My latest awesome find in Montreal: Boutique 1861

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Good morning Loves.  Every single Saturday when I run my weekly errands I walk by one of the coolest places in the city and I didn’t even know it was there.  It’s hard for me to admit that I love something about Montreal because for the past two years all I can think about is leaving.  I would move to New York City in a heartbeat if my boyfriend of 14 years would come with me…but he won’t.  So for the time being I am staying put.

Finding unique shops in Montreal always makes me feel better

I have to admit that Finding cool places around Montreal is helping me hate the city just a little bit less.  Montreal will never be New York City, but for now it will have to do.

I first read about Boutique 1861 from my homegirl Vanessa and last weekend I finally went in.  I would love to say that Boutique 1861 is Montreal’s best kept secret but 50,000 Facebook fans would disagree.  There are two locations in Montreal on St. Laurent street just above Prince Arthur and Ste. Catherine street near St. Marc.

Boutique 1861 is glamour meets girly. 

This is where Carrie Bradshaw would shop if she lived in Montreal. The outfits are reasonable for the amazing quality and uniqueness that you will find in the small store.  You can buy almost anything in the store including shoes, bags and dresses for $70 to $180.  If you shop at Boutique 1861 you are guaranteed that no one else will be wearing the same outfit.  And as a bonus, if you get hungry or thirsty while shopping you can snack on pink lemonade and macaroons. SCORE!

You don’t have to take my word for it, check out how awesome Boutique 1861 is for yourself…

Let me take you to the candy shop: Freak Lunchbox

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Good morning Loves.  I had a relaxing weekend by the pool at my gym – which is a 20 minute walk from my apartment – and I hope you had a nice relaxing weekend too.  We have to take advantage of these summer weekends because before we know it, the leaves will be changing and we will be wearing boots, tights and sweater dresses. Yes?

Saturday afternoon on my way home from the pool I discovered one of the bestest-most funest places ever…a candy shop for adults called Freak Lunchbox.  I have to watch my sugar intake because I believe it’s causing me to gain weight, but I couldn’t resist – I just had to stop in.

Freak Lunchbox has locations across Canada including Halifax, Montreal and Calgary…and it’s totally awesome! OK enough of my sugar rush crush. Check out these pics of Freak Lunchbox and see for yourself. But first, here’s the Candy Shop video because I know you have been singing it in your head since you started to read :-)


Freak Lunchbox is so much fun – see for yourself


When plastic bags just aren’t enough


Bandaids – a totally cool collection of bandaids


Have you ever seen so many Pez?


The coolest thing I saw in the store – cupcake toothpaste


What I should have bought – but didn’t


This is what I bought – for only $8.30 – gummy coke bottles, chocolate almonds, lemonade flavour big foots and cupcake cookie dough bite size balls. Awesome!


Do I look super excited to go home and eat my candy from Freak Lunchbox?

Friday Faves: The perfect Mother’s Day gift

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Good morning Loves and Happy Friday.  As you read this I am in New York City for SELF Workout in the Park. It’s an all day fitness event hosted by SELF Magazine and Crunch Gym. So expect lot’s of giveaways next week when I get back.

This weekend is Mother’s Day and if you are looking for the perfect (last minute) Mother’s Day gift then have no fear – I am here to help. My mother is your typical pastel wearing, muffin baking lady who subscribes to Cottage Life Magazine and Martha Stewart Living.  It’s not hard to find a Mother’s Day gift that my she will love – basically if it’s a bright colour and really girly then my mother will love it. Sometimes it’s difficult to find a unique gift for my mother because I find that a lot of Mother’s Day gifts are so cliche; but she doesn’t care. My mother always says that she will love whatever gift we give her for Mother’s Day.

These are four gifts that I know my mother will love. Can you guess which one I got her for Mother’s Day this year? Mom, if you haven’t received it in the mail yet, it should be delivered very soon.

Happy Mother’s Day everyone and happy shopping.

- A bouquet of flowers.  Mother’s Day is in spring so a nice bouquet of flowers can be the perfect Mother’s Day gift.

- Candles. Bath & Body Works has some fresh new flavours such as Gelato and Island Margarita. Fresh spring colours and smell good scents are perfect for any room in your mom’s house.

- Subscription box membership. I am currently subscribing to Kona Kase and Beauty Box 5, one is full of healthy snacks and the other is full of makeup and cosmetics.

- Colourful pyjamas. I don’t know what it is about spring that makes me want to buy everything colourful but I do. Get your mom some fun pjs this Mother’s Day.  If your mom is having hot flashes I suggest getting cute little sleepy shorts and a tank top.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mom’s out there.

