Rando Dando Hey How Are Ya?

Guys, I don’t know about you, but I’m hella happy it’s Friday. I mean, I technically had a short week at work on account of being basically on my death bed on Monday, but still. It’s been a loooooooong week, bruh!

*sigh*

We took little Dusty in for his rabies shot on Wednesday. It was our first visit to the vet with the little man and can I just tell you how much we already love our vet?! Mike’s buddy is an emergency vet and recommended someone down the street from our place and he’s amazing. After giving Dusty a check-up, he asked if he could take Dusty around to show him off to everyone in the office. I mean, of course he did…Dusty is a beauty! Just, just…just look at this face!

Dusty checked up all good, and has actually gained 2 pounds since being home with us. Which makes sense because apparently everyone who lives in our house has decided to just start gaining ALL OF THE WEIGHT. (This is a jab at myself because I feel gross and need to get back in the gym asap).

*double sigh*

Speaking of getting back in the gym….

I wanted to give you a little update. Next week I’ll be posting a post all about the little motivational group I’m launching next month!

Rando Dando Hey How Are Ya?

Guys, I don’t know about you, but I’m hella happy it’s Friday. I mean, I technically had a short week at work on account of being basically on my death bed on Monday, but still. It’s been a loooooooong week, bruh!

*sigh*

We took little Dusty in for his rabies shot on Wednesday. It was our first visit to the vet with the little man and can I just tell you how much we already love our vet?! Mike’s buddy is an emergency vet and recommended someone down the street from our place and he’s amazing. After giving Dusty a check-up, he asked if he could take Dusty around to show him off to everyone in the office. I mean, of course he did…Dusty is a beauty! Just, just…just look at this face!

Dusty checked up all good, and has actually gained 2 pounds since being home with us. Which makes sense because apparently everyone who lives in our house has decided to just start gaining ALL OF THE WEIGHT. (This is a jab at myself because I feel gross and need to get back in the gym asap).

*double sigh*

Speaking of getting back in the gym….

I wanted to give you a little update. Next week I’ll be posting a post all about the little motivational group I’m launching next month!

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

…I don’t even know where to start.

Never in a million years did I ever think that I would be writing this letter, but here we are.

At one time, our relationship felt like the best thing that had ever happened to me.

You brought me a sense of joy I never knew was possible, and at a time that I needed it the most.

You brought out the best in me and pushed me to keep going when all I wanted to do was give up, and for that – I will forever be grateful.

I’ll never forget the memories we created…but lately, things have just felt a little off.

It is as if, at one point – you were filling my cup, but for some reason I no longer feel full.

It isn’t fair to anyone to stay in a relationship that isn’t filled with love anymore.

It isn’t fair to you for me to keep pretending like this is going to work…not when my attention and my heart is elsewhere.

I’ve enjoyed our time together and appreciate what you’ve given to me – but it is time for me to move on.

I’ll always remember our time together as a special time in my life…but now it is time to say goodbye.

 

I will always love you, Jenn and the City…but, it’s time for me to move on.

 

~ Jenn

RECIPE | Getting Wild With Wild Blueberries

getting wild with wild blueberries

Alright friends, gather ‘round – it’s story time!

Many (many) years ago, I worked in the nightlife industry. I had various jobs: server, bartender, even shooter girl! Go ahead, get the laughs out now, guys.  

Anyways, there was this one night that I was working a shooter girl shift. It was a random Tuesday night and I thought to myself, “Tonight won’t be too busy.” So I decided that I would make the most of (what I thought would be) a boring night and only drink tequila. #rookiemistake

Ahh, to be in your early 20’s, eh?

Well, about an hour and a half into my shift, quite a few of the regulars started showing up. Slowly but surely, the tequila got the best of me and I had to go home…early. LOL

The next day I was green in the face and felt about a million times worse than I looked. And believe me when I tell you – I looked awful. That awful feeling continued for longer than I care to admit and the smell of tequila making me nauseous – even longer. Like, 10+ years. Seriously.

But that all changed a few years ago when I was finally able to drink tequila again. #blessed

Now, tequila is my go-to spirit of choice and I like to experiment with new and different cocktail recipes. That’s the bartender in me coming out again!

