it’s feeling sexy when you look in the mirror, and it’s about feeling your best! I love this company, and highly recommend checking out their Instagram page at “@fromrachel” or their website at “www.fromrachel.com”. Did I also mention that you can sign up for the Subscription service as well!? You can get 50% off your first box with a two box commitment! Simply get two pairs of tights regularly $27.50 for only $13.75! Love this!

I want to personally take the time to thank this wonderful company for allowing me to collaborate with you guys! You offer such stunning pieces, and I can not wait to wear these to family holiday gatherings in the near future! I hope everyone has a beautiful Friday and an amazing weekend!

My Collaboration with “Vionic Canada”

Good morning beautiful souls! I hope everyone is having an amazing start to their week so far! I want to welcome you if you are new to my channel or if you are coming back to visit welcome back! I have been nonstop busy these past couple of weeks in regards to blogging, Christmas shopping and Christmas festivities! I love the holiday season for so many reasons! First, I love buying and picking out presents for loved ones. Second, I love spending time being cozy all snuggled up on the couch with the Christmas tree all lit up. Lastly, I love dressing up for holiday festivities! One thing for sure is you have to have a gorgeous pair of shoes to rock your outfit. I absolutely love fashion, and I love trying out new styles and putting new outfits together. One company that I simply can’t get enough of when it comes to footwear is “Vionic Canada”. I am super stoked to share with you beauts that I recently collaborated with this stunning company! YAY!

I tell you….. it’s something about a good pair of shoes.

Let me just start off by asking one simple question… have you checked out their website yet!? There are shoes for every single occasion and they are all FLAWLESS. We are talking cozy slippers. dress shoes, running shoes, even cute pairs of booties! I was so fortunate to be gifted a pair of these Black Leather “Madeline Ankle Boots”. These boots are so adorable, and I adore the little tassel on the side! I love how these are the perfect height too! The heel is not too tall and they are super comfortable to walk in! There are three different colours and materials to choose from; black leather, chocolate leather, and Greige Suede. All the colours are to die for and the neutrals literally can go with any outfit!

“Good shoes take you good places”

These cute ankle boots can be paired with so many different outfits, but I am absolutely digging them with these black tights and leather jacket. These shoes are originally $249.95 but are currently on sale for $159.99! Like YES PLEASE!

The fact that there are size 11’s… I am on cloud nine!

I don’t know about you beauts but when I pair a cute outfit with an amazing pair of shoes, I literally feel on top of the world…. hands down! I recently wore this outfit while going shopping for Christmas presents and received multiple compliments! I couldn’t believe how comfy these boots were too, wow! I highly recommend checking out their website and grabbing a pair for yourself, super cute for holiday festivities or parties you may have coming up!

“I automatically have a good day if I’m wearing a cute pair of shoes”

I want to personally take the time to thank “Vionic Canada” for allowing me to collaborate with your amazing company, you guys are the best! Thank you for having the cutest pairs of shoes & in bigger sizes…… horray for size 11’s! Be sure to follow this company on Instagram at “@vioniccanada” or check out their website at “www.vionicshoes.ca”.

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a fabulous pair of shoes…”

I hope all of you guys have an amazing rest of your week! Don’t work too hard and make sure you put some time aside for some self care! Have a fantastic day!

My Collaboration with “Zavida Coffee”

Rise & shine beautiful souls, today is a new day!

Good morning beauts, I hope you all are having a wonderful day so far filled with tons of positive energy and vibes! I have been trying hard to convert myself into more of a morning person but I tell you… with these winter months… it is SO hard to get out of bed in the morning, am I right? I always get up each morning around 6:00 a.m on weekdays, and try to start my day, half asleep usually! One thing about my job is that I have to wake up early each morning, but that’s not always a bad thing. One, because I can get a lot of things accomplished and done in the morning, and two, I have my life saver to look forward to! One word….coffee.

Tis the season to stay warm & cozy!

It’s so funny because I was a tea girl before I was a coffee girl, but after working with children, I became a coffee girl….crazy how that works eh!? I really do enjoy making a cup of coffee and bringing it to work with me. It really does start my day off in the right direction, but it helps so much when the coffee tastes phenomenal. I am super excited to share that I recently collaborated with an amazing coffee company called, “Zavida Coffee”. I am blessed to have this wonderful opportunity and could not say no…. Coffee is my life! I was so happy to try out a few flavours for you beauts! There is honestly nothing better than being all cozy, sipping on your coffee, and staying warm in these winter months. I was recently gifted two different kinds of coffee from this beautiful company, as well as a mini syrup to add into my my coffee! So sweet!

Did someone say Coffee?!

