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DIY Halloween Ghost Garland

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Halloween kid's craft ghost garland DIY

Halloween is right around the corner and if you’re looking for something fun to do with the kids, this easy DIY ghost garland is a perfect activity to get everyone in the spooky spirit. It’s simple to make and you just need a few materials that you probably already have. It’s perfect for little helpers who are getting excited for Halloween and it’s a fun way to kick off decorating for October 31. All you need is some tissue paper, glue, and twine and a little bit of glitter if you like a bit of sparkle.

Materials

  • white tissue paper
  • styrofoam balls (I used 1 1/2″ ones)
  • permanent marker
  • twine
  • glitter
  • tape

Halloween kid's craft ghost garland DIY supplies

Directions

1. Place 2- 3 sheets of tissue on top of each other. With about 8″ on all sides, put a dab of glue between the sheets of tissue paper (since Ari helped we just used a glue stick but a glue gun would work as well), plus one on the top sheet for the styrofoam ball.

Halloween kid's craft ghost garland DIY instructions

2. Place the styrofoam ball on the glue and wrap the tissue paper over it.

Halloween kid's craft ghost garland DIY instructions

Halloween kid's craft ghost garland DIY instructions

3. Cut or tear the tissue paper about 6- 8″ around the ball. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect, it just adds to the look of the ghost.

Halloween kid's craft ghost garland DIY instructions 

Halloween kid's craft ghost garland DIY instructions

4. Use a permanent marker to give the ghost a face.

Halloween kid's craft ghost garland DIY instructions  

5. If you want a bit of sparkle, dab some glue on the ghost’s face and sprinkle with glitter. Tap to remove excess.

Halloween kid's craft ghost garland DIY instructions

Halloween kid's craft ghost garland DIY instructions

6. Repeat to create as many ghosts as you want and tape some twine or string to the backs of the ghost’s heads. Hang & enjoy!

Halloween kid's craft ghost garland DIY instructions

Halloween kid's craft ghost garland DIY

Halloween kid's craft ghost garland DIY  

Halloween kid's craft ghost garland DIY

Halloween kid's craft ghost garland DIY

Halloween kid's craft ghost garland DIY

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October 5, 2017
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Canada Day Bunting Printables

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Want to add some patriotic decor to that Canada Day BBQ or party you’re having this weekend? I’ve got you covered with these printables! Hang inside on a wall or outside above a patio to add that pop of red and white. Just print, cut, add some string, and hang! Oh Canada? Oh yes! 😉

I’ve got a few options to choose from, so you can pick your favourite: red with white lettering, white with red lettering, a combo version, and a bunting template with stick- on letters (use the shape as a template to cut out your own bunting from paper and then glue on the letters or just print the letters and tape onto twine/ string for a smaller garland). There has definitely been a patriotic theme here around OHP this week and I couldn’t resist sharing something to help celebrate day- of! Big or small, I hope your Canada Day celebrations are full of fun! See below for instructions. T- minus 2 days until Canada Day!

Printing tip: make sure to select ‘fit to page’ to ensure the bunting templates print as they appear. You can also scale the size down if you’d prefer smaller bunting pieces (I scaled down to 35% for letter garland).

 

     

TRIANGLE ‘HAPPY CANADA DAY’ BUNTING

Here’s a sample of what the different styles look like:

 

  

Click on the option you’d like to print below:

Canada Day Bunting- Red with White Letters

Canada Bunting- Red & White

Canada Bunting- White with Red Letters

‘HAPPY CANADA DAY’ LETTERS + BUNTING TEMPLATE

Here’s a sample of what the letters look like:

Click below to print:

Canada Bunting- Round

 

  

Looking for more ideas to celebrate Canada? See the links below!

Canada Day Strawberry Chia Parfait

#RedandWhite Pop Up at The Local Space: Post a Photo to Win!

Oh Canada: 10 Ways to get Your ‘Eh’ On for Under $75

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June 29, 2017
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Easter Bunting Printables

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Looking for some last- minute Easter decor for this weekend? Buntings are a cute and simple way to add a pop of colour to your home and make for a fun craft project for the kids. All you have to do is print, cut, add some string, and hang (plus a little glue for the letters- easy!)!

I’ve got two different printable buntings below: a solid colour lettered bunting  and a bunting template with stick- on letters (use the shape as a template to cut out your own bunting from paper and then glue on the letters or just print the letters and tape onto twine or string for a cute ‘Happy Easter’ garland). I’ve created each in a variety of colours so you can pick one to match your Easter decor or favourite Spring colour- I even created grey versions in case you prefer a more monochromatic option. See below for instructions. Hope everyone has a happy Easter!

