Friday, June 23, 2017

Happy Canada Day Celebrations


June 30: Canada Day Birthday Celebrations 
Abbotsford Exhibition Park,
Rotary Stadium
6:00 PM - 9:00PM
A birthday this big deserves a weekend celebration! Help us kick off Canada's 150th birthday by enjoying some amazing local talent on the main stage and grabbing a bite to eat from the food trucks on site. We're very excited to have Calvin Dyck and the Abbotsford Youth Orchestra take the stage, as well as many other local entertainers. Info: www.abbotsfordcity.ca/canadas-150th


July 1: Canada Day Celebrations
Canada Place, Vancouver
10:00 AM – 10:30 PM
Van stage performance, workshops, circus performers, giant board games, face painting, water park and fireworks.

July 1: Canada Day at Sunset
Sunset Community Centre, Vancouver
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Come to Sunset for an afternoon of family fun. There will be a petting zoo, a bouncy castle, face painting, food trucks, live music, and cupcakes for everyone.
Info: www.mysunset.net 

July 1: North Shore Canada Day Parade 
10:00 AM
East 13th Street, Lonsdale Avenue and West 17th Street, North Vancouver
There will be bands, community organizations, dancers, members of the RCMP and the Legion, and many others.

July 1: Canada Day at Fort Langley National Historic Site
Fort Langley National Historic Site - 23433 Mavis Avenue, Langley
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Celebrate Canada’s 149th Birthday at the site where British Columbia was born. Enjoy multicultural music, cake and ceremony at noon and family activities. Fort Langley’s celebration continues at the neighboring museums: Langley Centennial Museum and the BC Farm Machinery and Agricultural Museum – be sure to visit us all for a fun-filled day.

July 1: Surrey Canada Day
Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre, Surrey
10:00 AM – 10:30 PM
Celebrate Canada Day with multi-platinum award-winning Canadian musician Matthew Good.

July 1: Canada Day Celebrations
Burnaby Village Museum
11:00 AM – 4:30 PM
A 1920 backdrop for multi-cultural family entertainment including a musician, displays, and demonstrations.

July 1: Pitt Meadows Canada Day
Spirit Square, Pitt Meadows
8:00 AM –10:15 PM
Get up early, and head over for a pancake breakfast. Join the 8K charity run (or the shorter Kids Run), then continue the festivities at the square.
Info: www.pittmeadows.bc.ca

July 1: Maple Ridge Canada Day
Maple Ridge Memorial Peace Park
10:00 AM –7:00 PM
Begin your day with a visit to the Haney Farmers Market and BIA Summer Market. Maple Ridge Museum and Archives Society will join in the celebrations. . Entertainment, singing, dancing, activities, food and fun will continue throughout the day.
Info: www.mrpmparksandleisure.ca

July 1: Another All Day Canada Day
Queens Park, New Westminster
11:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Come to Queen’s Park for a fun day of celebrations. There will be family entertainment and fun activities for everyone.

July 1: Coquitlam Celebrates Canada Day
Town Centre Park, Coquitlam
12:00 PM – 10:30 PM
A fun-filled day of festival favourites including entertainment, food, cultural village, artisans and a spectacular fireworks display.
Info: www.coquitlam.ca

July 1: Canada Day 150 
Townsend Park, 45130 Wolfe Rd., Chilliwack
8:00 AM - 10:30 PM
A Canada Day tradition! Start your morning with a delicious pancake breakfast in support of your community ($5/person). Performers on the Prospera Community Stage: Rosie Ribbonstar, Excel Martial Arts, Erik & Brittany, Ever After Princesses, Nilan Ritter, Taoist Tai Chi Society, Brook Potter, Korean Fan Dancers, Jana Seale, Marshall Forsythe. Children’s crafts and hands-on activities, Bouncy Castle, Face Painting and Fireworks at 10:30pm.
Info: www.chilliwackartscouncil.com/events/canada-day



Monday, June 19, 2017

RCMP Mickey Mouse and RCMP Minnie Mouse

RCMP Mickey Mouse and RCMP Minnie Mouse is a collaboration by a husband and wife team from
2 blue ducks, a distribution, manufacturing and licensing company who teamed up with Disney and the RCMP Foundation to create the stuffed RCMP Mickey and Minnie dolls.

Mickey Mouse has joined the Mounties, and Minnie too! Rocking the red serge, RCMP Mickey Mouse makes a great gift for children and collectors alike. Soft and Cuddly those two are sure to bring a smile to your child.

Just in time for Canada’s 150th anniversary July 1st, the RCMP Mickey and RCMP Minnie project is a unique blend of globally-recognized cultural icons. RCMP Mickey and RCMP Minnie can be found in hundreds of toy stores, RCMP detachments, Indigo, Toys “R” Us, the Drake General Store, airport stores and online through the Mountie Shop.

Win your very own pair of RCMP Mickey Mouse and RCMP Minnie Mouse valued at $65.00. Enter to win at www.urbanbaby.ca/category/contests. Good Luck!




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Disney Consumer Products (DCP) is the business segment of The Walt Disney Company and its affiliates that delivers innovative and engaging product experiences across thousands of categories from toys and apparel to books and fine art.

