There’s a lot of buzz today about Amazon Prime Day around town and, well, all over the internet. 😉 Everyone loves a good deal and the annual event that Amazon holds sports some pretty deep savings on many items. For example, check out this hot product at 44% off! I’ve been wanting one for a year and finally got it today with a deal too good to pass up. I’m pretty sure it’s going to become one of my “can’t live without”
When I told friends and family nearly 8 years ago that I was moving to the Arctic, one of the first things they said was “But you’re always cold!!! How will you survive in the Arctic!?!” It was true. For as long as I can remember I’ve always been cold. I would be bundled up, even inside the house, and always had a hot tea on the go to try to keep me warm.
Then we moved to the Arctic.
Before we arrived on the frozen tundra, we used to live “down south” (aka any part of Canada below the North) and our home was surrounded by beautiful mountains and trees. I was a “tree hugger” for as long as I can remember….but nothing makes you appreciate the trees more than moving to the Arctic!
We’ve lived above the tree line now for almost 8 years and “tree time” is one of the things I look forward to most when we go on our annual vacation south.
I’ve heard it said on numerous occasions, ” You live in the Arctic, you must not sweat” but that couldn’t be further from the truth! Sure we aren’t in shorts and a t-shirt with skin perspiring at the moment we set foot out the door…..but there is still plenty of sweat that happens in the north.
Try going for a walk on the snow covered tundra with layer upon layer of clothing hugging your body closely,
I’m a confessed tea addict. I drink 1-2 pots of tea a day (or more). I’ve never had a cup of coffee in my life (GASP!) Tea has been something I started drinking as a kid and never stopped. Some of my fondest memories growing up include late night tea time with my mom. You could say tea warms my heart as much as it does my body 😉
With living in the cold climate of the arctic,
When we lived down south, mashed potatoes were a common side dish on our dinner plates, but when we moved North and saw the prices of the potatoes they soon became a luxury rather than a staple. Due to the weight/cost of transporting the potatoes they are often one of the pricier options.
In search of a more affordable alternative, (not to mention a healthier low carb choice) we began to experiment with cauliflower and ended up having a new favourite fast and frugal side dish.
As much as I like Saving Green….I also love Living Green by choosing natural products to use to reduce my family’s exposure to harmful chemicals. Making your own products is a fantastic frugal way to both save green and live green, but sometimes its nice to save the trouble and treat yourself to some already perfected natural products. That’s why I was excited one day when I came across @Mountain.Air.Naturals on Instagram. I noticed their All Natural Ingredients and Canadian shipping policy and just had to try them out!
While it’s common in most places to pay a yearly membership fee, in the north its one of the very few things you can still get for FREE with no strings attached! In order to get your library card you will need photo ID and to be planning to be an Iqaluit resident for 6 months or more and then you are set! They offer a variety of reading material in 3 languages: English, French,
There’s no doubt about it, the cost of raising a child, especially in the north, is expensive! But thanks to a local family and their labour of love: Arctic Cotton (a home based baby boutique) has made it a whole lot easier and more affordable to do so!
If you haven’t had the chance to check out the Apex (Iqaluit) based business, Arctic Cotton, it’s worth taking a few minutes to get acquainted with them!
If you’ve ever had a twinge of conscience as you throw your cans into the garbage (knowing it’s just adding to the landfill) then you might be interested in knowing the details of an eco-friendly initiative the students of Inuksuk High School have been successfully implementing!
As local residents of Iqaluit, you and I have a great opportunity to jump in and make a difference as well!
We were please to have the chance to chat with April Tucker,