Category: Personal Care Stuff

Drop of Golden Sun at Ste. Anne’s Spa

It was a tough winter in terms of warm one day then freezing cold the next. That can wreck havoc with your health. It dries you out and sets up a good environment for colds to settle in - not to mention it dries your skin out too.  This cold February I was invited to join a group of women at the world class Ste. Anne’s Spa right here in Ontario. Known as one of the best rejuvenation facilities in the world, Ste. Anne’s is a place committed to restoring your true self. This is a quote from their site: "The…

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5 Tips for a Flawless “She Shave”

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gillette Venus. All opinions are 100% mine. Do you remember the first time you decided to shave your legs? I do. I ended up slicing a big chunk of skin off my ankle bone. It bled like crazy! I thought it would make me more grown up to shave but I really had no idea what I was doing. After that fun first experience I decided to wait a bit longer. Apparently 89% of girls attempt shaving for the first time without permission. shave I remember thinking that after the first time,…

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Smoothie Smorgasbord

In case you are wondering, a "smorgasbord" is a Swedish buffet. Growing up we used to refer to a large quantity of yummy food as a smorgasbord and now it's a pretty good way to refer to these smoothie recipes.  Do you eat all the fruits and veggies you are suppose to every day? I know I don't. As a matter of fact, I feel like I'm in so much of a hurry most days that getting the good stuff in my diet is not very realistic.  According to the Canada Food Guide,  If you are a woman between the ages of 19 to 50 years of age…

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Frozen Beach Glass

At this time of the year it is really so wonderful to get out into nature, breath the fresh, cold air, and move your body. When you live in a snowy place half the year you learn to either find things to do outside or you are miserable while you wait for spring. My husband and I like to head to the beach to check out the waves - they take on a whole new character in the winter. The beach is my happy place and somewhere I feel connected to the planet. I can think about life while listening to…

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#FuelYourAwesome

It has happened - we are engaged. By engaged I mean committed. And by committed I mean to an act of craziness that might just save my life completely - medically and psychologically. I found out last fall that I needed to make some major changes in my life "or else". Keeping an open mind for a solution this is what I found: The Whole Life Fitness Manifesto, or WLFM, is an approach to improving one's life in many ways and it only takes 2% of your entire day to be involved. 15 minutes of intentional movement, 5 minutes of personal…

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Social Media and Self Esteem

Welcome Guest Poster Emma Harris! Emma and classmates have been working hard on raising awareness for causes affecting not just teens but people of all ages and demographics. These kids mean serious business and have created videos, Twitter campaigns, Instagram galleries and promotional materials to get the word out. I'm very proud and will now step aside... For years now society has been aware of the unrealistic standards set by magazines, movies and fashion shows. There have been women strutting around in close to no clothing, men photoshopped to perfection, and diet pills and gym memberships advertised for even the…

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Last Minute Stocking Stuffers

In an earlier post here, I explained our new idea family plan for this Christmas gift giving to ensure the kids get useful and meaningful gifts that we think will be more appreciated than the old style of 'bulk' gifting. It's all about quality over quantity. In this post I want to explain a few cool ideas for stocking stuffers - for teens and adults too. These items can be purchased all across Canada. PLUS, at the end you will see a very awesome giveaway for some stocking stuffers too.  Last Minute Stocking Stuffer Giveaway! Both of our kids are teens and…

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Stress Relief in a Cup

Stress? Me?  It is the time of the year I usually want to stick my head in the sand, cocoon in my house, or stay in bed. To say I find the holiday times stressful is an understatement. And they seem to be coming earlier every year - have you noticed that? Not to mention the time change and less sun during the day - it came so fast this year. If only I could nap every day around 2pm. stress Usually I charge ahead being super human in November and December and on my first day off I crash like a dropped puppet -…

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Protected Not Infected – the HPV Vaccine

If I could give my kids a vaccine for all the cancers out there I would. Our family has been impacted too many times from this hideous disease and 7 years ago when my son was twelve, we knew that getting him vaccinated against the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) was the right thing to do. He was old enough to understand from the discussions we had with our doctor that he was doing something important to protect not only himself but his future partners as well. Our daughter was vaccinated in grade 8, 4 years ago. I overheard her telling a classmate as they…

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Sweet Enough

I recently found out I have metabolic syndrome and was told to dramatically reduce the carbohydrates I take in. My understanding is that it means I have taken in so much sugar for so long that my body is sort of immune to it now. sweet Considering I am basically a sugar addict I'm finding this challenging.  The good news is that while cutting back on carbs, I actually have to increase protein and fat content. (I'm allowed because my cholesterol levels are great otherwise I don't know what I'd do.) The protein and fat makes me feel fuller longer.  I've always had…

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Radiant Glow Facial Scrub

Pimples have no respect. Whether you are getting married, going for a job interview or celebrating your birthday it is irrelevant. It also doesn't matter if you are 16 or 48. My daughter and I both get them which is a rip off for me - I thought I traded in old age for pimples. I wonder what is the most likely cause - stress, goodies, or late nights?  scrub In an effort to find a 'natural' treatment for our spots, I did a little research into recipes I could make at home. I found a DIY recipe book on Well.ca. I like…

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Eclecticsoapbox review of DollarShaveClub

Shaving a Buck or Fifty

Still searching for that last minute gift idea?  You can order this one online and it'll be delivered to your gift recipient every month for a year! ( Or one month - or three, or 6 - whatever you like. ) Suitable for any budget it's the gift that's useful, convenient and you'll be remembered with every delivery.  Shave a bundle off your last minute shopping with a subscription to the Dollar Shave Club. It’s fun the whole family will enjoy receiving over and over again. Why it's included in the Gifts Students Won't Hate List... ...is because my son…

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Eclectic Review of Scent Trunk

Part of the "Last Minute Gift Ideas Students Won't Actually Hate" guide If the male or female on your gift list loves to smell good, this is the box for them. It's a fabulous concept and I am in love with it. Scent Trunk is a Canadian company operated out of Kingston, Ontario. "Scent has the power to change our mood. It can make us feel relaxed, invigorated, or happy." In the box: This is what your gift recipient will receive - After you set up an account online you will receive a gift card to give to them. They will then create…

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Not the End of the World

Bedwetting is not the end of the world but when you are dealing with it in the deepest, darkest hours of the night you tend to think it is. Sometimes things are tough to cope with at that time. We have "a person" in our family who isn't quite ready to talk about this issue. They accept what happened and why but they don't wish to share the details just yet. They need to put a few more decades in between. And that's fine. I'm going to discuss how this affected me as a mother. How I spent over a…

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Crazy Coconut Oil Cures

For years I've been battling with my dog's stinky ears. Mazey is a ShihTzu and seems to be prone to ear infections. We have tried every kind of over the counter and prescription drops, creams, ointments, sprays and washes available for the last 7 years. Dogs usually contract ear infections because of yeast or bacteria in the ear canal. Ear mites, foreign bodies or excessive ear wax can lead to infection. Symptoms include constant scratching, head shaking, foul odour and/or a discharge. For Mazey it's the smell. Horrible. Don't they look like sweet smelling flowers? Last week a friend told me…

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