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This Month's Top Picks: June 2016

Rise Kombucha

I love kombucha (a cultured fermented tea). I love the tart bubbly of this drink.  When I don't have my own culturing, and ready to go, I purchase Rise Kombucha at my local natural food market.  Whenver I'm feeling run-down, feelings like a flu is coming on, or just feel like a good pick-me-up, I reach for kombucha. If I've eaten a not-so-digestable meal, and need a natural digestion aid, I reach for kombucha. A healthy gut belongs to a healthy person, and kombucha is full of probiotic strains of good bacteria that line your gut, and boost your immune system. Flu season is coming on, so make sure you got your kombucha ready.


About:The intention behind RISE was to create a healthy and delicious alternative to the conventional pop drink. They strive for high rates of productivity without compromising human, social and environmental values by selecting only ecologically responsible practices. Caring deeply about our planet, they take great pride in choosing ingredients that are local, organic, and fair trade.

Favourite: When I discovered that there was a kombucha on the market that was Canadian-made, I was thrilled! It made my day.  I also really appreciate their local and fair-trade emphasis; it aligns with Wholly Canadian's values really well.  This is why, when  I teach our traditional food course called "Bubbly Drinks & Creams," I share with students, if you don't have a kombucha ready to go, purchase a Canadian-made, fair-trade Rise kombucha.


We love this in our house. We have it as a treat generally.

October 8, 2014 10:54 PM
By Katy Emanuel

Love this. I don't drink pop so happy to find a better alternative! ty

October 9, 2014 10:20 AM
By vanessa foster

Haven't had a pop in many years. We love Rise Kombucha Blueberry Maple. I am all about mindful eating and drinking.

October 9, 2014 9:05 PM
By Elizabeth Vlug

tea is my favourite drink

October 10, 2014 7:29 PM
By Linda Klages

I love drinking Kombucha. Keeps my healthy gut flora in check.

October 10, 2014 7:43 PM
By Calvin Y

Never tried this -- sounds good

October 12, 2014 11:33 PM
By Kevin B

Rise Kombucha is my favourite!

October 12, 2014 11:47 PM
By Victoria Ess

Have never tried this but I will now

October 13, 2014 9:09 PM
By Suzie M

This looks really yummy! I want to try it

October 14, 2014 10:48 AM
By Chantel

I am new to kombucha and love it. I haven't tried this brand yet, but will definitely look for it next time ;)

October 27, 2014 7:56 PM
By Dee Schwark

Botanical PaperWorks:

I appreciate a local natural artform that is also pragmatic. This is what Botanical PaperWorks is to me. It's a natural seed paper with a flair--it grows. I've got my eye on some Christmas cards using this paper. . .

About: Located in the exchange district of Winnipeg, Botanical Paperworks is a leading producer of eco-friendly paper products that grow when planted. They manufacture and design stationery, invitations, wedding favors, and corporate & promotional products made from paper embedded with seeds. When planted, the seed paper grows into wildflowers or a variety of culinary herbs

Favourite Memory: I chose Botanical PaperWorks seed paper for my business cards and wrote about it here. I enjoy handing out my businesses cards, because inevitabley people do a double-take when they touch and feel the card. It really makes the card stand out.


As someone who loves stationary, I think this sounds like a fantastic product. Distinctive and environmentally sound.

October 8, 2014 8:36 PM
By Paresh Pandya

I have made paper and I love the feel and texture of handmade. It is wonderful in cards, and the business card is a fantastic idea!

October 14, 2014 9:31 AM
By Inez McLeish

I love this business! I always give botanical paperworks cards for weddings, anniversaries, etc. People love them and think the concept of being able to plant a card to commemorate their special event is so cool - I tend to agree :)

October 14, 2014 9:49 AM
By Carly N

I love the idea of this and that it is made in Manitoba is extra cool.

October 14, 2014 10:08 AM
By Gina Fleury

Pure Anada Makeup:
Natural makeup made right in my my home province of Manitoba. What is not to love? It’s local. It’s natural. And it’s beautiful! I also have to tell you that the owner, Candace, is an incredible example of a “mompreneur.”
Some of my favourite products? Their mascara and luminous blush.