If you follow me on social, you will have known I was recently sent a goodie bag full of Wild Blueberries deliciousness. One of the items was a bottle of Van Dyk Blueberry Juice, and when I got that bartending itch – I decided to play around with some cocktail recipes. After some trial and error, I came up with a simple, refreshing cocktail that’s so easy to make, you literally can’t screw it up! I call it the:

Minty Blue

wild blueberries cocktail recipe glass

Ingredients

1.5 oz blanco tequila (My preference is Cazadores Blanco)

3 oz soda water

2 oz Van Dyk Blueberry Juice

5-7 blueberries, muddled

2 sprigs fresh mint

Dehydrated blueberries

wild blueberries cocktail recipe
Directions
  1. Muddled the fresh blueberries and the leaves from one sprig of mint in a shaker
  2. Add the fresh blueberry juice, followed by the tequila
  3. Add a few ice cubes and shake
  4. Strain and pour the mixture over ice in your cocktail glass
  5. Top with the soda water and dress with a fresh sprig of mint and a few dehydrated blueberries

Cheers!

CONTEST | Enter To Win The Spice Tailor Canadian Line

The Spice Tailor Contest

Have you EVER met a picky eater? Are YOU a picky eater? What’s YOUR definition of picky eating?

When I was a kid, I was THE pickiest eater. Like, not the type who won’t eat a certain food because of the texture…no, the type who didn’t have a cucumber until I was in my 20’s.

True story.

I remember a time that my mother made simple white rice to go with our dinner. Simple, Uncle Ben’s white rice. A classic, right? However, there were white onions in it. Don’t ask me why…or how it worked (because, spoiler – IMO it did not) but, alas, this is what was served. I couldn’t eat it. I just could not.

Literally me right now as I’m typing this – I gagged.

Even just the thought of it…the memory…ugh. *shudders*

And, from that moment on I couldn’t eat onions. I was THAT picky of an eater.

Fun Fact: MY grandparents used to make these amazing pasta dishes. And they would always make a smaller batch on the side, without onions…just for me. Grandparents are the best, eh?

Anyways, I’m rambling. (Shocking, I know. LOL) But yeah, big-time picky eater over here.

It really wasn’t until I started blogging and going to these amazing restaurants and events that started to broaden my horizons. I mean, if you’re going to a 5-star restaurant for their launcg, and the head chef personally serves you…say, bone marrow – you just don’t say no.

(Unless your allergic or don’t eat something for personal/religious views – then that, I get)

But years later, I can still list off some pretty “normal” or “average” things that the everyday person has at least tried that I have never consumed.

Like what, you ask? Well…let’s see.

I’ve never had a slice of tomato on a sandwich or burger.
I’ve never had a dollop of sour cream on my tacos (or anything).
I’ve never had a fig…or a simple peach.
I didn’t even try Indian food until a few weeks ago!

And the only reason I did try Indian food for the first time was because a couple of weeks ago, my friends at The Spice Tailor sent me over some #bloggermail filled with (what I would soon find out were) delicious goodies! They sent me the entire Canadian line – which is 6 products: 4 sauces and 2 daals! I mean, that’s a lot of food!

 

The Spice Tailor is new to Canada and created by British-Indian celebrity chef and 8-time cookbook author, Anjum Anand.

 

I’m not gonna lie…I was nervous! Not only had I never tried Indian food before, let alone cook it all on my own! Thankfully, the meals from The Spice Tailor are so super easy to make. It’s a matter of three steps and adding your protein. Easy-peasy. Even I couldn’t screw that up!

So far we have tried out the Classic Butter Chicken (which I made and holy smokes was it ever tasy) and the Original Tikka Masala (which Mike made for dinner one night and used shrimp with and again, delish). I’m excited to try the other dishes! I think I’ll check out The Spice Tailor Recipes for a little inspiration!

The Spice Tailor

…but, now I also want to give YOU a chance to try it for yourself!

 

Enter below to win the entire The Spice Tailor Canadian line (6 products: 4 sauces and 2 daals).

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

The Spice Tailor is now available in Canada at:

  • Sobeys Ontario   
  • Urban Fresh Ontario  
  • Select Foodland Stores Ontario
  • Longos
  • Select Federated CO-OP stores in Western Provinces (Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan, BC)
  • Calgary CO-OP – Calgary and vicinity
Bonus Entry: Leave a comment on this blog post telling me your fave Indian food dish!
PS: Don’t forget to check my social feeds for more bonus entries daily!

