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Vendor Feature: Myfunvelope’s Farm Time Fun

This month, Myfunvelope sent me the “Farm Time Fun” subscription. Check out the assortment of farm related crafts and activities. This subscription is recommended for age 3 to 9. There are STEM activities too.

Check them out:

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Movie Review: Blood Red Sky

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Summary

A mom and her son was onboard a plane to a medical facility to receive treatment for her special condition. Suddenly, the terrorists hijacked the plane and began killing passengers. They even forced two passengers who fitted the stereotypical Islamic extremist profile to read a terrorist statement. The terrorists had planned to crash the plane after jumping off.

What they didn’t prepare for was that some of passengers were determined to fight back…. One even rose from the dead or did she?

Conclusion

This was an interesting concept and storyline. I liked how the characters worked together and grew to trust each other so quickly. A mother’s love and an extremely brave boy tied it all together.

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Movie Review: Wrath Of Man

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Summary

A newly hired security guard “H” was able to take down six robbers during his first job on the cash truck. Everyone was surprised and very impressed. His supervisor, on the other hand, had an odd feeling about this “hero” on the team. The owner, however, wanted to promote “H” to keep the morals high.

Soon, they would discover that this “hero” actually had a hidden agenda….

Conclusion

Although I expected a typical action movie featuring Jason Statham, I enjoyed the planning and the steps that led to the heist scenes.

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Photo Of The Day: Balance

Life goes on

And on

In a spiral

Or in a

Straight line

It can be

Unpredictable

But

Balance is

The key.

——Chocoviv

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Book Review: A Cruise To Murder

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Summary

Rachel was starting a new chapter in her life. Her ex-fiancé decided to leave her for someone else. Her job as a police officer was also because of this man! She needed a break and time away to think about her future life. So, she decided to go on a cruise for a vacation.

Happily, she met some lovely cruising travellers, a handsome man and a friendly elderly lady. Rachel was excited to meet new people and to relax. Little did she know that she was going to encounter murder onboard.

Conclusion

As I reading this book, I felt like I was on the cruise trip with her. I enjoyed the storyline and the clean language.

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Hidden Horseshoe Bay Lookout

On the side of the Sea to Sky Highway in British Columbia, there is a hidden wooden platform. Locals and visitors often venture up there to enjoy the view. Near the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal, you can sit up there and just hangout by yourself or with your friends!

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Book Review: How To See

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Summary

This little book is part of the Mindfulness Essentials series and is by the well known Zen teachers, Thich Nhat Hanh. He emphasizes the importance of perspective and being open. To work towards being able to look deeply and truthfully into ourselves and others. It’s crucial that we look beyond our past and to accept who we are to help ourselves to advance in life.

Conclusion

I really liked that I can just pick up this book and read one or two pages as a reminder. Very often these words of wisdom resonated with me at that moment in time. Definitely great to have around!

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Photo Of The Day: Candy In The Cove

This tiny little candy shop was hidden at the side of another business building. The sandwich board attracted my attention by saying that it was the smallest candy shop in the world!

So I went in and it was very small indeed!

The shop was a tiny little room that was filled from top to bottom with all sorts of candy. There were some surprise bags that I bought on my way out. I liked the surprise aspect of it.

So if you ever plan to visit Bowen Island, look for this cute shop!

Website:

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Art Inspiration: Crystal

Sparkling

Under the moonlight

With its

Icy formation

From millions

Of years ago

Magical and

Powerful

Aura.

—— Chocoviv

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Quote Of The Day: Why Worry

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It’s very difficult not to worry…

The future is a mystery to all.

To fumble around in the dark

And hoping for the best

Is the ultimate test for all.

Are you able to look forward

And to put your best foot forward.

Others may question your decision

To not wallow in self guilt and destruction.

As long as you have tried your best

Worrying won’t make it better.

——-Chocoviv

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Movie Review: Luca

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Summary

Luca was a sea creature who lived below the waters of the Italian Riviera. These sea creatures would transform into human forms when they left the water. His parents forbade him to explore the lands as it was extremely dangerous for them. Human beings were trying to hunt for the sea creatures.

