[Food] — Grand Lakes Chinese Restaurant – Markham – Review 2014

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Haven’t been back to this restaurant for years – after an owner change – we decided to give it a try. I have to say – what a DISAPPOINTMENT! This place looks quite old – I guess they never bother doing any renovations with this restaurant. I had to refuse a dirty booster for my son. Reason being? A white booster turned blackish-brown. I just couldn’t let him sit in it. It was just so disgusting.

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The food here isn’t fresh – especially the fish. They say it’s fresh – clearly NOT. How do you lie to your customers like that right? I’m just so disappointed that I will not return back to this place. They need a SERIOUS renovation – everything was so dirty.

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[Fashion][OOTD] — Working on my Fashion

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I’m no fashion expert – still trying to work on it. But I do enjoy dressing up a lot more after a few pounds off my body. Look’s like I’ll need to check out more fashion magazines for ideas of how to be a fashion queen!

What I wore in this outfit: #Mendocino top, #JCrew white jeans, #LouisVuitton Neverful bag, Korean statement necklace, and I paired my outfit with a pair of black #TOMS.

Quite a simple outfit eh? Hope you enjoyed my Sunday Outfit of the day! Stay tune for more daily blog posts on this blog – I have a blog post for every single day! Are you a fashion expert? Care to share your tips? Leave a comment below to share! I do daily vlogs on my LadyyJae Youtube ChannelSUBSCRIBE & THUMBS UP!

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[Food] — Sushi on 7 Lunch Review – Markham

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Had lunch here with my girlfriend a couple weeks ago. Usually I come here for dinner and this was my first time here for lunch. Sashimi is not provided on the menu – since it’s lunch price. My fave is the ‘seafood soup’ – it’s a must have for me every time we dine here. Let the pictures do the talking for me – we had quite a lot of food for 2 adults & 1 child. It was a fun lunch catching up.

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The food here is average but what I love about this restaurant is that they service is excellent. All servers is attentive at all times. As I said the food here is average – there’s not much specialty sushi rolls/maki selection which I’m totally fine with. I enjoy eating the simpler maki rolls. Other than the specialty rolls – everything is perfect for me. I enjoy the food and love the helpful and attentive staff here.

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[Event Planning][Celebration] — Pink Minnie Mouse Baby Shower Theme

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#THROWBACK #FRIDAY. I love planning parties and this one especially. Why? Because it’s a girly pink cute theme. I don’t ever recalled planning a pink party like this – well – at least this much pink. I had the honored of planning my girlfriend, Cheryl’s baby shower. It was her baby number two and she never had a baby shower for her first child – why not the second child right? A lot of preparation and planning one month in advance but I had a lot of fun designing everything.
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I made a lot of dessert stamps – I think over three hundred of them because I didn’t know how much desserts we were having. I had quite a lot of desserts stands left over. Which it wasn’t a problem.
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For the favors – I put jellybeans in and of course taped the same logo. Aren’t they cute? Made fifty of those and it completely fits the baby pink theme.

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Super sweet brownies added to the dessert section. The party started at 2:00pm till 6:00pm – so it was like sort of an afternoon tea kind of event with lots of desserts and drinks.

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How can you NOT have the ‘dirty diaper’ game in a baby shower right? It was disgusting but a lot of fun for the guests.

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Some Kodak moment with us and the kids. Munchkin was 15 month old – exactly a year ago. I miss his bald cut – was super easy washing his hair.

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The pretty mama opening up her presents! Baby Joelle is almost a year old – we’ll be celebrating her first birthday on June 30th 2014! It’s always a special moment when these little kids are growing up. I can’t wait to plan more kids party in the future! Stay tune for more of my party planning fun and along with many fun blog posts I share on this blog.

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[Life Story][Hobby] — Organizing My Ikea Vanity Table

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Had the chance to organize my Ikea Vanity Table a week ago and I love the new storage trays I purchased at Ikea! They were supposed to be cutlery trays for $2.99+tax but I used it for storage trays instead. I bought two and it fits in my drawer perfectly with some extra space.

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Took me over half an hour to clean, dust, and wipe off any unnecessary dust/debris. I got to throw out some things I don’t even touch and use anymore. It feels nice having things tidy and dust-free!

