Oh my Lord. The last 38 hours have been interesting and… cold. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you probably already know that Toronto was hit with a huge ice storm this weekend (you can follow hashtag #darkTO on Twitter). It left 300,000+ people without electricity for days (many are still without power). My power was out for a total of 38ish hours– and boy, was it ever cold in here. Things were looking pretty grim when Toronto Hydro said it would take up to 72 hours for power to be restored. Now, they’re saying that some people won’t have their power restored until this weekend (um, craziness!).
Thankfully, our power was restored around 4pm today. I’m just hoping that the power is restored for everyone else real soon. But I will say this– in the last 38 hours, I’ve learned that I am ill prepared when it comes to power outages (I didn’t even own a flashlight!). So here are a few winter power outages must-haves (feel free to add to the list!):
You can charge your cell phone a few ways: 1) Through your computer via USB cable, 2) Through your car, 3) If you can, you could visit a mall or subway station that is open and find an outlet there. Bring a power bar if you have one, as others may be already using the outlets!
DO NOT use BBQs inside your house! This is very dangerous!
Check to see if you have hot water (I did!). Get a hot bath or hot (dark) shower to keep warm.
If you do have access to the internet, follow popular hashtags on Twitter (I.E, #darkTO) to get any updates.
If you find an ATM, it’s best to take some cash out as many places that are open do not have working ATMs or Interact machines!
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Prepping for Xmas
I know. I’ve been super absent from the blog lately (and I really don’t have an excuse!). I haven’t written a chit chat sunday since the beginning of December, so I thought I’d get the ball rolling again ;)
This week, I’ve been keeping myself occupied (i.e, prepping for Christmas!). You know, last minute shopping, Christmas grocery shopping, and mailing out a bunch of Christmas cards (I am so late this year!). Here are a few photos I took throughout the week:
A little present for my “internet turned IRL” friend, Laura
Top secret present ;) ;)
Ehehehehe! This one has my name on it!!! (But I can’t open it until Christmas!)
I love “Santa’s Secret” by David’s Tea!
Sometimes, I get a little sick of the hot beverages and crave something cold. That’s when a cool lime refresher from Starbucks comes in handy! ;)
I received a LUSH bath bomb from my Ottawa friend this week (part of a Christmas present!), and I’m loving it!
I do have a few posts coming up this week, so keep popping back! I’ve been thinking about doing some minor rebranding of Fresh-Season.com in 2014. Goal #1? To set up some sort of blog schedule!
The one thing that I dislike about my Kate Spade Cedar Street Maise bag is that it’s not very roomy. Unfortunately, I can’t fit my iPad in there or my work lunches. I was thinking about buying an actual lunch bag (like from Wal-mart), but hey… let’s be real here, they’re not really all that cute (lol).
Then I stumbled upon “Baggu” baggies on NailPolishCanada.com! Baggu are these adorable environmental-friendly reusable bags that come in so many different vibrant colours and designs (I mean come on, how cute is this seahorse baggu?).
My lunch bag dilemma was officially solved when NailPolishCanada.com sent me two seahorse baggus to review! The verdict? I love them! I actually bring my Baggu bags everywhere!
You can use your Baggu…
- As a lunch bag– for the kids or yourself!
- As a shopping bag for the grocery store or the market
- To carry around your books
- To carry around extra work clothes, or an extra pair of shoes
I seriously cannot wrap my head around the fact that Christmas is less than two weeks away! Normally, I’m all decked out and ready for Christmas (ie, shopping, decorating, baking etc.) by the beginning of December; but this year, I am so so off. I haven’t even sent out my Christmas cards yet! (They are, however, ready to be sent out– that counts for something, right?).
2. Kate Spade Skinny Mini Bow Studs
I have been lusting over these adorable skinny mini bow studs since the fall! I’m always wearing studs, so these would be the perfect little upgrade! Preferably in rose gold ;)
3. Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Perfume
I’ve mentioned this several times before– Flowerbomb is (by far) my favourite perfume! Sadly, my little bottle ran out a few weeks ago and I’ve been missing my signature scent dearly!
4. Kate Spade Rickee Boots (on sale!)
I’m ashamed to show you the boots that I am wearing right now (I received them last year for Christmas, but they’re in hard shape!). So this is one item that I need as the soles are seriously coming undone in the ones I own now! Yikes!
5. Kate Spade Bow Paperclips
Perhaps not a “must have,” but how adorable are these? For $12, I think these would be the perfect little stocking stuffer!
6. Kate Spade Thermal Mug
Ever since I popped by the Kate Spade section at Chapters, I’ve wanted this thermal mug! Actually, I left my old thermal mug at my old workplace in Ottawa by mistake (oops), so a new one is surely in order!
7. J.Crew Abstract Diamond PopOver
I really need to work on my wardrobe! This popover would be a great addition! I love popovers/blouses like these because they are so comfortable and you can wear them anywhere (at work, running errands, etc!).
8. Paul Mitchell Flat Iron
My flat iron hasn’t been working like it should lately, and I’ve been really thinking about investing in a new flat iron. Paul Mitchell flat irons are by far, my favourite! I actually owned one a few years ago but blew it up in Russia (yikes!).
9. Cable Knit Headband
Umm… so I have a confession– I do not own a pair of gloves, scarf, or headband/hat for my head! I’ve been searching for the cutest ones, but haven’t come across any that I liked (until now that is!). The weather here in Toronto is getting pretty cold, so a warm headband is a necessity!