One day, Luca was dragged out of the water by another young sea creature named Alberto. He showed Luca the joys of the land above the water. He also introduced Luca to the Vespa. This yearning for a Vespa, led them towards the road of adventure…

Conclusion

This wonderful movie about a young boy growing up and learning about the world around him warmed my heart. I enjoyed the creativity about the sea creatures transforming into human forms when they left the water. It reminded me of mermaids.

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Vendor Feature: Cali’flour Foods Pizza Crusts

In the search for lower carbohydrates alternatives, our home chef discovered Cali’flour Foods.

According to their site,

“Switching out your favorite foods for healthier alternatives usually comes with a laundry list of high-carb filler ingredients. But at Cali’flour Foods, the base of all our low-carb, keto-friendly recipes is simple – whole heads of cauliflower, egg whites, and mozzarella cheese. That’s it. Just real food that tastes as good as it makes you feel.

The crust was extremely thin, which suited me just fine. High in protein and low in carbohydrates made this pizza the ideal choice for us. It used cauliflower instead of grains as the main ingredient. Delicious!

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Book Review: Deadly Stillwater

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Summary

A girl was abducted and time was ticking. It began as a seemingly simple case of abduction, but began to turn complicated as the abductors didn’t immediately mention about the ransom….

Conclusion

If you are interested in all the inner workings and interactions among the police and FBI, this will satisfy you. Personally, I am not that interested in all the chapters about the police chatter.

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KTO’s Livestream of Ikseon-dong

Situated inside the busy city of Seoul was Ikseon-dong. KTO (Korea Tourism Organization) brought us along during a livestream to take us on a walk inside this special neighborhood. The house here were of the traditional style and housed different cafes and restaurants. Walking around was the only way to travel around its narrow streets.

Many Instagram-worthy photo opportunities!

Ikseon-dong was a traditional Korean village that still retained many of the traditional styles of Korean architecture. Many tourists came here to take photos of its uniqueness.

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Photo Of The Day: Double Bloom

Together we bloom

Side by side

Under the summer

Sun and clouds

Even when it

Rains

Hard

We are together.

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Movie Review: A Quiet Place

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Summary

Blind killer aliens landed on Earth and began their massacre of all living beings that made any noise. The Abbots learned to survive through communicating with sign language since Regan was deaf, (and needed a hearing aid to hear).

The beginning of the movie showed how one of the Abbots’ boys were killed and the older sister, Regan, felt guilty about it. Their father, Lee tried to find ways to upgrade her cochlear implant. One day, this implant would make a difference….

Conclusion

I enjoyed the scares of the aliens and the heart warming interactions of the family. I felt the pain and frustrations of a mother when I watched the little boy die for the toy car.

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Quote Of The Week: Act Of Kindness

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To help others and to treat others with kindness are two main goals of life, according to me. I try my best to help others in need and to treat people with kindness to make the world a better place.

There are many times where my kindness is laughed at and my heart is broken by some who have taken advantage of my kindness.

Some may say that I am too generous or too weak, which enables those entitled folks to believe that they have the upper hand in life.

In reality, I am able to stand up and be proud that I am able to make a positive change in this world. Each small act of kindness and generosity spreads even more positivity in this negative world.

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Photo Of The Day: Summer Lavender

My lavender in my tiny garden is blooming! This year I am determined to give it a trim after the season is over.

Do you have a garden? What are you growing?

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Movie Review: Black Widow

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Summary

Natasha met up with her adoptive sister, Yelena and worked together to bring down the Red Room. She discovered that she had failed to kill the Red Room’s leader and he sent a lethal assassin to finish her and Yelena off.

After killing a fellow assassin “Widow”, Yelena was exposed the antidote to the mind control pheromones that controlled her and the other “Widow” sisters. She convinced Natasha to help her to free the others.

All this was before she completely joined the Avengers.

