Author - Amanda Bay

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Awesome Reads During Isolation
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I got it FOR my momma! (A last minute Bay Awesome TBay Gift List)
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At home. Being unproductive.
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Best of Thunder Bay 2019: Top Blog
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Top 20 TBay Holiday Gift List: 2019
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Most Awesome Fall Adventures in Thunder Bay
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This is 35.
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The Bay Awesome TBay 2019 Summer Bucket List
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King of All Spaces and Places
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Life in Full Bloom.

Awesome Reads During Isolation

Between seeing less of our family and friends, working from home, and not being able to swing by the Sov for that occasional Long Island, our daily lives are …. a little strange, and I think we can all use some comfort. Personally, sometimes a book is exactly just what I need— a good read to get out of the house and take my mind to a totally different place, or maybe teach me something new and awesome (a different perspective). Books can boost happiness, minimize that anxiety I’m sure we are all experiencing, and just make us forget about[…]

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I got it FOR my momma! (A last minute Bay Awesome TBay Gift List)

With Mother’s day just around the corner (THIS SUNDAY), many of you have been asking me for local gift ideas. I know that this year in particular, shopping for the Queen in your life is a little more tricky and stressful, as we can’t go into stores and browse around; But it’s even more of a reason to shop local and support all of our businesses, crafters and makers. So, I have rounded up a couple of my favourite gifts (that are still left in stock)…from breakfast in bed, mimosas, homemade bird houses, Lake Superior beach glass and a pottery mug[…]

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At home. Being unproductive.

Social media is making me feel pretty inadequate these days, not to mention antiquated. Every time I do a quick check to see what’s happening out in the world, I’m being convinced that my new found “free time” is in fact, time wasted. Instagram taunting me with these recently showered people who are all shouting “my self-isolation is soooo much cooler than yours!!” As I scroll through my accounts, flooded full of photos and videos of people doing some pretty awesome things…. I first of all wonder, when did everyone become a professional dancer, chef,  workout instructor, etc!? Impressive guys.[…]

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Best of Thunder Bay 2019: Top Blog

2019 was a year of adventure and even more tbaylovin. I loved writing about all of the awesome things Thunder Bay has to offer- whether it was a place, space, food, activity, crafter, or local product, we definitely have a lot to be proud about in our community. I also enjoyed sharing my very own experiences that were really all about finding the silver lining— the strands of awesome in all of life’s situations and challenges. I am sooo grateful and surprised to be highlighted in The Walleye – Thunder Bay’s Arts & Culture Magazine Best of 2019 List with the[…]

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Top 20 TBay Holiday Gift List: 2019

This holiday season, there’s really nothing more awesome than local! The revival of retro fashion trends, vegan donuts, a beer advent calendar, smashed teacups, and items only a true Thunder Bayer can appreciate, are just some of the unique finds on this year’s Bay Awesome 2019 TBay Gift List. With so many artisans, gift shops, and Thunder Bay products, there are SO many options that will bring a twinkle to your eye, while you show your city and neighbourhood some ‘shop local’ love. For your holiday shopping pleasure…the fruits of an entire year’s worth of my gift researching labour, enjoy! xo[…]

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Most Awesome Fall Adventures in Thunder Bay

Written for CBC’s Fresh Air morning show on CBC Radio One. Aired Saturday October 5th, 2019, live from Thunder Bay, Ontario. As dazzling colours begin to transform the landscape, they say you will fall in love with Thunder Bay at this time of year and it’s absolutely true. It’s the picture perfect season with so many Insta worthy sites, but most importantly thrilling adventures. Bird’s-eye view of Nor’Wester Mountain Range/Maple Trees: Northwest Heli-Tour Fall  in Thunder Bay  is a very magical and colourful season, and some landscapes simply demand a view from above. You can see Thunder Bay’s awesomeness from[…]

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This is 35.

Those that know me… know I love birthdays. My birthday, your birthday, your friend’s birthday. BIRTHDAYS!!! Yes, you’ve been to my weeklong celebrations. But for some reason this year is different. 35 is definitely a hard year to swallow. I remember thinking 30 was a little scary, but this birthday forces me into a totally new age bracket— I am now “35 and over”, which spans from 35 until… I’m pretty sure, the end 😉   I really can’t tell which one is more horrifying…the actual number 35, or saying it out loud. Thirty- five. Thirty-five. No matter how you see[…]

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The Bay Awesome TBay 2019 Summer Bucket List

It’s summertime and livin’ is easy!! (and I’m going to make it even easier for you). I’ve rounded up all of my favorite summer activities, places, spaces, adventures, and even food, in the Thunder Bay area to make sure you’re getting the best of the bay in what the season has to offer. By the time September rolls around, you’ll be thinking “that was the most AWESOME summer ever.” Because we all know how the summer months can just fly by— faster than that sailboat you promised you’d go on with your friends, so get moving!  With Lake Superior, exotic looking animals,[…]

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King of All Spaces and Places

It’s the Godzilla of nightlife in Thunder Bay. Well actually, it’s the three headed dragon that is Godzilla’s arch enemy— bigger and golden. The new King Ghidrah that is located above Sovereign Room, (ya I always wondered what was up that magical, twisty staircase as well), is a super sleek lounge that combines sultry Asian design elements with a relaxed energy and style.  The intimate, modern space, that you might have known as the Dragon Lounge back in the day, is bathed with Sakura accents, emerald blue bench seating, and exposed original gold walls, giving guests a circa 1950’s vintage[…]

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Life in Full Bloom.

I was having cocktails with one of my best friends the other night, going on and on about that new Beyoncé documentary on Netflix… you know, the one that chronicles everything that went into that unforgettable Coachella performance, (the show that was sooooo worth the midweek sleep deprivation). Anyhow, halfway through talking about the Blue Ivy appearance, I noticed she wasn’t listening to a word I said… HELLO!! Beyoncé … Blue Ivy…personal stories from the Queen Bey. How rude. I knew I wasn’t boring her with my conversation,  so why the hell was she not paying attention!? After calling her out on her[…]

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