Within my package I received two different flavours of coffees. The first is this beautiful, “Costa Rican Cielo Alto” coffee. I received these packages in the single serve coffee cups because I own a Keurig at home! This one tastes so delicious! You receive 24 cups in the package, and this flavour is from the fertile volcanic soul of Costa Rica. This well-defined and medium-bodied coffee is super yummy on it’s own or with a flavour shot added to it! This coffee also has a sweet aftertaste to it, simply with floral notes. This coffee retails for $17.95, and is perfect for sitting at home or bringing to work!

“Coffee in one hand, confidence in the other”

I absolutely love pairing this coffee with my “Cinnamon Bun” unsweetened mini syrup. BEAUTS…. this honestly tastes like heaven in a mug, and it smells DELISH. I look forward to putting this little fella into my drinks such as hot chocolates, coffees, mochas, you name it! What I absolutely adore about this product is that these syrups contain zero sugar, zero artificial/ natural sweeteners, zero calories, zero gluten and zero allergens. I love the taste of the Cinnamon Bun! It literally tastes like there’s a cinnamon bun right in my mug! Simply dispense two pumps of the syrup into one 12oz cup of your fresh brewed coffee! This product retails for $19.95 and comes in many other flavours as well, such as: French Vanilla, Caramel Royale, Hazelnut, Hazelnut Vanilla, Irish Cream, English Toffee and so many others! This is for sure one of my go tos!

Anything Cinnamon Bun flavoured calls my name!

The last product that I received was probably my favourite one out of the bunch! I simply can get enough of the, “Creme Brulee” coffee. Yes you heard me…. CREME BRULEE…. pardon me. I was so beyond excited to try out this coffee for myself, and it honestly tastes as good as it sounds. I am for a super yummy flavoured coffee, especially one that reminds me of Christmas! This coffee is the single serve coffee cups and there are 24 of them in the pack. There is a beautiful richness of Vanilla Cream as well as the sweet aroma of caramelized sugar (is your mouth watering yet!?). I love getting into my jammies or your cozy comfy clothes and sipping on this yummy coffee blend! Did I mention that when purchasing coffee packages from Zavida Coffee, one tree will be planted? YUPP. I absolutely adore that and think that is amazing! Yay Zavida Coffee! This product retails for $17.95 in store, and you can also choose which coffee blend you would prefer either; single serve, whole bean & ground or wholesale. There are so many delicious coffee flavours to try out for yourselves!

“Coffee; liquid that smells like fresh ground heaven”

Everyday calls for a yummy cup of coffee!

I want to personally take the time to thank Zavida Coffee for allowing me to collaborate with your amazing company, you guys are fantastic! This is by far one of my favourite coffee companies! (I drink a ton of coffee!). I am hooked on all of the products and can not wait to try more of the products out for myself! If you are a coffee lover like myself, you need to get your hands on these products! Be sure to follow “@zavidacoffeeroasters” on Instagram or go to their website at “www.zavida.ca”. Let me know if you beauts try any of these amazing coffees for yourselves, I am super curious how some of the other blends taste!

Be sure to use my personal discount code, “ALYSSAH10” for 10% off the entire store!

I hope everyone enjoys the rest of their week! Stay positive, stay focused & keep sippin’!

My Collaboration with “Q & Lu”

Did someone say Scrunchies?!

Good morning beauts! Welcome to my channel if you are new, I am so happy you stopped by to check out my page! I hope everyone is having a great start to their week so far & I hope you have a bunch of goals set out that you wish to accomplish this week! As you beauts know the holidays are fast approaching and Christmas is literally around the corner!From that being said, I have been on the hunt for beautiful gifts or even stocking stuffers to share with you guys! At this time of the year, I honestly love browsing online and checking out everyone’s gift guide for 2019, do you beauts do the same thing?
This year, I decided to take part in this & share some beautiful finds in relation to beauty, lifestyle and fashion! Are you ready to hear my latest find? I am super stoked because it is a local Canadian company which I absolutely adore! I love supporting small businesses, especially Canadian ones!


It’s honestly no secret and no surprise that I absolutely adore scrunchies and hair accessories in general. Something about getting dolled up with your makeup, a cute outfit and then adding an adorable scrunchie either on your wrist or hair makes the outfit I think! I am super stoked and excited to state that I have collaborated with a gorgeous company called, “Q & Lu”! This company is from Woodstock Ontario. What I absolutely adore about this company was how stunning their Instagram page! It is such an eye catcher & their scrunchies are the absolute cutest ever!

Baby it’s cold outside!

The scrunchies that I received in the package were a combination of 4 different stunning Christmas ones! The first one is a gorgeous red plaid scrunchie and come on guys… you need to have plaid for the holiday season of course!

