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What I’ve been watching this week – August 13

What I’ve been watching this week – August 13

Murder Mystery I’ve been telling my boyfriend for weeks (maybe even months) that I wanted to watch the Netflix well murder mystery, starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston so not to watch it without me. And because I need to be in a very specific […]

Summer Steak Salad

Summer Steak Salad

It’s a great time to be enjoying the bounty that Niagara has to offer. The local farmers markets are stocked up during the summer. It’s a great place to pick up ingredients for an easy summer salad. I know you know how to make a […]

What I’ve been watching this week – August 6

What I’ve been watching this week – August 6

The Bachelorette

We said goodbye to Hannah’s season of The Bachelorette in a very unique way. It was broadcasted to us, more or less, that Hannah was not with her final pick still and that probably meant she picked Jed. Which she did. Not a great look for Hannah, but she came out better for it on the other side. For all of my thoughts on this season, check out my Eulogy of Hannah as The Bachelorette post and The Bachelorette RHAP Up podcast.

Bachelor in Paradise

And with every finale of The Bachelorette, comes a new beginning in Bachelor in Paradise. This season has been hyped up as the best one yet, so I am excited for it. Last night’s premiere was pretty great. One of the storylines that will be most prominent throughout the season will be f-boy Blake. I can see getting tired of that preeeetty quickly, but I’m having fun with it for now.

Global Love Island

Okay so, I watched a LOT of Love Island this week. Firstly, I finished off season 4 of Love Island UK. It ended up being a very fun watch, but wow 60 episodes is a killer.

I started watching Love Island Australia, because I’ve heard it’s a good one. I’ve been enjoying the cast so far. It’s not as buddy-buddy as some other seasons have been.

Love Island US is just entering its final week. and we are down to 4 couples vying for the title of ‘best Love Island couple’ or whatever it is when you win. I know I keep saying this, but I am really enjoying this season, and I am so excited that it’s been renewed.

July Reads

July Reads

Maybe This Time by Jane Mansell This had the makings of a perfect book for me: set in the UK romcom/chick lit endorsed by one of my new favourite writers, Katie Fforde Mimi goes to visit her dad and his partner in the Cotswolds, where […]

Eulogizing Hannah B as the Bachelorette

Eulogizing Hannah B as the Bachelorette

The latest season of The Bachelorette has come to an end. Overall, I’ve got to say I really enjoyed the season. There were some bumps along the way – the heavy-handed focus on Hannah’s relationship with villain Luke P., and her choosing Jed in the […]

What I’ve been watching this week – July 30

What I’ve been watching this week – July 30

Love Island US

I’ve been having a great time watching Love Island US. It has really surpassed any expectations I had for the show. Which were very few. I’m sorry! I was skeptical that CBS wouldn’t completely screw up a show that worked so well. The twists keep coming, but it’s nothing that doesn’t feel Love Islandish. I’m glad that the first few couples haven’t been locked in, and there really is a lot of fluidity with the relationships.

Ex on the Beach

For another show that was taken from the Brits, the third season of EOTB USA has arrived. The cast has some high points and low points, so it will be interesting to see how this all plays out.

I like that they fill the cast with reality tv people because it takes less time to get to know everyone. It’s a real trip seeing a former Big Brother player make out with Aubry O’Day.

I didn’t loooove the second season of this show, and I don’t find that it really lives up to its British counterpart.

Love Island UK – Series 4

After falling back in love with Love Island, I decided to pick up where I left off on watching the 4th series of Love Island. I fell off the wagon with it because I think I burned myself out a bit. It is 50 hour long episodes after all.

I am back in on this season, and the pace is really picking up at the end.

The Bachelorette

We’ve gotten the first part of the two-night finale for what is said to be the most dramatic season (aren’t they all). I was shocked at the elimination of Peter at the final 3. I really thought he was a lock for the final two from the beginning. And I am disappointed. I really like Peter and Tyler, and I think Jed kind of sucks. So I can only assume he wins it all.

And they eluded to some drama for after the final rose, which I’m sure means something to do with the Jed and his girlfriend ~drama~.

Taskmaster Series 2

After a long work weekend, I wanted to watch a show that I know I loved that provides a lot of laughs. I have made my love for Taskmaster very clear. I have watched series 2 more times than I can count, and I still LOL at many moments. If you are thinking about starting Taskmaster (please do) I recommend starting with the first episode of series 2. It is the perfect encapsulation of everything that Taskmaster is.

Influenster – OGX Liquid Pearl Luminescent VoxBox

Influenster – OGX Liquid Pearl Luminescent VoxBox

I’ve never been particularly committed to any brand or kind of shampoo. I only wash my hair about 3 times a week, so it takes me a while to get through a bottle of shampoo. But I’m always excited about trying new hair products. I […]

What I’ve been watching this week – July 23

What I’ve been watching this week – July 23

Love Island US I went into the US version of Love Island admittedly skeptical. What’s popular in the UK doesn’t always translate well to the other side of the Atlantic. So far, I am loving it. The show is 10 episodes into its 4 week […]

Niagara Restaurant Roundup – Counterpart Brewing

Niagara Restaurant Roundup – Counterpart Brewing

There’s a real craft brewery boom going on in Niagara right now. The best part, besides the great beer, is that a lot of these breweries feature some great food too. Counterpart Brewing is no exception.

We’ve visited this hot spot a couple times so far. Every time I’ve gone for the Better Place which is a fruit-forward beer that I am obsessed with. I don’t LOVE beer, but I love this one.

The first time we went, we ordered the fried chicken sandwich with buttermilk ranch slaw and tabasco mayo that is often on special. We also got soy-glazed beef brisket sandwich topped with kim chi and cilantro mayo. To start, we had the house sourdough bread with olive butter.

On another visit, I needed to have the tacos. I think I’ve made my love for tacos clear, and I’ve heard great things about these ones. We ordered the pork taco with chipotle, pickled onion, and cilantro on a corn tortilla. We also tried the new soy glazed beef brisket taco. Our friends ordered the fries with old bay seasoning, and we got another round of the house sourdough.

Everything I’ve had I would order again in a heartbeat. They have a variety of specials every day and I can’t wait to try one of those. It’s located in a bit of an odd spot, but the inside of the the building is light and airy. Counterpart is one of my new favourite places in Niagara.

MAC Cosmetics @allanaramaa Canadian Originals Set

MAC Cosmetics @allanaramaa Canadian Originals Set

I’ve been a follower of Allana Davison for a couple years now. I enjoy influencers, especially Canadian ones. Allana is known for makeup and lifestyle posts and videos. I like her style, it’s very classic with a twist. I find her approachable and fun. She […]