Words I Write | Rants And Rambles And Friendly Reminders

If you follow me on Twitter, you will likely have noticed that I have this sort of tradition, habit, whatever you want to call it. Every morning (Monday – Friday, at least), my very first tweet will be a friendly reminder to love yourself. A gentle reminder to be a little less hard on yourself and to realize you are doing the best you can. A reminder that sometimes it’s ok to not be ok. They’re just some simple encouraging words that someone may just need to hear that morning.

It started out innocently enough. I sent one out one morning, to be honest – it was more so for myself than anyone else. I needed that reminder that day. I was surprised with the feedback, though. People thanking me, both publicly and in private DMs, for the encouragement and kind words; letting me know how much they appreciated reading it and how it put an instant smile on their face.

I continue sending out these messages every morning, and they increasingly get more popular. The number of retweets and likes keep increasing, but more importantly – more people are seeing the tweets and benefiting from them. And I’m benefiting from them.

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#JJcooks With The Help Of HelloFresh Canada

HelloFresh Canada

Before 2016 came to an end I was running on all cylinders. I triple booking myself at events, putting in extra hours at work, spending a lot of time with friends and family…and then on the off chance that I had a night to myself, I was far too tired (read: lazy) to do any grocery shopping. So naturally, when the lovely people at HelloFresh Canada reached out to see if I would be interested in sampling a couple of their recipe boxes, I jumped at the chance.

Pick a HelloFresh Canada Plan That Fits Your Lifestyle

HelloFresh Canada delivers fresh ingredients, packaged out proportionally for the recipes you select. Seeing as I live alone, I opted for the 1-2 serving sized meals…obvs.

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What I Devour | Cake Batter Rice Krispies Treats – Snowman Poop

Tis the season for all things festive and delicious, right?

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll remember that a few weeks ago, I had the biggest craving for a rice krispy treat. I hadn’t had one in years (seriously – I can’t remember the last time I had one) and I don’t know where the craving came from…but it was all I could think about. Unfortunately – this craving hit me in the middle of what was the busiest week ever! I had no time to go to the store to grab one. I’m not just saying that, either. I would wake up and have to rush to work where I was super busy all day, even working through lunch. Then after work I would have to rush straight to events every night, and by the time those were done – it was past my bedtime and stores were closed. Finally – I had a few hours to spare one afternoon, and decided that I was just going to make some treats for myself.

I switched things up though, and made a cake batter flavoured batch of treats. You read that right – cake battered flavoured rice krispies treats. Not to toot my own horn or anything, but the batch turned out so great that they were all devoured pretty quickly by myself and a certain cutie.

In fact – they turned out so delicious, that I decided to make another batch over the weekend for my coworkers. This time around though, I made them into little bite-sized balls, and referred to them as “Snowman Poop” because I’m a dork. 🙂

I added a little gift card to each package I put together for my coworkers that read,

You’ve been naughty, so here’s the scoop. All you get this season, is snowman poop!

This delicious treat is so ridiculously easy to make, even a non-baker like myself can make them in no time!


Cake Batter Rice Krispies Treats …aka – Snowman Poop

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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.

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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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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.

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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:

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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.

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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?

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