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.
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!
Vintage inspired elegance is never out of style! Does the love of your life covet refined, nostalgic elegance? If so, this collection developed by Danielle Creations is just for her! The line boasts products for the home as well as on the go, in two chic patterns, it will leave her loving you even more. The Wear Me / Wash Me Bags are a real hit, ideal for travel, it keeps all her delicates separate in this luxurious lingerie tote. Check out the whole Boudoir Collection online here!
July 11, 2012 in Life
We LOVE french fries … and so do our love handles! Unfortunately, as we get older, our metabolisms slow down. This means that our super slim bodies that we had in our early 20’s aren’t so slim in our 30’s. Perhaps, I’m speaking from personal experience. I know that this isn’t always the case as my 50’s-something mother has the metabolism of a hummingbird. How she does not gain a pound after a minimum of 5 rounds plus dessert at an all-you-can-eat buffet is beyond me. The good news is that you don’t have to sacrifice the things you love to eat. You can improvise or make alternatives. I introduce to you the super healthy alternative to my favourite food in the whole wide world: Baked Zucchini Fries! Ingredients: 3 medium zucchini, sliced into skinny sticks 2 large egg whites, beaten 1/2 cup whole wheat bread crumbs (we make our own) 2 T grated Parmesan cheese 1/4 tsp dried basil Pinch of dried oregano 1/4 tsp garlic powder Salt and pepper, to taste Instructions: Preheat oven to 425°. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Set aside. In a small bowl, beat egg whites with a fork until frothy. Put the breadcrumbs, basil, oregano, garlic powder and cheese on a plate-I used a pie tin. Mix well. Dip the zucchini sticks in the egg whites and then into the bread crumb mixture, make sure all sides get coated well. Place the sticks on the prepared baking sheet. I did the sticks one by one. Bake at
June 29, 2012 in Life
The title of this post says it all … WE LOVE CANADA! We’re not saying it because it’s the second word in our company’s name. We’re also not proclaiming that it’s the best country in the world (even though it probably is). We’re happy and proud to be Canadian. We’re sure that you’re happy and proud to be who you are, whether it be American, Chinese or Peruvian! Taking pride in where you’re from is important and we definitely celebrate Canada Day here at Upper Canada Soap when the time rolls around. This year, we dressed up in red and white, devoured Canada Day cupcakes, and entered a “Canada Day” contest where we had to answer “Why do you love Canada?” The answers were all unique but they all had the same themes: diversity, freedom, and love. With that being said, we wanted to share a few answers as to why we LOVE Canada below. “We are a multi-cultural country and proud of it!” “Freedom of choice! Great people with big hearts!” “I love Canada because it gives my family a free and beautiful life.” “Where else can you live and experience all 4 seasons?” “It’s the only place on the planet where you can celebrate where you came from and not worry about being judged. The only place that embraces the races, colours, religions and orientations that make people who they are!” Tell us, why do you love Canada? Have a wonderful and safe Canada Day long weekend! Love,
May 14, 2012 in Life
Spring is finally here! And almost everyone at Upper Canada Soap is rolling up their sleeves and diving into their garden … except for me. To be honest, I wouldn’t even know where to start. However, there are many benefits to having a garden. Gardens are gorgeous, and you can even grow your own organic vegetables for those delicious summer salads. So, for those out there who aren’t as knowledgeable about gardening, I’ve surveyed UCS Headquarters and came up with 7 easy tips on how to get garden ready for the Spring. 1. Get Your Tools Ready Before you tackle the garden, make sure that you have all of the tools that you need. Make a checklist and ensure that you’re equipped with the right tools before you dive in with your “Green Thumbs.” 2. Buy/Order Plants It’s all about colour on the runway, and the same should be taken into consideration when buying plants for your garden. 3. Clean Up the Yard Roll up your sleeves and break out the leaf blower to get rid of winter foliage, then mow down your lawn. Any man will say that there’s nothing more beautiful than a freshly cut lawn. 4. Prune Trees and Shrubbing Prune, prune, prune! Make sure to remove dead and damaged branches from woody plants. Trim summer-blooming shrubs such as butterfly bush, hydrangea and roses. 5. Time to Plant! According to Martha Stewart, try planting bare-root trees, shrubs, and perennials such as hostas and daylilies by
