Loving Our Lakes with Rochelle Byrne

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxPxah0hnzs&w=560&h=315 Rochelle Byrne is the Executive Director at A Greener Future and mom to 3-year old Linden. Rochelle’s organization has frequent litter cleanups around the shores of Lake Ontario. But it’s not just about litter. Bringing seniors, teens and even little kids like Linden together around a common purpose, creates a sense of community and … Read moreLoving Our Lakes with Rochelle Byrne

Learning to Listen

laura langevin

Laura Langevin is the founder of Echoes in the Attic, a Bradford, ON, company making gorgeous purses from designer fabrics diverted on their way to landfill.

“Does it bring joy?”

KonMari consultant Helen Youn helps moms find joy and reduce stress through decluttering When Helen Youn sits down with a client at the beginning of a KonMari tidying-up session, one of the first questions she asks is, “Do you entertain?” So much of the time, says Helen, the answer is no — “because they’re too anxious and embarrassed about the … Read more“Does it bring joy?”

How menu planning changed the lives of one Ontario family

Chantal Garneau and her family eat the same thing every day and it doesn’t suck. Not only that, but this type of menu planning has slashed her family’s food budget and eliminated food waste from their lives. If that weren’t amazing enough, she says they also have more energy and time, feel healthier and calmer, … Read moreHow menu planning changed the lives of one Ontario family

Ontario mom Sarah Robertson-Barnes and her granola bar battle

Sarah Robertson-Barnes is engaged in an ongoing, pitched — and, really, kind of funny — battle with her five- and seven-year-old sons about (wait for it) granola bars. The kids are devotees of the sweet and crunchy snacks, but their mom is equally, if not more, devoted to a low-waste lifestyle, one that has her family producing as little … Read moreOntario mom Sarah Robertson-Barnes and her granola bar battle

A balloon-free birthday party won’t burst your kid’s bubble

Ideas for greener birthday parties I’m planning my baby’s birthday party. By baby, of course, I mean my middle-schooler, who is quickly ageing out of birthday parties — this one could be the last. And while two or three hours with a bunch of screaming tweens hyped up on cake isn’t entirely my idea of a relaxing way to spend … Read moreA balloon-free birthday party won’t burst your kid’s bubble

Bringing nature to the classroom and the classroom into the wild

Natasha Robertson grew up in the tiny town of Ignace, Ontario (population 1,202). “We lived on a dirt road with three other houses, outside of town,” says the 41-year-old mother of two. She remembers a childhood filled with the freedom to explore outside as much as possible, of wandering through the woods, building tree forts, … Read moreBringing nature to the classroom and the classroom into the wild

How one Indigenous mom builds bridges and connections through education and community

As a child, Kayla Mansfield-Brown attended monthly zone meetings for off-reserve Native communities with her mother but has little recollection of her Native identity shaping her life much in those early years. Things changed though, at nine or 10, when her mother was hired as a facilitator through the Native Council. Suddenly her mom was … Read moreHow one Indigenous mom builds bridges and connections through education and community

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