I was nominated to post one picture that makes me proud to be a dog owner on Fb. This is my reason !

 

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Proud Dog Owner

So I was nominated to post a single picture that makes me proud to be a dog owner! You are probably wondering why this is relevant to my blog? Well let’s just say both my dog and I spoil each other rotten!! My Kobi has taught me unconditional love and loyalty. This is my story behind my picture.

Growing up I was never really allowed to have a pet in the house, unless it lived in a tank filled with water, rocks and some sort of silicone plantation. My parents thought it was too demanding and dirty. So luckily, back in the late 80’s, the hottest toys were pound puppies. One of my fondest memories as a kid was opening my gift, Christmas Eve and uncovering a miniature, light brown pound puppy! I was so ecstatic that I was too eager to give it a name. I treated that stuffed animal as if it were real. I remember bringing my dog everywhere, especially to school. But it wasn’t until one day I arrived home from school and noticed I have misplaced my pound puppy!!! OMG!! I went ballistic!! I was crying like there was no tomorrow. I went on a desperate man hunt to find my dog but I never ended up finding it. I was so sad, crying everyday wanting my toy back. My mother tried to distract me by teaching me how to sew to get my mind off things but it steered me into making my own version of a pound puppy out of cloth, somehow it just didn’t ease the pain. I had all the toys at my disposable, Barbie dolls, other stuffed toys but it wasn’t the same. I think it was the first time I ever went through a depression lol.
Months passed and I was celebrating my 8th birthday. I was handed a big box as a gift having no clue as to what it was. I unwrapped it and to my surprise I saw a big, dark brown, stuffed, pound puppy with droopy eyes. My mom bought me a bigger version so I wouldn’t lose it again. My heart melted and I became overjoyed. I remember I named it “Sparky”, a simple 2 syllable name. I even wrote it on the back of his heart collar, along with my phone number. Lol !!! I easily became attached to my new dog because I finally got a second chance in owning a pound puppy. I loved my dog, it guarded me from the monsters underneath my bed, and it protected me from the lightning storms I was once afraid of. I felt safe having my puppy around me at all times. I loved it so much that I brought it with me to my high school grade 9 trip to Toronto, and kept it by my side all way in my 20’s. As I grew older, I used my toy more as a head support then what I originally used for. I think after I moved out at age 25 that was the last thing I left behind at my parents place and I never questioned it until…..
Fast forward to my late 20’s, early 30’s, I never had a feeling or even a thought about owning a pet. It was also during the time Facebook was slowly getting recognition and I signed up for it in early 2007. I was consumed by this network of personal news that I was merely looking at posts of pics of babies and pets. And I remember I was truly annoyed at looking at these images that I never understood why owners would treat these animals as if they were their child. I just couldn’t grasp it, I thought it was crazy. But it wasn’t until November 2012… I felt disconnected and incomplete. I started to do research on cute, small, dogs. I saw more and more pics come up on my news feed that I became attached. Back then I lived back home with my mom so I had to convince her in owning a pet. Besides, I was old enough to make my decision in owning a dog, I figured why not give it a try. And so, I asked my mom several times, every time I pushed her she turned down the idea. So I left it at that.
It wasn’t until January -February 2013, my life changed in an instant, I met my BF and his companion Kobi.

Kobi, back then was a 2-year-old Rottweiler full of energy and spunk. The first time I met Kobi he left a trail of pee in front me because he was so excited of my presence. But it wasn’t till Kobi followed a series of commands that completely changed my thought process on big dogs. With a few simple words , “Up, Down, roll, paw and kiss”, Kobi sealed the deal. To my amazement Kobi followed through and obeyed without hesitation. This was the first time I saw this kind of interaction between master and dog. I immediately fell in love with Kobi (as well as my future companion/BF lol) and life slowly became to unfold itself.
It wasn’t till one day, Kobi laid flat on his stomach, head down, with his eyes very droopy staring at me that it hit me. He looked exactly like my pound puppy. I couldn’t believe it. It was like it all came together. Before I met my BF, I originally wanted to own a small, miniature dog but it never fell through. Just like when I got my miniature, stuffed, pound puppy as a kid, I never really held on to it for more than a month. And now here I am owning my very own big, pound puppy. (Well Rottweiler ) it’s funny how life catches up to you and makes you realize that ” it ” (it meaning your job, life lessons, your goals, or your past ) is always there to guide you through your next lesson in life.
After I discovered that theory, I immediately went to my moms place desperately searching for my old pound puppy. My mom later told me that, (like everything else that meant the world to me ) she threw it away because it was old and it had a hole. I was disappointed and in disbelief but can you blame her? I was in my 30’s there was no point in keeping it lol. In the end I merely wanted to find it so I can take a picture of it, show its resemblance of Kobi and then disregard it. Besides I have my real version lol’ and I’m thankful for that !
So now that you know my story on how I became a dog owner, lets cut to the chase. The picture I chose that made me proud to be a dog owner is the picture above. It was June 2013 and it was the first time I ever took care of Kobi on my own. I eagerly took him to the park that day and made the best of it. We walked around the block, ran to the park, played fetch and took a selfie to capture that moment in time. As I look back at that picture, Kobi and I have come a long way. He made me so proud to be an owner because he literally taught me how to be a dog owner through trial and error during the time we spent together (especially when we transitioned to his raw food diet). With patience and guidance he showed me unconditional love even during my off days. His grand stature would sometimes scare others who were afraid of dogs in the beginning, but as soon as they met with My Kobi, they immediately fell in love with him. We call it “the Kobi Effect”. He turned many dog haters into dog lovers, one of them being my mother. My mother till this day is his number #1 fan, her protector and is known to him as “Nonna”. She loves him as if it her own. He just exudes so much happiness and admiration.
Fast forward to 2016, and Kobi is presently 5 years old still having that same spunk the first time I laid eyes on him. His intelligence has surpassed my expectations since he now knows how to hug, how to fetch his own collar (especially if he wants to go for a walk ) and he knows a few tricks up his sleeves . But I slowly see his white hairs merging through. His age is slowing catching up to him since a dog’s life span is just a couple more years. Hence he has taught me to try to make the best of everything. His days consist of waking us up, eat, walk, play, smile, hug, eat some more and fall back to asleep. If only life were that simple, or maybe it is and we just take life for granted. I now get what is all the fuss in owning a pet . It literally is an extension of yourself . I am so thankful to have Kobi and my BF still by my side guarding me from the monsters underneath my bed and protecting me from any danger.

