Veeda Natural Feminine Care



I wanted to share an amazing feminine care company that is eco-friendly, chemical free and 100% safe for women to use. Veeda Natural Care tampons and pads do not contain any synthetics, chemicals or dyes ever.  They offer regular, super and super plus natural cotton tampons in applicator and applicator-free styles. Conventional tampons and pads are made out of bleached cotton and/or synthetic products which can contain synthetic dyes and fragrances and even herbicide and pesticide residue. Most of these mainstream tampon and pad companies do not disclose what their products are made of since it is not required by law. (Scary, right?) Veeda always discloses all of its ingredients on the package so you know exactly what you are buying. The plastic used in their tampon applicators are BPA free and the tampon itself is 100% biodegradable, even in a landfill.

Another amazing thing I love about this company is their 360° Care Fund, which is committed to women’s health and wellness by providing help for disadvantaged women around the world including financial, material, educational, childcare, psychological and moral support. A portion of U.S. online sales go towards supporting this fund. I love companies that give back and are socially conscious, so I highly recommend checking out Veeda and giving their products a try!

The Lakshmi Series: Genevieve Yam from Gratitude & Greens


I was quite literally en route to Bali, waiting in line to check in for the first flight in the leg of my journey, when Genevieve and I struck up a conversation. She asked me something about the check in time, and we just got to talking. Turned out that she is a vegan enthusiast and has her own amazing blog at Gratitude & Greens where she takes seriously drool-worthy food porn pictures (go to her site. Now!) of all the delicious plant-based foods she loves to make. When I met her, I was thinking to myself, “There are no coincidences – her and I were meant to meet!”

We chatted through the crazy long check-in line and ended up changing out seats to sit next to each other so we could talk more. Needless to say, the super long, 15-hour flight from Chicago to Hong Kong where I was connecting and where Gen was arriving to visit family, went by very fast with the amazing conversation!

Below are the questions Gen answered on this month’s Lakshmi Series – love her answers and I’ve learned some fun tidbits about here through this as well! She has great tips on how to stay healthy and look glowing from the inside out while being a jet-setting gypsy!

Favourite city… I love the vibe of Amsterdam. I’ve been three times, and the first time I went, we stayed in a houseboat on the Prinsengracht, which quickly became my favourite neighborhood. Amsterdam has all my favourite things: great markets, health food stores, juice bars, cozy living, museums, and is bike friendly! I really loved biking along the canals while I was there.

Current obsession… I don’t have many obsessions, but matcha is a serious contender. I love drinking it, baking with it, and eating desserts made with it.

Can’t travel without… I always travel with melatonin when I know I’ll be switching time zones. Sleep is crucial for both health and beauty, and melatonin helps me quickly get over jet lag.

Always in my carry on… Lip balm and moisturizer, because you never know when your skin will be feeling dry! I also keep my glasses on me in case my eyes get dry from wearing contact lenses.

For an instant pick-me-up… In the summer, a smoothie, and in the winter, a big cup of tea.

Strangest beauty habit… I use a 50/50 apple cider vinegar and water toner, and put raw honey on any zits that pop up. I will also wash my face with oats from time to time. I don’t know if those are strange beauty habits, but that’s as strange as my beauty habits go!

In the shower I keep… Oats, shampoo and conditioner, a good bar of soap, and homemade sugar scrub. I’m trying to phase out shampoo usage, but my shampoo right now is from Andalou Naturals. My friend Rachael makes all her soaps and I’m currently using a lemon and olive oil bar she made. Otherwise, I usually opt for Dr. Bronner’s lavender castile bar soap.

Always on my bedside table… A glass of water, lip balm, coconut oil, and a good book.

Once a month… I like to treat myself to a massage or a spa day. It’s important to recharge your mind and body! I love visiting the Body Blitz Spa in Toronto for their therapeutic water circuit, infrared sauna, and steam room scented with eucalyptus oil. It’s on the pricier side, but so worth it! It’s a good once-a-month treat, and I get a few blissful hours of peace and quiet.

On little sleep, I reach for… Food, water, and coffee.

To stay healthy and beautiful while traveling… Stay hydrated. I keep a water bottle on me at all times.

To glow from the inside out… Eat well, sleep well, and stay positive. It’s amazing what positive energy can do for you!

My favourite detoxifying snack… Cucumbers and hummus.

My favourite detoxifying drink… Water and lemon. It’s delicious warm or cold, and will help your body hydrate and alkalize. It’s refreshing on a hot summer day, and warming on a cold winter day.

Best healthy “fast food” recipe… Quinoa with olive oil, parsley, and sea salt with massaged kale and avocado, and a sprinkle of hemp seeds. This was my go-to lunch when I was still in school and had barely enough time to eat! Otherwise it’s fruit or hummus and veggies.

