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The Local Guide for Active Urban Families

april 2012

our annual green issue &

camp guide part 1: residential & family camps

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camp guide & get green!


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camp guide

part 1 : residential & family camps on our cover...

Schoolmates Olivia and Sawyer have a blast roasting marshmallows indoors with a canvas teepee tent from HipBaby Vancouver. Want to win one for your little campers? Check out our contest page!

Get Green Do You Know Where Your Food Comes From?

Get Green Farmers Market Listings

Get Green Growing Your Own Garden

Get Green Clean & Green DIY Laundry Detergent





Raising My Child... Car Free

Camp Guide Residential & Adventure Camp Listings

Camp Guide Green Packing Tips

Education The Litterless Lunch





30 mom westcoast

30 WCM Profile Marcie Weinstein-Smith 32 Style File 33 WCM Events

from the editor 6 Publisher’s Note 7 Contests 8 WestCoast Finds 16 Geekology 26 WestCoast Walks Cambie Village 36 Community Calendar 38 Last Look Recycled Crayons

Photographed by Revival Arts |

next issue may 2012


mother’s day • pets

camp guide part 2: day camps


California Cling Peaches Add some sunshine flavour to your family mealtime California cling canned peaches are picked at the height of ripeness and canned within 24 hours, ensuring that the peaches maintain superior taste and nutritional value. Canned peaches are a source of Vitamin C and a healthy addition to your daily diet. Who would have thought that canned peaches could pack such a nutritious punch?

The versatility of canned peaches provides endless food options: • Mix them in muffins • Try them in a stirfry

California Dreamin’ Chicken Taco with Peach Slaw Ingredients ¼ cup ¼ cup 1 tbsp 1 ½ tsp 1 can 2 cups ¼ cup 4 2 tsp 8

mayonnaise, light or regular plain yogurt lime juice clove of garlic, minced salt (14oz/398 mL) California Cling peach halves, in fruit juice or light syrup packaged coleslaw or broccoli slaw mix chopped coriander skinless, boneless chicken breast TexMex seasoning large taco shells or small flour tortillas pinch of cayenne pepper

50 mL 50 mL 15 mL 1 2 mL 1 can 500 mL 50 mL 4 10 mL 8


• Add them to a salad Try canned peaches in meals that you wouldn’t normally expect, like tacos! For more recipes visit:

1. In a bowl, stir mayonnaise, yogurt, lime juice, garlic, salt and cayenne 2. Sauté chicken, turning once, in a large saucepan with 1 tbsp (15 mL) of oil until cooked through (approx. 6 to 8 mins. depending on thickness of chicken) 3. Sprinkle chicken with Tex Mex seasoning 4. Drain peaches well and chop. Place in a bowl along with slaw, coriander and half the mayo mixture 5. Stir in thinly sliced chicken 6. Warm shells 7. Add chicken to shells, drizzle with a bit of remaining mayo mixture. Then top with slaw. Makes 8 tacos. Look for canned California Cling Peaches at the following grocery stores. Be sure to look for “Product of USA” on the label - it’s your guarantee of fresh, safe, top quality product.


publisher’s note


pring has sprung on the west coast. Whether the sun is shining in the sky or not, families here welcome this great season and its fresh clean air with open arms. This is quite the year for WestCoast Families magazine. We’ve refreshed our look with a new logo, an updated style, and new covers, and you seem to like it! We’ve received such great feedback from our readers and advertisers and we’re going to continue to work hard to make it even better with each issue. But it’s not just our looks. We’ve refocused the content too. We’ve coined the phrase “hyper-local” (thanks Jodi!) to make sure we’re bringing you fun & information that’s important and relevant to you and your family, and that you can’t get anywhere else. This issue of WestCoast Families is about Getting Green—in school, at home, and even in the grocery store. We’ve got great ideas, valuable local information, and fun projects too. Check out the fantastic profiles

on local organic farms—BC is full of them! There were too many to cover in our print magazine, so look to for so many more on our listings page. Since Going Green is all about the earth and the environment, it’s also a great fit to accompany Part I of our annual Camp Guide. This issue focuses on summer sleep-away camps for kids. Every year we hear about more camps out there, and we constantly get great feedback from the kids that attend. Check it out —there is a camp for everyone, and this year we’ve transformed it into an easy-to-read format that you can hang on to. You’ll notice that the many shows we sponsor and support are now included in our Community Calendar pages. This allows you to look for all the great family events in one spot. And don’t forget about our fantastic contests this issue from Hip Baby and Raspberry Kids. Now grab the kids, get outside, and breathe in some of that great west coast fresh air!

Many people wonder what it takes to put together a magazine, and it is definitely not something done easily. Just like it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a team to make a great magazine. Here is an introduction to the creative force behind WestCoast Families.

Krysta Furioso Krysta is a mom of one—a creative six-yearold girl. Living in the Main Street area, Krysta is always connected to a great family scene, and knows so many creative and fun people in the city. Krysta has been with us for more than two years as our Art Director, producing many of the ads in the magazine, creating our covers and laying out all the features and graphics. Krysta has also been the artist behind the great new WestCoast Families style, including the new logo, covers, layout, and graphics. Every issue she comes up with a great new idea (or two, or three!) and it makes us better each time.

6 Managing Editor Andrea Vance Contributing Editor Jodi Iverson Art Director & Layout Krysta Furioso Administration & Editorial Support Jennifer Bruyns Accounts Receivable & Payable Jennifer Brule Advertising 604.249.2866

The WestCoast Families team…

Jodi Iverson Jodi is a mom of two­—a teenage hockey player, and a seven-year-old girl. Jodi has some of the best creative ideas for kids’ stuff, and is completely tuned into the best that the Lower Mainland has to offer for families. She’s always “in the know” with the latest apps, the coolest products, and the greatest local attractions. For several years now, Jodi has been an Account Manager here at WestCoast Families; bringing you the great advertisers you see in the magazine each issue. Because she wasn’t quite busy enough in sales(!), Jodi has also been a huge force behind the recent revamping of WestCoast Families inside. Many of the new features you now enjoy are a result of Jodi’s creative talents and ideas. Check out her contributions in Style File, WestCoast Walks, and many of the fun Last Look projects. See what I mean?!

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Andrea Vance Andrea is a mom of two—a one-year-old boy, and a very adventurous four-year-old girl. A second-generation Vancouverite… one of the rare few! The outdoors and adventure are a part of life for her family. Whether it’s skiing, camping, fishing, beaching, or just “being”… they love all that this amazing area has to offer. Andrea has been the Publisher of WestCoast Families for almost 10 years, and recently started coordinating the features as well. After a lot of years, mistakes, and experiences, she enjoys all the great people she gets to connect with through this business. And she has a few good ideas for the magazine from time to time too! And there’s more! Jennifer Bruyns is a mom of a teenage girl and an ‘almost’ nine-year-old too. Jennifer has worked with WCF for many years now, and continues to bring you all the great resource listings and calendar events that are so important to the magazine. Jennifer Brule is a mom of a now-driving teenage boy. She is the great face behind the email or phone, keeping all our books in order. She keeps us in order, too!

Published by National Families Network Publisher: Andrea Vance For distribution inquiries, please email For submissions to our community calendars, please email To share your feedback, please email


Jodi Iverson, Jennifer Bruyns, Krysta Furioso, Andrea Vance, Kristy Hill, Anya Levykh, Debbie Bowman, Tracy Lydiatt, Revival Arts Photography Studio, Greg Stevenson WestCoast Families is an independent, regional parenting publication. Published nine times per year in British Columbia, Canada. Total circulation: 50,000. All contents copyrighted ©. Written permission from the publisher is required to reproduce, quote, reprint or copy any material from WestCoast Families For editorial submissions queries, please view the guidelines on our website. Mailing address: 1215-C56 St. Box 18057 Delta, BC V4L 2M4 T 604 249 2866 | F 604 676 2802

We also thank the many writers and contributors who keep the great content coming each issue. WestCoast Families is proud to have been selected as a mom-friendly employer for the 2010 Progressive Employers of Canada List. And congratulations to our fellow inductees!


Visit us online for new contests every issue!

