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Trusted Saskatoon Natural Health Expert shares a tip on healthy shots!

 Trusted shares a tip on  HAPPY PLANET SHOTS!

 

Happy Planet is a Canadian company, established in Vancouver in 1994. They are leaders in natural and organic foods, and recently introduced a line of all natural vitamin/mineral supplements, in ...the form of “shots”.

At 40 calories each and sweetened with nothing but all-natural fruit juice, the four nutrient supplements, in Energy+, Immunity, Detox and Glow, are made for different occasions in which an extra concentrated dose of nutrients is needed.

Energy+ Contains Cha de Bugre, an all natural South American stimulant, as well as Ginkgo Biloba, which increases blood and oxygen levels to the brain, giving you and instant and lasting energy boost!

Immunity These shots are meant to be a “defense mechanism” to boost your immune system. They contain Fucoidan, an algae that is known to prevent cold and flu, as well as Echinacea, which has long been praised as an immune enhancer.

Detox is meant to be drunk as a hangover tonic. Boosting with Burdock, an allover cleasner and Milk Thistle, a liver detoxifier and kidney protector, it’s a great way to bounce back after a night of bad choices.

Glow is a shot specifically designed to enhance your skin, providing a shot of antioxidants, and ingredients known to be anti-agers including the skin restoring Sea Buckthorn Berry and CoEnzyme Q-10.


Trusted Saskatoon Caterer and wedding cake expert Nicola from PickNics shares a great Video tip

What's the difference betweewn good food and absolutely incredible dining? Fresh, quality ingredients, generous portions, imagination and creativity! From a simple catered lunch with gourmet sandwiches, to a Picknic Box for 2 for a romantic evening in, to a fabulously catered wedding or event, let Picknic's Catering and Fine Foods create something special for you!

PIckNics Catering & Fine Food is a TRUSTED SASKATOON CATERING EXPERT

PickNics Catering are known for their wedding cakes.

Here Nicola shares some ideas and some trends with us.

 

 

 

Find PickNic's Catering and Fine Foods at 210 33rd Street West or online here- or go to their listing in Saskatoon Catering & Bakeries to read all of the wonderful things her clients had to say about PickNics

 

Trusted Saskatoon Massage Experts Give Us Great Tips on Massage Therapy

 

Here we provide a Trusted tip on Massage Therapy: 

How can Massage Therapy help you?
 
General massage can help lower stress levels and blood pressure by influencing the calming aspect of the nervous system. It also stimulates blood circulation, allowing the built up cellular waste products that initiate the pain response to be cleaned out with fresh oxygenated blood.

Specific therapeutic massage can increase joint range of motion and improve postural imbalance by lengthening muscles that have been shortened from scar tissue (when a tear in the muscle is repaired with a non-elastic tissue unlike the fibre itself) from acute or repetitive strain injuries, along with all the benefits of general massage.
 
What types of injuries and conditions do you treat?
 
Sports injuries like muscle strains and ligament sprains, frozen shoulder, low back pain, neck and shoulder pain/tension, numbness/tingling in extremities (most that are impingement related, not neural disorders), carpal tunnel syndrome, MS muscle/nerve pain, radiating pain, headaches, TMJ disorder, shin splints, and sciatica are a few examples of what conditions will benefit from massage therapy.
 
Is Massage Therapy always appropriate?
 
There are a few conditions for which certain types of massage therapy is not indicated as a beneficial treatment, most are related to systemic diseases such as cancer, blood clots, and viral or bacterial infection. As the increase of circulation from the massage can risk further spreading of the disease or infection. Your therapist is trained to know when massage is appropriate for most afflictions, however if you do suffer from systemic disease (cardiac, lymphatic, or nervous) please talk to your doctor for their recommendations.
 
Is Massage Therapy safe during pregnancy?
 
Not only is it safe, it is recommended!* Massage Therapy can help Mom's body adjust to the fast dramatic changes in the early stages and then relieve discomfort in the lower back and hips from the extra weight bearing in the later months. As well as helping to decrease the swelling of the extremities if necessary.
*In normal pregnancy, and only by a Registered Massage Therapist.
 

What should I expect during the first Massage Therapy visit?
 
There will be a few pages of paperwork to fill out that include an Informed Consent that you will read and sign stating you give the Therapist permission to provide you with massage therapy. Then a couple pages of health history for the Therapist to ensure it is safe to treat you based on any of the conditions listed.
 