“Never a bad hair day with a Scrunchie!”

Does anyone else wear their scrunchies on their wrist like I do?

The second one is a subtle off white colour that looks super cute with so many different outfits! What I adore about these scrunchies is that they are so puffy and big, they aren’t flat like normal scrunchies! They are what I like to call, “extreme volume Scrunchies” and that my dears, is my absolute favourite.

Casually planning out my crazy week! Anyone else rely on their planners?

The other two are beautiful as well! One is a black one which I mean…. you can never have enough black scrunchies, am I right? And the other is this gorgeous silver design that is stunning! It is honestly so hard to choose which one is my favourite but I do have a soft spot for the plaid that’s for sure!

“Ho Ho Ho!”

“Scrunchies are a girl’s best friend”

What I absolutely adore about Q & Lu is how down to earth the owner is! Her name is Jannyssa and she just started her business 2 months ago. I am so proud of her and her cute little company! She is truly doing such an amazing job so far, and she just started! Way to go girlie, you truly are going places! She is so friendly to speak to as well, and I also found out that she is a twin too! How cool is that?! Twins for the win! I personally want to thank Jannyssa for allowing me to collaborate with her and her company! You are amazing, and I truly wish you nothing but the best in your future endeavors!

Be sure to check out her stunning Instagram page at “@q_andlu”,or simply send her a direct message if you are interested in a custom order! I hope everyone has a beautiful day filled with endless amounts of scrunchies!

My Collaboration with “Gingersnap’s Crochet”

Good morning beautiful souls! I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend either filled with relaxation or some fun filled plans! My plans unfortunately had to be postponed this Saturday, wasn’t feeling the absolute greatest sadly...tis the season! I am not really a huge fan of the cold! It involves loads of sicknesses and being chilly all the time! Makes me just want to hibernate….anyone with me!?

Baby it’s cold outside!

“…let’s stay cozy this winter!”

Fa la la la la, la la la la!

Although, something that does help me get through the cold season is cute outdoor attire, am I right? I am super excited to share this Canadian Company with you beauts! This company is from Vancouver, British Columbia and they are called, “Gingersnap’s Crochet”. This company provides handmade stylish crochet goods…. and let me just say talented this business is! They provide stunning toques from sizes 3 months to adults (Perfect for styling your kiddos in!)

“…brrrrrrrrrrrrr”

What is your favourite holiday drink?

I don’t know about you guys but I adore hats for the winter season! I think hats look super stylish and they are just so cozy! What I absolutely adore about these toques is that they come in different beautiful colours and you can take off the pompom if you wish for some! The colours look incredibly cozy! I received my toque in the shade, “Marble” which can be paired with so many outfits/outerwear apparel. These toques retail in store, depending on size, for around $48.13.

Who’s ready for the winter weather?!

The second item that I can not get enough of are these adorable cozies for your hot drinks! I am a huge lover of anything related to hearts so this had me at first sight! I received my cozy design with a huge white heart in the middle and a grey background. What I love about these and the toques is that there are so many stunning colours to choose from as well! There is another design for the cozies too which is a ton of small hearts all over it… just as adorable as this one! These retail for $13.75 in store. The cozies are super cute to bring to work when grabbing your Starbucks or your timmies! I love anything related to fashion, including my hot drinks! Are you the same!?

Hey at least this coffee is keeping my hands warm!

“…it’s cuddle weather!”

This beautiful store also sells adorable winter headbands, crochet storage baskets (super cute!), and even scrunchies! I highly recommend checking them out if you haven’t already! You can find them on Instagram at “@gingersnapscrochet”, or follow their website at “www.gingersnapcrochet.etsy.com”. I want to personally thank this amazing company for allowing me to collaborate with them! You guys are amazing, and you have such gorgeous pieces! Be sure to stay cozy this season Beauts & grab your winter attire!

My Collaboration with “Arrow It Forward”

Hey there Beauts! Happy Thursday! You know what that means right? It’s almost Friday, you made it through the week! You got this guys! I am so proud of you, I hope your week is flying by for you, and you got some great plans for the weekend! Anybody doing anything fun? For me I think I am going to take it easy, relax, burn my fall candle, and do some blogging…. get into my zone!

Put your hand up if you are absolutely adoring the fall weather! Is anyone a hardcore fall lover like myself? I’m talking about pumpkin spice latte overload, big over sized sweaters, those plaid scarves, and cute fall pictures that you have to convince your boyfriend to take of you! Am I right? Speaking of the fall time, these means fall collaborations! I have some amazing fall collaborations coming your way but this one you guys I am super stoked to discuss and share with you! I recently reached out to an amazing Canadian company called, “Arrow It Forward”, and they specialize in home fragrances (can you say yummmm?!) If you guys know me well enough you know that I can never have enough pumpkin smelling things in my room or fall scents for that matter! The more the merrier! I was thrilled when Emily Prout, owner of Arrow It Forward, got back to me and wanted to collab together!

