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

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, … Read moreI don’t need more hangers — I need fewer things.

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 … Read moreIpsy Daisy: Why I’m cancelling my Glam Bag delivery

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 … Read moreThe sincerest form of flattery

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 … Read moreSome thoughts on “upgrading”

Why I ditched my to-do list in favour of getting outside

It would’ve been easy to stay at home on Sunday, easy to catch up on errands and house stuff, laundry and shopping lists, to attempt to cull the relentless accumulation of domestic clutter that builds up over the course of days and weeks. It would’ve been easy to stay home and try to tame my … Read moreWhy I ditched my to-do list in favour of getting outside

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 … Read moreBack to our Roots…

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