Top 10 Things to do in the Fall!

Fall is quickly coming upon us so I wanted to write a little something about that! Now remember I live in Toronto/Brampton so these things will most likely be things we do around here!

  1. Apple Picking. Since I’m on the boarder of farm land it’s only about a 20 min drive to the closest farm where you can do that. If you live in the area, the best place and most famous place out of my friends would be Downy’s Pumpkin Farm. I’ve been going here ever since I was a child, there’s tons of things to do for all ages!
    http://www.downeysfarm.com/
  2. Nuit Blanche. I can’t even begin to describe how amazing Nuit Blanche is. Nuit Blanche is a bunch of contemporary art made by 100s of artist that put their art work on the roads of a big city for everyone to see. The roads get closed, travel because free if you pay one payment of $11, there’s food trucks, hotel prices are lowered and it’s a lot of fun. I’ve been going for about 3-4 years now and it’s amazing every time! Don’t fear, it’s not just in Toronto, I know a lot of big cities do this, you just have to look it up in your area! Here’s the link to Toronto’s so you get the idea!
    http://www.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca/
  3. Halloween! This is a given one, I think this is what everyone looks forward to when they think of fall, that and one other things. Now, there’s more then just getting dressed up and going out for one night. Yes one of the items is to get your costume but the second is to decorate your lawn! Go to stores and check out what they have, you only have to buy this stuff once then you can use it for every year! If you’re older and don’t have a house of your own yet I would say throw a party with your closet friends! Look online to find games and weird, gross, scary stuff to do.
  4. Pumpkin Picking/Plant a Pumpkin. Once again you can do the pumpkin picking at the farm I named earlier,this truly amazing. If you’re planting your own pumpkin you will need to plan this a little bit earlier, mostly I would say do it around the middle of the summer if not then the end like I did. If you do it at the end then you will most likely get small pumpkins.
  5. Pumpkin Craving Contest. My sister and I randomly decided to do this one year and now it`s been a thing ever since. Two years ago we printed off pictures online and then traced, craved then posted them on social media to get everyone to judge them to see who wins. Who ever has to most likes/comments wins. Last year we decided to switch it up and said that we had to free hand the picture then so on same rules. You can switch it up, make you’re own rules and make it a little tradition.
  6. Last Chance Baseball Game. For you baseball fans you already know that the season is still going on strong for the next month or so, get those tickets. For you other folks who like going to games because it’s something to do, well there you go, get cheap tickets and get drunk. (Yes I’m talking to you girls who have no idea what baseball is, how it’s played or any of the player names.)
  7. Football Game/Super Bowl Party. Yay football season has started and I still don’t understand this damn sport! I mean I know the basics I guess. If you are like me and have a boyfriend who is obsessed with football then just go with it. My boyfriend every year throws a super bowl party, it’s pretty fun, there’s bets and a quiz and much more. You can look online to get a whole bunch of ideas and see whats going on. Even better though, would be actually going to see a game! Look for your team on their website and see if they’re coming to place near you!
  8. Thanksgiving. Now I know most of you may be from the states and you’re thinking well that is like football but in Canada its a whole different things. It’s like Christmas without a gifts, just family coming over for dinner. But lets face it, the dinner, aka the turkey, is what everyone wants.
  9. Fall Photo Shoot. I know this is probably one of the most cheesy things I’ve said but I know at least two people who do it every year. Plus you can save the pictures and make it a Christmas gift.
  10. Halloween Haunt. This may be hard for almost all of you since I don’t know if anywhere else has something like this. I live 30 mins away from Canada’s Wonderland, every year they put on this thing called Halloween Haunt. It use to be called Fear Fest but I guess they had to change the name. It’s pretty sweet, they set up a bunch of scary mazes, hire to people to walk around like zombies and do weird shit with their bodies. It’s something you just have to do once in your life around here. If you have seizure though I wouldn’t suggest going, a lot of flashing lights in the mazes, you can go on the rides though! Here’s the link so you get the idea.
    https://www.canadaswonderland.com/things-to-do/halloween-haunt

There you have it! Hopefully you liked this post and this gave you some ideas.

