Greater Vancouver Zoo Creating for Conservation

I have many awesome memories of visiting the Greater Vancouver Zoo when I was younger with my parents and siblings. Hence why I am looking forward to finally taking my own little family in a couple of days.

There are so many things that I like about the Greater Vancouver Zoo, like the sights and sounds; in addition to their conservation efforts. The Greater Vancouver Zoo is constantly striving to educate people especially the young about the vital role that humans (via population, land development, etc.) have on the lives of all animals.

Did you know, the Greater Vancouver Zoo’s animal collection includes endangered species and species which are already extinct in the wild. As a result, the Siberian Tiger, Oregon Spotted Frog, Pere David Deer and the Scimitar-Horned Oryx are some of the “critically endangered species” that call the Greater Vancouver Zoo home.

Greater Vancouver Zoo LEGO Creating for ConservationCreating for Conservation at the Greater Vancouver Zoo

This month, The Greater Vancouver Zoo is throwing a special event to help raise awareness about animal conservation initiatives. If your kid/family is into LEGO and loves animals, this event is right up your alley. The Zoo is inviting everyone who loves LEGO and animals to create a LEGO sculpture on the theme of animal conservation. Sculptures will be display for everyone to enjoy and a panel will judge them for exciting prizes!

“This event will help by providing more awareness for the programs we are involved with, but ultimately we hope to encourage appreciation of the environment. And motivate our guests to get more involved with any form of conservation efforts,” says Marketing and Communication Manager,
Jody Henderson.

The Greater Vancouver Zoo participates in local conservation initiatives and field conservation work. All supported by generous contributions from the public. Creating for Conservation will take place on Saturday July 30th from 8:30am ­ – 7pm at the Greater Vancouver Zoo. Proceeds from the event will go to conservation efforts supported by  the Zoo. Submit your LEGO animal conservation sculpture to win some great prizes. And enjoy the sights and sounds of the zoo. To register, please click here.

For more information about the Greater Vancouver Zoo, go to http://gvzoo.com/.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/greatervancouverzoo/

Twitter: @GVZooChat

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Lafe’s Baby Shampoo and Gentle Wash Review

I was first introduced to Lafe’s Baby about a year and a half ago while searching for a natural and organic shampoo or “2-in-1”  (shampoo and body wash) for Luna. One of the main reasons I decided to try Lafe’s Baby Foaming Shampoo and Wash is because it is fragrance free. I don’t like fragrance in body care, unless it is natural. Also, for some reason I am attracted to foaming pumps for baby products. It seems to make bath time that much easier.

We have been using Lafe’s Baby Foaming Shampoo and Wash for about a year and a half now and love it. If you are looking to add a safer shampoo and wash into your baby’s (or child’s) bath time, Lafe’s Baby is a great choice. We’re sharing our top 10 reasons why we love Lafe’s Baby Foaming Shampoo and Wash.

Lafes Baby-"Foaming Shampoo and Wash"

Lafes Baby-“Foaming Shampoo and Wash”

Safer Plastic

Lafe’s Baby is the only mom, kids and baby skincare line that is packaged in special Baby-Safe Plastic. Lafe’s unique packaging reduces exposure to common endocrine disrupting chemicals found in conventional plastic including BPA and phthalates as well as many of the harmful synthetic estrogens (Xenoestrogens). Most plastic bottles leech chemicals that may be harmful to infants and children.

Safe Ingredients

Lafe’s Baby uses all natural ingredients…because what goes on your body goes in your body.

Free of 10 Toxic Ingredients

All of Lafe’s products are:

・Proplyene Glycol Free
・Parabens Free
・Triclosan Free
・SLS/SLES/Sodium Laurel Sulfate Free
・PEG Compounds Free
・Petroleum Free
・DEA/TEA/MEA Free
・VOCs Free
・FD&C Colors/Dye Free
・Mineral Oil Free

Mild & Fragrance Free

Reduce skin irritation and eczema. Although Lafe’s Baby is fragrance free, baby still comes out of the bath smelling fresh and clean.

Leaves skin soft and refreshed

Can be used by the whole family

Yes, you read that right! Everyone can use it. From baby to boomer, head to toes! I’ve used it a couple of times as my body wash.