Conclusion

I enjoyed watching the female characters being super heroes. Rachel Weisz was the adoptive mother of the Black Widow, also known as, the Iron Maiden. Although she was one of the enemies of the Black Widow, she worked together and acted like family in the movie.

The theme of family was constantly revisited. Free will and the ability to choose was removed in the attempt to make things more orderly and efficient. However, this type of inhumane control should not be tolerated.

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Vendor Feature: Nutridom

I just recently received a care package from Nutridom. There was a bottle of CoQ10, omega-3, multivitamin, ginseng, vitamin C and Zinc. These were some supplements that was recommended for a healthy lifestyle.

So far, the capsules were easy to digest and tolerated. I liked that they were a Canadian company too!

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Silvanus Bracelets

This company was started during the pandemic by Alex and Maria, both nature lovers. Using nature’s stones as part of their accessories line, they aimed to help people to reconnect with each other and with nature.

The name Silvanus was from the Roman deity who was the protector of forests. Their logo was inspired by Harry Potter’s Patronus, the Stag.

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Art Inspiration: By The Lake

After a long

Day of toiling

It’s time to

Take a stroll

Towards the serene

Lake of peacefulness

Close the door

And take a deep

Breath.

——-Chocoviv

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Book Review: Everyone Worth Knowing

I received this ARC copy to review.

Summary

This was a collection of short stories of different generations of men, both young and older. Some just began to learn about themselves, others began to learn about others. Relationships between these men and the different people around them was sometimes complicated and other times just chaotic!

Conclusion

As with most short story collections, there were stories that I enjoyed more than others. It was an interesting way to gain insight into the male mind.

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Vendor Feature: Myfunvelope (Jungle Safari)

Thank you Myfunvelope for sending my first package of Jungle Safari activities!

Who Is Myfunvelope?

1) When and why did you start your business?


I started my business five years ago. Soon after having my twins. I was a mom of six with five preschoolers. I started searching for activities to keep the other tree busy while I took care of the babies, and came upon craft subscriptions. When I was not able to find an affordable option for Canadian families I decided to start my own.


2) What was your background?

I took disability studies and worked with adults with disabilities. Then, as a teachers aid.


3) Some interesting facts about your product?

First and foremost, it’s affordable. I take time to package in a way that I can ship cheaper then a parcel and pass the savings onto the customer.

HOW IT WORKS

“Myfunvelope is a Canadian craft subscription box for kids ages 3-9. Every month your child will rush to the mailbox to receive their MyFUNvelope. They will discover and have fun with FOUR unique craft projects that follow a fun monthly theme. They will also receive a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) activity/idea for hands on building that is fun and sometime hilarious!“——Myfunvelope

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You can add the discount FUN15 to get 15% off the first month of all reoccurring orders!

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Movie Review: The Tomorrow War

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Summary

One day, soldiers from 30 years in the future appear to tell the present world that the human race was being wiped out by aliens. The only way to fight them was to transport people who would be dying soon to fight the aliens.

Conclusion

I recommend watching this movie without your logical and reasoning cap on. Just enjoy the fight scenes, and the special effects. My favourite parts were about the relationships that began estranged slowly transformed into heart warming ones.

It’s hard not to wonder why people in the future didn’t have the technology to fight these aliens, and would rather transport humans to fight…..

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Book Review: Trial By Sorcery

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Summary

Eldwin entered Dragon Rider School to become a Dragon Guard. That was the only future that he could look forward to… His dead father was a famous Dragon Guard and that was how his family became Honorary Nobility in the clan. He was the one left in the family and with a mangled arm. How was he supposed to succeed?

But before he could even attempt to bond with a dragon, he must pass the three tests of the school… If he failed, then his memory of the school would be erased and he would never be a rider…..

Conclusion

As a fan of dragons, I enjoyed the storytelling of the writer. As this was book one, it opened a lot of doors for the reader to imagine and explore.

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Photo Of The Day: Mister Snail

Slowly wandering

In the fields

Visiting his favourite

Patch of grass

The glowing sun

Warms up its

Humble home.

