August 2013

Labour Day 2013 Events in London!

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City Mom’s Labour Day roundup post is never an easy one to write; sharing this means that I am facing the fact that summer as we know it is over. Kids are heading back to school and everyone’s mentality changes. September is a fresh start and the beginning of something new. For these reasons, we have to make the most of summer’s last long weekend and here is a little help in doing so!

VICTORIA PARK’S FALLFEST

When: August 30 to Sept. 2, 2013
Time: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm (each day)
Where: Victoria Park, London
What: Lasso a steer, carve a pumpkin, navigate a hay maze and enjoy a saloon style bar and 75 food and retail vendors.
Cost: Free entry, cost for rides per ticket, or $15 All Day Ride Bracelet (parents ride free)
For more info: canadasbiggestparty.com

SPRINGBANK GARDENS CONCERT SERIES

When: Sept. 1, 2013
Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Guy Lombardo Pavilion, Springbank Gardens
What: The Chris Norley Trio will be entertaining with a jazz and blues performance.
Cost: A free performance provided by City of London Parks & Recreation London Arts Council London Musicians’ Association.
For more info: Call (519) 685-2540

OTHER PLACES OF INTEREST

  • Clovermead Summer Days with the Beekeeper: Spend some time with the beekeeper and see a beehive opened up for you personally. Check times here.
  • Eastpark Golf Gardens: Open for Labour Day Long Weekend. Check here for various hours.
  • Fanshawe Pioneer Village: open on the holiday Monday. Check site for hours.
  • Storybook Gardens: Various events taking place over the long weekend. Check site for more information.

If you know of any other family friendly events taking place this weekend please share them with us in a comment below.

Thanks!

Enjoy your weekend and have fun!

City Mom

Beat Breakfast Boredom: Deluxe Breakfast Yogurt

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So we’re just days away from back-to-school and this means that our old routines will be back on track and the dog-days-of-summer will be behind us. This also means that we have to focus on school lunches and hearty breakfasts to start the day on the right foot.

If cereal, toast and other breakfast staples have got you in a breakfast-slump over the summer holidays rest assured there is help! Here is a fun way to make the most important meal of the day exciting again.

DELUXE BREAKFAST YOGURT

Deluxe Breakfast Yogurt is a fun way to make sure you and your children get a nutrient-packed breakfast and to provide the much-needed energy for the new back-to-school routine.

What I love about this meal is that it is easy to customize based on your family’s favourites. By storing and providing the ingredients in easily accessible jars, it also enables (age dependent) your kids to get their own breakfasts. It might even entice them to get excited about serving their own meal!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • Glass food storage jars: I like the ones as shown in the picture because the snap open mechanism is much easier for kids to open than have to screw and unscrew lids.
  • Chalkboard stickers & chalk: you could also use another type of reusable label but ensure that you can erase the text so you’re able to switch up the contents easily.
  • Your favourite toppings: more on this below.
  • Your favourite yogurt:  oatmeal also works well in place of yogurt.

YOUR FAVOURITE TOPPINGS

Pretty much anything goes in terms of what you want to include in your jars as toppings for your yogurt but look for items that pack the most nutrients possible while remaining tasty for your kids.

I used:

  • Dried cranberries
  • Dried cherries
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Dried apricots
  • Unsweetened coconut
  • High protein granola
  • Chia seeds
  • Pecans

Other options include goji berries, dried blueberries, dark chocolate chips, cinnamon, almonds, and sunflower seeds and of course the list goes on and on. It all depends on what is going to work for your family.

Cut the chalkboard sticker into the shape and size you wish for each jar. After you have filled your jars, write their contents with chalk on the labels. It’s important that you fill your jars first as once the titles are written in chalk, they rub off easily.

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER

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Add ½ cup of your favourite yogurt to your breakfast bowl, open up your jars of goodies and get scooping. I like to finish the dish off with a few ribbons of honey to add some healthy sweetness to the dish!

Consider storing your jars in an easily accessible place that the whole family can reach as well as have it in the line of sight so that when the breakfast requests are being made, this easy and healthy dish is at the forefront of their minds!

What are your favourite breakfast dishes? What do you do with your family to beat mealtime blues?

City Mom

My Embarrassing Stain Moment & Resolve® Tip Exchange

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As moms/parents, we are no strangers to stains. In the early days of parenting, the hardest stains to get out were those strained carrots, sweet potatoes and peas. As our children grew we started to deal with grass stains, mud and grape juice!

Now-a-days it seems like paint, more mud, more grass and marker stains are at the crux of our stain-removal-woes. We all have our handy tricks to get out tough stains, some conventional and some not so much, either way we find a way (usually) to get those stubborn stains out.

