Busy long weekend and Giveaway!

This weekend was a greatly busy and productive weekend. It started off with a great plant sale at the local plant store, which meant that we spent a lot of time gardening! We also had the urge to sand out patio and restain it. Lots of dust and sweat where involved.

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We hurried along with a really fun hike leading to a great view that brought us back home to do some meal planning and cooking for the week.

Fiou! Busy, busy, busy! And sticky and dirty… which was actually a great excuse to test out Oneka‘s goldenseal and citrus body wash.  Now, you know I love Oneka shampoos. They are incredible! They make my hair soft and shiny, and they smell amazing. It also gave me an excuse to go visit my friend’s café in the very cute Frelighsburg village and to revisit the Oneka store. It’s so nice and beautifully decorated with wooden furniture and panels. Plus, I got to meet with Philippe and Stacy, the owners and founders of Oneka, and take a few pictures. How Fun!

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See? Oneka products make people happy! Thank you Philippe and Stacy for your generosity and for creating such amazing products!

 

The body wash has the same fresh and fruity scent as the goldenseal and citrus shampoo. It felt really great after long days outside playing in the dirt or in dust. This body wash also leaves your skin feeling soft, clean and so wonderfully scented. It’s like having a trip inside the most incredible orange… not in a weird way! I love the fact that this body product is cruelty-free, made with local plants and is completely biodegradable. It’s also great because you can refill the bottles in many stores around Montreal. Great! Plus, it’s always a good idea and fun to support local entrepreneurs. Anyways, when I visited Oneka, they were kind enough to give me two bottles of this wonderful body wash: one for me, and one for one of you! If you want to participate in this giveaway, here is what you have to do:

  1. Like my facebook page;
  2. Follow me on Instagram;
  3. Comment bellow and tell me what’s your favourite outdoors activity;
  4. Live in Canada or in the U.S..

I’ll randomly choose the winner for this next Monday and contact them through a private message (make sure you can be reached) to send them this wonderful shower product. Good luck to everyone!

Oneka Shampoos, a product review

If you have been following me for a while, you know that my favourite place to go is probably Beat et Betterave in the beautiful Frelighsburg village. Well, my friends Eloise and Ludo are not the only ones to have taken this tiny village as their playground.

Two doors away, you can find the Oneka headquarters. Another family business, Oneka offers a range of shampoos, creams, lotions and soaps. I tried their shampoo first last June while visiting the Beat, and thoroughly fell in love with their Cedar and Sage scent.

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After briefly meeting with Stacey and Phillippe at their farm over the summer because of a Joel Salatin workshop, I never looked back. These are two of the most authentic and rigorous people I have met, and it shows in their products.

The shampoos are wonderfully scented with natural, local and organic plant essences. They also do not contain any environmentally damaging chemical components which means that they are good for you, but also for the waters in which they end up.

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As if this was not enough, you can also refill your plastic bottles in different health food stores around the city of Montreal. This is a big thing for me because the use of plastic was one of the reasons why I abandoned traditional shampoos for shampoo bars.

Now the real deal: are they actually good for your hair? YES! These shampoos make my hair soft, cleaned but not dry, and oh so light! I really like how gentle they are, and how they don’t weigh my hair down. As a result I have a ton of volume, and my hair is more manageable. Also, because they all contain rosemary essential oil, these shampoos will help your hair grow strong and healthy. I have seen a real difference in the growth speed of my hair.

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I really enjoy the three scent they offer, but usually use the Goldenseal and Citrus one during the summer, and the Angelica and Lavender during the winter. As for the Cedar and Sage one, I just grab it whenever! Because my hair tend to be dryer during the cold season, I also like to use their Angelica and Lavender conditioner at the tip of my hair. I leave this is as a mask for a few minutes before rinsing, and my hair is much softer! However, if you don’t like scented products, they also have an unscented range.

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So, big love for Oneka products, and to the creators of this great line for making products that are respectful of the environment and people. How amazing! Seriously, you need to smell these!

The Beat et Betterave, an Amazing Cafe!

Last June my good friend Eloise realized her dream: she opened her very own live entertainment cafe with her boyfriend: The Beat et Betterave (nice play on words as Betterave is French for beetroot).

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Useless to say we were excited, proud and slightly jealous. The place they have created is simply magical: open, light, filled with wonderful music and foods, it is simply a place to visit.

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So, like any 25 years old on a Friday night, we took our car, left the big city and went to Frelighsburg to listen to Les Poules à Colin. This band focuses on folk songs and has quite a unique sound. Back in June, they opened the bar, and last Friday they came back. They have such great energy and personality on stage. It was truly resourcing to listen to their music. To give you and idea of their style, this is a video of last Friday (and also my favourite song).

One thing that is truly unique to the Beat et Betterave is that it brings three different generations together: from grandparents to toddlers dancing, every one feels welcomed. And if you are new around, Eloise and Ludo are sure to make you feel at home.

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If you come during the day, this is also a great place to eat some homemade falafel wraps with sauerkraut. They also keep a good variety of beers on tap.

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Frankly, if you have a Saturday afternoon to wonder around, I really suggest heading towards the Eastern Townships and check them out. They will be able to recommend walks to do around their cute village, nourish you with exciting foods, and if you stay late, delight you with their guest musicians.

Congratulations for this great place you created! 🙂