[Life Story][Celebration] — 2014 Canada Day Celebration

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This year was a little different than those previous years. We usually do a party with a couple friends and watch fireworks. This year we did a play date with our friends and a sit down dinner at home. Quite relaxing and just watching the kids play. I didn’t take any pictures due to the parents not wanting any of their kids in social media – so I respected that.

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They came around 5:00PM and dinner started around 6:00PM. Play date ended around 7:30PM and then we headed to the park as a family. Its nice going to the park daily and after dinner time – allows me to run off the calories I ate for dinner.

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Overall – a relaxing day spent with kids and close friends. How did you all celebrate Canada day?? Or how did you all celebrate Independence Day?? Comment below to share! Meanwhile – don’t forget to drop by daily! A blog post updated every single day at 12PM Eastern Time!

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[Food] — Nichiban Sushi Japanese Restaurant @ Kennedy Rd & Steeles Ave REVIEW & MENU

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Found this little gem on Yelp! Decided to do a lunch outing with my family and brother. Sort of like a farewell lunch for my brother since he’s leaving for a couple of years. The price us reasonable here and sashimi was fresh! We ordered a sushi/maki/sashimi boat and from my memories – it was $45.00.

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They gave us a grilled salmon head for their house. It was deliciously grilled.

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At the end – they provided us with fresh fruits too. I wasn’t expecting a free house plus fruits at all. That was a bonus to us. It was a super full lunch that day!

Overall – this restaurant seem like a tiny family owned restaurant with fresh sashimi and affordable prices. I can’t wait to be back. I would advise you to make a reservation first due to – it is a tiny restaurant! Stay tune for more restaurant adventures and reviews!

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[Beauty] — My Skin Care & Face/Eye Mask Collection

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Is this crazy or what!? I think I have an addiction but a good addiction. Being in my mid20s – taking care of my skin is very important! Since I have extremely dry skin – I’ve learned that masking every single day helps a lot. Sometimes even twice a day! The masks I’m using are: My Beauty Diary, Q Mask, CoryMan, and The Body Shop. Now that I know what works for me – I don’t need to waste money on other skin care products. Are you a skin care freak? Care to share your advices and tips? Comment below to share!

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[Life Story][Jayden] — Jayden 28 Month Update

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Happy 28 month baby boy! Seriously – with a blink of an eye again! I say this every single month and probably will say it for the rest of his life. Lol – that’s part of life as a parent right?

Not much different changes from my 27 month update.

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Most of his pants aren’t fitting in length size but fitting well in width size. He still has a tiny waist just like his daddy. Like father – like son right?

We are forming sentences with him in English. He understands both English and Cantonese but we mainly focus in English due to easier communication in school. He seems to pronounce words a lot better now.

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Terrible twos are still ongoing – hard to control him sometimes. I do feel it got a lot better than last month. He tests our limits. Clean up time can still be such a hassle. But we are never giving in to that. He made the mess – he cleans it up. That’s that! There was one time in mid-June where he threw a big fit in cleaning up. I ignored him and time out cornered him – he wouldn’t budge in cleaning up. That took a good 2.5 hours – he is so stubborn. He missed his nap time – cried – and puked out his lunch. Never give into stubbornness! Once he wins – he’ll think its okay next time.

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Eating on his own-wise – I think I baby him on this which I know I shouldn’t but sometimes feeding him is a lot easier than cleaning up his mess. I usually let him eat dry food on his own: French toast, Banana, Cheerios, Bread, and etc.. Basically food that’s mess free. For the food that contains oil and water – I take over. But seriously I know that he needs to learn and I just got to learn to look at the mess and be patient with it. Food wise – I try my best to cook him a lot of meals at home – I load meals with vegetables. At times when we eat out – he’ll eat out with us but preferably – I enjoy making him homemade meals for an healthy alternative.

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Behavior – as I said above he can be stubborn at times. But usually a good boy.

Sleeping schedule is a little different. He’s not wanting to take a nap lately but will remain in his room quietly till I pick him up. I have no complaints if he doesn’t nap – as long as I get my break lol. On the days he misses his nap – we will put him down for his night time sleep a little earlier – as earliest as 9:30PM. Since he transitioned to big boy bed – I am very proud of him. He never threw a fit and loves the freedom. He probably walked out of his room two times to get something and that’s it! No fuss at all. He will wait for one of us to open his room door than he’ll come out. That’s such a bonus treat for us – especially for Mama – so I can sleep in peace. I still have the monitor on in case he cries.

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In the process of potty training him now – will update the progress on my 29 month old update – so stay tune for that.

