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.
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.
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.
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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.
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 Daydoesn’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.
It’s #BellLetsTalk Day, but I really believe the conversation surrounding mental health is one that should never stop. We need to talk about it so that those suffering feel less alone. We need to keep the conversation going so that the stigma can be removed – and hopefully then, everyone suffering will finally get the help they need.
I’m going to share some things I have learned over the years when it comes to mental health. Whether you yourself are battling mental illness, or you know someone who is – these tips will help.
1. If you don’t know what to say to someone who is struggling, just let them know you are there for them. “I’m here for you.”
The feeling of loneliness is palpable. “I’m here for you.” These four little words can change someone’s mind frame immensely. When someone is suffering from mental illness, and is in distress – they feel utterly and completely alone. By letting them know that you are there for them, that may help them open up and start talking. You don’t even have to do anything other than just tell them, “I’m here for you.”
There is something to be said about the classics. Take a look at La La Land, for example. This movie brought us back to a time in cinema where style and class were keystones to making a good film. The music and dancing generating an infectious joy over the audience. The story telling bringing the audience to a state where they feel as though they are, in fact, part of the story itself. Instant classic.
The same can be said for certain cocktails. Cocktails, such as The Negroni, are classics that never go out of style. The fresh citrus burst from the orange, combined with the distinct Campari taste is a combination like no other. Whether ordering at the bar, or making yourself one at home – you can’t go wrong with the classic, The Negroni.
Fun Fact: The Negroni is one of my all-time fave cocktails, a def go-to when I’m out at the bar in the mood for a sipping cocktail.
If you follow me on Twitter, you will likely have noticed that I have this sort of tradition, habit, whatever you want to call it. Every morning (Monday – Friday, at least), my very first tweet will be a friendly reminder to love yourself. A gentle reminder to be a little less hard on yourself and to realize you are doing the best you can. A reminder that sometimes it’s ok to not be ok. They’re just some simple encouraging words that someone may just need to hear that morning.
good morning…if you’re in a rough patch like I am, remember that it’s ok to not always be ok…you're doing your best…ok, love you – bye. pic.twitter.com/kXikzhWRPY
It started out innocently enough. I sent one out one morning, to be honest – it was more so for myself than anyone else. I needed that reminder that day. I was surprised with the feedback, though. People thanking me, both publicly and in private DMs, for the encouragement and kind words; letting me know how much they appreciated reading it and how it put an instant smile on their face.
good morning, gentle reminder that it’s ok to not always be ok…life isn’t always easy – but you’re doing amazing, ok…love you, bye.
I continue sending out these messages every morning, and they increasingly get more popular. The number of retweets and likes keep increasing, but more importantly – more people are seeing the tweets and benefiting from them. And I’m benefiting from them.
Before 2016 came to an end I was running on all cylinders. I triple booking myself at events, putting in extra hours at work, spending a lot of time with friends and family…and then on the off chance that I had a night to myself, I was far too tired (read: lazy) to do any grocery shopping. So naturally, when the lovely people at HelloFresh Canada reached out to see if I would be interested in sampling a couple of their recipe boxes, I jumped at the chance.
Pick a HelloFresh Canada Plan That Fits Your Lifestyle
HelloFresh Canada delivers fresh ingredients, packaged out proportionally for the recipes you select. Seeing as I live alone, I opted for the 1-2 serving sized meals…obvs.