Emotional spending is something that happens to everyone. Whether we had a bad day and need a little retail therapy, or we want to treat ourselves to finally doing something that we've been meaning to do in ages. It's fun while it's happening, so why are we so anxious afterwards? Hey, it gets to the best of us, don't feel embarrassed or beat yourself up over it! Instead, learn to identify what your spending triggers are and try the methods that help me!
This past weekend, my girlfriend (Jenny) and I attended the Yoga Conference at the Metro Toronto Convention Center. I had been complaining all morning of a sore throat. Seasonal allergies and a change in weather had made the back of my throat feel a bit raw. I was yearning for something that would just make the itch go away! In the past I've used a teaspoon of honey to calm down a sore throat and it normally does a decent job...for about an hour. One of the booths on the Trade Show floor that caught my eye was an exhibitor by the name of Beekeeper's Naturals. With a vibrant yellow booth, and a stellar logo, I was naturally curious. As I approached closer, the friendly exhibitor and company co-founder, Daniel, inquired if I had ever experienced the benefits of Propolis before. To be perfectly honest, I had never even heard of the word. (What's propolis?!)
When we think bee products, we mostly think of honey. But did you know that bees create other amazing things like propolis? What is it? By combining sap from the buds of conifer trees with their own enzymes and beeswax, it creates a sort of glue that allows them to glue the materials of their hives together. Ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians were aware of the healing properties of propolis and made extensive use of it as a medicine.
The skin is comprised of many layers and must be carefully maintained by many regulatory mechanisms of the body. pH balance on skin is important as it is known to affect the skin's barrier. Each beauty product used can improve or impair the skin barrier after repeated use. SLS stands for Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and is an effective surfactant which helps to remove residue. SLES is a similar compound called Sodium Laureth Sulfate which supposedly is a slightly less irritant. These compounds can be claimed as natural as it is derived from coconut oil, but there are several health risks that are associated with SLS. It is also used in various toothpastes, shampoos and cosmetic products as it has a thickening effect and ability to create a thick lather which is what some people find to be what ensures they're doing a good job when in the shower. So why is it so bad for you?
This month passed by so quickly! So much has happened and I have a lot of things that I've used during this month. One of the things that changed for the month of March is my mobile phone! I recently upgraded to a Samsung Galaxy…
Let's talk about natural laundry detergents! Eco Nuts are a natural alternative to conventional detergents. Did you know that many conventional laundry detergents in Canada are not legally required to list their ingredients on the labels? While many of these chemicals are not listed, several studies have proven that they contain lethal toxins. These chemicals can stay on the clothes (via fragrance or otherwise) and may cause serious health related problems.
DAVIDsTEA is a Canadian brand that features a huge variety of tea and tea accessories. Co-founder David Segal had a vision for tea and him and his cousin Herschel Segal created the first store in 2008, on Queen Street in Toronto, Canada. If you walk into any DAVIDsTEA location, you are bound to find a tea that you like with over 150 different varieties including special seasonal blends and limited edition flavours. From fairtrade to organic to chocolatey to coffee beans, they have every flavour imaginable. Their tea offerings are white, green, oolong, black, pu'erh, mate, rooibos and herbal varieties.
What are setting sprays? Most people don't know what they are or how to use them. According to Google, setting sprays are also known as finishing sprays and are a cosmetic product that is designed to preserve applied makeup for long periods of time. This acts as a sort of binding device that allows the makeup to set and stay on longer than it would without the spray. Setting sprays are especially popular when in theatre or doing special effects makeup as it ensures the makeup to not rub off onto costumes and stay in place. It also helps to make the look more natural as the liquid helps to settle the makeup.
When spring rolls around, most of us can't wait to get rid of the parkas we wore during the winter months. Usually though, this means we need an update on our Spring wardrobes: new clothes! I've come up with a few looks that I can definitely see people wearing now that it's finally warming up. I've incorporated a few of my favourite fashion items in each of the looks I've come up with.