About melbaseto

Like most people, there's many layers that make up the sum of who I am. I have a profession, hobbies, passions, unique skills and dreams. Ultimately my background ranges vastly so here's the tip of the iceberg. Dreams: I wish to build myself a self sustaining environmentally sound home where I can grow my own food and build my own things. Hobbies: I enjoy, reading, knitting, board games and team sports. Passions: Everything I do is so I can ultimately support these particular passions; climbing, pottery, theatre, and culinary arts. My sub-passions include: paddling, snowboarding, skiing and all outdoor activities. Unique skills: Bushcraft, pole fitness, guitar, Macguyering things, scuba diver, ski patroller, RCACS alumni, leadership and survival skills. Professions: Dental hygienist, lifeguard, potter.

Natural Hand Warmers

A few years ago Aurora Heat https://auroraheat.ca reached out to me to test their natural hand warmers while on my adventures.

Being a firm believer of trying to make small changes in our daily lives to being more minimal and mindful in our process it was exactly what I needed!

Fur has been used for thousands of years as a natural source for warmth. When made into these hand and foot warmers, it makes it easy and manageable to apply to all areas of your life.

From snow shovelling, to hiking, to skiing, and skating with my family we use Aurora Heat for all our fingers and toes!

The first traps your own body heat and retains heat much longer.

You can wash them, reuse them and feel good knowing they are made mindfully and sustainably in 🇨🇦.

Moving away from single use warmers and products in general is something we are trying to prioritize in our lives. Buying better quality and longer lasting reusable items – mindfully is the first step.

Check out Aurora Heat and use the code: MELBASETO to get 10% OFF your order!

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DIY PVC Mist-er / Spray water Feature / Garden Sprinkler


I built this earlier this summer just in time for the heat wave!

It’s such a versatile and easy to build structure I’ve used it for so many things! I figured while keeping the family cool it would work well to also conserve water by water the plants.

It also uses very little water (in comparison to a regular sprinkler so having it on for a long time isn’t going to necessarily break the bank!

I also discovered that my lounge chair fits perfectly between it, not to mention it’s been great to use for outdoor hot workouts!!!


You can pick up most of the materials at your local hardware store for the following 3/4″ pipe and fittings (I had to buy the mister Jets on amazon.)

2 ten foot lengths of PVC
3 end caps
2 elbow joints (90 degree)
2 T connections
1 pack quarter circle mister jets (12 count) Gorilla Glue or PVC glue to seal the components. 1 threaded female hose connector (slip fit) * good idea to find a rotating adapter that will attach to the hose so you don’t have som wacky twisting when connecting the hose.

It’s a fun project for the family and quick and easy to do with the family or just yourself! I find I’ve been using it way more than the little humans.

Along River Ridge: Calgary’s Top Adventure Family Staycation Destination!


It’s not always easy to wind down at home, one can feel like they have to always clean or fix something. That’s why it’s such a treat to be able to get away even if it’s just down the street.

With travelling becoming a common uncertainty, passionate travellers must look to local destinations to rest, rejuvenate and celebrate!

How New Amsterdam “3 dots” Episode Season 1:8 affected me as a Chinese Canadian.

**warning sensitive subjects**

If you haven’t seen it and you wish to maybe understand a little more about the pressure of first generation Chinese students (not all, but many) watch it… it’s on Netflix. This is how it impacted me.

Infant Regression. Change Your Mindset.

Let’s talk about “regression.”

I dislike this word very much and avoid it as much as possible. (Yucky) The reason I don’t like the word “regression” because it’s a cop- out. It’s being able to use that word so you can give up and have an excuse to not have to work hard anymore to change things.

Top 3 Winter Adventure Family Activities around Fernie, BC & Winter Family Photo Tips


Travelling with little humans is not always easy but if you can manage to sneak away for a weekend you can maximize fun in a short amount of time!

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