Cruelty-Free, Vegan, Gluten-Free

Uses organic oils

Foaming pump

1% of company profits go to support breast cancer awareness and prevention

Lafe’s is natural and organic brand that produces a wide array of products for the whole family; including natural deodorants, baby, and hair care. Lafe’s produces only a high standard of quality products…because what goes on your body goes in your body. You can check out Lafe’s website for their whole product line.

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5 Must Have SANTE Natural Cosmetics Products

SANTE Natural Cosmetics is one of my favourite beauty brands. Sante’ Natural Cosmetics are one of the extraordinary, high-quality brands produced by Logocos of Germany. Sante’ comes from the same manufacturer that manufactures the Logona line of natural personal care and cosmetics products. You can check out my review of various LOGONA products, here.

SANTE Natural Cosmetics presents a new extraordinary assortment of decorative cosmetics: incomparably beautiful colors on a natural basis. The high-quality formulations with vegetable oils and extracts while gentle care and ensure optimal compatibility, even with very sensitive skin. For a naturally beautiful makeup, do your skin good.

SANTE Natural Cosmetics

“SANTE Natural Cosmetics” – Young, Trendy, Fresh Products

I have been using SANTE natural cosmetics for about two and a half years now, and I have to say that it’s one of my favourite beauty brands. I love the quality, selection of natural colours and the fact that SANTE Natural Cosmetics are Certified Natural Cosmetics.

This means that SANTE “uses natural raw material such as plant oils, fats and waxes, herbal extracts and essential oils and aromatic materials from controlled biological cultivation or controlled biological wild collection. In addition to the careful selection of raw materials, the ecological impact of each product plays an important role.”

Natural cosmetics serve to beautify and care for the human body by means of ingredients from nature. 

Below I am sharing five must have SANTE products that will most definitely become staples in your makeup bag.

Eyeshadow Trio

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“SANTE”- Eyeshadow Trio (Smokey Eyes)

Sante’s Eyeshadow Trio in Smokey Eyes is a very practical palette to have in your makeup bag because the colours can be used from nude to glam looks. The colours are rich, great pigmentation and smooth, almost creamy to the touch. Not tested on animals.

Lipstick

SANTE Lipstick "Soft Red"

SANTE natural cosmetic Lipstick -“Soft Red”

Hands down, SANTE lipsticks are my favourite, especially this colour, Soft Red. SANTE Soft Red lipstick is intense (colour) and classic. It provides soft lip care and gentle protection. For irresistible lips. It’s long lasting and doesn’t bleed.

With organic jojoba. Skin-friendly, free of synthetic coloring agents, fragrances or preservatives. Not tested on animals.

Eyebrow Pencil

SANTE Natural Cosmetics- "Eyebrow Pencil" No.2

SANTE Natural Cosmetics- “Eyebrow Pencil” No.2

SANTE Eyebrow Pencil in brown is my go-to eyebrow filler. Eyebrow pencils are so easy to use, I just outline and fill then style with brush.

I find that eyebrow pencil’s are less intimidating than brow palettes, but that’s probably because I don’t know how to use one properly? Hahaha.

Pressed Powder

SANTE -"Pressed Powder" in Porcelain

SANTE -“Pressed Powder” in Porcelain

SANTE Pressed Powders. The perfect finish enriched with ultra-fine mineral pigments. For a powdery, transparent and even soft-matte complexion. With organic jojoba and camomile. Not tested on animals.

Mascara Volume

SANTE Mascara Volume is awesome, it gives your eyelashes amazing volume, dramatic curves and long-lastings coverage. SANTE mascara volume is not waterproof, making it is easy to remove. I usually just remove with water or a bit of coconut oil.

The formula is a perfect balance between wet and dry. SANTE mascara volume has natural waxes and purified mineral pigments that nurture your eyelashes.

If you are looking for some new essential beauty products to add to your makeup bag, I really recommend trying SANTE natural cosmetics, especially any of the five products listed here.

SANTE is a brand that cares about your body and the environment. Experience the beauty of nature in a unique color palette for each type: young, fresh and trendy. Discover the “pure colors of nature” by SANTE natural cosmetics.

I would love to hear which SANTE product you are most likely to try!

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Disney’s 1st Latina Princess, Elena of Avalor

I loved everything Disney when I was a little girl, from Mickey Mouse and the gang to the Princesses. My favourite Disney princesses were Ariel from The Little Mermaid, Jasmine from Aladdin, Pocahontas and finally Mulan.  As I grew older, I seemed to question why Disney was so slow at adding some diversity to their roster of princesses. Jasmine from Aladdin (1991), Pocahontas (1995), Mulan (1998), Tiana from The Princess and the Frog (2009). After Tiana was introduced, I saw a glimmer of hope that maybe one day Disney would debut a Latina princess.

