Holiday Gift Ideas for Her 2018

This holiday season, pamper the women in your life with these holiday gift ideas for her.

Holiday Gift Ideas for Her 2018

AVÈNE Hydrance Rich Holiday Gift Set

Dehydrated skin lacks water and appears dull, with uneven texture and fine, dry surface lines. Hydrance helps prevent water evaporation from the skin, revealing a smoother and more luminous complexion.

The gift set includes:

  • Hydrance Rich Hydrating Cream – 40ml
  • 3-in-1 Makeup Remover – 100ml
  • Thermal Spring Water – 50ml
  • TriXera Lotion – 10ml

The long-lasting hydration formula is enriched in shea butter, and offers a creamy texture. In addition, its hydrating ingredients increase the absorption and diffusion of Avène Thermal Spring Water and limit water loss. Available at Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall, Jean Coutu, and other pharmacies. $38.00 at Avene.

Holiday Gifts for Her - Avene Hydrance Rich Christmas Set

Design.ME Hair Kits

Blow Dry Kit

This product and tools kit includes 2″ barrelled ceramic + ionic round brush, full size PowerDry.ME 230 ml, travel sized Fab.ME 100 ml, and 5 rubberized jaw clips! All you really need to get that perfect blowout! $56′

Holiday Gifts for Her - Design Me Blow Dry Kit

Puff Me

The bigger the better! Get the perfect volume with the use of our Puff.ME shampoo & conditioner to start and finish styling with

the first ever volumizing powder in a pump! Get this combo packed in a Design.ME Pouch. $48 

Puff.Me Light + Teasing Comb

Get loads and loads of volume and fun with this duo! Comes with the Design.Me Puff.Me Light and teasing comb to reach new unbelievable heights. Puff.Me Light delivers instant volume to the hair for outrageous body and lift. Works great to create texture for updo’s and braids. Works great for those with very fine hair and is both odor and mess free. $19.50 at

Available at, Trade Secrets, Sally Beauty

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MONAT’s Holiday Collections

Heavenly Hydrating Masque

Monat’s ultra-hydrating lightweight gel cream masque is perfect for dull, lifeless, thirsty hair. Supplying an immediate surge of colour-safe hydration from root to tip, this hydrating powerhouse delivers lustrous, healthy-looking hair full of bounce, body and shine. Its gentle, detangling formula is ideal for all hair types to increase hair’s manageability, smoothness and silkiness. $80 at Monat.

Holiday Gifts for Her - Monat Hydrating Masque

Five Faves Limited Edition Ladies FIGHTER F-Word-tee™

This Canadian Lifestyle brand has launched a limited edition FIGHTER t-shirt where 50% of net proceeds from each shirt sold will go directly to the Canadian Cancer Society. Each shirt has a Tabono on the front which symbolizes unity of purpose and strength when working towards a goal.

I love the positive and empowering F-Words they use on their apparel; words that embrace the five tenets of the brand: Positivity, Self-Expression, Authenticity, Empowerment and Paying it Forward. $35 at

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Holiday Gifts for Her - Fighter F-Word Tee

Thrive Diffuser

Designed to help you enjoy a gentle mist of natural aroma, Karma Lifestyle‘s Thrive Diffuser features a calming, colour-changing light. Made from ceramic and wood with a high-gloss finish, it can run for up to six continuous hours. And to help get you going, it also comes with an Essential Oil Starter Kit, complete with three samples. $95.99 at Karma Lifestyle.

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The Life Lucy Knew by Karma Brown

After hitting her head, Lucy Sparks awakens in the hospital to a shocking revelation: the man she’s known and loved for years-the man she recently married-is not actually her husband. In fact, they haven’t even spoken since their breakup four years earlier. The happily-ever-after she remembers in vivid detail-right down to the dress she wore to their wedding-is only one example of what her doctors call a false memory: recollections Lucy’s mind made up to fill in the blanks from the coma. When the life Lucy believes she had slams against the reality she’s been living for the past four years, she must make a difficult choice about which life she wants to lead, and who she really is. $19.99 at Chapters Indigo.

 The Life Lucy Knew

Biossance Skincare

Biossance is a natural skincare brand containing squalene oil, which is in our skin’s own natural moisture which declines over time. It is also found in a variety of plants; Biossance contains squalene oil that is 100% plant based from renewable sugarcane. The ultimate, skin rejuvenation set. Three skin perfectors built to bring you vital, boosted and healthy-looking skin. Noticeably refine and renew the skin’s surface with the Glycolic Renewal Facial. Visibly smooth fine lines and reduce the appearance of pores with Phyto-Retinol Serum. Noticeably de-puff and diminish the appearance of dark circles and crepiness with Peptide Eye Gel. $78 at Biossance. 

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Stackable Rings by Chamilia

She’ll love these stackable rings by Chamilia. The line is made from sterling silver or 14 karat gold and features genuine Swarovski Crystals and Swarovski Zirconia. The brand follows strict Swarovski guidelines for quality and aesthetic standards.

