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First Post

I’ve been wanting to do this for awhile. Writing about myself, my life, my something. I do not know what I was waiting for… probably for something to say that was different, my own style. Less than a year ago I hit 30. Hitting 30 felt liberating, like taking off a corset that was there to mould me into the shape and form that I was supposed to be. All of a sudden I felt like there is less expectation for me to be someone I am not. Who’s expectation? I guess my own. The last 2 years have dramatic and life changing. I feel like I’ve transformed. I want to share this transformation with you. I want to write. Thanks for reading this… I hope you’ll keep coming back. ❤

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Health

Best Coughing Remedy We Ever Tried

I bought this Mentholatum Natural Menthol Rub ointment as an impulse buy from Shoppers Drug Mart. We usually use Vicks but it is usually only partially helpful. When our kid is sick especially when he is coughing non-stop, you will try anything you can to make the cough go away, so I threw it into my shopping basket.

To my surprise, it worked so much better than Vicks and helped subside the coughing almost right away. I rubbed about a quarter size of Mentholatum ointment on his chest and throat before sleep. It worked within 5 minutes to calm his persistent coughing and allowed my son (2.5) to sleep better. After a few days, my husband got sick as well and nothing helped: Neocitron, Buckley’s, Robitucin – you name it! He usedMentholatum Natural Menthol Rub and the cough was almost gone for hours. It’s a great product, he is now it’s biggest fan and actually prompted me to write this blog post.

So what is Mentholatum Natural Menthol Rub?

Introduced in 1889, Mentholatum® Ointment has been trusted by families for generations to bring soothing relief to sore muscle and joints. During cold season, it helps relieve chest aches associated with colds and flu, plus its aromatic vapors are soothing and cooling to the nasal passages. Just rub it on the chest, neck or back and feel the relief begin.

Mentholatum® for Kids

Mentholatum® for Kids temporarily relieves coughs in children ages two and older due to minor throat and bronchial irritation associated with a cold. The soothing, aromatic cherry vapours reduces cough to help your child sleep.

Mentholatum® Nighttime

Natural, soothing lavender essence provides a pleasant and relaxing nighttime experience.
Maximum strength formula works fast to quiet troublesome coughing with naturally soothing aromatic vapours.

We use the regular Mentholatum Natural Menthol Rub on both my husband and my son. It does not sting or has any other unpleasant sensations. It seems to pass the smell test too, it is not less and maybe even more pleasant than Vicks.

How does Mentholatum Ointment cure congestion?

Science tells us that it causes a heating/cooling sensation on the skin and when inhaled, cools and calms down the mucus, thus, decreasing inflammation and cough.

As an added bonus, menthol rubs will prevent your cats from scratching furniture and peeing where it is not supposed to. Just rub a bit of Mentholatum Natural Menthol Rub ointment on your furniture where the cat especially likes to scratch, or open a jar of it where the cat usually likes to pee. Very useful piece of information for my 2 old furry gals at home…

$7.99 at Well.caUse coupon code ALISA2015 for $10 off on $40 purchases.

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Food & Drink

A new version of my bok choy soup

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I have a 4 ingredient bok choy soup that my brother and husband love: stock, tomatoes, bok choy and shrimp. This time I decided to change it up a bit and add tofu instead of shrimp, fresh noodles and some Chinese cabbage.
The method of preparation is simple:
Boil about 8-10 cups of stock with some shrimp (about a cup)
Add 2-3 tomatoes (i always use Roma tomatoes)
Boil for about 10 minutes
Add tons of baby bok choy cut in half length wise
Cook 3 minutes. Turn off. Serve.
This time I skipped the shrimp and added soft tofu (about half a pack) together with the bok choy and Chinese cabbage.

I served everything with cooked fresh noodles. It was fantastic, low fat and calories and with tons of greens.
Are you a fan of bok choy like we are?

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Food & Drink

A new version of my bok choy soup

I have a 4 ingredient bok choy soup that my brother and husband love: stock, tomatoes, bok choy and shrimp. This time I decided to change it up a bit and add tofu instead of shrimp, fresh noodles and some Chinese cabbage.
The method of preparation is simple:
Boil about 8-10 cups of stock with some shrimp (about a cup)
Add 2-3 tomatoes (i always use Roma tomatoes)
Boil for about 10 minutes
Add tons of baby bok choy cut in half length wise
Cook 3 minutes. Turn off. Serve.
This time I skipped the shrimp and added soft tofu (about half a pack) together with the bok choy and Chinese cabbage.
I served everything with cooked fresh noodles. It was fantastic, low fat and calories and with tons of greens.
Are you a fan of bok choy like we are?

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Annushka Cake by Dolce Vita Sweets is killing my diet

Albina Dolcevita from Dolce Vita Sweets decided to do a nice gesture and not only invite me for tea but also bake me a cake. As you know, I believe that no good deed should go unpunished! I decided to do this blog post not only to thank her but also tell you how delicious her cakes are. They are dreamy!

Annushka cake is my current favourite, it is honey cake with sour cream filling, prunes and nuts. It has a sweet honey smell of honey and scrumptious sweet-tangy aftertaste. This, together with my new English teacups are a wonderful way to greed my husband from work.

Thanks Albina, you are so sweet!

Cake Slice

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Personal

Drinking Tea with Hubby in English Teacups…

…or how $7.99 can make you really happy!

Husband of mine really likes to drink tea with me. Every night he asks me to sit next to him and share the news of the day while drinking the fragrant hot drink. Currently, our hands down favourite tea is Ahmad Peach & Passion Fruit Flavoured Black tea:Ahmad Tea Peach & Passion Fruit Black Tea

This tea can be bought for $3-4/pack at your local Russian store and include 20 tea bags (each makes 2 cups). I buy mine in Aurora on Wellington and Bayview (365 Deli). It is phenomenally tasty hot or cold, sweetened or not and with a piece of fresh juicy lime! yum!

Anyways, all this tea drinking (and Downton Abby watching) sent me on a mission to find a set of English style teacups with little plates to match. Hours of browsing later, I headed to Home Sense in Newmarket where I found the ONLY two sets of cup + plate ($7.99, see photo) that they had and it was love at first sight… Now… tell me it’s not destiny?!

We now drink tea with hubby and feel very classy, at least I do… I even started talking with a little bit of an English accent…

Any tea drinkers and tea cup lovers amongst you? 😉

Downton-Abbey Tea

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Beauty

Go & buy this brush now, before Target closes forever

SONIA KASHUK CORE TOOLS SYNTHETIC BUFFING BRUSH

This Sonia Kashuk Foundation Buffing Brush is better than anything else I have ever tried and I own high end brushes from Sephora and MAC that are over $50CAD. This brush is super soft, delivers spotless application and is $12.99CAD.

This brush is very dense and full and does not seem to absorb too much product. It delivers an airbrush application that cannot be beat. When I washed it no hairs came out, which is a good indicator that this is a good quality brush.

Those who ever talked to me about foundation know that I HATE streaky foundation… this is why I never use my $60 flat foundation brush from MAC. This brush is a winner because it applies my foundation smoothly, without streaks, patches, etc. It is good with all cream products: cream blush, contouring with foundation stick and more. It is also fantastic with powder blush although you might need to use a light hand because it is very dense and might pick up too much product.

It my eyes this brush is phenomenal and the best out there. I am seriously considering buying a few more to last me for year and years of streak-free makeup application.

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