Style Swellness:

Ray Ban large aviators from SmartBuyGlasses

Done all your Christmas shopping? Me neither! But I’m almost finished and without hitting the mall much; every year I do at least half of my holiday shopping online. That way I can avoid crowds and save myself from waiting in long lines; it’s so much better to just shop with a few clicks (and even easier when using my PayPal account instead of constantly entering my credit card info).

Online shopping is convenient, but just like when I’m in the mall, I’m guilty of buying one gift for a loved one…and then one for me. What can I say, I’m a shopper. So far, I’ve managed to treat myself to just one thing thus far: I stumbled upon the site and caved and bought another pair of RayBan aviators I’ve been coveting. The prices are good, plus I received mine within a few days of placing my order. They’ve got tons of designer brands, so it’s definitely worth checking out if you’re in the market for a new pair of sunnies (it’s important to protect your eyes from UV rays, even in the winter). Plus, I’m off to the Caribbean in January so that’s my excuse (erm, reason) for a new pair of sunglasses.

Oh, and if you’re last-minute shopping, for any glasses that say “fast shipping”, you’ll have them within three to five days, so there’s still time to order a pair or two before Christmas! They’ve got tons of designer brands (think Tom Ford,  Celine, Gucci, and more) and if you need a little help with your shopping, they’ve got a Christmas Gift Guide with suggestions if you’re shopping for a hipster or trendsetter).

Only a week left to shop before Christmas, get it done, people!



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Travel Swellness: 12 days of Wine Country Ontario Giveaway


Oh, it’s that most wonderful time of the year! The holidays always make me want to be home, sticking to local favourites and seeing loved ones. And rather than jetting off somewhere far (although I do love that, too!) it’s fun to celebrate the treasures that are nearby, too. Such as taking advantage of all the Wine Country Ontario has to offer. They’ve actually got tons of great ideas for gifts (I’m all about experiential gifts! Head on over to where from Dec. 1 to 12, they’re highlighting some amazing ideas that’ll help you get your shopping done fo the holidays in  snap. Including one idea I chose!

They asked me what I’d wish for when it comes to exploring Wine Country as part of their 12 days of Wine Country Ontario and I had trouble narrowing it down to just one thing, but I’ve always wanted to check out Pillar and Post in Niagara-on-the-Lake. This five-star inn in the country is a former canning factory that’s won numerous awards for its dining and top-notch spa, and hello, wouldn’t their hot springs pool be just dreamy to sink into during a winter weekend getaway?

Well, lucky Health and Swellness readers: one of you could win a $150 giftcard to use as you wish at Pillar and Post. You could use it toward a delicious meal, towards accomodations at the inn, for a spa treatment, however you’d like! Yes, Merry Christmas to you!

How to enter? You can enter in five different ways (each way counts as one entry, so go ahead and enter in all five methods!):

1. Email me at with your name and mailing address. Please put “Wine Country Ontario” in the subject line.

2. Twitter: Follow me on Twitter (@healthswellness) and tweet:

I want to #win this @WineCountryOnt #12daysVQA giftcard to Pillar and Post from @healthswellness.

3. Comment on this blog post about what you would spend the giftcard on.

4. Like the Health and Swellness page on Facebook and then leave a comment on the wall post about this Wine Country Ontario giveaway — tell me who you would take with you to the Pillar and Post to share your prize with.

5. Instagram: Follow me on Instagram (@healthandswellness), like the Instagram photo related to this giveaway, and share what you love most about Ontario wine country, whether it’s your fave spa, resto, winery, excursion, etc.

The giftcard is valued at $150 and the giveaway will close at 11:59PM on Tuesday, December 16, 2014. Please note that this giveaway is open to Canadian residents only. The winner will be chosen at random. If I cannot reach the winner within five days, another winner will be selected. The winner’s name will be announced on the blog once confirmed.

47 Comments December 9, 2014

Fitness Swellness: Why running suits me


I have a sweatshirt that says “I hate running.” Which isn’t entirely true, but it’s not entirely untrue. I spend much of my time dreading going for a run. And some days (usually the runs that are longer than 20 kilometres), when I’m out there, left foot, right foot, left foot, repeat, and on and on and on and ON, I find myself wishing I was doing just about anything else.

And did I mention I hate sweating? And running makes you sweat a lot.

Loads of people ask me how I manage to run halfs and full marathons–they tell me how bored they get, or how they can’t stick with the training, how running just hurts, and I totally see where they’re coming from.

But, over these years, as much as there are aspects of running I dislike, there’s a ton I get from being a runner. As much as I don’t consider myself a natural runner and how I know I don’t love it the way that some runners do, I have discovered it particularly suits my personality and lifestyle. What are those factors? Well, I’ve blogged about it over on the Bodylogix site–you can read about it over here.

Nike Women's San Fran half-marathon 2014

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