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This year's Business Excellence Awards - Sustainability nominees are: 1. Habitat for Humanity: Orangeville ReStore 2. Century Wood Products Inc. 3. Xogen Technologies 4. Blue Mountain Plastics 5. Village Fare Foods Inc 6. Millennium1 Solutions 7. Hockley Valley Resort Congratulations and thank you for incorporating environmentally-conscious practices in all you do!

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Vitamin C: Did You Know…

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Are you getting enough Vitamin C? Though largely toted as an immunity booster in orange juice, it turns out that it actually can have a huge impact on the health of your skin! According to Racheal Ellery, our Spa Director, routinely using a Vitamin C serum can help renew your skin to its youthful glow. Here’s how it works:

Look your Age
Vitamin C produces collagen, a protein that gives your skin its elasticity. As you age, and that elasticity breaks down, wrinkles form. Stabilizing your skin’s levels of vitamin C can increase collagen production, which can help to fight wrinkles and increase elasticity.

Damage Control
Because Vitamin C is a powerful anti-oxidant, it can help reduce the number of sunburned cells, reversing age-related skin spots. It can even fade old scars or marks on your skin with regular application.

Get the most of your vitamins with our Vitamin C Oxygen Facial! Along with exfoliating and moisturizing, this deep penetrating treatment will increase your Vitamin C absorption, speeding up results and improving your skin. Check out our spa package, including this treatment here: http://www.hockley.com/?p=5902

Check out our spa package, including this treatment here: http://www.hockley.com/?p=5902
For the complete list of our spa services, visit our website here: http://www.hockley.com/spa/

Cheesy Triangle Bites

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Looking for a new appetizer recipe to add to your roster? Delight your friends and family with this Cheesy Triangle Bites recipe, right from our kitchen!

Ingredients:

Phyllo dough

2 bricks of cream cheese

2 medium onions, carmelized

2 cups of shredded cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Combine cream cheese, onions, cheese and salt and pepper until smooth. Set aside.

Layer 2 sheets of phyllo and brush with butter in between the layers.

Place the long side facing you, and cut 6 equal strips of the pastry.

Place 1 tsp. of the filling at one end of each of the strips. Fold the corner onto itself and roll until it looks like a triangle. Freeze or bake right away at 350° for 15 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

For more tasty recipes from our kitchen, try our blog here: http://www.hockley.com/?s=recipe

Golf Tip: Getting Accurate Yardage

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Do you struggle with club selection? Could it be that your yardage is off? According to Carl Penfold, our Head Golf Professional, “Yardage is key in choosing the right club. Our 17th hole, for example, is 176 yards, which would normally be a 7 iron for me. But the actual yardage (based on slope) is 146 yards, which would normally be a 9 iron for me. If I were to hit the 7 iron, it would go over the green, likely resulting in a bogey or worse.”

So how can you get a more accurate yardage and be able to choose your best club? Well, for amateur golfers, Carl recommends investing in an electronic or laser range finder that includes slope. This is likely the most reliable and accurate way to gauge the distance and choose the appropriate club. An important note, though, is that as accurate as these range finders are for distance and slope, they don’t account for wind! Trial and error is the best way to get great at refining your technique, gaining confidence and lowering your scores…
Looking for more golf tips? Visit our blog here: http://www.hockley.com/blog/

August: What’s Happening

As summer continues into August, so does the fun at Hockley Valley Resort! Gather your family, friends or colleagues and get away close to home. Enjoy the spectacular views, amazing food, award-winning golf course, 8,000 sq. ft. spa, and so much more… Here are just a few of the things happening at the resort in August:

Enjoy the silence: Recharge and unwind with in the spa this month! From soothing massages to aromatic scrubs and hydrating facials, we’ve got everything you need to leave your stress behind. Looking for a little something extra? Try lunch in our Oasis café and Sunday morning poolside yoga for the perfect finish! For more information, visit us here: http://www.hockley.com/?p=5819

Grab a bite: Feeling peckish? Our Babbo bar is now offering a $4 bites menu every day from 4pm to 6pm. Choose from items like: fried shrimp morsels, meatball slider, clams arrabiata and more – or order the menu for $28. Experience our local, fresh, house-made fare and really take a bite out of summer! For the complete menu, visit us here: http://www.hockley.com/eat/#babbo

Workin’ for the weekend: Get your weekend off to a great start with dinner reservations in our signature restaurant, cabin, followed by live music by the pool on Fridays. Add some spice to your Saturday and Sunday with Pizza inn the Garden, from 11-3. Enjoy the views, escape the city and fill your weekend with fun! Check out all of our amenities and events on our website at www.hockley.com

Looking for our complete event calendar? Here it is: http://www.hockley.com/events-calendar/

Sunscreen: Chemical or Physical?

