Eco-Conscious Halloween Accessories :: Etsy

Eco-Conscious Halloween Accessories :: Etsy

Maybe you aren’t one for dressing up completely on the crazy night of Halloween, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get in the spirit. This is a list of some of my favorite accessories from the artisans of Etsy, to help yourself get in the mood and looking right on a spooky night. Read more

Eco-Friendly Halloween Decor Ideas :: Etsy

Eco-Friendly Halloween Decor Ideas :: Etsy

It’s that spooky time of year again. And once again another holiday producing disposable one-use decorations that go out for one day and thrown away the next. But, it doesn’t have to be that way! I’ve come up with some ideas on how to replace those disposable “no-go’s” for reusable ones! But first, I thought we would start off with a little history lesson about Halloween…

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Houseplant Planters and Pots from Etsy

Houseplant Planters and Pots from Etsy

Ok crazy houseplant people!
If you don’t already know Etsy, it’s the only place I will shop online. It is full of artisans, vintage collectors, and entrepreneurs trying to support themselves. It also just so happens to be FILLED with amazing planters and houseplant pots. I collected some of my FAVORITE planters and put together this amazing list to share with you all. (The animal planters are my favorites… shhh….)

 

Just click the photos to be taken to the original page. 

ENJOY! And happy planting! Read more

Eco-Conscious Back to School / Back to Work Supplies :: Etsy

Eco-Conscious Back to School / Back to Work Supplies :: Etsy

Summer is coming to an end and it’s back to school, back to work, and back to “reality”. At least that’s what some people say. Personally, I designed my life that so all 365 days feel like reality. The weather changes and the temperature too, but my view of life remains the same. My goals are still there, my dreams still dancing in my head, my attitude consistent (for the most part).

But for some of us who have taken a reasonable rest from their jobs or schools, are beginning again now in Autumn.

Are you prepared? Are you thinking of ways to bring some change into your day-to-day during the new season?

How about starting with some reusable, recycled, re-found essentials? Read more

How to Find Locals So You Can Support Locals.

How to Find Locals So You Can Support Locals.

So you’re on the road, you’ve been cruising and it’s time to eat! One problem, you’re sick of going to the same chain restaurants and supporting the same big companies. Your heart believes in supporting locally but sometimes it’s just hard to find the small local businesses.

I’ve come up with 5 different tips on how to find locals. Read more

DIY Summer Crafts & Projects :: Etsy.andthebee

DIY Summer Crafts & Projects :: Etsy.andthebee

It’s finally summertime! After a lengthy Spring here in Canada the rain is finally taking a break and the sun is burning hot. So when you’re not at the beach, in the garden or on the patio, it might be a good idea to spend a moment indoors and cool off. I’ve gathered together some awesome DIY kits from the wonderful Etsy for some ideas on what to do in your spare time. Just click on the title or the photo to be taken to the Etsy page. Read more

Canada Day Gifts :: Etsy.andthebee

Canada Day Gifts :: Etsy.andthebee

It’s Canada Day coming up and just like every other holiday, there is a lot of controversy around it. So before going through some of my favorite items from the Etsy Editor’s Picks for Canada Day, I thought it would be good to talk about some of this controversy.

I highly recommend reading this article that was posted on CBC called “What I Choose to Celebrate on This Day Called Canada Day.” Read more

Eat Local :: A Guest Post! HistoricalCookingProject.andthebee

Eat Local :: A Guest Post! HistoricalCookingProject.andthebee

andthebee had the opportunity to write a guest post for The Historical Cooking Project. It talks about the origins of local food and it’s effects on the environment, the economy, and the health of human beings. To learn more about the history of local food and tips on how to eat more locally, click the blog post below!
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Salmon Arm Local Boutique :: Chris.andthebee

Salmon Arm Local Boutique :: Chris.andthebee

Salmon Arm Local Boutique
Our story begins…

In the beginning, Chris and his business partner Karen ran a local clothing store for a few years. They had items from local artists but mostly falling in the fashion genre. And just as many of our past interviewees have told me, there was always talk amongst the locals of not having a place in town for the various local artisans. Chris and Karen came across an available space in an old Canadian Tire building and thought it would be an awesome place to take on the project. A project that would finally supply a home to 94+ artists from the Shuswap. And so we have… Read more