The first snow of the season has finally come and I don’t know about you but I’m looking to layer in order to keep warm. Mark’s has great gifts for every Canadian including jeans, dress shirts, sweaters, and outerwear that when compiled into one outfit, makes for a cozy and comfortable look. Did you know Mark’s is the #1 retailer of jeans in Canada with brands like Levi’s, Silver, and Buffalo? It’s a terrific place for getting your men suited up in the Canadian tuxedo this holiday season. Below are some of my favourite Mark’s for Men looks; all of which make for great gift ideas.
This weekend we visited the UBC Botanical Garden for the first time. I cannot believe that it took us nine years to get to this magical place! It is so family-friendly. The boys loved hiking the garden paths, walking through the tree tops of the Greenheart TreeWalk, exploring the gigantic tunnel and performing shows in the Roseline Sturdy Amphitheatre.
On New Year’s Day we headed to the snow play areas on Cypress Mountain. Realistically it might be the boys’ only chance to play in snow this season. We haven’t had a good snow fall in the city since Levi was in the womb and then the snow buried us. The older boys loved it but Ezra was pretty offended that we plunked him down on cold, white stuff.
Yesterday morning I was supposed to stay home and work but then Ben showed me photos of the new playground they were going to explore in Richmond. As if I was going to let them go without me!
The Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment is on the cutting edge of playground design in that it hopes to address “Nature-Deficit Disorder’ in kids and adults by creating a play environment amongst trees and former farm fields, with wild-life nearby and adjacent to the Fraser River.
Growing an urban vegetable garden has become a huge source of joy and peaceful reflection for me. I planted my first vegetable garden 5 years ago with the oversight of my elderly Greek neighbour who grunted green advice to me.
If you’re ever on Granville Island with your family or visiting from out of town it’s easy to miss some of the special, more secluded spots. Last weekend we rode our bikes with the three boys in tow and headed to Ron Basford Park which is located on the easterly tip of the island.