Calling all Gardeners!

May 20, 2016 in Fashion, Life, Uncategorized

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May long weekend is the official start of gardening season! If you have yet to Plan the Ultimate Weekend Getaway and find yourself at home gardening we have some tips to make your garden the envy of your neighbourhood. Determine the amount of space you’ll want to dedicate to your garden. Take into account as plants grow they will cover more square footage. Set a budget and amount of time to dedicate to maintaining your outdoor space. Planting can become a large commitment both financially and time wise, start off with a few plants then continually add more. Inspect soil – noting sunlight, and accessibility to water. Each plant flourishes in different soil compositions, to make the most of your garden pick up a soil testing kit at a local hardware or plant nursery to check soil nutrients. Depending on the space you’ve selected be mindful if it has access to sunlight and rain. This will save you from continually watering your plants even when it rains. Take photos to capture before and afters. Remember it will only become better in time. Don’t forget proper tools! Make a check list of everything you’ll need, helps to make shopping an ease and spend more time gardening. Select plants to compliment your current landscaping and suit your lifestyle. If you’re like me and am not well skilled in gardening, consider plants with low maintenance and grow back every year. Clean up the surrounding yard. Cut the grass, prune, and remove any dead
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Planning the Ultimate Weekend Getaway

May 14, 2016 in Entertainment, Featured, In the Media, Life, The Dish, Uncategorized

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  With the weather beginning to warm up summer will soon be here. Time to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Can’t take vacation time? Don’t despair – a weekend getaway is the perfect solution to relax, renew, and recover from those crazy work weeks. Grab a drink, message your girls, and keep reading because we have the ultimate planning guide for your weekend getaway. First up for consideration is budget. Knowing your budget is critical to creating a stress free break. No one wants to worry about money on a trip. Don’t forget to factor into the budget spending money for food, shopping, admission fees, cabs, buses, and tips. Travelling in groups for a weekend can bring people together. Try to choose friends who get along – it will avoid any unnecessary drama. Pick travel dates and select a destination. For weekend getaways opt for a closer destination to minimize travel time and maximize the fun. Some of our favourite local travel spots include: Ottawa, Montreal, Camping at Bruce Peninsula, Cottage rentals in Huntsville or Kawarthas, Vineyard tours in Niagara, and Blue Mountain in Collingwood. So now with the location, dates, and people to travel with decided; next up create bucket lists for: “must-see”, “must-eat”, and “must-experience”. Ask each person to provide ideas and ensure at least one item from everyone’s list is included. This will help ensure everyone can experience something they wanted and helps maintain group harmony. Selecting accommodations should take into account the “bucket-list” items.
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Recipe: Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

May 6, 2016 in Featured, Life, Recipes, The Dish, Uncategorized

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In celebration of Mother’s Day we’re bringing you an easy recipe from Fraiche Nutrition for Lemon Ricotta Pancakes.   Ingredients: 3 tbsp. melted butter 2 c. flour (can substitute gluten-free flour) ¼ c. sugar 2 ½ tsp. baking powder ½ tsp. baking soda ½ tsp. salt 2 ½ c. buttermilk 2 large eggs 1 tsp. vanilla 1 tsp. grated lemon rind 1/2 cup ricotta cheese 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice Directions: Melt the butter in a saucepan or microwave and cool. In a large bowl, mix together all of the dry ingredients In a separate bowl, beat the eggs with a fork and add the buttermilk, vanilla, lemon rind, ricotta cheese, lemon juice and cooled melted butter Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir just until mixed: do not over mix! It will still look lumpy. Heat a griddle or pan with a small amount of vegetable oil on medium heat, pour into pancake shapes of your choice, and flip when the bubbles appear on the top and the bottom is golden brown. Top with all your favourites and Enjoy! We’d love to hear from you in the comments below or connect with us on Facebook and Instagram.   See you soon, UCS Glam Girls

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

May 4, 2016 in Beauty, Fashion, Featured, Life, Uncategorized

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Mother’s Day is the one official day a year we celebrate those amazing women in our lives who helped shape us into the woman we are today. Whether they are our birth mom, grandma, aunt, godmother, or other incredibly special woman they deserve to be recognized and spoiled everyday, but especially on Mother’s Day! As the years go on, I’ve learned the absolute best gift I can give is being present in the moment and spending quality time together trying to cherish every opportunity we can to laugh, learn, and love together. Shopping for gifts is another way to show appreciation and luckily we have you covered with some of our favourite gift ideas. There is still time for online shipping so click on the links and get shopping! 1. Picture Frame with a photo 2. Danielle Classic Chrome Mirror 3. Mom Pendant Necklace 4. Naturally Hand Balm 5. Tea Pot 6. Fruit arrangement 7. Floral bouquet 8. E reader 9. Candles 10. Mug 11. French Press for Coffee 12. All about Feet foot Soak   We’d love to hear from you in the comments below some of your top gift ideas or how you plan to share Mother’s Day. See you soon, UCS Glam Girls

