Posts Written On September 2013

Meet the Breeds 2013


This past weekend, AKC put on the Meet the Breeds show at Javitts Center and Adalhi and I wen to check out these pooches!  This years show consisted of numerous breeds from A-Z, pet related vendors, Motel 6 and even a few speciality cats in the mix. It was a great opportunity to come see rare breeds, giant breeds and what ‘breed’ standards look like. We wanted to go early for all the great dog food samples and to see all the dogs before their nap time.

Pet Parents is an insurance company that was a huge sponsor. They took ‘huge’ so literally and provided 2 photo booths along with a ton of HUGE dog items like this giant dog bowl with giant kibble.


A giant tennis ball!


My friend and gentle giant LEONBERGER


Fellow Canadian Newfoundland dog


The Pharaoh Hound


Adorable Bull Terrier aka Target Dog!


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My new favorite – 7 month old Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen


One chunky Mastiff puppy


A sucky Cane Corso


A huge Great Dane Pup


Little Corgi Cardigan


Springer Spaniel in a tie!


Couldn’t wait to come home to see this one.IMG_2476Two pups from Brooklyn 🙂

Thank you AKC for inviting us to fun filled weekend


@EightSkincare is a TEN out of TEN!

Is there anything better than discovering a wonderful new bath & body range? Nope! And this one has me a little obsessive because it’s sooo good for dry skin!

Eight Skincare stays true to its name because it uses eight core ingredients in all of its products: aloe vera, monoi oil, evening primrose oil, vitamin e oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil, and apricot kernel oil. Together, all these ingredients increase your skin’s natural moisture, promote new cell growth, help with anti-wrinkle and anti-aging, while toning and firming. True story!


And while each product can be used separately, there’s a 4-step rejuvenating process that’s been developed by Eight Skincare that leaves your skin feeling incredibly soft and supple with the Dry Skin Body Brush, Crème Body Wash, Sugar Body Scrub, and Body Moisture Lotion. Use these four products to firm, tone, cleanse, nourish, and increase moisture content in the skin.


I tried the tangerine scented rejuvenating kit and was not disappointed. Apart from the scent being so delicious (sweet and citrusy—I love it!), each product is made perfectly and doesn’t leave your skin feeling all soapy and sticky afterward. Thumbs up!


The Eight Skincare range has a couple more scents I want to try out too—Ginger Lime & Lavender…delish!

Read all about the 4-step rejuvenating process here and do yourself a favor and go buy yourself the kit at now!




Bath and Body for your Dog with @EpiPet Products

IMG_2360How do you keep a white/pink dog clean, happy and healthy?


White dog owners all know that white dogs are special. They require special grooming, diet and even behavioral attention at times.  White dogs may have sensitive skin to sun exposure and also sensitive stomachs and allergies.   Epi Pet offers a line of pet car products for dogs and horses which are multi-functional enriching and suitable to all color dogs.

Epi Pet Skin Treatment Spray:

This spray comes in lavender, cedar mint and unscented. The purpose of this product is to stop shedding, odor and itching on your dog. To use this, just spray generously over your dog’s fur and into the skin then brush it in well. The secret ingredient here is “Galactroarabiana” – a super moisturizer found in the Larch Tree. Daily application will reduce shedding. There is also anti inch elements like tea tree oil and true essential oils and 5 all natural insect repellants. If your dog is like Jacob and doesn’t like ‘sprays’ then spray it on the brush and then comb him with the wet brush.

Epi Pet Cleansing Agent Shampoo:

This shampoo is tearless, soap free and safe for puppies and kittens. It is loaded with great natural ingredients. It is recommended that you microwave a bit of the shampoo for 10 seconds prior to use for max effectiveness like whitening or odor removal.  It is compatible with all flea and tick treatments and becomes ‘medicated’ when microwaved. Excited to try this next bath to see how ‘white’ Jacob can get!

Epi Pet Sun Protector Spray:

A sun loving dog’s worse nightmare is a sunburn!  This is great for dogs and horses alike and contains 4 sunscreen ingredients to protect from UVA and UVB. It is especially recommended for short hair dogs predisposition to skin tumors like boxers, dobermans, bull dogs, pit bulls, bichons, poodles, schnauzers.   I will bring this next time we go for a hike or to the beach.


