How to create a healthier home

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I know this might be pretty obvious, but everyone wants to feel healthy and at their best right? I know during this pandemic feeling our best doesn’t come as easy. It has been mentally and emotionally draining on all of us but you are probably still trying to do what you can to wake up feeling good. Some steps you might be taking is easting right, exercising regularly, and making sure you  get enough sleep. Each of these is vital, but there may be one influence on your health you overlook, and that is your home. Your home plays a significant role in your wellbeing and impacts everything from your mood to your physical health. Creating a healthy home is an investment in your wellbeing and can enhance every area of your life. If you want to create a healthier home, here are some things you can do: 

Improve Air Quality

You may not have thought about your home’s air quality, but if indoor air quality is poor, it can cause various problems. Low indoor air quality can cause allergy symptoms and exacerbate conditions such as asthma. A reduction in indoor air quality can occur if your home has inadequate ventilation or if your air conditioning is not functioning correctly. If you spot an issue with your air conditioning unit, it is wise to call an emergency ac repair service to get the problem solved and ensure your air conditioning is working efficiently once again.

Keeping up with maintaining your HVAC system is the best way to keep it working efficiently for longer. 

Another important way to keep your home healthier is to install a carbon monoxide alarm. Carbon monoxide can pollute your home without you even knowing as it is an odourless gas. The effects of carbon monoxide poisoning are potentially severe, so it is vital to reduce your exposure.

 

Reduce Excess Moisture

Having excess moisture in your home can lead to mold and mildew forming. Mold and mildew not only look pretty gross, but they also are not great for your health. Depending on your sensitivity to mold spores, they can cause you to have allergy-like symptoms including a runny nose, itchy eyes, and headaches. 

Mold can appear in many forms in the home and could look like patches of black dots on your wall or other surfaces, or even have a ‘furry’ appearance. If you notice mold in your home, you may want to get it removed to prevent it from spreading and get your home looking great again.

To prevent mold from forming in your home, it is essential to keep your moisture levels low. The most crucial step in reducing moisture in your home is to prevent condensation. Condensation often occurs in the bathroom and kitchen. Activities such as taking your daily shower and cooking can create large amounts of condensation, leading to mold developing. Improving ventilation in your home while you are showering or cooking is the best way to keep moisture at bay. The simplest solution is to open the window before you shower or start cooking, as this will prevent condensation. If you hang wet laundry around your home, this can also increase moisture levels. If possible, it is best to let your laundry dry outdoors rather than inside, where it can create condensation.

Here is to a healthier and happier home my friends,

xo

Mia

What you can do about work related health issues

I have shared quite a bit on my social media channels how much I love my job and how lucky I am to be part of a team I care about doing work that  I am passionate about. One’s job should have a positive impact on one’s life, but let’s be honest, it’s not always rainbows and butterflies. And sometimes, when we don’t take the time to check in, the work life balance can tip a little too far one way and impact your health. It might not be a physical impact, but more so a mental one that you might not even know is effecting you until it is a little too late. So I wanted to share with you some ways that you can make sure your work doesn’t impact your overall health.

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Start Moving More 

It’s easy to forget, especially since many of us have had to pivot to working from home and may be at a computer for longer hours than usual, but humans were really not supposed to sit down as much as we currently do. While it can be comfortable to sit, comfort in itself is probably overrated! Here is the thing, many of us are now going from our bed to our office chair to the couch in the evening and then right back to bed, and that is too much sitting! Research suggests that this might have severe long-term health consequences. The solution? Move more. You can take regular walks throughout the day, get a standing desk, or even cycle or run to work. I also wear an apple watch to remind me to get up for at least a minute each hour. 

Better Work Set Up

As well as sitting, humans were also not really designed for typing all day long. We get used to it, but it can have a harmful impact on certain aspects of our bodies, most notably our wrists and hands. Mine is doubled because of a previous life as a tennis player. If you’re feeling pain in this part of your body, then visit a hand surgeon. I recently booked an appointment and found out that I have a cyst in my wrist. Other common concerns could be carpal tunnel syndrome, which is a common consequence of typing in an incorrect position. Beyond that, it’s about reviewing your work setup. There are ergonomic keyboards and mouse setups that are easier on the wrists. 

Work/Life Balance

It’s normal to feel a little bit of stress at work. But if you’re feeling overly stressed, then there’ll be a problem. This level of stress can have short- and long-term impacts on your health, not to mention your overall enjoyment of life. If you can’t see how your working life will calm down, then it’s important to take steps to improve your work/life balance. Having a cut-off time for work, doing relaxation activities, and taking time throughout the day to get some headspace will all prevent a build-up of stress. Whenever I think I have a busy or stressful day ahead I try and start my day with meditation to clear my head and get me ready for the tasks ahead. 

