spring fever is here.

Spring is officially in season, and although the weather isn’t quite co-operating yet, spring activities are in full swing. I like to make lists of things each season that I want to do – things a little more fun than just going to dinner with friends, or heading to a pub after work. Toronto is a great city, filled with tons of things you can do both indoors and out. Here are a few of the things I want to do this season.

go to a Blue Jays game – the Skydom (..sorry, Rogers Centre) is one of my favourite venues for concerts, games, and other events – especially in the spring/summer when they open the roof!

grow a succulent terrarium – I currently have a little cactus that my boyfriend bought me in the fall, but I don’t know how well the little guy is doing in this cold weather. I want to research more, buy a few more succulents and have a little garden.

spring clean – especially my closet! It is definitely time to switch out the big wool sweaters for shorts and fun spring skirts.

go to a concert – I love going to concerts, both indoors and out. With summer festivals right around the corner, now is the time to start booking tickets!

go to an amusement park – I find spring is the best time to do this because you don’t get sunburnt!

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blue monday.

Today is slated as being the most depressing day of the year. It’s January, the holidays are over, the Visa bills are piled high, in Canada it’s a balmy -12 with the windchill, and the week is only supposed to get colder. There is no sun, and it is a Monday. Well shit. Today was doomed before I even rolled out of bed. I’ve been reading a really great book called A Place of Yes – the premiss of the book is not saying yes to everything that comes your way, but instead to analyze every situation you’ve been in and take the good forward, and leave the bad behind. So instead of being a debbie downer today, I’m going to survive the next few hours of class, get home and hang out with my puppy, light some nice smelling candles, and catch up on some cheesy reality tv. Here are some motivational quotes to get you through the day.

a girl in new york city.

I spent the past five days in Manhattan, and I loved every minute of it. There is something so magical about NYC – the constant energy, the people, the pride, and of course the shopping. I went with a university friend who had never been to the city before. We did a bunch of touristy things, but we also explored many areas I had never been before. My favourite place in the city is definitely SoHo. There are so many amazing bakeries, restaurants, shops, and history. We were lucky to spend the majority of a day exploring the borough and taking in all that Soho has to offer. We also went to Chelsea and wandered around the Chelsea market – this is by far my new favourite place. If you head to NYC, be sure to check it out. Sarabeth’s (located in the market) has amazing cookies.

resolutionists.

Happy new year! The holidays got the best of me this year, and blogging fell to the way side. With school starting today, a trip to NYC later in the week, and my internship starting next week, this year has started off with a bang. Every new years I always make a list of new years resolutions that I end up forgetting about by February. This year I decided that instead of writing out a list of 20 things I know I won’t commit to, I’ve created 3 resolutions that I think I will be able to actually stick to.

1 – drink more water: I am a diet coke fiend, and although I know it is super bad for you, I have a lot of trouble saying no to a diet coke. Instead of cutting diet coke cold turkey, I am going to try an quench my thirst with water – with is the healthiest thing you can drink!

2 – biking: I am signed up to do the Toronto version of the Ride to Conquer Cancer. This 200km bike ride needs some training, so I have drafted up a biking schedule that will have me riding at least twice at week.

3 – limit my dairy intake – last time I saw my dermatologist she suggested I stop eating all forms of dairy. This was like a food death sentence. I love cheese and all my favourite meals have cheese or milk in them. I’ve tried in the past to cut it out of my diet, but it is a lot harder than I thought. I know I’ll never be able to completely stop eating dairy, but I am going to limit how much I eat it.

Hopefully by keeping my resolutions small things that I can work on daily I will have more success with them.

gift guide – under $50

gift guide - under $50

The last week has been absolutely bananas. With school wrapping up for the semester, the holidays setting in, and the millions of things needing to get done, I have been a little absent on this blog. Good news – I landed an internship with Gap Inc. in their PR department. Bad news – beginning in the new year I am going to be one busy beaver. Above are some awesome gifts in the $30-$50 range. They would all make great hostess gifts, or gifts for female friends and family! They are all something I wouldn’t mind receiving for Christmas. Hope everyone’s December is going well so far.