I hope you have enjoyed my little story on Kobi! I’ll probably make a section on dogs since he’s one of the biggest pleasure that spoils me RAW’tn!!

Feel free to comment below!!

FYI, I managed to find an image identical to my first, miniature and my second, large pound puppy, and took a picture of my Kobi . The resemblance is un canning!!

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Pound Puppies

 

My 12 month journey on #GrowingGreyHair Gracefully!!

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I am a little late in writing about what 12 months of grey hair has taught me. But I feel it is important to have topics like this so others will feel inspired to do the same.
The whole experience brought me back to basics and simplicity. I too was growing during the last 12 months.
 I was going through a lot of ups and downs in one year. I experienced loss, a cancer scare to someone close to me, a minimalist lifestyle and the need to start a new career in life. Mind you I’m still the same person as I have always been but being grey and going through what I have gone through this past year gave me a new outlook on life.

 

MONTH ONE

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Starting from where it all began.
 I love this picture because it’s the day I’ll never forget. It was June 13, 2015, my henna dye was freshly done the night before for this beautiful, sunny day. As mentioned my whole life was dependent on my hair therefore if I had an event or even a simple gathering such as a picnic and my roots were showing OMG everything had to be stopped to hide the indecent grey. I had to look young, vibrant and fresh in everyone’s eyes. And so that day I felt like I was on point, my roots were done and we were going to have the time of our lives at this picnic. The gathering was hosted by several of my friends from high school. We spent the whole day enjoying the weather, the food and the company. I haven’t seen one of my high school friend in years. We were once so close, we worked at the same part time job at McDonald’s in our teens to having worked for the same tech company in our twenties. But we went our separate ways as soon as she had her first child. Thankfully, we reconnected once again. That day she was glowing, always smiling, she was expecting her second child, a girl. I was ecstatic to see her! We reminisced about the past, shared stories, exchanged recipes but more importantly we made a promise that we would never part again. We had to keep in touch. And so we did. I found out that the following day we would cross paths again. I accompanied my BF who had an appointment at the same hospital my friend was going to do her ultra sound. However, that morning as my BF and I were on our way to the hospital, I received a text from her saying that she was done her ultra sound and that she was on her way to work. I was disappointed I didn’t get to see her one last time, but I respected the fact that she did not want to take advantage of missing a full day of work. So we exchanged texts, said our goodbyes and wished each other a good week. Throughout that week I stumbled upon an amazing blog called  How Bourgeois, I’ve mentioned this blogger in my previous posts as my inspiration to my grey hair journey but this was literally a prequel to this endeavor. In case you have not read my past posts, the author created a blog about growing out her grey hairs in her early 30’s. I read her posts back to back and I was hooked. That’s when I had an epiphany! For the first time I decided to accept my roots. I did not even think twice about it. I knew this was a sure thing. I am fairly young (ok back then I was 36) and I do not have “that” many wrinkles. So why not! This meant freedom for me. Freedom that I no longer had to be dependent on my mom for retouching my roots every other week. I was all in. And for that moment I remember I was soo happy to tell my friend from high school my new journey in life. By the end of the week I found out my friend was finally going into labor. I wished her good luck on fb and that I could not wait to see her and her new addition….

