July 2015 archive

Stay: Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport Hotel

Staying near the airport when you have to catch a flight the next day is an easy, stress free way to travel. We stayed at the Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport Hotel.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, but all opinions remain my own.

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We stayed in a comfortable Modern Double Bed room. There were tons of power outlets, which I loved, because I travel with a million things that need to be charged up. The beds were especially cozy, with seven (7!) layers of luxury bedding. I had a great sleep.
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Stream all you want with Roku

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For a girl that loves to have the latest Android phone, high tech underwear and cool cameras, I can be embarrassingly old school about one thing: television.

My friends (like everyone in the world) have eschewed cable in favour of Netflix and Apple TV. I, however, still watch TV on the TV, and have cable. My computer isn’t even hooked up to my TV. I watch movies on my laptop the old fashioned way–downloading.

When I was given the chance to try a Roku, I thought, why not? Although the Roku 3 is out, I am reviewing a Roku 1 ($59.99) because my TV doesn’t have an HDMI port. (I SAID I WAS OLD SCHOOL, OKAY?)
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Charge faster on the go with TYLT’s new RIBBN Car Charger

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It may come as no surprise to anyone that knows me that I am obsessed with my cell phone and with keeping it charged! That’s why I love using the TYLT band charger while on the go in the car. It lets two phones charge at once so no one has to fight over the car input. Here’s my review of the original charger.

This year they’ve come out with a new, faster and improved charger, the RIBBN. To test it out, I took it on a bunch of road trips with some friends. I didn’t tell them I was reviewing it, but I just had it plugged into the car for them to use. (more…)

Coleman Get Outside Day

Coleman has a great new initiative that’s happening this week! Get Outside Day, is a movement to encourage the Canadian government to declare Friday, July 17th a national holiday. The reason? To give everyone more time to get outside!

I think we’re all a little guilty of neglecting the outdoors sometimes. I am not exempt from this. Last Friday my boyfriend picked me up for our typical date night. I thought that we would just head to the movies and grab something to eat. I realized he was driving in the totally opposite direction from the theatre. When I asked where he was going, he simply replied, “It’s a beautiful day. Let’s go to a park.” So we did! We went to Presqu’ile Provincial Park and had an amazing time hanging out by Lake Simcoe.
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Why don’t we all do this more often? Sometimes we simply don’t have the time, or just grow used to doing the same indoor activities. (more…)

Make it! Lemon Cake with Rolling Meadow Butter

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When you take the time and effort to bake something spectacular, you want to know that you are using the best ingredients. I recently was introduced to Rolling Meadow Dairy. Rolling Meadow produces milk, yogurt and butter from grass fed cows.

They work with local cows farmers in Southern Ontario, and products are free of any added growth hormones and stimulants. Cows graze outdoors for about half the year, and then are inside for the warmer months.

Rolling Meadow cares about the well-being of their cows, so it feels good to use their products!

I baked with Rolling Meadows unsalted butter, and made a rich lemon cake with a lemon glaze.

Check out the recipe below!

Make it! Lemon Cake with Rolling Meadow Butter
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Cook Time
40 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Make it! Lemon Cake with Rolling Meadow Butter
Print Recipe
Cook Time
40 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Butter a 9 inch spring form pan. 2. In the bowl of your electric mixer beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy and pale in color for about 3-4 minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed and beat in the vanilla extract. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. 3. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and lemon zest. Add the flour mixture in three parts, alternately with the lemon juice in two parts. Mix until you have a smooth batter. 4. Pour the batter into the pan, smoothing the top with the back of a spoon. 5. Bake for 40 - 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Place on a wire rack to cool for about 15 minutes, then gently remove the sides and bottom of the pan.
Lemon Glaze
  1. Place the sifted confectioners sugar in a small bowl. Add 2 tablespoons lemon juice and stir until you have a thick and smooth glaze. Add more lemon juice or powdered sugar, as needed. Pour the frosting over the top of the cake, allowing it to drip down the sides. Let the frosting dry before covering and storing.
Recipe Notes

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Marc Jacobs Mod Noir: The Scent of Summer

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I’m a bit of a perfume addict. I have different ones for different occasions, and several that I discover that I’ve stashed inside purses and forgotten about.

My Marc Jacobs fragrances are never forgotten or lost in a purse. They’re put up carefully and taken out for special occasions.

Marc Jacobs newest perfume, Mod Noir, may be my favourite fragrance from him yet. I liked Daisy Dream, but Mod Noir just seems to speak to me. (more…)

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