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I spent most of yesterday in bed or in the couch.

Today I’ve been watching Marcella on Netflix. A drama series about a female detective trying to solve a serial killer mystery based in the U.K.  I’m on ep3 but will probably finish the season today.  This little JBL speaker is usually in my travel bag and is perfect for watching Netflix in bed on my computer.


Earlier this week Ricola sent an advent calendar and it is saving me right now. Sean has been such a dear, made me soup & toast while I’ve been in bed nearly the entire day.

I finally set up my Saje Wellness humidifier thing and it smells like a spa in here.


The other show we’ve been watching is HBO’s Westworld. It’s a futuristic show about an alternate reality game. A tweet I posted last night was RT’d by the show and over 100ppl showed love for it.

I’m really keen to find a new book. If you have any recos please let me know! I like twisted dramas with murder mystery. Or chick lit!

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On Friday night I went shopping with Emily for some snow pants downtown. I honestly don’t know what I was thinking because like,

  1. 1) it was Black Friday,
  2. 2) I couldn’t find a park,
  3. 3) it was annoying carrying stuff.

I should have gone to Yorkdale.

I tested out RBC’s Avion Holiday Boutique before it opened the other day and they’ve really put some thought into making your trip to Yorkdale a pleasant one. RBC Avioners get complimentary valet, coat check, parcel check, snacks, drinks, gift wrapping, and a nice spot to be chill at. You can also test out their new VR Experience.


Once you’ve left the car with Yorkdale Valet, waltz into the Avion Holiday Boutique, and check your coat. Grab a coffee, water, and sit down in a white leather chair, with a cold cucumber infused water, and delicious cookie. [Same cookies they have on Porter Airlines!] Scroll your list using free wifi and make a plan.

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Look for the RBC Avion Holiday Boutique across from Pottery Barn at Yorkdale

Sometimes when I’m out and about all I want is to sit down, collect my thoughts, and have a glass of water. Y’know?!

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This cheese spread was at the launch event, there will be other snacks there when you go!

Once you’ve picked up a few things, return to the Avion Boutique, drop your gifts to be wrapped and snap a selfie.

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Smile for the camera & document your day at the selfie station

Before leaving the boutique, go on a 2minute beach vacation via VR. It’s really quite amazing how the sights and sounds of the beach will calm you down. 

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Take your experience next level by downloading the Avion Passport App (text “AVION” to 722722 or search in app store).

In the app you get exclusive offers, faster gift wrapping services at the RBC Avion Boutique,  and you can text valet to bring the car around,  🙋

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Screenshot of the App from my iPhone


Thanks RBC for inviting me to be a partner and share this experience.

Great job on the RBC Avion Boutique! For info about getting yourself on the RBC Avion VIP train, visit this link. The card is packed with travel rewards and you can use now your RBC Rewards at Best Buy and the Apple Store. Read that blog post here! 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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About a week ago I was out the door bright and early one morning for the media preview grand opening of the first Google shop in North America at Best Buy in Mississauga.

I love going to this type of event! Ever since I was a little kid, my dad used to take us to stroll around Future Shop, look at all the gadgets, test stereos and TVs. I think I have him to thank for my lifelong love of tech.

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The new Google shop at Best Buy, Heartland Town Centre

Google Shop is a ‘shop within a shop’ that’s got all kinds of Google goodies and product demos. I visited one of my favourite beaches in new Zealand via the Portal, tried Fantastic Beasts in w/ Google Daydream VR, and was sent home with Google Chrome.

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Amber Mac testing out Google Daydream VR

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My new Chromecast! Set it up as CasieCast đŸ€“

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đŸŽ…đŸŒÂ I thought this was a neat thing to do over the holidays! Hangout with Santa in the Google shop. Select your city at g.co/instore to find your closest location.

Before touring the store I chatted Best Buy’s Angela Scardillo, VP Marketing & Communications. The main thing I learned from her was how they’re really trying to make tech approachable. Their new round of ‘experience stores’ have a more immersive experience where you can touch, feel, test things.

The new store design has raised access flooring that expands and contracts expand so they can actually move the store around and change the shopping experience.

The new flagship Google shops are now open at Best Buy locations in Mississauga, Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver.

Angela also showed off her Google Pixel phone and I really want to try one. It takes great photos and organizes them in your phone like Google Images. I’m still thinking about it days later…

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To celebrate the new Googley space at Best Buy, we’ve giving away a $250 gift certificate.  To enter leave a comment, visit FB, follow us on Twitter, or send a tweet. You have to be in Canada to win and sorry no Quebec.


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A couple weeks ago at the Enactus World Cup with Capital One Canada I did a survey to see what type of leader I was. I love doing these types of tests. (I have a tattoo based on a personality test I did a few times in high school & university.)

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What I love about the Enactus program is how it’s helping create young leaders around the world collaborate, implement, and celebrate, ideas. Their businesses are having an impact on global food, water, and sustainability. These leaders are socials conscious innovators, who take matters into their own hands, they look at the world and think ‘how can I make a difference?’

