Friday, January 30, 2015

Five Steps for Prepping Your Skin For a Natural Healthy Complexion

The key to a flawless complexion lies within skincare and inner health. One should not rely on cosmetics to achieve a flawless facial finish as cosmetics are to be used to enhance. The following steps will help you achieve a healthy daily skincare routine and should take on average approximately five minutes to complete...Yay, for us busy Moms! 

Step 1 - Exfoliate
Exfoliator is used to gently lift away dull, dry cells and impurities from the skin.  Exfoliators do not need to be used on a daily basis, aim for one to three days a week.  Apply to a damp face with clean fingers or a moist sea sponge.

Step 2 - Cleanse
Cleanser is used to loosen and remove cosmetics, dull dry cells and impurities (all of which contribute to clogged pores). Apply to damp face with clean fingers or a damp cotton round and gently massage into the skin then rinse clean with cool water.

Step 3 – Tone
Toner is used to remove any last remaining cosmetic residues, and works to tone and tighten the skin for a lasting refreshed feeling. If you use a toner that squeezes out, apply to a cotton round and then gently massage onto face. If you have a toner in a spray bottle like mine you can follow the same step and spray onto a cotton round or close your eyes and mouth and apply a light even mist to face and neck. 

Step 4 – Moisturize
Apply with clean fingers and gently massage into the skin (is using a day/night cream from a jar, use a cotton swab to get the product out to eliminate any contamination).

Day cream - During the day our skin is exposed to many harmful elements (pollution, weather conditions, UV exposure and damage, cosmetics, etc) so the main purpose of a day cream is to provide moisturize while providing support and protection. Day creams are formulated to be light weight and easily absorbed into the skin as to not interfere with cosmetic application.

Night cream - During the night our skin works hard to regenerate and restore itself so the main purpose of a night cream is to provide moisturize and recovery. Night creams are often a much creamier and thicker consistency as they are designed to penetrate the skin throughout the night hours.

Step 5 – Eye care

Used to reduce puffiness and under eye circles, eliminate fine lines and provide ultimate moisture. Applying an eye cream or serum daily to the eye area will help overall in slowing down the aging process and therefore extending the time before wrinkles begin to appear. 

It is best to keep your products stored out of the washroom, away from sunlight, moisture, humidity, and heat. I store all my skincare and cosmetics in a clear carry tray that I keep in my bedroom closet. To make things easier I keep all the products I use daily in a separate case so I can grab it at any time with ease.

You can use any brand you’re comfortable with or if you’re in the market of purchasing some then I highly recommend the Andalou Naturals line. Andalou Naturals is gluten free verified, safe for use during pregnancy, is naturally preserved, vegetarian and vegan formulas and are cruelty free which means zero testing is done on animals and humans

The line can be found in stores at Whole Foods Market, Choices and Planet Organic. If ordering online you can find it on which is a company I often order from and is where I received all of my Andalou Naturals products. Nivea Naturals is a line that can be found in most drugstores and is another set I keep and use and would recommend as an alternative.

Contributor, Angel Fisher

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Wellness Show Comes to Vancouver

Save the Date! The 22nd annual The Wellness Show, the West Coast's largest trade show devoted to helping you live your very best life. Taking place February 14, 15 and 16, 2014, at the Vancouver Convention Centre, visitors can expect to get help feeling great inside and out.

The show includes includes exhibitors, speakers and demonstrations on a diverse range of health and wellness topics, such as nutrition, exercise, beauty, healthy aging, alternative and holistic therapies, mental well-being, healthy kids and pets, and green living, all under one roof. For children of all ages Gymnastcs BC is offering a guided circuit for children of all ages to try.

Just for parents hear Manda Aufochs Gillespie, Author The Green Mama talk about Green Parenting 101

Manda Aufochs Gillespie is a consultant, writer, environmentalist, mother, and author of Green Mama: Giving your child a healthy start and a greener future. In her 20 years as an ecological designer she has helped green a large midwestern daycare, an orphanage in Guatemala, and one of the world’s only urban ecovillages.

Secrets to keeping your family and the future healthy from the Green Mama book. In writing the first green parenting guide for Canadians, Green Mama: Giving your child a healthy start and a greener future, Manda spoke with leading scientists, inspirational parents, and grandmas from around the world. The conclusion: parenting has never been harder but with a mix of today's science and traditional wisdom from the Green Mama, parents become what they were always meant to be: experts on the care of their own families.

For more information or to purchase tickets check out

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Make Room For Play

In today’s culture in order for parents to get things done, the screen has become an easy solution to occupy children, when parents are busy.  A recent survey conducted by ParticipACTION found that 76% of parents in British Columbia with children 12 and under have used screen time to occupy their child.

ParticipACTION and Healthy Families BC have launched a co-branded campaign, Make Room for Play, to encourage and support parents, caregivers and educators in British Columbia to reclaim childrens’ time spent in front of screens for physically active time.

Did You Know? The average Canadian child spends 7hrs and 48 minutes a day in front of a screen – that’s almost a 40-hour work week. Too much screen time can make it hard for a child to sleep at night, raise a child’s risk of attention problems, and leave less time for active, creative play.

