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Coast Spas Lifestyles Guide to Relaxing

We are all familiar with the “S” word. Not that one, but the other one that creeps into our thoughts at night, at home, or on the drive home from work. That’s right, Stress. Whether it’s expectation from ourselves or someone else, we can easily be brought into a stressful mindset. For many of us we tend to build unhealthy behaviours that temporarily alleviates stress we have in our lives. Whether it’s drinking alcohol, over eating, or smoking these behaviour eventually add up and take a toll on our health.

We wanted to share some obvious, and not so obvious ways, to naturally stave off stress and get into a relaxed mind set. Here’s a couple of things you can do anywhere to start managing your stress in a proactive and positive way.

4-7-8 Breathing Technique

Place the tip of your tongue at the back of your front teeth, at the gum ridge line. Exhale your breath completely through your mouth while forcing out air. With your mouth closed, start inhaling through your nose for four seconds.

Hold your breath for seven seconds and exhale through your mouth while blowing out hard. Continue the cycle four times. This will help you relax and get to sleep.

Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Focus on using this technique from your head to your toes. Begin by tightening and relaxing the muscles in your jaw, your neck, and so on. By tightening and releasing your muscles you become more aware of what a tense muscle feels like so you can ease tension consciously throughout the day.

Mix it up, start from your toes and work towards your head. Tense your individual muscles for five seconds and relax for thirty seconds. Repeat several times until you feel less tense. A great exercise to practice at your desk or while driving in the car.

Exercise

We aren’t talking about running 10km a day here. Try starting with a vigorous walk to get that blood pumping. Make your walk a destination like getting a pint of milk or something else at the store to give your exercise time purpose. Swimming is also a low impact exercise you can do which works out all your muscles. Physical activity lessens your stress and helps you manage it throughout the day.

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Game Changing Backyard Trends

2019 is packed with must haves and gimmies, but we wanted to highlight trends that brought the inside...outside. Reconnect to the outdoors this summer with these backyard ideas.

Outdoor Kitchen/Bar

Folks haven’t seen each other since Christmas for a lot families. Where did Spring go? Summer is a slower time for friends and family to meet up. Entertaining all those people can be more than you can host in your dining room. An outdoor kitchen can give you that extra room you need to fit extended family and their plus ones. Long outdoor tables with benches make for great gathering spaces along with a fully equipped outdoor kitchen. You can cook and entertain without anyone missing out on the socializing or the action.

Outdoor Theatre

Shut in movie nights are a thing of the past. Have a stay in night outdoors with an outdoor theatre. Create a white wall surface in your backyard and get a projector. Great for movie night with the kids, entertaining, or just cuddling up on an outdoor couch binging on Netflix. Create that comfy space you want to get that extra time outdoors.

Day Bed

Remember naps? Good news, they’re back! Gone are the days trying to get comfy on a narrow reclining patio chair. You can now get your own double bed outside. Spread out and sink into a whole new level of comfort. Regain those precious day naps on the weekends with this patio essential.

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4 Tips on How to Create Your Own Backyard Paradise

Life is busy. If you’re not rushing to accomplish the day’s tasks, you’re trying to get from point A to point B in an ever increasing traffic laden world. It’s no wonder stress is one of the number one concerns Canadians have. Going home for many people is winding down, preparing for the second part of our day, rest. What better place to come to than a backyard paradise so you can wind down to power up. It doesn’t take much to provide the solace and tranquility you’re looking for.

Here’s a few tips to get you started

Multi Levels

Start by planning your backyard into levels. For instance, your paved patio can be overlooking the rest of your yard where you can have lower levels for a reading space. Levels help you section off parts of your backyard so you can have several settings to enjoy and little getaways for Mom or Dad.

