Toronto Christmas Market

This past weekend I visit the Toronto Christmas Market in the historical Distillery District (55 Mill St.). This year it runs from Thursday November 15th to Sunday December 23rd, and is free on weekdays and $6 per person on weekends. The market has a bunch of vendors and pop-ups with gifts, little chotchkes (I totally spelled that wrong), amazing food, and other fun things (shout out to Beekeeper’s Naturals for having a vendor there so I could stock back up on my lifesaving bee propolis throat spray).

The highlight of our visit was these cookies and cream donuts from Holey Dough.

christmasmarket5christmasmarket4

There were 6 mini donuts ($9) in there, and we split them halfway. They were perfectly light and airy, and went down a little too easily because they weren’t too rich. We both agreed we could have easily eaten all 6 ourselves.

Other than that, we mostly just strolled around and window shopped, stopping periodically for a photo op (PSA: It’s much prettier at night with all the lights, but alas my grandma lifestyle does not allow for evening outings much lately). If you’re looking for a meal beforehand or after, I highly recommend El Catrin, which serves amazingly authentic Mexican street food and cocktails.

christmasmarket.jpg

Name a more iconic duo. I’ll wait.

christmasmarket1christmasmarket3christmasmarket2

Obligatory lifestyle blogger photos.

Coat: Aritzia

Jeans: Gap

Shoes: Town Shoes

Headband: Saks Off Fifth

Purse: Marc Jacobs

The End of Summer Sads

Hi friends! I woke up so depressed today knowing there’s only 2 weeks of summer vacation left. This is around the time I should be making my peace with returning to work, especially considering this summer I did allllllllll the things, but I’m just…not. Frankly, the summer of 2018 was just too good to me, and knowing it’s coming to an end is a tough pill to swallow.

Because we’ve been so busy, I deliberately left the last 3 weekends of the summer open for us to just spend quality time as a family, and that’s what we did this past weekend. There were impromptu park trips, bike rides, and a spontaneous trip downtown to explore, and tbh, it was so nice to just be able to chill.

parkfun.jpeg

I have no smart ass caption for this. I just really like my kids.

trinitybellwoodspark.jpeg

We went to Trinity Bellwoods park, and I sat for a bit, just letting my creative juices flow. I have a big project coming up, and I can’t wait to share it! (Little spoiler – it’s a joint venture with an amazing partner in crime.)

trinitybellwoods.jpeg

Just strollin’ with my squad, because..photo ops.

There was also a lot of eating feelings that went down this past weekend, so I’ll leave you with these beautiful creations.

cinnaholic.jpeg

Cinnaholic’s vegan cookie dough cinnamon bun.

watermelonicecream

Milk Cow’s watermelon ice cream sandwich.

You want both of these in your mouth. Yes, you definitely do.

Mommy Blogger for a Day

Let me preface this post with two things:

  1. This is the post where I officially give up on censoring my kids’ faces. That was fun while it lasted, but I’m two months into my blogging journey and now I’m too lazy, so like…meh. Enjoy their faces.
  2. I promise after this parenting post I’ll resume normalcy with my lifestyle, food, exercise and fun content.

So last week we went to Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls for two nights to celebrate my daughter’s 6th birthday. Wait. Let me pause for a second. SIX!? How have I been a mom for so long? Good lord I’m old.

GWL6.jpeg

gwl4.jpeg

gwl5.jpeg

gwl3.jpeg

gwl2.jpeg

GWL

As you can see, the kids had the most amazing time! As for the adults, there are certain things you must accept if you’re going to go:

  1. The place is a cesspool of germs. I feel like all the chlorine in the world can’t kill the gonorrhea that likely exists there. Sorry to alert you all to this, but it’s a reality. So make your peace with it before you go.
  2. You can’t look cute here. Due to humidity and all activities being water related, you need to embrace looking like a homely dirtnugget for the duration of your stay. I threw my hair up in the rattiest top knot (see above for evidence) and didn’t wear a stitch of makeup. I looked like a troll for 48 hours and frankly, it’s okay. I’ll be okay.
  3. The margs at the pool aren’t strong enough. Ask for a double, because #sanity.
  4. The talking animals are scary as shit.
  5. Get comfortable dancing to Taylor Swift and doing the Cha Cha Slide in public. Likely sober. The struggle was real.

Anyway, this was my token mommy blogger post. How did I do? Now I’ll leave you with something more fun, because of course the second I got home from the trip, I needed to do some serious adulting and went for a night on the town.

CNTower.jpeg

Unapologetically living my best life this summer.