ON OUR COVER! Win the TeePee from Hip Baby, featured on this issue’s cover of WestCoast Families magazine. This teepee is made of water-repellant, fire-resistant, durable cotton canvas, making it perfect for both indoor and outdoor play. We can vouch for the fact it is super easy to set up, and great for all ages. Stir up their imagination—kids can decorate it with any permanent latex or oil-based paint! Value $149

Deadline to enter: April 30, 2012

Win a Fun GREEN gift pack from Raspberry Kids! Raspberry Kids is a great source of fresh, healthy and fun products for kids here and everywhere! They’ve put together a super fun gift pack for one of our lucky readers. Included is a Beleduc Turtle Hand Puppet, Anamalz Stegosaurus, Hello Hanna Paper Doll, Green Toys Sandwich Shop, Le Toy Van Noah’s Arc Shape Sorter, and more. Value $100

Deadline to enter: April 30, 2012

What are YOU doing this summer?! WIN a FULL tuition scholarship to The Gulf Islands Film and Television School this summer! G.I.F.T.S., located on Galiano Island BC, is celebrating 18 years of exceptional youth (1218) summer camps. Act, direct, and make your own movie in a group of four with help from Canada’s best and brightest filmmaking mentors. The draw will take place May 1st and one lucky winner will be heading to Film School for a week in July or August 2012. Appropriate for ages 10 & up. Value $860

Deadline to enter: April 30, 2012

April 2012


westcoast finds A Natural Remedy for Ouchies Zax’s Original Kid’s Bruise Cream is a Canadian-made, natural cream that uses witch hazel and amica to speed healing, reduce pain and lessen discolouration. Great for those bumps and bruises after soccer practice or cycling, and approved by Health Canada to treat bruising in kids ages two to 11. $18.99 at Shopper’s Drug Mart, London Drugs and natural health retailers.

Naturally Clean Air Ever Bamboo is a 100 percent natural, sustainable and recyclable air freshener and natural deodorizer line that uses bamboo charcoal (produced from rapidlygrowing moso bamboo) to absorb the pollutants and impurities in your home’s air and dehumidify your environment. Just place out in direct sunlight for a few hours every month for optimal performance. Prices vary. Available at Hip Baby, Now & Then, and The Soap Dispensary.

Photo courtesy of Play Outside Design

Kid-Friendly Gardens! Play Outside Design Co. creates gardens that invite children of all ages to get outside and play. Using sand and water, swings and slides, designer Barbara Meihuizen creates custom play structures that blend seamlessly with the surrounding shrubs, flowers, veggies and vines.

Get Ugi Fit!

editor’s pick

Created by three local moms who needed a quick, efficient and fun workout that delivered results, the Ugi is a total-body workout system that combines core, strength and cardio training using just one piece of equipment—the Ugi ball. This modern twist on the old-school medicine ball comes in six, eight, 10 and 12-pound weights, all filled with recycled rubber soles. The at-home system includes five workouts on DVD, workout and nutrition guides, an Ugi ball, online access to exercise video library and free iPhone app. $189 at


April 2012


get green

Do You Know Where Your Food Comes From? Local BC Organic Farms You Can Count On By Kristy Hill


iving a healthier, more eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle is quickly becoming a priority in every Canadian household. Families do it for many reasons: to leave less of a footprint on the environment and to protect the future and health of our children. With worries of hormones, pesticides and how they could adversely affect our children’s health and development— parents have made conscious choices on what their families consume, and are choosing to buy local, certified organic food. Choosing to eat local, organic food can be a challenging choice, whether it’s financial or logistical. But it is becoming easier and more affordable as consumers demand certified organic meat, produce and dairy. We found five local organic farms from Richmond to Abbotsford with meat, dairy, produce, and even wine—something from nearly every food group. We can call wine a food group, right?

Lotusland Vineyards

The Lotusland property has not been sprayed with chemicals since the 1970s, so becoming certified organic was an easy choice. Lotusland Vineyard owners believe strongly in local food independence and sustainable living. By not using chemicals or pesticides, they allow microbes, fungi, and worms to act as natural recyclers and aerators, and protect the health and well being of their family and customers. They have four signature wines: Girlsrmeaner a Gewurztraminer blend; NV, a Bordeauxstyle blend; Enigma, our Burgundy-style blend; and Devil’s Spit, a port wine. Give it an organic taste! 28450 King Rd, Abbotsford |



Goat’s Pride Dairy

When the original owners of McLennan Creek Dairy decided to retire, their customers worried they wouldn’t be able to continue to buy local, organic goat dairy products. Their cheese maker at the time echoed their worries and encouraged his parents to take over the farm. With over 15 years experience as goat farmers, they were excited to take over and now run Goat’s Pride Dairy, the only one of its kind in British Columbia. They produce a variety of certified organic goat dairy products, including milk, yogurt, and artisan cheeses. A popular choice is their feta, which took third place at the 2011 American Cheese Society Competition in Montreal. They hope to expand their herd of goats, build a larger barn and rebuild the processing plant with more efficient equipment. 30854 Olund Rd, Abbotsford |

Sumas Mountain Farms

Wanting to provide local consumers with options which are high in nutrition and healthier for people, animals, and the planet, Sumas Mountain Farms was established and cer tified in 2005. Sumas Mountain Farms produces certified organic chicken, pork, and eggs, and are best known for their grass-fed-andfinished beef. Currently, they build their soil through organic methods and by doing so, hope to improve the health of their animals and increase the density of the nutrients in the food they produce. 32500 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford |

Kitsilano Farmers Market

Kerrisdale Farmers Market

West End Farmers Market

Granville Island Farmers Market


1100-Block Comox St Saturdays, June 2-October 20, 9am - 2pm

Trout Lake Farmers Market

Main St. Station Farmers Market

Oak St. Farmers Market


John Hendry Park Saturdays, May 12-October 20, 9am - 2pm


Kitsilano Community Centre Sundays, May 20-October 21, 10am - 2pm

Thornton Park at Station St. Wednesdays, June 6-October 3, 3pm - 7pm

East Boulevard between 37th and 41st Saturdays, July 7-October 6, 10am - 2pm Granville Island, 1680 Johnston St. Thursdays, July 7-October 17, 9am - 3pm Unitarian Church, 49th & Oak Wednesdays, June 6-December, 3pm - 7pm

Steveston Stock and Seed Farm

The Steveston Stock and Seed Farm has never used herbicides, pesticides or chemical fertilizers since it was established in 1877. They are best known for producing grass-fed beef and organically-grown, open-pollinated heirloom vegetable seeds, going all the way back to their 1890 seed catalogue. Their seed gardens are 100% organic and the majority of the beef is 100 per cent grass fed. They recycle and feed their Belted Galloway’s barley mash left over from the brewery process from the Big River Brew Pub in Richmond. Over 60 years ago, they had 2,000 free-range hens, but stopped because egg companies refused to take eggs with rich yellow yolks caused by eating grass. Thanks to consumer demand, they recently started producing eggs again from a small flock of free-range chickens.

Two EE’s Organic Produce

Two EE’s Organic Produce was established over 50 years ago on five-and-ahalf acres and sold produce in a small store on the property. Not wanting to put ‘poisons’ in their food, they grew everything without sprays, but didn’t become certified organic until later. In 1999, when they bought 20 acres of agricultural land and soon become certified organic to widen their market and provide organic wholesale. They have remained family-owned, now run by the son of the original owner, along with his wife and six children. They are known for providing produce early in the season, going the extra mile to get the season going. 18105-88 Ave, Surrey |

2871 Steveston Hwy, Richmond |

North Vancouver



Dundarave Farmers Market

Steveston Farmers & Artisans Market

Surrey Urban Farmers Market

Marine Drive & 24th Saturdays, May 5-October 6, 9am - 3pm

Corner of Third Ave. and Moncton St. Sundays (alternating), May 20-September 30, 10am - 4pm

North Surrey Recreation Centre courtyard 10275-135th St. Wednesdays, June 13-October 3, 1pm - 6pm



Ladner Village Market

Burnaby Farmers Market

48th Ave, between Delta St. and Elliott St. in Ladner Village Sundays (alternating), June 10-September 9, 10am - 4pm

City Hall Parking Lot Saturdays, May 5-October 27, 9am - 2pm

New Westminster

Langley Community Farmers Market

Royal City Farmers Market

Kwantlen University Wednesdays, May 23-October 3, 2pm - 6pm

Lonsdale Quay Farmers Market Lonsdale Quay, outside Saturdays, May 5-October 27, 10am - 3pm

West Vancouver Ambleside Farmers Market Parking Lot behind police station on Bellevue between 13th & 14th Sundays, May 6-October 28, 10am - 3pm

