|April 21, 2017||Filled under Life||
Sometimes it is overwhelming to read about all the things you should be doing differently to become more sustainable and create less waste. Well, here’s a realistic and cost-saving way to tackle just that – Citrus fruits, don’t just eat them! Use the peel, add it to household cleaners, add zest to your salad, garnish your cocktail, make decorative fruit wheels and the list is never-ending.
Whether you’re zesting, peeling, or juicing, Sunkist offers ups some useful tips on how you can get the most of your citrus for use in household cleaning or DIY beauty concoctions. In other words, you can help make this world a more sustainable one just by starting to use the whole fruit!
Take the lemon – nature’s clean machine; not only are they wonderful in recipes, but they’re also great all-natural cleaners. Here are just a few of the uses for lemons around the home.
1. A bowl of lemons, naturally floral in fragrance, will liven up any space.
2. Rub your hands with a wedge of lemon to get rid of lingering odors, grease, and oil. As an added benefit, it will also keep your hands soft and smooth.
3. Fresh lemon juice can clean copper pots, pans, and bowls. A salt and lemon paste can remove oxidation and is environmentally friendly.
4. Leftover lemon peels can be used to fertilize roses or other plants that need extra acidity.
5. Boil fresh lemon juice or sliced lemons and water in an aluminum pot or kettle to remove discoloration. You can also clean pots with a cloth dipped in lemon juice, then rinse them in warm water.
6. To make glass sparkle like new, rub it with cut lemon or soak it in lemon juice and water. Rinse well, then dry with a lint-free cloth. This works especially well on glass decanters and coffee pots.
7. Put lemon peels in the fireplace for a lovely fragrance when the fire is lit.
8. To remove odors from cutting boards, rub them with half a lemon, then rinse well and dry.
9. Keep your garbage disposal smelling fresh by grinding up lemon peels after juicing.
10. To remove stains from clothes, mix 1/3 cup lemon juice with water. Soak the stain, then wash.
And of course, let’s not forget about pampering your skin with lemons! Sunkist Lemon Almond Scrub is a soothing, easy to make exfoliator that will leave your skin feeling clean, refreshed and invigorated.
Lemon Almond Scrub
Zest from 3 Sunkist lemons
3 tablespoons of juice from freshly-squeezed lemons
3 tablespoons of honey
Directions: In a coffee grinder or food processor, grind together the almonds and the Sunkist lemon zest. In a small bowl, combine the mixture with lemon juice and honey until it forms a grainy cream. To use, apply the mixture to your face, massaging in a circular motion to lift and remove all of the dirt and exfoliate the skin. Rinse with warm water. Your skin will be smooth with a fresh citrus scent.
|April 13, 2017||Filled under Life||
When it comes to workouts it’s always a good idea to try something new, give your muscles a surprise and a challenge. So when I got the opportunity to try out F45, I jumped at the chance to attend the Yorkville class.
Originating from Australia, the F45 is a new workout which combines elements of conventional weight training and cardio with functional movements in a High Intensity Interval workout all done in 45 minutes. The F is for Functional Training, which is the engagement in exercises that mimic or recreate everyday movement.
A big bonus about the F45 is that everything is pre-planned for you and no two workouts are the same; the style of training uses movements such as lifting, squatting, jumping, rowing, punching and biking. This style is used by some of Australia’s biggest celebrities such as Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman!
The workout is fun because music is involved – on the weekends there’s a live DJ! I found this to be very helpful, especially in the tough sections where I could focus on the music instead of how much that particular station was making me work.
In addition, the class I attended was viewed on a series of TV monitors which provided a station by station diagram of the workout; this made it easy for me to see exactly what I was supposed to be doing. Motivating instructors were also available to help and encourage.
All in all, F45 is a great workout that is challenging but fun. Give it a try but bring your water bottle … you’re definitely going to need it!
