Beauty Spring Cleaning: A How-To


Spring cleaning: not just for houses, anymore! Do you go through your products and adjust your routine seasonally? You should! Here are some of our favourite ways to spring clean your beauty products to get ready for hotter weather:

Best Before: Are you scraping the bottom of the container? While we don’t want to waste products, these items do have expiry and best before dates. For example, mascara should be replaced every 3 months (think seasonally) so that bacteria doesn’t accumulate in the wand. Take a look through your favourites and toss what’s old, and then add what you need for the upcoming season.

 Brush it off: Your brushes also accumulate dirt, dust and bacteria and should be cleaned on a regular basis. If this isn’t your habit, now’s just the right time to make them just like new. There are tons of cleaning solutions, tools, silicone mats - and more - to help make this job easier, in fact most can be washed with whatever shampoo is already in your bathroom. And if cleaning is not in the cards, treat yourself to a new set this spring!

 Up your SPF: Plan on upping your Vitamin D? If you haven’t spent much time in the sun during the winter months, then the products you’re using are likely lacking in SPF. For maximum sun protection, sunscreen is your best bet, of course, but a moisturizer with SPF might just do the trick for spring. From powdered makeup to lotions with sunscreen, take a look at what you’re using and make sun protection a priority this season.

 Mane Attraction: Even your hair appliances need a little TLC occasionally… Free your flat iron or wand from product residue and dirt with a cotton ball and some rubbing alcohol. Leave your hair dryer good as new with a once-over on the vent with a damp cloth. Clean out your hairbrush, wash with mild soap and water and let it dry on a towel to return it to its full potential.

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Traveling with Kids: A Survival Guide


Planning a road trip with the fam? What starts off in your mind as a relaxing vacay can quickly get away from you... We’ve found there are some things parents should know when traveling with kids:

Rush Hour: Leave plenty of time to get where you’re going – you never know when a toddler meltdown or teen drama will set in. It’s also a way to make sure kids don’t feel rushed before they’re ready and you’re not panicking at the risk of missing a deadline or reservation.

Hide and Seek: When packing, stash some surprises in case you need a distraction. From bracelet-making to mini Lego to a Sudoku book or disposable camera, once boredom sets in, this trick can save everyone’s sanity.

Family Fun: Take an electronics break - break out the car games instead. Of course the classics include car bingo, eye spy and so many others, but even a great audio book can be fun for everyone to enjoy together.

Good Night: Once the sun sets, don’t be in the dark. Make sure everyone stays occupied with book lights and glow sticks. Feeling sleepy? Get cozy with pillows, blankets and pajamas. If you’re lucky, you’ll get a nap in!

Plan B: Unless it’s a surprise, get your kids in on the planning!  They are more likely to be excited for the trip and want to participate in activities where they gave some input.

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5 ways to practice gratitude

The hustle and bustle of the season sure can be overwhelming, but don’t let mindfulness get lost in the chaos. Believe it or not, a positive, thankful outlook has been known to relieve stress, lower anxiety and get you feeling more festive than ever! Here are 5 simple tricks to stay grateful and joyful well into 2022:

  1. Give back. Making a difference in someone else’s life is sure to brighten your day. Seeing other people’s happiness might be just the reminder you need to get back to being grounded.
  2. Celebrate the season. Bring the fun back into your life! Blow off some of your to-do list to snuggle with your pet, go skating with the fam’ or just curl up in front of the fire. Taking some time to schedule in fun will get you remembering what the holidays are all about.
  3. Start journaling. From hot coffee to lighter traffic, start to notice the little things you’re thankful for each day. A gratitude journal can really help you to put things in perspective and help you see your life in a more positive light.
  4. Practice your smile. Have you ever hear the expression ‘act the way you want to you feel?’ It’s true that the more you smile, the happier you are. Take it a step further and smile at others as much as you can to help spread that festive cheer!
  5. Say thank you. Each time you say thank you, it sends a mental cue for you to feel gratitude. The more you practice, the better you’ll get at it! Ditch the complaining. A simple thank you can help take your gratitude to a whole new level.

How to fight dry hair, skin and nails this winter


Get your hair, skin and nails ready for winter!

Winter weather is here. Still trying to recover from the summer exposure? Not to worry, we can help! Our experts have put together a list of simple steps get your hair, skin and nails in tip top shape as the snow flies.

