Show Why You Love Metro Vancouver Regional Parks & Win

Show Why You Love Metro Vancouver Regional Parks & Win

ValleyMom.ca is thrilled to be one of the official media sponsors of this exciting contest.

 

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2015 Winner of First Place – Sunrise at Camosun Bog by Michael Porter.

How it Works
Share your best photos showing why you love Metro Vancouver Regional Parks!
Follow these steps to enter:
PRIZES
  • Picnic Package (picnic blanket, ceramic tumblers, tote bag)
  • A group campsite for Friday and Saturday night
  • Private use of a picnic shelter for one day
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 Note: There is no hashtag for the contest, as submissions are made via the webpage, not via social media.

 

12 Parks in the Fraser Valley
Metro Vancouver’s 23 regional parks are ours to enjoy. Ours to protect.Whether you’re a family with young children, a still-life artist, a hiker or a cyclist; whether you live in the city or in the Fraser Valley there’s a park for everyone. In fact, why not visit each one this summer? Here are 12 parks in the Fraser Valley to explore.

 

Brae Island Regional Park ~ Langley
Aldergrove Regional Park ~ Langley
Boundary Bay Regional Park ~ Delta
Deas Island Regional Park ~ Delta
Delta-South Surrey Regional Greenway ~ Delta
Derby Reach Regional Park ~ Langley
Glen Valley Regional Park ~Abbotsford
Kanaka Creek Regional Park ~ Maple Ridge
Matsqui Trail Regional Park ~Abbotsford
Surrey Bend Regional Park ~ Surrey
Tynehead Regional Park ~ Surrey
Campbell Valley Regional Park ~ Langley

 

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Just a heads up: Campbell Valley Regional Park is having a Frog Pond Safari event Saturday, June 25th. See details HERE. Make sure to visit every week (or sign up for our newsletter) as we profile a new park every Friday.

 

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Enter to Win Tickets to the 5th Annual Princess & Pirates Tea Party

Enter to Win Tickets to the 5th Annual Princess & Pirates Tea Party

Calling all wee princesses, pirates and parents, the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada, BC & Yukon is about to throw another royal fete your children will never forget.

On July 10th, the 5th Annual Princess & Pirates Tea Party is coming to Cascades Casino Convention Centre Resort in Langley.

I have had the privilege of bringing my girls the past two years – it’s truly the ultimate girls’ day out for both the adults and children who attend.

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Presented by Audi Finance and Volkswagen Finance, the event includes a magical afternoon of high tea and treats, as well as a variety of activities and entertainment that are sure to thrill.

A longstanding favorite amongst Children’s Wish supporters of all ages, this event is aimed at bringing the imaginations of young princesses, pirates, kings, and queens to vivid life with an unforgettable, enchanting experience.

The Princess & Pirates Tea Party is one of Children’s Wish’s favorite fundraising events. Not only does it help to raise the funds needed to continue their mission of granting wishes, it’s also an opportunity for children to welcome a little magic into their lives and let their creativity run wild!

When you’re wearing your princess tiara or pirate hat, anything is possible!

This adorable afternoon of everything princess and pirate celebrates the joy of wish granting. Tickets for this event are $25 each, and children under the age of three get in for free!

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pr8What: The 5th Annual Princess & Pirates Tea Party

Where:  Cascades Casino Convention Centre Resort, Langley

When:  July 10th from 11:30am-2pm

Tickets: www.childrenswish.ca/princessteaparty/BCYK or call 778-383-1411

About The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada

The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada is the largest all Canadian wish granting charity dedicated to granting wishes to Canadian children between the ages of 3 and 17 who are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.  For more than 30 years, Children’s Wish has worked tirelessly to grant heartfelt wishes to more than 23,000 children and their families.

Valleymom.ca is thrilled to partner with the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada to give away two sets of tickets {3 tix per family} to two lucky VM fans.  Each prize is worth approx. $75. To enter, simply follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget below. You must be 18+ to enter. Contest Closes July 6th. Good luck!

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Goodbye CEFA Willowbrook; It’s the End of an Era

Goodbye CEFA Willowbrook; It’s the End of an Era

Zoe graduated from CEFA Willowbrook last week leaving this Valley Mom a big blubbering mess.