And seven years after the debut of Disney’s fifth “ethnic” princess (Tiana), Disney is FINALLY welcoming Elena, its first princess inspired by diverse Latin cultures and folklore. Elena of Avalor is going to debut this Summer on the Disney Channel. So Disney didn’t go as far as making a movie about a Latina princess, but this is a step in the right direction, I think. I’m still hopeful that Disney will introduce a Latina princess on the big screen 😉

Elena of Avalor

ELENA OF AVALOR - Character poses. (Disney Channel) ELENA

ELENA OF AVALOR – Character poses. (Disney Channel)
ELENA

Elena of Avalor follows the story of Elena, a brave and adventurous teenager who saves her kingdom from an evil sorceress. Elena must now learn to rule as crown princess until she is old enough to be queen. Elena’s adventures will lead her to understand that her new role requires thoughtfulness, resilience and compassion, the traits of all truly great leaders.

ELENA OF AVALOR - "Elena and the Secret of Avalor" - Character poses. (Disney Channel) ELENA

ELENA OF AVALOR – “Elena and the Secret of Avalor” – Character poses. (Disney Channel)
ELENA

The inspiring story of Elena of Avalor will be shared in 33 languages in 163 countries on Disney Channels worldwide. Families can see Disney’s newest princess in person at Disney Parks.  At Walt Disney World Resort, Elena will appear in the Magic Kingdom. At Disneyland Resort, she will appear at Disney California Adventure.  The Disney Princesses at Walt Disney World Resort will welcome Elena in August.

I’m looking forward to checking out the first episode of Elena of Avalor this Summer to learn about her character and see how Disney adapts/interprets Latino cultures and folklores. Elena of Avalor’s expected release is July 22 on the Disney Channel.

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Lost My Name Book Review

Story time is a big part of our daily routine in our home. Luna’s books sit on the mantle right above our bed, so she can grab them at her leisure. Luna loves books, some morning she wakes up saying “UCHOS IBROS, BOOKS” (which means lots of books), while stretching her arms above her head and pointing to her book collection. I am always on the look out for good books to add to Luna’s growing collection. So, when the team at Lost My Name reached out, I was ecstatic!La Nina Que Perdio Su Nombre -The Girl Who Lost Her Name

Lost My Name, is a personalized children’s book about a young girl/boy who has lost her name and bravely goes out into the world in search of it. During her adventure meets some marvelous (and maybe majestic) animals and angels that help her find her (or his) name.

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I was impressed at how easy and straight – forward it was to order Lost My Name on their website. We Simply input Luna’s name, picked a language (Spanish), wrote a sweet dedication and even got to preview the whole book online too. Can you believe that?

The quality of the Lost My Name personalized book is really nice, the pages are thick and the story line and illustrations are beautiful. I really like the mystical vibe of the book, it really lets your (and your little one’s) imagination free.

5ReasonsToBuyLostMyNamePersonalizedBook-LibroPersonalizadoBelow, are 5 reasons why you should order a personalized book for your little one:

  1. Personalized: Enter the name of child.
  2. Language: Choose 1 of 10 languages.
  3. Dedication: Write a special message for the little one.
  4. Preview: Look/read through the complete book. Note, if you click on the icon, and it says “change,” you can change the animal. For Luna’s we had the option of changing the A from angel to aguila (eagle).
  5. Free World Wide Shipping: You read that right, free WORLD WIDE shipping. You don’t have to worry about adding x amount to the cost of the book.

We hope to add more personalized books to Little Moon’s collection.

Do your children have any personalized books in their collection?

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Vancouver International Children’s Festival

The Vancouver International Children’s  Festival, located on Vancouver’s famous Granville Island “inspires and motivates young minds with professional artistic experiences that transforms a child’s understanding of the world around them and what is creatively possible.” It’s a place where you are encouraged to explore and express your creativity and imagination. This year the Vancouver International Children’s Festival runs from May 30 to June 5.

I have many great memories of attending the Vancouver International Children’s Festival when I was growing up. My first experience was during elementary school, and I remember how much fun we’d have taking the bus down to the festival, and once we got to the festival grounds, it felt like a whole new world, where we were allowed to run around and explore all of the amazing shows, performances and activities.  I also loved that my mom would join my class on the field trip.

