Inside BronyCon 2018

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(Psst! Before you read the blog, be sure to check out my vlog and footage reel from BronyCon 2018 on my YouTube channel, where I film a lot of the panels and talk about my experiences at BronyCon!) 

Hey every pony! This is a post that was due months ago, yet with life getting in the way, here I am posting it now. Back at the end of July I went to BronyCon 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. It was kind of a spontaneous decision. I was not a hardcore “My Little Pony” fan like many of the attendees at the convention, yet I was a fan so I decided to attend anyway. I only began liking the show and its characters last fall, when my boyfriend and I went to go see the movie in theaters as a joke. However, I ended up really enjoying it. After the movie, I went home and watched all 7 seasons on Netflix and even started my own collection of “My Little Pony” merchandise and memorabilia. So when I discovered this convention in Baltimore that is home to thousands of attendees each year, I decided to buy a plane ticket, and away we went! This year, the event ran from Friday, July 27th until Sunday, July 29th at the Baltimore Convention Center in downtown Baltimore. 5,465 was the number of people in attendance, which is noted to be significantly lower than in previous years. 

As many of the die-hard fans of the convention know, it was announced at the closing ceremonies that 2019 will be BronyCon’s final year. It will consist of a 4 day convention, as opposed to the usual 3 days. When it was announced that the convention was coming to its end, a lot of the fans in the center were in tears. People were crying in hysterics, hugging each other, even singing the “My Little Pony” TV show theme song with the Equestria flag held up, hands on their hearts and everything. Seriously, it was a thing. I will definitely be there in attendance for 2019. I mean, I started my first year with the second last year. It makes sense to go to the final one. It’s like being apart of a piece of history. I foresee it being a pretty emotional weekend, but hopefully the BronyCon team puts together something epic seeing as it is the last one ever. (That we know of). 

Jacob and I had tons of fun. We booked a room for 4 nights at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel, which was a little pricey for the outdated look of the hotel’s rooms. Being Canadians, we tried Chick-fil-A for the first time. I really liked it, but Jacob became obsessed, basically wanting it for every meal we had. Some of the time we spent walking around downtown, looking at the harbor, going out to eat, or venturing into the little shops. The other time we spent at the convention itself, of course. 

One of BronyCon’s perks is that each year, they have a variety of guests who have some sort of relation to the show that come and do panels, autographs, and take pictures with fans. This can include: voice actors, animators, writers, or community guests, like YouTubers and bloggers. In 2018 they had a list of star-studded guests, like Tony Award winner Lena Hall and a bunch of the voices from “My Little Pony”. Being the fangirl that I am, of course I had to take pictures with some of my favorites! I met Michelle Creber, the voice of Apple Bloom; Tabitha St. Germain, the voice of Rarity and Princess Luna; and Peter New, the voice of Big Mac. I got an autographed poster from each of them, and a signed copy of Michelle’s latest CD, “On Display”. The cast of the show were all super sweet, and it was cool that they were all Canadians, from Vancouver, British Columbia. It made us feel at home. Tabitha said to us as we were all taking a picture together: “Get close, it’s a Canadian sandwich.” In her Rarity voice, of course. Michelle was friendly, and I was so amazed at how successful she is for being only 18 years old. I asked her how she manages it all and deals with her success. She told me: “It’s a lot of hard work, but it’s all worth it.” Peter New was probably the funniest of them all, with a blunt, sarcastic sense of humor. I told him I had a crush on his character, Big Mac, and that I didn’t understand what makes his girlfriend, Sugar Belle so special. After that, he said to me in the voice of Big Mac: “You could be Sugar Belle.” Sounds good to me! 

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One of the days, I tried to do a cosplay of Rarity but I failed horribly. I bought a skirt that I transformed into a dress and stitched Rarity’s diamond cutie mark pattern on, which was the only redeeming quality of the entire look. I ran out of purple hairspray so I had to use pink, which dried out my hair and made it look nothing like Rarity’s. I messed up on the makeup too. It was just a train wreck and a bad idea all around. For BronyCon 2019, I’m either going all out, or not bothering dressing up like a character at all. At least I got these cool pony ears and unicorn horn combination. 

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Although I wasn’t a major fan and didn’t know much about the community so therefore didn’t really feel like I “fit in” much per se, the people who I did meet were extremely nice, friendly, and welcoming. One of the great things about this convention is they give you a landyard and three different tags you can choose to attach to your landyard, called “Communication Cards”. Green means you want to engage in conversation and meet new friends, yellow means you only want to talk to people you know, and red means you do not want to talk. Attendees pick which one they feel comfortable with, and fellow attendees must honor their wishes (or security gets involved). I think this is a great idea to help not only prevent harassment, but also to help people feel more comfortable going to the convention, especially if they are usually introverted.

