My 3 Day Cleanse with Cedar Juice!


Cedar juice


Though I complain the whole way through, I still manage to find myself on a juice cleanse around four times a year.  When I start feeling sluggish and bloated I know it’s time.  As the New Year festivities drew to a close and I started on our 90 Day Challenge I was eager to give my healthy journey a kick start with a little juicing.  This time I decided to try out Cedar Juice for a quick 3 day cleanse.

pineapple head

Why Cedar?  Well 1, it was new to me and I like trying new things but also, they’re all about superfood nutrition and after the fun filled holidays I’d had, I needed a big boost of some superfood goodness.  Also, Cedar is on the cutting edge of the ‘coldpress juice revolution’.  What is coldpress?  In very basic terms, coldpressing is when you take a ton of amazing veggies and fruits and put them under a crazy amount of pressure to extract every drop of nutrition.  Their juices are never pasteurized and are all derived from organic vegetation.

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The Book Lover’s Ball After Dark!



The Book Lover’s ball is fast approaching!  Taking place (for the very first time) at the Toronto Reference Library, this event is not one to miss!  Who wouldn’t want an opportunity to (legally) party in the stacks!  Join us, fellow library lovers and local literarti in a night to remember next Thursday February 5th.

We’re avid readers who believe in the power of literature so are thrilled to support such a worth cause as  the Toronto Public Library who are working tirelessly to continue to promote literacy and grow a city of serious readers.

Here are the deets:

Location: Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge St)
Time: 9 PM
Date: Thursday, February 5, 2015
Dress Code: Cocktail with literary flair
Restrictions: Must be 19+
Ticket includes admission, entertainment, canapés & cocktails.

Grab your ticket HERE




Not That Kind Of Girl, Lena Dunham


not that kind of girl

I, like many of you, (I’m sure) love Lena Dunham. For me, her burst onto the scene was like a collective sigh for women everywhere who have, for as long as they can remember, always felt a little wince of ‘I’m not good enough’ every time they turned on the TV or opened a magazine. And it’s not that Dunham isn’t pretty, it’s more that she seems to be more real… More like one of us. Not so pruned and pumped to perfection. Someone that you might know, or someone you might want to.


I clearly got into Girls right away. If not only to support a young female writer, director and producer, but also because I love a good show about girlfriends set in New York… And though I cringed a few times (who knew I was so provincial) I was thrilled at the way Dunham unapologetically put it all out there and forced us to collectively take a good look at what we accept as viewers and consumers and why.


And then she got a book deal. A pretty darn good one at that (writers rejoice! There IS money in publishing). And again, I waited with baited breath for what was next to come. And again, Dunham brought it.

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Travel Tuesday: Five Faves in Ghana


meet me there

I went on a six week vacation to Ghana this Christmas. I know, six weeks. Believe me, logistics were involved. I was born there to Ghanaian parents who moved to Canada when I was two. The culture has been a rich constant in my life, like eating the food (okra soup, please) and being scolded by my parents in both the official languages of English and Twi. Plus, I have visited, volunteered, worked, and been proposed to there.

Since I said yes to my husband Ian five years ago, we had a daughter and decided it was important for her to meet the family. That, and we liked the idea of free childcare so we could party until 5 a.m. the week after Christmas.

It was an awesome time. Here are five highlights.

Togo Fetish Market:

fetish market
The very first thing we did was join Adventure Junkies Ghana on their 3-day trip to Lome, Togo. Our mixed group of expats, volunteers and locals gelled pretty quickly and we all enjoyed the Akodessewa Fetish Market. Here, the word fetish is understood in its original sense: the attribution of mystical qualities to inanimate objects. The practice of voodoo started in West Africa, and this is the oldest market for everything voodoo, from horse head bones to wooden dolls with large genitals to tails of all kinds. It’s like a big pharmacy for traditional healers. If you want to buy something, they take you to a small room, a fetish priest will present a few items like a doll to protect your home or talismans for travelers. Then you decide what you want, he’ll make you touch it three times to your chest or blow someone’s name into the item and then you haggle on the price.

Christie Brown:

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90 Day Challenge – Week 4 Challenge, Try Something New!



Ok, so last week it was all about NTC – hope you all got your workouts in!  (Don’t forget to friend me, @cocobesmart :)  This week we’re trying something new!  It’s hard to get workouts in, but it’s even harder to get them in when you’re bored or worse, have hit a plateau.  When I get that feeling I know it’s time to switch it up.  I’m always up to try something new and it’s amazing how good your body can feel and look when you throw in a switch up.

With that being said, since I am into trying new things, I’ve got the deets on quite a few awesome studios in the city that are perfect for those of you looking to shake it up.

This week’s challenge – try a workout you’ve never tried!  Bonus – a lot of studios offer free or discounted rates on your first try.

Here’s a list of a few I love (and 1 I can’t wait to try):

1. Studio Lagree - For sure one of the hardest workouts I’ve ever done, yet the one that equally makes my body feel the best it’s ever felt.  We liken Lagree to pilates on crack but man does it do a body good.

2. Studio KO – Located in the same facility as Lagree, KO is the craziest kick butt boxing class you’ll do.  The founder, DJ, has coached and trained some of the best competitive boxers and from that, created an incredibly intense workout that is the perfect amp up to a lagging workout routine.

3. Barre Works - ballerina I am not (oh, how I wish) but this workout will show you how hard those ballerina’s and ballerino’s work for their bodies.  First class $10 or 2 weeks unlimited for $40.

4. Big Hit – High intensity kickboxing at its best.  I once went here on a particularly stressful day and couldn’t have been happier kicking and punching the heck out of BOB.

5. Hourglass – I can totally vouch for this insanely amazing workout.  I did the 3 Month Challenge before my wedding and though it wasn’t easy, I got the results I wanted and then some!  Founder Lyzabeth Lopez is a health and fitness superstar who knows all about whipping your body into that sexy hourglass shape.

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