Love Your Mother: An Etsy Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Nab mom some handmade gifts from Etsy this Mother's Day.

I had a business meeting recently and at the end my colleague asked, ‘So what’s new with you?’ 

I said soccer, gardening, and my love of the sun are keeping things humming along at home these days. That and a little trip with my kiddo and mom off-island for Mother’s Day. 

“When is Mother’s Day again?” A slightly panicked tone sailed out his lips. 

“This Sunday!” I grinned watching him squirm as only a forgetful dad can. 

“Thanks friend. Seriously, thank you,” he said as he walked away. 

If you’re looking for a fabulous gift for your mama, baby mama, baby mama-to-be or step-mama then Etsy is a fabulous place to start. Not to sound like a broken record for all of you who have been reading Anchors+Proteas for a while, but locally made, indie small businesses specializing in handmade goods are the BEST. On a holiday that’s full of gratitude and love, why turn to places like Hallmark and Walmart when you can nab a handmade treasure from a maker.

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March 2019 Anthology: Lady Power Month Edition

womens history
Happy Womens’ History Month

Happy Womens’ History Month! This last March has been all about the leading women in my life. From my mom helping out with childcare while I was on an epic work trip, to the gal pal who taught me to ‘throw my hip’ in my new LBD to my amazing colleagues past and present. My lady posse exists throughout British Columbia but are they’re also sprinkled like the brightest fucking sparkle confetti in the political wilds of Quebec, the stampeding flatlands of Alberta and the far, far away playgrounds of Australia, the US and South Africa. My women are the ones I turn to in joy and pain, sunshine and rain (to paraphrase these dudes).

This anthology rounds up some of the best bits of the internet currently tipping its hat to women while also educating us on leadership, great eats and confidence-building dance moves.

Pictured above: Moon Wind Trading Co in Yucca Valley, CA, a shop full of ephemera, weavings, crystals, clothes and more. I met a lovely hostess one night at Pappy & Harriet’s and then the next day met here again while she was working at Moon Wind for her very pregnant BFF who owns the place.

The Alison Show – an new instagram to follow featuring pelvic thrusts and booty shakes.

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Time travels: 2018 in photos

The Kettle Valley Railway bridge in Tulameen, B.C.

Neil deGrasse Tyson says, “Photography is a form of time travel.”

If that’s true then in the last few years, the human race has become expert time travellers. With the proliferation cameras in our pockets at all times combined with social media, photography as time travel now happens every day.

So this begs the question? Where did you ‘time travel’ in the past year? I went to a tonney of small towns, some fabulous concerts and maybe a bakery or cocktail bar or two.

It would take me until April to write up pithy, fun summaries of the trips I took throughout British Columbia and Haida Gwaii this year, so instead I’m sharing some of my favourite photos from the past year of road trips, funktastic hotel stays and playtime inside and out. Enjoy hopping the space-time continuum with me for a wee while.

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Ear Candy: The Best Podcasts for Long Trips

The Best Podcasts for Long Trips
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Podcasts are to 2018 what those yellow Sony Sports Walkmans were to 1992. They’re hip. They’re ubiquitous. They are super practical for those long walks, flights and road trips. Above all podcast help me balance my heart and brain. For instance, on a two day drive to my home town…

It feels like everyone is listening to podcasts these days. But just as there was a TONNE of cassettes to choose to play in your Sony Walkman Sports WM-B52, there are a tonne of podcasts to choose to download. Finding the good ones, the ones that speak to your soul, tell you how to run your business, fill your ears with great conversations, make you LOL or weep like someone who has just cut up a sack of onions, this is the goal. The podcasts that illicit awe, wonder, inspiration or brain activity are usually the golden ones. The ear candy. The shows you ALWAYS download before a trip.

Here’s a list of my podcast go-to’s for those long ass drives to Prince George or short(ish) flights to Vancouver.  Read more