Category: Career

Work-at-home summer prep

Consider this a PSA to all parents of elementary-aged children: We’re down to less than a month before the end of the school year. Summers have always been hard for me as a self-employed person who works from home. September through June, I have…

I am not an interior designer

I am not an interior designer {Heather's Handmade Life}

I spent the weekend working on projects for my very first “home design” client. It’s something that’s been in the works for a couple of months now, and it’s been sort of thrilling, actually. We have plans to work on a bunch of rooms…

First day of school = a very happy mommy

A very happy mommy on the first day of school {Heather's Handmade Life}

The day we’d been waiting for — for what felt like FOREVER — arrived yesterday, right on schedule. The first day of school a.k.a. NO KIDS AT HOME FOR SIX HOURS EACH WEEKDAY OMGGGG. It was a huge milestone for C, going off to Primary,…

10 places to work ‘from home’ and also entertain your kids

10 places to work "from home" with kids {Heather's Handmade Life}

When I’m on a work call and the person apologetically says I might hear their child in the background — usually because they’re home with a sick kid — I want to weep with joy.  “I get it! I totally get it! In fact,…

Five weird-but-awesome desk hacks

I had another post planned for today, Werk It Wednesday, but then I got a package in the mail and decided to change everything and write about a topic inspired by the delivery IMMEDIATELY! These desk hacks are not even specific to writers or…

How we spent our "summer" vacation

Yes, you read that correctly. “Summer” vacation. In April/May. In Canada. *cue the whomp-whomp sound effect* This is a post about shift-work life and freelance life, and how they merge together to create beginning-of-spring vacations where only one person is actually on vacation. (Spoiler…

Five photography tips for amateurs

I take a lot of photos. My iPhone recently hit the 10,000 mark and then decided it was time for me to make some room for more. But just because I take photos constantly — for the blog, for my parenting column, and especially…

Treat yo’ self: Work-at-home edition

Today I thought I’d talk about the treats you can buy — or steal from other rooms — for your home office. After all, I spend a LOT of time in mine — throwing parties and such, mostly — and I have learned the…

Weird work-at-home quirks + hacks

Today’s post is brought to you by Things That Annoy Me about working from home. Yes, you heard me — working from home is not all merrily-throwing-the-laundry-on in between tea breaks.  I noticed I have a couple of quirks that can interfere with my…

Why too many days off school make me crazy

I’m almost positive my son and daughter attend Grade 1 and preschool, respectively. It’s just that for the last three or four weeks, they’ve barely gone. At least it feels that way, between flu bugs, coughs, snow days, labour action, holidays and more snow…

The girl at the art show

There was a call for submissions for an art show.  It was the first post I’ve seen like this, and I decided — on a whim — that yeah, OK, I would paint something. I would give it a try.  The theme was “escape,”…

On freelance life + Hollywood

Me, back in my entertainment reporter days. If I were to list my Top 5 Annoyances relating to my job as a freelance writer, do you know what they’d be? 1. People who don’t think I “really” work. No, I don’t think I’m automatically…