In high-school, we looked forward to the Vancouver International Children’s Festival because it was a sign that school was almost out for the summer, and we could volunteer at the event and still get to experience being a kid!

When I was a nanny, it was one of my favourite activities to take the kids too, and this year Gabriel and I are going to take our little moon to the Vancouver International Children’s Festival– on Granville Island for the first time; to start our own family tradition.

Vancouver International Children's Festival

The Vancouver International Children’s Festival aims to be a highly anticipated festival that is recognized internationally for creating a unique and diverse celebration of the arts for children and grown ups to enjoy together.

Every year, the Vancouver International Children’s Festival hosts an array of  extraordinary quality of diverse programming and performers. This year, featured performers include:

  • Asoma
  • Splash’n Boots
  • Pekka
  • Snowflake
  • Michael Kusugak- Inuit Tales
  • Extra-Celeste
  • Project Soul
  • Circus Incongnitus
  • H’Soa
  • The Box Brothers
  • Annual Variety Show

As a family, we will be checking out Asoma, a show from Mexico!

Asoma is a  joyous, playful and stimulating experience for the youngest of audiences, Asoma is a rare opportunity for your baby to experience live theatre created just for them! Using the language of music and movement, this intimate performance is designed to capture the imagination and curiosity of babies. The actors and unravelling yarn become the ever-changing and captivating shapes, sounds, movements and possibilities of the performance.  As the suspense builds, fascinated babies want to know what will happen next. Share a special moment with your little one in a colourful world filled with play, exploration, and discovery.

We may also check out Pekka- the tiny turtle with BIG courage who embarks on an adventure to find Miss Moon and bring her back home. (Shows in English, Spanish or French). Ages 2 to 7.

The Activities Village is also something you can’t miss! From toddlers to tweens, kids of all ages can get creative or just have some fun in the activity village. From learning how to juggle, to making origami, to trying to paddle a canoe with the False Creek Racing Canoe Club.

There really is a little bit of everything at the Vancouver International Children’s Festival (May 30- June 5), the whole class or family will definitely have an unforgettable day with so much to see and do! Watch the video below, to see what the Vancouver International Children’s Festival is all about!


Our friends from Vancouver International Children’s Festival have been kind enough to giveaway four tickets to the Pekka performance (in Spanish) on Saturday, June 4, 3pm. You can also purchase tickets online at http://www.childrensfestival.ca/tickets/ or in person.
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Let’s Explore Together with WESTCOAST Sightseeing Hop-On, Hop-Off, Vancouver Aquarium’s Discover Rays and BC Sports Hall of Fame

There is so much to see and do in Vancouver, that sometimes it can be a little overwhelming especially if your a tourist with a limited amount of time. But, WESTCOAST Sightseeing’s Hop-On, Hop-Off sightseeing pass is a fun and flexible way to see the best of Vancouver. Last week, I was able to be a tourist in my own city and experience WESTCOAST Sightseeing’s Hop-On, Hop-Off (HOHO) summer route.

I want to mention that WESTCOAST Sightseeing is Vancouver’s only company with convertible, clear-top bus covers for stunning views rain or shine; which is perfect for our Vancouver weather, you never know when it’ll start or stop raining, hahaha.

Hop-On, Hop-Off bus picked us at Canada Place, located in the heart of Vancouver’s downtown harbour front.  Upon “hopping-on” the WESTCOAST Sightseeing HOHO bus we were warmly greeted by Jackie and her team. We went through Coal Harbour/West End and headed to the Vancouver Aquarium, located in beautiful Stanley Park.

infront of WESTCOAST sightseeing's Hop-On, Hop-Off bus in Stanley Park

Arriving at the Vancouver Aquarium we were warmly greeted by Alexis who kindly escorted us to The Café, where we were served an ocean-wise lunch. I chose the Fish and Chips because come on, what better place to have fish and chips than the aquarium, right!? Hehehe. Anyways, the fish and chips were DELICIOUS; the fish was moist and the right amount of flaky and that tartar sauce was BOMB.

My attention was quickly grabbed by the fact…

that 95 percent of the dishes and utensils used to serve food at The Café are fully biodegradable and compostable. This includes: plates; bowls made from sugar cane; cutlery; cold drink cups; salad containers made from corn; and coffee cups and napkins made from paper. All new products used at The Café must be both compostable and made from renewable resources.

