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Sans Social Media Saturday.

In my endless quest to find balance between technology and sanity – without moving off-grid to start my own self-sustainable textile/veggie farm – I have begun to institute Sans Social Media Saturday. No instagram, no facebook, no websites, no email…

I’ve had a grand total of ONE of these Saturdays. Apparently I was firmly stuck in the procrastination station, because although I’ve had this idea for months, I just instituted it last weekend.

So how’d it go, you ask?

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Stop Working for FREE: because you’re ruining it for the rest of us.

There is a deeply embedded problem in our industry (e.g. the arts, academia, small business, photography, blogging, you name it) where there exists an assumption that you will give away your product/skills/knowledge/art and precious TIME away for free in exchange for the gift of being associated with the company/person/brand that you’re doing said free work for.

Tell me if you’ve come across these circumstances before. You get that email, or sit down to that coffee meeting, and:

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Sometimes I question why Carina and I make the choices we do. Neither of especially like crowds, and yet we continue to put ourselves in situations that have us surrounded by tons (and tons) of people. Our visit to the Vancouver Art Gallery this past Sunday for Family Fuse was no different. Carina even decided to test her limitations and bring an extra kid along. She’s obviously crazy. Continue Reading

Experience Vancouver – The Eastside Cultural Crawl Edition

Who doesn’t love the sound of crawling the Eastside, exploring artist’s studios, and being immersed in culture, art, and community. Sounds like a fantastic way to spend an evening with a friend. An adult friend. Have you ever attempted the Eastside Cultural Crawl with a kid!? Or multiple children….. it can be daunting. And terrifying. And most likely stressful. But it doesn’t have to be!

PS. Read to the end of this post to see how to enter to WIN a portrait session with IMAGES BY BETHANY!

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Celebrate | Sweet Charlie

I have found that since I have become a mother, opportunities seem to keep popping up around me. I shall take this one example and share it with all of you.  I had recently received an invitation to a wonderful party for a new baby boutique opening up in Kitsilano. Having a nine and a half month old baby, you can imagine I have seen pretty much everything Vancouver has to offer in regards to baby stores. Who am I kidding though, of course I wanted to see this one.  The day of the party had arrived, so I left my cranky teething baby with his dad, and set off to experience the store that is Sweet Charlie.

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