Girlfriends Getaway to Appleton and the Fox Cities in Wisconsin
October 10, 2013 – 8:30 am | No Comment

If asked which region of the state is marketed as “Wisconsin’s Shopping Place,” my first guess probably wouldn’t have been the Fox Cities. Once there, I quickly realized my preconceived notions were way off base. …

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Toronto, Ontario: Marathons with Culture!
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Many cities pride themselves as being places of sport and recreation. It is no wonder that Toronto, one of the cities with highest living standard in the world, has numerous sport events and competitions. Naturally, first thing that everyone thinks of is ice hockey. In reality, Toronto is much more popular for its marathons. These competitions brought worldwide popularity to Toronto making it one of the most sport-friendly cities in the world.

Here’s Toronto’s 2015 marathon lineup:

  • Around the Bay (March 29)
  • Goodlife Fitness Toronto Marathon (May 3)
  • Mississauga Marathon (May 3)
  • Toronto Women’s Half Marathon (May 24)
  • MEC Toronto Marathon (September 13)
  • Island Girl Half Marathon (September 20)
  • Oakville Half Marathon (September 27)
  • Collingwood Half Marathon (October 3)
  • Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (October 18)
  • Hamilton Marathon (November 1)

As usual, the city of Toronto will do its best to prepare great events and to present itself in best way. Like any year, Toronto Marathons will attract large number of foreign competitors, including the US.

As with most Canadian cities, Toronto has great medical care and it is ready to provide any assistance to any competitor that may have medical issues during the race. If that isn’t enough, you can find relief in one of the cities many spas and massage parlors. By enjoying a treatment or massage, you can make sure that your muscles will be prepared for the race. A place with great sports and deep tissue massage offerings is the Uptown Spa Toronto located at 801 York Mills Road, Suite 311, North York.

spa2For marathoners, Uptown Spa offers two types of sports massage. The first is for general relaxation and is meant to relieve the stress put on body after a hard training or race. After race massages are performed one or two hours after the event and lasts between fifteen and twenty minutes. The second variation of sports massage is used to prepare the body and is recommended just before the event.

spa1While competing in a marathon is a great reason to visiting Toronto, athletes can also experience the city’s history and culture. With early beginnings as a trading outpost, Toronto has come a long way, developing as an industrial city and evolving as a modern metropolis dominated by  Victorian buildings (Cabbagetown is a prime example). And as the city grew, so did the architecture—it is hard to talk Toronto without mentioning the CN Tower; a massive skyscraper owned by the Canadian National Railway Company and, until recently, the tallest building in the world.

However, like in any other Canadian city, hockey is very popular. If you wish, you can visit Hockey Hall of Fame. Art and culture seekers must visit the Royal Ontario Museum is Canada’s largest museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario and Ontario Science Center are also fabulous places to visit. Whatever your interest, Toronto has something for everyone. Good luck on your race!

This post was sponsored by the Uptown Spa Toronto. We love Ontario’s largest city and, marathon or not, think it’s a fabulous place for a girlfriends getaway!

2014 Kia Sorento Delivers a Complete Package
October 1, 2013 – 9:33 am | 9 Comments
2014 Kia Sorento Delivers a Complete Package
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Ever since I toured the Kia plant in West Point, Ga., and watched the Kia Sorento evolve from a series of individual parts into a well-crafted automobile, I have wanted to own one. Of course, …

Product Review: Manduka eKO SuperLite Folding Travel Mat
June 25, 2013 – 6:29 pm | No Comment
Product Review: Manduka eKO SuperLite Folding Travel Mat
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If you practice yoga regularly you probably already know Manduka as the Rolls Royce of non-slip yoga mats. Known for their reputation as an ecologically friendly company, Manduka mats are “kind to the earth and …

Grand Traverse Resort And Spa: A Grand Girlfriends Getaway in Traverse City, Michigan
November 26, 2012 – 6:55 pm | No Comment
Grand Traverse Resort And Spa: A Grand Girlfriends Getaway in Traverse City, Michigan
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A Grand Getaway – Traverse City, Michigan
Traverse City, Michigan sits at the magical 45th Parallel, halfway between the North Pole and the Equator. Magical? You bet! From stunning scenic vistas along Sleeping Bear Dunes National …

Europeans Discover America
November 15, 2012 – 5:26 pm | No Comment
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For  many Europeans, a trip to the United States is a popular holiday vacation destination. Check out these deals from Thomas Cook for your next American holiday.

