The Wrong Turn

Good evening bloggers! I hope everyone is trying not to go crazy in self-isolation and keeping themselves occupied ― more importantly, staying home while remaining safe and healthy. 

It’s been quite some time since I wrote on my blog last, and I figured that during a time when you’re not supposed to leave your house (which I wished for many times, and am now beginning to regret it) it would be a good idea to write something to keep my brain active. Currently, I am studying English Literature and Creative Writing at university which has been moved online. This is my last week of classes for the semester, and then final exams, which are also going to be happening online. 

Last summer, I was involved in a slightly humiliating situation, but one that makes for a good story nonetheless. Jacob and I were going to McDonald’s for a late night snack and I was the driver. The next thing I knew, we were driving along the border and going into a different country. Yup, I am the only person I know that can attempt to go down the street for a burger and somehow end up in the United States.

This story was submitted to a creative writing class at the university I attend and received an A, so I figured it’d be good enough to make a blog post out of. Enjoy my ridiculousness! 

That was how a drive to McDonald’s went terribly, horribly wrong. It was a hot midsummer’s night, and somehow a trip to McDonald’s turned into an adventure to another country. Jacob (my boyfriend) and I’s hunger had grown pernicious, and the only way to rectify this uncontrollable hunger was to embark on the five-minute drive to the nearest McDonald’s for burgers and fries. I was the driver, and the only possible excuse I can muster in this case is that my eyesight isn’t particularly excellent in the dark. I had both hands on the steering wheel, my eyes on the road ahead and my mind on the food that awaited me, when I made the fatally wrong left turn. As I cranked the wheel to what I thought was the correct street, I realized I was bolting down a one-way street — and I was not going the right way down it. Quickly, I swerved down another street that allowed vehicles to travel southbound. Unfortunately for me, this road had no exit as far as I could see — in fact, there was only one way out, and it was not the way I wanted to take. It was an anxiety-ridden moment. Full of panic, I looked over towards Jacob and asked him what we should do. Together, we searched to see if there was someone, anyone at all that could help and direct us to the right path. Albeit, there was no one around, and I cruised across the border that led from our homeland of Canada into the unknown and somewhat frightening territory of the United States. In hindsight, I could have handled that differently. Perhaps I should have took a deep breath and thought things through a little rather than acting on the first thing that came to mind. I drove and drove and drove and drove across that seemingly never-ending bridge alongside trucks and cars who were driving with a purpose, while I was there, driving encumbered with regret. Approaching the border patrol, I took a deep breath of relief. We were saved. We would be turned around back to Canada, we could go to McDonald’s, and we could forget this whole night ever happened. As I told the man what had happened, he looked quizzical. I understand — after all, I’m not entirely sure they have many crossers who simply were trying to go to McDonald’s. He said it would be more work to turn us around than let us through (even though we were not equipped with passports), so we were headed into Detroit, Michigan. I had never driven in the United States before, so to say I was unnerved would be undermining how I had felt in that moment. Hours after searching for the bridge (but not before arriving to the tunnel to discover it was closed due to maintenance) and driving back onto Canadian soil with a dead GPS and frazzled energies, Jacob and I were at the border customs yet again. This time, we were hassled by the border police, who asked us multiple times how one can end up in the United States when going to get a Big Mac. So multiple times I had to reply, that yes, I know — I’m an idiot. Eventually, we did get to McDonald’s. A greasy cheeseburger had never tasted so good and rewarding. This may be an odd and slightly humiliating story to recount, but it did teach me a valuable lesson — be careful when driving to McDonald’s, because you may end up in another country.

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O Christmas Tree

This is the last post about Christmas for the year, I swear. I just wanted one more blog post to reflect on this year and the holidays (yes, I am a very sentimental person). This Christmas was one of the best one I had in years. It was drama-free, fun, and everything went smoothly ― except for Jacob and I forgetting our leftovers at not one, but two of our Christmas dinners. Let’s hope we remember them at Christmas dinner number three tomorrow night! 

It’s always sad though when Christmas comes to an end. The music stops, the movies end, and the bright lights burn out. We have to drag ourselves back to work and school, and then the days seem less exciting and magical. Yes, the new year begins and we have to wait 365 more days until next Christmas.

