Halifax’s Maritime Mala Movement Inspires Clarity, Communication, Connection, and Creativity

 Maritime Mala Movement
AMaritime Mala Movementre you feeling muddled, disconnected, or foggy? That’s exactly how I felt when I first moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia. My husband and I finally had the blessing of moving back to the East Coast, but after living in four cities in less than twelve months it takes a toll on the mind, body, and spirit. Although we finally made it to the city where we wanted to be–our “home”, I felt ungrounded, disillusioned, and a bit lost. After numerous moves, countless flights, and world travels over the last few years, I couldn’t remember what ‘home’ felt or looked like. Although I’m originally from Nova Scotia, I never had the opportunity to live in Halifax. Our arrival was both exciting and overwhelming and with that came many unknowns. I didn’t know where we would live, where I would work, or what my life would look like being settled in one place after nearly 3 years of bouncing around and living out of suitcases. Halifax would be another new beginning and start over–the typical life of a pilot’s wife.

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Peace of Mind and Piece of Luxury with West Lake

West LakeI’m always on the hunt for Canadian made quality natural products free from parabens, chemicals, and petroleum products/by-products. I’m sure you’re with me when I say that I want to know what’s in the products I use and put on my body. Natural products are not only good for us, but they’re also good for the environment. I was lucky enough to be introduced to West Lake Cosmetics on Instagram by a fellow Canadian blogger Couper from Happy Life Pilot Wife who loves using all-natural local products from her home province Ontario, but especially loves West Lake Cosmetics! She told me that she and her family are addicted to the Rosemary Lavender Shampoo Bar. With that being said, I was instantly intrigued, went over to West Lake’s Intstagram account to browse their many photos and immediately wanted to try a shampoo bar myself (among other products), especially since I have never tried one before. Continue reading

Living Outside the Box with Dusky Leaf’s Cubist Yoga Bag

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 Dusky LeafAs a busy-bee hyperactive traveler, pilot wife, and on-the-go yoga teacher, I’m constantly on the move whether I’m on a trip with my husband, commuting locally to and from the yoga studio, or traveling to out-of-province yoga workshops. For everyday in-studio teaching or local workshops, I’m absolutely in love with my Dusky Leaf bright cerulean blue B.I.G Yoga Bag — it has it all! This BIG bag proves to be exactly what I need to transport ALL of my favourite essential yoga teaching tools and props with its many extra features. However, there are those days when I’m in need of a yoga bag spacious enough for my Dusky Leaf Natural Rubber Mat and a few other practical items, while not being “too big” so it’s convenient for air travel and land exploration. Tis the season for outdoor yoga! I like to maintain my yoga practice and lifestyle even when on the road. My new Dusky Leaf Cubist Yoga Bag is an innovative rectangular bag made specifically to transport as much as possible, while keeping things light and compact—perfect for the unconventional carry-on-only traveler like me.

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Lily Morgan’s Spring Line is Practical, Comfy, and Versatile

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Giant TigerThis month I had the pleasure and blessing of joining the Giant Tiger team at an Ottawa Fury FC game at TD Place to hand out roses to the ladies at the game to celebrate all females, especially mothers on the Saturday before Mother’s Day! It was an incredible honour to hand a rose to a woman, regardless of age, and see their face light up at Giant Tigers’ thoughtful gesture. It was a beautiful experience as a team of women, along with Giant Tiger’s furry favourite Friendly, to recognize all women with white and red roses in celebration of motherhood regardless if they are traditional mothers or not! As an educator, I know that we are all one, unified in helping raise our world’s children to be inspired and successful. Seeing mothers glowing while holding their rose with pride alongside their singing children was a sight to see.  Continue reading

A Hint of Lime is in My Yoga Bag

Hint of Lime Designs
As a yoga teacher and regular practitioner, I’m constantly transporting clothes and yoga gear to and from yoga studios, outdoor locations, and workshop venues. I’m always on the hunt for new and innovative ways to transport my items, while still keeping things light and compact as much as possible. Although I need practical items, I still want colourful and fun items to spice up my yogi lifestyle! It took me nearly a year to find a yoga bag suitable to carry my favourite natural rubber yoga mat and yoga accessories. Thankfully, Dusky Leaf’s bright cerulean blue B.I.G Yoga Bag saved the day! Once I found the perfect eco-friendly canvas bag large enough to carry my mat with room left over for other items, it was time to perfect exactly what essential items I needed in my bag for a smooth and supported yoga practice.