Ornamental Drift Ring—This sterling silver band with bright finish features a pattern of meandering curls with Swarovski Pure Brilliance Zirconia detailing. $55

Holiday gifts for her Chamilia Stackable Rings

Pavé Circle Ring—This sterling silver ring, features an open circle set with pavé Swarovski Pure Brilliance Zirconia at the top of the band $45

Holiday Gifts for Her - Chamilia Pave Circle Ring

Holiday Gifts for Her - Chamilia Stackable Rings


One lucky reader will win:

  • A copy of The Life Lucy Knew
  • Design. Me Puff.Me Light + Teasing Comb
  • Monat Heavenly Hydrating Masque
  • AVÈNE Hydrance Rich Christmas set

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Holiday Gift Guide for Everyone at Indigo

Confession: I haven’t started my holiday shopping yet. But guess what? I’m not stressed, because I know where I’m heading to check off those items off my gift guide list! It’s a holiday gift guide for everyone – all in one place.

Why navigate through busy malls like an obstacle course during the holiday season? Save time and get through your gift list with one-stop, easy holiday shopping.

Indigo is the one-stop holiday shop for unique and thoughtful holiday gifts, for her, him, kids –  for the entire family. Here’s my Holiday Gift Guide for Everyone at Indigo:

Holiday Gift Guide for Everyone at Indigo


Amber Pink Swirl Coupe – Set of 4 by Indigo

Designed in a rose-hued glass with a swirled design that beautifully catches and reflects light, these stemmed glasses are classic for sipping champagne, and an elegant way to serve any sparkling wine. Set of four.  $39.50

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Poured Glass Candle – Cinnamon & Mulled Cider by Indigo

This candle’s scent will remind you of autumn in the apple orchard, lazy hayrides and mugs of steaming cider mulled with cinnamon spice and brown sugar warm hands and hearts. Crafted from premium soy wax and hand-poured into a tinted glass vessel, this candle comes beautifully boxed for easy gifting. Available only at Indigo. $19.50

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Gimme Some Sugar by Benefit Cosmetics

Look bright, bronzed, and beautiful thanks to Benefit’s bestselling faves; curling mascara, smoothing and mattifying pore primer, natural-looking matte bronzer, and liquid highlighter. These four, full-sized favourites come wrapped and ready-to-give in a delicious cake-inspired tin! $59.00 (a $147 value)

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Becoming by Michelle Obama

In her memoir, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling her childhood on the South Side of Chicago, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. Obama describes her triumphs and disappointments, both public and private, telling her story in her own words and on her own terms. $40

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Throw Faux-Mohair Pink Plaid by Indigo

Indigo’s own Faux Mohair Throw is woven from easy care yarns that offer all the cozy comfort of the real thing. This soft pink plaid in shades of pale pink, cream, and soft grey make it a stunning décor accent to drape over a bed or chair. Polished with blanket-stitched edges, and a twisted fringe at each end. Exclusive to Indigo.  $69.50

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Indigo Gift Box: Game of Thrones Lover

by George R. R. Martin Illustrator Doug Wheatley

This Indigo Gift Box is perfect for any and every fan of the Game of Thrones universe. It includes a hardcover copy of George R. R. Martin’s newest release, Fire & Blood as well as an official Game of Thrones house of Targaryen ceramic stein—perfect for enjoying a frothy beverage while reading Martin’s latest adventure. Indigo Gift Boxes are available in select Indigo and Chapters stores while quantities last. $58.00

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Silicone and Wood Coasters (Set of 4)

These hockey-loving Silicone and Wood Coasters are crafted from embossed wood with a dark finish and backed with puck-black silicone that offers a non-slip surface. Two coasters are embossed with, “Life is better on ice,” one is embossed with “Puck Yeah,” and the other reads, “Every night is hockey night.” Set of four. Each is 4” in diameter. Wood, BPA-free silicone. Wipe clean or hand-wash. Exclusive to Indigo. $24.50

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Hockey It Out Pillow Cover by Indigo

It’s our Canadian tradition after all, and perfect for the family room. Indigo’s graphic Expressions Pillow Cover in natural woven cotton says “Hockey It Out”, but reverses to a plain, woven back. Pillow not included. Exclusive to Indigo. $34.50

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Work Week Socks Multi-pack  by Drake General Store

Packaged in a fun ‘lil box, this gift contains 5 pairs of socks in smart colours, and classic prints. Designed locally, Arborist combines the spirit of then and now to create goods that are playful, modern, and quintessentially Canadian.  $30.00

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Skate Beer Glass by Indigo

Fully modelled in thick glass, this Skate Beer glass will be a conversation piece at your next gathering.

