Friday's Five

random Friday information

This is one of our new blog series for 2020, Friday's Five. It's basically five random things that don't really fit anywhere else and might be good to know before walking into the weekend.

I am notorious for keeping far too many Google Chrome tabs open. I do it on my computer, my iPad and especially my phone. The internet is a fun place where one thought can lead you down a crazy rabbit hole of information. One minute you could be looking up the proper spelling of a town and then next thing you know you are fully engrossed in a YouTube video on dark matter! I'm hoping this series will help me to start closing those tabs. I keep them open because I know it's information I want to share at some point. Well, welcome to some point!

1. Van Gogh Digital Exhibit in Toronto. Tickets on sale today at 10 am!
*Updated - Use presale code SUNFLOWER to purchase before the public


On May 1st an abandoned five-storey building in downtown Toronto will turn into a fully immersive experience into the art and mind of Vincent Van Gogh. At 1 Yonge Street, you'll will wander through giant projections of iconic paintings like Starry Night and Sunflowers. The art space is 600,000-square-foot so bring your walking shoes. Timed admission is $34.99. Tickets that allow you to attend any day during May or June cost $39.99 and can be purchased HERE

2. Restaurant to add to the bucket list - Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, New York

Just 30 miles north of New York City Blue Hill is a four season working farm and education centre. There are no menus at Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Instead, guests are offered a multi-taste feast featuring the best offerings from the field and market. They source from their own land and utilize local farms in the Hudson Valley. Per person is $278 with the wine paring an additional $188.

But it's not just a meal, it's an entire experience lasting around five hours. Patrons walk away with knowledge of the farm, restaurant and the region and they learn so much about the food served and it's preparation. I've even heard/read that many have ended their experience by meeting award winning head chef and owner, Dan Barber. Chef Barber was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the President’s Council on Physical Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. If that's not a ringing endorsement, I don't know what is.

Reservations can be hard to come by, especially if you're looking for a weekend meal. Dates are released at 9 am, two months before the calendar date.

3. Maud Lewis Postcard Christmas cards to be auctioned to benefit Australia's wildfires

Maud Lewis

Famed Nova Scotian folk artist Maud Lewis is well known for her Christmas cards. Scenes of a bygone era with skaters, sleighs, covered bridges and wildlife are her trademark. As a young lady creating Christmas cards was seen as a ladylike endeavour and allowed her to make a little pocket change. Those cards that originally sold for 5 cents are now fetching thousands. A New Hamburg, Ont. resident is placing two of her Lewis' up for auction on February 11th with the proceeds being donated to WIRES Australian Wildlife Rescue Organization. The auction is being handled by Cowley Abbott Canada's Art Auctioneers.

4. Estée Lauder introduces new Perfectionist Pro Rapid Brightening Treatment

I have to admit I was pretty excited to see this new release on the Estée Lauder Canada Instagram page. The new Perfectionist Pro Rapid Brightening Treatment with Ferment² + Vitamin C is an ultra-lightweight, ultra-hydrating serum designed to break the cycle of dullness, block the appearance of future dark spots from environmental irritants and help boost radiancy.

Used under your moisturizer day and night, this little magic in a bottle will help fade sunspots and acne scar and even out your skin tone. It is effective for all ethnicities and skin tones and it safe for sensitive skin. I swear by my Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair to fight signs of aging, I can't wait to add this into my routine to help rid me off some hormonal acne scars.

5. Inspiring Podcast Girlboss Radio

I'll start by saying I'm not a big podcast listener. The times that I do have to disappear into my earphones I'm usually listening to one of my playlists or a new album that was just released. But a few years ago I got a notification about a podcast that might be of interest. It was the Girlboss Radio podcast by Sophia Amoruso and I just loved it.

It's an interview style podcast talking to some groundbreaking women in many different fields about their path to success. It's been over a year since I last listened and then on a flight back from Cuba, I listened to 4 or 5 (the highlight was an interview with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley who I absolutely adore!) I don't know if it was the week away in the relaxing sunshine or what but listening to those women, I got off that plane with a renewed energy to get working. It's like a little pick me up wrapped in a 45 minute bow.

Our first Friday's Five is all done! Have a great weekend and we will see you back on Celebrating This Life next week.