It’s Easter weekend! While we have been talking about the Easter bunny visiting our home this Sunday, what we’ve really focused on is the meaning behind Easter. This conversation has been driven by my daughter while at the dinner table. I’m constantly amazed and delighted by how quickly children can learn ideas, motions and pick up on nuances. “Little sponges” as they say. Here are some ideas and things to start your weekend. Happy Friday!
Is there a Bias in our Food Media?
“What we eat has enormous consequences on our health, on our planet and on the animals” says Erin Ireland in her TedxSFU video. Erin, based out of Vancouver, British Columbia, is author of the amazing blog To Die For Vancouver and has been labelled a “person to watch.” She’s empowering all of us to be aware of food advertising and its effects on our decision making. While she’s not giving a hard line to convert people to vegetarianism, she is telling viewers to be aware of their personal meat consumption and practice portion control.
Managing Self-Doubt Podcast
In a recent Me & Orla podcast, Sara Tasker sits down with Sas Petherick, a coach and mentor. The line: “The only people who don’t have any self-doubt are sociopaths” comes up a couple of times. This line is intended to make everyone listening to feel normal. While it does focus on imposter syndrome and how self-doubt relates to women, I think many types of listeners would benefit.
Do you shop on Etsy? There are some creative entrepreneurs that solely sell their products this forum. The variety of products on this site is astounding from pottery and jewellery to vintage clothing and tableware. I first started shopping on Etsy when I was planning my wedding. Time has passed though and if someone were to check my most recent purchases, they would all be related to cooking, baking or children’s items. My most recent find was a Sarnia pottery maker, Linda Nicolson of LNPottery. Her work is simply and beautiful. Check it out!
Easter Eggs, Naturally Dyed
If you cannot find naturally colourful eggs for Easter (often found at your farmer’s market or after travelling into the country), this little recipe called Botanical Blueprints will be enough to inspire you to give up the boxed dye and experiment in your kitchen.
Sleep is the New Status Symbol by Penelope Green
It’s a long weekend. Instead of resting from the week, I’m sure you’re preparing food or driving somewhere far to spend time with family and friends. If you’re like me, you’ll return home utterly exhausted and wishing you could sleep for a week. Sleep and talking about sleep, as a component of the self-care trend, seems to be illusive as ever. Although the article discuses expensive gadgets to help with sleep, the part of the article that I was interested in most were the sleep and meditation classes. It is a bit mind-boggling that we’ve strayed so far away from our natural body rhythms that we need someone to reteach us how to sleep and relax. But, this is modern life.