Thanks for reading!

The Ultimate Packing List

In my previous post I talked about traveling to Ireland and that got me thinking. I hate packing and I’m pretty sure everyone else on this planet hates it as well, so I’ve made up the ultimate packing list. I did this with the help of Chapters Pack This sheet and looking online to what to bring. Not all the things on the list may apply to you but it’s on there anyways. Lets get started!

What Do To Before Traveling

  1. Check that your passport doesn’t expire anytime soon and if it does, get on that!
  2. Make sure all your cards (visa, debit,etc) do not expire anytime soon, if so go get new ones.
  3. Call all card companies and let them know when you’re leaving and that you will be using your cards.
  4. Health Insurance/Travel Insurance.
  5. Change Canadian/American money into Euros. How much is up to you.
  6. Leave a copy of all information for someone at home.

The Basics

Plane/Car Entertainment

  • Pleasure Reading
  • Chewing gum (airports may not allow you, you make have to by it after you’ve gone through security checks.)
  • Snacks (same as I said before, airports may not allow you.)
  • Drinks (airport may not allow you)
  • Earplugs
  • Sleeping Mask
  • Travel Pillow
  • Motion-Sickness Remedy
  • Sleeping Pills
  • Anxiety Medications.

Funds

  • Wallets
  • Cash
  • Credit Cards
  • Debit Card

Travel Info

  • Passport/Visas
  • Drivers License
  • Itinerary
  • Maps/Directions
  • Plane Tickets
  • Hotel Info
  • Health Insurance
  • Travel Insurance

Miscellaneous

  • Day Bag/Purse
  • Laundry Bag
  • Umbrella
  • House Keys
  • Journal/Pen
  • Emergency Contact Information

Technology

  • Plug Adapter (if traveling to the UK for example)
  • Cell Phone
  • Cell Phone Charger
  • Lap Top
  • Lap Top Charger
  • Camera
  • Camera Charger/Batteries
  • Second Battery for Camera
  • Second Memory Card for Camera (or load pictures onto lap top)
  • iPod
  • Headphones

Clothes

  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Bras
  • Sleepwear
  • Nice Outfits
  • Sweater
  • Wind Breaker Jacket
  • T-Shirts
  • Tank Tops
  • Sweatshirt
  • Jeans
  • Shorts
  • Exercise Clothing
  • Swim Suits
  • Athletic Shoes
  • Leisure Shoes
  • Dress Shoes
  • Rain Boots
  • Sandles/Flip Flops
  • Belts
  • Jewelry
  • Glasses
  • Sunglasses

Hygiene

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Mouthwash
  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Brush
  • Hair Dryer
  • Curling/Flat Iron
  • Styling Products
  • Hair Accessories
  • Face Wash
  • Sunscreen
  • Lotion
  • Lip Balm
  • Contact lenses and Case
  • Saline Solution
  • Shaving Cream
  • Razor
  • Perfume/Cologne
  • Makeup
  • Makeup Remover
  • Birth Control
  • Feminine Hygiene
  • Q-Tips
  • Medications
  • Band-Aids

Now you just have to figure out how many are you bringing for how long you’re traveling for. I hope this helped anyone who hates packing as much as I do, let me know if I missed anything that you think I should add!

Bring half of what you think you need, and twice as much money.

Once again thank you for reading, don’t forget to follow and hit the like button!

Maeghan

Contiki Holidays/Tours

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Hello Everyone!

If you have read my blog for awhile you know that YouTube is a big part of my life. One of my favourite YouTubers Alli Speed (use to be Alli Trippy) travels all over the world. Most of the time she travels on her own without a company but once a year a company that sponsors YouTubers takes a a couple of them on a trip. Last year they went to Australia, this year they are currently at Barcelona!

My whole life I’ve wanted to go to England and Ireland but no one would ever go with me (I mean I use to beg my mum to take me!) I looked up Ireland on the company’s website and saw the price and said I’m going to do this.

