In my YouTube video with my boyfriend we take turns hitting each other in the face with plates filled with whipped cream. The challenge is to see how much we really know of each other. We take turns asking each other questions, and when someone gets it wrong, boom! Whipped cream in the face. Click to see who wins this challenge! Enjoy and subscribe!
Wow . . . can you believe it?! Neither can I! I started this blog in February 2014, and here we are, December 2014! Thank you to all of my readers, whether you’re a reader of my book, blog, or both! Writing blogs on my website these past few months have been so fun, and I know that I’m going to continue to be a blogger (and hopefully vlogger eventually!) for many years to come! So once again, thanks so much for everyone’s support. It means the world to me! I love you guys! xoxo
— Victoria ❤
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.
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.
And then, I had to go back a week later to this:
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.
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:
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.]
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.
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.
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.
For more information on the CN Tower located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, click here.
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.
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!
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.
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?
Only in Niagara Falls do they have “KEEP CALM” soap.
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.
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.
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.
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
I was just surfing the web and I found some hilarious pictures that I just had to share. They’re all relating to animals in some way or another and they all made me laugh so hard. Enjoy! And happy Friday everyone! 🙂 ❤
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.
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.
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.
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:
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?)
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.
Click here for prices, packages, and to book your stay at the Admiral Inn in Mississauga/Toronto area.
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.
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.
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.
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,
So I’m pretty excited because (I’m going to call it a sneak peek) of Mackenzie High is now out. I call it that because it isn’t officially published yet, and there’s still some work left to do on it and I am still looking for a permanent publisher. But for the meantime, we have the sneak peek and I’m pretty happy with the way it all turned out. I also want to thank those who have purchased a copy of Mackenzie High and have provided me with some feedback. Everyone seems very engrossed with it and have both deep love and hatred for the characters, which is exactly how I wanted it to be. And—as mentioned before—this is only the beginning. There’s lots more to be done before Mackenzie High is released, but the journey has been awesome so far!
Here’s a look at:
The front cover . . .
The back cover . . .
The spine . . .
And, last but not least, a picture of the inside of the book . . .
I’ve been giving away several copies of books to my friends and family, but you can always check out my store if you click here. Soon there will be Mackenzie High merchandise available. A big thanks to everyone once more!
Hey everyone! My book Mackenzie High is now available to buy on Lulu and Amazon (hopefully in stores soon, too.) I have given 40% off for everyone when they order Mackenzie High on Lulu! (No code necessary.)
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Hey, everyone! It feels so great to be able to say this; Mackenzie High is officially complete! This is not the last revision, nor is this the last edition of the book. I know I still have a long way to go before Mackenzie High makes it big, but for now, this is certainly a start! This is the third time I have written a book. The first one in 2009, Five Hearts, was discarded, and rewritten as Mackenzie High in 2012, now the latest edition of Mackenzie High was written in 2014. I call Mackenzie High my first novel, though, as the characters from Five Hearts are basically the same.
Most of my novels took me only two months to write, but for this edition, I wrote for several months to make sure it’s perfect. Or, as close to perfect as it can be for now. I never have any spelling mistakes, but sometimes my grammar goes funky. And not the type like “your” or “you’re”, but sometimes I misuse words and therefore the sentence does not run as smoothly. For example, I wrote “coach” instead of “couch” and “make” instead of “made.” Yikes . . . I permitted myself to have 5 mistakes in this copy. If I find anymore then five, I swear, I’m going ape-shit on someone. There will always be fixes and new editions coming out, so the mistakes will be corrected. [I really hope it’s less than 5 this time.]
I’ve created a lot of the characters when I was eight years old; that was eight years ago. And I wrote Five Hearts when I was only twelve. So this book and its characters were there for me when I was growing up. They’ve become such an important part of my life, that I don’t know what I’d do without them.
. . . and hopefully you will, too!
Mackenzie High is 665 pages at the moment. It’s such an amazing story with a really deep message, and I can’t wait to share it with all of you. I am so excited for my friends and family to read it. I’m giving away several copies to them! To order your own copy, you can either search “Victoria Hecnar” on Amazon or you can scroll to the top of my website, and click the “Store” button. Or, for direct access, click here.
Unfortunately, my publishers said based on the weight and material of the book, the book price had to be $55.00. But I am giving all of you a 40% off discount, dropping down the book to only $33.00!
Mackenzie High means the world to me. In the future, I hope for it to be my career. Seriously, how cool does a world book tour sound? Answer: Very! Right now I’m just blessed to be given an opportunity to write my heart out, and I am also very thankful for being blessed with a talent of having a wild imagination, strong writing, and fast typewriting skills (LOL). Thank you so much to everyone reading this right now. Enjoy!NOTE: MACKENZIE HIGH IS RATED 14+ FOR HEAVY LANGUAGE, VIOLENCE, DRUG/ALCOHOL RELATED CHAPTERS, SEXUAL CONTENT & PROFANITIES. Also note: there are no actual sex scenes in my book. Just wanted to clear that up.