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Say Yes to You

Over the past 2 years, I’ve been on a mission to¬†be healthier, both mentally & physically.¬†Ever¬†since I took¬†that¬†solo¬†trip to LA¬†I’ve been paying more attention to my body and taking more time for myself. My next quest is to learn about gut health.¬†

Did you know that your overall well-being, including your weight and immunity, may be tied to your gastrointestinal health?

In the summer I went to a workshop hosted by¬†¬†Koena, an over-the-counter probiotic supplement to promote gastrointestinal health. This was my first introduction to gut health and got me thinking about my family.¬† Last month I went to another workshop focussing¬†on food sensitivity, leaky gut, and overall gut health. I’m learning but there’s so much to know.¬†

A key takeaway is you really are what you eat and your gut is connected to your brain which is connected to everything else. 

What are Probiotics?

Probiotics are¬† “friendly” bacteria that live in the gastrointestinal track and help maintain and protect gastrointestinal¬†health.¬†

This week I’m starting with Koena Probiotic Supplement¬†for adults.¬† Their products have no GMOs, are vegan, gluten free, preservative free, with no dyes or artificial flavours.¬†The adult formula has a blend of probiotics and a prebiotic (fibers).

Koena‚Äôs also offers certain blends for women and children’s individual needs. Their products are crafted from¬†natural medicinal ingredients to promote healthy gut¬†flora.

 Our intestines are populated by a large number of various bacterial strains: a well-balanced and rich intestinal flora, also called the microbiota, is able to protect us from many disorders. Its activity helps with everything from digesting food, to fighting infections and protecting the body from toxins.



If you have any tips for gut health (or remembering to take your vitamins) I’m all ears!¬† I’ll be sharing an update in a few weeks on how I’m¬†feeling and my recommendations on probiotics.

I started drinking kombucha this summer, I wonder how long till I start making it myself?!


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Great Reasons to Visit Stratford, Ontario

A couple weeks ago I went on an autumn adventure to Stratford, Ontario.¬† Home of Justin Bieber and the Stratford Festival, the city has lots to offer and is just a 2hr drive from downtown Toronto. We have so many great plces¬†to visit within a 2hr drive of Toronto and it was so nice to visit Stratford again. I hadn’t been since I was a kid! I spent the day with Stratford Tourism¬†and learned it’s quite the quaint destination for culture, food, shopping, and of course theatre. I was happy to find a few cute boutiques¬†with vintage finds, local¬†brands,¬†unique jewellery, and beautiful housewares. Luckily I drove so I had room to fit my purchases in the boot!¬†

What to Do: Stratford Ontario

Here’s a few of the things I really loved about Stratford aside from catching a show. If theatre is your jam it’s definitely worth seeing one of the many nightly shows,¬†we saw To Kill A Mockingbird which was great.¬†(I did not know this story which is like¬†whoaaa¬†btw).

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The Stratford Festival is world renowned and for $29 you can get a bus to and from the theatre from Downtown Toronto. Upcoming shows include Billy Elliot, Othello, The Neverending Story and more. See the full list here.


Shopping ūüõć

  • La Osa Vintage – This store is amazing. It’s on a¬†side street from Market Square and FULL of vintage and new items from Canadian designers. They also carry heaps of unique jewellery. I could have really lit some $$$ on ūüĒ•ūüĒ•ūüĒ• in there!
  • Wills & Prior – This spot in the heart of Market Square has heaps of beautiful items for your home. The owner used to live in TO and work in PR and she’s left the city for small-town life. I was kinda jealous hearing about her journey and the store is so beautiful you’ll want to move right in!¬†
  • Distill¬†Gallery¬† ¬†– The spot for well-crafted¬†Canadian design,¬†this shop has over a hundred different artisans and they have heaps of great accessories and gifts, plus a great selection of creative cards. I picked up a pair of gorgeous silk socks by Strathcona.¬†¬†
This is from the La Osa website, their store and Instagram are SO COOL. I love the looks from their latest shoot. Check out the shop at @pamela_osa. 

