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SLEEPLESS IN SUBURBIA

 
I haven’t been sleeping well lately.  Ugh.  It’s been quite a struggle to maintain my 7-8 hours of shuteye each night and I am tired!  I know I’m not alone in my insomnia either.  Millions of people (1 in 3 actually) can identify with this very common issue and would openly acknowledge that they have suffered from it at least once during their lifetime.  There are a myriad of different reasons for it too - having children, stress & worry (about everything from money and jobs to marriage and family), lifestyle changes, ‘foodstyle’ changes, hormone changes and a slew...

NAVIGATING NATURAL SKIN CARE

I know that it’s been a while since you’ve seen a blog post from us and I certainly have missed sharing all that’s happening here.  So what have we been up to?  Well, for the past several months we have been creating Chiluna’s amazing new line of Natural Body Oils.  And for the last few weeks we have been working steady, perfecting those formulations and putting together the packaging.  Meaning, it’s been a little crazy around here and a bit of a challenge to squeeze in some extra time to write new posts.  However, we are happy to announce that...

VANILLA SWEETNESS

Vanilla.  Incredible exotic delicious vanilla.  Universally known and loved for it’s sweet intoxicating aroma, vanilla is widely regarded as an aphrodisiac and noted for its mood-enhancing and relaxing properties.  Rich in antioxidants and B vitamins it’s purported to help improve skin tone, support wound healing and soothe inflammation.  It is one of our absolute favourite ingredients and a cherished addition to our skin care line. But before we can blend this amazing plant essence into our products we first have to make our own Organic Vanilla Oil (not to be confused with Vanilla Essential Oil) by infusing the vanilla beans in...

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Every year this particular moment of time comes and we must say goodbye to the current year to welcome the new one.  And it is in this small window of time that we reflect on how much we’ve been influenced by the previous year’s experiences.  All of the highlights (and lowlights) are remembered as we set our resolutions for the year ahead, essentially trying to create a personal road map for the next 12 months in hopes of bettering ourselves for the future. It has been years since I’ve carried out the time-honoured tradition of making New Year’s resolutions.  Resolutions seem...

DAILY DETOX – THE NATURAL WAY

  'Tis the season!  The season for celebrations, over indulgences and the unwanted addition of those extra few pounds Christmas tends to bring.  My mind is already jumping forward to the aftermath and to the “January Blahs”.  You know, that month when we realize just how much we over indulged because our clothes seem to err on the side of snug and we feel sluggish, bloated and generally crappy.  January, understandably, also seems to be the month when the word 'detox' is thrown around like confetti as everyone offers up their version of a fast cure for those January blues…   There...

MY KIND OF CHRISTMAS

During our first few years together it was just my husband and I.  We always celebrated Christmas with great friends and extended family but more importantly, with each other.  Money was tight so gifts were limited but thoughtful and always appreciated.  It was nostalgic and romantic and memorable.  Then our daughter came and Christmas naturally transformed into something else altogether.  Each of our previous family’s traditions somehow melded into our own.  Suddenly, it was all about hunting for the largest tree, Santa Claus, holiday carols, baking marathons, huge family dinners with tons of cousins running around and a frenzy of...

DIY CHRISTMAS GIFTS – OUR TOP 5

The DIY Christmas gift scene has been revolutionized and seems to be all the rage these days.  It’s understandable, though, as there’s clearly something special about receiving Christmas gifts that are unique and handcrafted.  Making your own custom holiday presents, or even having them made-to-order adds meaning, thoughtfulness and personalization to the spirit of giving.  It lets people know they’re important to you.  And thankfully, the days of ugly hand-knit sweaters and stale Christmas cake are gone.  There are literally hundreds of wonderful ideas floating around the internet, making customized gift-giving easy, affordable and stress-free.  We jumped on the DIY wagon...

45 LIFE LESSONS

Today is my birthday.  I am 45 years old.  Wow!  When did that happen?  Where did all those years go??  I’d never looked too far into the future so I hadn’t really envisioned what things would look like for me at 45.  Even though I don’t feel 45 today I must admit it did kinda sneak up on me and seems just a little surreal.  It hasn’t been the easiest journey up to this point but it has been mine and I don't regret any of it.  So here I am, mom to a beautiful teenager, married for 20 years...

A PIECE OF CAKE!

  It’s common knowledge that depriving yourself of all the treats, sweets and pleasures in life is not only unsustainable but can actually make you miserable.  Constantly counting calories and restricting yourself, based on an idea of perfect health, is just not realistic and can lead you to focus on all the things you shouldn’t be doing instead of finding a more positive balance.  However, incorporating special indulgences (yes, such as cake!) and allowing some freedom into a more natural lifestyle can inspire a truly happier, healthier you. The essence of holistic health can be found the 80/20 rule - meaning committing...

AUTUMN IS HERE

Fall is my absolute favourite time of year.   While all of the seasons  have their own distinct charm, I honestly believe the coziness of autumn makes it the most perfect of them all.  A continuous canvas of red, orange and yellow trees, the sweet aroma of wet earth and leaves, cozy sweaters, wool socks, warm boots, hot drinks, hearty soups and pumpkin everything, all lend to the nostalgia of slowly winding down and settling into routines at home, work and in the natural world.   This year, we had such beautiful September weather that it didn’t occur to me fall had actually arrived! ...