July 2019

4 Things To Do With Your Teen In Toronto This Summer Summer may be half over but there is still time to have some serious fun with your teen. In a bustling city like Toronto, with so much to do, the options can sometimes be overwhelming. Whether you want to make it a day out with the family or if you only have a few hours to spare, we have something for you! Go to Canada’s Wonderland. Wonderland has something to offer all family members of all ages. Check out the new ride, The Yukon Striker, which is the longest, tallest and fastest dive coaster in the world. If rollercoasters aren’t your thing, check out Wonderland’s waterpark, Splash Works, where you can cool down and experience waterslides and wave pools. Take them to the Museum of Illusions. Of interest to kids, adults, and everything in between, the Museum of Illusions offers a one-of-a-kind interactive art experience that blends science and psychology. With more than 70 different illusions, there is a great balance of simple illusions and advanced mind-benders that make you question your own perception. Make sure you visit the vortex tunnel! Take them to Casa Loma. The gothic castle is a landmark in Toronto, where you can visit the past by viewing their Classic Car Collection and their Dark Side of Toronto photo exhibit. Or, you can experience their escape room series! Try the immersive and theatrical King of the Bootleggers escape room, set in 1920s Toronto during prohibition, where you must take cues from the actors and work with your team to become the new Kings and Queens of the Bootleggers. Visit The Funhouse. The Funhouse is an immersive experience created by visual and musical artists from across Toronto. You begin in a 1920s hotel, then get lured deeper into a multi-sensory maze of 14 featured rooms. Blending visual arts, music and immersive tech for an alternate universe, the Funhouse is always different (you choose your own adventure!) for a unique experience for everyone. Photos courtesy of Tourism Toronto.

The Serum That Saved My Skin By Rachel Naud “What did you do to your face?!” my bestie asked over one of our daily Face Time calls. “What do you mean?” I said, self-consciously touching my cheeks? “It looks ….. so good!” As a 42-year-old with rosacea, I had grown accustomed to having a red, often blotchy face, especially after having a shower.  Having lived with the skin condition for 12 years, I could easily pinpoint exactly when my face would flare up from the heat, cold, wind, spicy food and even stress. I was also developing dark sun spots on my forehead from my past sins as a sun worshipper. But, lately, I had realized after stepping out the shower, my jawline wasn’t riddled with bright red blotches. Where my cheeks, chin and forehead were once blushing red, they were actually normal. Even glowing. I had tried so many skincare lines throughout the years, so when I received some samples of Vivier products, I didn’t think much about it, as nothing I had used before had ever made a difference. Until now. Vivier GrenzCine Serum Before receiving this serum, I had never even heard of GrenzCine, in fact, I’m pretty sure I’m still not pronouncing it right. But, basically, this serum is formulated for aging skin. It increases firmness and hydration of your skin, while diminishing fine lines and wrinkles and improving skin tone, luminosity and elasticity. It’s perfect for skin that has been exposed to the sun as well as laser treatments, chemical peels or microdermabrasion. How it works The reason behind my newly glowing complexion is because The Vivier GrenzCine Serum is comprised of a patent-pending combination of Polyamine-DAB and Vitamin C, which is unique to Vivier. Polyamine-DAB is naturally present in our bodies and known to play a role in the aging process, essentially making our cells and collagen work more effectively. While you can use the serum twice daily, I reserved it for only morning use after my shower. In addition to the serum, I also used the GrenzCine Eye Cream. It moisturized and plumped the skin under my eyes so well that I affectionally started calling it “momma’s little helper.” There are other products you can use in this line as well, although I haven’t tried some of them. The GrenzCine line consists of the GrenzCine Body, Serum, Eye, and Neck, for head-to-toe treatment. All GrenzCine products work to increase luminosity and moisturization (which is why I

One Train, One Tween, One Unforgettable Trip By Rachel Naud “We’re doing WHAT?” That was my 11-year-old son’s reaction when I told him instead of flying home, we were going to take the Via train from Winnipeg to Toronto. “Well…. how long is THAT going to take?” he asked with a facial expression, I like to call the “tween tick.” It’s when he looks half-pissed and mostly confused. “Two nights, two-and-a-half days(ish),” I said tipping my hand from side to side. “MOM, actually?!” “Yes, it will be fun!” “But there’s wi-fi, right?!” I wasn’t ready to drop that no-tech bomb, yet. Instead, I gently tickled under his chin and said, “don’t worry, you’ll like it.” The train The journey from Winnipeg to Toronto takes approximately one full day, 13 hours and 59 minutes on The Canadian. We opted for a sleeper car for two, which during the day contains two spacious seats, a big window and a private bathroom and sink with electrical outlets. During the evening, the seats disappear, and the attendant pulls out the bunk beds, which are hidden in the walls until turn-down service at night. With sleeper car status, comes the ability to walk about the trains, soak in the panoramic scenery in the dome car, play some games and grab a snack in the lounge and, of course, indulge in the fine cuisine that is served up in the dining car every breakfast, lunch and dinner. The experience You’ll want to stock up on books, download movies on your iPad and save your favourite tunes on your phone because the wi-fi is basically non-existent. And I don’t say this with any disdain. In fact, I was pleasantly pleased that my son couldn’t log on to his video games or Netflix account, and instead had to soak in the real travel experience. Instead of battling it out on Fortnite or having his face glued to his screen watching 100 consecutive episodes of Bob’s Burgers,  he (gasped!) Looked. Out. The. Window. He pointed to the cool scenery, let his mind wonder and started conversations about the topography and geography of Canada. During meals, he sat with complete strangers and heard about their stories of being farmers, as Americans seeing Canada for the first time and even met a young English man from London travelling the country to meet up with a friend. All different faces with different backgrounds, but my 11-year-son managed to come up with common ground with each of