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That’s all my update for this month. I love jotting down Jayden’s growing up progress! One day I can read it back and see how he progressed. Stay tune for more blog posts every day! This blog is updated every single day at 12PM Eastern time! Leave comment below!

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[Food] — Yokohoma Japanese Restaurant @ Warden Avenue & Steeles Avenue REVIEW

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Been wanting to try Yokohoma Japanese Restaurant for a long time and I finally got a chance to when the girlfriend invited me to go celebrate her birthday with her and a couple of her friends. The quality and presentation of food is absolutely superior! I’ll let the pictures do the talking for me.

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We ordered food on an Ipad and it was a bit confusing at first. They didn’t state the pieces of rolls that it comes with – so that was the confusion. Other than that – food was perfection. They served crab leg and scallop sashimi on weekends! I loved the scallop sashimi! Everything was so fresh and I even got to eat a lot of their unique rolls! It’s very interesting and delicious.

I can’t wait to be back the second time with my husband – he loves crab legs. One down side about this restaurant was its quite noisy but there’s nothing that can be done unless we come on a weekday where it’s less busy. Service was quite on the slow side too – hope they work on that! Overall – I highly recommend this place! Stay tune for more restaurant adventures and reviews!!

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[Food] — SMASH KITCHEN & BAR – Markham REVIEW – Menu & Location

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I stumble on Smash Kitchen & Bar when I searched Yelp for a restaurant to dine at with my husband. The name if the restaurant did stood out to me and so – I clicked into the restaurant reviews and read some good reviews on it. Then I quickly called up the restaurant to make a reservation for two adults and one child.

When we got to the restaurant – we were quickly directed to a table. To my surprise this restaurant is quite large. Prior from coming to this restaurant – I checked out the menu on their website already. I was craving steak that night.

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** CLICK ON PHOTO TO VIEW LARGER SIZE MENU **

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We ordered a soup – I don’t remember what the soup was called but it was delicious! My husband ordered a beer with his steaks.

I had my steak in medium – I don’t quite remember what type of steak I ordered – but what I remember was it was delicious and very juicy. I added an extra sweet potato fries side to my meal. What’s the problem with it was – I didn’t know they’ll put the sweet potato fries under my steak – so it made the sweet potato fries soggy. Not a fan of soggy fries but for sure next time I’ll tell them to not put it together. Another problem was – they kind of messed up the order of the steak. My husband ordered steaks and shrimp with French fries. But the order came like sweet potato fries with steak and shrimp. It was a small mistake – so we didn’t bother with it. I just transfer the shrimp back on his plate and that was that.

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Overall dinner was quite enjoyable. Steak was tasty, juicy, and tender. Even our two year old can bite through the steak and loved it. Definitely am going back for their steaks!

I recently saw a deal on Groupon for this restaurant – check it out! Seems like a good deal to me! Next time I am definitely trying their Sangria! Have you been to this restaurant before!? What’s your thoughts and opinion? Leave a comment below to share your thought!

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[Food] — Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant @ Woodbine Avenue & 16th Avenue – Markham REVIEW

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The first thing we did when we got back to Toronto was to have our favorite food. Yellowtail was on the way from going home – so we dined there. I’ve been there once and my husband never been.

The food quality was on the alright side and can I say OH MY GOD to the spicy salmon maki? It was the spiciest spicy salmon maki I ever had in my life. After eating one piece of that – I lost my taste bud for everything else I had that night. Like seriously? Did the sushi chef even try the taste of that spicy sauce he made? Anyways other than that – really nothing spectacular about this restaurant. Nothing stands out to me but the crazy price. This restaurant is on the pricier side than other Japanese restaurant in town with okay-quality food. I don’t think I will return at all. When though their service was good but really not worth going back to. They need to work on their pricing for sure. With two adults and a 2 year old – our dinner nearly cost $70.00CAD on a weekday! My two year old barely ate too and was charged $4.00+tax.

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Anyways that’s my opinion and thoughts on this restaurant – what’s yours. Care to share. Leave a comment below! Stay tune for more life stories, travel experiences, shopping hauls, party planning events, restaurant adventures & reviews, and daily vlogs!!

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[Haul] — My First Pandora Haul – Gift For Girlfriend Grace

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A little gift for the girlfriend for her 24th birthday!

This is actually my first time stepping foot into a Pandora store – except I did not purchase this gift at the actual store. The associate from Pandora relocated me to L’oro Jewelry because they didn’t have the charm I wanted at the actual Pandora location. Weird to me but it wasn’t such an hassle – since it was only a minute away.