—-Chocoviv

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Movie Review: Fatherhood

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Summary

Faced with the sudden death of his wife during the delivery, a newly widowed father decided to bring up his infant daughter by himself. Despite being doubted about his abilities as a caretaker of an infant, he proved to everyone that he was able to successfully bring up his daughter.

Then one day, she began kindergarten. Growing up along his young daughter, this father learned to continue to strive in life through all the ups and downs of parenthood.

Conclusion

This was a heartwarming story that reflected many of the trials and tribulations of a single parent.

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You Are A Magical Girl Tag

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Thanks to Introvert Bags for the tag!

The Rules

1. A Magical Girl is always polite! So be polite! Display the Magical Girl Tag Logo, thank the one who tagged you and if you want tag creator to thank you for participating, tag Pinkie’s original post as well! That last one is optional though!

2. A good magical girl gets the job done! Answer all the prompts! But do it like yourself! Come up with your own ideas, or compare it with other anime or video games! Anything goes! Just get the job done!

3. A good Magical girl always makes friends! Tag at least 2 people! More is optional!
There is no 4! That would be bad luck!

4. A Magical girl is not defined by gender! Feel free to tag anyone!

The questions

1. A Magical Creature descended from the skies! It is telling you, you are a magical girl! Describe this magical messenger! What is it.. where is it from?!

This messenger would be an unicorn. It flew among the clouds and descended from the sky.

2. Your creature tells you about an evil force from afar! What is this evil force?! What is their goal?!

This evil force would turn best friends into enemies.

3. The creature then tells you, you hold a great virtue, it is the reason you have been selected! What is this reason!

I was very friendly and could talk to anyone!

4. After the exposition, a monster shows up at your doorstep! It is time to transform! What is your transformation item?!

It would be a pair of sunglasses!

5. Transformation scene time! How do you look as a magical girl?! What is your power and signature attack?!

Think Trinity from the Matrix! My power to run across walls and a mean flying side kick helped a lot!

6. Catchphrase time! Name some of those lines you repeat in every episode.. and tell us when you use them! This can be a transformation phrase.. or just something cool you keep repeating!

“Chocolate makes it all better!”

7. Are you a solo magic girl?! Do you work in a team?! Are you the first recruit or a supportive one?!

I would work solo….

8. Every magical girl has a goal in her normal life as well! What would your goal be?!

To sleep more

9. What is the dark twist to your being a magical girl?!

My best friend would be a vampire….

That’s it! Here are my tags:

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http://lesleysanimeandmangacorner.com

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Netflix Series: The Mist

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Summary

A mysterious mist rolled into the town. This was no simple natural phenomenon as many inside this mist died. The mist engulfed and killed… The townspeople either hid inside their homes, the church or the large shopping mall. Human nature and the desperate need for survival reared its ugly head.

Conclusion

Watching how a dysfunctional family dealt with the evils that were hidden among themselves and in people that they though they knew was intriguing. However, it could get frustrating when the audience knew the truth and the characters didn’t….

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Berlitz Language Centre: Spanish Level 1

After spending half year on the Duolingo app for Spanish, I was given the opportunity to join the level one Spanish course midway! To be honest, I wasn’t sure if I was able to follow along. Luckily, the course had two students and one instructor. This ratio allowed us to be able to receive the utmost support and attention.

Most of the course work involves reading and practicing conversations in the language. There was an online textbook and exercises. So, everyday I would take notes from the text to prepare myself for the next lesson. There was a lot of vocabulary and grammar involved, but each chapter built upon the last. Hence, it was manageable for me to retain the information.

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Hot Summer Day

As we the humans

Begin dripping sweat

In this heat wave,

Bearded dragons

Are enjoying

This extremely hot weather.

Soaking its front paws

In the water dish

Is his way of

Cooling off.

