My Pregnancy Essentials

So, a few months ago, I wrote that I was taking a step back from Weight Watchers.  Well, in September, I found out I am pregnant, due in May (10 weeks!) – an excellent reason to stop with Weight Watchers if I do say so myself  So far, I’ve had a pretty easy pregnancy, so I count myself lucky. But even though it’s been relatively easy, there are some things that I would highly recommend to make it easier. Here’s my list: The forums are the best. There are forums for everything – your birth club (the month/year you are due), special interests (first-time moms, pregnant and plus-sized,Ontario moms, etc) and more. The forums are a great place to ask questions and get support from moms going through the same things as you. Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter If you are going to get stretch marks, you are going to Continue reading

Restaurant Review: Famoso Neopolitan Pizzeria (The Annex)

After hearing so much about it, I finally went to Famoso Neopolitan Pizzeria in the Annex. Famoso is chain (not really the right word) of pizza restaurants from out west, that was created in 2007. The quick and dirty story is that one of the founders, Justin Lussier, was traveling through Italy, including Naples, in 2005 and fell in love with the pizza in Naples.  He decided then and there that he needed to bring that style of pizza back to Canada. After training with Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (True Neapolitan Pizza Association), he and his friends did indeed bring it back to Canada. Since 2007, they have opened 15 locations across British Columbia, Alberta and now Ontario with a number of new locations set to open in Spring and Summer 2013. The Toronto Annex location (the other is in the new Yorkdale food court) opened this summer at 386 Bloor St. West, between Bathurst Continue reading

What’s For Dinner? Easy Caramelized Butternut Squash Soup

Well, it has been a long time since I’ve blogged.  This summer was really busy (a number of weddings and all the associated parties, work, socializing), and blogging wasn’t a priority.  I kind of missed it though!  I don’t have much to report. I am taking a step back from Weight Watchers (more on that another time) to refocus. In the meantime, I’d like to share my recipe for Caramelized Butternut Squash soup that I made this week.  Butternut squash is generally available year round, but this is the peak of its season.  It’s easy to work with, too! Easy Caramelized Butternut Squash soup – 6 servings Ingredients 1 Butternut squash, approximately 3 lb 2 tbs butter 1 medium onion, diced 1 clover of garlic, minced 5 – 6 cups of liquid (I used a combination of low-sodium chicken broth (3 cups), water (1 cup) and skim milk (2 cups)) – use Continue reading

Product Review: essence cosmetics colour & co in Choose Me! (number 38)

Have you ever heard of Essence Cosmetics?  The first I ever heard of it was from Meredith after she attended the Canadian product launch. I was certainly intrigued.  essence cosmetics is a German line of make-up by cosnova beauty that has been very popular in Europe for its trendy colours and super-affordable prices.  And now, essence is available in Canada, at Shopper’s Drug Mart!  The first time I saw the display in my local Shoppers, it was almost totally cleaned out.  I was pretty disappointed. Then a couple of days ago, I walked past the display and immediately noticed the bright nail polishes, specifically a sparkly teal. Then I noticed the price tag. $1.49 a bottle!! I know, right?  I should say that the bottles are not normal sized…this ones are only 5oz.  But, personally, I never finish a normal, full-size bottle. I would like to meet someone (other than maybe Continue reading

Product Review: Nella Bella’s London Bag + a new deal(ight) site you need to check out

A while back (I can’t remember when), I saw a link to Val Stachurski’s blog on Twitter.  I don’t even remember what article caught my attention.  But ever since, I’ve been following her blog and tweets (@ValTorontoGal). She blogs/Tweets about Toronto, events she attends, the adventures of being involved in a number of different businesses/start-ups, starting her own company and finally, running her own group deal site! Seriously, this girl does it all and then some.  She puts herself out there, tries so many new things and networks like a pro.  She has put her good contacts and love of different products together, and as I mentioned, launched her own deal site, Charming Dealights.  The deals are all for products or services tried and loved by Val. So, a week and a half ago, Val tweeted that she was going to be doing a deal with the brand Nella Bella, a Continue reading