I still have no idea what we’re doing for New Year’s Eve. We were originally going to go to a 1920’s themed party (how cool would that have been?) but we were unable to get tickets in time. What is everyone else up to for New Year’s Eve?

Then the week after, Jacob and I are heading to Kingston to visit my brother before I have to go back to school and work. Unfortunately, he had to work during the holidays and was unable to visit us, so we’re going to see him! My brother and I have been super close ever since we were little, and we always have a blast when we’re together. I can’t wait!

Here’s some photos of our Christmas tree this year. It’s nothing fancy ― but it’s ours, so we love it regardless. Enjoy the rest of your holiday season!

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A picture of decorations from my grandmother’s house. The little animals are all so different and cute ― the sheep even has a little pine cone for a tail.

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Of course, I had to take some pictures of me with my guinea pigs, Fluffy and Lulu. I also did a Christmas photo shoot with them that you can take a look at here → https://victoriahecnar.com/2019/12/25/christmas-photo-shoot-with-my-guinea-pigs/

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And last but not least, Jacob and I on his 26th birthday on December 22nd (top) and us on Christmas Eve (bottom).

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Christmas Photo Shoot With My Guinea Pigs

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas full of good food, good presents, and most importantly, good company. The other day I decided to have a photo shoot with my guinea pigs ― because who doesn’t love cute guinea pigs dressed up in Christmas outfits?

Enjoy a few of my favorite images from the shoot. Merry Christmas from me, Jacob, and Fluffy & Lulu!

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Christmas Lush Haul 2019

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It’s that time of year again! And as for always, each holiday when Lush rolls out their seasonal collection, I go and swoop up my fave items to review! Christmastime at Lush is probably one of the best times to go shopping, as their products are adorable (and might I recommend “Snow Fairy” to anyone)?

Since Christmas is right around the corner (like, two days away), I thought it would be a good time to share with you my top picks this holiday season. You can check them out yourself at your local Lush store or on their website!

Santa Bubble Bar

This cute bubble bar instantly caught my eye. It’s glittery, smells like citrus, and looks just like Santa Claus. The notes featured in this product are neroli, zingy lime, and crisp lemon myrtle. I love bubble bars because unlike bath bombs, they’re reusable, so you can enjoy them multiple times! 

Purchase here → https://www.lush.ca/en/bath/bubble-bars/santa/9999901112.html 

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Snow Fairy Bath Bomb

My long-term blog readers will know that the “Snow Fairy” is by far my most favorite scent at Lush. It smells sweet like cotton candy and leaves your skin feeling and smelling fantastic. The “Snow Fairy” comes in many different products, including: bath bombs, bubble bars, body conditioners, shower gels, dusting powders, and more. I love how the bath bomb version is two different colors — I like to think of it kind of like an Elsa & Anna from Frozen bath bomb. 

Purchase here → https://www.lush.ca/en/bath/bath-bombs/snow-fairy/9999901070.html

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Santa Claus & Rudolph Bath Bombs

Aren’t these super adorable?! They’re mini bath bombs, packed with a floral scent and cocoa butter to soften your skin. 

Purchase here → https://www.lush.ca/en/bath/bath-bombs/rudolph/9999901077.html

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Candy Cane Bubble Bar

Similar to the Santa bubble bar, this candy cane can be reused for several baths! I had to pick up this one, because what’s Christmas without a candy cane or two?! This candy cane is scented with touches of lemon and bergamot oils for an uplifting and fragrant bath experience.

Purchase here → https://www.lush.ca/en/bath/bubble-bars/candy-cane/9999908378.html

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Snow Fairy Body Conditioner

It is impossible for Victoria Hecnar to hit up Lush during the holidays and only pick up one “Snow Fairy” scented item. Next to the bath bomb, I also love the body conditioner. This is to be used in the shower — rub it all over, rinse it off, and you’re done! It’s one of the softest creams I’ve ever used on my skin, and probably the sweetest, too. Your skin (and senses) will thank you — plus, it comes in three sizes to choose from (90 grams, 210 grams, or 500 grams). 

