Natalie’s beauty insider for 2020

If there is anything I enjoy more in life is trying out new skin-care products and cosmetics.  I have always been a “girly girl” in the sense that I love a nice, sheer lip gloss and an even better moisturizer.  My signature look is simple:  clean, classy and polished.  I think self-care is so important;Continue reading “Natalie’s beauty insider for 2020”

A Croatian Christmas in Canada

To me, Christmas is more than opening presents and decorating a tree.  For me, it has, and forever always will be about tradition.  Being Croatian, it was important for my parents to pass down their traditions from their homeland to my brother and I.  It’s about getting together with friends and family.  It’s about faith, charity andContinue reading “A Croatian Christmas in Canada”

Exploring new places, starting new traditions

A wine tour of Twenty Valley, a hidden gem in my very own backyard When it comes to wine, places like Burgundy, Tuscany and Napa Valley come to mind.  I am not necessarily a wine-connoisseur but I do enjoy some good wine.  I’ve been fortunate to travel to places like Napa Valley and Italy whereContinue reading “Exploring new places, starting new traditions”

“Seven year itch” only got me itching for you

Reflections as we enter year seven of love and marriage and some babies in the carriage I will never forget when I first got engaged my Strina Ika told me that “marriage is not all roses.” I couldn’t help but laugh at that statement.  For those who know my beloved aunt well know she givesContinue reading ““Seven year itch” only got me itching for you”

Natalie’s easy pasta sauce

A few weeks ago, one of my friends asked me when I learned to cook. I told her “not until I got married, and before that I was awful.”  She was stunned by my admission.  Truthfully speaking, my mom did most of it growing up, so there was no need for me to even tryContinue reading “Natalie’s easy pasta sauce”

Who has it better? Stay at home moms or working moms?

From a mother who has done both I’ve been very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to stay at home with my kids over the past summer.  I am also very blessed to have been on a full-year’s maternity leave twice.  I’ve enjoyed my time away from the office and staying at home withContinue reading “Who has it better? Stay at home moms or working moms?”

Travelling with children: survival or enjoyment? One mom’s thoughts

We always receive a mixed response when we tell friends and family that we are going to Croatia with our boys.  Some people respond by saying “that’s awesome” and others say that we’re “brave.”  More often than not, you hear that travelling with children is more of a trip than a vacation.  I can seeContinue reading “Travelling with children: survival or enjoyment? One mom’s thoughts”

Konoba Pelegrini: An experience of a lifetime

One of life’s greatest pleasures is enjoying good food and better wine.  I wouldn’t describe myself as a foodie per se, but one of my favourite types of date nights is exploring new and different restaurants.  My husband, his cousins and I decided to go out for dinner at Konoba Pelegrini, located steps from the Cathedral ofContinue reading “Konoba Pelegrini: An experience of a lifetime”

Zagreb: a city where memories are made of

While planning our upcoming trip to Croatia this past January, my husband and I were looking at different routes from Toronto.   We had the option to either fly direct to Zagreb or fly with a connection to Split.   When my husband and I were younger, we used to start our trip in ZagrebContinue reading “Zagreb: a city where memories are made of”

Preparing for our trip to Croatia: summer vacation hawl

Okay, I realize I am a few days late posting this, but I figure it’s better late to post than never.  Originally I was going to post this before our trip, but as life goes on, things get in the way and some things have to take the back burner.  On top of last-minute errandsContinue reading “Preparing for our trip to Croatia: summer vacation hawl”