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That following Monday, July 6, 2015 I remember taking my first selfie to document my hair experiment, as seen above. As you can see, almost 2 weeks in and my grey sprouted. That moment I knew it was going to be a very long journey. It was week 1 and I already felt uncomfortable, but I had to brave through it. I was thinking some things could be worse than grey hairs or could it ??? I was driving for an appointment that afternoon until my whole body literally did an outer body experience. For a brief moment, my last rendezvous with my high school friend that just gave birth to her daughter flashed before my eyes. I got the news that she passed away due to complications. You can imagine every emotion, feeling, memory, thought process, realizations, theories on what had happened went into overdrive. But whatever happened did happen and it’s over. And just like that, your life could change in an instant. Suddenly nothing really mattered, not my materialistic things or my daily complaints. I was just numb and vulnerable to my surroundings. I and everyone who heard of the news were in total shock. Everyone attended the service, it was basically my 19 year high school reunion. It was at this time, in this environment as egotistic this may sound, and I do apologize for it, the second thought that came to my mind was the funeral service. This was going to be the first test in showing my grey roots in a public event. As mentioned this was an idiotic and selfish thing to worry about at that time, but I remember it so vividly. I parted my hair fully to the side, like a side sweep so no one would notice, but who am I fooling, it’s noticeable. As everyone exchanged their greetings at the service and started to share stories, I started to explain my hair experiment to my colleagues and friends. They went along with it, but who wouldn’t, basically nobody cared about my hair!! Really….

I’m the only one making a big fuss over it at a funeral that I had to explain myself!!

I thought to myself this is crazy !!!

Grow up and just face the facts, YOU ARE OLD, ALIVE, WHILE YOUR FRIEND IS NO LONGER HERE!! SHUT UP IT IS JUST HAIR !! Get over it!!
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I just want to stress that my grey hair meant absolutely nothing in the end. As cliché as it may sound, we literally have only 1 life to live and it’s a short one. What is truly of value is our life and everyone in it. Many poured their heart out in aid to help with the widowed father (who was also our high school click). When more and more people heard of the tragic news, strangers started donating their time and generosity in terms of diapers, clothes, food, formulas and money. A gofundme page was finally created to expand everyone’s generosity. I was truly touched, I witnessed a village come together to help a single father. ( If you would like to make a donation you still can by going to the link, gofundme )

The picture below is the funeral service with most of our high school friends. My friend who passed away somehow manifested onto the flat screen at the far left of the pic, smiling. (Me, in the middle wearing glasses, hair parted to the side)

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MONTH TWO

I will never forget that first month. I survived it growing out my grey in public …. Check ✔️, 
11 more months to go. I remember I was constantly looking in the mirror, thinking it will make it grow faster, but it didn’t lol. My usual hairstyle would be hair slicked back, tied in a ponytail. That was my go to look for the next 4 months. As you can see below.

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It wasn’t easy-going through this transition. So I decided to improve my look, my style and created a new identity. So I invested in a great pair of eye frames  (great purchase for under $185, which will be my future blog post). See looks below.

LEFT: Black Cat Eye Frames
RIGHT: MINT round spectacles

Grey hair looks

These are all little things I picked up in order to distract others from the negative comments of being grey. I learned to accept my look for what it is and it’s the freedom that makes it easier along the way.

 

MONTHS Three & Four

So during the fall, mid October, I found out my mother had basal cell carcinoma. It’s a type of skin cancer that can easily be treated if found early, which luckily my mother caught in time and remedied the whole thing. I briefly wrote about it in my blog “the-silver-lining-of-going-gray‎. That whole experience reassured me that  I knew I was doing the right thing.

This was my hair roughly 3 to 4 months. I am telling you it’s worth documenting ! I think my roots grew about 2-3 inches then.
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MONTH FIVE

So here I was at the 5 month mark. I love this picture, it was at this point I gained more confidence in my decision.

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I pursued the natural route because I did not want to be a victim of cancer or of anything in that matter. I wanted to be independent and free. My look was slowly coming together! Here’s to 7 more months!

 

MONTH SIX

 

Mauritius

Mauritius, picture:www.mauritianlife.com/mauritius-location-map/

In January of 2016, I went away for 3 weeks to Mauritius. A tiny dot, seen in maps, parallel to Madagascar. It’s a small island in the Indian Ocean known to tourists as Paradise. I was fortunate to go on this trip because my BF was born in Mauritius and his parents reside there.

