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#HyundaiDriveSquad: That one time I RODE AN ELEPHANT at African Lion Safari




Hay kids, hay!

Remember that one time I RODE ON A FREAKING ELEPHANT? No? That’s okay. I haven’t even told you about it yet, bwahaha. I’m about to though, so buckle on innnnn (like I did, that one time I rode on an elephant!)


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Yeah, that’s an ele-selfie.

Okay, so a few weeks ago I hit up African Lion Safari with my boyf (Steven), my brother (Brodie), and my brother’s girlfriend (Meghan) in the sweet 2014 Hyundai Veloster I was testing for the week as part of the Hyundai Drive Squad.




African Lion THUGFARI

African Lion THUGFARI


For those of you outside of Ontario (and my analytics tells me that’s quite a few of you — what up ‘Murrica?) African Lion Safari is pretty much the sickest place ever — as in you get to ride elephants sometimes and monkeys will jump directly onto your car sick:



From Wikipedia:

African Lion Safari is a family-owned safari park situated [near Toronto.] It includes more than 1,000 animals, representing over 100 species of mammals and birds from across the globe. Guests may tour seven game reserves (with a total area of about 740 acres) traversed via tour buses or the visitors’ own vehicles where animals roam freely in large contained areas.”


Yeah, so basically you get to drive your car through a private reserve with lions, rhinos, zebras, giraffes, and tons of other cute baby animals… Well, they’re not all babies, but to me every animal is a baby animal. You know how it is.

CHECK THIS OUT THOUGH: An actual baby animal, attached to a mommy animal!





Now before I continue, I must give the maddest of props to Hyuandi for letting me take one of their gorgeous Velosters (in a colour called Vitamin C that I really actually dig) through the safari. Fortunately, the only “damage” caused to the car was by way of tiny monkey paw prints on the windshield. I mean, the giraffes are pretty chill… they just walk around and look cool. nobody tried to bite through a hubcap. It was all good.




Can I get a little bit auto on you for a sec and talk about this car I was driving? Because man, this car. It’s so… zippy! I’ve tested out zillions of whips (or like 15, maybe) throughout the course of my blogging career (career, ha!) and can honestly say that the Veloster was one of my favourites yet.




Not only is it powerful and great on gas, it’s freaking cute as heck to boot around in. I had multiple people ask me about it after watching me parallel park like a BAUCE (legit though, I will never stop bragging about my parallel parking skills. I am so good.) and the Insta-famz was eating it up.

I would drive this car again. I would buy this car if I didn’t live in downtown Toronto and actually needed a car every day. True say. Even my parents were smitten! I let mom sit in the driver’s seat for a bit so that I could take an Annettski selfie :)




For more information on the Hyundai Veloster, clickez ici or get thee to a dealership and test one out for yourself if you can. Popsicles not included (and yes, I was parked when I took this.)




More on the African Lion Safari adventure though — which, as you may have guessed by now, was part of my #hyundaidrivesquad experience.

I had a blast with my bro-bro and Meghan, with Stevie, with the animals, with the Veloster, and ESPECIALLY upon buying these elephant ear thingies (and in Brodie’s case, a proper safari hat) :




We all got some headgear, because how can you not? HOW CAN YOU NOT THOUGH? RIDDLE ME THAT?

If you’re into animals and cool stuff, check out the sweet sweet photo-dump Storify below for more photos and videos from our day-trip. If you’re not… step up your life game, bruh.



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Paws Gala 2012: 99 Problems but a Bitch Ain’t One (ft. Theron Humphrey & Maddie)

Thursday, Thursday, THURSDAY!

Scratch that — let’s call it FURsday! *ba dum tisk* Waka Waka Waka!

When I was little I would say that line constantly, just like Fozzie Bear on the Muppet Babies after he would make a joke — except weird little Lauren would say it after everything.

“Mommy, Can I have some apple juice? WAKA WAKA!”

If I were a rapper, I’d name myself in Fozzie Bear’s honour and wear a $100,000 chain featuring his likeness around my neck erryday… IF SOMEONE HADN’T ALREADY DONE THAT!

Waka Flocka Flame:Welcome to the Goodburger, can I take your orrrrder?”
Me: “Yeah, I’d like my steez back, please.”
Waka Flocka Flame: “It was mine first, and who says ‘steeze?’ anyway?”
Me: “I don’t know… people in California circa 2007?… Whatevs. We can share this Fozzie Bear thing if you give me that chain and two veggie burgers to go.”

And then this happened:

Waka Flocka Fozzie by Raheem Nelson

Now that the obligatory “Slap my discoloured duckface onto something else’s body” and “Make fun of rappers” bits are out of the way, Let’s talk about Paws for the Cause.


Paws for the Cause is a Toronto-based organization that raises money for a different animal welfare organization every year.

On Thursday, the group hosts its annual fundraiser — The most adorable in Toronto by far, if you ask me. (And you should ask me.)

Proceeds from this year’s gala will be going to the Central Toronto Veterinary Referral Clinic’s Cares Foundation to help subsidize lifesaving surgery costs for animals in need. Funds raised will also go toward the Chloe Award, which has been presented to an outstanding University of Guelph veterinary student.

Last year’s gala raised $75,000 — that’s a whole lot of canine lives saved!

This year, the Paws Gala will feature an art exhibit with Instagram sensation Theron Humphrey of This Wild Idea and his famous dog, Maddie the Coonhound of Maddie on Things.


I’m going to ask Theron if he can balance Maddie on my head. We’ll see how that goes.

Here are the deets:

When: Thursday, October 11, 2012
No, but WHEN?: 8pm till late
Where: 99 Sudbury
How: Tickets can be purchased here. Wear something cute. It’s a fashionable people party.

See you there?


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Safe and Wet in Austin (FINALLY) + My Baby Owl Friend

I think I’m at home here, folks…

Or maybe not.

Fab or freaky (both are fine), I’m stoked to be in Austin right now after a 26 hour drive plus about 12 hours lost to border issues and one doozy of a chest cold that left me incapacitated for pretty much all of our first day here.

"My name is Lauren and I have the plague."

Getting to Austin was a battle, but a blast at times too.

Tons of friendly truck stop workers, learning experiences (Kentucky‘s got MAD CAVES — who knew?), bonding moments and mini-adventures along the way:

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Thank god for Kate‘s amazing playlist to keep Casie and I alert / entertained / impressed while driving. And by “God”, of course, I mean anything other than what those creepy billboards all over the side of highways down here advertising. *shudder*

You can read more about the #SX3B great American road trip on our Tumblog.

Keep your eyes peeled for a mashup of all the video footage I took along the way soon… as soon as I can find the time to stop spazzing out over shiny things and compute.

Now that I’ve (sort of) recovered from the plague, it’s go-go-gadget DO.

OH! Before I forget to blog about it, I found a baby owl during our stopover in Windsor the other night. He was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen.

The owl was just sitting in the middle of a sidewalk on Ouellette when I walked up. The path was otherwise deserted and we were completely alone for a while, just staring at each other. It was really moving.

I’m not sure what it meant or if it meant anything at all, but I Googled it all the same (obviously).


Yours in weirdness,

Relax Mom, They're fake.

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