Giveaway: Free Subscription to Seventeen Magazine

Ever since I was a young girl, I’ve been devoted to magazines. By the time I was 16 I had at least 6 subscriptions and I would devour each and every issue. Each copy was precious to me. I would never use it as a placemat or a fly swatter, and I would handle it with tender loving care, turning each page carefully to ensure it didn’t rip. Then when I was done  absorbing every word from the front to the back it would be added to my evergrowing collection of magazines under the bed. Never would I think to throw out or recycle an old issue like most people do.
By this point I had subscriptions to a lot of Canadian favorites like Owl Magazine, The Magazine, even Faze Magazine (the amazing company I intern for now).


I’m kind of a cheeseball who takes the age number I’m turning every year a bit too seriously.
At 16 I would blast Hilary Duff’s Sweet Sixteen on repeat for days and I watched the movie Sixteen Candles, and at so when I turned 17 in addition to Metro Station’s Seventeen Forever taking over my iPod, naturally I would purchase my first subscription to Seventeen magazine. It’s been four years and it’s that time of year when I have to renew. As a journalist it’s important to keep up-to-date with the popular magazines and I just can’t get enough of the celebrity interviews in this mag.

Anyways, with my subscription comes a gift subscription and I’d love nothing more than to give it to one of you amazing readers.

To enter to win a 1-year, 10-issue subscription to Seventeen magazine:

1. Like my brand spakin’ new Facebook page: and like the post about this contest!

AS A BONUS (and if you don’t have Facebook), you can:

3. Follow this blog, post a comment on this post and tell me what your first magazine subscription was and/or what your current favorite subscription is!

Contest open to U.S. residents and closes November 1, 2013.

Reunited with Motorola: Rogers Moto X

They say you never forget your first cellphone and it’s true. I still remember the day my dad brought it home.  I was an anxious 13-year-old, desperate to get my hands on one of those cool portable devices that would allow me to send instant text messages to my friends and talk to them without my mom going “hello, who’s on the phone? I neeeeeed it.” during the middle of a conversation. This cellphone was long overdue; by now everyone already had one and I had been begging for my own for months on end. My dad finally came home with one of the most popular phones (at least amongst my eighth grade class), the Motorola V360, and it was perfect.

Fast forward three years, and I upgraded to what was the sleek, incredibly thin and even better looking Motorola Krzr. It was THE phone to have. And while I had a blast with my flip phones, sharing many conversations, winky faces and “wut r u doing 2day?” texts, soon the era of smartphones came, and well frankly, my relationship with Motorola was put on the back burner.

I had a great relationship with Blackberry, before I took a bite of Apple and switched to the iPhone 5 which I’m currently using. But today I’ve been fortunate enough, thanks to Rogers, to reunite with my first cellphone love: Motorola.


The Moto X is available only at Rogers, and offers touchless control, an active display and a quick capture camera among its list of impressing features. What does that mean?
“Talk to it, and it learns your voice. With a twist of your wrist, it becomes your camera and gets the shots you’d otherwise miss and it tells you what you need to know—even when you’re not touching it.”

See for yourself:

Now I’m very much attached to my iPhone and I’ve always been an Apple person, but I’m ready to switch over and take on the 60-day Moto X Challenge (aka a challenge I’ve presented myself with where I’ll be completely dedicated to this Moto X). Change is not something I usually enjoy, but with this device, it’s one I’m welcoming with open arms and ready thumbs! I’ve only just begun to play with this new toy, but one thing’s for sure, the camera quality is stunning and I can’t wait to capture memories. I’ll definitely update you at the end of my 60-day challenge to let you know if I’ll be sticking with the Moto X or switching back to the iPhone 5.


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How to snatch the best concert tickets

I am addicted to concerts. There, I said it. I only discovered the immense pleasure of seeing your favorite artist perform live a little over a year and a half ago at the late age of 19, but I’ve made up for the many teen years I’ve missed out on attending concerts by getting my hands on tickets to any and every show that caught my eye–or more like ear.
From One Direction to The Maine to Demi Lovato to the Warped Tour, I went, I screamed, I sang my heart out, I spent all my money on merch, and I suffered from post-concert depression. And because of that I have the most amazing memories.

And here’s the thing, I don’t just go to a concert, I LIVE that concert. Almost always have I had amazing seats where I could see the performer’s sweat dripping from their forehead. And always do my friends say I’m so lucky. But it’s not luck. Okay, well it’s a bit of luck. But it’s also timelines and determination that got me those amazing seats.