About Contiki Tours

It’s pretty much a travel company but it’s for 18-35 year olds. You look up where you want to go, put a deposit down, then you have 45 days to pay the full thing (if you save for it is reasonable.) The company plans all the little details so you don’t have to worry about them. Flight, how you’re getting around and what you’re going to see and eat is all taken care of. You travel around with a group (other people who have signed up for it), you have a tour guide with you the whole time but you also get some down time to do the things you want or if you want to have a night of drinking lets say, you can do that too.

My Plan

I haven’t travelled in a long time since I’ve stopped playing baseball and it sucks because I’ve gone all over the United States but I’ve never been to the UK and it’s always been a dream of mine. I told my parents about it and they said it was a pretty cool idea, I told my sister and boyfriend about it because hopefully one of them will come with me. Even if they don’t save the money and I do I can also go by myself because I’m never really alone, I just won’t know anyone there.

Since I really want to do this I need to start planning now, I’m shooting for around next year summer to go.

Things I Need to Do

  1. Passport – need to get it filled out for a new one and pictures!
  2. Save – keep saving money the way I have been and I will be alright.
  3. Get plug adapter for Ireland/Scotland/England (a master one with all will work best)
  4. Make sure boyfriend or sister are saving for this!
  5. Make the ultimate packing list!
  6. Traveling backpack (work walking around)
  7. Second battery for camera.
  8. Second memory card for camera. (or load onto computer)
  9. Let work know in advanced.
  10. Find someone to take care of animals. (teach someone how)
  11. Book trip early.
  12. TRAVEL!

Obviously it’s still early so as time goes on I will have a better plan and will figure out what I’m going to do.

I really hope this comes together! I will keep you updated on it!

If you are interested in traveling but don’t really know how and are between the ages 18-35 check out their website!

http://www.contiki.com/

This will have to be apart of my 2015 list! I will post a link when I create that one!

 

10 Essentials to Bring to a Baseball Game!

Hello everyone! I just came home from a Toronto Blue Jays game and I thought I haven’t written a post in a long time. Since I just came home from the game I though of the idea of what to bring to a Jays game or any game for that matter. So here it goes, lets get started.

1. Tickets. Obviously this is an important one. You cannot get into the game without this. I don’t know about other teams but I think that almost every team does this, now and days teams are so popular even if people don’t like the sport. Baseball is a game that you can go to just to enjoy a nice day at the park, drinking beer with friends; more or so a social event. I would recommend purchasing your tickets online at the teams website and printing them off at home.

2. A bag. Bags can’t be bigger then a backpack or a large purse, well that’s how it is at the Rogers Centre. When I’m at the game my bag is one of my essentials. I’m always throwing things into it or hanging hats off of it. As you’re going in they will check your bag but all they do is look into it and feel the bottom on the outside. The easiest bag to bring is a backpack or a cross body purse, but normal purses work just as well but you just leave it on the floor at your feet.

3. Camera or Cell Phone. Pictures, pictures, pictures! Cell phones work well for selfies and group photos but if you want to get pictures of the players from across the field a digital camera works best. It doesn’t have to be a big super awesome expensive camera, a simply small canon is what I use and pictures come out great.

4. Jersey. This is obvious but if you don’t have a team jersey most stores sell cheap t-shirts with the teams name now. For example, Victoria’s Secret Pink sells Toronto Blue Jays shirts.

5. Hat. It doesn’t have to be a team hat but most people wear them. If you want one and don’t want to spend a lot of money look at the teams website, they may have a promotions section and they have days where they give away hats, jersey, bobble heads and much more.

6. Sunscreen or Umbrella. Everyone who knows baseball knows the the Blue Jays play in a dome but the dome opens. On hot days if you’re not in the parts that are in the shade sunscreen will be a must. I’ve gone to a game in the sun and fried like a piece of chicken, trust me on this one. If it rains in Toronto the dome will just close but most places are outside, so when they delay the game to save the field you are left just chilling in the rain, umbrella will save you!

7. Sweater or Cardigan. I know this sounds stupid especially after I said to bring sunscreen but I freeze sometimes. The season starts early and in Toronto, Canada it’s still winter when it starts, I went to a game and didn’t take off my jacket because it was cold. In the summer on a cold, rainy day when the dome is closed they turn on the A/C full blast to make sure everyone stays cool, I get cold easily but it could help. Also a jackets for the teams that start early and don’t play in a dome this is a must if you’re crazy enough to go see them.

