cherry blossoms at high park

rain or shine, mel and i are always up for an adventure! over the weekend we mentioned maybe going to see the cherry blossoms on monday, i had the morning of and mel had the day off! again, our plans usually begin with coffee and we go from there = caffeine fuelled adventures! first stop reunion island!

either of us had made time to see the cherry blossoms yet, and the flowers are in peak bloom. peak bloom starts when at least 70% of the blossoms are open. once open, flowers last from 4-10 days, depending on the weather. on the high park nature centre website, you can view what stage the cherry blossoms are in. today, approximately 90-100% of the blossoms are open.

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i’m glad the rain didn’t stop us! we were able to park close enough and walk to a spot where a bunch of the trees were to wander around!

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if you haven’t already, i would take the time to see the trees while there in full bloom, if not you may be waiting another year to see them!

hamilton day trip

today mel, vicky and i went on a spontaneous trip out to hamilton for the day! we left the city just before 11 am. our first stop of the trip… coffee! we grabbed hot drinks at a cafe called detour, located in dundas!

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if you happen to be in dundas, in search of a good coffee or brunch spot, i highly recommend checking out detour cafe! …our next stop, salty espresso for brunch!

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when we were deciding where to go for coffee and brunch i mentioned both spots, so we decided to grab coffee + treats at one and have brunch at the other (then mel and vicky had the chance of trying both)!

we then made our way to tew falls! there was rain in the forecast, but we figured as long as we get our hike in before 3 pm we’d be okay. it was a bit windy but we made sure to dress appropriately (mel with her 4 layers: shirt, sweater, puffer, and jean jacket!).

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our plan was to get to dundas peak… we managed to see 2 waterfalls instead! at least the rain held off so we stayed dry on our adventure!

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right after we got in the car the rain started, good planning on our part! i would love to do this hike again in the summer (and potentially make it to the peak, haha!).

it was so nice to take the morning before work to get out of the city and go on a little adventure!

cookie recipe

to start, i’m not the most passionate baker. i love to cook! i find when i bake, i’ll eat one of whatever i make, when it’s fresh, then end up never getting through the rest (not that they taste bad, i just have it in my head that nothing compares to freshly bake treats right out of the oven!). i’m a huge snacker and find i gravitate towards veggies and hummus or chips and guac… but when it comes to sweet treats cookies and ice cream are my go-to!

i recently had a surplus of bananas, i remember erica making cookies using bananas awhile back! i figured, rather than throwing them out, i’d try to bake some cookies! i looked up quite a few recipes for inspiration and looked for similarities between them all! i bake very much like how i cook… take an idea, look up a few recipes, find similarities, and make it my own!

most banana cookie recipes called for bananas and oats… simple enough! for every banana, add 1 cup oats!

i like my cookies to have a bit of texture and be sweet yet salty! i made simple batch adding a few ingredients: almond butter, goji berries, pumpkin seeds, giddy yo-yo raw organic raspberry chocolate chunks, cinnamon, and sea salt!

the cookies i made have a muffin-like texture with a soft centre and crunchy-like outside! i figured i share my recipe with you, i find there a great on-to-go morning snack and easy to grab and bring to work, to have throughout the day (they’re also a fan favourite amongst my family)!

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ingredients:

2 large bananas

2 cups oats

2 tbsp almond butter

1 handful goji berries

1 handful pumpkin seeds

4 squares chopped giddy yo-yo raw organic raspberry chocolate chunks

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp sea salt

instructions:

preheat oven to 350 degrees

peel and mush bananas into a mixing bowl with a fork

add oats to mushed banana

add all other (or desired) ingredients

use a spoon to created blobs of dough on a cookie sheet, and press the dough to create a round cookie (leave about 1 cm thickness)

once oven is heated set cookies in the oven and time for 15 minutes!

time to celebrate

z and i have some big and exciting things going on and to celebrate we went to planta on queen!

