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Hostess with the Mostess: Oscars Party

22 Feb

I love any reason for a party. Sure, the fact it’s Wednesday is a good enough reason for me (humpday anyone?), but if you need a better one don’t look any further than the Academy Awards.

The biggest Sunday night in Hollywood is coming up and you’ve still got time to throw together a brilliant party. PJ’s and Pearls? Check.

Here are some ideas to get your party started.

A Theme

Yes, “the Oscars” works, but you can do better than that. Old Hollywood Glam? Black and White? Dress Up as a Star? Tuxedo Royale? PJ’s and Pearls? Take your pick!

Invitations

Once you’ve selected your theme, you can Google printable templates for invites. Send your guests a personalized invite before the big day.

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Decor

You can’t go wrong with black and white everything, or choose lots of gold. Whatever you do, stick to what you choose to have the greatest effect. Easy décor ideas include:

Black balloons with gold writing. Add “Best Dressed”, “Best Makeup”, etc. for a fun photo-op

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Star garland. Hit up your local dollar store for gold bristol board and trace and cut out gold stars. Attach them together with string and hang around the room.

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Confetti strewn across the counter tops. A no brainer.

Gold coasters. Or gold star-shaped coasters – even better.

Want fresh flowers? Opt for deep red roses.

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Paint a mason jar gold and fill with black and white straws.

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Have a Ken doll laying around from when you were 8? Great! Spray paint him gold and affix to a stand. Your little Oscar man has arrived 🙂

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Drinks

There is no better way to cheers the Oscars than with champagne. To kick it up a notch, rim your champagne glasses with gold glitter. You can also download Oscar-themed drink tags to attach to each glass.

Want to really outdo yourself? Fasten black bowties to your glasses with two little dots underneath. You’ve got yourself some pretty nifty tuxedo glassware!

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Nibbles

Everyone knows Hollywood stars don’t eat. But us regular folk sure do! Think yellow and gold for your nibbles as well. Different kinds of popcorn, donuts or cake pops covered in gold glitter, Ferrero Rochers, yellow gummy bears, and unwrapped Caramilk bars so just the gold wrapper is left. A personal favourite – bake chocolate cupcakes with vanilla icing and fix each with a Hollywood character. Print a photo of an old star and attach to a straw. So cute! Black chalkboard signs for each item help round out the décor.

Ballots

No Oscars party is complete without a little friendly competition. Printable Oscar ballots are easy to find online, and have your friends take their picks before the show starts. Or, if Bingo is more your thing, create Bingo play cards and follow along. Winner gets bragging rights.

Swag Bag

It ain’t the Oscars without swag. No, your swag bags won’t be as pimped out as Hollywood’s, but they will have a more personal touch. Scour your local dollar store for some fun goodies your guests can take home to remember your epic party forever and ever.

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Hope your party is better than the show usually is!

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Top Chick Flicks for Girls Night In

28 Jan

If there is one thing I know, it’s a good chick flick. One of my favourite things to do is laze around at home in the evening with a glass of wine and get lost in a cute romantic comedy. Sure, I should probably be at the gym instead, but then I wouldn’t be able to personally recommend these classics for you:

Sweet Child In The City’s Favourite Chick Flicks…in no particular order except as they came to my brain…

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  3. Confessions of a Shopaholic
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  5. P.S. I Love You
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  7. Mean Girls
  8. The Notebook
  9. Sweet Home Alabama
  10. He’s Just Not That Into You
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  13. Friends With Benefits
  14. 27 Dresses
  15. The Ugly Truth
  16. Bridesmaids
  17. Pretty Woman
  18. Legally Blonde
  19. You’ve Got Mail
  20. The Devil Wears Prada
  21. Bride Wars
  22. Love & Other Drugs
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  24. Pitch Perfect
  25. The Holidayonesheet
  26. Love Actually
  27. Sex and The City
  28. The Break-Up
  29. The Vow
  30. Notting Hill
  31. The Longest Ride
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Hopefully this gives you some inspo for an upcoming girls night (or perhaps a night of torture for your boyfriend)!

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Your Guide To…Chicago!

7 Jan

The second installment of Your Guide To…

I recently hit the windy city (and oh yes, it was windy!) for new years this past weekend. You may be wondering why the heck I decided to go somewhere cold in the middle of winter, but I have been wanting to go to Chi-town for some time now. Even though the weather was chilly we still had a blast. Here are some cool places to check out next time you are in Chicago!

