Just last weekend - on Easter Sunday - we've had a chance to visit one of Kelowna's wineries - The Vibrant Vine.
Although I am wine lover and visited few wineries there already - for some reason I haven't had a chance to hear about that place-well, until last week (thanks to the power of social media!)
And as to be honest - it was one wonderful experience and learn more about The Vibrant Vine.
Entrance to The Vibrant Vine
The Vibrant Vine is BC's Most Artfully Entertaining Winery & home to "The Best White Wine in the World" awarded at the 2013 World Wine Competition in Geneva, Switzerland. If you want to discover ART | WINE | MUSIC at one place - this is THE place for sure!
The Vibrant Vine is home to the world's only 3D-art tasting room and our winery experience is truly like no other.
Amazing art wall...
“Experience it LIVE at The Vibrant Vine!” -it's the motto of the winery as you’ll discover award-winning wines, VIBES at The Vine Music Fest (summer weekends concert series), special cultural events at The Villa, art workshops, award-winning gardens, gourmet pizza, very vibrant people and so much more!
The vineyards surrounding the winery are planted with Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc. For more information about The Vibrant Vine and their wines - check their website at: http://www.thevibrantvine.com/
Beautiful scenery at the winery
Posing with Nora - thank you for great experience!
With the Spring season approaching - I am always trying to get ready when it comes to my skin.
I noticed, that many women - especially in dry Calgary - forget that it is that time of a year (we have March now) to pay more attention to the proper skincare. After each Winter it is recommended to get rid of that thick layer of dry skin - and prepare it for beautiful Spring and Summer season!
Just this past week - I had a pleasure to try one from the list of face treatments at one of my favourite SPA's in Alberta - Babor Beauty Spa located in beautiful Mission area, in Calgary.
After consultation with one of the aestheticians who works there - we've decided that the best facial for me would be Vital Detox Therapy from Doctor Babor treatments.
Babor Beauty Spa waiting (and relaxing) area
As many of you know, skin detoxification is essential for cellular regeneration. This blend of potent vitamins and minerals treats the skin and neutralize harmful substances that induce aging from the inside out. The resulting detoxification allows nutrient revitalization which is vital for maintaining youthful skin.
Because my skin really needed deep cleansing as well - we've started the procedure with 30% peel that helped get rid of the dead skin cells and also helped deeper penetration of the ingredients from the products applied into the skin followed by the regular steps of Vital Detox Therapy treatment!
This facial takes about 50 min - but if you add peel and manual cleansing - you should reserve about 1.5 hour of your time - to make sure you will relax and won't be rushed (like I was a little bit because of my baby!).
My skin felt amazing right after the treatment - it was definitely more brighter and had beautiful glow - which I really need - especially now when I wake up few times at night to feed my baby:-)
If you would like to maintaing the results at home - you can think of getting certain skincare products from recommended Babor line!!
Special Thank You to Helene and her team for making my time at Babor Beauty Spa always a remarkable experience!!
Stay tuned - as I will be featuring different skincare treatment each season!!
Those of you, who were following my prenatal journey know, that I've tried to stay healthy during my whole pregnancy. I've learned that education is a key and information can change our perspective on different things.
After having my first beautiful baby boy Olivier (that was just 7 weeks ago) I knew I would really like to get back in shape as soon as I can. For me though it is a bigger picture - it is about inside and out!
Beside started going to the gym and hot yoga again - I also wanted to make sure that I nourish my body properly.And here comes The Juice Shop !
Few weeks ago, I've had a chance to connect with the store owner - Paola Correa - and together we've brainstorm an idea of featuring my juicing journey!
So, last week I've received my first set of juices that I have been drinking every day and...good surprise for those of you who think you wouldn't like them - they taste amazing. Of course, depending on what kind of juice you choose - you will get different flavours - but they are fresh, energizing and definitely - boosting your mood ( and this is exactly what I need right now with my hormonal changes:-)
I was truly inspired after meeting with the store owner - Paola - who shared with me her story with juices and how they saved life of her loved ones ( her uncle had fight with prostate cancer, metastasis in the bones and he won the battle!).
"At The Juice Shop, we believe strongly in the age-old adage of: “WE ARE WHAT WE EAT”. I began making cold-press juice for myself and my family as a positive lifestyle change, and I started seeing the benefits on all those around me. I then wanted to share these great benefits, which inspired me to create The Juice Shop, a place to provide people a delicious, organic, raw, cold-pressed juice, and contribute to helping one live a "green" and health-conscious lifestyle", says Paola.
The Juice Shop offers selection of cold-pressed, organic juices. Depending on your preferences & purpose of your juicing - in the menu you would find 13 different juices, 2 Warrior Milks, The Waters (Master Cleanse & Chlorophyll H2O) and Shots Elixir!
Each juice provides different vitamins and plays unique role! One of my favourite is definitely "Unbeetable" - made from beets, carrots, apple, celery, cilantro, parsley and lemon. It is store's signature cocktail that promotes detoxification, beets and carrots are great for liver detoxification, parsley purifies the blood, aids with digestion and helps you detoxify.
Many of us ask question "Why juicing?" -well, it is a part of a lifestyle, it is a healthy way to get all your vitamins and minerals that your body needs for the day, the benefits of juicing are the keys to giving you a radiant, energetic life, and truly optimal health. Juice provides an excellent way for us to absorb vitamins and minerals, which is even superior to eating whole vegetables, because juicing releases theses nutrients in a highly absordable form and these nutrients both protect us from disease and boost our health and vitality.