This will be my second time going to this majestic island but “my first time” letting my roots show in another country or in another time zone for that matter. I remember the “first time” I went to Mauritius about 2 years ago, I was wearing a bandana through the rest of my trip because 1 week in, you guessed it my roots began to show. And I remember my BF specifically saying “you should let your roots go” … Be careful what you wish for … Lol.. Here you can see my first trip to Mauritius, wearing my headpiece. Umm ya no…lol

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Back to the trip in January, I actually did not mind that my hair was out in the sun. I brought my chemical hair free products to undo any damage the salt water did to my hair. (Which I will post about DIY hair recipes for white hair soon! ) I was actually comfortable during my stay there. The tourists and locals, well, they had a different opinions. The locals were of Indian, Asian, Muslim and Christian influenced. It is a very multi cultured country to which add a bit of grey hair into the mix and I became a minority. It was not all that bad, I did not feel uncomfortable at all. The people there were nice and polite. But you see they were a lot of senior Parisian tourists during the time that we went in January of this year. So I got a lot of stares and some were even eager enough to ask me if that was my real hair. To which I replied confidently “Oui, c’est mes vraies couleur de mes cheveux!” English –“Yes it’s my real hair color!” . They were just curious and shocked, acting more like kids then adults. I wouldn’t blame them, if I were their age I too would be shocked since grey was slowly being considered as a normal hair color. It was at this point I was 6 months in and I ventured in different hair styles since I didn’t bring any of my hair accessories like my blow dryer or hair straightener. I basically let nature take its course. The weather forecast was very hot and humid for most of the time. As you can see I just did a make shift crown, by rolling my hair to the side and pinned it. Voila! lol

Grey hair

But besides my hair, I also wanted to point out what I did in my 1 month stay in Mauritius !! You see it’s a 9 hour time difference and almost a 24 hr trip. So for the first time in several years I took advantage of the traveling time and the environment. So I began reading again. You are probably wondering what does this have to do with anything? Well my collection of books were of the following “The China study” and “The Blue Zones”. I was fascinated with the non-fiction books because it is a reference type of book about studies on diet, proper eating habits, food, lifestyle and illnesses. I was so intrigued about what I was reading that I was researching about making a career out of it. And it was during my vacation I was researching and emailing online schools about becoming a registered holistic nutritionist. And….. So I did !!

 

MONTH SEVEN

After I came back from vacation I choose between 1 of the 2 schools CSNN and ALIVE academy. And February of 2016 I enrolled in Alive Academy.

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I’m going to blog more about my experience with Alive Academy in a separate post. But all this to say that, I slowly found myself, by accepting who I am. I let go of myself by going natural as much as I can. To be free from the washed up chemicals, and to embrace a healthier way of living. I am a vegetarian (I don’t eat meat, but I eat fish), Raw Foodst, grey haired blogger, who loves living a natural lifestyle and who is experiencing a change in career as a registered holistic nutritionist. My goal is to educate and to assist others in living a healthier lifestyle.

Oh this was my hair in March 2016. It was a long transition but the outcome is well worth it!

Grey hair

 

MONTHS 8-10

So during the next 2-3 months my hair started to take shape. The color blended more evenly and I decided to update my look on getting a fresh new hair cut !!
(See pic below )
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It was the first time in years maybe ever that I parted my hair down the middle. I was so used to having my hair parted on the side. But by parting it down the middle it looked more natural and less of an eye soar creating an ombré effect. And with the new hairstyle I had to get a new wardrobe.
Along with the new look, I wanted to maintain a minimalist lifestyle. Being a fashion designer by trade it’s kinda of challenge since I love making and buying materialistic things, especially if it’s trending. This year has especially taught me the value of money, waste and longevity of things. I no longer buy makeup, feminine or even hair products. I make my own stuff. (Again I will post about it) I try to recycle most of my belongings and other items. I have come into realization that in the past I wasted a lot of money on clothes, accessories, shoes, gadgets, but more so on clothes. I would buy items that were in style and toss it aside to never look back on it. Or I would only wear a cocktail dress once just so I would not be seen wearing the same dress twice ! WTF is that logic? Does that even make sense! People are starving or worse dying to make our clothes for us only to wear it once! We spend money and lots of it to wear things erratically. In the end this creates unwanted waste and pollution. It was from this I decided to invest in convertible clothing. Convertible clothing are pieces to which you can wear them in different styles (forward/backwards, inside/out, etc) multiple times to get more longevity out of it! I researched like mad about “convertible clothing ” and found some really good links and brands that people should invest. Here are some links below!

Ximena Valero 

Henkaa

Seamly

Encircled

Of course you can find more options on Pinterest!

It is slowly growing into a trend just like Raw Food was 5 years ago .
But because of this, I decided to make my own shop on etsy called “eme0pronouncedm“. You can also follow on ig “@eme_pronounced_m “. My collection is versatile, modern and timeless. You can wear “eme” multiple times w/o making the waste! It’s lightweight so it’s great to travel in! (Which I wore them religiously when I went to Mauritius) Take a look for yourself here! You can see more on my link,”eme0pronouncedm“.
eme

 

MONTH ELEVEN

This is my hair end of May beginning of June 2016. You can tell I was having fun with the look. I was (still am) experimenting different hair styles, like the hair pulled back look, a double French braid or the wavy look. I also discovered how to make my hair shine and stay white, which I will leave it for my next blog😉

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MONTH TWELVE

And so it’s July 26, 2016, and this is how my hair looks. A little over a year until my last henna dye job and this is what I learned in a nutshell.

Grey hair

Hair is hair is hair is hair…..

