must read: the nazi officier’s wife

I picked up this book a few months ago on a very rare Costco trip and only recently got around the reading it. The Nazi Officer’s Wife is the story of how one Jewish woman survived the Holocaust. The story is based on the life of Edith Hahn Beer, a young woman from Austria. I have read a number of books about the Second World War and the Holocaust and was surprised that I had never heard of this type of experience.

The story begins before the war, where she tells stories of her boyfriend, her family and attending law school. She recounts in remarkable details her experiences in slave labour camps, going underground and eventually living in Munich where she meets her husband. It’s a very good book, I was so enthralled I couldn’t put it down. Edith had also saved many photos and documents which she includes in the book, which are really remarkable.

I would definitely recommend the Nazi Officer’s Wife if you have any interest in biographies or history, it’s definitely worth the read!

must read: wealthing like rabbits

Another book that I had for months before finally picking it up. I got this book at an event for young professionals about personal finance run by the lovely Jessica Moorhouse.

Wealthing Like Rabbits proclaims itself as an introduction to personal finance but I think that those who know the introduction should still read this book as a refreshed. There were a lot of things in this book that I knew the basics of, a mortgage, an RRSP, credit cards but I also learned some things about other types of loans and also put what I did know back in to perspective. Sometimes I can forget that I can one day be mortgage-free, because it seems so far in the future, it seems so hard to believe but I recently renewed my mortgage at a much lower interest rate, by not changing what I’m already paying, I took over two years off my mortgage. Not only is that time, but it’s money, it’s a heck of a lot of interest that I don’t have to pay the bank. That, coupled with reading this book has inspired me to stay on paying down my mortgage. It’s also reminded me that I need to start saving more in my RRSP. Somewhat unrelated, but kind of related, my friend Jessica Moorhouse was recently talking about her vision board, which I’ve said I should do but her post with this book, it’s happening this weekend! I’m getting my collage on!

The first endorsement for this book on the cover is “Smart, funny and totally relatable” by the queen of finance, Gail Vaz-Oxlade. It’s hard to imagine a finance book being funny but this is exactly that. I knew it was off to a good start when the opening line of the book is a Simpsons quote. He also references video games, zombies and Tony Soprano. The book was funny enough that I laughed out loud on the subway, and I’m sure other people thought “is that weird girl laughing at a finance book”, absolutely I was and they should read it too.

I would definitely recommend this book for every 20-something, 30-something, 40-something etc, who wants to know more about the basics of personal finance. Like I said that Hidden Figures should be shown in every math class, this book should be a mandatory read for math or careers or basically any other course in high school. Too many people don’t know even the basics of how money works and that’s how they end up in trouble. This book has a lot of advice, and not all of it may be the best fit for everyone but it will definitely make you think differently about money and have a great time doing it!

#spininyourskin

Tonight I got to take part in an amazing event at Spokehaus called Spin in Your Skin. You may remember, I wrote about Spokehaus last year, a great spin class in Cityplace. 

Tonight’s event was sponsored by Knix Wear. If you’re not familiar with Knix Wear, they design moisture-wicking underwear and originally started with panties with a built in liner. Now the line includes panties, sports bras and socks. For tonight’s event, every participant was given a bra, panties and robe and if you did your spin class in only that, knix would donate an identical set to women living in CAMH. 

Spin in Your Skin was all about empowering women to be comfortable in their bodies. I can tell you, if you told me at 15 that I would have been in a spin class, in just a sports bra and panties, with a room full of people, I would have told you that you were completely insane. It was great experience to be in a room full of women who supported you and weren’t judging what you were wearing or how you looked in it, because they looked pretty much the same. Body image can be a very difficult thing to deal with and I’m happy that if only for just an hour, I didn’t care how I looked and was just happy to have my body workout for an hour. 

Tonight was an amazing experience, huge thank you to Spokehaus and Knix Wear for making it possible!

dining out: town crier

Friday night, I joined some friends at a cozy pub on John St, which is one of my friend’s favourite spots. We grabbed apps and dinner and a couple of drinks. As an app, we shared the short ribs and calamari, which I was too excited to eat that I forgot to get a photo. The short ribs were really good, the calamari was not fried so if you prefer it grilled, I’d recommend it. I’m not usually a huge fan of short ribs but the sauce on these were really, really good. You can also get the short ribs on a flatbread, which my friend had and really enjoyed.

For dinner, I had the mussels on my friend’s recommendation. The Town Crier has a variety of mussel options, I went more traditional.

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It’s very hard to see the light garlic sauce on the mussels, I pulled the mussels out and dumped the fries into the delicious buttery sauce. The mussels were very fresh and the fries were definitely hand cut. I really enjoyed my pub night out with the ladies, the pub was a buzz on a Friday night – a great way to get the weekend started. If you’re looking for traditional german pub food, check out the town crier on John!

fun new desserts

Hope you all had a great weekend. This weekend, I ate a lot… resolutions-smesolutions! So, I’ll be sharing lots of that over the next few posts!

I went to a fun place for dessert this week for someone’s birthday for shaved ice. The last time I had shaved ice, it was more like a snow cone, it was nothing like what I had this week. At Cups, near Yonge and Steeles, you can get shaved ice with a variety of toppings, I chose one that I couldn’t pronounce and I couldn’t be happier.

