Re/Form Conference 2019: A Conference For Creative People

Re/Form Conference 2019

Disclaimer: I received my tickets to the Re/Form Conference 2019 in Squamish in exchange for sharing about the conference. All opinions expressed are 100% my own!

If you recall earlier in the year I shared my personal mission statement after hearing Devon Brooks speak at an event! Devon’s story spoke to me and changed my life! When the Re/Form Conference came across my inbox and I saw her name along with a few other creatives I’ve admired, I knew I had to attend. Why? Because with a line-up like that, I knew that this was going to be magic!

As a blogger/creative, I’ve attended a few conferences and this was unlike anything I’d ever heard of, in a beautiful location and a strong line up of fierce entrepreneurs and leaders, the Re/Form Conference promises to be one for the books.

What is the Re/Form Conference all about?

Re/Form Conference in Squamish is a new kind of conference staging two-days of learning, wellness and mentorship for creatives and entrepreneurs. Re/Form conference returns to the award-winning Cheakamus Centre on March 21 and 22, 2019.

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With more than 25 accomplished entrepreneurs and thought leaders, the conference will leave you feeling restored and motivated. These thought leaders come from all across the province and are scheduled to present a thoughtfully curated program.

“What makes this event unique is that it provides the practical learning of a conference without the typical conference environment,” says Re/Form co-founder Shannon Lorenz.

“The schedule is designed to provide high-impact knowledge presented through inspiring keynotes, panels, and workshops. followed by the opportunity get creative, network or take a forest walk. You don’t find that balance very often in a conference.”

Topics at this year’s Re/Form conference include topics such as diversity and inclusion, workplace trends, and entrepreneur self-care. Among the confirmed speakers is mind-body medicine expert Dr. Thara Vayali and Juice Truck co-owners Ryan Slater and Zach Berman. But it doesn’t stop there, Bodega Ridge founder Jesse Keefer, and social justice advocate Niki Sharma will also be in attendance.

One part that truly stood out to me as being unique is that attendees are able to design their own conference experience. Choosing from a range of personal and professional development workshops and wellness breaks, it truly is what you make of it!

“We’ve taken a holistic approach to our programming to ensure we’ve filled the space between learning and wellness,” says Re/Form co-founder Rachel Boguski. “Rather than networking, we’re beginning the program with facilitated circles and storytelling to create a deeper and more meaningful sense of connection not typically found in a conference environment.”

Be sure to head over to the website for the conference line-up, schedule and registration details visit reformconference.ca After hearing Devon speak and knowing what she is able to offer, I am 100% confident that the thought leaders at Re/Form Conference are going to be just as life changing!

Tickets to the Re/Form two-day conference are $320, which includes lunch, coffee, and light snacks on both days. Interested in attending? Use ReFormAtoZ for $60 off your ticket price!

I couldn’t be more excited to be in this setting full of amazing creative minds! Will I be seeing you there? Have you ever met someone who truly changed your life?

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Re/Form Conference 2019

Re/Form Conference 2019
Speakers Clockwise L to R:Dylan Rekert (Very Polite Agency), Katie Ruddell (Kokomo), Matt Corker, Shelley Adams (Whitewater Cooks), Dr. Thara Vayali, Zach Berman and Ryan Slater (The Juice Truck), Urszula Lipsztajn, JJ Walsh (Fig Facial), Niki Sharma, Genieve Burley, Masaji Takei, Jacqueline Jennings, Candace Campo, Juno Kim, Chantel Chapman (W-T-Finances), Mark Busse
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L-R (Creative Mornings), Makenzie Chilton (Sphere Guide), Jesse Keefer (Bodega Ridge), Bree Melanson, Jen Ammer (Sphere Guide), Brit Gill, Sue Hollis, Devon Brooks (Sphere), Erin Treolar (Raw Beauty Talks), DS Sheppard. 

