Oh, Hello October – Nice To See You Again

Can you believe it’s already October? Honestly, it feels as though 2017 and is just flying by. I don’t know what it is…maybe time just seems to go by that much quicker the older we get?

*sigh*

Whatever it is, I’m making a genuine effort to slow down in my day to day life and make the time to enjoy the moments, both small and big.

This past week or so was no exception. Between birthday celebrations (not mine, yet), fun events, and an impromptu date night – it was definitely one for the books!

Celebrate good times, come on!

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Last weekend, I took Jen out for a celebratory birthday dinner. Jen is one of those friends that while we met each other later in our lives (like, seriously – only a couple of years ago) – we instantly clicked. SHe’s become one of my closest friends, and I am incredibly lucky to have a friend like her in my life. Anyways, enough with the mushy gushy stuff! We headed out to Marben for our girls night, and there was wine, there was delicious food, and there were glasses of bubbly. Throw in the great company, and what more could a gal ask for!?

On Tuesday evening I invited my friend Shannon out to check out the media paunch of the new brewhouse, Northern Maverick Brewing. First off – the space is gorgeous. I absolutely loved the open ceilings, and you can see the tanks where they brew their in-house brewskiis. Not only are their in-house brewed brewskiis delish – but they also make some ahhhhmazing cocktails. There were A LOT of people at the media launch, so I didn’t get a chance to fully experience the restaurant – but I’m def looking forward to heading back. I hear the burgers are legit some of the best in the city…I’ll just have to try it out for myself and report back!

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Drink D’Ont Poke The Bear Wine AND Support A Good Cause? Umm, I Can Do That!

One of the fun things I get to do through my blog is go to fun events and launches and tastings and parties. And every now and then a brand, or product, will stick out a little more so than the others. Recently, that was D’Ont Poke the Bear wines.

I went to my home away from home, the iYellow Wine Club for an intimate evening spent with wine lovers galore and one of the D’Ont Poke the Bear winemakers and founder, Andrew Von Teichman.

We spent the evening trying out both of the D’Ont Poke the Bear wines available, and learning all about how they became to be.

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Apples And Rope Swings And Alpacas – Oh My! Our Day At Chudleigh’s Farm

Chudleigh's Farm
I grew up in a single-parent household. My mother was (and still is) one of the most hard-working people I have ever met. She struggled day in and day out to provide for my sister and I, to ensure there was food on the table and a roof over our heads. We didn’t get a lot of the same privileges my peers would get. I can remember going to school on a Monday morning, or after summer break, and hearing tales of what my peers got up to. Be it escapes to the cottage or camp, or even day trips on fun-filled excursions, and feeling a pang of resentment and jealousy.

Now that I’m (many, many) years older – I can fully grasp just how difficult it must have been for my mother. Struggling to get by, with little to no outside help…wishing that she could do just a little bit more. Mommy (yes, I still call my mother Mommy – she’s even saved in my phone contacts as such) – if you’re reading this – THANK YOU. Thank you for always being there and doing the absolute best you can. I think my sister and I turned out pretty darn great, if I do say so myself!

That being said, while I may not have any kids of my own (as of yet), I have been fortunate enough to be blessed with some amazing opportunities. And when such fun and exciting family-orientated opportunities come my way, I try to involve my nieces as often as possible.

Chudleigh's Farm
One such opportunity recently came my way, and it was the perfect way to close out our summer!

I brought my sister and nieces out for a fun-filled day on at Chudleigh’s Farm full of delicious foods, apple picking, hay rides, alpacas, and so much more!

But – did I mention the alpacas?!

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CONTEST | Re-Vamping The Classic Lunchbox With Foodora

#BackToDrool with foodora

Listen, I don’t know about you – but I absolutely love the autumn. The weather is cool enough for a sweater or light jacket, but not so cold that you need your winter parka. The leaves are changing colours showing us just how beautiful it is to let go of the things that are holding us back from growth. Plus, when I was a kid – getting ready for back to school was one of my most favourite times of the year!

Bonus: I’m an October baby, so yeah – obviously I love this season!

Do you remember when we were kids and we would be prepping to go back to school for the new year? We’d get a couple of new outfits, new binders and pencils – and a new backpack and lunchbox if we were lucky.

Then school would start, and lunchtime would come. We’d huddle up with our closest friends and devour whatever it was that our parents had packed for us.

You know – the staples: PB & J, ham and cheese, Nutella (if you were really lucky), a variety of cold cuts slabbed between some good old fashioned white bread…the same old, same old.

Well, the fun doesn’t have to stop now that we’re no longer in school!

My friends at foodora have partnered with some local restaurants and are re-vamping the lunchbox classics for back to school season!

Participating restaurants:

Charadise-BacktoSchool-CrispyChicken Waffle Grilled Cheese

Charidise – Crispy Chicken Wafflewich ($11.99)
Crispy chicken, fresh greens, and 100% real cheddar cheese cradled between two fluffy Charidise waffles. Comes with a side of maple syrup.

