My Journey To Reclaiming Father’s Day

I tried so hard to get my thoughts onto paper yesterday, on Father’s Day.

I sat down, pen in hand, on more than one occasion wanting, yearning, to get my thoughts and feelings out. Alas, the page stayed blank…minus a few teardrop stains from the overwhelming emotions I felt taking over and bubbling out in the form of exasperated tears.

Father’s Day has always been an emotional one for me. My father left when I was very young, and I have no memories whatsoever of him. I mean, I have a few pictures that I’ve held onto through the years and my multiple cross-country moves…but memories? Yeah – I don’t have any of those.

Reclaiming Father's Day

One of the last pictures ever taken with my father

Sure, I had “father-figures” growing up, but besides my grandfather (my hero) these so-called “father figures” were, how should I say this without sounding rude….umm, they were not so great. I’m just going to leave it at that, because that’s a whole ‘nother blog post and one I most certainly cannot get into right now.

…anyways.

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Living Life In The Moment…And Loving It

For years, I’ve openly and eagerly shared almost every aspect of my life online. Whether here on the blog, on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, or event Facebook. But over the past couple of months – not only has so much changed in my life (personal and professional) but I’ve taken a step back. I’m sharing a little less, and attempting to live in the moment a little more.

This last weekend for example, we headed out to my cousins bat mitzvah on Saturday night, and then M’s cousins wedding on Sunday.

let’s bat mitzvah!

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It was an incredibly busy weekend – but well worth it. I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t see my family nearly as often as I’d like to.

So when occasions like these come up, and we all get to be together – it’s comforting.

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It’s just another manic Monday…I wish it were Sunday.

All together now, “It’s just another manic Monday…I wish it were Sunday…”


It’s been a little while since I just checked-in here on le blogaroo. If you follow me on Twitter (or Instagram, or Snapchat, or even Facebook) you’ll know that I moved at the beginning of May. My BF (Mike) and I found an amazing apartment, and decided to take the plunge and move in together. It’s been a full month now (we actually got the keys a couple of days before May 1st) – and while it isn’t always easy – it’s been a great month and I couldn’t be happier!

So needless to say, between unpacking and building furniture (ok, I mainly supervised the building of the furniture), and just settling in to the new routines (plus catching some Blue Jays games in between) – things have been a bit hectic. Hence, the lack of blog posts. Sorry! But now that we’re all unpacked and settled in – I’m back and excited to share so much with you guys!

The first week we moved in – there was SO much going on and the last thing I wanted to do was go to a grocery store and shop. Luckily my friends at HelloFresh came to my rescue!

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CONTEST | The Unofficial Launch Of Summer With Foodora and The Burger’s Priest #BurgerMonth

While summer doesn’t officially start until June, for many – the unofficial start is the May 2-4 long weekend.

There are a few ways we celebrate the unofficial launch of summer. Some head to the cottage, some stay in the city; some check out the firework displays, some fire up the BBQ. And if you’re really lucky – you’ll get the chance to do all of the above.

We stayed in the city this weekend and spent time with friends and family…and all weekend we were craving a good old fashioned juicy cheeseburger. By the time Monday evening came around – it was decided, burgers for dinner.

foodora the burger's priest #burgermonth

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We haven’t set-up a BBQ at our new place yet, so we opted for the next best thing. Delivery!

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CONTEST | Capture The Moment With A New HUAWEI Nova Plus Smartphone

ENTER TO WIN A BRAND NEW HUAWEI NOVA PLUS SMARTPHONE!

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The birds are chirping, the sun is shining…spring has officially (and finally) sprung! Which also means…it’s time the Blue Jays!

The boys in blue are back this year and I for one couldn’t be more excited. No, seriously – I tried and I physically could not be more excited. My body just couldn’t do it. THAT’S how excited I already am! LOL

Last season was one of my all-time favourite Blue Jays seasons. Not only did the Blue Jays have a decent run, but I got to experience a handful of games in person at the ballpark, and even more in the comfort of my own home.

This season may not have started off on the best foot for our boys, but I had the opportunity to go to 3 games within 4 days…which was awesome!

first game, front row…this’ll do, I suppose #LetsRise

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CONTEST | New Season – New Menu Items at Aroma Espresso Bar #SpiceUpSpring

The sun is shining and spring has officially sprung at Aroma Espresso Bar!

The other day, I had the opportunity to head out to (what will be my new local after our big move!Aroma Espresso Bar, and check out a sneak peek of their new spring menu options.

Aroma Espresso Bar values nutritional integrity. Every day in each of our locations across Ontario, we chop tomatoes, grill eggplant, mash avocado, cook quinoa, bake bread, and more. Meals are always prepared fresh and made-to-order.

