Beauty Swellness: New and So You at Shoppers Drug Mart (and Giveaway!)

Shoppers Drug Mart New and So You

The New & So You event from Shoppers Drug Mart at Square One in Mississauga just launched this week and is going on until March 18, 2018. I got a chance to check the event on March 12th and if you can carve out some time to pop by, definitely go check it out to see the new products in store at Shoppers Drug Mart.


The event is a fun way to check out the new products available at Shoppers. First, you do a super quick quiz on a tablet. It asks you about your health and beauty interests and habits. Then the quiz generates your results and you get custom recommendations about which new products will suit what you’re looking for. Interested in some TLC for damaged hair? Or hydrating your skin? Your quiz results will recommend the new products available that’ll offer the beauty benefits you’re keen on.

But you don’t just get a list of recommendations, the products just for you will pop out on the conveyor belt so you can learn more about them, and best of all, you’ll get a bag with your name on it filled with a couple of full-size products, samples and coupons to take home. How fun is that?

I’m always concerned about volume and damage when it comes to my hair (which is both fine and also overworked and dry given I’m constantly shampooing and blow-drying it since I work out regularly) so I was so excited to receive both OGX® Bodifying + Bamboo Fiber Full Body Renew Dry Shampoo and the Love Beauty & Planet™ Hope and Repair® Conditioner to help my hair.


And don’t forget to enter my Shoppers Drug Mart New & So You Giveaway, in case you missed it. Check my Instagram post from last week for details on how to enter to win a basket of New & So You products! You have until March 18, 2018, to enter. All you have to do is comment on my Instagram about which new products most interest you (check out the new products here!) and also pop by the Square One event this week. I’ll choose a winner the night of March 18th.

Good luck in the giveaway and have fun at the New & So You event!


Leave a Comment March 15, 2018

Foodie Swellness: Cooking for Chinese New Year

Braised mushrooms with sesame bok choy

Did you know that February 16th is Chinese New Year and it’s the Year of the Dog? While I haven’t celebrated in any formal way since I was a little kid, I will always use any excuse to cook and eat something delicious, and much of the new year revolves around food so I think it’s time to fire up the stove!

I find myself often craving Chinese dishes I grew up with, but I can never make them as well as my mom does. And while she has shown me how to make a few things, it’s hard to learn because it’s always, “add a little of this, a little bit of sugar, and that’s it!” I need precise measurements, Mom! In any case, I have been attempting to make more dishes I grew up with as I don’t get to eat my mom’s cooking often since she lives in another city. I now make congee and fried rice occasionally, my sister just recently taught me how to make wontons and I also made hot and sour soup for the very first time using a recipe I found online.

For Chinese New Year, I think I’ll make this recipe for Braised Chinese Mushrooms and Sesame Bok Choy (I made it recently to test it out first before making it for friends). It was surprisingly easy to make and the best part is that I didn’t have to make a trip into Chinatown for the ingredients because Real Canadian Superstore carries all of the ingredients at great value. And I know they’re authentic brands because I recognize them (brands such as T&T and Rooster) from my mom’s kitchen.


So creating a dish for Chinese New Year, or just when I’m craving Chinese food with the best (aka mom-approved) authentic ingredients, is easy because I can just pick them up during my regular weekly grocery trip. I know my mom is very particular about the ingredients she uses, and I love that I can get everything she would use at an easy-on-the-budget cost at Real Canadian Superstore (because let’s face it: I’m way more likely to cook these dishes I love from my childhood if I can get the ingredients easily). Now, I’ll just have to hound my mother for more precise recipe instructions so that the dishes taste just right!

Oh, and here’s the recipe for the Braised Chinese Mushrooms and Sesame Bok Choy. I actually had all of the ingredients on hand except for the mushrooms and bok choy, so this dish cost me next to nothing to make.

Happy New Year, and happy eating!



Leave a Comment February 8, 2018

Healthy Swellness: Brita Longlast Filter


If you’ve followed me for a little while, you may know that I don’t drink very much water. Wine, cocktails, juices, coffee, tea but drinking water (other than during my runs) has always been a struggle.

Both my Bonne O and my SodaStream have helped, though, so I now happily hydrate more often. Not a lot by any means, but even just a glass or two a day (I now have about two a day) is very much an improvement for me.

Having filtered water has also helped, and I was happy to learn about Brita‘s new product, the Longlast Filter. Because if you’re anything like me, you’re maybe not so diligent about changing your Brita filter when you’re supposed to, and their BPA-Free Brita Longlast Filter ($39.99 for a pack of two filters) provides up to six months of filtering. That means you only have to change it twice a year—do it now with the new year here and you’re good until June!

This is three times longer than their standard filter, and this new filter is also able to filter out contaminants like lead, asbestos and cadmium from tap water (but it leaves in the fluoride, which, as you may know promotes dental health).

At the P&G roundtable I attended a couple of  months ago, we all talked about how drinking water is so important. Janet Tamo encouraged drinking plain tap water, but I need the bubbles and lime or lemon to make it a little more palatable, and I’m going to try to add drinking one cup with lemon in the a.m. as a new morning ritual (but I’m not giving up my coffee!).

The Brita Longlast Filter is in stores now, by the way, where you’d expect to find them (Amazon, Canadian Tire, Walmart, etc.).

Happy hydrating!


Leave a Comment January 26, 2018

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