The truth about Casper: My one week trial review

I must say I was pretty reluctant at first. A mattress that arrives at your doorstep in a box. How can yo tell is comfortable if you haven’t tried it? How are you sure that it will be the right size if you haven’t measured? So many questions were in my head when I started thinking about purchasing a Casper mattress. Yet seeing all of my friends unboxing their new mattress and posting about how amazingly comfortable it was I decided to take the plunge.

Why a new mattress?

A little back story to what lead me to mattress shopping in the first place is I (and my fiancé) bought a house. A big, beautiful, amazing house. What I love most about my soon to be new home is the large master bed room. Big enough to finally fit that king bed I have always dreamed of because let’s be honest, as much as I love my man, he takes up most of the bed.

This is what led me to mattress shopping. Now the question was, which mattress should I choose? As I started researching, I noticed Casper had come up with a brand new mattress called the wave. The new wave mattress is designed with the latest technology and is definitely different than anything else on the market. What sets it apart?

What sets Casper apart 

  • Advanced support: The new ergonomic system actively aligns your body at 33 different key points for ultimate support and comfort.
  • Temperature Regulation: New breathable foam increases airflow and it has a new humidity fighting wool cover
  • 5 layers of premium foam: The mattress includes a velvety soft top layer for incomparable comfort.

After learning about these amazing features I knew this was the right mattress for me so I clicked that order button.

My Casper experience 

A week later it arrived at my door step ready to be unboxed and ready for a good sleep.

I have been sleeping on my Casper mattress for about a week now and it has been an absolute life changer. Here are some of my key takeaways;

Why I fell in love with Casper

Comfort and support: As a videographer I carry heavy equipment around and spend a lot of time in cars. I have always suffered from back pain. However, for the last week I have been waking up feeling rejuvenated. The foam that I sleep on fits in to my body. It is the perfect combination of firm and comfortable and gives me extra support when I am sleeping. I can honestly say I have been having the best sleeps of my life.

The temperature is just right: I used to wake up in the middle of the night either too hot or too cold. This mattress has taken out the guessing work. It regulates your temperature to make sure that the humidity stays out and that there is airflow throughout the night so you never feel overheated.

The luxury helps me stay asleep all night long: I used to wake up in the middle of the night all the time! This past week though, my alarm clock barely gets me up and I hate having to get out of bed in the morning. This has a lot to do with Casper’s five layers of premium foam. It is like sleeping on a cloud.

More about Casper 

I cannot express how much I love my new Casper mattress but if the comfort and quality isn’t enough to sell you just yet the Casper team offers some other great amenities like

  • 100 day risk free trial
  • free shippings and returns, and if you do return your mattress they will donate it to charity
  • Amazing customer service. Any questions I have had they have responded within a few hours.

If you would like to find out more about their amazing mattresses make sure to visit their website  www.casper.com

Sweet dreams my friends,

xo

Mia

Why KeteKoha is the must have subscription box

Travelling has been a part of my life ever since I was a baby. My family is from South Africa, and I took my first flight before my first birthday. Since then, I have travelled around the world as a professional tennis player and now as a travel blogger. What inspires me about travel is learning more about the different lifestyles and culture from around the world. Wherever I travel to, I love to bring a piece of that country home with me. Unfortunately though, I don’t get to travel to every city and country, so I was pretty excited when I got a piece of the South Pacific dropped off right to my door with the help of KeteKoha.

What is KeteKoha?

What is KeteKoha you ask? It is a premium luxury subscription box with brands from a group of destination islands in the South Pacific. Inside the box I found homemade goodies and classic treats from places like New Zealand to Fiji.

Inside the box I found a variety of delicious and unique artisan products that I could never find on the shelves here in Canada. They are from small producers made with local products and really offer that pacific flavour and tradition. I  wanted to share some of my favourite products with you.

My Favourite Products

Viberi Ruby

straight from New Zealand these organic crispy blackcurrant berries are topped with white chocolate and are actually addicting. A guilt free and unique treat that offers the perfect combination of sweet and sour. The product actually comes from the soils of New Zealand’s Southern Alps, which gives the blackcurrant rich nutrients and taste. I pretty much ate them all in one sitting

Solomons Gold Smooth Dark Chocolate

I am a chocoholic and so I was very excited to find this dairy gluten and nut free treat. Basically the perfect chocolate since everyone can enjoy it. Solomons Gold is made with organic cacao beans directly grown on the Solomon Islands. You can truly taste how pure and smooth this chocolate is.

Hand Crafted Aroha Sauvignon Blanc

This none alcohol drink is so tasty and made with natural ingredients. The drink is made with famous Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc grapes and blended with saffron you will be sipping it until there isn’t a drop left.

