5 Better for Me & You Body Products 

Over the past few years, I’ve being trying to be more conscious about the products I bring in to my home and onto my body.   The fewer chemicals and bad things we inhale, digest and absorb, the better.  Right?

Today I thought I would show you 5 of my favourite eco-friendly body products.

Let’s start with soap.  Everytime you bath, shower or wash your hands, you are putting something on your skin.  So why not use a product that has none of the bad stuff?   Kiss My Face is one of those companies.  It has been around for over 30 years and has a complete range of products for everyone in your family.  I like this soap because it has only 3 ingredients and I can pronounce all of them!

 

I first heard of Rocky Mountain Soap Company in 2006 when I was visiting Banff, Alberta.  The hotel used this company as their supplier of the bathroom products.  After one use, I was hooked!  I get really dry feet and hands during the winter months and this product is the bomb  balm (get it??).  This Canadian company started in a small town in Alberta because they wanted better products for people and the earth.  Again, they use few ingredients and I can read and pronounce all of them!  This product rolls on, smells great and is not greasy.  It just seems to absorb into the skin.  Read more about them here.
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I had purchased the shampoo and body wash from The Honest Company and while I liked all the good things about the what the wash didn’t have, I was underwhelmed with the lack of bubbles and lather.  When I saw this deodorant at Marshall’s, I was excited to try it.  Deodorant and anti-perspirents carry a lot of controversy due to aluminum and other chemical ingredients.  This product has no aluminum and uses essential oils to help neutralize odors.   I was pretty keen to see if this product would keep me fresh and not sticky and sweaty.   I’m pleased to announce that yes so far this product is working for me!  No one around me has complained yet, so I guess that’s a good sign 😉   Check out the full line of products here.

 

 

As I mentioned above, I get really  extremely dry hands and feet during winter.  I happened across this cream at Costco one day. It was in a two pack for about $23 if I remember correctly.  It is a little hard to squeeze out of the tube (workout anyone?), but once you get it out, you will love it!   There is a lovely vanilla scent and a thick feel to the cream, but it isn’t overpowering and it absorbs so well into my skin.   Cake was founded in 2003 right here in Canada.  See the packaging?  They list the have’s and have not’s right on the front.  Love that!   They have a nice little line up of products and you can find out more at this link.

 

 

Lastly, I colour my hair (gasp). While I realize the bleach and other chemicals they use for my colour are not good for me, I’m trying to offset that by using better hair care products.  I came across this brand at the drugstore years ago and thought I would give them a try. I am still using Live Clean to this day.  Another Canadian company that put their products on the shelves back in 2007, they now have a line up that includes hair, face, body, kids and even dogs!

 

These are just a few of the products I that I feel are better for me.  Why do I like them?   Although each company is different, a few of the reasons are:

  • phthalate free
  • paraben free
  • plant sourced
  • cruelty free
  • eco conscious
  • natural ingredients
  • renewable ingredients
  • toxin free

Please tell me if you are also using some better for you products.  I’d love to hear about them!

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My Fixes Need Fixing!

‘Tis the season for a holiday StitchFix delivery. After wearing the same uninspired outfit to two holiday parties, I scheduled a fix to arrive before Christmas in hopes of having something festive to wear while entertaining and being entertained.

I was pretty specific in the notes to my stylist. A mid-length skirt was on my list as was “festive” tops for evening and a pant that wasn’t jeans or leggings. Good, right?

Well, I also should have said a full skirt. This pencil skirt, while soft and curve-hugging, felt too formal for what I’d had in mind. Must. Be. Specific. The black top had an interesting back but I’m not a fan of 3/4 length sleeves or that slightly above the wrist spot.

I don’t even know what to say about this poncho/cape. 

These pants are keepers. My daughter said they looked good on me…for “teacher pants”. Hmm. I think I can fix that with some hemming and edgier shoes or a bootie. 

Green. Like my last fix, I really wanted to like this top. Maybe in a different colorbut definitely not this green. I went into my profile and unchecked the box next to green in the color preferences section.

Here is the back of the top I mentioned earlier. 

My sister says I might need a new stylist for my next Fix. Is that like breaking up with someone? Will it hurt her feelings?  Equally as important, will it improve my Fix success rate?

Thoughts?

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$10 at Target

Ever since Target left Canada (insert sad face here), I long for our trips south of the border so I can hit up my favourite store.  A few days ago, I got my opportunity.   The Canadian American border crossing is approximately 40 minutes from my house.  The nearest Target is about 60 minutes from my house.  My sister is about three hours from my house.

Being that it’s the holidays and a busy time for both our families, we decided to meet part way for lunch to celebrate and exchange gifts.  It was great to catch up, see my nieces and take a few pictures.  On our drive home, I made the whole family stop at Target to fulfill my need.  My husband had phone calls to make so while he did that, I took the kids around the store – not exactly what I envisioned.

They each felt the need to buy something with their own money, so off to the toy section we went.

Here’s what they had to have:

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My daughter loves the Littlest Pet Shop and found this to add to her collection.

My son is still a big Minecraft fan, so he got this:

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This package contained a chest. He wasn’t too thrilled with what he got and in the two days since we have been home, it is now lost.  Thus, no photo to show you what was inside.

