I went to New York City with my boyfriend last year and we both absolutely fell in love with the metropolitan! From the food to the sights, there was so much to do and definitely not enough time to finish! This winter has been so cold, we're both wanting to get away somewhere tropical!
Emotional spending is something that happens to everyone. Whether we had a bad day and need a little retail therapy, or we want to treat ourselves to finally doing something that we've been meaning to do in ages. It's fun while it's happening, so why are we so anxious afterwards? Hey, it gets to the best of us, don't feel embarrassed or beat yourself up over it! Instead, learn to identify what your spending triggers are and try the methods that help me!
This past weekend, my girlfriend (Jenny) and I attended the Yoga Conference at the Metro Toronto Convention Center. I had been complaining all morning of a sore throat. Seasonal allergies and a change in weather had made the back of my throat feel a bit raw. I was yearning for something that would just make the itch go away! In the past I've used a teaspoon of honey to calm down a sore throat and it normally does a decent job...for about an hour. One of the booths on the Trade Show floor that caught my eye was an exhibitor by the name of Beekeeper's Naturals. With a vibrant yellow booth, and a stellar logo, I was naturally curious. As I approached closer, the friendly exhibitor and company co-founder, Daniel, inquired if I had ever experienced the benefits of Propolis before. To be perfectly honest, I had never even heard of the word. (What's propolis?!)
When we think bee products, we mostly think of honey. But did you know that bees create other amazing things like propolis? What is it? By combining sap from the buds of conifer trees with their own enzymes and beeswax, it creates a sort of glue that allows them to glue the materials of their hives together. Ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians were aware of the healing properties of propolis and made extensive use of it as a medicine.
This month passed by so quickly! So much has happened and I have a lot of things that I've used during this month. One of the things that changed for the month of March is my mobile phone! I recently upgraded to a Samsung Galaxy…
Let's talk about natural laundry detergents! Eco Nuts are a natural alternative to conventional detergents. Did you know that many conventional laundry detergents in Canada are not legally required to list their ingredients on the labels? While many of these chemicals are not listed, several studies have proven that they contain lethal toxins. These chemicals can stay on the clothes (via fragrance or otherwise) and may cause serious health related problems.
What is a detox? Detoxification may refer to the removal of toxic substances from a living organism. This is why so many people around the Spring go through cleanses and detox kits in order to rid your body of toxins. I have never tried any of these methods myself. As a skeptic, I'm curious but don't believe a juice fast or just eating cabbage for a week will rid your body of said toxins. Each year, I like to reflect on my life and see where I am at versus where I would like to be in terms of my goals. I never used to believe vision boards or writing down goals just because I knew what I wanted, so why write it down?
My boyfriend recently surprised me with a Fitbit Surge watch which I have been wearing everyday. I love that I can track just how many steps I take in a day and that I can challenge others to meet their goals by going head-to-head. The ease of tracking your exercise is as easy as putting on your watch in the morning. The Fitbit Surge does have an awesome feature though, it has a sleep tracker embedded in the watch which allows you to see how restless you are at night.
I love tea, especially in the wintertime. It gets so cold up here in Canada that drinking tea has become a daily ritual for me! Green teas, black teas, white teas... I love all varieties but have been especially obsessed with the Hōjicha (Houjicha) (ほうじ茶) that my dad brought back from Japan. It's a roasted green tea that has a lower amount of caffeine and is often used as an after-dinner tea to help aid with digestion in Japan. Made from the leaves, this brown looking tea tastes nutty and is a good accompaniment to sweets. I prefer its mild flavour as I don't generally like bold tastes, especially when I'm cooped up inside reading!