Last Days of Summer!

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last days of summer

Hey again, everyone! The last days of summer are certainly approaching fast! We have even experienced some pretty chilly days over the past week or so. What is going on!?!

Look, the worst thing you can do is begin to fret! These type of unpleasant realizations only serve to remind us that we have to make the most of the days we have left!

We’d love to hear what you’ve been up to this summer! Let us know in the comments below so we can trade stories! Perhaps, you had a particularly amazing experience that you’d like to share and recommend to us! We know our Bellas are out there doing all sorts of incredible things so please let us know what you’ve been up to!

? LAST DAYS OF SUMMER ?

After last month’s post about our own favourite summer memories, we received some great feedback in the comments and it was a sincere pleasure to hear from some of you!

At the time, it sounded as if many of you were interested in our Ritz® crackers s’mores as well as some of our summer bevy creations!

In regards to the former, we were out at our own camp recently in order to enjoy the warmth while we still can! While we were there, we had a bonfire of our own and – yep, you guessed it! – we broke out the tried and true Del Guidice s’mores tradition!

Of course, we had to document the experience for each of the Bellas out there who have personally expressed that they plan on trying this little hack out for themselves!

  • STEP 1⃣️

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Find the best stick you can from the bush! This step is key! ?

You will need to find a stick that’s long enough to keep you safe from the crackling fire but one that’s not soooo long that it ends up flimsily dipping into the flames and / or onto the burning logs!

Bonus points if you’re able to shave the end of your stick down to a point! This will help to ensure that you aren’t eating any bark once you pull the marshmallows out of the pit and will also make life easier when attempting to keep the marshmallows intact as you pull them off of the end of the stick!

For all the little Bellas out there: you may need from Mom and Dad (or even Grandma and Grandpa) for this one! Always stay safe and act responsibly!

In the above image, we’ve actually used a metal prong to toast our marshmallows but if we were deep in the bush and camped inside of a tent, the random tree branch is your best bet and literally all you’ll need!

IMPORTANT – the coals in the fire must be?  RED ?  HOT ?, and visibly so, before you begin to initiate the toasting process!

  • STEP 2⃣️

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The marshmallows are to be toasted until they are coated within a beautiful looking golden-brown shell. I think most of us have experienced what it’s like to eat a burnt marshmallow and I think you’ll agree that it is not pleasant! If there’s one thing that can spoil a good marshmallow, it’s definitely a thick coating of ash!!!

To achieve the perfect roasted marshmallow over an open fire, your stick needs to be turned slowly and gradually, almost like a rotisserie chicken!

When the marshmallows look the way they do in the image above, you know you’re only a few seconds away from perfection!

Trust me when I say that it’s a process so make sure not to rush the job or turn your stick too fast or too slowly. Like we said in our previous post, we have to get them toasted so they’re juuuuuuuussst riiiiiiiiiggghhht, Goldilocks style!

  • STEP 3⃣️

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Now that we’ve achieved the perfect marshmallow, it’s time to create the sandwiches!

Graham crackers? What graham crackers!? No need for those here!

Not when we’ve got the secret ingredients, aka the box of Ritz® crackers!!!

Again, I have to stress the importance of placing the marshmallow on top of the salted side of the cracker. Having the salt blend into the gooey marshmallow is a true delight! The flavour contrast is outstanding and your tastebuds will jump around for joy! Of course, you can sandwich the marshmallow so that the salt and sugar are blending on each end, however, feel free to leave one of the crackers salt side up if you as it will provide you with a satisfying aftertaste that lingers for quite some time!

As you can see, I’ve added a touch of chocolate spread for some extra decadence – mmm! And trust me when I say that a dab of peanut butter added to these treats has the potential to blow your mind!!!

  • STEP 4⃣️

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WOLF? THOSE⬆️ PUPPIES ? DOWN⬇️ !!! ?

I’ve had quite a few people remark on how delectable these creations appear to them. But they truly have to be tasted to be believed!

Please try this for yourself and let me know how much you loved them!

The S’mores Queen awaits your thoughts!

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? WALKS TO THE MOVIES ?

In today’s age of the internet, Netflix, and the like, I’m not sure how many children today consider a trip to the theatre to be as magical an experience as we used to consider it to be!

As a little girl, I still remember how excited we would get about a trip to the movies, oftentimes to the point where we’d be walking down to the theatre in our PJ’s!

In those days, movies that played during the summer would always be prefaced by a few public service announcements courtesy of our old pal, Smokey the Bear!

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Don’t mess with this guy!

Just the mere mention of Smokey always causes the nostalgia to come flooding back.

We’d heed his fire safety warnings and commit his instructions to memory prior to the movie kicking off!