Let’s meet the Maker!

Emily Prout is the proud owner of the Canadian brand “Arrow It Forward”, as she makes all of her products right from her home, which might I add is in Ontario (proud supporter of Canadian brands, you go girl!). She lives with her husband and her two children who work together in this family business. Emily loves to show off her creative side in the work she does and trust me…. does she do a heck of a good job at that! She states that she pushed herself out of her comfort zone which I absolutely adore and admire! She makes strong connections with her audience and following and loves to really connect with the ways she describes each of her products. BEAUTS… just wait until you hear the titles and sayings that go along with each product, they are absolutely AMAZING… I was hooked! If the scents were not enough for you to be obsessed with the sayings on the products will grab your attention!

About the Products!

On the website “Arrow It Forward”, there are so many amazing and stunning products to take a peek at! If you are looking for soy candles, soy wax melts, reusable car air fresheners ( yes I did just say that!!), or even linen and room sprays you are in the right place! Sometimes, I find that certain fragrance brands are lacking really strong scents! I mean guys, if I grab an autumn breeze candle I want to literally feel like I’m walking for a beautiful fall path with crispy leaves crunching under my boots & the crisp air in my face. I can absolutely assure you guys you will not be disappointed in the scents of these products, hands down! The fragrances smell so amazing I can’t even deal! Shall we get into some of the products?

“SO BASIC Reusable Car Air Freshener”- First off, I never thought a car air freshener could look cute but this obviously proves me wrong! I am adoring the colours that were implemented into these! I don’t know about you guys but I like my car to look cute, yes I am that basic girl, so this I am absolutely digging! The car air fresheners come pre-scented which is amazing, and if you need the scent to be touched up, simply spray the linen/room spray on it which I will mention for you below! This retails on her website for $7.50!

The arrow on the bottom just adds to the cuteness!

“SALTY AF Bath Soak”– This magnesium chloride bath soak is unreal! This product is scented with totally validating ADULTING IS HARD blend, and might I add the scent is to die for. When I opened up this package, the scent just lifted into the air! I absolutely adore the name of this product, I think that is just the cutest ever. Simply pour entire contents under running water and “let some of your saltiness go down the drain!”. This product however is not intended for children but hey…. adults need to de-stress whenever we get the chance to! There is also another bath soak as well if you want to try that one out too which is called “MOM’S SALTY”…. love it! This product retails on her website for only $6.00!

Be right back guys! Going to do some self pampering and turn on some Shane Dawson!

“HYGGE Hand Poured Wax Melts- I have been recently getting into soy wax melts, and I am so glad I have been! I totally have been missing out! I love how easy these are to use, and the scent this product gives off is amazing! There are so many different ones to choose from and try out, go take a peek for yourself! You get six cubes in a package for only $6.00!

“… a cozy blend of warm blankets and quiet afternoons”

HYGGE; a quality of coziness

“SO BASIC Room and Linen Spray”- BEAUTS.… I am absolutely living for this fine mist spray! I can not emphasize enough through words how beautiful the scent is! I am literally spraying pumpkins galore on my sheets and in my room, which I absolutely adore. You can never have too many pumpkin smelling items ever! This is a 4 oz pump that you can spray in your room, on your pillows or even on your sheets! There are also other blends to choose from such as SO BASIC, MOM LIFE, BELIEVE, ADULTING IS HARD, UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER, and STAY WEIRD. This products retails on her website for &12.00 but is on sale for $9.00!

Who doesn’t want their pillows to smell like pumpkin spice?!

“…a predictable blend of pumpkin spice and plaid scarves”

SUNDAY FUNDAY Soy Wax Candle”- You beauts know I adore my candles, especially the fall scented ones! They are always super cozy to smell, especially if you are blogging away or relaxing! I love love LOVE this fall scented candle, it brings so many fall vibes when you light it! I honestly just want to grab a hot cup of apple cider every time it’s lit! If you want to be cozy and are a fall lover like myself this candle is for you! Can we just take a second to admire the title of this candle! Love it! There are so many other scents to choose from as well which all include cute sayings and titles! Let’s add some fun into your room! This candle retails in store for $20.00 but is on sale right now for $15.00! Grab yours while it’s on sale!

Sending the cozy vibes your way!

