July 2012

August in London {#LdnOnt}

 

August?

Already?

It’s a little upsetting that as usual, time seems to move the quickest when you’re having fun. So for me, I’m going to make the most of August…I’m taking the month off from blogging and going to spend the time outdoors with my family in cottage country, around town and watching the Canadian Women’s soccer team kick butt in London!

I’ll be back in September with the premiere of City Mom on Rogers TV!

Until then, I’ll leave you with some of the fun and family friendly events taking place in London this month. Enjoy the rest of your summer and don’t forget to get out and discover London!

CITI PLAZA’S ROOFTOP FILM FESTIVAL

When: July 27 – August 10, 2012
Where: Citi Plaza (8th level parking)
Time: 8:00 pm (movies begin at 9:00 pm)
What: Enjoy watching some classic films under the stars on the rooftop of Citi Plaza. Sponsored by BX93 & EZ Rick
Cost: Free!
For more information: Visit facebook.com/citiplazalondon for a list of the movies playing

RIBFEST

When: August 2 – 6, 2012
Where: Victoria Park
Time: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm each day
What: Bands, rides, exhibits and of course Ribs!
Cost: Free admission! $15 All Day Ride Bracelet
For more information: Visit canadasbiggestparty.com

STORYBOOK GARDENS

When: August 3 – 31, 2012
Where: Storybook Gardens
Time: Various times
What: Storytelling, comics, puppet shows, comedy, Rapunzel, Batman and more. August is filled with lots to do at Storybook Gardens. Check out More Info for a full list of events.
Cost: Regular Storybook Gardens admission
For more information: Visit storybook.london.ca

EXPRESSIONS IN CHALK

 

When: August 4, 2012
Where: Talbot Street (between Dundas & King)
Time: 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
What: Watch as amazing street art is created in the downtown core. This is a judged contest with various categories and artists.
Cost: Free!
For more information: Visit imadon.org

BLOCKBUSTER SUMMER

When: August 6-11 The Art of Play & August 20-24 Lego Master Builder: Star Wars Edition
Where: London Children’s Museum
Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (8:00 pm on Fridays)
What: Explore your creative side with workshops designed to spark your imagination and Lego Master Builders will be in the building to help you make your own Lego creations and explore the world of Star Wars.
Cost: Children’s Museum admission
For more information: Visit londonchildrensmuseum.ca

VICTORIA PARK FALL FEST

When: August 31 – Sept. 3, 2012
Where: Victoria Park
Time: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
What: Rides, food, vendors and fun fall inspired activities.
Cost: Free admission! $15 All Day Ride Bracelet
For more information: Visit canadasbiggestparty.com

As always, please include your family friendly event in the comments below if I have missed your event!

Stay cool & safe,

Caring for the Earth and your kids one sip at a time { New Brita Kids’ Bottle}

 

Little S takes a water bottle with her wherever she goes. I should say that I send a water bottle with her wherever she goes. I remember being a kid (before water was sold by the bottle) and feeling like I was dying of thirst while I was on-the-go with my parents. I always had to wait until I got home and sometimes that took forever.

I always fill up her stainless steel water bottle with filtered water before we leave home. I’m not into buying bottled water unless we absolutely have to. I feel sort of guilty adding to all the waste so reusable bottles are right for us.

The only problem with this is that when we have to fill it up, it’s often not with filtered water. That is why I am super stoked about sharing today’s post with you!

It takes an estimated three litres of water to produce one litre of bottled water. –filterforgood.ca

COMING SOON TO A STORE NEAR YOU

Lucky for us we got to try out a Brita® Kids’ Bottle before they hit stores. From its cute design (pink with butterflies had Little S really excited) to its water filtering capabilities, this reusable water bottle is a hit with both kids and parents.

The child-sized addition to the Brita® Bottle line, the Brita® Kids’ Bottle is a squeezable, reusable bottle that filters water as you drink it, making it convenient for your little ones to enjoy great-tasting tap water at school, camp and wherever.

The new Brita® Kids’ Bottle will be available at mass merchandise stores across Canada in August 2012.

Worldwide, an estimated 2.4 million metric tonnes of plastic are used to bottle water each year. – filterforgood.ca

SOME FUN Brita® FACTS

Did you know that one Brita® water filter can replace up to 300 plastic water bottles? And if that alone doesn’t having you feeling good about this reusable bottle here’s more about the Brita® Kids’ Bottle:

  • BPA free and recyclable
  • One filter can last for 2 months (that’s 393 servings)
  • One pack of two filters costs only $7.99 CAD (that’s less than $2 a month)
  • Dishwasher safe on the top rack
  • Reduces chlorine taste and odour from tap water
  • Made with soft side wall for little hands to squeeze
  • The suggested retail price is $8.99 for one bottle with filter

MONEY SAVING COUPONS

Visit filterforgood.ca and print your coupon that will allow you to save $2 on any one Brita Bottle or Brita Kids’ Bottle. Oh yes, they come in adult sizes too!

