I’ve been going to the CNE with my family since I was a little girl. It’s a tradition that I’ve rarely strayed from each year. Even now that I’m an adult (when did that happen?) I still go with my parents and sister each year. This year I’ll be including my husband on the fun.
The food is a huge draw. The Food building is my jam, and it’s packed with lobster rolls, crazy burgers, raclette, bao tacos, and so much more. There’s always something new to check out each year. The CNE hasn’t announced what wild and wacky food they’ll be having this year, but I bet it will be something unique and tasty.
As a testament to the popularity of Toronto’s ever growing list of night markets, the CNE will be hosting its very own Asian food market this year. Visitors can check out the market from August 30th to September 3rd.
This year, it’s the 125th anniversary of the debut of the Ferris wheel. The Ferris wheel was invented in Chicago. Be sure to ride the giant Ferris wheel in honour of this anniversary this summer.
This year, in honor of the year of Canada-China Tourism. 50 artists created 17 illuminated giant silk lanterns. It sounds beautiful, and I’m excited to see them.
What are some of your summer traditions? Do you go to the Ex each year with your family? Or will this be your first time? I’ve partnered with the CNE to giveaway general admission passes and Ride All Day Passes to the CNE this summer! To enter, see below. Be sure to follow me on Instagram and Twitter for more chances to win!
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This year is the first year that I’m going to have a stocking for my husband. I’m super excited to fill it with his favourite things, and a few surprises! I’ve decided to fill it with a variety of fun and practical (hello, socks) items. Kikkerland definitely brings the fun!
Here are my favourite stocking stuffers for the holidays.
- This mini messenger board is a fun way to communicate! Peg a Message Board ($15)
- With these lights, you’ll always be ready for a party!Disco String Lights ($10)
- A fun addition to your laptopMini Karaoke Microphone ($10)
- For those hard to reach spots!Brass Back Scratcher ($8)
- A handy tool to keep around.Crab Multi Tool ($20)
- Perfect for your daily commute!Bike Speaker ($20)
- This corkscrew will add a bit of pizazz to your wine.Narwhal Corkscrew ($25)
- A cute and practical way to keep your phone charged on the go.Cactus Car Charger ($10)
I’ve teamed up with Kikkerland to giveaway one of my favourite items, the messenger peg board! Wanna win? Enter below.
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It’s a little bittersweet, but it’s the last month of summer! Here to take the sting away from the end is the CNE rolling into town. This annual exhibition is a tradition that I never miss! The CNE runs from August 18th to September 4th this year.
This summer on the bandstand visitors can catch live performances from Kiefer Sutherland, Sam Roberts Band, A Tribe Called Red and Dear Rouge.
Food lovers, don’t fret. There’s always something new and delicious to try at the CNE. This year the CNE will be hosting a East Coast VIP Lobster Dinner. VIP Patrons will be seated in an exclusive area on Princes’ Blvd. illuminated by overhead Edison lights with a live soundtrack provided by the Celtic Rock Warrior Band, the Mudmen. Dinner will include a luscious Lobster with traditional sides of potato salad, (and) corn on the cobb all catered by Picton’s The Sand and Pearl. Tickets are $141 per person.
This year, the CNE will be unveiling a sign much like the icon TORONTO sign at City Hall. The 8 foot tall sign will spell CNE and include a maple leag. It’s sure to be popular with Instagrammers! At night, visitors can catch a new show, MZ Laser. The show features a “human lazer” which sounds intriguing!
Of course, my favouite part of the CNE is the food trucks and the iconic food building. I’ve partnered with the CNE to give away Ride All Day passes and General Admission passes to the CNE! Sound like fun? Enter below for your chance to win!
It’s Friday! On this rainy Friday I’d like to brighten it up a little with Disney!
As you may recall, I was super excited to see the live action of Beauty and the Beast earlier this year.
The film was perfect to watch if beauty and the Beast is one of your favourite movies. The film stayed true to the original while adding in some twists and turns such as a back story for Belle’s mother and a few new songs. The costumes and sets were beautiful. My favourite scene is the opening scene. I loved watching Belle sing through her French town and her indignation over Gaston’s attempts to court her. If you still haven’t seen this movie, now’s your chance! I’ve teamed up with Disney to give one lucky winner a copy of the Beauty and the Beast DVD packed the extras.
The winner will enjoy three ways to watch the movie – the original theatrical cut, the premiere cut with overture, and a musical experience with a sing-along version. The release invites viewers to get up close and personal with the filmmakers and cast to see how this beloved animated film was transformed into a new live-action classic, from the first enchanted table read to a fascinating look at how the film was brought to life utilizing lavish sets, elaborately designed costumes and props, and state-of the-art technology. A feature on the amazing women behind the enchanted tale hosted by Emma Watson; and over 10 minutes of deleted scenes along with musical extras, including the “Beauty and the Beast” music video starring Ariana Grande and John Legend, Celine Dion’s heartfelt take on the new song “How Does a Moment Last Forever,” and jump directly to all you favorite unforgettable songs.
Sounds awesome, right? To enter, please see below. The winner must live in Canada.
Growing up, I loved anime and manga. One of my favourite animators remains a favourite: Hayao Miyazaki. The films of Studio Ghibli are beautiful, whimsical and haunting. If you’ve never seen a Ghibli film, what are you waiting for?
The TIFF Bell Lightbox will be showing his most popular films at Spirited Away: The Films of Studio Ghibli. From December 24th to January 6th you’ll be able to catch his most famous films, as well as lesser known ones.
If you don’t know where to start, My Neighbor Totoro is a great place to start, or my personal favourite, Howl’s Moving Castle! I’ve partnered with TIFF to give one lucky winner 2 tickets to see a Studio Ghibli film of their choice that’s playing before December 31st.
Enter below! Good luck.
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Kikkerland is awesome at creating fun and useful products that you just need to have for yourself, or something that you know will make the perfect gift for someone you know! Here are 5 of my favourite gifts from them this season.
- Cat’s Paw Emery Boards ($3.50): These mini emery boards are the cats pajamas!
- Hashtag Mug:($15.50) Change your hashtag to reflect your mood.
- Anchor Charging Cable:($12.50) Let your love for nautical shine through even as you charge your phone.
- Jewelry Box of Treasures: ($24.50) Stash your favourite jewelry pieces in this handy case!
- Brass and Wood Hammer: ($19) Get stuff done around the house with this stylish hammer.
Hashtags are so awesome. They’re so versatile and fun! At my desk, I have a hashtag symbol, and I’m the coolest girl in the office. True story. Kikkerland has gone one step further and made hashtags even more fun with their hashtag mug!
Thanks to Kikkerland, I’m giving away 3 mugs! Wanna win? Enter below.
In a couple of weeks, the second annual Toronto Cider Festival rolls into Dundas Square on Saturday August 27, 2016. If you’re a cider lover, you’re not going to want to miss this chance to try over 40 different ciders from 20 different cideries from across Canada and abroad. Last year the festival sold out, so you’re definitely going to want to get your hands on some tickets early.
In the evening, A VIP session takes place; providing exclusive early admission to the evening session, 10 sample tokens and access to a “Food and Cider Pairing” discussion led by Doris Miculan Bradley – a 20-year industry professional and the Canadian Brand Ambassador for The Wines of Vinho Verde.
As a bonus for attendees, this year there will be some pretty awesome contests at the festival. (more…)