Sunday Morning Coffee // 2.2.14

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...

Happy Groundhog Day! Up here in Canada, Wiarton Willie emerged from his cozy den this morning and immediately saw his shadow. According to folklore, that means we can expect six more weeks of this cold, snowy winter.  That doesn't surprise me, really it doesn't even make me mad. What's another six weeks?!

I got snowed in at my parents' yesterday and wasn't able to make the drive back to Toronto today for work. You'd think after three years of living in Alaska, I'd be used to driving in this much snow. Turns out, we were just spoiled up there because they have a bigger snow removal budget. When you live in a rural area, snow removal on the back roads is not a priority, so I was stuck. Problems could be worse though, right? Instead of driving 300km, for once this winter, I actually got to enjoy the snow - my dad and I bundled up in all of our snow gear and went and sat on the beach. Definitely not something I could have done if I was back in Toronto...

This week I:

Give it a look:

  • Jess talked about one of my favorite meals, brunch. (Warning, these pictures will make you hungry.)
  • Christina shared the most amazing self-portrait under the starry night sky. (I really do hope she'll share tips on how she captured this shot.)
  • Valentine's Day is around the corner, and alpdesign has some pretty cute ways to say "I love you."
  • Kym explained what it's like when our hockey-playing hubbies are on the road, and I couldn't agree with her more.

To be more responsible:

Eco-tip of the week 03. Why use reusable water bottles over plastic bottled water? 

  • Each year, Americans toss 38 billion plastic water bottles into landfills. That's $1 billion worth of plastics!
  • While bottled water may be convenient, it costs 500 times more than tap water.
  • The total amount of energy embedded in the use of bottled water is equivalent to filling a plastic bottle 1/4 full of oil.
  • The production of one plastic water bottle uses more water than is actually put into the bottle for drinking.
  • Bottled water has weaker regulations than those of tap water. Often, it just contains tap water.
  • Plastic bottles contain a harmful substance called polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, which is dangerous to human health.
  • Plastic bottles are among the most prevalent source of pollution found on our beaches. Like plastic bags, these bottles do not biodegrade, but instead photodegrade, breaking down into smaller pieces that enter the food chain and pollute the water.

  • Most would think that after reading these facts, it's a no-brainer and the better choice is to have a  reusable water bottle. Today, more and more public facilities are getting on board, banning plastic water bottles and providing water fountains to fill up your reusable bottle. Yet, millions of plastic bottles of water continue to be purchased every day. Bottled water may be a big business, but in terms of sustainability, it's a dry well. We all have the choice to make a change for the environment, the economy and our person health, so, do your part: pick up a reusable water bottle, turn on the tap and fill it up, and help ban the bottle!

  • 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. I love your eco tip, my guy and I always laugh about how much we've probably saved since switching to reusable. We gave up zip baggies last year, and I found we never needed them or missed them!

  2. WoW! That's alot of snow! & I know what you mean about rural roads not being a priority! When we lived in Missouri, we were a quarter mile from the main road & one winter went three weeks without electricity! Fun fun!

  3. oh I love your eco tips!! thank you! happy sunday!

  4. Omgosh that's a lot of snow! I hope you make it back safely!

  5. Holy cow! That's a ton of snow! And sitting on the beach with the weather like that? Sounds magical :)

  6. Yeah.. 6 weeks isn't really much.. It's not even a surprise anymore!


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