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WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED – with window coverings!

WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED – with window coverings!

So many window treatments!

There’s a lot that goes into creating the design and decorating of our homes.  I know that I sometimes search endlessly for paint chips and patterns to create the ambience that I desire.   An Interior Designer has suggested to me that window coverings are a vital part of those decisions and that the trend in fashion today is to create a layered look in my rooms.

Sometimes the room itself dictates which window treatments I should be using as the architecture of the building won’t allow drapery or curtains, making blinds my best option.

Start with the basic treatment

Blinds are so varied now, offering many choices for each room, and while I don’t want them to have identical window treatments, I do want consistency.  (https://2goblinds.com) offers many options to dress up your windows.  I’ve looked into flat rolled shades, for a minimalist look – or luxurious wooden slatted louvers for dramatic flair.  The possibilities are endless!

I’ve found natural woven shades are a great choice to use throughout my home, dressed up with drapery to suit the decor of each room.  Sometimes I like to be a bit playful with light and shadows – then I choose the slatted louvers from a wide variety of colors to add to the mood.

Once I’ve decided on style and functionality I think about the maintenance and durability of my choice.  I know that these qualities ensure that I have chosen something for a lifetime.

Choose for the use of the room!

I find that window coverings rather than draperies are great in any house with children and pets or rental/vacation homes.  Moist or damp environments such as workshops or basements as well – actually anywhere cleaning time and maintenance is a premium.

Top choices from today’s designers include wooden blinds, cordless blinds, roller shades and bamboo blinds.  If you’re like me and have a tough time deciding, call Luke at 2goblinds, (416) 707-9887.  Luke is a great resource with the knowledge and sales experience that will make your final choices and installation an easy process.  Check what he has at https://www2goblinds.com

PATCH ME UP – DOC!

PATCH ME UP - DOC!

I already know about Voxx Socks and their new wearable good health technology, but I wasn’t familiar with the other products at VoxxLife.  Jay Dhaliwal – Founder and CEO of VoxxLife has built his business on the concept of “reason for being.”  For years he has been searching for ways to help his Mom, who had been diagnosed with M.S.  The health care solutions available were focused either on drugs or electrical stimulation, which weren’t always effective.  (http://love2yourfeet.com)

During a breakthrough meeting of the minds with Mr. Dhaliwal and neuroscientists,  realized they should research how our bodies respond to neural stimulation.  A second breakthrough found in research done by Dr. C.J. Griffin in 1964 led to the discovery of how brainstem homeostasis leads to improvement on overall brain function.  

The team created a “vibro-tactile” pattern that could activate skin receptors to trigger neural responses and this pattern was first used in Voxx socks.

The team has now discovered patterns that can be used to assist us in other ways.  Mr. Dhaliwal realized that the possibilities are endless so has  added more products for our health in the form of a skin patch that allows the pattern to assist with physiological homeostasis (balance) in our brainstem.

VOXXLIFE NEUROVAX PATCH

The NeuroVax patch works hard to improve our immune systems by helping connect our neural reflexes and immune responses to work together. This brings us back to homeostasis.  By dealing with the central nervous system in the brain, they create the wanted effect in the body.   Having a better communication loop between our neural reflexes and immune responses,  can lead to a more robust immune system.

VOXXLIFE META PATCH

 The Meta Patch optimizes energy metabolism in a totally drug-free, non-invasive way.  With the brain playing a central role in the homeostatic regulation of energy metabolism, it integrates multiple peripheral metabolism and neuro inputs.
This information, on energy intake and body energy stores, is transferred to specialized neurons in the hypothalamus and brainstem. In order to maintain energy homeostasis, the brain regulates diverse aspects of the body metabolism.  This optimized communication leads to better energy metabolism.

HPT (HUMAN PERFORMANCE TECHNOLOGY PATCH

This patch helps the central nervous system within the brain reach homeostasis.  Healthy body – better wellness!  The Harmony Neuropatch helps with daily activities and improves quality of life.  Users notice an improved posture and dramatic gait improvement which allows far better balance, healing and recovery.

VOXXLIFE REM PATCH

This particular patch from VoxxLife intrigued me the most.  I had done my homework and found that the patch was to work by helping the parts of the brain responsible for sleep through the neuro-patterning on the patch.  I have tried many, many so called sleep aids including diet, exercise and OTC drugs.  My pattern rarely varied from a total sleep time of 3-4 hours nightly and I had been looking and looking
to no avail. 

