summer days, drifting away

Are you looking for a refreshing beverage to close out the summer? Betty’s vodka icec tea is absolutely wonderful. Its lightly carbonated and not overly sweet.  It comes in peach and raspberry. I’m personally not a peach fan, but they’re pretty good.  I love the raspberry ones. They make a great cottage/backyard/dock drink. And unlike the blackberry somersby, you can actually find it.

The countdown is on for yhe end of summer, u hope you can enjoy them before fall hits!

new mall in the gta

I checked out the new premium outlets in the halton region. It was a beautiful day so perfect for the outdoor mall. It probably won’t be as great in december. I had heard that parking is brutal but we got pretty lucky, we were able to find a spot in minutes. The selection of brand name stores and regular stores was pretty great. The worst part about the mall was the food selection. There was only 5 restaurants in the food pavillion and no room to expand. There was also a limited number of indoor seating. That’s not really an issue in the summer because there is lots of outdoor space, again won’t be great in the winter. If you’re going to check it out, have fun and good luck with parking!

jobs: the movie

I checked out the steve jobs movie tonight in what appeared to be a sold out theatre.

Ashton Kutcher did a good job of playing the infamous jobs. There was some continuity issues with jobs’ mannerism but it was still well done. The story focused more on the development of the company than jobs’ life. I found the ending lacked an ending. The soundtrack was absolutely fantastic, it really made the movie. It was an interesting story, and interesting to see Ashton Kutcher in a more serious role.

why you need the hailo app

I started using the hailo app a couple of months ago and absolutely love it. It is currently available for iphone and android users and would highly recommend it if you ever take a taxi in Toronto (or one of the other cities they operate in).

There are so many features to love about this app. I love that you can track the cab as it is coming to you. You know exactly how long it will be until your cab arrives. I also absolutely love that you can use your credit card, with no hassles. We’ve all been in a cab in Toronto where the cab driver says their machine doesn’t work, and yet magically works when you insist that you don’t have any cash. It can be extremely frustrating. With the hailo app, you can store multiple credit cards, so you can keep business and personal expenses separate. You also set the tip before you get out of the cab. Once you arrive at your destination, there is nothing more for you to do. You get out of the cab and they send you an email copy of the receipt. 

The only downside to the app is if you’re in a busier area, it may be difficult to determine which cab is yours. They do provide you with the cab number but it can get a little confusing.

Get the app: Hailo

a day in pickering

I spent a lovely day in Pickering. We went to petticoat creek, at the bottom of whites road. The weather was perfect. It cost $6.50 a person to get in and we got a few picnic tables and bbqed in the park. We also went to the pool which is renovated since the last time I was there. It had cooled off too much for me to get in. It cost another $4.75 per person to get into the pool area. It was pretty costly to go the the park but it is well maintained.

I also went to the works for the first time after hearing about it for months. I got the sk8r, which had jack cheese, peanut butter and bacon on the burger. It was absolutely fabulous. I would definitely recommend it. I also had a small vanilla milkshake,  which was also great. I would recommend it if you’re looking for something a little different. 

the roundhouse craft beer festival

I’m pretty disappointed that I won’t be able to attend The Roundhouse Craft Beer Festival this year. I went to this last year, I saw a few tweets about it beforehand but didn’t know what it was. I was at the Jays game one day so we decided to go after the game. All of the advanced tickets are sold out for this year. This is a much smaller festival than the Toronto Festival of Beers that many beer lovers enjoy but it is still a nice, smaller festival. There are plenty of local beer choices and a number of food trucks, which is great for anyone who is excited about the food truck revolution, beer and buying local. Tickets are $15 at the gate, so this festival is a little easier on the wallet. I hope lots of people are able to make it out to this because it is a great way to try beers you may not have heard of or may have been reluctant to buy an entire 6-pack of because you weren’t familiar with the brand or beer.

Just remember, the most of the subway is closed this weekend so give yourself lots of time to get down there and enjoy the festival! As for myself, I’ll be planning next year’s trip.

what i loved at taste of the danforth

It’s the 20th anniversary of the city staple, Taste of the Danforth. This annual festival along the Danforth has been a huge hit for years. I went on opening night, and here is what I loved.

I loved that it brought out so many different people to support local businesses. There were lots of freebies if you were willing to wait in line. I had delicious soulvlaki at detroit eatery.

The only downside was the crowds. Everywhere had a crazy line up. Its great for businesses, a little exhausting for visitors.

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

we’re the millers

A mildly offensive comedy about a fake family smuggling drugs from Mexico to the USA.

The film was a bit predictable but that can be expected with most comedies. This is the first film I’ve seen Jason Sudeikis star in so I wasn’t too sure going in how he would fair as a leading man, and he did a pretty good job. I’ve been an SNL fan for years so it was nice to see him taking the next step. I like Jennifer Aniston and really enjoyed her in this role.  Will Poulter was really funny as the awkward Kenny Rossmore. The fake daughter played by Emma Roberts was also entertaining.
The minor characters in this movie were cast absolutely perfectly. Ed Helms plays the perfect evil drug lord, Kathryn Hahn is a hilarious as the stereotypical mom and Nick Offerman, is well, Nick Offerman and requires no explanation. I think these minor characters really made the movie better.They supported the story perfectly. 
If you’re looking for a funny, uncomplicated movie, I would suggest “We’re the Millers”. It won’t be on the shortlist for the Oscars but it will make you laugh for an hour and a half.