Welcome to Flour + Paper. A lifestyle blog aimed towards helping others find an organized balance in their day-to-day lives while maintaining a sense of self.

I don’t really know the “right” answers and I don’t have a magic step-by-step guide on how to achieve balance in one’s life. I’m just a woman who finds joy in helping others by sharing my own experiences, but at the same time believe we need to follow our own path and trust our inner knowing. As my husband Tom says “there’s more than one way to do something – it doesn’t mean one way is right or wrong,” which is a concept that isn’t easily accepted when we tend to believe our way is THE best. If we allow ourselves to open up to new ideas and possibilities, we can find our unique balance.



I’m Aliyyah, a 30-something first-time mom to the happiest baby boy, Evan, and wife to the most genuinely sweetest guy ever, Tom. We are enjoying our new home and growing new roots in a suburban community on the outskirts of Hamilton, ON.

I view myself as an aspiring Multi-Passionate Multi-Preneur. I have an interest in a multitude of things and am a fan of self-reflection, personal growth, health, wellbeing, and life balance while trying to keep it all organized! Spirituality, good food, art and creativity, fitness, and personal relationships are some the tools I use to help me maintain an ever-evolving balance in my life. Since becoming a mom, it has been a challenge trying to maintain who I am, without neglecting my role as a mother and wife, and vice versa. So, this blog is a bit of self therapy too.



I was born on the island of Trinidad in the Caribbean.

Just recently I decided to just go for it and start my own business so that I can life the balanced family life I’ve always said I wanted.

I love the outdoors but I don’t like the bugs and all the creepy crawly, scary things that come with it.

Recently, I find myself wanting to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle.

My educational background is in Interior Design.

I taught myself how to bake allergen-free goodies.

Running an online shop in the near future, owning a mixed rental property business in the long-term, living financially stress-free life, and lots of tropical vacations, are on the top of my dream list (and Tom’s).

I’m obsessed with pretty details in everything, from food presentation, fashion accessories, and home décor.

I’m into healing crystals and believe everything carries an energy.

My sweet tooth often gets the best of me.

Favourite mythical creature = Unicorn

Spirit animal = Phoenix



I originally started Flour + Paper in 2014 as a place to share my allergen-free baking projects and arts and craft ventures, but always had a bigger vision of having a café-boutique shop to combine both of these interests. I soon found myself wanting to write about more than baking and crafts, so I began sharing personal experiences that others might relate to.

Flour + Paper continues to evolve, and I hope you will visit often to see what’s new. Most of all, I hope you visit Flour + Paper when you need a little escape from the “everyday” and can get lost in the comfort of similar experiences and the joys of trying new things.

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