Food ūü•ô

  • Revival House – This spot is an old church that’s been renovated and is run by a local couple. It’s a beautiful space for weddings and the huge windows let the light in to create a bright dining space. Upstairs is a bar called Belfry Lounge that offers incredible cocktails made with local ingredients. On Thursdays, they have a record night where people can bring their¬†own records and the owner DJs. It caters to the 35+ crowd and honestly sounds like a total blast. Great spot.
  • Revel Coffee – This shop is a hub for fairtrade coffee and homemade pastry & sweets made in their open kitchen. It had a steady flow of locals and lots of tables if you want some creative time. We all sat at a large main table with recycled wood from the shop the used to occupy the space. They have a great patio for warm temperatures and are located right in Market Square.¬†

Stratford For the Holidays ūüéĄ

  • Christmas Trail -This is a shopping tour of 25 shops downtown Stratford.¬† You’ll get six gifts along the tour for just $30(+HST). You’ll even be able to see lookout for seven swans a swimming! ūü¶Ę It runs until Dec. 20th, details here.¬†
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  • Outdoor Christmas Market – Their Very Victorian Christmas is at Market Square and has all kinds of cute things that will surely get you in the spirit and boost up your holidays¬†IG content. ūü§∂ūüŹľ¬†Ex. carousel rides, mini markets and Santa, of course.

For more info on Stratford check out visitstratford.ca. Huge thank you to the team at Stratford Tourism for taking us on an adventure. Great to explore part of Ontario I hadn’t seen in a while!

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Stratford Tourism invited me and covered my expenses but the experience is all mine! 



TELUS Friendly Future Foundation: Helping Youth & Communities Across Canada

Across Canada, 1.5 million children go hungry without access to nutritious food every single day, 30K Canadians are homeless (mostly young people), and 40% of low-income families don’t have internet access putting kids at risk for falling behind in school. We can all do something to help and this year Telus launched the¬†Friendly Future Foundation putting $120 million into addressing the social and economic challenges facing Canadian youth.¬†¬†I am proud to work with Telus and have been a¬†#TeamTelus¬†partner for the last 8 years.¬†¬†


The Foundation will give grants to grassroots charities¬†in communities across Canada who really know their community and how to help. By partnering with smaller charities, they’re able to help out groups that might be missed by huge corporate donors and make a big impact in small communities. I think this is an amazing approach. I work with¬†Brands For¬†Canada, an organization that provides new clothing & basic needs supplies to people across Canada and this method of working with local charities has worked great for them.¬†

The¬†Friendly Future Foundation¬†funding will help kids build up digital literacy skills, get basic healthcare and mental health support to the homeless, and open up other educational opportunities. Here’s an example of doing good in a community not too far from us, Telus donated $20K to the Women’s Shelter in Barrie.


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The $120 million TELUS has provided for the Friendly Future Foundation is the largest donation made by a publicly traded Canadian company in history and one of the largest ever in North America. Way to go team!

Over the past two decades, TELUS, team members and retirees have contributed more than $1 billion of value to Canadians, through $530 million in financial support and 1.21 million days of volunteerism. Last year alone they (we!) volunteered 1 million hours. 

I’m continuously impressed by how Telus gives in communities where they live.¬†I’ve had the opportunity to do some giving back of my own through volunteer programs and they have¬†made over $21,000 in charity donations on my behalf. This year my donation went to Cambridge¬†Montessori (where I went!) and last year my donation went to SKETCH, an art based program for kids in the GTA.¬† I’m hoping to do more with Telus and local programs for 2019.


Have a project that could use some help? You can APPLY for funding here. The deadline for Toronto applications is January with different deadlines across Canada. So, if you want to make a difference, learn more about community grants here and get on it.