Mane Attraction:

Step 1: Keep your hair-washing schedule to 1 or 2 times per week to fight the dryness. How? Use dry shampoo at night to soak up any additional oil and make styling a breeze in the morning.

Step 2: Increase hydration with products like Argan oil, Moroccan oil, hair masks or serums to add instant moisture. Use a lighter oil if you have thinner hair so it doesn’t get weighed down.

Step 3: Protect your hair from hairdryers and appliances with a daily protectant spray to stop frying and frizz. Taking a proactive approach to hydrated hair!

Skin Deep:

Step 1: Install a humidifier in your room. Help hydrate your skin while you sleep and you’ll wake up fresh-faced and happy!

Step 2: Moisturizer is your friend. Add a layer of daily moisturizer under your makeup to fight the harsh winds and frigid temps.

Step 3: Don’t skip the sunscreen, UV is a concern in the winter too!

Nail-ed It:

Step 1:  Paint your nails Keeping polish on your nails throughout the winter will preserve the natural oils in your nails and keep them protected against the dry air.

Step 2: Protect your hands from the elements with mittens or gloves and you’ll keep your nails at their best, too! Did you know that your cuticles actually provide protection for your nails? By blocking bacteria and shielding your nail beds, keeping your cuticles healthy will keep your nails healthy!

Fall Wellness

Are you taking care of yourself this season? Self-care doesn’t mean selfish! Cozy sweaters and pumpkin spice lattes are fantastic, don’t get us wrong, but wellness is where it’s at. Here are some tips and tricks from the wellness experts in our spa to get you started:

  1. Taste the season! From apples to squash to beets, fall is delicious – you can’t go wrong with fresh and local fare…
  2. Treat yourself with a visit to the spa, to the movies or anywhere else that makes you happy – bask in some well-deserved me time.
  3. Do some fall cleaning… Organize your clothes, clean out your junk drawer, wash your windows or get your garden ready for winter. Accomplishing a task you’ve been meaning to do will feel great and motivate you to do even more.
  4. Move it! Go on a bike ride with your family, join a new class, get back into working out and get your move on…
  5. Wake up refreshed and ready to conquer the rest of the week! How? Try an early night: relax with a bath, put on your coziest jammies, ditch your electronics and get ready to feel fantastic in the morning.
  6. Get grateful! Be thankful, give back and remember what’s important in your life. Pick a charity, help a friend or start a gratitude journal: sometimes self-care is about your place in the world and how you can make a difference.
  7. Give yourself a goal (or two)! Pick something that’s a challenge but is attainable enough to get you fired up. Working for it will make achieving that goal so much sweeter!



Cinnamon: 5 Things You Didn't Know

Cinnamon, commonly used in baking this time of year, boasts a whole host of exciting possibilities! Are you selling cinnamon short? Add some spice to your life – in moderation, of course.  Here are 5 facts you might not know about cinnamon:

Snack Attack. Cinnamon makes a delicious addition to a variety of snacks! Mix it with oil, sugar, cayenne and salt to taste. Drizzle or spray onto your popcorn for a delicious twist!

Breathe Easy. Cinnamon essential oil, in combination with lemon, clove, eucalyptus, rosemary and tea tree, kills 99% of airborne bacteria within minutes. To reap these benefits, add 4 drops of each essential oil to a vaporizer and enjoy!

 Pest Control. Did you know that cinnamon is a deterrent for ants? Keep these pests out by sprinkling cinnamon at the entryways. Have a sandbox? Mix cinnamon in with the sand to enjoy an ant-free play zone!

 Tea Time. Ceylon cinnamon can be used in tea, and offers some amazing health benefits! It’s been known to have an effect on some common ailments like: sore throat, digestion, sore joints and high blood pressure. Give it a try and see if it helps!

 A Cut Above. Cinnamon has been used as an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent for many years. To help heal an open cut or wound more effectively, dust some cinnamon overtop and let it work its magic.

Add some spice to your life to reap the benefits!


Face it, Skin Gets Dry

We moisturize, we hydrate and we exfoliate, but sometimes it just isn’t enough… How can you keep your skin in great shape? Try a facial, performed by a trained professional, designed to target your unique concerns and feel better in your own skin! Here are some of the different types of facials Hockley Valley Spa offers:

Lo Splendore Natural Facial

Using products from the luxury, botanical based skincare line, we’ll take you through cleansing, exfoliating and extracting, featuring a mask and facial massage to get you feeling your best.