Then I met Kara-Lyn of Love 2 Your Feet.  Kara and I had discussed the VoxxLife socks, insoles and a knee brace that use similar technology.  I was lamenting about not sleeping well enough to recover fully from recent hip surgery, when she told me about the VoxxLife REM patch.  She said that I would be quite surprised, armed me with a patch and explained how to use it.

Well, waiting for the weekend, and a chance to just let sleep happen; I used the patch the following Saturday night.  Something very incredible happened.  No drugs, no alcohol, just this patch and a tired person headed to bed to wake up 9 hours later.  9 Hours!!  I had never yet, in my life, slept 9 hours.  Now,  I didn’t wake up groggy or dull.  I was refreshed and ready to take on the day.  I know that was only one trial, but I’m impressed enough to be making a purchase of the patches.  Even if I don’t use them every evening, I think that the extra rest I could get will go far to creating a healthier me.

For more information on the patches call Kara-Lyn Palmer at (705) 446-5566, or visit her website link at https://www.voxxlife.com/klp.  You’ll be in better health for doing so.

CHRISTMAS, COVID & KIDS

CHRISTMAS, COVID & KIDS

‘Tis soon the season to celebrate Christmas, but COVID is changing many of our traditions this year.  When it comes to family time, it may be best to preplan the holidays a bit more this time around.  As adults, there’s a very strong desire to fight change, and the kids in our lives feel our anxieties.

I spoke to Angel Powers of Mainstream Therapy today about how we can create a different yet meaningful Christmas this year.(https://mainstreamtherapy.com)  Angel is a clinical social worker/therapist who has been in the trenches helping so many work through the changes that COVID has been creating.

The first advice Angel gives is to turn negative thoughts into positive ones.  We can only think one way at a time and should always work at keeping everyone on the right track.  In Angel’s words; “Where focus goes – energy flows…if we’re constantly focusing on what’s missing and how disconnected we are, we’ll amplify those feelings.  Instead, if we focus on reframing the way we look at connectedness, we can turn a negative into a positive.  For instance, if I close my eyes and imagine I’m walking to the fridge to get a lemon, imagine that I’m cutting and smelling the lemon, even biting into it I will always salivate.  The reality is that our brains don’t know if we’re imaging the lemon or actually eating it…perhaps this could be a key component to helping fill the void of disconnectedness.”

She asks everyone to create new family traditions that can replace not being able to gather in our larger family groups this year.  Keeping close to home there are still wonderful activities to do as a family.  Angel has given us a few ideas, but we’d love to hear from you as well.  Share your ideas in the comment section…your thoughts may help someone in a difficult time!

Ideas from Angel

  1.  Take a walk through some of Barrie’s beautiful trails – taking pictures.  We are blessed with a wide variety of trails limiting no one.
  2. Take a drive as a family to check out the Christmas Lights. (Maybe even open your windows and sing carols as you go…could be fun!)
  3. On the East Coast, they call this “Mummering” – visiting neighbours to sing, play music or act silly – only because of COVID you’ll need to stay outside.
  4. Set up a “minute to win it” afternoon or evening.  The short games can be hilariously funny with little to no cost.  If you’re not sure of the games, search online, there are great ideas to be found.
  5. Start a Christmas movie tradition during the holidays.  The memories made watching movies as a family can last a lifetime.
  6. Create stories and relive funny Christmas memories.  We all have one or two of those.  You might be tickled pink at what wee ones come up with!
  7. Put away the electronics for an evening and drag out the board games -Who remembers the last time you played Risk?
  8. At the times you would have been together with other family and friends, arrange to get together via Face time or Zoom.  The seniors in your life may really appreciate that.

Most of all remember, Love has no bounds – focus on that.”  Keeping your thoughts on togetherness and closeness will help everyone to make this a Christmas to remember in a great way!

REALLY – CHRISTMAS IS COMING!

REALLY - CHRISTMAS IS COMING!

No one’s sure what the Holiday Season is going to be like this year.  One thing that you can count on though is that there’s always great food!  What’s even better than great food – is when it’s made for you!  Whether you need a break for a light meal after rushing around, or you’ve been chosen to host your social circle – you can count on Simmering Kettle (https://simmeringkettle.com) or Dosti Eats(https://dostieats.com) to save the day!