A large majority of the attendees dressed up and some of the costumes were outrageously good. Some even wore an entire mascot-eqsue suit. I imagine it must have gotten pretty warm being stuck in that all day. I met Scootaloo! That was one of the highlights of the entire weekend. 

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All in all, BronyCon 2018 was an amazing experience and I highly recommend any “My Little Pony” fan to come out to Baltimore, Maryland for the very last BronyCon in August 2019. Apparently the staff is closing BronyCon because the numbers in attendance are declining drastically, and they do not wish to go back to their smaller roots. Although I understand this, I feel sympathy towards those who went every single year to the event, made friends and memories each year, who had one place to be themselves and not be judged, and now all of that is being taken away from them. If you’re one of those people reading this right now, then I must say to you: I’m sorry, and I hope you make BronyCon 2019 your most memorable year yet!

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BronyCon is the destination for all “My Little Pony” fans. With their panels, marketplace, guests, contests, and more, it is a dream come true for any fans of any generations of the show. For information on passes, sponsorships, vendors, running an event, volunteering or hotels for the convention, click here:

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Thanks for checking out my blog every pony! I hope everyone has a great day and that I see all of your faces at BronyCon 2019! XOXO  


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My Trip To Alberta, Canada ❄❄❄

Good evening!

I hope everyone’s Christmas went great, and that you’re all looking forward to the new year! I have some pretty cool stuff coming up in the new year that I’m excited to show you guys, but until then, I’ll be making a few more blog posts!

Last month, I had the privilege of traveling to Alberta, Canada for work. I’ve been before when I was 13, but haven’t been since. Although it’s extremely cold there, I have to say, it’s much of a nicer place than where I live. The people are much nicer in Alberta, the scenery is just gorgeous, and there’s a lot to do and see. We were in Jasper, Alberta and Edmonton, Alberta. In Jasper is where we saw all of the mountains, lakes, and animals (including the cute little caribou in the picture below). In Edmonton, we went to the West Edmonton Mall, which is the biggest shopping centre in Canada. They’ve got plenty of stores, an ice rink, a water park, an amusement park, hotels with themed rooms, and more. Since we were mostly busy with work, we didn’t have much time to do a lot at the mall but we got to go on a roller coaster and go out to eat which was pretty fun.

There’s some photos I took below. Have you ever visited Alberta?

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Meeting Tana Mongeau

Hello, bloggers!

I hope everyone is getting ready for the long weekend and unfortunately, for summertime to be done and over with. On the bright side of things, fall and winter are the absolute best times of the year for so many reasons. But more on that later.

About a month ago, I bought tickets to see the Tana Mongeau & Friends tour in Toronto, Ontario, Canada for August 10th. I bought them totally on impulse, but it was the best impulsive decision that I’ve ever made in my life. I bought them online the night before, called Jacob, and said, “Hey. We’re going to Toronto tomorrow to see that  YouTuber that I really like.” Of course at first he was confused, but I think it turned out great in the end.

So who is Tana Mongeau? A girl who got famous on the internet by posting videos of her telling stories about her life in a comedic, sassy way is the best way I can think of to describe her. She’s only 19 years old, been on YouTube for less than 3 years and has accumulated over 2,000,000 subscribers. She’s been on two three tours (two of her own), has her own merchandise and is very popular.

She is definitely not everyone’s cup of tea, but one thing is for sure: she’s entertaining and is good at getting people interested in what she has to say, whether in a negative or positive light.

The day of the show, Jacob and I drove four hours to get there and checked in at our hotel. After a quick touch up, we were out the door and driving to the venue. I bought meet and greet passes, but next time I will definitely do VIP. We waited in line for almost two hours, just to meet her for less than two minutes. Was it worth it? For someone who is a dedicated fan, for sure. I wish I could have spent more time chatting with her, but I am definitely still happy I got to meet her. 

The venue was at “The Opera House” in Toronto, a venue slash bar slash restaurant scene. The line for general admission and meet and greet stretched all the way down the street. Although her videos can contain quite raunchy material, I was surprised that the majority of her fans were actually very young, most being underage. 

As for the actual meet and greet, I must say, she is an extremely sweet girl. She definitely knows how to reel her fans in and make each and every one feel appreciated. When I went up to meet her, she said: “Oh my God, this girl is so hot. Is your mind blown at how hot this girl is right now?” Tana also fed me some ego boosting compliments such as, “I love your outfit” and “You smell so good.” She also told me numerous times that she loved me which warmed my heart. Tana rubbed my back as we took pictures. I mean, who doesn’t love that?! Tana is amazing with her fans, and no one can deny that. 

The workers at the venue were quite rude. They seemed rushed, and were being very harsh to the venue goers. I was rushed and screamed at to hurry up; perhaps they were not expecting the large outcome and therefore had to rush the meet and greet process. Tana handled it fantastically, as she herself looked rather annoyed by the workers. They screamed for me to get going as I was trying to explain to her that my boyfriend let me have his picture for the meet and greet as I am a bigger fan than he is. As they yelled at me to get going, Tana said, “Okay, can we not yell, can we just communicate, please?” Tana, girl, you rock.

