Saturday was the kind of day we’ve been waiting for in Vancouver for a long time! The sun came out and so did our Native Shoes, the first sign that Spring is in the air! Native Shoes are essentially light weight slip ons with fasteners and super ventilation. They’re easy for kids to pull on because they can be tightened with a draw string which means getting out the door and into the sun is that much faster. I love my grown-up Apollo Mocs for cruising around town on my bike. We are a car-free family and so comfy and functional footwear is essential and my Native Shoes are perfectly paired with my speedy, little blue road bike. I chose an all black pair for versatility because they can be dressed up or down, in my case, mostly down (but the potential is there ; ). All Native Shoes are animal by-product, BPA and phthalate free, and do not contain hazardous materials such as formaldehyde. I highly, highly recommend Native Shoes for the whole family and how often can you say that about a brand?
We biked to the Vancouver Art Gallery for their Family Fuse Weekend where interactive art projects are available for the kids. This is probably the first time the boys were old enough to truly appreciate the activities and we had a blast doing a scavenger hunt and sculpting with clay. They love the old courthouse building that hosts VAG and as we traveled up and down the levels they pretended they were exploring a fancy mansion. After the gallery we explored Robson Square and all the paths and stair cases around the new(er) law courts.
If you don’t have plans yet for the weekend Modern Home Tours has returned to Vancouver! It’s your chance to be a socially acceptable gawker and meander through some of Vancouver’s finest, innovative home designs.
The tour is self-driving and self-paced which means you could spend the whole day in your favourite house (but probably shouldn’t). The Vancouver Home Tour takes place Saturday and then on Sunday a White Rock Home Tour.
I’ve always loved rubbing shoulders with people who go full out for any patriotic event: Painted Maple Leaf faces and flag bearing shoulders. However, I’m more of a subtlest and therefore smitten with this Glowing Hearts French Knot Bow Tie by Vancouver based company, Cursor and Thread.
I recently attended the Sports & Lifestyle Expo in Vancouver to check out Anita sport’s bras and the Dairy Farmers of Canada were also in attendance. My boys drink a lot of milk and let me tell you, I’m glad there’s someone producing milk other than me. Below is a video promotion, created by Dairy Farmer’s of Canada for a new healthy lifestyle app.
First things first: Sally Hope, you won the family four pack to Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS)! Email email@example.com for more info.
I know people have favourite forests they like to hike or camp in but what about a favourite grove of poplar trees?
One of my deepest desires in homeschooling Levi is to foster an appreciation of art in him. It turns out it won’t be much of a challenge. He spends hours every day creating detailed drawings of his world. His work is amazing (I know I’m biased).
My first triathlon is in three days and my plans to prep and train have been thwarted by a stomach bug that has passed through our family like wildfire. Today is the first day that I feel like myself although my stomach is shrunken and so my appetite is not back. I don’t know exactly how to proceed and I’m more than disappointed that I won’t be competing at full strength. What would a coach say? Do your best? Throw in the towel for this tri?
Last night my friend Carlie and I attended Between The Pages, An Evening With the Scotia Bank Giller Prize Finalists. It was the first time the event was hosted in Vancouver and proved to be a splendid evening for literature lovers. Scotiabank Giller Prize awards $100,000 annually to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection, and $10,000 to finalists.
On Sunday, November 2nd is G Day in Vancouver. G Day is a social movement anchored by day-long events that emphasize self-esteem and leadership for girls aged 10-12. The first G Day was on April 28th and was attended by 250 girls. Leading up to the event I was asked to write a story about my own adolescence for the G Day blog. This time around I thought I’d post my story here for Elasticpantcity readers.