About the author  ⁄ Stephanie Florian

Founder and fearless leader Play Outdoors Media Inc. TV and radio host, adventure journalist, surfer chick, Mom I'd like to rip with.

Time to Lose the Razor Ladies!

It’s 2018 and I am thankful that we earth women no longer prance around in loin cloths waiting for our hairy partners to hunt and gather while we tend to our family duties. It’s 2018 and we take pride in our personal grooming.  Duties are now thankfully evenly distributed (mostly) and technology has advanced beyond our wildest dreams. So hear me loud and clear girlfriends. We have surrendered to the hassle of shaving long enough.  Today we can bid farewell to unwanted hair …for good! Goodbye stubborn razor burns and ugly ingrown bikini lines and hello smooth, sexy skin. Now that we are onboard with getting rid of unwanted hair, how do we do it?  Choose a quick, effective, reputable, pain-free technology from a trusted source like Pure Light Laser.  They are masters of skin care. My first Pure Light Laser  hair removal session was soothing, painless and quick… just the opposite of what I envisioned.  Rita Moldovanos at Pure Light Laser uses the Palomar Starlux 500, an advanced laser... ...

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Project Backpack: Feeding Hungry Minds

Nutrition is life. This Thanksgiving let’s together help reduce food insecurity for young people and their families. PC Children’s Charity has created Project Backpack in collaboration with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada in an effort to tackle hunger by putting the power of food in the hands of Canadian children. Since 2015, PC Children’s Charity has granted more than $1 million dollars to fund Project Backpack, a program designed to help children in households vulnerable to hunger. In order for kids to flourish in school and life they need proper nutrition. Find out how you can donate HERE. Your donation provides participants with a food-filled backpack to bring home with nutritious food that they can easily assemble into healthy meals over the weekend. Thanks for giving this Thanksgiving, Sincerely, Play Outdoors Media ...

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Vancity Hustle in the Hyundai Accent

Getting around Greater Vancouver, AKA Vancity is not always easy or affordable…until now. This vehicle was made to keep up with the Vancity hustle. Introducing the 2018 Hyundai Accent. Managing multiple gigs is a way of life for Vancouverites. The day to day grind can be costly and chaotic if you are driving a gas guzzler or trying to use public transportation. That is why the Vancity go-getter needs a compact, affordable, trustworthy ride like the Hyundai Accent. Whether I’m running around between set, studio, auditions, kids and everything in between, I need a car I can rely on that won’t break the bank in monthly payments, repairs and gas. The Hyundai Accent offers Vancouverites the perfect solution. Starting from only $14,599 you get the choice of two body styles, including the Canada-exclusive 5-door hatchback. A subcompact car that has all the technology you need to get your job(s) and side hustles done and done.  Featuring a 1.6L Direct Injection (GDI) four cylinder engine producing 130 horsepower and 119 lb-ft. of torque, choose manual or automatic transmission. Complete with a 7-inch... ...

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Rocky Mountain Road Trip in the Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro

Outdoor enthusiasts, the Toyota 4 Runner TRD Pro was made for adventures on and off the road. Rugged and strong, set your sights on owning this ride!  A recent Rocky Mountain road trip to Jasper, Alberta proved that Toyota designed and built the 4Runner like a warrior. Blazing through remote areas in search of Canadian wildlife, we found the 4Runner TRD Pro the ideal transportation and then some. 4 Reasons You’ll Love to Adventure in the 2018 4Runner TRD Pro 1. Sturdy, Strong and Handsome:  Be warned that if you prefer to travel discreetly this may not be the vehicle for you. It is an attention-grabber, especially in the Cavalry Blue!  You will feel like a celebrity behind the wheel of the alluring and impressive 4Runner TRD Pro which IS capable of handling all your wildest off-road adventures.  The One-Touch 4 Wheel Drive ensures you can go from the highway to the backroads with the simplicity of one touch. 2. Bells and Whistles: Nothing beats the functional back window feature which... ...

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A Mazda Canada 150 Road Trip!

