Friday, April 21, 2017

Stay At The Hazelton Hotel And Fall In Love With Yorkville

One of my favourite places to stay at is The Hazelton Hotel. I have written about this property before, because I've had the pleasure of being hosted at this gorgeous luxury boutique hotel several times, and with each visit, I fall in love even more–though all my visits have been perfection. I love the location, right in the heart of Yorkville. Surrounded by great restaurants, galleries, and shops, you'll always have something to do... and plenty to shop. I love the Anthropologie and Free People store down the street. There's also many fine luxury boutiques as well as Pottery Barn Kids, Holt Renfrew, and more. 

The hotel itself is beautiful, modern, and incredibly luxurious. The rooms and suites are spacious, and the balconies overlooking Yorkville are lovely, especially in the spring and summer. The bathrooms are what I love most; especially the heated floors, the in-mirror television, and the oversized bathtub. 

The best thing about The Hazelton Hotel is the service. The attention to detail and the personalized care are what makes this hotel unique. Whatever you need, the hotel will provide you: car service, dinner reservations, 24-hour in-room dining, personal chef, child care, airport transfers, flower arrangements, and more. 

The Spa at The Hazelton is also highlight for me. From pedicures to full-body scrubs and massages, you'll leave feeling amazingly relaxed and looking your best... and hopefully hungry, because you're going to want to check out ONE restaurant, especially if you're a foodie.  The menu options are delicious, from appetizers to dessert.  






Of course, The Hazelton Hotel is the place to be seen during TIFF–you'll always see a celebrity or two coming in and out of the front doors, and there is always something going on in Yorkville that makes a stay there memorable. 

Here are just a few upcoming events in Yorkville:

  • Hot Docs, North America's largest documentary festival, is taking place between April 27th to May 7th, and over 200 films from across the world will be featured. The Bloor-Yorkville BIA is a Silver Sponsor and a Community Partner of this great film festival and Yorkville will be the hottest place to be during the festival. Book your dinner reservations at ONE now. 
  • The 7th Annual Yorkville Exotic Car Show is taking place on Sunday, June 18th–the perfect way to celebrate Father's Day! You'll be able to get up close and personal with over 120 classic exotic cars, including Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche and so much more.
  • The Yorkville Village Summer Market, taking place in the outdoor courtyard of Yorkville Lanes will run every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. from June 7th to August 30th–the perfect opportunity to pick up some of the best food Toronto has to offer including local produce and freshly baked goods as well as cheeses and wine. 
And there is more to come, too–stay turned to find out more about what exciting events are coming up in Yorkville this summer and fall!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

SupperWorks: Helping Busy People Eat Well

We all lead busy lives, and sometimes, meal planning can be a bothersome chore, especially if you're someone like me—a person who doesn't love spending countless hours in the kitchen preparing dinner. Yet, we all need to eat, so what's the perfect solution?

Thankfully I have Greek parents and in-laws who cook and drop off dinner for my family. (This is one reason I don't cook enough—or at least that's my excuse). However, this is not every day, so what's the other solution? SupperWorks.


My friends have been raving about SupperWorks for a long time, and I was finally given the opportunity to attend an Ottawa bloggers night to put SupperWorks to the test. It was a fun night with a great group of bloggers, as we all put together yummy meals to take home to our families, wine and appetizers in hand. I left with six servings of Beautiful Baja Fish Wraps, six servings of Glowing Goddess Quinoa Veggie Wraps, and a 4-Cheese and Garlic Crusted Chicken Breast for one—the perfect and healthy meal to eat for lunch when I'm at work. (The food, by the way? So delicious!).




SupperWorks was created by two passionate moms who came up with a simple solution for the meal time scramble: Provide recipes, ingredients, and a space for people to go and prepare home-cooked, nutritious, freezable meals, without the hassle of preparing them every day. The menu changes monthly, too, so you always have something new to try.

With two jobs, two children, and a million things on the go, going somewhere where all the time consuming work is already done for me—the washing, the chopping, and the clean-up—is time well spent. All I had to do was prepare my meals by following the simple instructions, and that's it. I prepared two meals in one hour—saving time and money.

Here's what else I love about SupperWorks:

  • You'll only find premium-quality, restaurant-grade meats and produce at SupperWorks, including plenty of fresh, local food.
  • You can have pick-up your meals if you're pressed for time, and you can even have your meals delivered.
  • SupperWorks is great for singles and couples, as well, as you can make meals that suit your lifestyle.
  • SupperWorks is the only meal assembly franchise in North America that's Canadian owned and operated, with ten locations across Ontario, including three in Ottawa—in Kanata, Nepean, and Orleans.

If you haven't had the chance to try SupperWorks yet, I suggest you go. You'll be as amazed as I was at how quickly healthy meals can come together in a fun environment. And you'll leave with dinner your entire family will love. Thank you for the great night, SupperWorks!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

It's The Little Things That Count

You know the saying "it's the little things that count?" I find that's true for most things in life. The most meaningful gifts always come from the heart, and for me, that's usually a hand-written note from my children I'll treasured forever. It's the call or email to a friend at an important time, the hug when you need it most, and the small things we do along the way for the people we love–and for the world around us. It doesn't take much to make small changes that will have a lasting, positive impact for our environment. It's always a good idea to show our children the things we can do every day to help the world around us, starting from inside the home.

