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How to make your own linen spray

Last week, I made my first batch of homemade linen spray. I used to be a big Febreeze user in my house, but since I have stopped using chemical cleaning products at home, I needed a good alternative for my drapes, couch and cushions. So here it is.

Ingredients:
  • 2 tbs of vodka or witch hazel (I used witch hazel distillate, cause the idea of spraying vodka on my stuff made me cringe)
  • 20 drops of essential oils (I used 3/4 lavender and 1/4 sweet orange – make sure not to use too much
  • distilled water
It’s a very simple process really. Add the vodka or witch hazel and essential oils in a spray bottle. Make sure it is one of those atomizer bottles that will mist water and not just spray it out. Mine is about 500ml. The fill the bottle with distilled water. Shake well and put aside for 48 hours, to give it a chance to set. Then spray to your heart’s content!
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Life is short…

A few weeks ago, an article about an old professor and mentor of mine, Christian Navarre, hit the homepage of the University of Ottawa. He was being featured for the great work he was doing with his Car Internet Research Program, a research program that looked at how the Internet affected the automobile industry.

I was one of Professor Navarre’s employee back in 2004, and when I saw the article, I thought to myself: “It’s been a heck of a long time since I’ve been in touch. I should email him, see how he’s doing, and how his life is going.”
Then I put that aside in my to-do list and kind of forgot about it.

Yesterday, a different kind of article about Professor Navarre hit my Twitter stream: the news of his passing, at 66 years old, after having battled cancer.
This news hit me like a ton of bricks. Even though I had not spoken to or seen Professor Navarre in almost 6 years, I could not believe that this man, who gave me a job after graduation so I would not have to go back to France, who mentored me in and outside of the classroom, was gone forever, without me actually getting the chance to talk to him again, and to tell him how thankful I was for his help and advice back then.
I will always regret to reaching out to Professor Navarre before his death and expressing my gratitude. I just hope that wherever he is, he knows.
Rest in peace, Christian.
book review

Comprendre la naissance d’une nation: le Québec


J’ai récemment lu la trilogie de Pierre Caron “La Naissance d’une nation” composée des trois tomes Thérèse, Marie, et Émilienne.

Bien que vivant au Canada depuis bientôt 8 ans, je ne m’étais jamais jusqu’alors vraiment penché sur l’histoire du Québec. Bien que romancée, cette trilogie est une excellente introduction à cette histoire très riche.
Ces romans témoignent de la vie quotidienne d’une famille québécoise à Montréal puis Québec, à partir de 1643, date de l’arrivée de Thérèse en Nouvelle-France. Les livres suivent la famille de Thérèse et relate tous les grands événements de l’histoire du Québec : le Tome 2 finit avec la Bataille des Plaines d’Abraham, et le Tome 3 raconte l’invasion anglaise au Bas-Canada.
Je recommande chaudement la série aux complet à tous les amateurs de littérature historique. La lecture est un peu ardue, mais les personnages sont attachants et bien présentés, et le tout est vraiment informatif, en plus d’être interessant.
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Product Review : Miessence Tahitian Breeze Rool-on Deodorant


I’m kind of sweaty. It’s kind of gross, but it’s a revelation I had to make in order to set the stage for this particular blog post. So there you have it.

I’ve tried a lot of antiperspirants and deodorants in my life to solve this tiny problem, and never had much luck. I used the strong and toxic Clinical Strength stuff, I tried rubbing the mineral stone on my underarms, and to be honest, all of it was a lot of marketing bullshit and not very efficient to actually stop me from sweating and smelling icky. Plus, all the aluminium in these products was bad for me.
When I went natural with my beauty routine, I looked around for a natural deodorant and was not sure what to choose. That’s when, after it being recommended to me, I tried the mineral stone thing. Big flop. I was stationed in Stinkville and not able to get out.
At some point, I started following Joanna from Actual Organics on Twitter (@ActualOrganics). She is a representative for Miessence products. I liked the info and tips she was giving me through her site so I thought I’d give the products a try.
Enter Miessence Tahitian Breeze Roll-on Deodorant. This deodorant gets its strength from sodium bicarbonate. And I have to say, it is a God-sent. I have been using it for a week, and for a week, I have felt fresh all day, even after walking in the heat to get to work, sitting in the bus with no air-conditioning, and sitting at my desk all day (I swear, just sitting used to make me sweaty).
This deodorant is 100% natural, and rated 0 in EGW’s Skin Deep database. Also, it smells really good without being very strong. And if you prefer unscented, that’s available too.
You can buy Miessence Tahitian Breeze Roll-on Deodorant on Joana’s Miessence website. Plus there are tons of other awesome, efficient, 100% natural products in the Miessence line that I am dying to try.