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Top 10 Things To Do For The August Long Weekend
July 30, 2010 at 11:44 am 0
In Ontario we have a fabulous 3 days off for the August long weekend. Not sure what to do? There are lots of fantastic things going on, not to mention the weather is going to be absolutely gorgeous!

Things To Do In Toronto


1.Take A Day Trip To The Toronto Islands (click here to read more) One of our favourite things to do is to go the the Toronto Islands. 2. Go To The Beach (click here to read more) The Beach is also a favourite place to be this weekend. Take a stroll on the beach, play some volleyball, watch the seagulls, or enjoy a delicious brunch along Queen Street. 3. Visit The Harboufront Area (click here to read more) There's also lots of great things happening at the Harbourfront in general. Read on to find out what to do, where to go, and where the best patio is! 4. Take Part In Caribana (click here to read more) Of course you've probably heard that this weekend is the Caribana weekend - it's a massive party that consumes a large part of our city to so here's information on how you can get involved.

Things To Do Outside Of The City
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5. Take A Day Trip To Niagara On The Lake (click here to read more) Niagara On the Lake is an absolute favourite. Here's a short post on what do while you're in Ontario's favourite wine country. 6. Go To Cottage Country (click here to read more) Cottage country is gorgeous, and there's no better weekend to enjoy it than this one! Here's a link to a last minute cottage rental site...so tempting!

Things To Do Anywhere
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7. Host A Fabuous Dinner Party (click here to read more) It's going to be gorgeous, so host a fabulous outdoor dinner party with these amazing recipes. 8. Go On A Cheap, Fun & Active Date (click here to read more) Great suggestions for cheap, active and super fun date activities. If you're single don't fret, grab one of your girlfriends and make it a girls date! 9. Go Hiking With Your Girlfriends (click here to read more) The great outdoors, great girlfriends...well it all sounds pretty great. And it is. Do something totally different this weekend, and go hiking with your ladies. You'll love it! 10. Day Dream What Your Fantasy Life (click here to read more) In a relaxed environment, with no pressure or noise, or stress, or anything to disrupt you, let your mind wander...and create a picture of your dream life. It will be the start of great things for you!
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In Online Dating Are Words Necessary, Or Just Symbols?
June 10, 2010 at 3:48 pm 0
online dating Today's post is a guest post from Lily, our new divorcee who's re-learning to date. ----- Welcome to the era of online dating. For those of you who are not single and haven’t been for awhile, you will not be able to even slightly grasp how the world of dating has changed, for those single ladies (and gents) reading this you are probably already laughing. Between facebook, plenty of fish and jdate I can barely keep up with all the accounts I need to check, forget about trying to remember who I spoke to when and about what. But that’s not even the issue, if my biggest problem was meeting too many great people, well this post would be as exciting as watching your friends wedding video! I can deal with the nice people, and the decent conversations that come up every once in awhile but wow are there some weirdo’s out there. My first forage back into the dating world happened about 3 ½ months after my split. Nervous as anything, but figured I needed to get back in the game. Nice guy, not for me, but a nice intro back into the world of dating and a fabulous first introduction to the world of online dating. Should have stopped while I was ahead...spent about an hour chatting with the great guy one night, give him my email address, he sends a lovely email, I respond. That’s it, end of the story, nothing back (we’ll touch on why I think this happened in another post!). Then there is the complete stranger I was set up with, who decides (prior to ever meeting me) that I am too newly separated to be dating. I am so lucky to have strangers in my life who are capable of making decisions for me! Oh did I mention he chose to pass on this worldly advice via facebook? And then there is the influx of sweet messages, feel free to interpret • hi:)Your is very nice beam,and I like to meet you...your lifestyle of the great.my name is “sam”... how are you? (please feel free to translate this one!) • I really like your fantastic smile? (it’s a question?) And my ultimate favourite: him: :) me: well I don’t respond because :) is not words. him: ? me: well again I don’t respond because there are no words in front of the question mark. him: indecisive or technical difficulties? me: neither, a smiley face and a question mark do not constitute a conversation. What ever happened to “hello”? ---- Like this? Check out Lily's other posts Men Vs. Women: Who Should Bring The Condoms What's Better: Happiness Vs. Contentment? Photo Credit: SugaryBlog
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Sporty & Cheap Date Ideas
April 16, 2010 at 11:38 am 2


