Lighting Your Life + Your Home

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One of the things I love about our home is the natural light that pours in during the day. The ambiance at night is also important and something I didn't really focus on improving before. Which is why I'm so happy we recently switched to SYLVANIA ULTRA LED light bulbs. 

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I selected light bulbs with a dimmable feature and since we made the switch, the ambiance is so much more calming in our bedroom. It feels so cozy to relax and unwind in at the end of the day.

Besides the fact that the bulbs are LED, I also love the vintage design of the filament bulb we're using for the chandelier. The bulb is exposed, so I love that this one is clear and so slender - plus I think the color of the filaments is a cool added touch! 

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When I took them out of the packaging I could tell right away these were really high quality. SYLVANIA ULTRA LED bulbs actually last 15 times longer than incandescent lights - that's up to thirteen years or 15,000 hours! They're also mercury and lead free which is really important to us, especially since we've been switching to safer household products ever since I became pregnant two years ago.

I'm really happy with the results! There is a much better color temperature and light quality that actually makes for a better overall design in our home! 

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Bulbs used: Chandelier: Clear ULTRA LED filament in soft white opale B10; Table lamps: Clear soft white ULTRA LED filament 60W

SYLVANIA ULTRA & LED bulbs are available at Amazon and Lowes

This post was sponsored by SYLVANIA Lighting Canada for their Lighting Your Life campaign. Comments and opinions are my own. #LightingYourLife

HOW I PLANNED MY DREAM WEDDING - PART 2

Everyone has a vision of what they want for their wedding and has different priorities, so I want to start by saying even though I had my dream wedding, it wasn't perfect, but in the end really did turn out to be my dream wedding. I'm writing about how I planned my dream wedding, but the "how" may not be what you think.

getting engaged

It was May and we got engaged on vacation in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. We were practically the only ones on the beach when he proposed at 8 am. I was in shock! And so happy. Once I got engaged, like so many of you, I obsessed over Pinterest, created a wedding board and made a real mood board (yes, I actually cut out pictures from magazines!).

make a list of what you know you want

Since the options are literally endless in every aspect of the the planning process, start by narrowing it down with what you know you want.

I always wanted a small, intimate, outdoor wedding. Going into it I was sure I wanted the following:

  • Date: A spring/summer wedding (May or June)
  • Guests: Small guest list to keep it intimate
  • Dress: Sweetheart neckline, belted if possible (I was open to silhouettes)
  • Colors: White, blush pink or lavender, grey or taupe
  • Location: Outdoors in nature, preferably near or in front of a lake

let the planning begin - the venue

I basked in being engaged for the summer before I started planning. Come September I started to get anxious and was ready to jump in knowing I wanted a spring wedding. Planning events was part of my job as a PR Manager, so it definitely helped when it came time to plan my own wedding. I was methodical in my planning yet it was still so easy to get overwhelmed with choices!

Knowing wedding venues get booked a year in advance and that wedding dresses take at least six months to make, I started there.

Once we set our budget I made a list of potential locations but they were either not available, too far from the city for guests, too pricey or some other reason. It was stressful. I almost considered getting married down south just the two of us but I knew deep down I really wanted to share this day with those closest to us.

I started by making appointments with a bunch of venues and would book 2-3 visits at a time that were located in the same area. My sister who was also the maid of honor came withme and she was super helpful because 1. I trust her opinion 2. We have the same taste and she knows what I like 3. She helped to ask questions and check things out in case I missed anything.

We eventually found a gorgeous golf course. It checked of a lot of boxes. The ceremony would be on the grounds and the reception would be in a beautiful ballroom. They had their own team of vendors for food, music, decor which made it easy. We booked it in September for a June wedding. Done.

the dress

Suprisingly, this was one of the easiest decisions theourhgt the entire planning process! I found 'the dress' on my first visit at a bridal boutique! I tried on maybe five dresses, all different styles and silhouettes but when I tried that one on, I KNEW. It's so true what they say!

photogrAphers

Photography was at the top of my list (food was at the top of my husband's). I had my eye on a few photographers and price-wise most were in the same price range. There were a couple who were slightly more expensive and we went with one of them. I was so excited when we chose our photographers! Not only are they extremely talented, we just clicked with them too (they're married)!

It was the end of the year and now that I had the venue, the dress and the photographers I could relax a little. Or so I thought. Keep an eye out for the Part 3 for the rest of the planning process and to see how it turned out!

101 Ways to Use Rejuveniqe Oil by Monat

I'm so in love with this oil! It's a natural blend of oils, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, etc. that is so pure and versatile, it can used 101 ways on your hair, face and body! Not to mention it has a heavenly citrus scent!

Every week I'll be sharing a few tips on how you can use Rejuveniqe Oil in your daily routine, starting this week with -

Five Pre-Shampoo Treatments:

1. Deep treatment on scalp and hair 30 minutes prior to washing
2. For fine or thinning hair, apply all over scalp and hair for 5 minutes then rinse and style
3. Overnight intense treatment
4. For color-treated hair add a few drops to color formula
5. Split ends repair, leave in for 30 minutes weekly

Being in the middle of winter the cold is bound to do a number on our skin and hair! I hope you'll find these tips helpful. Next week, I'll share some tips on how to use this amazing oil after washing your hair.