Wednesday, January 20, 2016

It's Just A Number: The Ageless Giveaway With Olay

What is age, really, but a number? Although I'm in my late thirties, I don't feel a day older than twenty-something. I love when people ask my age and always guess years younger than I really am. Yes, age is just a number, and more and more, Canadian women aren't feeling defined by their chronological age—and why should we?

Olay recently unveiled their Ageless program—an initiative that explores how Canadian women and women around the world  think about aging and what their expectations are when it comes to beauty.

There is no denying I'm in my late thirties; after all, I get excited when 90's music plays on the radio, I wore jeans with safety pins, teased my hair, loved Who's The Boss and Growing Pains, and rocked out to New Kids On The Block. My favourite bands include Tom Petty and The Eagles, and I shed a tear when David Bowie passed away. I went through the awkward teenage stage that I look back and laugh at now (bright blue eye shadow, anyone?).

I'm also a mom to two boys who are ten and eight years old; and they certainly have aged me. Being a mom means I'm always on, and there is always something to worry about. I've got more laugh lines,  though—because my children are always making me laugh and smile.

Something else that might give away my age? I'm taking much better care of my skin now. In my twenties, my skin care routine was pretty much get up and go, but now, taking care of my skin morning and night, is an important part of my daily routine.

Part of my beauty routine includes using Olay. Olay created Regenerist, the game-changer in anti-aging. Regenerist treats aging where it starts: at the surface cellular level. The Skin Energizing Complex helps support the natural creation of fresh collagen, faster, revealing healthy new cells at the surface in days. My skin definitely feels more radiant, and looks younger. It's seriously dramatic results in no time at all. (I'm so not patient—I like using products on my skin that show results in days, not weeks or months!)
Regenerist is the #1 anti-aging moisturizer, and that does not come as a surprise to me. But don't only take my word for it—I'd love for you to try it for yourself.

I'm giving away an Ageless Olay Gift Set, valued at $165. Here's what one of my readers will receive:

Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting EyeSwirl ($38.49)
Olay Regenerist Facial Cleansing Brush ($33.49)
Olay Micro-Sculpting Scrub Cleanser ($15.99)
Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream ($39.99)
Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Serum ($39.99)


To enter to win this great Olay give-away, leave me a message below telling me what some of your age give-aways are! I will pick winner randomly on January 30th, 2016, and contact my winner by email, so please leave your contact information with your comment. 

Note: P&G has provided me with the product that I am using as the prizes for this contest. The contest is not otherwise endorsed, designed, and/or administered by or associated with P&G. By entering you are accepting that, if you win, your contact information will be shared with a P&G PR and shipping agency for the purpose of mailing your prize. Please allow 4-6 weeks from the contest closer date to receive your prize. This giveaway may appear on other blogs as part of the #PGmom program. However, to be fair, you can only win once per giveaway. 

Disclosure: I am a P&G mom. As part of my affiliation with this group, I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Get Fit With Best Buy Canada And The Gramin vivosmart HR Fitness Tracker

It's mid-January and hopefully, we're all on track with our resolutions. After over-indulging in December, I'm taking better care of my health—making sure I'm staying active, and eating well. I've been faithfully going to the gym because the truth is, nothing feels better than a great workout—which makes you feel—and look—great. (Also, getting ready for bikini weather and an upcoming vacation down south is great motivation to kick up your workout routine!)

There are other ways to monitor your health, too, and Best Buy Canada is the place to go to get all that you need to make sure you're staying on track with your health.

Best Buy gave me the awesome new Garmin vivosmart HR Fitness Tracker with Heart Rate Monitor, and I love it, because it measures my heartbeat which helps me improve my fitness regimen. It's stylish, and easy to wear.





The vivosmart HR uses exclusive Elevate heart rate technology to measure my heartbeat directly from my wrist. It also provides information on calories burned and quantifies the intensity of my fitness activities. It also tracks floors climbed and steps walked, while monitoring progress against my goals, and assigns me goals based on my current activity. Pretty cool, right?