z wrote her last official exam of her undergrad degree at u of t on friday. she is also starting a new job this week, can you guess for what company?… aritzia!! i couldn’t be more excited for her, to have her be a part of a company that i have felt so blessed to be a part of! i know she’s really going to grow so much personally and professionally!

as for me, i recently got promoted to floor manager (fm) at wilfred! i’m so thankful to have a team so invested in my development. my journey with wilfred, aritzia has been full of wins and opps (opportunities), it has made me believe in myself and really see myself as a manager! i can’t wait to see where i go from here… once i get the hang and excel in my current role (haha), it does take time but i’m on my way to something big - i can feel it!

i love that z and i make sure we take the time to celebrate these big moments in our lives, it’s really special to have those relationships! the day i was promoted and signed my contract for my new role i met erica, colin and smith for dinner! it’s important to take the time to pause and look back at how far you’ve come and celebrate where you’re going!

now to talk about our planta on queen celebration/experience…

planta on queen is the 2nd outpost of planta, located in yorkville. with lantern-like lighting fixtures, dragon motifs, custom wallpaper (designed by candice kaye) and fake japanese maples add to the restaurant asian-inspired feel and menu offerings.

the menu is comprised of smaller, refined shareables, as per planta’s usual style. z and i decided to get 3 dishes to share!

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we ordered the dan dan noodle dish: hakka noodles, gai lan, pickles, coconut milk, and kamut. everyt dish we tried was delicious and full of flavour, but this dish was our favourite! the dan dan noodles had a slight kick to it and the coconut milk made it nice and creamy! it was well-portioned for 2!

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we ordered the pineapple fried rice: curry cashew, goji berries, thai basil. the mint, pineapple and goji berries made this dish refreshing and the cashews added a nice crunch!

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our third dish was the spicy tuna roll: ahi watermelon, tempura, spicy aïoli, pickled watermelon. to quote z, “you don’t even miss the fish in these rolls.” coming from a girl who loves her spicy sushi… you know these rolls are good! the watermelon made this dish taste light and refreshing!

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we both left planta on queen with happy hearts and happy stomachs - satisfied in the best way!

okay

today lany released their new single “okay”! this is their first collaboration with julia michaels! the track is co-written by paul and julia over a span of just 2 days, relating to their respective recent breakups. if you haven’t had the chance, give the song a listen asap!

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*i really hope they play this song at their up-coming concert in toronto the night i’m there… may 21st!

easter sunday + bluestone lane

happy easter sunday!

this morning i met z at church for 2nd service. today being easter, we had our “multi-media true crime event,” a true story! this production was set 3 days after jesus’s crucifixion, to summarize: the body of notorious religious figure jesus of nazareth mysteriously disappeared. a perplexing question quickly spread across jerusalem and the world: where did it go? the production was a great balance of action and video clips of jesus’s followers, and witnesses being questioned. i enjoyed watching and being a part of the production, i thought it was such a creative way to tell the story of jesus’s resurrection!

at the beginning of the week, i sent z an article written about bluestone lane (aussie-style, ny cafe/coffee shop) opening their 1st toronto location! they offer enjoy aussie premium coffee, wellness drinks, signature bl cold-pressed juices and organic teas. for food, they have healthy and delicious food, including their signature avo toast, as well as other toasts, seasonal bowls, open-faced sandwiches and some baked goods.

we decided to go after church! we were happy they’re opened today, so we could check it out!

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z ordered their banana toast: fresh banana sliced on toasted multigrain bread w/ almond butter, cinnamon & honey. i ordered the (surprise, surprise!) avo toast: classic avocado smash seasoned w/ fresh lemon juice, salt & pepper, chili flakes & olive oil on toasted multigrain bread! i was interested in ordering one of their bowls but they didn’t have one with real vegan options or substitutions!

the toast was really yummy, i wouldn’t say it was mind blowing but i really enjoyed the balance of flavour (with the chili flakes and lemon)!

