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Save Money On Expensive Products, By Going All-Natural


Stop Wasting Your Money On Expensive Products With Huge Ingredients Lists

The average woman in Canada spends over $2000 dollars on beauty products in a year. This doesn’t really surprise me because there are so many products out there to choose from and most of the time you need to purchase and try them for your self in order to determine whether or not they actually work. What does this lead to? A cluttered bathroom full of useless products that have been used once or twice and then dismissed.

Now, that I have made the commitment to reduce the amount of toxic ingredients that my family and myself are exposed to and make only all natural purchases the amount of cosmetic products that actually qualify for this criteria have been dramatically reduced. The upside to this is the amount of money that I save not buying every miracle, lip plumping, hair thickening, anti-aging ointment that I come across. The bad news is that I know have to diligently research alternative natural beauty treatments and some of them aren’t the most universally appealing but they seem to work..

The Natural Approach:


An example of this is, I am now in my second month of using Baking Soda and Apple Cider Vinegar to wash and condition my hair. Yes, like many claim this does work. However, it doesn’t smell so good, and if you do not rinse carefully you end up with baking soda dandruff. Yuck.

The one thing that I do really like about this system is that instead of buying a different products, with a complex ingredient list for every need that I have, I can choose simpler products and use them for multiple purposes. For instance the Apple Cider Vinegar that I’ve been using on my hair is also a fantastic, natural cleaner, facial toner, and cooking staple. It has one ingredient: Apple Cider Vinegar.

This saves me ton of money AND makes me feel good because I know exactly what it is I am exposing myself to.


Baby Butz, Diaper Rash Cream is One Example of A Natural and Versatile Product That You Can Buy

I mentioned in a previous blog post that diaper rash cream can be used to treat acne, sunburns and eczema! If you are suffering from one or more of these skin conditions, all you need is a natural zinc diaper rash cream! You really do not need to waste money on a unique product for each problem. Instead, by understanding the simple ingredients that are contained within the product that you are using you can trust that it will work and that it is safe for your body. This is a lot easier than attempting to navigate the labels at a drug store AND it is dramatically less costly! If you have made the resolution to reduce your spending in 2014, then consider looking into natural beauty treatments and alternative products with simple ingredient lists. This is a great way to inspire a healthier life and reduce the amount of money that you end up wasting on things that you don’t need.

Resources For Finding Affordable Natural Products:


DIY Beauty: What Beauty Tips Work And Which Don’t

My Homemade Hair Care Regimen

Homemade Beauty Products

I’M A GROWN WOMAN ADDICTED TO BABY BEAUTY PRODUCTS (i’d be sure to shop for all natural and organic though!)


Brandie Peters, is a full-time blogger and stay at home mom who resides in Medicine Hat Alberta, Canada. Her son Jackson is 17 months old.

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Since When Did Sleep Become A Luxury?

Sometime during pregnancy you began loosing sleep, you probably didn’t notice it because you were so excited by the changes that were happening and you were planning and wondering. Then you brought your bundle of joy home and you probably started to notice that you were loosing sleep.

Generally it is not acceptable in our society for adults to take naps, and so we as moms tend to feel guilty about taking time during the day to catch up on our much needed sleep. This need for sleep is normal, and you are not being lazy if you take some time for yourself to catch up.

Before you ventured on the journey to motherhood you probably had a sleep schedule built around your job and your lifestyle. Your body adjusted to that schedule and once you acclimatized to it, you felt that it was normal. You have to look at this change as yet another lifestyle change. You aren’t suddenly able to survive on less sleep than you did before, you haven’t become a super hero overnight… you have become a mom, but you still need to look after your needs in order to be the best mom you can be!

Look, if you were to take a minute to realize that not only has your body just gone through a crazy amount of changes (hormonal, physical, biological) and that you have also made some huge mental changes as well – you would be able to understand why it is that you need this sleep. You have probably never had to be “on call” 24/7 for a baby before and you were not prepared for the toll that it would take. Most of us think we understand what is about to happen, we hear about it from other moms, we even see our friends go through it, but it is never the same as when we go through it ourselves.