I discovered a whole new me inside and out. A lot can happen in 12 months and it does fly by quickly! If you are willing to go through growing out your grey I suggest you go for it! You are not alone .

In the end it’s just hair.

I hope you enjoyed the long read and it inspires you to do the same!
Please feel free to comment below or share!

Until then Spoil Yourself Raw’tn!!!

5 Survival tips on Growing Out your Grey!

 


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So you decided to grow out your grey naturally!! So now what? Well let me be the first person to congratulate you on your transition! Enjoy the journey and explore your new self. The transformation is very lengthy and not an easy one at that. So through my experience, I am here to share with you my very own top 5 survival tips and tricks to ease the process .

ONE – Be Mentally Prepared

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To be mentally prepared means you can visualize the outcome and you accepted it. You acknowledged the fact that every month your roots will grow freely and that you will soon face your critics. If you have your mind set on this then it will be smooth sailing . You are probably wondering how do you mentally prepare yourself. It’s all about confidence and believing that it will turn out ok, besides, in the end it just hair. In all honesty, I gained most of my confidence by googling  the “grey hair trend”.  I was fascinated on how it was trending so freely. I felt secure and reassured that grey hair was no longer going to be associated with aging, but rather than just another common hair color all thanks to the web. Remember these images on the net are there forever, so go ahead take that step and go crazy !!

 

TWO-Create a Grey Hair Board 

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With the amount of different shades of grey, hair styles and cuts, that are on the net, I was impressed. So I was inspired to create a “vision grey hair board ” (as seen above). I loved it so much I made it as home screen on my phone.  It was kind of like a pick me up, especially in the in between stages of growing out your hair. And you know what, it helped me tremendously, especially when I had to face my critics. (See my next survival tip)

 

THREE-Tell your Family & Friends First 

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Ok the above pic is an exaggeration of how my family and friends reacted after I told them about my hair goals . However, it was actually the nae-Sayers, strangers  and critics who actually made that face. This is why it is important to tell your loved ones first, they will be your first critics, so you might as well hear it from them. In my experience, I told my family and friends, right after my last henna hair dye. I was mentally prepared for my outcome. Surely, I got some shocked looks, gasps and a bunch of “why’s”, but in the end they supported me. They knew I could pull it off due to my ever changing looks in the past. And as I shared my story  more and more, it eventually got easier explaining it literally to anyone. And believe me, people will ask , especially after your roots will show just under 1/4″ in length. They will probably hint it to you by suggesting a hair salon ever so diplomatically. And this is where your

✌🏻visual grey hair board✌🏻️

will come in handy to defend yourself amongst the haters. 👉🏼in my case, I persuaded my critics hinting IT to them that grey hair is here to stay . 💁🏼🎤 <dropped the mike>  Boom!

 

FourTake lots of Selfies

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Not to be a narcissist or anything, but taking a lot of selfies helped me through my transition.  I did it so I could share my evolution on social media. And in doing so with Instagram (@spoiled.raw.tn) I made a couple of friends going through the same process as I was. We ended up exchanging stories, giving tips and especially supported one another.

And to add, growing out your roots takes a long time, extremely long time, so it’s nice to have something to look back upon .

So grab your phone and take that first shot, who knows maybe someday you will post about your transition and inspire someone else to do the same!

 

Five Find yourself ! 

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Yes! Yes ! Yes! Discover yourself! Remember you are not only changing your hair color, your improving your lifestyle and everything around you.
In my case, I went from wearing contacts to wearing big, cat eye frames and bold jewelry necklaces to distract my critics ! And it worked !

If you need some sort of inspiration, creat another “vision board” of how you want to see your new self! .( see above pic) Gather images of hairstyles, cuts, your new wardrobe or color palette! In doing so you will feel more relaxed and optimistic with your new look!

I loved changing my unconventional look. The more I updated my style, the more confident I became . So much so my critics started to accept me for who I am .

 

I hope you find these tips helpful !! Feel free to comment and add your tips below!

Thanks again and don’t forget to spoil yourself Raw’tn!!

This is a “S’well” idea!!

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LET’S PLAY SPIN THE BOTTLE…who should I buy this for??

If you are in need of searching for the perfect gift for someone special or you would like to treat your self to something, well this is the gift for you. I would like to present to you (with no pun intended on the gifts and presents) the S’well bottle.

Ok your probably thinking….what the…..???

It is not just any ordinary water bottle, it is THE WATER BOTTLE of the century. Throw away all your existing bottles and get this one. I am telling you it will change your life (ok not really) but you will be glad that you did!!

