Month: November 2014

November 28-30: what to do/see/eat/drink this weekend in Toronto

Happy (black) Friday everyone. If you did go out and brave the crowds, I hope you got some great deals this morning. Here’s what’s going on this weekend if you’re still looking to make plans.

Do: The One of a Kind Christmas Show starts this weekend at the Direct Energy Centre and runs until December 7th. There will be over 800 exhibitors selling unique jewelery, clothing furniture and other hand made items. A great way to start your Christmas shopping.

See: Calvalcade of Lights is back this weekend with the tree lightening ceromony at Nathan Philips Square. There will be fireworks and musical performances from people like Kardinal Official (I think every Torontonian needs to see him once, he is just so Toronto). There will also be other lightening ceromonies throughout the city.

Eat/Drink: The Christmas Market is back at the Distillery District. I missed the event last year so I’m looking forward to going this weekend, hopefully it won’t be too cold. All my friends are excited about the mulled wine, but I’m more of hot chocolate-and-baileys kind of girl. There will also be lots of food vendors, I’m sure to make myself sick on delicious things tonight! The market runs until December 21st and is closed Mondays.

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

thirsty thursday: sage mixology

Happy Thursday and Happy Thanksgiving to our friends to the South! Today’s drink continues on my adventure at the Queen’s Quay LCBO.

I had never seen anything like Sage Mixology at the LCBO (or anywhere) before. The unique packaging originally caught my eye and then I noticed the flavour. I love pink lemonade and my best friend loves elderflower, so I knew I had to get it. It’s unique packaging comes from the fact that the mix and the vodka are kept separately. When you pour the drink, the two mix together to make your cocktail. It’s a little hard to tell in the picture but the pink in the middle is separate from the clear liquor.

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The drink was a mix of sweet and tart, from the pink lemonade. It was quite taste, but the flavour was a little more summery than you might have for the upcoming holiday season. Their website says they have a cranberry blackcurrant flavour as well but it seems to be out of stock at the LCBOs in the city. At $13.50 a bottle, it’s a great addition to a girls night.

Have you tried any of Sage Mixology’s drinks?

real talk: tv theme shows

I don’t know what made me think of this, but I recently realized that tv theme songs aren’t as good as the used to be. Yes, my ringtone is currently the theme from Brooklyn Nine-Nine and it works well as a ring tone but back in the day, theme songs were an exciting part of the show. So, I decided to round up my favourites:

Full House: Basically anything on ABC’s TGIF. I don’t even know what channel is anymore or any shows they play but I know that they ruled Friday Nights in the 90s. The song stayed constant but they did update over the years to add different characters.

Mad About You: I don’t really remember a lot about this show, my mom used to watch this one but I really liked the song. I basically know that it’s Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser and a dog and this song. I think that’s all I need to know.

The Drew Carey Show: This show always had a over the top opening and it seemed like it changed almost every season. I also even enjoyed the show. I picked 5’Clock World but they were all pretty great.

Pepperann: ABC in the 90s not only ruled Friday nights but they ruled Saturday mornings with One Saturday Morning. Pepperann was one of my favourites, obviously because she was much too cool for 7th grade and she was one in a million.

Married with Children: I loved this show as a kid, which is probably completely inappropriate. It started my love of Christina Applegate and Katey Segal (who I loved on Futurama and couldn’t watch on Sons of Anarchy). I was also really excited when I went to Chicago and found out the fountain in the opening was real!

Now I know I’m missing loads of other songs. Of course the Friends theme song is a classic – you know you still clap even when you’re alone and Fresh Prince of Bel Air was life changing, it can actually come on in the club and people lose their minds and know all the words but I wanted to mix it up a bit.

Tell me, what other songs do you think should be on this list?

guest post: pretty tea

Today I’m handing over the reins to my Partner in Crime! Take it away:

Greetings fellow Tea lovers,

Today, for the first time in a while, I tried a new brand of tea called Pretty Tea and it did not disappoint!

For those of you who have never heard of Pretty Tea, it is an online-based teashop run by a super-cute boss lady by the name of Catherine D.-Gagnon out of Montreal.

I had the pleasure of scoring a sample bag of her Pink Earl Grey loose tea at last weekends Spark Sessions blogger event in Toronto. This tea provides a nice twist to the (usually boring), typical Earl Grey tea. It’s 94% Green tea infused with rhubarb pieces, rosebuds, and rose petals and it’s packed with flavour. Not to mention the packaging is adorable and comes with picture instructions for those inexperienced tea connoisseurs (or for when your boyfriend tries to make you tea).