How many of you remember these old things?

??? ONLY YOU CAN PREVENT FOREST FIRES! ?♨️?

? CANOES & KAYAKS ?

Of course, no summer is complete without some time out on the water!

We used to spend a countless number of hours gliding across the lake, pretending we were pirates looking for underwater booty or even a group of old-time explorers in search of food and building materials!

The way the sun would sparkle off of the lake would always bring a smile to our faces. It truly felt like the world was ours! Having said that, it would have been great if we had the same amount of knowledge back then as we do now in regards to the hazards of ultraviolet rays!

The water has a tendency to amplify the intensity of the sun as it can reflect the UV and infrared rays and lead to a more severe and concentrated burn.

Thankfully, we have products like the incredible suncare line by Laboratoire Dr Renaud that can protect us against harmful UV and infrared rays without sacrificing our tan! That’s right! Get that golden-brown skin you’ve always desired without having to worry about painful burns!

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Added bonus: the Laboratoire Dr Renaud suncare line will also keep your skin healthy looking and vibrant in appearance thanks to its anti-wrinkle properties!

It’s also sweat and sand resistant so you know what that means – enjoy the beach like never before and experience maximum comfort!

These days, I tend to enjoy a calming kayak trek alongside some of my closest friends and family members. It’s a great way to spend the day and there are always some great memories to trade back and forth while we’re floating above the fishies!

Also, thanks to Laboratoire Dr Renaud, we’re happier and healthier on the open water than we’ve ever been before!

Here’s one of my most recent pieces of evidence:

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Speaking of being out on the lake, there’s so much joy to be had just by really integrating yourself with nature. While Northerners are definitely known to take full advantage of our natural surroundings, sometimes, it’s possible that we may be taking all the beauty around us for granted. This is why my family and I are always striving to spend as much time outdoors as possible. Not only is it a great way to spend your day but there are several proven and scientific health benefits that arise from simply spending a bit of each day outside.

I’ve been lucky to have such an amazing summer up to this point – having so many opportunities to spend quality time with my favourite people within a low-stress environment is my idea of a dream life! But have you ever gotten that feeling before where it almost seems as if the Earth is closing up around you, almost to ensure that you’re having the best day you possibly can?

? FISHING ?

How many of my readers are avid fishermen/fisherwomen? I can tell you that fishing is one of the favourite past times of my parents, as well as my own! Mom and Dad instilled in me a passion for fishing as a child and it has yet to leave me! In fact, my folks still have the fishing bug themselves as my father and step-mother recently joined me for our last fishing expedition of the season together!

I have to thank my folks for demonstrating the value of nature to me from such a young age.

As you can see, things haven’t changed a whole lot…

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Last summer weekend with Step-mom and Dad!

When I mentioned the feeling that the Earth is enclosing on you as it provides a wealth of little gifts for you to enjoy, I was specifically referring to a moment I shared together with my father and step-mother on the calm waters as we floated among a family of loons.

These little cuties stayed right next to our boat for the majority of our fishing expedition. We figured we must have been tipping them off to all the good spots!

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It’s always a delight having a chance to make new friends!

The loons joined us for the majority of the evening, even as dusk approached!

Speaking of dusk, how’s this for a picture-perfect capture?

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This photo was captured on the Mattagami Lake, just a touch away from the Minakwa Lodge in Gogama!

Absolutely stunning!

? FAMILY ?‍?‍?‍?

It’s all about the quality time.

Some of you may know that I recently became a grandmother and I can definitely say that it was (and is) one of the proudest moments of my life.

My daughter, Lia, and I decided that we’d keep our tradition going strong by introducing my granddaughter, Camille, to nature as soon as possible!

Here’s a recent candid shot of the three of us out for an afternoon stroll together!

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Lynne, Lia & Camille!

We know that we’ve been making the most of our last days of summer – but have you???

What is motivating you right now? What goals do you plan to accomplish before the summer officially comes to a close? Do you have plans to squeeze anything in before the kids are back to school in a month? Please let us know in the comments below…

HOW DO YOU PLAN TO SPEND YOUR LAST DAYS OF SUMMER?

Have a great week!

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my magic pillow of sweet dreams

My Magic Pillow of Sweet Dreams

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Before we begin this post, we have to ask: HAVE YOU ENTERED OUR GIFT BASKET GIVEAWAY YET???

We’re giving away a gift basket filled with an assortment of terrific products that have a total value of nearly $100!

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One of the items we’ve included in the gift basket is the amazing My Magic Pillow of Sweet Dreams pillowcase painting kit!

It’s a fantastic little product that the kids seem to love! It also doubles as a neat little item that’s perfect for packing up and bringing along with you on those family trips to camp!