There are other great fitness products at Best Buy, including:

JayBird X2 Wireless Bluetooth In-Ear Headphones: A good set of headphones is essential to any workout routine, and these wireless in-ear headphones deliver great sound and are designed to keep up with vigorous workouts with secure fit ear-fins. They retail for $199.99.



Beats by Dr. Dre Powerbeats: I love my Beats Pill and I love these Beats Dr. Dre Powerbeats Headphones. They're comfortable and designed for working out, and of course, the sound is amazing. These awesome Beats Headphones retail for $219.99, and will make you look forward to going to the gym even more than before.

iHealth Wi-Fi Smart Scale and Body Analyzer—This is the smartest scale you'll ever own! It not only measures wight, but also body fat percentage, lean mass, and body water. You can connect the scale to your home WiFi so it automatically sends measurement data to the MyVitals app on your mobile phone. It' sells for $139.99.



I love it when I have to go shopping for things that are going to help me in the long run—and Best Buy Canada has everything I need to get fit and have fun. Hey, if you have to shop, at least make it for something that's good for you, right?

Thank you Best Buy, for motivating me even more!




Disclaimer: I received product and compensation from Best Buy Canada for this post. All views and opinions are my own. 

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Winter Skin Care: From La Mer to La Prairie, And Everything In Between

I'm a beauty product junkie, and I love trying new products, especially products I know my skin will love. Winter is harsh, but that doesn't mean there isn't a way to save our skin from the elements. I was on Daytime Ottawa today talking about what my favourite products are that'll help save your skin this winter, from La Mer to La Prairie, and everything in between.






Here's what I'm loving right now: 

Laboratoire Dr. Renaud: I'm a fan of the Dr. Renaud skin care line. This complete skincare brand addresses all skin conditions, from dryness (which we're experiencing now) as well as acne, anti-aging, sun-care, and more. This Canadian company has a rich history of innovation spanning over 50 years—so I do trust the products they put out! I'm loving the 3D Lifting Serum. This serum is a cream-based, won't leave your skin oily, and helps firm skin, while preventing wrinkles. It's also super moisturizing, as well.

Dr. Renaud ExCellience Lifting Anti-Fatigue Mask: Using a weekly face mask is a great way to give you skin the extra love it needs, especially in the winter months. This will help keep your face hydrated and clean, too.

Dr. Renaud Tan Enhancing Veil for Face and Body: This is a great cream that prepares the skin for sun exposure, while allowing you to obtain a quick (safe, because you'll be using SPF, too!) natural tan, while strengthening the skin's natural protection against the sun. This product also extends your tan, and firms skin while hydrating it. It's best to use this cream daily for two weeks prior to sun exposure, and use after you day in the sun, too.

Dr. Renaud Loose Powder UVA/UVB Broad Spectrum Protection: This great loose powder helps reduce the look of lines, takes away shine, and provides great protection for the face with an SPF 50.

Jergens Moisturizer for Wet Skin: I've already blogged about this great moisturizer, but just to remind you: this is great because you apply it before you towel off, as soon as you turn off the water after you shower. It's a great way to keep the moisture locked into your skin.

Dr. Teal's Pure Epsom Salt Body Lotion: This product is enriched with Shea Butter and Vitamin E and provides incredible moisture to hydrate dry skin and bolster its natural smoothness.  $24.99

La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Cream: This cream is heavenly... truly, one of the best products I've ever had the pleasure of trying. It's pricy, at $385.00, but lasts a long while, and believe me, taking care of your skin is worth every dollar. This cream relieves signs of fatigue, lines, dullness, and dryness, while building resistance to skin-aging stress, and provides incredible moisture to skin.

La Prairie Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil: This dry oil is my favourite. It's like a serum, only better. It relieves dryness and instantly restores the natural line-free glow of youthful skin. It smells divine, too. La Prairie is sold at Nordstrom Ottawa, and you can even book a facial to get to feel the products on your skin, too.

