Product Love: Smile Brilliant

 

“Smile,  it’s the key that fits the lock of everybody’s heart” – Anthony J. D’Angelo 

I brush my teeth daily with whitening tooth paste, floss on the regular, and have even used white strips in the past, but nothing seems to last when it comes to keeping my teeth pearly white. Everything that I have tried so far has been an expensive temporary fix against red wine, berries, and coffee. I will sometimes look back at pictures or videos and literally cringe at how yellow my teeth look. Pretty embarrassing especially when it is part of your job to be looking your best on camera. I was on the search for a more permanent fix, and that is when I came across Smile Brilliant.

The Process 

Smile Brilliant is the #1 dentist recommended teeth whitening method. It  is basically an at home dentist. They create a customized professional whitening system. The Smile Brilliant team sends you a teeth whitening kit. You make your own teeth impressions and then mail it back to them to create the trays. By doing so, they insure that every single tooth is covered by their whitening gel. Once the trays are returned you start the whitening process. It takes on average seven to 14 days to start notice a difference in the smile.

I have now been using Smile Brilliant for about a week and a half, and I have already noticed a drastic difference. My teeth are clearly whiter and brighter. I haven’t really noticed any sensitivity in my teeth. Overall, I just have a lot more confidence when it comes to smiling in pictures and in front of the camera. 

The Before

The After

Deal of the Day 

The part I love most about Smile Brilliant is that it is affordable. While dentists can charge more than $500 for a teeth whitening service, Smile Brilliant is between $139-$169 depending on your teeth stains. But on top of that, you can get an extra 15% off by using the promo code “MIAWGORDON”. Just click on this link and getting whiter teeth my friends;

https://dealspotr.com/go/W8zSS

xo

Mia

Product Love: Biosil

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For the last six years I have worked on air as a reporter and host, you know what that means? It means for the last six years, nearly every single day, I have had to use heat products on my hair. Yes, for the last six years I have had to straighten, curl, wave, colour, you name it I have had to do it. As you can imagine doing this every day for six years can take a toll on your hair. I started to notice it was feeling dry, thin, and it wasn’t growing anymore. I was devastated but I didn’t know what else to do.

I had heard that biotin and silica and other pills and vitamins could help strengthen my hair again but no matter what I tried, it didn’t seem to work. That was when I decided to graduate from the grocery store and make my way to a real health store. It was by total fluke that I stumbled across Biosil. After reading the label that said it helps hair, nail, skin growth and contains silica I decided to give it a try.

With my product love section of the blog, I have the opportunity to share with you products that have really worked for me in categories such as beauty and health. This is one of the products that I have truly falling in love with.

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Biosil contains ingredients like CH-OSA and helps your body produce collagen, elastin, and keratin. It was just two weeks after I started using Biosil (two capsules everyday) that I started to notice a different. At first, it was my nails. As a videographer, I was constantly breaking my nails because I had to carry my camera equipment, but for the first time every my nails were strong. They weren’t breaking, they were actually growing. I didn’t have to keep shellac nail polish on them either. They were strong all on their own.

 

The next area I started to notice a difference was my skin. Working on air, I have to put “T.V.” makeup on everyday. This means I basically have to cake up every inch of my skin thanks to all that new HD technology. I would always get breakouts from the makeup I was wearing. Yet after about a month of using Biosil, I started to see a change in my skin. It was clearing up and it was also less dry. For the first time in my entire life I was confident to walk down a street without any makeup on during my off days. I finally felt free and it was fantastic.

Yet the real reason I started taking this product was for my hair, and I still wasn’t seeing much change in that area. You may feel the same way, but don’t give up so easily. It was only after a few months of using the product that the change in my hair was noticeable to me. It wasn’t growing like a weed like my nails were, but it wasn’t breaking as much as it used to. It also wasn’t feeling as dried out. For the first time in a long time my hair actually felt… healthy.

I take this product everyday and I really do swear by it. Sure my hair isn’t  quite where I would want it to be and that is mainly because let’s face it, I won’t get it there unless I stop the heat products and colouring. Yet I am truly amazed when I look back at my stories on air and gone are the days of dead and dull and dry hair.  I see that my hair is shiny, healthy, and much longer than what it used to be.