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For more information about the TELUS Friendly Future Foundation visit friendlyfuture.com/en/foundation. And for some inspirational stories about people Telus has already helped, check these out.


This post is part of my long-term partnership with Telus sharing great stuff the brand is doing, my favourite things about being a customer, and tech gadgets I love (or want!).

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Review: Dyson Cyclone V10 Cordless Vacuum

The vacuum is incredible. Best I’ve ever had. I love it. The end.¬†

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VROOOOOOM, this baby has some POWER.

Ok jk jk.¬† I received an email about a month to review the new Dyson Cyclone V10 and was 100% down. In exchange for my review, I get to keep the unit and my house had never been cleaner! This thing has some SERIOUS power. It’s also easy to use right out the box (once charged!) and if you have kids around, a great motivator to clean.

I love that it’s cord-free. You can just grab it and go¬†for quick clean ups around the house, the couch, kitchen, stairs, baseboards. I’ve been using it almost daily as a small dust buster style like the photo above.¬†This weekend we had my sister and her step-daughter over for movie night and DIY pizzas complete with chips and popcorn. I usually can be kinda crazy about not making a mess but I didn’t freak out,¬†Dyson to the rescue!¬† The V10 is a godsend for the area around the couch and kitchen. How do they always get so messy?!¬†We have dark hardwood floors in the living room and I find the area around the kitchen stools needs to be cleaned daily, the V10 is especially great for this.

The dusting wand is amazing for corners by baseboards and other hard to reach areas like the ceiling vents. In other news, Emily has cleaned her room every weekend since we got it.

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All the parts that come with the Dyson V10 

Size wise, is a bit bigger and heavier than the V6 which is likely¬†due to the larger bin and additional battery power. Also, I kind of wish it had an on-off¬†switch, you currently¬†have to hold your finger on the trigger to use it but I do like that¬† I’m always in control. The battery lasts up to an hour which is really handy. You can vacuum up almost anything other than dirt like, cereal, sugar, popcorn, paper scraps from crafting (as long as it’s dry). ūüôā The V10 can hold more dust and debris with¬†it’s 40% larger bin and has hygienic¬†bin emptying making it super easy to empty without making a mess. I love this feature because that last thing you want is get stuff all over the floor AFTER after you just vacuumed.¬†

Learn more about this great little machine at dysoncanada.ca or order your very own.


I previously had the Dyson V6 which was an incredible vacuum and after getting the V10 I gave it to a friend. I am a huge fan of Dyson products and also have the Dyson Pure Link Fan and use it daily (read that review here). 


Dyson gave me the V10 vacuum but all the cleaning was done by me and this is my honest review! 

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Money Mindfulness

Last week I went to a¬†wellness¬†workshop hosted by¬†Capital One¬†for¬†Credit Education Week. This year‚Äôs theme is ‚ÄėMoney Mindfulness‚Äô and at the event,¬†we¬†meditated, did¬†yoga, and learned that being mindful about our everyday expenses can help related stress and anxiety.

The event was held on the top floor of the Broadview Hotel and included a joga class by Jana Webb. We enjoyed a Smoothie Station and were sent home with a Mindfulness package. It was very relaxing!

The location was perfect for a gloomy day with huge skylights to brighten the space. It was nice to spend the morning with a bunch of the blog gang doing something other than being on our phones.


I don’t know about you but money stresses me out on a regular basis, waiting for cheques, people not paying on time, bills, taxes, rent/mortgage. Life is expensive and if you don’t have a handle on your¬†finances, your other¬†problems¬†seem much bigger. Even if you have money, mo money, mo problems!

According to Capital One, 44% of Canadians say credit, debt, and finances negatively affect their mental health.

Capital One Canada organized a session on mindfulness with the Centre for Mindfulness Studies,  where we slowly ate a strawberry, thinking about how it felt to the touch, tasted, and smelled. It was a different way to eat then the usually scarf-it-down-and-head-out-the-door mode. The session was hosted by The Centre for Mindfulness Studies and they offer classes & workshops on slowing down and living a more mindful life.