Plant Natural Boundaries

Plant shrubs or hedges around the perimeter of your property to keep the noise and neighbours out. You’ll have serene greenery to gaze at instead of the neighbours’ yards. Make sure to buy the right kinds of shrubs or hedges to save on future maintenance. You can consult local experts like Langley’s own Cedar Rim Nursery. https://www.cedarrim.com/

Add Fragrant Plants to the Mix

Flowers in bloom are always beautiful to look at. If you can choose plants that release a pleasant fragrance, all the better. Try to plant lavender, peonies, lilac, and honeysuckle in your flower beds. They give off a sweet natural smell, but also fill out your garden with great colours. Visit Darvonda Nurseries for a wide selection of annuals you can plant to give you that mix of pleasant scents in your yard this summer. www.darvondanurseries.com

Purchase Patio Furniture and Accessories

Setting up functional areas are a must when designing your backyard. You want to be able have a sitting, lounging, and eating area if you have the space. Use a patio sectional to divide up your areas and accessorize to add a homey feel. If an extension of your home can’t provide shade, get a robust parasol to give you shelter from that summer sun.

Accessorize Your Summer

Come down to Coast Spas Lifestyles this May weekend to get up to 50% off luxury patio furniture, fire tables, and parasols. All at the lowest prices of the year.

Visit us HERE to find out about Coast Spas’ May Sale

3 HomeGrown BBQ Ideas to Kick Off Your Summer (Vegetarian Edition)

For all you vegetarians out there, Coast Spas Lifestyles has prepared a list of vegetable BBQ ideas to veg out for the Summer season.

Vegetable Foil Packets

Ingredients

  • 1 Medium Zucchini
  • 3 Medium Carrots
  • 12 ounces Baby Potatoes (350g)
  • 1 Large Red Onion
  • 2-4 Garlic Heads
  • 4 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Spice Mix

  • 1 tsp Dried Garlic
  • ¼ tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Sweet Paprika
  • 2 tbsp Marjoram
  • ¾ tsp Salt

Directions

  1. Preheat BBQ to 400°F (200°C)
  2. Light the barbecue and allow time for BBQ to heat up. Season the beef with salt and pepper, then cook for 8-10 mins on each side until well browned. Spoon over a little of the marinade as it cooks.
  3. Cut zucchini into chunks, peel and slice carrots, and cut baby potatoes into quarters. Cut onion into rings or quarters. Trim top of each garlic head (about quarter inch where stem is) so cloves are exposed.

Place all veggies in large bowl, except for garlic heads. Drizzle oil over veggies.

Prepare spice mix by combining all ingredients in small bowl.

Sprinkle seasoning over veggies and mix them until evenly coated.

Divide veggies into four sheets of foil.

Place garlic head open side down into large bowl where veggies were. Press down so the cloves suck up juices (oil +seasoning). Repeat with the rest of them. Place them in the middle of each packet.

Wrap each packet tight and place them onto the grill until done.

Get your fresh local veggies at Close to Home Organics https://www.closetohomeorganics.com grown right in the Fraser Valley.

Find the original recipe HERE

Courgette Lollipops

Ingredients

  • baby courgettes 8
  • lemons 2, zested and juiced
  • oregano 2 tbsp
  • dried chilli flakes 1 tbsp
  • clear honey 2 tbsp
  • olive oil 4 tbsp
  • black peppercorns ground to make 1 tsp

Directions

  1. Top and tail courgettes and cut each into 3 equal piece and put into shallow container.
  2. Mix together with lemon zest and juice, oregano, chilli, honey, oil, black pepper, and a good pinch of salt in a bowl. Gently mix and marinate for 3 hours or overnight.
  3. Ensure to soak wooden skewers in cold water for 30 minutes.
  4. Skewer courgette pieces and cook on indirect BBQ heat. Turn on all sides until grill marks appear and flesh is tender. Safe with remaining sauce for dipping.

http://earthapplefarm.com/

Find the original recipe HERE

Smoky Miso Aubergines

Ingredients

  • sake 30ml
  • mirin 30ml
  • white miso paste 70g
  • golden caster sugar 25g
  • baby aubergines 14

Pickled Mooli

  • toasted sesame oil
  • asian white radish (mooli) 1
  • caster sugar 1 tbsp
  • rice vinegar 5 tbsp