The included pillowcase is standard-size with a 200-thread count in white. Each cotton/polyester blend pillowcase features a unique black-line design that can be personalized and painted in to your liking! Included with the kit are six non-toxic coloured paints, a natural bristle wooden paintbrush, and a complete set of instructions. The included paints are transparent so you are free to paint outside of the lines without issue! Best of all, once the creative portion is complete, a hot iron is used to set the colours in, thereby ensuring that your custom design remains bright and vibrant over time – even after repeated washings!

Oh, and guess what else?

THEY’RE BILINGUAL!!!! So you know they’re MADE for us here in the North!
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Emma and Noah proudly hold up their French and English ‘My Magic Pillow of Sweet Dreams’ creations!

Here’s what the kids had to say about these nifty little items:

“This was so much fun! We picked our design, painted it, and now we get to sleep with our art! And Mom said it was mess-free so she was happy!”

We’ve also had some fun times right here in our spa with the My Magic Pillow of Sweet Dreams!

Here’s a great capture of our friend and client, Mia, who painted her own special creation while her toes sat under the pedicure dryer and her Mom enjoyed a relaxing facial! Our littlest clients LOVE these things! Way to go, Mia!

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The creative process…

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The beautiful result!

If you’re into arts and crafts and/or have children who constantly seek outlets for properly expressing their creativity, we offer several designs and templates to choose from which will allow your kids to colourfully customize their bed time experience!

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CLICK ANY IMAGE ABOVE TO BUY NOW OR CLICK HERE TO ENTER OUR CONTEST AND HAVE A SHOT AT WINNING MY MAGIC PILLOW OF SWEET DREAMS AS WELL AS SEVERAL OTHER FANTASTIC PRODUCTS!

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Gift Basket Giveaway (Valued at Nearly $100!!!)

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Hello, everybody!

We’d like to thank everyone for supporting the launch of our e-commerce website and for reading our blog! We sincerely appreciate your comments and feedback!

To show our appreciation, we want to give all of you an opportunity to win the beautiful gift basket pictured above! It contains a wide assortment of fine quality products that are available for purchase in our online store!

With a total value of nearly $100, the gift basket giveaway will consist of the following contents:

1. the Original Konjac Sponge

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2. GAIA Natural Baby Starter Kit

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3. BowlDog Portable/Travel Dog Bowl

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4. My Magic Pillow of Sweet Dreams

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5. Poo-Pourri (original)

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6. Laboratoire Dr Renaud ExCellience CellClock Youth Serum (sample)

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We’ve made the contest easy-peasy! We only require three simple things from you:

 

STEP 1: LIKE OUR PAGE ON FACEBOOK @ https://www.facebook.com/BellaEstheticsandSpa

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You must LIKE our Facebook Page to be eligible for our contest!

STEP 2: SHARE OUR FACEBOOK CONTEST POST TO YOUR OWN WALL (with PUBLIC visibility on the post!)

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If you share the post with FRIENDS ONLY or CUSTOM settings, your entry will not be counted. Please ensure that when you share the post, the post visibility is set to PUBLIC.

STEP 3: COMMENT ON OUR FACEBOOK CONTEST POST TO CONFIRM YOU’VE COMPLETED STEPS 1 AND 2!

 

That’s it, that’s all!

If you’ve followed the instructions above to a T, you’re eligible!

Once our Facebook page reaches a count of 500 total likes, we’ll randomly draw for a winner!

Get sharing! The sooner we reach our goal, the sooner you can find out if YOU are our lucky winner!

Again, thank you all and I wish each of you the best of luck! Please help us to get the word out! ☺️

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It’s Time to Talk About Baby Skincare!

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It’s the summer time! ‘Tis the season for the beach, barbecues, and loads of sunshine!

Did you also know that July, August, and September are recognized as the most popular months of the year to give birth?

Whether or not this is the result of being cooped up inside of our homes too often throughout the winter remains up for debate (LOL). However, one thing we do know is that once our babies have arrived, they require specific care to ensure they remain strong and healthy throughout the earliest stages of their development.

Of course, we know to keep our babies in the shade and to bundle them up in protective clothing, but when we consider how much thinner and sensitive the skin of a baby is in comparison to that of an adult, we have other considerations that need to be taken into account. It’s time to start thinking about baby skincare on the whole!

?? BABY SKINCARE ??

One thing that all babies have in common is that THEY’RE ALL TOTALLY ADORABLE!!! But when it comes to their skin, each baby is different and has a unique set of individual needs. Some babies are prone to diaper rash and skin irritation while others suffer from dryness and flaking. And sometimes, chubbier babies can develop skin rolls and folds that can benefit from special moisturizers.