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With this set up – I can easily find anything I need. I can see what I have and nothing is hidden. I love these inexpensive trays! If these trays get dirty – I can easily wipe them off.

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Lots of storage and dividers. Now that reminds me – no more purchasing makeup till I finish them – unless it’s something that I need and don’t have. How do you organize your vanity? Care to share your tips and tricks? Any storage ideas are welcome too! Leave a comment below to share! I do daily vlogs on my LadyyJae Youtube Channel also – SUBSCRIBE & THUMBS UP!

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[Food] — Fav Cafe Review – Richmondhill

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Since Hubby & I were in the area – we decided to try something new and stumble upon Fav Cafe. It’s more like an Hong Kong style type kind of cafe – pretty hype. They didn’t even have a booster for my son but good thing we have one in the car. I guess this is a no baby restaurant? Or can I say – non family friendly restaurant? Anyways – that wasn’t a problem for us at all. We just sat, looked through the menu, and ordered.

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We ordered the sweet potato fries appetizer – from what I remember it was about $5.00-$7.00. Loved the sauce it provided. The entrees we ordered both came with a drink. Hubby had the ice lemon tea while I had the milk tea.

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Since curry was popular on the menu – I gave it a try. Let me tell you – it’s SPICYYYYY! But so good! I highly recommend it. For my husband – he ordered the baked seafood with rice in cream sauce – he loved it too.  For sure we will be going back for another visit if we are in the area. The food is yummy here and the service is great!

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[Life Story][Hobby] — Kids Playroom Rearrangement & Organization

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I consider ‘rearranging’ and ‘organizing’ part of my hobbies. I enjoyed moving things around and than re-organizing everything. This gives me the chance to dust the unseen places. I probably rearrange my son’s playroom at least twice a year.

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He collects a lot of toys from Christmases and Birthdays usually. I’m not the type of parent to spoil him with lots of toys. Instead – I would rather spend it on things he needs. Books, educational material, necessities he needs, and RESP.

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Changing table that we still use when we change his diapers upstairs. It’s just convenient. Would I say it’s worth the money? Well to be honest – it’s not a need. I bought it in the first place to match the crib. This changing table was over $250.00. Quite pricey but the good part is – we’ll be saving it for our baby number two and after we are using it as a shelf.

Tent is my son’s favorite! He loves to play and poop in there. We got the tent at Ikea at a very affordable price. Something I would recommend to other parents. From what I remember – it was $19.99+tax. But let me tell you – very space consuming.

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Lots of toys collected for the past two years. Some toys were from twenty-something years ago that my mother-in-law saved up. Mainly the little cars. I organized the toys by categories.

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The part that completes the room is the wall of pictures and the wallpapers. Stay tune for more organizing tips and tricks.

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[Food] — Thai One On Review – Markham Location

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Been craving for Thai food for quite some time now. Ever since Lemongrass on Silverstar closed down – I had no idea where to get my Thai food. I know there’s Thai Express but that just wouldn’t cut it. Then I search Yelp and read some good reviews on this restaurant and it’s closed by to wear I live. So why not right? They have a couple locations and the one I went to was Markham location. It was quite a small restaurant – a lot of people came in to pick up their takeouts – so you can say it’s quite busy. Now – let the pictures do the talking for me.

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I ordered the Chicken Pad Thai. It was alright – I can’t say FABULOUS but just good. It was a bit too saucy for my liking. You can even tell from the picture. Good portion for sure. The price here is average. I will be revisiting and trying their other dishes. I can give a better review next time! Stay tune for more foodie reviews! This blog is updated every single day at 12PM Eastern Time!

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[Haul] — Japan Souvenir Haul From Girlfriend

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Look at all these CUTE souvenirs I received from my girlfriend, Cheryl! She was at Japan for 4 days & China for a couple weeks for vacation and she thought of me. How luck am I eh? She know’s I love those Rilakkuma bears – so that’s why there’s so many items of the bear. I’ll be doing a Rilakkuma collection blog post soon – so stay tune for that!

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Rilakkuma tin of candies – I haven’t had any yet! Reason being is – how can you eat them with such cute packaging right? The picture next to it is some magnets.

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A little cellphone Rilakkuma charm & some statement jewelries.

