Built on the traditional territory of Katzie, Kwantlen, and Matsqui First Nations, and the former fur trading post for the Hudson Bay Company, Fort Langley is a gem nestled in our corner of BC. If you’re looking for fun and eclectic shops, breathtaking scenery, and a good dose of history to go with your locally-brewed coffee, this is the place to be. The town has worked hard to preserve its history and heritage appearance, while also nurturing major growth in small businesses that provide unique shopping and amazing food. Because we have serious Fort Langley pride, it is with great pleasure that we highlight one of our favourite coffee shops just a short block from the river.
I am a serial thrifter.
No seriously, I have an addiction. I love thrifting so much, I routinely post things for sale online because I have a constant rotation of things going in and out. This is primarily due to my rule of “one in, one out.” Whenever I bring something home, something has to go. Also, while I do buy things with the intention of keeping them, sometimes after a few dates out with the clothing in question, I realize I don’t love it as much as I did or my body changed and it no longer fits right. So I thrift it. I live in a tiny space, which means my closet and dresser storage is at a premium and cannot support my love for unique or new finds, hence my one-one rule. My solution to a sad day? Go thrifting. Having a day date with my husband? Ooh, there’s a thrift shop across the street, let’s go check it out. Too broke right now? Sell some stuff. Then go thrifting.
Netflix has come out with some pretty great documentaries and reality shows lately that have us glued to our couches (I’m looking at you, Fyre), but there is one in particular that has us talking. Going beyond being a feel-good show, it has influenced real change to our lifestyles and birthed countless memes because this is the internet, where a direct correlation exists between a show’s popularity and the number of memes created in its honor. So by now, I don’t have to tell you that Netflix’s latest baby, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, is popular.
We’ve all heard it. “I want to support local or ethical, but I just can’t afford it.” This is basically how big box retailers thrive – they churn out mass volume for cheap labor and cost, and families on a budget flock. This isn’t to shame, because all of us do it. I love my Target runs or saving up coupons to get everything my daughter needs from Gap. I’m writing this because most of us have a heart for being more ethically conscious, and wanting to provide a cleaner, less-polluted world for our kids, but need some help doing it. So if you are from BC or Canada in general, here are some helpful tips for how to afford ethically made products.
I’m a mom, and I am a walking caffeine stereotype. Even as I’m typing this, my brain is shot because I haven’t slept in since Obama’s first term, and I can’t get anything done without some form of caffeine assistance, much like all parents before me.
Doubling down on motherhood with my New York heritage means coffee was not only a part of my routine, but my identity. Setting aside my own roots, coffee is a huge part of our culture. In a super outdated, but probably still accurate infographic posted by Massive Health in 2012, New Yorkers were consuming 6.7 times the amount of coffee than people anywhere else in the US. And since I’m based in Canada right now, here’s a little fact about Canada: it turns out maple syrup isn’t the only thing this country loves. Statista reports 4.87 million 60kg bags of coffee consumed in 2017/2018, higher than the 2014 figure which showed that 67% of hot drinks in Canada were coffee. So in North America alone, we have a serious coffee crush.
They make shows about them, everyone talks about how cute they are, but “I could never actually live in that.” They’re kind of trendy, kind of confusing, kind of cute, and totally captivating. They are tiny homes, and in many places in the US and Canada, they’re becoming an attractive alternative to people who don’t want to stomach exorbitant real estate prices. Whenever you see shows based around these structures, they usually follow either one person or a couple living together. Rarely, if ever, do families get showcased. Speaking from experience, I can say there’s a good reason for that. Living in a tiny home, with children, spouse, and pets, is not for the faint of heart. I know this, because this is me.