Giving you the “Scoop” On Bang Bang Ice Cream & Bakery

Bang Bang Ice Cream & Bakery

Ice cream sandwiches on housemade cookies, cups, cones & to-go tubs


93A Ossington Ave
Toronto, Canada
Tues-Thurs: 1pm-10pm Fri-Sat: 1pm-11pm  Sun: 1pm-10pm
You can order the ice cream at Bang Bang in a wide variety of combinations. Bang Bang’s cookies are moist my favorite is the date cookie. Be prepared to wait in line becaise Bang Bang is a popular spot, this is not a disappointing factor because a good conversation while you wait is one of life’s little pleasantries I much enjoy.  My hubby come here sometimes on hot days for a date and we love to watch what other people order  and to try their combinations sometimes ourselves.

#overrated #thatsnotwhatmysandwichsaid #icecream

Flavors featured in this photo are pb-concord grape jelly and b’day cookie doh



~ avocado burnt toffee ~ bellwoods stout beer n’ brown bread (bellwoods base) ~ black tea banana puddin’ ~ sanagans double smoked bourbon bacon ~ cinnamon toast ~ b’day cookie doh ~ corn on the cone ~ chocolate2 chocolate-hazelnut ~ candy apple cheesecake ~ chestnut-matcha ~ maltease me ~ dulce de leche ~ fresh mint ~frooty loops ~ ginger milk  chocolate ~ ginger milk ~ hazelnut ~ olive oil ~thank you very matcha ~ key lime pie ~ pink lemonade ~  London fog ~ lemon meringue ~ mud mango puddin’ ~ miso mon cheri ~ lychee raspberry ~ orange cardamom ~ fig and chevre (grey owl)  ~ passion fruit milk ~ chocolate pb-chocolate ~ pb-concord grape jelly ~ pumpkin spice ~ gingerbread  ~ rocky roadkill  ~ campfire marshmallow ~ Ontario  strawberry sjcb ~ espresso ~ vanilla bean ~ bellyache coffee and sambuca ~ Italian eggnog  ~ vegan chocolate raspberry  ~ salted caramel ~ vanilla ~ mojito


Aesthete ~ a person with a special appreciation of art and beauty. LE LABO -GRASSE- NEW YORK



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Amber oil mixes very well with many essential oils like Cedarwood, Cypress, Benzoin, Geranium, Pine, Myrrh, Galbanum, , Orange, Lemon ,Spruce, Rose absolute and Clove.

  • Put a few drops in bath water for soothing effect on body. Use during yoga or meditation, and ancient cure for insomnia used for centuries for its sedative effects, legend belives it to bring pleasant thoughts.
  • Massage oil, stimulates nail growth, 2- 3 drops can be used as at home in at home steam facial, clears pores and leaves glowing sheer moisture sheen. It can be used in scalp massages at hait follicule.
  • Studies show Amber Oil relaxes brains and promotes alpha, beta and theta waves therefore having a psychoactive effect, this can be used as a therapy for stress, depression, anxiety and attention issues and also promotes relaxation at bedtime.
  • Naturopaths use it to slow heart palpitations and convulsions and reflects in mythology, heart energy
  • When applied to the skin. It is a good source of healthy negative ions when the oil is applied on the skin.
  • Pain killer beecause of its analgesic property.
  • The oil can be used as a local pain killer.
  • Anti-spasmodic agent, effective in treating spasms in respiratory, digestive and nervous systems
  • Massaging with Amber oil helps improve blood circulation
  • A good expectorant, the oil helps relieve accumulated mucus in the respiratory system .
  • When steam or massaged on the chest because of its febrifuge property, Amber oil is very effective in treating fever.
  • Orange Oil
  • Improves mood.
  • When you feel anxious or depressed, the anti-depressive and anxiolytic properties of orange essential oil can act as an instant pick-me-up.
  • Relieves fatigue.
  • Controls acne.
  • Orange oil has a drying and grease-cutting effect on the skin that can help reduce acne in people with oily skin. Add 2-3 drops of orange oil to a cup of water and wash the face with it before going to bed.
  • Orange oil acts as a deep cleanser when used with a light carrier oil like olive oil or sweet almond oil. Mix 3 -4 drops of orange oil to a tablespoon of carrier oil and apply on the face with a cotton ball. Allow to remain for 5 minutes and wipe off. This is an excellent way to remove makeup in the evening.
  • For a spot treatment for acne, dip a cotton swab in sweet orange oil and watch the antiseptic effect of orange oil helps reduce bacteria.