Directions

  1. To prep pickled Mooli, peel mooli and put through a spiralizer or shave into thin strips using vegetable peeler. Mix 1 tbsp sugar and vinegar with 3 tbsp water and stir until sugar has dissolved. Add the mooli, cover and chill.
  2. Heat barbecue to medium-high. Mix sake, mirin, miso and sugar in bowl. Halve aubergines lengthways and score flesh on diagonal, at about 2 cm intervals. Brush aubergines with sesame oil and season with a little salt. Grill for 2-4 minutes, until starting to turn golden and soften. Brush all over with miso paste.
  3. Grill again for another 15 minutes.
  4. Keep turning aubergines every few minutes to stop the sugar from catching, brushing with more of miso paste when turning them. Aubergine should be very soft all the way through and coated with sticky glaze, which is just starting to catch at the edges and turn golden brown.
  5. Serve with sesame seeds and spring onions scattered over, the pickled mooli and some steamed rice on the side.

http://www.rootsnatural.ca

Find the original recipe HERE

All these delicious BBQ recipes can be flawlessly executed with a Premium Barbecue. Drop by Coast Spas Lifestyles to get up to 25% off our Barbecues. Start your summer with a sizzle!

Visit us HERE to find out about Coast Spas’ May Sale

Drop by Coast Spas Lifestyle on May 11 to meet Canada’s BBQ Master, Rusty Johnson!

4 HomeGrown BBQ Ideas to Kick Off Your Summer

We wanted to share some ideas for your BBQ this summer. Just how we are locally handcrafted in Langley, or “Home Grown”, you can get your local home grown meats at the suggested local farms we shared with you below for each recipe.

Seared Beef with Orange & Chilli

Ingredients

  • 1½ kg piece skirt of beef
  • Zest of 2 oranges
  • 2 red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar

Directions

  1. Ensure to wipe meat and place in a large food bag. Mix together all ingredients then pour them into a plastic bag. Massage marinade into the beef through bag and put on a plate in the fridge for minimum 2 hours or overnight.
  2. Light the barbecue and allow time for BBQ to heat up. Season the beef with salt and pepper, then cook for 8-10 mins on each side until well browned. Spoon over a little of the marinade as it cooks.
  3. Remove beef from BBQ and let rest on a cutting board. Cover tightly with foil for 10 mins. Cut the beef across the grain into slices.

Order some local BC raised grass fed Beef with a click of button at Meatme.ca (https://www.meatme.ca/)

Find the original recipe HERE

Grilled Lamb Lollipops

Ingredients

  • 1 (8 bone, 2 pound) rack or lamb
  • 4 medium cloves of garlic, skinned, stemmed, pressed, crushed, or minced
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary or 2 teaspoons dried
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh coarse ground black pepper
  • Coarse salt to taste

Directions

  1. Prep. marinade by mixing garlic, rosemary, pepper, and water to let sit for an hour or more so the water can extract the flavours.This is a wet rub.
  2. Trim off fat cap and as much of fat near the bone. Cut the rack into four fat chops by slicing between every second bone. Try to make them the same thickness so they will cook at the same rate.
  3. Apply wet rub generously and let marinate for 3 or 4 hours.
  4. Preheat the grill for 2-zone cooking with the direct heat side on high.
  5. Cook. Warm the meat gently on the indirect side with the lid down until it hits about 125°F. Then move the chops over the direct side to sear the exterior. Leave the lid open and place the bones over a sheet of foil. Don't wrap the bones. When you turn the meat try not to drag it across the grates and scrape off the rub, but turn often, about every 2 minutes. Take it up to 130°F, 135°F for medium rare (rosy color) or 140°F for medium (pink).
  6. Use a coarse salt for the end, just before serving, like granules on a pretzel. Ensure to not apply too much.
  7. Plate and serve immediately.

Get locally grown Lamb from Johnston’s farm in Chilliwack.