The show itself was lighthearted and quirky as her and her friends told some scandalous stories on stage, and of course Tana was her fearless, outgoing, I-don’t-give-a-shit self as for always. 

All in all it was an amazing experience that Fullscreen Live put on, and I would recommend it to anyone. Hopefully one day, Tana and I’s paths will cross again .  .  .

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Bye for now,

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Also, click here to check out Tana Mongeau’s videos. 

Meeting the Rock-afire Explosion

Hello, as promised I am back from Orlando, Florida to tell you about my time and also post pictures of animatronics and stuff like that. Thus far I have two videos on my channel regarding my trip, but fear not because there are plenty more to come. I just have to edit them and stuff. We had a lot more footage; Jacob accidentally deleted it and we are also recovering a lot of footage that was corrupted. (Thank God for file recovery programs.) I shall post the videos below:

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The hotel was extremely fancy, we didn’t know but it was like a five star hotel and the only people that were there were: rich old people, young girls with their sugar daddies, and twenty year old whinny girls whose rich parents bought them a vacation. So yeah, not one person was nice there. People in Detroit were so much nicer than people in downtown Orlando. It was still a nice place to stay, though, even though 9/10 people were stuck up.

Downtown Orlando is a scary place. People always tell you that Florida inhabits nice old retired couples and families on vacation. But the truth of Orlando is very far from that. It’s like the city of party animals. (At least the downtown area is). Seriously, there’s clubs and bars and cigar shops and that’s pretty much it. Help. 

We went to this burger place and the guys working there looked so creepy that I actually didn’t even order anything (though I did eat off of Jacob’s plate . . . because I was that hungry, okay?!)

Putting all of that aside, let’s just focus on the main reason why we travelled down there in the first place: (and FYI, the weather in Orlando was the exact same weather that we have during the summertime here in Canada. There was literally no difference.) TO SEE THE ROCK-AFIRE EXPLOSION! And it was amazing. If you ask me what my fave part of the entire experience was (other than my skit), well, here you go:

I’m obsessed with the Wolf Pack 5, which is the band that came before the Rock-afire Explosion. The lead female vocalist, Mini Mozzarella, is my all time favourite. She may even be my favourite animatronic, period. She’s cute, gorgeous, beautiful, sweet . . . The list could go on and on. But they were being sold, a video was put up in March about them being dragged out from their crates that they lived in since 1980. It was a sad moment for me, knowing that they were going to be sold and I wouldn’t get to see Mini at my tour. “If only we had gone months earlier.” I had told Jacob. “She’s not going to be there . . . why would Aaron sell them?!” I had said. She was my fave, and I wouldn’t get to meet her, and that was a devastating thing for me. So on August 14, it was a cold rainy day in Orlando. We walk into Creative Engineering, and what’s the very first thing that I see? MINI FUCKING MOZZARELLA. (Excuse my language. It was just a very happy time for me.) Of course I fanned my face excitedly, ran over to her and grabbed some pics. It’s an awkward moment when a robotic mouse is much hotter than you are. And she was naked, but that was okay. But still, I got to see her and the rest of the WP5! That was good luck on me, because they were supposed to be sold back in June but the guy that bought them got arrested. So, score. 

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My reaction to finding out that I sat in the same chair as Rick Bailey. Or was it my reaction to being in love with Beach Bear?

My reaction to finding out that I sat in the same chair as Rick Bailey. Or was it my reaction to being in love with Beach Bear?

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Rolfe has a huge ass.

Rolfe has a huge ass.

Beach Bear is looking at me!

Beach Bear is looking at me!

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My dad kissing Mitzi.

"Oh Beach Bear, you are so funny!"

“Oh Beach Bear, you are so funny!”

"Mitzi, you can hate all you want, but Beach Bear and I are in love."

“Mitzi, you can hate all you want, but Beach Bear and I are in love.”

 

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So there you have it. More pictures/videos are yet to come! xoxo

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Update

Hello everyone! I haven’t blogged for over a week. The reason(s) why is because, it was my birthday so I had a lot of fun with that. Then the next day I went for a trip up north, and it was beautiful there. Then I had to do driver’s ed, and that was pretty tiring. Finally, I’m spending the last few days of summer trying to do as much as possible. But there will be next blogs coming up soon for sure. ❤

Travel Blog (Toronto/Niagara Falls): Part 3 — Food and Miscellaneous ♨

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This is exciting. We’re finally at the last part of my first ever travel blog. It’s been fun, but pretty tiring. Each blog post consisted of content that took me up to two hours to complete. Can you even imagine if they were all in one blog? This blog however will be fairly short. In part one, I talked about hotels. In part two, I talked about sights and attractions. Now for part three, I will be showing all of you bloggers some awesome stuff that I bought at gift shops, and that you can pick up, too, as well as a couple of restaurants. Let’s begin, shall we?