About: Candace says she was always aware of nutrition and health, thanks to her mother.  She grew up as the kid who brought the “healthy” luncpure anada made in canada makeup wholly canadianh to school. Her mom was ahead of her time when she taught us that “the whiter the bread…the sooner you’re dead”. She knew the importance of what we put in our body.  Suddenly it dawned on her that it must also be important to consider what we put ON our bodies as well. That’s when she began to research some of the ingredients that were in the products she was using as a hairstylist.  She was surprised to know that the cosmetic industry is not highly regulated and that many ingredients are not tested for their long-term safety.  By using a plethora of ingredients in our personal care products, we are simply participating in a giant experiment!  She was not interested in being a part of it any longer.
In 2003 when she had two small children and decided that it was time to live a more holistic lifestyle she changed many household and personal care items to healthier, more environmentally friendly alternatives.  The last products to go were her color cosmetics.  She was accustomed to using high-quality, salon brands and could not find “natural” makeup on the market that met  expectations.  She always had an insatiable desire to “make it myself”.  As  a child, she learned to sew, bake bread, and craft just about anything and everything.  Surely she could make her own makeup!?  She researched the prospect and jumped in with both feet!   She remembers the days when she would tuck the kids into bed, and bring out her stash of ingredients.  She was hooked!   And that is how Pure Anada Cosmetics was born.

Favourite Memory: I have told so many people about this company.  Several years back when studying in Vancouver and visiting natural markets, I would ask if they had had any natural makeup made in Canada, and the sales associate would tell me they had never discovered anything like that. I would always pass on the Pure Anada’s name to an eager associate. And receive this joy of knowing that these small actions of goodwill is what makes our country great.


Made in my home town and I love it!

August 22, 2014 7:58 PM
By Wendy

I have been using Pure Anada for almost 2 years now and love it! Best makeup and they are made in Morden, Manitoba, Canada!

August 23, 2014 11:03 PM
By Helen

I've been using these products for years and love them!

August 28, 2014 3:44 PM
By Julene

Love this makeup!

September 1, 2014 12:17 PM
By Jess

I love this is made in Canada, looks great and organic, never even hear of it, thanks for bringing it to light!

September 10, 2014 11:28 AM
By Doris Calvert

I live in Manitoba and I love supporting local stuff! So this is my favourite product on the top ten list!!!

September 10, 2014 8:04 PM
By A.s. Vermeulen

I love these products and am so proud that they are all made in Canada.Le Chaudiere Cheese made in Quebec is definitely one of my favorites but actually love the Rocky Mountain Soap too.

September 10, 2014 8:50 PM
By Wanda Tracey

Filsinger’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar - love that it is organic and made with locally organic apples and best of all its HEALTHY too

September 11, 2014 2:05 AM
By Heidi Pawluk

im alwasy looking for natural makeup I will have to try these products from this company as I never heard of them before

September 12, 2014 7:21 PM
By wendy gage

Organic Apple a cider a vinegar is my favorite!

September 12, 2014 11:06 PM
By Aundraya Rivera

love it

September 14, 2014 7:49 AM
By cindy

How great is that?!? Natural makeup right here in Manitoba!

September 15, 2014 9:49 PM
By Toby

I have been selling Pure Anada Skin Care products since 2008 at Academy Laser Clinic in Newmarket, Ontario. I feel strongly about supporting Canadian companies especially when they produce exceptional products! I especially like their Luminous Tinted Moisturizer and Smooth Plumping serum! www.academylaser.ca

September 16, 2014 1:10 PM
By Barb Zamick

Filsinger’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

September 21, 2014 5:43 AM
By Jeannie

I've heard good things about the Pure Anada brand. I hope to try their products soon.

September 21, 2014 2:59 PM
By Tannis W

I've heard good things about the Pure Anada brand. I hope to try their products soon.

September 21, 2014 2:59 PM
By Tannis W

I love the products I've tried from Pure Anada, especially their mascara & eyeshadow. My next purchase will be the blush, from The Forks. Love this list, thanks for the recommendations!

October 7, 2014 12:32 PM
By Lori L.

I love the products I've tried from Pure Anada, especially their mascara & eyeshadow. My next purchase will be the blush, from The Forks. Love this list, thanks for the recommendations!

October 7, 2014 12:32 PM
By Lori L.

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