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Take advantage of this great Spring weather and plan an active and adventurous date with your honey. 1. Go for a romantic bike ride & picnic Dust off your bike, pack a light picnic and hit the road with your honey for a few hours. After riding for a few hours step off your bikes, take out your picnic of light sandwiches, fruits and maybe a little vino, and relax. After lunch take a nap, relax and when you're ready ride home. This is a fun date idea that can be as short or as long as you want it, so make it your own and enjoy! 2. Go boating Most cities and towns have a nearby lake, ocean or river, so take advantage of it! Rent a canoe or kayak and spend a few hours slowly paddling and enjoying the peace of the water. 3. Try out rock climbing This activity is sure to get your blood rushing, whether it's an indoor gym or outdoor area! The thrill of climbing high will get your blood rushing and when you have to lean back to get down you are sure to skip a few heartbeats! Rock climbing is a great trust builder, and for some thrill seekers the excitement can be super sexy! 4. Take a hike! Hiking is a fun way to see the outdoors and to get fit! You can go to the countryside, mountains, or even in your own city - so find your fancy and spend a few hours walking and talking...maybe even ending up at a cute cafe for a little lunch or afternoon tea.
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Scrumptious Baked Chicken With Mustard and Lime Sauce
February 26, 2010 at 12:39 pm 0
Last night I tested out this Paula Deen recipe for backed chicken with a wonderful and tangy sauce. I had the ingredients on hand and just googled chicken, lime and mustard and this nifty little recipe came up on the search results. It was so easy to make and tasted restaurant delicious, and best of all it was ready in about 20 minutes! This is a great family meal, or could also make a wonderful at home date meal.

Wonderful baked chicken with lime and dijon sauce

Wonderful baked chicken with lime and dijon sauce

Here's how you do it. Ingredients: 2 large skinless boneless chicken breasts 3 Tbs Dijon Mustard 1 Tbs Mayo 1 Garlic Clove, minced Finely grated zest and freshly squeezed juice of 1/2 Lime 3/4 Tsp pepper Salt to taste Chopped parsley to garnish Directions Preheat the oven to 400. Rinse the chicken and pat dry. In a bowl, whisk together the mustard, mayo, garlic, lime zest and juice and pepper. Season the chicken generously with salt. Place the chicken in the baking dish and pour the mustard-mayo mixture over the chicken, covering it evenly. Bake until it is cooked through (approx 15 minutes) and then serve with steamed asparagus and mini roasted potatoes. You can also finish the chicken off with parsely if you'd like.
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Great Date Idea
November 6, 2009 at 12:45 pm 0
In Toronto there are some wonderful and fun things to do for dates that can bump an average night up several notches. If you have a spare date evening and you want to do something different here is a fun plan just for you!

Start your night out at Rodney's Oyster Bar on King Street. It's a pretty rough and tumble environment, but the oysters are amazing and it's a very open and social place. You can show up in a fancy dress and saddle up to the bar for few oysters, or wear jeans and spend the evening here, so don't let this place set the tone for your outfit. Wear what you want and enjoy the adventure of eating shucked oysters while sipping champagne. The oysters are so fresh and wonderful, not to mention an aphrodisiac!



After your oyster adventure head out to the Davisville LCBO (liquor store). It may seem like a bit of a strange spot, but the historic building has a gorgeous tasting room where you can sample some divine wines in a beautiful environment. Make sure you each sample different wines and share them...it's a nice romantic thing to do and you get to learn something too! But beware, there's a limit of two samples per person and the tasting room closes at 8pm, so try to show up at 7 so you’re not rushed.