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In Canada, we wait all year for the summer heat; for pools, gardens and outside fun! Thankfully, most of us have embraced the need to protect ourselves from the sun and skin cancer. Did you know there are 2 types of sunscreen, physical and chemical? Here is some information from our spa and other sources (listed below) that might help you make the choice that’s right for you:

Physical sunscreen: what is it?
- It blocks the sun’s rays, reflecting UV radiation back into the atmosphere using ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.
- The ingredients scatter both UVA and UVB rays, providing your skin with full protection from sun damage.
- This type of sunscreen provides immediate protection as soon as it’s applied.

Chemical sunscreen: what is it?
- It forms a thin film on the skin that reduces ultraviolet radiation (UVR) penetration to the skin.
- Includes chemical ingredients like avobenzone and benzophenone, which absorb UV rays.
- You will need to wait 20 minutes after applying chemical sunscreen before its protection kicks in.
- There is a concern among some that this type of sunscreen may cause free radicals, causing irritation, and in some cases damage, to the skin.

No matter which sunscreen you choose, remember to re-apply regularly to keep your protection consistent throughout the day.

Looking for more great tips? Check out our blog here: http://www.hockley.com/blog/

Sources: theglow.com, skinacea.com

Cabin Barbecue Sauce

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This Canada Day, celebrate our country’s awesomeness in a delicious way! Whether it’s ribs, wings, chicken – or anything else, for that matter – our ‘cabin barbecue sauce’ is sure to impress… This recipe is straight from our kitchen, so the quantities are large – you’ll need to adjust the recipe to accommodate your crowd.

Ingredients:
10 lbs. ripe tomatoes
1L can tomatoes
3 oz. tomato paste
4 cups brown sugar
1 cup honey
1 cup molasses
1 head garlic
250 ml champagne vinegar
50 ml white balsamic vinegar
2 onions, minced
Spices, to taste: cinnamon, cloves, smoked paprika, smoked ginger, hot pepper

Directions:
Mix all ingredients in a pot. Simmer over low heat until the mixture thickens. Cool and hand blend to make the consistency even. Pass through a sieve to remove any leftover chunks. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy!

Looking for more recipes from our kitchen? Check our blog here: http://www.hockley.com/?s=recipe

Wedding Centrepieces: Flower Power or Green Thumb?

Are you planning your wedding? Have you thought about your centrepieces? Bridal centrepieces are a huge reception focal point; often they’re an extension of your colour choices, style and theme. Floral centrepieces are timeless, of course, but there’s another trend emerging… “So many separate elements tie into the search for the perfect centrepiece: seasonality, colour, size, cost,” explains Christine Lawson, our Wedding and Social Sales Manager, “Recently we’ve seen couples leaning towards herb boxes, plants and more nature-based options, versus the traditional floral bouquet.”

Why are centrepieces getting an earthy makeover? Well, here are some of the reasons we think couples might be going green:

1. Test of Time: Many couples give away the centrepieces at their reception, and fresh flowers are less versatile. Greenery lasts longer and often lends itself to being re-planted by its new owner.

2. Colour Matching: Nature-based arrangements tend to match any colour scheme, so that could really relieve stress over seasonality or matching your décor.

3. DIY Brides: Many brides are lovin’ sites like pinterest and reading blogs for inspiration, where they’re finding ways to DIY certain wedding elements. Greenery is one way to personalize your décor, not to mention a great way to get your friends and family involved in the process.

4. Cost Counts: With floral arrangements ranging from $20 to $200 per, plant-based centrepieces are a more budget-friendly option (especially if it’s a DIY). With more and more couples covering wedding costs themselves, greener centrepieces may be a way to redistribute your budget and still cover all bases.

Remember that even if you opt for a greener feel, decorators and florists play an important role in your wedding. From bouquets to ceremony décor, sourcing product and placement, some things need to have a professional touch to get the day just right.

Looking for more wedding focused content? Visit our blog here: http://www.hockley.com/blog/

Photo/floral credits: karynlouisephotography.com,  seasonsfloralstudio.com/site/