Stephanie Ouellette loves thought provoking design, cooking for people with allergies or food aversions. She lives in Sarnia, Ontario with her husband and two busy little boys. She is a photographer and Made Collective’s creative visionary. What started you on a simple and thoughtful journey? My journey started at a very young age and was … Continue reading The Collective Series: Stephanie Ouellette
Happy 2020! We hope that you took some time to rest and reflect over the past couple of weeks. A new year is spread before us like a brand new journal just waiting for us to make a mark. The challenge is to not fill it up too quickly but to leave blank spaces and … Continue reading A New Year
love definition: unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another. The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own … Continue reading Advent: Love
peace definition: a state of tranquility or quiet. Stop. Search it out. Find it. It won't be easy. A peace like no other. A perfect peace.
joy definition: the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires. When sorrow and longing is the backdrop for advent, joy is present. Joy can't be deterred by our present circumstances. We celebrate and offer this bright light and renewed definition of joy to a dark world.
faith definition: belief that is not based on proof. We practice letting go of control, we believe, we continue to move forward on the sometimes dark path.
hope defintion: a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. We wait, we anticipate, we live with the great hope of his return.
There is a lot of pressure around the Christmas season to host the perfect party, purchase the perfect gift, cook the perfect meal, and post the perfect Instagram photo while doing all of the above. This need for perfection has also seeped its way into family traditions. Acquiring a Christmas tree is now an expensive … Continue reading Traditions
Travelling long distances with toddlers can be torture especially when we refuse to stick a screen in front of them so they don’t miss learning the importance of boredom, but we try to plan our long trips accordingly. Sarnia is a three hour drive to Toronto and an hour to downtown Detroit. So when we … Continue reading Detroit Day Trip Ideas with Kids
Steph and I have been chatting about thoughtful Christmas gift giving and receiving. We both spend a lot of time thinking about what we are going to gift someone. It often involves making something or thrifting or researching the most sustainable option available to purchase. The receiving part of Christmas can be a different story. … Continue reading Meaningful Gift Giving