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Photo Of The Day: Smiling, Lights Out!

The UV lights went out and normally, my bearded dragon would just wait to be taken out. This instance, he suddenly opened up his mouth and smiled. Awww! I just had to take a picture!

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Vendor Feature: Culture Craft

I love kombucha! There are some brands that are stronger in taste and not for everyone. However, when I tried Culture Craft, I knew this was great for newcomers to try! Thank you, Culture Craft!

Who is Culture Craft?

1) Why and when did you start your business?

Culture Craft Kombucha was founded in 2015 by North Vancouver entrepreneur and chef Dan Larsen, who decided to turn his attention from a 15-year grind in the back of house at renowned restaurants like La Quercia, Café Medina, Sonora Resort and Bishop’s and combine his relationships with local farmers and purveyors and passion for food and drink into building his own boutique brand of kombucha.

Admittedly, his motivation behind the creation of Culture Craft Kombucha was also one of a personal quest to improve his own health.

2) What was your background?

“While working as a chef I was tired, wired and burned out, had neglected my health and found myself with a seriously compromised digestive system,” he says. His future mother-in-law introduced him to the nutritional benefits of kombucha, which can aid in reproducing beneficial gut bacteria heavily depleted from stress, toxins and a poor-quality diet to create a more powerful digestive response and strengthen the symbiotic relationship shared between mind, body and digestive system.

Not to mention that the nutritionally ‘alive’ functional beverage contains healthy organic acids, antioxidants, amino acids, enzymes and B vitamins — all of which have the potential to help boost energy, mood and immunity and promote detoxification.

It also allows him to provide his young son Shay with a healthy, delicious probiotic drink that is nutrient dense, low in sugar — making it a far superior beverage to pop or juice — and made with local, organic, preservative- and pesticide-free ingredients that Shay recognizes.

3) What is special about your products?

When it comes to Kombucha, Dan relies on the principle of ‘Fresh is Best’.

“So many mass-market kombucha brands are flooding the market with product that can take weeks or even months before it hits the grocery store shelves, and during that time, kombucha has a tendency to become more acidic and take on a vinegary flavour that can be unpleasant and off-putting,” says Dan. “We want to help people avoid buying far-from-fresh kombucha. It’s our mission to shorten the distribution chain and show consumers who are thirsty for change that only the freshest will do.”

Dan is hands-on every step of the way, from recipe creation and sourcing all the seaonally inspired ingredients in each flavour to brewing and bottling the finished product. His favourite part of the business is sourcing fresh, organic produce from some of BC’s best farms to elevate the flavour of each brew, all while supporting local food systems.

4) What else do you want to share?

In a nod to his Danish heritage, Dan kept the Scandinavian principles of ‘Hygge’ — a sense of simplicity, coziness and instantly comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or wellbeing — front of mind when envisioning all aspects of the Culture Craft Kombucha brand. And it’s these same principles with which he conducts his business and nurtures his relationships with local farmers, purveyors, clients and consumers.

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Caring Cards By Yenlarts

These beautiful cards by Yenlarts reminds us that we need to be more empathetic and caring. Sadly, there are too many instances in this world that makes all to unbearable at times. To have someone reach out and just listen without any judgment can be the exact thing one is looking for….

Thank you for these lovely cards!

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Vendor Feature: Ener-C

I have been a huge fan of Ener-C for many years! Recently, I won this box from one of their giveaways!

Who is Ener-C?

1) Why and when did you start your business?

“Back in 2012, we found ourselves at a crossroads. Many of us had been part of a team distributing a product called Emergen-C in Canada for many years, until a large pharmaceutical company bought it. We were faced with a choice: do we sit back, count our blessings and let the giants rule the earth… or do we choose something different? At the daylight end of a dark night of our entrepreneurial souls, the answer came: SOMETHING DIFFERENT”

2) What is different about your products?

“We believe our products can only be as good as the raw materials they are made from, which is why we choose to use the purest, most bioavailable and ethically sourced ingredients in all our formulas. There are other products out there that may look and even taste similar, but when it comes to the things you put in your body to keep you healthy, energized and strong, we believe quality matters. It is why we use 1,000mg of vitamin C from mineral ascorbates.

This is the best form of vitamin C to take because it is more bioavailable (and gentler on your stomach) than ascorbic acid or ester-C. It is also why all our ingredients are certified non-GMO, vegan and gluten-free. It is why we only use natural fruit powders and real cane sugar to colour and flavour our products. Finally, it is why we only use very small amounts of sugar in both our sport (1g) and multivitamin (5g) formulas (to help your body absorb the electrolytes, minerals and vitamins). We think you will taste and feel the difference.”

3) Finally, what else would you like to share?

“All our raw materials are sourced and certified as non-GMO. Our commitment to non-GMO stems from a desire to support agricultural integrity and a belief that no one “owns” the genetic make-up of something created by nature. We are committed to the use of fair-trade practices in sourcing raw materials, and we audit our suppliers on a regular basis.”

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(Excerpts are from their website)

Please check out their site!

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Vendor Feature: Jujume

Thank you, Jujume for reaching out! I grew up with dates, so this was great for me to try out!

Who is Jujume?

1. Why and when did you start your business?

• The company was officially formed in summer 2019.  After wrapping up a consulting project, I took a break to recharge at my family’s jujube farm hours away in the Southern Mojave Desert, California.  Being an Asian American, I knew about jujubes as a kid but I never took an interest in them assuming they tasted like medicine.  However, in my older years, I was all ears on hearing its broad range of anti-aging and wellness benefits — AND they surprisingly tasted sweet & delicious!  They send me off with a supply to last a few months and I start eating them regularly.  By the time I was done with my supply I noticed a difference in my complexion, blood pressure and quality of sleep.  I visit the local supermarkets and specialty stores to buy more and none of them carried any, assuming I was talking about the old school gummy candy.  That’s when it dawned on me — in North America jujubes are the Ultimate Unknown Superfood®.  I pass on the next consulting gig and instead launch JUJUME to drive awareness of this extraordinary fruit and show how easy it is to get anti-aging nutrition the tasty way.

2. What was your background

• Marketing

3. Interesting facts about your product

• Jujubes have a potent amount of anti-aging and wellness nutrition with 32x more antioxidants than citrus fruits!

• Jujubes have been around for literally thousands of years and well known in many parts of the world but are relatively UNKNOWN in Western markets (which is why we trademarked our slogan “The Ultimate Unknown Superfood®”)

• Most people assume that all jujubes are produced in Asia but actually our family’s organic farm is located in the Southern Mojave Desert, Southern California where the climate is perfect for the ‘Li’ cultivar jujube.

