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SO you've got the travel bug, but your bank account wont let you leave the country...

Don't stress, I've got you covered with



I know, I know. Your initial reaction to seeing HAMILTON on this list is probably a big 'WTF?!' right? Well turns out Hamilton has some pretty big and beautiful waterfalls. If you only have the budget for a quick day trip, then Hamilton is for sure your best bet - it's only about an hour drive out of the city.

*Where to go: Webster Falls, Tews Falls (It's a bit of a hike to get to both - around 30/40 mins but definitely worth it)
*Where to eat: The French - If you want to feel EVEN MORE like you're on vaca, check out this French bistro that looks like it was just plucked out of Paris and dropped into Hamilton.


Terre Bleu Lavender Farm in Milton is as close as you will get to a French countryside getaway without getting on a plane. Lavender is one of my favourite flowers and my favourite scent, so this place was HEAVEN to me.

*Where to go: Terre Bleu Lavender Farm
*Where to eat: Terre Bleu Lavender Farm - they've only got two things on the menu, but both are delicious - lavender lemonade and lavender ice cream!


If you've never been to Thailand because the idea of 24 hour travel time makes you sick, then the 3.5 hour drive to BP is for you. I'd refer to BP as the poor man's Thailand, but that wouldn't be very nice, so instead I will refer to BP as Canada's own version of Thailand. You may have seen my photos from my recent trip up to BP (ya that time I tricked everyone into thinking that I went to Thailand for the day). BP is BEAUTIFUL - I have never seen clearer water (in Canada) or more gorgeous rock formations and caves (again, in Canada LOL). If you want to feel like you're somewhere tropical surrounded by beautiful water grottos then definitely check out BP for the day.

*Where to go: Bruce Peninsula, Flower Pot Island
*Where to eat: SLIM PICKINGS up at BP, don't expect anything fancy (mostly local diners and sports bars), I'd recommend bringing a picnic for the day!


(Photos from The Drake Devonshire, The June Motel)

If you like wine and aesthetically pleasing decor. PEC is the place for you. Although I have only been to PEC once when I was 15, I have been dying to go back. OBVIOUSLY since this is the only place on my list that I haven't been to recently, I can't give the most in-depth reviews about where to go and where to stay. HOPEFULLY I will get to go back before the impending DOOM of Canadian winter hits and experience PEC as an adult. For now I'll share with you guys all of the places that I am lusting over via Instagram.

*Where to stay: The Drake Devonshire, The June Motel (both of these places are an Instagrammer's DREAM - I have yet to stay at either of these places, but I have definitely spent time creeping their IG accounts plotting my getaway)
*Where to go: Sandbanks Provincial Park, Wineries (there's honestly too many to list), Lake on the Mountain
*Where to eat: The Drake Devonshire - I am currently accepting any reccos for more restaurants in PEC because 1. I have only ever eaten at the Drake (in Toronto) and 2. Like I said, the last time I was in PEC I was 15 LOL...



For those who don't know, I have a LARGE array of small things wrong with me...

First of all I'm picky as fuq, but we'll save that for another story...For the sake of THIS story, we're going to focus on:

1. My inability to turn my mind off when it's time to go to bed 
and finally
3. My annoyingly sensitive stomach


As a self-employed freelancer my mind is constantly thinking 'work, work, work', 'Can I create something right now?',  'Am I wasting my time right now?', 'What should I be doing?' - basically my mind never shuts the fuck up. 

I'm pretty sure all Millennials can relate, whether your self-employed or not, we live in an age where we are being constantly bombarded with connection and options. 

So how TF do we quiet our minds and banish stress?

Recently I got together with a friend Julia who works for Saje Natural Wellness and she introduced me to the natural healing benefits of aromatherapy. I didn't know much about aromatherapy, but the crystal loving, spiritual hippie woman inside me was DEFINITELY DOWN to give it a try! Julia introduced me to some of Saje's core products and I have to say after using them for around 2 weeks now, I am ADDICTED.

The first product that I LEGIT carry around in my purse with me every day is Saje's 

This little pouch contains 5 different oil blends all with targeted uses (headache relief, germ fighting, digestion easing, stress reduction, and pain reduction). TBH I was a little apprehensive about how much oil could help with issues such as my stress and my digestive issues, but somehow it does. 

Whenever I'm feeling stressed (which is probably like 300 times a day) I take out the 'Stress Release' roll on ball and roll the oil on my wrists and and hands. I then cup my hands together and breathe the oil in slowly and deeply. ALTHOUGH I may look like a crackhead huffing some sketchy shit in my palms when I do this, it actually works to calm me down. WARNING - your friends and family may look at you like you are clinically insane when you do this, but at least you'll be too calm and zen to give a fuq. 

As for the 'Eater's Digest' roll on ball - I initially thought there was NO WAY simply rolling some oil on my stomach would work as my friends and family will tell you my stomach is more sensitive than a girl who just got her period. BUT the debilitating stomach pains that normally ensue after a binge night on Maker's pizza were no where to be found. SO NOW I AM A BELIEVER. 

The second product that I cannot live without is Saje's 

'SLEEP WELL' roll on oil:

A couple rolls of this oil onto my neck, wrist, and palms and I am out like a light. Normally if I fall asleep before my boyfriend and he tries to get into bed after I've fallen asleep, i'll instantly wake up screaming profanities at him for disturbing my rest (lucky guy eh?)...But when I use the 'Sleep Well' he could literally roll me off the bed and I'd still probably be fully out. This little roll on oil is a LIFESAVER for anyone who has difficulties falling asleep and/or staying asleep - it now has a permanent home on my bedside table. 

Check out Saje Wellness for more natural remedies

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