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it was nice to take the afternoon to catch up with z! bluestone had a very bright and open space, great place to hang and spend the afternoon! we found a cozy bench spot close the window! z and i agree this will be a great place to grab a drink and hang during the summer, once it gets warmer!

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z and i both brought our cameras, i’ve been trying to carry mine around with me more - i forgot how much i love to take pictures - stay tuned for more pictures and posts coming your way!

anyways, happy easter! i hope the easter bunny was good to you all xo!

village juice saves

since village juicery has opened a location in square one’s shop food district, i’ve been visiting the mall more than usual! with my weeks being a bit busier with work, training and working to still maintain a social life - i’ve had a bit less time to meal prep and clean up!

luckily village juice has this amazing lunch time special, all salads and sandwiches are 1/2 price, monday - friday from 11 am - 2 pm (with no limit to how many you can purchase)! instead of paying $9 + tax for a meal it’s $4.50 + tax! i’ve been stopping in about twice a week, during their lunch special time, to pick up a variety of their pre-prepped meals (they all have expiry dates on them, i make sure to get ones that aren’t close to their date so they last longer)! i found it’s been saving me some money and so much time (i spend a lot of time at the grocery store, cooking, and washing dishes by hand each week)!

i’m a numbers person, so let’s crunch the numbers:

i usually will spend, on average, between $75-$125 on groceries and eating out per week! my breakfasts are taken care of with my revive smoothies so all i’m really purchasing for those is almond milk, i usually go through a bottle of greenhouse juice almond milk a week (months worth of breakfast: $100 + ($9 x 4) = $136.00, about $4.50/day). i’ve been picking up 2 meals per day from village juice during their lunch special, with acception to when i have plans to go out (months worth of lunches and dinners: $4.50 x (30 x 2) = $270 x 0.90 (10% mall employee discount) = $243 x 1.13 (tax) = $274.59). in total this month i’ve spent $410.59 on food, which averages out to $102.65/week, and $13.69/day!

it’s been a blessing that this deal has been going on, if i crunch time and money the amount of time this has saved me has made me feel much more at ease with work picking up! this has taught me that it’s okay and i shouldn’t feel guilty purchasing quality, healthy meals to save myself time in busy seasons - sometimes i just can’t do it all and to give myself grace during times like this! i love these smoothies and village salads and sandwiches, it’s also given me inspiration for what i can create in my kitchen next!

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happy 2 years sweet hart

today sweet hart kitchen celebrates their 2nd year in business. the kitchen specializes in plant-based, gluten-free, raw, baked and unbaked goods. they’re located in kensington market, near dundas and bathurst (next to toronto western hospital).

my first visit to sweet hart kitchen was in the summer with zaina. they have a really nice patio once the weather warms up, which i really enjoyed and they bake one of my favourite cookies: the everythang cookie!

after church, zaina and i walked to meet erica and smith to stop in to celebrate their anniversary, and to pick up some yummy treats! For their anniversary they were offering free cake and $1 coffee/tea all day! when zaina and i walked into the kitchen it was packed - they had a lot of people in to celebrate!

we each grabbed a free little donut/cake and got a pizza bun (they’re to die for! would highly recommend if you’re there and craving something savoury!), as an added bonus the buns were fresh out of the oven!

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gabby met up with us in time to also snag a fresh pizza bun! we all enjoyed our treats, including smith - who also really enjoyed the balloons!

it was really nice to go after church to spend time with the girls and smith, grab a bite to eat, hang, and support a local business that makes some of the yummiest vegan treats around!

