Support Local: Cloud9 Float Spa

Support Local: Cloud9 Float Spa

Hello all! I can really use one of those hoodies with the quote “tired as a mother”. Seriously! Between a teething toddler, coughing kids (which means, I haven’t slept in 2 days) tons of new exciting projects that are coming for the blog and getting prepare for our trip next week, my mind is just all over the place.

Luckily for me, I was contacted by Cloud 9 Float Spa in Coquitlam. They invited me to try their famous float tanks that help you to release some stress. When I went to their website I kind doubt about it because I thought that I’ll feel claustrophobic. For my surprise, it was such an enjoyable experience!

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Let’s start with the service. I was running late (of course) all stress out, trying to not forget all of the stuff you have to bring when you have kids (We only have 1 car, and Francisco wanted to go out with the kids too) so you know how it is. The bottle, the shoes, the coat. I called them on my way there all nervous, scared that they’ll get mad at me for being late, but instead, they reply with an “Ok, Please do not stress”.

I guess that’s the whole point of the experience lol! So, I came in, took out my shoes, took a shower and I was ready to go!

In the beginning, I let the tank open to get comfortable with everything. Once I felt secure, I closed it up. I love the fact that you can still leave the lights on when closed because I’m one of those people scared of the dark. (yes, I know I’m a 32-year-old).

I was scared to be alone with my thoughts lol, but it feels so good! It was what I call a real “me” time. The sensation of the water and the ambience of the place make it a great experience. I really can use another float experience right now!

If you decide to give them a try here is their website for you to check out.

Xo,

Athenas

Getting Glam With Chez Pierre Salon

Getting Glam With Chez Pierre Salon

Hello All! Holidays are around the corner, and what a better way of getting prepared than starting with ourselves. This is the perfect time to do something new with our hair, especially colouring, as there is not much sun involved (at least in Vancouver).

I visited Chez Pierre Salon in Langley a couple days ago, for a colour consultation, and let me tell you that these guys are at the top of their game in the hair world!

As hair experts they started with a test, checking the different colours to determine which shade suits me the best. Then, we talked about the haircut. Love how everything was so well planned, and how creative Pierre mind is. I’m so impressed by his techniques! He is so passionate about everything hair and he goes way beyond to exceed his client’s expectations.

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Before we dig into what he did to my hair, another thing that I need to mention is their customer service! Seriously! I was seating there listening to happy music, drinking wine, enjoying some fruit and cheese, the salon has the best vibe! They are so friendly and down to earth! It was like a mini vacation for me lol!

Ok, I know you are wanting to know what he did to me, so here is the explanation: “I Used pravana pure cream lightener infused with coconut oil with 20 volume in foils processed 120 min for level 9. Placement of foils was diagonal and backcombing each section. Secondly, I applied 4.37 at nape and roots, melting it with 8.22 at mid-shaft and 10.04 aka 10c for copper blonde.” In simple words, a honey and caramel balayage.

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If you are looking to change up your look completely and have no idea of who to trust, I cannot recommend a better salon in the lower mainland! Some of their services are Design cutting, colouring, ombre, highlights, olaplex, keratine smoothing treatment vivid purple hair colouring and blonding services.

If you don’t believe me, check out the more than 100 Google reviews or take a look at their website.

Can’t wait for my next appointment!

Xo,

Athenas

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Probiotics talk with Annaliisa!

Probiotics talk with Annaliisa!

What are probiotics?

Probiotics are live bacteria or organisms that have beneficial effects on human health – they can come from whole foods that have been fermented – like raw unpasteurized sauerkraut and yoghurt, or taken in a supplemental form.

How do they work?

In the body, beneficial bacteria make up the microbiota. Most bacteria reside in the large intestine, some in the small intestine, and other places like the mouth, respiratory tract, genito-urinary tract, and skin. They provide many very important functions in the body, including:

  • Improve overall immunity as 70-80% immune system is in the gut and they regulate immune responses
  • They help suppress excessive inflammation
  • Help to reduce the allergic response
  • Help repair leaky gut and related skin issues like eczema as they promote the function of the intestinal inner lining, enhancing its ability to act as a barrier to the entry of potentially dangerous organisms and chemicals
  • Needed for absorption and manufacturing of nutrients (vitamin K, biotin, folate and vitamin B12)
  • Digesting and absorbing certain carbohydrates to produce energy
  • Aid in the elimination of toxins
  • Keeping bad bacteria under control that can lead to yeast overgrowth (candida)and inflammatory digestive conditions.
  • Support healthy mood balance, especially important for depression and anxiety

 

Are they different types?

