Living With Bugs

Every year when we go camping, we develop an uneasy relationship with bugs. Insects are everywhere in our world; there are far more of them than of us. Living in houses most of the time, we find ourselves further and further separated from the outdoor world of nature and bugs. Camping brings us right back […]


New Life for Old Clothing: Moving Forward

I have been spending a lot of time trying to figure out how to adjust my clothing use and my wardrobe to reduce my allergic reactions. My daughter and husband can still wear polyester, even though my propylene glycol allergy means that polyester and possibly spandex are off the table for me. More than half […]


Hidden and Not-So-Hidden Antibacterials

We’ve all seen the antibacterial designation on hand and dish soaps. You may even have seen the same on packages of shower curtain liners or athletic wear. But what does this mean? To the company who produced the product, it means that antimicrobial agents have been impregnated into the fibres or substance of the product […]


Finding a Way Around

This week I finally had a breakthrough in a personal project on which I’ve been working. I am trying to complete a medieval alchemical separation process. The process historically required colophony in most instances, a substance to which I’m allergic. After months of trying to find a way, I have done it without using colophony. […]


Allergy Detectives: Elusive Not-Necessarily-Allergens

I’ve been having odd allergy symptoms for a while now. It seems that soon after eating a certain grocery store crust (for making your own pizzas), eating certain gluten-free bakery cookies, and eating certain gluten-free hamburger buns from the same bakery I have horrible redness and itchiness around my mouth (outside my mouth, on the […]


My, the Heat Really Takes it Out of You

For the past two weeks, I’ve been camping medieval-style. That’s 14 days of sleeping in a ger (a close relative of a yurt), trying to ignore bugs (all except the really big ones), no air conditioning when sometimes the humidex beat 106 degrees Fahrenheit (when even sweat had nowhere to go), walking everywhere, port-a-potties, and […]


Paint and Alternative Wall Coverings

Before I found out I had an allergy to isothiazolinones, I had a strange allergic episode. I was at work, and for multiple weeks straight, my eyes itched to badly that I was pulling out my eyelashes and my nose stuffed up enough to make me feel like I had the flu. The floor below […]


My Favourite Products Discovered So Far

In all of my research into sustainable living, allergies, ethical companies, and the environment, I often find the best choice is to make things myself. Sometimes, though, that’s either unrealistic or impossible, and this is where I’ve found some really amazing things. Below are some of the favourites I’ve found so far: WeWood Watches Made […]


Depression and Illness in Modern Lives

The concept of depression and anxiety disorders in modern society has been bothering me for a long time. I have so many friends who suffer from anxiety and depression issues, and I myself went through a horrible time when I was so anxious about going to work that I didn’t want to go to sleep […]


Canada Civic Holiday

Today is a Civic Holiday in Canada, I will be releasing my next post Friday August 5th.