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A Rilakkuma mirror! I’ll be carrying this around my purse all the time!

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Iphone protector & a package of face/eye masks from China. I’ll be doing a review on these masks after I try them out a couple more times.

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There goes my Japan/China souvenir haul – thank you so much Cheryl! Love everything! Stay tune for my next haul and feel free to watch my daily vlogs on LadyyJae Youtube Channel.

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[Fashion][OOTD] — A Simple Outfit of the Day

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A belated OOTD – this was what I wore on Mother’s day. I wanted to be comfortable all day long – don’t I look like I’m going to the gym or what?

Ed hardy cap, H&M yellow tank top, TNA zip up, H&M leggings, and I paired my outfit with a pair of Tory Burch flip flops.

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[Food] — Elegance Chinese Cuisine & Banquet REVIEW – Markham

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Elegance Chinese Cuisine & Banquet is located on 7130 Warden Avenue – Markham, ON L3R 8B5. This restaurant is on the higher end – the food is pricy here. The quality of food is average and the decorations to me is so-so. Cannot be compared by other higher end restaurants. If you asked me if it’s worth the price – I say ‘no’.

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For the price of our dim sum lunch – it came up to $40.00 including tea, tax, and tips. Quite on the pricier end with 5 dishes eh? The services here isn’t all that great either – they need to work on their attentiveness.

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For the price like this – I can head over to Dragon Boat Chinese Cuisine for more varieties and qualities. There’s just nothing to WOW about in this restaurant. Not worth my money at all. Stay tune for more foodie reviews! This blog is updated every single day at 12PM Eastern Time!

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[Food] Moxie’s Classic Grill Review – Scarborough Town Center

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Another #THROWBACK post – had a yummilicious lunch with my girlfriends the other day. This one was an unforgettable experience because the waitress we had – was just so attentive to us. I was surprised and pleased how attentive she was – that blew my mind! Too bad I didn’t get her name otherwise I write/call her manager up and give the manager a feedback of her. I never encounter a waitress like this!! She brought us a new cup of water when our cups were half emptied, she would come back a few times to see what we wanted, and she would double check with the chef with my friends’ allergy – to see if the food is okay for her. Where do you find waitress like that? This was an unforgettable experience for me and I had to blog about it!

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The food was yummilicious – I ordered their lunch which came with a soup and half a roast beef sandwich. We had about two hours of catching up with each other – it’s quite hard to have time to come out when we have our own busy lives to deal with – especially two of the three of us are mothers now. I’m glad we took time out of our busy schedule to come out and enjoy – especially having a fabulous waitress was bonus for us. With services like this – this is what is worth coming back to! Stay tune for more restaurant & foodie reviews!

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[Life Story][Celebration] — A Relaxing Mother’s Day – My Third Mother’s Day! – 2014

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Before I go on to blogging how wonderful and relaxing my mother’s day was – I wanted to take a few minutes in wishing my beloved mother a Happy Mother’s day. I believe in spirits and I believe she is watching from above. I miss you dearly and think about you every single day – not a day pass by that you’re not in my mind. My childhood was painful and very vague. I don’t really remember much of how I was when I was a child. Maybe sometimes not remembering is better than remembering? I love to remember the good times than the bad times – but I guess memories don’t work that way? I grew up from an abusive family and all I could remember was yelling and hitting.

Till this day – I’m very scared and frightened by it. I remember sometime last year when I was in Vancouver – I was living with my Aunt and Uncle and they rented the main floor to two families. One morning – I heard a father yelling at his own son and there were some movements. I was half asleep when I heard it but my heart was pounding throughout the whole argument and it brings me back to my childhood. These scary memories will be something I like for it to go away but it doesn’t seem like it will – I believe it will carry on for the rest of my life. The only thing I can change is NEVER allowing my own children going through what I went through.

Growing up – I had so many unanswered questions in my heart. Did my mother have an easy labor? Was anyone there for her during her labor? Was I a hard baby to take care of? How was I like when I was a child? Did I cause a lot of sleepless nights? And there is a ton more questions and it’ll be forever unanswered. In a way – I accepted that because that’s how my life is. But on other days – I’m curious to know.

