Stocking Up On Beauty Staples

I recently had to replenish several of my beauty favourites. As someone who’ll try anything once and move on if it doesn’t work, these are some tried-and-true products I’ll happily repurchase again and again. Clinique Clarifying Lotion 3 I’ve used this since I began a skincare regimen and while I’ve occasionally deviated to other toners, (which follow cleansing and precede moisturizing), I’ve always returned to … Continue reading Stocking Up On Beauty Staples

A Collection of Whiskers

My apartment contains some odd or interesting things and I’m going to tell you about them. For some reason, I can’t bring myself to throw out my cat’s shed whiskers. They’re impressively long and thick and there’s something that just seems special about them. Go ahead, I’ll allow you to call me a crazy cat lady, but just this one time. I first found one of … Continue reading A Collection of Whiskers

Allan Gardens Conservatory

When I need a breath of fresh air or a quiet refuge from the city, I head to the Allan Gardens Conservatory. Located northeast of downtown by Jarvis and Gerrard, you’ll never believe you’re so close to the heart of Toronto when you step inside. A spectacular glass dome “Palm House” is the focal point of this free public attraction that’s open year round from 10 am … Continue reading Allan Gardens Conservatory

Escape to Sugar Beach

Sugar Beach is as sweet as it sounds. Right across the water from the Redpath Sugar Refinery, this little piece of heaven is my favourite place to go on a sunny day. Just at the foot of Lower Jarvis St. and close to the St. Lawrence Market, Sugar Beach couldn’t be an easier escape for downtown dwellers. Built on the surface of a former parking lot, this public urban … Continue reading Escape to Sugar Beach

My First Time at the CNE

Last weekend, some friends and I visited the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) at Exhibition Place. I’ve lived in Toronto for four years but had never been, so it was definitely time to experience “The Ex”. We spent the whole day and explored most of its grounds and while I had fun, I think I could wait another four years before returning. This huge event features live music, … Continue reading My First Time at the CNE

Easy Avocado Toast

Every day should start with a great breakfast and this smashed avocado toast totally fits the bill. As delicious as it is healthy, this one’s also hard to mess up – even if you haven’t had your coffee yet. Ingredients: 1 slice multigrain toast 1/2 ripe avocado Squeeze of lemon juice 1 pinch coarse sea salt Roasted red pepper flakes Instructions: Cut your avocado in … Continue reading Easy Avocado Toast

Corktown Common

Corktown Common, an 18-acre public park, opened in 2013 but was recently closed for an extended period due to its proximity to the Pan Am Games Athletes’ Village. It’s now reopened but the crowds haven’t returned yet. It felt like I had the park to myself, making it seem like I was far from the city. This little oasis is a sign the West Don Lands community is growing. When … Continue reading Corktown Common

The Only Cookie Recipe You Need

I’m not saying these cookies have helped me get a work contract renewed or win the hearts of handsome gentlemen, but I’m not saying they haven’t. The recipe is quick, easy and works with chocolate chips/white chocolate and macadamias/cranberries and nuts/whatever else you want to throw in it. What more could you want? A raise? Bring a batch to your boss and see what happens. White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies … Continue reading The Only Cookie Recipe You Need