Be warned, however; it may be challenging to drink from!  Point the toe to the left or right as the glass is emptied! What a fun and festive way to enjoy beer, mixed drinks, sodas and more. The skate glass comes in handsome box for easy gifting. Exclusive to Indigo. $22.00

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Plush Animal Polar Bear by IndigoBaby

The IndigoBaby Plush Animal Polar Bear is super soft and extra squishy, offering the coziest of cuddles for baby. With its silky coat and extra big hugs, this snow white-coloured cub is the perfect playtime companion.  $59.50

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Vintage Ride-On Metal Car by Vilac

Your kids will love this beautiful ride-on toy, which is designed in the shape of a vintage race-car. French company Vilac has been making heirloom children’s toys with an old-world attention to detail since 1911. The car has a painted steel body and chrome grill, along with moveable front wheels that make steering easy.  $199.95

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Manhattan Toy Wee Baby Stella Twins

By Manhattan Toy

You’re having twins! This Wee Baby Stella doll set includes twin brother and sister 12-inch dolls that feature life-like toes, belly buttons and perfectly plump tummies. It’s double the fun with two lifelong friends who will encourage your little one(s) to role play, nurture and care. $49.95


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Play Tent by B. Toys

Your children will love their own private world inside this colourful tent. Once inside pull the cord and discover a magical light show of colourful stars projected all around. Your kiddos will want to bring their favourite books and toys and invite their friends to enjoy too. Ages 3 to 8 years. $69.95

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Boynton’s Greatest Hits by Sandra Boynton  

The ultimate set for Boynton fans, here are four of her seriously silly bestselling board books in their own sturdy boxed set. Full-color illustrations. $27.99

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Glow in the Dark Unicorn Puzzle

By Mudpuppy

Visit a magical place with Mudpuppy’s Unicorns Glow-In-the-Dark Puzzle. After you put together 100 pieces of unicorn fun, turn out the lights to see the puzzle glow!  $14.95

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Nickelodeon Slime Make Your Own Super Slimetastic Fun

By Cra-Z-Art

Make your own Crazy Slime and slime-y combinations with the different tools provided in this kit by Nickelodeon. The kit contains everything you need to make your own coloured slime, and includes 2 Neon colours, Scents, Glitter, Google eyes and Foam beads. $29.95

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Paw Patrol Ultimate Fire Truck Playset by Paw Patrol

Save the day with Marshall’s Ultimate Rescue Fire Truck! This vehicle is equipped with an extendable 2 ft. tall ladder, flashing lights and sounds. Lift open the top to help Marshall leap into action! Using the water cannon launcher at the bottom of the cab, you can send up to three water cannons (included) flying into the fire. The truck also features a mini fire hose for small missions.  $79.95

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Nancy B’s Microscope & Activity Journal by Nancy B

Help your kids get excited about hands-on science experiences with Nancy Balter’s brand-new line of scientific tools and real-life journaling activities. Microscope and Activity Journal includes 40+ piece dual microscope (2 LEDs transform the dissecting microscope into a light microscope) with magnification from 30x to 400x and twenty-two-page journal including activities and space for drawings, such as examining cells, looking at crystals, observing bugs, and viewing critters in water. For kids ages 8–11. $49.95

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Schoenhut 25 Key Melodica by Schoenhut

This beautiful, child-sized Schoenhut 25 Key Melodica is played by blowing into a specially designed mouthpiece, resulting in rich, captivating tones as notes are tapped on the keyboard. Musicians consider the melodica’s sound a great mix of woodwind and key instruments. $39.95

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Big Nate Box Set Volume 1-4

By Andrews McMeel Publishing

What’s better than a Big Nate book? How about FOUR Big Nate books in one box!  $47.00

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Winter in Central Park 1000 piece puzzle by Mudpuppy

Bring NYC’s famed Central Park to life with this 1000 piece puzzle from Galison, featuring an illustration by the talented Michael Storrings. $22.95

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Monopoly® Fortnite Edition

By Hasbro

Every older kid and tween loves Fortnite, so why not make it a family event with the thrilling Fortnite edition of the Monopoly game? Players claim locations, battle opponents, and avoid the Storm to survive. The gameplay, design, and components of the board game include elements inspired by the video game including Fortnite locations and loot chest cards. Instead of Monopoly money, players earn Health Points (HP). First choose a character: pick from 27 awesome outfits. Then, it’s time to battle. The action die lets players pick up health packs, build walls, and damage their opponents. Every time a player passes go they unleash the Storm; avoid it or lose HP. Like in the Fortnite video game, the last player standing wins! $24.95

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My Cinema Lightbox® Mini

by My Cinema Lightbox

This My Cinema Lightbox® Mini is half the size of the original My Cinema Lightbox® – and twice as cute! A perfect addition to your desk or end table, or as a unique gift for that person that has everything! Comes with 100 letters, numbers, characters and symbols + blank tiles. $29.50

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Crosley Cruiser Turntable

By Crosley

Lightweight in its charming suitcase-style shell, the original Crosley Cruiser is easy to use, and a delight to hear. Built in speakers can music-share the old fashioned way, or have one-on-one jams with the headphone jack. Choose from a rainbow of sound to start your vinyl adventure with this portable three-speed record player. $119.95

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Holiday Gift Guide for Kids 2018

The countdown to Christmas is on! What are some of best holiday gifts for kids this 2018? Here is my Holiday Gift Guide for Kids 2018.