You’ll also find more facts and tools on filterforgood.ca. You can sign up to receive electronic reminders notifying you when it’s time to change your filter and when you sign up, you’ll receive a $2 off coupon on your next filter purchase.

Until next time stay hydrated!

Confessions of City Mom {#HealthyFamilies}

 

This will be the first time that I let the following words flow out on-screen. Brace yourself for a confession so raw and impactful that it will knock your socks off…ready?

I sometimes long for a backyard!

I know, I know, how could City Mom say these words?

City Mom was developed and is based on an urban, high-rise lifestyle. It feels almost sacrilege to utter these words, but it’s true!

As Little S ages, she gains more independence and moves about at a greater rate. Not only that but we are slowly finding ourselves with a little more freedom as well. I sometimes fantasize about letting her loose in a backyard, grabbing a book and a hot coffee and sipping, relaxing and reading while she entertains herself or plays with the neighbourhood kids.

But that daydream comes to a screeching halt as soon as the fantasy is interrupted by the thought of raking leaves, shoveling a driveway, cleaning out gutters, mowning the lawn, pruning, washing windows and so on. We have come to appreciate the extra time our lifestyle affords us. We have very little to do in terms of house work and home maintenance.

I especially notice this in the summer months when I talk with or visit friends. They seem to spend a lot of time on the upkeep of their home and though they don’t seem to totally mind it, it’s still time spent on chores rather than time out having carefree fun.

This is how I know that we are living the lifestyle we are meant to live. Perhaps one day in the not too far off future we’ll buy a house in the downtown area, but for now, while Little S is young, the condo lifestyle is right for us.

MAKING IT ALL WORK

As my husband and I both work away from home fulltime, it doesn’t leave us much time for household cleaning. For that we have hired a cleaning person. It really helps us to stay on top of the cleanliness of our house and leaves us more free time on weekends to spend with Little S.

In between her visits we tidy and clean as needed. That is why I love to have my favourite household cleaning products on hand like Lysol Disinfecting Wipes, Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner and of course the Lysol Fabric Mist. I use these products for keeping our home germ-free and  smelling fresh.

For now life is pretty peaceful and easily manageable. With the help of Lysol products that keep us happy, healthy and with money left in the bank, things will stay that way…for now?!

LYSOL CANADA ON FACEBOOK

As always, stop in and Like Lysol Canada on Facebook to stay up to date on the latest tips, tricks and special offers.

WHAT’S YOUR CLEAN ROUTINE?

How many hours a week do you estimate you spend on cleaning in your household? What’s your go-to product that you must have on hand at all times?

Until next month, happy cleaning! :)

Disclosure: I am part of the Lysol® Healthy Families Ambassador Program by Mom Central. I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Image: FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Celebrating the 2012 Summer Olympics Aussie Style

Here’s something you may not know about me: I traveled and worked in Australia for one year over a decade ago.  Not only was this one of the most amazing years of my life, but it was also unintentionally planned during the year the 2000 Summer Games were taking place in Sydney.

Attending the Sydney Olympics is definitely a Bucket List item in my life. At the time it wasn’t on my Bucket List. In fact I didn’t even have a Bucket List but now I’m 12 years older and life has different meaning than it once did. I realize now how short life is and how quickly the time goes by. You have to search for opportunities and grab them once they come up. Knowing this, I’m thrilled that I’ve been able to cross cheering my country on in an international setting like the Olympics off my list!

LIFE MADE DELICIOUS

Life Made Delicious

I’m happy to announce that I’m a Life Made Delicious Connector (#LMDConnector) through Mom Central Canada. As a LMD Connector, I have the privilege of learning valuable information that I can share with City Mom readers. From time and cost saving recipes, to special General Mills Canada offers and perks, lifemadedelicious.ca is definitely a site you want to visit often.

Every other month, for the next 12 months, I’ll be sharing some of this great information with you. This month the inspiration for us LMD Connectors was celebrating London 2012.

As a huge Olympics enthusiast I had tons of ideas! I can’t wait to cheer on Christine Sinclair, Melissa Tancredi and the other amazing women of the Canadian women’s soccer team. So I considered making a batch of the patriotic Oh Canada Chex Mix or a big gooey soccer cake. But what came to mind strongest was my experience in Sydney all that time ago and I thought there was no better way to celebrate the 2012 games than with some fun Aussie-inspired grub.

BANGERS & MASH

Bangers & Mash

When you think Aussie food, do you think Bangers & Mash? Or do you even know what Bangers & Mash is? For those who aren’t familiar with this fun-sounding dish, it is nothing more than sausage and mashed potatoes; pretty delicious, yet pretty simple.

With this in mind I set out on lifemadedelicious.ca to find some fun inspiration on creating an easy and inexpensive version of this Australian classic.

Here is what I came up with:

Garlic Mashed Potatoes and an altered version of the Grilled Sausage Packet recipe with a side of buttery corn! Yum!

Classic, hearty and truly Australian-inspired. I loved these versatile  recipes and their cost effectiveness. Not to mention every mom’s favourite: the ease of creating the meal.

