Michael Hill Oakville Place – Grand Opening March 28, 2015

Michael Hill Jewellers Oakville opens at Oakville Place this weekend – Grand Opening is March 28th

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Michael Hill Jewellers is coming to Oakville. Specifically Oakville Place.

This weekend. Yes, the new Michael Hill Oakville store opens this weekend in Oakville Place.

As the first part of Oakville Place’s $30 million makeover kicks off the Spring. First, with the re-opening of Shoppers Drug Mart in its new location and now the Grand Opening of upscale jewellery boutique – Michael Hill.

If diamonds are a girl’s best friend then I guess all you guys better get over to Michael Hill’s new Oakville Place store this weekend!

I don’t know of any grand opening offers or specials – so if you do, please comment on this post & share the scoop! 


 

Ryan is a long-time resident of Oakville, a father, runner, blogger, community heretic & Real Estate Broker with Town-City Realty Limited, Brokerage.  Office: 905.507.0040 ext.22, Direct: 416.254.8468.

FREE Dog Grooming at Lululemon Oakville – April 6th

FREE Dog Grooming Downtown Oakville – April 6, 2015

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Pamper Your Pooch on April 6th! 

Lululemon Athletica Downtown Oakville has a special treat for all your four legged canine friends!

On April 6th, Bring your pooch to Lululemon Athletica in Downtown Oakville. Along with Joshua Creek Animal Hospital they will be working together to give your little doggies the royal treatment!

They will be offering your doggies: FREE waterless baths, ear cleaning, nail clipping, hair and teeth brushing, and lots of belly rubs!

What: FREE Dog Grooming 

When: April 6, 2015 – 12-3pm

Where: Lululemon Athletica Oakville – 291 Lakeshore Rd E Oakville, 905-338-9449

The FREE dog grooming will be offered only from 12 – 3 PM and any pup is welcome! It’s going to be a paw-ty!


 

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Ryan is a long-time resident of Oakville, a father, runner, blogger, community heretic & Real Estate Broker with Town-City Realty Limited, Brokerage.  Office: 905.507.0040 ext.22, Direct: 416.254.8468.

Oakville Running: Mercedes Benz Oakville 10k – 2015

Mercedes Benz Oakville 10k run – April 26, 2105

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Come out & join me in running the 7th annual Mercedes-Benz Oakville 10k presented by New Balance this April!

This will be my second time running this race & it is the first Oakville running event of 2015. The Mercedes-Benz Oakville 10k really is a community event. The participation level from within the Oakville running community is huge and the race is always well organized.

This year all proceeds from this running event go to support The Lighthouse Program for Grieving Children. See more info on the Lighthouse Program here.

Not running? Please consider donating to The Lighthouse Program here

In 2014, Lighthouse supported more than 200 children, teens and their families and this is forecast to double by 2018. Lighthouse is at full capacity – they currently borrow other community spaces to avoid turning children away. Your donations will help facilitate the acquisition of a new space that will provide a home like environment to grieving children, teens and their families.

Not only that, but it’s the only running race for 2015 that’s giving away a car – yes one lucky finisher of the 5k & 10k will win a 1 yr lease for a Mercedes-Benz 2015 GLA 4matic! Courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Oakville

What: Mercedes-Benz Oakville 10k

When: April 26, 2015

Where: Appleby College – 540 Lakeshore Road West, Oakville

Register Now

 

MB Oakville 10k Route Info:

The MB 10k route will take you through picturesque downtown Oakville. It is a fairly flat course and always a nice run along the lakeshore.

MB Oakville 10k Family Fun Zone:

There really is something for the whole family at the MB Oakville 10k. There is the Toddler Trot, 1k Junior Jog, 5k run/walk, 10k student relay & 10k run/walk.

Also, for those not running, the Appleby College Camp Staff are hosting a bunch of activities that will be fun for everyone! Check it out pre-race or while you’re waiting to cheeer on your ‘runner’ at the finish line – the Family Fun Zone offers a ton of interactive activities.

  • Parachute Games
  • Hula Hoop Competition
  • Family Bingo
  • Bubble Mania
  • Mini Basketball
  • Family Freeze Dancing
    …and More!

*Please note that the Family Fun Zone is family-oriented. Please do not leave your children unattended.