#1 Best Mattress For Kids: Endy Review & Promo Code

Best mattress for kids

DISCLAIMER: I received this mattress in exchange for an honest review! All opinions expressed in this best mattress for kids review are 100% my own!

It’s been 100 nights! We’ve had 100 glorious nights of miss Zoe staying and sleeping in her own room. It was at least a year where Zoe would crawl into our bed between my husband and I around 2 am looking for me. Zoe would then sleep peacefully in our bed until 8am the next day! I knew that for our kids, the best mattress for kids was going to be the Canadian made Endy mattress!

 

As we were approached Zoe’s 4th birthday, we began looking to the year ahead and how much was going to change. Age 4 to 5 is kind of a big year, many kids change quite a bit and I knew that miss Zoe was already growing into such a beautiful young lady! I wanted to make sure that Zoe continued on this path of kindness, love, and eagerness to learn!

Best mattress for kids

The year that Ava began Kindergarten was the year that the school system had a strike, so our eagerness to get into that new routine was stiffened by the uncertainty of the situation with teachers on strike. This was the first time I had truly realized how much the outside world can truly impact my children, both intentionally and unintentionally. Ava’s first experience with school was not as amazing as I had hoped. There were a lot of changes.

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Why is the Canadian made Endy Mattress the best mattress for kids?

After seeing Ava off to Kindergarten and knowing what a gentle soul Miss Zoe is, establishing those healthy sleep patterns and routines in preparation for Kindergarten is so important. Endy’s unique open-air cell foam provides optimal comfort, firmness, and support.  Without pressure points that tend to happen in a regular coil mattress, Zoe can rest easy and allow her brain to turn off and soak in all the knowledge of the day is brought us!

If there is one thing Zoe definitely got from me it’s the heat factor! We both tend to sleep on the hotter side. While memory foam mattresses sink in the summer and feel firm as a rock in the winter, Endy’s open air cell foam is temperature insensitive. This means the Endy mattress maintains a consistent feel through every Canadian season, no matter the temperature. Plus, the foam’s open air cell technology enhances breathability and cooling throughout the night.

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One of the things that I love the most about my own Endy mattress is the zero motion transfer. I know that I personally toss and turn quite a bit in my sleep and so far both of my girls have proven themselves to follow along in my footsteps. With each open air cell acting as a mini shock absorber, Zoe drifts off into a deep sleep and isn’t awaken by any movements, not even her own!

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In addition to the mattress, we opted to get Zoe pillows for her bed as well. As much as her little body needs that support, so does her little head and neck. The 3-layer Endy Pillow has a hypoallergenic fill which allows you to adjust your pillow height. We took half the bamboo charcoal memory foam stuffing out and put it into the provide mesh pouch, which makes for a great travel pillow.  It quickly became a stuffy pillow for her precious “Rainbow Jewellery” Pink Unicorn.

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Is the Endy mattress actually the best mattress for kids on the market?

100 times Yes! It’s been 100 nights and not only does Zoe settle easier at night after story time but once she is settled in bed, she stays there. Her bedtime routine has created stability and familiarity in order to develop her confidence and self-esteem. Zoe is no longer afraid of trying new things and meeting new friends. After getting the rest she needs, Zoe’s language skills have improved and vocabulary has expanded.
Did you know that Endy just announced their partnership with the fabulous Canadian Urban Barn. While you will still have to place your order online at endy.com, you will be able to head down to 37 Urban Barn stores across Canada to see and test them in person!

Looking to make the purchase the best kids mattress? Use my Endy promo code AVATOZOE50 for $50 off any size mattress!

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Hotel Zed: Went For A Sexy Nooner & Stayed For The Night!

Hotel Zed Nooner

Disclaimer: We received this trip to Hotel Zed in Victoria in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own

If you’ve ever read a romance novel or watched a romcom there is usually a couple who runs away for a romantic rendezvous at a hotel.  Sometimes it happens midday and this is known as a “nooner”! Yes you read that right! We’re talking a little hanky panky mid day! Hotel Zed in Victoria invited us to experience a real-life nooner pre- Valentines Day!