Holiday Gift Guide for Kids 2018

HEXBUG’S VEX Battling Boxing Robots

Take robots and add boxing moves, and you’ve got yourself a winning toy! Assemble these “smart-tech” self-stabilizing VEX Balancing Boxing Bots by HEXBUG and get in the ring. These boxing bots are perfect for kids who love to get physical – but without anyone getting hurt (ahem, my boys for example!) I love that there are two parts to this toy; the assembly is a feat all on its own. And then once assembled, using the VEX Pilot app to control your robot’s every action. Kids and big kids (adults) have the power to control when their boxing bot can throw a swift uppercut, a jab, or when to play it safe based on your robot’s health status. Ages 8+. Available at Toys “R” Us, Walmart and Indigo.

Holiday Gift Guide for Kids - VEX Balancing Boxing Bots

Air Chargers 3-in-1 Stunt Loop

Air Chargers is the only vehicle play system where kids are in  control of the race and results. The easy to use pump launcher allows kids to quickly charge up their race car and go! Includes fun racing sounds when car launches for a thrilling race experience. Three ways to stunt…height, distance, and barrel roll. Use the track in the standard loop configuration or reconfigure the separate pieces into your own custom setup. Ages 5+. Available at Toys “R” Us, Walmart and Indigo. $64.99

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HEXBUG Robotic Soccer Arena

Modeled after a real-life soccer stadium comes the HEXBUG Robotic Soccer Arena. It’s an epic soccer venue, with a twist – kids can maneuver the robotic athletes to push the soccer ball. Ages 8+. Available at Toys “R” Us, Walmart and Indigo. $89.99.

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Crate Creatures

Crate Creatures are fun interactive pets that you unleash from their cage to find out which special features they have. Break into the crate to unleash your new beast friend. All you need to do is use the crowbar to pop the lock. Pull their tongue for monstrously fun and gross noises and watch as the creature vibrates and it’s eyes start glowing. You can also turn them upside down to see what they are capable of. Record yak back phrases with your Crate Creatures. Ages 4+. Available at Toys “R” Us, Walmart and Indigo. $59.99

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Flushin’ Frenzy

Game night just got gross – but in a weird and yet fun way! And yes, it’s just what you think. Flush the handle on the toilet to roll the die, and when a number comes up – you have to plunge the toilet that number of times. But be careful, after any given push of the plunger the poop may COME FLYING OUT OF THE TOILET! Is this game really gross or just gross enough? So gross or grossly entertaining that the game was even featured on Jimmy Kimmel. Ages 5+. Available at Toys “R” Us, Walmart and Indigo. $19.99

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Work together in this colourful card game to complete a series of goals, all without communicating what’s in your hand!  Available at ToysRUs, Walmart and Amazon $24.97

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Ready2Robot Battle

Ready2Robot Battle is a collectible line for kids that lets you build, mix and match custom ‘bots and battle your friends in a robot-brawl. Add on your blasting and slime weapons to take your battles to the next level. There are over 1,000 ways to mix and match your bots. For kids 5+. Available at Toys “R” Us, Walmart and Indigo. $29.99

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Hatchimals Surprise

For the first time in Hatchimals history, who you’ll hatch is a total mystery! Inside one egg are four possibilities: you could hatch a super fluffy Bunwee, Pandor, Hedgyhen or Elefy! With soft fur, ears and tails, these mysterious new friends love cuddles and snuggles. Available at Walmart, Mastermind, Amazon, $59.99

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Rubik’s Race

Rubik’s fans will want to get your brain and fingers racing as you go head-to-head with your opponent to match a pattern of nine coloured squares. Available at Amazon for $24.99

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L.O.L. Surprise Bigger Surprise

L.O.L. Surprise is even BIGGER this year.  Get your video rolling with the ultimate unboxing experience. Discover 60+ never before seen surprises inside the L.O.L. Surprise Bigger Surprise with exclusive dolls and accessories. Case becomes purse, storage case and bath play set for water surprises. Available at Toys “R” Us, Walmart,  Indigo and Amazon.Holiday Gift Guide for Kids - LOL Bigger Surprise

FurReal Friends Furreal Ricky, The Trick-Lovin’ Pup

Ricky, the Trick-Lovin’ Pup pet is eager to perform tricks, and is sure to amaze everyone who watches him. Electronic dog full of surprises and affection, and responds with 100+ sound-&-motion combinations that keep kids guessing. He’s all about tricks, licks, and treats!  $89.99 available at Walmart, Amazon.

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#SocialStar is the only game where players must climb the social ladder and gather ’Likes’ in order to gain fame. Sounds a little like real life for some?! Have a laugh as you work to complete challenges and dares that strive to take you out of your comfort zone. Uncover whether you truly have what it takes to be the Star of Social Media. Ages 13+. Available at Toys “R” Us, Walmart and Indigo. $29.99

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National Geographic Slime DIY Science Lab – Make Glowing Slime

Mix your own glowing slime with this classic experiment kit. Your child will love this gooey blue slime that glows in the dark. $14.99

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Take a Pause with a Yoga Retreat at Ste. Anne’s Spa

How often do you take a pause in your life? In today’s hectic society, taking a pause from the daily grind for proper self-care is no longer a luxury, but a necessity. Self-care is a huge part of staying healthy, in both mind and body.