Are you running the MB Oakville 10k? Comment & share which route you’re running, post comments & tips for other runners! Thanks!!

For more run info for the Mercedes Benz Oakville 10k check out the MB 10k race website.

… And don’t forget to Register!

For more 2015 running races in & around Oakville check out my local 2015 running events page.


 

 

Ryan is a long-time resident of Oakville, a father, runner, blogger, community heretic & Real Estate Broker with Town-City Realty Limited, Brokerage.  

FREE Yoga Sundays – Get Your Sweat On! with Lululemon Oakville

Lululemon Athletica Oakville hosts FREE Yoga

Sundays 11am @ Power Yoga Oakville

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Enjoy FREE Yoga Sunday Mornings in Oakville!

Yoga is a great way to strengthen your mind body & soul. The proven benefits are huge. If you’re a runner, you’ll get added benefits in your running both in performance and injury prevention. What a great way to end the week or kickstart the next by doing some FREE Yoga.

Lululemon Athletica in Downtown Oakville is offering Oakville residents FREE Sunday Morning Yoga, every Sunday morning at 11am through April at Power Yoga Oakville. Lululemon Athletica Oakville will be rotating through local Oakville Yoga Studios until they start their FREE Yoga in the Park in June (stay tuned for that…)

What: FREE Yoga Sundays

When: Sundays 11am (confirmed through April 2015)

Where: Power Yoga Oakville – 485 Trafalgar Rd, Oakville (in the Whole Foods plaza)

See you there! PS – For Oakville Runners – check out the Thursday Running Club organized by Lululemon Oakville that meets every Thursday @ 6pm outside the Lululemon Store Downtown Oakville.


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Ryan is a long-time resident of Oakville, a father, runner, blogger, community heretic & Real Estate Broker with Town-City Realty Limited, Brokerage.  Office: 905.507.0040 ext.22, Direct: 416.254.8468.

Oakville in Pictures: Spring Breakthrough

Oakville Photos – Life in Oakville

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‘Spring Breakthrough’

The seasonal ‘pivot’ that happens this time of year is a welcome change. This photo is one I captured of a spring flower bulb defiantly pushing its way through the snow to greet Spring.

Our Canadian Winters can be harsh and certainly keep us guessing and on our toes – at least the last several years. I don’t have to tell you that this past winter was the coldest we’ve had in a long time. Don’t get me wrong, I love Winter and snow.  But I’m looking forward to Spring. Yes it’s messy – Spring can be a mixed bag & a bit of a mess. It is a welcome change. Even with all the snow melting and mud & muck that comes with it. The birds start singing again, people get outdoors more – walking, biking & running around Oakville. Hockey season ends and soccer and rugby begin.

People start cleaning up after winter and fixing up their homes and condos whether it’s to make upgrades and improvements or to ‘freshen up’ to get ready to sell and make their move to a new adventure in a new condo or house.

Another welcome part of Spring is that there seems to be a renewed energy surge this time of year. Maybe it’s the warmer weather. The sun seems brighter and daylight savings time brings us longer days – everyone seems to have a little more bounce in their step and brighter smiles on their faces.

What’s your favourite part of Spring? Please comment & share! Thanks for stopping by!


 

 

Ryan is a long-time resident of Oakville, a father, runner, blogger, community heretic & Real Estate Broker with Town-City Realty Limited, Brokerage.  Office: 905.507.0040 ext.22, Direct: 416.254.8468.

Spend March Break with the Kids at…. IKEA?!?

March Break Watch: Looking for things to do with the kids this week?

IKEA?? 

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Yes. IKEA. Believe it or not, IKEA in Burlington is hosting March Break activities all this week.

So, not only can the kids have fun beyond just the IKEA play area & ball pit doing fun things like crafts & interactive events, (like Mad Science) but you can buy that piece of furniture you’ve been eyeing in the new IKEA catalog.

And… as an added bonus you can enlist the kids to help put it all together once you get home! Ya, I know that doesn’t work – all that ends up happening is you end up with a handful of missing parts. But hey, you can always take them back for more IKEA fun while you try and get the missing parts replaced.

Oh, and yes I realize March Break is well underway. If I had known about this, I would have posted something sooner. Someone ought to say something …. IKEA…. ahem. Maybe they did – but I didn’t get an email. Just Saying.