—CHocoviv

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Photo Of The Day: Summer Burger

Remember the summers

When we stayed out late

Watching drive-in movies

Munching on buttery popcorn

Licking up the melting cheese

Dripping off the hot cheeseburger

That you ordered from the

Burger joint.

Life was good.

——-Chocoviv

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Vendor Feature: Straps Away

Thank you, Straps Away for these super cool car strap holders!

Who Is Straps Away?

1) Why and when did you start your business?

The concept of StrapsAway was born the first time I went to put my oldest son in his car seat, to take him home from the hospital. The straps and buckles kept calling into the seat where I needed to place him!

Fast forward 4 years and I now had three little boys, all in car seats, and those buckles were always in the way and getting twisted! So my mom and I sat down to think of a solution, and we came up with StrapsAway! It was not an overnight invention. In fact, it took years of trials and researching and consulting with professionals, but we got it perfect and launched official just over a year ago. It’s been more successful than we could have imagined. Apparently I wasn’t the only parent tired of untwisting straps at the side of my car in the pouring rain and with planking children!

2) What was your background?

My mom was a nurse before raising her 9 children. I was a Sales Manager in the tradeshow and convention industry before stopping to raise my 3 sons.

3) Some interesting facts about your product?

There are many interesting facts! They are invented and handmade by us here in Calgary. Also, we source as many of our materials as possible from other Canadian companies. The magnets we use are neodymium rare earth magnets, which are the strongest possible for that size. They work so well!

We donate a portion of every sale to “charity: water” because we’re passionate about families around the world having access to the necessities of life.

They comply with all Transport Canada and Health Canada Guidelines.

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

Our website is strapsaway.com and we have a great following on Instagram @strapsaway where we also share entertaining parenting tips.

We have 12 children between us so we have more than a few stories to tell.

Hence, if there’s anything else you need or are curious about just let me know!

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Vendor Feature: East Village Soap Company

Thank you East Village Soap Company for sending me these soaps!

East Village Soap is locally operated by a husband and wife team, that strives to create all natural skin loving soaps that contain pure aromatherapy oils to calm, refresh, and rejuvenate your senses.  We wanted to create something that is great for your skin, smells amazing, is uniquely crafted, and absolutely beautiful. 

We use the old fashioned cold process method of soap making.  All our bars are made by hand in small batches and cured for 4-6 weeks before being sold.  We never use synthetic fragrances or colors in any of our soaps, and they are colored with clays and herbs from nature.

We strive to shop locally for all our ingredients and support local businesses. Foraging is a passion we have and its important to us to use what nature has surrounded us with. We love to look for ingredients we can infuse into oils and use in our soaps and on to give them that extra boost of goodness!

Message From The Owner

Hi, I’m Aileen Leong, and I live in Calgary Alberta Canada in the neighborhood of East Village.

I’ve always suffered from sensitive skin and have two kids with eczema. With this began my journey into natural soap.

I bought my first bar of natural soap on a whim and the rest was history.  When I first began cold process soap making I was amazed at how much better moisture, lather and hardness you could get from a naturally made bar. Very quickly I saw improvements in our skin when using natural soap. After almost a year of testing recipes we have developed the formula we now use and love.

Nature plays a large part in my soap designs, and I try to incorporate  locally sourced ingredients as much as possible. It is important to me to use scents and colors in my soap that only come from nature and are not synthetic. My family has had many fun adventures foraging for botanicals in our local community to put on and in our soaps.

I love making art that I can incorporate into something that is also amazing for the skin.

I hope to spread that love to you through an awesome product that your skin will absolutely crave ❤

Fun Fact: I used to work as a nurse in a hospice before I had kids and decided to stay home with them. I took a couple soap classes and absolutely fell in love with the whole process.

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Book Review: Midnight Sun

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Summary

This book was written in the perspective of Edward. Edward was a vampire who went to the same high school as Bella, the protagonist in the Twilight Series. This book gave the reader many insights and inner thinkings of Edward from the first time he sensed Bella to falling in love with her.

Conclusion

I had watched most of the Twilight movies in the franchise, so I was interested in this new book by Stephenie Meyer. Edward’s inner thoughts were quite humorous at times!