Hotel Zed

Victoria is one of my favourite places on Vancouver Island as it just has such a romantic fun eclectic style. As you can tell Hotel Zed fits right in perfectly. What better way to bring a little romance to your Valentine’s day plans than by sneaking away for some adult time to Canada’s most romantic city? We went to enjoy their Valentine’s Day nooner package and loved it so much that we stayed the night!

Hotel Zed Nooner

Now, Who or What is Hotel Zed?

Hotel Zed is easily the coolest, most fun, retro hotel in BC ever. With 2, soon to be 3 locations in BC, Hotel Zed is a MUST STAY destination. But secretly, they are the people behind Accent Inns. They had this amazing and might I add a brilliant idea to create a funky hotel that was not pretentious. Let me tell you, they hit the nail right on the head! They literally thought of absolutely everything from the decor, both inner and outer. Complete with retro alarm clocks and rotary dial phones, Hotel Zed retro factor did not disappoint, even the lobby is on point!

Hotel Zed Nooner

For those of you playing coy and wondering what is a Nooner at Hotel Zed?

A Nooner at Hotel Zed is simply an extended lunch break with some midday adult-sized fun! Hotel Zed offered hungry couples on Valentine’s Day three hours of bliss just over lunchtime which included one of their amazing rooms for a few hours. Did I mention it also comes with 4 Hotel Zed sexy card games to help get you in the romantic mood, if needing help is even a thing? 

Nooner Cards

Sometimes date nights just aren’t possible! I get it, we don’t have childcare very often so sometimes maybe it’s easier to sneak away while the kids are in school or daycare? We did exactly that! Hotel Zed bring back the playfulness to your life that many of us adults are missing!

Hotel Zed Nooner

When we stayed at Hotel Zed, the weather was certainly not in our favour with winds making it feel like -10. We spent time enjoying the free coffee in the lobby and checking out the vinyl record collection.  We even typed cheeky love notes on their vintage typewriters. One of our biggest highlights was the ping pong lounge which made for a little competitive fun with an adult twist! Winner truly did take all if you know what I mean! *wink wink*

Being so cold, we definitely preferred to stay in and create our own heat if you catch my drift. *nudge nudge*  However, there were many kids who braved the weather to enjoy the Zedinator waterslide and outdoor hot tub. We are hoping to go back and enjoy the indoor pool and the other fun outdoor amenities. Hotel Zed also offers free bike rentals to access the nearby Galloping Goose Regional Trail. 

Hotel Zed

Our stay at Hotel Zed was nothing short of incredible! Hotel Zed honestly has created a fun retro environment that is perfect for couples or fun getaways with the kids! Blowing your kids minds have them to dial 0 on the rotary phone to connect with the front desk! 

Hotel Zed Nooner

If I can talk about the staff for a moment. Carmen checked us in and took care of us the entire time we were there. You can tell she loves her work environment and taking care of her guests! Initially, when we checked in, we had a room with an adjoining door to a room full of kids. They upgraded us into a beautiful suite and made sure we got settled in ok. Her smiling face and friendly demeanor was such a breath of fresh air. Carmen brought the hotel to life and made sure we felt right at home!

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Our first room at Hotel Zed

And just in case you worked up an appetite, Hotel Zed has a lovely on-site restaurant located just inside the lobby. The Ruby specializes in rotisserie chicken and the most amazing brunch EVER! Be sure to get on the list early or make a reservation, the food is that good. Even if you have to wait, enjoy the free coffee and amenities the lobby has to offer. Just looking at the photos of the breakfast tacos leaves salivating!

