Category: toronto

volunteering in toronto

I’m a huge fan of volunteering. I love planning, executing and being apart of events, that’s how I choose to volunteer my time. I’d call it my expertise. I do however sometimes find it hard to find volunteer opportunities. I think when I first started volunteering, I expected that non-profits would be so excited for volunteers that there would be tons of opportunities. The reality is, coordinators working at non-profits are extremely busy and don’t always have the time to find the perfect fit. I’ll start to feature opportunities I hear of, or may be participating in. Hopefully this will encourage others to help make a difference and make Toronto the best city it can be.

paid to shop online?

Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, it isn’t. Technically. 

Ebates gives you cash back for shopping online. I was pretty skeptical when I first heard about it, but I just had to give it a try. I’d say the average percentage back is 1-5%. I tend to use it for sites like Groupon, TeamBuy, Expedia, as well as other deal and travel sites but there is a great selection. If you do absolutely any shopping online, you should check to see if the site is there. They have a huge selection of stores, everything from Sephora, to Walmart, to Gilt and so many more.

I also recently used it to buy textbooks (because I’m a student-lifer) from BookMob. I received my books within two days and received 3.5% back. BookMob also buys back textbooks (so does Textbook Rental), which is great since trying to sell them back to the school is usually unbelievably complicated. 

I know that Toronto is a pricey city, and every little bit helps. Hopefully everyone can find something to get their cash back on. Happy Shopping!

For my American friends, use this link: Ebates USA

summer in toronto

It’s already August 2nd. That’s got some people in Toronto thinking summer is over, and the cooler weather isn’t really helping. I thought I’d remind everyone what is great about summer and the summer rules of Toronto girls.

  1. Toronto girls know it is key to know someone with a cottage – you don’t necessarily want to be that person but nothing spells Toronto in the Summer like sitting in traffic on the 400 or the 401 to try to get out of the city.
  2. Toronto girls know that you can’t wear heels (even wedges) to a jays game if you’re sitting in the 500 level – that ramp is long and steep.
  3. Toronto girls also know that the difference between the 500 level and 200 level is at least two beers (or 5 at the steamwhistle roundhouse).
  4. Toronto girls know the temperature is irrelevant, we only care about the humidex.
  5. Toronto girls know the only place to eat in the summer must have a patio. There is no eating indoors from May-September.
  6. Toronto girls know the need for this city to get on with food trucks!
  7. Toronto girls can spot the difference between a real summerlicious menu and a ripoff menu.
  8. Toronto girls know that you must eat something ridiculous at the Ex and you must post to Instragram.We also know the Ex means the end of summer. 
  9. Toronto girls base how good a festival is based on the free stuff they get.
  10. And finally, Toronto girls know that September isn’t too bad. There’s a great chance to meet your movie star husband in September. 

what I loved at beerfest

Yesterday was one of my favourite days of the year. It was my day at Beerfest in Toronto. It was a beautiful day in the city. There was a ton of vendors, I tried my best to try things I’ve never had before, here are a few of my favourites, oddly, none of them are actually just beers. 

1. Somersby Blackberry – I’ve been waiting for weeks to try this, since I first saw it in the LCBO magazine. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find it in any stores, despite their ad campaign. It was refreshing and delicious. They also made beer cocktails, somersby and kronenberg blanc. It was absolutely fantastic. I’m a big fan of beer cocktails.

2. Coors Light – I know this is a beer but they were making beer cocktails at their booth. The one I liked was a cranberry drink, with just a hint of cinnamon. Mixed with the beer made it a great drink. Perfect for when you want a cocktail, but not a hard liquor.

3. Smirnoff Ice – They had two new flavours, the Fruit Punch Ice VII and the Raspberry. They were both really good. They weren’t overly sweet. I’m sure they would also taste great mixed with beer. 

4. Sully’s Hot Dogs – You can’t drink all day without food. We had great hot dogs from Sully’s. The best part had to be the bread. They butter-toast it. It tastes the outside of a grilled cheese sandwich. It was really great. 

Those are my top picks. As I mentioned, none of them are just beer, maybe that’s because I was trying new things and some of them I didn’t love. Sometimes with things like beer, you have to stick to what you know. I was really impressed with the items above. Hopefully you’ll get the chance to enjoy one on a patio before the summer is out. 

talking online

Dating is hard. Online dating is also hard. I don’t think it is any harder, it just happens much faster than regular dating. Today, I was enraged once again by someone on an online dating site. They told me I was fat.  And maybe I am, but really? That’s your opening line. Why do people think it is ok to just insult someone you’ve never met before. If you aren’t interested in someone, that is no reason to insult them. I wish people in the future would have better manners and realize there is another person on the other end of that computer. Someone you know nothing about, you don’t know that person’s history so you have no right to make any assumptions and most of all, you have no right to completely insult that person. 

