Summer Love in Vancouver

by torontogirlwest on July 22, 2014

Canada Place View Summer Love in Vancouver

Hola Friends:

Have I told you that summer Mondays have become rather a special day for me? Random, isn’t it!?! I know most of us spend the weekend dreading Monday but this summer Zumba Vancouver, and Port Metro Vancouver have gone and brightened the start of my week! icon smile Summer Love in Vancouver

Zumba Canada Place Summer Love in Vancouver

For a couple of weeks now, if I’m out of court, I make a quick getaway from work on Monday afternoons. And I do mean quick because before I leave work, I change into my Zumba gear! Otherwise known as, cue the ridiculously bright colours! icon razz Summer Love in Vancouver

After making my escape through the most discreet way possible, I get into my car and drive to Canada Place – where I join what seems like a couple of hundred other Zumba lovers (or those willing to give it a try) for a free outdoor Zumba class surrounded by the incredibly beautiful Coal Harbour scenery!

Zumba Vancouver Summer Love in Vancouver

I can’t quite put my finger on why but this afternoon’s class absolutely lifted my spirits. It was more than the Latin rhythms that spoke to my saucy side ( icon wink Summer Love in Vancouver ), the dancing that helped me sweat out any of the day’s frustrations, or even the refreshing breeze . . . All I know is that as I walked away from my class I couldn’t help but feel incredibly lucky. It was definitely one of those, I can’t believe this is my life moments!!!

Selfie in Coal Harbour Summer Love in Vancouver

I think Jo (Living Mint Green) was right when she recently pointed out that life won’t always be like this – that of course doesn’t mean that it will not be magical but it will be different! And so it’s incredibly important to live in the moment.

Such wise friends I have! icon razz Summer Love in Vancouver

Anywho, if you’re in Vancouver and free on any Monday at 5:30pm for the remainder of the summer (July and August) I encourage you to go check out the free Zumba class at Canada Place. Not only because cool people like me shake their groove things but because it’s a fun community event that highlights all that’s awesome about this city in the summer!! icon smile Summer Love in Vancouver

And now for no particular reason, I shall leave you with your cute of the day . . .

Puppy in Bed Summer Love in Vancouver

All together now, awwwww . . . . icon smile Summer Love in Vancouver

 

Question: What are you most looking forward to for the remainder of July? One of my besties is getting married this Sunday and that should be a blast!!! Also, one of my good friends is throwing a fireworks viewing party in the next little bit – his place is fabulous with the most amazing views! Besides, the crowd is always a really good time!!!

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Hola Friends!!

How have things been going in your neck of the woods? Here in the Vancouver Coastal Casa things have been mighty hot – and I’m not just saying that because I’m a spicy Latina (HA! icon razz A Brutally Honest Review: New 2014 Kashi Products   Non GMO and Gluten Free ) but because the West Coast of Canada has been hit with a heatwave of sorts!

Although, unlike a heatwave, this heat jus keeps going and going!!! Funny thing is, I remember back in the days when I first moved to BC (almost 10 years ago – seek!) summers were much cooler! Now our weather is positively Californian! 

One thing I’ve noticed in this weather is that my eating patterns have changed. I no longer find myself wanting to cook anything elaborate. In fact quick and ready to go sounds right up my alley! If it doesn’t involve cooking, I’m absolutely game! icon smile A Brutally Honest Review: New 2014 Kashi Products   Non GMO and Gluten Free

Which of course brings me to a product I was sent a while back by the good people at Kashi . . . 

 

New Kashi Products Make me a Happy Camper

Kashi 2014 Product Line A Brutally Honest Review: New 2014 Kashi Products   Non GMO and Gluten Free

You guys know I’m not huge on product reviews on this site but once in a while I’ll make an exception for products I seriously love. And I can honestly say that Kashi always has high quality items, made with real ingredients, that are usually pretty tasty too! So although I don’t buy a lot of convenience food for my little family of three (because yes, my little dog Daisy often sneaks a taste here or there), I make an exception for Kashi.

The latest product offerings from Kashi include several new bar flavours and three brand new cereals.

The Husband was the primary taster for the bars and he was a big fan. In fact, I packed the bars for him when he was heading away for a fairly strenuous week of physical training, and I’m told the bars hit the spot for a quick pick-me-up after a whole day of sweating it out in a gym. The two new bar flavours are Cranberry Lemon or Dark Chocolate, Almond and Sea Salt. The Husband is a pretty big chocolate fan so I expected him to favour the chocolate bars by a wide margin but to my surprise he preferred the Cranberry Lemon bars! I tried both bars and while they’re both delicious, I really enjoyed the livelier flavours of the more citrusy bar. The chocolate one, however, would be fantastic for an indulgent treat once in a while.

Aside from bars, the Husband and I also tried Kashi Canada’s three new cereals. The Nutty Chia Flax Multigrain cereal reminded of a much (!!!) healthier version of a well-known ring shaped cereal with a bee as it’s spokesperson! icon wink A Brutally Honest Review: New 2014 Kashi Products   Non GMO and Gluten Free I quite like this cereal because it obviously contained a good amount of flavour while still being subtly sweet. Admittedly, however, while it was a tasty cereal we would not particularly go out of our way to buy this particularly kind again. The same, however, could not be said for either the Simply Maize or the Indigo Morning cereal because both were amazing, and we have bought them many times over since we first tried them!!!!!!!

Kashi Simply Maize  A Brutally Honest Review: New 2014 Kashi Products   Non GMO and Gluten Free

Both the Indigo Morning and the Simply Maize cereals are corn based. Essentially, they’re made up of slightly puffed flakes coated in a light hint of sweetness. Now the Husband would tell you that the Indigo Morning is the way to go because it has freeze-dried berries (that actually look and taste like berries) already built into the cereal. Whereas, I would tell you that the Indigo Morning is a delicious perfect canvass for anything you want to add to the cereal.

Bottom Line: you seriously can’t go wrong with any of the new Kashi Canada product offerings, and I whole-heartedly recommend the entire line! Here’s hoping you check them out and let me know what you think! icon smile A Brutally Honest Review: New 2014 Kashi Products   Non GMO and Gluten Free

 

Question: Are you a hot or cold breakfast type of person? I go through periods of times when I love oatmeal but usually for weekday breakfasts I’m a cold breakie kind of person! And well as far as weekends go – I love me a good egg (or two)!!! icon smile A Brutally Honest Review: New 2014 Kashi Products   Non GMO and Gluten Free

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