I try to practice self-care on a daily basis with something as simple as a walk in nature, watching a favourite TV show, or even quietly sipping on a cup of herbal tea. But once in a while, I need much more than an hour or two; a complete reset. A pause. A chance to re-evaluate and re-energize.

Ste. Anne’s Spa is my go-to destination for that much-needed me-time. The Yoga Retreat at Ste. Anne’s Spa is a delightful combination of a yoga retreat and a spa experience all in one perfectly-wrapped package. It’s a rejuvenating and invigorating two-night, three-day yoga and spa retreat with a delightful blend of pampering, indulgence and mindfulness.

Take a Pause with a Yoga Retreat at Ste. Anne's Spa

Yoga Retreat

If you want to get the most of your yoga retreat at Ste. Anne’s, you must go with an open mind and heart, and be prepared to feel completely transformed.

Something magical happens when a group of like-minded individuals gather together for a yoga retreat. Firstly, you discover the astonishing serendipities; while we all have different backgrounds, we share a commonality. We are all open and ready to receive. Whether that’s receiving love, guidance, healing, validation, or clarity, we opened our hearts and souls for nurturing.

Our yoga retreat instructor, Francesca, has a warm and welcoming demeanour, allowing for guests to quickly let their guards down and open up. Francesca makes it easy for everyone to form a lovely bond – by the end of the retreat, you’ll have made new friends.

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Francesca guided our group through a series of gentle yoga such as slow flow, restorative, yin and yoga Nidra.  The yoga and meditation classes will force you to be more self-aware and self-reflect. Taking the time to stop and take a closer look at who you are, what you want and what you need, is something I encourage everyone to do at least once or twice a year.

I particularly enjoyed our meditation walk in the Meditation Garden. Even though it’s November and all the leaves have fallen, the garden and the fresh air along with the striking statues and the sound of the wind chimes made for a mindful stroll.

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Spa Treatments

In between our yoga practice, I enjoyed a Reflexology session followed by a Rose Garden Massage. Reflexology is one such old healing method in which certain spots of the feet are given gentle pressure that energizes and relaxes the body. The reflexologist can also pinpoint certain areas of the body that need attention; Penny was able to identify the areas of my body that have an issue. She was right about every single one, including my digestive issues and cervical spine and joint issues. The Rose Garden massage is a relaxing light massage using infused oil distilled from Ste. Anne’s gardens.


The cuisine at Ste. Anne’s is delectable, especially for gluten-free foodies like me. Almost everything is gluten-free – you’ll love the fresh bread they bake daily, as well as the gluten-free desserts. There are also dairy free, vegan and vegetarian options too.

Be prepared to eat… a lot. You’ll be fully satisfied with a full breakfast, three-course lunches and dinners. The Yoga Retreat guests enjoy a mix of meals in the Main Inn, and privately in the Farmhouse. You are welcome to join the group for meals, however, if you wish to have some alone time, that is also accepted.  Our group enjoyed a catered lunch in the Farmhouse, as well as an afternoon tea; but were also able to enjoy both in the Main Inn on other occasions as well. Yoga guests also enjoy a special treat – a private chef who prepares a three-course dinner for the group in the Farmhouse kitchen.

A favourite treat for many guests is the afternoon tea – so many delicious flavours to choose from- along with a gorgeous display of savoury samplers. The best part is you can enjoy high tea in your spa robe and slippers!

The Farmhouse

There are rooms in the main inn, as well as several cottages a walk or quick drive away. Yoga retreat guests all lodge in the Farmhouse, just steps away from the Main Inn. My room had a four-poster bed with a fireplace, and a claw-foot tub in the bathroom with a separate rain shower.

Take a Pause with a Yoga Retreat at Ste. Anne's Spa


The Fieldstone Grotto is one of the key features at Ste. Anne’s, with a current, outdoor hot tub, and the icy plunge pool; sauna, steam room and whirlpool (with light therapies) in the change rooms; and, my personal favourite, the Eucalyptus steam room.

The ladies locker room is very well stocked with towels, hair and body washes, and even cotton balls, Q-tips and plastic baggies for wet bathing suites. You’ll find staff always keeping the room refreshed and cleaned.

What to Bring

All you need to bring to Ste. Anne’s is some yoga clothes, undergarments and a swimsuit or two. When you’re not in your yoga clothes, you’ll be likely wearing the signature Ste. Anne’s bathrobe, provided by the front desk upon arrival. Slippers can be provided, but you may wish to bring your own. Don’t forget to bring your own wine and corkscrew if you choose to have wine with lunch and/or dinner!

If you plan on visiting the fitness centre, you may wish to bring running shoes. There are a few hiking trails as well, so you may want to bring running shoes, hiking boots, or rain boots if you wish to explore the grounds.


There truly isn’t another destination spa in Ontario that matches Ste. Anne’s atmosphere, accommodations and all-inclusive meals. Anyone who enters Ste. Anne’s as a bundle of nerves will undoubtedly leave feeling relaxed, heart full and peaceful.

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Teen Insider: What’s Really Happening in High School

This is a guest post by my son, a teenager in Grade 9 – his first year of school. On Take Your Kid to Work Day, I asked him to write a blog post about what parents may not know about their kids in high school. This is what he wrote.

