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Bobs & Lolo and the 3rd Annual Family Fair

Parents are always looking for creative ways to keep kids happy in the car or when cabin fever strikes on a rainy day.   A great solution is to turn up the music and dance it out with Bobs & Lolo.  Your kids will love the fun songs and won’t realize how much they are learning from the wonderful messages within the lyrics.  Lucky local families can check out this talented duo live at the 3rd annual Family Fair this Sunday (more details below).  Parents from afar might not have heard of these talented gals from BC’s West Coast ~ they are the very special Bobs and Lolo.  They have recently become more accessible with their debut on Treehouse (a national TV network) back in January.  But you don’t need to live on the West Coast to purchase their CDs as their wonderful, inspirational music is widely available online.  Looking for fresh, wholesome, non-commercial, educational, and FUN songs for kids?  Bobs & Lolo sing lyrics with creatively crafted messages about recycling, health, caring about the earth, bugs, science…do I need to say more? Click here for a listing of online stores and retail shops that carry their amazing CDs or DVDs. Click here to listen to a sampling of their award-winning songs. A few titles in this listing include: Friends, Snappy Snacks, Muscles, I Love Bugs, Recycle With Me, and more…..simply adorable.

Lucky families in the Tri-City, Greater Vancouver area, because as parents we know our luck when we hear about a local Bobs and Lolo performance because it’s always a great time for our kids!!  This Sunday while your kids are happy and dancing to Bobs & Lolo, parents can check out the awesome companies showcasing their products and services geared with families in mind.  The event is called the ‘Family Fair’ and it’s happening this Sunday, March 1st, at the North Road Executive Plaza Hotel in Coquitlam. This is the 3rd year for this successful event and during the fair times of 9:30 – 4:00, Bobs & Lolo will be performing 3 times!  Along with the live entertainment, there will be family friendly activities, a Discovery Toy corner, a magician and many tables from exciting local businesses.  How do I have the inside scoop on this?  Green Planet Parties will proudly be displaying our eco-friendly party supplies and gifts ~ a great chance to check us out!  This fair will be a fabulous opportunity for parents to view the unique product lines of estore businesses that have tables at the fair. 

Thanks to Oodles Family Clubhouse we’ve all got a great way to spend this Sunday March 1st!  Children under 12 are free and adults are only $3!  Tables range from the RCMP offering free Child ID Kits to finding more eco-friendly diapers with the folks at G Diapers, to finding a peanut free cake to go along with those beautiful green party decorations & tableware <wink>.  There are also fantastic prizes. See you there ~ and please come by the Green Planet Parties table and say hi.

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Disneyland and Parksville = Magical!

I’ve just come to the realization that my clan isn’t heading to Disneyland this Fall.  That was the plan, but it won’t happen this year.  Knowing this makes me so thankful for a magical vacation we had late this summer that was so fun and utilized a very local footprint.  We took the advice of many friends and tried Parksville this summer.  It was our first vacation with the entire clan since the girls arrived and it was wonderful.  And if you were to ask my boys, very Disneylandish.  My boys requested the hotel pool every waking hour of every day.  It was the highlight and best part of their trip.  There was also an incredible mini-golf and bumper boat kid’s paradise just down the road… it was awesome.  The boys were happily tucked away with all these fun activities and the girls loved the Parksville beach.  It was the most beautiful sight out our hotel window each morning.  The water went out for miles and left magical tidal pools behind.  Within these pools you would find hundreds of fish, sand dollars, hermit crabs, and rock crabs, by the handfuls.  Every tidal pool had something special to find and I think we found the perfect pet for our family – does a Sand dollar count as a pet?  If so – sign us up!  Very low maintenance which is what we need.

We stayed at a hotel called the The Beach Club.   I’ve been to some pretty nice countries and had beautiful accommodations, but these were the most impressive by far!  They have combined modern design with high functionality for families.  It was unbelievable how nice the rooms were.  A beautiful decorating touch that I really appreciated was instead of artwork, the hotel framed natural, ocean inspired photography of the Parksville beach.  There were pictures of sand dollars, seaweed, rippling of sand, simply amazing pictures that reflected the beautiful balance of the outside, back in from the amazing adventures we had on the beach.  Our room came complete with 2 soaker tubs; amazing beds with fluffy, soft bedding and the kids all begged us to stay extra days.  They were completely at ease there and must have been well exercised because they have never slept so well.

My family practiced a local footprint with our summer vacation this year, and it couldn’t have turned out better!  We barely used any gas to get to Parksville and once we exited the Nanaimo ferry, our drive was only 20 mins to reach the hotel.  Really, does it get any better?  It was such an easy vacation for Ray and I, I’m okay with the fact Disneyland is waiting another year.  We managed to have our Disneyland vacation and not stray too far from home.  Really, with Fall activities, Halloween, and the pumpkin patch waiting for us over the next few weeks – my family is living the Disneyland experience.  Come October 1st, our house will start resembling the ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ and Disney magic will run with abundance.

The girls celebrating their wide open space to run together!

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Tips For Freezing Blueberries

Yesterday’s Mommy Footprint article included tips for freezing different types of berries and veggies. As a ‘part II’ to the topic of berry freezing, I wanted to concentrate just on blueberries.  This berry is so incredible with the antioxidant levels and is available now to be picked at so many farms.  Some of the health benefits of blueberries are anti-aging, lowering cholesterol, strengthening immune resistance to the flu, and reducing the risk of cancer and heart disease.  So what better way to improve the health of your children than visiting a no spray or organic, local berry farm and pick enough berries to freeze for the whole year!  Here are some tips from a chef named ‘Chef Dez’ published in our local paper:

♥  It’s best to freeze blueberries individually, so you can retrieve them in a handful, rather than defrosting a mass of them.  To accomplish this, lay them all out on baking sheets, freeze them completely, then transfer to sealable freezer bags.

♥  Wash them prior to freezing, but make sure they are completely dry before transferring them from the baking sheets.  Wet berries will freeze to each other and the sides of the bag.

♥ Keep frozen blueberries for up to a year for best results.

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