Love Always,

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My Wish List and Holiday Shopping Tips

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(The Christmas Tree at The Quincy Market in Boston)

The holiday season is in full swing and that means that shoppers are browsing various websites and shopping malls in order to find the perfect gift for everyone on their holiday list. I personally love shopping, but even I need to plan a holiday shopping strategy. I like to plan my holiday shopping in order to make sure that I don’t go crazy and also to make sure that I remember to buy gifts for all of my loved ones.

I used to love browsing through shopping malls during the holidays while I enjoyed looking at the festive decorations and listening to the cheerful music; but in recent years as I have grown more impatient in crowds I have discovered the world of online shopping.

Shop Online to Save Time and Money

I enjoy online shopping because it is fast, it’s easy and I can do it from the comfort of my own home – I can even do it in the comfort of my own pyjamas, if I wish to do so. I also enjoy online shopping because it’s one stop shopping for all of my gifting needs.  When I shop with one website I can get gifts for everyone on my list, only pay one shipping cost (or have the fee waived with a minimum purchase amount) and I can have all of the gifts delivered right to my doorstep. Easy. Breezy!

Earn Cash Back and Even Shop at the Last Minute

Shopping online with a cash back or discount website is the gift that keeps on giving. When you shop on a cash back website you can buy gifts for all of your loved ones and you will get cash back in your pocket for all of your purchases. Some online websites offer express shipping and overnight shipping for all of those last minute holiday shoppers.  It seems as if shopping at the last minute will be a little bit more bearable if you don’t have to wait in line at stores and deal with crowds in a shopping mall.

This year My Wish List Includes:

- New Flannel Pyjamas (no one-sies please)

- The book “Dare Me” by Megan Abbott

- Just Dance 4 for my Wii

What is on your Wish List this year?

Love Always,

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Friday Faves: A holiday gift guide with a few of my favourite things

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Good Morning Everyone.  Today I am sharing some very cool items and places that I discovered over the past few weeks. I am usually not the type of girl who likes to try new things, but over the past few weeks I have read a great book, I tried a new workout DVD, I discovered a delicious new snack, discovered a new website and I went to a new city.  I love the fact that I discovered a whole bunch of great new items and places so I just felt the need to share.  If you are looking for a unique gift idea this holiday season may I suggest buying one of my new favourite things.  Have a great weekend. Enjoy!

For the reader on your list:

Dare Me by Megan Abbott and White Girl Problems by Babe Walker

Dare Me: A Novel White Girl Problems

For the yoga lover on your list:

Skinnygirl Yoga from Bethenny Frankel

For the girl who loves to snack:

Skinnygirl On-The-Go Bars

For the workout girl:

Sign Up at PV Body for great deals on workout gear.


For the one who loves to travel:

Go to Boston.



Love Always,

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The Latest Fashion Trends for Fall and Winter

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English: Runway model; Abigail Keats Autumn/Wi...Many well known fashion designers made a prediction that the latest trends will be ruled by the music indusries with inspriation from the world of rock music and the hip hop lifestyle.

Tips for Fall and Winter:

- The latest fashion garments will be made of chunky textured materials.

- The stylish scarves can be regarded as one of the best fashion statements of this year.

Men’s Fashion Wear

- There are many fashion garments for men this year such as jackets, coloured jeans and denim jeans.

- Men can also wear the all time hit athletic jerseys. If you wear this you can get a cool look. So wear a jersey and make a unique fashion statement.

- Black leather jackets are also a good option for men. They create a bold look and always make effective fashion statement.

From the above mentioned points and discussions we have come to know the latest trends this year. Nowadays both men and women all want to look gorgeous. Many young celebrities also prefer the laid back look of rock and hip hop styles. In this article we discussed all the essential features of the latest trends. There is no doubt that women always jump ahead of men when it comes to new trends, especially when it comes to fashion.

Love Always,

Author’s Bio:

Author’s Bio: Emily Stone is a professional writer for The Little Things in Life. She has a vast experience in writing articles on Wedding Hair Accessories and related topics. In this article he has written on latest trends in fashion wear.

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Happy Birthday to Me!

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My Birthday Haircut

Many people make positive changes in their life on January 1 to celebrate the New Year, but I personally like to start making positive changes on my birthday.  New Year’s Day is a new beginning for many people but I like to measure my personal growth and happiness each year on my birthday. On October 9 I turn 32 years old and honestly I am a little bit excited about it.

