Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Lest We Forget

I am a proud Canadian, grateful for the freedom we enjoy.  I cannot imagine life in a country where my husband and I could not raise our family in relative safety and work to support them through our own business ventures.  I cannot imagine the worry over safety, health and education that so many in this world face daily. I cannot imagine life in a war-torn nation, the loss, the misery, the fear.

I am ever grateful for the sacrifices made by Canada's Service Men and Women; past, present and future.  They have defended our country's freedom and so many have paid the ultimate price. I remember too, the loss and pain for their families left behind - thank you for your sacrifice also.

I am pleased to see that in our schools, Remembrance Day is still important.  The power of this day in keeping the memory alive has been embedded in my heart since I was in school.  I remember preparing for the school's celebration through art, poetry, song, and especially drama.  Creating a piece of theatre each year, to bring the importance of this day home to so many younger students, remains a force in my heart each year at this time of remembrance.

Now I am honoured to see my own children, at such a tender age, grasping the meaning of this important time.  They ask to be the wreath bearers for their class, they participate in the school ceremonies with the seriousness and respect appropriate for the occasion.  They wear their poppies with pride.  And now, my daughter prepares with her class for a special presentation of "Ordinary Love" where they will use music, song and movement to pay their respects and help us all to remember.

I am a proud Canadian.  I Remember.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Ellen, Oprah, Is it Too Good to Be True?

I've often heard that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. I agree.

Like the phone call my husband received on the weekend announcing he had just won $3.5 million in a raffle.  Well, of course there was no raffle and the scam required a payment of $2500 to claim the prize.  But he was much too smart to fall for that one!

What about that cruise I just won?  Except that it requires me to fly to Florida at my expense, pay for a bunch of other things (blah, blah, blah - I tuned out) and listen to a high pressure sales presentation. No thanks!

Then there's the email about the $1 million inheritance I can receive from overseas, I just have to send $10,000 to help get the money into Canada. Delete!

There's also an amazing skin care regimen out there being supported by certain celebrities (and their airbrushed photos).  It's simple and you can get some "free" samples to try it out...but they aren't really free, if you don't return them after your 2 week trial, you are charged for them and added to the companies "autoship" so you get a new batch every month at a cost of $150 or more.  Really?

So, when it comes to your skin, ignore the empty promises and "too good to be true" miracle fixes! Your skin is always changing, new cells are born and older cells are dying all the time.  The real "secret" to great skin is to take care of it, all the time.  Twice a day.  Don't use soap, cleanse, exfoliate regularly, mask regularly, hydrate always, use sunscreen, keep your hands off!  That's the basic idea but I love helping my clients get the right regime for them.

With a great system of home care for your skin type, you are ready (if you choose) to pursue advanced facial treatments that will really help reduce the signs of aging, sun damage, broken capillaries, or acne. It's not one miracle cream or potion, it's a system.  It takes commitment.  IPL Skin Solutions, Microdermabrasion and Customized Facials can enhance your at-home regimen and will help you feel great about the skin you're in!  And that's not too good to be true!

Find out how at Pretty In Skin Laser Studio.  prettyinskin.ca