Summer BBQ: Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon

Nothing screams Summer quite better than a good BBQ. Whether you are the host bringing the most or if you are attending a (safe) social gathering, a few blogging friends and I are sharing our go to recipes for you too knock it out of the park (or backyard that is!). I will be sharing my go to favourite BBQ dish to host at any gathering, and at the end, I will link my friends pages so you can see what amazing, mouth-watering dishes they have come up with for you!

For me, one of the best smells in the world is a cedar plank grilling on the BBQ. If you have not smelt that, just wait till you eat what we grill on it.

It sounds fancier and more complicated than it is, but trust me, it takes less than a half hour from start to finish (as long as you have soaked the cedar planks prior to prep and cook time), and everyone will be saying it is better than restaurant salmon (I may have gotten that a few times).

Let’s get right into it!


  • 1 – 1 ½ lbs of Salmon
  • 2 Cedar Planks (typically the sizing can vary on cedar planks but I slice my salmon in half and it fit on two boards I purchased from Superstore. You can also find a package of planks here)
  • 1 Lemon (cut into slices)
  • Seasoning (below)


  • 4 tbsp brown sugar
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp parsley


** Soak cedar planks according to instructions.

All planks soaking time varies based on size and thickness. (Typically and where from 2-4 hours)** 

  • Turn grill on to medium-high
  • Mix all seasoning into a bowl
  • Take sliced lemons and place on cedar plank (I use about three per plank)
  • Season salmon on all sides, and press seasoning into salmon to really stick, and place on top of planks (on top of lemons)
  • Place planks directly on grill approximately 15 minutes (ensure internal temperature reaches 135 degrees)
  • Take off the grill and enjoy!

See! I told you it was easy. As I mentioned, the only thing that takes the most time is soaking the planks. Grilling with a dry plank won’t give as much flavor to the food you’re cooking, since much of the flavor comes from the water evaporating out of the plank as it’s exposed to the heat of your grill. Also, you definitely don’t want to put a dry piece of wood on a hot, burning grill as you are risking a fire.

I hope you found some Summer grilling inspiration for your next BBQ. If you are going to a gathering, you can cook this ahead of time and add the salmon to a garden salad. A smoky cedar flavored salmon on a bed of greens is absolutely delicious.

If you decide to give this a try, tag me and I would love to re-share it to my stories on Instagram! Now don’t forget to check out my friend’s posts on their blog and their Instagram below for more amazing BBQ dish ideas!

Kayla – Blog & Instagram // Bria – Blog & Instagram // Danielle – Blog & Instagram // Lisa – Blog & Instagram // Renee – Blog & Instagram // Stephanie – Blog & Instagram // Laura – Blog & Instagram // Sylvia – Blog & Instagram


10 Mother’s Day Gifts She Will Love!

As a mother myself, I have a huge appreciation for Mother’s Day. It is not always about getting a gift, but about recognizing the importance of the hardworking and loving moms in our lives.

10 mother's day gift she will love - a gift guide

But, sometimes is it nice to show that appreciation through a gift! So I decided to put together a fun little list of 10 items I know I would love and other moms would love too!

This is my first gift guide EVER! So I decided to keep it short and sweet with 10 of my favourite items as a mom! I only chose products and items I have, love and used. If you enjoy these gift guides, let me know in the comments below or DM me on Insta so I can continue making these for you!

I know during this time with everything going on with COVID-19, we want to be safe. At this time, some of us are unable to connect with everyone, even our moms during Mother’s Day. Everything listed here is available online, which makes it perfect for you to have delivered right to her door!

  1. These personalized cold cups (and hot cups too) are so adorable! you can get them to say anything you want. I know I would not have any issues with my water intake, drinking it out of a cute cup!
  2. Speaking of personalized, have you seen these custom name necklaces? I love wearing mine proudly that says “mama”. Or hey, put her own name or initials of all the kids!
  3. I am a big fan of wine here. Even more when you have gorgeous wine glasses like these to drink out of!
  4. If your mama loves to wear bracelets, these Victoria Emerson wraps are perfect! They take all the guesswork of creating a beautiful stacked bracelet.
  5. Whether it’s to hold make-up, or skin care products, at home or for future traveling, this organizer is great. It has customizable dividers so she can make it work for her and her products.
  6. Now, every mom appreciates good sleep. Help her get the Zzz’s she deserves with this silk sleep mask.
  7. It is a well known fact that a coffee drinking mom will lose count of how many times she has to reheat her coffee. This tumbler is seriously a lifesaver! It goes hours keeping her beverage warm (or cold if that’s her thing) and she won’t have to worry about constantly warming up your java that she left attending to the kids!
  8. I always appreciate anything that saves my dry lips any time of the year! This lip mask is a godsend. It’s like the perfect moisturizer for your lips.
  9. As a mom, I need a bag that can carry practically my entire life. This designer dupe tote is perfect for any mom! It’s spacious, wonderful quality, and has the designer look, without the price tag! Use code SPRING2020 to get 30% off your order!
  10. These face masks will make any mom feel like they are bringing the spa home. And what mom doesn’t deserve to feel like they are at the spa?

I hope you enjoyed my 10 Mother’s Day gifts! I would love to hear what you are getting your mom this year or what was your favourite Mother’s Day gift you received.

Shoutout to all the hardworking mommas out there! Stay safe!



Sephora Spring Savings Event Must Haves!