Printing tip: make sure to select ‘fit to page’ to ensure the bunting templates print as they appear. You can also scale the size down if you’d prefer smaller bunting pieces (I scaled down to 35% for letter garland).

 

 

SOLID COLOUR ‘HAPPY EASTER’ LETTERED BUNTING

 

Here’s a sample of what the bunting looks like:

Click on the colour you’d like to print below:

Happy Easter Bunting- Robin’s Egg

Happy Easter Bunting- Mint

Happy Easter Bunting- Yellow

Happy Easter Bunting- Peach

HappyEaster! Bunting- Coral

Happy Easter Bunting- Mauve

Happy Easter Bunting- Grey

 ‘HAPPY EASTER’ LETTERS + BUNTING TEMPLATE

 

Here’s a sample of what the bunting looks like:

 

Click on the colour you’d like to print below:

HappyEaster Bunting Letters- Robin’s Egg

HappyEaster Bunting Letters- Mint

HappyEaster Bunting Letters- Yellow

HappyEaster Bunting Letters- Peach

Happy Easter Bunting Letters- Coral

HappyEaster Bunting Letters- Mauve

HappyEaster Bunting Letters- Grey

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April 14, 2017
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New Years Resolution: Drink More Water! {+ DIY}

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Hands up who’s already regretting their new year goals/ resolutions? 😉 I love thinking about how I want to set a year up to be a success but in the past I’ve been totally guilty of setting my goals too high and putting pressure on myself. And of course that just has the reverse effect of achieving anything except stressing myself out. This year I’ve still created goals for myself, but I’ve tried to keep them manageable and realistic. I’ve got a few things that I want to work on- such as continuing to work on health and fitness- but I’m not going for an ‘all or nothing’ approach; instead I’m trying to set little goals for myself to help me reach the overall bigger one. One step at a time, right?

As part of my efforts to keep fitness a priority in 2017 and continue on the path that I set out on last year, I know I have to keep health a priority too. If you don’t put good in, how will you get good out? I’m definitely not a saint when it comes to my diet- and let’s face it, few of us are- but there’s one thing we hear lots about but probably aren’t doing: drinking enough water. How many of us reach for an extra cup of coffee or glass of wine instead a glass of water (definitely guilty on this one!)? And really, what could be a simpler place to start with goals for the year than downing more H2O? With benefits like improving overall health (think: reducing headaches and flushing out toxins) and keeping your energy up and helping with your complexion, staying hydrated is a simple first step to checking off those goals on your 2017 checklist.

So to help with this and keep you hydrated (and healthy!), I’ve got a pretty little DIY to inspire you to drink those 8 glasses a day. I think when you make things fun it inspires you to try a little harder, and if a glitter-y cup puts a smile on your face when you think about getting in your water for the day, it make it feel less like an ‘I have to’ and more like an ‘I want to’. If you saw my glitter champagne flutes DIY, you know this is super simple; plus these would be perfect to make to as New Years gifts for all those ladies you know who over- indulged over the holidays- why not inspire others to start their year off right with a cute little gift? Grab a clear plastic tumbler and glitter (or anything else that catches your eye that can be glued down) and make yourself the perfect accessory for on- the- go hydration. No more excuses people, let’s make this a good year!

Supplies

  • clear plastic cup with lid (I used one I had already)
  • dishwasher proof Mod Podge
  • glitter (and anything else that you think is pretty/ will have you reaching for your cup!)
  • sponge brush

Directions

  1. Using the sponge brush, apply the mod podge to all of the areas you want covered. You can go all- out and cover the whole cup, or leave some of the clear.

2. Pour your glitter over the mod podge until the area is covered (I decided to mix gold & silver because why not?)

3. Shake off any excess and allow to dry.

 

4. Finish up with a second coat of mod podge to seal the glitter and allow to dry according to the directions on the bottle.