#relaxtime #tea #tealover #prettytea #prettyteashop @prettyteashop #pinkearlgrey #delicious #omnomnom ☕️

I definitely recommend checking out her site www.prettytea.ca for some great holiday flavoured teas which would make perfect gifts and stocking stuffers for the holiday season.

With free shipping on orders over $40 and reasonable prices, how can you go wrong?!

Peace out,

PIC 😉

November 21: what to do/see/eat/drink this weekend in Toronto

Hope you’re all ready for the weekend. There’s lots happening this weekend and it’s going to be above freezing so get out there! :) Here’s some ideas if you’re still looking for something to do this weekend.

Do: The Toronto Art Crawl is on this weekend and is a great opportunity to shop local. There will be over 60 artisans at this first Christmas Show & Sale in Liberty Village. Admission is free, and the event runs until Sunday.

See: 12 Trees is on until December 14th at the Gardiner Museum. The trees represent different Toronto neighbourhood and a number of local designers have contributed to the project.

Drink/Eat: The Gourmet Food and Wine Expo is back for their 20th year. I really enjoyed the show last weekend trying great restaurants and drinks from the area. Tickets are on sale on their site and the show runs until Sunday.

Have a fabulous weekend!

thirsty thursday: breezers cider

Happy Thursday everyone. Hope you’re enjoying this sunny day in the city. This past weekend I was at the Queen Quay LCBO, I love going to big and different LCBOs because I always find something new – in fact I’ve got new things I had never heard of for a few weeks of Thirsty Thursday – so lets get started!

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I found this cider from the maker of bacardi breezers, I find most of their coolers too sweet but I wanted to try this one out. This was a berry and honey flavoured cider. It wasn’t overly sweet (but you probably couldn’t drink a lot of it at the same time) and you could definitely taste the honey. Although it’s not really the season for cider, I would definitely purchase this drink again. They also had an apple flavoured cider, I’m not a huge fan of just apple but I’ll probably give that a try as well. You can find it at the LCBO for $2.95 a can.

Have you tried the breezer cider yet? What did you think?

four things I love way too much

I realize I don’t write too many personal details about myself on the blog that often, so this post may seem a little off-topic, but perhaps other twenty-somethings will relate or you’ll at least get a good laugh at the things I love in an irrational way.

Campbells Hearty Noodles: What are these? Sodium-filled, dried vegetables and usually over $1.49 a cup but I love them. I love them so much. They were on sale at Shoppers Drug Mart this week and I bought every single one of the chicken ones they had in stock. I could eat these almost every day, thank goodness I find them expensive!

 

let's just say this was all of them... let's just go with that.
let’s just say this was all of them… let’s just go with that.

Graphics with Words: Everyone loves an insipirational or funny quote but I love them. All of my device have sayings for their background, the only art work in my home are words and I recently bought a cluster frame and I’m trying to decide what saying to put in it. There’s 7 other slots for photos, surely putting one saying wouldn’t be that bad.

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Blistex Berry Flavour: I love these lip glosses, they’re so cheap, last forever and come in packs of two, perfect for when I lose one about half way through. They aren’t the flashiest of the chap sticks but they’re so great. $2.49 on sale at Shoppers? I’ll take two packs.

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Netflix Documentaries: Of course, you’d be hard pressed to find someone that hates Netflix but I may be single-handedly keeping the documentary section a section on Netflix. The odder the documentary the better. Ya, I’ve never seen Forrest Gump or The Godfather, but I can tell you about the palliative care system run by prisoners in an American prison or the race to build the 3D printer, or how hard the sommelier test is. I’m sure these things will come in handy one day, and surely I can’t be alone.

Yes... I want to watch ALL THE DOCUMENTARIES!
Yes… I want to watch ALL THE DOCUMENTARIES!

Hopefully someone can relate to me on one of these odd loves… no, just me? That’s cool too. Is there anything you love that no one else understands? I’d love to hear it!

five things you need this winter

I know, I’m usually the one advocating to get out and enjoy this beautiful city, but I’m no fool – I know that this city can also have a heck of a winter. As the temperature starts to drop, there are just some days you won’t want to (or won’t be able to) go outside. Here’s five things you need to survive another Toronto winter.

