December 2021

10 Gift Ideas for the Whole Family The countdown is on! It's less than a week from the big day, and if you're still stuck for ideas, we have plenty to fill their stockings and more! We all know the holidays can get expensive, which is why the first place we go to when doing our holiday shopping is Giant Tiger. It’s not only a one-stop shop for everything holiday but with their everyday low prices, you get great value. We love The Grinch and Giant Tiger has a lot of fun licensed Grinch items. Being a tween and a tween is the perfect time to craft your signature scent and there’s no better place to discover that than Bath & Body Works. They’ll love the new fragrance Cotton Candy Champagne in all these fun forms that they can layer on throughout their day like Shower Gel, Ultra Hydration Body Cream, Fine Fragrance Mist, and Hand Cream. If you want to make a gift memorable for your tween or teen, make it personal. Let’s face it, basically, anything you can put their face on, they’re going to love. We thought it would be fun to get them some gifts they love and need but with a twist so we went online to the Staples Solutionshop and chose from fun gifts. They have so many options for personalized gifts that you can find on staples.ca. For the person on your list who loves to try beauty products, the pink perfect clay mask by Alya will give them that Insta-worthy glow — perfect for those at-home spa days over the holidays. The Pink Perfect mask is specifically formulated with ingredients like Vitamin E, Aloe Vera, and Australian Pink Clay, which works to detoxify and cleanse pores. It’s also an amazing treatment to defend the skin against pollutants, oil, dirt and toxins. When you rinse it off, your skin feels soft and amazing and leaves your complexion bright and glowing – perfect for the holidays! If you have a baker or a home chef on your list, they’re going to need a good pair of beaters for whipping up all those thick batters and sticky icings without clogging. Anyone who has ever tried to get the mashed potatoes free from the beaters by blasting it on high and then getting a hairdo of potatoes will vouch for this. We love these Easy-Clean Beaters from Hamilton Beach. They make light work out

Adolescent Acne: 3 Ways To Talk to Your Teen About Skin Health Teen health is a tough topic that every parent will have to address at one point or another. From sex education to bodily changes, and hormones, talking to your teen about personal health and wellness is paramount. One personal hygiene topic at the forefront of many teens’ and parents’ minds is acne. No teen wants to deal with dreaded breakouts, pimples or skin imperfections, but countless do. If your teen is dealing with acne, it is important for you to do your best to offer support. In order to get that conversation started, here are three ways to better support and talk to your teen to address acne and the importance of skin health. Remind Them They are Not Alone Your teen may feel that they stick out or feel a sense of isolation due to their acne. It is your job to help remind them that they are not alone. Perhaps you yourself had to deal with acne as a teen or have friends whose teens are going through the same thing. Remind your teen that acne is very common and many face a breakout here or there. To help support your child, you can have them connect with other teens who have acne and ask them what tips they have and what is working for them. Your teen will value that they have someone their own age to get advice from. In addition, they can look for inspiration from skin-positive influencers as a positive way to leverage social media, and connect with others that can relate. Help With Stress Management Stress can play a role in teen acne. In a study concerning acne and stress, researchers found teenagers who were under high levels of stress were 23% more likely to have increased acne severity. This is why it is so important to help your teen with stress management. Teens are under a lot of pressure, from school to friends, extracurricular activities and coping with the pandemic. All of this combined can be very overwhelming. Recognizing the signs of stress and managing it can make a big difference in skin health. Have your teen determine ways that can help them when they are under increased stress. Some strategies can be deep breathing, mindfulness or meditation. Encourage A Skin Care Regimen Assist your teen in developing a dedicated skin care routine that can help to

3 Reasons to give the gift of Merrill House If you’ve made your list and checked it twice, a little time away could be the perfect gift for a loved one or — let’s face it — you! After almost two years of vacations to Las Living Room or to St. Porch, a little getaway can go a long way this holiday season. Don’t want to hop a plane? No problem. We have a destination that’s only a few hours’ drive from Toronto that will make you feel like you’re a world away — Merrill House. By Rachel Naud Where Located in picturesque Prince Edward County, Merrill House is situated in Picton, Ontario, just a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Toronto. 3 Reasons Why It Makes a Great Gift:   The Design Built in 1878 for Judge Edwards Merrill, The Merrill House is steeped in history and culture. Today, owner and creative director Jordan Martin de Rosales has managed to preserve the authenticity of the property while creating a mix of old and new to create the ultimate destination. Having studied Luxury Brand Management in London, living in Zimbabwe and working for hotel groups in London and Dubai, Martin de Rosales brings his world travels and design aesthetics to the two-acre property and its 14 individually themed guest rooms. For instance, the Owner’s Suite serves up the ultimate accommodation on Merrill’s top floor with sweeping views across Picton, while the Future Room reimagines what the interiors of the future will look like. Throughout the hotel, design elements include wallpaper by William Morris, murals by Fine and Dandy Co, objets d’art by British luxury label House of Hackney and furniture by Spanish designer, Houtique. The property also features a bespoke Indian marquee, complete with a ceiling with hundreds of hand-stitched stars, designed by Martin de Rosales to house Merrill weddings and events. Merill House is also home to art exhibitions including The Indigenous Peoples on the Bay of Quinte, a collaboration with Rebecca Maracle, a fourth generation feathersmith from the Mohawk community. The Amenities For the ultimate experience, The Merrill House offers a mix of amenities — both free and paid — to create the ultimate getaway. Free amenities include: Welcome Photograph: Capture your first Merrill House moments with an old-fashioned Polaroid Pillow-Scenting Service: Test scent domes at check-in and determine the perfect scent for your night’s sleep Gourmet Breakfast: Room rates include a complimentary gourmet breakfast by breakfast Chef Lili Sullivan Indoor and Outdoor Fireplaces: To