Category Archives: Events

Cool Things To Do To Embrace Winter

11th January 2017

Blue Mountain

I’m totally not a winter person. Just ask my poor husband who knows all too well that as temperatures drop, my grumpiness soars. This year instead of bitching in my Goose I’m going to try to embrace it like a true Canadian!

Here are a few things I’ve planned… 

Guided night time snowshoe hiking at Scenic Caves.

A weekend getaway to Blue Mountain including a visit to Scandinave Spa, of course.

Lots of hot pot, steamy noodle soups and hot chocolate 10 ways!

Taking my son tubing for the first time!

Cozying up at one of these new hidden bars and restaurants.

Checking out Ice Breakers, a series of giant art installations along the waterfront.

Winterlicious with friends (Jan 27 to Feb 9) – Fring’s, Leña and Cluny is on our list.

Do you know there is an inaugural Italian Restaurant Week happening Jan 26 to Feb 5?!

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Camp Tech Blogging & Marketing Workshops

5th January 2017

Camp Tech

6 summers ago The Hip + Urban Girl’s Guide was born. What started as a hobby blog quickly turned into an “accidental business” and is now a popular women’s lifestyle website that covers food, travel, style and events in Toronto. I’ve had the privilege of working with many local businesses as well as big brands including American Express, Microsoft, Telus, Pringles, Hudson’s Bay, Toyota, etc.

I continue to contribute to HUG but at the same time, have started this blog. A more refined grown-up version of all the good things in life that are now important to me as a late-30’s career mom navigating the concrete jungle.

Sooooo…

I’ve learned a lot during this time about content development, editorial schedules, pulling rank on Google, working with PR agencies, and the ins and outs of what to do and specifically what not to do when it comes to blogging!

I’m delighted to be offering these workshops to help you grow your business and find your own unique voice in the blogesphere.

The Content Marketing Workshop is perfect if you’re blogging on behalf of a business or if you are an entrepreneur.

Date: Wednesday, Jan 18 | 1-4pm

Topics include: content development, seo and setting up an editorial schedule that is actually manageable. Understand how to recruit and work with the best guest bloggers and top influencers, how to host contests and giveaways, and measuring your success.

My Business of Blogging Workshop is for hobby bloggers who want to take it to the next level and monetize their websites.

Date: Tuesday, Feb 7 | 1-4pm

Topics include: creating content that drives traffic fast, social media, affiliate marketing, pitching brands, preparing a media kit AND the million dollar question… how do I get more than just free products, and actually make money from my blog?

Both workshops take place at the Burroughes Building in Queen West and will be 3 hours of practical instruction, interactive with small class sizes, and lots of fun!

Hello Winter Break

26th December 2016

Yoga Train

My son’s winter break started this past Friday. It’s a mixture of excitement and nervousness as we have to think of creative ways to keep this little monkey entertained while not turning our condo upside down. We have two full weeks to fill with trains, yoga, adventures and lots of Starbucks Holiday Spice Flat Whites for momma!

The Little Mermaid

To kick off the festive season, our family was invited to Disney On Ice at the Rogers Centre. This is CJ’s first introduction to the world of Disney! We also just bought him skates (he lasted a whole 30 seconds in the rink) so I’m hoping after seeing Frozen, Tinker Bell and friends gliding across the ice, he’ll see just how much fun skating can be.

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Holiday Events In The 6ix

15th November 2016

Distillery Xmas Market

The festive season kicks off this weekend in Toronto and there is no shortage of fun things to do to put you and yours in a holly jolly spirit!

12 Trees | Nov 18 to Jan 8

The Gardiner Museum gets all decked out with their signature fundraising exhibition and its central gala event, the G Party. $15

Holiday Magic in Yorkville | Nov 19

Don’t miss this spectacular lighting ceremony and free, open-air concert with Shawn Desmond.

Toronto Christmas Market @ The Distillery | Nov 19 to Dec 22

This market is ranked one of the top in the world! Sip on mulled wine, sample a Hot Toddie, take a ride on the ferris wheel, visit Santa and enjoy all the sights and sounds of a traditional 1940’s Christmas. Free weekdays, $6 weekends.

Holly Jolly Fun Run | Nov 20

A holiday tradition, this festive 5k takes you along the same route as the Santa Claus Parade. $50

The Great Hall Christmas Market | Nov 20

This event is back for its 3rd year! Shop 90+ vendors, take a break at the cash bar and check out the live art demos. Don’t forget to donate a toy/food! Stroller parking available. $5-8

HoHoTo | Dec 1

Party with the finest folks from Toronto’s digital community at The Mod Club while raising money for YWCA Toronto’s Girls’ Centre. Starting at $25.

Evergreen’s Winter Village | Dec 10-31

Find unique gifts at the Makers Market and take home fresh groceries from the Farmers Market. Hike, skate and play outdoors all throughout December.

The Nutcracker | Dec 10-31

Presented by the National Ballet of Canada, plan a date night with your sugar plum fairy and celebrate the magic and wonder of the festive season together. Tickets start at $89.

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Hello Holiday Crafternoon

2nd November 2016

Holiday Craft Event

Kick off the holiday season  with Leon’s and their team of home & style bloggers who will be sharing their  decorating tips, easy hostess gifts and simple ways to style your home for the season.

Join us at the Gladstone Hotel on Monday, November 21 for a crafting session – space is limited, so RSVP here!