8. Money. Food, beer, souvenirs!  Somewhere in the park there will be a store, if you don’t have something of the teams this is a good chance but it will be a little more expensive them what it would be at a store outside the park. Most sports stores have their cities team stuff. Tim Hortons in Canada even sells Jays donuts, you will not have any problems finding what you want.

9. A good mood. You may have to wake up early and bus to the place but if you’re not in the mood to go to the game, you’re gonna have a bad time. Games are fun, be happy, have a drink, take a lot of pictures, sing the songs and do some of the fun things they have there for you.

10. Permanent Marker and Something to get Signed! Before every game you are allowed to go down to the field and one of the team mates will be signing thing. Bring your own marker and get your shirt, hat, ball signed. If you’re lucky your favorite player will be the one signing things, they also let you take their pictures with you!

15 Beach Approved Must Haves

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The official first day of summer is June 21 this year but the weather makes it feel like it’s already here (and were happy about that!) For me when I think about summer the thing that mostly comes to mind is the beach, that got me thinking for my next post! Today I’m going to give you a list of beach must haves! Lets get started…

1. Beach Bag. This is a # 1 must, what are you going to carry all your things in? Having a beach bag will help a great deal, for me this bag needs to be a big bag to carry all the must haves you will read. Getting one with a bright colour or fun picture on it will help with the beach mood.

2. Towels. Notice the ‘s’! Yes, bring two (2) towels to the beach with you! One for laying down on or leaving it on your beach chair and the second is to dry your self off. With the second towel keep it out of the sand, there’s nothing worse then going to dry yourself off when you’re about to leave and your towel is completely covered in sand.

3. Sunscreen. As I wrote in my previous post sunscreen is a must. The sun is getting stronger and we need to protect ourselves, also there’s nothing worse then having a terrible burn (ouch!)

4. A Hat. I’m the type of girl who loves wearing ball caps therefore I have no problem buying or wearing a hat. Some people think they don’t look good in hats or they just straight up don’t like wearing them. When you’re at the beach and you don’t have a lot of shade from the sun a hot is important. You don’t have to wear it the whole time but giving your head, face and neck a break from the sun is a must on a hot, sunny day. Now it doesn’t have to be a baseball cap, that’s just what I like, but I also have a straw cowboy hat! Go out shopping a try to find cheap hats that you love and won’t mind getting a little water on them! Have some fun with it!

5. Sunglasses. Having a pair of sunglasses helps you from squinting your eyes just to see your books or the people next to you. You don’t have to bring your good pair of glasses to the beach, finding a cheap pair (like $5 and under) is a great pair for the beach. If you end up losing them in the water or they get scratched, it’s okay because it’s not your good pair you spent your well earned money on.

6. Reading Material. I know I’m the type of person who has trouble just laying in the sun doing nothing because I fry when I’m out in the sun but I also love reading. Having a good book or magazine at the beach is a must!

7. Water Resistant Phone Pouch. You can find these online, they’re great when you’re at the beach because it’ll protect your phone from water and sand! Now you don’t have to buy one you can simply just use a plastic bag, that works just as well.

8. Lip Balm with SPF. Your lips need protection too! There’s nothing worse them being at the beach and finding yourself with chapped lips and nothing to help fit it. I recommend keeping your sunscreen and lip balm out of the sun to keep it cool and from melting!

9. Beach Spike. This is a great way from keeping your drinks being covered in sand! This can be found at https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/184528912/monogram-beach-spiker?ref=shop_home_feat_3

10. Leave In Conditioner. In my previous post I wrote about skin and hair with the sun. Leave in conditioner is a must have when you’re at the beach. The sun takes a lot out of you, so when your done at the beach and ready to head home, put some leave in conditioner so your hair can soak some moisture back into it.

11. A Football. Having some sort of sport equipment at a beach is always fun. For my family it was baseball gloves and a ball, but when I’m with a group of friends we all throw a football around. It doesn’t have a be a football, you can also bring a volleyball, soccer ball, etc.

