PayPal and Siri Saving Friendships One I.O.U. At A Time

PayPal Siri integration now available!

Starting November 10th , for the first time in Canada, iPhone users can tell Siri to send or request money through an integration with the PayPal app.

So here’s the thing. I don’t often have very much downtime. I’m usually on the go-go-go, whether it’s heading to work, or an event, off on another travel adventure – whatever the case may be. Very rarely do I get a chance to hang out with friends and just ~*chill*~.

But, when my friend Casie and I’s schedules FINALLY aligned for a little gab sesh, I jumped at the chance (even though I had landed from NYC that morning and had been on MAX 9 hours sleep over the previous 3 days combined, lolz).

I met up with Casie on the adorable back patio of Bar Reyna for some nibbles and cocktails and a long overdue catch-up. Between chatting about our lives pre-blogging days, to current crushes (mine new, hers her amazing BF of 10+ years who she still has a crush on to this day, #cute), to the US election (…ugh) – time was just flying by on the patio.

When we were ready to leave, Casie just picked up the tab as opposed to us splitting it. We were in a rush to head out to watch the Election Night coverage! I assured her I’d pay her back for my portion, obvs.

But come the next day – I was just a ball of mush. LOL

I was exhausted and drained and struggling to put together sentences. I mentally checked out and went to bed at like, 7pm. After a MUCH needed night of rest – I remembered that I owed Casie a couple of bucks for our patio night. Oops!

I don’t know about you, but I ALWAYS feel awkward asking friends for money that is owed to me. I also feel incredibly awkward when I owe a friend money.

I know I’m not alone in this, because according to a PayPal Money Habits Study* conducted by Koski Tesearch in 2015 – on average, 30% of Canadians have actually lost a friendship over an I.O.U.

30% of friendships ended because of money owed. Welp.

Well, PayPal has integrated with Siri to help provide their customers with an easy (and free!) way to send and request money and avoid awkward conversations, and ultimately maybe even losing friendships.

All you need to do is ensure you have the PayPal app and iOS 10 (or higher) on your phone, then you can ask everyone’s BFF, Siri, to send or request money which will be either sent or deposited right into your PayPal account.

And, actually – if you’re the one sending money like I was – the receiver doesn’t need to have iOS 10, or even an iPhone for that matter…just a PayPal account. If they don’t have that, they’ll be prompted to set one up to collect the funds.

Thankfully, the PayPal app and Siri integration is pretty intuitive, too. Siri realized I had more than one Casie saved in my contacts – so it actually asked to confirm which Casie I wanted to send the money too. Then Siri asked me to confirm that I wanted to use PayPal to send the money…and we were golden.

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Easy peasy, lemon squeasy. Thank you PayPal Siri integration.

Casie got her money, awkward conversation avoided, friendship saved. LOL

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If you haven’t already, you should download the
PayPal app from the Apple Store.

*PayPal Money Habits Study conducted by Koski Research, 2015. Between May 14, 2015 and June 25, 2015, over 4,000 participants from the U.S., Canada, Germany and Australia participated in the 14-minute online study. Additionally, a five-minute online study was conducted by Koski Research between June 22 and June 28, 2015 to over 4,000 participants from the U.S., Canada, Germany and Australia.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, however views are always my own and I’ve always loved PayPal…and easily getting or sending any money owed, because…well, duh. LOL

CONTEST | Eat The Rainbow With Genuine Health Greens+

Let me paint a picture for you. The sky is still dark and you’re curled up in bed. You’re all comfy and cozy in your blanket burrito – dreaming about pizza or that cute boy, or whatever you fancy…and then *bam* your alarm goes off.

*beep* *beep* *beep*

Grudgingly – you roll over and hit snooze, hoping for another few minutes of la la land bliss. By the time you finally get out of bed (perhaps after hitting snooze another once or twice, #guilty) you’re then in a rush to get ready and get your day started.

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This was literally my every morning over the past few weeks. Especially after celebrating my birthday month week…I was finding it even more so difficult to get out of bed. On top of that – I was skipping out on breakfast. #oops

Not eating breakfast is one of my worst habits. I’m a HUGE fan of weekend brunch, which if you’ve been following me for a little while you would already know. But that’s different. That’s later in the day and there is almost always adult beverages involved. But apparently having a drink with your breakfast during the week before heading into the office is frowned upon. LOL

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Once my birthday passed – I knew I had to start making some changes. I had to get my butt back in the gym and I had to start eating a little better. My constant diet of wings and pizza and wine was catching up to me, in the worst way possible. I was constantly feeling tired and bloated and just all around blah.