Creme De La Mer: The ultimate moisturizer, indeed. Everyone knows (and loves) La Mer, and with good reason, too. The miracle broth is incredible, skin is left feeling soft and smooth, and it's great moisturizer for helping reduce lines. The ritual? Simply warm the Creme de la Mer between your fingers to activate the Miracle Broth, and once it's translucent, press gently onto face and neck.

La Mer Eye Concentrate: this cream helps dramatically dissolve the appearance of dark circles, and unevenness, and makes the looks of wrinkles soften. You'll definitely notice a visibly healthier, smoother, look around the eyes.

La Mer Lip Balm: This lip balm is great, and perfect to use during the winter months—and always, really. This lip balm works on contact to soften rough lips, relieves discomfort from chapped lips, and helps rejuvenate seriously dry lips. It's got a minty, cool feel, and lasts for hours, so you don't have to constantly re-apply.

La Mer Hand Cream: This hand cream is luxurious, smells amazing, and delivers great results. Skin feels soft and smooth, and there's even an SPF 30 in this cream as well as anti-oxidants. It retails for only $50.00.

If you have any questions about any of these products, or want to find out more, just let me know!






Disclaimer: I receive product and special perks from beauty companies I work with and represent, however, all views and opinions are my own, and I have tested all products I talk about.


Gold Bond® Ultimate Giveaway

Winter is in full swing, and although summer is my favourite season, I've learned to make the most of the long, cold months we have, even if it means bundling up and heading outside when it's minus 20 celsius. Oh, the things we do for our children!



My boys love playing in the snow—snowball fights and building snow forts can carry on for hours outside, and sometimes I get in on the fun with them. We also love after-dinner walks around the neighbourhood and taking part in all the winter celebrations. My favourite part? Coming inside after the outdoor fun, with rosy cheeks, ready to warm up with hot chocolate around the fire place. The down side to all the outdoor winter fun is the toll the weather takes on my skin. Even though I dress in layers to stay warm, winter destroys my skin, making it very dry.

My go-to skin-care brand is Gold Bond® Ultimate. These lotions and creams have saved my skin this winter, and they are the number one product I recommend to my friends when they ask me what they should use to help heal their damaged, dry, winter skin.



Gold Bond® Ultimate lotions and creams takes your skin from dry to smooth and soft instantly. I apply the Gold Bond® Ultimate Healing Hand Cream several times a day, because not only does it work on healing my dry hands, it also feels great, without leaving a greasy feeling on my hands. The Gold Bond Ultimate Eczema Relief is an excellent cream, too, if you are experiencing eczema, rashes, extra dry skin or any minor skin irritations or rashes this winter.

I'm giving away a Gold Bond Ultimate gift basket filled with all my favourite products, so you can experience Gold Bond Ultimate lotions, too! Once you put these moisturizers to the test, they'll become your go-to skin-saving moisturizers immediately, for hands and body.

Entrants are eligible to win one (1) grand prize consisting of a Gold Bond® Ultimate gift basket valued at $120. 

To enter to win:

a Rafflecopter giveaway



Good Luck, everyone!


Contest rules:
  • The winner must by a Canadian resident who are over the age of majority in their province or territory of residence at the time of entry.
  • ENTRY LIMIT: Only one (1) entry per person and per Facebook account for the duration of the contest.
  • To enter the contest, answer the question “Where does your skin suffer the most during the winter months?’’
  • You must submit your answer in the commentary box below this blog post. Winner will
    be randomly selected in Canada on January 29, 2016 at 5PM.
  • If the winner has not claim the prize before February 2, 2016 at 23:59, a second draw will occur. Entrants are eligible to win one (1) grand prize consisting of a Gold Bond® gift basket. There is 1 box to win of a value of $120.
  • The name of the winner will be announce on Facebook and Twitter after the closing date.
  • The claim the prize, the winner has to agree to divulge name, address and coordinates to
    Rogers Media, whom is responsible to send the prize to the winner. Rogers Media consent to send to the privacy policy stated here rogersmedia.com/privacy. However Rogers is not a sponsor of this contest. So every contestant agrees to release and to forever free Rogers of the responsibility, directly or indirectly, of this contest, including any activity related to attribution, reception and possession and/or the use of the the prize.
  • The contest ends on January 29, 2016 at 5 PM (ET).
  • No purchase necessary.
  • Any litigation respecting the conduct or organization of a publicity contest may be
    submitted to the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux for a ruling. Any litigation respecting the awarding of a prize may be submitted to the board only for the purpose of helping the parties reach a settlement. 
Disclaimer: I am part of Chatelaine's Tasters and Testers program. I receive compensation for my work and affiliation as a Taster and Tester, and all views and opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Travel In Style With RIMOWA Luggage: The Original Luggage With Grooves