For those of you who have adopted children, you are still going through a bunch of changes, emotionally and physically you have some big changes to adjust to as well.

Tired mom on couch

I know what you are thinking, you have probably already heard people around you who have given you their wisdom. Many of the women who have gone before you will tell you that the dishes and the laundry will still be there when you get up from your nap and that your dusting can wait.

The biggest message here is to be kind to yourself. Whenever you hear yourself complaining that you don’t have enough time to sleep because there are towels to fold or supper to make, take a step back and think about what you would say if a friend was saying the same thing to you.  Would you tell them that it was important to look after themselves and get the rest that they needed so that they could be 100% present for their child(ren) and partner – or would you tell them that they better suck it up and get it all done! Would you tell them that they are expected to be perfect and unblemished in taking on this new role? I hope that you are the type of friend that is thoughtful and supportive and helps your friends to find ways to look after themselves… if that is how you would talk to your best friend then it is time you were your own best friend!

If you are still not able to talk to your self this way then perhaps it is time to enlist someone who will reinforce these ideas for you. Find a friend or family member who you trust to help guide you through these changes. The important part in this relationship with the person you choose is that you actually take their advice and listen to the knowledge that they are giving you. If you think that you won’t listen to the person you are about to choose for this role – then I suggest you choose someone different.

Ultimately the addition of a baby to your household will bring challenges to the time schedule regardless if it is the first or fourth baby. Please take care of yourself and get the rest you need and take time to be a woman not just a mother. Your children and your partner will thank you, because you will have more patience and love to give if you first give it to yourself.

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2012 Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

More than a decade ago, I had the great pleasure of wearing the wrist corsage at the VIP Reception and having my photo taken as a nominee for the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awards (WEYA). It was truly one of the most exciting days of my life. My business partner at the time had secretly brought my brother to Canada to attend the awards banquet and his sudden appearance at lunch was a tremendous surprise. Having staff, friends and family in attendance at an event where one is honored, even just by being nominated, is breathtaking and unforgettable.


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Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalists and Winners

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Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award -2012 Winner- Lifetime Achievement

The WBOM (Women’s Business Owners of Manitoba) has chosen Majda Ficko, owner of the Hair Do Zoo (25 years in business) and owner of Olen Cosmetics Corporation (manufacturer of all natural products and Baby Butz cream) for winning the prestigious award of Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Lifetime Achievement.


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I recommend Baby Butz to everyone

We met at the women of distinction awards. You have truly changed my life and the lives of my children. I recommend Baby Butz to everyone even my children’s Pediatrician and even buy it for gifts. You are my hero and I was so happy to meet you. You truly understand what it feels like to look at your child and have no help or answers and now you gave us one. I cannot wait to see the other things you have in store and you will always be my hero.

Kaylene Huff

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Why it is important to get out of the house?

Tired mom on couch


As a mom, sometimes it feels that it is just easier to stay inside.  Things have changed a lot for you, no longer is it just you that has to get ready to go somewhere.  Now you have to bring extra clothes, diapers, wipes, hats, blankets…. The list is endless.


What many people don’t know is that getting outside is actually a very good thing for your overall health and the health of your baby.