F45 Training is available at 110 Bloor Street West in Yorkville. For more info visit f45training.ca/yorkville www.facebook.com/f45yorkville and Instagram @f45yorkville. Contact [email protected] or call 416.409.8908.
|November 23, 2016||Filled under Life||
The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) is launching its first ever holiday gift guide catalogue, the Gifts for the Cure collection – featuring 14 real and meaningful gifts dedicated to making a difference in the lives of women and men affected by breast cancer.
Here’s a few of our top picks from the collection:
The Pepper Project – One of the innovative research studies funded by CBCF looking at the development of a new anticancer drug based on substances from pepper leaves that selectively target and kill cancer cells, leaving healthy cells behind. ($25 donation)
A BRA – This is not your everyday bra. BRA stands for Breast Reconstruction Awareness and it provides education, awareness and access for women considering post-mastectomy breast reconstruction. Your gift will help women get the information they need to make a confident decision that is right for them. ($50 donation)
Build a Community Support Group – Connecting face-to-face with others who are going through or who have gone through a similar experience can be beneficial and life-changing. This gift will expand the number of community support groups by training more volunteers to start and run more groups across Canada. ($500 donation)
Here’s what you do:
1. Choose your Gift – Select and purchase one of 14 impactful gifts
2. Personalize and send your greeting card – Email or download and print your greeting card to your friends, family or co-workers.
3. Make an Impact – Your Gift for the Cure will fund research and support programs for Canadians affected by breast cancer.
For the 68 Canadian women who will be diagnosed today with breast cancer (and another 68 tomorrow), Gifts for the Cure offers hope. A donation will fund critical breast cancer research and also provide important support programs for those affected by this disease so that they can live life to the fullest.
|November 15, 2016||Filled under Life||
What: Alli Mang’s Your First Moment Earns You More Moments – Stand Out in Today’s Job Market is filled with tips and information for people who are looking to make a change or for those who find themselves out of work.
About: Finding meaningful employment is getting increasingly more difficult in today’s global job market. In order to get hired you need to fully understand how to sell yourself and know what differentiates you from the competition. Your First Moment Earns You More Moments is a concise book filled with easy to apply results-oriented principles to help you identify, celebrate and own the power of knowing what makes you a stand out. It is an urgent call-to-action to understand how to sell yourself: who are you, your personal values, your expertise, your mindset and your reputation – which is your personal brand.
Finance Minister Bill Morneau brought this topic to the forefront in a press conference recently when he pointed out that many Canadians today can expect to be in short term contracts.
Bonus: Your First Moment Earns You More Moments inspires readers at various stages of their professional life to dig deeper within, to achieve even greater personal satisfaction and professional success. Reading this book will help you do the following:
· Create a customized plan of action to help you better your current professional position.
· Learn how to sell, present, promote and pitch your expertise in a winning way to get jobs, leverage your current situation and further your career.
· Create your personal brand and marketing toolbox that will immediately get you noticed for the right reasons by decision makers.
· Master easy to apply, tested and proven, results-oriented branding, sales and presentation strategies.
|October 27, 2016||Filled under Life||
Benjamin Moore, North America’s favourite paint, colour and coatings brand, recently announced its highly anticipated Colour of the Year 2017 – Shadow 2117-30, a rich, royal amethyst. The colour leader also unveiled Colour Trends 2017, a corresponding palette consisting of deep, saturated hues. The Colour of the Year was unveiled to leading interior designers, influencers and media at an exclusive event in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building of The New York Public Library.
The Benjamin Moore Colour Studio forecasts colour trends after a year of research attending major industry shows around the world, while also taking cues from standouts in architecture, fashion, textiles, home furnishings and the arts. Fine art emerged as a leading inspiration, highlighting the correlation between an artist’s use of colour and light to create mood.
The Colour Trends 2017 palette features 23 rich and sophisticated hues ranging from muted pales to saturated deeps. In curating the palette, the Colour Studio lent significant consideration to the pairing of colours and relationships between colour families, as well as a newfound level of colour confidence in deeper hues among design professionals and consumers. The inspirational Colour Trends 2017 colour card illustrates the use of colour in ways that celebrate how shadow and light travel throughout a space during the course of a day.