Purchase here → https://www.lush.ca/en/christmas/christmas-products/snow-fairy/01132.html

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Don’t Look At Me Fresh Face Mask

This one isn’t really a Christmas item per say, but it’s the last fresh face mask that I wanted to try. Now, I can officially say I have tried them all! (Psst, “Cupcake” was my favorite. Surprised?) This mask leaves your skin bright and glowing, and it’s the perfect pick-me-up after all of the holiday stress you and your skin have endured.

Purchase here → https://www.lush.ca/en/christmas/christmas-products/snow-fairy/01132.html

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Luxury Lush Pud Giant Bombshell

Sorry, it was wrapped too beautifully and contained all the powdery mess of a bath bomb too well for me to rip it apart for the picture. I didn’t actually use this one yet, as I usually wait to visit a hotel with a large jacuzzi before breaking out one of these bad boys. But what I can say is that it was extremely colorful, with scents of bright bergamot and fruity blackcurrant — and that I am looking forward to trying it.

Purchase here → https://www.lush.ca/en/bath/bath-bombs/luxury-lush-pud-giant-bombshell/9999901085.html

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What Lush product is your must-have during the holiday season? Thanks for reading and Merry Christmas! ❄ Be sure to subscribe to my blog to get new posts delivered to you via email! XOXO


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Ahhh, Autumn

As a child, autumn was always my least favourite season―the colder air a depressing sign of the long, chilling winters soon to come; the fallen leaves a cruel reminder that nothing lasts forever. 

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Now, however, I would say it is one of my favourite seasons. What changed? To be honest, I have no idea, but I’m happy that it did. There is so much to love about fall: sweater/boots/leggings weather, pumpkin spice lattes, cozy pajamas, soft blankets, cuddling up on a chilly day, apple picking, pumpkins, and of course, Thanksgiving and Halloween!

To celebrate the coming of autumn, I will be dedicating a bunch of blog posts to this spooky, cozy season with yummy and easy fall recipes, do-it-yourself fall craft ideas, and fun activities to do during the fall season!

Make sure to follow my blog to be notified when these fall posts are published! 

A little FYI . . . This September, I started university for English Literature & Creative Writing (whoop-whoop!) while still working every day. Thus, I have been extremely busy and have not had a lot of time to make new posts. Heck, I haven’t even had time to think. But through this stressful, busy period of my life, I still hope to keep up with blogging as it is one of my greatest passions! Thank you for your continuous support.


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I Tried The “Pokémon GO” Frappuccino

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When the “Pokémon GO” app was released in the summer of 2016, Starbucks shortly after came out with a sweet, fruity drink inspired by the game to generate hype around it. Living in Canada, the drink was never released here, and since then has been discontinued in the United States. But I really wanted to try it! Being both a Starbucks and Pokémon fan, I loved the collaboration and was disappointed that it never made its way into Canada.

However, many of Starbucks’ discontinued and fan-inspired beverages end up on the infamous “Secret Menu“, a place where coffee lover’s imaginations run wild and the possibilities are endless.  After researching exactly what makes up a “Pokémon GO” Frappucino®, I headed to my local Starbucks and placed my order.

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If you want to try ordering this drink, ask for—a venti vanilla bean Frappuccino® with 3 pumps of raspberry syrup and 2 scoops of berries. If ordering a tall or grande size, ask for only 2 pumps or raspberry syrup and 1 scoop of berries. 

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The verdict? This drink was absolutely scrumptious! The sugary sweetness of the vanilla bean powder mixed with the tartness of the berries delivered a sweet and fruity beverage, perfect for a hot day or an afternoon pick-me-up. Give it a try—you won’t be disappointed!

And if you want to take a look at every Starbucks Frappuccino® ever released, click here (this is what I use to order drinks that are discontinued because it tells you what syrups and flavors go into them!) →
https://refinery29.com/en-us/starbucks-frappuccino-flavors


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Tamagotchi On Unboxing

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If you haven’t already heard, the newest generation of Tamagotchi virtual pet toys have officially arrived. Remember as a child, struggling to keep your little friend happy and fed while simultaneously flushing its poops? Well, they’re back and better than ever!

