Happy New Year! Also – Benylin Isn’t That Bad.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR, MOFOS!

I hope that 2018 brings you nothing but happiness and success because you are amazing and you deserve the best.

Now, I know what you’re thinking, “JJ – you’ve done lost your damn mind! It’s February!”

RELAX.

Let’s be honest – I had a bit of a rough go in January. I’m not going to sit here and list off all the things that went wrong or brought stress my way. (Not again, at least. Ha.)

I will, however, tell you that I’m writing this post from home, sick as heck and on a mix of penicillin and Benylin…just like I have been all week. And basically all of January.

But you know what, I’ve decided to take control of my happiness.

So, once February 1st rolled around, I yelled “DO OVER!” to the universe and decided to start 2018 all over again.

What?? It’s my life, I can do as I please.

So, basically – all I’m saying is that it’s your life, and you have to decide to take control over your happiness. Have faith in the universe and good things will happen.

Also, this Benylin is actually starting to taste not bad…that’s probably not a good thing.

…I’m going back to bed. Ok, love you – bye.

Seems Like A Good Time For A Month Of Motivation!

jenn and the city Month Of Motivation

Hi everyone! Just your friendly neighbourhood blogger here with a fun idea for a month of motivation!

Time for some hard truth. I currently weigh the most I have ever weighed in my entire life. I get gassed just walking up the three flights of stairs to our apartment after walking Dusty. I am so uncomfortable in my own body – it’s ridiculous. And it’s my own fault. I choose to eat the pizza and wings and not workout nearly as much as I should… if at all.

I know it’s my fault, and I also know that I need to stop making excuses.

It’s time for change.

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to making healthier decisions – I need some motivation. I mean, sure – I’ll grudgingly choose a banana over the donut that I really want in the morning…but, come on – that’s not enough. I work better when I’m being held accountable for something, and a little motivation can go a long way!

jenn and the city health and fitness Month Of Motivation

I’ve teased about this on social media for a little while now, but it’s time to put the plan in action! It’s time for a month Of motivation! I’m going to be forming a little motivational group for the month of February, and who knows, if it goes well and you guys love it – maybe we’ll keep it going beyond that.

First, let me preface this whole thing by saying:

I AM IN NO WAY A FITNESS PROFESSIONAL

What I am though, is an eager and bubbly person who is excited to make some changes and start living a healthier, happier life. Because, in the end – that’s what matters most, right?

So, here’s the deal – every Monday morning for the month of February, I’ll be sending out a newsletter with tips and tricks from myself, and some of my more qualified friends in the health, fitness, and food world.

jenn and the city health and fitness Month Of Motivation

Whether you workout at home or in the gym – I’ll be sharing some tips from my ridiculously fit and healthy and beautiful friend Mia of Body Morphology.

Need a friendly reminder to drink that water? Need a gentle push to put down the candy bar and pick up that apple? I got you covered.

Stuck in a rut of bad food meal after meal? Crunched for time when making dinner so relying on the drive-thru far too often? Not for long!

Did you know that ginger may help reduce muscle pain and soreness? Did you know that reducing sugar can create a stable mood and energy levels? Get ready for more valuable info like this!

It’s ok to not always be ok, you know. Sometimes we all need a gentle reminder that we’re not alone in this crazy thing called life. I want to help with that.

Next step?

Easy – just sign up by via the form below, or by leaving a comment and get ready to get a little healthier and a whole lot happier!

If you have any suggestions, feel free to let me know in the form or the comments below too!

We’re all going to help each other – so if you’re comfortable, introduce yourself and let everyone know why your joining. If you’d rather remain anonymous – that’s cool too. Whatever works for you!

Now, who’s excited to get started on a month of motivation?!

When Life Hands You Lemons, You Make Lemonade…Unless You’re So Sick That You Can’t Drink Lemonade, Which In That Case – Just Stay In Bed For Days

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Well, hey there. How are YOU? I’m writing this post from bed, while under the covers and just ate for the first time in 48 hours…but more on that later.

If you follow me on Twitter and/or Instagram – you will know that I haven’t had the best of luck this week.

I went out for tacos and margaritas with an old friend on Thursday night. I was in a great mood because I had had an awesome day at work and was excited to catch up with an old friend…plus, I thought I looked super cute, so that always helps. (Judge me if you will.) After our catch up sesh, I decided to stop at the grocery store because I only ordered ONE taco at the restaurant. I know, I know – who am I!?!?

That was my first mistake…obviously.

So anyways, I went to the grocery store across the street with my brand new Google Pixel 2 XL in my hand (where it normally is <was>) feeling happy as could be; smile on my face as I perused the chip aisle. I had a hankering for good old fashioned All Dressed which was in display right at the front of the store, but I thought, “Hey, let’s see if anything else pops out at me in the aisle.”

Mistake number two.

While admiring some of my faves, like Cool Ranch Doritos and Cheetos, I placed my phone in my pocket to allow for more bags of chips in my arms. Logical, right? Anyways, shortly after – a couple struck up conversation with me.

Mistake number three.*

It was about the most random thing, and to be honest – I can’t even remember what our conversation was about now. But I do remember the young lady and I chatting, and her partner casually walking away, presumably to continue shopping. Little did I know it was actually a diversion and just like that – my phone was gone.

