Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Winter Skin Care Routine

The cold, harsh Canadian winters can wreak havoc on my sensitive skin.

So much so, the skin under my eyes become red, itchy and very dry.

I've tried many creams and moisturisers but nothing worked well. 

I had to change my physical activities during the winter months. No longer taking morning walks - especially in extreme weather conditions. I stay indoors to workout or do yoga instead.

I also altered the way I cleaned my face every day. I use the Aloe skin care line from The Body Shop. It has worked wonders on me!

The cleanser is gentle and soothing. While the toner leaves your skin firm and tight. The day and night cream keep your skin soft and hydrated. There is also an exfoliator, a body cream and a rescue mask. I use that once a week for an intensive treatment for my dry, sensitive skin. 

Within a month or so, I noticed a significant difference in my skin. The aloe products healed the dryness and redness under my eyes. And has made my life so much better!

The Body Shop has a variety of skin, hair, bath, body as well as beauty products. 

All one hundred percent vegetarian and cruelty-free!

Check them out:  The Body Shop if you haven't already!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

A Wintry Birthday

We heard about the freezing rain warnings over the weekend. I woke up this morning to find out that all school buses were cancelled today because of inclement weather.

So J.P stayed home.

That's okay because today is my birthday!

Despite the miserable forecast, I didn't let it damper my day. It looked quite pretty and magical with the icicles on the trees.

Mr. O and the boys took me out for dinner at our favourite Japanese restaurant. Miso soup, Dragon rolls, sashimi, chicken teriyaki and vegetable tempura were on the menu. And green tea, mango and red bean ice cream for dessert!

                                                     And a light, fluffy strawberry birthday cake!

                                I'm grateful to hubby and the boys for making my day so special!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Last Minute

It was supposed to be a typical Monday evening.

Boys come home from school, have dinner and J.P would get ready for cadets.

After dinner, J.P was lying on my bed.

"Mom, my foot hurts!"

"Huh? What happened?'

I looked at his right foot, and noticed his fourth toe was swollen.

He confessed that he hurt it last Saturday when we went to a birthday party.


"Why didn't you say anything about it?!"

He said he didn't feel any pain at the time but it started to feel terrible at school. And he complained it hurt when he walked.

I was a little upset that he didn't tell me about his injury sooner. 

The day before, J.P asked if his classmate could come over so they could work on a school project. Which was due on Monday! Seriously?!

Is this common in teenagers?

Doing projects and disclosing afflictions last minute?

We cancelled plans to do errands and headed to the walk-in clinic.

Luckily, his toe had a small fracture and it would take one to two weeks to heal.

No need for a cast.

Thank goodness!

However, the week is not over yet.

I'm bracing myself for what's in store next!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

A Call to Unity

These are uncertain times.

We read about climate, economic, social issues and political unrest every day.

And when news of a Quebec mosque shooting - where six men in a house of worship, gathered for evening prayers and were gunned down on Sunday night. It was shocking and tragic.

Moreover, to happen in a country that is so peaceful, diverse and inclusive.

It's heartbreaking.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated, "Diversity is our strength, and religious tolerance is a value that we, as Canadians, hold dear." 

We cannot remain silent on hatred and violence.

Nor allow fear and ignorance to seep on our Canadian values.

We must be vigilant and fight for the freedom we so cherish.

My heart goes out to the families and to the Muslim community.

We are all united in your sorrow.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Welcome 2017!

Another year has come and gone. Goodbye 2016.

Welcome 2017!

And with that in mind, I hope you all have a wonderful, happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

Here are some highlights from the holiday season:

J.P made a sock snowman at school. Perhaps, the last Christmas craft he'll ever make! This is definitely a keeper! A cute companion for Mr. Snow.

A few days after Christmas, we spent the day in downtown Toronto. We ventured in the PATH - a 72 km (6 miles) network of pedestrian tunnels beneath the downtown core. It is the world's largest shopping complex. It led us to Toronto CF Eaton Centre, where it displays Canada's largest Christmas tree. It stands 100 ft tall.

We took the boys to watch Star Wars Rogue One in 4DX - a high tech cinema experience with special effects that include chair motion and vibration, wind, water, strobe lighting, lightning and fog. It was a fun and enjoyable evening at the movies!

And the Christmas holidays isn't complete without baked cookies! Here's the batch I made this year!

Hope you all had a memorable holiday with your loved ones!