The Good News!
91% of parents in British Columbia say they plan to make physical activity a priority for their children in the 2015. The Make Room for Play campaign offers a great opportunity to help parents get their children more active. The campaign includes a series of four 30-second videos running on television, in cinema and online, supported by digital ads, social media and tips and tools for parents and caregivers.

Here are some easy ideas from ParticipACTION for reducing screen time in your household:
·         Make family rules that limit how much screen time your kids are allowed each day
·         Eliminate background TV as it's likely to draw your child's attention. Instead, turn on music
·         Set a good example and limit your own screen time
·         For younger children, avoid using screens as an “electronic babysitter
·         For older children, don’t allow a TV, computer, or cellphone in your child’s bedroom

     For more information, helpful articles, and additional tips visit on how kids—from toddlers to teens—can reduce screen time and increase play time.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Product Review: Glysomed Lotion

Winter is officially here and with that comes some beauty issues that most of us know all too well. If you're like me, then dry hands are on your list of problem areas during this season.

Being a self-confessed germaphobe I tend to have dry hands throughout the year due to my excessive hand washing (having a sick baby in emergency on Christmas only intensifies this need) however winter dramatizes this trouble area. I tend to buy and try any hand product I come across; I have zero requirements - high end, low end. If it markets to combat dry hands then I am all over it.

I have tried some great hand moisturizing products, some decent and others that just didn't work for me whatsoever but none have worked quite as well as Glysomed does.

Glysomed began in 1994 and has quickly risen to be a product we recognize by the bright intense green packaging seen on shelves throughout Canada. Glysomed has two options with their hand cream, the original in the green tubes and the fragrance free in the white tubes. I personally have and use both but prefer to use the fragrance free during the day while with baby.

I need a product that is going to go to work right away at combating my cracked hands and that is exactly what this product does. It goes deep into the dry cracks to work from within immediately all while providing a protective rich layer on the surface to heal and protect. Within one day I notice a significant difference in not only the look but the feel of my hands and by day two my hands are soft, supple and renewed.

If you haven't tried this product you need to! At a cost of under $5.00 per tube there is no way to go wrong with trying out this product. Its effectiveness, well sized packaging and affordability make this one of my top 10 beauty must haves.

Happy moisturizing!
- Angel Fisher

Monday, January 12, 2015

Product Spotlight: First Hangable Cup by Puj

How many times in a day does your child ask for a drink and misplaces their cup? Introducing the Puj PhillUp first hangable kid cup. Not only does it hang at a height where kids can reach on your kitchen fridge door, it's easily reusable and colour coded for less mess and no mix-up between multiple children. Available in four fun colours - purple, blue, orange and yellow. 

Each cup comes with a two-part system with a flexi hang tag for easy use by even the youngest child in the family. Made of durable non-toxic plastic that is BPA & PVC free. Best of all cleaning is easy as Puj PhillUp cups are dishwasher safe. Launching January 15th, 2015 

For more information check out the Puj PhillUp cup video and website

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Superpower Your School with $25,000 Worth of New Technology

The 2015 Staples Superpower your School Contest, brought to you in collaboration with Earth Day Canada, is now accepting entries! Don’t miss your chance to win $25,000 worth of innovative technology for your school.

The contest – available in English and French – is open to elementary and secondary publicly-funded schools in Canada and recognizes schools that are doing their part to protect the planet. Entries will be accepted online until January 31, 2015

Please share this opportunity with students, teachers and friends. For more information about the contest, click here.

If you have questions or would like to discuss your entry in advance, email Earth Day Canada at

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Kid Size Smart Bed

A smart bed for smart kids, the SleepIQ Kids bed is the only bed in the world that adjusts with children as they grow. Using effortless technology, it combines individualized sleep knowledge and adjustability to empower parents and children to achieve their best possible sleep. There’s nothing to wear or turn on. All kids have to do is sleep.

The bed connects to Sleep Number's sleep "dashboard", which constantly monitors use. While this would include hours slept, it can also alert parents when a kid in out of bed or there's a lot of movement going on. As kids grow, the SleepIQ Kids bed can have its firmness adjusted, while like its predecessors, the bed can arch upwards for big picture books and bedtime stories. Parents can also turn of lights around the bed remotely, with under-bed lights also activating when a kid gets up. The future of beds doesn't come cheap: The SleepIQ Kids Bed will launch this year, with prices starting at $1,000 at Sleep Number's own site and its own stores.

The SleepIQ Kids bed empowers parents and children with a combination of individualized sleep knowledge and adjustability, using effortless technology. There’s nothing to wear or turn on. The SleepIQ technology monitors presence in bed, average breathing, average heart rate and movement, using a full-body algorithm to assess quality of sleep, assigning a SleepIQ score for each night’s sleep.

Parents and kids can monitor routines that affect sleep, such as exercise, caffeine and screen time; learn their child’s individual level of comfort and support of their bed (Sleep Number setting); and make adjustments to give their kids quality sleep, helping them develop healthy sleep routines now and for life.