Two things I love: to travel, and to shop. Of course, travelling with gorgeous luggage makes vacations that much more wonderful, and one luggage company I've always loved is RIMOWA—you know, "The original luggage with grooves" company? Well, they just send me their RIMOWA Salsa Deluxe suitcase for my upcoming vacation to south Florida.

I am in love! I've never felt a suitcase so lightweight—yet so durable—before. This suitcase is guaranteed to last a lifetime, and I travel often. It also has enough room so I can pack all my travel essentials: bikinis, shoes, more shoes, and more bikinis. (Truly, though, this suitcase fits a lot.)



It's the attention to detail that makes RIMOWA one of the world's bestselling luggage manufacturers, (especially in Europe) and also, because they are so incredibly stylish.

Here are just some reasons why I love RIMOWA:
  • Countless numbers of celebrities and athletes use RIMOWA luggage for their travels—and they definitely know a thing or two about the travelling in style!
  • RIMOWA suitcases are incredibly lightweight and they're also the first aluminium suitcase to be created in Germany in the 1950's. (Germany really does make the best of everything—from cars to luggage!) Their headquarters are based in Cologne, and the family-run business has been around for 115 years. 
  • It takes nearly 200 work steps to produce one suitcase by hand.
  • In 2000, RIMOWA made polycarbonate in their luggage production and of course, revolutionized the industry. This material is not only durable and impact-resistant, but very lightweight. 
  • The ball bearing-mounted Multiwheel system is another thing RIMOWA is famous for. Moving this suitcase around is always easy, and can be easily turned and rotated effortlessly in any direction. 
  • The TSA-approved locks are easy to open, even during security checks, without damage. 

I could go on and on, because RIMOWA is that amazing. I'll be posting pics and sharing updates about my travel experience in two weeks as I head down to south Florida for some fun in the sun, so be sure to follow along on Instagram and Twitter.  I can't wait to bring my new RIMOWA suitcase with me. 





Disclaimer: I received the RIMOWA suitcase for my travels. All views and opinions are my own.




Friday, January 8, 2016

Save Your Skin This Winter With Gold Bond Ultimate

Winter is here, and there is nothing we can do about it. I know, it's not the most pleasant thought, considering it's only January, but here we are, so let's make the most out of it!

Despite the fact that I'm still thinking about the days of backyard BBQs, summer dresses, and flip flops, I'm now happily rocking my new ankle booties, skinny jeans, and stylish scarf. And although the transition to winter isn't always easy—especially because the harsher weather tends to dry my skin—I make sure to take extra special care of my skin, from head to toe. Because I'm a beauty product and skin-care addict, I try to find the very best moisturizers for my dry, winter skin—a moisturizer that's guaranteed to make my skin feel soft and smooth.





I have put Gold Bond® Ultimate lotions to the test for over one month, and I'm so happy to report that these lotions are incredible! Actually, Gold Bond® Ultimate lotions are the only daily body lotion made with a unique blend of seven moisturizes and three vitamins that adapt to you skin for a gentle replenishment. And perhaps given all the wonderful things in these lotions, it's why they work so well on my skin.

I moisturize twice a day—first thing when I get out of the shower in the morning, and in the evening. I"m always using Gold Bond® Ultimate on my hands throughout the day and now my hands are so soft, which is a miracle, because, well, hello winter.

Gold Bond® Ultimate is my favourite go-to skin care product, because nothing leaves my skin feeling more soft throughout the day. Soft, healthy, nourished skin? Yes, please!

