April 2013 Archives

Shop Canadian at Well.ca

Recently my eco-savvy-shopper sis-in-law Amanda told me about Well.ca. Based in Guelph, this online store sells an amazing selection of green and natural products at reasonable prices and will ship them right to your door. I was excited to see they carry the brand of Nature's Harmony melatonin we use, as well as some excellent organic toddler foods. They have weekly sales and great deals on many brands that you don't typically see marked down. Check it out, it's an excellent site with top quality stuff, and best of all it's Canadian. Rosie :)

Down 2 Earth Garden Centre

Every year, I need to buy a tiny bit of grass seed for a tiny little patch of lawn that requires some extra TLC. For that grass seed, I go to my favourite garden store in Toronto, Down 2 Earth Garden Centre. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable with a great sense of humour, as you can see by their sign:

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I like that they will sell me just the amount of seed that I need; I don't have to buy a big huge bag. They have pretty flowers, trees and all the stuff gardening lovers love. It's basically as good as Plant World but not so overwhelming. It's located at 158 Park Lawn Road in Etobicoke. Rosie :)

Record Store Day 2013 in Toronto

If you like to browse local record stores, Saturday April 20th is definitely the day to do it. It's Record Store Day, which celebrates music, vinyl and independent record shops. It started in the U.S. in 2007 and falls on the third weekend of every April. Stores all over the world now host in-store performances and artists release new music on this day, as well as limited edition records. Here in Toronto, there are plenty of participating shops that will be carrying Record Store Day exclusive and regional releases including Queen West faves Rotate This and Kops Records, Sunrise Records in Cloverdale Mall and my personal favourite Village Vinyl Music Emporium & Cafe in south Etobicoke. Click here to search for stores taking part in your hood. Rosie :)

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Body Blitz Spa

I spent a good part of my 20s trying out most of Toronto's spas, and while there are lots of lovely spots, only one has stuck with me as I finish out my 30s. That would be Body Blitz. No other spa has gorgeous therapeutic waters you soak in first before you get scrubbed or baked in clay. And because it's for women only, you can submerge yourself in the green tea tub or the cold plunge pool totally naked. It's awesome. My fabulous friend Jen and I recently had body bakes, and we thoroughly enjoyed choosing the mud we would be baked in at the mud bar. We went with the oceanic clay mud, which has a lovely eucalyptus scent. You strip and put on a disposable thong, then they scrub you, hose you off, slather you with the mud, bake you under intense lights, blast it off with water and then massage and cover you with lotion. It's fantastic.

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I figured further photography would be highly frowned upon past this point so if you would like to check out some pics of the Body Blitz pools, visit their website. We have always gone to the Adelaide location, but now there is another one on King. St. East. It's a must-try, and you don't have to do the water naked if that isn't your thing. Rosie :)