Coquitlam Coquitlam Farmers Market Dogwood Pavilion parking lot Sundays, May 13-October 28, 10am - 1pm

Spirit Plaza Farmers Market Spirit Square, 3000 Burlington Dr. Fridays, May 13-October 28, 4pm - 8pm

Tipperary Park Thursdays, June 4-October 4, 3pm - 7pm



White Rock

Abbotsford Farm & Country Market

White Rock Farmers Market

George Ferguson Way & Montrose Way Saturdays, May 12-October 13, 9am - 1pm

1475 Kent St., White Rock Sundays, May 27-October 7, 9am - 1pm

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April 2012


get green

Growing Your Own Garden Big or Small, Grow it All! By Andrea Vance | Photos courtesy of


ummertime is just around the corner, and in the Lower Mainland, that means the fresh produce comes alive. Families flock to farmers markets, local organic grocery stores, and even the farms themselves to get the best of what our area has to offer. At our home it means getting excited to go each morning during summer to see what our garden and the sunshine has brought us. Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, cherries, apples, zucchini, herbs, and so many greens and lettuce varieties. You’re probably envisioning a beautiful garden plot with well-marked rows, free of weeds, where we peruse the aisles for ripe fruits and veggies. Not so! When we built our house a few years ago and planned the landscaping we quickly realized that the spot we anticipated as being “perfect” for our grand garden got very little sunshine and would not work at all. Disappointed, we just accepted that we would continue with the bits of container gardening we had done for a few years at our various homes. But over time and many visits to the local gardening shops, we started realizing that we didn’t need the “perfect” garden plot. We had a yard, we had soil, we had sunshine…. so we could have our garden. It all started with a couple of blueberry bushes, which we thought were quite pretty and would look nice incorporated into our landscaping. Then we built in a strip of soil along our fence and, instead of planting cedars, we planted dwarf fruit trees: cherries, apples and pears. Instead of planting a border of flowers along the driveway, we planted a variety of green lettuces. We gathered a few large pots around the patio door and planted all the different herbs we could find (some worked, some didn’t!). And three years later we’re still adding, taking away, and changing it up with each visit to the garden shop. And because our grass and landscaping is on a sprinkler system, there’s no garden watering to worry about! Our whole family gets involved on days throughout the spring and summer, and even fall, with a few garden tools, garden gloves, and a big wheelbarrow full of fresh soil. It’s a great opportunity for our kids to dig, get dirty, get some fresh air, and learn about plants and the food we eat. And the best part is, it’s actually fun! We’ve also learned to let go of perfection… our garden doesn’t have to be parallel rows with labels and stakes. We’ve realized that a garden is about growing, working together, and enjoying it, whatever form it takes. And we always learn a few things in the process. Get creative A garden can exist anywhere! On the boulevard in front of your townhome (check with the city), in your front yard, on your balcony, or even in a small greenhouse. Try cedar planters for small patio spaces, they come in ready-made shapes and sizes and can help create a beautiful border around your patio space. Create a border of soil along your fence and use a variety of dwarf fruit trees that grow sideways (seriously!). If you need to use containers for gardening, buy used: Craigslist, Kijiji, and yard sales are great sources for cheap gardening pots. Get help Have no car or a small car? Check with your local garden shop—they probably deliver! Don’t do it all at once - start small, and keep adding to your garden each year. Set up an automatic sprinkler system for all your landscaping. For small systems, your local hardware store has do-it-yourself systems that are really easy to setup. If you just don’t have the time to get it started, or just need some ideas, check out local companies like who will come and help. They even do balcony gardens!


Try these plants to get you started. Don’t be afraid to experiment! You’re not always going to get it right the first time. Strawberries. This is a fun, easy plant for beginners and kids! The “Everbearing” variety produce fruit from late spring to early fall. They like lots of sun and healthy soil with good drainage. Hint: when you first plant the strawberries, pinch off all blossoms for the first six weeks to get the best results. Blueberries. Pretty shrubs that do well almost anywhere, even in shaded areas beside rhododendrons! Group plants for the best aesthetics. If you’re planting in containers, check out the ‘Top Hat’ variety that only grows 18” high! Plant a few varieties together for best production, and to get fruit all summer long. Greens. A variety of lettuces make great border plants or baskets. Kale and chard grow great in shade and love the winter months, too. Harvest leaves from the outside in on a regular basis for fresh salads every day! Works great for all kinds of containers, and SO good for you. Herbs. Thyme, oregano, cilantro, chives, parsley (careful, this can take over!), and so many more. If you like to cook, an herb garden is a must. Rosemary and lavender bushes look beautiful in the garden or in a large pot. Zucchini. So easy to grow, and so versatile for eating and cooking. Fruit trees. Check out the latest dwarf trees that can grow sideways up against a fence, or the spliced trees that grow two different types of fruit!

Great Resources

get outside! Think back to a time when your family was in the great outdoors. Perhaps it was a camping trip, a hike up the mountain, a day at the beach, or an adventurous vacation. What differences did you notice in your kids? What about the family dynamic? Most will remember an initial lament of lost comforts like television or computers, but many also find in natural spaces a healthier and more connected family energy. Don’t we laugh and play together in nature unlike anywhere else in our busy, highly-wired urban lives? Getting outside may be the best thing we can do for the health of our families, and in particular our kids.

By Greg Stevenson When teenagers struggle with the demands of adolescent life, the wilderness can also provide the learning and reconnection that is needed. Adventure programs and outdoor education provide opportunities for youth to not only get outside but learn experientially, interacting with the natural world and experiencing subjects first-hand. The challenges of outdoor adventure can also have wonderful impacts on self-esteem and social development. By venturing into the wild, youth often find strengths in themselves that they never knew they had. Personal responsibility grows, both with respect to self and also interpersonally with those in their adventure group. So get outside! Opportunities abound in the spring and summer, either as a family or in youth outdoor education programs. You’ll notice the positive impacts. Greg Stevenson is Executive Director with CanAdventure Education

Nature offers an opportunity for all of us to unplug from the distractions integral to a society that keeps accelerating with each technological advance. Twitter limits us to 140 characters per communication. Facebook updates us on hundreds of status changes in real-time. Streams of consciousness and social drama have become standard fare in the age of instant messaging.

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get green

Clean & Green DIY Laundry Detergent By Debbie Bowman


ike so many products found in that pungent alley known as the cleaning supply aisle, laundry detergents are filled with chemicals—many of them harmful to our health and the environment. Most laundry detergents, even some that masquerade as being natural or environmentally friendly, can include some of these chemicals. Unfortunately, these substances don’t just disappear with the water down the drain. Some stay on our clothes, rub onto our skin and are absorbed into our bodies—the rest make it into our streams, lakes and oceans. Here is a list of chemicals commonly found in laundry detergents and the health issues connected to them. Petroleum Distillates - These are a broad group of chemicals used to remove oils and grease from clothing. Linked to cancer, they’re also an eye, skin and respiratory irritant. They have neurotoxic effects which can lead to brain damage. 
 Phenols - Used as a surfactant, these chemicals allow the detergent to wash away stains and debris. The National Institute of Health has declared these rapidly absorbed chemicals to be toxic to people, especially hypersensitive individuals. Phenols cause toxicity throughout the entire body. Phthalates - These hormone-disrupting chemicals linger on your clothes to make them smell freshly laundered - even after several days. (Remember the “five days ago” commercial?) As with any cosmetic or cleaning item on the market today, phthalates may not be listed on the ingredient list. That’s because fragrances are considered trade secrets and so the chemical makeup of the fragrance need not be specified. Look for the words “fragrance” or “parfum” and phthalates will most likely be lurking inside.

Optical Brighteners - Synthetic chemicals that impregnate the fibres to make whites appear brighter—though they don’t actually make them any cleaner. Optical brighteners are toxic to fish and cause bacterial mutations. They also cause allergic reactions when sensitive skin is exposed to sunlight. Trisodium Nitrilo Triacetate (NTA) - Called a builder, and used in place of phosphates, this chemical can be 50% of the liquid weight of laundry detergent. NTA is listed as a possible carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. It also has an adverse affect on the environment.


So what can you use instead? You can use a biodegradable, natural laundry detergent with plant-based surfactants, but these can be expensive. Alternatively, here is an easy recipe to make your own liquid laundry detergent that’s free of harmful chemicals. Not only will you be doing your part to save the environment but you’ll save money too, as this recipe works out to just pennies per load.

