7 Cool Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Cirque Du Soleil: OVO

Cirque du Soleil: Ovo London

London, we are so lucky to have the amazing performance of Cirque Du Soleil: OVO visiting our city and they will only be here until June 18, 2017.

We were lucky to attend the London premiere last night and I must share that this show is a MUST SEE for the whole family! Get your tickets here so you don’t miss out.

In addition to attending the premiere event, we also got a behind-the-scenes tour of the Cirque Du Soleil: OVO production and we learned some really cool facts that we think might surprise you.

1. The Cirque du Soleil production transports the entire OVO set from city to city via 19 transport-sized trucks.

Among the cargo? 180 suitcases for the team’s personal items.

Photo credit: Twitter | @PeggyChapman16
2. The Cirque du Soleil OVO team travels with their own washers and dryers for costume laundering.

Yup! They carry six washers and two dryers on the trucks so that costumes can be washed after each performance. This ensures that all 1,000 costume pieces are clean and flawless for each show.

Cirque du Soleil Washers

3. The Cirque du Soleil OVO team consists of cast and crew members from 20 different countries.

Canada, Russia, Ukraine and China are just a few of the countries represented.

Cirque du Soleil: OVO

4. The Cirque du Soleil OVO team travels with over 100 individuals that all work together to create the awe-inspiring event.

This number is made up of approximately 50 performers, 25 management members including wardrobe specialists and 25 technology specialists.
Among this number there are two physiotherapists that travel with the team to keep the artists in tiptop shape and injury-free.

Cirque du Soleil Ovo

5. The Cirque du Soleil OVO performers are responsible for their own makeup for each performance.

When cast members join the team, professional makeup artists apply the full “face” first, in Montreal, to act as an instructional lesson. Next, the makeup artist applies a “half face” and the performer mimics this on the other side.

Finally, the performers are provided with a step-by-step guide to follow in preparation for each performance.

Cirque du Soleil Makeup

6. Many of the Cirque du Soleil artists have a diploma from “Circus School”.

Students who attend a college such as Ecole nationale de cirque or National Circus School in Montreal earn a Diploma of Collegial Studies in circus arts (DEC), a three-year program that aims to produce professional circus artists.

National Circus School

Circus School

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7. The elaborate Cirque du Soleil costumes are handmade in Montreal.

When artists are brought on for a particular production, their measurements are taken to create a custom made costume. The performers spend three to four weeks training in Montreal while their costume(s) are made.

A last set of measurements are taken before the final touches are applied to the costumes as the performer’s size may have changed from the intense training.

Cirque du Soleil Cricket Costumes

It is no wonder that so much goes into the production of this iconic production. These are just a few of the amazing things there are to know about the behind-the-scenes aspect of Cirque du Soleil.

Check out the OVO trailer and get your tickets before they sell out.

Which is your favourite fun fact about Cirque du Soleil: OVO? Leave us a comment to let us know!

City Mom

What Does Having it All Mean to You? Share & You Could Win!

Food Basics I Want it All Contest

What does “having it all” mean to me?

Ten years ago, my answer would have been very different than it is today. Back then I think I would have answered something along the lines of a marriage, a family, a big house, a fancy car, a prestigious career, extravagant vacations, and a wardrobe that would make J-Lo jealous.
Not that there is anything wrong with that answer but as I’ve matured and gained more wisdom and become a mom, my answer is very different than the one I just made up.

Today my answer to the question, “what does having it all mean to me?” is pretty simple…having it all means that my family and I have our health and happiness and the general necessities in life like a roof over our head, clean water, access to healthy foods that are readily available, education, the ability to participate in our community, opportunities for physical fitness, access to healthcare and so on; anything else is gravy! Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy gravy, but for me I don’t need it to feel like I have it all.

Have it All

I believe that when my daughter looks back on her childhood, she is not going to wish that we had a bigger house, a fancier car or more “things”. The memories that fill her story will be that of the simplest things like laughter, unconditional love, special milestones, her friendships, her teachers, her extended family, family vacations (regardless of their location and star rating associated) and the fact that we were there for her through it all.


Having it all means different things to different people and there is no right or wrong answer. We are all driven by different things and it takes such a variety of personalities to make our world what it is.

Today Food Basics is asking you to answer the question “If you won free groceries for a an entire year, what would you do with the savings?” and you could win $1,000 worth of groceries.

It’s really easy to enter…just follow these simple steps at and to learn about the contest rules. Contest runs from May 19, 2016 to June 29, 2016.

Food Basics Contest


And guess what?! It gets better…visit a Food Basics store starting on June 2nd, 2016 for your chance to win 1 of 3 grand prizes of groceries for a year ($10,000 in Food Basics Gift Cards)!

That’s almost $200 extra in your pocket each week! When speaking of having it all – how would that extra cash help you achieve your dream of having it all?

