Welcome to the Cottage.

The Tiny Canal Cottage® is a 1920's Craftsman-style house by the Venice Beach Canals in Southern California. This <400 sqft home/office is the full-time residence of Creative Director Whitney Leigh Morris, her husband, their son, and two rescue beagles.

Simple Stress Relief

Simple Stress Relief

This blog post was sponsored by Curaleaf Hemp. As always, the imagery and words are my own. Any images of the pups were taken as they interacted (under adult supervision) in their own natural ways.

When I gave birth to my son, I was fortunate enough to be able to do so without taking any pain medication. The birthing experience made me realize just how strong our bodies can be, and I now recognize the vast value of preventative care, and organic processes + treatments. 


As CBD slipped into the mainstream recently, Adam and I welcomed its arrival as a non-intoxicating and soothing natural remedy for various minor but persistent health issues. Integrating Curaleaf Hemp’s CBD oil in droplet form has been beneficial for his lifestyle, and completely non-disruptive, the way certain pharmaceuticals and other cannabinoids can be.


As I’ve discussed many times before, one of the main reasons we live in a small home is that it helps us enjoy our day to day life by reducing our household costs and responsibilities, and by encouraging us to stay active and get outside.

But there are, of course, other issues that cause us anxiety and discomfort, and can sometimes get in the way of us enjoying aspects of the existence we’ve carved out for our lil’ family.

For example, at 41, Adam has started to notice changes in his body. He pedals the pups and West in the cargo bike daily, paddles our canoe, attends reformer Pilates classes with me, and has started his own workout regimen as well. 


But at this stage of life, he feels some muscle pain from it all. Similarly, as a result of lifting, crouching with, and running alongside our 2½ year-old seven days a week, he is also experiencing joint pain. 


But the most notable and interruptive of the recent changes for Adam has been higher levels of stress— and the corresponding sleeplessness— that we both experience from running our own small business, and from external issues beyond our control. To deal with these feelings in a natural way, Adam uses Curaleaf Hemp’s CBD tincture drops, as he is understandably uncomfortable using a vape pen around our son.


The drops come in simple, small glass bottles, which can ultimately be repurposed around the house. 

With 0% THC, these formulas are non-intoxicating. It takes about 2 hours for Adam to feel the full effects, which take the form of pain relief while being entirely non-psychoactive.  The relief lasts about 8 hours, so Adam finds it practical for overnight use. (He uses the “Relieve” and “Relax” formulas interchangeably.) 


By revitalizing himself through sleeping soundly, by being able to move without pain, and by staying healthy enough to keep up with our active lifestyle and erratic business schedule, Adam is able to be the absolutely extraordinary parent, husband and business partner he is. His birthday is coming up soon, and I can’t wait to celebrate him and his daily contributions to our lil’ family, company, and home. - SHOP HERE

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