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We’ve all done it.
Left the heat on, I mean.
You head out for the weekend, and then you realize: craaaaaap. I’ve left the heat cranked. (Hey, it was a cold winter!) Heating a completely empty house. $$$ pretty much flying out the air exchanger, not to mention using unnecessary fossil fuels. And the same applies to the air conditioning in the summer. Mmm, delicious power grid failure. Wait, what?
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a way to adjust heating or cooling when you weren’t home? (more…)
Oh, winter. You are just refusing to leave, aren’t you. Can’t take a hint. Although at this point it’s not a hint, it’s an outright invitation to leave. But leave it will, and soon it will be time for outdoors, for beaches and parks, for sunscreen and hats. I promise!
So it’s time to stock up. Honest.com has a quick sale on – 50% off select spring essentials: sunblock lotion, sun hats, swim shirts with code SUNNYTIMES. This offer runs from March 26, 2015 through March 29, 2015. And seriously, check out how adorbs their summer gear is, like this kids’ UPF 50 Swim Shirt or these hot hats! (more…)
There’s so much out there for the Holidays, but it’s really important to me to give something that people will love. Otherwise, it’s wasteful, and waste is a drag. Plus, knowing that your loved one is enjoying your gift is just the greatest feeling. The best way to ensure you’re giving something someone else will love? Knowing you already love it yourself.
Clothes are fun. Oh my, clothes are fun. But as a busy mom slash businessperson, I also need clothes to be functional.
LNBF (Leave Nothing But Footprints) generously shared a few pieces of their Fall/Winter collection with me. This is really exciting for a few reasons. 1. New clothes wooo! 2. Ecofriendly clothes wooo! 3. Holiday shopping time wooo! But the question really was, does LNBF stuff stand up to the promise? Ecofriendly and comfortable? Stylish and durable? (more…)
I grew up in the country. The first home I remember was surrounded by farmers’ fields – cows grazing, haygrass blowing in the wind. I became a city dweller many (many) (ssshh) years ago. And I’ve always loved the city. But even in the middle of the bustle, I’ve always sought out green space. I love the energy of the city, but finding a green oasis or even getting completely out into the country reminds me: being constantly surrounded by people and concrete is disconnected from what actually keeps us alive. Fields growing food. Animals grazing. Watersheds cleaning away the toxins we spew in to them every day. Vast forests scrubbing clean the air we breathe. (more…)
Gosh, I love coffee. It’s not just an “I must have caffeine” addiction: I really enjoy drinking it. I love the warmth, the roasty aroma, the cultural routine around “meeting for coffee” and the intimacy that brings. At home, I make a latte every morning. We have this gorgeous old Jura espresso machine that cost us a bloody fortune somewhere around 10 or so years ago, and over the years I’ll easily say it’s made 10,000 cups of coffee, give or take a few hundred. 10,000! That’s a lot. And we drink what I would call an average amount of coffee.
The calendar says that the new year starts on January 1. But for me, the new year always starts in September. It’s in my DNA, now: new grades, new classes, new schools, new homes, new beginnings, new lives. For me, it has almost always started in September. (more…)
Are you at loose ends this weekend? This sounds like a fantastic Green event for you Toronto folk – the LiveGreen Toronto Festival at Yonge and Dundas square, this Saturday from 11-8 pm. There will be a green Street Market, a fun Kids Zone, A Swapsity Swap zone, super informative and interactive presentations on the community stage and super fun and danceable entertainment on the main stage. Lots more information on their website – hop on a subway and come on down for a fun green afternoon!
From the inbox today, I came across a supah-fun email. Do you need a pretty summer dress or a light cardigan in case of evening breezes? Toronto’s LNBF (Leave Nothing But Footprints) has some nice summer markdowns on very versatile (and comfy-looking) pieces. I really love this Jasmine dress – the crossover is very flattering and I just love a swirly skirt – with pockets! – in the summer. I’d pair that with this supernice Daisy cardigan – short in front, nice and long in back. (more…)
Last weekend was just so gorgeous. Sunny and warm and beautiful. This summer (yes, I’m calling it summer already) almost feels like it’s too good to be true, after last winter’s misery. But it’s already going so fast – it’s June! My sorels are barely dry and there’s still a pile of hats and scarves at the front door because I feel like it’s tempting fate to put them away. (more…)
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