 

*disclaimer: this is a sponsored post and I was paid and/or gifted products…but, as always – all opinions are always my own.

Want To Plant A Tree In Your Name – I Can Help With That!

On October 17th, cannabis will become legal here in Canada – like it is in many states – such as beautiful Colorado, where we recently were.

This topic (legalization of marijuana) has been argued and discussed for years. Whether you are for or against it – the fact of the matter is that is WILL become legalized, so the best thing you can do is educate yourself on the subject.

Now, now that that is out of the way – on to the fun stuff!

Last week, I headed out to the Irisa Cannabis launch party here in Toronto.

Irisa Cannabis

 

Irisa celebrates wellness + discovery with thoughtfully crafted cannabis for modern women.

 

Irisa is a wellness-driven cannabis brand designed with the modern woman in mind.
WE CREATED IRISA BECA– USE WE BELIEVE…
  • that cannabis and wellness go hand-in-hand ?
  • that stoner stereotypes are a load of nonsense ?
  • and that women are leading a revolution to unleash the positive potential of the plant ♀

 

The evening was filled with energy healing, aura readings, curated crystal sessions, ridiculously delish cocktails – but, no “product” (if you know what I mean) was at the event.

 

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NBD – just making myself at home at the #PrettyElevated with @irisa_cannabis event last night. ??‍♀️ ?: @kathrynanywhere

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It was really interesting to learn more about the different strains, and it was really interesting to get my aura read.

And you know what – it was even cooler to learn more about a women-owned business aimed towards women.

Girl power, AM I RIGHT?

spice girls girl power gif

Then – the other day I came home to find some pretty sweet #bloggermail waiting for me!

Muskoka Grown is a group of passionate cannabis growers from the Muskoka, ON area who are firm believers “that quality comes from honest, hard work, and from the passion to want to do it no matter what you’re creating.

Now I don’t know about you – but that’s a statement I can get behind!

Muskoka Grown

And these guys (and gals) don’t just talk the talk – they walk the walk. They’re all about the community and doing whatever they can to make it even just a little bit better. One such way is that they’re planting trees on behalf of anyone who wants to celebrate #NationalTreeWeek.

Muskoka Grown

To have a tree planted in your name, all you have to do is:
  1. Go to https://wegrowmuskoka.ca/
  2. Provide your name and email address

…there is no #3 – that’s it!

How easy is that?!

disclaimer: as I mentioned, I was invited out to the event and the gift was sent to me, but I believe both of these companies are dong great things for the world and you know what – we need more of that.

5 Reasons Why Norfolk County Should Be Your Next Weekend Getaway

I am a HUGE fan of the weekend getaway. Like, huge.

I work full-time, so while I do get a few vacations days per year – it’s not always easy to book off an extended period of time. So weekend getaways, especially if able to plan one over a long weekend – are ideal.

Long Point Eco Adventures Norfolk County

So when my friends in Norfolk County invited Mike and I out for a fun-filled weekend getaway recently – we JUMPED at the opportunity!

Experience the small town atmosphere and rural charm, our unique architecture and heritage.

I have a special place in my heart for Norfolk County. I used to spend every summer out there when I was a kid. My grandmother grew up down there in Simcoe, and her parents (my great grandparents) had a house there until a few years ago. While the house may no longer be in the family – the memories I have are some of the fondest, and are ones I will always cherish.

While I may be a bit biased, I think that Norfolk County is THE perfect weekend getaway, and here are 5 reasons why.

1. Say Buh-Bye To The Traffic

Listen, if you live in Toronto, chances are when you think of getting away for a weekend on the water, you’re thinking of heading up north. But – if you’re from Toronto you will know how stupid ridiculous the 400 highway is…especially on a Friday night or Sunday evening. NO THANK YOU.

the simpsons traffic jam giff

That’s just one of the great things about Norfolk County. You can get there and be on a beach or in your cabin in less than 2 hours. Instead of heading north, you simply head south west towards Lake Erie – also known as Ontario’s South Coast.

Norfolk County’s most popular tourist attractions are the beaches, ports, towns and villages along Lake Erie, known as Ontario’s South Coast. These towns include Port Dover, Turkey Point, Long Point, Simcoe, Delhi, Waterford and Port Rowan.

2. Fill Your Belly With Deliciousness

There’s just something about the food in a small town, you know? Those places where things are locally sourced and the chefs use everything local and fresh. It’s just bEtTeR.

