The Bed Expert

Black Sheep Mattress is a Calgary-based mattress manufacturer and retailer specializing in custom-made mattresses, all constructed of natural and organic materials. I spoke with Christian Schmidt, owner and founder of the company, to learn more about mattresses and to get some tips on mattress shopping. If you’ve spent eight hours in an...

The Naturopathic Doctor

Integra Naturopathics, which began as a natural health centre to treat issues with infertility and has since blossomed into a family practice with a focus on treating autoimmune disorders. Echoing Dr. Samuels’ statements about sleep, Dr. Arnel explained that sleep is a time for the body to regenerate, restore, and rebuild. Nutrients are...

Rest Your Best

It’s been a restless night, but finally, toward dawn, sleep comes. The alarm sounds; your stomach sinks. It’s still dark outside, but it is time to get out of bed and start the day. Trying to ignore the alarm, you roll over, willing it silent. It doesn’t obey. You surrender and pull yourself out of bed knowing a tired day...

Intentions, Vows, and Resolutions

Written by Brad Kauffman, M.A., B.A. Strategic Psychotherapist and Jess Kauffman M.A., B.A. Strategic Psychotherapist Photo by Justine Milton As humans, typically, we desire to be the best version of ourselves. In other words, there is a powerful longing to be aligned with our truest self. When we set a resolution, we establish a reference...

Mindful Holidays

As the Christmas season approaches, many of us have our regular routines modified by adding in extra visiting time, shopping, baking, decorating, and all the hot chocolate drinking. As someone who values this special time of year but also gets overwhelmed by any “change” in general, I’ve put my mindfulness practice to use around the...

Clean Beauty

*This post is sponsored by Community Natural Foods For the past few weeks, the Dote team has been testing out some Canadian (and even some Calgarian) made clean beauty products that can be found at Community Natural Foods. After having tested the products for a bit and feeling more familiar with them, the Dote gals have given their honest...

A Slow Sunday in Copenhagen

Church bells ring in the distance as the kettle boils, warm rushes of steam pouring into the bright kitchen. It’s Sunday morning in Copenhagen, Denmark and I’m about to make a cup of Japanese pour-over coffee and begin my day. The concept of slow living has come to hold almost mythic status for me in the last few years, culminating in my move...

What I’ve Learned – Danielle Gordon, Optometrist

In 2006, shortly after graduating from optometry school in my hometown of Waterloo, Ontario, my husband (and fellow optometrist) Ryan, and I made the decision to venture west to Alberta to start our careers.  Looking back, I can remember how excited we were about the opportunities that existed in this province, and how we happily packed our...

How Connection Grows…

Three years ago, I walked into a Crave Cupcakes shop on a Friday evening, unaware that I would be leaving with far more than some delicious treats. I ordered my cupcakes, not-so-patiently waited to have them packaged up and saw something I hadn’t ever seen before. It turned out to be a Dote Magazine. I immediately got one, knowing from the...

#EVERYBODIESBEAUTIFUL

It all started at the beach. Young, modest and insecure; I found myself wading in the water wearing a one-piece Speedo covered with a t-shirt and board shorts. I'm not sure why I felt my thighs were embarrassing or that my body was something to be covered and unseen, I just know that by being covered up I was hiding. I was afraid. It was...