Restaurants 

I went to a bunch of restaurants, but these were my ultimate favourites:

And if I had to pick from one of these, I would definitely choose The Grand Buffet without hesitation. The other ones were good, but this one just can’t be beat. It can get a little pricey, it’s $40 per person not including tax, so for just two people it can come up to almost $100 with tax. However, everything is perfect. The view, the scenery, the service, the food, the way everything is prepared, etc. This buffet has everything. No, I mean it. Ask me if they have it, and the answer will be yes. I got full on calamari rings. So tasty. They had every kind of food from every kind of culture, it was amazing. Their deserts were out of this world. IT WAS JUST SO GOOD. If you’re ever in Niagara Falls, please go there. Please. You will thank me a million times. Also, a plus is, kids under the age of 12 eat for free, so it’s great for families all over. 🙂 A part that I absolutely adored about this restaurant was the chocolate fountain. Mmmm. And, they have a balcony in which you can go out and see the falls and take pictures if you’d like.

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The chocolate fountain having pineapple dipped into it.

The chocolate fountain having pineapple dipped into it.

Shopping

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. . . did I mention yet that I loved shopping? In my other blogs, for sure, yes. Along with all of the amazing clothes, shoes, make-up, and more from Victoria’s Secret, Pink, Claire’s, etc, I also bought a lot of unique things that I want to share with you guys. Keep reading to see. 

CN TOWER

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From the CN Tower, I got a beautiful painting. My room is full of paintings, I love artwork so much. This picture is of downtown Toronto during fall from the island. It’s hanging on my wall near one of my closets and my laptop area, so I can always look at it while I’m blogging. Then, I got an awesome change purse and some cool Canadian maple leaf earrings. 

RIPLEY’S AQUARIUM 

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The aquarium was loads of fun! I got a cool shark tooth necklace, a real one. It’s anywhere between 5 to 60 million years old. Then, I got a mood ring. Ever since I was a little kid, every time I go on a trip I buy a mood ring in whatever city I’m visiting. Weird, I know, but, it’s tradition. Why ruin it now? I also got one of those things that’s full of water and has a bunch of tiny floating items in it, and when you turn it they all swim everywhere. They’re all shaped like marine animals. I love playing with those things. Yep, it can actually keep me entertained. Then, I bought a sting ray plush. Just because it was cute. I didn’t show its pattern, but it’s pink and blue and has spirals on it. Too cute!

SPIRITUAL EMPORIUM 

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Out of all of the places, I have to say, this is the most unique store I went to. It’s called “Spiritual Emporium”, and they have everything from voodoo dolls to perfumes. So you can go there if you want to put a hex on someone, or spray on some scent that give you “magical powers”. Haha, okay, maybe not that much. But they have stones for a bunch of different things. I bought a scent for success. You spray it on whenever you want to be successful at something. So far I’ve used it twice, and it only worked one of the times. Not sure if it works, but it’s called “Moon Beezy” and it does smell nice. I also got a stone . . . I’m going to be keeping it a secret what it does. 😉 Sure hope it works! The papers are for how to clean the rock when I feel like it’s been touched by the wrong person or hexed, and the other sticky note is of a spiritual trick that a girl that worked there showed me how to do. Again, I’m keeping this one to myself.

HERSHEY’S 

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I don’t need to write a bunch to get the point across of how awesome this is. Instead, I’ll just write down in point form what I got.

  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Hoodie
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Flip Flops
  • Kisses Journal
  • Scented Body Gel
  • Hershey’s Body Lotion
  • Kisses Pajamas (comfiest things ever, by the way)
  • Jolly Rancher Cherry Lip Balm

The Hershey’s things were almost $200, just for those. But they were worth it—I love every single item. 

ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHOCOLATE FACTORY

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Do you see that? Let me explain to you—that is what perfection looks like, friends. It’s the best fudge I’ve ever had in my entire life. I only had it once other than this, in Stratford when I went to go see a few plays. Then I saw that they had it in one of the large malls I went to, and I jumped at the chance to get it. They have a variety of different types of fudge. They have fudge, candy apples, cookies, truffles, and basically everything you can imagine to satisfy that sweet tooth of yours. MORE, PLEASE! It’s getting me hungry, now I want more fudge . . . 😥 R.I.P to my fudge, eaten and gone so soon. I also went to this one smoothie place, and my boyfriend and I got the peach cherry flavour. Again, can I have more?


THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR READING ALL THREE PARTS OF MY FIRST TRAVEL BLOG! It was fun, and tiring, and for some reason, I wrote all three of them between 1 AM to 3 AM. Why? Don’t ask—I guess I’m just more active at those times. Plus, I got Starbucks here with me, too. That helps. Jacob and I had an amazing/lovely trip together, and we can’t wait to do more travelling with each other in the future! Also, today’s my birthday. Happy birthday to me! 😀

UNTIL NEXT TIME,

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Travel Blog (Toronto/Niagara Falls): Part 2 — Sights and Attractions ☼

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Part two of my first travel blog is finally here! Of course, three days late, but better late than never. So, let’s do this. Part one was focusing on hotels, and part two is focused on places I went and stuff. Hopefully some of you travellers will find this helpful, and if you’re around the city you can check out these different things to do. Ready? Okay. 

Lifetime Athletic Gym

Our very first day—after getting off the train and eating some nasty KFC—we stopped at a gym that was the fanciest gym I’ve ever laid eyes on in my life. Called “Lifetime Athletic”. It was incredible, and the price isn’t bad for all you get. It ranges from $80-$100.00/month per person, and there’s also family deals. We just walked inside and got a tour from one of the staff working there that day. It’s too bad that there’s not one in Windsor, because the gym I go to is really crappy in comparison, and it’s $40.00 monthly. But for those who live in the Toronto/Mississauga area, I highly recommend that you go check out this gym. It has: rock climbing, indoor pool, outdoor pool, classes, personal trainers, indoor basketball court, indoor soccer field . . . I’ll stop there. But, it’s crazy. And there’s also a restaurant inside the gym, as well as a juice bar, waiting room with HDTVs and massage chairs and get this . . . there’s a makeup/beauty store in the gym. Now that I think is going a little overboard. Click here for more details on how you can get a membership today.

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And then, I had to go back a week later to this:

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Indoor Skydiving 

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Indoor skydiving! Personally, I’m the type of person who’d rather have the real authentic deal, so this doesn’t really appeal to me to much. Besides, it really wasn’t as awesome as it looks. I was so excited to go, because it’s a big building, so you’d think you get to drop from the ceiling, right? There’s this little tube you go into and air blows you around and that’s pretty much it. It’s over $80 per person for two flights, and over $100 for four flights, and there’s also family package deals for about $180+. You also have to go through a couple hours of a course, so they can teach you what to do and how to put on your skydiving outfit properly and all the techniques and stuff. You get approximately four minutes to fly, and you get to fly twice with your package. I want to say this place is really awesome, but the truth is, it’s kinda a money waster. But if you’re looking for a few hours of fun, and want to kill some time, I’d say, check this place out for sure. Here’s their website for more information: Click here.

Movies

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This isn’t too special. Even most small cities have movie theatres. But hey, they were sure a lot fancier than the movie theatres I’m used too. They were huge and had a whole bunch of goodies in them. It was cool. I don’t want this to turn into a movie review blog, but here are the movies that we saw:

The Fault In Our Stars

The Fault In Our Stars 

Maleficent

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Like I said, I don’t want this to turn into a movie review blog post but I will go over what I thought of the movies. We saw Maleficent first, and I really liked it. My boyfriend didn’t really like any of the movies, but he liked this one more than the other one, haha. Maleficent was what Sleeping Beauty should have been. All very good actors, all very beautiful, an interesting story. However it was very predictable, but that’s okay. It was definitely the better version of Sleeping Beauty, and Angelina Jolie looked awesome as for usual. 

My Rating = 7.5/10

Jacob’s Rating = 6/10

And I’ve never read the book for “Fault in our Stars”,  but I was definitely expecting something different. I was really excited to see this movie, and the whole day I bugged my boyfriend about how much fun it was going to be and jokingly he’d obviously say he wasn’t excited at all. The whole movie had one tone: depressing. Personally I believe that a good movie should have a whole variety of moods to keep the viewer intrigued. Happy, sad, angry, excited, etc. But the entire movie was basically “Oh my gosh I’m going to die life sucks” and even when the two lovers met it just felt stale. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not hating on it at all, I think it was very well planned out and has good characters that were written strongly. But it just isn’t my cup of tea. What’s funny is my boyfriend had a cold that night, so he was sniffling every minute and at the end he said, “I tried to hold it in because I didn’t want anyone to think that I was crying.” Haha. He also jokingly called the movie “disgusting”—but he always does that, just to make me laugh.

My Rating = 7/10

Jacob’s Rating = 5/10

Hit up Flickster to discover what movies are playing in your area today. [I keep writing it “Flickerster” . .  I must be exhausted.]

Canoeing/Kayaking 

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I absolutely adore canoeing. I go several times per summer, sometimes during the fall and spring, too. I love it when you’re out on open water, hardly anything surrounding you. Everything’s calm, it’s just you and the boat and a paddle and everything’s serene and pure. Plus, I love Canadian geese! They’re little cuties, and we got so close to them! And we saw them run on water, which was also the most cutest thing in the world. I’m sorry to all my readers out there but I don’t remember what the name of this park was! But to go canoeing, you can just search up online the closest parks to the areas in which you live in. Also, if anyone knows what park this is, you can drop me a comment in the box below. We also had a BBQ, even though we burnt the corn, it was still delish. We had salted butter. Yes.