Hotel Zed Nooner
Breakfast Taco’s at The Ruby

To sum it all up, Hotel Zed, no matter which location you’re staying at will be an amazing breath of fresh air! Whether you’re headed for a nooner on Valentine’s Day with your spouse or a getaway your kids, you will not regret staying at Hotel Zed. Next Valentine’s Day, be sure to spice up your love life and create your own romcom by and sneaking away for a nooner!

To book an overnight guestroom, call or go online to https://www.hotelzed.com

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Thanks for Spoiling us Hotel Zed! Cannot wait to see you again!

5 Steps For An Easy Mirror Makeover to Brighten Up Your Bedroom

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Disclaimer: I received the Chalked Ultra Matte Paint from in exchange for inclusion in this post. All opinions expressed are 100% my own!

I had never thought of repainting old mirrors or doing a mirror makeover until I couldn’t stand the thought of buying a new mirror. If you’ve ever shopped for a mirror, you know what a daunting experience it can be! To find the right shape, the right size and color is almost like looking for a unicorn! Finding a mirror for our bedroom that was the right size and shape at the price I wanted was frustrating, to say the least!

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As our taste in bedroom decor has changed, and by our, I mean mine, I couldn’t fathom the thought of looking for a new mirror. You can paint furniture, walls, why not paint an old mirror? I knew that painting by hand was going to be tedious as this mirror does have some detail on the inner frame so I reached out to my friends at Rustoleum to see if they had anything that might work! Their solution was the perfect way to brighten up my bedroom!

Rustoleum’s  Chalked Ultra Matte Paint was the perfect way complete my mirror makeover and get the look that I wanted, in the color I wanted. We desperately needed to brighten up our bedroom and breathe new life into some dated pieces. This mirror was the perfect shape and I really loved the details but I couldn’t handle the brown brassy color with the black Kallax shelf from IKEA. After painting the walls white, it was clear this mirror needed a mirror makeover!

mirror makeover

With plenty of color options in the Chalked line, it was just going to be a matter of finding which color matched our decor the most! After sharing my narrowed down color options on my Instagram stories, it was clear that the Aged Grey was the clear winner! I honestly couldn’t be happier with the choice!

So how do you repaint an old mirror? After our paint arrived, I spent about 30 minutes one afternoon with a very gentle piece of sanding paper. I opted for a 180 grit, as that’s what I had at home. You can also Scotch bright Pad as all you really want to do is take some of the shine out of the old mirror to help the paint adhere to the frame better! It is very important that you use a very fine sanding paper like 180 grit as using something course can actually damage the frame.

painting old mirrors

This mirror makeover was starting to come along perfectly! 

Before sanding down the frame, you want to make sure that you cover the mirror with some paper and taped it down with some painters tape. Covering the mirror will ensure that it remains dust free and none of the paint gets on to the mirror.  After that the rest is simple!

painting old mirrors

Head outdoors or to a well-ventilated room and put down a drop cloth. Rustoleum Chalked Ultra Matte Paint is such an easy application as you just simply spray and allow it to dry. It has amazing coverage and can then be sanded down after it dries to the chalky smooth finish! I loved the color so much and wasn’t really going for the distressed look as much as the matte look so I chose to leave it as is!

The best advice that I can give you regarding this paint is to ensure that you allow the proper time for drying between coats. I’d previously used Rustoleum paint which was very quick drying. The Chalked Ultra Matte Paint does dry quickly, however just not as quickly as the previous paint I had used.

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After allowing the first coat to dry, I chose to go over it with a second coat as I could see a bit of the previous dark color peek through. After allowing the second coat to dry, I simply peeled off the paper I had taped to the mirror and rehung the mirror.

Not only does the color match beautifully with the rest of our updated bedroom decor, but it has also brightened up that corner of our room. Who knew that a $10.99 can of gorgeous spray paint that you can buy at places like Lowes could do such wonders to an old mirror and save me so much time in money in the search for a replacement!