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  • When applied to scars or stretch marks, it acts as a skin regenerator and will help the scars to heal and fade.
  • Neroli essential oil can also be used in aromatherapy. a calming and relaxing scent, which acts as a mild tranquillizer useful for the treatment of anxiety, stress and it can even help alleviate the symptoms of depression.
  • Neroli essential oil has proven to be of use to people who are suffering from hypertension. A study conducted into the effectiveness of complementary medicine found neroli reduced levels of stress hormones in the bloodstream, which reduced blood pressure.
  • Neroli when applied to skin is a good anti- ageing treatment because it fights free radicals.
  • Like many essential oils, neroli essential oil has powerful anti-bacterial properties. Dab on the affected area gently and it will kill off the bacteria that cause breakouts.
  • In an emergency, dab some diluted neroli essential oil on a cut or a wound and it will protect it against infection.
  • Neroli essential oil is thought to stimulate the blood circulation in the body.
  • Neroli essential oil is used a lot in perfumes to add a citrus scent to a fragrance. As well as its beautiful scent, it also has a natural deodorising effect.
  • Neroli’s powerful anti-fungal properties make it an effective treatment for skin conditions, such as athlete’s foot and ringworm.
  • Helps to protect you against the signs of ageing when mixed with a carrier oil and used regularly because it contains anti-oxidants that will fight free-radicals and help to promote cellular turn over and growth of new cells.
  • Neroli essential oil has anti-spasmodic properties too, which will relax the muscles. provides relief from cramps while having the ability to calm and relax the mind.
  • Provides relief from coughs.
  • When put in a diffuser it acts as a sleep aide to help you get a good night’s sleep.

Orange Oil 

  • Improves mood.
  • When you feel anxious or depressed, the anti-depressive and anxiolytic properties of orange essential oil can act as an instant pick-me-up.
  • Relieves fatigue.
  • Controls acne.
  • Orange oil has a drying and grease-cutting effect on the skin that can help reduce acne in people with oily skin. Add 2-3 drops of orange oil to a cup of water and wash the face with it before going to bed.
  • Orange oil acts as a deep cleanser when used with a light carrier oil like olive oil or sweet almond oil. Mix 3 -4 drops of orange oil to a tablespoon of carrier oil and apply on the face with a cotton ball. Allow to remain for 5 minutes and wipe off. This is an excellent way to remove makeup in the evening.
  • For a spot treatment for acne dip a cotton swab in sweet orange oil and watch the antiseptic effect of orange oil reduce bacteria.

We believe…

We believe that there are too many bottles of perfume and not enough soulful fragrances

We believe the soul of a fragrance comes from the intention with which it is created and the attention with which it is prepared

We believe fine perfumery must create a shock – the shock of the new, combined with the shock of the intimately familiar

We believe that fine perfumery must be irreverent

We believe it is more humane to test cosmetics on New Yorkers than on animals

We believe the future of luxury (hence of perfumery) lies in craftsmanship

We believe in the soulful power of thoughtful hands: hand-picked roses, hand-poured candles, hand-formulated perfumes and handshake agreements

We believe in the passionate souls who work close to us

We believe in Hafiz’s take on life : “Act great, dear. Always act great

We believe we/you should put away our modern tools and take the time to smell the roses along the way

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~Where there is tea there is love~ KITTEN & the BEAR



Each Sloane Tea is individually sourced from hundreds of tea gardens, Sloane Teas are carefully processed using centuries old artisan techniques by Certified Tea Sommeliers and culinary experts.  Sloane tea is  endorsed by Maître Nez (Head Nose) of one of France’s foremost perfumeries and the Studio Des Fragrance in Grasse, France.