• We combine the best in nature (i.e. Li jujubes) with the best in nurture (i.e. stringent USDA farming and manufacturing standards).

4. Anything else you would like to share:)

• You can find us at jujumeshop.com or on Amazon US. Tag our products (@officialjujume) in your socials and we’ll promote it!

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Vendor Feature: Humble Potato Chip

I discovered this brand of potato chips and was fascinated by the compostable packaging! Naturally, these chips were delicious and organic too!

Who is Humble Potato Chips?

1) Why and when did you start your business?

We started Humble for two reasons and business opportunity we saw and to do our part in flighting climate change for the future of our children on this planet. Years ago, we realized that there were not any organic potato chips in Canada that were cooked light and crispy. We knew from our past, working at Canada’s largest salty snack company, that style of potato chips is the largest portion of the total potato chip category sales. It would be a great opportunity if we could launch an organic better for you product! But first, we had to solve for the Achilles heel of the packaged food industry – the plastic packaging! We quickly decided that we would only launch Humble Potato Chips if it could be packaged in plastic-free compostable bags. It has taken 5 years to get the packaging to a place that could be well commercialized. We persevered through many failed attempts but in February 2022, we launched Humble Potato Chips.

2) What was your background?

Jeff and I have been in the consumer-packaged foods industry for over 15 years now spending over half of it in the natural and organic food space. We have worked for incredible family-owned companies like Nature’s Path and Amy’s Kitchen that have helped prepare us for our current entrepreneurship journey. We have also been fortunate to have a lot of experience in the Salty Snack category specifically working for brand like Lays, Skinny Pop Popcorn and Que Pasa Tortilla Chips.

3) What is special about your products?

There is a balanced duality when it comes to the uniqueness of our products. We have the chips themselves and then the packaging.

A NEW POTATO CHIP EXPERIENCE

(Organic, Gluten Free and Kosher)
Offering a certified organic potato chip means that everything – how the potatoes are grown, then cooked and seasoned – is carefully monitored to ensure only organic ingredients and practices are used. It was very important to us to certify gluten free as I have celiac disease and know the struggle people can feel when trying to pick out a delicious snack that also contains no wheat or gluten. Humble can satisfy that need!

(Skins on, zero waste)
It turns out that by using every bit of our potatoes (they are cooked with their skins on), we’re not only reducing waste, but there’s the added bonus of colour, texture, and flavour!

4) Finally, what else did you want to share?

A) Traditionally cooked (not kettle cooked) – Less crunch, more crisp
We wanted our chips to be closer in appearance to a traditionally cooked potato chip, but even crispier. So, we cut them thin and cook them traditionally. That is to say that unlike kettle cooking where the chips are batch-cooked in oil, ours are cooked and float on top of the high-quality organic oil in a traditional manner.

B) Chef-designed organic seasonings
Our no-compromise organic seasonings are designed by an internationally certified chef who has a passion for designing flavours for potato chips specifically – and he’s actually my brother-in-law. Our chips are lightly dusted with organic seasonings – striking a subtle balance that lets the bold(ish) flavours stand out, while allowing the natural butteryness of the organic potato to nudge through. Nothing artificial or modified in our chips including things like MSG which is used in many potato chips as a flavour enhancer. We have about 50% less sodium than the leading potato chip in Canada.

C) Now for the uniqueness of our packaging…
Our packaging is certified plastic free and compostable and we are the only snack company in Canada to use this earth friendly packaging.
In Canada alone, approximately 1.25 billion plastic chip packages end up in landfills annually. Lined up end-to-end, that’s enough to wrap around the entire world NINETEEN times! If we could offer our perishable food in perishable packaging, and offer consumers that choice on shelf, perhaps we could all make a difference, one snack bag at a time. And just maybe, if Humble started the ball rolling, others in the packaged food industry, regulators, and waste management operators would be willing come alongside. Plastic snack bags never actually fully decompose and instead turn into micro-plastics as they breakdown which is huge problem for the earth and for humans.

(Certified Plastic Free and Compostable)
At the beginning of our snack bags life it is made from plants and natural minerals – no traditional plastic at all! At the end of our Humble chip bags life, it is certified compostable. It will break down into biomass in 90-180 in a commercial compost facility and leave no toxic trace behind. From the Earth and returns to the Earth, a truly circular process! It will safely decompose into non-toxic biomass in home/backyard composts as well, we just cannot confirm how long it will take as each home compost environment is so different!

We did not enter into this business lightly. Because we know when you sign up to start something new, you commit to pioneering it, too – pioneering new processes and new relationships, while preparing for the inevitable resistance and occasional failures that come when you’re breaking new ground.
That’s precisely why we chose to call our company Humble. Because we don’t profess that this is our journey alone. And we certainly don’t profess to know everything. Quite the opposite. But we do know it takes the passion, commitment, and stewardship of the many like-minded people waiting for someone – like us – to start the ball rolling.


And that rolling ball would show no compromise. On the inside, our potato chips would elevate the snacking experience. On the outside, our packaging would help reduce our footprint on the world.
Thank you!

——Alicia, Humble Potato Chips

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https://humblechips.ca/

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Netflix Series: The Andy Warhol Diaries

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Summary

This series featured excerpts from the Andy Warhol Diaries book. The private life of Andy Warhol was displayed uncensored. That included his love life, his daily life and the gun shot incident. The intimate details into his thoughts during the rise of the AIDS epidemic among his friends really showed how anxious he was living each day.

The relationships that he developed in the art and entertainment industry helped to shape a lot of what we knew now as pop culture.

Conclusion

There was a bit of nudity that did catch me by surprise. However, I really learned a lot about how he was so forward in thinking and comfortable about being himself.

I have always been inspired by his art and really appreciate this series.

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Book Review: Odin’s Runes

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Summary

This book about Norse-folk and their runes was extreme detailed. First, the book went through the history and the folklore that revolved around runes. From the tales of Thor to converting to Christianity, there was a lot of history being told at the beginning.

Next, the book spoke of the Magic of runes and what each symbol represented when they were used during divination reading.

The last part went through the ways to use the runes for your own reading!

Conclusion

I have always been fascinated by runes. The history part of the book was a great read!

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Art Inspiration: Litten (Quick Lesson)

Here is my quick art piece that I did for my second graders on the white board. They really like Pokémon, so this is their choice!

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Vendor Feature: Angkor Harvest

I saw the name and I immediately had to find out who “Angkor Harvest”! I visited the Angkor Wat in Cambodia and loved it!

