May 15, 2018

it's bbq season + rufus teague!

B B Q   S E A S O N   I S   *F I N A L L Y*   H E R E!

I'm absolutely loving this beautiful Spring weather here in Toronto. I've got to say one my favourite parts about Spring & Summer is cooking delicious meals on the BBQ! Pete and I are so lucky to have our cute little back patio that gives us the opportunity to hang back there, host and of course cook up some delicious food on the BBQ for ourselves and our guests.

Last week I was lucky enough to attend a blogger event at Barque (one of my favourite places to eat in the city!) for all things BBQ. In other words, this was the event of my dreams! I loveeee BBQ, in fact I'd say it's probably my favourite type of food.

I got to learn all about Rufus Teague BBQ sauce and ohhhh baby, am I glad I now know it exists. The chefs cooked up all kinds of delicious plates using their BBQ sauce, and they were all incredible in their own ways. Also, how can I not mention the fact that their was a fountain of BBQ sauce! I mean, seriously? The best! Chicken Fingers dipped in Rufus Teague = heaven on earth.

The three flavours we tired were Honey Sweet + Touch 'O Heat + Whiskey Maple ♥

Everyone at the event left with some sauce and spices and Pete and I have basically been putting them to use every night! On Sunday night we made fajitas on the BBQ with Touch O' Heat. They! were! so! darn! good!

Follow Rufus Teague on Instagram + Twitter for some serious BBQ inspo for the Summer!
I thought I'd share a little somethin' delicious to make with your Rufus Teague BBQ sauce!:

BBQ BLTA WRAP:

Brown Sugar Bacon 
8 pieces thick cut bacon
1 cup of brown sugar
1 tp of rufus teague meat rub
1 whole wheat tortilla
1 beefsteak tomato, sliced 1/2' thick
1 head of boston lettuce
1 ripe avocado, sliced
1 tbs rufus teague honey sweet bbq sauce

Directions:
set oven at 400 Degrees
massage bacon with brown sugar and rufus teague meat rub (allow to sit for 3-5 minutes)
set bacon on wire rack + place in oven. allow bacon to crisp up and get crunchy
while bacon is cooking in the oven, slice up veggies
remove bacon from wire rack, cover with foil and retain heat
warm up tortilla in microwave.
once tortilla is nice and warm, slather on a heaping tablespoon (or more!) of your rufus teague honey sweet bbq sauce
add your bacon, lettuce, tomato and avocado. wrap it up + serve up with some more bbq sauce!
Photography by Josh Tenn-Yuk courtesy of Rufus Teague

 + this is a sponsored post. please note that jules only chooses to work with brands that she loves, believes in and best reflect her personal brand & blog +

May 9, 2018

tell me something good!

Oh heyyyyyy there! Happy Wednesday! Is it just me, or are the days and weeks flying by in literally seconds? It's insane. There's so much going on, and so many awesome things.

It's been a while since I've been able to give a little life update and just straight up chat about some great things, because why the heck not? The longer I've been blogging, the more I realize that it doesn't really matter what I post, as long as I'm happy with it. I think this kind of segment will be something I do more often, just sharing the love, ya know!?

And for that exact reason, I present to you some good f*cking things:

+ America by Childish Gambino - Ok, I just can't stop. I want to listen to this song all day everyday. I want to watch the video, I want to tweet at Childish Gambino, I want to shout from the rooftops "this song is everythingggg"

+ Toronto Flower Market - Ooooh baby. It's back, and there's even more than ever before. The Toronto Flower Market is honestly one of my favourite things about Spring/Summer in Toronto. Gimme all 'dem fresh flowers (and please let their be peonies!) I'm super excited to take my mom there this Saturday!

+ We're going to Montreal - I'm SO pumped for this. Pete and I are heading to Montreal for the long weekend and we couldn't be more excited. We've both never explored the city and we can't wait to wander around. We're taking the train there and then flying home, and will be eating a lot of bagels, poutine and drinking all of the coffee.

+ BBQ SZN - It's finally nice out in Toronto (knock on wood!) and Pete and I just filled the propane tank for the BBQ. It's only been a week and dinners have proven to be effing delicious and it feels like we have a world of options! I'm going to be sharing some fun recipes soon on the blog!

+ Buffalo + Hotel Henry - Pete and I headed to Buffalo for the day/night a few weeks ago for a little pick-me-up/Target run (lol) We found this super cool and trendy hotel to stay at there called "Hotel Henry" it was just gorgeous and had so much character and you should definitely stay there if and when you ever go to Buffalo.

+ Edit Seven - Tonight at the event I was at, I got to chat with the lovely Gracie Carroll for a long while. She's so awesome and I am so excited to follow along her new adventure at Edit Seven because my goodness is it ever a breath of fresh air and something we needed here in Toronto (and Canada!)

