[Recipe] Baked Zucchini Fries

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
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We <3 You, Canada!

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,
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5 Simple Tips on How to Prevent Make-up from Melting

June 21, 2012 in Beauty

As Canadians, we love the summer heat. We bask in it. We frolic in it. Then, we complain about it. It’s true. However, this week, every single complaint made about the weather is warranted because this heat wave is downright ridiculous. Ridiculous! With that being said, raise your hand if you leave your home in the morning with perfect make-up and five minutes later, you resemble a female version of Alice Cooper. You and me both. Don’t worry – we have you covered with these 5 simple steps on how to prevent your make-up from melting off in this heat wave. 1. Oil is as guilty as sweat when it comes to melting make-up. Skin tends to produce more oil in the summer months, so make sure to use an oil preventative cleanser and blot your face with absorbent paper before applying make-up. 2. The natural look is coveted during the summer. Therefore, the less make-up worn, the better. This also equates to less make-up melting off of your face at a BBQ, or worse, a hot date. Instead, skip the foundation and use an oil-free bronzer or tinted moisturizer with a minimum SPF level of 15 or higher. 3. Waterproof make-up = God’s gift to women in the summer months. Try using a waterproof or water resistant mascara and eyeliner. Test out how “waterproof” they are by having a hot shower when applied. If they can stand the heat in the shower, they can stand the heat outside. 4.
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5 Excellent Moisturizers for the Summer

June 1, 2012 in Beauty

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Now that the hot summer weather is rolling in, more people are baring their skin in cute dresses and shorts.  With that being said, it’s important to consider what moisturizers to use to ensure that your skin continues to look fabulous. After all, your skin is the one outfit that you’ll wear for life, so take care of it.  Body Butters are an absolutely wonderful and effective option, but you should save them for the winter as they’re quite thick and heavy. Lotions are lighter and easier to apply, making them the best choice for the summer. Here are our top 5 lotions for the summer!  1. Fruit Frappé Apricot with Kiwi Body Lotion ($14) This deliciously fragranced Body Lotion is loaded with Shea Butter and 10 antioxidant Superfruits to keep skin moisturized and smooth.   2. Naturally Pressed Olive Avocado Nourishing Hand & Body Lotion ($14) A proactive way to keep hands and body well moisturized. This fast absorbing Hand & Body Lotion is formulated to keep skin hydrated and nourished daily. Made with all natural ingredients.   3. Freshly Cut Silky Lavender infused with Lemon Hand & Body Lotion ($13) Formulated with glycerin, sweet almond and grape seed oils to keep skin beautifully soft and silky smooth. 4. Body Truffles Cocoa Mango Body Creme ($12) Cover your skin in a velvety layer of softness! A rich blend of Shea butter, Sweet Almond Oil and Cocoa Butter will leave your skin silky smooth. 5. Naturally Signature White Tea Ginger
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Mirror Knowledge: 7 Things You Should Know Before Buying a Mirror

May 23, 2012 in Beauty

A mirror is the true reflection of beauty. Most people overlook the fact that a good, high quality mirror is one of the most important beauty tools that you can have. If we lived in a world without mirrors, everyone would be walking around with lip stick on their upper lip or mascara on their eyebrows … don’t even get me started on the eyebrows! I digress. When it comes to beauty, a mirror is your BFF; therefore, choosing the right mirror (one that fits you) is crucial. Our sister company, Danielle Creations, is a leading expert in mirrors. From fashion-forward vanity mirrors to wall mount mirrors, Danielle Creations has it covered. Below are a few mirror tips/facts to take into consideration when looking for a mirror that suits your home decor and, more importantly, you! Besides aesthetics, the magnification is the most important feature (especially if you have weaker eyesight) The curve used to create the magnification is a very precise science and precision of these mirrors delivers the utmost quality The stronger the magnification, the better the vision and the larger the face/area becomes Magnification ranges from 2x to 12x. If you look from a distance into a highly magnified mirror you will appear upside down. You need to look at it from close up to see the enlarged image straight up (we get asked why this happens a lot :)) 1x or true image means no magnification. The image in the mirror appears as it does in
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7 Spring Gardening Tips