CN Tower

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Let me start off by saying that the CN Tower is definitely one of my favourite things to do when visiting Toronto. Every time I’m there, I make an effort to go at least one time. I’m not afraid of heights, but sometimes it makes me queasy. Especially when you’re on the elevator and you’re going up thousands of feet and you feel your ears popping. The whole elevator is glass. The floor, the sides, everything. It can be a little overwhelming for people who get nervous around heights, so I wouldn’t recommend this to everyone. There is also a fee to go up. The rates vary. 

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The CN Tower is spectacular. The views are incredible, you can practically see all of Toronto. For several years, the CN Tower was the world’s tallest building. Now, it’s the third tallest. They also have three different restaurants. Horizons, 360, and Le Café. All are pretty expensive, the most expensive is 360, then Horizons, then Le Café. Reservations are recommended. Also, I absolutely loved the gift shop there! But then again, I love gift shops anywhere! Also, you can rent rooms here for special occasions. See the website below for more details.

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THE GLASS FLOOR (aka one of my favourite parts of the CN Tower).

THE GLASS FLOOR (aka one of my favourite parts of the CN Tower).

Lying down on the Glass Floor.

Lying down on the Glass Floor.

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For more information on the CN Tower located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, click here.

Ripley’s Aquarium 

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I know I say this for basically everything, but . . . THIS WAS SO COOL! Of course I’d say that. If you know me, I’m a fish maniac and I love sharks and pretty much everything that lives underwater. Again, there is a fee to go in, but it’s around $20-$30 per person and never more. Let’s take a look at some of my fave pics, shall we?:

And as for always, here’s the website: Click here.

Another funny thing that happened, was, as I was taking pictures of the entrance and of the CN Tower, a girl was also taking pictures. We collided, and she started apologizing like I was going to kill her. She looked at me, basically screamed, and said: “Oh my God, no, no, are you okay?! I AM SO SORRY! I AM SO SORRY! ARE YOU OKAY?!” She was cute, I don’t know if I looked intimidating or she just had a bad experience, or she was just overly friendly. We’ll never know.

Lakeshore

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Now, I’m terrible with directions. Absolutely horrible. So I don’t know exactly where Lakeshore is, but I can tell you (obviously) that it’s somewhere in the Toronto area. Lakeshore is basically a suburb, but a really pretty suburb. With tons of cute restaurants, stores, beaches and a lake with boats and yachts and a bunch of birds, ducks, and geese. We went shopping (more to come in part three of my blog). I also finally tried Second Cup for the first time. I had a frozen hot chocolate, and it tastes exactly like a real hot chocolate, but cold. It was incredible. I also went shopping and got a lot of cool things (I blew two whole pay cheques on my vacay.) All I have is pictures of the adorable birds/geese/ducks we fed. It was amazing, some got so close to us. We even taught one how to jump!

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. . . and more feeding ducks at other places . . .

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What can I say? I’m a total animal lover. And I bought them their very own soft salty pretzel. ‘Cause that’s what I do.

Niagara Falls

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Also known as, one of the prettiest and most touristy towns in all of Canada! It is gorgeous here, and there is so much stuff to do. Have to be honest, this is the place where I think I blew most of my money. We did so much amazing things here, that I’ll only mention a few. What’s your favourite thing to do in Niagara Falls?! The falls? The shopping? The hotels? The food? 

IMG_5131Only in Niagara Falls do they have “KEEP CALM” soap.

Hershey’s & Coca-Cola Store

The view from our hotel room.

The view from our hotel room.

WARNING: Shopaholics will never want to leave. Oh! And chocolate and sweet lovers, too. It’s a good world sometimes. They’re not the same store, but they are connected to each other. They’re the only ones in all of Canada, and by far, I bet they make the most money of all the stores in Niagara Falls. It’s always packed. I won’t mention it in this blog, but part three is all about stuff I bought. Stay tuned, world.

HERSHEY LOVERS, CLICK HERE!  COCA-COLA LOVERS, CLICK HERE!

Carnival Rides

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Some of the rides were on top of the hotel and some were in the downtown area of Niagara Falls. The above pictures are the views I had from some of the rides! Way too fun. They also had an arcade in the hotel. I went and played Glow Golf, and a whole bunch of other games. We were also going to stop at the 4D movie theatre, but we didn’t have time with all of the cool stuff that we were up to.

Water Park

My wristband from the water park.

My wristband from the water park.

© Fallsview Indoor Water Park

© Fallsview Indoor Water Park

As you can tell, I had a pretty good time here. We spent two whole days here. The water park was on top of the hotel. It rocked. It had so much to do; we were always laughing. It also had a kid’s area, and a hot tub, and an indoor and outdoor pool and tons of water slides Some of the water slides I was too afraid to go on. I ended up going on all except one, the yellow one. I met two awesome girls there that encouraged me to go on the slides. But, I plan to be back for the yellow one. And I will. 

