Buytopia & Yogurty’s

Jason and I LOVE ice cream and frozen yogurt.  He makes me buy it every time I go grocery shopping 🙂  This week we’ll be going to Yogurty’s for a fro-yo date because Buytopia has a hot deal of $5 for $10 worth of frozen yogurt & topppings!

Click the link below to check out the deal and purchase your yummy treats.  There are Yogurty’s locations all over Canada (our fave is in the Beach 2205 Queen St E).

There are 85 flavours of frozen yogurt to choose from AND they have yummy new holiday flavours  to try out like Roasted Marshmallow and Gingerbread Cookie.  Try them both!

What’s your favourite flavour of Yogurty’s Frozen Yogurt?  Mine are Tart, Red Velvet, Salted Caramel & Strawberry.  I can’t wait for our date tonight!

Yum Yum Yum!!

Horseback Riding at Forest Hill Farm

Buytopia sent me to check out one of their awesome deals – an introductory package to Horseback Riding at Forest Hill Farm in Caledon.  I was super emotional as soon as the email came in to confirm that I could go.  See, I used to ride and have my own horse.  Summer Breeze was her name and she was an amazing Pony of the Americas.  We rode all over the countryside, competed in fairs, Prince Philip Games, taught kids how to ride and honestly, had the time of our lives.  She passed away a few years ago and I haven’t been on a horse since.

So you can imagine the excitement and nostalgia I was feeling.  I pulled up the beautiful tree lined drive to the barn and went in.  The smell of horses (one of my favourites) hit me right away and funny how a smell makes you feel at home.  My instructor for the day was Steven Santia and he was so nice and personable and really made me feel welcome.

Steven in action

He was finishing up one of the intro package lessons, so I got to see him in action.  The rider was pretty young, definitely a beginner and it gave me some time to relax and get back into horse mode.

Steven in the ring

 

They were going to put me on “Leroy” who is a pretty famous horse and won some pretty big shows in his career.

But, due to timing he put me on Toni, who has quite a bag of tricks herself.  As I’m not a beginner rider and he didn’t need to asses my skills, Stephan asked what I’d like to do for the lesson.  I told him I hadn’t been on a horse in about 8 years, but was confident in my abilities, so put me through my paces.

Lucy & Desi – Devil Ponies

We started by warming up with a walk around the ring, then changed direction.  Next was trotting and then a bit of sitting trot into a canter.  After we’d been around the ring a couple times Stephan asked me if I was ready to jump.

He set up 3 trotting poles and a small “X” at first.  Told me to trot in and if when we landed I was comfortable to go around to the straight pole jump.  We did the first “X” perfectly, landed and picked up the right lead and headed over to the second jump.  I was a little sloppy the first time and Toni saved my butt by adding in a short stride to clear the pole.  We did it again and I got into my groove so Stephan added an oxer on the diagonal.  We cleared all three a few times and then it was time to cool down.

Throughout the lesson, Stephan told me about his background – he used to compete, then went away to work with racehorses, and came back to teach at Forest Hill.  We chatted about the history of the stable, the owners, trainers, riders, everything.

“Scott and Dee started Forest Hill Farm in 1992 in the beautiful Niagara Region. 1992 -2002 was an incredible run of 10 years that saw thousands of show miles travelled, hundreds of shows, and dozens of Royal, National and Zone Champions. In 2002 after the birth of their son Sam, they made a family decision to move north. They have recently completed the construction of their brand new training facility on the border of King and Caledon, only 8 minutes from EMG in Palgrave,  the site of the 2015 Pan American Games.”

The arena is 14,500 square foot with a 3,200 square  that overlooks the area and outdoor riding areas.  It’s a beautiful event space that  features a vast great room with bar, pool table, darts, and ping pong. There is also office space, a kitchenette and restroom. It has spectacular indoor and outdoor views. ​

He was such an awesome coach and made me feel comfortable right away.  It was like one of my friends was giving me a good workout and I highly recommend checking out lessons with him.