For me I think that I would use the savings to go towards my “gravy” like saving it up to take an extra vacation or to treat Little S to some new adventures and/or splurge a little and have some fancy date nights with my husband…the possibilities are endless.

Don’t forget to visit to enter. Have fun and good luck!

City Mom

Disney on Ice Dare to Dream: A Must-See Show!

Disney on Ice Dare to Dream London

The Disney on Ice franchise sure knows how to put on a good show and this year’s Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream show was just as magical as ever and an amazing way to kick off the start to the March Break!

This year’s show was referred to as the “ultimate princess event” and it certainly did deliver a princess-packed adventure for myself, my friend and our 3-year-old daughters (who of course dressed the part in their own princess dresses and crowns, along with most other little girls in the audience)!

We all got tangled up in fun with Rapunzel, Cinderella, Snow White and Tiana. Our little girls sat and watched in awe as the Disney princesses came to life on ice!

Disney on Ice Dare to Dream Cinderella

Disney on Ice Dare to Dream Sleeping Beauty

Disney on Ice Dare to Dream Snow White

Mickey and the gang made some cameo appearances along the way and the classic Disney princess stories of Princess and the Frog, Cinderella and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs were featured.  The more modern story of Tangled is also featured and includes some unforgettable, hair-raising moments.


I had heard that there was a spectacular finale where all the favourite princesses take to the ice and create the Ultimate Disney Princess moment of a lifetime and this definitely did not disappoint!  Each Disney Princess gracefully appears in coordinating costumes of white and gold…even Belle and Ariel make an appearance!  Our little girls could not contain their excitement.

I highly recommend going to see this show!  It is completely worth the money; the looks on our daughters’ faces were absolutely priceless!  They loved the experience and we did too, especially getting to watch their faces light up in excitement and be completely mesmerized by the magic that is Disney.

Kids tickets start at only $15 for the Friday and Saturday 7:00 PM performances! *Restrictions and fees may apply. Promo Code: KIDS


There are still seven more performance times available at Budweiser Gardens in London:

 March 11, 2016  10:30 a.m.  7:00 p.m.
 March 12, 2016  11:00 a.m.  3:00 p.m.  7:00 p.m.
 March 13, 2016  11:00 a.m.  3:00 p.m.

Get your tickets HERE.

Visit to learn of other great shows taking place throughout Canada.

Enjoy the show!

Village Mom

Disney On Ice: Dare To Dream! Is coming to Budweiser Gardens {#Giveaway}

Disney on Ice Dare to Dream London

…Thursday March 10th, 2016 to Sunday March 13th, 2016 and I couldn’t be more excited!

The Disney On Ice franchise has been around for decades and each year they manage to outdo themselves. I remember my parents taking me to see Disney on Ice when I was a little girl. I still remember that magical feeling of excitement getting to see the Disney characters up close and personal, and getting to see them skating on ice was just the cherry on top!

I can’t believe that it is now my turn to create these magical memories with my daughter! I will be taking her to the opening show at 7:00 p.m. and I think I may just be even more excited than she is!

This year’s show features world-class skaters and electrifying moments from the animated films:

  • Tangled
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • Cinderella
  • Princess and the Frog

My daughter is three and of course, obsessed with princesses; I can’t wait for this year’s performance because I’ve heard that there is a spectacular finale where all the favourite princesses take to the ice and create the Ultimate Disney Princess Event of a lifetime!

The show celebrates 75 years of Disney Princess stories including two of the more modern princesses, Rapunzel and Tiana, as well as the classics that started it all: Cinderella and Snow White. It is sure to be a hit with my family and I look forward to sharing our experience in March after the show.


City Mom will be giving away one family 4-packs of tickets to the opening performance of Disney On Ice: Dare To Dream! Please follow the instructions listed below. Show date/time is: Thursday March 10, 2016 – 7:00 pm . Please read full contest rules in giveaway.


Opening Night tickets start at $15 and lower level seats are $10 off! *Restrictions and fees may apply. Promo Code: OPEN

Other performances:

 March 10, 2016  7:00 p.m.
 March 11, 2016  10:30 a.m.  7:00 p.m.
 March 12, 2016  11:00 a.m.  3:00 p.m.  7:00 p.m.
 March 13, 2016  11:00 a.m.  3:00 p.m.

Get your tickets HERE.

Good luck and enjoy the show!
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Village Mom

Bake a Change With Robin Hood & WE Day

Robin Hood We Bake For Change

Little S has always had an entrepreneurial quality about her. She loves creating pop-up-shops to sell her handmade items like bracelets and other knickknacks, and she uses the money she makes to donate to various causes like Earth Rangers.

This past summer, Little S decided to hold her first bake sale to raise money for the endangered Little Brown Bats. She chose to bake raspberry scones and though (between you and me) they weren’t the best baked scones one had ever seen, they sold like they were.

