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Donating Blood in the UK

This Halloween, I decided to donate blood in the UK for the first time. Having previously donated blood in Canada from 2013-2014, I knew what to expect. (You can also read about my experience in this post.) My experience in the UK was very similar to my previous blood donations in Canada, except for a …

Lifestyle Travel

Review: Knotz Massage Tools*

Happy Earth Day! Earth Day is a worldwide annual event on 22nd April when we can demonstrate support to protect the environment (and all God’s beautiful creatures on earth). We can show the different ways we help the environment and encourage more people to take action. Today, I would like to draw your attention to Knotz Massage …


Shop My Replikate Wardrobe!

These Replikate items are currently listed on eBay (seller: oldworldelegance): I think the majority of us fell in love with Kate’s Erdem lace dress during her visit to Canada in 2011. I couldn’t believe my luck when I spotted this ZARA lace dress in 2012. Although I had it tailored to fit a small, I still …

Lifestyle Vancouver

Charity Spotlight: Beauty Night Society

Happy National Volunteer Week, Canada! One of the many things I miss about Vancouver is volunteering at Beauty Night Society. I miss seeing the familiar faces of the women (participants) waiting at the round tables for the volunteers to arrive. I miss the conversations we’d have about anything and everything, from the lovely/awful weather to the miraculous …


Charity Spotlight: Dressember 2013

I found out about Dressember for IJM (International Justice Mission) 6 days late. Nevertheless, I was excited to take part since I wear dresses and skirts every day. Every day, we are to post a photo of ourselves in dresses to show that we are adDRESSing the need to end modern slavery. I am raising …

Lifestyle Vancouver

3 December 2013 is Giving Tuesday!

Quote of the day To live charitably means not looking out for our own interests, but carrying the burdens of the weakest and poorest among us. — Pope Francis (@Pontifex) November 25, 2013 Today, 3 December, is Giving Tuesday! Here are some ideas for Vancouverites on ways to contribute: Buy a new toy for a child …

Lifestyle Vancouver

Waste Reduction Week

Yesterday was the start of Waste Reduction Week in Canda so I’ve decided to reuse some tips from my 11 March 2013 post on Spring Cleaning: Getting Rid of Stuff! Most of these will apply to Vancouver, BC only. I’m sure you’ll be able to find the equivalent for your city or country. 😉 How to reduce, reuse, …


10 Ways To Give a Part of Yourself

It’s been an exciting July and to close the end of my birth month, I would like to share with you something I enjoy doing: making people happy. 🙂 The post was inspired by my two favourite childhood stories: The Happy Prince (by Oscar Wilde) and The Rainbow Fish (by Marcus Pfister). The main characters …


Birthday Fundraising Page Launch

Dear wonderful readers near and far,

I have finally updated my Birthday Fundraising Page for the BCCHF (British Columbia Children’s Hospital Foundation). 🙂 Please take a look at my birthday fundraising page for more information.


I have temporarily set the goal at $2,500 CAD but I am hoping we will be able to raise more than that amount by the end of this year. The BCCHF has a goal of $200 million and is currently $32 mi. short. Construction of the new hospital is set to begin in January 2014 so there’s little time left. The BCCHF serves the one million children of BC and the Yukon. I was one of the babies born in the hospital and I would like to give back this year by helping them fundraise.

Please Support BC Children´s Hospital Foundation

Even if you do not live in BC or Canada, your donation is greatly appreciated! International donations are accepted and depending on your government’s policy, you might even receive tax credits! Canadians, our donations are tax-deductible. 🙂

Quite often, we take life for granted and don’t realise that surviving childhood and reaching adulthood is a miracle. So let’s help other children on their journey and make sure that they will have a healthier and brighter future. 🙂

Many thanks in advance for your generous contribution!

Your blog hostess,



Charity Spotlight: Operation Christmas Child

This Christmas, I’m not buying any presents for my friends or family. I’m not being selfish. Christmas isn’t about shopping or going broke or the absolute necessity of having to get something for someone. My friends and family will still get their Christmas cards, however. That is a part of me, through my writing, that …