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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

Words I Write | Depression Sucks But I Do Deserve Happiness

The last couple of weeks have been a little rough. I’ve opened up on Twitter and Facebook about my struggle, and how the overwhelming wrath that is depression has slowly been taking over.

Real life isn’t always the silly selfies you see online. Real life can be hard; real life can be exhausting. Social media offers only a glimpse into our lives. We choose what we want to share, and what we don’t. Personally – I am trying to be more open, sharing the good and the bad. What you don’t always see though, are the days that I cannot leave my bed; the days where my depression tightens… the hold it has on me and I feel so utterly alone and stuck. What you don’t see are the days where I have full-blown panic attacks; where it feels as though the walls are closing in on me and I can’t breathe, nor see through the overflowing tears. What you don’t see are the times where my anxiety is so crippling that I’m left questioning myself, my worth, my everything – all because that little voice in my head is telling me over and over how unworthy and useless I am. What I do want you to see though is that even through all of this – happiness is possible, you just have to choose to fight for it…to fight for yourself. It gets better. #BellLetsTalk

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If anyone has ever battled depression, you’ll know what I’m talking about. It’s that constant feeling of unworthiness, of helplessness. When asked by those around me why I was feeling so down, all I could do was bleakly answer, “I don’t know.”

I was scared. Honestly – I was terrified. I felt myself slipping into a dark place, one that I hadn’t been in for almost four years.

February 17, 2013 – the day of my suicide attempt

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Valentine’s Day Date Ideas Whether You’re Coupled Up Or Flying Solo

Valentine’s Day Date Ideas Whether You’re Coupled Up Or Flying Solo

I love love. This is no secret. I’m a massive hopeless romantic, so it should come as no surprise that I adore Valentine’s Day. Duh – I love all thing romantic and mushy and gushy. I’m practically the cartoons you see where they have hearts as eyes and are almost always blushing.

…yeah, that’s basically me.

That being said, whether you are coupled up, or flying solo – Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be stressful…or boring! Sure, you could do the same ol’ thang year in and year out – make a reservation at a fancy schmancy restaurant…but, where’s the fun in that?

I’ve put together a short list of fun things you can do this Valentine’s Day – either your boothang, your friends, or heck – even just on your own.

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#BellLetsTalk | Don’t Let The Conversation End Here

It’s #BellLetsTalk Day, but I really believe the conversation surrounding mental health is one that should never stop. We need to talk about it so that those suffering feel less alone. We need to keep the conversation going so that the stigma can be removed – and hopefully then, everyone suffering will finally get the help they need.

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I’m going to share some things I have learned over the years when it comes to mental health. Whether you yourself are battling mental illness, or you know someone who is – these tips will help.

1. If you don’t know what to say to someone who is struggling, just let them know you are there for them. “I’m here for you.”

The feeling of loneliness is palpable. “I’m here for you.” These four little words can change someone’s mind frame immensely. When someone is suffering from mental illness, and is in distress – they feel utterly and completely alone. By letting them know that you are there for them, that may help them open up and start talking. You don’t even have to do anything other than just tell them, “I’m here for you.”

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Celebrating The Classics With The Campari Red Diaries

There is something to be said about the classics. Take a look at La La Land, for example. This movie brought us back to a time in cinema where style and class were keystones to making a good film. The music and dancing generating an infectious joy over the audience. The story telling bringing the audience to a state where they feel as though they are, in fact, part of the story itself. Instant classic.

The same can be said for certain cocktails. Cocktails, such as The Negroni, are classics that never go out of style. The fresh citrus burst from the orange, combined with the distinct Campari taste is a combination like no other. Whether ordering at the bar, or making yourself one at home – you can’t go wrong with the classic, The Negroni.

Fun Fact: The Negroni is one of my all-time fave cocktails, a def go-to when I’m out at the bar in the mood for a sipping cocktail.

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