How AMAZING is that? I wish more establishments would follow the Vancouver Aquarium’s lead!

After lunch, we headed into Discover Rays, the Vancouver Aquarium’s newest exhibit where you get to roll up your sleeves, and have a hands-on (literally) encounter at the Discover Rays touch pool. I’m going to admit that I was feeling a bit nervous about touching stingrays. I thought, “Aren’t these fish dangerous? Didn’t the Crocodile Hunter die from getting stung by a stingray?” But then I came to my senses and realized that OBVIOUSLY the Vancouver Aquarium wouldn’t put “dangerous” stingrays in a tank to be touched by human, they wouldn’t risk injuring animals or humans!”

The lady leading the exhibit told the crowd that the new 50,000L Discover Rays touch pool is home to both cownose and southern stingrays. Not only will you be able to get up-close and personal with the rays, you’ll learn all about their slimy armours, their amazing sixth sense, and why stingrays have big mommas. You’ll also find out how overfishing and other human activities are threatening rays.

So after a couple of minutes, I gently stuck my hand in the water and waited for a stingray to swim right under. Stingrays feel slimy, I would describe the feeling as a wet gummy bear.

discover rays at the vancouver aquariumAfter departing the Vancouver Aquarium, we enjoyed the scenery from our seats, which included the seawall, beaches, mountains,and so much more. There are as many as 7 stops in Stanley Park, voted the best urban park in the world! For me, Stanley Park is a MUST SEE for ANYONE visiting Vancouver.

Leaving Stanley Park, we gazed at English Bay, Sunset Beach and eventually headed down Davie Street, where you can fund some really great restaurants and some LGBT pride, one of Vancouver’s liveliest neighbourhoods. From here the WESTCOAST Sightseeing HOHO bus headed towards the BC Sports Hall of Fame, driving thru Yaletown, another trendy neighbourhood located in Downtown Vancouver.

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At the BC Sports Hall of Fame we were greeted my the team and they had a lovely array of wine and cheese. We were able to relive and rejoice the amazing experience that was the 2010 Winter Olympics, which Vancouver hosted. The 2010 Olympic Gallery is full of awesome memorabilia from the 2010 Winter Olympics. We learned about many important athletes that were born in BC who did amazing things for not only their sport, but science as well, like Terry Fox and Rick Hansen.  I think the Aboriginal Sport Gallery is one of my favourite galleries inside the BC Sports Hall of Fame. We were also able to get a behind the scenes tour of BC PLACE, home of the Vancouver Whitecaps (MLS) and BC Lions (CFL) and host to many concerts and conventions. Our behind the scenes tour included a walk onto the field and getting a sneak peak into the BC Lions dressing room.

bc sports hall of fame behind the scenes tour of bc place

The BC Sports Hall of Fame and behind the scenes tour of BC Place concluded our experience with WESTCOAST Sightseeing’s Hop-On, Hop-Off and I couldn’t believe we were able to see and do so much in 5 hours! The HOHO drove down to Gastown and back to Canada Place, where we all said our hasta luegos and muchas gracias for a wonderful day.

Whether you’re a local or tourist, exploring Vancouver with WESTCOAST Sightseeing is a lot of fun. You get to experience Vancouver in a unique way by choosing from over 20 stops to create your own adventure. The summer schedule runs ever 15-20 minutes, so you can spend as little or as much time as you like at each stop! The WESTCOAST Sightseeing buses are equipped with world-class commentary in English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Korean, and Mandarin.

Our friends at the Vancouver Aquarium would like to giveaway 2 passes to a lucky NOTM reader! Follow instruction below.
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Coca-Cola helping Hispanic families plan, prepare and pay for college.

I was compensated for this post, but all opinions are my own.

 

I don’t know if things have changed in the school system now a days, but when I was in high school, nobody really talked about how expensive attending college or university was. And worst of all, we weren’t given any (or much) information about how to manage finances.

I just remember that when I was in my senior year, my parents told me that I HAD to attend university, but that they weren’t going to pay for it. And don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining. I never expected my parents to pay for my post secondary education because financially they  just couldn’t afford it. I know that if they could have afforded it, they would have.