Introducing the “Tamagotchi On” which comes in four colours―pink fairy, blue fairy, green magic and purple magic. The fairy and magic versions are different in the sense that they come equipped with their own characters and theme parks!

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So, if you didn’t know this already, welcome to my blog―I’m obsessed with the colour pink. So if you were wondering, I picked up a pink fairy “Tamagotchi On” at EB Games. Now, they weren’t supposed to be officially released until July 28th 2019 across North America, but for some reason they were released early Canada-wide, on July 10th. (Score!) I was able to purchase mine at the beginning of July. 

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A super cool feature for this Tamagotchi is the newly released “Tamagotchi On” app on the App Store and Google Play. For the first time ever, you can send your virtual pet onto your device to play games, win prizes, make friends, and get married to another Tamagotchi from anywhere in the world directly from your mobile device! How awesome is that?!

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On my YouTube channel, I posted a video of me unboxing my new Tamagotchi and discovering all the fun features it has! Please check it out, click the like button, leave a comment and subscribe for more videos!

To purchase your own “Tamagotchi On” click here →
https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/home/search/?keywords=tamagotchi#internal=1


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Summertime Themed Sugar Cookies Recipe

This summer has been scorching hot. If you find yourself too busy to head down to the beach, try baking some beachy summertime themed sugar cookies instead! Tip: If you have different shaped cookie cutters, be sure to use them and incorporate them into your summery treats. 

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Ingredients (For Cookies):

  • 1 cup butter 
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla 
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • Cookie cutters (optional)

Ingredients (For Icing):

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp meringue powder
  • 3 tbsp water
  • Assorted food colours 

Directions For Sugar Cookies:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. 
  2. With either an electric hand mixer or stand mixer, combine the butter and sugar and mix for two minutes until light and fluffy. 
  3. Scrape the sides and add your egg and vanilla. Finally, add the flour and baking powder. 
  4. Keep mixing until all ingredients are well mixed into the dough. The dough may have a dry appearance but still continue to mix. You may add water if you find it becoming too dry in texture. The texture should be that of Play-Doh. 
  5. Roll out sugar cookie dough to 1/4″ (0.6 cm) onto a lightly floured surface or cooking board. If using cookie cutters, begin to cut out the desired shapes of your dough. 
  6. Bake at 350°F for 10 minutes or until cookies turn golden brown.

Directions For Icing: (Credit: Good Housekeeping)

  1. In a bowl, with mixer at low speed, beat powdered sugar, meringue powder, and water until blended. Scrape side of bowl with rubber spatula. Increase speed to medium―beat until soft peaks form, about 10 minutes. Icing should be stiff enough to hold its shape when piped. Thin with more water, if needed.
  2. Tint icing with food colouring as desired―keep surface covered with plastic wrap to prevent drying out.

Making Your Summertime Themed Sugar Cookies:

Once your cookies are done baking, sprinkle a bit of sugar on them if desired. Then using your icing, you can let your creativity run wild and create anything you wish. This can include a beach, flip-flops, sunglasses, pineapples―literally anything you can think of!

Enjoy! Be sure to stay cool out there in this heat. XOXO 


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Nicki Minaj Perfume Review

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Nicki Minaj is one of my favorite celebrities, so I wanted to give all her perfumes a try. Currently she has seven released (I was unable to find Queen and Minajesty Exotic in stores) but I am going to review her five most popular ones─Pink Friday, Minajesty, The Pink Print, Onika, and Trini Girl.