Funny thing is that both these items came to just around $10.  No lie.

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I may have created little Target monsters as they are wondering when can we go back….

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5 Favourite Shows & Songs for the Holidays

I like to share this post every year.  So, here we go…again!

There are a few holiday shows, songs and videos that I love to watch over holidays. So, in no particular order here are my top 5 favourites:

  • The Holiday – what is not to love about this romantic comedy with two great leading ladies.

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  • The Year Without a Santa Claus – hello, Snow Miser and Heat Miser?  My kids are now not afraid of Heat Miser and they think it is the funniest song of all time.

 

  • Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer – thank you to the writers of this song for giving our family a theme song for Christmas. To hear it, click   here
  • Elf – Will Farrell is just hilarious

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  • So, this is Christmas by John Lennon – it is just a classic. Enough said.

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

 

5 Gifts for Travellers

I was fortunate to take a few trips this past year and recently,  a friend asked what were the best things I used for packing and travelling.  It was such an easy question and considering the time of year, I thought I would share my favourites with you.

Packing cubes:

I found these at Marshalls for $30 and I picked up another set at IKEA for $10.  They keep your shirts separate from your socks and your workout gear doesn’t get mixed up with your everyday t-shirts.

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A Luggage Scale:

A must have!  With many airlines now charging extra if your bag is overweight, it is handy to check how much your luggage weighs before you leave home.  For less than $20 you should pick up this.

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Packing bags:

My sister gave me these before our Europe trip and they made packing pretty efficient.  All the little things were in their own place and easy to find in my carry on and in my suitcase.

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Passport holder:

This case is so handy to keep your passports, itineraries, boarding passes, etc.  It’s great for families and solo travellers.   I paid about $25 for this particular style.

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A reusable shopping bag:

I always take one or two of these with me.  They come in a handy pouch, are easy to pack and ready to be used for anything!  They usually cost less than $5 and can be used for groceries, souvenirs, etc.  Carrying one of these will make you look more like a local and less like a tourist.

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All of these items are pretty affordable to give as gifts or use as stocking stuffers.  Is there anything you take on a trip that should be on my list?  Please let me know in the comments and happy shopping!

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An Easy Girls Room Update

When we moved back into our house after the renovation, my daughter was just two.  So, she really didn’t have a say in how her room was decorated.  She received her big girl bed from her brother and I bought a dresser to match.  Yes, I said match – please don’t hate me!

I asked a designer friend for a suggestion on a pink for the walls. She recommended Benjamin Moore’s Fairest Pink Magnolia.  It turned out to be a lovely shade of pink and complemented nicely with the dark brown furniture.  After painting the room,  I found the rest of the decor:

  • pink and white checked bedding from Ikea
  •  an oversized piece of art from Craigslist
  • an inexpensive drum shade from Home Depot
  • wall art from Umbra

And voilà, we had a sweet little girl’s room.

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Fast forward five years and this little girl has a lot more stuffies, books and ideas of her own.  She asked if we could refresh (my word, not hers) her room.  Sure!  I was all for it.  I told her we needed to start with new bedding and we could pick a wall colour after that.  A quick trip to Homesense (TJ Maxx or HomeGoods for our American readers) and we found our inspiration!  First up was the heart shaped pillow that she just had to have.  Then, lucky for us, we found a quilt and pillow set in blues, pinks and more – complete with little Eiffel Towers. Done!

We took our bedding to Benjamin Moore and chose a paint called Slightly Teal.  It was quite strong when I tested it on the walls, so I ordered it at half strength and it was more subtle.  We cleaned the Umbra flowers off the wall and I painted the room while she was at school one day.   After that, we moved the furniture just a bit, made the bed and re-hung the big art piece we already had.  It wasn’t easy figuring out how to centre it with the bed and dresser at different heights. So, I kept it centred over the dresser and will find something else to put over her bed to balance it out.

Part of the refresh was decluttering; we gave away a few stuffies, recycled some old art work, and broken toys went into the garbage.  Clearing out really made a difference.

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We both love the new bedding and wall colour.  It does complement well with dark wood tones and because the bedding isn’t too little girl, she could probably keep it for the next 3-5 years.

We also tidied up the other side of her room, but I’ll share that at a later date when I’ve hung all the artwork.

It was such a quick and easy to update her space.  Her room now feels fresh and new and she loves it.  Isn’t that all that counts?

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Joe & Tell

If there’s one trend that seems to come back each Fall and Winter, it’s plaid. But plaid has a cousin and that cousin is buffalo check!  What’s not to love about either pattern when it shows so well in red and black?

So, here is my version of the classic show and tell using the items from Joe Fresh (Superstore or Loblaws).  They are completed stocked full with options (let’s call it updated plaid) and here is what I found in store last week:

These adorable slip on booties/slippers for babies and toddlers.  How cute!

 

This dress would look great with black tights or leggings and booties, wouldn’t it?

 

And if you didn’t wan to wear red and black plaid, you could carry it!

 

This bomber style jacket would be a fun way to add a little colour and style while keeping warm.

 

Lastly, these duck boots were under $50 and were very warm and comfortable.  I probably wouldn’t wear them in the rain, but they would be great for cold weather.

I have to admit I didn’t buy a thing!  But I could always go back for that tote and maybe the dress…and….more!

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