The sun has some amazing benefits to offer us such as:

  1. It kills microbes (that is why it is so good to put carpets and blankets out in the sun that can’t be washed)
  2. Lightly tanned skin is more resistant to infections and sun burning (some skin diseases are actually improved or even cured with controlled exposure to the sun)
  3. It improves our mood by stimulating endorphins (the feel good hormones)
  4. It helps to combat insomnia – exposure to the sun during the day helps to produce more melatonin at night (which is the sleeping hormone)
  5. Sunlight helps us to incorporate Vitamin D which then makes it possible to absorb calcium in the intestines
  6. Vitamin D and related compounds have been shown to slow the development of some cancer cells – that leads us to say that the sun helps to fights disease
  7. Exposure strengthens the cardiovascular system, as well as the circulatory system.
  8. It strengthens liver function (hence why it helps to treat jaundice in our babies)
  9. The sun helps the kidneys do part of their job, because when we sweat we release waste through our skin.
  10. It will help to increase metabolic rate as it stimulates the thyroid thus helping you loose weight
  11. It can ease the symptoms of pre menstrual syndrome
  12. The sun is also very good at healing swollen joints during inflammation caused by arthritis

mom and baby in park


Sunlight is so important for your mood, energy, and sleep. Make it a point to leave the house at least once a day, even if it’s

just to sit in the backyard, or to walk around the block.

I realize that although you know the benefits, it may still be difficult to convince you that going outside is worth the trouble. I challenge your for the month of June to get out of your house everyday, and to soak up some of the sun’s rays.

Perhaps you can find a mom in your neighbourhood who you can partner with and encourage each other to stick to the plan.  The important thing about the relationship with your build with the other mom is to make sure you don’t help each other find excuses to avoid going outside. Instead help find excuses to get outside.

If you really need help to stay on track and you have an older child at home with you, you can tell them that you will be going to the park everyday in June.  You know they will hold you to it rain or shine :)

In order to change habits it takes dedication and repetition.  Let’s do this together!

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Majda Ficko

Hair Do Zoo/ Olen Cosmetics Corporation/ Baby Butz cream




Majda Ficko- President and Founder of Hair Do Zoo and Olen Cosmetics Corporation- Declared Finalist in Provincial Awards in Canada


Winnipeg, MB. Canada – The Women Business Owners of Manitoba (WBOM) are proud to announce,

Majda Ficko owner of The Hair Do Zoo and Olen Cosmetics Corporation has been declared among 30 Finalists in the 2012 Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awards!  This annual gala event puts the spotlight on the successes and achievements of women entrepreneurs in Manitoba. The dinner, to be MC’d by Gord Leclerc and Leah Hextahl from CTV, will take place at the Winnipeg Convention Centre on Thursday, May 17th. The finalists’ names are public, however the winners are not revealed until the evening itself.

This year’s 30 finalists come from across the province, and represent businesses as diverse as a jewelry design, spas, holistic medicine and of course, Specialty children’s hairstyling salons called The Hair Do Zoo  and Olen Cosmetics Corporation maker of Winnipeg’s  famous Baby Butz cream

 Majda Ficko, a mother of Invention and Innovation, opened Hair Do Zoo, Canada’s first specialty children’s hairstyling salon in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1987, and this year, they are celebrating their 25th anniversary!

 Olen Cosmetics Corporation, another of Ficko’s companies, manufactures the famous all-natural diaper rash cream, Baby Butz, that she had made for her ailing son. See the full story,


“Manitoba is rich with women entrepreneurs whose stories are inspiring,” said Lucy Camara, President of WBOM and Vice-President of Olatech Business Hosting Corporation. “Anyone in business knows how tough it can be to keep that entrepreneurial spirit alive when the bills are mounting and the challenges exceed the triumphs – but when you believe in your business, in the vision you’re realizing your passion fuels your strength to carry on.”

Women represent a growing economic force in Canada:

  • Women entrepreneurs are one of the fastest growing segments of the Canadian economy: 4 out of 5 businesses are started by women; between 1991 and 2001, women’s self-employment increased by 43%.
  • The 821,000+ women entrepreneurs in Canada annually contribute in excess of $18 billion to the economy.
  • The number of women-owned businesses that focus on manufacturing, construction, transportation and communications is growing rapidly.


A full listing of finalists is available online at


Majda Ficko

Hair Do Zoo/ Olen Cosmetics

Corporation/ Baby Butz cream


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