Shalu Persaud, owner of both, understands your need for sustenance.  Both Simmering Kettle and Dosti Eats are set up well for catering.  Whether it’s a very intimate fathering at home or a larger group at the office, they’ve got you covered.  If your crowd is looking for something a bit different, Dosti Eats offers ethnic choices from around the world.  Simmering Kettle has those wonderfully traditional dishes to add to your menu.

If you’ve been hard at it – shopping for loved ones, and need a break, pop in to relax over a good cup of coffee and a great meal.  Just taking some time for yourself will make the shopping chores easier.  Better yet, meet a friend and just catch up over an all day breakfast or a soup and salad.

Either restaurant will fit the bill.  Both are found in our South End Retail Centre at 531 and 535 Bryne Drive, located across the parking lot from each other.  As you’re making holiday menus, you may want to check out the website at www.simmeringkettle.com.  Shalu has added a very valuable Meal Plan Menu as well.  Shalu knows how much time is spent in your kitchen to prepare good meals, so this menu has been added to give you a real break.  Everything is done for you to eat seriously good food in your own home.

Call (705) 828-2257 to talk to Shalu about catering, meal plans or even hosting your Christmas events.  Like I said, “She’s got you covered!”

CHEF OF THE MONTH – LINX KITCHEN and SOCIAL

INTERVIEW WITH CHEF KATHLEEN

Kathleen Forsythe, Executive Red Seal Chef at Linx, Kitchen & Social took time from her very busy day to talk food with me. Let me tell you, the conversation caused serious hunger pains!

When Kathleen starts to talk about food, her passion for fine dining becomes VERY apparent. Her vision for Linx, Kitchen & Social is a classic fine dining menu. Going over some of her Fall menu offerings is when the hunger pangs began! In discussing the 10 oz. Prime Rib that’s now on the menu for Friday and Saturday evenings, I learned that the roasts are cooked very low and slow to an internal temperature of 140 degrees. This gives a wonderfully rare serving. At that point, it can be finished to individual taste. The prime is served to you with seasonal fresh vegetables, mashed Yorkshire pudding and that “Oh So Delicious!” Au Jus!

Now, just so you know, the menu at Linx has been created to suit the service of your choice. You can enjoy very fine dining in the Kitchen Dining room or a more relaxed yet still refined setting in the Lounge. If you’ve chosen the Kitchen, you may be tempted by appetizers so distinctly different, like hand-cut Calamari with garlic comfit and caper aioli, or Beef Carpaccio, a bit of heaven with pepper encrusted AAA beef tenderloin on a bed of arugula, and shaved parmesan…even before you choose an entree!

The choice of entree is also very distinct!  Imagine a Seared Breast of Duck drizzled in a sour cherry reduction, or Lobster Ravioli served in a white wine shallot cream sauce to describe just two of the offerings.

If you’re looking for the same great flavours in a more relaxed, yet still refined setting, choose to reserve at the Social. The offerings are still exquisite, but a slightly lighter flare.

Kathleen’s History and Training

Kathleen has trained extensively in a wide array of cuisines;  Italian, French…even 3 years of Sushi fun. She belongs to the Canadian Federation of Chefs and Cooks, having completed her Red Seal at Sir Sanford Fleming.

Before coming to Linx, Kitchen & Social Kathleen started in the kitchen of Millcroft Inn and Spa then served as an Executive Chef at the Caledon Inn as well as being an Event Chef at Friday Harbor.

Kathleen’s use of local products is wonderful. She’s even hoping to reach out to one of Barrie’s newest butcher shops, Delzotto’s, opening on Big Bay Point Road, having dealt with their Alliston location in the past. She’s already using our own Fox’s Bakery for bread as well as a number of other local suppliers.

Kathleen was also chosen from 53 candidates to provide very nutritional meals from scratch for the Elizabeth Fry Society Women’s Shelter. She has served up over 47,400 meals for them since the beginning of the Pandemic!  As busy as Kathleen is, as the Owner/Operator of Dish It Out, located in Innisfil, she still does some executive catering as well.

To be sure of a tasting from this very talented Chef, book your reservation at Linx, Kitchen & Social soon. Either visit their website or call 705-503-5469. Then dress up and dine out! You’ll be so happy you did!

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