#1: Pink Friday

Pink Friday Nicki Minaj for womenNicki Minaj’s debut scent is called Pink Friday which was released in 2012, named after her debut album Pink Friday which was released in 2010. Her first signature scent has a uniquely shaped bottle, with her face and pink wig as the cap and glass body as the bottle. Special editions of the perfume even include a gold chain around the rapper’s neck with her name on it. Out of all of her fragrances, I would say that this one is definitely the most girly out of the scents. It’s playful, sweet, and perfect for a young woman or teenager as a first perfume. My favorite place to wear this scent is out with friends. It’s definitely a scent for the daytime and perfect for springtime. Click here to purchase → https://www.fragrantica.com/perfume/Nicki-Minaj/Pink-Friday-16078.html

#2: Minajesty

Minajesty Nicki Minaj for womenNicki Minaj’s second released scent was titled Minajesty and came out in 2013, a year after her first perfume. The bottle again features her face and pink wig for the cap and diamond lingerie clad body as the bottle. Although the scent has similar fruity and sweet notes like Pink Friday, this scent is a lot sultrier and is more spicy. My favorite place to wear this scent is out on dates. The scent is definitely a nighttime scent and is perfect for the summertime. Click here to purchase → https://www.fragrantica.com/perfume/Nicki-Minaj/Minajesty-18900.html

#3: Onika

Onika Nicki Minaj for womenNicki Minaj’s third perfume was released in 2014 and is called Onika, named after herself (that’s right, her real name is not Nicki). The bottle features a more natural side of Nicki, with her face and black hair as the cap and a sexy black corset as the bottle. The scent is very feminine and mature. My favorite place to wear this is at work or at professional events. The scent is filled with notes of floral and citrus─perfect for day or night and works good for all seasons. Click here to purchase → https://www.fragrantica.com/perfume/Nicki-Minaj/Onika-25913.html

#4: The Pink Print 

The Pinkprint Nicki Minaj for womenNicki Minaj’s fourth perfume was released in 2015 to promote her studio album The Pink Print which was released in 2014. The bottle features her face with purple lipstick and a pink wig as the cap, and the same purple fingerprint design as her album cover features as the bottle. The scent is extremely fresh smelling and reminds me of the scent of shampoo after a shower. It’s a very clean, crisp, and fresh smell. If you want to smell clean, this is definitely the scent for you. The scent is a daytime perfume and is perfect for any season. Click here to purchase → https://www.fragrantica.com/perfume/Nicki-Minaj/The-Pinkprint-31669.html

#5: Trini Girl

Trini Girl Nicki Minaj for womenThe last Nicki Minaj fragrance we’ll be reviewing is her Trini Girl perfume, released in 2016. Named after her birthplace of Trinidad, and has notes similar to Onika but with a spicier twist, with notes of blood orange and litchi. The scent was produced by beauty mogul Elizabeth Arden. The bottle features her face and long black hair as the cap and pink bodied bottle. The scent is perfect for all occasions, no matter time of day or season. Click here to purchase → https://www.fragrantica.com/perfume/Nicki-Minaj/Trini-Girl-41709.html

Now, I will say that although all the fragrances are wonderfully scented and perfect for women of all ages, the scents are weaker than other perfumes and do not last very long. However, they are cheaper than other celebrity endorsed fragrances on the market which makes up for it. I have been collecting her perfumes since Pink Friday was released in 2012, and I can’t wait to see the other fragrances that Nicki Minaj has up her sleeve!

Which one is your favorite? Which one are you excited to try?


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Piggies At Play

It’s springtime now, and the weather is warming up! Say goodbye to the colder weather and hello to spending hours outside every day! One of my favorite things to do when the weather starts to warm up is bringing my guinea pigs outside to play. They love eating the grass and flowers and running around when it’s nice outside. Normally I have a play pen for them, but sometimes I bring them outside and just keep them right next to me and we have fun together, all three of us. However, a few weeks ago Fluffy and I were sitting outside in my backyard, and he heard a noise and got spooked. He dashed off as quick as a lightning bolt, and I tried to chase after him but he was too quick for me. He squirmed underneath my fence and went into my neighbor’s backyard! She’s known for feeding the stray cats, and they always hang around her yard as she even went as far as building houses for them. Luckily, they weren’t there on this particular day. I had to go and hop the fence to get Fluffy back. Fortunately, I brought him back safe and uninjured. But boy did I learn a valuable lesson that day─be more careful! 

The pictures I took of the boys were so adorable, I had to make a post about it and share the pictures with you! 

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Hope you enjoyed the photos of these little cuties! What are your plans for the warmer weather?


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