 Clinical Peel Facial

This treatment includes a deep cleansing and exfoliating ritual, using specially formulated chemical peels, lifting away those dead skin cells to bring out your brightest and freshest skin.

 Microderm Treatment

Using a highly controlled vacuum which emits minute corundum crystals, this treatment refines your skin’s texture and brings back a healthy glow.

Personalized Facial

This treatment is customized to meet your needs and includes a deep cleansing with enzyme peel and extractions, facial mask and a final mask. This facial is suited for everyone, it is relaxing and effective for a deep cleansing. It’s the perfect choice for facial newbies!

Vitamin C Brightening Facial

Is your skin tired, sun damaged or discoloured? This treatment provides deep exfoliation, facial massage, essential oils and a brightening Vitamin C mask to renew and refresh your skin.

Oxygen Ageless Facial

Regain that youthful glow with this treatment, infusing oxygen into the skin (complemented with serums and gels) with a light to medium peel.

The Hollywood Facial

The best of the best! Get firmer skin with this treatment, including microdermabrasion for a deeper exfoliation to reduce fine lines, discolouration and to stimulate collagen.

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Take a Hike!

Now that the warm weather has arrived, we want to do all the things outside! Here are just 3 of the ways that hitting the trails will help with solitude, adventure or a just breath of fresh air:

Home advantage: Often we don’t spend time appreciating the beauty of our own region, so go exploring in your neighbourhood to find hidden gems and new favourite places.

Great outdoors: It’s good for you! Hiking raises the heart rate, improves balance, builds muscle, can improve bone density, helps relieve stress and more. Trade your screen time for a little green time this summer!

New tricks: trying something new boosts confidence and adds a new skill to your toolbox. Want to mix it up? Go with a buddy or Hit up your local Facebook group to meet new friends, see new sights and cover new terrain.

Not sure where to head? Our region boasts many beautiful trails to try, from Island Lake to the Bruce Trail. Get out in the trails and take in the beauty or region has to offer!

Summer at Hockley Valley Resort



What’s happening this summer at the resort? All the fun! Get away solo for some much-needed me-time, re-connect with that special someone, or get the fam back together at Hockley Valley Resort:

Stay the Course: It’s time to go fore it with our Stay and Play package! Get out on the course for 18 challenging holes, beautiful scenic views and a night away. Visit Babbo for après, the patio for dinner and Hockley Valley Spa to fix those sore muscles:

Chick Trip: Just you and the girls, chatting, relaxing, catching up… Sound good? Book a fabulously fun girlfriends’ getaway with us! Along with your accommodation, you’ll enjoy breakfast and a $100 spa credit per person. It’s time to reunite with few of your favourites:

That’s Amore: Pizza in the garden is back! Visit us for garden-to-table fare with fresh, house-made pizza right from our wood-burning oven.  Sit and relax, enjoy the scenery and get ready for a delicious pizza experience like no other… (Available Fridays Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4pm)

Food for Thought: Looking for a unique culinary experience? Feast & Fire starts July 1st, featuring a 5-course meal, wine parings with each course, music, lights and ambiance – in a cozy screened globe. Book your reservation today:

Fun and Games: Don’t miss out on our newly added Activity Centre! Enjoy our outdoor recreation facility, rent out equipment and play games like volleyball or giant Jenga. It’s fun for the whole family:

Why Wait? Say I Do: Planning your special day? Enjoy a unique, intimate wedding experience and leave the details to the experts! Spontaneous, budget-friendly and easily elegant. For full info, visit this link:

Spring is for the bees!

With all the buzz about helping our bee population, spring is a great time to get started! Did you know that bees pollinate about 75% of the crops grown by humans? Here are a few ways you can help attract bees to your garden and keep the population of these crucial pollinators growing strong:

  1. Some bees build nests rather than living in hives, so leaving bare patches in your lawn will give them the room they need.
  2. Skip the wood chips! While they might look more appealing, they make access to the ground difficult for bees trying to build a nest.
  3. Boost bee feeding time with a variety of flowers that bloom throughout the year to give them nectar-rich options each season. Plant these types of flowers to help draw bees to your garden: Alyssum, Asters, Echinacea, Geranium, Poppies, Black-eyed Susans and Clovers.
  4. Avoid using pesticides in your garden. Rather than just attacking the ‘bad’ bugs, these chemicals target all bugs, eliminating necessary, beneficial visitors, like bees.
  5. Stay out of their way - the best way to protect these pollinators is just to let them bee!

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