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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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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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CONTEST | Eligible Magazine presents The TIFF Bachelor Party

TIFF Bachelor PartyYou guys know how much I love all things The Bachelor / The Bachelorette / Bachelor In Paradise – so when I heard that some of the studs from the most recent seasons of each would be at Eligible Magazine’s TIFF Bachelor Party – I was excided…to say the least.

Judging from how much my Twitter followers engage while I live tweet the shows – I know there are plenty of other fans out there too. So…lucky for you guys, I’m giving away a pair of general admission tickets to the party!

At Eligible Magazine’s TIFF Bachelor Party,  Tenley Molzhan, Robby Hayes, Vinny Ventiera, Jared Haibon, and Brett Melnick will all be there. You’ll be schmoozing with them and I have a feeling they’ll be more than happy to pose for a selfie or two…if you ask nicely!

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Take Me Out To The Ball Game With Sonnet Insurance

#SonnetLovesJays

What do you do when you get an email that says, “Hey Jenn! How would you like to come out to the ballpark with Sonnet Insurance and meet Kevin Pillar?”

Umm, easy – you respond with a very enthusiastic “YES, PLEASE!!”

And that’s exactly what I did a couple of weeks ago.

Sonnet Insurance Blue Jays Uniform

If you’re a Blue Jays fan and have been to a game this season, I’m sure you’ve seen the Sonnet signs around the Rogers Centre. If you haven’t been to a game yet, they’ve also been heavy supporters on Twitter – sponsoring the weather report and letting the fans know whether or not the dome would be open for each game.

On top of this, Sonnet is celebrating the Blue Jays all season long with some exciting events. First up, was the day they invited me out – Kevin Pillar Bobblehead Day. On July 24th, the first 20,000 fans into the Rogers Centre were gifted with a Kevin Pillar bobblehead…but luckily, our group had them waiting for us when we entered the suite, along with a few other goodies. (!!!)

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Barefoot On The Beach Thanks To Barefoot Wine & Bubbly

Barefoot Wine & Bubbly has proclaimed July 9th World Beach Rescue Day (WBRD) in honor of the 10th year of the Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project, an initiative that began in 2007 in partnership with the Surfrider Foundation, a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to protecting our ocean, waves and beaches.

#WorldBeachRescueDay

We only have one Earth, and we need to start taking the steps necessary to make it a better place for ourselves, and future generations. Barefoot Wine & Bubbly knows this, and has known it for many years. That’s why this Saturday, volunteers in 11 countries around the world will be feeling the sand between their toes as they simultaneously head to the beach for World Beach Rescue Day.

For the past 10 years, this beach-cleaning effort has expanded to more than 14 countries where over 14,000 volunteers have collected more than 20 tonnes of trash from our beaches. That’s 20 tonnes of trash that won’t be polluting our waters! That’s 20 tonnes of trash that won’t be affecting our beaches!

2016 World Beach Rescue Day International Participants

July 9, 2016 World Beach Rescue Day Clean Ups: Australia, Canada, Germany, Mexico, Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Singapore, South Korea, United Kingdom and United States

On Saturday, these volunteers will be outfitted with gloves (safety first, y’all) and reusable bags and will be directed to the areas of the local beaches, shores, rivers, and lakes that need some TLC. After spending the day making the world a little prettier – these lucky volunteers will then be treated to some “delicious food, exciting entertainment, and complimentary Barefoot Wine & Bubbly.”

World Beach Rescue Day from MultiVu Video on Vimeo.

Unable to join in the World Beach Rescue Day clean up on Saturday? You can still join in on the movement by being part of the conversation.

Head to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and share a photo of how you are helping clean up our beaches. Use the hashtag #WorldBeachRescueDay and Barefoot Wine & Bubbly will donate $1 (up to $100,000) to Surfrider.

Best of all – this will be going on all summer (until August 31, 2016), so you have lots of time to share your story!

Join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram: @BarefootWine @Surfrider #WorldBeachRescueDay.

While there is still a great deal of work to be done, we’re incredibly proud of the stand in the sand Barefoot has taken in preserving beaches around the world,” said Stephanie Gallo from Barefoot Wine & Bubbly. “We hope World Beach Rescue Day will usher in a greater emphasis on the importance of leaving only footprints on our beaches.

ABOUT BAREFOOT WINE & BUBBLY

Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, the most awarded wine brand in US competitions, can be found bearing the fun, iconic footprint label. For more information, visit:

BarefootWine.com | Facebook.com/BarefootWine
Twitter.com/BarefootWine | Instagram.com/BarefootWine

 
ABOUT SURFRIDER FOUNDATION

The Surfrider Foundation is a nonprofit, grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 250,000 supporters, activists and members worldwide. For more information on the Surfrider Foundation, visit www.surfrider.org

 

Disclaimer: I was compensated for this post, however – as always my views are my own and I truly believe in this cause