Slowly but surely I’ve been forcing myself out of bed earlier so that I could make my way to the gym. I love early morning workouts, but hate waking up early. Go figure. LOL That’s not the only change I’ve been making though.

I’ve had a steady supply of Genuine Health products in my cupboard ever since I tried out these Genuine Health Guilt-Free Peanut Butter Cups a few months ago, and I’ve been playing around with a few different recipes to try and find an easy solution to my breakfast problem.

Genuine Health uses only pure and natural ingredients.

Our criteria for every ingredient in each of our formulas is constant: It must be pure and natural, research-proven, safe and effective. We are so proud of formulations and the results people get that we want everyone to know about it. We are also proud of what our formulas do not contain, such as: artificial colours, flavours, sweeteners or preservatives, corn, dairy, egg, gluten, yeast, GMO or animal products.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m incredibly lazy in the morning, so I knew that the only way I would be incorporating a healthy breakfast was if it was quick and easy to make. Oh, and it had to taste good, obvs.

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That’s when I fell in love with the Hello Sunshine Smoothie.

genuine-health-greensIngredients:

1 orange, peeled
1 kiwi, peeled
1 cup pineapple, cubed
½ a lemon, peeled
1 banana
Handful spinach
1 scoop greens+ original plain
1 cup coconut water (or more if desired)

Directions:

Toss all ingredients into a blender. Blitz until creamy.

The Hello Sunshine Smoothie is so ridiculously easy to make, it tastes great, and it’s something I can sip as I get ready for my day…because let’s face it – I’m always multitasking. While I’m sure I should probably be adding something else to my breakfast plan – this, in my humble bragging opinion, is a great start. I’m getting a healthy dose of protein and of fruits and vegetable, which is obviously a good thing, right?

Genuine Health has a variety of recipes on their website that I can’t stop browsing, and I’m so curious to hear which you want to try!

…which is great because I’ve partnered with Genuine Health to offer you the chance to try out some of their products yourself!

We’re giving away a prize pack with a tub of Greens+, a tub of Fermented Greek Yogurt, and also some of their delicious bars!

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Disclaimer: I have partnered with the good folks at Genuine Health for this contest – but I really do love this product and think you will too!

CONTEST | Enter To Win Tickets To The Gentlemen’s Expo

The Gentlemen's Expo

If you live in Toronto and take the Red Rocket, I’m sure you have seen the #BeBetter tips on one of your (let’s be honest, likely delayed) rides. The team behind The Gentlemen’s Expo are taking the whole #BeBetter thing seriously by sharing these tips all around the city. If you haven’t seen them – rest assured, you can learn how to #BeBetter by attending The Gentlemen’s Expo.

About The Gentlemen’s Expo

The Gentlemen’s Expo is an annual event that entertains and educates men and women in topics related to men’s lifestyle through brand experience areas and interesting products while encouraging men to #BeBetter. It is the re-invention of the consumer show, putting experience, content and entertainment at the forefront.

Love food?

When you attend The Gentlemen’s Expo you’ll be able to witness an Underground Chef Battle. What’s that you ask? Well…that’s where Underground Chef Co., challenges a talented group of chefs to create a variety of different dishes with secret ingredients within an hour. You’ll get a first-hand view of life in a hustling and bustling kitchen.

Love tech?

The #BestBuyHeShed at The Gentlemen’s Expo will be like heaven for you! You’ll get to demo different products, hands-on. Learn all about the newest and greatest in virtual reality, audio systems, even drones with the Geek Squad from Best Buy.

Love sports?

The Gentlemen’s Expo will not only have the Hockey Hall of Fame’s mobile Original Legends Exhibit and an NHL Trophy display…but also Wendel Clark and Doug Gilmour. Need I say more?!

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The Gentlemen’s Expo will have something for everyone, and not just the gentlemen. But, you know I wouldn’t just tease you with all this!!

I’m giving away 2 pairs of tickets for each day of The Gentlemen’s Expo!
(12 passes in total)

 

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This year, The Gentlemen’s Expo 2016 is happening November 10 – 12 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building (222 Bremner Blvd). 

What I Devour | Horror Movies With Ravenswood Besieged

I have to be honest with you guys. I have never really been a fan of Halloween. I mean, sure – as a kid I loved getting dressed up and going trick or treating. I mean, it’s the one time a year that it’s ok to take candy from a stranger – what kid wouldn’t love that?! But as an adult – Halloween and I have never really jived.

