Ontario artist Annette Gaffney turns trash into treasures

For as long as she can remember, Annette Gaffney has felt the urge to create. “There are kids who pick fights with their brothers just to be sent to their room so they can draw for hours… That was me.” After high school, she worked as a legal assistant in Toronto by day and took art courses … Read moreOntario artist Annette Gaffney turns trash into treasures

How Ontario mom, Sue Jagt, lives and works off the grid

Sue Jagt is a true pioneer. When they were young, two of her three sons had minor skin conditions, so she took a course on how to make her own soap. By her own admission, the first few batches were terrible. But the Meaford, Ont., mom persevered and kept experimenting. When her youngest son was … Read moreHow Ontario mom, Sue Jagt, lives and works off the grid

This summer, Toronto mom Hasina Lookman is turning city kids into farmers

After a 20-year career spent managing high-profile corporate projects and travelling the globe (visiting more than 45 countries, and living in eight), Hasina Lookman was ready for a change. She wanted the autonomy to do something she loved that would make a difference in the lives of others. But what? Her 10-year-old daughter, Mira, suggested … Read moreThis summer, Toronto mom Hasina Lookman is turning city kids into farmers

How Emma Rohmann, Founder of Green at Home, Throws a Kids’ Birthday Party That Isn’t Garbage

Kid birthday parties are garbage — literally. One of the first things mom-of-two, Emma Rohmann, noticed about birthday parties attended by her six-year-old daughter was just how much waste they generated. The decorations, the food and serving dishes, even the loot bags. Early on, Emma — who was profiled by WFHP last year — realized she’d have to “shut [her] brain off” or … Read moreHow Emma Rohmann, Founder of Green at Home, Throws a Kids’ Birthday Party That Isn’t Garbage

Weird and wonderful ways my family saves water

Water. It’s one of those resources you don’t even notice until you are suddenly without it. Then you can probably think of little else. At least that’s how I imagine it was for my friend Sarah, who lives in South Africa, during a recent drought. A reminder message. Cape Town, South Africa. Photo: S Rade Current … Read moreWeird and wonderful ways my family saves water

How a bacon-loving family survived eating less meat

Veggie Delights One of my former colleagues — a yoga instructor and vegan blogger — leads an exemplary lifestyle. The few times we’ve met in person I found myself rambling on about how I’d go vegetarian in a heartbeat if my family would only get on board. And furthermore, how I had no intention of becoming a short-order cook. … Read moreHow a bacon-loving family survived eating less meat

​Making periods less painful

I love being a woman. What I don’t love so much is menstruating — or rather, the monthly insult that is added to the injury (so to speak) every cycle. Bleeding may be natural but I’ll tell you what is not: the layers upon layers of packaging and plastic wrap on every individual pad and liner sold … Read more​Making periods less painful

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