So, I found myself applying to any and all scholarships that were applicable to me. Scholarships helped  me out during my first semester of college. I was able to pay for classes and even cover the cost of a couple of text books. My advice to students in high school is to keep their grades good, volunteer in their community, join sports teams and be a positive role model in their school and community. And to the students in their last year of high school is to apply to EVERY scholarship available to them. Even if you get one scholarship, it can help cover the cost of text books, a class or even semester, depending on how much the scholarship is worth.

Also, don’t only rely on your  high school (or college/university) for scholarships. Look into your community district, your local polititcal party may even have a scholarship (mine did!), your varsity team, the company your parents work for? Even big companies are supporting education by providing scholarships!

Coca-Cola for example, understands the value Hispanic families place in education and is proud to continue its long-standing partnership of 35-years with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the nation’s largest not-for-profit organization supporting Hispanic American higher education.

As part of the Coca-Cola – HSF For The Dream National Scholarship Program, this year Coca-Cola is donating $150,000 to HSF to be awarded via scholarships to qualifying students who apply from January 1 to March 30, 2016 at www.Coke.com/ForTheDream, to help Hispanic families plan, prepare and pay for college.

Below you will find “Coca-Cola’s Roadmap to Your Teen’s College Acceptance”, a detailed infographic to help parents understand key steps in supporting their children through the college application process.

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What are some of the challenges you faced while applying/during college?

 

Please, make sure to pass along the Coca-Cola and HSF scholarship info before March 30, 2016 at www.Coke.com/ForTheDream, to help Hispanic families plan, prepare and pay for college. 

 

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10 Reasons You’ll LOVE the Vancity Subscription Box

Nowadays it seems like there is a subscription box for just about everyone. There are ones that are for shoes, jewelry, lingerie and so much more. Subscription boxes don’t only cater to women, there are ones for men, kids and even pets. I had always heard of the BIG subscription boxes that offer shoes, purses and other factory made good, so I was never really interested in trying out a subscription box. That is until recently when I discovered Vancity Box, a local company that carefully curates locally-made products. Vancity Box is a monthly subscription box that includes 5-8 locally-made (Vancouver) artisan products with a value of up to $80 retail value.  A great variety of Vancouver made products are offered in the Vancity Box from soaps, snacks, drinks, handmade and much more.

I was immediately intrigued because this was a way to discover and support local artists/companies from our City. I knew I was bound to see some of my favourite Vancouver brands and discover some great new ones.

ninaonthemoon-vancitysubscriptionbox-10reasonsyoulovevancityI couldn’t wait to receive my first Vancity Box which was for the month of November. Below are the 5 Vancouver made products that I received in the November Vancity Box.

Here & Now Botanicals- Vancouver based luxury aromatherapy company. Inspired by nature and sustainability in small batches. The Sweet Sassafran spray is used to relax the mind and uplift the spirit. Mist on and around body for a much needed pick me up.

I like to mist the Sweet Sassafran spray on after a shower/bath and on my pillow case before bed. I find the scent very relaxing.

We’ve used Here & Now Botanicals before, well Gabriel uses their Beard Oil. We discovered Here & Now Botanicals at The East Side Flea at UBC last year.

Dilettante & Debutantes- Crafted from signature blend of rich butters and therapeautic oils, Dillettante & Debutantes Vanilla Lavender Sugar Scrub gently polish your skin to perfection, revealing your healthy, glowing skin. Leaving a delicate scent behind.ninaonthemoon-10reasonstolovelocalmadevancityboxsubscription

Hooked on Crochet- The mug hug was handcrafted just for me by Amanda from Hooked on Crochet. Easily slips onto my favourite tumbler or personalizes a plain cup. I like to keep my Hooked on Crochet mug hug in my purse so I can slip it onto my coffee cup from the cafe. Love my personalized N which I thought was for November, but then I thought NINA, duh! Or was it just a coincidence, hahaha.

Vancouver Candle Co.- These candles are all the rave in Vancouver  as they smell great, look pretty, are handmade in the heart of Vancouver and each candle in the collection is named and inspired by neighbourhoods within the City. Vancouver Candle Co. pays homage to the traditional craft of candle making using simple local ingredients- soy wax, fragrance oils, 100% cotton wicks- to create a clean burning and long-lasting candle with a rich fragrance that gently fills the room.

I LOVE the concept of the Vancity Box because every box features products from a local companies. Vancity Box provides an easy way to discover locally-made artisan-crafted products and by subscribing I am supporting small businesses. Check out my 10 reasons why you’ll also LOVE the Vancity Box below.

