Things to do in Summer for under $100: Top 5

I’m not sure about you, but this recent warm weather has made for pleasant times outdoors – both solo and with family and friends. But guess what? There are many other fun and exciting things to do, that are perfect for summer time. And, these activities or projects make spending time in the summer both […]

Wave 3 of COVID-19. What stores are open near me?

vLife Blog image Nova Scotia Lockdown How to Still Buy Local title with image of woman prepping for curb side food order pickups

We have all experienced public health restrictions and safety measures over the past year. At times, these restrictions can cause a complete lockdown. Not only does this make shopping for everyday items challenging, it alters what stores are actually still open near you! This post will help you with exploring what stores are open nearby. […]

Top 5 Nova Scotia Travel Tips: March Break 2021

vLife-Blog-Things-to-Do-in-Nova-Scotia-March-Break-2021-Blog-image

The 2021 Nova Scotia travel season looks a little different this year. Observing tight Nova Scotia travel restrictions that thankfully loosened a little bit recently, let us turn our thoughts not just to making Dr. Strang proud (because he’s kind of like everyone’s dad), but to supporting local Halifax and Nova Scotia businesses as they […]

Local Valentine’s gifts perfect for your special person

vLife Valentine 2021 Blog image Show Your Love with Local poster with heart and hand holding gift

Spoiler alert: This post is definitely about finding local Valentine’s gifts for that special someone. Or someones. Even if that someone is YOU. For a day meant to celebrate love, February 14th can strike fear into the hearts of even the most seasoned gift giver. Finding the best gift for Valentine’s Day is entirely subjective […]

Top 10 Holiday Season Traditions, COVID-Style

vLife You Can Do it Holiday Traditions COVID-StyleErin Elaine Casey showing surprised santa

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 […]