We Bake for Change

Everyone that passed by just loved the idea of a young child raising money for a worthy cause. She made more than she was asking for each scone because they were just so impressed. We were pretty proud of her too.


When I learned about the partnership between Robin Hood and WE Day for the We Bake for Change initiative, I was really excited because I knew that this is something that Little S would love to do, and something that we could do together for a good cause.

This is the second year that Robin Hood has partnered with WE Day for the We Bake for Change campaign and the outcome of the first year was just amazing; they inspired 700,000 students across Canada to host bake sales that raised funds for local and global causes. In the 2014 and 2015 school years, over   2,200 schools hosted bake sales and raised over $330,000 for We Bake for Change.


“When we come together as a family or school to bake for change, we’re doing more than making tasty treats and special memories—we’re making a difference for families and schools overseas. Your bake sale can make sure the dream of education comes true for every child in every family.” –

Bake on your own or with a group and hold a bake sale to share your recipe for positive change with the world. Your fundraising supports families in developing communities, helping empower them with the resources they need to build a better future.


Robin Hood Bake Sale Recipes

  1. Visit /we-bake-for-change to sign up – you can do so on your own, with your school or youth group, with your company or with your family
  2. Visit to gain access to resources to help you run your bake sale. You will find tools like a Bake Sale Checklist, printable materials such as price lists and posters, tips for bake sale success and delicious bake sale-winning-recipes like Chocolate Chip Blondies and Chocolate Zucchini Muffins and so many more.
  3. Brush up on your baking skills (if needed) with online bake classes, advice and even a community for sharing
  4. Take photos of your baking party or bake sale and you can enter to win up to $5,000 to donate to the Adopt a Village country and pillar of your choice.
  5. Note that you can host your bake sale anytime throughout the year – not just in February (We Bake for Change month) – as every sale can “bake a difference” outside of We Bake for Change month
  6. Have fun and enjoy your event!


Robin Hood Shortbread Cookie

On this past Family Day (Feb. 15) Robin Hood visited Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto in an attempt to build a cookie mosaic that resembled a map of the world and showcased the parts of the world where We Bake for Change has made a difference.

In creating the cookie mosaic the Robin Hood team attempted to achieve the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the largest cookie mosaic – the cookie was estimated to be approx. 30 feet by 40 feet or a whopping 1,440 square feet; it was comprised of over 13,000 individual shortbread cookies measuring 3 x 3 inches each.

To see how they did, check out the #RobinhoodFamilyDay #WeBakeforChange tags on Twitter and Instagram.

I know that Little S and I are going to have some fun creating our own bake sale and you can keep your eye out for our posts on Instagram of our successes. I hope that you will join in and host a sale of your own with you children, students and/or coworkers! Together we can “bake a difference”!

City Mom


The Digital Dilemma: Free ‘Parenting in the Multimedia Age’ Talk in #LdnOnt

Child With Laptop

If you’re like my husband and me, the thought of your child having their own computer, Facebook account, Instagram etc. scares the *#&@ out of you!

For me, I’m in a bit of a denial stage where I have quietly placed the thought in a hidden corner of my brain with a Post-It note that says ‘Address this later’.  But let’s face it; our children are getting older and technology is infiltrating them at younger ages than in the past.

From LeapPads to iPods, portable DVD players to handheld gaming devices; technology is everywhere you turn. Couple that with the fact that parents are busier and busier than in times past, we often turn to the ‘digital babysitter’.


Little S, who turns seven in just a few months, has already started saving for her own laptop. Together my husband and I are praying that it takes her a long time to save; however she is quite determined and has already reached a total of $118 towards her goal.

This opens up the topic of a whole other post (which will come shortly) as we are working diligently with her on the ‘Save, Spend, Give’ approach of learning about finances. So, we are supporting her goal because it’s the right thing to do (in our opinion) but we’ll definitely need some guidance on how to manage and oversee her use of technology.



This brings me to this timely opportunity for parents in the London area to attend a guest speaking event sponsored by Montessori Academy of London.

This free event, open to the public will take place at the Wolf Performance Hall at the London Public Library on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 7:00 PM.


Katie Cole, Media Specialist and Mom will cover topics including:

  • Is Facebook okay for kids?
  • Is this video game too violent?
  • What qualifies as over sharing?
  • How do I keep my kids safe on social media?
  • How much screen time is okay for my child?
  • What’s cruelty and what’s a crime online?

Katie will also walk us through media management strategies for our family and how to stay on top of what’s trending in technology today.


I have a feeling that this is going to be a ‘sold out’ event so I’ve reserved my free tickets and you can too by visiting From the event page you can access a link to reserve your tickets to this wonderful information session.

Hope to see you there!

Image courtesy of imagerymajestic at

City Mom

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