Even before she walked onstage in her teeny-tiny yellow cap and gown, I couldn’t contain the watershed that was about to take place.

“Kristy, it’s just preschool,” laughed my mom as I sobbed into my soggy napkin, trying not to get tears on my freshly microbladed brows.

“What are you going to do when she graduates from high school?”

While I do tend to be on the emotional side, especially when it comes to my two girls, my baby’s graduation marked the end of an era for our family.

As of next fall, we’ll have two children going to school full time. Where the heck did the time go?

I’m sure that by the time September rolls around, I’ll be ready to send her out the door to school… but not now… this is just all too much.

At least I know we don’t have to worry about how she’s going to adjust  to the longer hours and demands of Kindergarten.

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CEFA Willowbrook has been such an amazing experience for Zoe that we will be forever thankful for.

Learn More About CEFA Willowbrook HERE

She has really opened up and come out of her shell, has made lots of friends and has shown a keen interest in reading – just like her big sister.

If someone had told me a year ago that my little ginger baby would stand onstage in front of 80+ people to talk in microphone all by herself, I would have thought they were crazy. Back then, she couldn’t even sing in front of Jason and I at home without erupting into a fit of giggles.

Now look at her go. She’s a pro!

CEFA Willowbrook celebrated its second anniversary this past March. I first found out about the school back when I was filling in for one of the reporters at The Langley Times and wrote a little story about the grand opening HERE.
A year later, we decided to enrol Zoe and never looked back. Best. Decision. Ever.

 

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As Zoe says in her speech, she loves the yoga, colouring and her incredible teacher, Miss Kopp
I agree that her teacher is incredible, but I’m also a HUGE fan of the fact that parents don’t have to bring snacks or lunches because there is a cook on site who makes all kinds of tasty, healthy meals for them.
It also doesn’t hurt that there is always fresh coffee and baked goods at a table for the parents every morning.
The school consists of eight spacious classrooms, an art room, a parents room, a nap room/gross motor room, and a 5,300 sq ft outdoor playground so CEFA children have plenty of room to socialize and play.

 

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A family photo taken at the ceremony with the grandparents. As you can see by Jason’s face, I’m not the only emotional one in the family. Sidetone: My tattooed eyebrows were on day 4 of the healing process.

 

It takes a whole village to raise a child. CEFA Willowbrook stands not only for quality early childhood education, but specifically for cultivating tomorrow’s leaders together with parents, families and the community.

For more information about, contact the school’s Principal Brenda Ip at willowbrook@cefa.ca to set up a school tour and be sure to visit their CEFA Willowbrook Facebook page! 

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CEFA Willowbrook is currently in the running for favourite “Childcare Centre” in the Langley Advance’s 2016 Best of the Best award.
 DEADLINE is THIS FRIDAY, June 24th. 
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1st Annual Sparkle Empowerment Event/Fundraiser Coming to ‘the Valley’

1st Annual Sparkle Empowerment Event/Fundraiser Coming to ‘the Valley’

According to the Canadian Women’s Foundation, over 50% of young Canadian girls wish they were someone else.

As a mom of two young daughters, this is a startling statistic that hits a little to close to home.

I give them as much praise and compliments as possible, but that’s not always enough…

So, how do we moms and dads ensure our children grow up feeling strong and confident, even when we might not be 100 per cent comfortable in our own shoes?

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Fellow valley mom Kristal Barrett-Stuart from Abbotsford has made it her personal mission to help girls 8+ to sparkle and shine.

She is the glittery mastermind behind The Sparkle Project BC –a movement that seeks to inspire and equip young girls to lead healthy, self-confident, and successful lives.

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Born out of the country singer and entrepreneur Kristal Barrett-Stuart’s vision board workshop for girls, Sparkle is now a growing community of British Columbian entrepreneurs, artists, and public figures.

The members of this community dream of a world where girls have the self-love and self-confidence to clearly identify their goals, pursue their passions, and plan for their own success.