DIY Laundry Detergent You’ll need a large pail with a tight-fitting lid. (5-litre capacity)

Ingredients: • • • •

4 litres plus 2 cups water 1 cup Arm and Hammer - So Clean washing soda 1 cup Borax 1 bar of pure soap like Ivory - Don’t use a soap with added moisturizers or heavy perfumes. • 20 to 30 drops of essential oil. Orange, tea tree, and eucalyptus have additional cleaning and/or disinfecting properties. (optional) Grate soap with a cheese grater or food processor and add to a saucepan containing two cups hot water. Over medium-high heat, stir mixture until soap is melted, but don’t let the water boil. Add this mixture to a pail containing 4 litres of hot water, and gently stir in the washing soda and the borax. Add the optional essential oils after mixture has cooled. Pop on the lid and leave it until morning. In the morning you’ll have a gelatinous mixture with varying degrees of solidity depending on the soap you use. Give it a stir to loosen and stir each time before you scoop out what you need for the laundry, as it will reset in between uses. Use 1/4 cup per load or 1/2 cup for large or heavily soiled laundry. This is a low suds detergent, so owners of front-loading machines can confidently use 1/8 cup per load. To remove any soap residue and to soften laundry you can also add 1 cup white vinegar to the rinse cycle. Both Arm and Hammer - So Clean washing soda and Borax can be found in local stores such as London Drugs and Real Canadian Superstore.

did you know? Here are Some Green Initiatives Happening in YOUR Community Vancouver has a Green Streets program to beautify traffic circles and corner bulges. The city pays for the initial planting of plants & shrubs, and you can apply to tend a particular garden on your street, providing watering and weeding, and adding your favourite plants for colour and interest. A green sign in one of these gardens means its available, a yellow sign lets you know someone in the neighbourhood is caring for it. Surrey has an Adopt-a-Street program which encourages businesses, families, community groups, schools, and other organizations to “adopt” a specific site or section of road, pledging to keep it free of trash and debris. The city will provide supplies like safety vests, gloves, litter pickers, and litter bags, and will remove the litter collected. Your family or organization’s name is posted on two “Adopt-a-Street” signs placed on your street section.

Shop Green! These are just some of our favourite “Green” online shops for kids, family, and household items. Go to for a complete listing with live links to each website. My Little Green Shop Diapers, clothing & toys Natural e Green Beauty products, candles, cleaning products Grass Roots Cleaners, bed & bath, toys & games, home

Bamboobino Children’s clothing, linens & accessories made from bamboo

Burnaby has a Food Scraps Recylcing program to collect food scraps and food soiled paper products. The scraps and paper are collected curb-side, and taken to a regional composting facility to make high-quality compost and soil additives.

LivEco Family care, home & office

Raspberry Kids Children’s toys & gifts

Richmond has Project WET (Water Education Team) that can help inform, educate, and entertain elementary school students on the importance of water quality & safety. Teachers resource packages are available for classroom teaching, or bring the kids on a field trip to the Works Yard to tour eight different interactive displays. Delta has a Trees for Tomorrow program where you can select one or two trees to be planted on municipal land bordering your property. They’ll plant it, and you commit to watering and caring for it for three years!

Bumbini Large selection of modern cloth diapers, plus workshops! Hip Baby Diapers, furniture, gifts, toys & more Green Planet Parties Everything you need for parties! Natural Pod Children’s toys & furniture

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With these helpful resources, greener living is just a tap away! Gorgeously Green Survival Guide


iPhone App (free) or online

iPhone App (free)

From lipstick to light bulbs, the “Do it Gorgeously” app by Gorgeously Green will guide you through the confusion of shopping for ecofriendly choices and give you convenient and helpful lists on-thego. It offers money-saving, environmental tips, tells you which items should be purchased organic, alerts you to what chemicals you should avoid in your make-up and, most importantly, lets you indulge in guilt-free shopping.

Based on your phone’s GPS location, Locavore makes the search for local, in-season food simple by pinpointing farmers markets near you and providing all the info you need on profile pages. Also learn what’s in-season locally, right now and get recipe suggestions to make with your fresh, local food!

Ocean Wise iPhone App (free) or online Vancouver-based conservation program aimed at informing Canadian consumers on sustainable seafood and helping them make better choices when purchasing it or dining out.


EWG Sunscreen Buyer’s Guide iPhone App (free) With hundreds of choices on the market, this app can help you choose the best sun protection for your family based on the analysis of over 1,700 suncare products. Offering a complete guide to finding the best options, whether you’re looking for the kids or yourself, each sunscreen is reviewed based on the ingredients used so you can be aware of exaggerated SPF claims, potentially hazardous ingredients and products with oxybenzone, a hormone-disrupting compound. An easy-to-read scoring system and top sunscreens list makes this a must-have for sunny days.

iPhone App (free) or online The bar code scanning feature of the iPhone App lets users scan an item in-store and it will reveal whether the product is safe, healthy, green and socially responsible. Or look up products on their website to see their ranking for health, environment, and society.


WeMuv An online community where “active” people and teams earn rewards, win prizes and have fun. Use a special encrypted pedometer to track your daily physical activity. Physical activity is then used to unlock an online community full of fun, games, competition and more fun.

iPhone App (free) or Facebook A ride-sharing app that provides users with info on other people near their area that want to carpool.

Fiverr The world’s largest marketplace for small services, starting at $5. Post a gig for a small service you are willing to offer. You’ll be notified when your gig is ordered by someone, and receive payment after you successfully deliver. You can also buy service from thousands of users offering advertising, gifts, videos, writing, technology, programming, and MUCH more!


i’m raising my child...


Welcome to our latest HYPER-LOCAL department, where we’ll share stories of local families facing and embracing unique challanges in their daily lives. If you have a story to share, please drop us a line at

By Debbie Bowman


very morning, Jesse Cooper and his son Kaelob get ready for their morning commute to school. But instead of strapping on their seat belts before they head off, they strap on their bike helmets. That’s because Jesse doesn’t own a car and hasn’t for the last eleven years. Jesse says he’s always loved biking and he’s very happy with the car-free lifestyle he now enjoys, but years ago, he lived the mainstream life centred on the car. That was when he lived in Ontario and worked at an office job for the government. With time, though, he realized he wasn’t wired for office work. “It nearly killed me,” says Jesse during a phone interview. So he moved to Vancouver and chose to manufacture his lifestyle to be in line with his desires and beliefs. “I chose to live near where I work so I could go without a car and spend more time on my bike,” explains Jesse. Nine years ago, when baby Kaelob came along, Jesse had already been living car free for two years—so it wasn’t too much of a stretch to figure out ways of bringing along baby. “When he was really small I moved around the city by walking and carrying him with me in a sling,” states Jesse. Once Kaelob was big enough, he graduated to baby seats and trailers, and eventually Kaelob was riding alongside Jesse with the aid of a tow bar. Now Kaelob rides without any assistance on a bike he built with his dad. “Kaelob has been raised on a bike, so it’s like breathing to him,” says Jesse. “He’s very competent.” As would be expected, safety has always been a big issue to Jesse, since cycling in an urban environment can be dangerous. “From day one, I’ve taught Kaelob how to be a defensive cyclist,” Jesse explains. For example, Jesse has taught Kaelob how to anticipate what car drivers are likely to do based on their actions. He’s also taught Kaelob how to gauge a safe time to cross an intersection. Jesse has been such a great teacher that now he defers to Kaelob when deciding when to cross a busy intersection. “I’ll say that I think it’s a good time to cross but Kaelob will say that we should wait a bit longer because he sees a bigger opening coming up,” says Jesse with a laugh. “He’s become so competent that now he sees things I don’t see.” Though cycling is Jesse and Kaelob’s main source of transportation, it’s not the only way they get around. “There

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are lots of ways to live car-free in the city,” states Jesse. For example, Jesse and Kaelob take transit, and sometimes, when absolutely necessary, they get friends to drive them or they even take a cab. “It works out to about 1.5 car rides per month and about 5 bus rides a month, on average,” explains Jesse. Jesse has worked out that his current mode of transportation costs him about a tenth of what it would cost to own a car. “But it’s not about the money,” Jesse states emphatically. Instead, he explains that he chooses to live this lifestyle because he truly believes it’s the best way to live. “I want to be less of a consumerist,” he states. “I don’t want to be pampered, babied or spoiled.” It’s this sort of lifestyle choice that Jesse believes is necessary to effect change. As well, he believes it’s important to instill these beliefs in our children. “Kaelob has been brought up to understand that we don’t need lots of material possessions to be happy,” he explains. It’s clear that Kaelob isn’t missing out, though. He enjoys his daily adventures with his father. Each day’s commute brings fresh air, quality time and exercise. That, combined with the knowledge that they are doing the right thing for themselves as well as for the environment, puts a smile on their faces as they soar, single file, down the street. For more information on how to make cycling your number one mode of transport, contact the fine folks at Pedal Power

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camp guide

part 1: residential & family camps

It’s that time again... dust off the tent, clean out the tin cups and dig the backpack out from under the winter coats. In this issue, we’ve searched high and low for the best camping options for you and your family! Get the calendar and the telephone, and start making your summer adventure plans!


