Category Archives: simple living

New Year’s Resolutions

I am not a person who makes New Year’s resolutions – mostly because it feels cliché. I do try, though, throughout the year to do things that will make me a better person, that will impact others, and that matter. … Continue reading

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By the Side of the Road

The thrifting ethic runs deep in my family – I think we may actually have developed a gene (which sounds so much better than “addiction”, doesn’t it?) My niece, Alivia, may actually put most of my family to shame. I … Continue reading

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The Laundry, The Laundry!

Anyone remember that great Charlotte Diamond song about the laundry? So fun. I actually don’t mind doing laundry all that much although if someone invented clothes that would put themselves away after they’ve been washed, that would be awesome. I … Continue reading

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Misses Clause

You’ve certainly heard about Santa Claus but have you heard about Misses Clause? I learned about this from the folks over at WIN thrift shop in Victoria. The Misses Clause states that: Any gift given in good will around the … Continue reading

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A Peace Minded Traveler

Today I want to introduce you to one of my favourite people, a friend and fellow writer and someone who always challenges me as he challenges the norms of society. Aiden Enns is the founder and editor of an award-winning … Continue reading

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A New Resolve

Last week, I wrote about That Resolution. Today, I’m writing about This One. On New Year’s Day I went to a yoga class at Haven Wellness and Yoga in Abbotsford – a fabulous new studio here in town. The owner, … Continue reading

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About that Resolution…

So last year, in January, I made a public resolution. Here’s what I said: I’m going to start by being more diligent about curbside composting. There’s still a lot of stuff going into my garbage back that should be composted … Continue reading

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Christmas Movies with a Message

What’s the message, you ask? An Anti-Consumerism message! I LOVE (certain) Christmas movies and there are certain movies that we watch each and every year, including several versions of A Christmas Carol (Alistair Simms, of course, the Muppet version and … Continue reading

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The Thrift-Consumer Debate Revisited

A friend recently challenged me again on the whole thrift/consumer debate: does thrift shopping simply encourage consumerism? It’s an interesting conversation. The argument is that since you’re paying peanuts for an item, you buy it even if you’re never going … Continue reading

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Cheap Date

Last month I overheard a conversation. A group of young adults were discussing the etiquette of dating, specifically whether the male or the female should pay for a date. One young woman said that she felt it was appropriate for … Continue reading

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