Your Personal Beauty Expert

April 13, 2016 in Beauty, Featured, Life

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A few weeks ago while messaging with a friend before a night out she was in the middle of a beauty crisis. Wanting to wear more than her typical mascara and eyeliner make up routine for a night out, she decided to try contouring her face to add definition. Unfortunately, without any direction she was completely lost and ended up, well let’s say not putting her best face forward! Fortunately with the new Tutorial line of high quality Make Up brushes by Danielle her crisis would have been adverted. Little did she know it’s your own beauty expert helping each step of the way! Each brush contains a QR code for learning industry tips & tricks on the spot no matter where you are and in no time you will be a cosmetic master. Tutorial has brushes to cover all make up application needs: from flat tipped to tapered.  Simply scan the code and follow along. In under 10 minutes you’ll go from beauty novice to expert with a flawless makeup look. Even mastering a perfect smokey eye is a breeze as make up professional Annie, teaches you step by step and shares expert tips using the Tutorial Brush Collection in this video. The collection is a full line up of high quality hypoallergenic brushes. Purchase separately or in handy sets: Powder Brush: Domed bristles ideal for applying loose powders. Blush Brush: Ideal for contouring, highlighting, and defining cheek bones. Foundation Brush: Synthetic round sleek bristles for precise application of liquid
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[THINK PINK] Beauty Gives Back

October 15, 2013 in Beauty

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Fight cancer with beauty: There’s nothing pretty about the big C…, but there are plenty of beautiful ways to raise awareness. By purchasing one of the many “pink” products, we will donate to Women’s Cancer Research, you can join Upper Canada Soap and our sister company, Danielle Creations, in the fight against this ugly disease.

20 Reasons Your Dad is Awesome

June 16, 2013 in Featured, Uncategorized

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To all the committed fathers, Upper Canada Soap is wishing  you a happy and safe Father’s Day.    Its days like these which are meant for us to take the time and reflect upon what makes our Fathers exceptional. What makes a man a father? Is it his sense of humour? Is it his strong hands, beard or the way he makes a great steak? Is it his ability to comfort, love and support you? One thing for sure is that it takes a unique combination of these special traits to make a man your dad.  Upper Canada Soap wants to take the time to recognize the amazing Fathers out there who made a conscious decision to be the best dad to their children. If you love your dad for one of the following reasons, let him know! -He held you as a baby -He makes you laugh -He has a mustache -He doesn`t have a mustache -He combed your hair -He taught you how to play sports -He took you to ball games -He walked you down the aisle -He held your first born -He loves being Grandpa -He taught you the value of hard work -He makes you smile -He loves your mom -He can`t text message -He doesn`t know what an iPad is -He knows how to waltz -He wears his pants really high -He says things wrong -He can grill a mean steak -He loves you  

[DIY] Pedicure- Perfect Your Toes with All About Feet

May 1, 2013 in Beauty, Fashion, Life

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Your days are long, you work harder than you are asked to and you put others before yourself. You are a woman; strong, smart, invincible. Whether you are heading that quarterly meeting, taking the kids to soccer practice or making sure the dog gets walked- your to-do list grows everyday. Chances are pampering yourself is not a priority, it might not even make the list. Despite  how hard we push ourselves, how often do we sit down, without distraction and reflect on just how much we have accomplished with our two hands (and feet)? Do we recognize our successes at the end of the day? Do we understand that we have prepared today so that we may succeed tomorrow. After all, this is and has always been our primary responsibility. So the question becomes, how do you manage your energy? It i s so much more than simply scheduling your time. It is about replenishing your reserve. There is no need to book the Ritz or follow Carrie Bradshaw in the last Sex and the City movie. We’re talking about the little things. The little things you do just for you, like a pedicure- when you toes are painted, your skin is soft, the scent of mint relaxes your mind and for a short time you feel like a woman.  All About Feet… 1. Add 3 or 4 scoops of All About Feet’s Foot Salt Soak to warm water. To activate the essential oils stir with your feet and soak
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[The Garden] Not So Secret

April 25, 2013 in Beauty, Life

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Spring is here. As rejuvenating, refreshing and renewing as it may be- with Spring comes a whole new list of things to do. Cleaning the house, changing the linens, opening the pool… do the kids have rain gear? You know you need to get to the garden but you just don’t have the time let alone the energy or a big budget. Listen- it doesn’t need to be complicated, elaborate, or glamorous. Follow these tips to revive your tired looking garden- on a budget and in your schedule.

[Beat] the Winter Blahs

February 7, 2013 in Beauty, Featured, Life

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A Winter Survival Guide for Canadians  At this time of year most of us are left hibernating and hoping for Spring to be near. Our dear friends at Ruralist have devised a list of 6 go-to cozy boosters to help us brace winter’s chill. We are pleased to announce our very own Naturally Signature Whipped Hand Repair Balm has made the list! Soothe your dry skin with a hard-working hand lotion infused with 20% Shea butter, proven to be a superb moisturizer, with exceptional healing properties. Check out the complete list of must haves!