Christmas Soap Sale

It’s The Woodway’s Holly Jolly Handmade Event! Most of you know that this year I’m not hosting my biennial open house; I’ll be going to Atlanta in early December to see my brother, who is still very much in recovery from his terrible accident in April. That said, a lot of you have asked if I will […]

Free hand-crafted soap : )

We’re all so lucky to live in our wonderful country, so let’s rejoice and celebrate our good fortune on that, if nothing else, this Thanksgiving. Personally, I’m grateful for the wonderful life I have here in Ottawa with my family and friends, neighbours and acquaintances. What a wonderful bunch of folks you all are! And to all […]

Notes from a Beauty Doula

As I mentioned in my last post, the Greek word, doula, means “a woman who serves.” I like the word doula, and I think it works well to describe what I do here at The Woodway. I’m a Beauty Doula because I serve to help whomever comes to see me to bring out the best […]

Moving forward

Thank you, everyone, for your love and support this summer when my mum died. It was very sudden and unexpected, and, as you might imagine, not having her around took some getting used to. But looking back I feel nothing but gratitude for the merciful passing she had, and for the incredible community that helped me […]

Is it a lie to say there’s no lye?

Recently, someone told me, “My dermatologist told me to use Dove instead of soap, because Dove doesn’t contain lye. Not true!  Dove is soap. And lye is used in the making of Dove and all soaps. If there’s no lye it’s not soap. Saponification, the process of making soap, is the alkaline hydrolysis of esters, and it occurs when lye and liquid […]

I’m back!

My brother, Ian’s, accident threw me for a bit of a loop, and I lost track of blogging. After two months in hospital and several surgeries, he went home for a week; today, he goes back in for another surgery and another week in hospital. As anyone who has been through it knows, seeing someone you love […]

Woodway Wanderings

Another Sunday morning spent cruising around the web looking for interesting tidbits to share with you. Every time I do this I am astounded at all that’s going on in the world. I find it so invigorating to read about all the amazing efforts people are making to change the world, mostly for the better.  […]

Woodway Wanderings

I’m off on my wanderings a little early this week, because I’ll be at the Spa Show in Toronto this weekend looking for lots of new ideas to share with you at The Woodway. We all know good food is good for us, but can it really help to prevent cognitive decline? Looking for a new hairstyle? […]

Woodway Wanderings April 18, 2016

Hi everyone, I’m a day behind in my wanderings and haven’t actually done a lot of internet esthetics research, because of my general preoccupation with events in North Carolina. Some of you already know that my brother, Ian, a racing journalist, was involved in a terrible accident there last weekend. Ian was standing behind a concrete […]

Woodway Wanderings

I love wandering around the internet on Sunday mornings, researching topics that came up while chatting with folks in The Woodway throughout the week. Today, I thought, “Why don’t I share what I discover?” So, from now on, Woodway Wanderings will be a regular Sunday feature here at The Woodway Cafe. Let me know what you think of […]