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This shaved ice was topped with mochi, condensed milk and soy powder and it was so good! It was also super messy but totally worth it. My friends tried other options included fruits and matcha, the fruits and toppings were overflowing, the one I got was a small, the larger sizes are definitely big enough for at least two people. If you’re looking for something that isn’t too sweet but super delicious, I would definitely recommend Cups.

must see: #hiddenfigures

I would say happy Sunday, but you probably don’t want a reminder that you’re going back to your first full week of work in a while. I stayed pretty busy this weekend (as usual) and had to share with you a movie that I absolutely loved.

If you have not heard of it, it is the story of 3 black women that worked at NASA during the 60s as “computers”. I was excited to see this movie, I had first heard about it because IBM is a big sponsor of the film and I work very closely with them in my “day job”. The movie stars Janelle Monae, Octavia Spencer and Taraji P. Henson and each of them were amazing. I don’t want to give away too much of the movie, but I want to tell everyone that it is definitely worth the $15 to see and I think that they should show it in every high school math class, I even joked with a teacher that I met this weekend that it should be in her next lesson plan. I’m very glad that it did extremely well at the box office. I was afraid that it wouldn’t garner a lot of interest, since it is about a topic that doesn’t get a lot of attention. So, if you’re looking for a great, funny and feel-good movie, definitely check out Hidden Figures. And, if you’ve already seen it, I’d love to know what you think!

Happy 2017!

I know it has been forever since I’ve blogged. Almost to the point where it feels like a friend I haven’t called in a while and it starts to get awkward so I’m not sure if I should call. But you should really always call. Especially since this will be my last full calendar year in my 20s!!

I feel so behind in my new years activities, I haven’t even written out my resolutions or goals for this year. This new years really snuck up on me, it seems like they’re coming faster and faster every year! I’m also completely reorganizing my condo, so I can blame that as well. I think I’d like to read more and save more money in 2017 but of course, those aren’t proper goals yet. Oh and blog more, obviously. Do you make resolutions? What are yours for this year?

Whatever you’re doing to ring in the new year, I hope you have a great and safe time. Happy 2017 to you and yours!

detox to retox: left field brewery

We headed back to a fan favourite this weekend at Left Field Brewery. Every time I’m there, I’m reminded why I love this place. They’ve got the most adorable beer-themed Christmas tree in the lobby, and underneath, they are taking donations for a local shelter! So, next time you’re there – be sure to bring something for the box!

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We had our class led by April, which is always lovely and relaxing. I may have been doing a lot of Child’s Pose, you know because you have to listen to your body – but my legs are still hurting me today so I have to assume I got a great workout.

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Next, we were on the beer. The ladies of School House Booze now have their own pencils, which makes BINGO exciting on top of the intensity, people get really into BINGO!

Bingo and retox time at #detoxtoretoxto @tipsyteachers

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Our next Detox to Retox is another big one at Henderson Brewery, but is already 50% sold out so get your tickets before they’re gone!

gentlemen’s expo 2016

My boyfriend and I headed to the Gentlemen’s Expo this past weekend because we had such a great time last year! I thought this year’s event was even better than last year, I thought there was a better mix of vendors and sessions and so had been looking forward to it for a few weeks. Here are my highlights:

Although, probably makes more sense to save this for a Thirsty Thursday, this was definitely my favourite drink of the show. Auchentoshan, a single malt scotch was served over ice with a bit of IPA and grapefruit juice, it was dangerously delicious.

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I was also excited because my friend Bourbon Thing was presenting a Bourbon 101 session. If you don’t know Jamie, you’re really missing out. She hosts whiskey events in the city as well as has a blog and podcast dedicated to the drink.

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There was also lots of non-booze related things, awesome socks, cute ties and fun cufflinks. There was even a place where you could try out virtual reality headsets, I lasted about 28 seconds on the VR roller coaster before I felt super dizzy, it was really cool but not for me. To be honest, I’m surprised I lasted that long.

So, there was lots to see and do at the show this weekend and I had a good time… until…..

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RICK MERCER WAS THERE AND HE INTERVIEWED US AND I’M STILL BLUSHING!!!!!!!!!!

We knew he was at the show because we had seen it on instagram but despite our best efforts, we couldn’t find him. We were wrapping up our day, having a quick snack and we see his cameras and notice it’s him. And he just starts interviewing us, no intro or anything just starts talking. So, there’s a small chance we’ll be on the Mercer Report this week – it’s a pretty small chance because I was fan-girling so hard the tape may not even be usable.

So, it was an amazing year at the Gentlemen’s Expo, I’m already looking forward to next year!

detox to retox: indie ale house

This past Sunday, I got to do yoga in Indie Ale House, a place I normally only think about when I want delicious mac and cheese (the butternut squash one is my favourite). Indie Ale House also brews a number of delicious beers which we of course got to try after a morning yoga session!

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If you’ve ever been to Indie Ale House, you’re probably used to just busy tables and would never expect a relaxing yoga class but that’s what we’ve got. And then we got to sample 5 beers from Indie Ale House, and it was even more fun because we got to choose our own 5th beer, which was a great way to try so many different beers!

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I know that Indie Ale House sold out super quickly but the good news is, the next Detox to Retox is on sale! But grab tickets before they’re gone – we’re going back to a yogis-favourite and tickets are already half sold out! Join us in December at Left Field Brewery – see you next month!