All about the books… Why e readers suck

I love this video from a British Columbia bookstore!

Personally, I hate E readers. I have an iPad but I don’t use it for reading at all. I think we have too much screen time in our culture as is, and a book should be An escape from technology. There’s nothing like the feeling of a real book in your hands as you escape away from electricity and flickering screens.

Often we have different standards for our children then for ourselves. We would never want to child to talk away with an electronic device for hours on end, would you? Of course not! It’s been proven many times over that electronic device time lowers your child’s concentration, affects their academic marks, and even negatively affects their happiness  so why would we  often we have different standards for our children then for ourselves?

Real books help you go to sleep; e-readers keep you up at night. Real books are reusable, recyclable, and can be shared. You can mark them up and curl into bed with them.

I get that you can take multiple books in one e reader when you were traveling. Total advantage. But even better yet, why don’t you take one or two books with you on a long trip, and then trade them for other people’s books along the way?

Yes, real books use trees. But e readers create horrid electronic waste, and source a lot of content from countries that don’t have any environmental regulations. Trust me… The electronic readers have a MUCH larger ecological footprint.

Truth: You can take multiple books in one E reader when you were traveling. Total advantage. But even better yet, why don’t you take one or two books with you on a long trip, and then trade them for other people’s books along the way?

My vote? It’s all about the (real) books!

Tango Lessons

Tonight Jason and I started tango lessons!

tangoI was very excited… Jason was very trepidatious. It’s been literally a decade since we’ve taken dance lessons together. Back then, we did a lot of fighting over leading (I know, I know,) and although we enjoyed the results at all the weddings we went to, it wasn’t that super enjoyable at the time.

Latin dances also scare the bananas out of him. My husband doesn’t have hips, let’s just put it that way.

For me, I’ve danced less and less over the years, because my knees couldn’t take it. Especially dances with high impact and going backwards all the time (like the two step) were downright painful for me. But I love latin dances – little known fact: I actually danced Flamenco for two years in university. I loved it because you need to be as strong as you are sensual and graceful.

Tango is our perfect answer – it’s slow, gliding with low impact, very little hips, and all about the attitude.

We loved our first lesson. And we did really well… look, they taped us at the end of 55 minutes:

I have a feeling after 6 lessons, we will be even better.

In the meanwhile, we will enjoy our weekly date night – and since we are not allowed to talk while dancing, one whole hour not talking about the kids or the business!

Organic Hair and Body Care Line Launched!

Well, we’ve done! Jumped and plunged! Our new hair and body care line for African children is in the store at
curl definition

I really wanted to expand my store, but I needed the right products that I could really stand behind, and the right partner to do it. Every one of these fabulous products works as well as the ones I have been (happily) paying a fortune for at Lush, Biolage, etc. But now I can get everything I need for my girls’ gorgeous hair and skin in my own store! We have fabulously fruity scented products (using essential oils, absolutes, and flavour oils,) as well as an unscented line, for those who like to keep it simple.

cherry vanilla creamy body wash front  citrus curl definition front

I am making some of the products myself – you’ll find the world’s best Braid Balm and delightful Hair Oils and Hair Butter. But I also partnered with a company that specializes in green chemistry – making amazing products using natural, certified organic, wild-harvested, and fair trade ingredients. I am very proud that all my products have 55-98% certified organic ingredients, and use fair trade shea butter from two women’s cooperatives in Ghana.

Some products you should totally try: amazing matte face lotion (I admit I’ve switched to using this as well…), soft and bouncy curl definition (I can’t believe how well this works in my daughters’ free hair!) and the most luscious, slippery nourishing conditioner I have ever had the pleasure of picking my daughters’ hair out with.

I hope you will check them out, tell all your friends… and of course… place an order!

My huge thanks for your support these last two years! My adoption community ROCKS!


coconut lime  nourishing body lotion front vanilla cinnamon nourishing body front Shampoo Apple front Banana Coconut Nourishing Conditioner front Sweet Orange Moisturizing Conditioner front sweet almond apricot hair oil 8oz front Strawberry Citrus Curl Definition front Pink Grapefruit Face Lotion front Camomile Mint Hair Butter front braid balm

My favorite things: Boston day spa

As I am dictating this blog post, the bottoms of my feet are being worked over by a pomace. After a wonderful massage in the grotto downstairs, I am having my first manicure and pedicure for years. Of course, I am not giving that much to work with, as I have gardener’s fingernails and toenails. But that is beside the point.

Every time I come to Ethiopia, I go to Boston Day Spa at least once. It is wonderfully Ethiopian spa that is on the same level as any Western spa. When you enter there is a lovely reception.

The booking agents and the receptionist all speak wonderful English and a variety of other languages. So you can call in for a reservation. Then you can go downstairs for a wonderful massage. It’s like a cave in each massage room. First you get a footbath, and then a wonderful massage. Today my masseuse was really experienced and helped unknot my shoulder. Note that Ethiopian massages are very.. er,.. extensive. Nothing inappropriate, but check your modesty at the door.

Some helpful words for massages:
Kahss – soft
Tchan – hard

After after you pay for your massage, you go up a couple floors past the bar where you can get wonderful Spanish and Italian wine, past Lime Tree Restaurant (a great place for lunch later) and then to the third floor where they do manicures and pedicures. The service is excellent and the prices are insanely reasonable compared to Canada.

Overall, I highly recommend spending the morning or afternoon there.

My first trip to Ethiopia for Vulnerable Children Society, Pam, one of our directors, advise me to get a massage halfway through. She runs an organization called Swazi kids and makes trips like this all the time. Pam was so right… The pace is intense the work is emotional and difficult. So it was perfectly appropriate to stop and take a day off and recharge. I also highly recommend going to the spa to new Ethiopian adoptive parents. Taking care of strange kids that you just met a week before can be entirely exhausting. 🙂 So get a babysitter, and go recharge your batteries.

I highly recommend… Boston Day Spa!
BOSTON BUILDING, BOLE ROAD (tell that to the taxi)
0913 323 878