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To end your evening go to the bar at Scaramouche. As a part of the fancy (and pricey) restaurant the bar is a more casual (i.e. fun) environment with the same gorgeous views as Scaramouche and phenomenal foods. There some fantastic mains here but if you want something lighter the asparagus, buffalo mozzarella and pesto salad is simply divine. As you wind down the evening sip a desert wine and look over the city...it's the perfect way to end a fun and adventurous date, which depending on what you eat, doesn't have to cost a fortune.
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Are You Your Own Dating Enemy?
November 4, 2009 at 12:22 pm 2
Ever wonder why all these bad dating things keep on happening to you? Why do you only seem to meet jerky guys? Do you date guys for a few weeks and then they just disappear? If that sounds familiar there’s a key component that’s in every one of these negative situations – you. Yes, the unfortunate truth is that if you keep on finding yourself dating guys that have no future, waiting for a guy to call and he never does, or going out with guys that always seem to disappear after three months chances are very high that you are doing something to make sure you always end up in these situations. Most likely you are participating in your own dating demise – yup, you are your own dating enemy. There are several common ways that women sabotage their own dating success. 1. Doubting yourself. We all project our feelings about ourselves onto others. If you carry around huge feelings of doubt, and worry, and shame others will pick this up. If you were trying to hire someone for a job wouldn’t you rather chose the person who seemed comfortable with what they bring to the table, instead of the self doubter? You are also looking for a position to fill in someone’s life…so make sure you’re presenting your best self…and you just might find the perfect mate. 2. Not knowing what you want. If you are searching for a partner make sure you know what qualities that person has. It’s best to do this when you feel comfortable, happy and relaxed. Don’t do this when you are feeling sad, lonely, used or abused. You want this list to be a list of your dream man. Not a list of the type of guy you don’t want. If your list has several “he doesn’t yell at me, he’s not cheap, etc etc” you know you are not in the right place to be writing now. Step back, take a sip of tea or a walk and start again. This is your dream “want” list, not a list of things you are trying to avoid. 3. Falling for guys tricks. Not everyone wants to be your boyfriend. And not everyone has great intentions. So beware of some of the silly tricks guys play to make sure you don’t fall for them. Do guys try and talk to you about sex right away? He’s testing you to see if you’ll take the bait…so don’t fall for it. Does he say he’ll call at 9, but always call much later. Let that one go, he’s not into you and he’s just testing what you’ll put up with. Don’t waste your time on this guy, he’s not serious and he just wants to play. 4. Not setting limits. So many women justify bad behaviour of their dates. He hasn’t called you in a week, and then he calls at midnight and wants to get together. Stop playing games with yourself! Don’t make excuses for others. Actions speak louder than words, and if a guy wants you, he’ll make sure you know it. If you don’t know where you stand you probably don’t stand anywhere. Set limits on what you will accept and what you won’t, and don’t deviate from this. 5. Dating the same guy every time. If you date the same type of guy and it never seems to work out you should look into what you like and what you don’t like. If you want to date out of your comfort zone and find your perfect match you need to look at all the similarities in your past and figure out why you went for those guys. When you see patterns emerge you can figure out how to avoid them in the future. 6. Lacking faith. It may take some time to find your dream guy, but you have got to believe. You have to know in your heart of hearts that your perfect match is out there, and you have to give all types of guys chances until you find him. Don’t give up. 7. Dating the bad boy. Yes, they were exciting when you were 18, but there’s no place for them in your life now. It’s that simple. If you are looking for a mate you need to get over the bad boy type. Think of the perfect father of your children, or a best friend…and try and find this guy. The bad boy will never measure up, or be any good at being a great dad or supportive partner. So leave him in your past where he belongs. If you are single and wondering why things never seem to work out, take a deep look at what you’re doing and you may just find out you’re more involved with your own dating demise far more than you ever imagined.
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7 Never Fail Tips on How to Talk to Guys
September 22, 2009 at 12:31 pm 0
For many girls chatting with guys is a very scary thing to do. Help is here! With these simple tricks you can chit chat away with anyone, make connections and get yourself closer to finding the man of your dreams. 1. Start where you are comfortable. If you are shy and talking to strange men is hard for you don’t despair, you can start in your comfort zone. If talking with new men is a huge step start talking with new women first. Once you see how easy it is use the same techniques to start talking to men. 2. Ask questions. I used to have a hard time chatting with strangers and then I figured out a little secret – just ask a question! At a coffee line ask if the person has tried a new drink. At the park as the cute guy what kind of dog he has. If you seem interested people will be open to chatting about anything. 3. Don’t forget to be polite and friendly. If you are uncomfortable and find yourself shooting random questions so you can start a conversation step back, take a deep breath, and don’t forget your p’s and q’s. You’re doing this exercise to meet your match, so treat the person as a friend and act natural and polite. 4. Use positive body language. Smile, have your body facing towards them, keep your stance open and stop fidgeting. There are many ways that we communicate with people, so make sure you’re giving all the signs that you’re enjoying the chat. If it’s uncomfortable at first try it out and you’ll see how easy it is. 5. Act interested in the topic. If you have had success chatting with strangers you’ll notice that the more you seem interested in their topic, and the more positive words you infuse the conversation with, the more guys will want to chat. It’s fun to talk to someone who wants to talk to you and who makes you feel good and interesting. It’s not fun chatting with someone who is asking questions and then doesn’t listen to the answer. 6. Don’t let the conversation die. I’ve made so many introductions between people and put out ice breakers for them only to see them let the conversation totally die. In one instance I introduced a girl to one of my friends from high school. I mentioned how they worked in similar industries – finance. He was in mutual funds and she was in currency exchange. Instead of talking more about it she let the conversation die only to say “Those aren’t similar industries”. Later she was talking to me telling me how cute he was! Remember, stay positive and interested and you’ll find many similarities, even if he’s a farmer and you are a salon owner. Look for commonalities instead of differences. 7. Don’t worry about not looking your sexiest. This is probably to your advantage. You look friendlier and more approachable. People will respond better to you, so instead of using this as an excuse to hold back, think of it as a great time to chat away with strangers
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Date Night Rituals
September 18, 2009 at 1:43 pm 0