“ …a seasonal blend of apple cider and shameless selfies”

So now that you guys have seen a sneak peek at some of the goodies located on the website I wanted to share a neat fact about the company and what it was named after! The name “Arrow It Forward”, came from two concepts! First, the concept of pay it forward, and secondly, a quote which relates to the arrow. What caught my attention was the meaning behind the arrow which states, “ an arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. When life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means it’s going to launch you into something great. So just focus and keep aiming”. I absolutely adore this meaning behind the arrow and that is actually why I have an arrow tattooed on my spine believe it or not! I am a firm believer of this and absolutely adore the reason behind this company name! Way to go Emily!
I want to personally thank Emily Prout for allowing me to collaborate with her amazing company “Arrow It Forward”! Be sure to check out her Instagram handle “@arrowitforward”, as her website is located in her bio! Let me know if you beauts try out some of her products! I highly recommend trying out the ones I did, and I for sure will be ordering some more when I run out!

Be sure to use my discount code, ‘alyssa20″ at checkout for 20% off your order!

I hope you guys have a great day and stay cozy!

My Collaboration with “Team Insane” Clothing!

Good morning my beauts, and welcome to my blogging channel if you are new! Welcome and I am so pleased and blessed to have you stop by! I know what some of you guys are wondering, “where the hell have I been?!“. I just started my new job as a daycare teacher about a week ago, and have been focusing on that, trying to divide my time and spread it out evenly. I want to take the time to thank the companies I have recently been collaborating with for their patience and understanding, you guys are awesome and I apologize for the delay and wait! The past two weeks have been so hectic for me, trying to organize my room since I moved back home with my mom in our old town. I have to say, it’s quite the change from the big city of Hamilton that’s for sure! I absolutely love it here though, it’s so peaceful and quiet, love it. Recently I found a wonderful and rad company on Instagram called “Team Insane” Clothing. Their Instagram Page grabbed my attention right away and I had to reach out to them! They were more than happy to do a collaboration with me, and I was super excited! I could not wait to receive my package in the mail! Right away I loved how simple their clothing was, but it was stylish and fashionable at the same time.  The companies’ mission is to provide the highest quality designs and materials in innovative varieties at the best value.

“Staying Dedicated. Staying Passionate. Staying Insane”

I received three beautiful shirts in the mail which I absolutely adore.  I received two t-shirts, one in the colour grey and one in black as well as a tank top in the colour grey. What I adore about all of these shirts is you can style them with so many different outfits. For this photoshoot, I wanted a more grungy feel for the look, so I simply paired the shirts with a pair of ripped shorts and some converse. I have also worn these shirts to the gym as well, and have gotten so many compliments on them! The first shirt I am going to show you beauts is the “Insane Flowy Side Slit Tank” in the colour grey which retails for $24.99 but is on sale for $13.99 right now which is amazing! Guys… GUYS I can not express how comfortable this tank is, I wear it everywhere and I mean everywhere. It is so breezy, stylish and comfortable all at the same time. What I love about this tank is that if you want to choose another colour or style for the logo simply let the company know in the checkout notes, as there are other colours to choose from.

The next item I have to show you guys and rave about are the two shirts called, “Women’s Relaxed Insane Jersey Short Sleeve”, which retails for $18.99 on sale now for $12.99, again another great deal! I got mine in the colour black and grey. I love neutral colours as they are easier to style and match with other pieces of clothing. Again, another extremely comfortable top to wear, love it. Can I just say I love the font of the logo as well, it looks wicked! Love it.

I want to personally take the time to thank Team Insane Clothing for allowing me to collaborate with such a rad and insane company,  you guys are amazing and wonderful to work with. I absolutely love my shirts and love wearing them, I highly recommend checking out their Instagram page at “@teaminsane415“, and check out their website at http://www.teaminsaneapparel.com.  Their shirts are so comfortable and stylish at the same time! Come spread some love over on their site, and also be sure to follow my other social media sites to stay updated with my latest blog posts as well. I hope you beauts enjoyed this blog post and take care! Much love xo.

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Hearts and Tarts; just a girl with a love for baking and things tarts!

