August 19, 2014

Boots & Hearts 2014 Recap



Us C&C Girls had an amazing time again this year for the 2014 Boots and Hearts Country Music Festival. The 3 day festival took place at Mosport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario for the Canadian long weekend July 31 to Aug3. The sold out venue packed country music lovers from all across Canada and the USA all there to see headliners Toby Keith, Blake Shelton, and Luke Bryan.
 

We arrived Friday, and just missed the rain storm, but that didn’t stop headliner Toby Keith from rocking the venue. Fans stood in puddles of mud for a true country experience to see the legendary Toby Keith perform some of his greatest hits such as Should’ve been a Cowboy, How do you Like me Now, to his current hit Red Solo Cup. Nobody seemed to mind a little rain. The place was packed with screaming fans all singing along. 

On Saturday we made sure to arrive early to catch some of the smaller country artists and the special showcases at the Coors Original Tent.  We even made it across the park to watch the Miss Boots & Hearts contest as 20 contestants competed for the chance at being crowned Miss Boots & Hearts 2014. The food vendors were amazing again this year and a larger liquor and beer selection were featured. Our favourite beer tent was at the Coors Original bar where they had a dance floor and hay bales to give the real country saloon feel.  On Saturday night Lee Brice took the stage. He’s an amazing up and coming headlining artist. We loved hearing his songs “hard to love” and “A woman like you” live but the crowd went nuts when he joined Luke Bryan on stage for a few songs. I had never seen Luke Bryan perform live before but I am now hooked. He is so much fun to watch live as he really brings energy to the stage with his boyband like dance moves, catchy songs and interactions with the audience. I think Luke Bryan actually shook it for us. 

On Sunday we were able to catch the Gospel Brunch along with some of the artist meet and greet lines for upcoming Canadian talent. There’s really so much to do throughout the three day festival. The campers seemed to have an amazing time as after the nightly shows the party would continue on to the  Country Dance After Party. Sunday had another outstanding lineup. Country cutie Hunter Hayes took the stage and wowed us with his performance. Hayes may only be 22 but he can play over 30 different instruments and wrote every song on his album at the age of 19. After Hayes the two finalists in the Emerging Artist Showcase presented by Sirius XM battled live on the main stage to be this years’ title winner.  A big congrats to Trinity Bradshaw this year’s winner! 

Finally the moment I had been waiting for.... Blake Shelton took the stage. He was my highlight of the entire weekend. After stealing my heart on The Voice, seeing him live was an incredible experience. He played a bunch of his greatest and latest hits including “Boys Round Here “ , “Some Beach” and even brought us back to his first album singing one of my all time favs “Austin”. 

The weekend seemed to pass so fast—time flies when you’re having fun. We can hardly wait to hear when next year’s lineup is announced. Keep checking back for updates and when tickets will become available. Best to purchase early as tickets sell out fast!  Boots & Hearts is definitely the best country music festival in Canada.

July 31, 2014

Toronto's Festival of Beer 2014



C&C Girl Jessie Henry had an amazing time this past weekend at Toronto’s Festival of Beer. The annual festival drew more than 30,000 beer lovers this past weekend at Exhibition Place with over 300 different brands to taste. Not only were there fantastic new, innovative and old favourite beers to taste the festival offered a large arrangement of live music entertainment along with delicious food vendors from popular hot spots across the city. 







C&C’s Top 5 Favourite Beers/Brand areas:


Shock Top: The best tasting beer of the festival. Making a huge comeback with all there recent promotions and buzz. This delicious fruity beer goes excellent with a slice of orange on a hot day. Shock Top Website


Budweiser Tent :  The most popular festival choice for music and Budweiser lovers. The weekend had DJ's spinning old school hip hop to the top dance and techno beats with a loud and rowdy crowd. 


Nickel Brook Brewery: Hands down the best gluten free beer at the festival year after year. A must have for my fridge. This is a great way for those GF lovers to enjoy the festival. GF Beer at the LCBO


Twisted Tea Area: Always packed with beer lovers not only sampling but playing competitive jenga and taking pictures in the fun photo booth.


