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[…]Read More
It’s the time of year for cards with red hearts, chocolates, lame teddy bears, flowers, heart shaped boxes of candy, forced dinner dates, and public demonstrations of pure admiration. As you can tell, I have mixed feelings towards Valentine’s Day. Ya I know, how novel… a 30-something year old, independent woman that doesn’t like a day about couples and LOVE. Oh stop. No, I don’t sit home alone, belting out the new Ariana Grande album eating ice cream with a dozen cats. I don’t like cats; And romantic hardship isn’t my reason for feeling blah about the holiday. Very much like why[…]Read More
The holidays are here and it’s “fa, la, la, la” until the end of the year. With the cheer and festivities of the Christmas season upon us, also comes gift giving— a time that many stress over finding that perfect present for those that made your nice list. But no need to worry! Whether it’s a gift for a wife or girlfriend, boyfriend, hubby, something for your parents, a sibling, friend, or a prezzie for your co-worker, The Bay Awesome Top 20 TBay Holiday Gift List has a variety of awesome suggestions for everyone. This might very well be the best[…]Read More
I won’t ever forget the day I launched my blog. I was so excited and happy to introduce my “baby” and work of passion to the world— something that was years in the making and a project I poured my heart and soul into. However, the day didn’t quite end the way I had envisioned it to. The day Bayawesome went live, I received a lot of support- really positive messages, texts, calls… but an email I received later that night took all of my attention. I fixated on it as it defeated all of the encouragement of the day, and[…]Read More
Remember those summer days spent running around outside until sunset, listening to your favourite summer jams on repeat, eating freezies, swimming for hours until your hands turned pruney…the days of Sun-In, super soakers, slip n’ slides, Skip-Its—Day after day, being as wild and as carefree as can be. It was a magical time in our lives. Now that we’re all grown up, it’s impossible to not feel nostalgic about those endless summer days spent squeezing the life out of every second. Ya, adulting is hard. With that said, I’ve decided to make the absolute most of this summer. Do it[…]Read More
One day I opened my eyes and realized that life had a brand new soundtrack—literally. It was no longer 50 Cent’s ‘In da club’… it was my best friend’s baby screaming in my face as she handed him off to me to go have a minute of “alone time”, AKA go to the bathroom and hide. I was left in complete terror while she walked away, thinking ‘you don’t even pee by yourself!?’… the baby continuing to cry looking down at my chest as if I had something to offer. It really sunk in at that moment as he peered at[…]Read More
Ever since I can remember, I’ve had my life all mapped out, creating this perfect storyline for my future… “This is the career I will have, this is where I am going to live, these are the trips I’m going to take, these are the best friends I will have forever, this is the man I will marry, this is when I will reproduce a mini-me, this is where I will retire and live happily ever after” — all plans and dreams that I cherished and nurtured, holding close to my heart. I called it my interior blueprint and I[…]Read More
It’s one of my favourite events of the year! Painted as the biggest craft market in Northwestern Ontario, the 8th Annual Craft Revival returns to the Waterfront District in Thunder Bay on Sunday, May 6th. Thanks to Shaw TV Thunder Bay for handing me the mic to showcase this feature with event founder and coordinator, Maelyn Hurley. Over 140 artisans will participate in the event that is expected to attract close to 3000 people to Thunder Bay’s downtown. Craft Revival is taking place at 15 local businesses, that not only showcases works of art (from paintings, to clothing, jewelry, home decor, wood working, food), but also performers at each location.
I make a day of it, with brunch (and mimosas), friends and shopping. It’s the most perfect Sunday! The amount of local talent is this city is simply amazing and this event truly revives the love for art and crafting in Thunder Bay. For further details checkout the official Craft Revival event page.
This blog post is a part of a feature series called Heart of Our City by Intercity Shopping Centre. Amanda is a proud contributor to the campaign. ‘Bay Awesome’— It’s a mantra I live by, a way of life and something that has evolved with me as I’ve grown up. It’s about living your life and not letting it live you, by investing in yourself (without the slightest bit of apology), and simply doing things that you love and are passionate about. Sure, this may sound a tad self help-y, but it’s simple; once you figure out who you are and[…]Read More
Wishing you all an awesome holiday full of love, laughter and smiles. xo Amanda #BayAwesomeRead More