Consciously Shopping Toronto: Showing Your Family Love

Consciously Shopping Toronto on Valentine’s Day

It’s that time of year again, where for one “special” day we’re reminded to celebrate our love for one another. Although I believe we shouldn’t need a reminder, as a busy working mother of three, I’ll take any excuse to spend more time with my family and do something special together, while consciously shopping Toronto.

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This Valentine’s Day, let’s take a few extra moments to think about the activities we do together, and the things we buy for one another, and how they’ll mean the world…to the world. Consider enjoying the following activities together and experience the true spirit of the holiday.

Screen something. Choose the latest release, or go with some old family footage, which can always be great for laughs and good memories too. Grab some goodies to munch on, like some local organic popcorn, or try these delicious healthy snacks, most of which are available at The Big Carrot. Then cuddle up under a comfy organic throw together and enjoy the show!

Experience it all. Go to a museum or art gallery. Go mini-golfing or bowling. Get tickets to a concert or a play. Just Google some key words – you won’t believe how much fun is going on right here in Toronto! If you combine your outing with a meal, choose a restaurant with a local and sustainable menu. You cannot believe how many exist, are affordable and offer favourites like pizza or burgers if your kids are picky eaters…however, make it an opportunity to find a new food to love…something colourful perhaps?!

Read a Good Book.  Well I’m biased since I wrote the Alphabet of Avoidance, but it’s a fun, inspiring, and perspective-changing read that not only identifies what we should be avoiding in order to live healthier lives, but also includes simple (and not overbearing) solutions to immediately replace the “bad” with someone better, or even, nothing at all.  You can pick it up with your family at Type Books, and read the entire short book together in an hour!

“I sustain myself with the love of family.” ― Maya Angelou

How do you go about consciously shopping Toronto, on Valentine’s Day or anytime?

Lisa Borden

Our monthly contributor of Consciously Shopping in Toronto, Lisa Borden is an eco-advocate and mother of three, whose business is a direct reflection of her commitment to better, more responsible living. She is a dedicated workaholic, admitting that it takes a lot of time and effort to change the world, especially in her non-preachy, fun, engaging and inspiring ways. Lisa consults, writes, engages the media, runs private workshops, and enjoys speaking to large and small groups. Her full-service marketing firm, Borden Communications + Design Inc. is based in Toronto and takes great pride in being an ethical business providing exceptional ideas. You can sign up for Lisa’s rants and raves or reach her directly at

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