Music- The Archies- Sugar Sugar

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Hello my beauts and welcome to my channel! Thank you so much for stopping by, I appreciate it a ton, means a lot to me! I hope everyone is having a wonderful day so far, I know I am! What has everyone been up to lately? Honestly, I have been catching up on some blog posts lately and have been busy getting ready for a new job that I will be starting at the beginning of July. I will be a daycare teacher, so I am very excited about that, and I will be moving back home again!  I am excited for this new chapter in my life and I am nervous a bit to start! I know that I will enjoy this a lot, and I am excited to see where this journey goes! You can do anything you set your mind to,  and if you work hard and want to accomplish your dreams you certainly can! Speaking of chasing your dreams, and working hard, I have one certain individual that comes to mind when I think of all of this. I have known this individual throughout high school and she was always a sweet girl. Although I did not know her on a personal level, she always had an absolutely rocking style and had great hair! We are talking all sorts of colours, absolutely love it. This beautiful kind soul is Sam Auton, and I have followed Sam for quite some time over Instagram, always admiring her cooking posts! Honestly, I am not the greatest cook in the world myself, so I always admire when someone else can cook well! Who knows, maybe it will inspire me one day! Not only is Sam full of amazing hair colours, tattoos galore, and is a wonderful chef, she is a mom to a handsome boy and decided to create her own business recently. I don’t know about you beauts, but when someone I know starts their own business I am over the moon happy for them! It’s not easy. Especially if you have a hectic schedule! Sam recently started her own business called, “Hearts and Tarts” (love the name, it’s so catchy!), and is doing quite well so far!

I knew I had to reach out to Sam in regards to her new business she started up! I was super happy when she agreed to collaborate with me on a blog post! Sam is a 25-year-old, who is the mom of an amazing 5-year-old boy. She is also an avid sports fan as well! Cooking and baking have always been a huge part of her life ever since she could remember!  Sam states, “I love new and challenging adventures when it comes to my cooking“. I absolutely love this, and if it were me, the pan would already go flying across the room… that is how much patience I have when it comes to cooking, so I really respect her for that! I wanted to jump right in and start asking Sam the questions we are dying to know about her history when it comes to cooking and baking! Right away I was curious as to how long she had started cooking and baking. Sam explains, “I’ve been baking since I was a little girl, whether it was with my mom or my grandma I loved to bake ever since I can remember. Cooking came a little bit later in life once I started working in restaurants at 15. I always had a curiosity for food, and always wanted to learn more”.

“…I dyed my hair! It’s pretty crazy but I’m absolutely LOVING it. It’s super bright, and fun and it makes me insanely happy”- Sam Auton

Another question that I was very curious about was I wanted to know if it was self-taught or if Sam had taken any classes at all? Sam attended George Brown for the Culinary Management Program which was a two-year program.  Sam states, “it taught me a lot being in that program. It’s more French-based learning but was able to learn a lot of other types of food and cuisine as well. It was a lot of fun and hard work. I had an externship at Trump Hotel which gave me a lot of experience in the high-end culinary world and helps me really finesse my skills that I was able to bring with me to any job I’ve been at”.  That’s awesome Sam, way to go! You are doing so well for yourself! It really helps when you enjoy what you are doing in life, and are satisfied with your job! There is nothing like going to a job and dreading it, it makes your day go by so slow and just…. you hate it!

When did you first notice you wanted to get into the food industry? “I knew I wanted to get into the food industry full time when I was about 18. My family had always told me I should be a chef, and it wasn’t actually till I was at McMaster University that I really realized what I wanted to do. After one year at McMaster, I made the jump to George Brown and never looked back. It’s a tough and gruelling industry but can be really rewarding at the time”. I highly agree that it can be a very rewarding career path for sure! I am so happy and proud of you that you found your calling!

One thing that’s pretty neat about Sam that I think you beauts should know about is that she loves her food tattoos which I think is honestly so amazing and unique! I wanted to know a bit more about what kinds of food tattoos she has, and what inspired her to get them! Sam explains, “over the years I have gotten quite a few food tattoos. Some are just silly (like my grilled cheese and avocado) and others were based on family. My favourite food tattoo is my butter tart. My grandma was a big inspiration to me through many aspects of my life, but baking and cooking were the ones that really stuck. She was famous in our family for her butter tarts, and the last thing I was able to make her before she passed away was butter tarts that were her recipe. She told me they were perfect and that has always stuck with me as the biggest compliment of my career. She, unfortunately, didn’t make it to when I started culinary school, but I know she would have been proud of me. I have a few other silly food tattoos like my “lettuce turnip the beets” tattoo and a pineapple and some other small ones (also I have a hotdog which I’m pretty stoked about)”.  I love this Sam, I think your grandma would be so proud of you and how far you have come! I mean look at you, now starting your own business, that is such an accomplishment! I love all the other food tattoos you shared, I think that is so unique and different, they suit you so much!

