Family Day Activities in London 2016

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I don’t know about you, but now that it feels like winter has finally arrived, I could really use an extra long weekend to stay cuddled up in the warmth. Thankfully, Family Day is just around the corner; this year, Family Day is on Monday, February 15, 2016 and there’s  a lot to do around the city!

 

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 FAMILY DAY PAINTING

Art Gallery of Lambeth Family Day

  • When: Monday, February 15th
  • Where: Art Gallery of Lambeth – 2454 Main St.
  • Time:  10:30 am – 12:00 pm
  • What: Bring the family to the studio to paint together! Create a wonderful keepsake together; parents and children all work together to create this adorable piece of art. The talented instructors will walk you through an easy step by step instruction to insure an amazing work of art.
  • Cost: $75 per family -all materials included, framing, gloss and varnish
  • For More Information: Visit Art Gallery of Lambeth  or call 519-652-5556. (pre-registration required)

FAMILY DAY FESTIVITIES

London Childrens Museum

  • When: Monday, February 15th
  • Where: London Children’s Museum
  • Time: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • What: The Amazing Family Race: use the unique skills of everyone in your family to navigate through the Children’s Museum. Designed for ALL ages and runs all day. Family Yoga: explore different yoga poses that use all of your family members in a fun, challenging and creative way.
  • Cost: Regular Children’s Museum admission
  • For More Information: Visit londonchildrensmuseum.ca

FAMILY DAY AT STORYBOOK GARDENS

Storybook Gardens Family Day

  • When: Monday, February 15th
  • Where: Storybook Gardens
  • Time:  10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • What: Outdoor campfire, meet and greets with a dogsled team, horse-drawn wagon rides available for an additional fee and a visit from the 12 foot Polar Bear, Can Bear.
  • Cost: Adults: $4.25 Children (2 – 17): $3.25 Family (2 adults + 2 children): $13 Wagon rides: additional cost
  • For More Information: storybook.london.ca

FAMILY DAY AT FLEETWAY

Fleetway

  • When: Monday, February 15th
  • Were: Fleetway
  • Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 pm (Rock Wall 10:00 am – 8:00 pm)
  • What: All activities on a first-come basis all afternoon and evening.  (Bowling reservations available at 10:00 am and 12:00 pm only.)
  • Cost: Various costs. See website.
  • For More Information: Visit fleetwayfun.com

FAMILY DAY PUBLIC SKATES

Family Day Publick Skating London Ontario

  • When: Monday, February 15th
  • Were: Various arenas:
    • Kinsmen Arena 1:00 – 3:00 pm
    • Argyle Arena 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    • Stronach Arena 1:00 – 3:00 pm
  • What: Free public skating
  • Cost: Free!
  • For More Information: Visit london.ca

FAMILY FUN DAY AT THE MUSEUM OF ARCHAEOLOGY

Museum of Archaeology

  • When: Monday, February 15th
  • Where: The Museum of Ontario Archaeology
  • Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • What: Cultural crafts, cookie excavations, family activities, hot drinks and more. Listen and share stories with Mi’kmaq storyteller Nina Antoine-Ogilvie.
  • Cost: Adults: $5.00, Seniors: $4.00, Students: $4.00, Children (ages 5 -12): $3.00, Family (1 or 2 adults & children) $12.00
  • For More Information: Visit archaeologymuseum.ca

FAMILY DAY OPEN HOUSE

SecretsofRadarMuseum

  • When: Monday, February 15th
  • Were: The Secrets of Radar Museum
  • Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • What: Take advantage of the trails around Westminster Ponds this Family Day and drop by the Secrets of Radar Museum to warm up with hot refreshments and “radar popcorn” (available for purchase) as well as free tours of the museum’s permanent exhibits and “air-crafts” for kids.
  • Cost: Admission by donation
  • For More Information: Visit secretsofradar.com

Here’s hoping that you and your family enjoy a special day together!

If you are aware of any other Family Day events taking place in the city, please share in a comment below. 

City Mom

10 Delicious & Healthy Protein Shake Recipes

Protein Shake Recipes

Ah January; you are here and you are welcomed with open arms; 2015 was good enough for me, big picture, I have much to be thankful for…small picture, it was a tough year. I have high hopes for 2016 and I’ll get back to you later on how that’s going.

NEW YEAR, NEW YOU

Many people use the New Year to set new goals or resolutions. I don’t personally like calling them “resolutions” because I feel that it has the opposite effect on me…I feel like they set me up for failure.

It is estimated that only eight percent of people whom actually make a NY resolution are successful in achieving their goal*, but I do have improvements to make in a few different areas, one big one being my health.

With a stressful end to 2015 and some holiday indulgence I fell off the wagon and I need to get back on track with my fitness goals. To start, I am participating in my second Arbonne 28-Day Clean Eating Detox; a big part of this plan includes using protein shakes as meal replacements.

I’ve written before why having a protein-rich diet is good for you and why it helps to assist in weight loss; nobody likes to get bored with their meals so I’ve gathered this list of the best protein shake recipes (in my opinion) to keep you happy and healthy.