So, I’ve put together a list of tips and tricks to help you get the best seats in the house:


1. Always try for the pre-sale
Most tickets go on sale around three days before the general sale, and this is your best bet to getting tickets to a show that’s bound to sell out. Even though you need a password, you can find it online the day before or morning of on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Most of the time it’s the artist, the venue or Ticketmaster/Live Nation who post the password. There are also the fan presales that go on sale around the same time and for this, you usually have to be a part of an artist’s fan club (meaning you have to pay $30 for a yearly membership of nonsense) but don’t let this stop you! Search up “xxx presale password” on twitter or Facebook, there’s bound to be one kind superfan who’s willing to share the password. Also, if you or your parents or a really good friend have an American Express card, you get access to special tickets and a presale.

2. Buy on time
Think of it like a job interview, be ready and there fifteen minutes early. There’s nothing worse than getting to your computer at 9:59 and having to power it up and wait for your browser to load. Have your computer on, your internet connection double checked and Ticketmaster open to the page. Then as soon as your clock hits 10 am (You could even set up a stopwatch or get a to-the-second clock ready a minute or two before) hit refresh to purchase your tickets. Also be prepared with not just one but two credit cards on hand (just in case the first one doesn’t work). Though the timer gives you ten minutes to make a purchase, the longer you wait, the more likely the tickets will disappear and become unavailable. And regret sucks.

3. Enlist the help of your friends
Seriously, two hands can only do so much. Get your parents, siblings, friends, anyone who is up and available at 10 am to help you out, whether it’s on a computer or on their phone. It’s simple math: the more people who are trying to get tickets for you, the greater chances you have of getting A) seats and B) greater seats. If two or more people are lucky enough to find tickets in their basket, you can take your pick at the better section.

4. Don’t settle for the first
You may have gotten tickets with your first click at 10 am, but do you really wanna sit up in section 300 in the 24th row? I (along with Drake) am just saying, you could do better. Tickets come and go as people loose them because they run out of time or empty their basket. Keep searching until you find tickets that agree with your budget and your standards. Because who wants to see an artist look like a tiny ant on stage?

If all this fails or you simply aren’t available when the tickets go on sale there are other ways to snatch tickets to a highly anticipated contest. The most obvious and equally torturous method is contests, whether through radio stations, TV networks or online publications. They almost always exist for every show though the chances of you actually winning are seemingly none. But hey, it doesn’t hurt to try! (Just maybe hurts a bit to lose).

Also even though a show may be sold out, start checking Ticketmaster on a daily basis one to two weeks before the date of the actual show, because more than likely they’ll release more tickets. I’ve gotten the best seats to shows this way (Pit tickets for Taylor Swift hollah!). If you live close to the venue, it doesn’t hurt to check the day of at the box office, because I’ve also gotten pretty awesome seats to shows this way too (sold out One Direction show awwyeah!). There are also other options, though I don’t recommend them because of evil people called scammers, but you can always search up StubHub, or even better Kijiji or Craigslist (because you deal directly with the seller).

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My last first day of school…ever.

For the past 18 years, I’ve always had the same expected ritual at the beginning of September. It almost always happened on a Tuesday, but sometimes it happened on September 1st, sometimes September 7th and one time even September 18th (my birthday!). And this year marked the final year of this ritual. My last first day of school…ever.

Now I rode this wave of nostalgia four years ago, during my last first day of high school, but this is the big league we’re talking about, the Mavericks, because after this I’ll be done with school, with paid education, forever. (At least, this is what my 20-year-old self is telling myself). Who knows, I might be 70-years-old, unsatisfied with my life, and enroll in classes to get an MBA…in procrastination of course.

Anyways, when you take the time (or in my case have too much free time and are forced to) think about this day, you truly realize how significant it is. I’m one step closer to finishing a journey I’ve been on for most of my life. Education is a gift and a blessing and something that most people in the world are not as fortunate enough to have. And while I’ve been one of those students who complain about setting an alarm, writing an essay, listening to a teacher drone on about their life, studying for a test etc., I really do appreciate it.

I can’t remember a time where I haven’t referred to myself as a student. Sure titles like, “part time sales associate” and “intern” have come and gone, but the one most consistent thing in my life has always been school.

For once, my future is unknown. I truly don’t know where I’ll be next September. Working a full-time job? Travelling the world? Living in a huge city? Still stuck at my parents house? There’s so much possibility and so much uncertainty and the thing that scares me the most is that I’m okay with it all. I’m okay with not knowing, and I’m excited to find out.

Happy last first day of school fellow university/college seniors who don’t plan on post-grad or a masters or a Ph.D like me. (Give me a break, I’m a Journalism major, and in my field experience is worth more okay!)

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4-year-old me on my first day of Junior Kindergarten ready to rock the school system.