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how do you...want to age? 

age 

āj/ 

noun 
the length of time that a person has lived or a thing has existed. 

Aging is something that comes. Something that is unstoppable. You cannot decide whether to age or not. You can however decide how you approach aging. 

How do you… want to age?   

Ok so we know things are going to start to slow down, with age comes the general reversal of youth to our bodies.  We know our bodies are not going to react or act the same way as when we were young but that doesn’t have to stop us!   Take Masako Wakamiya for example, who in her 80s not only taught herself how to program but is now designing apps.  

Hollywood is filled with individuals that are constantly put under the microscope for their outside appearances.  As this generation of actors enter their later years, are we going to see a shift in attitudes towards aging? Even funny man  Steve Carell is not immune to the pull of public acceptance as his locks turn grey.  

Society seems to be playing a game of tug of war.  The global Anti-Aging Market was worth $250 billion in 2016 yet Pinterest is loaded with Susan Sarandon's inspirational quote  "I look forward to being older, when what you look like becomes less and less an issued and what you are is the point".   

So how do you…want to age?

 

 

 

 

 

how do you...outdoors? 

As summer is slipping away and fall is close on its heels... there’s no better time to head outdoors! 

Are you planning to hug a tree or swim in one of our beautiful surrounding lakes, don't worry we have you covered with these three helpful tips.

Bugs, bugs everywhere!  Throw on some light-coloured attire (mosquitoes are more attracted to dark colours) and find some DEET free bug spray alternatives such as soybean or lemon eucalyptus oil.  Check out this handy insect repellent guide pulled together by the good people at Environmental Defence.

Sun, sun everywhere!  Unfortunately, skin cancer has become the most common form of cancer.  While picking a sunscreen avoid these ingredients oxybenzone and octinoxate known for their negative effect on the body's hormones.  When you find a healthy alternative, don't be afraid to slather it on!  Check out this handy reminder of the amount of sunscreen we should be using.

Dirt, dirt everywhere! Whether it is for a campsite full of dirty dishes or dirty hair, look for soaps and personal care products that are non-toxic, biodegradable and phosphate-free.  Avoid all products which contain the chemical triclosan. In 2012, Environmental Canada declared ttriclosan to be toxic. When exposed to sun, triclosan turns into dioxins which are not only linked to cancer but has also been linked to antibiotic resistant bacteria in our waterways. All-natural should be the trademark for the great outdoors!

Got any other great tips?

How do you...outdoors?

 

 

how do you...travel? 

With March upon us some may be escaping to parts unknown. 

Warm or cold climates, road or air travel, lots of naps or lots of dancing…where do you dream of resting your head and how much do you bring with you?

There are many approaches to packing for a vacation.  Have you heard of the no-baggage method?  Load up your pockets and a small carry-on and away you go! 

Or perhaps you’re the type of person who requires a certain degree of comfort packing.  Some need to pack in order to help with the “just in case” situations that we imagine will arise when heading to places unknown. 

Simple or much?  Where does your packing lie? 



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how do you...hygge? 

Hygge is originally a Danish concept of infusing your life with simply anything that makes you feel happy.

As we continue to trek through snowy cold winter months we can relate to seeking out cozy comforts...
be it  warming our hands around a hot cup of tea, settling down to knit a pair of wooly socks or maybe wrapping ourselves in a snuggly blanket.

How do you take time to celebrate those cozy peaceful moments?
How do you hygge?

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how do you...song of the witches? 

adapted from Macbeth, 
by William Shakespeare 

Witchy companies, casting a spell ... 
Round about the cauldron go;  
In the perfumed parabens throw.  
Triclan, that under cold stone  
Days and nights hast thirty one  
Swelter’d venom sleeping got,  
Boil thou first i’the charmed plastic pot.  

Double, double toil and trouble;  
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.  

Fillet of a fragranced snake,  
In the cauldron boil and bake;  
Phalates, and toxic frog,  
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog 
Adder’s fork, and allergen’s sting,  
Lizard’s leg, and chemical wing,  
For a charm of powerful trouble,  
Like a hell-product boil and bubble.  

Double, double toil and trouble;  
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.  

To learn more about the possible toxins in skincare products,
please visit the environmental defence website for further information.

 

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