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camp name location basic description website Advertisers listed in red Camp Artaban Gambier island adventure & art Camp Douglas Roberts Creek Christian outdoor camp Camp Elphinstone Gibsons outdoor adventure Camp Goodtimes Vancouver & Maple Ridge for children with history of cancer Camp Hatikvah Okanagan Active Jewish culture & lifestyle Camp Imadene Mesachie Lake outdoor camp Camp Jubilee Indian Arm, Mt Seymour land & water challenge skills Camp Luther Mission fun adventure Camp Narnia Nanoose Bay adventure & imagination n/a Camp Potlatch Howe Sound adventure camping Camp Qwanoes Crofton outdoor adventure Camp Squeah Fraser canyon outdoor education Canadventure Vancouver Island outdoor adventure Comox Valley Youth Music Centre Courtenay music camp Cultas Lake United Church Camp Cultas Lake adventure Dave Murray Summer Ski & Snowboard Camp Whistler ski & snowboard Digital Media Academy UBC Campus computer & digital media camp Eaglehearts Academy Shawnigan Lake dance, fine arts Easter Seal Camp Shawnigan camp for kids with disabilities Eureka camp Society Squamish & Princeton children with invisible disabilities Evans Lake Summer Camp Evans Lake, Squamish outdoor adventure Film & Television School Galiano Island performing arts, tv & video Fireside Adventures Various locations in BC outdoor adventure camp Green Bay Bible Camp West Kelowna water camp Green English Pender Island ESL & art camp Guitar Workshop Plus Vancouver learn guitar, bass, drum, keyboard & vocal Keats Camps Keats Island/ Gibsons outdoor water aventure camp Miriam Gabriola Island Jewish culture & lifestyle Peel Summer Academy Victoria aquatic & marine life camp Salvation Army Camp Sunrise Gibsons for children who have experienced tragedy Sasamat Sasamat Lake, Port Moody outdoor day camp SLS Summer Rugby Academy Shawnigan Lake rugby Stillwood Camp Lindell Beach outdoor adventure Sunnybrae Bible Camp Shuswap Lake adventure Timberline Ranch Maple Ridge outdoor adventure Webbs Holiday Acres Aldergrove horse camp YMCA Camp Deka Cariboo outdoor adventure YMCA Camp Elphinstone Cariboo outdoor adventure


guide listings

• part 1: residential & family camps

length cost (range) age range phone # Religious swimming biking music arts for kids for kids with mental with physical health challenges challenges 5-7 days $365+ 8-17 yrs 604.980.0391 y y n/a y y y n/a 5 days $360+ 5-16 yrs 866.885.3355 y y n y y n n 7 days $629+ n/a 5-17 yrs 604.324.2267 n y n y y y y 7days Free 6-15 yrs 604.675.7141 n y n y y y y 2.5-6 wks $2950+ 7-15 yrs 604.263.1200 y y n y y n/a n/a 5-7 days $290-405 7-17 yrs 800.445.7575 y y n n/a n/a n n 7 days $284 7-16 yrs 604.937.7388 n y n y n n/a n/a y y n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 5 days $275+ 7-17 yrs 604.826.7062 7 days $450 6-15 yrs 250.298.9238 n y n/a n/a y n/a n/a 5 days $400+ 7-14 yrs 604.324.2267 n y n n/a y y n/a 7 days $397+ 8-14 yrs 250.246.3014 y y y n n n/a n/a y y n y y n/a n/a 3 days+ $185+ 6-15 yrs 604.869.5353 20-32 days $11,200 13+ yrs 877.544.2267 14 days varies 13+ yrs 250.338.7463 n n n y y n n 5 days n/a 7-18 yrs 604.858.6033 y y n/a y y n/a n/a 5 & 8 days $1,025 7-12 yrs 604.902.2600 n y n n n n n 6 days $1,320 6-18 yrs 866.656.3342 n n n y y y y 14 days $1,795+ 5-17 yrs 250.896.4664 n n n y y n/a n/a 3-7 days n/a 6-18 yrs 604.873.1865 n y n y y y y 5 days $800 8-14 yrs 604.520.1155 n y n n y y y 6,7,8,10 $505+ 8-16 yrs 604.294.2267 n y y n n n/a n/a n n n n y y y 5 days $565+ 10+ yrs 250.539.5729 5-21 days $325+ 8-17 yrs 604.241.9169 n y n n y n y 5 days $294 8+ yrs 250.768.5884 y y n n/a n/a n n 5 days n/a 10-14 yrs 250.629.3915 n y n y y n n 5 days $1,300 12+ yrs 905.567.8000 n n n y n n n 7 days $499 7-18 yrs 604.432.6799 y y y n/a n n/a n/a 7, 14, 21 days $750+ 8-17 yrs yrs 604.266.2825 y y n y y n n 14 days $2,795 14 yrs 905.949.0049 n y n y n n n 6 days $244 7-18 yrs 604.886.7232 y y n y n n/a n/a 5 days $355 8-12 yrs 604.939.2268 n y n y y n/a n/a 5 days $799 14-17 yrs 250.732.3818 n n n n n n n y y n n n n/a n/a 6 days $352+ 8-16 yrs 604.858.6845 5 days $235 8-12 yrs 250.835.4596 y n/a n/a n/a n/a y d 3-7 days $199+ 6-16 yrs 604.463.9278 n y n y y n n/a 5 & 7 days $398 6-14 yrs 604.857.1712 n y n n y n/a n/a n y y n n n n 3-14 days $398+ 8-17 yrs 604.939.9622 3-14 days $350+ 5-16 yrs 604.886.2025 We’ve done our best to ensure the information shown here is accurate, but it is always a good idea to check with each camp to confirm

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green packing tips

By Tracy Lydiatt – The Green Families Guru


tenting/equipment • set up your tent in designated areas to protect native plant life • purchase second-hand camping gear (including clothing) where possible—check out Mountain Equipment Co-op’s for recycled used camping gear. A great substitution for buying new equipment and saves money too! • If you can’t totally unplug, invest in solar chargers for your electronics if needed, including rechargeable batteries for your LED headlamps

fire • Do not burn aluminum foil, beer cans, bones or corn on the cob—the metals won’t melt in the fire (temp is too low) and the food products can be long lasting and harmful to wildlife if left in campfire pits • A great place to cook food and avoid using petroleum based fuel in stoves and barbecues • Build fires in designated areas only and do not burn plastic or styrofoam plates and cutlery that release toxins into the air. • Great for getting to know people, playing games, instruments or singing—all part of social sustainability and community building

• bring reusable dishes/cutlery to reduce waste and pollution. Check out and for great ideas. • If you must use disposable, use non-toxic products made from fast-growing materials such as bamboo • stock up on local produce from farmers markets for your trip and don’t forget fair trade, organic coffee for your breakfasts • pack dishtowels from home and skip the paper towels • use biodegradable soap like Dr.Bronners—camp site grey water with “traditional” cleaning products can contribute to harming fish and animal habitat

transportation • bring your walking stick, bikes, skateboards and sense of adventure and cut down on the car travel by getting around via human power • Become a “cooler” driver and make your trip carbon neutral by investing in carbon offsets. Calculate your vehicle’s yearly emissions using this great calculator: car-emissions-calculator

Tracy Lydiatt - The Green Families Guru is an award-winning author and sustainability advisor specializing in helping people understand how to green their lives without going broke or crazy in the process. Her mission is to take the “mental” out of environmental and educate and empower people; helping them to become leaders in their own communities. To do this, she has created an online “Green Your Life” program which provides a flexible, efficient, and fully-supported pathway to a healthier, green family.