MY STAIN NIGHTMARE

‘Nightmare’ might be a little too dramatic but this story definitely goes on my list of embarrassing moments.

Take a look at this photograph:

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The scene: a romantic anniversary dinner at The Keg, our favourite celebratory restaurant. We had a babysitter, dressed ourselves up and had just ordered our pre-dinner drinks. Of course, I needed a photo to capture this special moment so I asked a stranger sitting nearby.

Just after the photo was taken, I reached for the camera and upon doing so I hit my drink in my other hand and it came splashing down all over my husband’s white cotton pants.  He was covered in tomato juice, and when I say covered, I don’t mean a few drops; the entire drink poured on him.

So not only was his outfit ruined, he was soaking wet but thankfully there was a small saving grace;  we live just a few minutes away so he ran home and changed. Needless to say our evening was a little dampened (no pun intended)!

See what others recommend for this type of stain like mine.

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RESOLVE® TIP EXCHANGE

It’s for nights like this, that I am happy we finally have a place to go to share our tried and true stain-removal methods and a place to find help for those stains that leave us scratching our heads. Resolve’s new site, Resolve® Tip Exchange, is your one-stop-shop for stain removal fun.

You can visit tips.powerofresolve.ca and share a stain-removal tip and when you do (once a week) you are automatically entered into a draw to win a grand prize $5,000 shopping spree as well as 12 weekly prizes of prepaid credit cards up to $250!

And if you have one of those head-scratchers, you can ask a question and get answers from the experts!

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WHAT’S YOUR STAIN?

What is your most embarrassing stain moment? What is the toughest stain you’ve had to conquer and how have you beat it?

Disclosure: I am part of the Resolve® Tip Exchange Blogger Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

City Mom

Things to Do in London: August Long Weekend 2013

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It’s our second last long weekend of the summer so it’s a must that we celebrate in style! The weather hasn’t really been cooperating (at least here in London) lately but here’s to a gorgeous summer long-weekend, no matter how you choose to enjoy it!

RIBFEST

  • When: August 1 to 5, 2013
  • Time: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm (each day)
  • Where: Victoria Park, London
  • What: Ribs, ribs and more ribs…you be the judge on who serves the best ribs. There will also be carnival rides, 75 bands and 250 exhibitors.
  • Cost: Free entry, cost for rides per ticket, or $20 All Day Ride Bracelet (parents ride free)
  • For more info: canadasbiggestparty.com

STORYBOOK GARDENS

  • When: August 2, 3 & 5, 2013
  • Time: Various times (see more info)
  • Where: Storybook Gardens, London
  • What: Storytelling with Dian Halpin, meet Iron Man and dress as your favourite Marvel character and hang out with Ventriloquist Tim Holland a.k.a The Puppet Tamer
  • Cost: Regular Storybook Gardens admission
  • For more info: storybook.london.ca

EXPRESSIONS IN CHALK

  • When: August 3 – 5, 2013
  • Time: Artists will be working all day Saturday and Sunday.
  • Where: Victoria Park
  • What: A street painting festival featuring works of art created in chalk pastels on asphalt
  • Cost: Free
  • For more information: imadon.org

EAST PARK

  • When: Open all weekend long!
  • Time: Regular hours Saturday, Sunday & Monday, FREE FM Cruiser on location from 12pm-2pm
  • Where: East Park
  • What: Water park, mini golf, go-karts and more.
  • Cost: Various prices based on activity
  • For more information: eastparkgolf.com

LONDON LICIOUS

  • When: July 19 – August 11, 2013
  • Time: Various restaurant hours
  • Where: Various locations
  • What: It is the only festival in London that invites you to live it up in one of your favourite restaurants—and try new ones! With over 35 restaurants participating, each with its own unique, delicious fixed-menu options to offer, you won’t leave unsatisfied!
  • Cost: Lunch & Dinner for $15, $20, $25, $30 or $35 (does not incl tax & alcohol)
  • For more information: londonlicious.ca

FANSHAWE FROLIC PRESENTS…

  • When: August 3 & 4, 2013
  • Time: Various times (see more info)
  • Where: Fanshawe Pioneer Village
  • What: This year’s special Frolic theme focuses on the British Empire in the 19th century and the reign of Queen Victoria. Our 19th century ball program will include dances and music from the years of Queen Victoria’s lifetime; from the late regency period to 1901.
  • Cost: $50 + HST per person for the ball and dinner
  • For more information: fanshawepioneervillage.ca

Here’s to a fun and safe Civic holiday weekend!

City Mom

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