My favourite part second to yoga was meditation. I’ve been using meditation apps to help me sleep for about a year and I’m starting to use more in my daily life. I find taking a few minutes to clear my head really helps with¬†focus¬†and¬†anxiety. We got to test out a¬†Braincap experience used brain sensors to track our ability to focus by blocking out distraction.


I’ve spoken about dealing with¬†my finances a few times over the years. In my 20s I worked really hard to pay back over $30K in post-secondary school debt and am always trying to build up my nest egg to save for an emergency.¬† I used to hide away from dealing with things that stressed me out (like money) but I’ve found that the best way to conquer the stress they give you is to deal with them head-on.¬†

‚ÄúMoney is an emotional topic and is one of the biggest sources of stress in people‚Äôs lives, but it is rarely talked about. During Credit Education Week, we are aiming to help Canadians begin conversations around money, their relationship with it and how actively prioritizing and managing finances can alleviate stress,‚Ä̬†

Patrick Ens, VP of Strategy and Brand, Capital One. 

Credit Education Week runs November 13-16th across Canada. To learn, more about bringing mindfulness into your life and how it can help with money management, visit cewc.ca. You can check out the Money Mindfulness Oasis  at Woodbine Mall in Etobicoke each day from 10am to 9pm. See all event details here!


This post is in partnership with Capital One Canada for Credit Education Week but all the thoughts an opinions are mine, all mine!

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Bring on the Holidays!

We’re barely one week into November and I am happy to say I’ve made holiday cookies, decorated a tree, wrapped a present, sang Christmas music, and made a DIY ornament. On November 1st, Home Hardware hosted a Holiday Market fit with all kinds of family-friendly Christmas¬†activities and the photos are so cute.¬†

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Grab a hammer, make it cute!

The holiday market was at Twist Gallery Queen West. I picked Em up from school and told her I was taking her somewhere¬†fun, I didn’t realise they would have so many activities.¬†ūüéĄ We sat right down at the cookie decorating table after eating delicious mac & cheese and grilled cheese¬†catered by Gusto.¬† I could¬†have sat there all night. ¬†We put a few decorations on the trees¬† and wrapped presents, both will be donated to a variety of Toronto charities. I love wrapping presents and the holidays so much.¬†


It was so nice to sit down and make things. Natalie Deane joined Em and I to make a frame decorations for the tree. I  forgot to take a photo of mine, it was a reindeer (upside down gingerbread man) and I made a new hole to hang it. So fun though. 


One crazy fact about this day is that I wore my glasses and I FORGOT MASCARA. I was pretty distracted when I left the house and I guess I didn’t really look in the mirror much that day because I didn’t notice until I got home. I am noting this in the blog diary because THAT NEVER HAPPENS. Mascara is the one thing I *hardly* ever leave the house without. Sometimes I wear it around the house when I’m not even going anywhere. Ok¬†well,¬†this¬†section was¬†longer than I planned it to be. My fav kind for the record is Loreal Voluminous,¬†I’ve been using it for years.

I’m excited for the holidays and don’t even mind that snow is apparently coming this week. Thank you Home Depot for creating this night, we loved it. Sean joined us at the end for dinner and to check¬†out tools.¬†Home Depot is one of his fav stores and they have heaps of holidays decorations and gift ideas.¬†¬†

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About Casie Stewart

Casie Stewart is a Canadian writer, director, and entrepreneur. She’s an award-winning content creator and expert in digital. During her decade-long career in media, she’s been named Canadian Screen Award Winner (Voice Pioneer), Best Travel Blog, and Top 30 Lifestyle Blogs in Canada. Casie¬†has been a keynote speaker at SXSW, NXNE, TEDx, and spoken at YouTube Canada and the United Nations of Canada. She lives in Toronto with her boyfriend and loves summer weekends at the cottage when she’s not travelling.

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