I know all you beauts are dying to know how her business, “Hearts and Tarts” came to be! Sam explains, “the inspiration came from entering a buttertart competition that I was in a week or so ago. Everyone who taste-tested my tarts told me they were great and some told me I should start selling them. Baking is something I’ve always been told I’m a natural at and I wanted to pursue it more as I’m mainly focusing on cooking at the moment”.  I love this, and I am dying to taste some of the tarts myself! I am waiting for a special occasion to come up then I will purchase some! The pictures look absolutely amazing! Yum! If you beauts would like to place an order for yourselves, the best way would be through either Facebook Messenger, the direct messenger on Instagram, or you can also email Sam at heartsandtarts18@gmail.com. You can also call or text Sam, as her number is located on both her Facebook and Instagram page. Her Facebook can be reached at ” http://www.facebook.com/heartsandtarts” and her Instagram page can be reached at “@heartsandtartss”. 

“It’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon, just put your head down and get through it”- Words of advice from Sam’s mom

Sam is currently running her own business, “Hearts and Tarts” through her own home. If the business grows over the next year or two, she would consider investing in a storefront if everything was in order. Sam is always available to deliver and pickup is an option as well! That’s great Sam,  I think that is a perfect idea and I think that is very smart thinking! You have a plan and that’s all that matters.

Who are your biggest supporters?My whole family is behind me in this. They’ve always been my biggest supporters. My son thinks it’s fantastic (I think more so because he can taste test them all, who wouldn’t be excited about that?) And also my boyfriend and his family. They’ve been exceptional at giving me support (and extra taste testers when I need them to be)”. That is so fun, I absolutely love that! I know your son would enjoy that so much, best mom of the year right there! Love it! Another question that I was dying to know was what kind of tarts Sam made! Sam states, “I know this will sound vague, but any kind you can dream of, I can make. Anything from plain butter tarts, to chocolate chip banana bread, PB&J tarts and cookie tarts, to carrot cake, key lime pie, red velvet. If you can dream it, I can make it. I cater to dietary needs as well. My son has a severe nut allergy so I can cater to nut allergies, gluten-free, and even vegan (which you can thank my vegan mom for). I try to pride myself on making people as happy as possible, and if that means catering to specific needs, I’m going to do my absolute best at doing so”.  I absolutely love this, and I love how you are so set on catering to people’s needs, I find that so important and I think that is so respectable.  That’s amazing that you can make literally any kind of tart, that sounds delicious! I am going to have to think of one and let you know! YUM! I know carrot cake sounds absolutely unreal, and so does chocolate chip banana bread!

I then went in and asked Sam some more personal questions! A lot of people start businesses or enjoy doing a certain thing from inspiration around them. Inspiration helps so much whether it be an object or even a person.  Sam expresses, “my biggest inspirations for cooking would have to be Graham Elliot. I watched him growing up, I’ve met him and he’s fantastic. He has the best personality for a chef that I’ve seen. He makes it fun while instilling in people to work hard and give it their all, push the limits on creativity because cooking is supposed to be fun. For baking, my grandma. May sound cheesy but I always remember watching her or helping her bake as a kid, and those are some of my favourite memories with her”.  Awh this is amazing Sam, not cheesy one bit! I think that that is absolutely beautiful and I think family inspires us so much. I know she is one proud grandma that is for sure!

“If you’re going to get into this industry, be prepared for the tough days…”

Cooking and baking isn’t easy, especially going into the industry. Sam has a few tips, pointers and advice for individuals who are wanting to start their own business or want to work in the food industry. Sam explains, “if you’re going to get into this industry, be prepared for the tough days. Cooking can be fun, but it’s a lot of hard work. Put in the work because it will eventually pay off. Whether it be opening a restaurant of your own, a food truck, a cookbook, a promotion at work, it will all pay off. If you want to start your own business, make sure you have support. Whether it be family or friends (or hell, even both) you need support. Days are going to be long and hard and it’ll test you, but at the end of the day, you CAN and WILL get through it. Don’t give up because it can be insanely rewarding”.   I love this and appreciate you sharing your advice on both of these subject matters, I think it really helps individuals who are interested in wanting to pursue this career path that’s for sure. Even individuals who want to create their own business, it’s not easy. I love your advice and thank you so much for sharing! I think this will help out a bunch of people that’s for sure.

You’ll always come out the other side. When I’m having a really busy day at work and orders keep coming in, to keep myself composed, I know that if I put my head down and get through it, eventually it will be over, even if the end isn’t in your sights”- Sam Auton