Who Is Angkor Harvest?

1) Why and when did you start your business?

I started my business as hobbies 9 years ago when I first visited my hometown in Cambodia. Until I lost my job last year then it became my full-time.

2) What is your background? First, it was because of the love that I have for Cambodian foods and culture. Second, the flavours reminded me of my mother’s cooking when she’s around.

3) What is special about your business?

This business reminded me of the children memories when I was young helping my parents with organic farming practices.

4) Finally, what else do you want to share?

When I start working on this business, so I don’t have nightmares anymore from a genocide between 1975-79.

Also, Kampot Peppercorns known as the world’s best! We made our authentic sauces from Kampot pepper!

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https://angkorharvest.com/

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Vendor Feature: Spa Tru Face & Body Lounge

I had the opportunity to enjoy a lovely facial at Spa Tru Face & Body Lounge previously. It was located at a hotel, so imagine the lucky hotel guests that visit there!

Who is Spa Tru?

1) When and why did you start your business?

I started a body contouring clinic in 2007 in Kelowna. Then, I moved to Orange County, California and opened up a second clinic before having two children.

Therefore, our first son was born in California where I discovered the product line, Dermaesthetics. Afterwards, we moved back with our 3 month old son back to Canada and opened up Spa Tru in Langley!

2) What is special about your business?

Since that we opened up Maple Ridge and Abbotsford, we have become the number one clinic in British Columbia for Botox and Filler. In addition, we made it to top 25 in all of Canada!

3) What else do you want to share?

Dermaesthetics is a medical grade skin care line that we use in all of our facials and Peels and micro-needling. It is a amazing skin care line that used to manufacture all of the top brands in the market. When the other brand started reducing active ingredients for more profits, Dermaesthetics created their own line to make the products more pure and more beneficial than others.

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Book Review: You Can Heal Your Life

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Summary

This book focused on how our perception and emotions could affect our health. There was so much great reminders and suggestions on how we could harness our thoughts to help ourselves.

Conclusion

I took my time to read this book. When I was feeling a little low, I even listened to the audible version. Every time I would feel recharged after each chapter!

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Mother’s Day 2022

My little ones definitely know me best!

I like that one looked like something from the show “Stranger Things”! Along with all the little food stickers, both cards really made me smile.

Plus they brought home this little plant!

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Photo Of The Day: Purple Blooms

Little purple bells

Swaying in the breeze

Among the crisp

Green strands of leaves

Not planted

But a surprise from

The ground.

—-Chocoviv

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Vendor Feature: Tree Vine Nature Toys

Thank you, Tree Vine Nature Toys for your recommendation and package!

Who Is Tree Vine Nature Toys?

  1. Who is Tree Vine Nature Toys? I took a wood working workshop in 2019 and became inspired by making wood toys for the daycare children attending Giggleberries Early Education Center. I started to replace the battery operated toys with my handmade toys and found that the children were far more interactive in place just by using their imaginations.
  2. What is your background? I have been an Early Childhood Educator for 25 years and have a passion for teaching children under the age of 6. Watching children explore their capabilities and develop self confidence is amazing to see.
  3. What is special about your products? My products are all made by myself. I love shaping my building boulders out of reclaimed scrap wood. Each and every one is unique. I am currently working on providing my products for wholesale.
  4. Finally, what else do you want to share? I will be attending spring and summer markets this season so please keep an eye on where I will be.

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Vendor Feature: Vante Designs

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It’s great to see a small business expand their product line! Vante Designs made a banner for an event of mine previously. Thank you!

Who Is Vante Designs?

1) Who and why did you start your business?

I started my business in December of 2021 but officially launched in April 2022. I started this business because I love decor and charcuterie and I was spending a lot of my spare time doing that.

2) What is your background?

Along with starting Vante Designs, I am also a full time teacher in West Vancouver!

3) What is special with your products?

Our products are all thoughtfully handmade. We strive to make your moments special and ease any of the organization pieces. Our goal is to give you the space and products so you can fully enjoy and be present at your special moments.

4) Finally, what else do you want to share?

The more we know the more we can customize! Don’t be afraid to ask questions, share details of your event and challenge us creatively.

Thank you again for all your support. It means the world as we are just a small business getting started.

All the best,

Tasch

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Art Inspiration: Peony

A friend was getting married and I noticed that there were peony flowers on their website….

So, I picked up my pencil and watercolour pens….

And began sketching…..

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Vendor Feature: Honest Cocktails

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As a part of my winnings, I received this a lovely cocktail kit from Honest Cocktails!

Who is Honest Cocktails?

1) Why and when did you start your business?

I have been a life-long aficionado of everything cocktails! My journey into this world began on the Balearic Island of Majorca, continued into the heart of northern England, and as a member of the respected and revered Living Ventures Group, I grew my role from bar support and soon was researching and training with British restaurateur Tim Bacon and others.

I always knew I would venture out on my own and by relocating to Covent Gardens I was able to secure a position at the world-famous Maxwell’s restaurant from there I began competing in cocktail competitions and designing my own cocktails.

It is with this experience and my arrival in Vancouver, that I knew the time was right to step away from the businesses of others and create my own. Honest Cocktails launched in 2021 with a mandate and passion to support local producers who have been hit hardest over the past two years. The team and I work closely with local and Canadian small businesses to curate cocktail experiences like never before. In addition to the previous, there lies within Honest Cocktails a love for pure, wholesome and cold-pressed juice which is reflected in the uniqueness of ingredients and flavours that are exclusive to our subscription kits.

3) Some interesting facts about your product?

We only source the finest in organic fruit and vegetables, sourced locally where available and cold-pressed for maximum nutritional value, but I would like to share that Honest Cocktails – which includes a range of world-class beverage experiences delivered in a box – is more than just cocktail kits!

We offer Virtual Experiences that include all types of events and we guide you and your guests through an exploration of cocktails with a master mixologist in creating Signature Libations. Together we all craft that perfect cocktail step-by-step, learn cocktail history, and sip. This offering includes Honest Cocktails streaming in 4KHD with studio set lighting, and optional dual cameras, a real premium service.

In addition, we offer IRL Events, such as collaborations with businesses as part of our ‘A Good Honest Shake’ Series which is a combination of IRL cocktails, and dining, with a live-streaming component that allows people to stay connected with friends and family even if they are not ready to be out and out socializing.

Use this code for your first order: HCCOCKTAILS15

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https://honestcocktails.ca

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Vendor Feature: Catering Element

My Easter Cookies!