Here's why I truly love Gold Bond Ultimate:

  • The lotions are non-greasy, which means I can apply and not need to worry about wiping off the lotion because of a greasy feeling. The Gold Bond® Ultimate lotions I'm using absorb quickly into my skin.
  • Dermatologist tested, hypoallergenic, and non-comedogenic—basically, I know what I'm wearing is good for my skin, and I can also take comfort in knowing I can gift these lotions to friends and family without worrying about their skin having an adverse reaction. Also, I can use these lotions on my children's' delicate skin, too. The Gold Bond® Ultimate Eczema Relief lotion works great for minor rashes and skin irritations, too.
  • Gold Bond® Ultimate lotions contain HYDRALAST emollients and humectants that provide moisture throughout the day for 24-hour protection.
As much as I love using Gold Bond® Ultimate, I know you'll love it just as much, too. Right now, you can sign up to receive a coupon towards any Gold Bond® Ultimate Skin Therapy lotion—so you'll understand why I'm so in love with these skin care products!

Let me know how much you love Gold Bond® Ultimate when you start using it. I love sharing news about the products I love—and the products that work exceptionally well—in delivering results my skin and body thank me for!

Disclaimer: I am part of the Chatelaine's Tasters and Testers program. I receive compensation for my affiliation, and all views and opinions are my own. 

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Six Ways To Get Healthier And Happier in 2016

Happy New Year!

How cliché to start my first post of 2016 talking about ways to get healthier and happier, but the start of a new year excites me and I look forward to challenging myself, writing down new goals (that I may or may not stick to—hey, resolutions are tough!) and trying to get healthier than the year before. Of course it's important to stick to an exercise routine and eat well throughout the year, but December is a month of partying and overindulging more than usual, so getting back on track in January can sometimes be difficult... but not impossible.

Here are six simple ways to be healthier and happier this year:

Be thankful. It's easy to complain about the things in life that aren't going exactly as we'd like them to go, but if we take a moment each day to remember all the good things we have in our life, we'll complain a lot less. Be thankful for what you have—family, friends, home. We have it good, and if you need a reminder to be thankful, volunteer in a local food bank, or at the children's hospital, or in a homeless shelter. I recently spent some time in the Food Bank and I was brought to tears. 

Drink more water. How many glasses have you had today? Maybe you should go have some water right now. I always start the day by drinking a tall glass of water (not too cold, and sometimes with lemon) and I drink water throughout the day. I love drinking wine and Diet Coke with my meals, so I drink water all day long to make sure I'm staying hydrated.

Get more sleep. I hear sleep is good for you? I don't know, because this is something I still struggle with. I don't love sleeping, and I don't often get more than six hours of shut-eye a night. A lot of this has to do with having children, but late at night is when I feel most awake and creative. It's when I get  ideas to write, and if I'm in the middle of a good book, I'll stay up to finish it. Thus, the lack of sleep. 

Take your vitamins. If you're not able to eat completely balanced meals every day, make sure you're taking a daily multi-vitamin.

EXERCISE. December's form of exercise for me was frequently visiting the mall. Now that January is here, I'm back to my workout routine and hitting GoodLife Fitness almost every day. It's no secret that working out makes you feel great and look great, and with a trip to south Florida coming up, I will be hitting the gym harder than ever to get bikini ready. I love working out on my own at the gym, zoning out and listening to my music, and I love taking classes at GoodLife Fitness like Body Pump and Cycling.  

Write things down. Write down your ideas, dreams, inspirations, and goals. Keep a journal or start a blog or even write things down on post-it notes if you have to. Writing things down will help you stay on track and it'll also help keep you organized. 

So are you ready for whatever 2016 has in store for you? Are you ready to make your dreams and goals come true? You can do it. It's all up to you. And it's not that hard to stay healthy and happy while making your dreams come true.

Happy 2016! 


Disclaimer: I am a GoodLife Fitness Ambassador and receive special perks as my affiliation with GoodLife Fitness. All views and opinions are my own.

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