My Journey To Reclaiming Father’s Day

I tried so hard to get my thoughts onto paper yesterday, on Father’s Day.

I sat down, pen in hand, on more than one occasion wanting, yearning, to get my thoughts and feelings out. Alas, the page stayed blank…minus a few teardrop stains from the overwhelming emotions I felt taking over and bubbling out in the form of exasperated tears.

Father’s Day has always been an emotional one for me. My father left when I was very young, and I have no memories whatsoever of him. I mean, I have a few pictures that I’ve held onto through the years and my multiple cross-country moves…but memories? Yeah – I don’t have any of those.

Reclaiming Father's Day

One of the last pictures ever taken with my father

Sure, I had “father-figures” growing up, but besides my grandfather (my hero) these so-called “father figures” were, how should I say this without sounding rude….umm, they were not so great. I’m just going to leave it at that, because that’s a whole ‘nother blog post and one I most certainly cannot get into right now.

…anyways.

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Living Life In The Moment…And Loving It

For years, I’ve openly and eagerly shared almost every aspect of my life online. Whether here on the blog, on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, or event Facebook. But over the past couple of months – not only has so much changed in my life (personal and professional) but I’ve taken a step back. I’m sharing a little less, and attempting to live in the moment a little more.

This last weekend for example, we headed out to my cousins bat mitzvah on Saturday night, and then M’s cousins wedding on Sunday.

let’s bat mitzvah!

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It was an incredibly busy weekend – but well worth it. I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t see my family nearly as often as I’d like to.

So when occasions like these come up, and we all get to be together – it’s comforting.

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It’s just another manic Monday…I wish it were Sunday.

All together now, “It’s just another manic Monday…I wish it were Sunday…”


It’s been a little while since I just checked-in here on le blogaroo. If you follow me on Twitter (or Instagram, or Snapchat, or even Facebook) you’ll know that I moved at the beginning of May. My BF (Mike) and I found an amazing apartment, and decided to take the plunge and move in together. It’s been a full month now (we actually got the keys a couple of days before May 1st) – and while it isn’t always easy – it’s been a great month and I couldn’t be happier!

So needless to say, between unpacking and building furniture (ok, I mainly supervised the building of the furniture), and just settling in to the new routines (plus catching some Blue Jays games in between) – things have been a bit hectic. Hence, the lack of blog posts. Sorry! But now that we’re all unpacked and settled in – I’m back and excited to share so much with you guys!

The first week we moved in – there was SO much going on and the last thing I wanted to do was go to a grocery store and shop. Luckily my friends at HelloFresh came to my rescue!

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The birds are chirping, the sun is shining…spring has officially (and finally) sprung! Which also means…it’s time the Blue Jays!

The boys in blue are back this year and I for one couldn’t be more excited. No, seriously – I tried and I physically could not be more excited. My body just couldn’t do it. THAT’S how excited I already am! LOL

Last season was one of my all-time favourite Blue Jays seasons. Not only did the Blue Jays have a decent run, but I got to experience a handful of games in person at the ballpark, and even more in the comfort of my own home.

This season may not have started off on the best foot for our boys, but I had the opportunity to go to 3 games within 4 days…which was awesome!

first game, front row…this’ll do, I suppose #LetsRise

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I’m Human And Life Gets Hectic Sometimes

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Oh, hey there! How are you doing? I feel like it has been awhile since we chatted and caught up!

I’m sorry for the lack of updates here on le blogaroo. It’s been a rough couple of weeks on my end, mainly because I had to say goodbye to my best bud…my fur baby, Precious.

It’s been just over a week since I had to say goodbye to this face…and not a day has gone by that I haven’t cried. I’ve suffered through my fair share of heartbreak over the years, but nothing compares to the pain I have felt this past week. Saying goodbye to my best friend was byfar the hardest thing I have ever had to do. She offered me unconditional love over the 11.5 years we spent together and our bond was undeniable. Thank you to everyone who has reached out and offered their condolences, and a big thank you to everyone who has shared with me some of the memories they had with Precious. The reminder that she was loved and adored by not only me has been comforting. Precious was stubborn. Precious was set in her ways. Precious did what she wanted, when she wanted. But Precious was also fragile. She was a gentle soul, and all she ever wanted was love…both to receive and give. I wonder where she got that from? September 17, 2005 – March 15, 2017 xo

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Some sort of silver lining on the rough couple of weeks though is that we found an amazing apartment! Yup, that’s right – in case you didn’t know, the BF and I are making the move to cohabitating.