Thank you Catering Element for my delicious Easter cookies!

Who is Catering Element

1) When and why did you start your business?


We always wants to have a cafe that full of positive energy and great food made with love. So we opened our cafe from 2015.
During the Covid time, it was very difficult. However, we still got a lot of support from our customers. So for the post Covid time, we decided to open a catering company to celebrate that we are able to share the love and food together again.

2) What is your background?

Me and my husband are from very different cultures, so our cafe style is multicultural. He is from Europe and I am from Asia. All of our staff are from different culture backgrounds as well. Hence, we are trying to bring all the multicultural influences to our cafe and into our food. I believe that the new Canadian food is the traditional with multicultural influences.

3) What is special about your business?

Our products are home made with love. Furthermore, we believe that the best comfort food is made of fresh ingredients.

4) Finally, what else would you like to share?


At the same time, I am an artist. So you can see my paintings on our walls in the cafe and artistic cookies in our showcase. I just really want to share my passions and my loves to everyone. We are also trying to work with our local artists. We had few craft and art shows to celebrate the local art love.
I just hope more people will support the local small businesses. It’s not just because it’s a hard time, it also because we are doing it with love and care.

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Vendor Feature: Heaven Scent

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I really like the simple, but elegant design of Heaven Scent candles and reed diffuser. Thank you for my lovely candle!

Who Is Heaven Scent?

1) Why and when did you start your business?

Heaven Scent was created in 2021 by a mama of 2, who wanted to be able to balance both work life and family life.

2) What is special about your products?

The Reed diffusers are made of natural ingredients and free of parabens and phthalates!

3) What else do you want to share?

Handcrafting natural soy candles and reed diffusers became her passion and she loves sharing it with the world to enjoy!

Check out them out!

https://heavenscentcandles.ca

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Baked Lobster And Abalone In Cream Sauce Mother’s Day Dinner

Mother’s Day is coming up and Supper Suppermoment invites my family and I to try out their Mother’s Day Dinner Set, that is meant for one person. This set includes a large dish of lobster, abalone and seafood baked in cream and cheese sauce. The lobster is flown in from Halifax, so the meat is very fresh! The abalone is its shell is not tough at all. I do think that the asparagus is a bit over cooked inside the sauce. I prefer my asparagus more crisp.

We start the dinner with appetizers that include a large prawn salad and a cup of cream soup (I forgot to take its photo!) Finally, we end the dinner with a crème brûlée.

Thank you so much for the invite!

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Vendor Feature: Rviita Energy Tea

After the latest trade show, I brought home a collection of Rviita Energy Tea. I thoroughly enjoyed these energy teas!

Who is Rviita Energy Teas?

  1. Why and when did you start your business? After our founder Mitch witnessed his best friend suffer a heart attack attributed to chemical filled energy drinks (don’t worry, he’s okay now!), he decided someone had to solve this problem! Why are there no healthy, refreshing, clean pick-me-ups that leave you feeling great without the inevitable crash? Mitch couldn’t find one anywhere, so he decided to create one! After years experimenting in his kitchen, failing over and over again, Mitch teamed up with his business partners Rob and Karly in early 2019 to create the world’s first energy tea in a low carbon-footprint flexible beverage pouch!
  2. What was your background? Before starting Rviita, Mitch was a water sustainability engineer, Rob worked as a geophysicist and Karly worked as a registered nurse in cardiac surgery!
  3. What is special about your products? Our product is a first of its kind of clean energy tea- using black and green tea for a caffeine source, and only organic honey and natural fruit juices as a sweeter! Our eco-friendly patent pending packaging is one of the most sustainable choices used on the market today. Flexible pouches use significantly less fossil fuels and water to manufacture and transport, and contribute to a far smaller carbon footprint than their glass and aluminum counterparts! Beverage pouches can be shipped and stored flat, can be reused as an ice pack, and can also be recycled where facilities exist!
  4. Finally, what else do you want to share?Giving back is at the forefront of what we believe in here at Rviita, and contributing to amazing initiatives in our community has been of the most rewarding things we have done. Our recent charity initiative is with an amazing company called plastic bank, where for every pouch of our new black cherry flavour “Cherrity” sold- 2 plastic bottles are removed from the ocean!

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Vendor Feature: GiveYourDogABone

Thank you, GiveYourDogABone for sending me this cute bandanna for our family’s furry friend!

Who is GiveYourDogABone?


1) When and why did you start your business?

I have been sewing my whole life always one thing or another mostly costumes.
About 5 yrs ago I started to make reversible dog bandanas. Since last year I have also been making making Lavender eye pillows.


2) What was your background?

Actually, my background was mostly about costumes. I’ve worked in retail and also the film industry.


3) What is special about your products?

The dog bandanas are reversible so you are getting 2 for the price of one. They come in XS,S,M,L,XL.


I also have a Tiny size for extra small adorable dogs. The dogs collar slips through the top of the bandana so that there is no need to tie around the dogs neck.


4) Finally, anything else that you would like to share?

I am very open to customers needs and wishes and am always there to make any of your requests possible. I have over 30 different designs to choose from which you can mix and match upon request.

Check them out!

https://www.giveyourdogabone.ca/

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Vendor Feature: Komo Comfort Foods

I have the pleasure to chat and meet, Jeffrey Ma, the President of Komi Comfort Foods!

Who is Komo Comfort Foods?

1) Why and when did you start your business?

Komo started with the idea that plant-based eating can be easy, yet still incredibly hearty and wholesome. We saw the need for convenient meals that would make plant-based dinner time simpler.

We launched Komo in March 2021 during the pandemic lockdowns. This was a time when people were eating at home and the fatigue of having to cook meals was a real challenge. Fred (our chef) and I are both vegans and experience the challenges of plant-based eating every day. Our goal is to have our lasagnas, shepherd’s pies and other comfort foods on dinner tables across the country to show how easy, hearty and wholesome plant-based eating can be!

2) What was your background?

I’m a food scientist by training and have been creating plant-based products for the last ten years! I chose to eat primarily plant-based a year and a half ago. I was keen to create a brand that solved a problem and creates a positive impact to our planet, people and animals – and starting a plant-based food company was the way to go! Food production contributes around 37% of global greenhouse gases and changing our diets to be more plant-based is the single most effective way an individual can have in curbing climate change. 

The idea that what we choose to have on our plates every day can collectively have impact on our environmental and the lives of others (people and animals) is inspiring. I hope our meals can start conversations around the dinner table around how possible plant-based eating can be, whether it’s for one meal, one day, one week or everyday of the year.

