Finally, an eReader I can drop in the bath

5 May 2017 | 0 Comments

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waterproof Kobo eReader

I love to read in the bath. And I love to read on an eReader. Normally those two don’t go so well together. I’ve been known to put my Kobo or Kindle in a ziploc bag to protect it from splashes. Very glamorous. 😉

Earlier this week I went to a press event for the launch of the new book Into the Water (by the Girl on the Train writer Paula Hawkins) and the launch of a new Kobo eReader that’s WATERPROOF. Now I can read in the bath or by the pool without worrying. Game changer!

PS – this isn’t a sponsored post. I’m seriously pumped about this device.

Next Time We Go to Scotland, I Want to Rent This Cottage

30 April 2017 | 0 Comments

Next time we go to Scotland (whenever that is), I’d really like to visit the Isle of Harris. It has spectacular beaches (look at that photo above!), mountains and fjords. If we do make it there, I’d love to stay in one of these holiday cottage rentals. Don’t they look so cozy?

Podcasts I’m Loving Right Now

30 April 2017 | 0 Comments

What podcasts do you enjoy? Lately I’ve been loving the new seasons of Startup and Science Vs. I’m just starting S-Town (I know, I must be the last person on the planet who hasn’t heard it all yet).  My all-time favourite podcast is Reply All and I listen to CANADALAND every week. When I’m feeling kind of sappy I love Cheryl Strayed’s advice column podcast Dear Sugar. In December I listened to Making Oprah (fascinating!) and I really enjoyed The Globe and Mail‘s Colour Code and The Risk Takers podcasts last summer and fall.

Did you know I have a podcast? It’s the Camp Tech Podcast with Avery Swartz, and I talk all about tech for small business, sometimes with guests, sometimes on my own. If that interests you, check it out!

How to Sell Things Online

17 April 2017 | 0 Comments

If Spring Cleaning has you purging your basement, garage or attic, consider selling your gently used stuff online. If you’ve never done it (or haven’t in a while), you should check out my feature for CTV Your Morning where I discuss three new apps that make selling your things online easier!

Looking Back on 2016

28 December 2016 | 0 Comments

When I wrote my 2015 Year in Review post a year ago, I was in a great place so it was easy to hammer that one out. This year? Not so much. I thought about writing a large Year in Review post this week, but honestly my heart’s just not in it.

Let’s just be real. 2016 was hard. For everyone, it seems. It’s been a difficult year around the world, and a lot of what made 2016 crappy shows no sign of getting better in 2017. I’m usually an optimist, but when it comes to some of the shit going down in the world, I honestly believe it will likely get worse. Makes you want to crawl back to bed and pull the duvet over your head, huh?

Closer to home, 2016 was a year of ups and downs. There were many high highs (amazing travel! Television appearances! Organizing and hosting the second Gather North conference! Landing major web clients! Writing for Chatelaine and the Globe and Mail! Clara not hating senior kindergarten! Launching new websites I designed! Hosting the industry panel at the Podcast Festival!) and a few really low lows (surgery for me, unexpected changes at Camp Tech, extended gruesome jury duty for Ian). I guess that’s just life though – the good and the bad, all mixed in together. Often in the same day.

Ian and I have been watching The Crown on Netflix, which is as much about Winston Churchill as it is about Queen Elizabeth. Ian loves Churchill (he spent most of his master’s degree reading and writing about him) and recently I can understand why. We’re still in the thick of the ups and downs, and there’s nothing for us to do but keep going. We’ll be fine. As Churchill said, “We must just KBO.” So we do, and we will be fine.

In 2016, my “word of the year” was amplify. For 2017, I’ve chosen sustain. Sustain the plans I’ve already put in motion, sustain my business and my colleagues, sustain my family and myself. Hold up, nourish, steady, stay the course. I think Churchill would approve.

Daydreaming: Buying a Scottish Estate

23 December 2016 | 0 Comments

Glentruim Castle & Cottages in the Cairngorns is for sale. The estate comes with a 19th century castle, 3 self-catering cottages, and an on-site wedding venue. Considering it’s basically buying a hospitality business, the 3 million pounds price tag doesn’t seem that crazy. Here’s the listing if you’re interested.

The travel apps and gadgets you need before your next trip

19 December 2016 | 1 Comment

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Here’s my latest tech piece for CTV YourMorning: The travel apps and gadgets you need before your next trip. Watch the clip and read about my picks on the CTV site.

A holiday gift guide for the tech lovers in your life

29 November 2016 | 0 Comments

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Yesterday I was on CTV Your Morning sharing my top picks for tech gifts this holiday season. Check out my list and watch the video clip here.

I love personalized holiday items

16 November 2016 | 0 Comments

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Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while know that I dig personalized holiday cards. I love to send them out and I love receiving them from others. At Christmastime we hang a long ribbon against a wall in our kitchen, and we clip the holiday cards to the ribbon so we can look at them all season long. Clara especially enjoys getting personalized cards from friends and family – she puts them at eye level so she can see their photos.

I was looking through all our pictures taken in 2016 and there wasn’t a great family shot, so I decided to go really minimal with our card, and just include one picture of Clara instead of the whole family. Let’s be honest… she’s the one everyone really wants to see anyway. I picked this simple design from TinyPrints, since it will really let the one photo standout.

When I was making our holiday cards online, I also made a few personalized Christmas tree ornaments while I was at it. It’s so fun to put photo ornaments on the tree and look at them every year. I can’t wait for them to arrive.

Thanks Tiny Prints! I am glad I had the opportunity to use your products!

A Little Late: Photos from Our Trip to London Scotland

11 September 2016 | 0 Comments

So we’ve been home for over a month, and I keep forgetting to write a blog post with photos from our *amazing* trip to London and Scotland this summer.

Here are a few pics if you’d like to see:

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Riding the London Eye

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Ian in front of our Airbnb in Shoreditch, London

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At the British Museum

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Climbing to the top of St Paul’s Cathedral, in a heat wave

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The Tigerlily Hotel in Edinburgh

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At the Brewdog Pub in Edinburgh

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Our spectacular cabin rental in the Highlands

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Fresh seafood

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The Highlands around the cabin

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Highland cows

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Touring Highland towns, like Plockton

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Relaxing evenings in the cabin

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Hiking on the Isle of Rona, with Skye in the distance

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Seals, seen from a boat tour

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Happy Anniversary to us!