Aside from being super inspired by this experience, it was also awesome that Canada WON the competition on home soil in Toronto. Read about their innovative hydroponics system that’s bringing fresh produce to Canadian communities HERE.

My first result in the Capital One Survey survey was ‘Visionary Leader’ but I think there’s characteristics of all the different types I can identify with. What kind of leader are you? Take the survey below to find out!


My Test Result – Visionary Leader: Big goals + big picture = big payoff!

“The dreamer who likes to operate at 30,000 feet. You have a vision of what the world will be like in the future and you set about to make things happen. There’s no idea too big for you to tackle.”

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I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit. In primary school there was a rule implemented where you needed a gym bag to put your clothes in for class. So, I went home that night and made a bunch of drawstring bags on the sewing machine with mum. The next day I had three sizes and sold them to kids at school.

In grade 9 I wrote a book and stared a publishing company.  In grade 12, someone from Conestoga College came to my school to do a presentation, that night I came home and said to mum ‘I’m not going to university anymore, I’m going to college for Marketing and I start in September“.  I took marketing because I KNEW if I honed in on those skills, combined with  my natural abilities, I could work anywhere in any industry.

I think this result resonated me because I believe in not following the grain, setting big goals, and innovating to make them a reality. If you look  at the last 10 years I had a vision of my blog and what I would be doing one day. I had NO CLUE know how big social media become, but I knew a decade ago, there was a shift happening.


One of my fav leadership quotes in innovation is this one by Henry Ford about ‘faster horses’. I’ve stressed the importance of innovation for years. Remember this episode?

Capital One conducted a leadership study and these are key results to note: 

  • * 1/3 of Canadians wouldn’t consider working for a company that didn’t have a social responsibility (charitable) program
  • * 3/4 Canadians believe socially conscious business leaders are the most effective
  • * 80% of Canadians feel it’s important the company they work for is involved in the community
  • * 84% of Canadians think it’s important for a company’s leaders to show that they are giving back to the community

Working with Capital One Canada and learning about Enactus made me really think about creating more and focussing on the big picture. If you’re keen to learn more about the Enactus program or get inspired through teams involved, visit enactus.org. Capital One Canada believes in education and supports several community investment partnerships, learn more here. Capital One Canada sponsored this post but the stories are mine, all mine! 😊

Time to get crackin’ on that big idea! 

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Had a great morning cooking up lunch w/ friends and serving to people at Evangel Hall. Scroll down to see us in action. We’re doing #givingbackvibes again on New Years Eve if you wanna join. ☀

If you are looking to do some volunteering over the holidays they’re always looking for people. You can also visit the website and buy candles from their in-house candle shop to support. Visit evangelhall.ca for details!

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Getting set up in the kitchen!

Shout out to Gloria for setting this up. It’s been so great prepping lunch here today. Hi Carolyn Van!

HUGE salad

Fresh baked apple pies! 🍎🍏🍎🍏

MOFO Hat from Movember Canada đŸ•”đŸŒđŸ‘łđŸŸđŸ‘ČđŸŸđŸ‘šđŸ»



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Yesterday I updated the look of this ol’ bloggy and it’s really making me happy. Over the past 6 months I’ve been working lots (which is good but tiring), recovered from a major surgery, and was in a car accident. I don’t usually share much the blarghhhh days I but there’s been a few lately. It’s not ALLLL sunshine and rainbows, I am HUMAN!  I feel like post-election world has been really getting me down. Every single time you turn on the tv, internet, Facebook bad sh*t is happening. It’s sad and exhausting. đŸ˜©

Do you ever just feel like you need a f’n break?!

AND THEN, on the opposite end of the spectrum you scroll FB/IG and it seems like people have these perfect lives. Last night I spoke on a panel about beauty & aging and something I mentioned is the ‘Facebook Self’ we all put out there. You know the one I mean! The curated version of beautiful photos, the clean house, smiling well-behaved children, the perfect meal etc. Well LIFE ISN’T ALWAYS LIKE THAT. It’s messy lol. I hardly ever share the house bc there’s always a clothes pile somewhere. Pile on the holidays and it’s all kinda overwhelming.

This weekend I’m volunteering to serve lunch to 80-100 in need at a mission with some friends. I’ve been looking forward to it all week. Bringing joy to others, you can’t help but have some yourself.

Sunday I’m part of a big ‘Boss Babes Brunch’ w/ some power ladies which will be fun and inspiring. 

With my recent obsession for Amazon I got a huge ring light and photo setup for home so I will be playing with that too.

New ring light!


This post is #12 in a series of blogposts I’ve written when I don’t really feel like blogging. I find blogging about it helps me blog through the feelings. A blog is pretty good therapy haha. BLOG LIFE GUYS, IT’S OK.

Scroll ‘Em All: Sometimes I don’t Feel Like It #1-12

Anyhooooo, follow me on the ol’ Snapchat or IG Stories and I will try to bring some sunshine your way. Tomorrow we are serving salad, jambalaya, cornbread, and apple crumble pie, that alone will make anyone happy!

