It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Not ready for the hoopla yet? Don’t worry, there are still a few jingle-free events around town: Check out Music with Marnie, lantern making workshops, learn how to make your backyard welcoming for the birds, and don’t miss the I AM SOMEONE walk to end bullying in Port Coquitlam. And for our growing list of holiday events, check out our holiday guide.
It’s so easy to get lazy around holidays! There’s so much good food to eat, and it’s cold outside – perfect for sitting around in the house with the family. However, we adults need to burn of calories and our kids need to burn off excess energy. So we’ve put …
If you’re on the hunt for a new cookbook or a fresh recipe for your upcoming holiday cookie exchange, just think butter. Ever since we got our hands on Rosie Daykin’s Butter Baked Goods: Nostalgic Recipes From a Little Neighborhood Bakery it’s been a drool fest chez nous. Packed with recipes for treats made famous by this Vancouver bakery, and accompanied by gorgeous photos from Janise Nicolay, this book makes a great holiday gift (or treat for yourself).
When we were little, we went through a heartbreaking move where we had to leave the family growth chart behind. For eight years, our parents had marked our height on the doorjamb, and it was impossible to take it with us. You could see the summer our big brother shot up in orange pencil crayon, and lower down in green pen was the Christmas where we were finally tall enough to hang our own stockings … but all of it had to be left behind for a new family to paint over. So, when we had kids of our own, we wanted to invest in a growth chart that was a little more portable, and a lot more hand-down-able – and the The Sunrise Ruler Company measured up perfectly.
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One of the most important lessons we hope to instill in our wee one, especially during holiday time, is that giving is even better than receiving. We started donating gifts in her name when she was born, and now that she’s older, she chooses where, and to whom, her special gift will go – the only caveat being we try to keep the donation local.
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It’s hard not to get overwhelmed with all the stuff around this time of year. The pressure to buy the latest and greatest, the shiniest and newest is everywhere. This year, why not make your holiday a little bit simpler and a lot more creative with UsedVancouver.com?
It’s Sports Day in Canada this weekend, and many communities are challenging you to get active. You’ll have a chance to try out new sports (or rediscover old favourites) and get the whole family moving. Or you can discover dance moves, either at Scotiabank Dance Centre or with ArtStarts. Check out some flea markets and swaps, meet some wild birds, or enjoy an evening of magic and illusions. For holiday happenings, don’t miss our growing list of events.
Get your families laughing into the merry season with this entertaining giveaway worth more than a few beans! Three lucky yoyomama’s or dada’s will win a Family Pack of 4 tickets to Jack & The Beanstalk: An East Van Panto! at the York Theatre…a prize valued at $116 each.
Amid the hue and cry of games that beep and flash, imaginative play is more important than ever, which is where Goose and Moose really shines. This aptly named Canadian online toy store (based in Vancouver) sells battery-free, open-ended toys and equipment designed for self-guided, creative, and active play — indoors (think critters, playhouses, and dollhouses) and out (think bikes, trikes, scooters, and wagons). And along with our kids, we’ve fallen head over heels for their beautiful collection of toys.
The magic of the season has really begun, and Santa is everywhere at the same time! Join him for breakfast, but book your seat soon, many of these events sell out. We’ve arranged the list by date, so you can easily find a time that’s convenient for you. You can also meet Santa at a mall near you, and tell him your wish list while getting your photo taken. Sometimes your four-legged family friend is welcome too, so check the list and make a plan!