For their official website, please click here.

And, last but not least . . . shopping!

I ❤ SHOPPING! 🙂

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Hello everyone, it’s Victoria again, thanking each and every single one of you personally for reading my blogs. Sorry these are so long. The purpose of making three parts is so it wouldn’t drag on forever. Can you imagine if all of this was in one post? Ugh. It just wouldn’t work. My hotel blog (view here) is already up, and my food blog is coming soon, where I talk about the restaurants I’ve been too and the things I’ve bought. Again, thanks so much for reading! xoxo (also, my birthday is coming up on Thursday.) 😉

Love — Victoria Hecnar

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Travel Blog (Toronto/Niagara Falls): Part 1 — Travel and Hotels ✈

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Man, I’ve been so busy lately that I completely forgot to write this blog. I had posted on another post that I would have this done like ages ago, but I never got to it. But on another note, I think this is one of the only blog posts that I’ve written that don’t begin with “hey bloggers”, or something along the lines of that nature. Anyway, I’m really excited to write this post. I’ve always wanted to do a blog on somewhere I’ve travelled to, and write certain aspects that I liked and didn’t like. I have a bit of a critic in me—I could write reviews all day long if I wanted to. Without further adieu, I present to you all the first part of my first travel blog: travel and hotels.  

The Train

Yeah, this is the boring part. *yawn. . . thank you coffee* Sorry. The train is, well . . . it’s the train. You’re going faster than what you feel like, there’s $7 small sandwiches (which are really yummy though, I had the assorted meat with Swiss cheese one.) My train didn’t leave until 1:45 PM, so I didn’t have to get up early like I normally do for travel. So after saying goodbye to my family and Hammie, I boarded the train with my boyfriend Jacob. It was rainy that day but that didn’t get my mood down, I was so excited. 

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And then our train left nine days later at 8 AM. The good part of that though was McDonald’s breakfast. There’s nothing as tasty as a sausage and egg McMuffin with a hash-brown and apple juice. To me, anyway. Some people are healthy. The train ride back we mostly just slept. There’s not much more to it than that. To order tickets to go on the train to anywhere in Canada, click here.

Hotels

Yay, hotels! I don’t know why, maybe it’s the hospitality person in me but ever since I can remember I’ve loved hotels. And I really don’t know why. It’s kinda weird, when you think about it. I just love how comfy everything is, and (most) hotels just smell so nice and free breakfasts and the bathrooms are so nice too! Okay, maybe I’m just talking about the fancy hotels. Probably. Still, I love them for some strange reason that even I cannot explain. 

So, we divided up the 9 days, 8 nights into 3 places:

1.) Apartment 

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We stayed at my boyfriend’s dad’s house for a few nights. Sorry people, there’s no link to get reservations for this place. The apartment building was decent, it had a really nice pool that I forgot to take a picture of. It was pretty deep and there was rarely anyone in it. Except for one day there was a lady and her son that was probably ten. My boyfriend and I just kissed each other (like, a peck) on the lips once and she freaked out at us because apparently her son is “just a kid” and “doesn’t need to see that”. Ah, the people of big city life. I love windows so I took that picture. (Wow I really am starting to sound like a weirdo. Liking hotels, windows, what’s next?)

2.) The Admiral Inn

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YAY ADMIRAL! There’s a few other locations around that area, but let me tell you, they’re really crappy. It’s weird because it’s the exact same company, yet some look more like trailer parks. We actually had an inside joke that if anyone found out they were all connected, the people working at the fancy one would deny it. Even on their website, they only have the nice ones listed.

This hotel has only three floors. But it also has a hot tub, pool, sauna, fitness room, a hot breakfast for free, flat screen HDTVs with HDMI hookups, a fancy bathroom, comfy king sized beds, and more. It was awesome to say the least. Most hotels give you cereal and if you’re lucky a bagel for breakfast. But this place gave you everything. From sausages, to bacon, to waffles, pancakes, bagels, fresh fruit and vegetables, cereal, pastries, eggs, and more. Let’s just say that we were in heaven. Breakfast went from 7 AM to 10 AM. The first day Jacob and I actually missed it because we pulled an all-nighter the night before. But can you really blame us? We were playing Banjo-Kazooie on the flat screen TV all night long. Although that was fun, I do wish we caught that one breakfast. We still had many more, though. 

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The lobby, fitness room, bedroom with king sized bed, and pool/hot tub/sauna area.

The lobby, fitness room, bedroom with king sized bed, and pool/hot tub/sauna area.