Food

Oh my, oh my! The food scene was delicious. We had Googled some of the best restaurants in Chicago and made resos in advance, which I highly recommend. Here were some of our faves:

The Purple Pig

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I’m not sure why, but apparently this place is famous in Chicago. This Mediterranean gem is right downtown and always has a solid wait time. You can’t make reservations so it may be worth you while to stop in and get on the list and then go shopping or to the Navy Pier nearby. We ordered a few things between 3 of us, including calamari, cured meat/cheese sticks, some sort of super tasty cauliflower, and a meatball. It was really delicious, and there were a lot of other items on the menu that looked like they would have been as well. A great spot, whether you stop for lunch or dinner.

HUB51

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This place was recommended to me and I’m so glad we went! It seems like a typical American-style restaurant but the food was much better than you would expect for such a place. The menu had everything from sushi to nachos to burgers to tacos! You would think everything would just be average when there’s such a large array to choose from but not here. We shared salmon sushi, chicken jalapeno tacos, and guacamole. Everything was FAB – especially the sushi! Our waitress was so awesome we asked her to come out and party with us girls (she politely declined but brought us a free dessert). Highly recommend for dinner!

RPM Italian or RPM Steak

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These RPM restaurants are co-owned by Giulia Rancic, a TV celeb, so we kinda had to go :). RPM Steak was great…very comparable to your local steakhouse. We didn’t end up going to RPM Italian but I’ve heard really good things.

EATALY

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Oh my gosh you guys this is my newest fave for Italian food!! If you haven’t heard of Eataly before, it’s basically a really large two-storey shop for all things Italian (think pasta, sauce, truffles, plates, etc.) and has mini-restaurants in between – one for pizza, one for pasta, one for fish, one for…you get the idea. We chose the pasta one, but the menu is everything from pizza to pasta to apps. We again shared (we love to share!) a bufala mozzarella ball with salt, cherry tomatoes and basil, prosciutto/ricotta/sweet potato ravioli, and a meal/cheese platter. The bufala mozz ball may have been one of the most delicious things I have ever tasted. Like so good that I actually Googled where to get that at an Italian place in Toronto… We went here for lunch which is likely your best bet unless you have a reso. I’ve heard other Eataly’s in other cities are crazy popular as well…I now know why 🙂

Siena Tavern

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Siena Tavern is another Italian spot (can you tell we love our Italian?), and very similar to HUB51 in atmosphere. They have a great brunch menu too. We went for brunch/lunch and everything we ordered was excellent! This place is also very centrally located in the west loop…basically where you want to be. Also a spot the Chicago Blackhawks frequent…if that interest you ladies.

Lou Malnati’s

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Chicago deep dish pizza is infamous. And for good reason. We spent dinner on New Years Eve on our hotel room floor indulging in some deep dish delivery, and man was it good! Greasy and fattening, but very very worth it. Lou’s is a classic go-to for pizza in Chicago. And no need to order a lot – 2 pieces of the deep dish will be more than enough!

Garrett’s Popcorn

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Another mainstay in Chicago is their Chicago mix, aka Garrett’s popcorn. You can literally smell the goodness across the street. It seeps out of this place and pulls you right in. We got a small bag to share between 3 of us (remember, everything is bigger in America), and it was more than enough. The Chicago mix is a cross between caramel corn and cheesey popcorn. Thanks a lot, now my mouth is watering.

Sights

Millennium Park

A no-brainer. You can’t go to Chicago and not check out the infamous Bean. I’m not exactly sure of the history behind The Bean, but it is an interesting piece of architecture that has quickly become a landmark in the windy city. In the summer there are great activities to take part in (like yoga – OHMMM). For you Instagrammers – a great photo op! Oh, and the rest of the park is beautiful as well.

Bears Game

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Make sure to check out a Chicago Bears game if there is one. The stadium isn’t too far out of the way, and a football game is always a good idea. Ladies – don’t forget about the NFL purse rule. Purses cannot be larger than 4.5″x6.5″ to enter the stadium (think clutch size).

Chicago Blackhawks Game

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My oh my, do Chicago-ians love their hockey! Blackhawks nation has taken over the city! The Hawks usually sell out, so if you don’t buy your tickets well in advance you may have to purchase from a scalper. Just make sure to go to one in a vest – they are registered scalpers.

The Navy Pier

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The pier was great in the winter (a little cold, but what can you do) but would have been SO much better in the summer! There were a ton of bars and restaurants with patios and even a beer garden along the pier. The sights of the city, especially at night with the ferris wheel would be awesome. There is a free shuttle from the Magnificent Mile to and from the pier, so hop on that if you are too tired to make the walk out.