I’ve visited a few delicious restaurants in Norfolk County, but one of my new faves is definitely The Combine. We went out for date-night dinner during our recent weekend getaway, and holy smokes was it ever delicious.

Menu built with local bounty.

 

3. Drink Exquisite Wine…And Cider…And Beer

Ok, if you’ve been following me on social media for even just a short period of time, you’ll know I love me a good cocktail…or glass of wine…or cider…ok, you get the picture. The locally grown deliciousness in Norfolk County doesn’t stop with what’s on your plate. There is a plethora of wineries and breweries in Norfolk County for one to explore. On our recent weekend getaway we explored Blueberry Hill Estates and The Cider Keg.

Blueberry Hills Estate Norfolk County

Looking for a tasty alternative to the wobbly pops? Don’t worry – The Cider Keg has a wide selection of non-alcoholic ciders that are simply scrumptious. I’m not just saying that. We went out of our way to stop there and bring home 4 bottles. (…not sponsored).  

4. Swim With The Fishies…Or, Just Admire Them From The Beach

Norfolk County is home to not one, not two, but three beaches; Port Dover, Turkey Point, and Long Point. And you know what? They don’t call it Ontario’s South Coast for nothing! The beach in Port Dover literally has palm trees. PALM TREES, guys! I mean, they’re flown in…but still. You can escape the city and spend your days sipping deliciousness on a palm tree lined beach WITHOUT HAVING TO CATCH A FLIGHT.

port dover palm trees narcity

pic courtesy: narcity

Do I really need to say any more?!

5. Do All Of The Activites…No, Seriously – All Of Them

When Mike and I visited Norfolk County recently we stayed at Long Point Eco Adventures, and let me tell you – the “adventures” in the name is well-placed.

Long Point Eco Adventures Norfolk County

Here, you can arrange your getaway to include things like:

  • Kayaking
  • Axe Throwing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Zip Lining and Canopy Tours
  • Fishing
  • Mushroom Foray
  • Zodiac Boat Tours
  • Apiary Tours
  • Observatory
  • Leisure Bike Tours

…just to name a few.

 

 

Ok, I think I’ve said enough. It’s time for a few words from Mr. Mike himself.

Long Point Eco Adventures:

Long Point Eco Adventures Norfolk County

“Tent? What tent? It was more like a luxurious nylon home! Breakfast was awesome – all locally sourced. Meats were fantastic. Some of the best bacon and home fries I have ever tasted!”

Side Note: I’m not 100% sure what the tents themselves are made of, but – the amenities are top-notch.

Features:

    • Eight king suites
    • Seven double queen suites
    • Private flush toilet and outdoor shower
    • Hot and cold running water
    • Mini-fridge
    • Hardwood floors
    • Sliding glass locking door
    • Private deck
    • Electrical outlets
    • Free outdoor parking
    • Activities concierge
    • Full hot buffet complimentary breakfast

Nighttime Zipline:

“My saviour was the darkness, don’t think I’d have enough balls to do daytime. The instructors were great!”

Side note: I’ve now done both the daytime and nighttime ziplines at Long Point Eco Adventures and both are wild. It provided a bigger rush than I had ever expected.

 

Axe Throwing:
“This was extremely fun! I learned that I was an expert after 29 throws. Jenn Jenn was ok too

Side note: First off, thanks Mike. LOL Secondly – axe throwing was a lot more fun than I had expected! I wasn’t really sure WHAT to expect, to be honest – but this entire experience far exceeded whatever expectations I had set. It was A LOT of fun and – on top of all of that, I got bullseye…more than once. So, there’s that.

Overall Thoughts:

“Mikes Total Trip Score: 4.5 / 5

I’m only rating it a 4.5 because I was outdoors and I hate bugs. Long Point Eco Adventures is legit 6 / 5…but..bugs. I hate them.”

Side note: …remind me to tell you the story of how I accidentally let a grasshopper into our wilderness suite…and Mike locked us both out until we could decipher a plan to get the grasshopper out…then, when we did get it out – I was locked out of the suite until I made sure it was far, far away.

 

You can learn more about, and start planning your next weekend getaway to Norfolk County here: www.norfolktourism.ca

 

Big shout out to Norfolk Tourism for bringing Mike and I out, and thanks to Long Point Eco Adventures for hosting us.