For all these reasons and more, we are proudly carrying GAIA Natural Baby products in our online shop.

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GAIA uses ingredients that are most essential for a baby’s needs throughout the first five years of their lives. Each of their fabulous products are gentle, non-irritating, moisturizing, and softening! The help to nourish, nurture, and care for their skin without fuss or irritation!

Calming plant extracts and organic vegetable oils are used to ensure the skin is softened, soothed, and moisturized without drying out!

The natural and organic oils used in their products are as follows:

  • Wheat Germ Oil
  • Rosehip Oil
  • Organic Evening Primrose Oil
  • Organic Avocado Oil
  • Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Extract
  • Organic Oat Extract
  • Organic Shea Butter
  • Organic Calendula
  • Organic Chamomile
  • Organic Lavender
  • Organic Sweet Orange

Every member of the GAIA Natural Baby line is suitable for all skin types, including those with sensitivities and specific irritations – this means that their baby skincare products are also eczema friendly!

Their products are never tested on animals, nor do they include any animal ingredients, making their range entirely* vegan-friendly (*with the exception of the Skin Soothing Lotion which contains beeswax)! You can learn more about their commitment against cruelty here.

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Finally, GAIA Natural Baby is becoming a staple in maternity hospitals and among midwives, material child health nurses, and other various health professionals!

For the expecting mothers who are still waiting on their due date to arrive, they also carry belly oils and butters to maintain your supple skin and its natural elasticity, and for the new mothers who are breastfeeding, be sure to look into the nipple balm to protect yourself against soreness and cracking!

If you’re new to motherhood, we just know the wide range of GAIA protects will provide you with comfort and peace of mind throughout the early years of your little one(s) life!

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Do you have any motherhood tips of your own you’d like to share with our audience? If so, I’d love to read through them in our comments section below!

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Summer is the Season When Memories are Made!

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SUMMER, SUMMER, SUMMER!!!

Everyone loves the summer! It’s that special time of year when families begin making plans to get outside for all types of adventures and explorations! Being that we are living within Northern Ontario, we know (more than most!) how important it is to get out and enjoy as much of the sun as possible – while we still can! ? ? ? ? ? ?

Do you have a favourite summer activity? One thing the warm sun and clear skies always take me back to are my earliest camping memories…

?  CAMPING ⛺️

Are there any fellow campers reading along today? Whether you refer to it as camp, the cabin, or the cottage, getting outside and becoming one with nature is a rejuvenating experience for any human being. In fact, there are several reasons why you should be spending more time within the splendour of nature, such as:

  • Vegetation-rich nature improves vitality
  • You are less likely to be depressed if you are near green space
  • Exposure to plants and parks boosts immunity
  • Sunlight is beneficial!
  • Spending time in nature boosts our happiness
  • Communing with nature can double as spiritual practice
  • Nature inspires our creativity
  • Spending time in nature improves memory and cognitive function

For a little more detail regarding the bullet points above, please have a look into 8 Reasons Why You Need to Spend More Time in Nature.

Specifically, in regards to the point regarding memory and cognitive function, perhaps, this is the reason why so many great recollections keep coming back to my mind around this time of year!

I have extremely fond memories of traveling out to Connaught to visit the Kettle Lakes Provincial Park.

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Kettle Lakes Provincial Park, Connaught ON

We used to always marvel at how, at one time, this little village of Connaught operated as one of the original trading post for the Hudson’s Bay Company. The original trading area was known as the Frederick House outpost.

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Frederick House records

Thinking about these big stalwarts standing by their posts in the colours of the traditional point blanket, it truly felt as if we had descended upon a place full of magic and wonder! What stories they must have had! Also, can you believe that the aforementioned point blanket is still in fashion after more than three CENTURIES!?! These things are never going to go out of style!

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The Hudson’s Bay Point Blanket: Then & Now

Like I said, the memories are flooding back! To the point where I’m getting a little bit off-track!

It’s tough to think back on these times without recalling our big blue tent. Boy, do we have fond memories of getting into our tent, zipping ourselves up in our sleeping bags, and staying up all night with laughs and silly stories.

Speaking of stories, there’s nothing quite like hearing a scary story while sitting around the campfire, is there? As you can tell, we all had pretty active imaginations back then so it was especially spooky to be sitting in the middle of the woods with the wind howling and us being fully outside of our typical element. When I think back to those times, I swear, I still get a taste of those homemade s’mores on the back of my tongue! ?

If you’re looking for some story-time inspiration, S.E. Schlosser retells a great little tale fit for the little ones…

Once there was an old woman who went out in the woods to dig up some roots to cook for dinner. She spotted something funny sticking out of the leaves and dug around until she uncovered a great big hairy toe. There was some good meat on that toe which would make a real tasty dinner, so the old woman put it in her basket and took it home.