After a few rounds of jumping it was time to cool down and take photos.  Of course, my camera died immediately after Stephan took a photo of me on Tori so I didn’t get a chance to take a photo with him.  BUT it does mean that I’ll have to go back to take another lesson with him.  And I will be taking one in the very near future.

My jump configuration

We went back into the barn, untacked and took Tony over to the shower station.  Hosed her down and it was time for me to drive back to the city.

Me and Toni

Thank you very much to Melissa at Buytopia for the experience, Forest Hill Farm (Steven my instructor and Keeley for setting it up).

 

Bite Bar & Buytopia

Bite Bar teamed up with Buytopia with a deal for and I had the hard task of testing out the deal and eating the unbelievably scrumptious bite-size gourmet cupcakes and mini cheesecakes. Sometimes being a blog girl is too delicious for words!

   

Bite Bar has been in business since February of his year and owner Nisha Amin has created a beautiful space.

I asked for a sampling of her favourites and got these two boxes of desserts. It was hard not to eat them right on the spot, but poor Jason was waiting at home as my co-tester so I couldn’t leave him out.

 

Every bite was eyes closed, savor every morsel, delicious. We ate 1 each of the duplicate flavours and split the other In half. There was no way I could pick a favourite cupcake, but my favourite one to look at was the link sparkly one.

We were stuffed from cupcakes and decided to save the cheesecake for the following night.

Following dinner the next evening we sat down to devour the cheesecakes. We split them in half and literally every bite was heaven!

I am a sucker for delicious desserts and having them come in a bite size makes them even better to eat. No messiness or icing all over your face. Just pure, unadulterated delectableness.

Soo in conclusion, you absolutely MUST get your next desserts from Bite Bar. It would be a great place to use for your parties or even events (hint, hint PR friends)

I am requesting my next party have bite-size gourmet cupcakes. And cheesecakes. And marshmallow bars. And well, whatever Bite Bar whips up next!

Spring Clean Your Car with Buytopia

I get the daily Buytopia emails and today they had some awesome Spring Cleaning deals, so I bought one and had to pass along the info to you guys!

The deal is $39 for a Full Auto Detailing Package at Soaps & Suds – they have 2 Locations in Downtown Toronto, so it’s super convenient.  The service includes interior vacuum with a heavy-suction car vacuum cleaner, dashboard detail, side panel treatment, full exterior hand wash, wax and polish, cleaning of windows, wheels, and tire dressing

My colleague borrowed my car yesterday and to be honest I was a little embarrassed because we came back from a weekend road trip and it is filthy, full of garbage and smells a bit like dog…  He didn’t mind, it got him where he needed to go, but man when I got back in at the end of the day I was grossed out myself!

Buytopia also has a great house cleaning deal – which I was just about to purchase until I read the fine print saying they don’t go East of the DVP.  It’s worth it for all you downtown folks though!

$39 for 3 Hours of Professional House Cleaning OR $89 for Three 3-Hour Professional House Cleanings

Happy Spring Cleaning!!

Buytopia’s $100 Million Celebration

As you guys might know I’ve been lucky to be a part of the Buytopia Affiliate Bloggers.  They’ve sent me on some fun adventures so far, like my Nailopolis Luxury Mani & Pedi; the yummy 4-course Cheesewerks Tasting Experience; and the High Tea Wedding Soiree (which I had to miss out on due to being sick forever!).

Well on March 7th we got to check out their offices and celebrate their $100 Million milestone!  Jason and I got to chat with some babes that I hadn’t seen in ages (hi Crystal, Casie & Val) and I got to finally meet Vanessa which was awesome.

My handsome date is none other than International Man of Leisure, Pony!  He cleans up really nice 🙂  I love when he comes to events with me (hint, hint)

 

I love the knife holder guy and should have bought him while he was one of the deals.  Hopefully I can find him in a store somewhere.

 

We drank, ate tons of yummy apps and met some of the ladies at Buytopia.  And I was given a gorgeous new bracelet from Anomoly!

Thanks so much to Buytopia for all the awesome deals that I’ve be able to try out.  It’s really nice to work with a company that values their bloggers.  It’s definitely in part to their fantastic partner, Val and Charming Media.  Love working with you guys!!!