Willis Tower and John Hancock Tower

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These two towers are located in different parts of the city but both offer great views. Be sure to go early to avoid long lines (there was a two hour line-up when we went to the Willis Tower) and make sure it’s a clear day. A cloudy one won’t do you any good.

Michael Jordan Statue

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We never made it here this trip, but if you attend a Bulls or Blackhawks game be sure to stop by the MJ statue at the United Centre on your way in for a quick photo op!

Dylan’s Candy Bar

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Only the biggest and best candy store ever, located along the Magnificent Mile. Founded by Ralph Lauren’s daughter (Dylan..duh), you will literally be “a kid in a candy store” here. It’s worth it just to take a peek inside, even if you don’t want to buy anything.

River Boat Cruise

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Again, if you go in the summer, this is something you will definitely want to do! Whether your river boat cruise is a dinner cruise or just a tour, the views from the river are apparently amazing. It’s also a great way to get to know the city!

Bars

3 Dots and a Dash

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This super cute bar is kind of hidden away down a dark alley…a little creepy at first. But once you get inside it is a Hawaiian-style gem! They only serve custom cocktails, and you can get them in giant fishbowls to share. The wait times for tables are a little long (unless you go right at 5pm when they open), but there is standing room around the bar. A great spot for a pre-dinner drink or a nightcap.

Howl at the Moon Dueling Piano Bar

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My favourite bar. Maybe ever (minus anything in Nashville). This bar features a few pianos, drums, guitars, and tamborines, along with pretty decent vocal abilities. The band members switch between all instruments and singing, and take requests. The songs are all upbeat and popular – a super fun bar if you are looking to just catch a live act and dance the night away! We went here two nights in a row!

Andy’s Jazz Hall

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You can’t go to Chi-town and not take in some jazz! We heard great things about Andy’s and it was right down the street from Howl at the Moon. It is a typical jazz show, complete with tables for 2 in front of the stage dressed in white table linens. If you are looking for a more low-key night this is a great spot for you. Be sure to ask at the front when the band starts and finishes their sets so you don’t pay cover for a 10 min. performance.

Trump Tower or Roof at The Wit

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We didn’t get to go to the top of the Trump or the Roof at the Wit because it was winter, but apparently these terraces are beautiful in the summer months. Just be prepared to pay for an overpriced cocktail or two. It is the Trump after all!

Public House

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We went to this bar/pub on New Years Eve. It was great – dressed up because it was new years, but seems like it would be a great spot to grab a few beers on any night. There was a large dance floor and they had a lot of different beers on tap. If you are looking to mingle but want something more casual than a club, this is a great spot.

Untitled

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Untitled is literally that – there isn’t a sign out front. You will know it’s Untitled though because there will always be a line! We didn’t make it inside, but heard this Speakeasy-type bar is a lot of fun. Something to check out if you are in the area (west loop).

Shopping

The Magnificent Mile

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This wouldn’t be a blog post without information on shopping! The best shopping in Chicago is literally right along the Magnificent Mile, the main street (actually called Michigan Ave.). There are cool one of a kind shops, as well as your typical department stores…you can literally find everything you need along here. Happy shopping!

Well there you have it…hopefully this inspires you to take a trip to the windy city (in the summer of course:))

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Your Guide to…Nashville

12 Nov

I am starting a new series on my blog today called Your Guide To…

Every couple months I will feature a city I have been to and the sights and places I recommend you check out. Whether you have been there, live there, or want to go there, maybe my little posts will inspire you!

My first edition is simple and oh so obvious. Nashville. Heaven on a earth for a country gal like me. My Las Vegas you could say.

I’ve been to Nashville twice now, and will most certainly be going again (probably next year…let’s be real). Both trips were girls’ getaways, and did not disappoint. Both times I went for 3-4 nights which was the perfect length of time if you ask me. Nashville is a top 5 most popular tourist destination in the USA so there is plenty to see and do!

Must-Do’s

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Grand Ole Opry show. You’ve all heard of the Grand Ole Opry, THE place for country music since the 1970’s (formerly the Ryman Auditorium located downtown Nashville). The Opry is a 15 minute drive outside the downtown of Nashville, but well worth the trip. You can simply do a tour, but squeeze in a live show if you can.