5. Add a straw, fill with water & get in your water for the day! Cheers to amazing year!

January 5, 2017
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DIY Flower Monogram

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I’ve been having fun adding some finishing touches to Ari’s room now that her big girl bed is set up and I couldn’t resist looking for some fun and easy DIY projects on Pinterest that I could pull off. This flower monogram was super easy and cost peanuts to make (I think I maybe spent $5 on materials at the dollar store- everything else I had on hand). To personalize, you just pick out fake flowers & colours you like (how pretty would this be to make with fresh flowers for a party or shower???). See below for instructions. 
Materials:
Cardboard tube* (I used a wrapping paper tube, but for tricky letters like ‘G’ a store- bought paper mache letter will work)
Scissors/ exacto knife
Tape
Fake flowers
Glue gun
*In one of the projects I saw, they used a paper- mache letter and cut off the top, which would be good for letters that are harder to shape out of cardboard
Directions:
1. Flatten the tube in half to create a crease, then do the same in the other direction so the creases from your first fold line up- when you hold up the tube it should be square- shaped instead of round. 

2. Using the exacto knife/ scissors, cut the tube into the pieces to make your letter. It may help to draw a letter on a piece of paper so you can lay out the pieces as you go. Tape together to hold shape.
3. With your glue gun, glue the pieces together and allow to cool. Then use your exacto knife or scissors to cut down the middle of the cardboard. Fold the edges in/ down and secure in place with more hot glue.

4. Now for the fun part! Trim the stems of the fake flowers so you can fit them into the letter (the tops of the flowers should sit a little above the cardboard). Place the flowers in the letter to check for spacing, then use the glue gun to secure them in place. Allow to cool. If you prefer a fuller look, add some smaller flowers to fill in the gaps. To hang, you can simply cut a notch in the back of the cardboard to go on a hook, or glue a loop of ribbon/ twine. These are also pretty displayed on vanities/ dressers. 

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January 15, 2016
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The Whistler Children’s Festival is Back!

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What’s on your Summer to- do list? Here in YVR we get rewarded for 9 months of grey & rain with 3 months of beautiful Summers full of heat & sunshine. Growing up I loved going on mini road trips with my family, hanging out at the beach, and spending as much time outside as I could. Another amazing thing about living on the west coast is the variety of amazing places we can visit simply by hopping in the car & driving for a few hours: the Okanagan, Tofino, and Whistler just to name a few.
If you’re wanting to do something close to home but still get away for a few days, Whistler is always a great option, even without the snow. For a family- friendly weekend event or getaway, make sure you check out the Whistler Children’s Festival this July 10th- 12th. Taking place at the Whistler Olympic Plaza right in the heart of the Whistler Village, The Whistler Children’s Festival is the longest running festival in the area and the only one organized just for kids. With a variety of things to do including live performances, workshops, crafts, and free activities, there will be something fun for everyone in the family to enjoy- even the grown ups!

Here’s just a few of the things you can look forward to:

Bear Paw Print T- Shirt Workshop (kids 6+)

Backyard Birdhouse Workshop (kids 8+)

Bubblemania (what kid doesn’t love bubbles???)

Circus Fungus (Friday Night Dance Party, featuring stilt walkers, fire dancers, puppeteers & more)

Bobs and Lolo (a fave with the littles!)

Laughing Out Loud with Kellie & Co (ventriloquist/ comedy show that looks adorable)

…. and so much more! Click here to see the complete list of activities, performances, & workshops and to register.

Festival Schedule:
July 10th- 12th
Friday 5pm- 8pm Dance Party
Saturday & Sunday 10am- 4pm

Admission:
Adults (19+)- $10
Children- $5
Children 2 & under- FREE!

PLUS you can enter to win a VIP prize from the Whistler Arts Council that includes a trip to Whistler and tickets to the Whistler Children’s Festival!

The prize pack will include accommodation in Whistler during the festival weekend, complementary VIP entrance and creative workshops at the festival, a meal for two adults and two children at Dusty’s or Merlin’s courtesy of Whistler Blackcomb, a whitewater rafting tour for two from The Adventure Group, a ziplining adventure for two with Ziptrek, four complementary admissions to the Whistler Museum and four complementary admissions to the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, and a gift from ivivva by Lululemon, and an organic coffee gift package from the Whistler Roasting Company. Contest open from May 28th through June 24th.
Click here to enter!
To purchase tickets or to register for one of the great workshops, go to the Whistler Children’s Festival website. (When you register for a workshop your festival entry for that day is FREE and includes access to all of the live performances, roving entertainers, and free on- site activities). Make sure to check out the Whistler Art Council’s Facebook Page and find them on Instagram & Twitter to follow along with the excitement.
Photo Credit: Adam Taber
Disclosure: This post sponsored by the Whistler Arts Council

