Getting You Vacation Ready!
Mar13

Getting You Vacation Ready!

“Vacation Ready”? Or maybe “spring ready”? Or simply just ready to say “Buh-bye winter”? Well, whatever the reason, the talented team from Beauty Bar on Main, located in downtown Grand Valley, have what it takes to get you feeling beautiful from head to toe. When you walk through the door of this upscale salon, you’re instantly greeted with a lovely, soft scent, provided to instantly put you in a relaxed mood. “We’ve designed not only...

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Lessons from the Reading Room with Hazel McGuiness: A Different Journey
Mar13

Lessons from the Reading Room with Hazel McGuiness: A Different Journey

Here we are again, back in The Reading Room with the very lovely and talented Hazel McGuiness, discussing a topic that’s not only difficult to talk about, but also to explain. Hazel and I begin our conversation by admitting that the concept of “life after death” is not only a challenging one, but is a topic that not everyone will understand, accept, or agree with. Hazel tells me, “The idea of life after death is one way that some may...

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ASK THE HEALTH EXPERT: Stress – the Adrenals and Cortisol
Mar13

ASK THE HEALTH EXPERT: Stress – the Adrenals and Cortisol

Stress can come in many forms. We all have problems; busy schedules, deadlines, family responsibilities, but we are able to cope, however becoming “stressed out” is a different matter. Stress is related to many things, like relationships, work problems, family upsets, chemical imbalances, hidden infections, hormone imbalances, blood sugar problems, toxins, processed food and our modern lifestyle. The adrenal glands are...

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Let a Smile Be Your Umbrella
Mar13

Let a Smile Be Your Umbrella

If a cross-section of individuals was approached to compile a list of favourite activities, it is almost a certainty the list would not include going to the dentist. Over the years, however, we have learned that proper dental care means more than a strict regime of brushing and flossing. The rule of thumb is that it is important to visit a dentist every six months for a regular checkup and professional cleaning. A dental hygienist or...

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Eyeglasses … Seeing Your Best
Mar12

Eyeglasses … Seeing Your Best

If they are not an integral part of your everyday life now, they will become one as time goes on and you grow older. As socially acceptable and understood as glasses are, some people surely experienced a degree of trauma when informed that their malfunctioning sight required they wear a pair. Young adults might have figured that eyeglasses were a one-way ticket to Nerd City. Thankfully, that is all in the past. Expert opticians like...

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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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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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Lessons From the Reading Room
May10

Lessons From the Reading Room

When you are an empath, you tend to feel everything. That sense when you walk into a room and you can just “feel” the energy, and then are instantly shifted into the energy itself. Well, I recently had the wonderful opportunity to walk through the office doors of “The Hazel Tree”, in Mono, ON, and sure enough, I felt instantly at peace. I couldn’t quite tell what felt so special about this place, and then when she walked in, instantly...

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Ask The Health Expert – Golden Spice Miracle
May10

Ask The Health Expert – Golden Spice Miracle

Turmeric (curcuma longa) has long been known in China, Asia, India and Indonesia as one of the most powerful healing plants in nature. It is a cousin to ginger and is used in India as one of the primary curry spices. Turmeric has always been a wonder crop and used traditionally for curing diseases and conditions such as, bites, cuts, eczema, skin conditions, as an anti-inflammatory for arthritis, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), and...

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Walking In Good Health
May09

Walking In Good Health

When I asked my local Chiropodist, why May is “Foot Health Month”?, the answer was an obvious one! May is the month where we all transition our footwear from winter boots and closed shoes to summer flip flops and sandals. About 70 per cent of us suffer from some sort of foot problem, and women can suffer four times as much as men. “The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art” said Leonardo da Vinci. Indeed, a...

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