I have spoken to a lot of women who feel the same way as me. Maybe they don’t have to style their hair every day, but as we age our hair, skin, and even or nails start to take a toll. Everyone who I talk to who has similar problems I tell them about my miracle product. I know that I will be continuing to use this product on a regular basis even when my days on air are a thing of the past because it really truly works.

For more information check out their website; www.biosilusa.com

P.S. one little piece of advice, I would recommend the capsules over the drops. The drops do work amazing, but they taste a little funky!

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Why Traveling Solo is a Must

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Early this year I had the opportunity to write an article for DailyHive about my personal experience of traveling to Thailand all on my own.  As I continue to share travel tips, I feel that this is an important one to pass along because this was honestly one of the most life changing experiences.

So why did I decide to pack my bags and travel half way across the world all by myself? Well in all honesty it was a last minute decision. After making a career as one of the youngest national news anchors in Canada, my station shut down and less than 24 hours alter I was dumped. So I did what any logical single and recently unemployed girl would do, I booked a solo trip to Thailand.

I regretted the decision the moment the ticket was booked. Nerves took  over and I called my dad in tears. He reassured me that everything was going to be ok and that this would be the trip of a life time.

I regretted the decision again after 20 hours on an airplane when I arrived in this foreign land with no luggage (Thankfully 7-Eleven’s carry every thing you could ever need or want).

As soon as I woke up the next morning to the beauty of the mountains and the white sand beaches, the regret washed away with the tide and I was ready for whatever adventure was waiting for me.

My ten-day trip included stops in Phuket, Phi Phi and Krabi. I visited the incredibly beautiful Ao Phang Ngo (aka James Bond Island). I partied at a ladyboy cabaret show. I fed wild monkeys. I swam with sharks. I visited the beach from the movie the Beach (even more beautiful in person). I overcame my fears and rode an elephant. I danced my butt off at a full moon party. I prayed for the first time at the Big Buddha. I ate my weight in Thai food.

But the most important thing I did was find myself again.

Travelling by myself was truly the best thing I ever did. And here are five reasons I think everyone should travel by themselves at some point in their life.

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Sure, traveling with a group can be a blast, but it can also be a pain because you all have to agree on what to do and when. Traveling solo you can do whatever you want whenever you want no permission or compromise needed. I am a morning person, so I could wake up at the crack of dawn and see the sunrise, and I didn’t have to party until 3 am because of peer pressure. You truly get to do you.

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Maybe this is the trip to the big Buddha talking, but traveling on your own allows you plenty of you time. During that time you can dig deep and figure out what makes you really happy and what you want out of life. There are no distractions.  It is an amazing opportunity to connect with the most important person, you.

You become more independent

I found myself constantly singing that really catchy tune from Kelly Clarkson, you know “Ms. Independent” because that is how I felt.  You have to make your own decisions, you have to solve your own problems, you have to learn how to use a real map, you know, that’s made from paper and you can’t update with every new destination (yes, they still exist and are hella useful when data is like $100/GB). You only have one person to rely on and that person is yourself.11070515_10205717261626749_5157240473514403247_n

You feel more satisfied at the end of the trip

It seems that whenever you travel with a group no matter how close you are there is always some drama, some fights. When you are on your own it is just peace and quiet. The only thing you have to worry about is if your margarita is near the bottom.

You make a ton of new friends

Traveling on your own can be scary. Will you be lonely and miserable the whole time? Only if you want to be. You have the choice to connect with other people, get tips from the locals or learn from like-minded travellers. You may even find a travel buddy for your next adventure!

I know, traveling on your own can seem pretty scary, so I also have a few tips for planing that solo vacation.

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 Tips for traveling on your own: 

  • Plan ahead of time. I felt pretty safe on this trip because I had my hotels and transportation booked ahead of time instead of worrying last minute and putting myself in a potential unsafe environment
  • Always carry good identification on you
  • Don’t draw attention to yourself with flashy clothes or jewellery, don’t make yourself a target
  • leave a copy of your itinerary and contact info with a friend so someone knows where you are at all times
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So what are you waiting for? Grab your passport and go explore the world. It is your oyster after all.

Top 6 in the 6 with Cabbie Richards

Christmas 2.0 is here, or should I say the Big Game! That is right it is that time of the year again where the football king will be crowned. While my Miami Dolphins didn’t quite make the cut this year (thanks third string QB) I will most definitely be watching the Patriots and Falcons in action Sunday February 5th. Now the question is where?