Sloane Teas are regularly cupped and assessed by independent Certified Tea Sommeliers, gourmet chefs, culinary instructors and tea industry experts. Their knowledge and comments are passed along to you in our expert tasting reviews.



 Sloane Tea tin caddies are reminiscent of old-world luxury with a new twist – each has been inspired by Sloane tea experiences and travels

The glimpse of a paisley pashmina shawl in New Delhi’s midnight market

A gemstone pendant seen in a Darjeeling antique shop

A century old pattern on heirloom fine bone china



“where there us tea there us love”



I love a nice white dress with eyelete lace details to give you a feminine and whimsical  Alice in Wonderland vibe, I only hope that they have sloane tea down the rabbit hole.

You can find dresses in styles similar to mine at The Bay and Revolve Clothing.


The most quaint shop & tasting room
featuring artisan jams, jellies & marmalades scones, tea & coffee.
1574 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6R 1A6


~Nelipot (n.) one who walks with bare feet~

I love bohemian style and music festivals were my inspiration for this look. I paired a caramel colored faux suede fringe coat with a dark brown wide brimmed hat. I paired a studded tank top and jeans with my look but could have easily done shorts or a skirt. I love to pack this statement coat for weekend getaways or vacations because when paired with a piece of statement jewelry, a black dress and some sexy heels it creates some serious nighttime date vibes.



JACKET similar  here at Zara and here at forever 21

HAT similar at Banana Republic here




~Saturday Races at Family Spaces~

Hat is Canadian made by Tilley

“ A difference of opinion is what makes horse back riding and millionaires ”

– Will Rogers.


Watching the races while making bets on what horses will win is fun. Whether you go out to the race track for a day of fun or you sit in front of your television at home with a pizza, the races are a sure way to get the family engaged in conversation and friendly competition. My family likes to cook dinner and serve snacks while we watch the results, sometimes we go to the races and even place cash bets, its a thrill to win and its fun to spend a day close up to the horses at the race track.


1 ~         Fun to place bets and engage with friends and family in friendly competitive games.

2 ~         Good reason to cook and make snacks.

3 ~         There is more than one race so the fun repeats itself.






When Life Gives You Rainy Days, Wear Cute Boots & Jump in the Puddles

The weather has been rather dark and dreary in Toronto Canada this month of may. When there is an increase of dark rainy weather in our lives, we often experience drops in energy levels and can feel depressed or even feel we are in a bad mood. Sunlight when absorbed by the human body creates vitamin D and also boosts serotonin levels, serotonin is our brains mood regulating chemical. It is very important to be gentle with your co-workers, friends, family, spouse, strangers and most importantly ourselves. I take public transit too and from work and school and I am exposed to lots of people during my days its is apparent that as a collective group many of us negatively suffer from the energy lows and or mood swings and an increase of negative or depressing thoughts when the weather is miserable.

My blog is all about painting a different picture and as I remind myself I am a canvas and my life is my gallery. I commit on rainy days to putting more effort into lifting my mood and wanted to share a few ways that work for me and open the conversation up and see how others keep their moods up on gloomy days.

Monitor your music choices seriously guys this is so important! On rainy days, I put aside melancholy music in favor of upbeat, uplifting and fun music. Positive and upbeat music has the power to change our moods and make us feel more energetic and happy.

Get moving, if you are stuck at a desk, get up at least once an hour and take a brief walk, I like to go to the gym if I can for a sweet dose of endorphins. When we exercise, our bodies produce anti-bodies and release chemicals called endorphins, they interact with brain receptors and reduce pain, so scientifically moving helps our moods. You can use a rainy day as an opportunity to try a new class like indoor rock climbing, barre, spin or belly dancing. I am very lucky to live in the Greater Toronto Area where there are many great options.