I have no idea how I discovered this bottle. (ok maybe I should start documenting the beginning of my researches) But I was doing a lot of Bikram yoga back in the days (a form of hot yoga done in a heated room of 40C). You see when you do yoga in extreme heat you sweat a lot. You have to stay hydrated before , during and after. So drinking water was very essential for me, it was my fuel to my every class. However, whenever I would bring my bottle to class, the water would be warm. Your probably wondering, why not put ice in it or freeze your bottle. Yes eventually that is what I succumbed to. But even then, drinking cold, brisk, water in a hot yoga room, breathing uncontrollable is a shock to the body. So I had to find something better. I searched many websites for water bottles, until I landed on the S’well website. I thoroughly did my research and I noticed it got rave reviews. I mean even Ellen and Oprah gushed over it (hello need I say more..).

What made this product so different from the others is its 18/8 double-walled stainless steel.  (This means that it has high-quality stainless steels and it contains 18% chromium and 8 or 10% nickel, making it non-toxic). This also provides great durability and insulation, it keeps drinks cold for up to 24hrs and hot for up 12 hours. And so I was sold! I bought my S’well bottle at a health food store in Montreal called “À Votre Santé” . They had so many colors to choose from. I was a kid at a candy store.

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S’well Bottles at “À Votre Santé”

As mentioned it comes in many colors but in 3 sizes, 9 oz (250ml), 17 0z (500ml) and 25 oz (1 liter). (I actually purchased 2 bottles, one that is 9 oz and the other is a 17oz).

First of all whoever is in marketing is a genius. From the look of the bottle, to the colors, right down to the material that they used to make this worth while.  Every bottle comes with it’s own, nice, cylindrical box and a small message.   (There is literally a small message in every bottle). The message is a strip of paper describing it’s contents and care as well its charitable affiliations.

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message in a bottle

 

After I purchased my bottle I was so exciting to use it that I left my S’well bottle of hot tea in my car in -32C weather for up to 8hrs. Eight hours later (because of my forgetfulness) I opened to take a sip thinking it was ice cold, to my amazement it was warm. Wow!! Revolutionary!! I then took it to all my hot yoga classes, and it had answered all my questions! This is an amazing product! It does more then expected. As mentioned from their site.

  • Keeps your drinks cold for 24 hours, hot for 12
  • 18/8 double-walled stainless steel, non-toxic, non-leaching and BPA free
  • 9oz & 17oz fit in a standard sized cup-holder
  • 25oz holds an entire bottle of wine
  • Bottles do not condensate
  • Mouth is wide enough for ice cubes and drip-free sipping
  • Vacuum sealed
  • S’well has teamed up with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to help provide clean drinking water to children around the world

I can to attest to all of the above. But I would like to add my own PROS and CONS

PROS

  •  this could be great to keep milk warm/hot for newborns
  • fits in any purse or cup holder
  • easy to clean with warm water and soap
  • very sturdy with no dings (even though I bang mine into things)
  • no after taste when drinking from the bottle
  • it comes in cool designs, making it very stylish to bring with you
  • keeps liquids cold for 24 hrs and warm for up 12hrs -definite check
  • great for teas, coffee and soups
  • great to bring on vacation (especially if you want to keep cervezas in them!) or campgrounds
  • great gift idea
  • affordable for its size
  • motivates me to drink more water
  • using less plastic bottles

CONS

  • my bf keeps stealing mine
  • paint does get scratched overtime (but that is common with anything nowadays)

 

Ok so your probably wondering…

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST $$$$???

WHERE CAN I PURCHASE THEM??

You can purchase them online via their site S’well,  or you can buy them at Indigo’s website. Or if you live in the Montreal area you can physically buy them at the Indigo bookstore or at “A Votre Sante” Health Food store.

As for price, let’s just say it is less than $100. Which is a good thing! Depending on the size, the smallest can range from $25+, the medium and the large can range from $34-$50+, which is not bad if your giving it as a gift.

So I hope you enjoyed my post and my review.

Go ahead spoil yourself Raw’tn!!!

 

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REFERENCES

first picture photo credit:http://www.swellbottle.com/swell-bottle-lookbook

stainless steel information-http://planetarydesign.com/411-304-stainless-steel-french-press/

 

“The Silver Lining” of GOING GRAY

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So this is what happened…I stopped dying my hair and finally accepted going fully grey at 36.

 

First thoughts running through anyones mind, especially mine are,

WHY, why, WHY, WhY, wHy, Y, Y, Y ..
WHHHHHYYYYYYY, don’t do it!!!

Well this a sacred question….
Why am I actually doing it?
What led me to finally accept what nature gave me at such a young age?
Why did I mask it for so long ?

In all honesty I never thought I would ever go in public with my hair being in a mature state. If you have told me 5 years ago I would stop dying my hair, I would have told you to Eff Off.

