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Canada Day Celebrations all over the Lower Mainland!

Canada Day 2012June 28-July 1
Canada Day Long Weekend at Whistler
Whistler

June 29-July 1
Ships to Shore Steveston 2012
Richmond

June 30 - July 1
Canada Day at Cloverdale Millennium Amphitheatre
Surrey

Langley Canada Day Celebrations
Langley

June 30- - July 2
Canada Day Weekend at the Station Museum
Port Moody

June 30 - July 2
Golden Spikes Festival
Port Moody

Canada Day Weekend at the Station Museum
Port Moody

July 1
Canada Day at Burnaby Village Museum
Burnaby

Canada Day at Ron McLean Park
Burnaby

Canada Day at Lafarge Lake & Evergreen Cultural Centre (with Bobs & Lolo!)
Coquitlam

Canada Day Celebrations in Delta, Ladner and Tsawwassen
Delta, Ladner & Tsawwassen

Kirkland House Celebrates CANADA DAY
Delta

Canada Day at at the Langley Centennial Museum
Fort Langley

CANADA DAY One of our “Special Days” at the Farm Museum!
Fort Langley

Canada Day Celebration on Granville Island
Granville Island

Canada Day Pancake Breakfast at Krause Berry Farm
Langley

Maple Ridge Canada Day Celebration
Maple Ridge

Canada Day and Diamond Jubilee Celebration at Haney House
Maple Ridge

Canada Day Celebrations
Mission

Canada Day Celebration at Queen’s Park
New Westminster

North Shore Canada Day Parade
North Vancouver

North Vancouver Canada Celebrations
North Vancouver

Canada Day Celebrations at Waterfront Park
North Vancouver

Celebrate Canada Day at Lynn Valley Village!
North Vancouver

Pitt Meadows Canada Day Celebration
Pitt Meadows

Canada Day at Castle Park
Port Coquitlam

67th Annual Steveston Salmon Festival
Richmond

Canada Day Celebration at Morgan Crossing
South Surrey

PCCA Annual Canada Day Community Celebration
South Surrey

Canada Day at Bear Creek Train!
Surrey

3rd Annual Canada Day Parade & CANADA DAY BURRARD INLET FIREWORKS SHOW
Vancouver

Youth Celebrate Canada Day
Vancouver

Canada Day at River District
Vancouver

Waldorf Hotel Block Party
Vancouver

Celebrate Canada Day at The Vancouver Maritime Museum
Vancouver

Canada Day at Canada Place
Vancouver

Canada Day Celebration and Fireworks at John Lawson Park
West Vancouver

Canada Day by the Bay
White Rock

I feel so very lucky, as a photographer and a mom, I’m able to create some great images of my kids. In fact, I’ve had a few friends tell me they wish they could too! So I thought I would share with you some tips to create better photographs of your kids.

1 - Look for great light and then look at your background. This is not an easy thing to do (or explain!), but if you’re outside, you’re looking for “light shade.” This usually means that light is blocked from directly overhead and on at least one side, with light coming into the area from one direction. Once you’ve found that, then figure out what your background is doing. Beware of objects “growing” out of someone’s head or really bright colours that will distract from your subject.

bad light picture

Here’s an example. In this image, my daughter decided that she didn’t want to go to the park but wanted to play out on our deck. I wanted to take her portrait, so I made do with what I had. As you can see, my deck is not particularly photogenic... in fact, it’s downright messy!

However, it does have great light. Our deck is south facing, and also has a deck right above it. This means that late in the day, the light that is filtering through to the back of the deck is beautiful! It’s soft and flattering and because it is blocked overhead, you don’t get dark circle in the hollows of the eyes.

Professional Picture of girl

This is one of the images that I created. I stood my daughter on the wood box and had her face the light. The end result is I don’t have to worry about the ugly background, and I still get to use the great light!

2 - Whenever possible, avoid the use of on camera flash. Typically it leads to photographs that are too bright and washed out looking. It also usually create a flattering photograph. If the room is dark, (and your camera can handle it) increase your ISO.

3 - Have your kids say “hi”, instead of “cheese” or something similar. You’ll usually find

Kidtopia

CONTEST CLOSED, Please check your emails to see if you won!

 

Kidtopia is presenting two great ways for families to have fun together this summer!