10 BEST PROTEIN SHAKE RECIPES

  1. Passionfruit Green Smoothie: A delicious green smoothie filled with fruit, vegetables and fantastic flavour. Just add a scoop of your fave protein powder and you’ve got a meal in a glass! Credit: Family Food & Travel
  2. Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Protein Shake: a delicious cookie-inspired shake using cashew milk. Um? Yes please! Credit: The Bewitchin Kitchen
  3. Pumpkin Spiced Smoothie: delicious anytime of the year, you can replace the dairy with other non-dairy options if you require a dairy-free alternative. Credit: Confessions of a Fitness Instructor (note: free download of 12 Smoothie Recipes file)
  4. Blueberry Almond Ginger Smoothie: Get the value of antioxidants from blueberries, the healing properties of ginger and honey and the dairy-free protein of almond milk. Add in a scoop of your fave protein powder and voila! Credit: Family Food & Travel
  5. Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Protein Shake: need I say more? Swap the peanut butter for almond butter to make this even healthier! Credit: A Sweat Pea Chef
  6. Cinnamon Roll Protein Shake: who doesn’t love a cinnamon roll for breakfast?! Cinnamon is the star of this delicious protein smoothie that tastes almost exactly like a cinnamon breakfast roll. Credit: jennifermeyering.com
  7. Almond Butter Date Shake: This is a creamy (but dairy-free), dessert-like shake that makes a healthy protein-rich snack or a post workout recovery shake. Yum! Credit: Love & Zest
  8. Tropical Sunrise Smoothie: kind of makes me want to go on vacation, but I bet you’ll feel like you’re on one with this treat. Swap out the yogurt and add in the protein powder to make this a true meal replacement. Credit: Mom on Time Out
  9. Banana Blueberry Protein Shake: one of my favourite combinations is banana and blueberry; this recipe is quick, easy and refreshing! Credit: Ambitious Kitchen
  10. Purple Power Protein Smoothie: jam-packed with nutrients this shake is light but nutritious! Credit: Mom Loves Baking

If upping your nutrition game is on your list of resolutions or goals for 2016, or if you’re already a protein shake lover, this is a list I highly recommend you make your way through. Note for the recipes that don’t originally call for protein powder, be sure to add more liquid than the recipe requires.

* statisticbrain.com

What is your favourite protein shake combination?

City Mom

Lea Clark: American Girl’s Girl of the Year 2016

Girl of the Year Lea Clark

For many people, today (Dec. 31) marks the end of the year, a celebration and a bright outlook for the new year ahead. While I share that same view, this day also marks an end to the waiting; an end to the speculation and an end to the anticipation.

For tomorrow, January 1, 2016, marks the day that we get to meet the American Girl Doll of the Year for 2016. I’m so excited to share an early introduction to Lea Clark with you today.

GETTING TO KNOW LEA CLARKLea Clark Girl of the Year

As we say goodbye to Grace Thomas and her wonderful world of Parisian-inspired adventures, we look forward to getting to know Lea Clarkand her brand new and exciting world. With each Girl of the Year, comes a wonderful adventure, new exploration and loads of fun learning about a new part of the world with valuable lessons for young girls.

ABOUT LEA

Lea Clark, a 10 year-old photographer with a love for animals, discovers a wide world of possibilities when she embarks on a faraway adventure to Brazil. Lea has long wavy hair and warm hazel eyes, plus several tropical-inspired outfits, accessories, and toys that reflect her Brazilian travels—including Lea’s Rainforest House with over 30 pieces!

LEA’S STORY

Lea Clark Rainforest House

Lea’s story will unfold with the 2016 Girl of the Year books written by award-winning author, Lisa Yee. Lea will go on a family trip to Brazil to visit her older brother, Zac, who is studying the Amazon rainforest. Lea is excited to capture everything she sees with her camera.

Soon Lea makes some incredible discoveries, but she also faces unexpected challenges, including a fear of the ocean, tension with Zac, and finding a baby sloth that has been gravely injured. With the help of her family, her new Brazilian friend, Camila, and her late grandmother’s guiding inspiration, Lea finds the inner strength and confidence to live her new adventures to the fullest.

Check out her books, Lea Dives In, Lea Leads the Way, and Lea and Camila to follow along with her story. Stay tuned for Lea’s movie that will come out later in the year.

GIVING BACK WITH LEA

Lea Clark Pets

Like all American Girl dolls, there is a strong and positive message for your girls via Lea. To show girls that, together, they can make a difference in helping protect animals and their habitats, American Girl has created Wild at Art, a year-long fund-raising campaign in support of World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Starting January 1, American Girl is encouraging girls to use their artistic abilities to host an art sale and donate the proceeds to WWF. To launch the campaign, American Girl has made a $50,000 donation to WWF. How awesome right?!

In addition, from January 1 through December 31, 2016, for every purchase of one of the three plush animals in Lea’s collection—the margay, sea turtle, or sloth—American Girl will donate $1 (up to a maximum of $100,000) to WWF.

I really love this message and I’m so excited for Little S to learn of it because she too, has a passion for protecting and helping animals. I think Little S will really identify with Lea and I look forward to her learning more about South American culture through Lea’s adventures in Brazil.

INTERACT WITH LEA

Lea Clark Pajamas

You can start joining in on all the Lea fun starting tomorrow, Jan. 1, 2016 by visiting americangirl.com/girloftheyear. You and the special young lady in your life will be able to download Lea’s app ($) read book excerpts, see movie-related content, play games and quizzes, find fun wallpapers and e-cards and much more.

GET LEA

Girl of the Year 2016

Here in Canada we have three ways of welcoming Lea into our lives. You can visit americangirl.ca, visit an Indigo store to order from the kiosk or visit one of six Indigo, American Girl locations.

To learn even more about Lea and the Girl of the Year line, go to Facebook at facebook.com/americangirl, Twitter at twitter.com/american_girl, Pinterest at pinterest.com/agofficial, and American Girl’s Instagram page at instagram.com/americangirlbrand. To request an American Girl catalogue, call 1-800-845-0005.

STAY TUNED!

Stay tuned to City Mom to check out Little S’ reaction when I surprise her with a Lea doll of her own. Check out the video here. We will also share more information about Lea and her adventures.

Happy New Year & Happy Girl-of-the-Year Day!

City Mom

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