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What would you do if you lost your job!? Main source of income? Would you be ok for a month or two OR would you be freaking riiiiight out? 

Over the years I’ve mentioned my finances a few times and how I dealt with debt and that whole ‘money’ thing. In a study from the Financial Planning Standards Council (FPSC), they found 2/5 Canadians worry about $$$ at least once a day. 1/4 worry “almost constantly.”  They also learned, 4/10 Canadians said they’d run out of money in <a month if they lost their job/main source of income. One in five Canadians said they’d only last A WEEK. 

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After I finished Uni in Australia, I came back to Canada with mounting debt and no job. I  took a couple weeks to find my first job and moved to Toronto. It didn’t take long to realize I wasn’t getting ahead but falling further, and further behind.

That’s when I met with a financial planner on the show ‘Maxed Out’. Anyone remember that show?! đŸ’đŸŒ Meeting her changed my life and was also kinda embarrassing.  The show was on the W Network a few years and then it popped up on Oprah’s network for a couple months. Every time I’d kinda put thinking about my money situation on the back burner, someone would mention they saw my episode and it was back on my mind.

The host and I made a plan and by the end of the episode (6months had passed) I had a new job I was finally on the right track. My goal was to pay back all my school by the time I was 30 and I did it at 28! It was hard but I’m so glad I stuck to my guns because the feeling of not having to deal with it anymore is priceless.

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The first step to getting your finances in gear is having a plan. Hard to get somewhere if you don’t know where you’re goin’! Working with a financial planner relived my stress and made my debt slowly melt away, month after month. We figured out a plan that fit my unique situation and set it in motion.

Finding A Financial Planner  


Not sure what to ask? No worries! Author + finance expert Kelley Keehn covers the bases w/ 10 Questions to Ak Your Financial Planner below.

The FSPC also has a handy tool that makes it super easy to find a reputable financial planner in your area to help you out. Find that perfect match to help you get that dream house/kitchen or vacation of a lifetime. Find a financial planner HERE.


2/3 of Canadians believe the economy – and their own financial situation – has either stagnated or worsened over the past five years

Most Canadians don’t feel they make good financial decisions (less than half @ 41%)  and making a plan on your own can be daunting. Working with aCFPÂź pro means you’ll make the right decisions with your money, lower your stress about it, and start that journey to financial freedom. Get started by visiting fpsc.ca/find-a-planner. đŸ€“đŸ’°

I wanna see you ditch those money worries and so does Financial Planning Standards Council (FPSC), so they’ve sponsored this message. If I could help people with this stuff I would! 👌

 

 

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Last week I met up w/ Jen aka @jennandthecity for after work drinks, we’ve been meaning to hang out for ages and our schedules finally aligned. It was my first time checking out Bar Reyna in Yorkville which has a gorgeous back patio that feels like an escape from the city.

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I picked up the tab bc we were in a bit of a hurry and a couple days later, Jenn sent me money via PayPal using Siri. I’ve had PayPal for ages and it’s my fav way to shop online, this new integration makes sending money to friends super easy. If you’ve ever had to pay someone back or been waiting for someone to pay you back, it can be super awkward and/or annoying. Luckily your girl Siri makes it super easy. 

Starting November 10th, for the first time in Canada, iPhone users can tell Siri to send or request money through an integration with the PayPal app.


Once you’ve got the PayPal app [download here if you don’t have it yet!] and your phone is on iOS 10, you’re ready to roll. Wake up Siri and ask him/her to send money to a friend.  Contacts who match the name will pop up, select the person, and voila, Siri will send it.

You can 100% send money to someone who isn’t on iPhone and if they person doesn’t have a PayPal account, they’ll be prompted to set one up.

Lending money to friends can end bad, on average PayPal found that 30% of Canadians have lost a friend over an IOU. Been there? Me too.

In the PayPal Money Habits Study by Koski Research, they found more than 53% of us Canadians find it awkward to ask friends or fam to pay us back. It’s probably because we’re so nice.

‘Sorry but can you pay me back the money you borrowed? đŸ’đŸŒ’ – me


To give PayPal integration a go, download the app from the Apple Store and make sure you’re on the new iOS 10. If you have any questions about using PayPal with Siri, visit the Help Center. Here’s a look at Jenn’s first go using it.

PayPal, is always looking for ways to make it easier for us to manage or move our money. This new Siri integration now is avail in 30 countries and in a variety of languages. No reason not to pay your friends back now!

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*Post sponsored by PayPal Canada but opinions all mine. I was stoked to know about this coming to iPhone be I legit love PayPal and use it all the time. 

*PayPal Money Habits Study conducted by Koski Research, 2015. Between May 14, 2015 and June 25, 2015, over 4,000 participants from the U.S., Canada, Germany and Australia participated in the 14-minute online study. Additionally, a five-minute online study was conducted by Koski Research between June 22 and June 28, 2015 to over 4,000 participants from the U.S., Canada, Germany and Australia.

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