Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Quote of the Day

-- Quote of the Day -- 

"A pessimist sees only the dark side of the clouds, and mopes; 
a philosopher sees both sides, and shrugs; 
an optimist doesn't see the clouds at all — he's walking on them."

 ~ Leonard Louis Levinson

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Stay in shape while on vacation

*Today’s article was written by Nelly Bee.

Stay in shape while on vacation

Everyone loves going on vacation, but the one down side is that we all tend to overindulge on food and drink while we are away and then have to do some damage control when we get home. However, there is a secret weapon you can use to minimize the effects of holiday indulgence! Just by adding some water activities to your holiday itinerary you can squeeze in a great full body workout that is going to help you to stay in shape while you are away from home. Let's take a look at the best water based activities for burning those calories.

One of the best ways to work of that extra food is to go swimming. This is suitable for anyone since it is very low impact on the joints. It gives you a full body workout and gets the cardiovascular system pumping as well. Just 30 minutes of swimming could burn up to 450 calories for the average person. However, be aware that you actually need to be swimming lengths of the pool and not just bobbing around on an inflatable raft while sipping on a cocktail!

Surfing is an acquired skill, but if it is something that you are into then you will be able to get a decent work out in while catching some waves. The rougher the water is the more calories you will actually burn off. This is because simply paddling out to sea against the tide is giving you an excellent upper body workout. When you are actually up on the board you are going to be working your core muscles as you maintain balance.

Scuba Diving
Scuba Diving is another great water based workout to add to your itinerary during your vacation. Like standard swimming, this is going to work your legs, core, back and glutes. Swimming underwater is more difficult because of how dense the water is deeper below the surface, plus you also have several pounds of breathing apparatus strapped to your back as well!

Water Skiing
Successful water skiing requires you to use your upper and lower body and also your core muscles making it a great all around work out. Pulling your body up out of the water is going to really pump your arms. In addition, the correct position is almost squat like and you will be maintaining that for an extended period of time while also working against the resistance of the water.

Nobody likes to come home from vacation and have to hit the gym big time to shift those extra pounds, but indulging in some fun water based activities can help you to workout while on vacation.

*Note from Lillian Brummet: Don't forget that there are a ton of winter activities to do at home as well - from skiing and snowshoeing to snowball fights and snowman building...

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Product Review

-- Product Review -- 

Most North Americans are not getting enough of the good fats (omega 3, 6, 9, etc) and it is wise to take a supplement of these nutrients when you can. Omega’s are essential to a number of bodily functions including: healthy heart, circulation, cholesterol levels, reduces inflammation, improves immune system, reduces stress, aides emotional imbalance, hormone balance, fertility, headaches/migraines, weight management, brain and joint support, healthy skin, etc.

We began discussing the opportunity to review a single bottle of Omega 3 Supreme manufactured by Life & Food back around July 23rd and the product arrived August 5th in our mail box in an appropriately sized white bubble plastic envelope. The product was housed in a paperboard box that was printed on all sides with helpful information about the product.

Each bottle contains 180 soft-gel capsules offering an impressive 1,400 mg fish oil – 75% omega-e’s (644 mg DHA & 336 mg. EPa). The instructions are to take 2 pills per day with a meal – each serving (2 pills) is about 14 calories and has 1% protein. The capsules are enteric coated for maximum absorption and reduced burps or aftertaste. The company claims to have a higher pharmaceutical grade of concentrated Omega 3’s than their competitors on the market.

Ingredients are: fish oil, gelatin, glycerine, food glaze, water and the enteric coating.

The product contains no GMO, gluten, egg, additives, filler, binder, artificial ingredients, soy, milk, peanut, shellfish, stearate, sulfate, dioxide or laurate.

The highly concentrated pharmaceutical grade, sustainably harvested wild Alaskan caught Pollock fish oil is refined and tested for toxins and impurities and manufactured in the USA under FDA, GMP, MSC and NSF certification. The molecularly distilled capsules ensure that you are getting the lowest peroxide and p-anisdine levels on the market.

