Why you should try something new today

  1. Trying something new takes courage. How wonderful to open a flood of courage and be carried on its waves to destinations of unexpected benefit.
  2. Trying something new opens up the possibility for you to enjoy something new. Entire life paths are carved out by people dipping their baby toes into small ponds and suddenly discovering a love for something they had no idea would capture their imaginations.
  3.  Trying something new keeps you from becoming bored. Even the most routine-loving people become bored if they aren’t continually challenged in some way.
  4. Trying something new forces you to grow. Growth seems to require we take new action first, whether it’s adopting a new attitude or a new way of thinking before we can try things we are fearful of each small step forward is a meaningful.
  5. Thrusting yourself into new situations often forces beneficial change.
  6. A spirit of constant self-challenge keeps you humble and open to new ideas that very well may be better than the ones you currently hold onto.

You never know if you never try. When was the last time you tried something new?

All of my work is based upon the Reflections of a Buddhist physician by Alex Lickerman M.D. You can find his works here on Psychology today

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/happiness-in-world

 

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Collagen Supplements for Health, Beauty and Fitness

IMG_2651.JPGFor Many Years the Japanese have been taking Collagen Supplements to enhance their youthfulness. What the Japanese discovered was when they applied collagen topically it did little for the skin, but taking it orally helped them achieve a healthier appearance.
It takes approximately 3 months to see the benefits from taking collagen, I have been taking my collagen for 4 months and definitely see an improvement in the overall appearance of my skin hair and nails. My supplement of choice is Natures Bounty Advanced Collagen that can be found at Walmart and Shoppers drug mart with a Hair, Skin and Nails option in gummy formula for easy intake.

The following are reasons you should consider adding collagen supplements to your daily beauty regime.

It strengthens bones, joints and cartilage. It reduces cellulite.
It helps smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by tightening the skin and improving elasticity.
It promotes healthier skin including working on stubborn stretch marks.
It helps with gut health and has been known to help manage IBS symptoms.
It aids in taking down acne swelling because it works as an anti-inflammatory.
It helps your hair and nails grow thicker, longer and stronger.
It helps with regenerating missing amino acids that help to regulate hormones.
It is a pure protein, perfect to take after a work out to help build muscles.                  It is high in glycine amino acid it can help with sleep and stress relief.
It is good for metabolism because it works at maintaining thyroid health.
If you have any injuries especially bruises or cuts collagen can help you heal faster.

Warning: taking supplements can be dangerous especially if the supplements are not from a reliable source as they could contain contaminants and are not always FDA regulated. The opinions in this post are mine personally if you have any questions or concerns about collagen supplements please address them with your physician. Vegans take note that collagen is usually derived from animal proteins.

This Toronto cafe offers a 2$ latte and it’s delicious

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Nutella cafe in Fort York is just west of the Rogers centre on the Spadina street car route. This hidden gem will get you a fresh pressed coffee (reasons to have fresh pressed coffee) or the choice of a Nutella donut, Nutella danish or an apple pie danish for only 2$ in Canada we call that a toonie. The baristas at this location take pride in creating beautiful designs in the latte which produce a positive effect on the mind and soul and serve the need for any cravings you might have for aesthetic things.IMG_1125.JPG

Nutella is a world famous food brand that globally capitalized on a niche market when they made their hazelnut spread. Nutella recently opened a series of cafes in the last few years and this particular Nutella cafe location is actually unique because it is partnered with urban fresh.

This spot is totally instagramable and you can do groceries, purchase wine or other convenience store products at the same time because it is inside an urban fresh grocery store.IMG_1126.JPG

 

This beautiful waterfall is just an hour from Toronto and it’s absolutely stunning

September is the perfect month to explore waterfalls as water is at its warmest and attractions are less busy due to many people being back to school.
Websters Falls is not far from Toronto Ontario. Just minutes outside Hamilton Ontario Canada the falls has bridges, nature trails, rustic rock stairs in ruin and a waterfall to explore.

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When looking at the grounds from the path to the right of the driveway take the first path on the right and go up and around the trail to the set of stone bridges.
Two stone bridges cross over a little flowing brook, everything looks like a fairy tale story book scene, this magical setting seems like a great place to propose or take engagement photos. ( fellas you can thank me later) .

