Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Japan

A few years ago, my sister was teaching English in Japan, so my parents and I decided to visit over the Christmas holidays. I had always wanted to tell the story of our interesting New Year’s Eve. We ended up visiting both a Buddhist temple and a Shinto shrine and I really felt the juxtaposition between the two was worth writing about. I was able to write a blog post about the experience for Travel+Escape. Read more »

Writing for Reader’s Digest

Starting with the October issue, I’ve started writing gardening content for Reader’s Digest magazine. I’m not able to post the layout for copyright purposes, but I am allowed to post the text… Read more »

On T+E: Saving coral and sea turtles in the Florida Keys

At the end of August, I headed to the Florida Keys to explore various volunteer opportunities. My trip was cut short when Tropical Storm Isaac turned into a hurricane warning and all visitors were faced with a mandatory evacuation. Luckily I was still able to write a bit about my visit, including these two posts for Travel+Escape: Read more »

Travel+Escape: July posts take you across Canada

I gathered a few summertime ideas for some Travel+Escape posts:

A visit to the ice age: My trip to the Garden of the Glaciers in Baie Comeau, QC. Read more »

A restaurant that celebrates moms all year round

Two years ago this spring, I was tiptoeing through the tulips in Holland. I spent an extra-long weekend in Amsterdam, exploring the city as well as the Keukenhof. While I was there, I ate at this wonderful restaurant called Moeders. Moeders means “mothers” in Dutch and the whole funky interior is devoted to moms around the world. Here’s my latest blog post from Travel + Escape: Celebrating Mom Amsterdam-style. Read more »

Two new gardening pieces on styleathome.com

I had two articles published on styleathome.com this past April.

10 new gardening accessories and tools was fun because I got to choose more high-end pieces than I would recommend on CanadianGardening.com. Read more »

Spring trends at Style at Home

I had a few spring articles published on styleathome.com, which was great timing since I moved into a new house this past fall. I’ve been collecting lots of analog (magazine tear-outs) and digital inspiration. And these articles helped me hone in on the latest trends: Read more »

Kauai casts its spell: The Limahuli Garden and Preserve

My trip to Hawaii with my husband and two of our best friends (and their two kiddies) was purely for pleasure. Even if I wasn’t working for CanadianGardening.com, the Limahuli Garden and Preserve would have been on my itinerary. However that magical day is still on my mind and in my photo album, so it was inevitable that I talk about it somewhere. Here’s the first mention on Travel + Escape: Garden Green Hawaii. Read more »

Speaking at Canada Blooms

In January, I was asked to represent Canadian Gardening magazine at Canada Blooms. I appeared on the HGTV Celebrity Stage on two different days, speaking about 2012 gardening trends. It was a fantastic learning experience and I received some fabulous feedback from esteemed colleagues. Read more »

March blog posts for Travel + Escape

This month, I focused on Hawaii for Travel + Escape. I wrote about my kayaking adventure in Kailua and snorkelling in Hanauma Bay. Read more »

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