In the past I have done the whole home party, but with a hectic work schedule it has been tough to plan having the gang over. So I sat down with TSN’s very own Cabbie Richards to find out the top sports bars to watch to cheer on your favourite team (for any sport you choose) in this edition of Top 6 in the 6.

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  1. Amsterdam Brewhouse: Cabbie says this is one of his favourite places to watch sports during the summer. With a massive two story patio down by Lake Ontario the views are perfect and there are giant TVs. While it may be a little chilly to catch the game outdoors, indoor football watching is just as great. There are giant TV’s around the bar area and according to Cabbie the Smokehouse burger is legit. Plus, you can enjoy a craft brewed beer made in the Amsterdam Brewery.
  2. The Fox and The Fiddle: This bar is in a prime location, very close to the Sky Dome and the ACC so you are right beside the game action. According to Cabbie, the lamb burgers are his personal favourite. Also the décor is more upscale than a lot of sports bars.screen-shot-2017-01-31-at-8-21-29-pm
  3. Jack Astor’s (John Street): Cabbie loves the atmosphere at this bar. This location is right in the heart of the entertainment district, and during the summer the perfect location to catch the Jays game on their patio, which is heated in the winter time. There is also a giant big screen inside so you will almost feel like you are at the game itself.
  4. Dog & Bear: This bar is located in the very trendy area of Queen West and is always filled with die hard sports fans on game day. There is an old school feel to this bar with wooden screen-shot-2017-01-31-at-8-21-56-pmbooths and large wooden pillars holding up the roof. Cabbie highly recommends the Chicken Quesadillas and says they have an amazing drink menu at a reasonable cost.
  5. Speakeasy 21: This bar is located right in the heart of the financial district with huge TV’s inside to catch the big game. Make sure to try the beef tacos and fried chicken, Cabbies personal favs.
    1. Dublin Calling. This bar has the big TV’s and the sound to watch the big game, but there is also so much more. Feel like a game of darts? Check. A round of pool? Check. A ping pong show down? Check. Soon the game on the screen won’t be the only game going downscreen-shot-2017-01-31-at-8-20-38-pm

Would also love to hear your recommendations of great spots in Toronto to catch the big game? Happy Day of football everyone!

XO

Mia

MIA goes M.I.A. : Los Cabos

Los Cabos, the municipality of Mexico located at the southern end of the Baja California Peninsula. It is an area where desert meets the sea and the Gulf of California meets the Pacific Ocean. Where the land is covered in overall beauty from the turquoise waters of the ocean to the red volcanic rock covered mountains. Unlike the row of all-inclusive resort covered beaches in other parts of Mexico, Los Cabos is different. Still not as developed as other tourist locations, Los Cabos has a unique combination of nightlife and art institutions, and activities that the whole family can love.

On my recent trip to Los Cabos we stayed at the Secrets Resort in San Jose, the side of town my catered towards art lovers. A beautiful resort with 24-hour service to ensure you don’t have to lift a finger while on vacation. What I also loved about the location was that we had a swimmable beach just a 10-minute walk, a rare commodity in Los Cabos due to their strong rip currents (the only drawback I can think of).

While on the trip we explored, adventured, ate, and drank all that Los Cabos has to offer. While there wasn’t a minute of this vacation I didn’t enjoy to the fullest. There are so many things to do and see and try in Cabo. Here I share my top 5 must do’s if you intend to visit the Los Cabos region.

A Visit to the Arch 

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The Arch of Los Cabos is a distinctive rock formation at the southern tip of Cabo San Lucas. It is probably the most famous landmarks of Los Cabos and it is a must see for anyone visiting. While there are plenty of boat tours that take you out to see the Arch, we decided to do something a little different and booked a stand up paddle boarding tour with High Tide Sea Expeditions. The tour included both paddle boarding and snorkeling out by the Arch. What I loved about boarding to the Arch was that you really had a chance to take in the beauty surrounding you, from the clear blue ocean to the stunning rock formations that lead up to the Arch. I even had a chance to paddle right beside a family of sea lions. Once we got to the Arch, it was even more beautiful than the pictures had made it out to be. With the sun beaming down on the rock it lived up to its Golden Arch title. We then had a chance to jump into the water and mingle with the beautiful sea life underneath. Our tour guide brought out some bread, and some fish even nibbled on my hand. We were able to get very close and personal with the beautiful life under the water. It was an amazing experience to paddle right beside this well-known landmark.