I miss you so much Mommy! Thanks for watching over me and giving me this wonderful life now. I know somehow you worked your way from above giving me this wonderful life I have now. I’m forever grateful & blessed. You’re the one that makes me appreciate every single little thing in life!

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Back to my 3rd Mother’s day – that was an emotional paragraph to type out and it made me cried a bit.

I started off the day at the Spa for a 75 minute facial and 60 minute body massage. I felt like I was in haven for two hours. It was a much needed body massage even though I had one from the week before. Due to working on my blog constantly – my neck and back is very tense and tired – so it was nice having one on Mother’s day.

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After two hours being away from my husband and my son. I came out and found yellow flowers and a card placed on my seat. How sweet was that right? It was my first time receiving Mother’s day flowers this year and I was quite surprised by it.

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After my spa session – we headed over to my Godmother’s workplace to drop off this bouquet of cuteness for her. I was so worried she wasn’t at work but good thing she was! She was quite surprised I showed up!

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Than we headed to Jayden’s Godfather’s place to spend some quality time with him. I love to watch my son be surrounded with positive and genuine people – good role models in his life are so important. The love and care his Aunties and Uncles give him is unbelievable. I rather have him spoiled by love and care than toys. Love and care is something that you can’t buy.

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  I didn’t ask for any fancy dinner but instead all I asked for was a ‘peaceful’ dinner – when you become a mother – there’s no such thing as ‘peaceful dinners’ in your dictionary. I got what I wanted because Munchkin had a late nap! That was such a sweet treat for me – aren’t I easy to please?

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After my ‘peaceful dinner’ in bed – I headed to get my roots re-done and a haircut. That nearly took up my whole night – three long hours. I’m such a happy camper now because those roots bothered me for such a long time!

My 3rd Mother’s day is quite a pamper and relaxing day! I love every bit of it. But one thing I totally forgot about was – taking family photos! What a bummer right?

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[Haul] — Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolates & Candles Haul

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A mini haul from yesterday. Didn’t get too much – just a pair of size 7 sandals for my son, a Revlon eyebrow pencil, 5 scented candles, and 3 chocolate bars. The chocolate bars – I didn’t need because I am on my 20 day challenge diet/exercise but then I’ve heard so much yummilicious things about it – so I wanted to try it. PLUS – it was on sale for $5.00CAD for 3 – so why not right? I’ll pace myself on the chocolate & eat a small portion at a time.

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My girlfriend, Cheryl introduced me to these lovely candles and ever since – I fell in love with them. I’m a candle girl and I like my house smelling good at all times! I lit candles mostly every day if there is. It’s a buck each! I returned the one I bought last time – Maybelline brow pencil because my friend told me it sucks – so I didn’t bother opening it. I hope this Revlon one will work nicely *cross fingers*. I’ll be doing a review soon with this Revlon eyebrow pencil – so check back for that!

That’s my haul. Stay tune for my next one!

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[Events Planning][Celebration] — My Quarter Century Birthday 2013

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#THROWBACK #WEDNESDAY. I’m going to be blogging about my 25th birthday that happened November 2nd 2013. It was a 21 day early celebration because with so many other celebrations for the month of November – celebrating my birthday early was perfect.

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I planned my birthday celebration about two months in advance. Sent out the invite through Facebook! That was the easiest part!

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As always – I prepped everything in advance! From table name cards, games, prizes, table seating, favors, leave me a birthday message cards, and decorations. Everything was created & DIY with my own hands.

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I held my celebration at Baton Rouge Scarborough. Reason being is: It’s affordable, they allow RSVP on weekends, and they have private rooms!

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We ended the night with a couple of games:

  1. – Guess the time I was born
  2. – Guess the # of jellybeans in the jar
  3. – Chubby Bunny
  4. – I forgot what the last game was called

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This birthday was a little different. I wanted to do something special and unique. I decided on a charity event where I can donate toys to kids at the Sick Kids Hospital. I’m so blessed with my life and I feel like giving back will be a wonderful thing to do. Not everyone is obligated to donate – only with the people that wanted to.

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It was an awesome party full of laughter and people getting to know each other. No awkwardness for sure. I’ll be looking forward into planning my birthday this year – perhaps another charity event!? Stay tune for that!

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