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Lonelle spent the past 15 years hanging out on the masthead of some cool fashion and lifestyle magazines across Canada—before taking the leap into parenthood, at which point swaggy parties and fashion shows lost their lustre next to her sweet son. Immersing herself into a new scene for a stint as the Editor-in-Chief of UrbanMommies before moving on to launch her own country living + parenting magazine 'Life Au Lait', she loves putting her ear to the ground and listening to the rumble of mom voices. In between Oprah and bonbons, she also runs a boutique design and branding agency (AuLait Media) working with small (often mom-driven) businesses to help realize their vision as a beautiful brand.


 

The Fabric of Humanity

The Fabric of Humanity

A clothing shop that’s really a front for shared philanthropy, with a perk: New threads.

“You’re my writer friend.” Margaret once said to me. “I have a lawyer friend, a teacher friend, a doctor friend, a painter friend. All the classic professions are represented.” We laughed. Fifteen years later, I still think about it, because I was never just a writer. I’ve always tried to be a ‘master of all trades’ a knowledge geek, blurring communications, psychology, publishing and design into all of the projects I thumbprinted. Today, I look around me and see how all the professions have blurred lines to further the impact of their endeavours. Recently, an online clothing store and new Healthy Moms partner came to my attention. The Fabric of Humanity does sell clothing, it’s true, but what they really do is connect with buyers to create a platform for shared philanthropy.

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Peaceful Parenting with Sarah Rosensweet

Peaceful Parenting with Sarah Rosensweet

In the past three years, five months and 12 days, only two bits of parenting advice have penetrated the baby brain fog deeply enough to embed themselves permanently into my memory. The first came from Aviva Allen, who described the division of nutritional labour in the home by explaining that it was my responsibility to give my child healthy food, but that it was his responsibility to eat it. The second, I got recently from my Peaceful Parenting coach Sarah Rosensweet, who told me quite firmly that—despite the fact that it’s not fair that he keeps insisting that he loves daddy better—my toddler isn’t responsible for my feelings.

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Adventures in Going Green

Adventures in Going Green

The best thing about being a blogger is that the mail isn’t just bills and flyers for duct cleaning specials. In Prince Edward County, our mailbox has a little red flag that the mailperson directs upwards every time she deposits our daily correspondence, and when I see that chunk of red pointing up towards the heavens, I know there’s at least one piece of fluff in there that’s going to make me happy.

A few months ago we took the plunge into green living with Green at Home, vowing to try to replace all of our household cleaners, creams, body and hair products and makeup with healthy, environmentally friendly options. Like most people, we’re on a budget, so we started by replacing the bath products for the whole family and stocking up with new kitchen products—from floor cleaner to detergent. Everything else would come piecemeal—some amazing laundry pods and moisturizer from Nature Clean; a few types of essential oil-based bug-spray and natural bite relief gifted from a family friend. And then, last Friday, I got a whole big box full of happy in the mail.

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Getting Green at Home

Getting Green at Home

A Healthy Makeover…for your House!

My family and I recently made a big life change: we packed up everything in Toronto and decided to move to the country. Obviously there were a million reasons for this, but when we distilled them, they all boiled down to the same thing: We wanted a better life. 

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Chickapea Pasta is the New Avocado Brownie

Chickapea Pasta is the New Avocado Brownie

Hooray for Healthy Yummy Food That My Toddler Will Eat

Last night was a hallmark night. My somewhere-between-two-and-a-half-and-three-year-old man-in-training ate four (count ‘em, four) helpings of his dinner. During this time, he prompted me several times with “Mama, more pweeez!” and then dived in, occasionally making eye contact to nod emphatically and declare “Yummy!” with an earnestness that was a little bit heartbreaking.

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