To sum it all up:

  1. Gather supplies including your Rustoleum Chalked Ultra Matte Spray Paint.
  2. Gently sand down old mirror with very fine sandpaper removing the shine.
  3. Cover the mirror so paint does not get on it.
  4. Spray the mirror with however many coats desired for your specific mirror
  5. Allow the paint to fully dry, remove paper and replace the mirror in the desired location.

Looking to do your own mirror makeover? Learn more about the Rustoleum Chalked Ultra Matte Paint line by viewing the pre-mixed colors like the Aged Grey that I used here. Looking to get your brush dirty and a more hands on approach? See here for dark tint base and here for light tint base.

VOILA

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Stay tuned for a really fun sidetable DIY Ikea Hack featuring this Aged Grey Ultra Matte Paint very soon!

 

 

AspenClean 7 Natural Cleaning Solutions For A Healthy Family

Natural Cleaning Solutions With AspenClean

DISCLAIMER: We received cleaning services in partnership with Healthy Family Media and AspenClean. All opinions expressed are 100% my own!

“Here, let me clean that for you!”…. Said no one ever! Until AspenClean did and it was glorious! Finding a reputable company that offers natural cleaning solutions isn’t always easy these days! AspenClean came into our home and took care of everything, from the fridge to the hard-to-reach places!

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With two young daughters, swimming lessons, soccer, and all the various other activities, these girls keep me on my toes. My husband works full time outside the home as well as moonlights as a DJ part time. Then there is me, working full time from home as a blogger, shop owner, social media manager and photographer for my styled stock photography business Captured In Squares. I’m the real life “aint nobody got time for this” girl!

Making an appointment for their team to come in was very easy! I really appreciated all the options I could request. I’ve heard many stories of people looking to hire a cleaner and they have a longer list of things they won’t do vs. things they will. From folding laundry to cleaning your oven, it’s clear AspenClean truly has your family’s best interests at heart.

Natural Cleaning Solutions

After selecting two different dates and times that worked for us, I was given a day based on my selections. I was then sent a window of time 2 days before our appointment so I would know when they would arrive! 3 lovely ladies in AspenClean uniforms arrived on time with all my information in hand. We quickly went over everything I had filled out online and they promptly got to work!

Armed with their Natural Cleaning Solutions, the AspenClean team tackled the jobs that I simply haven’t had the time to do. Clean out the fridge? Wash the walls? Wipe down the oven? Sure.. No problem! I was in awe of how efficient these ladies worked together to get all the jobs on the list completed! They even dusted underneath my bed!!

 

I know there are many cleaning companies out there but I can assure you that no one does it like AspenClean. One of the things that I believe sets them apart from the rest is that they have their own line of natural cleaning solutions that are actually NATURAL!

Natural Cleaning Solutions

Their natural cleaning products truly are kid-friendly and pet-safe.  And if that wasn’t enough, they even have their own line of Microfiber Cloths. They keep your home fresh and clean without leaving behind any chemical toxins or residues.

Did I mention how CLEAN everything smelled, it was heavenly!

“100% Client Satisfaction. If you’re not 100% satisfied with your service, contact us within 24 hours of your service and we’ll re-clean your home at no extra charge.”

For myself, the hardest part was not knowing what to expect. Do you clean beforehand? Do they expect you to clean? Will they go through my belongings? Are their employee’s bondable? What if they cannot get it all done?

AspenClean Natural Cleaning Solutions

 

After going through the AspenClean website and reading their reviews on Google all my fears were calmed. AspenClean really has done their due diligence in creating a company that sets their employees up for success!

As I had mentioned before, there were 3 ladies that came to the house and within this team, one member is assigned to Team Leader.  This person went through the home, keeping everyone focused and essentially followed behind their teammates dusting, washing walls and ensuring jobs are done properly.

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In addition to their team coming in and doing an initial clean, we also received all the cleaning products that they used in the home as well as their microfibers clothes and even their laundry detergent!

 

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