Next, it was on to dessert…

ANZAC BISCUITS

Anzac Biscuits

I found this delicious and super-easy recipe for Anzac Biscuits from alldownunder.com. Here’s a quick history on Anzac Biscuits as they are an old Australian tradition.

During WWI, wives, mothers, girlfriends and daughters would make these cookies to send to their loved ones overseas while fighting in the war. You’ll notice that this recipe does not call for eggs which are typical in most cookies recipes. Since eggs weren’t readily available back then, golden syrup was used in its place to keep the cookies bound together. There was also no refrigeration on the long trip over to the brave men fighting, so the ingredients had to be that of sustainability over a long period of time.

Try these biscuits out…they are so delicious!

So how do you and your family plan to celebrate the 2012 Olympics? Do you have any fun traditions or recipes you’d like to share? We’d love to hear all about them. What’s your favourite Olympic sport?

GO CANADA GO!

Disclosure: I am part of the Life Made Delicious Blogger program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Family fun this July in London {#LdnOnt}

 

I can’t believe it’s already July 6! I’m a bit behind but there are still lots of fun events ahead of us in July so get reading!

SUNFEST FESTIVAL 2012

When: July 5 – 8, 2012

Where: Victoria Park

Time: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm each day

What: It’s a non-profit event promoting cross-cultural awareness with a variety of music and artists from around the world.

Cost: Free admission!

For more info: Visit sunfest.on.ca

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON LIVE SPECTACULAR

When: July 5 – 8, 2012

Where: John Labatt Centre

Time: Various performance times see more info

What: Inspired by the hit movie you’ll get to visit a mythical world of dragons and Vikings in this live performance

Cost: Various ticket prices see more info

For more info: Visit johnlabattcentre.com

VICTORIAN TEDDY BEAR PICNIC

When: July 8, 2012

Where: Fanshawe Pioneer Village

Time:  Story time at 11:00 am with various times for other events. See more info.

What:  Games, storytelling, a teddy bear parade and tea time all with your favourite friend

Cost: General admissions of $7 – children under 3 are free

For more info: Visit fanshawepioneervillage.ca

BLOCKBUSTER SUMMER 2012 – HOCKEY HALL OF FAME

When: July 9 – 13, 2012

Where: London Children’s Museum

Time:  10:00 am – 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm on Fridays

What:  Authentic NHL trophies, interactive games, the Legends of Hockey exhibit, road hockey games and the science of sport. And get your BlockBuster Summer 2012 Fun Kit at the front desk to enter to win great prizes like a family trip for four to Orlando, Florida!

Cost: Regular Children’s Museum admission

For more info: Visit londonchildrensmuseum.ca

BLUESFEST INTERNATIONAL

When: July 13 – 15, 2012

Where: Downtown London at the corner of King St. and Clarence St.

Time: Various times for performances. See more info. Note that this event is open to 19+ on Friday & Saturday and open to all ages on Sunday

What:  A world-class music festival featuring local and international Blues artists

Cost: Various costs for performances. See more information.

For more info: Visit thebluesfest.com and to order tickets visit ticketscene.ca

DAY OUT WITH THOMAS

When: July 13 – 22, 2012

Where:  St. Thomas-Elgin Memorial Centre, St. Thomas

Time: Various times. See more info.

What:  Take a ride on a full-size Thomas the Tank Engine; participate in storytelling, art, crafts and more!

Cost: Various costs for events. See more info.

For more info: Visit ticketweb.ca and to order tickets visit here.

GARDEN GATES OPEN

When: July 21 – 22, 2012

Where: Various locations throughout London. Check here to view them all.

Time:  10:00 am – 6:00 pm

What:  Tour some amazing gardens created by London home owners and discover some hidden gems and talents in our great city.

Cost: Free!

For more info: Visit gardengatesopen.web.com

HOME COUNTY MUSIC & ART FESTIVAL

When: July 20 – 22, 2012

Where: Victoria Park

Time: 

  • Friday: 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
  • Saturday: Noon – 11:00 pm
  • Sunday: Noon – 8:30 pm

What: Over 100 quality craft artisans, live music, family stage where kids can get up and perform whatever they’d like, children’s performers, face painting, and a privacy tent for nursing and changing and more.

Cost: Admission based on donation.

For more info: Visit homecounty.ca

2ND ANNUAL YOGA SHACK GIVES BACK

When: July 22, 2012

Where: John Labatt Centre

Time: Yoga class is at 10:00 am – 11:00 am with registration beginning at 9:00 am

What: Yoga Shack has teamed up with the John Labatt Centre for London’s biggest yoga class. It will be hosted by Taz from FM 96 and all funds raised will go to the Heart & Stroke Foundation

Cost: Donation based – $25 + will receive ballots towards great prizes

For more info: Visit johnlabattcentre.com

London is a big city and there’s always lots going on. The events listed above are just a snapshot of some of the most exciting events. As always, please feel free to share the info on any other family friendly events taking place in the city below.

Have a great July!

Image: FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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