3) Some interesting facts about your product?

The first lasagna was created in Chef Fred’s kitchen in January 2021 and we now offered in over 250 locations across Canada. It’s amazing what can happen in one year. 

We make all our components from scratch and don’t use any flavours or preservatives in our products. Our goal is to make our products feel like you made and baked it at home. 

4) Finally, anything else you would like to share?

We are super grateful for all the local support since we’ve launched our brand. At Komo, we are on a mission to make plant-based meals a staple on every dinner table. We do this through feel good foods that connect people to the planet. Every time we see our consumers enjoying our product, it keeps us motivated to push ahead and through all the challenges of building a new business.


Jeffrey Ma

President, Komo Comfort Foods www.komocomfortfoods.com
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Check this amazing company out!

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Vendor Feature: Bodahealth

I had my first cupping experience ever at Bodahealth! It was painless and extremely relaxing afterwards. I definitely would love to do this again!

“Cupping therapy is a form of alternative medicine in which a local suction is created on the skin with the application of heated cups. Its practice mainly occurs in Asia but also in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America.”Wikipedia

Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.”- WebMD

Who Is Bodahealth?

1)Why and when did you (Dr. Boughton) start your business?

I love working with other practitioners of the same – as well as different – modalities. I really wanted to surround myself with practitioners who are caring, passionate, highly educated, and skilled in their field, so I opened BodaHealth in 2008.

2) What was your background?

I started Chinese medicine after graduating with a BA in Sociology and Criminology in 2000. In 2003, I received my acupuncture licence and started practicing on Saturdays while I finished herbology and a doctorate in Chinese medicine, and started my practice full time in 2005.

3) Interesting facts about your business?

At BodaHealth we treat a lot of women’s health and have a cooperative team of practitioners who bring unique skill to the practice. We provide acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, naturopathic medicine, massage therapy, cold laser therapy, shockwave therapy, and holistic nutrition. Many of our patients utilize several or all of our services, which lends to collaborative relationships in treating our patients.

4) Finally, is there anything you’d like to add?

Our therapists are extremely passionate about supporting women and men who are trying to conceive, working with pregnancy, hormone balancing at any age, as well as injuries, sports medicine, and rehab techniques.

Check them out!

https://bodahealth.ca

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Vendor Feature: Get Your Cray-On

Thank you, Get Your Cray-On for making these for my little students!

Who is Get Your Cray-On?

1) When and why did you start your business?

I just started this business in March of this year. My daughter turned 3 recently and she loves to draw. She also loves to help me in the kitchen at any opportunity! So this is a fun way to make something new with her and a fun gift to share with her friends

2) What was your background?

I was a recreational receptionist but when covid hit I lost my job. Then I got pregnant with my second baby, so I became a stay at home mom from that point onwards.

3) What is special about your products?

First of all, our crayons are made with non-toxic material, so they are safe for children of all ages to use. I am able to customize the colors to a specific theme, and we also have many different fun shapes to choose from. I am always on the lookout for new molds to use too.

4) What else do you want to share?

These crayons are not just for kids, anybody who likes to draw and create can use these. They are also great for goodie bags, Easter baskets, a great alternative for trick or treating treats, stocking stuffers, any occasion really.

Because they are non-toxic, they can be used to decorate a cake! You can use the Crayons to add someone’s name to a cake, or any of the fun shapes to decorate it. And then after you can use them to draw.

Lots of different possibilities! And I’m still coming up with more as I go along!

Check them out!

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Vendor Feature: Magic Merchandise

Thank you, Magic Merchandise for my comfortable sweatshirt!

Who Is Magic Merchandise?

1) Why and when did you start your business?

Originally, I began the business in November of 2020 on Etsy, but switched to teespring in December! I started my business because I always liked designing / photoshop, so why not make a business out of my hobby to make others happy!


2) What was your background?

When I started my business, I was a 21-year-old full-time college student so i was very limited in time. Now I am an almost 23-year-old full-time worker, so now I’m able to expand my options!


3) What else would you like to share?

My business was actually originally named “sam’s shop & grande merch inc”. However, I decided on “Magic Merchandise” because I feel as if it describes my vision much better – creating all my products with a ‘magical’ approach / touch !

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Movie Review: Downton Abbey

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Summary

The King and Queen were staying over at the Downton for a night! For some of the staff, this was an exciting event, but for others, this was a hassle. What was all the fuss about? Why was there still a monarchy? Political questions began to rise. Then, there was the issue of the Queen’s lady-in-waiting, who had a dispute with the Dowager Countess, about the family inheritance. So many issues boiling up at one time!

What else could go wrong?

Conclusion

As a fan of the original series, I enjoyed this movie very much!

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Book Review: Emma’s Sleep Adventure

Summary

It was time for bed for Emma. So she gathered her stuffed animals to accompany her towards bedtime.

Conclusion

This was a very sweet tale of how a little girl’s imagination could help guide herself to sleep. The perfect bedtime story!

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Vendor Feature: Sala Floral

As Mother’s Day approaches, I am looking at the different types of flowers available. It is a great idea to speak to a florist who is so passionate about flowers.

Who is Sala Floral?

1) When and why did you start your business?


We opened the shop January 13, 2021.
Why? I loved flowers and plants, I find it relaxing when I work with or around them…

2) What is your background?

Growing up in the Philippines, my mom’s garden was filled with lots of rare plants that one didn’t see here in Canada. There were many types of orchids. When they’re in bloom, I felt like a kid in a candy land.

3) What would you like to share about your business?

I love working with flowers and plants. This is because it brings out the creativity in me. That being said, arrange plants and flowers are perfect gifts for any occasion to someone you care about. Flowers tend to have this healing power, which makes people smile and can brightens up someone’s day.

Check them out!

https://salafloral.com/

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Happy Earth Day!

Today was Earth Day!

As I was taking the public transit system, I noticed there were more travellers on the train and bus. Everyone continued to social distance from each other. When I left the train station, the staff of the public transit system handed me some leaflets that contained seeds of wild flowers.

What did you do for Earth Day?

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Photo of the Day: Bunny Earrings

I was at a fundraiser and my friend donated these super cute bunny earrings!

How thoughtful of her to share her love of bunnies and crocheting/knitting! Not only she volunteered her time with me, she also made intend to fundraise.

When was the last time you volunteered for anything?

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Book Review: Mrs. Jeffries Dusts For Clues

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Summary

Finally, someone was missing and another case to solve! The household of Inspector Witherspoon was excited to hear that they got to go search for this missing servant. However, when the Inspector discovered a blonde lady’s corpse with the missing servant’s outfit, it became a real mystery.

