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.

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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.

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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,

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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,

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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!

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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,

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Grow your Own Food in Less than a Week!-2

I’m pretty much the worst gardener I know. The only time I’ve had a “green thumb” is if I painted it green 😉 It’s not that I haven’t tried… I have. I love the idea of gardens, greenhouses, or even just plants in the house. I love the health benefits that they produce both by the nutritious food they provide, the enhanced air quality, and by the proven mental health benefits of being surrounded by living things in nature.

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The smell of popcorn…for most it brings our minds to a happy place…perhaps with family or friends at a theatre relaxing, and having the buttery aroma fill our senses.

Popcorn is admittedly one of my favourite snacks. Not only for the aroma, and the childhood memories that it brings back, but also for it’s simplicity and affordability. When I discovered a way to add “Nutritional” to that list…well it is pretty near to the perfect snack!

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I’ve always had a bit of a sweet tooth … especially for cool treats like ice-cream or popsicles. In my effort to stay on board the “healthy train” I have sought out healthier alternatives that still allow me to indulge my taste buds, but without the guilt and the stomach ache of the unhealthy choices!

I was therefore overjoyed when a friend of mine told me about her favourite new treat….soon to become my favourite new treat 🙂 Its tasty,

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