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Grab the family and get on the Canada Line! Step off at King Edward Station and join us as we explore Cambie Village! Choices Market Grocery Store & Neighbourhood Market 3493 Cambie St. @ W. 18th Ave | 604.875.0099 This natural food supermarket is 100% BC-owned and operated! With a large selection of organic, natural and specialty food items at fair prices, this neighbourhood staple has everything you need to keep your family fed, your house clean, and your body healthy. We Love: The fresh food deli at the back of the store.

Black Dog Video Video Rentals Gifts & Toys 3493 Cambie St. @ W. 18th Ave | 604.873.6958 This independent video rental shop is one of the things that draws folks from all over town to Cambie Village. With hard-to-find, independent and foreign films of all genres, Black Dog is a must for any movie buff. We Love: The amazing selection of kids’ movies.

Kaboodles Toy & Gift Shop 3404 Cambie St. @ W. 18th Ave | 604.558.1117 This locally-owned, independent toy store has everything from traditional toys to the downright zany! With a large selection of both Lego and Playmobil, Kaboodles is a great place to shop for gifts, or just pop in and browse with the kids. We Love: The great selection of Piggy Paint non-toxic nail polish.

Need Lunch?

Pronto Caffe 3473 Cambie St. @ W. 18th | 604.722.9331 Pronto offers a range of traditional dishes on the menu, including daily specials and vegan/vegetarian options. They have a small but feisty wine and beer list, and make a great espresso.


We’re hitting the street - where YOU live! Walrus Gift Boutique with a Local Twist 3408 Cambie St. @ W. 18th Ave | 604.874.9776 Walrus is as unique as it is familiar. Walk in the door and be prepared for your jaw to remain dropped until you walk back out again! With a stunning selection of gift items home decor, you’ll undoubtedly leave with a treasure or two. Many items are handmade and/or locally sourced. We Love: The selection of Woolly Pocket living walls & vertical gardens.

Benton Brothers Fine Cheese 3432 Cambie St. @ W. 18th | 604.873.9439 Oozy, stinky, runny, salty, earthy, pungent, mild, creamy, hard, soft—cheese is their passion at Benton Brothers, and if you don’t know just what cheese you’re passionate about, stop by, have a taste right off the wheel and let them help you find your favourite. We Love: The ethically-sourced honey to complement our favourite cheese.

The Pet Shop Boys Dog Boutique, Spa & Daycare 3080 Cambie St. @ W. 15th Ave. | 604.569.3377 Christopher Steele and David Rogowski are the Shop Boys behind this fabulous place where pets are primped, preened, and pampered. Filled with fashionable doggy pillows, custom collars, delicious gourmet dog treats, and natural and organic pet grooming products, The Pet Shop Boys also offer a wide variety of services for your dog. From boarding to massage, they do it all! We Love: The antique dog beds are a must-see!

Cuppa Joe? Beans Coffee & Tea House

after dark... Kino Café Flamenco Tapas Bar

3365 Cambie St. @ W. 18th | 604.872.3366

3456 Cambie St. @ 18th | 604.875.1998 |

Need a pick-me-up of local coffee and a housemade croissant? This licensed café has both, along with a nice little wine list for days when you need something stronger.

Since the mid-1990s, Kino Cafe has been hosting a series of flamenco performances featuring local artists. Although Kino is known mainly for its flamenco, various world music acts and local stand up comics also perform regularly on Mondays and Tuesdays. April 2012 27


The Litterless Lunch How One Class Rose to the Challenge By Debbie Bowman


ast year in Coquitlam over 50 schools took part in the Litterless Lunch Challenge held during Waste Reduction Week in October. Of the fifty classes that took part, most were able to significantly reduce the waste produced via their lunches. But the winning group, Ms. Mackay’s grade 1/2 class at Baker Drive Elementary, blew it out of the park when they were able to become 100% litter-free for an entire school week. Those of us who pack lunches every day know that this is no small feat. Plastic zip-lock bags are the norm and pre-packaged lunch items are fancy and their ease is hard to resist. Because of our long-standing habits, learning to make the change to litterless lunches can be a challenge. That’s why it’s so amazing that Ms. Mackay’s entire class was able to completely eliminate their lunch litter. Nishka Valdez, one of the parents from Ms. Mackay’s group explained that the class did well because every person involved saw the value in the exercise and decided to commit themselves to a week of 100% litter-free lunches. “It was a real collaborative effort,” said Nishka during a phone interview. “Everyone did their part. The teachers had to remind the kids every day, the kids had to make sure their parents followed through, and of course, the parents had to take steps to make it happen.” Though each person played a part, it’s important to note that the kids were especially committed to the idea of a litter-free lunch. Nishka thinks this is because the adults took time to engage the kids and explain why a litterless lunch was important. Though it wasn’t always a cake-walk, a firm grasp of the reasons behind the changes made it easier for the kids to stay focused. Nishka explains how she sat down with her son Jaden and taught him why it’s important to eat healthy food and produce less litter. She believes that this helped her son stay on track, even when he was tempted. “Sometimes Jaden would see someone eating a chocolate bar and he’d want one too, but I would remind him of what he’d been taught - and because he understood, he could let it go.” Although litter-free lunches are healthier and better for the environment, it doesn’t mean they have to be boring or crazy difficult. “We just plan ahead,” states Nishka, “and Jaden likes to help put together his lunches, too.” Each


morning they pack a stackable stainless steel lunch kit. One compartment is for a grilled cheese sandwich or leftovers from the night before. The other compartment will have sliced fruit, and the last will have sliced veggies like red peppers, Jaden’s favourite. A stainless steel water bottle holds his juice, and it all comes back home to be washed up for the next day. Simple. Even though the competition is over, the litterless lunch has endured in Ms. Mackay’s class. In fact, over 80% of the class still pack a litter-free lunch kit. Nishka is happy about that, because she sees exercises like the Litterless Lunch Challenge as pivotal toward raising kids who will become environmentally aware adults. “Through teaching my son about his health and the health of the planet, I’m helping to foster that awareness in him,” states Nishka. And, as we can see from Ms. Mackay’s class, that awareness is bound to endure. For more information on how your school or organization can participate in a challenge of their own, visit

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Marcie Weinstein-Smith By Kristy Hill | Photographed by Revival Arts Studio



hen you have a baby, you personally feel any pain, discomfort, or fear your child experiences. You share tears as he cries for hours and you shed a different set of tears when your baby is in pain and you can’t heal him. So what do you do then when every baby wipe on the market hurts your child and causes irritation and rashes? Marcie Weinstein-Smith decided she wasn’t going to stay frustrated with the wipes that were harming her child. Instead, she would take action—she would make a new product! After working 18 years in the high-tech industry, in sales and marketing, and having to travel a lot—Marcie left her job to start a family. But there was a part of her that felt someday she would be an entrepreneur. She had a sneaking suspicion; she just didn’t know what it would be. The hunch was right. In 2009, Marcie created Lovey’s, a line of all-natural personal care products. Lovey’s evolved out of the need to find a solution for her child, to finally rid her son of the rashes he constantly had from every baby wipe she used, including the wipes claiming to be natural. After looking more closely she discovered they actually weren’t all-natural at all and found synthetic chemicals in the wipes and ingredients that hadn’t been fully studied to be sure of their effects. As a child, she loved to create and experiment. Even someone who knew Marcie as a child recently said, “I remember Marcie liked to make potions.” She’s still at it! Through experimenting and carefully choosing ingredients, Marcie created a spray solution. As an alternate to wet wipes, Marcie put the solution in a spray bottle, sprayed it on a washcloth and wipe her son’s bottom. “When I went out, parents would ask me where I got it from and tell me how their child had

sensitive skin, too,” says Marcie. Soon after, Lovey’s Tushi Wash was formed! As Lovey’s grew and sold across Canada, Marcie started developing a new product. Knowing how frustrating it is to get rash creams under your fingernails and on your hands, Marcie felt there had to be a better way. So she created Lovey’s Tushi Stick, the only diaper ointment in Canada in a stick applicator. Lovey’s personal care products now include Tushi Wash, Tushi Stick, biodegradable bamboo wipes and bamboo washcloths. As parents, we make choices every day and every minute to ensure the safety and well-being of our children, whether it’s eating organic food, reducing the amount of junk food we eat, or using non-toxic products to clean our house. Marcie has transformed her family’s lifestyle to be healthier, more eco-friendly and spends a great deal of time doing research. She uses caution about what her child is exposed to and consumes, and chooses products that have less packaging and recycles every thing she can. Many parents make an impact on the health and development of their own children, but it’s not often it affects other children as well. “With Lovey’s, I really feel I’m doing my part in diminishing the amount of chemicals babies and children are unnecessarily exposed to.” What a way to get going every day. To wake up and say, “Today, I’m going to make and sell products that are safer and more effective for thousands of children.” Since we’re on the topic of diapers, we just had to ask Marcie: what was the most disgusting diaper experience she has ever had with her son? “We were starting to potty train our son,” says Marcie. “In his curiosity, he put his hands down the back of his pants and diaper, threw out his hands, and came straight towards me to show me!” For more information on Lovey’s baby care products, visit


green tip If you can’t afford to always buy organic clothing — the first time you wash your clothing, wash it in hot water. This will wash away some of the pesticides that may have been used to make the clothing.