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a lil r+r

a few weeks ago i went mini facial event where i was exposed to the world of facials! there received a (teaser) microdermabrasion treatment! let’s just say i realized how much love and care the skin on my face had been missing out on all of these years! tbh, i do have a pretty good skincare routine! every morning i wash my face using my farmacy green clean cleanser, jade roll my face with my province apothecary jade roller & rejuvenating + hydrating face serum, and to finish off i apply pai echium & argan gentle eye cream & yttp adaptogen deep moisture cream! (these are products i’m currently using on my face however i tend to change up my products regularly)! my night routine could use some more love, i wash my face using my same farmacy cleaner and i apply my cream, if i’m in the mood i’ll do a face mask before bed (i use the summer friday jet lag mask at least 2x a week!)

this week i had a few more days of than usual as i finish up my time as a style advisor at wilfred before i start as a full-time floor manager on monday! i had been talking to alessia about how i have found there been times where i didn’t know what to do with myself during this off time, and she said looking back you wish you took the time to relax instead of stressing about finding things to do during that time so i took my friday as a complete r+r day, a day for ME to relax, to do the things i enjoy, and get pampered!

i started my day off with a total body conditioning class at my studio near home, purenergy! from there i headed to fuzz wax bar on bloor to get my waxing done (i’ve always gotten my hair waxed, since the time i grew my first underarm hair, and i’ve been going to fuzz for over 4 years)! then i worked my way down to blitz facial bar on roncy! i gave myself enough time to take advantage of being near one of my fave juice/lunch spots village juicery, so i grabbed myself lunch there before my facial appointment (they also have a current 50% salads + sandwiches mon-fri from 1-2 pm, that i couldn’t say no too)!

with this being my first time having a true facial, the one i decided to get is called “the works”! …i mean after 24 years of not having any treatments done i figured go big or go home… am i right!? the works takes their classic blitz + glow (deep cleanse, skin analysis, tone, argan oil serum, facial massage, mask, hydration, spf & lip balm), adds microdermabrasion, steam, more in depth extractions, and a facial lymphatic massage! truly the full blitz experience! they typically recommend this as a first time or a great seasonal or deep cleanse treatment.

the reason i decided to go to blitz was after reading an article on blogto about top spas to visit in toronto for a facial and talking to zaina (she had been before and had a good experience). i knew i wanted a microdermabrasion treatment and a facial mix, so when i say blitz offered the works facial it was exactly what i was looking for!

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the space was nice, open and bright. i found the staff to be warm and welcoming! i booked my appointment online through my mindbody app, so when i first arrived i signed a waiver and was introduced to my aesthetician. i was seated in my chair and she first asked about my skin history before she explained the steps of the facial to me, after she asked if i had any questions or concerns (i also had the option of a scalp or hand and arm massage while my clay mask was drying - i chose scalp!).

the works facial lasted 60 mins and truthfully i felt like that was enough time! i definitely enjoyed my r+r time and tried to let go of all of the tension i was holding in my face (squinting because i never wear my glasses when reading/looking at a screen, and i clench my jaw when i’m anxious/stressed). it felt like my aesthetician had magic hands, especially when she was massaging my face!

i enjoyed the microdermabrasion treatment and the extractions the most - i think the image of her taking all of the dirt and dead skin off was the most satisfying!

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for the $130 + tax & tip i would say this fresh face “i just had my 1st facial” glow was worth every nickel (because we don’t have pennies here in canada anymore!)

after my facial i went beck to village juicery for my fave hot matcha latte before heading back home! i was dreaming of it and craving after my facial so i figured why not!

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tax season!

i used to find doing my taxes scary and overwhelming… honestly anything to do with the government or the law i find to be daunting and overwhelming! by used to i mean until last year!

up until last year i would send all my information (t4, tuition cost, rent amount, etc.) to my aunt and she would file my taxes for me, it was as easy as that! i never understood how the information she gathered from me computed a return or charge, or how taxes were caculated in general (i know if i purchase something i’m usually paying some form of tax on top of the price, like hst which is 13% here in ontario)… truthfully i was just happy knowing i was going to recieve a check from the government with my tax return!

last year i decided to do my taxes myself because i wanted to understand the information that needed to be input! i used a online tool called simpletax!