That’s one of the things I love about Aroma Espresso Bar. While yes, the food is quick and convienient – it’s also fresh and nutritious.

This spring, Aroma Espresso Bar is introducing a few new items to their menu…and reinventing a classic staple.

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Turning My Love For Wine Into An Appreciation Of Good Wine, Thanks To iYellow Wine Club

Alright, my love for wine is not news to anyone who reads my posts, and my love for iYellow Wine Club shouldn’t be either.

I’ve been friends with the entire iYellow Wine Club team since I first popped up on the blogging scene…back when I was “AwesomeJennJenn.” Remember those days?

Good times…good times, I tell ya.

Anyways, the team at iYellow Wine Club are awesome because they took my love for wine and nurtured it into an appreciation for good wine. Between classes and tastings and amazing wine tours – the entire team at iYellow Wine Club knows their stuff – but best of all, they have fun with it.

For 10 years the iYellow Wine Club has been promoting the vibrant wine lifestyle.

I can honestly say that I have never had a bad time at an iYellow Wine Club event. Ever, I mean – how could you?! There’s wine, there’s food, there’s laughs…it’s just a load of fun!

Like at the beginning of the month, for instance. I brought my sister out for a fun day of tasting delicious California wines with iYellow Wine Club at their #CaliWineJam. We had the chance to try different wines at our leisure, and then even go back for seconds (or thirds – whatever, don’t judge us) of our faves. All while chatting with reps from each brand, who were able to tell us the distinct notes to look for, what to pair each with, and even if they were available in the LCBO.

all you need in life is love…and wine 💁🏻🍷 #CaliWineJam

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brb – imagining I’m on the beach in Cali #CaliWineJam

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I’m Human And Life Gets Hectic Sometimes

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Oh, hey there! How are you doing? I feel like it has been awhile since we chatted and caught up!

I’m sorry for the lack of updates here on le blogaroo. It’s been a rough couple of weeks on my end, mainly because I had to say goodbye to my best bud…my fur baby, Precious.

It’s been just over a week since I had to say goodbye to this face…and not a day has gone by that I haven’t cried. I’ve suffered through my fair share of heartbreak over the years, but nothing compares to the pain I have felt this past week. Saying goodbye to my best friend was byfar the hardest thing I have ever had to do. She offered me unconditional love over the 11.5 years we spent together and our bond was undeniable. Thank you to everyone who has reached out and offered their condolences, and a big thank you to everyone who has shared with me some of the memories they had with Precious. The reminder that she was loved and adored by not only me has been comforting. Precious was stubborn. Precious was set in her ways. Precious did what she wanted, when she wanted. But Precious was also fragile. She was a gentle soul, and all she ever wanted was love…both to receive and give. I wonder where she got that from? September 17, 2005 – March 15, 2017 xo

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Some sort of silver lining on the rough couple of weeks though is that we found an amazing apartment! Yup, that’s right – in case you didn’t know, the BF and I are making the move to cohabitating.

*deep breaths*

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That Time I Finally Felt Human Again So I Went To #RockYourRide At CycleBar Leaside

OMG – you guys, I can’t believe how sick I have been over the past couple of weeks. It has been BRUTAL. My head pounded, my body ached, I blew my nose so much that it became tender to the touch…which was unpleasant every time I had to sneeze…which was often.

Everything just *~HuRt~* Le sigh.

The worst part? My fave guy had been sick too. So, it’s been about a month of taking turns making soup and restocking the Emergen-C and Buckley’s. LOL But, thankfully, we’re both FINALLY feeling better and are getting some energy back!

This energy came in handy last week when I dragged myself to my very first ever spin class at CycleBar Leaside.

I headed out to Leaside to the brand-spanking new CycleBar for their media preview night. This is the first and only CycleBar studio in Canada, however they’re looking to expand over the next year.

CycleBar Leaside

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A Letter To Myself | Dear 13 Year Old Jenn Jenn

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Dear 13 year old Jenn Jenn,
 I know life is very hard right now…and to be honest, it’s not going to get any easier any time soon…but I need you to have faith.
I need you to have faith in yourself. Believe in yourself, just a little more each day.
Your struggle, your story – all of it is shaping you to become who you were meant to be. So, stop being so hard on yourself.
Learn to forgive those that have hurt you so badly…trust in the forgiveness process…it’s healing.
You need to learn to love yourself. You need to love yourself before you can open your heart.
You deserve happiness and it’ll come, I promise.
One day you’ll wake up and be happy, really, truly, genuinely happy. You’ll have love in your life and you’ll finally believe you deserve it.
And when that day comes, you’ll look back on the struggles and realize – everything as happening for a reason; leading you to where you were meant to be.
I love you,
Jenn Jenn