Sometimes I do several loads of laundry a week–it feels endless at times! (Is it like that for you, too?).  Even when doing laundry, we can be kind to the environment. I love that Tide understands the importance of getting my family's clothes clean, in a sustainable way, without sacrificing the results.

Tide has taken an important step toward a more sustainable future by creating Tide purclean. Tide purclean is the first plant-based detergent with the cleaning power of Tide we all love. Tide understands the best way to help create a more sustainable future is to make the products we use every day more environmentally friendly.


A great way to celebrate Earth Day is to make small changes to your laundry habits that will make a big difference to the environment and to you family. You can even pledge to take the Sustainable Laundry Pledge by visiting Tide.ca.

What's the pledge? It's simple!

Pledge on Twitter to make a positive impact on the planet by washing with cold water, using an energy-saving HE washer and quick cycle, and extend clothing life through care.

For every pledge that Tide gets between now and Earth Day (April 22nd), Tide purclean will donate $5 to WWF Canada's Count For Nature campaign, up to $15,000.

Isn't this a fantastic initiative?

I've been using Tide purclean for almost a year now, and here's why I love it:
  • The clothes I wash–even my children's dirty clothes from hours of playing outside–get as clean as they would if I were using Tide Original. The results? Perfectly clean clothes and no more stains! (This product works jus as well in in cold water–bonus!). 
  • Tide purclean is 65% renewable, plant-based ingredients, suitable for my entire family's laundry, and safe and gentle enough for a baby's load of laundry, too. 
  • It's free of dyes, chlorine, phosphates, ethanolamine and optical brighteners, and the Unscented version is free of perfumes. 
  • Tide purclean is HE-Compatible, and works in all machines.
  • The Unscented version is great if people are especially sensitive; but my favourite Tide purclean is Honey Lavender; a floral scent of lavender, jasmine, and orange flower with amber woods.
Take the #CleanPledge and feel good about what you're doing for the environment, this Earth Day, and every day. It really is the little things we do every day that'll end up making the biggest difference for our earth, and for our children's future.




Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post and I have been compensated by Tide. All views and opinions are my own. 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Hop Into Spring With Kellogg's Rice Krispies (And Win An Easter Basket Full Of Treats!)

Spring is in the air, and Easter is only days away. I'm not an excellent baker, but there a few things I'm great at making for special occasions, like carrot cake with delicious cream cheese icing, and Rice Krispies Squares. I know, I know, even children can make Rice Krispies Squares, but there is an art to making these delicious treats–like making sure you use the right amount of marshmallows and butter to mix with the Rice Krispies. (Otherwise, they'll come out really hard... not that I'm speaking from experience or anything... ahem).

This Easter, you can put a spring in your step by visiting Yummy Recipes–Special Occasions section on www.ricekrispies.ca, and the Rice Krispies Canada Pinterest page at pinterest.com/ricekrispiesca/ for treat making inspiration. You can also follow Rice Krispies on Twitter at RiceKrispiesCA and Instagram at RiceKrispies_CA.

To make things even sweeter for you this Easter, I'm giving away a basket of delicious goodies from Rice Krispies that your entire family will love, including the new Spring Edition Kellogg's Rice Krispies Cereal and Rice Krispies Square Bars. To enter to win, just leave me a comment below telling me how you're celebrating Easter–or the long weekend! I'll pick a winner randomly on April 13th, so make sure you leave your email address in your comment. 


Happy Easter, everyone!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Taking Care Of Your Skin With CeraVe's Skin Renewing Line


To ensure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label.

What's your beauty routine? As a beauty blogger, there is nothing I won't try (as long as it's safe for my skin). I have my favourite go-to skin-care products that are part of my every day routine, morning and night—and I take my skin-care routine seriously, especially because I am not getting any younger.

Some products work amazingly well on my skin, where I instantly see results like more hydration, and firmer skin. Surprisingly, the products I love—the products that work best on my skin—are not the most expensive products on the market; in fact, most of my favourites can be picked up at the drug store. Sometimes, we're under the impression the more fancy the product, the better it is—and that's only true when we're talking about designer handbags!

When I was younger I didn't put much thought into my skin-care routine, and I know there were things I did that were damaging for my skin, like way too much sun exposure, using tanning beds, and not sleeping enough. Although I'm now a mom of two, getting my beauty rest is important to me and my skin. I love products that work when I'm sleeping, so I wake up feeling and looking refreshed.



The new CeraVe Skin Renewing products—the CeraVe Skin Renewing Cream Serum and CeraVe Skin Renewing Night Cream—work incredibly well on my skin and work when I'm sleeping, too. These products give you amazing results at an affordable price. I love how hydrating these products are; as we transition from winter to spring, we need the extra moisture to help us get over the damaging effects of the harsh weather we are leaving behind for sunnier, warmer days.