I read this book with an open mind. I believed that if you kept comparing it to the original book series, then it’s better that you stayed with the original book.

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Vendor Feature: Amie Aromas

The instant I opened the box, I could smell the lychee scent already!! Thank you, Amie Aromas, for the lovely candles!

1) Why and when did you start your business?


Our names are Kim and Theresa. We started this business venture right when the pandemic struck – March 2020. Although it was a daunting time, we wanted to find a silver lining in the madness we were living through and decided what better way to make use of our time than to start a candle business.

To back trace a bit, we’re best friends and have been for the last 10 years. We wanted to start a business venture that was driven by a common passion, which happens to be all things luxury and beauty. Of course, we wouldn’t be able to venture into everything within that realm and so we decided on our own candle line.

Through our brand we ultimately want to provide our customers with a luxury experience from the point of purchase to the first time they light the candle.

Fun fact, one of the most common ways we greet each other is “chao ban” which is “hello friend” in Vietnamese. We originally thought of the brand name “ban”, but figured it may get lost in translation.

2) Next, what was your background?


Kim and Theresa are both Canadian born Vietnamese raised in Toronto, Ontario. Kim recently graduated with a degree in Chemistry while Theresa’s background is in HR. We are both currently working the typical 9-5 lifestyle. It wouldn’t be the first time for anyone to say the 9-5 can be stale, however to compensate we thrive when it comes to our main passion, amie aromas. Fun random facts about us:
We are big animal lovers and hope to give back to the community one day through amie aromas
We are big on travelling and,
Exploring the city to discover to restaurants to eating

3) Any interesting facts about your product?

All of our scents are custom made by a certified fragrance chemist from the American Society of Perfumers. We work with the chemist to help develop scents we feel are both unique and that we love. Through this partnership, we are able to experience the fun, unique process while building our knowledge of complex fragrances. Ultimately we have the opportunity and flexibility to set a vision for our fragrance line, which they help bring to life.

We also care about sustainability and want to aim for our product to be as environmentally conscious as possible. From the candle container, the labels, and the packaging, all of the aspects are thought out to be supportive of the environment.

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

Additional facts about our candles are that they are hand poured soy wax candles that are non-GMO, phthalate-free with a lead-free cotton wick. We are currently working on our upcoming Fall line and are very excited

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KTO’s Live Tour Of Busan

Korea Tourism Organization took us on a live tour of Busan! What a fun way to travel online!W

Our first stop was to eat GUKBAP, which was a type of rice soup. The place that he went to was opened 50 years ago! Next, walking down the street markets filled with fresh seafood, our guide took us into a popular seafood restaurant. He introduced a type of seafood called the Sea Pineapple which they ate like raw oysters—-raw with some sauce!

The tour guide also ordered the garlic and eel dish which was cooked inside the tinfoil on the table. Normally, he found eel to be fishy, but not with the garlic. He said it was delicious! He continued to introduce different types of kimchi or fermented vegetables. He would grab a piece of leafy green and wrap the meats along to eat.

Finally, he took us to the Haeundae Beach. He went inside the Rendéjà-Vous where many couple went for dates.

I honestly felt like I was there too! Thank you, KTO!

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Vendor Feature: Goodness Graze

Thank you Goodness Graze for their amazing grazing box!

Who Is Goodness Graze?

1) Why and when did you start your business?

The passion for graze started long before I knew what the term ‘graze’ or ‘charcuterie’ meant. Putting together an arrangement of food for loved ones, and seeing their reactions to the spread always brought feelings of joy. The conversations while connecting over snacks and nibbles have always left lingering feelings of nostalgia in the mind.

It’s the feeling you get when family and friends come together, where you share the highs and lows of life’s journey, where you celebrate and embrace. It was the craving for that exact feeling which paved the way for the goodness graze journey. Goodness graze is a combination of my love for food and togetherness.

2) So,what was your background?

I have a background in psychology.