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Country Music Hall of Fame. Also known as a place I could spend 10 hours. The Hall of Fame houses the history of country music from the early 1940’s to present day. If you are looking to save on the price of admission, go late in the day about an hour before they close for 50% off. Even if you aren’t a museum-type, take an hour to zip through – it will be worth it.

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“I Believe in Nashville” Wall. This wall is probably the most instagramed place in Nashville. If you are looking for that iconic photo spot, this is it. Located beside Draper James (fashionistas take note!) in a neighbourhood called 12 South, the wall is just s short cab ride away from downtown.

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Nashville Predators Game. I’m from Canada. Obviously I would go to a hockey game anywhere. What’s great about “Smashville” is the fans! They really love their hockey in country town USA. The arena is also on the main strip (called Broadway Ave.) so you are only a stones throw from post-game nightlife.

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Tennessee Titans Game and Tailgate. And you can’t take a trip to the south and not do the whole football thing. The Titans stadium is a short walk from Broadway Ave., which makes it prime for tailgating in the nearby parking lots or for pre-drinks downtown. Tip: The NFL has strict rules around the size of women’s bags and purses. Be sure to check online before the game to ensure yours is within the rules. It’s a long way back to the hotel.

Great Eats

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Pucket’s Grocer. Located a stones throw from Broadway Ave. (the main strip), this is the spot to get that classic southern fried chicken, beef brisket sandwich, or – my personal favourite – chicken and waffles. They also have the best BBQ sauce going – which I always bring back to Canada.

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Flipside 12’s. A super cute diner that is perfect for brunch or lunch. Flipside is located in 12 South, and is a great pit stop if you are visiting Draper James or the I Believe In Nashville wall just down the street. They have the best chicken, made practically any way you like it.

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Palm. A classic steakhouse if you are looking for a nicer dinner (a.k.a. a $60 cut of meat). Right downtown and across the street from Bridgestone arena it’s the perfect spot for a steak, potatoes, and bottle of wine pre-game. I would know from personal experience.

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Virago – The sushi spot the locals rave about. Also a favourite of local celebrities (I hear Taylor Swift is a regular when she is in town, and clearly Miranda Lambert too). If you are craving something a little healthier than fried chicken and deep fried vegetables, check it out.

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Rolf & Daughters. Rated the top restaurant in Nashville, and for a reason. One of the best plates of pasta I have ever had. They also have gluten-free pasta available, which my celiac friend told me was excellent. Be sure too plan ahead and make a reservation.

Best Bars

All the bars on Broadway Ave. downtown are great for a tourist, and you are guaranteed a fun time no matter where you go. But here are a few of my faves on the strip, as well as a few the locals recommended that we loved.

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The Stage. Located on the strip, The Stage is a classic favourite I’m told. I never had a bad night here. If you are looking for great music, both live and DJ, dancing and good beer, stop by here.

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Honky Tonk Central. I like to say this bar is three floors of fun. Because it is. I’m not kidding. Honky Tonk Central is packed all day every day, and offers different live music on all three floors.

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Acme. A new-ish bar on the end of the strip near the river, Acme is a favourite of both the locals and tourists with a kick-ass rooftop patio. It’s a great spot to start your night at, but beware – the line is ridiculous past 10pm.

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Whiskey Kitchen. A great little spot locals like to go. It’s a little farther from downtown in an area known as the Gulch, but if you want to get away from the spots that cater to tourists, Whiskey Kitchen is a great choice.

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Tin Roof. There are a couple Tin Roofs around Nashville but my personal favourite is on Demumbreum, a block south of Broadway. There is a Tin Roof on the strip as well if you want to keep things close to home. Tin Roof is similar to The Stage – great live music, a dance floor, and flowing beer.

For the Shopaholics

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Opry Mills. The Mills is an outlet mall beside The Grand Ole Opry, about a 15-min. drive from downtown Nashville. There aren’t any department stores here, but you have your classic factory stores (think Banana Republic, J. Crew, Aldo) as well as a very large H&M and Forever 21.

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Draper James. My personal favourite store. Draper James is an online store founded by Reese Witherspoon that just recently opened it’s flagship store in Nashville. Think southern and classy – printed pants and silk tops, striped and classic home accessories, blouses, and flowy skirts. You can check out their website here.

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Betty’s Boots. If you are anything like me you are probably looking for a great pair of shitkickers. Well look no further than Betty’s Boots, located on Broadway Ave. There are many “buy 2 get 1 free” boot shops in the area, which is great if you are with a few friends, but if you are looking for a good quality, classic pair of boots I would recommend Betty’s. They stock all the major brands – Justin, Ariat, Old Gringo, Durango.