Strawberry and Beetroot Chutney

Made in New Zealand this is a truly traditional and delicious treat from Artisan Vinegar. The sweet and savoury taste makes for the perfect breakfast or snack. Learning more about this product I realize how passionate this team is about their product. They keep their fruits in different areas of the house and produce it in everything from steel to glass to give it the unique taste.

I could go on and on and share about every product in this box because they are all so amazing, but I wouldn’t want to give all the amazing surprises inside away. I love that all of these products are from small artisan brands that make their product with such precision, tradition, expertise, and love that you can taste it in their food. From sweet to savoury the box offers something to please every single taste bud.

Environmentally Friendly 

Aside from the delicious treats, even the packaging is made right in New Zealand and they really care not just about their products, but about helping the environment which I really loved. They use a small ingredients list and minimal plastic to keep the products green.

 

Win one of your own! 

I honestly couldn’t be happier with my KeteKoha box and cannot wait to find out what goodies will be arriving at my door next month. I want you to be able to try and enjoy this amazing new subscription box as much as I do. By using the code “MIAWGORDON” at check out, you can receive $10 off your first purchase. On top of that, if you head over to the KeteKoha social media page right now, they are offering a giveaway to one lucky winner.

Now excuse me while I go and devour all the other products inside this box and pretend that I am on a magical beach in the South Pacific.

The Next Chapter

I picked up my first tennis racket when I was just four years old. I grew up playing competitively and dreaming of one day playing on the WTA circuit. That dream came true for a brief moment, before a shoulder injury.

During my time off, I decided to switch courses and accepted a full scholarship to an NCAA D1 school. There I fell in love with broadcasting, and decided to pursue sports in a different way, through story telling.

I dreamed of becoming a sports broadcaster and interviewing the top athletes in the world, having a chance to bring their stories to life.

After I graduated, my path took me in a little bit of a different direction. I ended up getting my first big girl job as a videographer and news reporter in Corpus Christi, Texas. I had never really watched local news before, but after my first week on the job, I fell in love with it. Telling the stories that really mattered to the community meant a lot to me.

After a year in Texas I moved back to Canada, and took a few other positions as a reporter and videographer, before I finally got into the world of sports. It all happened when Sun News shut down, and I decided to really go after my original dream.

I got a job as the reporter and host for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats CFL team. Soon after, TSN launched a station in Hamilton and it was a dream come true. I got to host game days, tell stories, and interview some of the top CFL players.

Once my time with the Cats came to an end, I moved on to a new and exciting opportunity with the National Lacrosse League. They were launching a digital network and looking for a videographer and reporter. I was excited to take on a new role bringing attention to a sport I truly love.

Then came the move. My partner received a job promotion in Vancouver, and I had to make the choice. With my family already out in B.C. it was easy to make the move, but hard to leave a full time job I loved. Thankfully, the NLL team kept me on part time, and I landed a job with Sportsnet and the Saskatchewan Rush.

Over the last nine months, I have fallen in love with all three of my jobs. Traveling to Saskatoon and spending time with 15,000 memebers of Rush Nation, telling the players stories, and living out my dream as a sports host at Sportsnet. It all seemed too good to be true. I fell in love with my team at both of these places. Co-workers soon became friends, and friends soon became family.

The past months will filled with unforgettable memories, from co-hosting a morning show (can you say dream come true) to winning a championship with the Rush. It has been a whirlwind, and all of this success made my next decision that much harder.

Over the years, I have had lived out so many dreams and created so many memories. During my career, I have also realized that my true passion is telling the stories and bringing them to life for the viewers. That is why I was excited to jump on an opportunity with the Weather Network.

As a child, the Weather Network was always locked on our T.V. I loved watching the reporters bring the stories to life.

I am so excited for this next and extremely new chapter. I am excited to be out in the field, I am excited to be filming content, I am excited to continue my story telling but in a different outlet.

I know that this new chapter will bring on challenges, but it will also bring on adventure, excitement, and new opportunities I could never have imagined. Thank you to the Weather Network for believing in me, and allowing me a chance to join such an amazing team.

But before I step fully into this new chapter, I also need to say thank you to the NLL, the Rush, and Sportsnet for giving me the chance to continue to pursue my dream in my new home, for making me a part of the team but more so a part of the family, and for allowing me a stage to tell your stories. For that I cannot thank you enough.

That chapter of the book closes, and now it is time for an exciting new chapter. I hope that you will continue to follow along as I continue to try and bring the best possible stories to life.

Why Carnivore Club is the gift on everyone’s wish list

My partner and I are quite different. He is a whiz in the kitchen, I am a whiz at ordering take out. He keeps our house spotless, I bring a storm of a mess into every room I enter. He loves a good BBQ, and well, I define myself as a cute-aterian (don’t ask questions). So when it came time to find the perfect gift for his 30th birthday, I was lost.

Cleaning products? A cook book? um.. no. Through my hours of searching, I came across Carnivore Club and was intrigued to find out more about the product.