When I have a special date I have this ritual that I love to follow. I draw a bath, sip some wine, put on some good music, and really take my time getting ready. I pick my clothes, change a few times, and then maybe change a few times more. A few hours later when my boyfriend picks me up I feel totally refreshed and like I just spent some quality time doing silly, girly stuff. When I talk to my girlfriends it seems like everyone has funny rituals they follow to get ready. What's yours?
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How to Find Mr. Right
June 4, 2009 at 3:22 pm 0
For many of us daters we spend so much of our time obsessing over our dates, but we don't really know what we're looking for. It's like we have a goal in mind, without a game plan. So, I went on a research spree to find out how to date successfully and how girls can get what they want out of dating.

1. Find the patterns in your dating past. What did you like and what did you not like?Chances are you’ll find a pattern. If you want to date out of your comfort zone and find your perfect match you need to look at all the similarities in your past and figure out why you went for those guys. When you see patterns emerge you can figure out how to avoid them in the future. 2. Make a list of what you are looking for. If you are searching for a partner make sure you know what qualities that person has. It’s best to do this when you feel comfortable, happy and relaxed. Don’t do this when you are feeling sad, lonely, used or abused. You want this list to be a list of your dream man. Not a list of the type of guy you don’t want. If your list has several “he doesn’t yell at me, he’s not cheap, etc etc” you know you are not in the right place to be writing now. Step back, take a sip of tea or a walk and start again. This is your dream "want" list, not a list of things you are trying to avoid. 3. Think of how you present yourself. This one is huge! Step out of yourself for a few minutes and think of the impressions you give other people. Do people respond well to you and keep asking more? Do guys try and talk to you about sex right away? Do people often look past you and at other girls when they are talking to you? Most of the time how people respond to you is a mirror of the impressions you are giving them. If people always want to talk to you about sex and your naughty experiences chances are very high you are giving the impression you are sexually available. If you aren’t happy with how people respond to you it is entirely up to you to make some serious changes and have people respond to you with respect and warmth.

4. Keep yourself open to opportunity. Look all around for chances to meet and connect with people. Waiting in line for a coffee? Have a quick chat with a stranger. If this is hard for you take baby steps. Maybe talk to women at first, and then start talking to men once you find it easier. Asking questions is an easy icebreaker – for example “How is that iced chocolate chip mint latte? I’ve never had one before” Everywhere you go find ways to chat with strangers, whether it’s at the coffee shop, at the park, or at the candy store. In these days of internet everything people are craving a human connection – if you just want to say hi people will usually respond well. 5. Go out often. One of the worst things you can do is pine over guys and wish you had a boyfriend and then stay in alone night after night. How is prince charming going to find you in your house? He’s out and about looking for you too, so let him find you. Make a conscious decision to go out and mix it up. This means go to different places and don’t always be surrounded by a pack of friends. If you always go to the same place chances are you keep on running into the same type of people and always remember - a group of girls is pretty intimidating. Go out alone, or with one or two friends at max.

6. Stop playing games with yourself. I know so many people that justify bad behaviour of their dates. He hasn’t called you in a week, and then he calls at midnight and wants to get together. Stop playing games with yourself! Don’t make excuses for others. Actions speak louder than words, and if a guy wants you, he’ll make sure you know it. If you don’t know where you stand you probably don’t stand anywhere. Set limits on what you will accept and what you won’t, and don’t deviate from this. 7. No sex for 2 or 3 months. If a guy likes you he’ll wait. This is a great way to weed out the guys that aren’t worthy of your time, and also to make sure you connect on a much deeper level before you get intimate. If you have sex before 2 – 3 months you’ve killed the mystery and put yourself on sale when you should have been charging full price. Dying for some sexy times? There are stores with accessories that can help you out. It may not be as good as a human connection but it’s sure better than losing someone that you really liked because you slept with him too soon.
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