Month: January 2016

[Cool Shop] Escents Aromatherapy Arrives in Toronto

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January stated off slow for me, and started ramping up pretty quickly! I’ve been to a number of events this month, but my favourite event was the launch of Toronto’s first Escents store at The Holt Renfrew Centre.

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Escents is an aromatherapy store that was founded in 1992 in Vancouver by Jacqui MacNeill. Here, things work a little differently. You first choose your Scentless product, and then choose custom scents to add to it.. They have over 100 scents to choose from, not including combinations that you can create. Essential oils sold by the drop is also available, which is pretty cool. If you’re looking for a drop of an expensive oil like rose, you can buy a single drop to add to your face cream. (more…)

The Magicians on Showcase & a Contest!

I am SO excited for this series, The Magicians, to premiere on Showcase on Monday January 25th 9pm! I remember reading the book that the show is based on,The Magicians, a best-selling book by Lev Grossman, and liking it a lot. It’s kinda like a darker, older Harry Potter. (Not that Harry Potter isn’t dark.)

The Magicians stars Jason Ralph as Quentin Coldwater, a gifted grad student chosen to attend Brakebills University in upstate New York. He and his friends soon discover that the magical fantasy world they read about as children is all too real – and poses grave danger to humanity.

Haven’t read the book yet? I’m giving away a prize pack to a lucky winner. The prize will include copy of Lev Grossman’s The Magicians, a branded bookmark and a deck of cards. Enter below!

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#IndigoBookClub’s January Pick

reading-under-covers

When I was in elementary school, I was a nerdy kid. I would get in trouble the most for – get this – reading under my desk during school, or reading under the covers at night.

Many years later, I still love books. I love books so much. I often have one stashed in my purse, some on my Kobo, and a bunch on my cell phone just in case.

Although I’m a huge book lover, I’ve found out that I’m actually reading less as I get sucked into the void of Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. I want to keep up my reading, don’t you?

That’s why I love the Indigo book club! Every month, a new book is featured, and then a book chat takes over on Twitter. (more…)

It’s the International Year of Pulses…but what are they?

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It’s the International Year of the Pulses! If you’re like me, you may be wondering what the heck pulses are. I now know the answer to this question, thanks to a delicious evening at Pulse Feast.

Pulses are edible seeds of plants in the legume family. Think, beans, peas, lentils and chickpeas. They are super healthy, and you’re probably eating them regularly already. You may be surprised to find out that pulses are Canada’s fifth largest crop, after wheat, canola, corn and barley! (more…)

Toronto in Winter: Winterlicious, Hot Chocolate & More!

So far, we’ve been lucky enough in Toronto to have a very mild winter! Usually by this time, we are knee deep in snow, and bundled up in down parkas. Winter will come, eventually, and when it does we’ll be ready! There are lots of fun things to do in this city as the temperature drops. Expedia.ca asked me to gather a couple of my favourite things to do in Toronto when it gets cold outside, here are my top picks.

Winterlicious

IMG_1694Winterlicious and Summerlicious are prixe fixe menu events in the city. For two glorious weeks, you can enjoy set menus at over 200 restaurants in Toronto! Although this happens again in the summer (hello, Summerlicious!), I have a soft spot for Winterlicious. I use it as a reason to get together with my friends that I haven’t seen in a long time, and it gives you something to look forward to in the winter! So how does it work? You can get a 3 course lunch for $18, $23 or $28, depending on the restaurant. Dinner starts at $25 and goes up to $45. (more…)

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