My last two birthdays have been really crappy but this year I am excited to celebrate my birthday because I am finally in a semi-happy-place. Two years ago on my 30th birthday the psycho step witch (aka my dad’s alcoholic girlfriend) violently attacked me.  I was so upset by her violent behaviour and by my dad’s decision to stay with her that I basically slept through the rest of the year; I spent 2010 in a perpetual state of emotional instability.  Once I finally woke up from my self-loathing I continued to replay the events of the step witches violent behaviour over and over again in my head. Why did she attack me? What could I have done differently? Can I live a life without my family? I spent all of 2011 in a state of uncontrollable anger.

In 2012 I decided that I can’t change what happened that night, I can’t make the step witch sober up and become a better person, and I can’t change the fact that my dad chose to stay with a woman who physically hits him. So I decided to start making positive changes in my life, I made a list of all the things that make me unhappy and I started making positive changes towards loving life and learning to love myself.

This year I went to two blogging conferences (and blogged way too much about them), I started exercising on a regular basis, I began trying new experiences to get out of my comfort zone (which I usually never leave), I decided to go back to school in a journalism program, and I made blogging daily on My Diary Entry my ultimate priority. I am currently working on my first book “A Better You” and I hope to have it finished, or be close to finished, by December 31.

Happy Birthday to Me! This is how I spent my 32nd birthday:

New Jeans from American Eagle. Artist Cut and Regular Boot Cut.


My birthday gift from Sephora’s Beauty Insider club.

My birthday gift from The Body Shop’s Love Your Body club.

My birthday cheesecake from Broadway Cheesecake in Montreal.

 Photo: Oh yes happy birthday to me

Love Always,

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Is Online Shopping too good to be true? No, it’s for real!

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Good Morning everyone, today I am writing on My Diary Entry with excellent news. On my recent trip to BlogHer in New York City I discovered a website called Ebates Canada.  It is a one-stop online shopping website that offers both instant discount codes and cash back on all of your purchases. I am a huge fan of online shopping because I hate waiting in lines and I hate dealing with salespeople.

I prefer do my shopping in the U.S. or on U.S. based websites because a large portion of my disposable income is paid in U.S. Dollars.  I also prefer to do my shopping in the U.S. because the prices on the exact same U.S. products are usually cheaper than they are in Canada. However sometimes I avoid online shopping because I find that the U.S. shipping costs to Canada can be very expensive. So what’s the good news? On Sept 4 I ordered new boots from Dr. Jays through Ebates Canada and less than 5 days later they arrived at my door.

My Purchase from Ebates Canada

I absolutely love boots, and with Fall quickly approaching there is no better time to purchase new boots than right now. I love boots because they are very comfortable and they are diverse; I can wear boots with jeans, leggings, and skirts.  I purchased a pair of black boots that were originally priced at $58.00 for only $37.99.  On top of the sale price I also received 5% cash back and a 20% instant discount on my entire purchase.  Including the shipping and handling to Canada my total order was only $55.58.  In my opinion that’s a great deal.

Oh and did I mention that everyone receives a $10 gift card to the retailer of their choice with their first purchase?

When and Why I shop on Ebates Canada

Ebates Canada  offers discount codes and cash back with a variety of both Canadian and U.S. retailers.  I absolutely love the fact that I can shop at my favourite U.S. retailers and have my purchases delivered right to my doorstep.

I will always shop on Ebates Canada for retailers that are not otherwise available to Canadians.  The discount codes and cash back usually cover the cost of shipping and handling; therefore it’s as if I am shopping in a store with no additional shipping costs and I am avoiding the line ups in the stores because my purchase is being delivered right to my door.

What makes Ebates different?

With just one purchase I received 5% cash back and 20% off of my entire purchase. Where else in the online shopping world can you benefit from both cash back and an instant discount on your entire purchase?

Ebates Canada offers Canadians the option to shop at popular U.S. retailers such as Designer Shoe Warehouse, Macy’s, American Eagle Outfitters, Target, Aeropostale, Mark Cosmetics, and The Disney Store. Each retailer description gives information about the total cash back offered, the places where they ship their merchandise, as well as which currencies they accept as a form of payment. Ebates Canada accepts several different payment methods including PayPal, Visa, and MasterCard.

I am absolutely satisfied with my purchase on Ebates Canada and I will definitely be a repeat customer.

Check out some more pics:


Love Always,

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Online Discount Shopping with Ebates Canada

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This post dedicated to everyone who loves shopping and everyone who loves a good deal.