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stylefile Mackage Rachel Motorcycle Jacket $598.00

Nadalia Scoop Neck Tee by VELVET Lululemon

Anna Cohen is the mom of two boys, a blogger and a proud Vancouverite. Living in an expensive city on a student’s salary can be tough so Anna writes about how to be a stylish mom on a budget. Her classic chic wardrobe is fuelled by items from local thrift stores, markets, clothes swap parties and sale racks at local boutiques. She describes her shopping habit as ‘eco-friendly’ due the fact that 99% of her clothes are second-hand. For tips on green living, dressing and parenting in Vancouver, visit her blog:

$90.00 Swiftly Tech Long Sleeve 68.00

J Brand Teal Pant $170

Tux Mak Pleated Multi in Capri $349.00

Brenna Scarf in Volcanic

Get out there and GET THIS LOOK! Do you know a stylish parent or are you one yourself? Send a snapshot of yourself to and your sense of style could be profiled here in a future issue!



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Adult Events for the Hip Mom Around Town! 18th Annual Free Seminar for First-time Home Buyers Bell Performing Arts Centre April 3, 7-9pm What home type is best matched to wants, needs and financial resources? What location is preferable? Learn about mortgage options, property transfer tax exemption for firsttime home buyers and plenty more. Those and other key questions will be covered by a panel of experts presented by the Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association. Admission to the popular seminar is free. Preregistration is required. 778.565.4288 | The Heart Link Women’s Network Langley, (location TBA) April 13, 6:30-9pm Meet like minded women in the community. Showcase your business. This is a great way to meet new ladies in your local community. Reserve your spot on the Heart Link Network gatherings on the website. 604.996.4383 | Guerrilla Gardening and Seed Bomb Making Workshop Kin House, Ladner April 17, 7:30pm Heavy Petal is simply about gardening from a West Coast, urban organic perspective. There’s a focus on garden design here – especially a tendency to covet well-designed products and decor. You’ll also find an emphasis on growing your own vegetables and other sustainable practices, always with a focus on small, urban spaces.


Wining and Dining at Wellbrook Winery Wellbrook Winery, Ladner April 18, 6pm The only rule for these cooking classes is to have fun! All classes include a full meal served with Wellbrook wines or Bremner’s juices, recipes and food prep demonstration by guest chefs. This night’s menu is crab & lobster. $60/person+ HST. Reserve your spot early as these classes are limited to 16 people and fill up fast! 604.946.1868 | California Wine Fair Vancouver Convention Centre April 18, 7pm Captivate your palate and intensify your knowledge and love of wine. Explore the tastes of the entire California region in one evening. Sample the finest wine from over 100 wineries from the Napa, Sonoma and Central Coast regions. Bid in the silent auction featuring hard to find private cellar wines, dinner-theatre packages, travel getaways and more.Tickets $75. 604.687.1644 | Retro Hits Dance Party Fundraiser - Just for the Mommies and Daddies Cliff Drive Elementary School, Tsawwassen April 20, time tba Sometimes the Mommies and the Daddies need to get out and boogie on the dance floor too! Adults Only Retro Hits Dance Party Fundraiser with a silent auction, cash bar, 50/50, light buffet. Advance tickets available at school office or call the number below. Tickets are $30 and all proceeds go back to the school PAC. Must be 19+ yrs 604.948.2733

Miss Caledonia Shadbolt Centre for the Arts April 20 & 21, 8pm The year is 1953 and desperate to escape the drudgery of farm life, Peggy Ann Douglas decides she will simply become a movie star - and she will start her journey to the top by winning the local pageant. Tickets start at $32. 604.205.3000 | Make It Vancouver! Croatian Cultural Centre April 20-22, various times Shop for one-of-a-kind handmade items from over 110 of Canada’s hottest urban artisans, designers & crafters! Make It fuses indie shopping, a fully licensed bar and live music from up-and-coming local musicians to create a dynamic, upbeat experience. There will be something for everyone from fashion, accessories, art, jewelry, baby items, home decor and stuff for the guys. Pay once, shop 3 days! $5 at the door –or go online for a $2 off coupon. Nifty for Fifty Heritage Hall, Vancouver April 22, 11am-8pm Over 25 Vancouver designers will gather under one roof to sell everything from accessories to clothing and trinkets, all for $50 or less. Just make sure you smash open your piggy bank; this is a cash only event. Admission is $1 at the door. Once Upon a Belly Fair Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre April 28, 11am-4pm An informative and exciting festival for new and expectant parents, providing an amazing environment that brings together everything your growing family will need with over 40 exhibitors! Admission is by donation to Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.

Where to pick up your copy of

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Vancouver Langara YMCA Kumon Sylvan Learning Centre Atlantis Programs Phoenix Gymnastics Vancouver Bilingual Preschool CEFA Jump Gymnastics Vancouver Art Gallery Hip Baby Science World North & West Vancouver Maplewood Farms Oxford Learning CEFA Lusso Baby Burnaby/New Westminster Burnaby Village Museum Kumon Pollock Clinics Tri-Cities Evergreen Cultural Centre Oxford Learning Place Des Arts Terry Fox Library Port Moody Library Pitt Meadows/Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Library Maple Ridge Library Richmond/Delta Minoru Aquatic Centre CEFA Kumon Oxford Learning Sylvan Learning Centre South Delta Library South Delta Rec Centre Surrey/White Rock Kumon Fleetwood Library Oxford Surrey Public Health Unit Sylvan Learning Ocean Park Library Langley Fort Langley Library Langley Child Development Centre CEFA

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Do You Know an Inspiring Mom? Momcafé is launching a special project to showcase the strength of professional moms across this country. Submit a 400-800 word essay on the topic: “Inspired Moms: The Strength of Women in Canada.” Share your stories of strength, courage, and inspiration about a professional mom you know—or maybe even yourself! The essays will be evaluated by a panel, and the top 20 will be compiled and shared with Momcafe’s community of professional moms in time for Mother’s Day 2012. Send a Word or Pages version of your essay to media@momcafenetwork. com. Be sure to include an appropriate photo. Deadline for submission: April 23, 2012 For more info on International Women’s Day, visit

Congrats to Earthwise Society! Now Certified Organic!

Photo courtesy of Me to We

Take Action This Summer! Me to We’s Take Action Academy is a week-long social justice-themed summer camp designed to give participants ages nine to 21 leadership skills, knowledge of pressing global and experience volunteering in the local community. Kids will learn to think critically about social issues and create action plans for when they go back home. For more info, visit

After three years of being a “Transitional Organic” farm, Tsawwassen’s Earthwise Farm is now Certified Organic. In addition to selling organic produce and offering a CSA program, Earthwise also partners with local community groups and schools to deliver education and awareness of the benefits of sustainable urban agriculture. Photo courtesy of Earthwise Society

Photo courtesy of Tire Stewardship BC.

From Wheels to Water Parks Tire Stewardship BC is a not-for-profit society formed to accept responsibility for the provincial scrap-tire recycling program. Through collection of an “eco fee” on every new tire sold, TSBC funds community grants that resurface playgrounds, water parks, trails, athletic tracks, synthetic turf fields and gardens, while keeping tires out of landfills (over 680,000 pounds in 2011). To apply for a community grant and learn more, visit

Encyclopaedia Britannica goes digital… for good. If you still dream of having this classic set of books adorning your library shelves, you better hurry! This famous set, which has been in print since 1768, is ending the print version after more than 240 years. Once the approximately 4,000 copies of current stock runs out, there will be no more available. Encyclopaedia Britannica will continue to expand its Internet reference services with more educational products for kids, schools & libraries, and more. Online subscriptions cost around $70, with apps also available for $1.99-$4.99 per month.



