It was a miserable day today and I really wanted to take my daughter somewhere fun to get her out of the house. I checked Toronto4Kids.com for some rainy Sunday fun, and while I found somewhere to go, I came across an ad for In a Pinch.
My daughter is in daycare as both my husband and I both work full time and when we first put her in it, within 3 days she contracted Norwolk Virus. Needless to say, not only did we have to pay for the 3 weeks she wasn’t in daycare, we also had to take time off of work to care for her as we didn’t have any other child care options. If only there was a last minute, fully accredited childcare service that you call when you really need them…
In a Pinch provides the GTA and Ottawa area with quick and reliable care services for both children and the elderly. They also can service overnight and sick child care, school and daycare services, care for vacationers and hotel guests, elder care, housekeeping and cleaning as well as post and prenatal care.
All of their care providers are over the age of 20, have full background checks and all of their references are thoroughly researched. I love this idea as now when my daughter, who catches every germ that she comes in contact with, I can simply call In a Pinch and I can still go to work and get paid!
The 8th was my birthday and overall I have to say it was a great day. I received birthday wishes and cards from all my friends and family and my hubby was making me my favourite dinner for when I got home. When I got to work, I came in to find a card on the top of a box. I opened the card and saw the signatures of my co-workers. I picked up the box and it was a Prairie Girl Cupcake.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Prairie Girl Cupcake!
The Chocolate cake with Peanut Butter Icing. Mmm. It was the best cupcake I have every had. The icing was peanut butter, but it wasn’t overwhelmingly sweet. Just the right amount of peanut butter flavour. The cupcake was so moist, and flavourful. So if you ever get the chance, check out Prairie Girl Bakery, you will be glad you did.
I had never heard of Winterlicious until this year. A few of my coworkers wanted to go for dinner and suggested we go to the restaurants that are participating in Winterlicious. I asked them what it was, as I had never heard of it. Winterlicious is 175 of some of Toronto’s hottest restaurants that have lunch and dinner menus for a reduced price. Lunch specials range from $15, $20, & $25 and Dinner Specials range from $25, $35, or $45. Each special comes with a starter, a main, and a dessert. I was astounded! When was the last time anybody went to a sophisticated restaurant and had a 3 course meal for $35?!
Toula Ristorante & Bar
I did last night! I went to Toula’s, a fine dining restaurant on the 38th floor of the Westin Harbour Castle. This restaurant is chic and the atmosphere was soft, inviting, and romantic. I sat near the window and got to experience the night skyline of Toronto. The staff was helpful without being too overbearing and the food was amazing!
This was my view
I started off with the hickory wood smoked Atlantic Wild Salmon with caramelized sweet red onions & fresh capers finished with lemon & extra virgin olive oil emoltion . My main was the Paccheri Pasta with fresh P.E.I lobster in a lightly spicy roasted plum tomato sauce topped with a fresh P.E.I Lobster Tail. And the real jewel of the night was Toula Strawberry Cheesecake. It was the BEST Cheesecake I have ever had!
I especially loved this night out because for $35 plus taxes and gratuity, I got to experience a restaurant thats food is delicious, the atmosphere was warm and inviting and for a price that doesn’t put a dent in my wallet.
I love, love, LOVE having my hair done. Since I was old enough to get my hair, dyed, permed, straightened on my own choice, trips to the salon were my favourite things to do. My hair has been dyed numerous colours, it has been several lengths and styles. But when my daughter was born, all of a sudden things changed. I didn’t have that extra cash to go and get my hair done as often as I liked. And when I found a salon that I really enjoyed, they weren’t exactly “child friendly”. It was my first mother’s day and there was a salon near my home that was promoting $20 haircuts for mother’s on mother’s day. I called a booked an appointment. I loved it when I walked in and there were strollers and kids all around and it was a professional salon. I was sold!
Cattiva Hair Salon is located on 270 The Kingsway in Toronto, tucked away in the Stath Humber Plaza, and has been my sole salon since I have lived here. It was rated the 2nd best salon in Toronto by the Toronto Sun. It was one fateful summer that I was outside playing with my daughter when I met a neighbour of mine whose son was the same age as my daughter. As we began to talk, it turns out that she worked there. I asked her about her life as a hairstylist.
Julie at one of her shows
Julie has worked in the business for 16 years and has worked for some major hair companies like Loreal and Schwarzkopf. She has worked for magazines, has herself worked on fashion shows and has worked and traveled the globe. She put all that behind her and returned to the salon when she became a mother herself. She has 2 young sons, whom I know and adore, and works 6 days a week tirelessly making ragged moms like me look good. She is truly talented. I have never ever walked out of her chair without being absolutely happy with my hair.
Cattiva also has Mommy Monday’s where you can bring your tot and strollers in while you get your hair done. It is reasonably priced and that alone you can’t go wrong. You can call and book an appointment 416-239-7741. Be sure to ask for Julie, you won’t regret it.