it’s a pay-what-you-want tool, if you’re someone who’s doing your taxes for the first time or are looking for an easy and effective way to file your taxes i highly recommend using simpletax! the system is easy to use, has a step-by-step process guide, smart search option, refund optomizer (cha-ching), and is connected to the cra (it has an auto-fill option to pull your information directly from the cra - i found this so comforting). it's easy, accurate, and makes doing your taxes seem a lot less daunting - for me at least… i mean not only am i filing my own taxes this year but i am also filling my parents taxes as well!

to comfort you, i know using an online tool can seem risky, and the words “risky” and “government” together just seem like an mistake in the making… with simpletax they guarantee their calculations are 100% accurate and if you pay a penalty or interest because of their error they’ll reimburse you! and simpletax is certified by the cra and revenu québec, they go through thousands of tests every year to ensure accuracy.

before using simpletax i suggest to create an online account with the cra to allow simpletax to access your information and make use of the auto-fill option! when on the cra login site, under option 2 select register (it takes less than 5 minutes to sign up online and about 5-10 days to recieve your authentication code in the mail to gain full access to your information!).

if you read this an decide to give simpletax a try, please let me know! this is my second time and i really happy with the service they offer - and i actually enjoy using it so i get my mother, father, and my taxes done ahead of time!

products i’m digging this spring

for those who don’t know me very well and those who do… i love to use easy, all-natural, clean, vegan products as much as possible (not all of the products a completely all of the above… like i said, it try as much as i can)! if you’re looking for some clean product inspo or just a peak into some of the products i’m loving and use, then this post is for you!

hair care

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olaplex 3, 4 + 5

i recently got a blowout for an event i went to an event in march, c3 toronto’s vision builder’s gala. this was the first time i treated myself to a blowout. i had been feeling like i’ve been stuck in the biggest rut with my hair and desired a healthy styled look that I knew I wouldn’t have the products to do it at home!

have you ever felt like your hair is getting shorter and shorter because of breakage? that it’s so dry and frizzy no product has been able to trim it? i went to elevate beauty lofts here in etobicoke and they used all olaplax products to wash and style my hair, it had been about a year since my hair had looked so healthy! they used olaplex 3, 4, 5 & 6 on me. I purchased olaplex 3, 4 & 5 at sephora, each bottle i $38 (so, not the cheapest… but i found it to be worth it, a little truly goes a long way!). these products help to seek out broken bonds in the hair that are caused by chemical, thermal, and mechanical damage, leaving your hair feeling healthy! 

no 3. is the hair protector, an at-home treatment that reduces breakage and visibly strengthens hair, improving its look and feel.

no 4. is the bond shampoo, it repairs and bonds while gently cleansing all types of hair.

no 5. is the bond conditioner, restores, repairs, and hydrates without adding excess weight. eliminates damaged frizz for strong, healthy, shiny hair.

skin care

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summer fridays jet leg mask

tbh when it comes to face masks i love them but i’m lazy! this is my favourite go-to mask to apply just before bed!

if your skin is anything like mine it’s in need of hydration (especially after our canadian winters!), and this hydrating mask is just what you need! it soothes thirsty, stressed-out skin by steeping cells in a nourishing mix of vitamins, ceramides, and antioxidants. i find each time i use this mask my skin looks instantly renewed! bonus, this mask is free from phthalates, surfactants, petrolatums, BHT, BHA, or silicones!

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kopari coconut deo

so, disclaimer - i’m 24 and went 23 years without wearing deodorant… consistently (i tested it out in high school for a short period of time - half of that time i was lazy and forgot to apply it, then i realized no one was telling me i smelled so i figured why bother using it if i didn’t truly need to). recently i’ve noticed a shift in my hormones (could just be stress and anxiety related tbh) causing me to sweat more than usual and i’ve felt more self-conscious of the fact that i may smell because i’m sweating more… i was talking to erica about it and she recommended the natural deodorant she uses!

this deodorant has been my saviour! it’s made with 100% active ingredients, including pure coconut oil and water. it’s free from aluminum, baking soda, parabens, silicone, phthalates and it glides on clear - what’s not to love!? i find i only need to apply this deodorant once in the morning and i’m good for the whole day (gym included)! it doesn’t leave that sticky feel and it smell like fresh coconut milk (which i love… you may not!).