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Personally – I’m not a fan of these little charm things. I love the packaging much more than the actual product – so I don’t plan on owning one of their bracelets but as for gifting – as long as it has a meaning – I’m down for it! Stay tune for my second Pandora haul – another birthday gift but this time – for a one year old baby girl!

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[Haul][Collection] — My Rilakkuma Bear Collection

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Here’s my crazy growing Rilakkuma collection! I started with this collection in the summer of 2013 and ever since – it’s slowly growing! The first batch of stuff I bought through Aliexpress and love every one of the bears I purchased. The rest I bought at One’s Better Living or Smart Maples. I only pick out the simple designs of the Rilakkuma bear.

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It adds cuteness and joy into our home looking at these bears around our house makes me smile. Are you a Rilakkuma bear fan? Care to share your collection with me? Comment below to share!!

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[Food] — Yamato Japanese Restaurant – Lunch Bento Boxes & Menu – Marketvillage Markham

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Having my favorite cuisine again! Japanese food is something I can have at anytime and any day. I won’t ever get sick of! We decided to dine at Yamato Japanese Restaurant out of convenience. We ordered from the a la cartè menu and all the lunch bento boxes came with a Miso soup. Everything was yummy and freshly served!

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I’ve been here quite a few times with friends and families. The food is good here and I like how they offer the option either a la cartè menu or all you can eat. The service is fast here and price is reasonable.

The first time I dined here with a couple of girlfriends’ – I made reservations ahead of time and good thing I did! It was mad crazy packed! My advice to you is – before you go – call to make a reservation! Stay tune for more restaurant adventures and reviews!

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[Food] — All Stars Greek Fries & Wings – Woodbine Ave & 16th Ave Location – Markham

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Thinking about All Stars Greek Fries – my mouth waters!! That’s the only reason I go back to All Stars every time! It’s for their Greek Fries – I still remember the day my friend, Roger introduced me to it – till than it was inseparable to me.

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Overall the wings are alright – at times it can be on the dry side but I’m usually not a fan of wings. I go there for their Greek Fries! If you haven’t tried it – you’re missing out!

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Typing up this post really sucks right now. Makes me crave for it all over again but I must resist! What’s your fave at All Stars!?? Care to share?? Leave comment below!

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[Food] — Disgusting IKEA food at Vaughn Location !!

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What a disappointment. This is another belated post but I just can’t forget my food adventure experience at IKEA. I ordered the Salmon Lasagna and boy – it was the most tasteless thing I ever ate. There were barely any salmon in it; it was soaked, tasteless, and disgusting. I don’t ever think I will be dining at IKEA ever again. The food here is just way too blend!

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Did you have the same experience? What’s your thoughts and opinion on IKEA cafeteria food? Leave comment below to share!

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[Beauty Review] — Laura Mercier – Foundation Primer – Hydrating Review

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I’ve been using this primer for a couple months now and its due for a review. This is one of the most expensive primers I’ve used. I believe it’s around $40.00CAD plus tax. I used to use the Nars primer but I think it got discontinued.

Anyways – I needed a primer for extra dry skin and the sales consultant at Sephora recommended me this Laura Mercier primer and she said it’s the best one in the market. Which I trusted her and bought the product. I was a bit hesitant due to the price but I thought – if I really don’t like it or the product don’t work for me – I can always return it.

Let me get straight to the review now. This primer works quite well. I love the watery texture. I can have a full face makeup on for the entire day and still feel fresh. This primer reminds me of the NARS primer a lot. Almost the same texture. With my dryness on my face – after applying this primer – I can still see little bits of flakes. Which I’m okay with. Overall a great primer but on the pricier side for me. I want to look for something a inexpensive but does the same job. Any recommendation? Feel free to leave a comment below! Stay tune for every day blog posts at 12PM Eastern Time!

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[Food] — Hollywood Cafe Review – Marketvillage, Markham

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Hollywood Café is another of my go-to cafés for Hong Kong style food. I love that they have all day breakfast and afternoon tea menu. The price range is affordable and service is fast.

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Just a regular Hong King Style restaurant – nothing to wow about. Any Hong Kong style restaurant to recommend? Feel free to comment below!

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[Food] — Golden Horse on Highway7 & Kennedy Rd – Review

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Golden Horse is my usual afternoon tea place to be. I love their pork chop bun. Can’t forget the deliciousness. It’s just a simple Hong Kong style café. The service is nothing to complain about. Price is appropriate. Food is good. Now – let the pictures do the talking for me.

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Usually for afternoon teas – prices range from $4.00 to $7.00 and it comes with a drink. Stay tune for more restaurant reviews! Comment below if you have been here before – love to read your thoughts!

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