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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Mom & Medicine Lake. Jasper National Park is truly one of our country’s most beautiful places.

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Novelist Eudora Welty once said, “a good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.” These days these moments are captured on a multitude of platforms: Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, Facebook and Instagram. Of all of these, Instagram, to me is one of the easiest-to-use, most positive in terms of engagement.

We have a wealth of fantastic photographers from Canada who traipse through both the true north strong and free and beyond, immortalizing animals, landscapes and people. Since it’s Friday and the window to your weekend of (hopefully) relaxing, chilling and perhaps some Instagram scrolling, here are my top 10 Canadian travel photographers, in no particular order.  Read more