Parents ask their kids all the time, what’s going on at school? Their response is, “nothing much.” Well, this is what’s really happening in high school.

The thing that teens do most at high school is look at their cell phones. They’re addicted to them, and get in trouble because they are not doing their work. They lose focus during a class when teachers are trying to teach a lesson. Students mostly worry about when they get a text message on their Instagram or Snapchat.

What happens is think they got a text message or their phone went off but it didn’t. This is called a phantom message. A phantom message is where someone thinks that, “Oh, did my phone just beep or did, I get a message?,” but since how highly addicted they are to their phone, they think that every few seconds or minutes their phone beeps but in reality, it doesn’t beep at all. This means that you are highly addicted to your phone and that is a huge problem for this modern era.

Another big problem with teenagers at school is vaping. Often teenagers say, “Oh I won’t get addicted to this stuff. I mean I can just quit when I want right?” They think that, “I can quit no problem,” but they can get highly addicted to it as soon as they try vaping which is not good for your health. Vaping can have a big impact on school and family business because if you keep vaping during school, your grades could go down and you would start to be very rude to your peers. When teens don’t have their vape, they go nuts. It’s like losing your house or a lot of money. Some people would honestly kill for more vape if they couldn’t have it. Studies have shown that students will lose brain cells if they keep on vaping.

The problem with teenagers is that the use their cellphone all the time or they vape a lot during school. These are two major problems that teenagers are addicted to. Both cellphone use and vaping are easily addictive, which is something parents of teens may not realize. Parents need to stop these teenagers from hurting themselves with their vapes and cellphones.

Teenagers vaping

Swoosh! What to Flush and Not to Flush Down the Toilet

This post is sponsored by York Region.

You’ll see it in the movies – children with tears streaming down their faces as they bid farewell to their  beloved goldfish as Mom proceeds to flush Goldie down the toilet. Or you may see an adult tormented by the decision of whether they should dispose of the addicting medicine that offers them pain relief, ultimately pouring a bottle of pills down the toilet.

Even in real life, and in our own homes, we’ll often find ourselves wondering whether we should be disposing of things down the drain. In my own home when my boys were little, they almost caused a minor flood in the bathroom by emptying a box of tissues into the toilet!

There are certain things which should never be flushed down the toilet. As part of World Toilet Day, York Region is reminding residents of the important role we all play when it comes to protecting our environment and our waterways.

Flushing items that don’t belong down our toilets and drains can lead to backups in our homes, problems at our wastewater treatment facilities and can even cause sewage to overflow into our lakes and rivers.

Here are the items that should never be flushed down the toilet:

  • Baby or facial wipes
  • Sanitary products
  • Dental loss
  • Cotton swabs
  • Facial tissue
  • Medications
  • Fats, oils and grease

It is important to remember toilets are not garbage cans. Flushable wipes and personal care products should be put into the garbage, while sanitary products can be put into the green bin.

There are only three things that can be flushed – number “1”, number “2” and toilet paper.

Wastewater is produced every time we take a shower, do laundry or flush the toilet. This water is collected in sewers and treated at wastewater plants to remove contaminants before being returned to the environment. Highly trained York Region staff operate and monitor these systems all day, every day, performing thousands of tests to make sure our water is safely returned to the lake. York Region remains committed to protecting our water sources and infrastructure for having clean, safe affordable water for our growing communities.

So when nature calls, let’s be kind to our toilets and the pipes used to carry away our waste and put these other items where they belong – not down our drains.

We all have a role to play in protecting our waterways. Make sure to tell your children too, and show them this video to remind them what they can and can’t flush!

For more information about the dos and don’ts of what to flush, visit

Cord-Free Vacuum: Dyson Cyclone V10

You know you’re a mom when you get excited about a vacuum! I’ve always been curious about cord-free vacuums because I’ve heard how they are lightweight and easy to manoeuver. But at the same time, I’ve always worried whether or not the performance would be what I needed to tackle messes in my home. So I was so thrilled when Dyson approached me to try the machine with the most powerful suction out of any cord-free vacuum – the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute.

Easy to use

The Dyson Cyclone V10 is so easy to assemble and use. Within a few minutes of assembly (not including the power charge), I was ready to go. The Absolute model comes with both hard floor and carpet attachments, so I tackled the hard floors first.

The machine is so easy to move around because you don’t have to worry about a cord, or trying to find an electrical outlet to plug the vacuum in.


The Dyson Cyclone V10 has a slim design and light handling, so you can easily clean without having to pull a heavy base, or lift up the stairs.


Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute also comes with a wall mount, so you can easily find a spot to hang up and keep charged for use.  This makes the Dyson Cyclone V10 especially ideal for quick clean-up jobs – such as when the kids have spilled crumbs on the kitchen floor, or drudged in dirt from outside onto the hall carpet.

What’s more, you can remove the long wand and use the small brush attachment to clean under the couches, tackle the stairs, or even bring the machine out to your car (which is ideal when you have kiddies on the go).

