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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Turquoise Compass Approved|First Edition:Handmade & Canadian

Bueteaful

I’ve decided to start a “Turquoise Compass Approved” series on my blog where I highlight in each post five blogs, websites, lodging, products, trips, destinations, etc… which I’ve had positive personal experience with and/or have fallen in love with. After my travels around the world and experiences from living in different regions, I can’t help but share with my lovely turquoise lovin’ followers the ‘P’s’ I’m addicted to and have grown to love: the people, places, projects, and products from around the world!

First up for my first time first edition “Turquoise Compass Approved” are the handmade and Canadian products by companies I love: Bueteaful, Hint of Lime, Harmony Box, JustNatural Holistic Spa, and West Lake Cosmetics. Each company is Canadian (I love shopping local, especially from the province I’m living in) and make or promote handmade and natural products made in Canada. Who doesn’t love all-natural products made with environmentally-friendly ingredients that are not only good for us, but also good for the earth? I’ve tried and use products from each of these companies and I cannot help but share my digital-love for these one-of-a-kind companies. They’re Turquoise Compass Approved!

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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

Dusky Leaf
 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

Giant Tiger

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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