When she got back to her cottage, the old woman boiled up a kettle-full of hairy toe soup, which she ate for dinner that night. It was the best meal she’d had in weeks! The old woman went to bed that night with a full stomach and a big smile.

Along about midnight, a cold wind started blowing in the tops of the trees around the old woman’s house. A large black cloud crept over the moon and from the woods a hollow voice rumbled: “Hairy toe! Hairy toe! I want my hairy toe!” Inside the house, the old woman stirred uneasily in her bed and nervously pulled the covers up over her ears.

From the woods there came a stomp-stomp-stomping noise as the wind whistled and jerked at the treetops. In the clearing at the edge of the forest, a hollow voice said: “Hairy toe! Hairy toe! I want my hairy toe!” Inside the house, the old woman shuddered and turned over in her sleep.

A stomp, stomp, stomping sound came from the garden path outside the cottage. The night creatures shivered in their burrows as a hollow voice howled: “Hairy toe! Hairy toe! I want my hairy toe!” Inside the house, the old woman snapped awake. Her whole body shook with fright as she listened to the angry howling in her garden. Jumping out of bed, she ran to the door and barred it. Once the cottage was secure, she lay back down to sleep.

Suddenly, the front door of the cottage burst open with a bang, snapping the bar in two and sending it flying into the corners of the room. There came the stomp, stomp, stomping noise of giant feet walking up the stairs. Peeping out from under the covers, the old woman saw a massive figure filling her doorway. It said: “Hairy toe! Hairy toe! I want my hairy toe!”

The old woman sat bolt upright in terror and shouted: “I ATE your hairy toe!”

“Yes, you did,” the giant figure said very gently as it advanced into the room.

No one living in the region ever saw the old woman again. The only clue to her disappearance was a giant footprint a neighbour found pressed deep into the loose soil of the meadow beside the house. The footprint was missing the left big toe.

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Another thing our family LOVED to do in the summer was to sit around the campfire in order to roast s’mores above the open flames! As far as I’m concerned, my mother created the s’more! And the s’more most people know today is a corrupt version of our original classic!

The way we made our s’mores was a process. Wait, scratch that, it was more like a religious ritual! One where our family secrets would double as sacred and forbidden knowledge that was only to be passed down to future generations within our lineage.

Well, fret no more! For the first time ever, I am going to share with you how to enjoy the QOAS, aka the QUEEN OF ALL S’MORES!

The first step was always the most important: finding the perfect stick. It couldn’t be too long, nor too short. It couldn’t be too flimsy. The stick had to be on par with the way Goldilocks most enjoys her porridge – JUUUUUUUST RIIIIGHTTTT!

Once we came across a suitable stick to use, next, we had to sharpen one of its ends down to a point. We knew we had to be careful because sometimes, the sticks would end up looking like javelins!

Now that we each had our chosen branch, the marshmallow would be applied to its end in order for us to hold it over the coals. However, we would NEVER begin to roast the marshmallows until the coals became RED HOT, and visibly so! ?

At that point, and only then, could we begin with applying the perfect golden-brown coating onto our marshmallows. Our sticks would need to be turned ever-so-slowly, ensuring that the marshmallows were never burnt, only souffléd!

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After being carefully monitored, and with the marshmallow now having achieved the perfect hue, the next step involved taking two Ritz® crackers – yeah, i said it! – to sandwich the marshmallow in between. It was important to make sure that the marshmallow was sitting between the salted sides of the cracker. Trust me, it’s amazing and makes all the difference! GRAHAM CRACKERS, BEGONE!

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You can also add a bit of chocolate spread or peanut butter to the crackers for an even more sinfully delicious treat!

Now that I think back on it, I believe we have been doing this on a consistent basis for more than 55 years. It actually blows my mind when I really reflect upon it! What do you think, though? Do you agree? Are we the S’MORE QUEENS?

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?  SWIMMING ?

Of course, no camping trip is complete without some swimming and we would always ensure that we were going to be doing a whole lot of it while we were out there! Back then, we would pretend we were mermaids and swim underwater for as long as we could! At that time, I truly believed that I could hold my breath underwater for an eternity. It felt so freeing to be able to wander aimlessly beneath the surface and feel those shiny sun rays stretching across my back!

I’ll tell you one thing, though – if we had some of the things back then that we do now, achieving and maintaining the actual mermaid “look” on the beach would have been more than possible! Thanks to the fabulous line of blinc beauty products, no longer does a girl have to worry about touchups or reapplications after a long day of splashing around in the sun. All of our blinc products are smudge proof and fade proof, ensuring that colours stay bright, vibrant, and in place from the start to the end of your day. Best of all, their entire line is water-resistant, if not entirely water-proof. This makes them the perfect accessory for those hot summer days on the beach, as well as when you’re heading out for another sweaty workout at the gym! Whether you’re choosing blinc for their eyeliners, mascaras, or enhancement products, they’re sure to inspire you with confidence from the beginning of your day all the way to the end!