I remember noticing white hairs in my 20’s. Of course I was in denial, I thought I was going naturally ash blonde, (at least that was what my mother used to tell me) nope it was a bunch of white hairs growing in underneath the crown of my head. I could never really explain how I got it at such a young age, but I do know genetics and hereditary plays an exceptional role. Most of my family members from my mothers side started to go grey at a young age. My great-aunt started to go fully white at age 30, never dyed it and lived to be 93 with no health scare in her lifetime. I guess back then 30 was the new 60, which meant that you were mature and wise for your age. I on the other hand hated having white hair. I am not talking about having one or two grey strands. I am talking about having a head full of more than 50 % white/grey hairs growing in ever so quickly every 2 weeks. But since I was so ashamed of my white hairs I started dying it, the most efficient solution. I would schedule my life literally around my hair, coloring in my roots. I was a slave to my hair. The worst was when I would go on lengthy vacations. I would hide my roots wearing bandanas, covering my hair thinking it was a fashion trend. All this to say that my hair was my life.

Since I had no other choice but to dye my hair, I figure why not have fun with it!! I went from being a brunette in my adolescent years to being every shade of blonde (highlights, dark blonde, strawberry blonde, beach blonde ) in my 20’s.
See photos below,

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It wasn’t until in my 30’s, I finally settled on being a beautiful auburn using only henna as the most cost-effective, safest and natural method.  As a blonde my hair became very dry in texture due to the constant bleaching and it was costing me an arm an a leg including my time to get the end results. Thanks to the age of the internet I researched the heck in finding the easiest and safest alternative to treat my hair, hence henna was born. And so I landed on this amazing page Henna for Hair . It’s a great knowledge base site about dying your hair with henna. I ordered a couple of packages from their site and the rest was history!

(Note if you do decide to dye your hair with henna, the quality of henna from this site is really good. The texture of the henna was fine and easy to apply, very smooth. And it really covered all my greys). 

Yes it is a messy and lengthy process, but boy did my hair shine in the sunlight. It took about an hour to apply the mud paste onto my head and 6- 8 hours to settle in my hair for best results. And then Voila! See pics below…

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I never had so many positive compliments being a redhead as I did being a blonde. But of course to every pro there is a con. I was using henna for a good 3 years and I did notice that my hair lost its curliness and my scalp was getting dry and itchy during the winter months, but I did not make much of a fuss, I loved it! Nothing could every change my mind…

[ So I guess at this point if your still reading I thank you for your patience in advance and your probably wondering “ok where is the part where she actually decides to go grey?” Well here it is…read further below ]

It was near the end of June 2015 and I was overdue for a root touch-up. So I go to my local grocery store preparing to clear out the shelf of henna until I found out that they no longer had it in stock and that I would have to wait a good few weeks. Instead of frantically going crazy finding my henna pusher, I literally changed my train of thought. I immediately went online searching for other safe hair products and I landed on this unique blog called How Bourgeois . I was in utter amazement and in shock as I landed on this blog.  A young woman by the name of Lauren, wrote a blog about her transition of going grey. I was thinking, here it is, a blog about someone going through the same struggles as I have. She made the color grey look so beautiful. I read her posts inside/out and just went on stalking spree,  googling “white hair tends, white hair, silver hair” and I was in complete shock. See photo below.

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Suddenly having “grey hair” was the “in” thing. Younger woman were asking to dye their hair silver. It was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. Finally acceptance….grey hair at any age!!

It was at that moment I secured the deal. I started to let my hair down and let my roots grow out on June 24, 2015 and I never looked back. I am writing to you today close to the 6 month mark of going grey and my journey is still a long one, with no regrets. However the true “silver lining” behind my journey was during the 6 months in transitioning.  I soon found out that my mother had skin cancer at the crown of her head know as “basal cell carcinoma”. A type of skin cancer that is malignant and it can be removed safely without causing harm if treated early. See photo below.
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From what doctors say, it is a cancer that was caused by too much sun (since my mother is so fair skin with light eyes). However, I have reason to believe that it’s a combination of things besides the sun being its sole catalyst.  My mother stopped going in the sun in her 60’s (she is presently in her 70’s) and she is taking several medications. But the only thing she did consume the most was hair dye. She consumed it so much so that she eventually got a pimple at the crown of her head. She then stopped dying her hair because her scalp became sensitive to hair products. I would beg my mother to not let her roots grow in (this was 2 years ago) because it looked odd having the division of white and brown hair. But as months went by that little pimple later turned into a blister, the size of a dime, which ended up as a form of skin cancer. Luckily my mother got it diagnosed quickly and the doctors sliced the layer of skin that was harmful and is cancer free. It was during that time I felt proud of growing out my roots, almost like a badge of honor. It’s a symbol of my mothers background and genetics passed on from one generation to another.

My mother always told me less is more and accept what nature gave you. For all these years I tried to hide myself with make-up, hair dye and beauty products to look a certain way. All this made me ill to believe that we are so consumed of beauty and feminine consumable products to make ourselves appear forever young. A stigma, equating grey with old age . But it took 30+ years to let go of the petroleum, dependent products, to be free with myself and to discover that there are other natural methods to heal rather than tarnish.

Now that you discovered “the silver lining” behind my decision I thank you for reading my blog. I hope this was insightful and inspiring. I think if more people engage and accept “the gray hair movement ” maybe it will be the norm and only a myth of it being associated with aging.