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  1. SURPRISE! Who doesn’t like receiving a monthly surprise like this? I love not knowing what’s inside the box and look forward to it every month.
  2. Quality. So far, all of the products curated by Vancity Box have been great quality.
  3. Price. $50 a month.
  4. New products to try every month.
  5. Every box features a new product from a local company.
  6. You don’t have to leave your house! It gets delivered right to your door.
  7. Each box has up to $80 retail value.
  8. Support local companies by subscribing.
  9. Artisan-crafted products.
  10. Cancel anytime or skip a month, no hassle, no obligations.

Vancity Box makes a great treat (for yourself) or gift too. Would you like to receive your City in a Box? Stop by the Vancity Box page for more deets.

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5 Reasons to print a canvas photo with CanvasPop

I received a free canvas photo print from CanvasPop. The opinions expressed here are my own.

When I was approached by CanvasPop and offered a free  canvas photo print to see for myself the amazing quality and product provided by CanvasPop I couldn’t say NO! I immediately knew I had the perfect high resolution photo to convert into a high quality canvas photo print.

The process of ordering a canvas photo print is very quick and easy due to the fact that you get your own personal designer to give you advice and help get your order perfect. The CanvasPop designer asks you questions you may not have even thought of, like, if you have any preferences for the wrapped sides of the canvas? CanvasPop can do it in either black or white, a custom colour of your choice, or could do a photo wrapped edge where we use the outer edges of your image for the wrapped sides. There is also the option of doing a mirror wrapped edge if you want the look of the photo wrapped edge without losing the outer edges of the image to the wrapped sides. And you just let your CanvasPop designer know what you prefer and they’ll set it all up for you.

After sending over my high resolution photo and my preference for the wrapped sides of the canvas to my CanvasPop designer, he  set the order up for me, and emailed me a digital proof  for a review and approval. I really appreciate receiving a digital proof because this way, if when you see the proof you want to change anything on it, or change the picture, you can just let your designer know and they will adjust it for you. CanvasPop will not send anything into production until you approve the design. CanvasPop is not only known for their high quality canvas photo prints, but their amazing customer service. CanvasPop goes above and beyond to make sure that their customers enjoy the CanvasPop experience.5ReasonsToPrintaCanvasPhotowithCanvasPop-Review-NinaontheMoon-VancouverMomBlog
Once I approved the design, the order was sent into production, and CanvasPop had the print delivered to me within 10 business days. I was sent a tracking code via email, which allowed me to track my package.
My personal CanvasPop designer informed me to let him know what I think when I received the print, and to not hesitate to let him know if there’s anything wrong with the print. All of CanvasPop prints are covered by their 100% satisfaction guarantee, so if there’s anything wrong, they will fix it.
I was ecstatic when my CanvasPop canvas photo print arrived. It was everything I had hoped for. The image is vibrant and the overall quality is incredible. The thick canvas, perfectly folded corners and a sticker that is signed by the designer who handcrafted it to boot. The CanvasPop print comes ready to hang. I couldn’t wait to hang our family photo in our bedroom. It is the perfect addition to Lunita’s little gallery wall, that has different kind of prints and art that represent us as a family.Ninaonthemoon-CanvasPopReview-5reasonstoprintcanvaswithcanvaspop-vancouvermomblog
Below are the top 5 reasons to order a canvas print or framed photo from CanvasPop:
  1. Highest quality canvas photo prints- CanvasPop canvas prints and framed prints are made with only the highest quality materials in the industry. They don’t cut corners on quality.
  2. Lifetime guarantee- This means either you love it or we’ll fix it or we’ll refund you. No small type, no excuses – just a promise that means you will love your canvas print — guaranteed.
  3. Picture perfect-  The CanvasPop process ensures that you get perfect results optimized for any sized canvas, every time. CanvasPop skilled designers will expertly adjust contrast, saturation, resolution, sharpness… and more. They’ll even remove red-eye all at no extra cost.
  4. Free digital proof- Love may be blind, but if you want to see your canvas print before its made ask for a digital proof — it’s free!
  5. Handcrafted- Their canvas prints are handmade by real people. That means real eyes inspecting your image and real hands framing it with care.

CanvasPop is also obsessed with mobile photography, that’s why they developed special techniques to print iPhone photos and any other mobile photography beautifully! They also allow you to print Instagram photos directly from Instagram.

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