I wish I could say this idea was original to me, but I’ve seen several other bloggers take on Q&A posts. I think it’s brilliant! You, my lovely readers and followers, are informing the posts and giving me insight into what you want to see more of and learn about. I”m so appreciative and thank you for that! I wasn’t sure how many if any, questions I would get. I was pleasantly surprised to see more than zero! So thank you all for that bout of encouragement as well!

We will see how October’s questions go, but I’m honestly just so honored that you even wanted to know this much on this months Q&A.

Without further ado, let’s get into September’s Q&A:


September’s Q&A: Knowledge Questions

Q: Can you share some counter styling tips and what to do with the ugly fruits?

A: I loved this one so much that I turned an entire Thursday’s Three into providing tips on kitchen counters. Five months ago, I had the same questions and revamped my counters and kitchen space so I could hide the “ugly fruits.” I recognize that some people don’t have the luxury of hiding stuff, so I’ve also shared my mom’s counters – and she leaves hers out for everyone to see but in an organized way.

Q: Where did you learn to cook?

A: This is another great question that I’ve often tried to pin-point.

When I was younger, my mom – a super-star single mother – would have to work late, and I would often have to fend for myself for dinner. I gained a lot of independence and was forced to know how to cook at a young age!

I also picked up some skills from my great-grandma, my grandma, and my aunt, who are excellent cooks and bakers. I remember being in the kitchen with all of them quite a bit when I was a little girl.

But as I get older and have taken a closer look at my cooking style, I realize that it does have my mom written all over it! We both get inspiration from a recipe, don’t bother reading it, or what goes into it, and rarely measure anything. It wasn’t until I started blogging that I realized I should measure things… my mom still doesn’t. I think I was inadvertently learning by example?

Long story short, I’ve been surrounded by amazing cooks for so long, and have had an enormous passion for it since I can remember. I feel like I’ve continued to pick up little tricks here and there and have continued to learn by trial and error!  

September Q&A : Getting to Know Me

Q: Where do you live?

A: I’m lucky enough to live in North Vancouver, Canada! Near the mountains and the ocean in a great community.

Q: What is your favorite DIY project?

A: I’ll split this one up into two answers.

My favorite DIY project that I’ve ever done is probably the wreath. It got me really back into smaller projects that I can do affordably around the house. It also gave me a boost of confidence that I could handle DIY projects as I didn’t follow any directions and made it up as I went!

My favorite DIY project that I’ve recently seen is probably this linden lamp dupe. I believe it is close to $1,100 in Canada and Emily made it for the cost of a home goods lamp, spray paint, and some wood beads. Nailed it!

Q: Do you have a DIY youtube channel?

A: I technically do have a youtube channel but there is only one video on it – it’s on my DIY wreath but it is the same as the reel on my Instagram video. Do you guys think I should do it?! I would need to figure out the ins and outs of youtube but I’m sure it’s not crazy challenging?


Q: What are your fall traditions?

A: I honestly don’t have a ton of fall traditions. One stark difference that all of my Canadians will know is that Thanksgiving is in the fall in Canada. So that’s absolutely a tradition to eat great food and be surrounded by loved ones on that weekend. It is my favorite weekend of the year, by far. The focus is good food, good company, and giving thanks for what we have in our lives. 

I also intend to create many more traditions now that my daughter is more aware of what’s going on. I’d love to head to the pumpkin patch every year with her and pick out her Halloween costume and trick or treat together. 

Q: What is your dream vacation?

A: Love this one since we are stuck not going anywhere for the time being… I can at least dream!

I want to answer this in two parts because I was lucky enough to take my dream vacation for our honeymoon, I’ll run through that one and share my new dream vacation. 

First, our honeymoon was EPIC. I learned that through KLM, you can book a round trip and layover for as many days as you like in places they stop, so our holiday went like this:

+ Vancouver to Amsterdam

+ Amsterdam to Cape Town

+ Cape Town to Kreuger National Park

+ Kreuger National Park to Paris

+ Paris to Vancouver

Without a doubt, my favorite part was the safari in Kreuger. To say it was epic seeing those animals in real life is an understatement. Amsterdam, Cape Town, and Paris all tied for second. I loved every moment of it. 

My new dream vacation is heading to Peru to do Machu Picchu before it’s closed off to the public. When that may happen, I’m not sure, but I have heard that they’ve already reduced the number of people permitted substantially.  

Q: What is your favorite song?

A: I must go with my fave Jay-Z… and probably Public Service Announcement… I know, totally unexpected, right?! He’s my fave. It’s a serious obsession over here.  

That’s it for September’s Q&A! I’m excited for next month and sharing what you guys may want to hear!!!

Signed Samantha sitting on her couch with one leg up and the other crossed underneath. Talking about her September's Q&A's


  • Erin

    Love that you learned to cook when you were younger and that you & your mom don’t really go off of recipes typically. I feel like that typically makes better dishes when it turns out well and shows that you are more of a natural chef! Also loving the Jay-Z! So classic. 😉

    • Samantha

      Thank you! It definitely promotes creativity with recipes and learning how well things do/don’t go together quickly! LOL. And also, Jay-Z is the best!!! haha

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