makeup

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milk makeup highlighter stick (lit - champagne pearl)

i don’t wear much make up at all, the make up products i use on my face daily is this highlighter, a contour palette, eyebrow gel/pencil, and mascara! i love the natural radiant glow this cream highlighter stick gives my skin (especially after my tan and freckles fade in the winter)!

this highlighter is a vegan formula is infused with coconut oil, mango butter, and avocado oil! not only is it luminous, it’s hydrating! it’s so easy to apply too!

healthy eating

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revive organics smoothies delivery

typically when it comes to smoothies i have very high expectations (i make a smoothie almost everyday and i like them fairly thick and packed with nutrients - so, i find it difficult to spend money on a smoothie that i can make or make better at home)! good thing i have friends with similar taste… another product recommended to me by erica! recently i’ve been running tighter for time in the morning, and have been valuing my sleep a bit more! erica, being a mom, is always moving and also values good quality smoothies! so when she texted me raving about these smoothies i had to try them - having a 50% off code and referral definitely helped me buy into it! i’m not typically one to buy into a delivery or food service but this was worth it for me!

revive organics delivers healthy, organic, preservative-free smoothies in the most convenient format possible: frozen, ready to blend, and right to your doorstep (i mean… i signed up!)! they have weekly and monthly package options, and you’re free to pause/cancel anytime before your upcoming pay period (with no extra charge, you manage this through your account)! i signed up to receive 24 smoothies each month, giving me a smoothie almost everyday! the larger the package the more bang for your buck - but keep in mind you need freezer space (i’m lucky to have 2 freezers)! they have 12 different smoothie flavor options and 3 oat bowl options! i’ve tried one of each, other than the grass is greener - i love green smoothies but this one just didn’t appeal to me! erica’s fave is the rise & chai, and my faves are the berry blu, rise & chai, and hint of mint!

if you’re interested here’s my referral code for 3 free smoothies: ref-5668


i hope you enjoy reading about some of the products i’m digging! i’ll probably write another post like this soon (maybe seasonally), so if you have any suggestions for products i should try, please lmk!

new do!

i have been going to vern for about 2 years now, big thanks to erica for introducing me to this wonderful hair g.o.d. (she works out of g.o.d. salon diva, get it!?)… i put full trust in her when it comes to my hair! when i go see vern i give her free reign over my mane.

when it comes to recommendations, erica typically knows the best places for anything and everything! (i have yet to be disappointed - she’s got great taste at typically a reasonable price!)

i was in need of a spring refresh and vern was just the gal for the job! she knew what i wanted without me saying anything more!

she used a new technique where she teased my hair as she applied colour (she called them dimensional teasy lights)! she also used a new gloss product, which she applied at the end similar to how she would add a shadow root. - only this uses only my natural hair colour and is very hydrating!

after sitting in the chair for about 45 mins and a wonderful head massage + wash, i had my hair blown and styled! when vern revealed my hair to me i was in awe! i couldn’t be happier - or feel more refreshed!

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brodflour

recently i’ve felt like i’ve been lacking adventure, especially when it comes to going out to eat… i tend to go to the same places week to week, so, when it came to gabby and i making plans, instead of the “you decide, i’m up for anything!” line i tend to use i decided to decide! gabby and i went to brodflour today to grab some coffee + brekky and hang!

brodflour opened up a few months ago in liberty village! i first noticed them on instagram. they serve fresh bread, an assortment of freshly baked goodies, toasts, coffee + hot drinks, and greenhouse juice!


a little bit about the company… brodflour focuses on baking everything fresh and making sure each of their products is packed with nutrients. they only source premium heritage canadian grain. they work closely with a few canadian farmers to source and cultivate the highest-quality crops in the country. they really stand by their grains, each certified organic plant is tested to make sure it meets carefully-set standards for quality, protein content, and moisture. once the grain is harvested it’s gently milled in their own certified organic stone mill. this means they mill and bake using fresh flour, keeping the nutrients and flavours intact. this reduces processing, which preserves the vitamins and minerals, so they don’t have to add anything extra to compensate for what’s missing… .talk about good quality food!