At the end - you will experience increased energy, stamina, and mental clarity!!
What is great about the store - juices are freshly made every day from Monday through Thursday - and you can get your juice either at the store or you can order online!!!
(for more information about delivery&shipping - you can check here).
Follow me on social media (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook)-as I am sharing my juicing experience every day, featuring different juices!!
Those of you, who know me a little bit and you, who follow my blog for last few years know what's happening in my professional life as I am always trying to share my experiences, my thoughts and my honest feedback with you!
May of 2014 became a special month for me - as it was the time when I've found out that I am expecting my first baby.It was definitely a surprise - but couldn't be more happier - as although I love my work&career path I am on - I know there is time for everything.
For the 9 months I was sharing my pregnancy journey with you - my followers, supporters as well as other expecting Moms!
On January 13th, 2015 we've welcomed our first baby boy - Olivier Adam - in comfort of our home-who came into this world after 12 hours of labour.
I know its quite personal journey - but I really wanted to share it with you - as it wouldn't be as beautiful without people that was supporting me, us during the whole pregnancy journey and the most challenging twelve hours of my life (so far :-)
Right after I came back to Canada from my trip to Europe (sponsored by KLM), where I actually found out that I am pregnant - I started doing my own investigation on how do all procedures look like here when it comes to pregnancy and labour.It wasn't an easy process for me, us.
One of my friends - Lyndsay Cholak from Bikram Yoga Calgary South shared with me so many valuable and interesting facts about the whole process&journey.Thanks to her (my sincere THANK YOU Lyndsay!!) I've applied to all midwifery places in Calgary. Knowing how difficult it is to get one - I didn't expect we would be a lucky couple. in fact, all of the places sent me email back with not the most positive note - I've been placed on the waiting list due to number of inquiries.
Then, month after I've submitted my form to one of those places - I received message that Aurora Midwifery would like to accept us as their clients! It was one of the most happiest days that month!!
We were lucky to be signed with team of two wonderful ladies - Kimberley&Ali - and in September they've welcomed third midwife - Alisha - who moved to Calgary from Ontario!
After quite bad experience with family doctors and medical system here, in Canada - each visit with our midwifes was an absolute pleasure!
Almost the same time when I was searching for midwifes - I've done my research about prenatal classes - and also thanks to Lyndsay - I was referred to Healthy Birth Choices run by Sue and Rhonda - two wonderful ladies - who share their passion with many expecting moms&couples from across Canada (as those who can't attend in-class training-can do e-learning!). It was truly memorable 7 weeks of education - during which both mine & my husbands' thoughts about whole pregnancy&labour process changed completely.
I've never considered home birth as an option - and towards the end of classes - we decided that we would like to try that(with being open to other options, including hospital).
When I was 5 months pregnant, together with Lyndsay from Bikram Yoga Calgary South, I started my prenatal yoga classes which I took twice every week until few days before our baby arrived. I wanted to share that part -as many expecting moms think that hot yoga is not the best practice during pregnancy.Well, all I can tell - I couldn't have made better decision than that - as I became well prepared for the labour process - thanks to breathing technique and self-control of my body&mind.
Towards the end of my pregnancy I've learned more about power of acupuncture (thanks to Healthy Birth Choices and Lyndsay of course - I forgot to mention that she've welcomed her baby girl couple of years ago where she was discovering all of these resources by herself!) as well as I've discovered something called placenta encapsulation and was referred to contact Nicole Stevens from Roots of Life!
I couldn't be more happier after my meeting with Nicole! We scheduled our first acupuncture session one evening-and when I arrived at her place, I decided that I don't want to do it that evening (I was just scared as I've never tried acupuncture before!) but after few more days of constant thinking-I came to conclusion that I would like to give it a try!We've done few sessions and I can definitely see the progress in my body response to the point's pressure. But what was even more interesting for me was the placenta encapsulation!!!
After our baby was born and my placenta was out - it was taken&put into the freezer until the next day when Nicole arrived&picked it up - and the following day - she've brought capsules (plus some extra products, including cream that is great for eczema, dry skin, diaper rash etc.) which I started taking right after then to supplement my vitamins&iron I've lost with my blood during the labour process.
Our home birth was one of the most beautiful & memorable experience I could think of.
That day, I woke up and I felt like I can climb mountains - so right after 10.30am my waters broke. We started preparing our bedroom for the whole process (including blowing up the pool as we were planning water birth!). My first contractions started at 1p.m, they evaluated in strength around 4p.m when our midwife Kimberley arrived (together with amazing student Tiffany!) and reached our the peak point between 6-8p.m when I was in the pool. Kimberley asked me to change positions&place around 9p.m -just to check how I am doing - and she knew I was ready to push!So I started at 9.15p.m and our little angel arrived at 10.03 p.m - naturally -with support of my husband and my parents!!It was one extraordinary moment and if I can share my thoughts about the whole labour process with you - having midwifes, as well as knowledge and support coming from Healthy Birth Choices, Roots of Life and physical&mental strength I've gained thanks to Bikram Yoga Calgary South - it was the best journey&decisions we've made!!!