Why ‘Be Well’? Part blog, part safe community space where we can be 100% truthful, open and honest with you. A place where we can share real life stories and experiences – the honest reality of all the highs, lows and in-betweens we face on a daily basis. We will share our reviews and recommendations of products/services and all the ‘Things We Love’; tools and resources that you can use to live a mindful and intentional lifestyle, health and wellness tips, our travels in our 1975 orange westy…. and so much more.
Note: Please keep in mind that we are not paid to sell/promote any products or services mentioned here. As the title suggests, these are things we love; things we use in our daily lives and have encountered personal benefits. It is important to be clear that we are not doctors, nutritionists nor medical professionals. We’re simply here to share our stories, experiences and perspectives with you.
#SchoolhouseTurns10 Interview, Part 2: Running A Business While Raising Twins & Revealing New Product Ideas!
Back in September, Andrew sat down with Jen and Aidan to talk about how it feels to look back on 10 years of Schoolhouse. Here's part two of that interview, where the dynamic duo talk about raising their twin daughters Sadie and Asha; and how they manage to keep...read more
Things We Love: Meal Prep Made Easy + Natural, Healthy & Delicious Meals with our friends at Side Door Nutrition!
Hello folks! How is fall meal prep going for everyone out there? It's a busy time of year, that's for sure, so I was curious to hear more about what some of your biggest road blocks are. Is it finding time to plan and come up with new recipe ideas? Finding easy, quick...read more
Is September the new January? As a mother of two girls going off to big school for the first time – it sure feels that way.For the first time ever my family was going to have to be legitimately on time five days a week. That scared me (and still does). We have never...read more
#SchoolhouseTurns10: Interview with Jen & Aidan, Looking Back on 10 Years in Business + Humble Beginnings (Part 1)
10 years, friends. We can't believe we're saying this... Schoolhouse is 10 years old! The big day falls on a Saturday, this Saturday in fact, and the Schoolhouse team will be at the Seaport Market to serve you as always. This weekend will be quite special, as we'll...read more
On this week's 'Be Well' blog, we decided to switch things up by passing the mic to a few of our lovely retail partners—Selby's Bunker Coffee & Gifts in Cole Harbour and Honey & Ginger (Dartmouth and Bedford). We recently had the opportunity to interview them;...read more
Things We Love: Women Supporting Women; Saying Yes to Unexpected Opportunities & Creative Collaboration
You know when life gets so busy that we barely have time to breathe? When there's so much on the schedule that you have no choice but to say 'no'; to turn down any opportunities that come your way? While it's important to know our limits, to never feel bad for saying...read more
Andrew here, back with another ‘Be Well’ blog entry. This one is a bit more personal, and I'm hoping that opening up will allow the story to resonate with some of you; possibly helping you along on your personal journey. For as long as I can remember, I've struggled...read more
Hey folks! Andrew here with a new ‘Be Well’ blog entry, focusing on a topic I’ve been thinking a lot about lately; something I felt could make a great topic of discussion for this week’s post.Let me ask you something (no judgement, I promise): when you pack up and...read more
Gluten-free living lends itself to a lot of challenges. Nothing unmanageable, but it certainly requires extra planning and forethought. Sometimes, I have to admit—I can’t always get it together. The planning or lunch packing. There are moments when as much as I would...read more
To all the New Brunswickers out there... guess what?! We're heading your way in just a few short weeks! We will be attending the annual Celiac Fair on Saturday, June 1st @ Coverdale Centre in Riverview from 10am-3pm. Are you excited to come out to see us while we're...read more
When I was 33, I realized what makes the world go round. Not money or love. The other one. Caffeine! I had my first cup of coffee. Everything changed from that moment forward.And it’s not that I felt I had been missing something previously. I felt pretty righteous...read more
Things We Love: The Cultured Coconut & How It Was Instrumental In Helping Jen (& Her Daughter Sadie) Heal Their Gut Health After Lyme Disease Treatment
This is a tough story to tell, folks, but it’s one that I feel ready to share. When we see everything through the social media lens, it could appear as if most people around us don’t experience a ton of stress, grief or pain… because we rarely show the worst sides of...read more
To all the entrepreneurs/business owners out there—do you ever see others in the same position and ask "how on earth do they do it all?". It takes a lot of working sunrise to sunset, day in and day out, and it's entirely possible to do. Is it sustainable? Not in the...read more
For as long as I can remember, my skin has always been problematic for me. I’ve struggled with acne, redness, dryness, uneven skin tone, blotchiness—you name it, I’ve got it. I always felt the need to rely on those harsh, alcohol-based acne skincare systems which kept...read more
Every year, I try to put together a family card that celebrates the past year and looks forward to the new memories that the upcoming year will bring.Why a card to signify this? I love sending and receiving mail.I love that there is something tangible that I can hold...read more
Aidan and I had a long journey to having children. They grew in our hearts for many, many years before they grew inside my body. When our healthy twin girls were born, they were our little miracles. It was a lifelong dream, at long last coming to fruition. 5 months...read more
SO many people ask us about our experience being new parents to twins while running a business at the same time. A parentrepeneur… is that a thing? The answer… well, it depends on the day. I mean, I believe this is the answer for any working parent. However, here are...read more
Chaga mushrooms are powerful adaptogens that grow slowly on birch trees; obtaining nutrients from the trees themselves to become a highly beneficial superfood. If you’re looking to add just one superfood to your diet regularly this year — this is it. Hands down, the...read more
Nine years ago when we started this business, we had no idea how much of a role our friends and family would play in supporting us in their many ways. We are truly a ‘family-business’, as our parents help out with childcare during the holiday seasons or when we’re in...read more
It is not easy being an entrepreneur, most days are fantastic and go off without a hitch, other days go totally sideways and I find myself muttering “Why am I doing this?”. I think this is a common feeling for many business owners. The pendulum really swings back and...read more