#TWINNING: A GIFT GUIDE FOR THE GEMINIS

We all know that Gemini who's notoriously hard to buy for. Really, who can keep up with the sign of the twins? Passionate, dynamic, and creative, Geminis always keep you on your toes. They're a study in contrasts, the soul of every party, and a force to be reckoned with. Celebrate the crazy-amazing Geminis in your life with these artisanal finds from the local makers of the Nooks DANFORTH

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GETTING IT DONE: 3 TIPS FOR CRUSHING THE BIG TASKS

Every business owner has been there. Lists and lists of tasks that need doing, and the biggest, most important ones always seem to get shuffled to the bottom of the heap. It’s not intentional, it just seems that the busier we are, the more we procrastinate. According to author and psychiatrist Ned Hallowell, that’s exactly the case; “We procrastinate because we all have too much to do”. Although it seems counterintuitive, keeping busy with our day-to-day tasks is a common way to put off the bigger, scarier tasks that need doing. Often we do this because we’re uncertain of how to move forward, or simply dislike the task. So how do we break the cycle? Here are three tips to get you on the path to crushing those big tasks. 

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LIKE, COMMENT + SHARE: 6 WAYS YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA ENGAGEMENT HELPS SMALL BUSINESSES SUCCEED!

Most of us know by now that supporting small, local and artisan businesses is important. What you may not know is that shopping isn't the only way to support and give props to the businesses you love. Engaging with small businesses you enjoy on social media is a valuable tool for supporting and sharing the #smallbiz love. 

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#MAKERSTORIES // RANAE of FAIRE DE LA MODE

From the beginning I sought to define the Faire de la Mode brand as an inclusive sisterhood, a celebration of girl power, representative of women of all backgrounds and orientations-- something I found lacking in the fashion industry and have personally experienced myself as a woman of colour.

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#SMALLBIZ PROFILES // HEIDI-MARIE OF LUANA'S BOOKSHELF

I'm Heidi-Marie, the founder of LuAna's Bookshelf. LuAna's Bookshelf is dedicated to raising money for schools all over the world by empowering children to help take control of their own education. I travel the world with and find poor schools in desperate need of funding. Together with the children of these schools, I create a storybook to sell and raise money for their school. No two books are the same. Every illustration within the book is a collaboration, each element drawn by different children from the school. The books also contain special elements relating to the specific country they were created in, and each book is printed both in English and the language of the children printed just below, allowing the reader to experience the many languages of this world. By being part of the creation of these books, the children feel that they are in control of their education and their future.  

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#SMALLBIZ PROFILES // KIRSTEN MCCARTHY OF BLOOMFIELD NATURAL SOAPS

I believe in giving my customers a soap that is made with love and respect for the natural environment. I think that people really need to start working together and taking responsibility to make nature cleaner. I am passionate about connecting with people and sharing my beautiful soap with them.  

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MAKER STORIES // AVE OF AVE MARIABELL DESIGNS

Ave Mariabell Designs is a series of minimalist, city skyline designs. The designs unite people together by celebrating cities that we love, and cities that have changed our lives. You can take a piece of the city you love home with you, whether it is a large-scale wall decal, canvas print or gift item. Inspired by the minimalism, geometry and colour palette of the traditional shoji screen, Ave Mariabell's city skylines look fabulous in a Scandinavian or Japanese inspired home. 

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