The design of the soft-gel capsules was, for me, not as easy to swallow as the company reported them to be. While smaller than most omega supplements they are quite round – as opposed to tapered, and that caused them to stick in my throat.

Life & Food (based in Silver Springs, NV – USA) offers many different supplement products from green tea, borage oil, colon cleanse and green coffee to garcinai cambogia and more. According to their site:Life & Food is dedicated to deliver the highest quality supplements, health and food products to provide a clean and healthy lifestyle. We strive to make a difference in people's health. We understand not every product will be effective for everyone, but we guarantee our products are of the purest grade and best quality available. In addition to our own branded Life & Food supplements, we also carry products from partner brands such as Life Extensions, and MaritzMayer Laboratories.”

The website goes on to explain that the company offers a 100% guarantee; their products are manufactured in the US in a GMP certified facility (good manufacturing practice). Their natural products are put through a rigorous testing process prior to being released for sale. Unfortunately beyond this promotional information their site does not tell us anything about their social or environmental responsibility, charitable actions, volunteer policies and activities, in-house purchasing or "green" policies. Their site had a live chat that said it was active, but I didn’t get a response to my questions on those points I just mentioned. On a positive note however, they do offer a fairly active educational blog on their site.

You can purchase directly from their site or go to where it had a retail list price of $59.99 (US) but it is (as of the writing of this review) on sale for $26.97 (US). Or visit (for Canadians) where it has a list price of $34.47 (CDN).

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Product Review

-- Product Review -- 

How exciting to review high-end, original stainless steel frame, i-Design ID1002 UltraLight Aviator Sunglasses made in France! We initially touched base with the company around July 21st and picked up at the border on August 3rd. Not a bad time frame at all. The product arrived in a cardboard box (5” high X 7” wide X 10” long) with 8 air bubble packs, some filled with air, others not.

The product itself was housed in a smaller cardboard box (2” high X 2” wide X 7” long); inside - there was another vinyl coated box with a magnetic lid (great for storing these expensive shades), which was wrapped in a small plastic bag. The vinyl box expands when you open it and is cloth lined. Inside, I found a small black eyeglass cleaner cloth wrapped in an easily removed plastic covering, that has the iDesign logo printed on one corner of it. And the glasses were encased in a black cloth drawstring bag, also with the logo printed on it. The packaging, cloth and drawstring bag were – in my opinion, quite classy looking.

The glasses we received were black and silver in color, and the lenses had a grey tint. These imported glasses are made of a very lightweight, shatterproof, flexible, durable stainless steel metal frame (57 mm). The composite Tr90 nylon lenses are non-polarized, but are created to block 100% UV (UVA, UVB, UVC and up to 400 n.m. of blue light) – which will give users the best visual clarity possible for sunny days, winter or water glare, and glare off buildings, roads and vehicles.

Very lightweight glasses might seem cheap, but when you really look at the design you’ll notice metal hinges that don’t have screws to catch hair or scratch skin or come loose over time. The ends of the arms (that go over the top of the ears) and the nose bridge are both encased in white rubber pads to improve comfort. You’ll hardly notice these things are on top your head and may end up running around looking for them, wondering where you left them!  Ha ha

These are designed for men – and the first thing my husband noticed was that the lenses were flat and stuck out from the face a little and he thought that would definitely prevent them from fogging up or getting sweat on them which often happens to his other pairs when he’s cycling, hiking or snowshoeing. Because these are so lightweight it is unlikely that they would slip off the nose or slide around on the ears when the head begins to sweat.

The stats on these glasses are as follows:

·      Lens width: 57 mm

·      Lens height: 47 mm

·      Bridge: 18 mm

·      Arm: 138 mm

* I could not find a website for the company - therefore I cannot tell you more about their social responsibility, environmental, recycling, purchasing habits, charitable causes or in house policies.

