Sunday Morning Coffee 02.09.14

Sunday Morning Coffee is the place where I sit down with a big cup o' joe and recap the past week's events - from my favourite blogger posts, to the happenings here at t.o. & fro, and even share my "Eco-Tip of the Week" to encourage you to live a more responsible and sustainable lifestyle. So please, grab your Sunday morning poison and join me...

Did you tune into the opening ceremonies of the Winter Games on Friday? What was your favourite,  or least favourite, part? My favourite part was the Parade of Nations - there is something nostalgic about seeing all of the athletes representing your country, decked out in your country's colours, waving your country's flag with pride. To be honest with you, aside from the Parade, the rest of it kind of made me bored... 

Speaking of athletes, I kind of did something crazy the other night... I signed up for the CN Tower Stair Climb in May. For those of you unfamiliar with this, it is exactly what it sounds - you climb the stairs of the CN Tower, all 1776 of them. This isn't something I would consider "fun", and the more I think about it, the more and more I kind of regret the decision to signup. But, at the end of the day, it's for a good cause and one close to my heart. All funds raised benefit WWF so that they can continue achieving major conservation victories such as protecting iconic species and spaces, educating for change and helping to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. Let the training begin!

This week I:
  • Started planning our trip to Seattle this summer and shared my Seattle Bucket List.
  • Shared photos from a recent winter walk through High Park.
  • Announced I will be having an AD SALE for one day only, on Valentine's Day. Use the code LOVE14 for 14% off all ad spots. (Ad spaces are reasonable enough already, so you don't want to miss this.)

Give it a look:
  • Nicole from Treasure Tromp shared her #nature365 January photosShe started this project was started as a way to push herself to spend more time outdoors, and includes taking a nature-inspired photo every single day for a year. I'm a little late to the party, but I think this is just what I need to reconnect myself. Make sure to check out my #nature365 photos on my Instagram
  • Christina from Route Bliss shares her favourite workout gear, something I should probably invest in, especially for my "stair climb training".

To be more responsible:

Eco-tip of the week 04. Eat seasonally.

To the optimistic, winter will be ending in 6 short weeks. And with the end of winter comes the beginning of spring, meaning farmer's markets and the opportunity to eat seasonally. Here's why we should all strive to all take advantage of seasonal produce...
  • To celebrate the changing seasons and the bounty your community can produce.
  • To support local farmers and the local economy.
  • Purchasing food that is in season means you are purchasing food that has traveled less, reducing your carbon footprint.
  • To avoid prices associated with foods that have traveled a further distance.
  • To reconnect with nature's cycles.
  • It allows us to get creative and try new recipes using only what is in season.
  • Fresher food lasts longer.
  • Fresher = Tastier = More nutritious.
Knowing where your food comes from connects you to the people who grow it and creates a sense of community. It's not only better on the wallet, it's better for your health and the environment. So do your part, learn what is seasonally available in your area, find your nearest farmer's market and enjoy Mother Nature's creations. Oh, and don't forget to bring your own bags!

  • If you have a good tip for greening your life, or even a photo of your living a more sustainable lifestyle, I'd love to hear about it and even feature it as my "eco-tip of the week" during Sunday Morning Coffee! Please leave a comment below or email me at with your tips and photos.

Have a good week!


  1. That stair climb sounds intense, but it's for a good cause, so why not, right? In the end you'll get the satisfaction of having kicked those stairs' butt. I also like eating seasonally. It makes me feel more connected to the season and the local environment. It is a big challenge for me though, and I want to learn to can tomatoes so that I can at least make sauces all year long without feeling guilty.
    - Rachel @ With Love, Rachel

  2. I would love to go to Seattle! It looks like a fab city.
    Missy x

  3. I love the idea of the 365 photo challenge!

  4. hey girl hey! i'm not positive how i finally ended up at your blog, but i'm so glad i did! you're a doll! have fun in the northwest (where i'm located!!). it'll probably be a little chilly, a little sunny, and a little rainy. enjoy! xo


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