1. Teapot: I never used to drink warm drinks, mostly because I’m clumsy and I used to burn myself on them all the time, I still do but I’ve realized how comforting hot tea can be on a chilly day. Maybe you start to add some holiday flavours but it is a must have for a day on the couch. This teapot knows what it’s all about, it’s $26 from Chapters/Indigo.

Pugg Teapot – All You Need Is Tea

 

2. Cozy Throw: I have a blanket on my couch all year round but it is a requirement in the winter time; the fluffier, the better. I have one purple one and one green one to match my place. Chapters/Indigo does it again with their cozy throws, varying in price from $15-$185 depending on how luxurious you want it.

Cable-Knit Faux Shearling Throw – EggnogMoroccan Throw- StrawLuxe Faux Fur Throw

 

3. Board Games: You’re probably going to be spending hours inside and if it’s anything like last year, you may not even have power. Board games are a great way to pass the time and we played some last year when we were all brought together by the ice storm. I love a good trivia game (I’ve never been very good at Monopoly) but at about $20-$30/game, you can’t go wrong.

4. Netflix: Enough Said. It has gotten me through some dark and stormy nights.

5. Travel: If all else fails, there’s always the carribbean.

Don’t worry, I haven’t given up on this city in the winter. I promise that there is lots going on in the city and I promise I will share all that with all of you!

money, money, money

I’m always looking to save money, it’s a little bit of an obsession. Here’s a few apps and sites I use to save a few dollars.

Checkout 51: Available on android and iphone, this app gives you cash back for groceries and toiletries. Every week, Checkout 51 updates with available cash back offers. You take a photo of your receipt and within a couple of hours (usually) it updates your cash back, this app allows you to cash out every $20. I’ve only been using it a week or so but I’m already at a couple of dollars. This app does not give you a bonus for referrals.

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Snap by Groupon: This app used to be SnapSaves until Groupon took it over, I had tried using it in the past but never got into the habit of it. It is almost identical to Checkout 51. You take the photo, choose the offers and the cash back is added to your account. The only different I’ve spotted in the past couple uses it that is offers you a referral bonus.

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Swagbucks: I’ve been using Swagbucks for a couple of months now and have had pretty good success with it. You can earn points by doing activities on the site like surveys, games, search and videos. They also occasionally send out bonus codes through different social media. You can also earn points for shopping at stores like Buytopia and Walmart. If you use the toolbar, you can activate the points and use the next site to get cash back, it’s like double bonuses. I will say that I did not have luck with the app, I found it slowed down my phone, the mobile site is good as is the desktop version. Swagbucks offers you referral bonus based on the points the people you refer collect.

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Ebates: I mentioned ebates in the past, but I think it’s such a great site that it bears repeating. I know for sure a lot of my Christmas shopping will be done through ebates partners, I mean – Chapters/Indigo is a partner so that basically covers about half of my list! Ebates is simple, you start at that site to go to sites you shop with normally including the above mentioned Chapters/Indigo, Walmart and travel sites like Expedia and you get cash back on the purchases. They simply mail you a cheque once a quarter for any balance over $5, anything under that gets rolled over to the next month. Ebates offers you a referral bonus for everyone that signs up using your link. This site is the easiest to use out of all of them on the list by far, I would highly recommend it.

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Are you using any sites? I’m always looking for different apps to help me save money – what are some of your favourites?

November 14-16: what to do/see/eat/drink this weekend in toronto

We’re half way through November and we’ve already started to experience some winter weather. Here’s a few things happening this weekend in the wonderful (but cold) city of Toronto.

Do: The Gentlemen’s Expo is now in it’s second year and has lots to offer guests this weekend. There’s everything from food, drinks, music, shopping and even an old school arcade. Tickets for one day start at $30 and include a few drink tickets and goodies. The show runs until Sunday.

See: Another weekend, another awesome film festival in the city. This weekend is the Toronto International Short Film Festival. The festival takes place at the Carlton Cinema and all the movie details are available on their site.

Eat: Taste of Iceland is back this weekend offering Torontonians a taste of life in Iceland with food and music at Luma on King St. It’s $55 for a four-course meal and the program runs until Sunday.

Drink: Tonight is Friday Night Jazz again at the Aquarium. I went last month and thought it was a fun way to see the aquarium. It was nice to see all the creatures with a drink in my hand. I’d recommend it if you’re looking for something new to do and haven’t been to the aquarium yet.