Growing food and family values

There’s something about understanding just how hard you have to work for a 10-pound bag of potatoes that’s really valuable, and not just in terms of money.

Stitching together community

The women behind Nelson Stitch Lab understand that what they’re ultimately creating is a stronger and more sustainable community.

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

Georgian Bay Soapworks 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…

DIY Files: Get your clean on

  If you’ve read any of my previous posts, you probably know I like to make a lot of the things I use regularly: makeup, body scrubs, face masks, deodorant, produce bags. There’s something intensely appealing about being able to create the things you need yourself. Keeping things clean is also important to me. But…

DIY Files: Homemade Cosmetics

Over the past few years, I’ve been dipping my toes into DIY culture. So far I’ve embraced backyard and container gardening, tried my hand at sewing (which I love — but boy, do I need A LOT of practice), and dabbled with homemade balms, scrubs, and lotions.   One of the many things that really speak to…

DIY Files: Homemade Sunscreen

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…

Homemade Deodorant: A How To

Ever since I started making my own body products I’ve wanted to give DIY deodorant a try. I already shun antiperspirant — except in extreme situations — to avoid the aluminum salts that plug pores and keep me from sweating. And I’d love to curb buying high priced pit sticks that travel long distances before hitting the shelves at…

Upcycle Style: crafty hacks that breathe new life into old clothes

I don’t know about you but I have a lot of clothes — too many really. I’m not always sure where they came from. I don’t even buy that much — except exercise gear, because hot yoga — but between semi-regular swap hauls, thrifting, unexpected gifts, and my inability to let go it seems my closet’s always bulging at the seams….