The most famous question that I actually love to ask everyone who I am interviewing is where do they see themselves 5 years from now. I always find everyone’s answers so interesting and unique, there is not one bad answer and I literally respect everyone’s opinions and thoughts! Sam states, “in 5 years from now, I’ll be 30. I’ve reached all the goals I’ve set for myself up to this point and I don’t plan on stopping. By the time I’m 30, I would love to have my own food truck up and running. That’s my ultimate goal for the next 5 years is how I’m going to end up reaching that goal. Ever since my son was born, I wanted him to grow up seeing that no matter the circumstance that was thrown my way, at the end of the day, I still achieved my goals. He’s my biggest inspiration for everything in my life”.  I think you are on your way to success and have already succeeded so much in your life Sam! I know your boy is probably so proud of his hardworking momma! I know I am very proud of you and all your accomplishments. Once you have that food truck up and running in the future I will be there grabbing some food that’s for sure! I want to personally take the time to thank Sam Auton for collaborating with me on this blog post, you’re amazing! I wish you nothing but the best for you, your family and your future endeavours. I know you are going far, and I am for sure going to get my hands on some of those tarts that’s for sure. I know everyone is super proud of you and your accomplishments. I am so happy about your new business and can not wait to see where it goes! If everyone could go and spread some love on her pages, on Facebook and Instagram that would be wonderful! Give her a quick like and follow! I hope your business takes off for you, and it was a pleasure collabing with you! I hope you beauts enjoyed this blog post as much as I enjoyed writing it. Be sure to subscribe to my channel if you beauts would like to see upcoming blog posts in the near future! Take care and much love xo.

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My Collaboration with “Zen Healing Gems”

Goodmorning my beauts, and welcome to my lovely channel! I hope you all are having a fabulous start to your weekend so far! I know I am so happy it’s the weekend and always enjoy my Fridays and Saturdays! Any big plans for the weekend?  I am currently going to be hanging out with the boyfriend and his family. I will be taking some more pictures for upcoming blog posts in the near future as well. I am so blessed to have a boyfriend that loves taking my pictures, it’s like I have my own personal photographer which is amazing. He is so good at it too, loves experimenting with different angles, and I am so blessed. He is awesome.  I am really excited about this collaboration that I am involved with presently. I have honestly been into healing gems, gems that help with anxiety or even energy as well. I found an amazing company on Instagram called, “Zen Healing Gems“, and reached out to them, inquiring if they would like to collaborate with me on a blog post. I spoke to the founder of the company, Kayla, and inquired about the potential collaboration. She was very pleasant to speak to, very kind, and welcoming as well. You can actually learn a lot from someone over messaging!   Kayla was more than happy to collaborate on a blog post with me, and I was super excited. Her work is amazing, and I was super excited to write a blog post on her and her company.

I got to know a little bit more about Kayla and her company. Kayla lives with her fiance and her doggy in Lancaster, PA. She is an old soul and a free spirit, she loves music, yoga, crystals, dancing, essential oils, icecream, burritos, her puppy, and getting outdoors. She really likes tattoos, and personally has six herself which is amazing. Every one of her tattoos are special to her and has their own meaning. Kayla also loves making jewlery as it is very therapeutic to her, as well as healing for her. Working wih crysals creates positive vibes and cleanses her space. In the next year, Kayla would like to travel more and build her business by doing more events/shows and creating more sales on her etsy shop.  Kayla has been running her business, “Zen Healing Gems” for two years. She sttarted making jewlery a little over three years ago and two years ago was when she knew she wanted to make a business out of it. Kayla was very passionate about creating and loved the idea of carrying the crystals with you as a wearable art. Kayla makes the jewlery by herself, enjoying every second of it!

I received two bracelets in the mail from Kayla and they are absolutely stunning. I love healing crystals and love learning about the healing behind the gems. The one bracelet is Sodalite, which is deeply connected to the heat, and creates a calming effect which makes inner peace easier to attain. The black crystal in both the bracelets is Black Onyx which is great for grounding and protection as well as wards of negative energy. The bright blue bracelet is Imperial Jasper,  which has amazing healing  and protection energies as well as reduces fears and insecurities. I love learning about this kind of stuff, it is so fascinating to me and I adore it. Healing crystals and gems are new to me, so I love learning new information. I picked out these two bracelets because I loved the look and colour, I was drawn to them!

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You can get ahold of Kayla if you would like to order something by messaging her on her Instagram at “zen_healing_gems”. You can also check out her etsy store as well which is located in her bio on Instagram. Also you can message her on Facebook or through email as well. Kayla absolutely loves doing custom orders as some of her favourite pieces have come from custom orders! This is amazing.  Highly highly recommend checking out Kayla and her beautiful company. Be sure to come spread some love on her social media sites and check out her etsy shop, it’s adorable! I want to personally take the time to thank Kayla and her company Zen Healing Gems for allowing me to collaborate with such a beautiful company. She is so talented and really knows what she is doing which is fantastic.  I wish you nothing but the best Kayla on your future endeavors! You were wonderful and so amazing to work with. Be sure to follow my social media sites to stay updated with the latest blog posts in the near future! Take care and much love xo.

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