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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I’m Not Lazy…I’m Time Efficient (Or Hungover) – But truLOCAL Saved The Day(s)

One of my new-found favourite pastimes is getting up on Saturday or Sunday morning and heading to the grocery store with Mike to do a big shop. We’ll get stuff to make for breakfast that morning (along with the obligatory stop at the liquor store for brunch cocktail necessities), a variety of things for lunches throughout the week, and usually at least a few days worth of dinner supplies. It’s something so simple and pure – but when we go, it’s just he and I spending that time together. No phones as distractions, no TV to watch…just the two of us cracking jokes throughout the supermarket.

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That being said, this lovely pastime doesn’t get to happen on a regular. Sometimes Mike works on the weekend, sometimes we’re very lazy and prefer to just stay home and in our PJs all day (or, as was the case most recently – I was too hungover thanks to the #TIFFBachelorParty). But either way – our fridge needs to get stocked and it’s not always convenient to make stops after work for whatever we need for dinner. Especially when we have a really busy week lined up, with a few different days scheduled of entertaining guests at our place.

Such was the case recently when we had a few friends over for a BBQ and games night, then Mike’s parents over for another BBQ the following day…not to mention our weekly date night dinners at home which is another favourite pastime of mine.

Luckily, my friends at truLOCAL reached out to at literally the most perfect time!

truLOCAL is introducing simple monthly meat plans that deliver high-end, locally sourced meat products right to your door, anywhere in Ontario.

It was so simple! Almost too easy, actually. LOL

truLOCAL meat subscription

I logged on to the truLOCAL website, chose my plan (I went with a one-time, 1-person box because this was a trial provided by truLOCAL for me to review their service). I picked which meats I preferred, and bing-bang-boom – I was done.

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Sometimes A Gal Just Needs A Little Alone Time With Montes Wine

Mike and I have officially been living together for a few months now, and while it’s still glorious (s/o to the Roode crew, y’all know who you are) – I have to admit – it is not always easy.

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Moving in together is a BIG step in a relationship, no matter how long (or short) you’ve been together. Before we moved in together, we were spending almost all of our free time together. We were together more often than not, spending nights at each others houses. But living together – phew, that’s a whole different thing.

Let me preface this next little bit by saying, I simply adore Mike. He is literally my most favourite person in the world. Being with him makes my heart happy and I love spending time with him.

“one million words can’t describe how it feels to know your love”

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That being said…a gal needs her alone time. Am I right? If you are, or ever have, living with a partner (or heck, even with roommates) you’ll know what I’m talking about. There are just some things that you need want to do and can only do when you’re alone, and on top of that – sometimes a gal (or guy) just needs a little peace and quiet and alone time.

Thankfully, I’ve been blessed with a man who totally understands and appreciates this. Unfortunately for him, I can be somewhat needy and a homebody – so he may not get as much alone time. LOL

BUT – for the record, this IS something I’m working on. So, there’s that.

Anyways…back to what I was saying.

As someone who lived on her own for many years prior to moving in with Mike, I crave my alone time. It’s not even like I’m really doing anything in particular (for the most part) – but sometimes I just want to put on a face mask, paint my toe nails, and pour myself a nice glass of wine and listen to early ’90’s pop music. You know what I mean?

Anyways, that’s exactly what I did the other night while Mike was working late, and it was fanfreakingtastic.

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My friends at Montes Wine sent me over a few bottles of Montes Spring Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2016 and Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 to try. I cracked open the Cab Sauv, poured myself a nice, big glass and covered my face with a charcoal mask as I painted my toenails.

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

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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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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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CONTEST | The Unofficial Launch Of Summer With Foodora and The Burger’s Priest #BurgerMonth

While summer doesn’t officially start until June, for many – the unofficial start is the May 2-4 long weekend.

There are a few ways we celebrate the unofficial launch of summer. Some head to the cottage, some stay in the city; some check out the firework displays, some fire up the BBQ. And if you’re really lucky – you’ll get the chance to do all of the above.

We stayed in the city this weekend and spent time with friends and family…and all weekend we were craving a good old fashioned juicy cheeseburger. By the time Monday evening came around – it was decided, burgers for dinner.

foodora the burger's priest #burgermonth

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We haven’t set-up a BBQ at our new place yet, so we opted for the next best thing. Delivery!

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CONTEST | New Season – New Menu Items at Aroma Espresso Bar #SpiceUpSpring

The sun is shining and spring has officially sprung at Aroma Espresso Bar!

The other day, I had the opportunity to head out to (what will be my new local after our big move!Aroma Espresso Bar, and check out a sneak peek of their new spring menu options.

Aroma Espresso Bar values nutritional integrity. Every day in each of our locations across Ontario, we chop tomatoes, grill eggplant, mash avocado, cook quinoa, bake bread, and more. Meals are always prepared fresh and made-to-order.

That’s one of the things I love about Aroma Espresso Bar. While yes, the food is quick and convienient – it’s also fresh and nutritious.

This spring, Aroma Espresso Bar is introducing a few new items to their menu…and reinventing a classic staple.

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Turning My Love For Wine Into An Appreciation Of Good Wine, Thanks To iYellow Wine Club

Alright, my love for wine is not news to anyone who reads my posts, and my love for iYellow Wine Club shouldn’t be either.

I’ve been friends with the entire iYellow Wine Club team since I first popped up on the blogging scene…back when I was “AwesomeJennJenn.” Remember those days?

Good times…good times, I tell ya.

Anyways, the team at iYellow Wine Club are awesome because they took my love for wine and nurtured it into an appreciation for good wine. Between classes and tastings and amazing wine tours – the entire team at iYellow Wine Club knows their stuff – but best of all, they have fun with it.

For 10 years the iYellow Wine Club has been promoting the vibrant wine lifestyle.

I can honestly say that I have never had a bad time at an iYellow Wine Club event. Ever, I mean – how could you?! There’s wine, there’s food, there’s laughs…it’s just a load of fun!

Like at the beginning of the month, for instance. I brought my sister out for a fun day of tasting delicious California wines with iYellow Wine Club at their #CaliWineJam. We had the chance to try different wines at our leisure, and then even go back for seconds (or thirds – whatever, don’t judge us) of our faves. All while chatting with reps from each brand, who were able to tell us the distinct notes to look for, what to pair each with, and even if they were available in the LCBO.

all you need in life is love…and wine 💁🏻🍷 #CaliWineJam

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brb – imagining I’m on the beach in Cali #CaliWineJam

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