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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