When Owen was born almost 7 years ago now ( yikes my baby is growing up 🙁 ) I had at that time switched all of my products over to a natural brand and used them until he was able to walk around on his two feet. Slowly but surely I’m ashamed to say that I went back to whatever chemical cleaner was on sale and I have used those ever since.
As soon as Ella started using our bath and crawling on our floors, I immediately started searching for natural products all over again. Luckily, I came across Over Clean a cleaning brand made in our very own London ON. and I sat down with the owner Stefanie Smith to hear more about her products. I learned that some cleaners you can buy in the stores that say “natural” aren’t and to be aware of that. I also got a rundown on how to use the products she had and as soon as she left I started testing them out for myself. Fast forward a couple months later and I’ve been using and loving the products. I don’t have to hold my breath while cleaning, worry about any harsh chemicals hurting my babies skin, or handling these cleaning products now that I’m pregnant again. (Yayyy!!)
My absolute favourites out of the line are the all purpose cleaner and the scrub and loose powder. The scrub and loose powder is like a vacuum that sucks all the dirt together in the toilet and it gets rid of any residue in the bathtub. The all-purpose is just that, I use it for everything and I love it! Also, all of these products have a soft amazing scent of citrus that is made from essential oils actual orange and lemon peel. So good!
Thanks Stefanie for helping me keep a healthier home for myself and my growing family!
When we were invited to spend a weekend at Viamede Resort we were thrilled to explore a new place as a family but we had no idea we would love it so much that we would want to make it a yearly getaway. It really felt like a home away from home. For a weekend, all electronics were put away (except for mine to document our trip) we were captured by the beautiful scenery and having fun playing outdoors, you simply don’t need them. Rick and I have often talked about how when we were growing up we played outdoors until it was dark and we were asked to come inside. That simply doesn’t happen anymore. The kids had so much fun thats exactly what we did, stayed out all night ( even Ella) playing on the beach or ending our night by the fire, Rick and I even felt like kids again.
During the days we would play on the beach, take turns with Owen in the canoe, we swam in the pool, played frisbee golf with the kids, played at the playgrounds and in the recreational centre. They have a great fitness facility that you can use as well as saunas, you really have everything you need, including some AMAZING food. We enjoyed a big breakfast each day which included croissants, pancakes, sausage, fruit… there was so much to choose from and the BEST bacon I have ever eaten. I’m not even a huge bacon fan, but this was very good. We ate lunch and dinner at the boathouse where they had a variety of dishes, my favourite was their cheese board and they had a homemade squash soup that was SO delicious! Ricks Favourite was the Fish and Chips and Owens the pasta. Ella liked everything, and eats so much, I don’t know where she puts it all.
One evening I had a dinner to myself at Mount Julien. Mount Julien is a fine dining restaurant they have onsite and although I had to miss out on all the wine pairings being pregnant and all 😉 it was a really lovely place I would love to take Rick to. I enjoyed a 7 course meal, with my favourites being buffalo cheese, salmon and tender beef dish. I only had a small bite of the salmon as I do not recommend eating smoked salmon during pregnancy but I wanted to feature it as it was delicious, I brought the rest home for my hubby. 🙂
Viamede Resort would be a perfect place to take your family but also would be a great spot for a couples getaway, a weekend away with friends or somewhere to spend an anniversary. We actually met a wonderful couple by the fire one night who were celebrating their first year of marriage.
We can’t wait to go back next year, and we are already planning our trip with some friends and their kids.
Big THANK YOU to Viamede Resort for having us!