Who was this mysterious corpse if it wasn’t the missing servant?

Conclusion

This was the second book in the series. It was amusing to read how the household and Mrs. Jeffries would help drop hints to the Inspector to inspire him.

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Movie Review: Choose Or Die

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Summary

Play a video and win cash!

That was the very attractive to a hacker who believed that she could win the cash from this 1980’s survival video game. How hard could it be?

Everything seemed irrelevant to reality until she noticed that the video game seemed to be controlling things around her…..

Then, she saw people getting hurt in real life when she was forced to choose between two horrid choices. At first, it was strangers. However, it began to affect people close to her. She had to stop it…

Conclusion

It reminded me of those retro Choose-Your-Own-Adventures books. It was a gruesome movie and the way people got hurt really got nasty at times. It was a very simple movie with a very predictable ending.

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My New Short Hairstyle

The last time I had shoulder length hair was in the early 2000s! I was very hesitant about cutting my hair that short. However, the hair stylist was very insistent that my cheekbones need to be emphasized…..

Would you be willing to try a new style?

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Photo Of The Day: Dartmouth Sunset

This was from my walk after dinner in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

I loved the cotton Candy skies….

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Quote Of The Day: Volunteers

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Ever since I was in high school, I would volunteer. I volunteered as a summer camp helper, Farmer’s market tickets seller, trade show helpers and rescue animal shelter care taker. I enjoyed to help others to make things run smoother and to bring a smile to faces.

Unfortunately, there were people out there who thought that venting and raging to volunteers at events was tolerable. As a seasoned volunteer, I would stand up for the newer ones to defend them against these types of verbal lashes.

Thank you to the volunteers in the world for giving their time and love where others would not.

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Long Awaited Plane Ride 2022

Off to Halifax!! It’s been so long since I had take a plane ride! To be honest, I had this habit of wearing a mask on the plane even before the pandemic. I discovered that it kept my nose and my skin from drying out. Japan Airline used to call it a “Moisture Mask” back then…

Have you taken a plane ride yet?

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Vendor Feature: Supper Suppermoment

One day, I was invited to try out Supper Suppermoment at Steveston Village.

Note: My favourite was the $12.50 Japanese Stir fry Seafood Udon.

Other items that we ordered:
Beef Brisket on Rice
Chicken Leg w/ HM Sauce on Rice
Beef and Chicken Skewers
Puff Pastry Seafood Chowder
Baked Pork Chop with Tomato Sauce Rice

Who is Supper Suppermoment?

1) When and why did you start your business?

I loved to eat, so I wanted to have my own restaurant. Supper Suppermoment was a name that was inspired by what was often known as a dinner gathering at my place. W

We opened on February 10, 2022!

2) What was your background?

I was an aircraft engineer. I also worked in a restaurant before years ago.

3) Some interesting facts about your business?

We used quality cheese for our menu items that contained cheese.

I would adjust the ingredients of our dishes to match the tastebuds of my customers.

4) How do you envision your business in the future?

I hope to add more dishes, like the Baked Black Truffle Cream Sauce Rice, to the menu. In the future, we plan to renovate to attract more customers.

Check them out!

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Vendor Feature: Navas Lab

The Navas Lab is a clothing line that is designed for tall guys. They reach out to me to ask me to test out their clothes as they are planning to form a unisex line. Being a petite female, I actually sometimes wear guys clothing for their comfort.

I discover that the hoodie, lounge pants and board shorts are very comfortable. The longer length of the pants and top is what I like. The fabric is stretchy too.

Who is the Navas Lab?

“We’re a Vancouver-based apparel company, creating exceptionally high quality clothes right here in our own community. We design and build every item to respect your length and give you the perfect fit, finally. As a 6’6” west-coaster, I had tried it all: the big retail outlets, the outdoor equipment stores, the specialty shops. I was swimming in a sea of short sleeves and flood pants, and all I wanted was something comfortable that fit my Vancity lifestyle (where you go from the office to the trails, then out for beers in the same hoodie).

In 2014, my sister—who’d spent her whole life with a front row seat to my #tallguyproblems—had a revolutionary idea: quit the corporate gig, stop complaining, and create the solution. We teamed up and took the leap, and the result of our problem-solving is the carefully curated selection of hoodies, t-shirts, jackets and board shorts you find on these pages.”—— The Navas Lab

1) Interesting facts about your product?


Navas Lab creates exceptionally high quality tall mens clothing, specifically for tall skinny guys. Designed with respect in Vancouver, Canada by tall guys who get it.

●Our fabric is the key.

Each piece of clothing from Navas was conceived to be produced ethically and sustainably. Each layer is made with the purpose of functionality and performance. Each item carefully put together for you – the tall slim guy. Our fabric is part of who we are, our ethos. It’s what drives us to change the fashion industry while making better clothes for tall guys and improving the world we live in.

●We are about sustainable processes and materials.


Navas Lab chooses to only use sustainable materials and processes for our clothes. As you go through our different products you will notice a mix of Bamboo Cotton, Bamboo Microstripe, Tencel Organic Cotton and other blends. We are proud to say that our fabric and processes meet the strict standards of OEKO-TEX standard

Check them out!

https://navaslab.com

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Vendor Feature: KidStar Nutrients

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Being in the health food industry for over 20 years, I had the wonderful opportunity to meet the most amazing female entrepreneurs!

Who Is KidStar Nutrients?

1. Why and when did you start your business?

After my daughter was diagnosed with iron deficiency, I wanted to find an iron supplement that would help raise her iron, was easy to take, and didn’t have side effects. But I quickly realized there was a lack of quality kids supplements on the market. Supplements that were marketed as “healthy” are full of sugar, sucralose, soy, fillers, titanium dioxide, alcohol, and harmful artificial ingredients. These nutritional supplements had ingredients I would not want to take myself—never mind give to my own children daily! A little bit of sugar in your vitamin might not seem like a lot, but on top of all the other sugar kids ate in a day, a week, and month, it quickly added up! I saw that there was a desperate need for clean, sugar-free supplements.

From my years of experience in the natural health industry, I knew it was possible to formulate and manufacture clean nutrients without adding unnecessary fillers, preservatives, and harmful artificial ingredients. Together with my brother, Kyle, we founded KidStar Nutrients®, a brand of clean nutritional supplements for kids and families.