It is that time of year again! The Sephora Spring Savings Event. I am sharing my favourites from Sephora!

This Sephora Spring Savings Event is a TWO WEEK long sale where Sephora insiders receive special discounts site-wide from 10-20% off.

The three levels are the following: Beauty Insider, VIB, and Rouge.

Signing up to be a Beauty Insider is FREE and you’ll be instantly qualified for savings. When you have spent $350 within the year, you will be upgraded to VIB level. When you spend $1000 within a year, you will upgrade to the Rouge status.

Dates to Remember, Discount, and Codes:

Rouge Early Access: April 17 – May 1 / 20% off w/ code “SPRINGSAVE”

VIB: April 21 – April 29 / 15% off w/ code “SPRINGSAVE”

Insiders: April 23 – April 29 / 10% off w/ code “SPRINGSAVE”

Below I have listed my favourite skin care items and beauty products that are my ride or die! I have repurchased these items and are a staple in my everyday routine!



What are you snagging during this sale? Tell me your favourites below!


Soft & Chewy Mini Egg Cookies

Sundays are for self care, and I definitely think baking cookies are included in a list somewhere! If not, then I am adding to mine. 

I have seen a few of these recipes going around for Mini Egg Cookies and I had to give it a try. Especially since we are approaching Easter! It took everything I had not to eat the entire bag before making the cookies. I had to hide them from the rest of the family too. 

Like everything I cook or bake, I tend to read 5-10 recipes online, pick and choose from each one that seems to be consistent and read the comments on what people have tried & changed with them. Then I proceed to make whatever it may be. So I never really stick with one recipe and I am always tweaking here and there, but this is what I am going to be adding to my recipe book, and hopefully yours too!

These are super easy and quick to whip up which is a bonus!


  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup salted butter (softened, not melted)
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 ½ tsp of vanilla
  • 1 cup of whole mini eggs
  • ½ cup of mini eggs (chopped, put in ziplock bag to crush)
  • optional : ½ cup of chocolate chips (I normally add this to half a batch)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • In large bowl, mix white and brown sugar, vanilla, and butter
  • Add eggs, and mix
  • In second bowl, mix flour & baking soda
  • Slowly add dry ingredients and stir to combine
  • Dough will be soft and sticky
  • Mix both whole and chopped mini eggs into dough
  • Drop 1 – 1 ½ tbsp of mixture onto non stick cookie sheet
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes (cookies should be soft when pulled out)
  • Let cool & enjoy!

See! Super easy and quick to make, and they do not disappoint! They were gone so quickly in my house and they are now a staple to bake every Spring/ Easter!

Let me know if you make these cookies. I think Banana Chocolate Chip muffins are definitely my next bake! Happy Sunday x


TULA Skincare – Is It Worth The Hype?

Good morning & Happy Friday! 

I know you have probably seen TULA skincare everywhere. If not, then I am not sure where you are hiding. It seems to be in everyone’s skin care routine, must-have item list, and raved all over Instagram! If you aren’t familiar with TULA, it’s a skincare line formulated with probiotics. They are 100% free from phthalates, parabens, propylene glycol, petrolatum, gluten, and mineral oil. They are also cruelty free!

I decided to try it out TULA this past year and see if it was worth the hype! Over the past ten years, I have tried so many skincare brands and I have my favourites. Everyone’s skin is so different in so many ways, that I did have my hesitations on using TULA that seemed to work for every single person I followed on Instagram (pretty much!) 

I will start off saying that I have had pretty decent skin over my lifetime. I only have the odd hormonal breakout, I have dry to normal skin, and I don’t have any major skin issues or complications.

Skincare is something I definitely think is worth the splurge but affordable skincare that actually does wonders for your skin – I am in! I wanted to try a few range of products that I would normally have in my day to day skincare regimen, so I started with Tula’s Discovery Kit. The kit contained the following products:

Face wash: The Cult Classic Purifying Face Cleanser

This has to be my favourite cleanser I have ever tried. It does a wonderful job of truly cleansing my skin, without over drying it.

Toner: Get Toned Pro-Glycolic Resurfacing Toner

Compared to most toners, this one does not dry out my skin. It makes my skin look balanced and bright and one of my favourite products to look forward to in my routine.

Serum: Hello Radiance Illuminating Serum

Putting this on, is like the cherry on the cake. It helps my skin feel hydrated and brighten any darker areas.

Moisturizer: 24-7 Moisture Hydrating Day & Night Cream

I have tried so many moisturizers for my dry skin. This stuff is incredible. Its not too oily and I really feel like my skin is hydrated and not feeling tight. I can wear this under my foundation too and it’s not too thick.

(Bonus! Limited edition TULA travel bag)

For only $52 dollars, this was a steal of a deal. Especially since it gave me enough product to actually use for a long period of time to ensure it was given the time it needed to show results. I was not disappointed. If you are not sure what to start off with, TULA has quizzes and starter kits to find the right products for you!

DISCLAIMER: TULA no longer offers shipping to Canada, but since a majority of my readers/ followers are in the United States, I decided to share my experience to help those looking. Hopefully TULA will bring shipping back to Canada for us to enjoy!

Final Thoughts: I was very skeptical about using a product that so many people seemed to enjoy, I thought it was too good to be true. BUT, I am dying for them to bring shipping back to Canada because TULA is totally worth the hype!

Have you tried TULA? If so, what are your favourite products by them?