In my 20s I was bartending and doing bottle service in nightclubs and the Halloween parties were always the worst. It’d be SO busy and people would drink WAY too much…and then throw in the fact that everyone was in costume? That’s all just a recipe for a messy night.

Now that I’m older, and I’d like to believe at least a wee bit wiser, my ideal way to celebrate Halloween is to put on a scary movie and curl up with a cutie. I mean – I’m not about to watch them on my own! C’mon! I’m way too much of a scaredy-cat. LOLHorror Movies This Halloween With Ravenswood Besieged

If you’re like me and planning on staying in and binge watching horror movies, here are some of my suggestions:

The Exorcist

A classic, no matter who you ask. The story of the little girl possessed by an evil demon? Yeah – guaranteed to scare the beegeebees out of anyone.

The Blair Witch Project

This movie is so freaking terrifying. No matter how many times I have watched it – I always jump and scream. I have never been able to watch this movie alone…and don’t plan on trying anytime soon.

A Nightmare On Elm Street

Freddy Krueger has to be THE scariest villains of all time. When I was a kid and I first watched A Nightmare On Elm Street – I had nightmares for weeks. If I close my eyes and think of the movie…all I can hear is, “1,2 – Freddy’s coming for you…3, 4 – better look your door…”

If scary movies aren’t really your thing you could go the Halloween themed movie route and watch some classics like Hocus Pocus, Practical Magic, or The Addams Family.

Horror Movies This Halloween With Ravenswood Besieged

This Halloween I’ll be opening a bottle of Ravenswood Besieged – it’s the perfect wine to pair with scary movies! This blend of Petite Sirah, Carignane, Zinfandel, Syrah, Barbera, Alicante Bouschet and Mourvèdre is rich and smooth, making it perfect to sip on throughout the movies.

The name “Besieged” was born under a cover of dark rainclouds and cracks of lightning. Working alone, Ravenswood Winemaker, Joel Peterson, collected grapes as ravens cackled and circled above. Ravens, often thought as harbingers of doom, are actually incredibly auspicious creatures, masters of bending and folding of time and space so that one is in exactly the right moment at the right time.

The cooler fall weather always has me craving a nice aromatic red wine. Ones sense of smell is critical when you’re analyzing your glass of wine. After giving your wine glass a nice little swirl, you should tilt the glass and take a whiff. The swirl will release the natural aromas within the wine and you’ll get a better idea of what’s to come when you take that fist whiff. The Ravenswood Besieged combines aromas of cardamom-spiced plum and blackberry – the perfect combination for a fall red.

Ravenswood Besieged

The Ravenswood Besieged can be found at the LCBO for $24.95

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, however – all views are my own and I really will be devouring the Ravenswood Besieged on Halloween because it’s freaking delicious

CONTEST | Win Tickets To Lennon: Through A Glass Onion

“There were moments when you’d have sworn it was Lennon resurrected, it was that good…”
– Liverpool Confidential

Lennon: Through a Glass Onion

Part-concert and part-biography, Lennon: Through a Glass Onion showcases 31 hits of Lennon and Lennon/McCartney including “Imagine”, “Revolution”, “Jealous Guy”, “A Day in the Life”, “Strawberry Fields Forever”, and “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” in a kaleidoscope collage of song, word and emotion.

Lennon: Through a Glass Onion, is making its Canadian debut!

John Lennon is one of those names that is instantly recognizable. Whether founding The Beatles with John McCartney, or his work with multiple charities – John Lennon is one of the most respected names in music history, and Lennon: Through a Glass Onion aims to tell his story.

Inspired by the song “Glass Onion,” which was John Lennon’s postscript to The Beatles, the critically acclaimed show peels away the layers of time and myth to offer insight into the essence of the life and astonishing talent of one of the world’s most treasured icons.

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Lennon: Through a Glass Onion is making its Canadian debut for two nights only, and I’m giving away a pair of tickets!

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You can learn more about, and get tickets to, Lennon: Through a Glass Onion HERE

CONTEST | Enter To WIN A Pair Of Tickets To The Everything To Do With Sex Show

Enter To WIN A Pair Of Tickets To 17th Annual The Everything To Do With Sex Show In Toronto

Everything To Do With Sex Show

Are you looking for something fun, flirty, and sexy to do this weekend?

The Everything To Do With Sex Show is coming back to Toronto for its 17th year and I’m giving away a pair of tickets!

Why should you attend The Everything To Do With Sex Show, you ask?

With over 150 different exhibitors, our show is dedicated to introducing products and services that will make you feel and look sexier than ever before.

