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Easter Eggs

Last year I tried to make dyed Easter eggs, it was a giant mess and the vinegar smell was a bit off putting. This year I found this recipe for colored eggs using kool aid! It’s awesome, and it works perfectly. Here is the recipe.

Happy Easter!

Family Friendly New Years Eve

Can you believe 2013 is only two days away??? I know I can’t! This year we lucked out and a friend of ours is throwing a family friendly New Years Eve party complete with crafts for kids, blow up mattresses for them to crash on and fun times for the adults, but most years we’re left wondering, what can we do that includes kids in the festivities? If you still don’t have plans and are looking for something fun to do that includes everyone, read on and cross your fingers for no rain!
This year the city of Vancouver is hosting a family friendly celebration at Robson Square. There will be music (live dj starting at 8pm), entertainment, ice skating and a countdown at 7pm and 9pm to accommodate the earlier bedtimes. To find out more, visit the event page.
Happy New Year everyone! See you in 2013.

Last minute Christmas gifts for grandparents

A few months ago I thought it would be totally fun to do finger paintings on canvases for the grandparents for grandparents day… Well I totally dropped the ball on that idea but it has been rainy and snowy so I decided to do it for Christmas! This is really the perfect gift as grandparents eat kid art up and it’s basically free labour. ūüôā
Supplies – I went to Micheals and picked up a two pack of 8×11 canvases, and a six pack of non-toxic tempra paint. My original plan was to paper the kitchen with newspaper as this gets a bit messy but then I remembered that since we just painted our house, we still had drop clothes so I laid that on the floor. I stripped my little guy down to his diaper and squirted paint in his hands and let him go crazy on the canvases. For older kids you can dress them in smocks and put the paint in bowls for finger painting. I tried to use Colours I thought would go with the decor, but I’m sure they would love anything!
Quick and easy presents that are fun to make and sure to delight the receiver. I documented step by step in photos but I can’t find my camera cable. For now I’ll show you the final product and update with full photos later. ūüôā

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VanDusen Festival of Lights

For its 28th year, the VanDusen Festival of Lights opened tonight (and will be open until January 1). Featuring hundreds of thousands of lights, carolers, Thomas Haas hot chocolate, music and even visits from Santa at 5:30, 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 in Santa’s living room. Click here to find out more.

VanDusen Botanical Garden is located in Vancouver at 37th and Oak easily accessible by car or transit.

When I was little, my family would go every year, a tradition I plan on continuing with my family. I remember the lights, my dad getting roasted chestnuts and trying to make us eat them – yuck! Along with the good memories, I remember waiting forever in line to buy tickets. Now you can buy them online. Brilliant! $7.75 for children (3-12),$14.25 for adults, $10.50 for youth and seniors and free for children under 2. They also have family rates of $32.50 for two adults and two children. Buy tickets.

Polar Express

One of my favourite books when I was a kid was the Polar Express. ¬†There was actually two books that we HAD TO have my mama read to us, the Night Before Christmas and the Polar Express. ¬†Now we have our own Polar Express here in BC! ¬†For the first two weeks in December, you can get dressed up in your pyjamas and ride the Polar Express to Santa’s Workshop.

Information from the West Coast Railway Association website:

Are you ready to ride the Polar Express?¬†¬† The first two weekends of December are trips to imagination land – a ride on the Polar Express to Santa’s Village.¬† Book your train ride for 10AM, noon, 2PM or 4pm on each of the first two Saturdays and Sundays in December.¬† First Class tickets include priority assigned seating and a Polar Express souvenir, Caboose Class¬†offers a ride in a real caboose, and everyone gets hot chocolate and cookies – just like in the movie. ¬†

Tickets range in price from $24 in coach to $50 to ride the caboose and can be purchased here.

Bright Nights at Stanley Park

When I was in high school my friends and I started a tradition of going to Bright Nights every year. ¬†We would go to the petting zoo, ride the train and then we would all go out for hot chocolate. ¬†The petting zoo is gone, but the tradition continues now that we have kids of our own. ¬†Personally, I think it can be enjoyed by people of all ages, but probably only the little kids will want to go with their parents. ¬†With over 2 million lights, The Vancouver Parks Board and the Fire Fighter Burn Fund run the event with partial proceeds from the train and all donations at the event help raise funds for the important work carried out by the British Columbia Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund.

I’m super excited that it opens for the season this year on Thursday! ¬†Matinees run Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 1pm to 3pm, nightly from 3pm to 10pm (11pm on Friday and Saturday).

To find out more, visit the Vancouver Parks Board website.  To purchase tickets, visit Ticketmaster.

Santa Claus Parade

This Sunday Santa Claus is coming to town in the ninth annual Santa Claus parade on Sunday, December 2!! Go for the whole day (events start at 10am at Christmas square with gingerbread decorating, face painting, entertainment and more! The parade starts at 1pm and runs along Georgia Street to Howe. After the parade, you.can get your photo taken with Santa!

More info can be found on the parade website

Santa will then be heading to Surrey for their Santa parade happening at 5pm at Cloverdale Town Center. To find out more about the Surrey event, click here.

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