The women of Sparkle are pooling their collective wisdom to create inspirational and practical resources for young women. These resources include a book entitled Sparkle: An Inspirational Handbook for Young Girls, a Barrett-Stuart-penned song called ‘Sparkle’, Sparkle merchandise, workshops across British Columbia, and much more.

Partial proceeds from all Sparkle activities will fund bursaries for young girls who need financial assistance to pursue their dreams.

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On Sunday, June 26,th The Sparkle Project is holding the 1st annual Sparkle Empowerment Event/Fundraiser for every generation of women 8+ at The Phoneix Ballroom, 33780 in Abbotsford from 1 to 4 p.m.

This fun empowering day will include:

Inspirational Speakers (sponsored by Sugar’d eco sweet hair removal): Samantha Skelly- founder of Hungry For Happiness

Tara Teng– Miss World Canada 2012; Ashley Wiles- founder of Sole Girls ;Adera Angelucci from Passionpreneur TV ; Nicolle Hodges- Journalist and Kristal Barrett-Stuart- Founder of The Sparkle Project BC/Author/Country Singer.

The event will also include a silent auction, a variety of health and wellness vendors, The Sparkle Project BC pink carpet experience/media wall sponsored by Your Car Girl Ltd., professional photos with Quantum Image Photography, mini makeovers, a performance by Cambree Lovesy, an “I am” affirmation board activity (sponsored by Empowering Within Yoga), appetizers (sponsored by Angela Clayton with Homelife Reality) door prizes  and more.

Partial proceeds will go towards sponsoring a beautiful young girl in the Miss Teen BC Pageant to help her learn leadership skills and to help her find her sparkle!

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When

Sunday, 26 June 2016 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (PDT)

Where

The Phoenix Ballroom – 33780 King Rd, Abbotsford, British Columbia

Cost

Tickets $30 each, children 5 and under are free. Click Here to purchase tickets.

 

 

 

 

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Maan Farms Safety Festival & Father’s Day Celebration

Maan Farms Safety Festival & Father’s Day Celebration

Looking for something fun and local to do this Father’s Day? Maan Farms holding its first annual Family Safety Festival on Sunday, June 19th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This unique event has been timed perfectly with both Fathers Day & the end of the school year to educate kids about all aspects of safety.

There will be a variety of safety vehicles, and hands-on demos for your family to explore.

While you’re visiting the farm, don’t forget to visit the store (there will be specials offered on admission, to the farm attractions and the Country Kitchen).

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And since the Safety Festival falls on Fathers Day this year,  Dads will be celebrated with a special “Daddy Dog” BBQ, free admission for Dad to the attractions & a grand prize draw!

Visit the event webpage, or visit the facebook event page for more info.

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 Some of the Safety Vendors/Activities that will be there

  • Central Fraser Valley Search & Rescue– bringing a rescue vehicle & rescue personel!
  • BC Hydro– diplays & interactive games about electrical safety
  • Johns Ambulance– Ambulance, Crew & First aid station
  • Johns Ambulance– Family Health and Safety booth and giveaways for kids.
  • Combined Workplace Safety– Safety booth & giveaways about workplace safety, and safety in our daily lives.
  • Wildsafe BC– Wildlife safety booth with demos, arts & crafts.
  • Abbotsford Tourism– Handing out local treats & promoting the community events and partners.
  • Costco– Handing out $10 gift cards to all new members, “not available in store!”
  • Berry U-pick– The core of what we do, a great family activity
  • Estate Winery– Enjoy free wine tastings of our award-winning berry table, dessert & grape red wines.
  • Hay-wagon Rides– Rides running @ 11am, 1pm, 2pm, & 3pm.
  • Fathers Day BBQ– Treat dad to an amazing “Daddy Dog” with sauerkraut, pastrami & all the fixins’.
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YMCA of Greater Vancouver offers S’moregasbord of Summer Camps

YMCA of Greater Vancouver offers S’moregasbord of Summer Camps

When I look back at my childhood here in the Fraser Valley, a big highlight was always attending summer day camps with my little brother.

Since mom worked full-time and was our sole caregiver, we spent a lot of time at different home-based daycares. Some were great, others on the questionable side of the spectrum, but day camp was always a welcome relief for all three of us when summer rolled around.