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Cross the bridge and look to the left, you will see a fence with gaps to go in and the remains of an old retired trail that once took visitors on guided tours. A decently challenging decent to the bottom awaits you down a rock face, but you will be pleasantly surprised at the trees, rocks and holes to grab on to from the old retired trail. once you make it to the mid point of the hike down follow the clear dirt path and rock stairs remaining from earlier times when the place was more thriving with outdoors enthusiasts with less technology having been available to occupy time. The mid point setting is picturesque and perfect for photo opportunities so make sure your devices are charged. A staircase going to nowhere that looks like it is out of lord of the rings, makes for many possible creative ideas for photoshoots.

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Continue past the stairs and continue the path to the river that flows from the waterfall. The waterfall has several rocks covered in grass you can use to grip with your feet and hop on to. You can go right into the waterfall if you are cautious and balance properly.

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Websters falls is a great place for a family reunion or BBQ celebration with friends as there are several open lands and covered eating areas to cook and eat at and grass to play on or set up games on although I would not recommend the hike down to the waterfall for small children or children who are not used to outdoors climbing.

 

Tropical Organic Piña Colada

IMG_5225.JPGHere at The Grand Hotel in New Dehli India they pride themselves on their organic juices, vegetables and fruit. This delicious take on the piña colada was enjoyed shaken over ice.

  • 1 cup of organic pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup of organic coconut water
  • 1 or 2 shots of rum
  • organic pineapple for garnish coollogo_com-267361306

Zara Canada Contest Scam The latest influencer growth tactic

As if there was not enough shade in the Instagram world from comment pods, buying engagements and likes and following to unfollow the latest greatest way to cheat your way to followers is through the Zara Canada  Contest Scam The latest influencer growth tactic.

In law we call this both passing off and misrepresentation where something or someone looks like and acts the like real deal but is really a scam.

STEP ONE create an account and make it look like a real new accountIMG_1498.PNG

STEP TWO offer gift cards to entice people to follow

STEP THREE offer a code to be given 24-48 hours after a promotion is made for the page on Instagram stories

STEP FOUR gain followers

STEP FIVE check for code and realize that Zara Canada is now someone else such as Amanda Baynes who has great content coming soon who bought her account.

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STEP SIX create other accounts and repeat  steps 1-5

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My biggest wonder is how many people will actually stay following once they check for their code and see it’s a new account they lost my follow already.

I wrote this story to warn other not to fall for the scam and also because Instagram needs to step up their reporting game. They shadow ban legit accounts and withhold people’s likes but do not have any way to report accept its spam and it’s in apropriate they allow no elaboration like Facebook so by the time the check the account in a few months it will look real and won’t be taken down. Who knows how many times this scam has gone on prior to me noticing it yesterday because I see at least two more pop up today.

What do you think about this latest way to get followers have you experienced this before?

The Original Vegan Hypoalergetic Dry Shampoo

IMG_0120My secret to having great hair is not to wash it every day because shampoo strips hair of all of its natural moisture. Going 2-3 days without washing can cause my second day hair to look really greasy, heavy and weighed down.

The solution is Klorane Dry Shampoo

 

 

. Essential in the gym bag to freshen locks up after a light workout.
. For those early morning meetings, blogger events and girls night out when you have no time to get a full glam on a few spritz into hair and voila a fresh mane that stays shiny and voluminous all day or night.
. Hit the snooze button and catch a few more moments of beauty sleep, tame flyaways or add volume to flat hair when you wake up, this is especially nice when it’s freezing during the winter and you don’t have to get hair wet in the shower.

 

 

Although I am not a vegan when I can make more ethical choices and use plant based products which are not tested on animals I do. The natural botanicals and plant based ingredients in my Klorane Dry Shampoo combined with its effectiveness in combating , loss of volume, greasiness and unruly strands make this my Dry Shampoo of choice.

Klorane USA did a study and the results were as follows

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Plant extracts of common oat seed are high in carbohydrates, lipids and vitamins and are selected for their hydrating, softening and protective properties.
Stinging Nettle root extract helps reduce sebum secretion and absorb oil.
Starch, Silica and Beta Cyclodestrine have highly absorbent qualities that keep hair looking fresh without weighing it down.

 

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