Even if it rains, you’ll be taken care of! Back in my youth, when we’d be outside and the rain came lashing down around us, we would run and run through the grass, laughing as the raindrops beat upon our faces. We even used to wash our hair in the rain! Back then, if you were wearing even a hint of makeup, the rain would have your face looking like a Rorschach test!!! ?

Trust us: with blinc, we PROMISE you’ll NEVER end up looking like this:

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Someone forgot their blinc today!

Another thing about being out in the water during the summer is that wet skin can increase your chances of acquiring a sunburn. I think most of us who are spending a substantial amount of time outside have experienced a bad burn at one point or another. Bottom line: it’s not fun. A bad sunburn can be downright disabling. I have had burns so severe that I wasn’t even able to lift my arms above my head in the shower to wash my hair.

Did you know that up to 80% of the UV rays that can cause sun damage are able to penetrate through clouds? This means that your chances of catching a sunburn, even on a cloudy day, are actually quite high! Not to mention the fact that UV rays can also be reflected off of water and sand, meaning you can even get sunburned while sitting in the shade!

After spending so much of my life outdoors, I’ve really come to appreciate and respect the importance of skin care and I’ve been blessed to have the opportunity to grow this passion into a full-fledged business! My expertise has been acquired through trial, error, and most importantly, experience – I refuse to sell or recommend a product unless I feel I can personally stand behind it. Having said that, what a blessing it would have been to have grown up with the Laboratoire Dr Renaud suncare line!

Dr Renaud‘s products have the ability to work miracles and keep you more comfortable than ever throughout the summer season! Whether you’re protecting yourself with one of their moisturizing creams or loose powders, you can feel confident in knowing that your skin will be kept healthy and preserved beneath the safeguard. What sets them apart from the competition? Dr Renaud products are anti-sand and sweat resistant so multiple applications are a rarity. Best of all, they will not only protect against the sun, their special formula works to prevent wrinkles while keeping your skin looking young, vibrant, and healthy! If that’s not enough, Dr Renaud allows you to protect against the sun without sacrificing your tan! You read that right!?  THE FUTURE IS NOW! ?

Because we believe wholeheartedly in the (extreme!) importance of proper suncare, we are pleased to be offering a full 25% off of our ENTIRE Laboratoire Dr Renaud suncare line! Click the image below now to take advantage of these great deals while they last!!!

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?  ARTS & CRAFTS ?

There’s also no such thing as a good summer if it doesn’t include arts, crafts, and games! It is always so fun to look back on the times in our lives that were filled with innocence, where our minds were packed with wonder and awe, imagination was limitless, and just about anything seemed possible.

We’d climb trees and see who could get the highest, play hide and seek (or sometimes, if we had enough people, we’d get into a round of hunter/gatherer – remember that game???), or pretend we were rainforest warriors! To be honest, there were so many instances of us getting together to go out and roleplay in the bush, it would take forever to run through all of our activities!

One of the things I used to really love doing was sitting down at a picnic bench and spending my entire day on arts and crafts. Whether we were near the beach or just at the campground, there would always be an abundance of materials around to start creating things from. I would hunt for acorns, pinecones, shells, neat looking stones – just about anything that I could find that would double as a unique decorative item. ? ? ?

While we are always encouraging the kids out there to get outside and start thinking outside-the-box, thankfully, there are much easier ways of creating vacation mementos nowadays, and ones that won’t result in a bunch of gross bugs coming out of it once you’ve taken it home (this is something I remember happening to me on more than one occasion – ewwww! ?)

If your little ones are constantly putting their thinking caps on, why not encourage their creative talents with the My Magic Pillow of Sweet Dreams pillowcase painting kit? The included pillowcase is a standard-size, 200-thread count in white. Each cotton/polyester blend pillowcase features a unique black-line design that can be personalized and painted in to your liking! Included with the kit are six non-toxic coloured paints, a natural bristle wooden paintbrush, and a complete set of instructions. The included paints are transparent so you are free to paint outside of the lines without issue! Best of all, once the creative portion is complete, a hot iron is used to set the colours in, thereby ensuring that your custom design remains bright and vibrant over time, even after repeated washings!

For just over $20 each, you can grab a My Magic Pillow of Sweet Dreams kit to create lasting and tangible memories of your summer vacations. Winner of the coveted Neighbourhood Toy Stores Gold Award in Canada!