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I didn’t even realize my phone was gone until a few minutes after I left the store when I reached for it to text Mike. Then, full panic mode commenced. I retraced my steps. I reviewed video footage. I scoured through the streets in the rain, even spoke with security and an officer. There really wasn’t anything anyone could do. I could try calling my phone in hopes that whoever took it felt some sort of pity and decided to return it. (LOL!) So, when THAT didn’t happen – I had to contact Rogers and a) suspend my account, and b) blacklist the phone so if they did try using it – they wouldn’t be able to. Now those @$$#&%* not so nice people will simply have another paperweight.

On the plus side, one of the many great things about the Google Pixel XL 2 phone is that it automatically backed up ALL of my images and videos to Google Photos – so I didn’t lose any of those.

THANK GOODNESS. #TeamPixel for the win!

Anyways, it is what it is and like my friend said – it could have been a lot worse. Thankfully I wasn’t mugged or hurt in any way. I can replace a phone. I mean, of course it’s still frustrating AS SHIT and I was PISSED…but, I’m letting that anger go and am going to leave it in the hands of the Universe. She’ll do what she has to do and karma will take care of the rest.

Like I said at the beginning of this post – I haven’t eaten in 48+ hours. I’ve been TERRIBLY sick since Saturday morning. Like, stuck in bed, unable to eat or drink…feeling utterly weak and exhausted. At first I thought it was food poisoning, then I started to think it was the flu…now I have no idea. What I do know is that I couldn’t eat anything from about noon on Saturday until noon today (on Monday), at which point I ate a piece of toast. So, small victories?

*deepest of deep sighs*

On the plus side – I’ve had unlimited cuddles Dusty and Seven, so – yay!

Anywho – I just wanted to check in with y’all, and let you know what’s been going on. There’s been some other stuff which I’ll share about in time. I’m going to talk more about my mental health (duh) and what I’m going through, and I’m also going to launch a group motivation thing for February, where you’ll sign up and we’ll all support and motivate each other to be healthy and active. I’m in no way a certified professional, but I know we all could use a little extra motivation and encouragement! I’m also going to be in the kitchen even more thanks to my friends at Hamilton Beach, but that’ll have to wait until I have an appetite again. LOL

My blog is my diary, and while I share quite a bit on social (Twitter especially) – I miss writing here, so expect to see a lot more!

*I don’t actually consider being friendly and conversing a mistake. I am a friendly and nice person, and quite talkative. So I’m not going to change who I am because of this unfortunate incident. I refuse to let these people break me and make me think all people are as terrible as they are.

CONTEST | Tis The Season For Giving Back | Feeling Festive #WithRogers And Friends

Feeling Festive #WithRogers And Friends

The snow is falling, the trees are all lit, the carolers are caroling and Santa’s big day is quickly approaching!

Are you feeling festive yet?!

One of the sure-fire ways to get in the holiday spirit is by giving back. When you give back and share small acts of kindness – you’re actually giving back a lot more than you think. That random act of kindness could provide the smile someone needed that day. Your random act of kindness could inspire others around you, which will cause a ripple effect of kindness. And let’s face it – the world needs a little more kindness now more than ever.

What are some ways you can give back this holiday season?
  • There are so many families who struggle, especially during the holidays. Collect canned food to donate to a food bank to help feed those in need.
  • Clean up your closet and donate some old coats and dewaters to a homeless shelter. Take it up a notch and add in some (clean and new) socks. Socks are the most needed, but least donated item of clothing for the homeless.
  • Get in the kitchen and bake some sweet treats for your neighbours and coworkers to put a smile on their face.
  • Pick up the phone and call someone you haven’t spoken to in awhile. Check in on that friend who was having a rough go. The holidays are the perfect time to connect with loved ones, near and far – and #WithRogers, you can stay connected not only during the holidays, but all year long.
Now, I’ve got another way you can spread some holiday cheer this season and it’s a fun one!

Just in time for the holidays, I’ve partnered with my friends at Rogers, Samsung, Google, Huawei, and The Shopping Channel to give back and spread some festive cheer with some fun giveaways!

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#JJintheKitchen | Melted Snowmen Oreo Truffle Balls

Y’all know how much I’m loving being in the kitchen more nowadays, especially now that the holiday season is upon us! Whether I’m sharing recipes here on le blogaroo, or live in the moment on my Instagram Stories – I’m having a blast. So when I heard about a recipe for Melted Snowmen Oreo Balls – I just knew I had to try them out.

Not only are they ridiculously easy (like, seriously easy) – but they’re hella cute…and delicious! I made them over the weekend for a holiday party that Mike and I went to on Saturday night, and they were a huge hit! In fact, they were so good – I’m going to make them again tonight to bring to Hanukkah dinner with Mike’s family tomorrow night!

Melted Snowmen Oreo Truffle Balls

Melted Snowmen Oreo Truffle Balls

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Rants And Rambles And Chilli And Bowling And OMG Why Do I Think The Way I Do?!

It’s Tuesday morning, and all I want to be doing is sitting back on the beach in Jamaica with Mike, but instead I’m stuck at work and very much disliking reality right now. I mean, it’s not all that bad…I guess. But it’s not ‘pina coloadas for breakfast followed by copious amounts of sun and booze all day while laying on the beach with the love of my life’ good. You know?

…you don’t need to save me, but would you run away with me?

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On Sunday, I made a ridiculously big batch of chilli because a) we love chilli, and b) we had a couple of friends coming over to watch Survior Series. The chilli came out ahhhhmazing, but my anxiety was so bad all day. Like, if you don’t have anxiety – you may not understand this next part. Feel free to skip ahead. If you do have anxiety, you can skip ahead too if you want…I mean, do whatever you want. Anyways – back to what I was saying.

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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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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.

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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.