The RCMP Foundation is a registered charitable organization that develops and supports community programs for vulnerable youth, in which local RCMP members are involved.  Established in 1994, the Foundation also manages the commercial use of the RCMP’s image and protected marks, which generates royalties to give back to these programs. Since its inception, the RCMP Foundation has donated over $9 million to support hundreds of initiatives for the benefit of Canadian youth.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Petite Boutique Books

Petite Boutique is a brand new line of baby books designed exclusively for Indigo, for children ages 0 to 3 years. Each book in the collection was created with babies in mind, covering core concepts like counting and colours, while engaging young kids in learning and literacy from day one.



Illustrated by talented French artist VĂ©ronique Petit, the collection makes for a thoughtful birthday or baby shower gift, or a welcome addition to baby's first library. Little ones will love charming features like touch-and-feel pages, high contrast images, mirrors, and silicone buttons. As highlighted in the IndigoKids Reading Journey, fun features like these are essential to inspire a love of reading in young children.

All titles are exclusively available at Indigo, in stores and online at indigo.ca

Some titles include the following:

  • Petite Boutique Animal Babies
  • Petite Boutique First Words
  • Petite Boutique Here We Go
  • Petite Boutique Nursery Rhymes
  • Petite Boutique Out and About
  • Petite Boutique Wild Animals Peekaboo
  • Petite Boutique Watch Me Grow Height Chart
  • Petite Boutique  Who Goes Moo

Contest: Share the gift of reading with your child! Enter to win Petite Boutique Book Prize Package. Enter to win at www.urbanbaby.ca/category/contests. Good Luck!

Friday, June 9, 2017

UBT Review: Good Day and Good Night on the Carousel Theatre for Young People

Carousel Theatre for Young People’s popular Bee Stage presents Good Day and Good Night – a performance designed specifically for children three and under. The play brings a delightful and uplifting story about friendship from two unlikely characters who on a regular day would miss each other – The Sun and The Moon. 

If you haven’t had the chance to attend a performance at the Bee Stage, the theatre is designed specifically for babies and toddlers and focuses on setting that invites the audience goers to crawl, laugh, clap, and activate all five senses in kid-friendly environment made just for them.

Through the beautiful set design and eye-catching costumes little minds are in awe of all the sights to see. Audience goers are comfortably sitted in the middle of the room with the play happening around them. Through interaction, songs and help from the audience The Moon and The Sun see that they are not that different after all. As the story progresses the characters learn to work together to make an excellent team.


Good Day and Good Night is directed by Carole Higgins and features Steven Greenfield, Alexandra Lainfiesta and CJ McGillivray. Dramaturg: Jessica Mann Gutteridge. Set and Props Designer: Sarah Mabberley. Costume Designer: Kiara Lawson. Stage Manager: Ashley Noyes.

Good Day and Good Night is playing at the Bee Stage at the Carousel Theatre for Young People from
June 6-18, 2017. Tickets are $15 per person and available for purchase at tickets.carouseltheatre.ca or 604-685-6217

Friday, June 2, 2017

Home Grocery Delivery: Spud Review



With online food delivery becoming more and more popular with busy families, I was thrilled to review Spud. The online organic grocery store, which started in Vancouver, and expanded into the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and Alberta.

Spud (Sustainable Produced Urban Delivery) was created in 1997 by a sustainability business consultant determined to correct the imbalance between large scale and independent farming through alternative retail methods by offering direct home delivery. This method generates 80% less food waste, creating direct connections between food suppliers and customers by reducing trips to the grocery store thus saving time and reducing carbon emissions. Spud claims to be North America’s greenest grocer, through its practices of buying local and organic products, in addition to being 100% carbon-neutral.


For busy parents, online ordering provides an easy way to ensure your fridge and cupboards are continually stocked with healthy food choices. Even though I had no experience ordering groceries online, I found the user-friendly layout on the spud.ca website informative and helpful for first-time users. The product-pictures are visually appealing and show precisely what you will receive when purchasing each item.

For those customers who are concerned with harmful effects of transportation emissions, the website calculates the distance each item comes from. You can choose to order only locally-sourced items (those that are grown or made within 500 miles of your city). Each product page also provides information on where a product was sourced from. You can learn about storage options, preparation tips and health information relating to each food.

With a $75-dollar credit, I could order a wide variety of foods suitable for my family. I took advantage of the new customer offer and ordered The Weekly Samples Bundle, which provided 38% off the regular rate. This bundle included a variety of fruits, chicken, carrots, organic milk and orange juice and more. For my area, the delivery date was Friday, thus making it easy and convenient to plan the family meals for the upcoming work week.

We are all aware that eating organic is not the cheapest option. But Spud.ca is an amazing option for families that already eat organic and free range and want to save time by not having numerous trips to the grocery store. It is also a great option for families that want to shift their eating to healthier and cleaner foods.

All Spud products are either local, organic and are always GMO-free. They offer a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee (if you get something in your bin that you think is not right, you can request a refund just by clicking a button on the homepage and the company will refund that item, no questions asked).