We launched our first product in March 2020, just as the global pandemic was taking off and there was a lot of uncertainty for start ups and small businesses. This was not intentional! But the timing gave us the opportunity to focus on the thing that is most important to our company:

helping parents meet their children’s nutritional needs by making nutrients that are free from unnecessary ingredients and taste great.

KidStar’s mission is to make clean and pure nutrients that parents can trust, and kids love. We believe that a supplement should contain only the ingredients needed for optimal health and nothing more. KidStar’s nutritional supplements are pure, clean, with nothing to hide.

I believe the success we’ve had so far is proof that people are looking for these same things, too.

2. What was your background?

I have over 15 years of experience in the natural health industry, managing supply chains, sourcing ingredients, and developing natural health products. My mother is a leading nutritional health expert and has been a huge influence in my life and career. From as far back as I can remember, my siblings and I have lived and breathed all things natural health, and we’ve all ended up working in the natural health or health care industry in one form or another.

I am also a trained educator, with a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of British Columbia. I love being a health advocate, helping parents and caregivers learn more about how nutrition and high-quality supplements can support healthy growth and development. I really strive to make this information easy to understand so that parents can make informed decisions for their families. We have an entire section of the KidStar website dedicated to educational articles on a variety of topics including the importance of iron, nutrients kids need, family nutrition, and even some fun and delicious recipes.

 

3. Interesting facts about your product?

KidStar has formulated a range of clean nutrients for kids and families:

• StarMulti® Multinutrients – A fun astronaut-shaped chewable multivitamin for kids

• BioFe™ Iron Supplements – Great tasting iron for the whole family

• Prenatal+ – A vegetarian prenatal and women’s multivitaminwith added algae DHA and ginger

• Omega 3 Softgels – Yummy lemon blueberry flavoured softgels that pop in your mouth

• Vitamin D3 Spray – Vitamin D3 in organic coconut MCT oil with organic orange flavour that tastes like an orange creamsicle

• All-in-One Plant-Based Protein – A cocoa-flavoured vegan protein mix that you can mix, shake, or bake

• Moducare® Daily Immune Support – A proprietary blend of plant sterols and sterolins in a 100:1 ratio to help support a healthy immune balance

The products in our flagship line, BioFe™ iron supplements,help to prevent iron deficiency and iron deficiency anemia. Iron deficiency is the number one nutrient deficiency worldwide.Even in a developed country like Canada, it is considered a severe health concern that affects women and children of all socioeconomic backgrounds.

The iron in BioFe™ does not cause upset stomach, constipation, or stain teeth. BioFe™ comes in three convenient delivery systems: an unflavoured drop, a tiny chewable tablet, and a delicious liquid.

KidStar’s products do not contain sugar, harmful preservatives, soy, gluten, wheat, yeast, benzoates, or artificial colours, sweeteners, or flavours. This is so important to many parents,and we take care to ensure we formulate our products thoughtfully and source our ingredients carefully.

4. Anything else you’d like to share?

In addition to running a rapidly growing supplements company, I’m also a published author and a fellow mommy blogger! 

I wrote the story a couple of years ago, for my daughter Emma, who was having difficulty falling asleep at bedtime. Emma’s Sleep Adventure is a playful romp through all the bedtime routines I’ve used to help Emma get to sleep at night. The bookwas fun to write, and now Emma is old enough to read it on her own!

This Healthy Mom is my blog where I get to share my thoughts on a variety of health-related topics including nutrition and common health issues. I also review and share useful products for kids and families. Yes, I’m that mom who has tried six different types of baby carriers and watched the movie, Frozen,more than times than I can count!

I am proud of what we’ve accomplished so far at KidStarNutrients. I work with a great team and love making products for my family and yours!

Check Caitlyn Vanderhaeghe out!

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Movie Review: The In Between

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Summary

Summer holidays were here! Tess and Skylar met the year before as juniors and found each other again as seniors. As they maneuvered their relationship, their lives came to an abrupt halt as a car crashed into them during one of their disputes. Skylar was gone and Tess’ heart stopped.

However, miraculously, Tess survived that tear in her heart. She woke up and had to endure the pain of losing her boyfriend. A patient at the hospital, Doris, told her that Skylar was in the In-Between and would reach out to her. She was intrigued….

After the accident, she lost her passion for photography because it reminded her of Skylar. Therefore she was going to give it up until odd images showed up in the black room…

Was she imagining things?

Conclusion

This was a very sweet tale of teenage romance. It had a depressing backstory of Skylar’s death. However, it reminded us that while we should mourn the death of loved ones, we must build strength from their love and carry on…

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Vendor Feature: The Balay Spa

Thank you the Balay Spa for the complimentary deep tissue massage!!

Who is The Balay Spa?

1) Why and when did you start your business?

April 2018 – opened my business, The Balay Spa in North Vancouver. - 3 days before I opened The Balay Spa was the day when I got my Canadian Citizenship. - starting my own business allows me to make a living while pursuing something for which I have a strong passion. It also allows me to be more creative and express myself.

2) What was your background?

I was born in the Philippines. I moved in Canada by myself. I don’t have any family or relatives here. - Im a Physical Therapist Registered in The Philippines. I didn’t have time to pursue it in Canada that’s why I decided to open my own spa instead.

3) What is special about your business?

The Balay Spa is a place of comfort, relaxation and personalized attention, providing an individualized experience where client feels nurtured and cared for. Our main goal to give the best treatment that we can, provide top quality service and “attention to details” is what makes us one of the best in the industry.

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Book Review: The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries

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Summary

Mrs. Jeffries was the Inspector’s housekeeper. However, her quick mind was able to notice the details and clues that the Inspector missed….Being the widow of a policeman, helped her to be very observant. This was very evident when a local doctor was found poisoned!

Immediately, the rather slow Inspector accused the doctor’s cook as the murderer as he found poisonous mushrooms in the doctor’s soup! Thankfully, Mrs. Jeffries was determined that the cook was not the culprit as she noticed other clues!

Who was the poisoner?

Conclusion

I really enjoyed the character of Mrs. Jeffries! This book reflected the unfair treatment of women in the Victorian era.

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Vendor Feature: Haute Foods

I am adding this chili oil onto almost everything that I eat! I like that it doesn’t contain additives or preservatives.

Who is Haute Foods?

1) Why and when did you start this business?

Started my business 6 years ago making it for friends and family and friends of friends. Then 2 years ago when my kids were older I started working with a co packer to redevelop the recipe to make it commercially viable. Launched 6 months ago with new recipe and branding.

I started this from a family recipe (Laos background) that was just hidden away in the back of my cupboard used for one dish only our Laos chicken noodle dish “khao piak”.

