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Valentines Day: Ideas for the Last Minute-ers

Valentines Day, also known as the Hallmark Holiday, another excuse to take out our wallets and spend some money to show our loved ones that we love them?  Hold up, that’s not right!  Yes it is over rated, yes people go buck sh*t crazy over making sure the day is perfect.

My thoughts are v-day should be taken as a reminder that all the little things count when it comes to love.. and its been placed in the best month of the year to show just that! February gives us the perfect environment, the cozier weather (cuddly nights), the year still feels fresh (resolutions for the most part still in effect) and its usually winter festival time (free events! ..or at least cheap ones)!

The day we all have marked in our calendar as the day we need to love our significant other, is just a date. I know all you single people out there are all probably half puking just by reading this post (if you haven’t stopped yet). Instead of dreading Valentines Day, their are MANY other things you can do.  Dinner date with you best friend or going to that favorite place you love to go to!  Just take the time to do something YOU LOVE.

Enough of the blah blah introduction part, now to get down to what you have probably clicked on this post for.
A few ideas I dug out for all of you:

1. If your still looking to spend a little money, Lauren Conrad put together a nice list of ideas of gifts for everyone and anyone really.

2. Bed and Breakfast style!  I don’t know 1 person on the planet who wouldn’t love to wake up with a nice breakfast on their bed side (Coffee, optional but encouraged)

3. Why not reenact your first date, go back to the good ol’days where you were still in the so called “honeymoon stage” and bring that fire back!

4. Get physical! .. no i’m not talking dirty.  Go out and get your heart rates rising together doing something enjoyable outdoors (cross country skiing, skating *if your in Ottawa I highly recommend the Canal! etc..)

4. Swap massages.  1 for your and 1 for your partner! Click here.

5. Get cheesy, its okay sometimes. Make a trail of rose petals to a certain surprise. (Let your imagination go wild)

6. 18+: Get a room, if budget allows.  A change of environment could work miracles on your sex life. Mix in some roll playing to spice it up a bit.

7. 18+: Can’t afford a room? Read together.  Find a good dirty novel and read a couple of chapters together to help ignite a little passion. I recommend Opal Carew, I’ve recently had the pleasure of meeting her at the Sexapalooza 2014, great women with interesting reads!

9. Stay in, no electronics. Sometimes the best Valentine’s Day gift you can give is the gift of uninterrupted time together. Play some games together, have a long nap. Live in pure togetherness!

10. Dress up.  Even if its just for dinner between the two of you or to hit a dance floor! Get fancy with it!

* For more options if your not satisfied with the ones I mentioned: 101 things to do on valentines day. (single, mingling or taken)

Now, I may not be a love expert but I can guarantee that at least one of these things will be worth your while.

Much love,


terra20: Opening of a new store!


 I have officially fallen in love..

No more adventuring all the way to Kanata with my roomie and dragging her into terra20 just so I could day dream about being able to use the ecobar, or to look at the ‘oh so pretty’ cosmetic section…it was always just out of reach for me.  I cannot explain the excitement I felt when I began hearing rumours about a potential new store at their anniversary event back in September. Now here it is, terra20 in Wellington West!

On Friday November 1st, they had an exclusive VIP shopping event..how exciting that I was actually invited! Let me tell ya, I was one happy camper walking into this store.  Not only was my cousin, Josée aka ‘Vegan Bananas‘, there to greet me at the entrance, she also greeted me as the newest member of the terra20 team!  As I walked into the store, I was overwhelmed at the contemporary beauty they had created.

For those of you who are reading this thinking; ‘What the heck is terra20?’ Tisk Tisk!

Heres what Terra20 is all about in a snap:

About terra20:
A pioneer in green department store retailing, terra20 works closely with brand partners and guests to find the most environmentally sound products available. terra20’s first two stores and head office are in Ottawa. The company plans to open additional stores across Canada in the near future and has an online store with more than 8,500 product offerings. For more information visit http://www.terra20.com.

So now to talk about my experience in… *pause for effect*  ‘THE COSMETIC SECTION’!


First, let’s start off with their prestige brand, ‘Daniel Thompson‘. I actually had the privilege of meeting Mr.Thompson himself, and his trusty sidekick at the Anniversary event. We got to talk about the products and his view for the future of his company.  Great guys with great ambitions!  If there was one product I had really enjoyed during my mini makeover at the event, it was the Absolute Light (I will eventually post a review on the product and link it here as well).

The awesomeness doesn’t stop there! I got to snag myself samples of Kaia face and eye cream, booster serum, and a facial cleansing cloth. Kaia, a brand suited for people like me with busy lifestyles, is eco-friendly and vegan! I cannot wait to try these out and discover more about the product line!