The Therapist will then go over the finer details of the history form to gain insight into what your main issue is you are seeking treatment for. They will then conduct an assessment that could include any active, passive, resisted range of motion, as well as special testing to determine what muscles need to be addressed in the session for the individual's best results.
 
They will instruct you how to get on the table, then step out for you to do so while they sanitize their hands. They will return and begin the session with some gentle body rocking techniques to get the client accustomed to their touch, and then proceed with discreet sheet draping techniques to access the areas of the body that are being worked on.
 
The session will end with the client being completely covered once again and more gentle rocking to re-integrate full body awareness and conclude the treatment. They will step out for you to get off the table, return to inform you of any other issues they noted during the session. They will also demonstrate stretches or strengthening exercises to help you maintain your progress, other home care such as the use of hot/cold modalities and give you their recommended treatment plan.
 
What should I wear during the massage?
 
The standard is the client will dress down to their underwear and then get underneath the sheet and blanket provided. However, if the client is not comfortable with this, we recommend bringing a bathing suit (for women) or loose shorts (for men along with a sports bra for women).
 
What should I do during the massage?
 
Our Therapists encourage you to rest as much as possible during the session. Don't feel obligated to make conversation, you are not there to entertain them! However if conversation is what enables you to relax, you're more than welcome to strike it up. The only other thing we encourage is that the you let us do as much of the work as possible, let them lift your limbs and position them as they need to. This allows for a deeper sense of relaxation for you, and actually makes their job of draping easier.
 
After my massage therapy treatment, is there anything I need to have on hand or specific I should do?
 
It is recommended that you try to drink at least 3-4 cups of water post treatment to help eliminate the cellular waste products released from the muscles during the massage. As well as some hydrotherapy such as soaking in a warm epsom salts bath for 10-20 min for further the detoxing and increased relaxation. Your Therapist may also suggest the use of an ice pack over a specific area that was treated to decrease any inflammation.

 

Do I need a Doctor's referral for Massage Therapy?

Only if you are suffering from a systemic disease that may be contraindicated to receive massage therapy, or if your extended health care benefits require it before they will grant you coverage.

Do you do direct billing?

No we do not. The treatment will have to be paid for up front, then we will give you a receipt to submit to your insurance company.

Does your clinic accept auto accident insurance?

At present we do not have any therapists with the association that is recognized by SGI. Does my extended medical plan cover your treatments? As we have only Registered Massage Therapists, yes we are recognized by extended health care plan coverage.

see the listing on the Saskatoon Directory under Health & wellness if you would like more information on TRUSTED SASKATOON MASSAGE EXPERTS  contact us !

 

Trusted Saskatoon Photography Expert Shares Some Tips on Family Photos

 

I look horrible, don’t take my photo! | Saskatoon Family Photography:

 

Most of us, primarily us mom's I suspect, have all said it before or something close to it as an objection to getting into the photo. Guess what? Our kids and family members don’t care what we look like. They see and love us for who we are, not what we look like. We don't need to be perfect. And if you are waiting for everything to be perfect enough it may never happen.....and it is very important that you are in the family photos. So, this spring and summer when among family and friends, stop fretting about what you look like, put a smile on, feel the love in your heart (which will make you look amazing) and get in that photo! When you look back at family images later you will be happy that you did. (and If you need to hire a professional photographer to come on over and capture some of your family love!)

 

Find a Trusted Saskatoon Photographer….entrust your memories to a pro!

Fresh Living aTrusted Saskatoon Home Staging Expert Provides Answers to FAQ's regarding Home Staging

You know those spotless, clutter-free, amazing looking rooms you see in magazines? That can be your home. Seriously! Fresh Living’s founder, Chantal Hounjet, created the company out of her combined love and talent for interior decorating and home improvement which paved the way to a career in Home Staging and Interior Redesign. Chantal is an International Staging and Redesign Professional, bringing her talents directly to your door..and she is your Trusted Saskatoon Interior Decorator and Home staging expert!

Here Chantal answers some FAQ's about Home Staging:

Should every house be staged?

Absolutely, how you decorate your home to live in and how you decorate it to sell are very different. The decorating choices you make for your home may suit your taste and lifestyle, but they may not suit those of potential buyers and may not show off your home’s best attributes. When you make the decision to sell your home you must begin the process of detaching yourself from it. Even the most beautiful home needs to be de-personalized so potential buyers can imagine themselves living in it. Your home is now a commodity to be sold and it must appeal to a broad audience of potential buyers.