Until I met my now husband Peter who first tried the chili oil with Khao piak. He loved how it was actually spicy and of course the crispy garlic bits that’s actually the star of the chili oil. He started eating it with everything and so did I then we realized it could be eaten with almost any types of cuisines out there. So he encouraged me to share it with people. I’m the type of person who loves cooking for people and hosting dinners so I thought sure why not.

2) What is your background?

My background is Laos/Vietnamese. Prior to having kids and being a stay at home mom for 6 years I was serving at some restaurants in Vancouver. So I’ve always liked the food industry seeing people enjoy their food.

3) What is special about your product?

My product only has 3 ingredients but what makes it special is the crispy garlic chips that stays crispy! Our products all have no preservatives, additives or sodium. I like to say we’re an enhancer to food. It doesn’t take away from the food it complements it with spice and bits of garlic throughout without changing its flavours.

4) Finally, what else do you want to share?

Although my chili oils background is from Laos I see the chili oil as universal for all ethnicities which is why I love it so much! It can go well with all types of food without taking away from the original dish. Another thing is the name Haute and why I chose it. It’s actually really simple. One because it’s actually “Hot”. My OG one was the first one I made which is really spicy compared to a lot of chili oils on the market. Second reason was I perfected the recipe to look as good as it tastes. That’s why it’s “Haute”.

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Hiragana Writing Thoughts

Whoever I have the time, I would turn on the conversational and reading exercises on the Duolingo app and start copying the dialogue. I don’t always understand some of the words at first, so I repeatedly listen and read out loud each new phrase.

I find copying the hiragana gives me a sense of calmness….

Are you learning a new language?

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Vendor Feature: Bubuwares

Have you ever wished that there was a better alternative to plastic straws, and cutlery? Even with the invention of paper straws, did you wish that you didn’t have to finish your drink faster so the paper wouldn’t deteriorate into your drink? I was super excited to get to try out Bubuwares, the compostable bamboo alternative!!!

Who is Bubuwares?

1) Why and when did you start your business?


Bubuwares is a local Vancouver, BIPOC, women-owned business founded in November 2020 by three mothers that have a vision of inspiring others to live a sustainable and plastic-free lifestyle. Their mission is to help reduce the amount of single-use plastic straws and cutlery that end up in landfills and oceans by replacing them with bamboo fibre products that are 100% compostable.

2) What was your background?

  • Do you want us to share something personal?

3) Finally, any interesting facts about your product?


– made of only 2 ingredients: bamboo fibre and starch
– BPI Certified Compostable: throw directly into home compost bin or garbage and it will naturally start to decompose in as little as 45 days and completely broken down after 6 months for straws and 10-12 months for cutlery.

  • Certified and approved by SGS, FDA Intertek and BPI
  • Durable and eco-friendly
  • Our innovative dry processing technique

Check them out!

https://www.bubuwares.com/

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Product Feature: Lavenderland Hydrosol

I love lavender! So when I got to try this GROSSO LAVENDER HYDROSOL, I was excited!

What is Lavender Hydrosol?

Hydrosols are the flower waters that are produced when distilling the lavender flowers.

There are different varieties of Lavender in Lavenderland. The three main categories in terms of our raw material products: Superblue, Grosso and Melissa. Each has different aromas, characteristics and benefits.

Check out more information about varieties of Lavender at lavenderland.ca

Lavenderland Hydrosols are directly sealed in the food-grade pail or canned after distillation. 100% pure raw materials. Use as soon as possible after opening the bottle.

Benefits of Lavender Hydrosol

1) Skin moisturizer

2) Pore and Skin Cleanser

3) Reduce skin sensitivity

4) Relaxing and soothing to senses

 

How to Use

1) For skin can be used alone with water

2) Hair treatment: Spray onto scalp and hair after the washing of hair helps to increase moisture and texture of the hair follicles, reduce the split ends and scalp dryness.

3) Relaxation treatment: Add to essential oil diffuser instead of essential oils to form a relaxing atmosphere. Can apply topically for massage treatments to help relax the person.

Interesting Ways to Use the Hydrosol

Facial mask: apply onto a sheet mask 

Skin toner and Body Spray: 1:1 to 1:5 hydrosol to water

Room fragrance:  Directly spray into the air or pour in the diffuser 

Mouth Freshener (Superblue only): 1:5 to water, rinse only, do not swallow after

Note: Please test on an inconspicuous area in case of skin sensitivity.

Note: The above info was from their info pamphlet.

Check it out!

Lavenderland

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Vendor Feature: Furscents

This was so cool! I normally used dry shampoo on myself. This was the first time I discovered dry shampoo for dogs! How cute!

Who Is FurScents?

1) Why and when did you start your business?

We are Patrick and Caroline Whelan. We are from Langley BC and live with our 2 sons, 2 cats and our dog Sofy. We love all things organic and when it comes to our pets, we strive to give them the best of the best. We took over FurScents last February 2021 because we fell in love with the product. It’s organic, natural has minimal ingredients and so many added benefits!

2) What was your background?

FurScents has been around since 2018 and we are so excited to be the ones to carry it forward over the past year and into the future. Patrick’s background is in sales and business management and my background is in administration and customer service. We were both at a point in our lives where we knew we wanted to start our own business and run it together because we make such an excellent team. We had considered many things but when we found FurScents, we loved the fact that it was such an innovative, natural, niche product! It’s been just over 1 year now and we are just getting started. We have big dreams for FurScents and can’t wait to see what the future holds for our business.

3) What was special about your product?

FurScents is a unique product in that it is all organic, natural, only four ingredients and helps solve a common problem of having a stinky dog but not able to bathe them immediately. With FurScents, you just sprinkle it on from head to tail, rub it into their fur, and you’re done! It will help stretch bath time out, make your pup smell great, soften up their fur, absorb excess oil and it even acts as a natural bug repellent! Other waterless shampoos can leave a sticky residue, have an unpleasant smell, or they come in aerosol sprays that scare your dog away! Ours have none of that!

4) Finally, anything else that you would like to share?

  1. You can find us at various farmers markets throughout the Lower Mainland, we post where we will be on our Facebook and Instagram so be sure to follow us for info.

If you visit our website, you can find us at various stores around the Lower Mainland (British Columbia) as well so that you don’t have to wait. We also just recently got on Amazon.ca!

Or, If you’re local and want to order on our website, you can use coupon code CHOCO15 for 15% off at http://www.FurScents.ca and select our free local delivery option.

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