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?  SUMMER BEVVIES ?

Of course, no summer would be complete without a wide range of delicious beverages to cool ourselves down with!

Growing up with a mother who loved to be in the kitchen, I was always excited to sample all of her latest and greatest as they arrived. I took a lot of pride in being the official taste tester! The side-effect from this is that I have since developed a very diverse palette and am constantly in search of new and delicious food and drink!

Although, we are extremely excited about Bella Esthetics & Spa‘s venture into the world of e-commerce and online sales, we’d like to remind you that we are also continuing to offer and provide our esthetics and spa services to the population of Timmins and its surrounding areas. With the comfort of our clients being our ultimate priority when visiting our spa, we always have a new, healthy, and invigorating refreshment on offer for the day. I’d love for you to stop in and try one of my special concoctions! Here’s a taste (sorry for the pun!) of some of my most recent creations…

“BERRIER” WATER

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Myself and a friend enjoying some homemade “Berrier”!

Ingredients:

  • Perrier water
  • LOTS of ice cubes
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Additional fruits of your choice
  • Let soak and enjoy!

As you can see, the drink is fairly simple but that doesn’t take away from its deliciousness whatsoever! You also have the option to swap out the original Perrier for a flavoured version, as we did here (the lime Perrier water adds a nice splash of contrast to the sweetness of the fruit).

For those looking to add a bit of spice to their drink, these thirst-quenchers also go extremely well with a shot of your vodka of choice!

GREEN H2O

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A true hydration BEAST!

Ingredients:

  • Spring water
  • LOTS of ice cubes
  • Cucumber slices
  • Celery stalk
  • Peppermint leaves

Another simple creation, but one that hydrates INSTANTLY, and faster than you may be willing to believe! This one just feels healthy and the combination of flavours immediately wake up your taste buds!

The key to these drinks is ensuring that you are using good water (try to avoid water straight from the tap whenever possible!) and that you have allowed the water to sit and soak for a few hours prior to consumption. Bonus points if you are incorporating organic fruits and veggies!

Water infusions are some of the most satisfying drinks to create, in my opinion. They’re quick, simple, and offer an overwhelming amount of health benefits – the possibilities are also endless!

You can choose from a variety of herbs (mint, rosemary, thyme, cilantro, etc.), spices (ginger, vanilla bean, cinnamon, etc.), fruit (berries – fresh or frozen, citrus fruits, apple, melon, etc.), vegetables (cucumber, celery, carrots, etc.), and/or edible flowers (roses, violets, lavender, etc.) to create your own special summer brews starting right now!

How about you?

Do you have any special foods or drinks that perfectly compliment the summer weather?

Are there any specific family vacation memories that you still look back upon with fondness?

How about new memories? Do you have any entertaining stories or anecdotes to share from trips you’ve taken with your own children?

Here at Bella Esthetics & Spa, we care about your physical health but we are also deeply passionate about positive mental well-being.

We hope you continue to return to our blog for frequent motivation, inspiration, and storytelling.

We would also love to hear from you so please leave us a comment below so we can continue to chat!

Until then…lynnesignature

 

 

poo-pourri

We’ve Got the Lowest Poo-Pourri Prices in Canada!

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The summer season means vacations, fun in the sun, and lots of traveling! With the kids out of school and many of us heading out to camp, many of us know the unpleasantness of entering the outhouse immediately after someone else had just finished doing their business. It’s not just the outhouse, either. Sometimes, it’s the washroom INSIDE THE HOUSE that stinks the house. And sometimes, the stench is created on account of YOU! ?

No longer do you need to worry about embarrassing odours. Here at Bella, we want your vacation to be free of discomfort and most of us will agree that there aren’t many things in life that can turn someone off more than a bad smell.

That’s why we’re offering the official line of Poo-Pourri products at the lowest price point possible – we’ve even managed to undercut Amazon!

Why do you need Poo-Pourri? Check this out:

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No 1: Spritz

It’s pretty simple, really! When spritzed into the toilet bowl before-you-go, Poo~Pourri’s pure blend of NATURAL ESSENTIAL OILS creates a film on the surface of the water.

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No 2: Poo

The protective barrier traps odour under the surface, before it ever begins! All you’ll smell is a refreshing bouquet of NATURAL ESSENTIAL OILS. Flush yeah!

 

Best of all, this product is entirely natural with no harsh chemicals added!

  • NO synthetic fragrance
  • NO alcohol
  • NO aerosol
  • NO parabens
  • NO phthalates
  • NO formaldehyde
  • ALL stink-fightin’ good stuff

What are you waiting for? As it stands, your vacation has the potential to STINK!
Make sure that doesn’t happen with Poo-Pourri!