June posts sponsored by Little Dreamers Consulting
June 8, 2015
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Wooden Easter Egg DIY with Natural Earth Paint

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A few weeks back I shared this post featuring Natural Earth Paint and their Petite Children’s Earth Paint Kit. We had a fun, messy, art- filled afternoon trying out their natural, non- toxic, & eco- friendly paints and I’m glad to have found a company that offers quality art supplies that are chemical free (I love DIY & artsy activities, but don’t want to worry about what’s in the products being used, especially with a toddler who inevitably will end up with her fingers in her mouth 😉 ). 
With Easter just around the corner I wanted to share a fun DIY that’s a twist on a classic: dying eggs. 
We’re all familiar with the dye kits you can get at the grocery store complete with vibrant dye pellets. Growing up, it was something I always looked forward to at Easter time, and I remember my Mum trying different tactics to make the eggs last more than a day; we usually hard- boiled them, and one year we even hollowed some raw eggs with a needle. But sadly eggs only stay good for a few days before you have to chuck ’em out, and I was always sad to see my Easter project go in the garbage (inevitably the fragile hollowed- out eggs suffered the same fate, since they were so delicate and got cracked). Plus I’m not sure about what goes into those dyes, and I’m not too excited about how they stain fingers, clothes, and any unprotected surfaces. Since this is Ari’s first Easter where she’ll be able to enjoy some of the crafts and Easter egg hunts, I wanted to find a toddler- friendly DIY we could enjoy that wouldn’t end up in the trash. Enter wooden Easter eggs!  
Natural Earth Paint offers a kit including 6 2″ wooden eggs plus 6 colours of Earth Paint (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, & white) that you can decorate and keep long after Easter is over (I think they’d also make cute Christmas tree decorations, just add a string/ ribbon). I thought this was a fun alternative to the traditional dye kits, and since they’re wood you don’t have to worry about little hands having to be fragile with them.

Here’s what the wooden egg kit looks like:

I couldn’t wait to have another artsy afternoon with Ari and make a big mess. For the paints, I mixed them up in a cupcake container so they wouldn’t spill as easily (plus it worked as a place to chorale the eggs & for drying after), popped some paint brushes on the table and let them at it (to see what the paint colours look like before and after mixing them up, check out my post featuring the Petitie Children’s Paint Kit here). 
I invited one of my girlfriends over with her little man to join in the fun and it was hilarious helping these two bumpkins decorate their first Easter eggs.We opted to let the kids paint in just their diapers to avoid any extra messes and since paint got everywhere this was a good decision (Ari decided her tummy was an excellent canvas 😉 ).  
Let the fun begin!
 

Easter fun in progress!

…And the finished product!

When the kids were finished with painting, the clean up was as simple as wiping everything down with soap and warm water, no staining and no scrubbing necessary (except for Ari who needed a post- DIY bath to wash her now- blue belly button!). I love that we’ll have these eggs for as long as we want to keep them, and can redecorate them every year if we want. It will also be cute to see how Ari decorates them each year as she grows up. If you’ve been looking for a fun Easter DIY to do with your kids, this kit is a great idea. Thank you to Natural Earth Paint for giving us two enjoyable afternoons filled with artsy, DIY fun! 

Natural Earth Paint offers a variety of other natural art supplies for kids in their Eco Kids product line- including paint kits and face paint- and fine art supplies for adults.

To learn more about Natural Earth Paint & to order your own wooden egg kit, visit their website & find them on Facebook & Twitter. 

Product featured in this post:
Wooden Eggs Craft Kit- $15.95 USD
Product Features:
Sustainable FSC certified wood from the Pacific Northwest
100% non- toxic tempura- style paint

Disclosure: I received free product in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.


Photos by K Petrunia; logo courtesy of Natural Earth Paint

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March 6, 2015
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Getting Artsy with Natural Earth Paint {& Review}

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I’m always on the hunt for natural & eco- friendly products to replace existing ones our family uses. As Ari gets older and I start thinking about the kinds of activities I want to do with her, I know that I want to include creative things including crafts, painting, etc (see my post on Curiosity Box Crafts here).  I’ve been on the hunt to see what products are out there that are safe & chemical- free for kids- especially since something like paint is going get on her skin (and probably go in her mouth!). I came across Natural Earth Paint a few months ago and was instantly excited. Their kid- friendly products are non- toxic, natural & chemical free, and eco- friendly (the packaging is biodegradable- even the plastic bags- are recyclable).
The company sent me the Petite Children’s Earth Paint Kit  to try out and I couldn’t wait to make an artsy mess with Ari. This kit contains 6 packets of powdered paint & mixing cups.