There is more…lots more!

Next up, we have Zorah, a high-end brand that is petroleum free!  What really strikes me about this brand is their precious oils, especially their usage of argan oil. As we all know, argan oil is becoming a major hit in the mainstream world, or so says Dr. Oz (yea, I sometimes watch the show…it happens). Argan oil acts as a superb renewal agent for not only the skin, but in its purest form, also is amazing for the hair and cuticles.

However, the line that first caught my eye as I walked into the store, (I’d say mostly for the artwork on their brochures and stuff…I’m a very visual person) is Sappho Organic Cosmetics!  Seriously, click the hyperlink and check out the art work!  I actually posted the brochure on the wall in my room : ). I believe this will be the cosmetic line I will be testing and reviewing first! Oh Joséeeeee….prepare your makeup brushes cause i’m coming in for a makeover!

Now this is something to be excited about!  Local vendors, and I for sure am one to ‘Support Local‘!SupportLocal-newmark

Their soaps are to die for! I know for a fact that I’m not the only one who thinks this.
* Check out Vegan Bananas’s review on their Lemon Meringue Hand Balm and Chocolate Face Mask.

Now, I could sit here all night and name every other product line they have available, thankfully I can just link you to a full list, for you to do a little of your own exploring : ).   HERE!
* Please note, the mother store carries all lines, the Wellington West location is more of a specialized department store.

PS: Don’t forget to check out poo-poo paper! ACTUALLY MADE FROM POOP! Yes, you read correctly…did I catch your attention? ; ) …I know I’m going to buy some poop during my next visit! hehe.

In short, I’m in love with this store, and will be turning visits into habits . I mean, I definitely have to refill my ecobar cleaning products!

Until we meet again, mon chéri,

xx; Mimii


Edited by: Christina Sousa

A little word of motivation from the 19 year old me.

A few days before I turned 20, I was very stressed out, with school , life, work etc.. I had written a little word of motivation for myself as well as for the people surrounding me.   I thought I would share it with you all seeing as it is either, end of the fiscal year, exam time, bad weather etc.. We are all feeling the stress.



by Myriam Cyr

You’ll see the world in a different way. The world will see you in a different way. Right now your just at a stage in your life where the world started spinning, maybe even faster then you can handle right about now.

You crumble at every syllable in every word someone says to  you because you are still young and fragile. Every harsh word seems to stab you like a knife, but that doesn’t stop you, you keep your head up and keep striving for what it is you want for yourself.

Our personal fears seem to lead us to multiple road blocks, we create anxiety and the stress builds up, all because… everything seems to be moving way too fast and time seems to run out.. quickly.

The key is to not fear time or what others will think of what you do with your time, what you say or wear, it will only tie you up and anchor you down. You need to go for it, head first, without looking back, because YOU are a strong person. *Be*lieve in *You*rself!

I know this because I know humans, I mean… I am human.. I admire, envy and am sometimes disjointed in us, I study how we feel, and try to find reason deep within myself by observation, personal experiences and by the stories friends and acquaintances tell me.

Life is going to throw all of these stupid things in your face whether you like it or not. As much as you feel like you need to scream and shout, you just need to learn to accept it and live with it. We cannot change the workflow of life, it will just happen as it wants to happen.  We will fall in love, fall out of love, we will get hurt, we will hurt.  Just know… its okay, how you feel is normal and most importantly your are NOT alone.

In the end, all of it will only make you stronger. Like a broken bone forming new cartilage, you will march through life like a champion. I’ve been been there done that, just as everyone else has.

Turning 20 in 9 days and absolutely freaking out because I even feel different, mind and body, like if my life is starting a new chapter…a blank page has been presented to me, and I intend to take the chance to write my own story… and that’s cool!

Its like as if destiny has a structured yet mold-able plan for all of me (and you). We will get through it I know we will. At least I’m certain of one thing, we have the capabilities to do so!

& Even if all your dreams don’t come true, right away, don’t take it as a loss take it as a stepping stone. Your just getting that much closer to your goals, and discovering life in many different ways as well as its many hidden wonders. Just keep givin-er.

If your feeling down and feel like life has given up on you or your thinking “maybe life isn’t ready for me yet.” Its the other way around ? Isn’t it ? Maybe your just not ready to accept life in its many mysteries at play. Don’t worry your time will come you just have to accept it as a part of you, because life is inevitable. Once you can accept that you will shine brighter then a new born star.

Find your light, create your own sparkle.
Don’t let anyone get in the way of what you want, and DO what makes YOU happy.Image

Click HERE to see the rest of the photoshoot.

– BeauteOptic