First up is a FAMILY SPORTS DAY July 14th at UBC. Old Navy will have lots of

Whitehouse FamilyOn March 2nd, 2012, a young wife and mother in Langley, Melissa White, passed away at the age of 30. Diagnosed 13 months prior with ALS and Frontotemporal Dementia - one of the youngest persons to be diagnosed with both diseases - Melissa represents an incredibly small percentage of the population as most people are diagnosed with ALS between the ages of 40-60 and only 5% will also be diagnosed with FTD. A horrible life-sentence, ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease, currently has no cure and is characterized as a progressive, fatal neurodegenerative disease. To say that this Langley family has had a difficult year and a half is an incredible understatement.

Here is a local article on the family what hit me hard about this article is what the son said to his dad that broke my heart "He told me once that we needed to go to the mommy store and get a new mommy.”

In the wake of her passing, a friend and member of the community has started a number of fundraising initiatives to help support the husband and three young children, ages 2, 4 and 6. All funds are going to a special Personal Tragedy Account set up for the family at the Royal Bank in Langley.

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Langley, the 'Melissa White Legacy Raffle' tickets are being sold RIGHT NOW all over Langley, Surrey & WhiteRock. With over $5700 in prizes, including a grand prize of two tickets ANYWHERE WestJet flies, if this families' story doesn't move you to action, these prizes most certainly will! (http://whitefamilytrustfund.weebly.com/raffle-prizes.html)

With only 2000 tickets printed, odds of winning are excellent and your $10 ticket enters you to win all 4 prizes!

If you wish to purchase raffle tickets, LIKE them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MelissaWhiteLegacyEvent), check out their website (http://whitefamilytrustfund.weebly.com) or emailwhitefamilytrustfund@gmail.com.

 At one point or another, we will all experience struggles, tragedies and situations, which are simply beyond our comprehension or control. It is in those times that we so appreciate the people who come alongside of us, not just in the short term, but in the long term.

By taking a moment to purchase a raffle ticket, you will be helping do just that for this family. By taking the few moments to spend that $10, $20 or more, your gift will act as a part of a larger, corporate effort by the community, near and far, to show the White Family that they are not alone in this journey.

Would you take a moment and consider being a part of something positive in the midst of this unbelievably difficult situation. Even if you have never, nor will ever meet this family, your gift will be such a blessing.

 

Some other ways to get involved:

- To donate to the family, send your donation via email transfer to whitefamilytrustfund@gmail.com , donate right on the Facebook page, or donate IN PERSON at the Royal Bank - Willowbrook Branch (simply ask to donate the 'In Trust for the White Family' account)

- If you haven't already, you can LIKE the Facbeook page for the events in support of the White Family at www.facebook.com/MelissaWhiteLegacyEvent and SHARE it on your Facebook Profile.

-you can attend the 'Celebrity Scoop Night' happening on June 20th from 5pm - 8pm at the Langley Crossing Marble Slab Creamery http://whitefamilytrustfund.weebly.com/celebrity-scoop-night.html

-if you know of a local business that would like to donate an item for LIVE or silent auction for the Online Auction(s) starting June 1st or the Burger & Brew event on June 24, 2012, please email whitefamilytrustfund@gmail.com


Facebook: www.facebook.com/MelissaWhiteLegacyEvent

Website: http://whitefamilytrustfund.weebly.com

Twitter: @4TheWhiteFamily

 

Whitehouse Family Legacy Prizes

Fun Healthy Snacks to try! 5 Different Types of Veggie Chips

Beet Chips

Recipe from Organic Authority

For more great recipes visit www.canigettherecipe.com. Also be sure to check out Kids Vancouver's Recipe section as well with great recipes brought to you by Can I get the Recipe.com!

 

Make your own "healthy" veggie chips and you can control the salt that you add, the oil and the method of cooking them for you and your family. Why not give these vegetable treats a try that the whole family will love.
 
Potato Chips
The standard vegetable chips, potato chips have a long and beloved history on the American table, next to hamburgers, onion dip and deli sandwiches. Make your own by starting with any variety of potatoes, such as Yukon Gold or Red Fingerling. Scrub them clean, leaving the peeling on, and then slice them as thin as possible – making sure all the slices are about the same thickness. Rinse and soak the slices in water for one hour, then dry thoroughly. Traditionally, potato chips are fried in vegetable oil, but you can bake them for a healthier version. Simply toss the slices in 1 tablespoon vegetable oil per potato, sprinkle with salt and pepper and then bake at 400 degrees until golden brown, about 15 minutes. This recipe also works well with sweet potatoes; try them with a mix of chili powder and cumin for a spicy treat.
 
