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!

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!

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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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.

CONTEST | Enter To Win A Dinner For 4 From Rose’s Family Meals

Story time! A little while back, Mike went away for a week to visit one of his best friends.

My initial reaction was, “OMG – A WHOLE WEEK BY MYSELF?! HOW WILL I SURVIVE??” Then, my thought process (somewhat) quickly changed to, “OMG – A WHOLE WEEK TO MYSELF!!”

I mean, I knew I was going to miss my babaganoosh, but a week to myself wasn’t the worst thing either. I was getting excited! I was going to fill my calendar with events and hangouts with friends. I was going to drink white wine and have Mr. Noodles for dinner – just like I did far too often in my single days. Ha. I was going to enjoy some “me-time.” It was going to be fabulous.

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While I did go out and about and do a bunch of fun stuff, like check out Medieval Times with a group of new blogger friends (more details on that coming to le blogaroo soon!) – I also stayed home and did a little at-home pampering on myself.

Sometimes you just need a night at home to rest, relax, and take care of you. You know? I waited until the very last night of my solo week to do this, but hey – better late than never. LOL

So, what exactly does one need for a night of relaxation? For me, it’s easy.

JennJenn’s Checklist For A Solo Night Of Relaxation
  1. Wine, duh.
  2. Delicious food.
  3. A 90s Playlist
  4. Netflix
  5. Cuddles with Dusty

Rose's Family Meals

I REALLY wanted to focus on the relaxation part, so I did not want to cook AT ALL. So when my friends at Rose’s Family Meals offered to send me over a nutritionally-balanced, delicious multi-course meal – I didn’t hesitate to take them up on the offer.

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Advice For Couples Moving In Together With Sonnet Insurance

Advice for couples moving in together with Sonnet Insurance

Unpacking boxes and placing books on the bookshelf, I remember thinking to myself, “What have we gotten ourselves into?” I looked around at all of the boxes and what had already been unpacked. I looked at the culmination of our things and thought, “There’s no way we are going to be able to combine our two lives into this one apartment.”

I stopped unpacking, sat on one of the many, many boxes piled up in the corner that still had to be unpacked and cried. It was all too much. The move, the boxes of “stuff,” the lack of wine, oh – did I mention all of the boxes? Yeah, it was all a bit much and I was overwhelmed.

I’m a hopeless romantic. I love love and love love stories even more. The happily ever after? Love it. The fairy tale ending? That’s my jam. But I’m going to get real for a minute. No matter how much you love someone, no matter how much you want to be with someone – moving in together is going to be an adjustment to your relationship. Things will change and compromises will need to be made.

There’s no rule book to follow when you move in with your significant other. The best you can do is communicate and plan ahead.

Reality check: spending 24/7 together is not always romantic

My boyfriend and I spent more time together than apart before we moved in together. We’d talk through messages all day while at work, followed by dinner and spending the night together multiple times a week. We’d cook together, wake up together, read together, do any and everything together. But after making the big move, I realized there was still so much to learn about each other.

Once you move in with each other, be prepared to see some things that you may never be able to un-see (i.e. Someone standing in the kitchen, naked…eating tacos). Some things, like eating tacos naked in the kitchen, may be fantastic. Some other things maybe not so much. You’ve been warned. Keep this in mind when you’re searching for a place together and deciding how much space you really need.

Read the rest of my advice on the Sonnet Insurance blog HERE

How To Help A Friend In A Mental Health Crisis, From Someone Who’s Been There

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I have never been one to shy away from talking about mental health, my battle with mental illness, nor my suicide attempt.

I strongly believe in talking and sharing these stories, because if it helps even one person feel a little less alone – it’s worth it.

In light of the tragic loss of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade, I was asked to write a piece for 29Secrets.com about how to help a friend in a mental health crisis.

Let’s just get right to it. Mental illness does not discriminate. The recent sudden shocking deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain are proof. On paper, and to the outside eye, these two had it all: money, fame, power, success, family…yet these two lives were tragically lost to mental illness.

 

At any given time, 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental health problem or illness. And according to Suicide Prevention Canada, approximately 11 people will end their lives by suicide in Canada today, while approximately 210 others will attempt to end their lives. These numbers have been steadily rising: suicide is one of the leading causes of death in both men and women from adolescence to middle age. We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: it’s about time the stigma surrounding mental illness is removed and we realize that mental health is health, and needs to be treated as such.

…I offer up my advice, as someone who’s been there.

You can continue reading the article HERE

If you, or someone you know, is struggling and experiencing suicidal thoughts, reach out to Suicide Prevention Canada. This link will direct you to local crisis centres in your area.