The Everything To Do With Sex Show isn’t all about kink either, guys. (Though, there is a lot of that…including a Kink Stage.) The Everything To Do With Sex Show is also educational. There are professional speakers such as Carlyle Jansen, Dr. Laurie Betito, Carlen Costa and others who will be speaking on a variety of topics in the Seminar Room.

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Want to win a pair of tickets to The Everything To Do With Sex Show?

Enter by tweeting the below message:

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For additional entries, visit my Twitter timeline and RT any of the @The_Sex_Show tweets I share over the next couple of days!

Good luck, and I hope to see you there!

What I Devour | The Meal To End All Meals At The Citizen

Have you ever had one of those meals that was just so amazing that you couldn’t stop thinking about it, even weeks later? Like – you would find yourself day dreaming about that delish plate of pasta you devoured…or that succulent steak that was cooked so perfectly that it just melted in your mouth?

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I have, and recently, might I add. A couple of weeks ago I was invited out to The Citizen for a hosted dinner. I was able to briefly stop by the media launch of the new menu for The Citizen a month or two ago, but I didn’t get a chance to try any of the food. (I triple booked myself on events that night and by the time I got there…it was too late. #FailJJ) I did chat with other bloggers who had a chance to try the dishes – and everyone was raving about every.single.thing. So when the team invited me out for dinner, needless to say – I was more than happy to go out!

Woke up thinking about the new cheeseburger at The Citizen 🍔🙌🏼 #MyCitizenTO

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I wasn’t too sure what to expect from The Citizen, to be honest. I mean, I have many, MANY memories from when this used to be Brant House. Far too many nights were spent here, drinking and dancing the night away. Now though, it’s revamped and I felt a pang of nostalgia when I walked in.

I was excited to check out the menu and see what owners and co-chefs – former Chopped Canada contestant, Jonathan O’Callaghan and Binh An Nguyen came up with for The Citizen.

“The Citizen is guided by a simple philosophy: if food is made with love, guests will always be happy. The Citizen blends a fresh take on local ingredients to create a unique and sharing style menu.”

Both O’Callaghan and Nguyen came out to chat with me and my friend, Marcel, throughout the night. When we first sat down, O’Callaghan’s first words to us were, “I hope you’re hungry!” Now, I knew that I would be having a large dinner – so I didn’t eat lunch*…thinking I would have a bigger appetite and be able to inhale more deliciousness at dinner – so, yes, I WAS STARVING.

Marcel and I checked out the menu, realizing that every darn thing sounded delicious – we were struggling to narrow down our list of dishes. Finally, we did narrow it down to a few dishes that we would share between us. Little did we know though, O’Callaghan and Nguyen had some surprises up their sleeves and brought out additional dishes from their secret menu.

Yes, The Citizen has a secret menu. And yes, you need to ask the server about it. Seriously – do it, because the Hawaiian Punch Bao was out of this world delicious.

The Citizen Toronto Stuffed Chicken Wings

STUFFED CHICKEN WINGS – $13

green chorizo + romesco hot sauce + machego + scallions

The Citizen Toronto Pasta

The Citizen Toronto Pasta ITALIAN WEDDING TAGLIATELLE – $22

beef meatballs + rapini + crushed chilies + pecorino

The Citizen Toronto Steak CALI-CUT STRIPLOIN – $29

40 day dry aged strip + pomme puree +roasted broccoli + truffle jus
The Citizen Toronto Dessert
DOUGHNUTS – $9
maple + bacon

 

“The Citizen Restaurant + Bar is where King West feels at home. It’s a place to catch the game, hang out on the patio, enjoy a cozy dinner for two or party late into the night.”

That night, we ate so much delicious food at The Citizen that I was suffering from the itis and falling asleep at the table. I had to be rolled out to the car where I struggled to keep my eyes open during the 10 minute drive home! Best of all…I had leftovers for the next day. The meal that just keeps on giving! LOL

So if you’re looking for a memorable meal – on oh-so-many levels – I suggest hitting up The Citizen, and of course, sneaking a few items off of their secret menu.

*I know – I know, this likely wasn’t the wisest move…but I did it, and there’s no going back now. But from now on I will try my darndest to get the proper amount of meals in daily…

#WorldMentalHealthDay | It Gets Better, I Swear – It Does Get Better

These posts are never easy to write. Scratch that, they’re never easy to start writing…but, once I get started – it’s as if I literally cannot stop the words from coming out. So…if it sounds like I’m rambling a little bit it’s because I likely am and am not even going to edit this before I post it because then I may chicken out and not hit publish…

I can’t tell you how many times I have started a post of this nature, gotten a couple of lines in and the overwhelming feeling of failure/embarrassment/whatever takes over and I cannot continue.