Beet Chips
The pretty fuchsia pink of fresh beets turns a rich purple when they are baked into crispy chips. Cut two large beats into slices that are 1/8” thick, then place on a greased baking sheet. Brush the beets with a light coating of olive oil, and then bake at 325 degrees for about 45 minutes.
 
Carrot Chips
Crunchy carrots get their flavors popped when baked into crispy orange treats. Slice two large carrots as thinly as possible, then place into a bag or bowl and toss with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and a good sprinkle of sea salt. Arrange slices in one layer on a greased baking sheet and cook for about 35 minutes at 275 degrees, checking often towards the end to make sure that nothing burns!
 
Kale Chips
Haven’t you heard? Kale is the new beef. Try yours in crispy chip form and discover a whole new world. First, find a nice fresh batch of kale, and then wash and dry it thoroughly. Remove the leaves from the tough steams, tearing them into bite-size pieces. In a large bowl, add the kale leaves plus 3 cloves of finely minced garlic and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Toss to coat all the leaves thoroughly, and then place the kale in a single layer on a greased baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes at 275 degrees, until the leaves are brittle and crispy to the touch. Add salt and pepper to taste if you would like.
 
Green Bean Chips
Green beans make long, crispy treats when you bake them – so much fun to eat! First wash and prepare your green beans by snapping off both ends, then dry them all well.

Happy Mother's Day!

Moms spend their days running around doing stuff for everyone else in the family except for themselves. Here are some great ideas to let your mother know she is appreciated and loved for all she does. I think the best gift is to give her is the gift of time to do whatever she wishes without kids in tow. Read below some ideas and make her day special. Happy Mother's day on May 13! To all you mothers out there you deserve a day, so take it!

 

Whether you are looking for suggestions or strong hints to your husband or need to get a gift for your mom, here are some helpful ideas:

  • Hanging basket, rather then the cut flowers that usually only last a week, get a beautiful hanging basket for their front entrance or patio
     
  • The Kobo reader or similar reader, this is a little bit pricier but can be a great gift, maybe even purchase some e-books for them of their favourite hobby, author or recipes. (sale price $99 at futureshop.ca)
     
  • Freezer ready meals!Make some baked goods of her favourite goodies and put them in a box or basket for a special treat
     
  • Make a Mother’s Day craft with or without the kids! Lots of ideas online and on http://pinterest.com there is also some of my compiled ones as well click here
     
  • Place des arts's Artisan Shop in Coquitlam is well stocked with beautiful, one-of-a-kind artisan wares that are perfect for showing your mother how much you care. Their knowledgeable staff will help you choose just the right gift.
     
  • Buy some beautiful handmade pottery at the The North Delta Potters Guild Annual Spring Pottery Sale this May 4 & 5
     
  • Spa - Okay what mom doesn’t want a spa gift certificate. If you can’t find babysitting for her to go to the spa, give her a gift certificate to the “The Mom Spa” where babysitting is part of the service! Located in South Surrey. www.themomspa.ca/
     
  • Can’t afford the spa, look up some home made spa ideas and create for her, her own spa at home. Some ideas here

5 Rainy Day Activities for Kids guest written by Sara Dawkins

Rainy DayThe weekends are your kid’s time to run wild and free by bike riding and enjoying the great outdoors. But unfortunately, the weather man has predicted a rainy weekend. Worried how to keep the kids entertained? Have no worries here are 5 different rainy ideas to keep your kids happy:


Movie Marathon:
Rainy days just scream movie time. Let the kids choose two of their favorite movies and allow them to watch with popcorn in hand. Stack up some pillows and blankets and let them lounge. This is a great opportunity for you to have a few hours to get some things done around the home. And don’t forget the hot coco!

Make a Reading Tent: This is a fun project that can keep the kids busy for hours. Grab all the blankets and pillows you can find and let them build a tent. This isn’t just a regular old tent but a reading tent! Let them choose several book to read then prepare non-messy snacks and hand over some flashlights for inside the tent. Don’t be surprised if they end up taking a nap in that cozy new tent.

Cooking Class: A perfect time to try out that cookie recipe you found on Pinterest and a great way for your kids to learn the basics of kitchen skills and safety.

Pinterest, what is it, and why you should pin?

PinterestPinterest in my definition is like looking through tons of magazines full of craft, home décor, craft projects, kid fun ideas, DIY projects, gardening, inspirations, recipes and so  much more. But the wonderful thing is everyone has picked the really great ideas and pinned them on their boards and you can then re-pin them on your board to keep them for later or to share with others.