You can follow CeraVe Canada on Facebook and join their Dermatologist led  #DermWednesday Questions and Answers sessions to get skin advice, to find out more about their products, and how to take better care of your skin.

Here's why I love and trust CeraVe:
  • All CeraVe cleansers and moisturizers contain unique skin care benefits with three essential ceramides and hyaluronic acid to help hydrate and replenish vital lipids in the skin's natural protective moisture barrier.
  • CeraVe is recommended by dermatologists and their products are developed with ongoing consultations with dermatologists.
  • CeraVe Skin Renewing Cream Serum is an anti-aging product that contains an encapsulated retinol complex that is great for sensitive skin, and helps improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • CeraVe Skin Renewing Night Cream is an anti-aging product that contains two biomimetic peptides that help improve skin cell turnover and elasticity, and it is designed to work at night in synergy with skin's circadian rhythm, when skin is more receptive.
As you start getting ready for spring and all the wonderful things to come, make sure to pick up the newest products by CeraVe to give your skin the extra TLC it needs. You will be so satisfied with the results!

Disclaimer: This post has been generously sponsored by Valeant Canada LP. All views and opinions are my own.

Step Into Spring With Stella And Dot And Win a $50 Gift Card

Now that spring is in the air, it's time to to start shopping and making room in our closet for colourful dresses, wedge-heeled sandals, and fun accessories that can take your outfits from day to night effortlessly. 

I love changing up my outfits with fun accessories, from sunglasses to necklaces and bracelets–and there's no better way to add cute and stylish pieces to your wardrobe than by shopping Stella and Dot. Whether you've hosted a Stella and Dot party or just attended one, I'm sure you've left with quite the haul–and it's so easy to do, because everything is so affordable... and super cute!



I love the huge selection of necklaces, bracelets, and rings Stella and Dot offers. And no matter your style, you'll always find something you love for yourself, or to gift to a friend. (And, bonus: if you host a Stella and Dot party, you're guaranteed to score some beautiful pieces for yourself at no cost). A night in with your favourite girlfriends, some wine, and fabulous jewellery is always a great idea.

To help you welcome spring back into your life, I'm giving away a $50 Stella and Dot gift card so you can choose something that's perfect for you to wear this season. 

Just leave me a comment telling me what you're looking forward to this season and I'll pick a winner randomly on April 12th.

Good Luck!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Falling In Love With The Dailey Method (Try A Class For Free!)

Spring is finally (finally!) in the air. This means it's time to start spring cleaning to make room in your closet for all the new pieces you have to buy this season. Along with spring cleaning your closet comes spring cleaning your mind and body, too—by eating healthier, and working out several time a week. I love incorporating a number of different activities to stay fit, but what I love most of all is taking classes at The Dailey Method.



I began working out at The Dailey Method last summer when I was invited to take part in the #DoItDailey30 challenge as a blog ambassador. Once I got through my first class, I was in love. It was more of a workout than I expected, and after the 30 day challenge I not only felt better, I looked better, too. It was so motivating and a lot of fun.


The Dailey Method, in case you're not familiar, is a group fitness class that helps you increase muscle length, strength, tone, and balance, while improving your cardio strength, posture, and motivation.  You'll feel the burn—in the best way—and your muscles will thank you!


Not only can you take these barre classes, (and easily book the classes you want to go to on their easy-to-use app) you can also enjoy working out and really getting your sweat on in the new cycle studio.


Dailey Cycle is amazing!


Dailey Cycle fuses The Dailey Method's signature focus on alignment and body sculpting with the cardiovascular benefits of indoor cycling to deliver a musically infused, balanced, full body workout resulting in a high calorie burn.


Here are some things I love about Dailey Cycle:


1. I feel incredible after a class. I'm energized throughout the class, and when I feel like I can't possible go on any longer, the teachers always pump me up and I get through it, feeling better than ever. (Also, the music is always so amazing!).


2. All classes are planned with an intentional purpose: Speed, Strength, or Endurance. Combined with music to pump you up, the result is a high-energy class that leaves you feeling super accomplished (and sweaty).


3. The bikes are top of the line and use the most advanced technology to accurately measure your ride (calories, distance, speed, and power).


If you are not sure you should give The Dailey Method a try, I am here to tell you: you can definitely do it! And once you do, you will fall in love with it like I did. You can go at your own pace, and take as many breaks as you want. Remember: you are there to have fun and do something good for your body.


If you`d like to try a class for free, just let me know and I can give you more details. Right now, The Dailey Method is offering unlimited barre and cycle classes for one month for only $79. Such a sweet deal!


The Dailey Method is the answer to achieving a fit, healthy, long, lean and toned body. Bonus: your core will feel and look amazing, too. Barre or cycle, each work out is efficient and effective. You`ll feel (and see) results right away, and you`ll have much more energy, too. Trust me. Your mind and body will thank you, and it`s perfect for everyone, whether you`re a marathon runner, or a beginner.


Have fun!

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