The paint powder contains 2 ingredients: natural earth pigments & organic milk protein; the company also offers a new vegan kit that contains earth pigments, corn starch & gum Arabic. Each kits contains 6 colours: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and brown. You can also purchase additional colours individually if you like (purple, white, black). 

Here’s what the paint looks like:

I followed the instructions & mixed the paint powder 1:1 with water to achieve tempura- style paint, (you can add more water if you’d like watercolour- style paint). It took about 30 seconds- 1 minute to get each of the paints mixed (Tip: mix only as much as you need for one painting session; you can refrigerate leftovers for 4- 7 days).

The colours are beautiful & vibrant- especially considering there are no artificial dyes in them:

We started off giving Ari the cups to finger paint with and she LOVED it… especially when Will joined in!

Then we decided to give her some paintbrushes just for fun to see how that would go…
She decided two were better than one! 😉
 Ariana & Daddy enjoyed making a big mess…

… Then the photographer (Mom) became the canvas! (Added bonus: the paint wipes off skin really easily- perfect for when you’re trying to wash little hands)

We enjoyed a fun afternoon as a family creating a big mess. And as predicted, Ari got paint- covered hands all over her face- and in her mouth!- and I didn’t have to worry since the paints are non- toxic and natural. After trying out the paint I also appreciated how easy clean up is- simply rinse out the cups with warm water (no soap needed) or put the left over paint in the fridge to use for your next art session. However like most other paints it will stain clothes, so make sure you wear clothes you’re not afraid to get messy & painted on. We still have plenty of paint left for several more artistic afternoons and since you can save leftovers it does go a long way. I would definitely recommend you try out Natural Earth Paint with your kids, especially if you’ve been looking for a natural, eco- friendly option. 

The company offers a variety of other natural art supplies for kids in their Eco Kids product line- such as egg- dying kits (feature & review coming soon!) and face paint- and fine art supplies for adults.

To learn more about Natural Earth Paint & check out their products, visit their website & find them on Facebook & Twitter. 

Product featured in this post:
Petite Children’s Earth Paint Kit, $19.95 USD
Product Features:
100% non- toxic tempura- style paint

Disclosure: I received free product in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.








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February 6, 2015
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Getting Crafty with Curiosity Box

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I admit it: I’ve started my Christmas shopping. But I know I’m not the only one! Every year I try to think of gifts that aren’t just picked up from a big- box store from a selection of made- in- China toys; instead I look for ones that are unique and fun. And before you tell me you don’t have the time to shop like that, don’t forget the virtues of online shopping my friends!
In my hunt for some gift ideas for my nephews I came across Curiosity Box, an Ontario- based company that offers subscription options for your kiddos to receive craft & activity boxes shipped right to your door. And let’s face it: what kid doesn’t love getting something in the mail? Add to that anticipation the fun of creating something that encourages creativity and I think we have a winning idea. When I ordered the craft boxes for my nephews, the company generously offered up one of their Halloween Fun Curiousity Boxes for our family to try. Who could say no to that offer???

Photo: K Petrunia
When they arrived in the mail last week I couldn’t wait to dive in and get crafting! (Can you tell I’m a DIYer at heart???) Each box contains the materials and glue needed for 3 crafts, plus an activity. I noticed there were even a few bonus items to play with- all matching the theme of the box. Our box contained the materials to make a bat sock puppet, a foam haunted house, & a tissue paper jack- o- lantern; a nice variety of crafts and sharable if you have multiple kids to entertain (or in our case, 2 adults and an enthusiastic 16- month old!).
When Will came home home from work the 3 of us dug into the crafting: he took over construction of the haunted house while Ari and I started on the bat sock puppet. I really liked the instruction pamphlet that came with the box that had easy-to- follow instructions (perfect for younger kids in need of some direction) and that the materials for each craft were organized into separate bags to keep everything organized. 
We stretched the crafting over 2 nights since we wanted to allow the glue to dry on the haunted house and with a little help from some tape to hold the roof in place, it came together. On night 2 of our crafting adventure we added the finishing touches to the haunted house & made the tissue pumpkin  (you can see the finished projects below). I’d say the three of us did pretty good. 😉
I really like that this is a fun gift idea that encourages creativity, following steps, and can be a group activity. For the variety of projects you get I don’t think you’d be able to buy the supplies cheaper at a craft or dollar store, and I think there’s a fun novelty about receiving the boxes in the mail. The only tip I have is that for older kids who can be trusted with one, a cool glue gun may be a good idea to help the projects come together a little quicker. Otherwise you simply have to wait for the glue to dry (but hey, a good lesson in patience isn’t bad either). 