I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate Canada 150 than to hit the road in a 2017 Mazda 6 with our kids to explore BC’s bounty. They don’t call our province “beautiful BC” for nothing! The west is the best with much to discover.   Some advice for travellers: Lake Time: No matter where the journey takes you…make sure your road trip includes lake time especially in the heat of summer. It’s so refreshing! Pit Stops: Make spotting Canadian roadside attractions a family affair. Be sure to have your camera on hand   Heritage and History: You can’t road trip right past some of the best heritage sights in BC and not stop and learn a little bit more about our history here in the west.   Find Hidden Gems: You’d be surprised at all the hidden gems waiting to be discovered in Western Canada and we only made a small dent. From natural hot springs to miles of lava beds and waterfalls…Canada rocks! Play Outdoors: No matter where... ...

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2017 Ford Flex Ltd Edition: The More The Merrier

Pack em’ in… it’s party time in the 2017 Ford Flex Ltd. Reminiscent of a 1950’s Woody, this extended sedan crossover is so spacious you’ll wonder why they didn’t install a window divider to separate the driver from the action. If you’re looking for a vehicle that offers mega seating options, this is it. Multi sunroofs add to the luxury as do ‘Limited Edition’ features like the Perforated Leather-Trimmed Seats and a Dual Zone Electronic Temperature Control feature to keep the third row toasty too. All the bells and whistles including the 3.5L EcoBoost engine, Rear View Camera and Blind Spot Information System provide the driver and up to seven passengers a safe and stylish ride. The ultimate multi person adventure ride, the SiriusXM Radio and leather-wrapped steering wheel had me grinning ear to ear, from the seawall to the slopes. FYI: the more the merrier in the 2017 Ford Flex Limited Edition, so pack in the tribe. ...

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Winter’s Best Wooly’s: Smartwool

  Heading off to play outdoors only to have to your toes go instantly numb from the       cold is a winter nightmare. In light of the importance of keeping our feet warm we put Smartwool PhD Slopestyle alpine socks to the all-day-ski-test. Made with Indestructrawool Technology ™. Smartwool socks are classic Merino wool magic that generate warm, cozy feet for hours on end whether you’re blazing the slopes or the trails. I know when you think of wool, itchy – scratchy comes to mind. This is not the case with Smartwool. These socks are made for performance activities with zero itch and mucho warmth for endless hours of comfort and durability. As a bonus, the Smartwool socks have zero stink factor. Cold and stinky feet are a thing of the past. A blend of 59% Wool, 39% Nylon, 2% Elastane – we highly recommend you get your feet on the Smartwool trail… your tootsies will thank you. www.smartwool.com ...

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High-Five to the 2017 Ford Fusion!

We give these 2017 Ford Fusion features a double high-five as this year’s adventure ride because of the many exciting features from which to choose. 1) The rotary dial gearshift is sleek and easy to use, making more room for driving essentials like USB ports and coffee holders. We loved the advanced, edgy design and smooth gear transition for adventures like heading to Whistler up the Sea to Sky corridor. 2) Sensors galore! From assistance with both parallel and perpendicular parking to cruise control and blind spot sensors, you can trust the Ford Fusion 2017 to give you that extra ‘sense’ of security on the road. 3) LED Headlights are top of the line in quality, design and efficiency. You’ll never go back to Halogen once you’ve tried LED. 4) Heated leather seats and steering wheel fire up in seconds, making your post-adventure return home the ultimate in luxury comfort! 5) Eco Boost for fuel efficiency. The 2.7L EcoBoost engine has 325 horsepower and 350 feet of torque translating to... ...

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Beauty Adventures: What’s the deal with a Chemical Peel?

If you’re going to spend money on one beauty treatment, make it your face. With so many options including injections and facials on the market these days, how on earth does a woman make a choice? First and foremost find a clinic you can trust preferably via word of mouth. Once you’ve gotten some positive feedback from a friend or blogger (hint hint), go ahead and book a consultation. Go prepared to ask lots of questions. When you are ready to book s procedure you will be at ease with your skincare expert. For me, that skincare expert is Rita Moldovanos of Pure Light Laser. As a busy blogger, media personality, adventurer and Mom, I find that I don’t have much time to spend on myself. I’ll be the first to admit that when I came to Rita my skin was looking tired and neglected. With not much of a beauty maintenance program, I looked to her for advice. She recommended a chemical peel followed by microdermabrasion, a quick double... ...

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