SumOfUs – See What YES Is Doing

Have you see Suncor’s massive ad campaign on the CBC, in movie theatres and online?
The tar sands mega-giant is using shots of children playing and wind turbines to try and convince the public it’s green and innovative — but we’re not buying it. Normally, we don’t give this kind of industry PR the time of day.

But then we heard that Suncor is lobbying against vital water laws in Alberta — laws that could prevent Suncor from dumping toxic tar sands tailings into the Athabasca River. 

And we knew our SumOfUs community had to do something. Together, we have.

Check out our hard-hitting video now, and share it with your friends.

Woofstock 2014

This year we finally went to our first Woofstock and it was held at Woodbine Park, just down the street from our house. I was really happy with the location, because it was close proximity to the beach so we could take Finn for a swim afterward. Jason, Finn and I went with Kristin & Gideon and Kyle & Adam met up with us. There was a ton of people and dogs and the vendors were pretty varied and interesting. Finn loves going out to events so Woofstock was a real treat for him.

This was the best picture of the day – Jason & Gideon hanging out in front of the Bowzer Box tent.

The highlight of the festival for us was meeting the people at Bowzer Box. I really loved the concept of “Bark Box” but it’s out of the US and I was looking for a Canadian company to support. Finn LOVES treats and he goes through a toy every couple of weeks, so having a monthly delivery of new things to try out is a really great idea.

In our Bowzer Box we got:

  • Chicken Liver Snaps by The Barkery in Stratford ON
  • Megalast Bear Toy by JW Pets
  • Peas and Carrots Treast by Wet Noses
  • Crispy Bacon and Apple treats by Fruitables
  • Biodegradable Waste Bags by This and That Canine in ON
  • Denta Snack by 1st Choice in QC

Bowzer box gave us our first box free at Woofstock and Finn was really excited to open it.


We are going to sign up for a trial subscription and review it here so you can see what we get.

This gummy bear toy was a real hit with Finn. It’s a strong as a Kong so he can’t rip it apart, he can chew it like one of his ChuckIt balls and it squeaks. His favourite thing is to chew on a squeaky toy. For an hour.

All in all, everyone had a great time at Woofstock and it tired Finn out.

UPDATE: I forgot to mention that you guys should check out Head-Lites LED Dog Collars. We were really interested in one for Finn. We were set to buy one, but they were honest and told us that the collars are water resistant but not waterproof enough to be submerged for a swim. Then they sent us in the direction of a competitor they thought would have what we were looking for. So worth a mention for good karma all around and they’re a Canadian company.

Rhone Valley Wine & Spring Beauty Trends

On May 1st I was invited to celebrate spring with a unique event, tasting the Wines of Rhone Valley and trying the hottest spring beauty trends from the Green Beauty Spa team. It was really neat because they paired the personality of each wine with the hottest spring nail & lip trend.

Angela Aiello, founder of the iYellow Wine Club  walked us through a delicious wine tasting of 7 Rhone Valley blends.  The Rhone Valley in France is a dynamic region which is 80% red wines and 20% white wines – which is great for me because I LOVE my red :)

After our tasting, we had the chance to choose our favourite wine and get our lips and nails done by Donna Bishop and her Green Beauty team. The nail polish is by Cheeky Monkey – a Canadian made line of cosmetics that are non-toxic and 5 free, containing no formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, camphor or parabens. The lipstick was from Ilia - a Canadian prestige line of natural and organic beauty products made with up to 85% certified organic ingredients.

I chose the Costieres de Nimes (a medium red with ripe-fruit character, a smooth tannic structure and good fresh finish) as my favourite wine and ended up with Ilia’s Blossom Lady Lipstick (a muted pinky lipstick – perfect for every day) AND my new favourite nail colour Cheeky Monkey’s Tease a soft lilac shade.

It was so nice to have an early evening of wine and pampering. I loved that both of the cosmetic brands that were paired with the wines were Canadian brands that are making healthier and less chemical cosmetics.

Can’t wait to taste more delicious wines with the iYellow Wine Club!


Raw Juice Guru Blogger Challenge Wrap Up

Yesterday was my final day of the Raw Juice Guru Blogger Challenge and I felt better than I did on Day 2 (Wednesday). I was delivered a modified cleanse that incorporated raw food (salads) into it and it really made a difference.

Juice 1
Romaine, spinach, parsley, lemon cucumber, apple
Juice 2
Orange, grapefruit, lemon
Juice 3
Wheatgrass, pineapple
Salad 1
Kale, Pear, Sesame Seeds & lemon juice
Juice 4
Carrot, beet, apple, lemon
Juice 5
Pineapple, coconut water
Juice 6
Pineapple, wheatgrass
Salad 2
Zucchini, carrot, poppy seeds and pesto dressing

The juices were sweeter than the previous ones, which I enjoyed more. The salads were fairly plain but good and it was a lot of food (yay!)

I didn’t feel as tired or lethargic as the previous day but I still had a bit of a headache. Around 2pm pm I crashed, felt dizzy and hungry so I decided to skip ahead and eat my second salad. It was good and helped but around 330pm I crashed again and was hungry and dizzy so I went out and got a banana and a hard boiled egg. This seemed to set me straight and I drank my last two juices and had a great evening.

I weighed myself this morning and I’m at 107 lbs. Not a huge difference but I wasn’t hoping to lose any weight.

I’m glad that I tried the  Juice & Raw Food Cleanse. It was a great learning experience and I think I will incorporate more raw juice into my diet. It definitely gave me a different perspective on clean eating and though I love my pasta and my sandwiches on bread I’m going to try and be more conscious of what I eat!

Thank you to the team at Raw Juice Guru for providing me with the opportunity. It was definitely an interesting and memorable experience.

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