Friday, August 04, 2017

Treating Mosquito Bites

I'm not a fan of mosquitos, mostly because I'm their chosen victim...
100% of the time. Even though, I've had horrible experiences in the past with them,
I apparently still did not learn my lesson. My worst experience with a mosquito bite
was when I was in Vietnam, when I was around 12 years old? I don't really remember.
It was over a decade ago and it swelled up pretty badly... I had a fever and my ankle
was swollen to the point where it was literally purple. I had to get injections and well...
it was pretty bad, haha. I've always had very bad swelling with mosquito bites.

This past weekend (Saturday), I went up to the cottage with my partner and I got bit the
night we arrived. Yep, the first night, but apparently it was not just one bite. No.
Apparently I had to get 3 mosquito bites on my left foot. Just my left foot.
It looked fine the night of, looked kind of weird the second day, but I thought it
would go away, but then it started to swell up really badly... to the point where it
was getting difficult for me to walk properly.

My mom was pretty pissed at me when I got home, for not coming back earlier.
She put freshly cut aloe vera all over my foot. It was pretty painful.
The aloe vera definitely helped, but I had to go to the doctor to get it checked.
Apparently it was infected and I needed antibiotics. I wanted to avoid taking
antibiotics, but this is what happens when I don't learn.

So... I am doing a post about treating mosquito bites. For my own sake and yours.
If you react badly to mosquito bites, like me... you may want to take note(s) :p

Be sure to use organic, pure ingredients, if you want the best results.

IMMEDIATELY 
1. Disinfect the area immediately with rubbing alcohol
2. Soak the area in epsom salt with water, or baking soda and water
(for areas like the feet, leg) for 10 minutes

 TOPICAL OPTIONS 
You have to be pretty consistent with these, apply it at least 3x/day

1. Apply aloe vera generously on the area and let it dry
2. Apply calendula/marigold tincture or a calendula healing cream
3. Apply an apis/ledum cream (homeopathic remedy)
ex. Dapis Gel

Cold compresses may also help after doing all the above steps.

But before even going outside, you should be spraying yourself with something,
to prevent the mosquito bites. I am currently using the Saje b-gone spray.
It works pretty well because I haven't gotten bitten after using it. I was just being
completely stupid for not spraying it before I arrived to the cottage...

I would recommend any spray containing: witch hazel, lavender, citronella, catnip, eucalyptus

A scientifically proven mosquito/bug repellent spray is Yemaya's Outdoor Spray, which I can't
seem to find online, but you can purchase it at Peaches & Green, if you're in Toronto.
It was studied at the University of Guelph and has proven to be just as effective as DEET.
and you might not want to wear a lot of perfume/nice smelling scents...
but scents like lavender, lemongrass, should be fine.

They're also attracted to sweat.
Basically when you're feeling quite hot and emitting some kind of body odour.
Either through your skin or your breath.

Take care! ♡

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

My Favourite Restaurants in Toronto ♡

In alphabetical order!
I can't rank them, because they each have their own charm :)
I left a hyperlink to each restaurant, so click away~

$$ moderate     $$$ expensive
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Cafe Belong
This cafe/restaurant is located at the beautiful Evergreen Brickworks market/park.
The best time to go is during the weekends in the spring/summer, when they have the
farmer's market. You can also hike up the hills and get a great view of the CN Tower and
the city. Many people walk their dogs in this area. You will also find many families here.
This is also a great place for dates, hanging out with friends, or just having a stroll by yourself.

$$$ 💐 550 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON. M4W 3X8
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Hibiscus Cafe
This small cafe uses organic ingredients, while using sustainable materials.
Their salad is colourful, flavourful and nutritious! This is also a vegan cafe
and yes, they serve vegan cheese with their crepes :) It's located at the Kensington
Market, so there is a lot to see in the area. There is also an organic grocery store nearby.
There's usually a 15 minute wait time, just because the place is kind of small.

$$ 🌺 238 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON. M5T 2L7
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One Love Vegetarian 
This small take-out/dine-in restaurant offers delicious vegan/vegetarian, Caribbean
food. They have a fairly small menu, but everything is delicious and very flavourful!
It's a very small place. There is a communal table and a couple of seats on the side.

$$ 🍌 854 Bathurst St., Toronto, ON. M5R 3G2


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Woodlot 
This restaurant is known for their sourdough, as well as cooking with local ingredients.
Their menu changes by the season and most importantly, the food is delicious!
It's also more expensive, so it's nice to eat here on special occasions. I also love the
ambience of this place. They have an open kitchen and the lighting is dim, but during
the summer time, the natural light coming in through the large window is beautiful!
You will always find something new on the menu, but once it's gone... it's gone.

$$$ 🌿 293 Palmerston Ave., Toronto, ON. M6J 2J3


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DESSERT!

 Bar Ape 
Okay, this is not a restaurant but my favourite vegan-friendly gelato shop!
They have the best flavours in the city. No doubt. Peach bourbon? calamansi?
Yes, those are some of their flavours. The best part is... they have a new flavour
pretty much every week. You can follow them on Instagram to find out more.
Sometimes, they have vegan soft serve or gelato bars! :p

$$ 🍧 283 Rushton Rd., Toronto, ON. M6C 2X6

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

♡ Recent Vintage Favourites ♡

I went to a vintage market last month and found a couple handkerchiefs for only $2 each!
They're absolutely adorable and is in perfect condition. It doesn't look like it has ever
been used. I also picked up a couple of sterling silver rings and I'm not sure which time
period they're from, but they could be from the 30's? If you have an idea, let me know!

My lovely partner found an old Pippi Longstocking book, that belonged to his
mom. It's an original 1950's copy! So... he gifted it to me and I'm in love :D
It seems to be quite fragile at this point, so I have to be very gentle with it.


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