*At this moment I have exactly 374 posts in my draft folder…that’s not including what I’ve written in my notepad on my phone, or the notebooks strewn and hidden all around my apartment…each of those are in double digits…

Most people don’t even realize that mental health is something I have been battling forever. They see the ‘happy-go-lucky’ gal they know online, and don’t realize there is so much more to it…to me.

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“I think the saddest people always try their hardest to make people happy because they know what it’s like to feel absolutely worthless and they don’t want anyone else to feel like that.”

I’m not sure why we feel so self conscious about sharing our personal struggles with mental health. Is it because there is still such a stigma surrounding them? It’s so frustrating. This is something I have personally battled with for as long as I can remember, yet at times it honesty feels as though we haven’t made any strides in favour of publicly accepting that mental health is a disease and should be treated as such.

I shared a personal post a while back about the fact that I had a suicide attempt almost four years ago. It was titled, “Part One – How Did I Get Here” and I had a vision in my head about sharing Part Two (my stay in the mental health ward), Part Three (acknowledging my past and how it has affected who I am today) and Part Four (my depression and anxiety do not define me), but like I said earlier on in this post…something has always hindered me from either finishing the post or hitting publish.

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Not until recently has it seemed even a little bit “ok” to share your struggle with mental health. It was just something you didn’t discuss. For so long, so many didn’t understand just how serious of an issue this is; people thought those battling mental illness were just ‘looking for attention,’ that they should just ‘be happy for what they had because so many others had it worse.’ That’s not how it works, guys.

Sorry, not sorry.

Meghan Yuri Young said it best in her recent post,

“There are champions of cancer, alzheimer’s and heart disease, but when it comes to mental health, the silence is deafening. Shame, fear and confusion often accompany any revelations of mental health issues…”

I’ve been noticing more and more celebrities coming out acknowledging their own battles – which in turn, I hope – is helping to alleviate the stigma surrounding mental health. Let’s face it. We live in a pop culture driven society, we do. Kids these days are looking up to celebrities more than ever for inspiration, wanting to be the next Demi Lovato, J.K. Rowling, Lena Dunham, Kid Cudi, Russel Brand, Jason Mraz

Yup – each and every one of those celebrities, and many, many more – are battling their own fight with mental illness. Thankfully they have been open and share their struggle, which I hope in turn makes those suffering feel even just a little bit less alone.

I know what it’s like to feel alone; I know what it’s like to feel worthless. To feel as though nothing you say or do matters – that everyone would be much better without you around because you’re nothing but a burden.

It’s not true though. And after years of struggling to not only realize this, but also accept it – I’m finally getting to the point where I believe it. I still have my moments. I still have those times where I question myself, my worth, my everything…but I have removed a lot of toxins (people, places, things…) from my life. By removing those and working on loving myself, I am slowly but surely getting there.

This is the thing with depression and anxiety and things of this sort – you’re never “healed.” I’m sorry, you’re just not. If you were thinking there was a magic pill out there that will just make you feel better – it doesn’t exist. Yes, medication works for many, as do other alternatives (diet, exercise, etc.) – but the fact of the matter is that this is a fight you will be battling forever. The only thing that will change is your stance on the matter.

…find the fighter in you.

You need to find the fighter in you, that voice inside of you that has been buried by the assholes of mental health. The voice that says, ‘Screw this – you DESERVE to be happy!” and will help you fight through the pain.

That voice will help you find the strength to realize that on the other side of all of this pain that you are feeling – there is a life worth living. I promise you this.

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Words I Write | Sometimes It’s Ok To Be Selfish

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Real life isn’t always the silly selfies you see online. Real life can be hard; real life can be exhausting.

There will be those days where you feel down and out; those days where you feel frustrated and angry.

Those days where you will just want (and maybe even need) to just shut out from everyone and everything…and that’s ok.

There is no harm or shame in taking a little time to yourself.

It’s a healthy thing to do – disconnect and just ~*LiVe*~ your life.

It’s become so easy to get preoccupied and swept up into this whole thing, this “online life” we live…but, take that step back every now and then.

After the rain, the sun will reappear. There is life. After the pain, the joy will still be here.

Recharge and refocus your energy.

But always remember that no matter how bad it seems, it will get better.

…ok, love you – bye.