May 14, 2012 in Life

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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
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7 Steps to the Perfect Manicure

May 2, 2012 in Beauty

It’s time to pamper yourself with a manicure. A DIY manicure to be exact! We showed you how to get the perfect DIY pedicure with our Best Selling All About Feet collection. Now,  we’re shifting the focus to your lovely hands and fingernails. As you may know, it’s really important to take care of your hands – to make sure that they’re always healthy and rejuvenated. One of the main reasons is that your hands show the true signs of aging. Therefore, they must not be neglected in your beauty regimen. Keep them looking beautiful with these simple at-home manicure tips! 1. Remove Old Nail Polish 2. Trim Nails Make sure not to trim your nails too short as you want to be able to file them into your desired shape. Our Swarovski Crystal Soft Touch Manicure Set ($25) contains high quality, stainless steel nail implements to make your manicure a breeze! 3. File Nails The trend is a shortish nail, straight across the top with rounded edges. File your nails in one direction starting at the edges and moving toward the top. Try our All About Hands Nail File ($5). 3. Soak Fingers Soak your fingers in our relaxing All About Hands’ Hand and Nail Soak ($5) to  soften up cuticles. 5. Push Back Cuticles Use the Cuticle Pusher from our THINK PINK Manicure Set ($25).  Be sure not to cut your cuticles as it can cause infection and damage the nail. FYI – $0.50 per THINK PINK Manicure
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Get Your Feet Sandal-Ready with a DIY Pedicure

March 29, 2012 in Beauty, Fashion

The sun is out, the birds are chirping and you’re happier than ever! The reason? It’s Spring! … and Summer is just around the corner! Woohoo! So, throw away those clunky winter boots and break out the sandals! BUT WAIT! Before you do, take a good look at your feet and ask yourself … are my feet sandal ready? It might be an odd question to ask, but feet are often the most neglected, and you want to make sure that they’re in tip top shape for the warm weather. Some might prefer to go out for a pedicure, but if you’re more hands on then follow these steps into achieving a fabulous pedicure: Step 1: Remove nail polish and soak feet for 10-15 minutes in our All About Feet Revitalizing Foot Salt Soak ($14). This step does more than clean your feet, it also softens dead skin cells in preparation for exfoliation. Step 2: Exfoliate and get ride of the dead skin cells with our All About Feet Exfoliating Foot Scrub ($14). Our combination of Walnut Shell and Apricot Seed will scrub away calloused skin while Shea Butter and Peppermint Oil soothe, cool and replenish your skin’s moisture. Add a dollop of the scrub and rub in a circular motion. Step 3: Buff away bumps and calluses with our All About Feet Frosted Foot File ($6). Using a back-and-forth motion, lightly scrape your heels and the bottoms of your feet, and your toes. Make sure that you’re gentle, as
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Our Top 5 Picks for the Perfect Spring Sandal

March 29, 2012 in Fashion

You’ve just finished your fabulous DIY pedicure and would like to show off the lovely results. Why not do so with the perfect Spring sandal? We’re not talking Crocs (is it a shoe or a sandal?), we’re talking the latest styles for this season … which consists of colours from neons to pastels. So, go ahead and let your pedicure shine in one  of our favourite sandal picks below! 1. ASOS FIZZ Leather Flat Sandal with Multi Ankle Straps ($57.30) 2. J. Crew Olympia Suede Sandal ($148) 3. Sam Edelman Fruman Leather Sandal ($100) 4. Aldo Langham Sandal ($70) 5. Tory Burch Printed Emmy Sandal ($210) Which one is your favourite? Comment below!  

10 Spring Cleaning Tips

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
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