What I like about it, is that it is all done on computer virtually. It allows you to be super organized as you create your own board names such as “Craft Projects”, “Inspirational Ideas”, “Home Décor Ideas” and more of course that is up to you. If you create enough boards they can easily be organized as you go.

There are some great ideas on there; how to save money by making your own home décor, healthy or fun recipes, school lunch ideas or some great crafts to do with your kids, fun kid birthday ideas, fun ways to teach your kids, how to organize your house, even hair ideas, fashion, kid activities, sewing, art projects,

Daughter getting the lice check from Lice911I was warned by parents of my daughter’s friend that they had lice and to watch for it. I looked didn’t see anything, so I thought phew! I looked very quickly a week later nothing, time passed and I never thought about it again. My daughter is 7 and likes to brush her own hair, so I never got a real close-up over time. One day she was going for a play date and her hair looked un-brushed so I asked if I could do her hair brushing. As I went to brush her hair I saw something move and saw them on her scalp! My panic mode went on, what do I do? My daughter did not like the idea of something moving on her head and she was quite upset, crying in fact. We ran out to buy lice solution called Resultz - does not contain traditional insecticides and also I purchased a metal comb. We came home and put it on right away. You must massage into the scalp, I watched as lice that had died land on her towel. YUCK!

Little did I know that this solution does not kill the “Nits” which are eggs, I read through many internet sites and read that you have to “comb” out the eggs. I started to look through her hair and there was SO many, and the comb did not take them out, not the plastic one that came with the treatment and not the metal one I bought separately. The eggs are very “stuck” to the hair follicle, almost glue like. Feeling overwhelmed I asked friends on facebook what to do and someone suggested I try Lice 911. I had heard of them before but had not thought of them in the moment. I called and made an appointment for the very next day.

Now before you go crazy and throw EVERYTHING in the wash. DON’T. I did and was overwhelmed with laundry. Apparently lice can not live more than 24-48 hours off a human. Lice need human blood in order to survive. So think where has you or your kids gone in the last 2 days? Couches, beds, clothes and teddies those are your main concern.

Also you can bag up the items in place them in a garbage bag and put them say in the garage, again after 48 hours all the items should be fine, if you are worried leave them a couple extra days, some sites say up to 10 days? Many people told me that placing the items in the dryer would not work. But if you place the items for an hour at a very high temperature I am told by Lice 911 that it will work. I wish I had known that before I dumped the entire contents of my house on the laundry floor, lol. Vacuum, wash and bag!

The next day we went to Lice 911, and it is done out of the owners house but downstairs it looks like a doctors office and is was done very professionally. My daughter went first as after finding lice in hers; we realized I had it as well. I am thinking because we share brushes that is how I got them. Also can be transferred from head to head contact, so something as simple as a hug can transfer it. Sitting on furniture that an infested person has used can also do it. My daughter is also a big hugger!

Most boys do not get the lice as one their hair is shorter and two they do not do as much head to head contact as girls do.  I also read it is most common for girls in school from ages 3 to 11.

I had a itchy scalp, but I thought it was my psoriasis acting up again. My hubby even had checked my head twice and did not see them! I even went to a walk in clinic twice and they saw nothing and gave me a higher medication for my scalp! My daughter had not had any symptoms of itching, so just because you don’t itch doesn’t mean you do not have them!

LiceMeister CombMy daughter then sat at the chair at their “office” at Lice 911 and the Lice 911 lady with her head light and head magnifier added conditioner, yes conditioner to my daughter’s hair, very thick conditioner. She let us know that it slows the lice down and it’s hard for them to breath, so the conditioner is the best product to use. She combed with a special comb called The Lice Meister Comb. It has long teeth to the comb and you can not see through the teeth which makes it a good comb.

She clipped up my daugher's hair in sections. She combed through sections one by one and wiped them on a cloth and then you can see the eggs on the towel. When she was all done she had I believe 10 babies, 1 live adult and 210 eggs. YIKES! So glad I went as I don’t think I could have got all of them! Next it was my turn. I had 32 eggs. I learned from them when they are “adults” they can have lay 3 to 8 eggs a day. I had counted over 22 adults in my daughter’s head the day before. Am I making you scratch your head now?

After we left we could have come back for follow up treatment, but thought we would tackle ourselves. If you do not return for treatment buy The LiceMeister

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