Monday, December 29, 2008

Friday, December 26, 2008

we interrupt this blog to talk about skincare....

I'm not just talking regular skincare, but delicious, wonderfully organic skincare products that you deserve and will want if "quality" is what you are looking for.The company is called Bioéthique, the products are made in Provence, and they are having a boxing day sale now, so it is a perfect oppourtunity for you to check out their wares.

We all have skin, and we need to take care of it.
I used to be a strictly "soap and water" girl. I couldn't stand the feeling of anything on my face after I had washed it, and because I rarely wear any sort of makeup....this is something that I have always adhered to.
If I'm cleaning my face, I don't need any greasy, waxy, so called moisturizing products smeared or caked on my face. Bioéthique, is one of the first lines that has left me feeling clean and moisturized without that ugh waxy feel that is usually left behind.

One of the first things you will notice about these products is their very different texture and consistency. Compared to many main stream products which are artificially thickened, these products are quite thin or light by comparison. It certainly doesn't diminish their performance ability, and in my opinion, enhances it. There is no excess to absorb and it all disappears into the porous sponge that is your skin.
Their unique texture does require a mental shift when you are extracting them from their containers however, as I have lost great globs of shampoo by simply spacing out and not paying attention. Be aware!! These are quality products that need to be used sparingly, and with great relish.

Another consideration for making the switch to organic products like Bioéthique is the use of animal products in many 'brand name'products. If you wish to avoid these potentially harmful and generally disgusting animal products and other toxins you might want to think about it.
Longevity is key. So the time to start looking after your skin is now.

These products are delicious smelling, with subtle fragrances of orange, and rose and other essential plant oils. They are fresh, and work best that way. They leave my skin feeling great, and my body smelling delicious.Of course, only time will tell, but if I'm smiling because my skin feels so good, then how can this be a bad thing?

I strongly encourage you to check them out.
Their sale runs until January 1'st. You will be as hooked as I am. Guaranteed!

my favourites include:

the cleansing milk
the exfoliating scrub
the eye cream
the wonderful anti-oxidant serum
the delicious smelling body moisturizer
the day cream-nice and light
the moisture mask....because I work outdoors and need a little extra tlc sometimes

Thursday, December 11, 2008

where have all the birches gone?

Down at Gore and Union there has been a vacant lot for some time. It has also been a hot spot for arson and vandalism from the haters of gentrification.
They had placed some orange fencing around some of the larger trees there. I understood this fence to mean that they would be saved.There were about 4 birches initially.Some were larger than others.

I had seen some spectacular wildlife there from time to time as well. If you can call inner city wildlife spectacular, and I believe you can.
Giant 'coons sunning themselves on the roofs of the now burned out homes.
A big Buteo looking for lunch.
It was a familiar corner. One that has been changing ever so slowly.
The fenced in trees started to become a receptacle for garbage and starbucks cups. Clothing. Other flotsam of the downtown eastside.

The other day, I noticed that the very last tree had been cut down.
They had been disappearing over time, broken off, snapped in half.
This one was more obvious.
Someone actually tramped down the orange fence and cut it down.
There was no evidence left behind except a stump.

I started to wonder about some of the other Birches in the neighbourhood.
Three on the south side of Strathcona school field. Three at the park house on Keefer and Heatley.It is a bummer to see so many disappear. Leaving stumps.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

14 gone but not forgotten

Genevieve Bergeron.

Nathalie Croteau.

Anne-Marie Edward.

Maryse Laganiere.

Anne-Marie Lemay.

Michele Richard.

Annie Turcotte.

Helene Colgan.

Barbara Daigneault.

Maud Haviernick.

Maryse LeClair.

Sonia Pelletier.

Annie St-Arneault.

Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz.

Remembering the Montreal Massacre.

I'm not sure we've come a long way in the last 19 years.
The news is still full of stories of women murdered by their spouses, family members, and total strangers. It is disgusting.
Women are still disposable in our society.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Overheard at work...

"So some Haitian is gonna decide who runs the country?!?!!"