With filming schedules, children's schedules, office meetings, and the forever 'dinging' of an email arrival, work can be somewhat of a distraction. The continuous rush and the constant blitz of the working day can often fog my perspective. It can take something out of the extraordinary that swiftly clears the mist and immediately provides a humbling context. One of these moments came along during the filming of Bryan Inc.

As you know I enjoy celebrating local companies that are mindful of the materials and ingredients they use and that are conscious of the impact they have on the world. Recently, I discovered this amazing brand in Oakville, ON that does just that. Maison Apothecare have a range of products that use well-sourced, safe and high quality ingredients. So I contacted them and spoke to the founder, Natacha Rey, who was kind enough to answer some questions. Here they are:

Most of us spend the majority of our hours awake at work. Canada is in the lower end of the spectrum when it comes to paid vacation time, many countries across the world offer many more paid days off, for example in Sweden, France and the United Kingdom, 25 days vacation is often the common practice. Therefore, each vacation day is precious, we have to make the most of them.

Firstly, Happy New Year to you all, I hope 2017 is full of love and happiness for you all.

Now that the holidays are over and we have all transitioned from 2016 to 2017, it's time to look back. Often this time of year is filled with resolutions and plans for the upcoming year, but I always find it helpful to take a few moments to reflect on what the past year has offered. Every year that passes I find that it was somehow quicker than the one before, whether that is age playing it's sinister game, or that my life is getting busier, I'm not sure, but every January I find it more and more important that I allow some...

Over the past three months Moto asked me to try out the new Moto Z and all of its Moto Mods - some of you may have seen updates on my social media feeds. Now that I have given it a fair trial, I wanted to share some of my thoughts.

This time of year is subject to a whole host of Christmas markets across the country. We try our best to get out to at least one market every year, they are great places to takes the kids and they really get the Christmas spirit flowing. But which market is the best? Instead of me telling you guys about the best Christmas markets in Canada, I thought it would be great to get your thoughts on the best markets out there.

With the holiday season well under way, I am sure many of you are still trying to get inspiration for gift ideas, I know I am! It is very easy to look to various websites and stores when shopping for gifts, but I do try to get some gifts that are unique and come from a Canadian based business. So in my search for something different for those people I like to try and surprise at Christmas time, I found a few things that I wanted to share (and one thing that I am quite familiar with!!).

The cool fall breeze filters its way down King Street West in Dundas, Ontario, but Detour Cafe withstands the chill and also the volumes of people hustling to get inside for a welcomed relief from the weather and a locally brewed coffee. The ivy clings to the heritage building in which the cafe dwellers hold on to their warm beverages. When inside the cold air is defeated by the warm scent of coffee brewing and pastries baking, it's a welcome reprieve!

As November draws to a close and December is upon us, Christmas and the holidays is on our minds and in our thoughts. I love the winter season, the cozy knits, the warm drinks and the laughter that fills our house from familiar faces. It’s a time to reflect on our year, reminisce about the memories we’ve shared and enjoy good food and drink with friends. But it is also about something much more...

Winter jackets are a much needed commodity here in Canada, but finding one that has its eye on sustainability and ethics can be difficult to find. Luckily, there is a brand that is exactly that, right here in Toronto. Wully Outerwear is a Canadian stat-up with a 100% animal free winter jacket that keep you warm all winter long.

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