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launch party

bellaestheticsandspa.ca Launch Party!

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June 14th, 2016 marked the official launch party and debut of the new bellaestheticsandspa.ca website and we were pleased to celebrate alongside a number of important special guests!

A ribbon cutting was held and officiated by Timmins Ward 5 councillor, Michael J.J. Doody, on behalf of Mayor Steve Black and the City of Timmins, as well as Jason Perratt, owner/operator of Logikal Code! Also in attendance were representatives from the Timmins Chamber of Commerce and NEOnet, all of whom we have to thank for their continued support throughout this project!

We also have to mention how personally rewarding it was to receive our official certificate of recognition! What a thrill! ☺️

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June 14 – it’s official!

Of course, no launch party would be complete without door prizes! To commemorate this special occasion, and to thank each and every person for expressing their overwhelming support and enthusiasm for this latest phase of our business, we put together two gift baskets and stuffed them full of goodies! Each basket was valued at $500 and was filled with all sorts of great things that you can expect to see from Bella as we move forward!

A big congratulations to our winners!

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For those who were unable to attend, we just know how excited you’ll be for the new online go-to destination for superior skin products in the North!

Our e-shop will be stocked full of all the greatest and most advanced skin care and beauty products and will be listed at extremely competitive price points! In a few instances, we’ve even been able to undercut some of the retailing giants like Amazon!

Browse through a variety of carefully curated product lines including Laboratoire Dr Renaud, GAIA Natural Baby, Blinc, Couleur Caramel, Gehwol, Walton Wood Farm, and so much more!

We will also be offering a wide range of promotional deals so stay tuned to that section of our website in order to stock up and save big money on all of your favourite products! ?

We’re very excited to expand our business and better serve our amazing existing and prospective client bases. Don’t forget, you also have the ability to visit us in person to take advantage of our incredibly relaxing and rejuvenating spa services. Give us a call at (705) 267-2150 to book an appointment or stop in at 319 Patricia Blvd., Unit B (upstairs) in Timmins – we’d love to hear from you!

One major website feature that we really want to impress upon our audience is our online consultation tool that addresses problem areas of the face and recommends the appropriate product that is best suited for your skin type.

Simply click the area of your face that you are concerned about, select the type and/or condition that is specific to you, and you’ll be instantly served up with our suggested solution. It’s extremely easy-to-use, fun, and interactive, so give it a shot! We’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Once again, we’d like to thank everyone who has shown so much love to us as we initiate the most ambitious portion of our business plan to date. We look forward to acquiring and building upon your trust as we ensure that your skin stays as healthy and vibrant as possible. Here in the North, we regularly experience summers filled with outdoor activities and harsh winter seasons that have the potential to wreak havoc on the skin.

Our experience, dedication, and passion is put into each aspect of our business, whether it’s in-store or online. Stay connected with Bella and we can assure you that we’ll be looking out for #1 – aka the young and beautiful YOU! ?

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father's day

Father’s Day

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My first blog, so here I go. As Father’s Day approaches, I thought I would share some memories and good habits that I’ve developed over the years by observing and listening to his advice. My desire to own a business came at a very young age, as I would see my Dad work in his shop and love what he did. My Father’s plan was to have me work in the office and let me tell you I am the furthest thing from sitting at a desk all day and plugging away at numbers and invoices lol. When I was 20 years old (1996) and all my girlfriends where gone to college or university I was still trying to figure out a way to make a living by opening up a business of my own. I figured if Dad could do it, why not me. I saw in my fathers’ office a big yellow phone book from Montreal.  I started looking and decided that I would open an accessory boutique.  I hoped in my white Hyundai car (that I leased!) and away I went 11 hrs away from home with my yellow phone book…. Scared but determined that I would make this work. I had my business for 5 years and had lots of ups and down but most of all  I learned that if you put your mind to it, you could do anything. Go for it, reach for the universe. Tell yourself that ” I, CAN,, NOT CAN’T” . And if you read my Biography you will see that at the age of forty-two I did another BOLD MOVE. I left for a year and went and studied Esthetics for one year. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done to leave my husband and my daughter at that time she was thirteen. When you have a great partner and support it does make things a lot easier. YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE IN SOMETHING WHY NOT YOURSELF. I’ve been doing aesthetics for thirteen years and still have a passion for it. I hope you follow week after week. As I will be giving tips of the trade and motivational tips. This is another journey that I would love to have inputs and comments about whatever we need to talk about from week to week. BEAUTY STARTS FROM YOUR INNER SELF START BY LOVING WHO YOU ARE, AND YOUR DAY WILL BE MUCH BRIGHTER. Dad, I just want to say, thank you so much for believing in me. Wishing you a Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there!

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