Thailand: Travel and Exploration
Dec03

Thailand: Travel and Exploration

For our winter edition, we’ve decided to do something a little different. I’ve been given the distinct pleasure of interviewing one of our very own, the amazing Amanda Kelly. Amanda is a member of our production team, and also just happens to be the office “sweetheart”. When this project sheet came across my desk, and I saw that I was going to learn about her month-long trip to Thailand, I knew I was in for something special. What I...

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Lessons From the Reading Room: Slowing Down
Dec03

Lessons From the Reading Room: Slowing Down

Recently I learned a lesson. While it was not directly from the “Reading Room”, it did lead to an incredible interview with the lovely Hazel McGuiness. My original lesson? Well, it’s that I was doing too much too fast, and essentially just spinning my wheels. While not paying attention to all of the signs telling me to slow down, the universe decided it would make that decision for me. I literally stepped into a hornet’s nest, and was...

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Be Kind to Your Feet!
Dec03

Be Kind to Your Feet!

While most of us are fully aware of the importance of a good pair of shoes, there is a prevailing misconception that footwear is more glam than substance. This, perhaps, could be attributed to stories about former Filipino first lady Imelda Marcos’ vast and legendary shoe collection; or tales of high school kids shelling out hundreds of dollars to wear a pair of Air Jordan sneakers. The backlash was people often taking the pragmatic...

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Ask the Health Expert – Keto
Dec03

Ask the Health Expert – Keto

The latest diet craze is the ketogenic diet. Everywhere people are burning fat, losing weight and increasing their energy levels. However, putting your body into ketosis is not so easy. Ketogenesis is a biological process whereby the body produces molecules known as ketone bodies. There are three of these water soluble bodies, acetoacetate, betahydroxybutyrate and their spontaneous breakdown product acetone. These ketone bodies are...

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Ghost Towns of Dufferin County, Melancthon
Dec03

Ghost Towns of Dufferin County, Melancthon

James Beachell, a native of Yorkshire, England, first arrived in Melancthon around 1848. He literally landed with nothing around, but he was certain to change that! Having worked the railways in France, he knew there was a great opportunity awaiting the area. Hence the tavern-hotel named “Beachell Hotel” which was the beginning of a larger endeavour. Soon Beachell opened a post office, and a sawmill creating a small enterprise....

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Warming the Body and Soul
Dec03

Warming the Body and Soul

The home fireplace is a fixture that serves a dual purpose.  It can give the home a warm ambience. In addition, a well-functioning unit will offset those ever-increasing home heating costs. A professionally installed, quality stove unit—whether it is wood, gas or electric—can certainly accomplish the combined goals of both emotional and physical warmth. Al Thompson of Hearth & Leisure, a fireplace solutions provider with...

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The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada
Dec03

The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada

You would think that many of us would know exactly what a donkey is, however, after spending time with Lesley Bayne, Executive Director of The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada in Guelph, ON, I realized there was so much more to these incredible animals. Here is this beautiful organization’s mission statement: “To provide a lifelong home to donkeys, mules, and hinnies that are unwanted, neglected or abused, or whose owners can no longer care...

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Christmas Decor – A Commitment to Family Values
Dec03

Christmas Decor – A Commitment to Family Values

For thousands of years, there have been numerous debates about the true meaning of Christmas. What everyone agrees with, though, is that Christmas is a time of tradition … not the least of which is to adorn our homes with festive greenery. Today, we can deck the halls with boughs of faux holly and gather around the beautiful artificial tree. It is practical and still parlays the festive feel; yet the spirit of tradition calls for the...

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Classic Cars – Jaguar XK-E “E-Type”
Dec03

Classic Cars – Jaguar XK-E “E-Type”

Famously referred to by Enzo Ferrari upon its release in 1961 as “the most beautiful car ever made”, the Jaguar E-Type, or XK-E as it was known in the North American market, is one of only a handful of automobiles that can truly be classified as iconic. Manufactured by Jaguar Cars from 1961 to 1975, the E-Type pioneered many modern automotive engineering standards, including a 150 mph top speed, disc brakes, independent front and rear...

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Maple Leaf Diamonds – Northern Adventure Trip
Dec03

Maple Leaf Diamonds – Northern Adventure Trip

A second generation small business, Ron Wilkin Jewellers is located in beautiful downtown Fergus, ON. If you’ve already visited this lovely store, you likely know well the extraordinary product lines they represent, their impeccable attention to detail, and their strong commitment to providing each and every customer with nothing but the highest standard in service. What you might not know, is the amount of time, dedication, and...