Cord-Free Vacuum - Dyson Cyclone V10


The Dyson Cyclone V10 is even effective at cleaning up along edges and on hard floors. It left the kitchen floors and hardwood floors clean and I loved using the machine with the soft roller cleaner head in place of my typical broom and dustpan situation.

On the carpets, the machine even was able to suck up the debris that weren’t visible to the naked eye! It did however push some larger debris, but it was easy to pick up and place back down over the crumb to suck it up.

There are also three power modes to choose from, to suit any task on any floor type.


The Dyson Cyclone V10 has a good-sized dustbin, which means fewer trips to the trash can. It’s also easy to clean; pop off the dustbin, and empty. As a note, the instructions do recommend cleaning the dustbin and filter once a month for maintenance.


The Dyson Cyclone V10 can run on low power for about an hour per charge. At the max power setting,  it runs for about 15 minutes. However I did find that max wasn’t needed – the standard setting worked just fine for daily chores. I was surprised at how often I reached for the machine for the daily chores. And while you think you may need a longer run time, I really only used it for several minutes at a time.

Cord-Free Vacuum - Dyson Cyclone V10


  • Torque drive cleaner head is Dyson’s most powerful cleaner head yet, removing 25% more dust than the V8 cord-free stick vacuum
  • Transforms to a handheld to clean your car, sofa, stairs and to clean up high
  • Up to 60 minutes of fade-free power
  • Whole machine HEPA filtration captures 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 microns
  • Point and shoot hygienic dirt ejector hygienically drives out dust and debris – shooting it in the bin, not the floor
  • Sucks up large debris and fine dust from hard floors
  • Soft roller cleaner head is engineered with soft woven nylon and anti-static carbon fibre for hard floors
  • Convenient docking station


The Dyson Cyclone V10 is a bit of an investment for sure, but you know you’re getting top quality. Plus, Dyson’s warranty can ease any concerns for longevity; it has a two year warranty for parts and labour including service and parts (free shipping too), and support from Dyson Experts!  For the price, you have a two year guarantee that if a problem does arise, you’re covered. Now that’s a smart investment!

To check out the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute for yourself, head on over to


Cord-Free Vacuum - Dyson Cyclone V10


Cord-Free Vacuum - Dyson Cyclone V10

5 Reasons Why Moms Should Join a Yoga Studio

Guest post ~ Written by Francesca Bonta

From the moment you open your eyes in the morning, or someone else opens them for you, you’ve got a hundred things to do. Make breakfast, make and pack lunches, get dressed, get your kids dressed, drop your kids off at school, go to work, work, go to soccer or ballet practice, cook dinner, help your kids with homework, do the dishes, do laundry, put your kids to bed and then finish that work project for the next day before you finally get to go to bed. Your days are hectic but somehow you manage to get it all done. But can you remember the last time you did something just for you, without any distractions or interruptions?

Making uninterrupted time for yourself is key not only to ensuring your health and wellness, but also to making you a good mom. Doing things for yourself, as greedy as it may sound, keeps you from burning out so that you can help your children flourish, and practicing yoga is a healthy and cost effective way to do it.

While doing yoga at home is an excellent way to maintain balance and ensure your continued mental and physical health, going to a yoga studio for even one hour a week is even more beneficial. Here are five reasons why moms should join a yoga studio.

5 Reasons Why Moms Should Join a Yoga Studio

Uninterrupted Me Time

Sometimes, even when you think you can get an hour to yourself at home, something or someone will distract you and your one hour of yoga turns into 15 minutes or no time at all. Coming to the studio guarantees 60 minutes of time just for you in a calm and peaceful environment. No one will call your name, ask for help or disrupt your focus on you.

Get Out of the House

Going from home to work and then home again can become monotonous and even make you feel stir crazy. Driving kids to different events can offer a bit of change, but quite often you end up feeling like just a driver. Taking some time for yourself to visit a yoga studio gets you into a new environment filled with positive and like-minded people who you can speak with before and after class.

Adult Conversations/New Friends

If you are a new mom, you may spend your days at home with your baby. Being at home with your child is exciting as you watch them grow and change, but spending time with other adults is also extremely important for your overall health and wellness. Regular visits to a yoga studio are a healthy and inexpensive opportunity to spend time with other adults and develop new friendships.

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Enhance Your Practice

Having the personal support of a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) means having someone is take care of you. At the beginning of each class instructors will often ask if there is an area of the body you would like to focus on, and will tailor the class to ensure you receive the custom support you need. They are also there to modify poses which may not work for you, without jeopardizing your practice and goals.

When you are ready to advance your practice, in-studio instructors will be there to encourage and support you as you rise to the challenge while ensuring you do not get hurt.

Maintain Your Identity

Being a mom is one of life’s most amazing gifts. However, it is also quite often only one aspect of who you are. Continuing to visit a yoga studio not only gives you an hour of “me time” it also allows you to maintain another part of your life that brings you joy. For older children, seeing mom go out and take part in a healthy activity helps to foster the development of positive habits and serves as a reminder that parents are people who enjoy different activities.

Yoga is a healthy and natural way to build strength, relieve stress and tension and increase your overall health. The more yoga you do the better, and making time for yourself to visit a yoga studio further enhances your practice and supports a stronger, healthier and happier you.