10. LUSH bubble bars
I am such a big fan of LUSH bubble bars! Especially in the winter-time, where I tend to take multiple baths a week (it warms me up!). Again, LUSH bubble bars make great little stocking stuffers and any gal would be lucky to find one in her stocking!
11. The Lip Slipp by Sarah Happ
This stuff isn’t a real “must have” for my list, but I’ve been eyeing it for the last few weeks. Ideally, I would like to pop into J.Crew and smell it– a great scent is an A+ in my books!
12. VS The Dreamer Flannel Pajama (on sale!)
I have such a shortage of pyjamas that it’s unreal. A new flannel set would be more than amazing (plus, what’s a Christmas without a new pair of pyjamas?).
13. Deborah Lippman Best of Both Worlds Set
I’ve been lusting over the Deborah Lippman Best of Both Words nail polish set for a little over a month now (I’ve talked about it a few times on the blog already!). For $22, this is such a great deal!
14. Kate Spade Cobblestone Park Lacey Wallet (on sale!)
For months, I’ve been eyeing this Kate Spade Cobblestone Park Lacey wallet. I’ve been super close to buying it several times. The only reasons why I didn’t purchase was 1) because it was super expensive, $158; and 2) because it’s too big for my little cedar street maise bag :( If I ended up getting a bigger bag, this wallet would be a great little addition! Plus, it’s on sale for $110! Much, much better ;)
This weekend was so much fun! Nancy from Spiffykerms.com popped into town on Saturday, so the day was jammed packed with shopping, giggling, internet gossip (Kidding! Kind of…lol), and lots of walking!
While at Hemmingways, we talked lots and exchanged gifts! Look at the oh so wonderful treats that she gave me! An owl Christmas ornament (because I’m obsessed with Christmas), Purity syrup, and a caramel log bar (these two are very popular in Newfoundland!).
As usual, the food was fantastic! I was (somewhat) a good girl and opted for a chicken caesar salad… that is, until Nancy ordered some sweet potato fries on the side… then I had to get some too! Oops (but they were delish!).
My brain has seriously turned into mush (or maybe I’m getting old?), and I can’t quite tell you where we went next (maybe to the Eaton Centre again?). But around 5:00, when it started getting a little dark outside, we decided to walk to the Toronto Christmas Market!
Ahh! It was amazing (as I expected!). So many lights! …But so many people! And it was super cold out. After taking a few photos and walking around a bit (followed by a picture with Santa– ha!), Nancy and I decided to walk on back.
At the end, we were seriously so tired (and cold). We sat in the food court of the Eaton Centre, with our white peppermint mochas, for at least twenty minutes. You know, trying to defrost ourselves! But it was super fun nevertheless!
Have you ever been to the Toronto Christmas Market before?
One of my favourite things to do during the holidays is to bake a bunch of Christmas cookies! …But not just any Christmas cookies– I’m talking about traditional “Newfie cookies!” Basically, these are cookies that my family (and most families in Newfoundland) make during the holidays. Of course, some of these you can find in other parts of the country and are quite common (I.E, peanut-butter balls); but some of these are super unique (like SNOWBALL cookies!). These are sooo good and are incredibly easy to make!
PS: I even made a little pic/video combo!
3 cups rolled oats
2 cups unsweetened coconut
¾ cup cocoa (sifted)
Pinch of salt
1¼ cups milk
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups sugar
¾ cup butter (cut in sm cubes)
In a large bowl, combine roll oats, 1 cup of coconut, cocoa and salt – mix well and set aside.
In a large saucepan, med-low heat, combine milk, vanilla, sugar and butter. Stir until all ingredients are totally dissolved. Increase to med-high heat and bring to a gently boil (at this time do not stir mixture). Continue to cook for 8 minutes or until temperature reaches 230F on a candy thermometer or at the soft-ball stage.
Immediately add boiled mixture to dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Place mixture in refrigerator until cool enough to handle. Shape into round balls and coat in coconut.
Last weekend, I got the chance to spend some time in Ottawa (which was perfect timing since I wasn’t having a good week). I got to see my former work friends (aka, my Ottawa family), celebrate a friend’s birthday, meet up with two very lovely bloggers, and just kick back and relax! Oh it was wonderful! Here’s a little recap:
While I did not enjoy waking up at 4:00am last Friday (to catch the subway to the greyhound station), the bus ride wasn’t too bad :)
Road trip must-haves: Diet Pepsi and yogurt covered raisins! Noms.
First stop while in Ottawa? Nectar Fine Teas in Westboro for high tea! Perfection!
On Saturday, I met up with two bloggers– Marilou and Lauren– at the Dubliner in the Byward Market. Excuse the photo, I was busy showing them Photoshop ;)
Marilou is the sweetest! She gave both Lauren and I a bag full of Bourjois goodies! Are you guys interested in seeing what’s in side? (I can do a separate post!).
December in Ottawa: KEEP WARM because it’s crazy cold there. I borrowed my friend’s red scarf for this photo ;) Ha.
And of course, some Rudolph cocoa to keep extra warm!
Browsing on the iPad + Holiday blend by David’s Tea = The perfect morning!
I had such a lovely time in Ottawa! Like I said, it’s a home away from home! I miss it that much that I’m already planning my next trip! ;)