Maybe it is time for a career change 

I must say I am so lucky to have a job I love, but trust me before working at the Weather Network I had many jobs I did not love. Sometimes I was working several jobs at once and the stress was just overwhelming. I understand making ends meet, I bought a condo straight out of university and so money and finances is important, but it isn’t everything. Sure making a steady income can take a lot of the stress away. You know that you can pay your bills each month, you can invest in activities that have a positive impact on your overall health, and you can do things that do create a healthy lifestyle like purchasing a gym membership or healthier (and usually more expensive meals). Maybe it is time to ask for that raise that you know you deserve. Or if you don’t think it is the right fit and it isn’t benefiting you both financially and emotionally, than maybe it is time to move on.

 

 

 

How to get glowing skin with 5 simple tips

Skin. It’s the first thing that people see when they look at you and it’s the first thing that gets the brunt of Mother Nature when she decides to be fierce. Whether rain or shine, your skin takes a beating and whether you are tired or stressed, sick or happy, you wear this on your skin. Trust me, working as a weather expert I am outside a ton for work, and my skin definitely feels heavier and warn down when I get home after being in the elements all day. 

The good news is that you don’t have to live with tired and dull skin. You can improve the look of your skin and look healthier if you look after it properly,  and you can improve the glow of your skin in just 5 easy steps! From Nutraceutical Imbalance Therapy to the right skincare regime, you need to get it right for your skin. So, with that in mind, let’s get stuck into these tips for that beautiful glow that you deserve.

1. Cleanse regularly 

Regular cleansing is the very first place that you should start. You need a clean canvas every evening and the best way to do that is with a great cleanser. You can get rid of debris like oil and dirt and you can unclog your pores as a result. This will prevent dull skin that sits dirtily on your pillowcase overnight. Massage in face cleanser before you go to sleep in light, circular motions and go from the outside of your face inwards. Use cotton pads to gently remove the cleanser and you’ll see the results of your efforts on the pad!

2. Exfoliate 

Exfoliation  is something that I recently added into my skin routine and it has made a world of a difference when it comes to bringing my skin back to life. Exfoliating will remove the dead cells so that your skin surface is smooth and clear. It will reflect the light better, and you can choose a physical scrub twice a week to get the best results. Facial peels are a nice option, but they should only be done once a week or less as they’re quite harsh for the skin. Follow exfoliating with a layer of moisturizer for the best results.

3. Use brightening skin products for some extra lift

Brighten up your skin with the right brightening skincare products. There are so many topical treatments out there and these serums and moisturizers are designed to even your skin tone and make your skin more vibrant. They contain antioxidants, and they are designed to be used daily to improve your complexion over time. These serums have so many positive effects and you will start to notice them pretty quickly, in just a few weeks.  This type of brightening product is great for the skin and for your confidence.

4. Stay hydrated

Keep drinking water regularly, and a lot of it. Your skin needs hydration to plump out properly, and when you apply a topical moisturizer, you can see how hydrated your skin becomes. Water is a good idea, but moisturizers are a targeted way to ward off dry skin and make the skin appear more lush and dewy.

5. Add the finishing touches with a lotion that adds glow

Some days when I don’t feel like wearing a lot of makeup, I just add a shimmery location at the end of my skin routine. They are designed to boost that skin glow, and you will see the benefits instantly when you use one. They allow you to glow with a combination of hydration moisturizers and the highlighter effects that will boost the radiance of your skin. Humectant ingredients draw the moisturizer better to the surface of the skin.

I hope these tips help get you the skin you want and deserve. I would also love if you shared some of your own skin secrets with me. 

xo 

Mia 

My favourite local finds this holiday season

The halls are decked, the tree is lit, but you still have a few names to cross off the nice list. Time is running out quickly… Santa’s sleigh is almost on its way. So I wanted to share with you some amazing local B.C. finds this season. The best part about it, you are supporting a small local business but it is one of your last hopes for the gifts to arrive on time.

Firstly I want to share where I found a lot of these local goodies. Since moving to Squamish, I have loved going to the Refresh Market.  This year the market went virtual. Showcasing local artists and makers, and taking you inside their shops. I was able to rediscover some of the favourites I have found over the years, but also discover some amazing new stores.

Fair Jewelry 

While browsing the Refresh Market, I came across Fair Jewelry,  I found some gorgeous gold hoop earrings that I knew my mom would love, and they were so beautiful I ended up also buying a pair for myself. As I learned more about the company, I was even more excited to support the shop. They donate proceeds to the David Suzuki Foundation, they also use  at least one component of recycled/up-cycled material in each of the pieces

Muddy Marvels Pottery 

I had always wanted to take a pottery class, and I found the local shop Muddy Marvels Pottery. I loved learning Meghan. She is so talented and also so fun to work with. She also makes the most gorgeous ceramic pieces, and you can even order custom for the special someone on your list.