There are up to 2000 species and 7000 strains of bacteria. The most studied ones for human health are Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidum – which is why you will see large amounts of these in many probiotic supplements. Many specific strains are being used in different probiotics to target specific health concerns.

Are they good for everyone?

I believe they are so important for not just gut health, but overall health as the proper digestive function is the foundation where we need to start. According to scientists at the University of Toronto, “Probiotics can be recommended for prevention of diseases that are associated with altered intestinal ecology… their use should be considered in patients of all ages.”

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Can kids take probiotics?

Yes, I especially recommend probiotics to children who tend to get sick a lot, have allergies, or eczema. The type of probiotics is specific to the child’s age, as infants have different needs as toddlers, and older children.

Should you take them daily, or every other day?

I recommend taking them daily, especially if you have digestive concerns.

Do you lose weight?

One of the foundations for healthy weight loss is reducing digestive inflammation because it can alter your satiety hormones like leptin. There is new research coming out daily on probiotics, and some strains are particularly helpful for weight loss.

Which one would you recommend?

I recommend brands like Genestra, Genuine Health, and Living Alchemy. For specific health concerns, I would recommend reaching out to a qualified health care practitioner, like myself!

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Annaliisa Kapp is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist who has more than 8 years of experience in the health industry. Her mission is to help you navigate through the confusing world of nutrition and guide you toward your rightful state of health and vitality. She specializes in helping high achievers regain their energy from burning the candle at both ends with therapeutic foods that improve digestion, stress hormones, optimize weight and sleep.

Outside of her successful nutrition practice in beautiful British Columbia, Annaliisa loves spending time with her hubby and two sweet girls Isabella and Annika, yoga, running, hiking, and creating amazingly delicious recipes that impress even the biggest sceptics of healthy eating!

Learn more at https://www.annaliisakapp.com/

Xo,

Athenas

How to Pamper yourself​ this Fall

How to Pamper yourself​ this Fall

“Self-care means, giving yourself permission to pause”

 

As most of you know, I don’t take as much “me time” as I would like to. Between my full-time job, trying to run my own business, kids, etc. It feels that I never have enough hours on the day (or I don’t make it).

One of the top reasons why I love living in Vancouver, it is that we get to truly enjoy every season. Fall it’s one of my favourite ones because the weather it’s not hot or cold, it’s just perfect. Love the magic of pumpkin everything and the fun of Halloween. I think it is the perfect season to slow down and do some self-care, physically and mentally.

Believe me, you don’t have to go and pay that super expensive massage at the Fairmont to effectively treat yourself, here are some tips that I’ve been doing and love it.

Dermaplanning

I read about this treatment at Jillian Harris and I was so curious about it! So, when my friend Crystal from the beauty perfectionist reach out to me to see If I wanted to give it a try, I said YES! It’s so pain-free and my face looks so clean and flawless afterwards!

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Diffuser/Candles

You know how obsessed I’m with these! I absolutely love my diffuser from Finlandia health, as I think it goes in every space of my house! My favourite essentials oils are lavender and clary sage!

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Pizza and Series

Yes, a little indulges hasn’t hurt anybody. Little Ceasars it’s our to go to when it comes to a nice takeout. Now, talking about series, I’ve been watching “this is us” and I’m obsessed about it. What I think I like the most about these series, is that every episode leaves you with a great life message. If you want to give it a try, make yourself a favour and get some Kleenex because you are going to need them lol!

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Photo by cosmopolitan.com

 

Music and exercise

I’m super into Spotify and morning run lately! I seriously get lost in the music and I feel perfect afterwards! I know maybe this won’t sound like pampering for some of you, but for some of us that we do not have lots of times for exercise and truly enjoy it, it does feel like a break of cleaning/kids lol!

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What’s your favourite way to pamper yourself? Leave me a comment!

Xo,

Athenas

5 Instagram Accounts to Follow for Halloween

5 Instagram Accounts to Follow for Halloween

Even tho lots of us are waiting for fall to get our pumpkin spice lattes, the best part about this season and what makes it more fun and “spooktacular” it’s Halloween!