My travel DIY beauty treatment… As of now, none. My beauty routine stays the same when I travel!

To look glam in a pinch… Lipstick. I use Burt’s Bees lip shimmer in plum, but am thinking of exploring other natural brands, too.

Game-changing beauty product… I was recently introduced to facial oil, and I love it! Thanks to the beauty industry, we’ve been conditioned to think that oil is bad for our skin, but that isn’t necessarily true. Many facial oils are derived from essential, botanical oils, which are antioxidant rich and help to protect our skin from free-radical damage. Facial oils also help to maintain moisture, and can even help people with oily skin restore balance. I’m a huge fan of the rehydrating rose facial oil from Neal’s Yard Remedies, which is 99% organic. It smells great, too!

Underrated beauty practice… I’ve found that eating well, getting enough shut-eye, and staying hydrated are the most effective and underrated beauty practices. You could use every single beauty product on the planet, but nothing is as effective as what I like to think of as the holy trinity!

If I could travel anywhere in the world, I’d go… Oh, what a hard question! Probably the Punjab region in India, for all the amazing vegetarian food; Edinburgh for the beauty of the city; and Bali for recharging my batteries.

Thanks so much Genevieve for participating in this month’s Lakshmi Series! Stay tuned for the next one guys and be sure to check out Gen’s site. Beware: drooling will occur!

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My new home in Bali



Well hello there! It’s certainly been a long time since I’ve posted (longer than I care to admit!) It has been a busy past year and a busy and fulfilling past month! At the beginning of this month, I moved to Ubud, Bali to intern for Lydia Lee of Screw the Cubicle. The two of us were exchanging services for almost a year already, and the interesting thing is that we hadn’t actually met in person until I got to Bali. Last year, I had my heart and mind dead set on going to teach abroad in Thailand or Taiwan. I have worked, studied and volunteered abroad, but never taught abroad and thought it would be an amazing experience. I ended up finding a boutique teacher placement agency called Get the Edge Up, and I had set up a to video chat with Lydia to get more information. We ended up talking for nearly an hour about our love of travel, and she mentioned Screw the Cubicle to me. Lydia left the corporate world in Vancouver a few years ago to create her own business coaching website. She helps people find and focus their passions, as well as learn how to be location independent and live life on their own terms. She is inspiring, tenacious and has amazing insights on life, work and everything in between. I was so grateful to have “met” her online. The next month after I video chatted with her, she sent me a message asking me if I happened to know anyone who might be able to do a bit of social media work for her virtually or in person. I told her that social media was my #1 love and that I had years of experience in it already after graduating in 2010. I helped her and she in exchange gave me coaching to help with my time management (I have major FOMO! lol) and also brainstorming what I really wanted to do with my life. I was teaching for my local school district for the past two years, while doing social media freelancing on the side as well as some PR and events work.

I think I always wanted to do my own thing with social media and be location independent but didn’t have any idea how or where to start. Lydia invited me to come to Ubud and live at her bungalow while I work for her on a complete social media strategy for Screw the Cubicle, and she also introduced and set me up with her friend Oliver Lucas, who runs the website I am the Best Man UK. She proposed that I focus 200% on not only working on both of their social media strategies for the entire year, but also using this as a case study and opportunity to beta test on them. They get my help with social media, and I get to learn what works and doesn’t work along the way, so that in the next 3 months (the goal!), when my social media packages are out, I know exactly what clients want and don’t want and how to have a process in place which runs like a well-oiled machine.

Sometimes, when we want something (or something we think we want) so badly, the universe doesn’t give it to us. It gives us what we wanted deep down but thought we couldn’t have or accomplish, and challenges us by saying, “Okay, Aditi – I’m giving you this opportunity on a platter. What are you going to do with it now?” It’s a huge kick in the ass to get moving. Being here for the past month has already shown me that I don’t know as much as I thought I knew about myself or social media. This is an amazing thing because I am out of my comfort zone and can challenge myself to constantly keep learning more and making changes towards the life I want.

I’m thrilled to be in Bali to be working on myself and my soon-to-be online business. Along with my personal and professional growth, I have also gone out of my comfort zone and learned how to ride a scooter! I’ve gone bungy jumping and sky diving and I’m a major adrenaline junkie, but I was honestly reluctant to learn how to ride a motorbike here. Olly and Lydia taught me how to ride and I was on the main road within 2 weeks of being here! (Wooo!) I’ve gone to a sacred waterfall temple, scootered my way up to the Elephant Safari Park, and met tons of amazing people from all over the world. One word: grateful.