Get “Spring” Ready!

“Winter is when an ocean of miserable water falls from the sky. Spring is when an ocean of miserable water gushes out my face.”

via TheFunnyPlace

Although it legitimately pains me to accept that winter – or whatever warped smorgasbord of weather we were just subjected to over the past three months – is coming to a close, I am hesitantly excited for spring/summer & what it has to offer. I say hesitantly only because spring – for lack of a better word – SUCKS in my personal opinion, due to overly glutinous levels of rain, mud & all things “yuck” – it’s sole redeeming quality is that my birthday just so happens to be in April, & for those who’ve been following along for a while now – well, you know this is my absolute favourite day of the year! Anywho – I’m doing my best to embrace all things spring by looking forward to new styles & trends, because with a change in season, comes changes in our health & beauty routines!  Weather definitely has an impact on our skin & obviously plays an influential role in our style selections, so with a few minor adjustments here & there, I’m showing you how to be “spring ready” come March 20th(more…)

10 Childhood- Inspired Activities to Celebrate Summer

Post by: Jamie Fairbarin, Holistic Nutrition Student & National Level Waterskier 

How did you spend your childhood summers? Are there any classic summer pastimes you can remember fondly but perhaps haven’t done in a while? Life’s other obligations and responsibilities can certainly get in the way of summertime fun but let’s bring some of these memories back into fruition! (more…)

Stay Fit Over the Long Weekend

As the August long weekend quickly approaches, thousands of Canadians prep for three days of sunshine, “docktails”, sweaty fist pumping at the local EDM festival & a disgusting overindulgence in good ol’ Canadian bacon. Laziness is what defines long weekends. In fact one of my favourite things about the cottage is that you could be doing absolutely nothing & still feel like you’re doing something. The downside? You’ve put in months at the gym perfecting your beach bod, all to have it go to waste over a few days of excess. As my mother always says “A moment on the lips, forever on the hips” …I seriously hate that saying… Thankfully this past Monday, my aunt posted some nutritious health hints to help combat that extra holiday weight so I found it fitting that today’s post should be all about activities!

Being cooped up in a gym isn’t exactly a priority over the long weekend & with most people out of the city completely it can be near impossible to squeeze in some outdoor activities. The following is a list of cottage & summer friendly activities designed to make you aware of just how easy it can be to fit fitness into your holiday plans:


Stay on Track over the Long Weekend

I couldn’t be happier when the long weekends come and I see those three days circled on my calender. Although we no longer own a cottage (moment of silence), I think we have done our best to make our backyard resort–like. So really what I am trying to say is that: the mood, the food and the excess are quite the same whether you go to a cottage or not. I mean it’s just as hard to stay on track when you have company over and a ton of food to prepare and serve every single day of the weekend.

I’ve found that for most people, (including myself) that it’s pretty easy to stick with healthy eating and work-out routines during the week, but for whatever reason the weekends throw a wrench into things.

After every long weekend I find myself with the same complaints…..”i feel so bloated”, “I must lose those extra pounds”, and then I obsess about how these summer weekends can really set us back on our goals. Of course there is always room to splurge ( I do love a good cocktail) but health goals should always be in the back of your mind. It’s really about living consciously.