A finished Habit Studio project Nova Scotia mom, Lorrie Rand introduces us to passive design “Chronic renovators.” That’s how Lorrie Rand describes herself and her husband, and for good reason. The house in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, where they live with their 21-year-old daughter and 17-year-old son has been in a near constant state of flux since they … Read moreIs the future passive?
Oh, Canada. Eh? When Melanie Tapson and her husband, Brad, were looking to put down roots in Toronto, Ontario, finding just the right location was key. When they finally settled in Leslieville, a community that runs adjacent to the Don River in the east end of the city, it was the balance of comfort and convenience … Read moreQuiet Revolutions: three Canadian moms on mindful consumption and raising hope
A genuine desire to imitate comes from a place of inspiration. When one person styles themselves after another — through attitude, action, or even dress — it’s because they’ve been inspired enough to make a change in themselves. That’s powerful. Back in the late 90s/early 00s my friend Amy and I had a little company called Battleaxe Folk, that promoted … Read moreThe sincerest form of flattery
A pre-Christmas market haul As a freelance writer and part-time bartender, Saturdays are possibly my favourite day of the week. It’s not like I actually get the day off, per say, but I can usually push off most work-life todos in favour of spending a stretch of time focused on me and the teen. But, since … Read moreLiving la vida local: how buying local creates connections and community
Now that spring has fully sprung on the East Coast and temperatures have started to rise as days stretch longer, the promise of summer has me daydreaming about (and planning for) a season of fun. Thoughts of long hikes along rugged coastal cliffs and longer, languid days bumming around our beaches or puttering in the … Read moreDIY Files: Homemade Sunscreen
Heading out One of the neat things about working with on this project is getting an in depth look at all the incredible things — like building playgrounds, growing asparagus, and greening schools — us mamas do. Sharing stories about moms doing their most to make a difference is gratifying and — on most days — gives me hope and fuels my inspiration. … Read moreWalking the ‘hood
After relocating from Edmonton, Alberta to Prince Rupert, British Columbia with her family in 2015, Sarah Dantzer was struck by the lack of traditional neighbourhoods in their new community. A few weeks later — inspired by a speaker at a local event — Dantzer founded the Rupert Rubbish Roundup. Now in its third year, the Roundup combines connection and … Read moreHow one B.C. mom is creating community by rounding up rubbish