3) Also, interesting facts about your product

We strive to be an eco friendly company & use products that are biodegradable, compostable & recyclable only. We believe in supporting small businesses & source our products from local businesses in BC; we love building connections with them.

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

Each box is full of surprises and when possible we try to add a personalized touch that resonates with you (be it a specific cheese or chocolate that reminds you of your childhood). 😊

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Happy Father’s Day 2021

How fortunate we were to be able to enjoy some time together on this Father’s Day!

Big gatherings weren’t allowed yet, but small ones were valued even more as restrictions were being lifted. Nothing fancy or grande, just some takeout and deliveries to share with the fathers in our lives.

I hope that all the fathers, godfathers, grandfathers, stepfathers, and uncles in the world had a great day!

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Vendor Review: Peanut And Bud


I absolutely love my new Ra-Ra-Ramen shirt!

Who Is Peanut And Bud?


1) Why and when did you start your business?

I am a full time teacher and I feel like I’ve always been a maker by heart. I love creating things and dabbled into card making in my 20’s with one of my best friends. And then life happened – got married and had kids. I found my way back to crafting by fluke last spring. I actually bought a Cricut to make labels for my essential oil rollers and slowly found myself exploring other projects – t shirts, signs, doormats, totes. Slowly but surely my business gained momentum as word of mouth spread and people started to seek out my products and services. And here we are today.

2)Next, what was your background?

I’ve been an elementary school teacher now for over 20 years! Teaching mostly at the grade 4/5 level. My favorite subject to teach…Art! Haha. I’m the happiest when I am able to make or create something.
I was born in Manila, Phippines. I am Chinese – Fukien. I have a younger sister. My family moved to Canada when I was 10 in 1987.

3) Some interesting facts about your product?

I’m a perfectionist and I have a strong eye for detail. I’m super picky when it comes to the quality of my products.

The name Peanut and Bud stems from my two kids. Payton is my oldest and she is Bud and Grayson is my youngest , soon to be 9 in July, he is my Peanut.

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

I run my business from home, while teaching full time and being a mom – crazy I know.
My husband’s name is Paul and I would not be able to do what I do without his support!

Check her products out:

https://www.instagram.com/peanutandbud/

https://m.facebook.com/peanutandbud/

USE CODE: PNB10 for 10% off your order!

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Book Review: Ocean Academy (The Lost Talisman)

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Summary

Coral the Octopod, finally reunited with her mysterious aunt Aquatica… Therefore, she was considered an enemy of the underwater world. King and Queen’s scheme of trying to obtain Coral’s earring talisman and even the lost talisman of the First Nymph King must be stopped! Coral was determined to locate her father and to protect the ones she loved despite being warned by her aunt….”You will regret if you choose incorrectly…”

Conclusion

This was book 4 of the series, but I thought that it could be read by itself. There was a lot of details that really highlighted the ocean depths and their surroundings in the middle of the book. The fight scenes were also quite elaborate too.

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Movie Review: Kiki’s Delivery Service

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Summary

After turning thirteen, Kiki had to leave her home and live alone for one year by herself. Those were the requirements for a witch-in-training. She settled down in a city that didn’t have a witch-in-training yet. Having her black cat, Jiji, helped her to adjust to her unfamiliar surroundings. After helping the local baker to deliver a lost pacifier to a new mother who just left the bakery, the baker invited her to stay. Eventually, she decided to start a delivery service by using her broom flying skills.

Living in the city, she encountered peers who regarded her as an oddity because of how different she was…..Insecure feelings began to rise…Then one day, she couldn’t hear her cat speak nor fly anymore….

Conclusion

This was a story of a little girl coming of age. From a happy and excited little girl, Kiki went through a low time when she lost her abilities. Losing faith in herself affected her ability to fly.

While watching this story, one must remove their pre-existing notions of witches. Apparently, the city folks weren’t afraid of witches, but we’re surprised and intrigued by the flying.