The Local Space 

I was trying to find some gift baskets for my nieces and through google searches came across The Local Space. They sell some incredible BC brands and you can even buy a custom made gift basket with the best local treats. I am hoping someone might get me some goodies from here as a holiday surprise.

Treeline Collective

I have never seen more beautiful blankets. Not only do I love the designs but they are also so cozy and warm. The founder of the company says their pieces are inspired by the outdoors, and it really comes across in the colours and prints, and because they are inspired by the outdoors, they also aim to protect the outdoors. They use natural and organic materials. They also give back to organizations that aim to protect the planet like ocean cleanups.

Leze the Label 

I recently discovered this brand and I am obsessed with their clothes. Not only are they so comfortable and light, but they are also made completely from recycled material. I love that you can go on the website and learn more about what materials are used for each piece and how they help reduce waste. Also it is run by a badass Vancouver boss babe, so it is amazing to support local female entrepreneur doing good for the planet as well.

Wyn & Wood 

I mean, this is the perfect place to shamelessly showcase our little Etsy shop. During the pandemic my husband and I started making bath trays to make the bathroom a cozy relaxing place as we spend the holidays at home this year. It is like a spa day without leaving your house.

 

 

Well those are some of my favourite local shops. The perfect place to find that last minute local and beautiful gift for anyone one your list.

Happy shopping my friends and a happy holiday season.

xo

Mia

Popular Beauty Procedures that are Causing a Stir

Trust me, I get it, right now no one, and I mean no one feels like themselves. For most getting to work is moving from the bed to the downstairs office. Sweatpants has become part of the daily routine, but deep down I still long for getting dressed up, putting on making, and feeling like my best self. Despite dealing with a global pandemic, it still seems important to feel good  and feel beautiful. For some, that might be an extra half hour to do your hair in the morning, for others there might be the draw to try something new and different. There are so many inventions, treatments, and procedures that are none invasive but can also amplify beauty. I wanted to share some of the ones I have discovered over the years that might be a little outside of the box. 

 

1. Cosmetic Dentistry

The aesthetic side of dentistry – cosmetic dentistry – focuses on dental work that fixes faults in and improves the appearance of teeth, the jawline and gums. It is more for appearance rather than functionality giving importance to the colour (whiteness), alignment and size of teeth and overall appearance of the smile. Wahroonga Dental offers these services, among others.

 

2. Laser Eye Surgery

I had laser eye surgery when I turned 21 and it was the best decision of my life. I was finally able to see the world clearly. Previously, those with poor eyesight had no choice but to wear spectacles. Then came the option of lenses. Now, if one doesn’t like the inconvenience of putting lenses on and taking them off, there is the advanced option of laser eye surgery. Twenty-twenty vision at your fingertips! 

 

3. Tattooed Eyebrows and Microblading

Yes you read that right… you can now permanently tattoo on eyebrows so you don’t have to worry about stray hairs or shaping them to perfection. A similar but more scientific semi-permanent technique known as microblading is another option – this treatment is intended to make your eyebrows look flawless and fuller without the regular hassle of trimming, plucking and shaping. Being that styles and life are constantly changing I am a big fan of the later 

 

4. Laser Hair Removal

I did laser hair removal for the first time last year and really loved it. I was so tired of shaving all the time so it was nice to find a more permanent solution to getting rid of unwanted body and facial hair, laser hair removal is also popular amongst men who like to be well-groomed.  You might need to go back for top-up sittings, however, as there is no guarantee that the hair won’t resurface after a few months. It will be significantly lesser, but with hormonal changes there are chances of hair re-growth.

 

5. Botox Injections

This one is a little more invasive than the other beauty producers, but having tried it for myself once, it was a nice way for a quick pick me up.  A couple of years ago, botox injections weren’t as popular or common as they are today. Now, a significantly larger number of people are opting for this procedure that helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles and ageing. These injections help make the skin look tighter and firmer, and seems to work a lot quicker and more efficiently  than all of the anti wrinkle creams I have tried. 

 

6. Keratin Hair Treatment

This isn’t a new procedure, but it’s just as popular even now. Straight hair has always been in style (with the perm and waves and curls making intermittent appearances), and at one point poker-straight tresses brought about through re-bonding was all the craze. But with a turn towards a more natural look, and with the focus being more on using natural ingredients rather than the chemically-charged products needed for re-bonding, keratin treatments made a splash about a decade ago, and is still as popular in salons. Silky, smooth, straightened, manageable hair – what’s not to like?!