Best Live Music

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Bluebird. You can’t go to Nashville without taking in some of it’s authentic country music scene. The Bluebird Café has always been a mainstay in Nashville known for discovering talent, but it’s more recently been made famous by the TV show Nashville. Nevertheless, Bluebird is a must-do….if you can get in. It’s a very small café, sort of in the middle of nowehere, sandwiched between a Laundromat and hairdresser. If this tickles your fancy you will have to reserve your spot online on their website well in advance of your visit. Good luck!!

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The Listening Room. This place was my backup to not being able to go to the Bluebird on my last trip, but let me tell you – it was fantastic! The show we saw featured a panel of amateur singer/songwriters who were fabulous personalities and very talented. The Listening Room also had great food and is located 2 blocks from Broadway Ave. right near the COuntry Music Hall of Fame. I recommend going to their early evening show on your first night in Nashville if you figure you will be a bit jet lagged and are looking for an early night. Free reservations can also be made on their website.

So there you have it y’all. My personal take on Your Guide To…Nashville. If you don’t have a good time (which is impossible)…don’t come crying to me. Probably just means you never read my guide!

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November Goals

12 Nov

Better late than never, right?

Back in October I started a new feature where I would post my goals at the beginning of each month for that month. I know what you’re thinking…Hey, maybe your first goal should be to post your goals on the actual 1st day of the month! But like I said, better late than never 🙂

So here they are!

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Fall Goals

1 Oct

Happy October 1!

Fall is bittersweet. It means summer has left us (insert sad face) but is still my favourite time of year. I love the chill in the air, and the need to bundle up in sweaters and scarves, without the bulky winter coats. Fall makes me think of pumpkins and apple crisp at home, and chunky knits, scarves and tall boots in the closet! (It also means you can hide those few extra pounds under over-sized sweaters and “forget” to shave your legs for 3 weeks…but hey, you didn’t hear that from me).

Every month, on the 1st of the month, I will start to feature my goals for those next 30-odd days. Here are my goals for October!

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 What are some of your fall goals?

The Golden Girls Drinking Game

21 Aug

I am not on here to promote drinking.

…Oh, who am I kidding!

If you love a little vino (like me), and also have a love of the Golden Girls (like me), then we should be friends and drink wine and play the Golden Girls drinking game!

I saw this on Buzz Feed and thought it was kind of the best thing since sliced bread.

Here is how you play (straight from Buzz Feed):

You’ll need: up to three of your friends, your favorite alcoholic drinks, and an episode of Golden Girls (duh).

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First, everyone chooses a character. Then, choose a mode of play. There are two modes: “Zing” or “Get Zinged.”

When playing “Zing,” you drink every time your character zings someone.

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(Tip: When playing “Zing,” Sophia will drink the most.)

When playing “Get Zinged,” you drink every time your character gets zinged.

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(Tip: When playing “Get Zinged,” Rose will drink the most.)

Also, drink whenever Blanche mentions “Big Daddy,” or when Rose says a strange word from St. Olaf.

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Or when Sophia says “picture it…” and whenever Dorothy gives advice.

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And don’t forget the Cheesecake Rule!

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If your character sits at the table eating cheesecake, you have to finish your drink and start another.

Finally: Everyone has to sing the theme song at the end. Please drink responsibly. Thank you for being a friend.

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And if you need more help, check out this video:

 

And remember kids…drink responsibly! When you start to talk in cursive, go to bed.

 

CN Tower WEDGEWALK

18 Aug

Amount of money I spent to risk my life: 200. Number of times I asked if the harness was secure: 8. Being on top of the world with your best friends? I want to say priceless but it was just really f*cking scary.

I did the CN Tower Edgewalk on Saturday. Barely. I may have blisters on my hands from holding on so tight for my dear life, but I survived!

For those of you who live in Toronto or are just visiting Toronto, I do recommend it if you have the guts (and don’t mind an hour long wedgie). The views of Toronto are absolutely spectacular! The actual tour lasts 30 minutes, and you walk completely around the top of the CN Tower, while leaning backwards and frontwards over the edge of the platform dangling from a rope (insert mind boggling scaredy-catness here). At the end you get photos and a video if you really want to relive the experience (which I absolutely do not).

You can check out more info. on the Edgewalk here.

Here are some photos from our experience!

