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All my previous posts for Peaks and Harbours have been about life side of work-life balance. I was reflecting on this, and think I tend to talk more about my kids than my work partly because it’s a more relatable thing to talk about. But also, parts of my work are super boring, and it’s hard to spice up the hours I spend trying to remove all superfluous adverbs from my writing, or reading lengthy statutes.

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INTERVIEW: Danielle Nott of Monkey & Peanut!

Say hello to local entrepreneur Danielle Nott! She is the bright and beautiful creator of Monkey & Peanut, a sweet small business that I only wish was around when my little ones’ pants were drooping to the floor. Bree and I were introduced to Danielle through her good friends Jack and Marty – you know who you are 😉 and we got to continue the conversation over coffee on Main Street, and of course through the interwebs. Find out how she made the leap from dental office to creative business below!

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An Interview with Jesse Keefer of Bodega Ridge

I first found out about Bodega Ridge after Carina visited the log-cabin resort last year. I have to admit that I was extremely envious, as she returned with tales of sunsets, wood-walks and fire-place snuggles (all with wine in hand). Located on the north side of Galiano Island (the sunniest and wildest of BC’s Southern Gulf Islands), Bodega is run by Jesse Keefer, a husband and a father of a darling little girl growing up in paradise. 

Meeting Jesse in person was next-level. He is old-fashioned-movie-star-ruggedly-handsome, not that that matters 😉 … He sat down with us at Cartems the last time he was in the city, and we talked all things kids, love and dreams. This weekend, we are fortunate to share the island experience together, and will share it all with you here soon! In the meantime, here is our first *Dad* HUSTLER interview! Continue Reading

Sarah Shabacon, Owner of IWEARTHEHEADRESS

We first came across IWEARTHEHEADRESS on Instagram (surprise, surprise) this past summer when Bree was having all sorts of short-hair-lady problems after swimming with her boys. She commented on a post wondering if they’d work for her hair too, and was amazed at the almost instant reply from Sarah, the brainchild and designer behind the immensely popular brand. We quickly found Sarah to have a well-founded reputation for being a kind, genuine person and one smart business lady, who has built an incredible company of handmade, beautifully designed headbands through a simple concept and a dedication to quality. With over 27k followers on Instagram, this local company run by a gracious and stunningly beautiful mama of two, is worth knowing about and supporting. Read along and get to know the lovely Sarah. xo Continue Reading

Lyndsay Sung of Coco Cake Land

A while ago Bree and I were scouring the interweb and our beautiful friends, for info on women in Vancouver who were doing amazing things with their careers, making connections in the community, all with a family to support. Bree had just been asked to participate in an Instagram 12 Days of Christmas with other local creatives, and as we huddled over our phones insta-stalking the other participants we came across Lyndsay Sung of Coco Cake Land.

Our eyes widened in the cellular glow at the incredibly beautiful pictures on her site, and we were immediately drawn to the thoughtful way Lyndsay wrote about her love of food, her closeness with her family, and her adoration of her young son Teddy. As we continued to follow along, we were also captivated by her honest and open experiences with her wave of treatments after her breast cancer diagnosis earlier this year.

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Interview: Taisa Skulsky of Rachel Comey

Let’s be completely honest here, Bree and I are ecstatic to meet Taisa Skulsky, Sales Director of Rachel Comey this Thursday, at One of a Few‘s trunk show of the brand. This will be our first interview with a working mama that we haven’t met yet in person, but when Michelle Rizzaro from One of a Few GUSHED about Taisa and what a rad stylish lady (with two kids in tow) she was, we got a few butterflies in our stomachs and knew we had to have her on Peaks & Harbours.

Thanks to Taisa’s warm, record-breakingly fast replies, and the magic of internet, we were able to dive into how this lovely gal balances a family life with a career in the fashion world, and how she got there in the first place. Enjoy xo

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Interview: Erin Boniferro of Collage Collage

If you’ve been following along on this blog long enough, you know that we’ve been passionate about Erin Boniferro and her beautiful shop Collage Collage since the beginning. It was as if she had read our collective minds and made magic happen when her space opened its doors five years ago, as a creative hub for little AND big artists in the community. From art supplies, to book readings, drop-in classes and extended workshops, Collage Collage is bursting with carefully (and lovingly) curated items and activities. We are so thrilled to share with you our interview with Erin, who serves the realtalk up just how we like it: on business, the ever-present act of balance with kids and work, and her focus on community and learning through the arts…have a read and enjoy!

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