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Netflix Review: Struggle (The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski)

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Summary

This documentary recalled the life and works of Stanislav Szukalski, beginning from his latter times in California and backtracking into his past. For five years, his close friend Glen Bray helped him to record him telling his eccentric and imaginative tales of success and failures.

From his own invented alphabet to how he believed that Easter island was where humanity began, he was called a genius as a child to a megalomaniac as an adult.

Conclusion

As a fan of art, I was completely intrigued with this sculptor’s life story. Despite the failures in life and his career, he was able to work to the end at something he loved.

Now I would love to Chicago’s Polish Museum of America!

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Art Inspiration: Bling Ring

This ring design was inspired by the Grace ring by Lucine And Company!

Behold a rough gem

So dull and

Untouched

Eons of years

Passed by

Forgotten by the world

Till one day

It’s sparkle

Caught the eye of

A beholder

Who treasured it

And unveiled

Its glory

——-Chocoviv

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Vendor Feature: S And K Collective

My order from S And K Collective is here! Check out all the different colours and sizes! I even received a complimentary pair of earrings….

Who Is S And K Collective?


1) Why and when did you start your business?

In April 2020 I started because I wanted cute mommy and son matching clothes. I couldn’t find many that were more neutral, for everyday wear type, or matching statement tees.

2) What was your background?

My background is legal work, but I used to write poetry and bead alot. Im actually published in 3 books and used to bead daily.

3) Interesting facts about your product?

Interesting facts….I guess that it’s all done by me. Choosing and creating the designs.

Advertising.

Website.

Customer care.

Hand dying the clothes.

Pressing.

Packing.

Shipping…….all of it.

Also I dont use the typical Rit dye that most on the market do. Rit dye is a stain which will wash out whereas ours bonds with the clothing and will not wash out.

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Art Inspiration: Coffee With A Croissant

Pour a hot cup

Of freshly brewed

Arabica beans

No milk

No sugar

But

Accompanied with

A flaky

And buttery

Croissant.

Divine!

——- Chocoviv

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Series Review: Strong Girl Bong-Soon

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Summary

Bing-Soon was born with superhuman strength. She had inherited from the maternal side of her family. Normally, she would hide her ability to avoid attention. However, one day, the owner of a video game company saw her use her strength and hired her to be his personal bodyguard.

Conclusion

This was definitely a romantic comedy with lots of laughs especially when she used her powers to fight evil villains! I loved that she was able to use her power for the benefit of others.

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Movie Review: Mortal Engines

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Summary

In a post-apocalyptic world, cities like London became mobile machines, while larger communities would take over smaller communities. These were Traction Cities. A group who opposed this idea were the Anti-Traction League that built a wall to protect against these Traction Cities.

The leader of London lead everyone to believe that they could take down the wall by building a weapon that used 21st century technology. This type of technology, along with computers and cellphones were considered valuable artifacts. Tom was a historian who collected these artifacts and worked under, Thaddeus Valentine, the head of the Guild of Historians. One day, a young woman named Hester Shaw attempted to kill Valentine and told Tom about Valentine’s evil deeds. This led Valentine to push him down the exit chute of the city….. into an unknown and treacherous land and Hester…..Who was she? And what was Valentine hiding?

Conclusion

The storyline wasn’t extremely exciting, but I did enjoy the steampunk style of the machines. The idea that they couldn’t use technology to rebuild the world, instead lived in a land that resembled a dismal desert, was odd. They used all the technology to build a mobile city to “eat” smaller towns, sounded more like a video game idea.

I discovered afterwards that the movie took its ideas from a YA book series of the same name.

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Vendor Feature: OG Designs

Thank you OG Designs for my customized planter! Remember to don’t stop BELEAFING!

Who Is OG Designs?

I started og designs during the pandemic like most other people. I worked in the beauty industry and was out of work and needed an outlet for my creativity. My hubby and I just moved back to the burbs from Yaletown at the same time.

The OG in OG Designs stands for Original Gould, my maiden name.

Fun Fact:

I love dogs 💕

Check out her designs!

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