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Gifts for Men – Local Options for the Gift Giving Season

Woman holding laptop looking very confused. vLife blog featured image Gifts For Men Nova Scotia Local ideas Nov 2022

Gifts for men. Let’s be honest, like ‘gifts for women’, the whole concept is a bit simplistic. People are complex. Trying to pin down a stereotypical gift for these ‘guys’ – it’s nearly impossible. Not to vent, but I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent looking for good gifts for my father. I’ve […]

Nova Scotian Local Deals this Canadian Black Friday & Small Business Saturday

2022 vLife blog image. Nova Scotia Local Black Friday Deals two shoppers looking into shopping bags Nov 2022

Here we go again, Canadian Black Friday shopping. We’ve all seen those clips on YouTube – the ones of endless shoppers and pandemonium in a Walmart. Don’t get me wrong. Black Friday is tempting. I have had the same laptop for longer than Cyber Monday has even existed. And, unfortunately, even a sustainability nerd like […]

Guide to Selling Locally Online: Facebook Marketplace, TikTok Stores and More 

2022 vLife blog graphic Guide to Selling Online for Small Business Nov 2022

Selling online presents a seemingly endless world of options – from Amazon, Etsy, Kijiji, Facebook Marketplace, Facebook shops, websites, Instagram shops, TikTok stores and more. And those are just the ones off the top of my head. Given all the options, it can get hard to figure out which ones are best for what. Where […]

How credit card fees affect local small businesses

2022 vLife blog featured image Credit Card Fees Oct 2022

Credit card fees and debt are a staple for the life of a consumer. After all, probably most of the adults you know have at least one credit card. Why? Well, because they are quite handy, if used responsibly. Buy now, pay later? That mindset is appealing to most of us. Interestingly, the origin of […]

Comparing Learning Music Online or In-Person

2022 vLife blog Main image Online or In-Person Music Lessons Oct 2022

Learning music online or in-person go hand-and-hand with your own development. One study in 2010 found that the structural and functional cerebral neuroplastic processes emerge as a result of long-term musical training. Or, in words for laymen like myself, learning music makes you smarter. But as we all know, music is more than just something […]

6 Small Business Tips to Maximize your Potential

vLife blog graphic 6 small business tips Oct 2022

6 Small Business Tips that will help you on your entrepreneurial journey. Because we know it’s HARD! Let’s first take a look at just how hard, before delving into some solutions. Yup – small businesses are everywhere. But that doesn’t mean that they always succeed. In fact, statistics show that the small business failure rate […]

Sustainable Shopping that’s Affordable Too

Happy sustainable shop owner

Sustainable shopping that is also affordable is hard. But even harder is global warming – a real, looming, and ever-growing problem. Recent hurricanes Fiona and Ian are very real proof of that.  Global warming truly is a persistent and universal problem. And, for me, this knowledge gives this sense of powerlessness. I’m sure many of […]

Sustainable Grocery Shopping: What You Can Do to Help

Sustainable Grocery Shopping vLife Blog reusable produce bag

Sustainability is one of the most important issues that the world faces today. As our use of plastics increase to astronomical amounts, we are observing how our harmful use of plastics can contaminate not just our environments, but every single microbial being that inhabits it. Frankly, grocery stores are no exception to this trend. Your […]

New year, but same old: Yes, this is hard.

vLife New Year 2022 Blog image

The new year is here. As I write this, it’s December 23rd and a new year is coming. The vLife new years blog is due, but I keep putting off writing said blog because every time I think I know what to say, EVERYTHING CHANGES AGAIN. Yesterday morning, I woke up feeling pretty good. I’d […]

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 […]