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!

celebration gif

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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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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The Power Of Positivity – My Personal 21 Day Gratitude Challenge

So, let me tell you a story. I woke up this morning feeling great. I haven’t felt my best over the past couple of days, but last night I got a great sleep – and I woke up this morning happy, and eager to get the day started.

21 Day Gratitude Challenge | The Power Of Positivity - Changing My Train Of Thought | Jenn and the City

When all else fails, this beauty makes my heart happy.

Our kitty cat deciding to sit on my dressing table and watch me get ready helped too. ❤️

I headed out of our apartment, on time, and caught my regular bus, where I was pleasantly surprised by how empty it was. Usually it’s quite busy, but today there was maybe 8 people on the entire bus. I thought to myself, “This is a great sign! It’s going to be a great day! Or, as Tony the Tiger would say…a grrrrrrreat day!”

That feeling didn’t last too long though. As I walked from the bus down to the subway platform, I was greeted by hundreds, if not thousands, of other commuters.

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Shout-out to the lady in blue, smiling though! I see you, ladybug!

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#TBT To The Awkward Days 


This #TBT I’m thinking back to when I was in elementary school. 

Life wasn’t always easy. I was tiny with a big head. 

I was awkward and dorky. I was the kid who was friends with everyone, but also made fun of by almost everyone. 

I never fit in and always felt misunderstood. I tried covering that, along with all the other emotions I was trying to process, with humour. Always cracking jokes and making everyone else laugh – when so often I was crying on the inside. 

Now that I’m older, and somewhat wiser, I have grown to be a bit more comfortable in my skin. 

I’ve learned to love myself, imperfections and all. 

Chapter 8 of 12; 2017 Edition – The List of JennJenn

Over the past few months I have found myself at a road block, mentally…creatively. I’ve been conflicted when it comes to this blog. When I first popped up on the blogging scene, I put in the work and it paid off. I was at every event. I was working with some of the top PR firms in the country. I was signing off on partnerships left and right…but I felt as though I lost *my voice*

I had to take a step back. I had to live my life to find my voice again.

And that’s exactly what I did…and continue to do.

So…I’m back, baby!

…never not laughing when I’m with this guy #TBT

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2017 is just flying by, isn’t it?! It feels like just yesterday I was ringing in the new year with my fave guy, but poof – here we are in August already.

Now that we’re more than halfway through the year, I wanted to share of my goals. My plan, as of right now, is to check back in on this list every month. I’ll give updates to the goals I’ve already shared and maybe even add to the list. Who knows? We’ll see!

The List of JennJenn*
  1. Get more sleep. Not just clock in more hours, but get BETTER sleeps.
  2. Less junk food, more fresh fruit and veggies. No explanation needed…it’s about time.
  3. Once I heal from my recent fall (sigh) – get back in the gym.
  4. WRITE MORE. Open myself back up and let the creative juices flow. Not for blog hits – but for me. Writing is my therapy.
  5. Weekly dates nights with M. <3
  6. Remember to take my vitamins every day. AKA – stop being so darn forgetful.
  7. Buy a bed skirt. (Putting this here more so as a reminder for me to buy a bed skirt LOL)
  8. Try out a new recipe and bake something delicious.
  9. Call my grandmother more often because she’s simply the best.
  10. Spend an afternoon at the beach before the snow comes back.
  11. Finally finish Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

And you know what? I’ve opened up the comments here on le blogaroo – so let’s get chatting!

UPDATE: not sure why, but the comments feature seems to not be working properly…ugh – sorry y’all. I’m working on it!

Let’s make blogging fun again! *throws confetti*

*Yes, this is a wrestling reference but instead of adding names a la the man, Mr. Jericho – I’m adding goals. NBD

PS: It is annoying the heck out of me that that list has 11 items. Ask M – I need things in even numbers, or multiples of 5…even the volume on the TV has to be. LOL

PPS: 12. Stop being so particular about the little things…like list numbers and TV volume levels.

Fighting The Ongoing Mental Health Battle

…just because you see smiles on the outside, doesn’t mean everything is alright in the inside.

Fighting the fight with depression (or any mental illness) is a constant battle. Trust me, I know.

It’s not always easy, but it’s worth the fight. I promise. Again, trust me – I know.

If you’re struggling – reach out. Talk to someone, anyone. Be open and honest…as difficult as that may be. It will help. Try to remember – you are not alone.

If you know someone who is fighting the #mentalhealth battle – be proactive. Reach out to them, remind them that you’re there. It’s not easy to reach out for help when in crisis, so by being proactive and simply reaching out to say, “Hey – I just wanted to check in and see how you’re doing.” could be life saving.

So often after we lose someone, we hear, “I can’t believe it – they always seemed so happy.” Life isn’t always the sunny selfies you see online, my friends. It’s real, and at times – it’s hard.

Those suffering have often programmed themselves to smile through the pain…and to suffer in silence.

That silence? That’s the killer right there. The conversation needs to keep happening. It needs to not stop. Ever.

If you’re the one suffering, I promise you, it gets better. Again, again – trust me – I know.

It may get rough at times, but that’s life.

Your happiness, your life – it’s worth the fight.

If you’re in Canada and in crisis – here is the contact info for Suicide Prevention:

Need Help

CONTEST | Toronto’s Festival Of Beer – A Summer Tradition #BeerFam

Toronto's Festival Of Beer tfob #beerfam

What goes better with sunshine than a nice cold brewski?

How about multiple nice cold brewskis from many different breweries?

How about multiple nice cold brewskis from many different  breweries while spending the day outside with your friends at Toronto’s Festival of Beer?

Now that’s a good time if I ever heard of one!

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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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