I will post more blogs about transitioning into grey and the final outcome. Stay tuned!

Don’t forget to spoil yourself raw’tn!

 

 

 

 

☞I’m RAW’tn but not forgotten 📰 says the Blogger-Slacker 👓📝

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I know, I know…I’m soooo raw’tn! I have abandoned my readers, my site!!  But I’m back blogging after a short hiatus. (ok not so short more like a 6 + month absence). Your probably wondering why I still have the site open since I haven’t posted anything yet! Well I’m here to tell you that I’m back and I’m here to stay forever!!

WHERE AND WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING?

Much has been going on behind the scenes at Spoiled RAW’tn. I have been working for the most part since it is my busiest season being a seamstress/entrepreneur and all. I had many projects in creating custom-made wedding gowns, veils, prom & cocktail dresses,  as well as performing alterations.  You can see all my work on my facebook page CARM’N DINA.

While working full-time as a designer I also dabbled in a couple of raw’tn stuff behind closed doors. I made many purchases that has improved my life greatly leading a healthier and abundant lifestyle. The proof is in the pudding! You can see a couple of my purchases below.

I will write about how a simple water bottle can sustain heat in a bottle for up to 24 hrs as well as other benefits!
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It’s a S’well water container

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I will boast about “How being fit counts every bit” using my fitbit!
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fitbit

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I will post about some items that I have bought that would aid in making my very own deodorant, toothpaste and make-up for a fraction of the cost!
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ingredients for feminine products

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 I am also going to write about how I said Goodbye to contacts, hello Glasses! I will show you the new way in getting the most fashionably and affordable frames that will make a statement!
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Fashionable, affordable glasses

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And last but not least the splurge of the century, my Blendtec. I will write a review on the pros/cons and whether it was worth every penny. When I mean every penny, I mean I got my blender for half the price with a full warranty. Find out HOW in my next couple of blogs it will be worth the wait!
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I heart my Blendtec

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Now you know why I took so long to write my blog. Stay tuned, I have many more subjects that I am eager to share! I Thank you for your patience and see you in my next post!

 

 

Note bene: note the milk cartoon is simply a parody on me and only me! If I offended anyone in this manner I apologize in advance . Missing people is not a joke and it should be taken seriously . They are still out there and we will never stop believing otherwise . If you have any information on missing loved ones or any news or questions about missing people please advise this link ,
http://www.canadasmissing.ca/index-eng.htm

Have faith, and never loose hope.

🍃This is “Mint”!! 🍃…….You gotta Read this!!!

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Ok so why talk about Mint?

Not a recipe post, nor is it weed..lol.. but a little tutorial or information desk here, just for my reference of course. I have been intrigued with mint lately because ever since I first started eating raw I used to gag when I first tried to eat mint. I hated it, but it wasn’t till recently more like this year,  I slowly added it into my recipes and drinks. I guess your taste buds and health do change over time.

 


Health Benefits of Mint

Mint also known as Mentha, is a genus, (genus not genius),  which contains a group of 18-25 different types of plants in the mint family.

Common Cold>mint contains menthol, which is common in most decongestants syrups or throat lozenges. The menthol is a natural decongestants which helps breaks down mucus.

Quick Recipe For Common colds->The next time you feel a cold coming on or a soar throat why not brew a cup of mint tea leaves for a fraction of the price!

Allergies->Mint is also known for its medicinal properties. It has an antioxidant known as rosmarinic acid. The rosmarinic acid has anti-inflammatory properties which alleviates any seasonal allergy symptoms.

Skin->Mint in oil, lotion, cream format or even brewed is a great cooling and calming agent when applied topically.

Quick SKIN Recipe->Boil mint leaves in water. Let it cool and strain the mixture, use as a face toner. This is great to combat acne and this toner helps keep your skin oil-free and fresh.

Digestive Benefits-> Eating mint leaves helps boosts digestion. Mint promotes the flow of bile in the stomach with ease and efficiency which makes you digest your food more quickly.This prevents from getting an upset stomach or indigestion.

Nausea and Headache->Because mint  contains menthol, the strong and refreshing scent of menthol is a quick way to remedy nausea. Mint is a natural soothing property so it can relieve inflammation such as headaches and migraines as well. So if you feel a headache or migraine coming on rub a little mint oil or mint balm on your forehead and nose for a soothing relief.

 

 

What do I use Mint for?
-face toner
-tea
-I add it in my smoothies
-I add it in my water daily
-I use it in my dessert recipes, especially in my raw homemade sorbets
-I use it in my main meals as well-You just have to stay tuned and find out!

 

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references

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/herbs-and-spices/health-benefits-of-mint.html

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/275944.php

http://www.ageless.co.za/mint.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mentha

http://www.phytochemicals.info/phytochemicals/rosmarinic-acid.php

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/genus

http://nutankumarisinha.expertscolumn.com/article/31-beauty-benefits-mint-how-use-mint-leaves-your-beauty-applications-beauty