*deep breaths*

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That Time I Finally Felt Human Again So I Went To #RockYourRide At CycleBar Leaside

OMG – you guys, I can’t believe how sick I have been over the past couple of weeks. It has been BRUTAL. My head pounded, my body ached, I blew my nose so much that it became tender to the touch…which was unpleasant every time I had to sneeze…which was often.

Everything just *~HuRt~* Le sigh.

The worst part? My fave guy had been sick too. So, it’s been about a month of taking turns making soup and restocking the Emergen-C and Buckley’s. LOL But, thankfully, we’re both FINALLY feeling better and are getting some energy back!

This energy came in handy last week when I dragged myself to my very first ever spin class at CycleBar Leaside.

I headed out to Leaside to the brand-spanking new CycleBar for their media preview night. This is the first and only CycleBar studio in Canada, however they’re looking to expand over the next year.

CycleBar Leaside

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A Letter To Myself | Dear 13 Year Old Jenn Jenn

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Dear 13 year old Jenn Jenn,
 I know life is very hard right now…and to be honest, it’s not going to get any easier any time soon…but I need you to have faith.
I need you to have faith in yourself. Believe in yourself, just a little more each day.
Your struggle, your story – all of it is shaping you to become who you were meant to be. So, stop being so hard on yourself.
Learn to forgive those that have hurt you so badly…trust in the forgiveness process…it’s healing.
You need to learn to love yourself. You need to love yourself before you can open your heart.
You deserve happiness and it’ll come, I promise.
One day you’ll wake up and be happy, really, truly, genuinely happy. You’ll have love in your life and you’ll finally believe you deserve it.
And when that day comes, you’ll look back on the struggles and realize – everything as happening for a reason; leading you to where you were meant to be.
I love you,
Jenn Jenn

Words I Write | Depression Sucks But I Do Deserve Happiness

The last couple of weeks have been a little rough. I’ve opened up on Twitter and Facebook about my struggle, and how the overwhelming wrath that is depression has slowly been taking over.

Real life isn’t always the silly selfies you see online. Real life can be hard; real life can be exhausting. Social media offers only a glimpse into our lives. We choose what we want to share, and what we don’t. Personally – I am trying to be more open, sharing the good and the bad. What you don’t always see though, are the days that I cannot leave my bed; the days where my depression tightens… the hold it has on me and I feel so utterly alone and stuck. What you don’t see are the days where I have full-blown panic attacks; where it feels as though the walls are closing in on me and I can’t breathe, nor see through the overflowing tears. What you don’t see are the times where my anxiety is so crippling that I’m left questioning myself, my worth, my everything – all because that little voice in my head is telling me over and over how unworthy and useless I am. What I do want you to see though is that even through all of this – happiness is possible, you just have to choose to fight for it…to fight for yourself. It gets better. #BellLetsTalk

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If anyone has ever battled depression, you’ll know what I’m talking about. It’s that constant feeling of unworthiness, of helplessness. When asked by those around me why I was feeling so down, all I could do was bleakly answer, “I don’t know.”

I was scared. Honestly – I was terrified. I felt myself slipping into a dark place, one that I hadn’t been in for almost four years.

February 17, 2013 – the day of my suicide attempt

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Valentine’s Day Date Ideas Whether You’re Coupled Up Or Flying Solo

Valentine’s Day Date Ideas Whether You’re Coupled Up Or Flying Solo

I love love. This is no secret. I’m a massive hopeless romantic, so it should come as no surprise that I adore Valentine’s Day. Duh – I love all thing romantic and mushy and gushy. I’m practically the cartoons you see where they have hearts as eyes and are almost always blushing.

…yeah, that’s basically me.

That being said, whether you are coupled up, or flying solo – Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be stressful…or boring! Sure, you could do the same ol’ thang year in and year out – make a reservation at a fancy schmancy restaurant…but, where’s the fun in that?

I’ve put together a short list of fun things you can do this Valentine’s Day – either your boothang, your friends, or heck – even just on your own.

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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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