Find the original recipe HERE

Grilled Pork Chops

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups ice water
  • 4 bone-in, centre-cut pork rib chops (1 inch thick and 8 ounces each)
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

Rub

  • 3 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon each garlic powder, onion powder, ground cumin and ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper

Directions

  1. Brine your pork by soaking it in a combination of salt, sugar, and 2 cups water in resealable bag. Make sure to combine the ingredients before by heating them up and then cooling them down with ice water. Make sure to turn the bag over once or twice to get the chops coated in the liquid.
  2. Place the plastic bag in a baking dish and refrigerate for 8 to 12 hours
  3. Remove chops from the brine and rinse under tap. Pat dry with a towel
  4. Brush chops with oil on both sides
  5. Mix rub ingredients together
  6. Gently pat down the rub on the chops and ensure they’re evenly covered
  7. Let the meat stand at 30 minutes
  8. Build heat on your BBQ before putting your chops on the grill
  9. Sear chops 4 to 6 minutes, flip and repeat

You can get your 100% Pasture Raised, SPCA certified, 100% Soy Free from Sumas Mountain Farms in Abbotsford. http://www.sumasmountainfarms.ca/pork.php

Find the original recipe HERE

Quick and Easy Summer BBQ Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 3 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 1/2 cups beer, ginger ale, apple cider, or apple juice

Directions

  1. Pour olive oil into a 2-cup liquid measuring cup
  2. Add pepper, salt, cumin, paprika, and cayenne pepper to oil olive
  3. Add garlic, onions, and parsley. Mix and slowly add beer
  4. Pour marinade over chicken in a ziploc bag. Remove air and seal.
  5. Turn bag gently side to side to make sure entire chicken is coated
  6. Place bag flat on a plate in the fridge for up to an hour, or overnight for best results
  7. Cook over open flame until done

Get your locally raised organic chicken from Fraser Valley Speciality Poultry. https://www.fvsp.ca

Find the original recipe HERE

All these delicious BBQ recipes can be flawlessly executed with a Premium Barbecue. Drop by Coast Spas Lifestyles to get up to 25% off our Barbecues. Start your summer with a sizzle!

Visit us HERE to find out about Coast Spas’ May Sale

Drop by Coast Spas Lifestyle on May 11 to meet Canada’s BBQ Master, Rusty Johnson!

Reader's Choice Award

Coast Spas Wins "Readers Choice Award" for 2013

Visitors to About.com, ranked as the 79th most visited site in the world (alexa.com), have chosen Coast Spas hot tubs as the best hot tub brand for 2013. About.com's annual Reader's Choice Awards places the top companies (nominated by their readers) against each other in a month-long voting race that is determined by their readers. Approximately 2% of internet users worldwide use about.com on a daily basis and there was an estimated 100,000 votes cast in the Best Hot Tub/Spa Category. Coast Spas was up against HotSprings Hot Tubs and Bullfrog Hot Tubs. Coast Spas dealerships from around the world asked their customers to vote and the result was a commanding win over the competition with Coast Spas finishing with 68% of the popular vote.

This is a huge recognition for the Coast Spas company that has shaken up the hot tub world with designs and innovations that has turned this one-time small operation into a globally recognized brand. Such as their patented infinity edge spas and commercial grade cyclonic filtration system. While other large manufacturers are outsourcing and moving their operations to countries with lower labour costs, Coast Spas' hot tubs are ALL built at their company headquarters just outside of Vancouver BC, and they partner with local businesses and employ over 200 people. In 2012 Coast Spas was recognized for their environmental initiatives by their home City of Langley and was a nominee for the Annual Environmental Hero Award.

Winning this prestigious award is great news for Coast Spas as they expect to grow and export more of their products around the globe as a result of this recognition. -In late 2012 Coast Spas was honored as a TOP 3 Consumer Products Exporter in BC at the annual CME BC Export Awards.

Coast Spas dedicates this award to their dealers around the world as the quality of their customer service was a determining factor in the worldwide perception of the brand. "We build a great product here, but the daily dedication and commitment of our dealers to ensuring that our customers have all their needs met beyond their expectations is the reason why we have so many happy customers today. Our dealers make us so proud and are a shining example of how businesses should treat and value their customers." - Don Elkington Founder and CEO of Coast Spas.