If you fancy something a bit special next year, …

Sara Sara Cupcakes: A Must-Have Treat
June 29, 2012 – 6:00 am | 4 Comments
Sara Sara Cupcakes: A Must-Have Treat
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During my visit to Oklahoma City, Okla., I noticed several bakeries around town. This piqued my sweet tooth, and I started inquiring about the best cupcakes in the city. After receiving several referrals for Sara …

Product Review: Shielded SPIbelt and SPIband
May 13, 2012 – 7:43 pm | No Comment
Product Review: Shielded SPIbelt and SPIband
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Purchasing the original SPIbelt™ at a marathon expo in 2009, the discreet belt/pouch combo has been holding my driverse license, cash, and car keys at athletic events, on trips, and every opportunity to be purse- …

Product Review – iGo Charge Anywhere
May 10, 2012 – 6:00 am | One Comment
Product Review – iGo Charge Anywhere
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Like many others with cell phones, I occasionally have to deal with a low phone battery when I’m out and about. However, if I’m in my car, I have no problem; I just plug my …

Auto Byte: Buick Regal Hybrid
February 12, 2012 – 8:44 pm | One Comment
Auto Byte: Buick Regal Hybrid
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With the Chicago Auto Show in full swing, Road Trips for Girlfriends got in on the action with a “country to city” road trip review of the Buick Regal Hybrid. Road trip divas, high on …

Snow Skiing in North Carolina
January 4, 2012 – 6:00 am | No Comment
Snow Skiing in North Carolina
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When it comes to snow skiing, you automatically think of Vermont, Colorado or Utah, right? Well, push aside any preconceived notions you may have about the South, and re-think your answer. In the high country …

First in Glass: Seeing Toledo Clearly
September 21, 2011 – 9:49 am | One Comment
First in Glass: Seeing Toledo Clearly
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Never on my bucket list of road-trip destinations, it wasn’t until I actually went to Toledo, Ohio that I understood why so many Midwesterner’s defend their beloved city. Friendly, affordable, and accessible by plane, train, …

Lavender Fields Forever
August 28, 2011 – 10:57 am | No Comment
Lavender Fields Forever
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Returning home to Michigan to spend some time with my mom this summer, I noticed a newspaper article she had clipped and tacked on the bulletin board next to her refrigerator. Written in June, the …

Uncommon Phone Case Review
August 15, 2011 – 8:52 pm | One Comment
Uncommon Phone Case Review
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Understandably, I travel a lot, and that travel takes a toll on my cell phone. From numerous runs through airport security to dropping it while trying to carry 10 things at once from the car …

Grab the Girls and Head to Innisbrook
August 1, 2011 – 6:00 am | No Comment
Grab the Girls and Head to Innisbrook
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Located near Tampa, Fla., Innisbrook, a Salamander® golf and spa resort, welcomes girlfriends to explore its 900 acres situated just a few miles from the Florida coastline and the Gulf of Mexico. From the top-notch …

Escape with the Girls to San Antonio
July 29, 2011 – 7:56 pm | No Comment
Escape with the Girls to San Antonio
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Who doesn’t love getting away with the girls now and then? It’s a wonderful time to relax and recharge, and San Antonio offers a prime spot to do just that. Whether on the go or …

Take a Hike with Roam The Woods
July 4, 2011 – 2:53 pm | No Comment
Take a Hike with Roam The Woods
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oday’s guest post comes to us from our friends at Roam The Woods, a women-only backpacking company designed to get you out of the car and into, well, the woods.

Renee’s of Sharyland, The Ultimate Girlfriend Treat
June 17, 2011 – 6:00 am | No Comment
Renee’s of Sharyland, The Ultimate Girlfriend Treat
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If a gal wants a fun girlfriend retreat or if mom wants to score some points with her daughter (tween or teen), take your gal buddy or daughter to Renee’s of Sharyland in Mission, Texas.

Chicago Improv: Laughing All The Way Home
June 5, 2011 – 7:00 am | No Comment
Chicago Improv: Laughing All The Way Home
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Considered the birthplace of modern improvisational comedy, Chicago is home to iO Theater, one of the most famous improv theater companies in the world.

Product Review – EcoSMART Bed Bug Killer & Repellent and BugZip®
June 3, 2011 – 12:00 am | 2 Comments
Product Review – EcoSMART Bed Bug Killer & Repellent and BugZip®
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When I found out I was headed to New York for a brief visit, I thought it was the perfect time to try out two new products: EcoSMART Bed Bug Killer & Repellent and BugZip® Luggage & Clothing Encasements.

