There’s something special about Prince Edward County.
About 2 1/2 hours east of Toronto, “the County” is a great spot for a quick escape. Take a deep breath, and breathe in fresh air. Exhale, and relax on the beach. Take in breathtaking views of vineyards, Lake Ontario, Bay of Quinte. Explore the shops. Feel the history. Experience farm to table meals. Slow down.
I visit often (my mom lives here) so my kids and I have explored the island inside and out.
Here are some of my favourite kid-friendly spots to visit.
It was a bit of an accident “discovering” the bike trail that goes from the Toronto’s Lakeshore up the lower Don Valley to the Brickworks.
What took us so long to get out there on the bike trail!
From Leslieville in Toronto’s east side to the Evergreen Brickworks – one our favourite places in Toronto – is so super close. But we hadn’t ventured the bike trail yet.
So we piled the kids into the bike trailer and set off for the day.
To see where to access the ravine, check out this cool interactive map: Love the Ravines....
For tips on reducing household toxins and creating healthier and greener lifestyle for your family, check out Green Moms Collective. This website is my go-to for articles from other green moms, experts, advocates, and regular folks trying to make better decisions for their families.
I was happy to be asked to contribute to their series on reducing exposure to textile toxins. Moms like me who don’t have PhDs in chemistry still want to know about the compounds in our everyday items in our homes.
Did you know that everyday textiles...
Happy Valentine’s Day! Confession: I used to be a bit cynical about this day. Wasn’t it just all about big corporations selling more greeting cards and gross plastic heart-shaped trinkets?
However, I’ve had a change of heart.
I decided to take back the day! Rather than seeing it as a hyped-up, over-marketed day of pink, I decided to look into the soul of the day and make it about a collective show of love. It doesn’t have to be about buying more greeting cards! It’s about your own expression of...
Take care — your ethics are showing
Vicky Sanderson: From child labour to kids’ products, social responsibility drives shoppers
REPRINTED FROM Toronto Star
“The prospect of having a little person sleep 12 hours a day with those products drove my desire to have organic products for kids,” says Dream Child bedding founder Shelley Smith.
By: Vicky Sanderson Homes, Published on Fri Aug 09 2013, Toronto Star
The horrific collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh this past April drew into sharp focus the...
I stuck to my buy local mission again this year. It’s stress-free (no mobs), supports small businesses and local jobs, and provides access to unique products that aren’t found in big-box stores. Avoiding the malls alone is reason enough!
I found some wonderful retailers that carefully curate their items with a focus on eco-friendly products. Here are some of my favourite picks.
Ava’s Appletree – Natural Parenting Store
My 5 year old daughter has developed a recent interest in knitting. I thought an easy way to get her...
It can be so hard for parents to keep on top of all the harmful chemicals in our kids’ products.
It sometimes feel we need to have a PhD in chemistry to be able to understand the contents of the everyday products in our homes.
To help narrow it down, here is my list of top 5 “bad guys” often lurking in our kids’ rooms
Polyester is made from petrochemical phthalates that attacks hormones. It mimics the female hormone estrogen, and exposure to phthalates has been linked to low fertility in men, early onset of...
I was honoured to have been asked to present at EcoParent Magazine’s EcoParent Village at the Green Living Show in Toronto this past April. The panel “Greening Your Nursery and Playroom” was organized by Green Moms Collective, a fantastic new resource and community for green-minded moms in Toronto and beyond.
Sara Vartanian, Green Moms Collective:
Please tell us a bit about yourself, your business and what you believe is important about creating a Green Nursery and Playroom for children.
Shelley Smith, Dream...
The ins and outs of a “green” birthday party.
For my daughter Jade’s fifth birthday I tried my best at doing her birthday a bit more “green”.
To me that meant trying to produce less waste, and use less plastic, junky stuff.
While there were a few misses along the way, here are some tips for a fantastic birthday party with an added eco-friendly (mostly) element.
There’s no place like home
Initially I proposed going out somewhere for Jade’s birthday party. The thought of not having to clean...
Earth Day weekend and there’s no better place to celebrate it then a day at Toronto’s Evergreen Brick Works. It was their Earth Mudder weekend with lots of fun stuff on for the kids, hikes, bike workshops, guided hikes, etc.
We hit Chimney Court, the hands-on kid zone for some serious get your hands dirty fun.
Zoe loved all the fun buildings to explore. I think the yurt was her favourite.
Or maybe the clay house with the cool round windows.
There must be something about these round windows that...