12. iPod. For me it’s always great to have some music when you’re relaxing. Now if you’re with a group of friends that your close enough to just have your relaxing time, go ahead and bring this. But if your with lets say your boyfriend and his friends I wouldn’t exactly bring this and seem anti-social. Bringing it for the car is great since know one likes listening to the commercials on the radio anyways.

13. A Cooler. When I go to the beach we also go to the dollar store and beer store to stock up on some drinks. Having alcohol is fun and relaxing but be careful with it when you’re in the sun. Make sure your drinking one bottle of water after every beer to prevent yourself from getting dehydrated! In my cooler we also bring water, pop, alcoholic beverages and some food.

14. Lotion/Aloe. When your done at the beach and your sitting in the car driving home and you realize you are burnt, have tight skin or just a nice tan. You want to make sure you have something for that, bringing lotion or aloe will help a great deal. If you’re at a beach that doesn’t have showers to rinse off this may be a little harder but if you are its’ perfect. Once you’re done at the beach, rinse off, dry off and lotion your body up. The drive home won’t be as uncomfortable and it will help keep your tan from turning into peeling skin!

15. Camera. You can use your phone but sometimes phone cameras don’t always do the trick. I carry my camera around with me where ever I got, this is a great time to capture moments with your friends and families!

That’s it! Let me know if this came handy when you were packing for the beach!
Do you have anymore to add to the list, leave them in the comments!

6 Steps to Healthy Summer Skin and Hair!

Chlorine, sand and sun can be extremely hard on your skin and hair especially since summer is practically here! These are just some small tips that I’ve figured out growing up and working in a pool over the years. Lets get started…

1. Swim Cap. Now I know you wouldn’t want to wear a swim cap at the beach or a lake but if you are going into a pool at a recreation centre you’re better off to wear one of these, they put a lot of chlorine in the water compared to a pool in someones backyard because of the amount of people going into the pool.

2. Shower. At some lakes and beaches they have showers to rinse your body off of the sand but this can also help your hair out a little bit too. The sun will take the moisture out of your hair so giving it a good rinse with clean water will help it out a bit. If you’re swimming in chlorine water, showering right after getting out helps a great deal! Rinsing right away will get the chlorine off a little bit more, now if you were in the water for three hours straight like I have to be, you will have a harder time getting it off but only an hour you should be fine. Waiting to shower when you get home allows the chlorine to be dried into your skin, trust me even a rinse after being in chlorine water makes you feel ten times better then if you were not to shower.

3. Conditioner. There are two ways you can use conditioner when swimming. The first way is the most common way – leave in conditioner – after swimming and a good rinse just put some leave in conditioner in your hair to put some of the moisture back in. Your hair won’t be as dry when you get home to have a shower. The second way is to put normal conditioner in your hair before you go swimming and put it in a bun. The chlorine, sand and salt water will eat away at the conditioner rather then your hair and leaving it in a bun makes it harder for the water to wash it away. We do this at the recreation centre when we don’t feel like wearing our swim caps.

4. Sunscreen. The most common one, I know, but this is an important one! Protecting your skin from the sun is extremely important since the sun is getting stronger and summers are getting hotter. We don’t want bad sun burns, wrinkly skin or worse cancer. Please do not skip this step.

5. Stay Hydrated. Water is great for your health but it’s also great for your skin and hair! It’s pretty self explanatory, water adds moisture to your skin and hair making it look fabulous! This is also an important step because not drinking water can lead to health problems especially in the heat. Please do not skip this step.

6. Lotion. After swimming in chlorine for long amounts of time your skin can get pretty dried out, that goes for the beach and the sun. I know for me putting lotion on after I shower is a must or else I get extremely itchy, but that’s what chlorine does to you. After being in the sun your body may be burnt, have a nice tan or feel tight, putting lotion on will help that out. Now if you have a sun burn I would suggest putting aloe or lidocaine spray on. If you have tight skin or a nice tan put lotion on when you wake up and before you go to bed, this will help with the tightness and will keep your tan turn into peeling!

That’s it! Let me know if this was helpful or if you want to add anymore tips!