Epi Pet products have a slight vanilla scent that is mild and great for your dog.

Check out their full range of products on


Crystal Clear Calls with Deskmate from @headsetscom

If you asked me what I cannot live without… somewhere in the top 5 has to be my phone/computer! I love my phone and I am on it constantly.  Back in high school,  I remember talking on the phone with friends for hours and hours until the cordless phones would beep low batts. And what seems like a century ago; when I had to get off the phone so my sister could get on the ‘dial up’ internet.

I love the phone so much that I even did telemarketing jobs in University and for Bank of Montreal briefly!

I don’t mind being on the phone at all and I found the perfect accessory for my home office.

I Skype a lot with this kiddo – My nephew in Calgary!

Now two decades later, I am still very attached to my phone! So here is a ‘telephone’ themed post!

I had a chance to review the DeskMate HSC 230 recently and since I Skype and use Google Voice to talk with family and business overseas, having a great headset is important.

This can be used for gaming, video editing and general computer use as well in a shared office space or at home.

Set up for the DeskMate headset was a breeze – Just literally plug and play. The controls connect to the headset and plugs into the USB. Go to the settings and click OUTPUT and select the headset.

You can use it to listen to music and more importantly SKYPE! The controls make the volume and answering calls easy. I was able to listen to Songza (like Pandora) while dialing someone on Skype. Then I was able to click the phone to answer the call. The headset is noise cancelling as well so there shouldn’t be any issues if you have good internet connection.

It is lightweight and adjustable and does not squeeze your head like some cheaper brands available.

Check out the HSC 230 and other headsets by Sennheiser  HERE

The DeskMate HSC 230 is a great solution if you’re looking for a PC headset to fill your VoIP, gaming or even voice dication software needs. Its comfortable, monaural over-the-head design provides a snug and secure fit for long-term use. Backed by Sennheiser’s world-renowned sound quality as well as a noise-canceling microphone, you can feel safe knowing that you’re getting crystal-clear sound quality no matter what.

Its plug-and-play installation makes it as simple as a USB connection to get going.
Manufacturer Sennheiser
Type Computer
Wearing Style Over-the-Head
Max Range / Cord Length 9 ft
Connector Type (view connectors) USB
Weight 5 oz.


Our Week in Toronto

I had so much fun visiting my cousin this past week in Toronto for mid autumn festival and eating moon cake!  Tai and I had fun rediscovering the city I moved away from 3 years ago. We tried to see as many friends as we could but of course time is limited when you are rushing around.

We went to LEE on King St, Susur Lee is a genius chef fusing Hong Kong x French cuisine style


The next day we went to FRESH for Quinoa Onion Rings and Buddha Bowl with Soba

Pastries at Nadege

Then home cooked meal with my family!

Shopping on Queen St W

See you next time Toronto!


@bellajcandles Collection Launched In NYC!

This week there was a very special cocktail party to attend in NYC—and there wasn’t a diplomat in sight (New Yorkers will know the pain of the annual U.N. General Assembly coming to town!). It was the launch party of bella j. And no partygoer was left disappointed—there was food, custom-made cocktails and, of course, bella j.’s cute, quirky and incredible candle collection to check out!


If you haven’t heard of bella j., here’s the rundown: it’s a cool collection of colorful (and delicious!) smelling candles with jewelry hidden inside! Each soy wax candle has a hidden charm within the candle, and as the candle burns, your jewelry is uncovered in a protective foil shell! Pretty, cool, right?

Well that’s not the coolest part! Here it is: Each charm ranges in retail value from $10 to $450, with a few charms out there valued up to $10,000! Ten grand, people! But don’t stress if you’re not one of the lucky 10K winners—all charms are gold-plated, silver-plated or real diamond accessories.


The candle scents are amazing and range from sparkling citrusy blends to freshly-baked cookies and bella j. only ever uses 100% soy wax to make their candles so it’s all-natural, nontoxic and nonhazardous.

Each candle retails for under $25 at the bella j. online boutique, where you can also pick up matching notebooks to jot down your thoughts.