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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Contest|Enter to Win Four Fabulous West Lake Cosmetics

West Lake Cosmetics

CONTEST TIME (open to Canadian mailing addresses): Enter to win some amazing all-natural handmade products made in Parry Sound, Ontario by the company West Lake Cosmetics.  In collaboration with West Lake, we are GIVING AWAY FOUR Canadian made quality natural products free from parabens, chemicals, and petroleum products/by-products: vanilla solid lotion bar, lavender soap, cinnamon soap, and our Rose bath salts
($33.00 VALUE). Each product is designed with the highest quality ingredients and essential oils. Their motto “Peace of  Mind.   Piece of Luxury” stands true as West Lake provides customers with luxurious and effective products along with helpful information of how to use each product and make them last. With a wide selection of products, there are products made for everyone! The owner Wendy was inspired after her travels around the world to open a soap shop, and encourages those around her to come up with ideas to make the best soothing and effective products. Wendy emulates the Canadian way of life by keeping West Lake Cosmetics down to earth, and providing customers with helpful and thoughtful advice. Are you ready to get your hands on these FOUR FABULOUS products? Continue reading

Finding Home While Away

Al's Deli
After traveling for nearly 5 months straight, I started longing for my simple home comforts while on the road. Bouncing from place to place, sleeping in uncomfortable (and sometimes dirty) beds, socializing with strangers, living out of a suit case, while trying to make a hostel my home at times made me want the simple things in life. I never get tired of flying,  traveling, meeting new people, seeing new places, and doing new things; yet, it is the small things that can get old really quick. I’m reminded of a YouTube video called Jessica’s Daily Affirmation, of a curly blonde hair child singing to herself in the mirror, “…I like my dad, I like my hair, I love my haircuts, I like my pajamas, I like my stuff, I like my whole house…”. How ironic that her name is also Jessica. I can sense the passion in her voice, as I feel the same way about my home (I love my house!).  The little girl does a better job than me at describing how much she likes where she is living. There gets a point while on the move when I just miss my bed, bathroom, kitchen, and a sense of normality. However, you know as well as I do that as soon as I am home for a couple weeks enjoying those “missed luxuries” that I will be already dreaming and longing for another journey. Continue reading