Aroma Espresso Bar – College Street

Near the start of my pregnancy Devon’s cousin Annie took me to the Aroma Espresso Bar in Markville Mall and I was hooked! My sandwich was delicious and oh so fresh. I’ve been craving avocado during my entire pregnancy so I was very happy to find Aroma.

I decided to give the location on College Street a try (since it’s a 7 minute walk away). Well that was a huge mistake! I ended up VERY VERY sick moments after my first couple bites. For those of us who have children and a spouse in aviation you have zero chance of taking time to yourself while you’re sick, you can just hope your child is feeling in a compassionate mood that day. Mine was not!

After I was starting to feel slightly better I sent an email off to Aroma Espresso Bar. I received a very apologetic response and was assured they’d be investigating the location further. Oh and sent a gift card to use at any of their locations.

0060 Aroma Espresso BarI can say after my experience I’m much more hesitant about eating at any of their locations. Gryphen and I have went back to the Queen Street location to enjoy one of their great sandwiches and smoothies on them! I personally don’t see myself ever using the location closest to us on College Street.

Have you eaten at Aroma? What did you think of your meal? I’d love to hear from you!

 

Stillwater Spa Hyatt

I can’t believe it’s been 9 months since I got married! My good friend Tracey gave me a gift card to my favorite spa Stillwater Spa in Toronto as a wedding present and finally nine months later i’m able to take a break and enjoy being pampered. I made my appointment for the Bora Bora Body Restore in the early morning so i’d be able to get out of the house and there before the baby woke (I hate being late). When I arrived the attendant gave me a short tour along with my change room key. I was the only one there so I was able to snap a few photos to show you how lovely the place really is!  
I was VERY tired and just woke up, no makeup, hair not done .. ready for a relaxing pampered morning is what i’m saying! 
I love the layout of the change rooms, you have the washrooms on the far end in a private section then the showers are right near the hot tub and saunas. Don’t stress if you forget anything they have a nice layout of morning must haves! (toothbrushes with paste, combs, razors, moisturizers and if you don’t see it they’ll find it!). One of my favorite early morning parts is the lounge chairs. They have an amazingly comfy cushion along with a tv (and headphones) so if you’d like to lay back and watch something you can. I took a nap! 
On either side of the hot tub you’ll find sauna’s. Honestly if I could spend every morning like this, i’d be one very happy women! 
After I had spent a small amount of time enjoying the change room I decided that I should put on my robe and head out to the treatment waiting area. They have a great selection of waters and small treats to enjoy while you wait for your treatment to begin. Two hours later I returned from my treatment. OMG I was so tired! All I could do was nothing haha so I went and took a nap in the lounger! Followed by a soak in the tub then a nice child free shower! 
When it was all said any done I spent my entire morning enjoying myself, I could of spent the day there but I had plans with my family to play at the park! If you’re looking for a great place to spend some time and money check out Stillwater Spa at the Hyatt Toronto. 
Hopefully you’ll love it as much as I did 🙂 

Trinity Bellwoods Park

I can’t say enough about Trinity Bellwoods Park, we love it there! It’s only a 5 minute walk for us and their is always something going on there. But for #CaptainGryphen it’s all about this play structure! haha Check out some of photos below of the place Gryphen loves to play!

 This area is for children who are a bit older, we don’t go over there much. Gryphen loves walking and jumping on the surface currently! 

Nothing better then a yummy fruit lunch after playing at the park all morning! 
If you’re interested in exploring Trinity Bellwoods Park check out their website (here). Don’t miss their Tuesday afternoon Farmer’s Markets 😉 

Little Italy: “Red Pegasus”

I was pretty excited to stroll in to Red Pegasus today with Gryphen; she was passed out in her ring sling! We had made a quick trip in last night but she was too energetic for me to look around but I had spotted a few things I wanted to check out today! After about 45 minutes of looking through this small boutique I decided to purchase two products by Pacifica and one from Pre de Provence. I love Pacifica products! They’re all natural and lets me honest smell utterly amazing!

I smelled pretty much every product on the shelf finally deciding on the Indian Coconut Nectar scented Reed Diffuser for $17.95 and the Hawaiian Ruby Guava Natural Soap for $8. Once I got in the door I was opening the box for the diffuser, it’s been sitting on my coffee table all afternoon and the apartment smells so good! I don’t want to leave 😉 **My secret trick to have the scent move quicker through the house is to place a fan behind the diffuser, it’ll have your house flooded with the most amazing scent in no time**

Needless to say I’m really looking forward to taking a shower later today, I would have already had one if Gryphen would have kept sleeping when we returned but she decided otherwise. The Hawaiian Ruby Guava is to die for! You can really smell the guava, we made a quick stop by Standard Pizza Bar on our way home and the girls LOVED the new soap 😉
The second soap we decided to try is by Pré de Provence which is owned by European Soaps. It’s a very silky feeling soap. Gryphen really loved that it foamed up a lot while she was washing her hands and smelled great after. It has a very light fragrance and leaves your skin feeling soft and moisturizer.  
 
If you’re looking for some yummy all natural summer soaps check out Pacifica & Pré de Provence. If you’re a deal hunter you can check out their website if you have an US postal box. I’ll be sending a package to Devon’s hotel this month 🙂 
 
Check out Red Pegasus’ website (here) for their store hours. They sell a variety of products including bath & body, children & infant toys and accessories, jewelry from local artist and Canadian artist, stationary & cards. Red Pegasus is the perfect place to get a birthday gift for those special people in your life 🙂