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My First Seacret Mineral Mud Facial

Beautiful You Aesthetics by Colleen

Step 1- mineral cleansing and toning

Beautiful You Aesthetics by ColleenMarch seems to be the month for rest, reprieve, and replenishing after the long winter season in Northeastern Ontario. I’m slowly coming out of hibernation. I can’t believe it–I’ve nearly survived my first winter in the north! Thanks to good advice from the locals of how to survive the winter and a mighty stock of winter-wear, I’m nearly there. I’ve kept myself busy by sampling the best in area from yoga, outdoor sports, and winter adventures, to warm spa experiences. I don’t think I would have made it through the winter season without a balance of outdoor expeditions and relaxing indoor activities to follow. I needed something to sooth my cool body and frost bitten skin after being outside for hours on end. With spring in sight, I’m looking forward to more sunny days, blue skies, and the end of winter. I can’t thank Colleen of Beautiful You Aesthetics enough for treating me to my first Seacret mineral mud facial. Surely the minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, essential oils, and natural ingredients derived from the Dead Sea will awaken and rejuvenate my deprived skin and prepare it for what’s to come. “Spring is a time to find out where you are, who you are, and move toward where you are going” – Penelope Trunk. Thank you Colleen for helping me peel the layers back so to speak and preparing my soul for new beginnings and unknown journeys.

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Feeling like a Princess at JustNatural Holistic Spa

JustNatural Holistic Spa

JustNatural Holistic Spa

Katrina Richard

JustNatural Holistic Spa’s new aesthetician Katrina Richard made me feel like a Disney princess in my very own little “castle” during my spa manicure treatment. From the moment I arrived at the spa, it was as if I was swept away to faraway magical enchanted place with my very own fairytale tent to be pampered. I felt like a little girl getting her nails painted for the very first time–giddy with excitement to pick my colours. Yes, I went with princess colours of course–purple! I bet you’re surprised I didn’t go with my usual pick: turquoise! With spring right around the corner in a mere two weeks, it is time for a change and if there was no change there would be no more butterflies. Katrina’s friendly service, kind heart, and creative skills made her the perfect choice for my girly day at the spa! From the variety of nail lacquer, warm tranquil ambiance, relaxing music, to her chic décor, Katrina gave me an incredible spa experience, while using pomegranate scented natural products on my winter-weathered dry hands. Everyone deserves to be a countess for a day! I’m ready to come out of my winter cocoon, spread my wings, and FLY. Where shall I fly next?

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Sunglasses are the Perfect Winter Accessory for Northern Explorations

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SelectSpecsWhen I think of sunglasses I first think of hot temperatures, humid weather, palm trees, and relaxing on a turquoise beach with a refreshment in hand! Yet, sunglasses are required wherever I travel. When packing for a trip, my sunglasses are one of the first items I pack. I don’t go anywhere without them–regardless of season or destination. Although I am no longer in a hot tropical climate (oh, how I miss Mexico), I’m needing my sunglasses now more than ever before. Regardless of the temperature nothing will stop me from getting outside and enjoying life. I know, I must sound crazy! I’ll find adventure wherever I am! My new designer-style Savannah Sunglasses {I was sent a free pair of glasses to try out}  are the perfect winter accessory to help me enjoy my explorations in Northeastern Ontario–the outdoor lover’s paradise. Continue reading

5 Must-Haves for a Winter Yoga Practice

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Travels in northern Ontario with my big cozy scarf

 

Northern OntarioI’ve heard that winters in northern Ontario can be cold, harsh, and unforgiving. On the other hand, I’ve also heard that the best time of the year in the north is when the snow arrives and stays for good. I’ve been told that northern Ontario has the most to offer during its winter months for their best fluffy snow, amazing cross country skiing and snowshoe trails, ice fishing, and some of Canada’s best snowmobiling trails. Visitors travel from all over to experience what northern Ontario has to offer. It’s a winter lover’s playground. I’ve experienced glimpses of what winters are like during past visits, from snow covered wildlife tours to playing with alpacas in the snow, but I’ve never lived through an entire season. I’m up for the challenge. I have never been partial to the winter season and was usually depressed the minute fall arrived because I knew it meant one thing…winter is coming. This year was different. I enjoyed every moment of fall and instead of dreading what’s to come, I lived in the moment awaiting (and preparing) its expected arrival. I wasn’t hopeless at the first sight of snow in September, but rather full of hope and excitement for new possibilities, adventure, and a season full of winter sports and exploration. That’s what northern living is all about right? Continue reading

SelectSpecs for every Face, Style, &, Personality

SelectSpecsSelectSpecsThanks to SelectSpecs {I was sent a free pair of glasses to try out}, I finally have a pair of frames that suit my face, style, and personality. The pictures you have seen with me wearing glasses are probably only the ones with me wearing sunglasses in the tropics or in other sunny destinations. Not wearing prescription frames. Up until this point, I have actually never posted any pictures of me wearing prescription glasses on my blog or social media pages—until now…I’ve had glasses since I was around 13, but always had a hard time picking out a pair that suited my face, style, and personality (more importantly, a pair I thought I looked good wearing). Have you ever had that problem? With my new prescription glasses from the Economy Glasses Collection, I’ll want to wear them more often because they’re amazing–and I think I look fabulous in them! Continue reading