How one mom helped 60 refugee families feel welcome in Nova Scotia

Cherryl Oakes with her kids and Abdurrahman Elajmi, one of many new friends that she has made through the organization that she started. By her own admission, Cherryl Oake was never one for volunteering. But a call from a girlfriend about a newly arrived refugee family in a desperate situation changed everything. Rallying her community to … Read moreHow one mom helped 60 refugee families feel welcome in Nova Scotia

How a Green Bloc Community helped one mom build a stronger connection with her neighbours

The rescued piano that’s a focal point in Hale Woolliam’s Green Bloc Community Modern life is funny. We can live side-by-side with our neighbours — at times separated by only a thin wall — and still not really know who’s on the other side. We say, “Hello,” and exchange pleasantries, but for many, this life is wrought with isolation. … Read moreHow a Green Bloc Community helped one mom build a stronger connection with her neighbours

10 Ways You Can Make a Difference in Your Community

In 2012, Michelle Obama said, “Success isn’t about how much money you make; it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” As humans we yearn to make a difference, to leave our mark. And most of us know helping better others’ lives has positive impacts on our own — making us happier, more balanced, and instilling … Read more10 Ways You Can Make a Difference in Your Community

The Sleep Saver: How Sleep Doula Tracey Ruiz helps parents to get kids sleeping through the night

Sleep deprivation has become a way of life for many parents, and we wear our exhaustion like a badge of honour. We tell friends we can’t live without coffee getting us through, and confess we fall asleep with our kids most nights — or they end up in our bed. We’re trapped in bad habits that inhibit … Read moreThe Sleep Saver: How Sleep Doula Tracey Ruiz helps parents to get kids sleeping through the night

Connecting in the garden

Truth be told, I am not that interested in getting out into nature. I’m not a hiker, or particularly interested in pitching a tent unless at a music festival, and my preferred interests all take place in the house and usually involve a screen. I know however that this sets a horrible example to my … Read moreConnecting in the garden

5 Ways to Refresh Your Wardrobe On a Dime

Fashion, like the seasons, is always changing. And most of us want to look good, which means updating our wardrobes regularly. Staying fashionable and on trend with the latest looks is an expensive hobby, but looking cute and current need not break the bank. From up-cycling older looks to adding zing with new accessories, we’ve … Read more5 Ways to Refresh Your Wardrobe On a Dime

Parents with Purpose: Ethical Fashionista Jenny Muccioli

Jenny with her sons In 2013, 1100 people died in the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh, causing many to think about who really pays for our dependence on cheap fashion. But while most forgot and went back to buying ten dollar tees, Jenny Muccioli couldn’t let it go. Leaving a brilliant career in fashion merchandising to … Read moreParents with Purpose: Ethical Fashionista Jenny Muccioli

6 Ways to Bring More Purpose to Your Life

Despite the hectic speed of life in 2018 many of us feel like something is missing from our daily grind. We want to make a difference in the world but aren’t sure where to start, so we move through life feeling numb and craving the connection our longform to-do lists fail to provide. But it … Read more6 Ways to Bring More Purpose to Your Life

Parents with Purpose: Indigenous Harvester Leigh Joseph

Leigh Joseph cedar harvesting in Squamish with daughter, Ava, and son, Jake. Through her company, The Wild Botanicals, Leigh Joseph marries traditional indigenous knowledge and education in ethnobotony with marketing savvy, resulting in a line of gorgeous beauty products. Ingredients are harvested by hand and the line is made in small batches, then each product is … Read moreParents with Purpose: Indigenous Harvester Leigh Joseph

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