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Have you ever done the Edgewalk? What did you think?

Favourite Thing Friday #18: Long Weekends

27 Jun

Because who doesn’t love long weekends?

As a proud Canadian, I will honour my country and have too much fun this weekend!

Here is what is on my agenda:

1. Work on my tan…

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…With a drink in hand.

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3. Go to Toronto Island

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4. Ride a tandem bike

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5. Read a book 

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6. Go to a patio with friends

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7. Take in a ball game

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8. BBQ like a champ

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9. Take in the fireworks

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10. Celebrate our great nation!

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Cheers! My Fave Summer Cocktails

24 Jun

There is nothing like a cold beer on a hot summer day. Or a great cocktail!

Here are a few of my favourite drinks to sip in the sunshine this summer:

Pink Gin Fizz Drink (via marthastewart.com)

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In a glass, pour 2 ounces orange juice over ice. Combine 1 and 1/4 ounces gin, 1 tbsp. simple syrup, and 4 ounces pink grapefruit juice; slowly pour over orange juice. Top with seltzer. Makes 1 drink.

Raspberry Limoncello Prosecco (via damndelicious.net)

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In a large pitcher, whisk together 3 cups chilled prosecco and 1 cup chilled limoncello liqueur. Serve over 1 cup raspberries, garnished with 6 sprigs of fresh mint.

Strawberry Coconut Water Cocktail (via drizzleanddip.com)

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup (250ml) of fresh coconut water
  • 1 cup (250 ml) strawberries hulled and sliced
  • 3 T of sugar syrup or agave nectar
  • 1 shot (or as much as you like) of white rum

Instructions

  1. To make the sugar syrup, boil sugar and water together in a ratio of 1:3 sugar to water. Boil until it thickens to a runny syrup consistency.
  2. Add the coconut water, strawberries, sugar syrup and rum to a blender, and blend until desired consistency.
  3. Serve with loads of ice.

The Painkiller (also known as the Official cocktail of the British Virgin Islands)

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In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add 3 oz. Pusser’s rum, 4 oz. pineapple juice, 1 oz. cream of coconut, and 1 oz. orange juice. Stir. Pour into a cocktail glass and top with fresh grated nutmeg.

Peach Moon (via lucillesbbq.com)

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Combine a Belgian white beer (I like to use Rickard’s White, Shocktop, or Kronenbourg Blanc) with 1 oz. peach schnapps and orange juice to taste.

Watermelon Breeze (via health-heaven.tumblr.com)

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Combine 3 cups chilled watermelon (cubed), 1 cup coconut water, a squeeze of fresh lime, a sprig of mint, and ice (if needed) in a blender. Blend until smooth. Makes two servings.

Sparkling Pineapple Lemonade (via createcraftlove.com)

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In a large pitcher, mix 1 large can lemonade and 1 quart of pineapple juice.  Stir together.  Then add 1/2 quart sparkling white grape juice.  If you want extra fizz, add extra grape juice.

Rhubarb Pink Lemonade (via self.com)

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For the rhubarb purée: in a small saucepan over low heat, cook 1 cup roughly chopped rhubarb with 1 tbsp sugar, adding more to taste, until rhubarb has released its juices and is soft. Cool slightly, then transfer to a blender and puree. Refrigerate in an airtight glass container.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 oz gin
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 3/4 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice, plus a lemon wedge (for garnish)
  • 1/2 oz rhubarb purée
  • Bitters

In a shaker filled with ice, shake together gin, simple syrup, juice and purée. Strain into an old fashion glass filled with ice, top with bitters and garnish with lemon wedge.

The Frenchy Cocktail (via intoxicology.net)

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In a chilled rocks glass filled with ice, add 1 and 1/2 oz. pear vodka and 3 oz. pineapple juice. Top with 1 oz. cranberry juice.

Moscato Strawberry Lemonade (via loveblissandcoffee.com)

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The Paloma (via bsinthekitchen.com)

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Ingredients
  • ¼ cup tequila
  • ¼ cup club soda
  • ¼ cup fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Small plate with sugar
  • Grapefruit wedge
Instructions
  1. Sprinkle sugar on a small plate, cut grapefruit in half, rubbing outer edge of cocktail glass on grapefruit to wet, rub rim of glass in sugar.
  2. In your cocktail glass combine grapefruit juice, lime juice, and sugar, mixing until sugar dissolves.
  3. Add tequila, club soda, and ice.
  4. Garnish with a wedge of grapefruit and enjoy!