All finished!
Whadya think???
Photo: K Petrunia
You can order from the Curiosity Box website, with options for a single box, 3 month6 month, or 12 month subscription. (Subscriptions start at $25.95/ month, $24.95/ month, and $23.95/ month, respectively; prices vary for individual boxes).
You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram: @Curiosityboxcrafts, and other social media sites.
A big thank you to Curiosity Box for giving us a Halloween Fun box to try out- we had a lot of fun! OXOX TPB






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October 31, 2014
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Around Town: Modern Family Expo

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On Sunday, Feb. 23 I’m going to be perusing the ModernFamily Expo in North Vancouver. I’m really looking forward to my first event of the year, and this one doesn’t look to disappoint! With 75+ exhibitors, plus fitness classes, workshops, a Kid Zone, and a $10,000 prize up for grabs, the organizers have worked hard to offer something for everyone.

By Moms for Moms
The ModernFamily Expo has been organized by local Moms and ladies in business with a focus on eco- friendly and healthy options for families- two things I look for for my own family and those of my readers; plus I hope you know by now how big I am on supporting local Moms and businesses! The offerings run the gamut from prenatal planning to postnatal needs, food & nutrition, health & wellness, active living, and eco- friendly solutions. There’s the added bonus of complimentary food and beverage samples on offer from some of the exhibitors, so you can try some of the products out for yourself on the spot. 
Something for the Kids
There are so many great things for the kids to do and see I’m going to put them in list form for you! You can check all of these activities out in the Expo Par- T Perfect Kid Zone at the event:
 Bouncy castle (!!!)
– Face Painting
4 Cats craft station
Giggles Fun Dough play station (*wheat free for kids with allergies)
Gymboree play area
– Cinderella meet & greet
Whole Foods Market ‘play with your food’ station
Something for Mom & Dad
While the event is going to be a lot of fun, Moms and Dads know that packing up the family can be a lot of work. Again, the organizers have you covered (the benefit of having an event planned by Moms!). There will be the Family Lounge- courtesy of UsedVancouver.com– to relax in when you need to take a break. Complete with a water station, breastfeeding area, stroller parking, and change tables, the lounge will offer a valuable rest area for families so they don’t have to leave and re- enter the event to attend to their little one’s needs. Once you’re re- energized, you can take in Modern Mama speaker series for some great info for families. 
Do Good While Having Fun
In addition, new and expectant Moms will be able to pre- register for activities such as Boxing Babes and Yogapod prenatal classes. Plus Westcoast Families magazine will be hosting a Family Photo Contest for the chance to be featured in an issue. Proceeds from the classes and photo contest will benefit the Whole Planet Foundation, a foundation started by Whole Foods Market with the goal to aid poverty- stricken communities in developing nations. 
If that wasn’t enough opportunity to help those in need, one of my favourite organizations, BabyGoRound (remember our recent feature on them???) will be at the event collecting new and gently used baby items to distribute to local families in need. If you’d like more info about what BabyGoRound collects, check out this page.
Consistent with their eco- friendly focus, the Expo is partnering with green companies and using renewable resources to power and support the event. This includes using The Bicycle Valet(to encourage travel via pedal), Zero Waste Solutions to provide recycling throughout the event, Greener Print sustainable printing solutions, and Bullfrog  Power (the event is powered by 100% BC wind power!).
The event will be from 10am to 3pm next Sunday, Feb. 23 at the Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier in North Vancouver. You can purchase tickets for the ModernFamily Expo in advance online for $8 or $10 cash at the door.  If you want more info on the event or to see the list of exhibitors, check out the ModernFamily Expo website and Facebook page. Hope to see you there!

How would you like to win free entry to the event???? The organizers have given TPB 2 adult tickets- a $20 value!- to give away! To enter, leave a comment below or on our Facebook page about how you’re trying to go green with your family with #ModerFamilyExpo in the comment. The contest deadline is Friday, Feb. 21 at 11:59pm, so get your entries in ASAP!

Logo & images courtesy of Modern Family Expo.
February 15, 2014
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