Anyhoo, IKEA’s March Break events are now live in their Ontario locations. Our closest location is IKEA Burlington. So here is the line up of kid and family friendly activities that your kids can enjoy this week:

March Break Events @ IKEA Burlington:

  • March 16: KidsGoGreen (10 AM – 12 PM); Mad Science (12 PM – 2 PM)
  • March 17: Face Painting (10 AM – 12 PM); KidsGoGreen (12 PM – 2 PM)
  • March 18: Temporary Tattoos (10 AM – 12 PM); Burlington Fire Department Fire Safety (12 PM – 2 PM)
  • March 19: KidsGoGreen (10 AM – 12 PM); Craft Station (12 PM – 2 PM)
  • March 20: Mad Science (10 AM – 12 PM); Face Painting (12 PM – 2 PM)

** Activities are for children 12 years old and under. Parental supervision is required.

Since spots are limited & on a first come first served basis, you’ll want to head there early to ensure your child gets to participate. Maybe breakfast or lunch in the IKEA restaurant?

Are you a fan of IKEA? Or do you have a love / hate relationship with IKEA? Comment & share if you check out these March Break events they’re hosting!

 


 

Ryan is a long-time resident of Oakville, a father, runner, blogger, community heretic & Real Estate Broker with Town-City Realty Limited, Brokerage.  Office: 905.507.0040 ext.22, Direct: 416.254.8468.

Amazing Green Smoothie Recipe – Raw & Clean

Amazing & Easy Raw Green Smoothie

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I threw this green smoothie recipe together today for St. Patrick’s Day. Please note: It’s not my original recipe (not laying claims here!). Personally, I love green juices and green smoothies every day and wanted to share it and spread the word. This is a simple, fresh, nutrient rich & healthy way to start your day right.

Green Smoothie Ingredients:

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2 apples
1/2 cucumber
Spinach or Kale (any greens really)
1/2 a lime
1/4 pineapple
1/2 avocado
1 T hemp seeds
1 t raw spirulina powder (optional)

Directions:

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1. Juice the apples, pineapple, greens (spinach, kale), lime & cucumber. Juicing can be an art. Or I like to think it can be anyway. I sandwich the softer ingredients in between the apples and slow the speed down for the greens, cucumber, lime and pineapple. I always finish with an apple. My theory is the harder fruit will clear all the remaining nutrient rich goodness into the juice.

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2. Blend remaining ingredients with ice: Add a second handful of greens into blender with the juice and add hemp seeds, spirulina powder, 1/4 to 1/2 an avocado depending on what you like and ice.

3. Enjoy & tell me what you thought of this easy, fresh green smoothie! Share your favorite green smoothie recipe… Cheers!


 

 

Ryan is a long-time resident of Oakville, a father, runner, blogger, community heretic & Real Estate Broker with Town-City Realty Limited, Brokerage.  Office: 905.507.0040 ext.22, Direct: 416.254.8468.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day – 2015

Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2015

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 

” May your troubles be less

and your blessings be more

And nothing but happiness

come through your door. “

Wishing everyone a wee bit of the luck ‘o the Irish today for St. Paddy’s day. Why, not spread some cheer today? Spring is in the air.. or maybe that’s all the crap melting under the snow…. Anyway, the point is that the snow is melting. Spring is one day closer & the sun is shining. So, throw on that “Kiss me I’m Irish” t-shirt or your lucky leprechaun boxers and go make someone smile today. I thought I’d dress up the blog today with a St. Patrick’s Day banner… what do you think? Too much?

You don’t have to set out on a mission to drink from morning to night. If you do, please be smart about it. (Well it’s worth a shot…) But definitely be safe & don’t drink & drive… I’m just saying if you do go drink yourself under a table, you probably won’t remember the day, let alone make the most of it.

If you live in the Oakville area & are looking for something to do for St. Patrick’s Day, I’ve thrown a little list together here. Check it out and let me know how you spent St. Patrick’s Day for 2015.

Please comment & share your plans for St. Patrick’s Day here!

Are you dressing up? Baking with your kids? Or just sticking your head in some green sand and pretending today’s just a regular day… Whatever works for you!

Me? Well for starters I just made this amazing green smoothie… Enjoy!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!


