The Blog

Scrub up

A scrub is a guy who thinks he's fly, and is also known as a buster.  But this post isn't about boys. It's about a new product that I really didn't think I would love, but I do! Scrub Inspired is a company that was started in Ottawa that make local and all natural scrubs. You can use them anywhere to help moisturize and exfoliate your skin.

LavenderVanilla

I've never really used scrubs before and the ones I have tried I often found a little harsh for my sensitive skin. I purchased 2 kinds from scrubinspired.ca, one based with sugar the other with sea salt to see which I would like better. I can honestly say, I love them both, and can't choose one that I like better than the other. The Lavender & Vanilla scrub has a really relaxing smell, and makes any shower feel like a few blissful moments at the spa. You can choose the sugar or sea-salt based Lavender & Vanilla scrub. I chose the sea-salt version and I found it really easy on my skin. It not only exfoliated gently, but my skin felt really moisturized and so so smooth. But I think my favourite part of this scrub is the scent combination. I love to use this when I take a shower at night or after a workout, as it really enables relaxation.

CoconutAlmond

Now as you know, I decided to try two kinds of scrubs. The second one was also a huge hit. has a more subtle scent, and it kind of makes me think of freshly baked goods! It made my skin so smooth as well, that I really can't decide which I like better. It was a sugar based scrub, that has a great scent as well. Coconut Almond, You can actually eat all of the scrubs they make, everything is all natural and made from ingredients you can actually pronounce. Not going to lie, I had a taste of the Coconut & Almond, and it was good!

I also had the pleasure to trying out the special edition Ladies Who Lunch scrub! It's a sugar based scrub that has an awesome combination of orange and lemongrass, which is really refreshing. I love the addition of avocado in this scrub, as it really makes your skin feel smooth and moisturized. 

I've been converted to being a scrub user and probably won't be able to stop using them. I'm really looking forward to trying the other kinds, since they all sound amazing. Have you tried Scrub? Tell me about what you think! Have questions about Scrub? Ask them here! The ladies behind Scrub: Kiersten & Jess

Full article →

Wine & Food

This weekend in Ottawa was the Annual Wine & Food Show at the Ottawa Convention Centre. I had the pleasure of attending on the Saturday which proved to be busy as the rumors said! Got there early on Saturday, it was around 2pm and the line was already starting to form. It didn't take long to get in, which was great! The smell of food drew us into the main room and it only took a few minutes to get our first few drinks! It didn't take long after that to get some food and I think my favorite was Petit Bill's slider! It was just excellent, the best part was the gorgonzola cheese. The Clocktower had some great sweet potato fries as well, but let's get to the drinks! My first was a Yellow Tail sparkling wine. Following that I sampled a number of different beers, white wines, whiskey, rum, sangria, tequilla, prosecco, and repeat! It was never ending! Here are my do's and don'ts: Do: - get there early - get two sheets of sampling tickets right away - wear flats - I was very thankful for that advice, but of you're only going to be there for a few hours, you'll be fine - pace yourself - there's lots to see and try - have fun Don't: - be the person escorted out by the police - goes along with the pace yourself - get separated - it happens but it's a pain to find each other. My cell reception was spotty but I always ended up finding my groups

20111113-232341.jpg
Some of the lovely ladies I had the pleasure of sampling with
If you have any tips, suggestions or stories, add them to the comments. Happy wining and dining!

Full article →