This was a chance for us to make new friends, swim, get creative with arts and crafts, play games and burn off lots of energy outdoors.

Now that I’m a mom with two wee Valley girls of my own, I’m always on the lookout for great programs and camps that my daughters might enjoy that aren’t far from home.

Choosing the right summer camp can be tough. With so many camps out here in the Fraser Valley, parents have to really dig through the s’moregasbord of options to find the best one for their family.

Camp types, activities, hours, cost, transportation, credibility of provider…oh my! These are just a few factors to consider.

Having worked at the Tong Louie Family YMCA before I became a mom, I know first-hand that they offer a wonderful selection of programs and camps that always fill up fast.

What I didn’t realize was that the YMCA of Greater Vancouver  has more than 20 day camp locations throughout the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley and Sunshine Coast, as well as an overnight camp on the Sunshine Coast.

For my fellow Fraser Valley families, there are two excellent options worth considering close to home, including day camp at the Tong Louie Family YMCA and Outdoor Adventure Day Camp at Camp Southwind, which runs out of Camp McLean.

Here’s everything you need to know about these two local camps.

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1.Tong Louie Family YMCA Day Camp

Campers ages 5-12 spend fun-filled days doing activities like swimming, arts & crafts, sports and games. Campers also enjoy global education, literacy programming, hands-on science workshops and Play it Fair games that promote respect and cooperation. Find out more info HERE.

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2. Outdoor Adventure Day Camp at Camp Southwind (Camp McLean)

This action-packed camp provides kids ages 5-12 with a range of outdoor land and water-based programming that gets kids moving in the natural world. Activities include archery, forest games, canoeing, swimming and more. This camp is best suited to kids who love to try new things, challenge themselves, and for those who just can’t keep still! Campers have the option to stay overnight at camp one day of the week—they’ll enjoy a delicious dinner, traditional evening camp programming and games, along with a nutritious breakfast.

These two locations also offer complimentary before and after camp care (8-9am and 4-5pm) to help families who need a bit more time. Click HERE for more info.

Note: The YMCA offer some transportation routes.

 

Worried that camp is too costly? The YMCA of Greater Vancouver wants to make sure every kid can get to camp this summer by offering extended payment plans and a YMCA Financial Assistance program.

 

There’s also a promotion being offered for all camps. Register with a friend to save 10% on camp fees! 

The YMCA of Greater Vancouver has been offering camps to kids since 1907 and is committed to helping children and families reach their full potential by promoting healthy living and fostering belonging and connection.

Kids are active in these programs and encouraged to build connections and friendships with other campers.

For more information: gv.ymca.ca/camps

 

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In addition to being a lifestyle blogger, I have a parenting column called Pink Laundry that runs, monthly, in various Black Press community newspapers throughout the Fraser Valley and Metro Vancouver area.

Pink Laundry is all about airing my perspective on parenthood, marriage and ‘adulting’ — the  good, bad and the messy.

Our estrogen-dominated household is filled with endless heaps of pink laundry in every nook and cranny, tantrums and tears, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. Besides, it all makes great fodder for my column!

From tackling the touch subject of explaining death to a toddler, trying my best not to pass on any body image issues to my daughters and the dreaded D-word (divorce), there’s no subject off limits for this Valley Mom.

Pink Laundry Archives

Sept. 24, 2013 It’s Laundry Day 

Oct. 22, 2013 Be careful what you pass along

Feb. 22, 2013 Passing down a passive nature

May 12, 2014 Learn to love what makes you unique

Oct. 3, 2014 Learning to trust the maternal instinct 

Nov. 10, 2014 It’s a Boy

Nov. 26, 2014 Ya gotta shop fast when you’re a mom

Dec. 15, 2014 Dropping the dreaded D-word

Nov. 16, 2015Straight outta our (townhouse complex)

Dec. 18, 2015 – Behind the scenes of our holiday highlight reel

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Kristyl also publishes a monthly column in Black Press publications throughout Metro Vancouver titled ‘Pink Laundry’. The ValleyMom.ca blog inspires her loyal fanbase through the trials and tribulations of suburban family living, guiding readers to local hotspots and hidden gems in her Canadian backyard.

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