This is an {un}blog, and not really a blog (because I never really do anything completely conventionally), but I certainly do have a lot to say and share (for those of you who know me, you did not need me to spell this out). I’m SO fortunate to be able to connect with people, products, and ideas that I find incredibly inspiring every day, and I hope to use this virtual space to give you an inside look into what’s going on in my (crazy) world…which, I share with you.

Along with my small but mighty team, we will be posting content under 3 main departments, and encourage you to share with us as well. If something excites or outrages you, if you have a product or service that we should know about, or should you have any comments, complaints, criticisms or compliments please be in touch.

Our Stories

Get Far Away Without Going Far Away

With everyone now back to school and work, you’ve most likely already wondered when you can plan your next getaway. Although it may seem impossible to take off sooner than later, there is sure to be a relaxing retreat not too far to escape to for a mind, body, and soul rest + rejuvenation. For those in Toronto and the GTA, these gems are only a drive away.

IWM: Bashir Munye

We spoke with Bashir Munye. Bashir is the chef and owner of My Little Dumplings, and his food is inspired by global cuisine, and local and organics. We found out the challenges of running a food business in Toronto, the most beautiful definition of success, and who does the cooking at home.


Our Favourite Packaged Snacks

We always advocate for fresh and unpackaged food for both health and environmental reasons, but snacks in packages that are well labeled and full of good, healthy ingredients can ensure everyone’s safety and health, are easy to pack, and taste great, too.


IWM: Emily Shaw

This interview is part of a series. We believe good people doing good things need to stick together (and talk a lot). The African proverb I live and work by is, “If you think you’re too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a room with a mosquito.” We work and speak with so many amazingly energetic people, who are making a big difference (let’s call them “our” mosquitos), and we look forward to introducing them, their work and their philosophies to you, hoping to build an even stronger community and support for each other.

We spoke with Emily Shaw, personal health alchemist, and founder and owner of Ama Veda. Emily provides detoxification and rejuvenation programs, and products inspired by smart nutrition, amazonian botanicals + ayurvedic wisdom. We found out how to really know if your detox is working, the power of the placebo, and the best beauty secret with immediate results.

Go Back to School + Back to Work in Good Health

The season is changing and so should you. As we head back to school and work, it’s time to consider changing our routines, eating new foods, and trying new tools that can help us work our best, live our healthiest, and take the best care of our world, too.


IWM : Michelle Brans

We spoke with Michelle Brans, a child and family therapist. Michelle provides counseling for parents and families supporting children with special needs to help them achieve a more harmonious and balanced lifestyle. We found out how she heals with nature, what butterflies have taught her about living a meaningful life, and why she gave her dog a job.

There’s no such thing as “Away”

When you throw something away, where do you think “away” is?

Almost everything we consume creates some amount of waste. Although we can certainly accuse large companies and restaurant chains of mass wastefulness, our collective toss-outs contribute senselessly to our landfill. Even more important than recycling is reducing, refusing and reusing. Recycling is not justification to use something, it’s just a last resort for the stuff you “have to” use.

IWM : Sarah Elton

We spoke with Sarah Elton, food columnist for CBC, and the bestselling author of ‘Consumed: Food for a Finite Planet‘, ‘Locavore‘, and children’s food book ‘Starting from Scratch‘. We found out this foodie’s food rules, why your kids need to get in the kitchen, and the most (interesting) delicious foods on the planet.


Healthy Thirst Quenchers for Hot Days

Throughout your day of sweating in the sun (or playing in the shade), it’s important to remember, whether you feel thirsty or not, to stay hydrated. Dehydration can lead to a number of serious health problems, which can easily be avoided by carrying your reusable bottle with you and continuing to sip and refill all day long. We all know water is a great hydrator, and we should drink plenty of it, but there are some other deliciously refreshing beverages that we also love to enjoy all summer long!


IWM: Jeff Wolfe

We spoke with Jeff Wolfe, commercial real estate professional. Jeff has been in the industry for over a decade, and his practice ranges from commercial leasing to acquisitions and dispositions of all types of commercial real estate. We found out how a commercial real estate broker can help your business, the best way to connect to your community, and where to go to get the truth.