The world is beyond fast paced these days – our lives are overly active, we plan too much to the point we over-plan! Does that sound familiar? I don’t think I’m generalizing – there seems to be a common theme: ‘We are go, go, go!’ And it doesn’t look as though we are slowing down in the near future. I’m not about to do the impossible and tell you to relax and just let things be. Instead, I’ll give you a list of a few items that may help you get a little bit of Zen back into your life. I know I need it!
LITTLE LUXURY SHOP
Sometimes you just need to wear the Zen to feel the Zen.
I was lucky enough to stumble upon Little Luxury Shop at a local boutique. I found out that the jewelry is also available for sale online, as well as select retailers throughout the Lower Mainland. Little Luxury Shop is owned by jewelry aficionado Cheney Cloke-Hui and has a headquarters in Surrey, BC. Hui has an immense passion for jewelry and many of the pieces are originals designed by her. I’ve personally fallen in love with too many of her designs! Here are a couple of my favourite Zen pieces:
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The WHITE JADE LUCKY ELEPHANT
Brings love, protection, wisdom and longevity.
CHINESE INNER STRENGTH NECKLACE
An elegant “inner strength” symbol, designed to wear as a reminder of how strong you are!
The LOTUS NECKLACE
The white lotus symbolizes a state of total mental purity and spiritual perfection.
Have you ever had the opportunity to walk by a LUSH store? It’s absolutely heavenly, addictive and soothing! There is a LUSH store exactly where I park for work on Robson Street in Vancouver and it provides the perfect aroma of zen as I leave downtown for my commute to White Rock. It’s also guilt-free buying which is pretty zen in its self! No animal testing, 100% vegetarian, ethical buying, naked packaging, hand made and fresh!
Here are some LUSH products for your bath that have been specially created to soothe and relax – the perfect partners for stepping back and taking a moment (or long soak) to clear the over stimulated mind and frazzled head we carry around too often.
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A slow-frothing, meditative blend of sandalwood, olibanum and ho wood oils, this bomb creates a sanctuary of calm in the tub.
Fast becoming the newest cult product, insomniacs are swearing by its infusion of comforting lavender and tonka, to help lull them into a blissful night’s sleep.
Hailed as the most relaxing bath bomb yet, Twilight carries the same scent as Sleepy to calm busy minds and soothe stressed bods.
Aromatherapy Associates – The Absolute Spa
I was introduced to one of the most amazing products by The Absolute Spa. They carry Aromatherapy Associates who’s founder, Geraldine Howard has some of the deepest knowledge in the traditional principles of aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy Associates was established in 1985 to share the benefits of aromatherapy through a range of renowned products and treatments and today has become an award-winning product line. The active ingredients that they use nourish, rejuvenate and protect from the inside out. Aromatherapy Associates constantly strives to discover the most innovative ingredients to formulate ground-breaking products that are favoured by industry experts from around the world.
Find your Zen with the healing properties of their natural oils, extracts and raw materials that are native to some of the most wild and remote places in the world.
I’ve fallen in love with the Deep Relax Bath and Shower Oil. It’s goal is for you to be restful and tranquil, goal accomplished! This award winning product by Aromatherapy Associates will help you experience the seriously relaxing and restful powers pod vetivert, camomile, and sandalwood for a tranquil night.
You live a fast paced lifestyle – but you don’t want to compromise your healthy eating habits – or you need to get into a healthier eating habit because you know that eating healthy translates into a more peaceful state of mind. Find some Zen with the Instant Pot.
Is it weird to say that I think I may be in love with this kitchen must have?! Personally, cooking can be one of the most stressful parts of being a parent! Less fuss and time spent in the kitchen, but healthy meals for the family? I’m into it!
The Instant Pot Duo Plus is a 9-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker with Advanced Microprocessor Technology. Instant Pot® is a smart Electric Pressure Cooker designed by Canadians with the objective of being Convenient, Dependable and Safe. It speeds up cooking by 2-6 times making it extremely energy-efficient, while, preserving nutrients and preparing healthy, tasty dishes. It combines the functions of a Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice/Porridge Cooker, Cake Maker, Yogurt Maker, Sauté/Searing, Steamer, Warmer and Sterilizer.
Built with 15 smart programs – Soup/Broth, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Cake, Egg, Slow Cook, Sauté/Searing, Rice, Multigrain, Porridge, Steam, Sterilize, Yogurt, Keep Warm, and Pressure Cook, your favorite dishes are as simple as pressing a button!
With the ‘Sterilize’ program you can pasteurize dairy products, sterilize baby bottles, jars, and utensils! The Cake Maker was designed to prepare soft and moist cakes and the Egg program, developed to prepare perfect eggs in just a few minutes. Whether it’s just for you or a party of five like my home- Instant Pot is an instant success for everyone!