+ Last year my mom and I went on a little mother/daughter trip and it's becoming an annual thing because why the heck wouldn't it be? I am SO pumped because we're headed to The June Motel next month! (in June, how fitting!) I've wanted to check this gorgeous spot out since it opened and I am excited for a mini getaway with my #1 gal.

There you have it, life is good. SO GOOD! Hope you're having a lovely week!

May 2, 2018

let's bee besties + the toronto hive!

oh heyyyyy! let's bee besties!

So, there's something very cool happening in Toronto this weekend and as a passionate Torontonian, I feel like it's my duty to tell you all about it! ♥

Have you heard of Bumble? Odds are you've heard of this app in some regard. And I have to say, it's not just for dating anymore. I'm personally excited about all the fun new features as I loveeee to meet new friends and connect with other inspiring women in Toronto. (Bumble BFF & Bumble Bizz!)

If you've got the bumble app, you instantly gain access to the Bumble Hive Pop Up which is happening Friday May 4th - Sunday, May 6th at 950 Queen Street West (Queen + Shaw!)

Bumble will be hosting three days of programming with notable speakers, performers and panels in Toronto. It's open to anyone with an active Bumble profile. I am super excited to head to the hive on Saturday afternoon for an amazing talk and some serious inspiration. I love how good Toronto is about bringing together inspiring women in our community! Yes new friends!

"Bumble is bringing the brand to life in Toronto from May 4th to 6th with a Hive pop-up at 950 Queen St. West. The “female first” app has presented similar spaces in New York, London and L.A. providing users with a fun and interactive opportunity to interact with the brand in person and participate in empowering conversations with leading women. The Bumble Hive Toronto will be no different - guests can expect complimentary entertainment, drinks and snacks, and interactive sessions with Canadian and international thought-leaders and entrepreneurs including Erin Foster, Maria Qamar and Alex Williamson."

Insta - @Bumble_Canada + @Bumble

Find out more about the Bumble Hive: Toronto here

May 1, 2018

18 for 2018.

H e l l o   M a y ! 

Um, what? As we enter the fourth month of the year, it seems appropriate that I finally share my 2018 goals, lolz. Leave it to me to be so specific that I needed to curate the perfect list.

As I mentioned in a previous post about the Happier podcast, I loved their "try this at home" for new years resolutions/goals. I always love making goals and lists but sometimes it can be tough when things are so general. For example, how do you cross off something like "drink more water" or "take more time to read". I'm one to really love physically crossing something off so this really spoke to me!

I will say this, and that is that I do have some other personal goals that I prefer not to share, but regardless - these are all things I do hope to accomplish this year.

A few things already got crossed off as this has been a work in progress clearly(!!!)

Anyway, HAPPY Spring! Did you make any goals for this year? If not, why not try 18 for 2018?!

jules' 18 things to do in 2018:
1. take a dance class
2. go to trivia night
3. make a #whishwedding scrapbook
4. get a massage
5. learn a song on ukele
6. go on a trip to montreal
7. revamp my blog
8. read 12 books (2/12)
9. meet baby ozzy
10. go to karaoke
11. get new glasses
12. go on a road trip
13. submit our wedding to a blog
14. colour my hair pastel pink
15. learn to read tarot cards
16. start my own podcast
17. get my nails done at her majesty's pleasure
18. go on a little weekend trip with my mama

April 16, 2018

for your rainy days!

Well, it's April 16th and it's still snowing, and freezing rain. Buttttt, here we are and as an eternal optimist I am hear to add a little sunshine into your gloomy days.

After a weekend of insane storms, crazy winds, snow, rain, hail and everything in between I had to get my sh*t together. After work today I braved the horrible weather to go get some cute af forest green rain booties, and a good, strong (and cute of course) umbrella.

// spring cleaning!
// go through those magazines you've had lying around
// read through cook books + mark some recipes to try
// do some baking
// listen to a podcast
// light some candles + meditate
// start that book you've been meaning to start
// re-arrange a room in your place to add a little spark to it
// have a movie marathon for some of your favourite flicks
// write a letter or a card (send snail mail)
// organize/go through your photos
// leave the house for a coffee (because that little break is actually so nice
// get inspired by some new blogs to follow
// listen to an old album that brings back great memories
// delete photos on your phone + laptop (+ back them up!)
// make a pot of tea, and relax with a couple cups
// buy fresh flowers (because when is this not the best idea ever?)
// colour in that cute colouring book you bought a while ago
// re-paint or spruce up an old piece of furtniture
// start a donation bag of old clothes, books, etc
// snuggle, cuddle, bundle up (live that hygge life)
// stay in your jammies all day, duh!