they offer a wide variety of breakfast and lunch options - luckily it didn’t take very long for gabby and i to decide what to order!

we both wanted to try the avo toast (what else is new!?) and the almond butter and saskatoon berry jam toast! both were supposed to come on rye but we wanted to try the sourdough too, so we ordered the ab + j toast on a thick slice of that! we both ordered a coffee too!

we each got a slice of the avo toast and half the ab + j toast!

i was truly impressed with how fresh everything tasted (they also use monogram coffee - one of my faves!) !

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i can’t wait to go back and will definitely be picking up a loaf of bread to bring home!

c3 toronto vision builders gala: love built this

last night our community came together at evergreen brick works to celebrate our church, how far we’ve come in spreading the word of god to our city (and beyond), and talk about our vision for the future, this year and all the years to come!

love built this, all of this - everything around us! we love, we are built, and we build! we are built through god's unconditional love. therefore, we build through that same unconditional love toward others.
1 corinthians 13:4-8 love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
love never fails.

our church has done some amazing things over the past few years i’ve been a part of it: hundreds of salvations and baptisms, we bought a house and donated it to matthew house, we’ve run hundreds of seasonal connect groups, started an internship (i had been a part of), and so much more!

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not only has love built our church, our city… for me love built friendship. i’m so grateful for erica, i’ll never forget the sunday she met me at the steps of c3 toronto to attend my first church service since graduating from university a few years ago! i’ve loved being a part of our church’s growth since! last night was all about celebrating and supporting the vision for our church this year, and the years to come!

this coming fall we will be launching a new north campus, around younge and shepherd, and we are hoping to raise enough money to pay for and renovate a perminant residence! i’m excited to watch how god moves through our church, our city, and our people this year!



2019

new year... same goofy girls still taking mirror selfies...

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i’m so lucky to ring in the new year with the gals who helped make this year an incredible one. incredible as it was, was also messy and painful. it was full of many wonderful lessons and immense growth! i’m so thankful and proud of how this year has shaped me and those around me... i can’t wait to see what this year brings!

looking back it’s easy for me too look at the “negatives”… empty promises made, managing to maintain a terrible work/life balance, losing my job, getting my first speeding ticket, watching money disappear from my bank account… i could go on… this is when i tend to spiral into feeling worthless, undeserving, inadequate, unlovable… which is completely ridiculous! i felt god speak to me when i was reflecting and listening to what he is calling my into for 2019. he reminded me of all that i have accomplished this year and i felt tears of joy begin to form, it’s rare for me to feel proud of myself! sure, i did face some crazy events… most of which i never expected to face at 23 (i constantly need to remind myself, i’m only 23!), but there we very incredible moments i want to share

  1. meeting c + e’s baby boy, smith, and getting to hold him when he was not even a day old

  2. spending many spontaneous days off going on adventures with zaina

  3. going to toronto island for the 1st (and several other) time(s)

  4. becoming the owner of my very own, brand new, 2019 volkswagen jetta

  5. going on a mission trip to uganda

  6. spending a weekend in ny with kris, sam & zoé, sharing a wellness weekend (needed)

  7. housesitting and looking after robbie while c + e + smithy guy spent the holidays in florida with their family (i dream of having a place of my own and owning a dog… goals for the future)

i’m not usually one for new years resolutions (i’m too much of a perfectionist so if i don’t keep at something i usually quit… not the best way to start the year haha). i prefer to create a list of things i hope to see, do, and accomplish in the year to come! this year i plan to keep it pretty simple and i couldn’t feel more motivated to work towards financial freedom, grow in relationship with jesus without feeling the pressure to be and act a certain way, work to improve physical fitness and diet! 2019… i’m ready!