March 28, 2012 in Life
It’s Spring cleaning time! I get a little too excited about this time of year … but for good reason! Is there anything better than coming home to a well organized, dust-free and clutter-free home? It’s time to open the windows and let the fresh and beautiful Spring breeze in! Here are 10 Spring cleaning tips that will have your home glistening with cleanliness in a heartbeat. Work from the top down, inside to outside, to avoid getting what you just cleaned dirty again. Always dust before vacuuming! Tackle one room at a time. It will make the process a whole lot easier. Multi-task. When you have the laundry going, wipe down the kitchen counters. Our KITCHEN Counter Spray will get the job done. Get three boxes and label them store, donate and toss. Furthermore, if you’ve found some “treasures” that you don’t need anymore, try making some money and selling them on Craigslist or Kijiji. Invest in some good cleaning tools (brooms, mops, etc.) and rubber gloves! No one likes holes in rubber gloves .. the water gets in which makes it uncomfortable, then you have to peel the glove off and are left with a powder-residue-paste on your hand. Yuck! Buckle down and empty out the fridge/freezer, and wipe them down. Defrosting is a good idea if you have a build up of ice. Don’t forget to throw out the expired goods. Make small repairs. If you’re not handy, hire someone or lure a friend over with a
March 26, 2012 in Life
In celebration of our NEW Sweet Indulgence cupcake bath and beauty product line, we thought it would be fitting to share a cupcake recipe that has everyone at Upper Canada Soap head-over-heels for. If you don’t already know, we’ve been featured by Martha Stewart a couple of times (which is amazing and we still cannot believe!). So, we thought we’d return the favour and share with you her recipe for the delicious, delectable and all around yummy Nestling Baby-Bluebird Coconut and Vanilla Cupcakes! Trust me, these are the perfect treat for Easter! Makes 1 dozen Ingredients 1 1/2 cups shredded coconut (about 5 ounces) Vanilla Cupcakes Chocolate Buttercream Yellow and light-blue food coloring Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread coconut on a rimmed baking sheet; bake until light brown, 8 to 10 minutes, rotating pan once. Set aside to cool. Lightly frost cupcakes with 1 cup chocolate buttercream; set aside. Tint 2 tablespoons reserved buttercream pale yellow; place in a pastry bag fitted with a #349 Ateco leaf tip; set aside. Tint remaining buttercream light blue; place in a pastry bag fitted with a #11 Ateco plain round tip, and pipe three bluebird heads, 3/4 inch in diameter, onto each cupcake. Using leaf tip, pipe yellow beaks. With a toothpick, add melted-chocolate eyes. Form each nest with 2 tablespoons toasted coconut. Bon Appetit!
KITCHEN by Upper Canada Soap is inspired by delectable epicurean delights and creates warmth that will bring you to a place where life’s simple pleasures are the focus. These scents invite you, your family and guests to the most important place in the home: YOUR KITCHEN. Available in 3 Scents: Lemon Citrus Preserve, Apple Cinnamon Puree, and Poached Fig and Pear.
February 28, 2012 in Life
Life is hectic. Temper tantrums, overdue reports, and rush hour traffic … oh, rush hour traffic, how we loathe you. Okay, so the whole “life is hectic” line is a bit of an understatement – life is mind-boggling mad. That is why you have to take some time out at the end of the day to unwind and relax, to spend some time with “ME.” The Upper Canada Soap staff is composed of amazing multi-tasking women who have crazy schedules, but they all have hobbies or tasks that they do to relax. Therefore, we wanted to show you how the Marketing Ladies at Upper Canada Soap unwind and ultimately, stay sane. 1. Exercise Have you seen What Women Want? You know the line where Helen Hunt describes running as just you and the pavement? Well, it’s true. Running is something that our Marketing Director, Chantelle, uses to clear her mind. She also uses it to prepare for the day, because she does it in the morning. Editor’s Note: How she wakes up at 5:45AM everyday and straps on the runners is beyond us. Exercise is essential to a healthy life style and is a great de-stresor. 2. TV and Movies Our Brand Manager, Adriana, loves to unwind in front of the TV. She makes her husband watch General Hospital with her every night and he hates it – but we think it’s adorable! Our Graphic Designer, Jenny, is more of a movie gal and spends her time watching rom-coms .