Finding the perfect gift 

Going through their site, I found out that Carnivore Club is the world’s first charcuterie delivery service, how cool is that? Charcuterie delivered right to your front door. But so much more than that, their plates include premium cured meats for an incredible home tasting experience with friends.

The gift subscription boxes are filled with hand crafted products by distinguished local artisans. It gives you the opportunity to sample amazing flavours from around the world, while not spending a lot of money. The prices per box and items very, but it costs anywhere between $30-$50+

What you can expect 

The boxes include everything from  Ibérico Jamón from Spain to duck breast prosciutto from California, every month is a new surprise and a new discovery. It is an amazing way to discover unique and delicious meats from around the world, without having to leave the comforts of your house. 

An added bonus 

If that wasn’t already the perfect gift, the Carnivore Club had a little added bonus for new US subscribers. When I signed up for my box, I also received a free Opinel knife. Opinel is one of those brands that is known around the world for hits high quality. Their knives have been perfected for over a century. Just like the Carnivore Club, they pride themselves on offering an excellent services.

To sign up and get your free knife, all you have is click on this link and use the code “MIAWGORDON” at check out.

I was so happy when I signed up for Carnivore Club because it ended up being a truly unique, memorable, and of course delicious gift. It was also a great addition for parties, BBQ’s, and dinners with friends.

Happy tasting my friends,

xo,

Mia

 

My Mary Kay Skin Care Favourites

I have been using Mary Kay makeup products for quite some time now and have shared some of the products that I love from the line on my blog before. From vibrant lipsticks to beautiful eye shadows, Mary Kay helps get my ready for both on air and everyday. Today though, I wanted to share a different side of Mary Kay, their skin care products. 

I have started to include quite a few Mary Kay skin products into my daily routine and I have noticed such a difference in my skin’s health and overall appearance. Wth a very busy schedule, that includes lots of travel it is sometimes hard to keep my routine consistent and my skin taken care of. However, these products are quick and easy to use. They also keep my skin moisturized, clean, and clear. Mary Kay’s skin care has become a habit for me both at home and on the road. I wanted to share with you some of their products that I absolutely love using.

My Mary Kay Favourites 

Timewise Replenishing Serum + C

This is my absolutely favourite skin product right now. I use it everyday, twice a day. The

antioxidant rich formula combined with high levels of vitamin c help keep existing collagen from breaking down. The rich botanicals also keep skin lifted and firm. Another aspect of this product that I love is that the pump bottle keeps air out, meaning the formula stays fresh. It is also clinically test for skin irritancy and allergy as well as dermatologist tested.

$65

Timewise Vitamin C Activating Squares

Use this with the Timewise Replenishing Serum for amazing results. In just a few weeks, my skin looked radiant, toned, and refreshed. The activating squares combined with the serum helps deliver put vitamin c to your skin. You mix the square with water and when it dissolves in your hand, you rub it on your face. It really leaves my skin refreshed and rejuvenated

$30

ClearProof Deep-Cleansing Charcoal Mask

I use this mask twice a week all over my face and neck. I leave it on for about 20 minutes and feel it cool all over. It really gives my skin a deep cleanse. the charcoal acts like a magnet to unclog my pores and absorb any excess oil. The mask is made with rosemary and peppermint and not only leaves your skin clean but awakens your senses.

$26

Mary Kay Indulge Soothing Eye Cream

I use this eye cream twice daily and I absolutely love how it has helped the sensitive skin around my eye. It calms, cools and refreshes my eyes after a long day of work. The cream contains botanical extracts, like green tea and cucumber extract which help increase skin moisture by 130% percent. The team is also fragrance free and hypoallergenic making it perfect for sensitive skin.

$22

Satin Lips Shea Suger Scrub

Get ready to pucker up after using this sugar scrub on your lips daily. It exfoliates, soften, smooths, and polishes lips. The scrub uses natural crystals combined with shea butter. The white tea and citrus flavours will also leave your lips shiny and fresh.

$16

Foundation Primer SPF 15

As an on air reporter, I need to make sure my makeup goes the distance and so I use the Mary Kay Foundation Primer, which also has SPF in it (what a bonus). Besides helping extend your makeups life and add a layer of sun protection it also helps diminish the appearance of pores, fine lines, and wrinkles. It provides a flawless finish time after time and helps me make sure I am game ready.

$22

Mary Kay Satin Body Revitalizing Shea Scrub

I know this isn’t technically skin care, but the satin body revitalizing shea scrub has really helped with how dry my skin gets in the winter months. The scrub is made with shea butter and sunflower oil. It is gentle enough to use daily, but exfoliates dry skin immediately. You will be left feeling moisturized and calm thanks to the scents of white than and citrus.

$22

 

These are just a few of my favourite products on top of the makeup that I love to use on a daily basis. I hope these products can help you as much as they helped me.

xo

Mia