Flying Monkey’s Craft Brewery: Had a delicious smooth beer called Orange Mungus that tasted just like a creamsicle.Flying Monkeys


Be sure to get your tickets early for the 2015 Toronto Festival of Beer! Tickets sell out fast. Keep up-to-date by checking: www.beerfestival.ca

July 18, 2014

Hydrafacials at Beauty Bar Laser Clinic




I’ve been hearing lots of hype on Hydrafacials lately so I decided it was something I had to try. They are absolutely AMAZING and highly addicting. I spent half an hour at Beauty Bar and Laser Clinic in Toronto (they have four locations) where I had my first experience. 

The HydraFacial is a non-invasive skin resurfacing and skin rejuvenation treatment--much like a facial but with the use of a machine. It helps to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, treat acne, improve hyper pigmentation, remove congested pores and uneven skin tone with no surgery, no injections, no discomfort and no downtime.

 I was in and out within a half an hour and on my way to enjoy the rest of my day. Having 1 Hydrafacial is the equivalent of a series of 5 facials. It cleanses, exfoliates, hydrates and extracts leaving the skin glowing and smooth. 

I did a Hydrafacial 3 days before my wedding and it left me with a fantastic glow and even skin tone. I looked so refreshed like I had slept for days. There are no post breakouts or skin irritations after the procedure either. I was just mildly red upon completion but that went away within minutes after leaving the clinic. It’s definitely something I highly recommend and will be doing over and over again myself. 

For more information visit: http://www.beautybarlaserclinic.com/

  


June 11, 2014

Hawaiian Tropics new Sheer Touch Ultra Radiance Sunscreen

Us C&C Girls got a lovely summer care package in the mail today from Hawaiian Tropic .  We absolutely love the new Sheer Touch Ultra Radiance sunscreen that not only protects us from harmful UV rays, but also softens and leaves your skin radiant! It's made with an all new innovative formula consisting of guava, papaya and plumeria extracts. The lotion contains special pigments that reflect light, therefore enhancing your skin's natural glow and creating the ultimate radiance. This amazing product is oil-free so can be worn on the face and won't clog your pores. It's also water resistant to keep you protected and radiant at any pool or beach. Sheer Touch Ultra Radiance is available in SPF 15, 30, 45 and 60 and available at most major retailers across Canada. 

  
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June 4, 2014

5 Health Benefits of Juicing



I recently jumped on the latest fad of juicing as it was highly recommended by several of my “healthy lifestyle” friends. After reading several different reviews, purchasing my own juicer and juicing every morning for the past month I found so many incredible health and digestive benefits to share with our C&C readers.  I am typically a very hungry person so juicing once a day while eating my main meals was most sufficient for my lifestyle. I preferred to start my morning off with a cup of freshly made juice along with a morning snack. I don’t think I could survive an entire morning on just juicing as I have a bigger appetite and it’s important to get in dietary fibers and protein to complete a healthy diet and lifestyle.Here are some of the major health benefits I noticed while juicing. 


5 Benefits of Juicing


  1. 95% of the vitamins and enzymes our bodies need are found in the juice of raw fruits and vegetables. While juicing highly concentrated vitamins, minerals and enzymes rapidly enter the bloodstream absorbing all of the nutritional benefits of the fruits and vegetables and giving your digestive organs a much-needed rest. This is great for people who suffer from digestive and/or recovering from food intolerances. It gives your digestive system a break and time to repair its self.
  2. Juicing has many healing properties and will also facilitate weight loss, increase your energy levels, strengthen immunity, and create strong bones and a glowing complexion. It also reduces your chances of heart disease, cancer and strokes, three of the leading causes of death.
  3. Juicing helps raise the pH balance in our bodies, and in turn, helps to protect us from conditions related to acidic imbalances, including heart and kidney disease, osteoporosis, and diabetes.
  4.  Most people don’t get enough fruits and vegetables in their daily diet. Juicing helps ensure you’re getting your full daily intake.
  5. Juicing can aid in weight loss or help to maintain weight loss. 


5 Juicing Recipes


My personal Fav: Celery, cucumber, pineapple, banana, spinach

Vitamin D&K: Kale, green grapes, cucumber, Granny Smith apple

Immune Booster: Grape Fruit, oranges, kiwis

Post-Workout Refuel: Oranges, almonds, sweet potato, apple

The Detox: Ginger, beets, carrots, apples