Top 10 Holiday Season Traditions, COVID-Style

Ah, holiday season traditions. We’ve all got them, whether we like it or not. Getting your s**t together this holiday season is a little more complicated than usual. And let’s be real — you’ve had enough self-improvement for one year. What you need is someone who understands. Someone who gets you. Someone whose holiday observations […]

On local gift baskets and how they saved my holiday bacon

Local Gift Basket curated by vLife writer and passionate buy local supporter Erin Casey

Local gift baskets — and shopping for said baskets — has taught me a lot this holiday season. Mainly that while I seem to be quite good at locating and spending money at small businesses near me, I am NOT very good at actually assembling my haul of local goods into an attractive package. Before […]

Black Friday is close. Buy and gift local, but still get that TV

vLife Black Friday 2020 Blog image To buy or not to buy

Full disclosure, as a buy and gift local, sustainable shopping geek: I do not participate in Black Friday. (Or Cyber Monday, for that matter.) So when Melanie asked me to write this blog, I was like okaaaaay. Sure. I can do that. And after much soul-searching, here’s where I’ve landed: In an era when every […]

Local Small Business Growers Sell Native Nova Scotia Plants

Local small business innovates to make fruit and ornamental trees healthy and affordable! At vLife, we tend to geek out a bit when we find a new opportunity to buy what we need from a local small business. Especially when it means we can support local business in unexpected ways during a pandemic. This fall, […]

Free Delivery & Curbside Pickup: Small Businesses Adapt

While we “Stay the Blazes Home” in Nova Scotia, free delivery and curbside pick-up are playing a vital role in sustaining our communities. It’s impressive how quickly and efficiently small indie businesses are pivoting to keep safely servicing their customers. I’m also heartened by the growing number of community members using these services to support […]

How the Coronavirus Effects Small Businesses

Coronavirus Effects Small Businesses

There has been much in the news lately on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on big business. This recent New York Times Live Update attributes the recent stock market plunge to the “oil market and coronavirus.” With some notable exceptions in retail making unheard of gains. “Clorox, the maker of disinfecting cleaners and wipes…shares climbed […]

Zero Waste Lifestyle Transition in Halifax

zero waste life transition

A zero waste lifestyle transition can be daunting. There has been a huge shift in the number of reusable bags available at grocery stores over the past few years. This is wonderful, but when we looked at our weekly waste, the majority was still made up of single-use plastic packaging for produce and dry goods. […]

Buy-Local Shopper Survey: Motivations & Barriers

vlife Buy-Local Shopper Survery Results Love

We spoke to many buy-local shoppers when first designing our vlife solution for connecting folks with more small local businesses. When vlife was just a dream and some wireframe sketches, we conducted a buy-local shopper survey* where respondents openly shared their motivations and frustrations with us. And we found many commonalities. The main points being […]

Supporting Local Food Providers

Support Local Food Providers Local Farmer Proudly showing his locally rown lettuce

Buy Local shoppers in Nova Scotia got some exciting news recently. Now we can more easily support local food providers with the “Taste of Nova Scotia” stickers or “Get Your Hands on Local” signage in many of the larger grocery stores! We’re all about supporting small and local here at vlife. So it’s awesome to […]

Tackling Food Waste in Nova Scotia

Fresh Food In Garbage Can Going to Waste

Food waste is a major issue in Canada and a problem that I’ve spent much time researching solutions for. What I’ve discovered is that this waste is often avoidable and it occurs on a few different levels, both individual and corporate. Individuals and families throw out large amounts of food and the rules around the appearance […]