Behind the brand: Mellow Bath and Body + A giveaway

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“When you know better, you do better.”– Maya Angelou • The more we learn about the harmful effects of the ingredients in many of the mainstream products we use every day, the more we look for healthier, greener alternatives. And when it comes to bath and body products, the choices available seem to be growing exponentially. New to the market is Newmarket, Ontario’s Mellow Bath and Body. The company recently sent me two of its all-natural products to try, including this wonderful handmade body scrub (oh if you could smell it!) made with freshly ground, organic and fair trade coffee, organic raw cane sugar and shea butter, and a pepperminty soap made with activated charcoal, and I was curious to learn more about the maker behind it. Here’s my chat with Melody Rattanavong, Mellow Bath and Body’s creator and maker.  Continue reading “Behind the brand: Mellow Bath and Body + A giveaway”

Be your own Valentine: small gift ideas for your big heart + A giveaway ❤️

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Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day at a posh restaurant with a tall drink of water or at home with your cats and a tall bottle of red, there’s no better day to treat yourself to your heart’s desire. Even if it’s just a little something to say to yourself, “Self, you are loved.” Here are some of my favourite little sumthin’ sumthins for Valentine’s Day — all treats you can pick up last minute or order online for a delightful delivery later in the week. Love is all around but some of the Valentine-themed gifts won’t be around forever.  Continue reading “Be your own Valentine: small gift ideas for your big heart + A giveaway ❤️”

Five things

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Somehow it’s the end of January already and (not for the first time) we still have our Christmas tree up. As long as there’s more needles on the tree than on the floor, am I right? Something tells me I’m in the minority. But it still smells so good and looks so pretty lit up at night. Plus I’m too lazy to pack up all of the decorations and put them away. Oy vey, so lazy! Here’s a peek at a few things I’ve tried this month and a few things to come. Like Your Inner Critic Is A Big Jerk And Other Truths About Being Creative. It’s at the top of my to-be-read pile. What’s at the top of yours?  Continue reading “Five things”