Get organized, tangible tasks that allow us to start something and finish it give us a great sense of worth and accomplishment. You can do a task as small as organizing your makeup to a large task like cleaning the entire house. Personally, I love to have clean fresh smelling sheets to lay in when I go to sleep at night, there is just something soothing about fresh bed linens.

Get a good night’s rest, listen to your body because we feel extra tired on rainy days be kind to yourself and get a few extra winks if you can.

I love to meditate or do yoga on rainy days, although it is relaxing and can increase lethargy and tiredness, it also can increase our mood and mental state and give us a sense of peace and comfort.

Flowers have been shown in studies to boost moods and creativity, if you can, stop in to the store and pick up a colourful bouquet of flowers to put in your home or work space.

Some of the best conversations happen on rainy days, whether in person or over the phone, reach out to your friends and family and catch up.

Netflix and chill, I love to snuggle up with my fiancé and watch a good movie or documentary, rainy days can be a good time to bond with your partner over a good flick. If you are single don’t flinch because pets and pillows make good substitutions.

Aroma Therapy, I am totally aroma therapy obsessed and love to have essential oils in my bag that I use daily. Scents can help relax us and improve our moods. Stay tuned in the following weeks for an educational post entirely about essential oils and scents. The following scents are my go to for improving my mood, chamomile, sandalwood, jasmine, ylang-ylang, basil, rose, bergamot, geranium, neroli, petitgrain and lavender. I encourage you to share your aroma therapy suggestions with me in the comment section.

Trade in your coffee for tea, I love a large dose of coffee or a latte but on rainy days when my energy drops I switch to tea. With coffee, the high is shorter and stronger with a greater crash whereas tea will keep you going longer. Caffeine is nice for energy but a good herbal tea can also play to your senses. I love herbal rose tea, I am literally obsessed its pretty and it smells like a garden. If you can’t put your coffee down even for a rainy day you might want to consider limiting your number of cups.

Eat foods rich in vitamin D, such as egg yolk, certain dairy, soy, orange juice, milk, cereal, beef liver, okra, kale, spinach, white beans, soy, fatty fish and nuts.

Start a creative project, use your free time to do something creative, write your blog, colour, do a Pinterest project, practice your creative writing, learn something new like how to make hemp bracelets, watercolour paint or try a musical instrument, I suggest the ukulele because it is a great instrument for beginners to pic up.

Plan something for the future, on rainy days, I like to utilize my time setting goals, creating a vision board or researching and planning a trip that I will take at a later date.

Try a new recipe, give a new recipe a shot perhaps using some of the mood boosting foods I suggested.

Do your nails, see your nail girl, treat yourself, if you don’t see a nail girl, grab a polish and do an at home manicure and pedicure.

Burn Candles, embrace the dark vibes, get some candles going and put on a scary movie or a radio program like coast to coast on am radio.

Last but not least, put on your rain boots and jump in some puddles, maybe you can even do a rainy day photo shoot with your cutest umbrella.

I love the rich color eggplant contrasted by the creamy color of the over-sized sweater, the dress has a little patterned detail and the sweater has a fuzzy texture. I paired my outfit with my practical rainy day footwear, my go to Hunter rain boots from Soft Moc. I like the shiny ones but they come in matte also and in several color options you can find them here they are a bit expensive but worth it as they are versatile and have a lifetime warranty. I purchased the dress at Value Village thrift store for a steal at seven dollars and it is my very first Marc Jacobs piece, I love the length that it comes just below the knee, most of all I love this color, I can’t get over how elegant and feminine it is. I found a few other dresses that are in this beautiful color here here and even this gorgeous piece for my beautiful curvy women here My sweater is so cozy and it actually was lent to me by my close friend who is also my favorite photographer (who shoots me setting the aperture of her lens manually) I love shooting with my best friend because she is a huge supporter of me and my blog, we have become like sisters over the years and I always trust her artistic vision, you absolutely should check her work out here The sweater was a purchase while she was in North Carolina but I have linked some in similar colors here here and here and for my curvy women here

I am so excited to be writing again and would love to hear about what you all do to keep your sanity when the forecast is rainy.