Likes:

  • Beds were very comfy and cozy.
  • It was in a safe area.
  • The facilities they had available were very convenient and provided fun.
  • Their breakfast was absolutely amazing and delicious.
  • They treat you good there.
  • The rooms were up-to-date, as well as the bathrooms with HDTVs.
  • The hotel smelled clean and crisp.
  • It was classy.
  • Relatively cheap. Less than $200/night.
  • They give you a later (by an hour) check-out time if you need it.

Dislikes:

  • Some staff were a little rude. And that’s honestly my only complaint. And the only ones who were a little rude was the night shift staff.

OVERALL RATING? : 8/10

Click here for prices, packages, and to book your stay at the Admiral Inn in Mississauga/Toronto area. 

2.) Crowne Plaza Hotel 

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© Crowne Plaza Hotel

Now I don’t even know how this is possible, but I think I liked this one even more than Admiral Inn. As you can see, it’s pretty fancy. It was in Niagara Falls, which is an incredible, beautiful, gorgeous town that is all touristy. They have the most amazing stores, restaurants, and attractions you can imagine. There’s several hotels, and we stayed at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. They have everything and more. Except they actually didn’t have a free breakfast, you had to pay for that separately. They had: an indoor water park, a pool/hot tub/sauna area, a fitness room, a Starbucks inside the hotel (aka my dream), comfy beds, right next to the main part of Niagara Falls, a view of the falls from every room, a gorgeous lobby, great service, two extremely fancy restaurants, amusement park rides, an arcade room, a mini movie-theatre, and more. In this hotel. Yeah, you can say that maybe I was a little overwhelmed. It was like an awesome dream.

FUN FACT:  This was the hotel that Marilyn  Monroe stayed at in June of 1952 when filming her movie, “Niagara.” She stayed in room 801. I stayed on the 8th floor too, in room 822 . . . it would have been cool if I got that room instead.

Also, apparently, Marilyn used to just randomly walk around the hotel in the nude. I wasn’t even born yet though so I can’t say if it’s true or not, sorry. 

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The pool/hot tub area, the view from the outside (ground level), the indoor water park, and the super fancy restaurant. More on the water park/restaurant in my other blogs.

The pool/hot tub area, the view from the outside (ground level), the indoor water park, and the super fancy restaurant. I touch the topic more on the water park/restaurant in my other blogs.

So while I want to talk about them now, I’ll have to wait to discuss the awesome restaurant and water park. But again, this hotel was off-the-charts fantastic.

Likes:

  • It’s in a fancy area.
  • It’s a fancy/classy hotel.
  • There’s so much to do, and it’s close to so many shops and attractions.
  • Marilyn Monroe stayed here. That’s kinda cool.
  • Good service.
  • Comfy.
  • Again, nice smelling. Don’t judge me I’m weird, I know.
  • The food? GIVE ME MORE. NOW. PLEASE.
  • In walking distance from literally everything and anything in Niagara Falls.

Dislikes:

  • Check-out time is 11 AM. Pretty early for someone who likes to sleep in like me.
  • The rooms were pretty out-of-date.
  • The TVs were nice and flat screen, but the only thing they had was pay-per-view. No cable, the HDMI hookup was unable to be used as the screen was locked for just pay-per-view. Kinda dumb. You know what that also means? NO. VIDEO. GAMES. 😥
  • The bathrooms were really old.
  • No complimentary breakfast.

OVERALL RATING? 8.5/10

Click here to book your stay at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. You’ll love it, I promise. There’s even this cool creepy piano that plays itself in the lobby. Also, the water park is on the roof. It just keeps on getting better and better, doesn’t it?


Wow, this blog took me a whole hour and a half to do. I was estimating an hour. I guess good things take some time, right? (Oh my God, I just wrote “write” instead of “right” then fixed it. I really am a writing addict . . .) I hope you all liked this rather long blog. At least I didn’t do all three parts like originally planned. So if you liked this blog and want to know more about these beautiful cities/towns and what to do in them, keep a lookout for the other two parts (sights and attractions & food and miscellaneous) over the next few days. Thanks for reading! 

As for always, love,

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Travel Blog ✈

Hello bloggers! So I’ve been thinking for a few days now: how am I going to write my Toronto/Niagara Falls blogs? I did and saw so much that it would be hard to put it all into one blog. After all, I’m not a travel blogger. (They travel the world lots then write about all they see/do.) I’m more of a, book/quotes/tips/reviews, etc blogger. And of course I didn’t want to just pile everything into one blog. Whenever I see an extremely long blog, I begin to yawn and immediately close the page. I know how tiring it can be to see a long blog, and overwhelming—sometimes, you just don’t have the time to sit there that long. Because of this, I decided to divide my blog up into three parts: travel and hotels, sights and attractions, and food and miscellaneous. Thank you, and thanks to all of the wonderful Torontonians out there. ❤ 

Click below for the following blogs:

 Travel and Hotels ✈

→ Sights and Attractions ☼

 Food and Miscellaneous ♨

(comes out 2014-08-18)