Francesca Bonta Karma Lifestyle Yoga

Interested in coming to our studio? Register for a class today. If you don’t see a class that works with your schedule, we would also be thrilled to help you host a customized “ladies night” for you and your friends. To learn more contact Karma Lifestyle Owner and fellow mom, of triplets to boot, Francesca Bonta at

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Yes, My Teen Will Treat or Treat!

Teenagers get a bad rap during Halloween. Perhaps other children and adults are frightened by seeing a large group of teens walking the streets. Perhaps they don’t dress, and take more candy than they are supposed to? Maybe they ring doorbells too late, or aren’t polite?

But when cities begin banning trick-or-treating after certain ages, with some even making it a misdemeanor for teenagers to trick or treat, it seems a little ridiculous.

In one Virginia town, teenagers who go trick-or-treating could wind up landing in jail. Anyone 13 and older who goes door-to-door asking for candy in Chesapeake could face up to six months in jail! If they try, they’re liable to get slapped with a misdemeanor.

“If any person over the age of 12 years shall engage in the activity commonly known as ‘trick or treat’ or any other activity of similar character or nature under any name whatsoever, he or she shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine of not less than $25.00 nor more than $100.00 or by confinement in jail for not more than six months or both.”

And not just in Chesapeake; eight other Virginia towns have made it illegal to trick-or-treat if you’re over 12.

There are also a handful of cities across the country who’ve also made the age limit 12 for those who can travel door-to-door for candy.

The good news is, while teen violators could face jail or fines up to $100, such laws are rarely strictly enforced. Police officers are prowling the streets looking for kids who appear older than 12; they’re more concerned about making trouble in the neighborhood, like egging houses and smashing pumpkins.

My son is a teen himself, and he still would like to go out trick-or-treating this year. I don’t see why he can’t – if he’s still having fun doing so, he should be able to take part. He’s 14 – which is my books, he’s still a child – and likely it’ll be the last year he’ll go. Yes, my teen will trick or treat!

If a teenager comes to our home in a costume, at a reasonable hour, and is respectful and polite, of course I will give them candy. Allowing teens to have old-fashioned childish fun for a few extra years by trick-or-treating is a non-issue. Also, I’d rather have teens trick-or-treating instead of out causing trouble or playing Halloween pranks.

Making New Mom Friends is Like Dating

When you become a new mom, you’ll want to lean on your friends now more than ever before. If you’re the first in your group to have a baby, you’ll want to meet some other moms like you—stat.

Oh no—memories of high school are flooding back! The jocks, the geeks, the popular group, the rockers, the punks . . . and now those are replaced with the granola moms, the baby-wearing moms, the helicopter moms, the tiger moms, the fashionistas.

These are labels we’ve created ourselves, as much as I dislike them. But the reality is that you will identify yourself with one of these groups more than others. You’ll be drawn to certain women because they have similar values, ideas, and thoughts.

Meeting new mom friends is a little like dating. We’re scared to make the first move. Say the wrong thing, and you’ll scare off a potential friend. Keep your cool so they think you’re someone fun to hang around with. And then the hardest part. . . asking for their phone number.

The Park

If you’re solo, the park is a great way to meet some new mom friends. At first, you may feel awkward trying to strike up a conversation. My first thought was, “well, these women probably already have a group of friends—they’re not looking for more.” The truth is, many of these other new moms are feeling just like you— looking for another adult to have a full adult conversation with. Baby talk can be fulfilling but let’s be honest, we need some grown-up stimulation too.

Mom-Baby Class

Join a mom-and-baby class where you can meet other new mothers. You’ll find comfort in talking to other women who are going through similar stages and challenges. Sharing stories and tips and coming to the realization that you’re not alone is so helpful.

Online Groups

Look online for local mom meetup groups. Similar to dating apps, there are apps to meet new mom friends too. It’s as easy as posting “Hey, I’m a new mom, looking for some new mom friends to go for walks and meet at the park. Message me!” I’ve seen this on an almost weekly basis on a local mom group I run on Facebook, and every time, there are at least a dozen responses from other moms looking for friendship too.

Ok, Now What?

Even if you do meet a bunch of new mom friends, it still can be challenging to find the right one or two. You may gravitate to moms with babies around the same age as yours who will eventually play together. Their naps may need to be around the same time, too, so you can actually coordinate time to meet.

What if you don’t feel like part of a mom club? While many commercials and YouTube videos encourage a unity among all mothers, the real truth is many of us prefer to surround ourselves with like-minded people. If you don’t find yourself fitting in to one particular group, then you may feel excluded. You may find you’re asking yourself, where do I fit in? The answer isn’t always easy.

Find a supportive group of other women who will take you as you are. The last thing you need is a group of judgmental women who will question every parenting choice you make. Friends are meant to uplift and enhance—not barrage and bring down.

I think all new moms are desperate to make friends and need to make a connection with someone who is going through a similar situation. Don’t be shy if you find another mom who you’re drawn to – go for it!

Making New Mom Friends is Like Dating