I can bet that some of you started looking for your Halloween custom since September, but if you are like me and have NO idea of what are you going to wear, we need to start getting some inspiration out there from our IG feed. When I was doing my research, I was surprised to find all of these accounts that not only are FULL of Halloween inspiration, but they do celebrate Halloween all year long! WHAT??

Here are my top 5:

Spookyhoagie

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This account has a mix of everything. Food, beauty, décor, even an online store with cool Halloween socks!

Spookylittlehalloween

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Costumes, party décor, giveaways and she sends tricks and treats to your inbox every Friday! (With 17k followers, they must be gooood)

Halloweencountdown

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This account is full of beautiful fall/Halloween pictures! Definitely, follow them if you need some content inspiration!

Thehalloweencollector

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Vintage and repro! She has her own youtube channel if you want to check her out!

Thespookyvegan

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Yes, yes and yes! Let’s keep the vegan options this fall season! She shares obviously vegan options that I have never seen before! Love the account tho!

What are your favourites?

 

The Teal Pumpkin Project

The Teal Pumpkin Project

Well, my dear followers, October is finally here, and we all know what that means.. it’s candy time!

 

I remember last year when one of my friends told me she spent $300 bucks on Halloween candies at Costco, and I was like WHAT? You spent how much? And let’s not forget all of those mom’s who their kids have many allergies, and they have to check the whole bag making sure they are safe for their kids.

I don’t want to be that mom that doesn’t let their kids eat candies, they do eat candies once in a while, Halloween is one of those days but to be honest? They don’t even know the difference between a good candy and a bad one, that’s why I decided that this year, I want to have in my house smart options for them. YES, my kids are going to eat their sugar this year, but why not to choose a better/safer option for everyone?

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This year we are choosing to join the teal pumpkin project and give Freeyumm as treats! If you haven’t heard about them, this local company make these delicious bars and cookies with natural ingredients, no artificial fillers, and not unprocessed sweeteners. They are all made in a dedicated bakery where the top nine priority allergens are never allowed.

Some of the ingredients you’ll find are: Gluten-free oats, Organic non-GMO coconut palm sugar, Maple Syrup, Organic Honey, Sunflower oil, Ground Flaxseed, Sunflower Seeds, Organic Cocoa, Organic Pumpkin Seeds, Hemp Seeds, Ginger, Chia seeds and they make sure that their facility it’s free of the biggest allergens (Milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, etc.) making these products the perfect choice for our little ones.

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If you want to join me supporting the teal pumpkin project, the steps to participate are the following:

*Provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters.

*Place a teal pumpkin (the colour of food allergy awareness) in front of your home to indicate you have non-food treats available.

*Add your home to the teal pumpkin project map.

*Spread the word! Share the teal pumpkin project with your friends and family.

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If you don’t have time to paint a pumpkin teal, just print out a free sign and post it in your door! Let me know who is joining me! Pds: You can find Freeyumm at Superstore, Save on foods, Choices, Whole foods, Stong’s, City Market, Pomme, Nester’s, No Frills, or get a 20% OFF with the promo code: FreeYumm20 in your first order on Well.ca

PDS: Thank you Shana from @lifeaswifeandmom for these amazing pictures!

XO,

Athenas

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Happy Anniversary​ to Local Boom!

Happy Anniversary​ to Local Boom!

If you don’t know the story of my blog, everything started 3 and a half years ago, while I was on maternity leave with Mia. I found that I couldn’t stay at home so we were always outside exploring all of these small businesses and local brands.

Supporting Local is so close to my heart, and I try to do it as much as my wallet let me. There are many online stores out there carrying local brands, but local boom it’s been my to go to, whenever I want to send a gift to someone. If you think about it, make sense! You are buying something you need (and that you would buy anyway) but at the same time you are giving back to your community.

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I discovered Local Boom last winter, when my friend Kama from ethigal blog was promoting them on her IG, and man, I thought that was brilliant! How did I never think about a business like this?

They began back in 2017 with the goal of helping Canadian brands to grow while supporting Canadian communities across the country. Their platform is full of Canadian treasures made by talented entrepreneurs, from Organic and natural skincare to Protein bars and vegan products, AND the prices are so reasonable. If you are following on Instagram you can see how much they donate to local organizations.

Steven has been very supporting with my blog, that’s why I wanted to dedicate this post to him and his business. Happy Anniversary Local Boom! For more years to come! If you want to check them out, click here!

Xo,

Athenas