 

Ryan is a long-time resident of Oakville, a father, runner, blogger, community heretic & Real Estate Broker with Town-City Realty Limited, Brokerage.  Office: 905.507.0040 ext.22, Direct: 416.254.8468.

The Randall Oakville – Construction Update March 2015

Construction Crane arrives at The Randall Residences condo site

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The warmer weather wasn’t the only thing to arrive in Oakville this week. The construction crane arrived at the site for The Randall Residences in Downtown Oakville earlier this week.

The site was buzzing when I stopped by on Friday to take these photos. There was a steady caravan of concrete mixers bringing load after load of concrete for the footings and support structure for the underground garage.

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“The Randall Residences offers luxury condo living for Oakville residents looking to downsize from their homes in south Oakville. This upscale, low-rise building offers only 36 luxury condo. It’s rich, traditional styling was inspired by the architectural beauty & timeless elegance of Paris.”

The Randall Oakville is now 60% sold as reported by builder Rosehaven Homes, triggering the construction activity at the Downtown Oakville condo site. There are remaining 1 and 2 bedroom suites available for sale ranging from 1800 – 3000+ square feet. Prices start at $1,995,000.

Interested in more information on available condos at The Randall Oakville? Contact Ryan or Register here. The new luxury condos at The Randall have a proposed completion of Winter/Spring 2017.

 


 

Ryan is a long-time resident of Oakville, a father, runner, blogger, community heretic & Real Estate Broker with Town-City Realty Limited, Brokerage.  Office: 905.507.0040 ext.22, Direct: 416.254.8468. 

St. Patricks Day – Looking for Things to Do in Oakville?

 Looking For Things to do in Oakville this St. Patrick’s Day?

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I don’t think I have to tell you all that March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day.

Now, some of you might be saying – yeah… so? It’s just another day. And you would be right. It is just another day. But, then why did you click on this post to read about things to do on St. Patrick’s Day? Hmmm…. It is yet another day for more commercialism and a reason for the grocery stores to put their 2 year old inventory of green food colouring beside the frozen hams (yuck!).

Maybe you just like green beer or to dress up, or to make green smoothies & green rice crispy treats with your kids. Yes, it is just another day, but why not have some fun with it?

First, let me make this soapbox public service announcement while I’m at it. I am not encouraging people to go drink until they drop. In fact, try this green smoothie recipe instead ;) If you are going to head out to a party or some sort of establishment & enjoy a green ‘beverage’, please DO NOT drink & drive. Arrange a ride, take a cab, use Uber, a bus – please just enjoy responsibly.

Here’s a list of things to do for St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th…) in & around Oakville:

Saturday March 15, 2015St. Patricks Day 5k – Hamilton: St. Patrick’s Day 5k claims to be Canada’s fastest 5km course & offers best post race party. Run & see!

Monaghan’s St. Patrick’s Day Pub Party - Head over to Monaghan’s for their St.Paddy’s Day Party & you could win a prize!

Fionn MacCool’s St. Paddy’s Day Party Fionn MacCool’s Oakville invites you to come out & join their festivities! Doors open at 11 and the party will be going all day long. Drinks will be flowing, Irish dancers dancing, great food, live entertainment with Shore Thing, shamrocks, shenanigans, & more!

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Niblick Pub Join The Niblick Pub for an Irish Car Bomb on St Paddy’s day! First come, first serve – no reservations. (an Irish Car Bomb is an American beer cocktail that is drunk as a bomb shot, similar to a boilermaker. It is made with Irish stout, Irish cream, and Irish whiskey)

St. Patrick’s Day at Royal Windsor Pub & Eatery - Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Royal Windsor Pub & Eatery with live music from Elyse Saunders with James L. Burton.

St. Paddy’s Day Party at Coach and Four Pub in Bronte –  Celebrate at the Coach and Four in Bronte Village. Wear your green and enjoy live music from 7-11pm!

Did I miss something? Do you know of any events happening in & around Oakville for St. Patrick’s Day? Share & comment and I’ll update this post! 

Are you hosting a St. Patrick’s Day event or party? Then ditto, comment & let me know and I’ll update this post and link to your event site.


 

 

Ryan is a long-time resident of Oakville, a father, runner, blogger, community heretic & Real Estate Broker with Town-City Realty Limited, Brokerage.  Office: 905.507.0040 ext.22, Direct: 416.254.8468.