The sincerest form of flattery

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…

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…

I don’t need more hangers — I need fewer things.

Did you know that the average American home contains more than 300,000 items? Three. Hundred. Thousand. I don’t have similar stats for Canada, but I wouldn’t be surprised to find out we’re in a similar situation north of the border, what with our snow boots, paper clips, stray bits of paper, pieces of Lego — and, of course,…

Ipsy Daisy: Why I’m cancelling my Glam Bag delivery

As I returned home from midday errands the other day — I spotted a familiar sight waiting in my mailbox. The unmistakable hot pink of an Ipsy bubble-mailer. Ipsy, for those not in the know, is a beauty-bag subscription service. Each month subscribers receive a curated collection of five (usually sample size) beauty items delivered to their…

Growing our own in the city

Even though it’s tons of work and likely won’t yield much, I am attempting to grow my first garden plot — in the city. Like most kids his age, my 9-year-old spends an inordinate amount of time glued to screens and not nearly enough time plugged into nature. As a family, we try to get outside as…

Some thoughts on “upgrading”

“Hi,” began the message on my voicemail: “I’m calling to talk about your car.” Apparently, the nice woman from the dealership told me, my 2012 vehicle is in high demand by used car buyers, especially so because the model is no longer in production. She invited me to bring it in for an appraisal, to…

Back to our Roots…

Photo by Łukasz Maźnica on Unsplash I grew up extremely close with my grandfather. He was a salt-of-the-earth type of man from a tiny little Newfoundland town called Champney’s West. The house he was born in still stands, directly across a poorly cared for road overlooking the Atlantic. Four years ago our family moved from the city to…

An essay on trust

The complex nature of loving the independence of a 10 year old versus the worry that something awful will happen to her.