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Luxury & Quality in an Intimate Local Space
Dec03

Luxury & Quality in an Intimate Local Space

In 2015 Orangeville’s Broadway won the title of Top Street in Canada, thanks to its character and the many gorgeous, unique shops which decorate it. I recently had the absolute pleasure of meeting the owner of one of these local stores, and was blown away by her business, her experience and her products! Located at 185 Broadway in Orangeville, Pear Home is so much more than a regular retail store. Here you will find an astounding...

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Fire and Ice Festival
Dec03

Fire and Ice Festival

The Alton Mill Arts Centre, located just fifty minutes northwest of Toronto in the beautiful rolling hills of Caledon will be hosting their annual Fire & Ice Festival on Saturday January 19th and 20th. 2019 will mark the 10th anniversary of this all-ages community festival. The Fire & Ice Festival brings together the art & culture of the Alton Mill and our wonderful Canadian winters for a magical weekend packed with...

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A Must Stop When Visiting Elora
Dec03

A Must Stop When Visiting Elora

There are so many reasons to visit beautiful Elora, ON. The history and heritage alone could take you hours to explore and learn about, and once you’ve discovered how beautiful this little town is, it’s almost a certainty you’ll keep coming back. But history, nature, and inherent beauty are not the only reasons to visit Elora on a regular basis. Let me tell you about a quaint shop set down a small cobbled pathway called “Seasons Home...

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Making Your Holiday Destination
Dec03

Making Your Holiday Destination

So where do you go to “get into the Spirit of the Season” and start the Holiday feeling going?  London? Paris?  Vienna?  How about nearby Violet Hill!  Granny Taught Us How and Heidi’s Room become a veritable Santa’s Workshop and winter wonderland just when the snow starts flying. Granny Taught Us How is actually celebrating its 40th anniversary this year!  Heidi Baufeldt, the owner whose mother, a sewer, bought what was the Orange...

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The Gift of Giving
Dec03

The Gift of Giving

The Gift of Giving … a simple thank-you or a donation of your time Whether it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s Eve… The winter holiday season is always a colourful, stressful, wonderful whirlwind of organized chaos for me. And I love it! This year I want to put a personal emphasis on saying ‘Thank you’, and actively showing my thanks to those around me. Not just while I’m devouring a turkey dinner, or frantically finishing my...

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Believe Bags – November 13th to December 16th
Dec03

Believe Bags – November 13th to December 16th

In 2012, just before Christmas I had an idea and wanted to do something for single moms (on a low income, or with Family Transition Place), and put together “Believe Bags”. Because of the timing we didn’t know how many bags we would be able to do, but talked to friends and family and instead of exchanging gifts, we bought items specifically for women, and put together a “Believe Bag”. We know that...

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Winterizing in Style
Dec03

Winterizing in Style

As we begin to feel the “chill of winter”, and the desire to have a roast in the crockpot, the fireplace burning, and a warm wool blanket to curl up on the couch with, the tulips in the vase, and then there are the bare walls all around you …well, they need a little warming up as well! We went to the experts when it comes to interior home designed decor, Paula Coffey and her team at “The Plumber’s Wife” in Arthur, ON, to see what they...

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Lessons From the Reading Room with Hazel McGuiness
Aug21

Lessons From the Reading Room with Hazel McGuiness

Discovery, Direction, Achievement So here we are again in the “Reading Room”, with the lovely Hazel McGuiness. It’s easy to see why Hazel has garnered such an amazing reputation throughout the world. She’s a special person for sure, and learning from her is powerful. Today we’re talking about a simple notion, as most are with Hazel, which is why they have such impact; Discovery, Direction, and Achievement. Most of us at some point...

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Getting to Lean!
Aug21

Getting to Lean!

The weight loss journey can be one that feels impossible, lonely, and frustrating. The industry itself is so competitive and choosing the right weight loss solution can seem impossible. We were lucky enough to spend some time with Kelly Nolan, Pharmacist & owner of  Avita Weight Loss Clinic, to find out more about her weight loss program, and other services that can address some health concerns. Customized just for you. The Avita...

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Ask the Health Expert – The Cannabis Conundrum
Aug21

Ask the Health Expert – The Cannabis Conundrum

The latest product to burst into the news in the Natural Health marketplace is CBD oil. CBD stands for cannabidiol which is one of 113 cannabinoids identified as naturally occurring in the cannabis plant, and constitutes 40% of the plant extracts. Cannabis Sativa is the Latin name for cannabis or hemp and cannabinoids are the natural chemical constituents found in all plants of this genus. CBD is one of the most intensively researched...

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