I hope people would practice better manners in the future. 

things toronto girls know

I’m a fan of lists – buzzfeed has it pretty nailed down, so I thought I’d share 10 things twenty-something-toronto girls know to be true.

  1. Riding the TTC in heels is truly an art. There is often delays and the subway is ridiculously busy at the strangest time, committing to wearing heels is truly something to be celebrated
  2. If you’re travelling through the city during rush hour, you have to add an hour to your travel time. And since rush hour never seems to end, it is difficult to get anywhere
  3. You know living in Scarborough and dating someone in Etobicoke is basically a long-distance relationship
  4. You know how to correctly pronounce Etobicoke
  5. You’ve been to at least 4 weddings (probably this summer alone) where you don’t know what is going on because the city is so multicultural
  6. You also know how to swear in at least 4 languages – see #4
  7. You know that having a 416-number is something to covet
  8. Streetmeat is only acceptable after 12:30am
  9. You’ve outgrown the entertainment district – king street is more age appropriate
  10. You know if a song comes on that says “Toronto”, there will be excitement in the club

continuing education

I’m currently taking Marketing Communications from a university online. I took two classes this semester. I took 4 college courses last semester, I forgot that university is harder. I have a lot of assignments due this week. What is really crazy is I will be taking three classes next semester, if they are anything like this it will be a lot of work. I figured it would be easier in the fall because it won’t be as crazy as the summer. Is this something that everyone does? Over-commit themselves to many things? Am I the crazy one? I hate feeling as if I’m not doing enough. I need to constantly feel as if I’m doing something to enjoy myself, better myself or better the world. Other  people are like this too, right? I’d love to blog more today but I’ve got to get outside and enjoy this beautiful toronto sunshine!
next week, I’ll be blogging from Boston! Should be wicked awesome.

fancy restaurant

my friend and I went to a fancy restaurant last night called Origin North at Bayview Village. I’m usually not very good with the fancy restaurants because the food is usually too weird and the prices are too high. I figured as part of the ‘survival guide’ aspect, I would give my fellow twenty-somethings in toronto an insight on options in the city.

The food was a little unusual. They kept talking about sharing the food but it didn’t seem like some of it was shareable… how do I share a burger without making a complete mess?

We did however share: MASA CHIPS + avocado + salsa + pumpkin seeds
It was pretty delicious, the portion was a little small, only a few large chips.

I had: RIGATONI + smoked tomato + fresh ricotta + chorizo
The chorizo wasn’t really worth the extra money but the sauce was really delicious.

My friend had: CHINOIS DUCK + flour tortilla + cucumber + hoisin + sriracha + sour cream
He really enjoyed it. I’m not a huge duck fan but it was pretty good.

Dessert was really delicious: WARM CINNAMON SUGAR DOUGHNUT + walnut caramel + soft serve
I don’t think I really need to describe why this is really delicious.

The bill came to $96 after taxes but before tip. This did include four alcoholic drinks.

I think if you’re looking for something that isn’t a cookie cutter chain this would be a great choice. Also a nice option if you live uptown.

nail polish i love


I just have to share this nail polish. Anytime I wear one of these three colours, I get so many compliments. I’m what I’d like to refer to as ‘thrifty’ because it sounds so much better than cheap so I hate paying lots of money for any beauty products. I bought these three polishes 3 for $8 about 6 weeks ago at Shoppers Drug Mart, I think the regular price is $4.99. 

This nail polish goes on smoothly, only needs two coats. It dries pretty quickly, great for someone impatient like me. It typically last a couple of days without any chips, and I very rarely put top coat on, again because I’m very impatient. 

I would say this is part of a girl’s survival guide in the city because it is a great polish at a great price, because not all of us can afford/have time for a shellac mani every couple of weeks. 

Shocking Seas – Iced Queen – Green With Envy

i know its been two days

but! I have to say how amazing the JT & Jay-Z concert was. It was absolutely fantastic. The music was of course amazing, there really was no doubt about that. They played a nice mix of new and old music because we all want to know we want to hear the classics. Moving between JT and Jay-Z was seamless. It really felt like it was both of their concerts. The DJ that opened was great too. I really loved how the DJ played until they came on stage. All performers should take a page out of their book – no one wants to stand around in a hot venue staring at an empty stage. Bravo JT & Jay-Z!