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

Northern Living Bucket List

Dog Sledding

2015-2016

I had the incredible opportunity of living in Northern Ontario when my husband was -based in Timmins, Ontario when he worked for Thunder Airlines as a King Air 100 pilot. I made a commitment to myself that during my time in Northeastern Ontario, I would do as much as I could do and see as much as I could see. Since I knew living in the north wouldn’t be forever, I wanted to make the best of my experience and have as many adventures as possible. I immediately immersed myself in the community and found myself a job teaching at the local college half the time, while teaching vinyasa yoga at a local holistic spa, practicing yoga, traveling, and writing for Northeastern Ontario Tourism during the other half of the time. It wasn’t long before I was checking things off my northern bucket list. From snow tubing, winter fireworks, making s’mores over an open winter bush campfire, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, hosting yoga workshops, to dogsledding, I pretty much did it all. During my time in the northern regions of Ontario, I visited as many northern communities that I could reach–even as far north as Peawanuck on Hudson’s Bay, which is the second most northern community in Ontario only accessible by plane or winter ice roads (as shown on Ice Road Truckers). Although the arctic temperatures last 8-9 months of the year, I was able to create the life I wanted to live and live my life to the fullest–even if it meant I lived it in alpaca fleece and thermal wool winter wear. It’s an adventure I will never forget.

Here are the experiences I completed during my 8 months of living in Northern Ontario and my multiple trips and visits to the north. Continue reading

Get Wild this Spring with Wild Exodus

Wild Exodus

Wild ExodusAre you ready to get out into the wild this spring to experience some BIG adventure, BIG lakes, BIG rivers, BIG falls, and the BIG outdoors? Now that blue skies, sunny days, and warm weather have finally arrived, it is time to get wild this season with Wild Exodus. Wild Exodus provides premier adventure travel recreational services to outdoor enthusiasts who are ready to take part in diverse wilderness expeditions to “experience nature as it is meant to be”. Whether you are interested in boating on Lake Kenogamissi, hiking to High Falls, feasting on handcrafted wild delicacies, visiting a trapper’s cabin with the trapper himself in the Boreal Forest, touring the northern bush trails on an ATV, camping at Wawaitin Holiday Park, glamping in style, or all-inclusive family holidays, this Canadian outfitter delivers a truly authentic journey. Let Wild Exodus put together the best of what they have to offer in a jam-packed outing in Northeastern Ontario’s natural environment! Continue reading

Tis the Season for Yoga in the Park

 Port Credit Yoga in the Park
Ypga in the park

Beach Yoga Season is the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Beach Yoga is Back: Mississauga Yoga on the Beach

June 15th – August 31st!
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Richard’s Memorial Park – 804 Lakeshore Road West

Join us on the Beach
for a Yoga class like no other

No mood setting CDs necessary – this is the real thing. In this vinyasa style class, we will move through poses and connect with our breath – being nourished by mother nature herself. Enjoy the tranquillity and peacefulness  of the near by beach. Take a deep breath and enjoy the fresh air.
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When one Door Closes, Another Door Opens: Toronto

 

Yoga

My farewell gifts

As my time in the north comes to an end, I am starting a new chapter with my husband Corey with my MOVE TO TORONTO TOMORROW! Toronto will be our new home base for the time being. A new story begins; when one door closes another door opens. Adventure lies ahead (and lots of travel opportunities with Porter Airlines & Porter Escapes). Although I am saddened to leave my new job and amazing friends behind (is it an option to take them with me?), I am READY, OPEN, and EXCITED for what’s to come.

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Spring Bucket List Items to do in Northeastern Ontario

Northern Ontario

I am in a mad rush to finish all of my winter bucket list items before spring comes. I’m hoping I am not the only one in this position. With the first day of spring right around the corner, it’s time to finish one bucket list and to start planning for my spring bucket list items. What’s on your spring bucket list? It is hard to believe that my time in Northeastern Ontario is coming to an end very shortly with my husband getting a job with Porter (how exciting!). As much as I have thoroughly enjoyed my time traveling around Northern Ontario, it’s unlikely that I will be back to this area after we depart anytime in the near future as this is my fourth visit to Ontario’s northern region. This last visit has based me here for 8 months of explorations in the area. Northeastern Ontario has welcome me with open arms as if it has been my home. What a blessing it has been to be able to travel to different regions within my home country–Ontario is no exception. Continue reading