For more  information visit their website; High Tide Los Cabos

A Sunset Ride 

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Los Cabos is famous for its environment and terrain with half of it consisting of desert and the other half consisting of beach, and in my opinion the best way to see the best of both unique worlds is through an ATV or RZR tour. We went on our adventure with Cactus ATV’s. They have a sunset ride that allows you to explore both the desert terrain and the beach all while driving on off-road vehicle as fast as you can (or feel comfortable). I had never driven one before, but the guides made it very easy for first timers, and always made sure the group was together. It was beautiful to navigate through the plants and cacti and to breathe in the sea air from the open windows. We were even lucky enough to see a whale breach not far off the shore. I had always heard about the beautiful Los Cabos sunsets, and we were fortunate enough to experience this one on while riding along the waves. Truly a magical moment that anyone can enjoy.

For more information visit their website; Cactus ATV Tours

Sip on the Beach in Luxury 

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Enjoy a drink with a view. Everyone had told me about the party that is Cabo Wabo, but if you are looking for a more secluded, quieter spot with amazing food and even better drinks than why not stop by the Thompson Cape Hotel. The new boutique hotel is the spot to be in Los Cabos. We were fortunate enough to visit on New Year’s Eve and the hotel offered a party in pure Thompson fashion complete with world class DJ’s that kept us moving and grooving well into the new year, entertainers, and an incredible firework show that rivals that of Medano beach. But this hotel offers plenty even when there isn’t a party going on. Just take a trip up to their rooftop bar, six stories above the beautiful beach which the hotel is located on for a view that can’t be beat. When you are up there order their famous live oysters or chocolate infused clams but I must warn you, they are addictive. With the beautiful view of the beach and Los Cabos San Lucas you will truly feel like you have left the real world and entered paradise.

For more information or to make reservations visit their website; The Cape A Thompson Hotel

A Swim with the Biggest Fish in the Sea 

It has always been a dream of mine to swim with sharks, the only problem is I am petrified of them so when I heard that Cabo is home to friendly whale sharks I knew I had to give this a try. We went with Cabo Adventures which guarantees you a face to face experience with these friendly sea giants. As the sun got up so did we to head out to La Pas, a quaint town with plenty of markets and sea side restaurants. We then hopped in a small boat and rode about 15 minutes before we slowed down. Giant brown spots appeared in the water below us, apparently the signs of whale sharks. How it works is you get on your snorkel gear and sit on the edge of the boat. When the guide tells you to jump, you better be ready. Once you dip into the murky water your heart starts beating a million times per second with anticipation. Out of nowhere this giant beautiful spotted 24-foot creature swims past me. I literally froze in admiration. We had the chance to dive three times and all three times we were lucky enough to see a shark whale each time. I still have to pinch myself to believe it was real. Post swim, we were greeted with a delicious buffet of tacos and quesadillas. This was a once in a lifetime, unforgettable experience.

For more information visit their website at; Cabo Adventures

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A cultural art stroll. It was actually a tour guide on another excursion that informed us of Thursday night art walks in San Jose. The Gallery District in the area is a cultural hub. A great combination of contemporary and traditional artists line the streets and every Thursday from November until June the streets of central Alvaro Obregon Street are closed off and you can walk among live painters and stunning galleries.  I love how the painters on the street brought not just the Mexican culture, but the culture that is so specific to Cabo to life in their art right in front of our eyes. Combining the beauty of the Arch with that of the mountains. Cactus and whales coming to life on the paper. We were amazed at an interactive art gallery where the paintings literally came to life.   A quick stop into Mi Casa, an authentic Mexican cuisine with a beautiful back patio is the perfect place to end the night with a sweet margarita in hand. We had to buy a beautiful hand painted piece to remember our incredible trip.

For more information visit their website; Los Cabos Art Walk

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I have to say that Los Cabos exceeded my expectations. Between the beautiful terrain of mountains, desert, and beach, to the friendly people, and delicious authentic food I found it difficult to leave. It was one for the books and a location I highly suggest to outdoor adventurers, to cultural lovers, to the foodies and the night life enthusiasts, Los Cabos has something for everyone and I hope that you will also be able to experience one of their magical sunsets.

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