While these are not available to purchase via - you can find these glasses on where they had an original list price of $149.99 (US) that was reduced to $99.99 (US) – but, as of the writing of this review, are currently on sale for $59.99 (US)

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

quote of the day

-- Quote of the Day -- 


“Study brings us wisdom; wisdom brings us life”   

~ Rabbi Hillel

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Enjoy A Playground all Year Long, Part 3


Encourage kids to play outside with these 3 fun winter activities:

* Today’s article was written by Meagan Deacon... it was a bit long so I've split it into a few parts... today is part 1.   Megan invites our readers to check out ParknPool - the leading online supplier of commercial grade site amenities and furnishings such as picnic tables, park benches, trash receptacles, drinking fountains, bleachers and playgrounds. It is important to us that all kids and adults spend as much time in the outdoors as possible. For more information visit
Part 1 published September 17th

Wintertime is a magical season that's filled with beautiful snow, nights curled up by the fireplace and the warmth of the holiday season. Unfortunately, all that cold weather can also discourage children from playing outside and getting a healthy dose of daily exercise. Despite the snow and ice, there's still plenty of fun to be had in the great outdoors on playgrounds.

  • Build a Snow Fort: With a few shovels and a little imagination, children can easily transform a pile of snow next to playground equipment into an elaborate fortress complete with walls, windows, secret entrances and hidden pathways.

  • Snowball Fights: Having a snowball fight is another classic winter activity that kids are sure to love. Children can either have a free-for-all match or form up into teams. Just make sure the kids are playing safely and fairly with each other.

  • Create a Snowman: Your playground could become the site of a snowman (and snow woman!) village if you have the right supplies available. When it's all complete, children can play on the slides while the snowmen look on from the side.

 * Note from Lillian Brummet: get youth involved in volunteering and community work by going out as a family and shoveling sidewalks and driveways in your neighborhood, for needy or physically challenged people, or just to say thank you to someone special. 

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Product Review

-- Product Review -- 

Vitamin D3 is officially known as cholecalciferol, nicknamed the "sunshine vitamin" since the body naturally produces it when exposed to the sun.  Aside from exposure to sunlight, you can also obtain Vitamin D3 by eating certain foods, such as mushrooms, fish, eggs, and milk products fortified with the vitamin.

Vitamin D3 is a crucial nutrient for overall health – especially in areas that have long winter periods, people who use a lot of sunscreen products and those who spend a lot of time indoors. Even though the body is capable of manufacturing Vitamin D3 from the UVB rays of sunlight, millions of individuals are deficient in this nutrient. Vitamin D is involved in many aspects of good health from maintaining muscles, bones, teeth and immune system, to emotional issues and skin problems.

I was quite excited to have the opportunity to review Zahler's supplemental doses of this critical vitamin. We started the discussion for this project around July 22nd and we picked up at the US border on August 3rd. It arrived in a 9” wide X 11” long yellow bubble envelope with no additional packaging.

The white plastic bottle had a safety seal covering the screw-top cap, which wasn’t perforated so I had to use a razor knife to remove it. Sadly there was a bar code sticker over part of the label obstructing my ability to read the product information – preferably that sticker could have been placed on the bottle where the label ended instead. When I removed that sticker, part of the label came up with it, but I could read some of the information it contained.

These easy to swallow soft-gel capsules are quickly absorbed by the body, and are manufactured and packaged in a state of the art GMP certified facility. The directions on the bottle recommend that we take only 1 capsule per day per person, with meals. It is recommended to store with the cap screwed on well to keep a good seal, in cool, dry place (I use my bread cupboard). Each bottle contains 120 capsules (so that is roughly 4 months worth for one individual per bottle; 2 months worth for us, as a married couple). One capsule contains 5000 IU of Vitamin D3.

This product is free of gluten, soy, lactose – but does contain corn, MCT oil, kosher gelatin, vegetable glycerin, and purified water. It is a made in the US and distributed by Advanced Nutrition by Zahler (based in Brooklyn New York - USA). The company produces many products from parasite cleanse and yeast infection aids to various nutrients, immune support and even a panic attack/stress/anxiety formula (which I would love to try). Visit the company’s site at:

I saw most of their products were listed on for Canadians… except this one. However it is available on where it is listed with a retail price of $19.95 (US), but is currently on sale for $12.97 (US).

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Monday, September 21, 2015

quote of the day

-- Quote of the Day -- 

"Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, 
but to add color to my sunset sky."

 ~Rabindranath Tagore

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