It is no secret that I love shopping, but as a financial professional I also love a great deal.  So when I discovered Ebates Canada at BlogHer in New York City I was more than happy to check out their website and see what it was all about.

I have had my share of both good and bad experiences with online shopping websites, love online shopping because I love shopping and I love receiving packages in the mail.  I enjoy the convenience of online shopping but sometimes online purchases can be very expensive.  If the items that we want to buy are not on sale, then shopping online can be very costly after we add up the costs of shipping and handling.  One of the many great benefits of shopping at my favourite stores through Ebates Canada is that shoppers earn cash back on all of their purchases.  This means that even if the items we want to buy are not on sale we are still getting a discount in the form of earning cash back with every single purchase.

U.S. Retailers Now Deliver to Canada with Ebates

Ebates Canada is a discount website that offers Canadian shoppers both cash back on all of their online purchases as well as coupons for instant discounts at a variety of popular retailers.  Another great benefit of shopping online with Ebates Canada is that they give Canadians the option to make online purchases at popular U.S. retailers such as Victoria’s Secret, Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Designer Shoe Warehouse and Zale’s Jewellers. As a Canadian shopper I really appreciate this benefit because otherwise these popular retailers are only available to Canadians by taking a trip to the U.S.

Thanks to Ebates Canada shoppers no longer have to visit several different individual websites when they shop online because Ebates Canada gives shoppers direct links to the websites of their favourite retailers. Now we can shop at all of our favourite retailers through one website and we can earn cash back rewards and get an instant discount at the same time.

Online Shopping Made Easy by Ebates Canada

If you aren’t sure what you are shopping for don’t worry because Ebates Canada lets you shop online by category or by retailer.  Online shopping is the new window shopping, and we can do it from the comfort of our own homes. The shopping experience with Ebates Canada was very short and sweet, it took me less than 5 minutes to sign up and start shopping; actually I signed up for Ebates Canada using my Facebook login.

Online websites are the preferred way to shop for many people, especially during the holidays, because we can avoid crowds, skip the line ups in stores, and get our purchases mailed directly to our doorstep…what’s not to love about that?

Visit Ebates Canada now and start shopping at your favourite stores. Trust me you will love it.

There is a link on the left hand side of this page that will take you directly to the Ebates Canada website.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, I already received my first purchase in the mail.

Love Always,

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Sexy Summer Fashion Trends

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Good Morning Everyone.  Today I am featuring a guest post by celebrity stylist Anya Sarre from Shoe Dazzle.   In an attempt to spice up our lives, from time to time I invite other bloggers to write guests posts on My Diary Entry for your reading pleasure.  Please give a big warm welcome to Anya Sarre as you read her first guest post on My Diary Entry.

For the latest fashion trends you can follow Anya Sarre on Twitter @StylistAnya.  Enjoy!

In many ways, summer throws us for a loop. We want to look fashionable, but how can you do it when most people wear only a few articles of clothing out of doors? If you are someone who is intent on staying stylish even when the temperatures rise and rise, you will find that it is time for you to consider what your options are. Check out these tips for looking hot even when you stay cool!

Consider Summer Dresses

Photo by All Maxi Dresses

My personal favorite this summer is the maxi dress! Maxi dresses provide you with a sophisticated amount of coverage but still portray a sexy and flirty look. Even if dresses aren’t your kind of thing, give the maxi dress a try and you’ll be sure to fall in love. In a large variety of colors, patterns and fabrics, you’ll be sure to find a dress that fits the scene and fits your style!

Don’t forget to work from the ground up. Your shoes can transform an entire outfit. So whether you wear high-heeled shoes, sandals, or wedge heels, match your dress to your feet! A bright colored maxi with a floral wedge will look red carpet summer ready in a matter of minutes.

Always Accessorize

Photo by Chictopia

The right accessories can make a simple combination pop if you choose them correctly! For example, if you want to keep the sun off your head, choose a light silk or cotton scarf. Wound over your hair, this gives you the look of a 1940’s starlet. Give your arms some interesting visual variety by choosing bangles that contrast nicely with your dress and make sure that you consider a flirty anklet for when you head down to the pool. Think about how the accessories you choose give you a specific look. What do you want to look like and what accessories go with that look?

When it comes to makeup during the summer, always remember that you should keep it light. Stay cool, calm and collected in the summer heat.

If you are tired of the summer sun, don’t forget that summer is still a chance for you to look your best. Consider what your choices are and how you can draw the eyes of everyone around you!

Love Always,

 and Anya Sarre from

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