Heather Laura Clarke is an award-winning freelance journalist, columnist, blogger and editor whose work regularly appears in many Canadian newspapers and magazines. She also writes for corporate clients and branding agencies.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism Honours (BJH) degree from the University of King's College in 2005, and began working as a reporter/editor at The Daily News. She was based in the Entertainment department, but also wrote for the News, Homes, Lifestyles, and Sports departments.
When the newspaper was shut down in 2008, Heather began working at Optio Publishing, where she merged her writing talents with a new opportunity in video production, project management, and creating SEO (search engine optimization) strategies.
Heather began her freelance career while on maternity leave in 2010, and loves being able to continue writing professionally while staying at home with her two young children.
Her writing appears in newspapers, magazines and websites around the world, including the Huffington Post and Buzzfeed.
She moved from Bedford to Truro, Nova Scotia, where she lives with her husband, son, and daughter. She works from a tiny office in her basement, where she throws a mean holiday party for one (here's 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016).
She chronicles her day-to-day adventures on her blog, Heather's Handmade Life (formerly Laptops to Lullabies). What started as a secret place on the internet to dream about someday having children evolved into a fun online community for parents worldwide, with a focus on balancing family while working from home. It's recently taken a turn towards Heather's life as a creative mom, wife, and professional.
Heather works with national brands and has been named one of LinkedIn's top Canadian parenting columnists. She is available for speaking gigs and professional development seminars on a variety of topics. Sometimes she makes videos and tries hard not to have a triple-chin.
She also writes about her family life in a weekly column called "The Mom Scene" for The Chronicle Herald's Herald Community papers (Halifax Citizen, Dartmouth Tribune, Bedford-Sackville Observer, Valley Harvester, Shore Shore Breaker, etc).
In 2014, she connected with popular blogger Roo Ciambriello and began writing weekly posts for Scratch or Sniff, a fresh new site for parents of children with asthma, eczema, and allergies.
Heather loves sewing, painting, and crafting items to personalize her home, and writes about her projects for a weekly column called "My Handmade Home" for The Chronicle Herald's Herald Homes section.
She sometimes sews children's clothing and accessories through a fun side project called Lottie & Dex Designs.
You can reach Heather by visiting the contact page.