Homebuyers are typically looking for bright, clean, spacious homes with great flow. Many buyers have difficulty picturing themselves and their belongings in a home if it is cluttered and has outdated decor. Fresh Living can make the small changes that will have a huge impact. Cleaning, de–cluttering, de-personalizing, organizing, and some re–positioning of furniture is needed in every home, and these adjustments can have an enormous effect on how the house is viewed. Every home owner considering putting their house on the market should call us. We can help!

How long does it take to stage a home?

That depends on what needs to be done to make the house look its best. Some staging jobs can take one day to a few days. However, if there are rooms that require painting or repairs and renovations need to be made then it could take a few weeks depending on how quickly these upgrades can be completed. The end result will always be a beautiful, inviting home ready for the competitive Real Estate market.

What is involved in home staging?

Fresh Living begins the Home Staging process with a consultation that provides an objective look at your house. We tour the house and make detailed suggestions on what changes or repairs may need to be made. We also discuss timeline, budget, and priorities with you. Once a strategy is agreed upon, we begin transforming your home. Trades are brought in to quote on work that needs to be done; we assess the furniture, artwork and accessories that are available to us and do the necessary shopping; and in a very short period of time, your house is made ready for the real estate market.

Is staging effective?

Home Staging DOES work. It will help you to sell your home faster, and for more money. First impressions mean EVERYTHING when it comes to selling homes.

  • Staged homes on average experience a 3% minimum increase in final sales price, versus non-staged homes.
    Source: http://www.stagedhomes.com/
  • 98% of the houses staged have sold over the asking price.
    Source: HGTV’s ‘Designed to Sell’
  • Average number of days on the market for staged homes was 13.9 versus 30.0 for un-staged homes
  • Average difference in selling price over list price was 6.3%
    Source: 2004 survey by Joy Valentine – Coldwell Banker Broker – based on 2772 homes in 8 cities
  • 63% of buyers are willing to pay more money for a house that is move in ready
  • Men (41%) are more likely to place a premium on updated décor than women (30%)
    Source: 2005 & 2006 Maritz Research Staging Polls
  • 77% of people view homes first on the internet. Be sure that your home shows above the rest, by staging it first!
    Source: 2005 National Association of Realtors ® survey
  • Sellers who spent $500 on staging recovered over 343% of the cost when they sold their home.
    Source: Homegain.com

Are people offended when you point out what is wrong with their homes?

Rarely, because people understand that in order to get the job done, we need to be able to discuss the home objectively and work on its problem areas. After all, that is why people hire us. We are not judgemental but aim to be constructive and positive. Most of our clients, when they see the transformation of their home, see exactly why home staging makes such a profound difference in selling.

How can I find time to carry out your suggestions, or be actively involved? I have a busy life.

Preparing a house for the real estate market is different for everyone. Some people love to be involved in the home staging process while others prefer to go on holiday during the work phase. You can have as little or as much involvement as you like. We understand that when you have a full schedule, the whole process can seem overwhelming. It is our mission to make the transition as seamless as possible for our clients. We take care of it so that you don’t have to!

What return can I expect on my investment in home Staging?

Your home is your greatest investment so you want to make sure that it is in the best possible condition before putting it on the market. Our goal is to ensure that your house sells quickly rather than lingering on the market. Homes that sell in the first month get the best offers…so when we get your home sold in less than a week you will get the highest offer(s) possible. The cost of home staging is often less than the first price reduction on an un-staged home. You may also want to consider the emotional toll of a house lingering on the market –the stress of your house not selling at all or eventually selling for less; and the strain of keeping your house in immaculate shape for multiple showings and Open Houses. The stress reduction alone can make Home Staging well worth it.

What if my house is already on the market but is not selling?

We are familiar with such cases and it’s not too late to call us for a consultation. Fresh Living will help you organize a strategy to get your house sold quickly!

Should empty houses be staged?

Yes, because it is hard for buyers to get a sense of the space without furniture in it. Without furniture the focus goes to negative details such as odd-shaped rooms, lack of architectural detail, or inadequate size. Furthermore, empty spaces tend to feel cold and uninviting. With staging we can create a warm inviting home that buyers can start to imagine living in.

Does Fresh Living guarantee their work?

We can’t guarantee that your home will sell within a week, but we will advise you on what needs to be done to transform your house into the best possible product for sale.

In many cases, our clients enjoy what we have done to their home so much that they hire us to decorate their new house or even their office.

 

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