If you shop weekly and know you always order such staples as eggs, juice, avocados and tomatoes. You can add them to a standing order and receive 5% off most items which is a great way to save money. Spud points accumulate while you shop and translates to another awesome way to save on your grocery bill.

Spud.ca offers a refer-a-friend program. Every customer has a referral code that they can share with their friends. Those friends can get $20 off their first grocery order and you get $20 off too just for referring your friend.

Since most of our readers are parents with young children, I was happy to see Spud has tailored their website to include a special selection of groceries, produce and baby products specifically targeted for baby and children. Parents can order organic food and formula; environmentally-friendly and natural bath and skin-care products, diapers and wipes.

I also love the idea of giving new parents a unique and different gift option to welcome a new baby home including gifts for moms and dads. Gift sets include one or two-day ready-to-serve dinner packages, along with healthy and convenient snacks plus other essentials for both baby and parents. We all know new parents are overwhelmed and tired during those first months after baby arrives.

I really like Spud. It helps parents become more aware of consumption habits. I think that using Spud for basic supplies, like fruit and vegetables and baked goods, is a great idea. I recommend getting into the habit of planning ahead to get the highest satisfaction with each order. Get great value. Save money and help save the planet too. What’s not to like?

Contest: Want to try Spud with your family? We giving away a $75 credit to spud.ca to one lucky winner. Enter to win at www.urbanbaby.ca/category/contests. Good Luck!



Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Vancouver's Best Day Ever Blanket Fort

On Saturday, May 13, Canuck Place will transform the corner of Seymour and Georgia with the construction of Vancouver’s biggest blanket fort that will span almost 2,000 square feet.

Event attendees will enjoy interactive musical performances, childhood culinary delights (like Earnest Ice Cream and Mom’s Grilled Cheese), and family-friendly games and activities. There will also be special appearances by Vancouver Canucks player, Daniel Sedin, and beloved Vancouver Canucks mascot, Fin.

Best Day Ever celebrates the favourite ways that Canuck Place families spend time together, from quieter moments spent in the Canuck Place Hospice gardens to exciting adventures on recreation therapy outings. Join us on Saturday to reflect on and share how you would spend your best day ever.

Event: Best Day Ever Blanket Fort
Date:  Saturday, May 13, 2017
Time: 11:00am to 3:00pm
Location: Outside TELUS Garden 510 West Georgia Street (corner of Seymour and Georgia)
Vancouver, BC
Hashtags: #BestDayEver #CanuckPlace

Daniel Sedin will be on-site at the fort and available for photos between 11:00am- 12:00pm to launch the event. Vancouver Canucks mascot Fin will be there from 12:00-1:00pm and available for photos.

•11:00am – 11:05am: Ribbon cutting with Canuck Place child Charlie-Anne
•11:10am – 11:20am: Candid photos inside the blanket fort and time
•11:20am – 12:00pm: Photos and autographs with fort attendees


About Canuck Place Children’s Hospice: Canuck Place Children’s Hospice is British Columbia’s pediatric palliative care provider. Over 713 children living with life-threatening illnesses and families receive care from CPCH through outreach programs and two provincial hospice locations: Vancouver and Abbotsford. Services include medical respite and family support, pain and symptom management, 24-hour phone consultation support and in-house clinical care, music, art and recreation therapy, education, grief and loss counselling and end-of-life care. Through the investment of the community, our talented team, and over 300 energetic volunteers we make a lasting difference in the lives of children and the families who love them.


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Product Review: EarZings

My daughter came home from school the other day and announced that “a whole bunch of kids in my class are getting their ears pierced”. She then lamented that, although she, too wanted to get hers pierced, she wasn’t quite comfortable with the method around it (in her own words, she didn’t want to get poked with a needle).

I had a major lightbulb moment as I realized something new and wonderful that I had been given to try from my Editor – a new and innovative product called EARZINGS!!! Founded by mom and entrepreneur Laura Pfaff, EarZings are super cool, pierce free earrings with a patented spring design that allows you to wear cute earrings without the use of holes, clunky clips or magnets! It's unique coil design construction applies gradual tension to gently, but firmly, affix the earring to the earlobe.

I was skeptical at first as I thought they wouldn’t stay on very well, but I sent my daughter off to school and told her that if they became uncomfortable or bothersome, to take them off and put them in her backpack. To my surprise and delight, when she got home at 3:00 the EarZings were still on her ears!

Overall, it is a super cute product that works very well. They also sell box sets complete with a pair of earrings and a necklace, as well as dangly attachments that can add some bling to the earrings.
My daughter has two super cute pairs – a puppy dog and cupcakes – and we will definitely be purchasing more!

EarZings are hypoallergenic and made in the USA. They are also free of lead, cadmium, nickel and all other heavy metals.

You can buy the EarZings at www.earzings.com or shop at various retailers around the USA and Canada www.earzings.com/retailers/ for more information.



Melissa Collins is a freelance writing mother of two girls. When she’s not cleaning up cheerios and play dough, she can likely be found curled up n her hammock with a good book. Check her out at www.mellysmommymanual.com.