Lisa Borden

How My Family Celebrates a Healthier Halloween

Lisa Borden | Posted 12.02.2014 | Canada Living
Lisa Borden

In reality, Halloween produces more boos, eeks, screeches and ding dongs than we should tolerate. From the toxic candy, to the phthalate-laced costumes and the insane amount of waste generated, it's challenging to consider it good, clean fun. Thankfully there are a few things we can do to make sure our kids don't hate us, and our neighbours, family and friends don't ridicule us.

All the Questions You Should Ask at the Farmers' Market

Lisa Borden | Posted 09.07.2014 | Canada Living
Lisa Borden

There's nothing better than shopping at a farmers' market. The benefits are endless. But, as anywhere, buyers beware! Take the opportunity to buy the freshest, most local organic goods, and make sure you know what you are buying, who your money is going to, and what you are supporting. Just a few questions we all need to be asking our farmers (before we say "thank you").

Eight Ways to Have a 'Greener' Workday

Lisa Borden | Posted 06.02.2014 | Canada Living
Lisa Borden

Sure, we all work hard, but why are all of those office building lights still on at 3 am? Your cell phone charger that is plugged in (that is warm even when not charging), the wireless printer that is always on (we see the glowing light) and that computer you never shut down are all offenders in the perpetual energy (and bank account) drain. Unplug, people!

Don't Apologize For Eating What Feels Right To You

Lisa Borden | Posted 04.28.2014 | Canada Living
Lisa Borden

I avoid GMOs and those who promote and serve GMOs. There is no way that I knowingly want to put those ingredients into my body, my friends or family's bodies, and I certainly do not want to support Monsanto. I trace my food back to where it came from. This makes me feel good, and also makes me feel confident in all other principles I have listed as above.

25 Big Thoughts for Your New Small Business

Lisa Borden | Posted 03.10.2014 | Canada Business
Lisa Borden

Starting a business is easy. You can do it in a couple hours. Starting a business that will last and grow is far more challenging, but, it's absolutely worth it -- if you are up for the job. Here are 25 thoughts meant to make you think a little more.

Tips for Staying Healthy During the Holiday Party Season

Lisa Borden | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Lisa Borden

Stay home when you are sick. It's the right thing to do for everyone, including you, because when your immunity is low you can pick up other germs more easily... yuck. Steep some tea, pour a bowl of soup, crank up the vitamins and rest, allowing your body to heal. Don't let stress undermine a quick recovery and try and enjoy your forced time out.

How to Have a More Fun, More Eco-Friendly Halloween With Your Kids

Lisa Borden | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Lisa Borden

Halloween produces more boos, eeks, screeches and ding dongs than we should tolerate. In an attempt to make sure our kids don't hate us, and our neighbours, family and friends don't ridicule us, this list provides useful suggestions and inspires others to have a less scary Halloween (since, boycotting the holiday altogether is a little ambitious and un-spirited -- for this year anyway).

How to Recharge With Your Family This Summer

Lisa Borden | Posted 08.21.2013 | Canada Living
Lisa Borden

Ah, summer has arrived and we get to experience blossoming flowers, sunny skies, and the hot hot heat, so go on and plan a day (or 10) of uninterrupted family time fun! Play, picnic or just hang out and enjoy the summer sun together and when you enter your "home sweet home," don't let the day end before a good eco-healthy recharge!

The Sin of Unknowing

Lisa Borden | Posted 08.14.2013 | Canada
Lisa Borden

It amazes me how we will work so much harder at convincing ourselves that our current toxic habits are ok, or are ok in moderation, rather than accept...

50 Simple Things I Do To Reduce

Lisa Borden | Posted 07.15.2013 | Canada Impact
Lisa Borden

I must admit, I would have never guessed that reducing would have been a hobby of mine, but, once I started, I realized that I was good at it, and it felt good too. I hope that what I've done (so far, because it's a work in progress) inspires you on your own path of living a little bit lighter.

Why Your Business Should Coin Its Own Term

Lisa Borden | Posted 07.08.2013 | Canada Business
Lisa Borden

Meghan has coined the term UnDiet -- you've seen her book, right? And yes, I believe that it is good business to coin a term -- it's not easy, but it is worth it. Want to know how Meghan is able to "own" her term, UnDiet, and make it stick? Here are 10 (of the many) reasons.

Our Grandparents Knew Better About Food

Lisa Borden | Posted 07.02.2013 | Canada Living
Lisa Borden

It's amazing to me that people argue organic vs. local when it comes to their food. Is organic only for those who don't want toxins in their bodies, and local is reserved only for environmentalists who weigh their food miles? It's actually best that we all strive to be eating local AND organic food. Our grandparents ate "organically" and locally.

15 Ways to Spend Time -- Not Money -- This Valentine's Day

Lisa Borden | Posted 03.30.2013 | Canada Living
Lisa Borden

It's that time of year again, where for one "special" day we're reminded to celebrate our love for one another. Although I believe we shouldn't need a reminder, as a busy working mother of three, I'll take any excuse to spend more time with my family and do something special together.

Are You Living Without a Conscience?

Lisa Borden | Posted 02.22.2013 | Canada Living
Lisa Borden

We seem, as a culture, so willing to deny and rationalize the very things that we inherently know are not good for us now, and certainly pose problems for our future. I'll admit easily that change is hard, especially in our busy lives, but what's the alternative?

Changing the Present: Choosing Eco-Gifts This Holiday Season

Lisa Borden | Posted 01.12.2013 | Canada Living
Lisa Borden

Instead of careening madly around stores desperately purchasing gifts this holiday season (translation: possibly useless stuff that is not needed or wanted), make the getting and giving of gifts smart and easy -- change the present this year! Try these eco gift ideas for the holiday.

Tips For Breaking Your Bag Habit

Lisa Borden | Posted 08.19.2012 | Canada Living
Lisa Borden

The bags have been banned. Rather than wasting your time getting your plastic bags in a knot, just look at it as the catalyst you need to bring about much needed change. And, keep this in mind: having a huge collection of $1 reusable bags is worse than hoarding plastic bags. Here are some tips on how to get the most out of your reusable bags, while consuming the least.

Trade Your Lawn for a Garden

Lisa Borden | Posted 07.31.2012 | Canada Living
Lisa Borden

This year, I think it's time to do away with your grassy lawn and replace it with food! That's right, having your own vegetable garden has always been smart, but now, it's also trendy. Let's hear it for eco-progress! Here are nine reasons that you should get planning and planting your urban farm (or even a simple herb garden) today...

12 Easy Ways to Please Your Lover

Lisa Borden | Posted 03.20.2012 | Canada Living
Lisa Borden

Don't get caught up in the commercial side of Valentine's Day. It's not about buying chlorine-bleached paper, printed with toxic inks. It can be a day to make it extra known to those you love. It's even acceptable to be a cheap date, if you pull out enough love and put in enough thought.

10 Ways to Green Your Exercise Routine

Lisa Borden | Posted 09.29.2011 | Canada
Lisa Borden

Get as fit as you can while taking care of the planet by enjoying the summer outdoors. Focusing on a few of the following steps means we can walk down a new greener path together.

The Easiest Way to Go Green? Use Common Sense

Lisa Borden | Posted 08.12.2011 | Canada
Lisa Borden

We're encouraged to consume more in order to reduce our impact. Buy green. Try this. Throw this out. Maybe you find it overwhelming, but just take a deep breath (of clean indoor air because I'm sure you've already rid your home of all toxic chemicals, right?) and don't write off living green.