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5 eco-friendly brands making a difference on Earth Day

According to Shopify’s Future of Commerce Report, more than half (53%) of consumers prefer green or sustainable products and value brands that demonstrate authenticity and transparency. If you’re looking for a greener way to scratch that online shopping itch, then you need to check out Shop, Shopify’s mobile shopping assistant app. Shop helps shoppers discover new products from their favorite brands, place orders faster, track packages, and more, all in one place. You can also reduce the environmental impact of shopping online with Shop Pay—the fastest and most secure way to shop online. When checking out with Shop Pay in the app, shoppers are helping Shop in their mission to restore the Casamance Mangroves in Senegal, Africa, with a goal to plant 4.6 million mangrove trees over the next two years at no extra cost to shoppers. Just in time for Earth Day on April 22, Shop has rolled out its…

3 technology devices to install in your home

This year more than ever, technology has become an integral part of the way we live, work, and relax. But, scrolling through the endless items available can be daunting. The perfect gift for both new homeowners and those looking for ways to transform their home into a smart home, here are three devices to add a bit of technology to your home. Transform your TV into a Smart TV Instead of purchasing a brand new television, transform your current one into a smart television with the Chromecast with Google TV.  This device allows you to stream content from your phone, tablet, or computer and now with a remote now equipped with voice via Google Assistant. This handy device that comes in three colour ways (Snow, Sunrise and Sky) has been a game-changer for our workouts allowing us to stream classes on YouTube and for movie nights at home binge-watching our…

designsoup by alix shares tips for aspiring artists

We sat down with Alix Campbell, the founder of designsoup by alix to learn about her creative process and tips for aspiring artists. First off, can you tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do? Hi, I’m Alix. I’m a writer and artist. I create original paintings & prints as well as surface patterns for lots of different products like throw pillows, tote bags, notebooks, laptop covers, etc. under my brand name designsoup by alix. At the moment I’m selling on Society6, but hopefully soon in my own online shop. I’m originally from Austria, but I’ve been living the digital nomad lifestyle as a freelancer for several years, spending time in Madrid (Spain), Copenhagen (Denmark), and Amsterdam (the Netherlands) as well as Chile, Peru, and Nicaragua. The latter is the country where I met my Aussie husband, and about two years ago, we settled in…

6 Zoom backgrounds inspired by 2021 home decor trends

While you may be itching to redecorate your home in high style (or maybe just tidy up the living room before your next meeting), the online interior design experts at Modsy will spot you one better! They’ve rounded up their favourite designs inspired by each one of this year’s hottest new home interior trends and turned them into beautiful Zoom backgrounds that are perfect for any virtual get-together, whether it’s a work conference call or a girlfriends wine night. Here are six Zoom backgrounds inspiring by 2021 home decor trends. 1980s Style Revival. Sculptural furniture, bold colours, and plenty of drama. The 80s are back—but only the good parts. Natural Materials. Brings effortless texture into your space and gives your home a perfectly layered look.Bold Wall Colors. White walls, be gone! Bold wall colours are the perfect way to bring joy, excitement, and personality to your home. Lighter-Toned Wood. Hello,…

3 ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland

This year, St. Patrick’s Day is going digital. Broadcasting from the island of Ireland, this fun-filled 90-minute show will broadcast LIVE on March 17 at 5:30 pm eastern time from three much-loved pubs in Dublin, Belfast and the pretty coastal town of Dingle in County Kerry and will bring a festival of music, Irish dancing, special guests, and a few surprises right into your living room. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ireland (@tourismireland) If you’re still dreaming of planning an adventure to Ireland for St. Patrick’s day in the future, here are three ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland. Explore the St. Patrick Centre in Downpatrick The Saint Patrick Centre in Downpatrick explores the story of this saint and how his legacy developed in early Christian times. This museum explores the legacy of St. Patrick and is the starting point for many who are embarking on their…

How to plan a destination wedding during the pandemic

Are you thinking about planning a destination wedding? We chatted with Marsha-Ann, Sandals’ Director of Romance, to learn the ins and outs of planning a destination wedding during the pandemic at a Sandals. Can you share any wedding trends you’ve seen at Sandals over the last year? Sandals Montego Bay, our flagship resort, is where the world first fell in love with Sandals and couples continue to choose it as the perfect place for their “big day” with its expansive, private white-sand beach, lush tropical garden gazebos, and not one, but two on-site wedding chapels including the signature Over-the-Water Serenity Wedding Chapel. We are seeing an uptick in elopement ceremonies because, as I often say, love conquers all. Couples do want to celebrate their love, perhaps even more so after the past year they’ve had, and know they can trust Sandals to make their dream wedding come true in a…

What it is like to work at Betsson

Betsson is a Swedish iGaming company focusing on sports betting, casino gaming, poker, bingo and more. The company controls over twenty different online gambling brands, including Betsafe and NordicBet, and has recently started to expand its operations into the North and South American markets. Since it was founded in 1963, Betsson has come a long way. Originally starting out as a slot machine manufacturer, the company changed its name to Betsson in 2006 and has since become one of the biggest and best-known gambling brands in the world. Through its Malta licence, Betsson is able to operate in a number of European countries and is currently going through the process of obtaining a licence in Colorado, USA. While the company has expanded a lot over the years, it’s also managed to maintain a strong workplace culture, a vital part of attracting the best talent and remaining at the top of…

How to use your senses to transform your home office

Mara Hauser, founder and CEO of 25N Coworking, has focused her entire career on design focusing on collaborative workspaces and innovative design.  She shares with us her top five ways to transform your home office space while you work from home. When I think about designing a home office, my first priority is to create a separation between home life and work-life on a mental and physiological level. To start, I always design my plans around the five senses. This ensures that I’m creating a cohesive space that can trigger focus and productivity as soon as you step into the room. Use your eyes. In order to establish a different headspace for work versus home life, try decorating your office differently than the rest of your home. This will immediately trigger your brain into “work mode” as soon as you walk in the door. In fact, create a space that’s…

3 Women-Owned Souvenirs to Buy in Barbados

During your next trip to Barbados, here are three women-owned businesses on the island to pick up souvenirs from. Julia-Ann Holder, Owner of Hummingbird Soap Studio Julia-Ann took a passion and favourite pastime and turned it into a local favourite business. The Hummingbird Soap Studio was born in 2012, officially entering the local market in 2017. Julia-Ann started exploring soap making with her daughter, as their favourite afterschool and work activity, always eager to learn new and exciting methods and recipes. Having now built her beloved hobby into a thriving business, Julia-Ann participates in local events, like the Holetown Festival, to share her passion with her community. She aspires to break out into the international market to extend her passion globally. Nadja Soodeen, Owner of Banz Barbados The Caribbean-devoted jewellery line was inspired by Nadja’s desire for a Barbadian momento. Nadja wanted to create a piece of Barbados that she…

Toronto Pearson Launches New COVID-19 Testing

TRAVEL NEWS – Today, the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), operators of Toronto Pearson, announced a robust new COVID-19 PCR and antigen testing research program at Toronto Pearson. Testing starts on March 1, supported in part by funding from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP). The research is designed to explore the efficacy of antigen testing, compared with the rapid polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, in a high-throughput, commercial environment, as well as to explore how to operationalize rapid PCR testing in an airport environment. Similar to the GTAA’s co-sponsoring of the McMaster Health Labs International Border Study in Fall 2020, this the next step in the GTAA’s efforts to support the government by offering new science and data that can contribute to a longer-term testing and recovery framework. This research program will lead to the creation of a new point-of-need testing capacity at…