Product Review – Ecofriendly Travel Products
May 17, 2011 – 12:31 pm | One Comment
Product Review – Ecofriendly Travel Products
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When it comes to road tripping with the girlfriends, we’re all for it. Unfortunately, that travel takes a toll on Mother Nature, so it’s important to reduce our carbon footprint as much as we can. To that end, we have scouted out some of the best eco-friendly travel items available today.

Apps for Drinking Wine: Grapes Paired with Technology
May 10, 2011 – 6:55 pm | No Comment
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Calling all wine enthusiasts, Natalie MacLean, certified sommelier and winner of the World’s Best Wine Writer award at the World Food Media Awards
Natalie MacLean, the editor of one of the largest wine web sites at …

Genuine Girlfriend Gathering
May 1, 2011 – 5:00 pm | One Comment
Genuine Girlfriend Gathering
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On May 13-15, the second annual Genuine Girlfriend Gathering retreat will kick off in the relaxing woods of Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Lodging dormitory-style in the charming Eden Wood Center campus, think summer camp meets gourmet …

A Toast to the Royal Wedding
April 26, 2011 – 4:53 pm | No Comment
A Toast to the Royal Wedding
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For those of us girlfriends planning all-night slumber parties and 3AM viewings of the Royal Wedding this Thursday, we felt compelled to share a drink recipe worthy of toasting the royal couple.

Fashion Resource: Shopping in Chicago
April 22, 2011 – 10:23 am | No Comment
Fashion Resource: Shopping in Chicago
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Gaining momentum on The Big Apple and L.A., Chicago is emerging as a “Top 3″ contender in the fast-paced fashion industry. With more than 400 designers and 350 independent fashion boutiques, here are three forward thinking “must stop” shops on your next shopping trip through the Windy City.

Bookshelf: Women Making History
April 12, 2011 – 8:26 am | No Comment
Bookshelf: Women Making History
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Tree books from Fulcrum Publishing about women who made history; a tribute to the human spirit, the female body, and the entrepreneur in us all.

Smart Destinations, Save Money, Have Fun
April 3, 2011 – 1:56 pm | No Comment
Smart Destinations, Save Money, Have Fun
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Go City Cards are multi-attraction passes available in 14 of the top cities in the United States and Canada. Providing pre-paid admission to hundreds of attractions, the cards save up to 55% of the cost of individual admission.

Twilight Moms Travel and other Ghostly Gatherings
March 14, 2011 – 6:00 am | One Comment
Twilight Moms Travel and other Ghostly Gatherings
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Who better to experience the supernatural, paranormal, haunted, historical and eerie than with your best group of girlfriends? From organized tours to seances, these venues cater to the creepy and pamper to the paranoid. So pack your garlic with your Gucci, and get ready to sleep with the nightlight on.

Top 10 Tips on How to Look Great in Photos
February 24, 2011 – 8:20 pm | One Comment
Top 10 Tips on How to Look Great in Photos
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We’ve all experienced that same feeling as we flip through our vacation photos: dissatisfaction with our appearance. To help you look your best in your next girlfriend getaway pictures, try incorporating these suggestions from the folks at Kodak.

Product Review – Seirus Neck Ditty Wallet
February 17, 2011 – 9:00 am | One Comment
Product Review – Seirus Neck Ditty Wallet
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When I planned my snowmobiling trip, it never occurred to me that I would need a secure place to store my valuables while I was out riding. Thankfully, I came across the Seirus Neck Ditty Wallet.

Guest Post: Granlibakken – A Quiet Ski Gem for Girlfriends
February 14, 2011 – 6:45 pm | One Comment
Guest Post: Granlibakken – A Quiet Ski Gem for Girlfriends
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Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge at Lake Tahoe offers a wonderful low-profile, relaxing way to experience a girlfriend skiing getaway in the beautiful Sierra Nevada, without crowds, lines and noise.

Top 10 Tips for Taking Sightseeing Photos
February 10, 2011 – 3:47 pm | One Comment
Top 10 Tips for Taking Sightseeing Photos
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When traveling, everyone likes to document their trip with photographs. With today’s point-and-shoot digital cameras, it’s pretty easy to get some great shots as mementos. However, if you’re like me, you’re always looking for ways …