Quite easily I can say that October is a favourite month of many. From the pumpkin spice lattes to the changing colours of leaves and of course the perfect time to light a candle, October marks the fall season that so many of us love. But for others, October is also a month dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness. For our creator and owner of Kat & Gio Candles, Stella Mazza, this month especially resonates close to her heart. During 2004 she had her own battle with breast cancer and while in the hospitals receiving treatments Stella met countless young girls, around the age of her own daughter at the time, that were also battling and struggling everyday with life-threatening illnesses. She thought to herself ‘what could she do’ for these children who have been through so much to brighten their days. Nearly one year later in 2005, Stella created and founded a charitable event called “Princess for A Day”. For one day a year, during the month of October, young girls across Manitoba are welcomed to an unforgettable experience of becoming a Princess for a day. From each receiving their own princess gown, to a hair and make-up makeover, the girls get to forget about the treatments and needles and appointments that take up most of their day-to-day lives.
“A profound realization occurred after watching my 3-year-old dancing in a princess ball gown I had purchased for her. I suddenly imagined countless little girls whom are battling life threatening illnesses, enjoying a moment like this. Upon recovering to a healthier state after a year of chemotherapy, surgeries, and radiation, my desire was to generate much joy back into our lives. The idea of creating an event for these young girls to experience a transformation into a princess, especially those living through a difficult time, was my top priority for the year. After conveying my desire to execute Princess for a Day to director of Children’s Wish, Maria Toscano, and receiving her approval, the inaugural took place October 9, 2005. Today Princess for a Day continues to be a highlight of the year for my family and for many little girls.” ~Stella Mazza
For 13 years, this event has run as a volunteer-based event with 100% of its’ proceeds being donated to supporting programs and initiatives set forth and carried out by Mazza DaydreamerKids on behalf of Children Charities throughout Manitoba. This year on October 14th, I was happy to have been one of the volunteers to help Stella keep this tradition running. The smiles and joy throughout the day that I had seen truly touched my heart. You can read more about this annual event and see pictures from previous years on the Princess for A Day website (https://www.princessforaday.ca) or Facebook Page.
As November progresses, we approach another event hosted by Stella, called the “Holiday Carnival for Kidz”. For one day during the first week of December, the Holiday Carnival features an indoor midway with Disney princesses, superheroes and old Saint Nick himself, Santa Claus. Last year nearly 100 children battling life-threatening illnesses and their families got to enjoy the day to forget about doctor visits and hospitals. Keep watch for the overview next month of how the event went this year.
It’s time! As a new member to the KAT & GIO team I’ll be running our newest website addition: the KAT & GIO Blog! Who am I? My name is Leah Phillips… a lover of candles, tea fanatic and DIY enthusiast! I’m a Winnipeg born-and-raised girl with a love for the little things in life as well as a strong believer that the energy you put out into the world will be the vibes you receive back. Think positive, be positive, live positive.
A brief profile of myself would include becoming a recent college graduate with a diploma in Business, an energetic soccer player, music lover of all genres, and frequent outdoors explorer. As I’m sure many college students could relate to, countless days of college were packed full with tests, notes, studying and classes. To say the least, the student life could become very stressful if not handled properly. You seldom see me in school hallways without a freshly steeped travel mug of tea to fuel me, however, my best stress relieving trick was accompanying any late-night study session with an organic candle.
I am an avid believer in natural products, from make-up, to healthy eating, to my candles. My belief is to surround myself with as less toxins as possible, assisting me in a healthier lifestyle. Knowing this about me, and recognizing my love for candles, a close friend gifted me with a new candle last Christmas from a company I had never heard of before. This candle was my first introduction to KAT & GIO Aromatherapy Gemstone Candles! I raved about this unique candle burning experience to everyone in my world. The clean palm wax base, natural wood wick, pure essential oils, and of course stunning presence of raw gemstones… all combined in one candle was exactly what I craved for my study sessions.
Being the frequent social media user that I am, I made an Instagram post about my excitement with this new addition to my organic candle collection. In addition I was thrilled to find the collection was made locally, right here in Winnipeg! This post came to the attention of Stella Mazza, founder and creative director for KAT & GIO Co. Stella, an entrepreneur and successful business woman, is constantly conjuring up fun, new and exciting ideas. Little did I know at the time, she had a plan in mind for a young candle enthusiast like myself. To my surprise, Stella and I had a close mutual friend who jumped at the opportunity of introducing the two of us to one another. Immediately upon meeting her, I was inspired by Stella’s outgoing and positive energy , and her drive to succeed and manage opportunities presented to her! I was thrilled when she invited me to join the KAT & GIO Co. team!
I am currently now a key staff member of KAT & GIO Co. with the title of Project Manager, working hand-in-hand with Stella to design our social media platforms, create promotional strategies and overall support the development of KAT & GIO candles as a company. I couldn’t have asked for a more exciting opportunity to shape my business skills and grow as one with a company that I have such a passion and enthusiasm towards.
Each hand-crafted luxury candle is assuredly a unique and stunning piece for any room. I have owned various natural soy-wax candles but KAT & GIO candles were the first palm-wax candle I’ve owned. They’re clean burning and have a visually beautiful appeal. Unlike any other candles I’ve owned as well, the KAT & GIO candles include two gemstones, embedded in the wax. Gemstones are known for their various therapeutic benefits that increase positive energies, boost moods and more!
Each month I’ll be posting on this blog, touching on many topics, like therapeutic gemstone properties, benefits of using pure essential oils, and many fun tips, tricks and DIY’s!
Overall KAT & GIO candles provide a unique and luxurious experience with the quality ingredients they possess, and I’m excited to share this information with you.
Join me in this blog to follow my KAT & GIO experiences, the special promotions, offers and an overall outlook on how to live a healthy, positive, self-loving life.