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It’s fall, and that means that for us North Americans, tis the season when skunks born in the spring are sent off on their own, making life more challenging for curious dogs and their owners. Nova has been sprayed twice: once directly on her face when I couldn’t stop her from snatching up a juvenile […]

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Eating healthier, cheaply

There’s currently a discussion on CBC.ca: Cost a factor in Canadians’ diets. Apparently 54% of low- and middle-income people think that cost is a “significant obstacle” to eating healthy food. “Cost is a significant barrier to healthier lifestyles for those making less than $75,000 a year,” said Jack Bensimon, president of Bensimon Byrne, the Toronto-based […]

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Like most North Americans, I have a lot of stuff. Like most North Americans, most of my stuff is precious. However, some is unwanted, some is disorganised, and some comprises unfinished projects that haunt my psyche and stress the Fire Marshall. For various reasons, I find that the degree of mental discipline required to independently […]

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How to be a big shot at your bank

It’s almost the end of 2008. Looking back, how many times did you visit the home branch of your bank in the past year? In the past 5 years? How many of your bank’s staff would you recognise in a Starbucks line? How many would recognise you? In the old days, practically every financial transaction […]

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Way back in July of 2007, I wrote a blog post called Cleansing: the overlooked beauty tip, a post about the importance of the method of cleansing, and a warning about harsh manual exfoliation. I referred to our unique great cleansing programme, developed specifically for use with our SBT Seabuckthorn products, but useful for anyone […]

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When I was a little girl, back in the early 70s, I loved change! I used to look carefully at various denominations, and it wasn’t unusual to see pennies with dates from the 20s. Now, I’m shocked to find anything older than the 1950s! What happened to all those ‘old’ pennies (which didn’t seem old […]

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Sprouting beans!!

  Sprouts! They’re some of nature’s miracle foods. Through the magic of photosynthesis, foods with the capability of germinating (seeds, nuts, grains, peas, legumes and beans), when sprouted, offer a vast array of micro- and macro-nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and protein, in excess of the nutritional profile of the un-sprouted food. Furthermore, many such […]

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Many rosacea sufferers get into trouble by over-exfoliating. It’s a natural tendency, particularly due to two misconceptions: a) that rosacea is a form of acne; and b) that rosacea is caused by the Demodex mite. Of course cleanliness is important, and for any skin condition whose pathology includes excess skin cell production and turnover (including […]

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In six months, I went from doing battle with my reluctant dog in order to bathe her, to having her rush to the bathroom and leap into the bathtub when it looked like she was going to get a bath. It all started when my 70 lb very active shepherd/lab cross got sprayed full in […]

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Over the years, I’ve frequently been asked to outline my skincare regime; it’s evolved over time, but with a few consistent elements. My programme has been stable for several years, and here it is: Daily cleansing I have always had oily skin, so I cleanse at least twice a day; in the morning, in the […]

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You could say that my eight year old shepherd-lab cross, Nova Navratilova, is the love of my life! She is my companion, my in-house comedian, and occasionally my protector; but it was not always so. For the first few weeks after I decided to foster her from the local pound (which had just gone no-kill), […]

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Experts say there’s only so much we can do about having beautiful skin. It’s 50% genetics, and most of the balance is what not to do: don’t smoke, drink, tan, sleep with makeup on, et cetera. As far as what to put on our skin to keep it beautiful, the list is short: sunscreen and […]

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