Nothing gives me greater pleasure at Elasticpantcity than the opportunity to work with a company I can get behind, ethically and because I truly love their products. Uncommon Goods was created in 1999 when founder Dave Bolotsky decided to created an online marketplace to connect makers and their creations with individuals looking for truly special goods, regardless of the physical distance between the maker and the shopper.
Uncommon Goods is passionate about minimizing their environmental impact, working with artists to use sustainable or recycled materials whenever possible, choosing environmentally friendlier packing materials, and printing their catalog on Forest Stewardship Council [FSC] certified and recycled paper. They also support non-profit organizations through Better to Give, a program they created that allows customers to choose a partner for Uncommon Goods to donate $1 to with every order.
With Mother’s Day just around the corner I was on the hunt for a special gift for my mom and I discovered Uncommon Goods has a wonderfully curated selection of gifts for Mother’s Day. I eventually settled on the Links of Love Necklace by Beth Lawrence. She created this stunning yet simple necklace, along with a bracelet and a pair of earrings, while she was pregnant with her first child. Beth says this piece, “subtly represents the ineffably strong connection a mother shares with her child…the joined pieces are evocative of the infinite connection we possess with the special people in our lives and a reminder that they’re always there for us as we carry on through life’s struggles and successes.”
I gave the necklace to my mom early (Ha! So I could write this post) and she loved the style and significance of it. Happy Mother’s Day Mommy!
.I’ve experienced some difficult events in the past few weeks yet I feel overwhelmingly grateful. I believe that joy can be found in suffering and I also have so much to be thankful for, even when hard times hit.
Anyways I wanted to come here to share all I’m thankful and/or excited about and combine it with a little outfit post.
For years I’ve considered myself a new-comer to city-living and an interloper in the cultural life of Vancouver. Then suddenly, in conversations with others, I’ve realized that our family has lived in Vancity for longer than many of the people we speak to. We’re coming close to a decade of living life in Vancouver which means A. We’re getting older and B. It might be time to consider ourselves firmly rooted and true-blue locals.
With that said, I’ve only become more passionate about supporting the cultural life of Vancouver. Most kids growing up in Vancouver have experienced an Arts Umbrella class at some point; whether a dance, theatre, painting or pottery class (to name a few). Arts Umbrella programs offer a huge support to youth pursuing their interests in the arts.
Arts Umbrella is soon presenting its family-friendly 2016 Theatre and Music Expressions Festival: an annual showcase celebrating the boundless creativity of young talent, running from May 11 to 22, 2016, at Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island.
One of the most gratifying parts of homeschooling is being able to take my kids on field trips that are work-related for me but also great learning opportunities for them. Last week I taught them about industry; how there are many types and we specifically delved into the snack making industry. I was invited by Life Bites, a family-friendly North Vancouver company that makes organic, chocolate covered and sprinkled with coconut or hemp seeds, dehydrated banana snacks, to see their factory space. Their snacks are free from fillers and preservatives and deliciously addictive.
Hi friends, it’s been a while! I go through times where I have to step back and decide what the heck am I doing and is it worth while. This blog has always been a great escape for me but sometimes I experience writer’s block and every day life leaves me feeling so very tired. The thought of picking up a camera and creating a story becomes a mountainous endeavour.
Recently a friend asked me if I was busy blogging full time and I was caught off guard by the question only because I’ve had so little time to blog lately. Parenting small children is a full-time gig, even more so when I’m schooling kids at home. However, when I can slip in time for creative endeavours it is a real joy and inspiration for me. Ben and I still carve out one full day a week to dedicate to my writing assignments and other random commissions. This is a great balance for me.
These boys make my day. I’ve been sick with some kind of soul sucking flu that makes me want to crawl into bed and sleep forever. You may have guessed this is not possible with three little boys. Instead they let me sword fight while lying on the couch and act out The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe from a sitting position.