Children’s Kingdom Montessori Centre Preschool & Kindergarten Register Now! September and January Enrollment Mandarin, Art & Music classes are included 4720 Elgin St. Vancouver (near Knight & 31st Ave.)

Tel : (604) 872-8898

The Children’s Party Specialists Face painting, balloon animals, arts and crafts, and more.

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babyguide The 2012 Baby Guide is Coming this Spring! The 2012 Baby Guide features new articles, valuable local information, handy resource listings, and special offers and discounts for new & expecting parents.

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community calendar Babies Vancouver Aquarium Ongoing until May 6 Visitors are invited to explore the galleries to discover hundreds of babies, including seahorses, clown anemonefish, wolf-eels and poison frogs, and find out about the unusual ways different animal species breed and care for their young through new daily shows, interactive exhibits and family activities.

Easter EGGstravaganza West End Community Centre April 5, 5-7pm Join in the fun at this great family Easter event! Enjoy Easter-themed carnival games, bouncy castle, arts & crafts, and make Easter cookies too! Please pre-register to ensure your child’s spot in the egg hunt. $5/child in advance. Preschool age appropriate. 604.257.8333 |

KIDSWORLD is celebrating their 20th Anniversary!

KIDSWORLD is your passport to summer! If you’re wondering what to do with your kids this summer, this is the answer with more than 65 days of great events all planned for you. KIDSWORLD offers children 4-15 years, plus a parent/guardian, an opportunity to explore their community together, all summer long, while learning along the way. A different event/activity in a different location, every day of the summer, with all events/activities offering FREE admission for both the child and one adult. Experience events like Harbour Cruise; Theatre Under The Stars; Stanley Park HorseDrawn Tours; Burnaby Village Museum; Maplewood Farm; Playland; CTV Studio Tour; Kidtopia Family Sports Day; Westcoast Railway Heritage Park; CircusWest (CirKids)…and the list goes on. See ad/ membership application in this issue or visit the website for more info. $45 membership fee per child for the whole summer of events.

The Cat Came Back Vancouver Playhouse April 2-5, 10:30am In this fanciful tale inspired by the song Fred made famous, meet a merry band of musicians who must deal with their grumpy neighbour Mr. Johnson and his mysterious cat. Together, they learn about the joys and challenges of friendship, and how we can take care of each other. Outstanding feline puppetry and masterful music make this a show you and your family won’t want to miss! Suitable for children 3 - 10 years of age (and their parents!). After the show stay for a meet & greet! Tickets start at $10. 604.873.3311| Wizard of Oz! Orpheum Theatre April 2, 8pm Follow the yellow brick road to the Orpheum to watch this beloved classic, beautifully restored in full colour, on the big screen with live music performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Dress up as your favourite character for the Wizard of Oz as you’ve never seen (or heard) it before! Tickets start at $22.50. 604.876.3434 |


The Great A-Mazing Egg Hunt VanDusen Gardens April 6, 10am-12noon or 1-3pm Meet Mr. E. Bunny, participate in crafts and hunt for eggs in and around VanDusen’s Maze. Pre-purchased tickets required (not available on the day of the event). Tickets on sale now in person only, at the Visitor Centre Admissions Desk. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Children (ages 2-10): $6:50, Adults: $10.75, Seniors: $8. Easter Fair Surrey Museum April 7, 1-4pm Join in Easter fun for the family with spring crafts and holiday games for the little ones. Learn about the real Easter Bunny and friends as you discover local wildlife and meet rescue animals, from rabbits to reptiles and an assortment of dogs and parrots. 604.592.6956

Easter Egg Hunt Fort Langley National Historic Site April 8, 10 am–5 pm Bring a basket for the new outdoor Easter Egg Hunt at 1 pm sharp. Be sure to arrive early! The hunt will take place around the grounds within the fort walls. A relaxed Easter Scavenger Hunt will also be offered, where every child receives a treat. Enjoy fun Easter crafts and games for everyone. Critter Capers—Case of the Wandering Egg Burnaby Lake Nature House April 9, 1-4pm On Easter morning, Harold the hare found a mysterious egg. Where did it come from? And who does it belong to? Examine the dirt, slime and other trace evidence found on the shell and help reunite the egg with its parents. Allow one hour to walk the loop trail and solve the mystery. Free drop-in 604.432.6359 Broadway Across Canada presents CATS Queen Elizabeth Theatre April 10-April 15, various times. There’s no better way to introduce your family to the wonders of live theatre than with the magic, the mystery, the memory of CATS. What began as a musical about cats after Andrew Lloyd Webber picked up a book of poems in an airport bookshop has become one of the longest running shows in Broadway’s history. 604.665.3050 Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth Vancity Theatre April 13-20, various times Educational and entertaining, Reel 2 Real offers children and youth the opportunity to learn about film and cultures from around the world. Activities include internationally acclaimed films and workshops on animation, sound design, digital filmmaking, and much more. This exciting program is sure to delight, move and amaze audiences of all ages! 604.224.6162 | Family Fun Night at Gleneagles Gleneagles Community Centre, West Vancouver April 13, 5:30-8pm Fun-filled, family friendly night out to bring the kids, ages 3-12, buy some pizza and visit with friends while the kids burn off extra energy! Playmania inflatables, karaoke, face painting and more. Preregistration is required. Family Price $15 Kids’ Club Families $10

GET LOUD! 2 great events to support kids in our community. Get Loud Sing A Long Saturday April 14th

Get your tickets for this fun children’s fundraising concert, featuring Will Stroet! Many early tickets already gone and they’re expecting a sell-out, so don’t wait. Doors will open at 9am and plans are underway to bring you and your family a great morning of activities. Kids can enjoy so much entertainment, including a clown, mascot, face painting, silent auction and a professional photography option. There will be lots of prizes and giveaways too. For more updates, follow Loud Shirt Day on Facebook.

Loud Shirt Day Friday April 13th

Wear something totally loud and wacky and support children who are deaf or hard of hearing! Challenge your workplace, tennis club, or church group to consider forming a Loud Shirt Day Team. It is one day a year where everyone in BC can go wild and commit some serious fashion crimes by stepping out in their loudest, brightest shirts. Everyone who participates makes a minimum $5 donation (anything over $20 is fully tax deductible). All proceeds go to supporting deaf and hard of hearing children. For both events, email or call 604-437-0255

Spring Flea Market Minoru Place Activity Centre April 14, 10am-3pm Find treasures at this bustling market including crafts, household items, clothes, books and more! Baked goods and BBQ lunch for sale. Tim Hortons Community Cruiser will also be there with free timbits and coffee! 604.238.8450 Richard Scarry’s Busytown The ACT, Maple Ridge April 15, 1pm Based on the best Selling children’s books, Busytown Busy captures the incredible world of author Richard Scarry, and follows the adventures of his six unforgettable friends Huckle Cat, Lowly Worm, Sally Cat, Hilda Hippo, plus Pig Will and Pig Won’t. Together the friends search for the answers to three unique bamboozling mysteries and discover some fascinating surprises along the way. 604.476.2787 | Kidstuff Swapmeet Bonsor Recreation Complex, Burnaby April 15, 10am-2pm Free admission to check out over 70 tables of the best deals in town! From maternity clothes and used items for children age 12 and younger. 604.297.4597 Mommies N Munchkins Fair Fort Langley Community Hall April 15, 10am-4pm This is an event targeted toward Lower Mainland parents, babies & children. It is an opportunity for local families to learn about and meet some great local businesses and mingle with each other. There will also be a Mom’s area (for feeding/changing), entertainment for kids delicious cuisine & door prizes.

Talk-Hummingbird Homecoming Richmond Nature Park April 15, 11am-3pm The Hummingbirds are back! Learn how to attract them to gardens and how they feed and make their nests. Ongoing presentations are offered throughout the day. No registration required. 604.718.6188

Easter Bunny and the Bear Creek Train Bear Creek Train April 22-25, 10am-5pm Meet the Easter Bunny and get a candy treat. Make a bunny ears headband and ride the train through the “Springtime” tunnel display. Ticket prices: Children 2-12 year olds $6.00 & adults $4.50. 604.501.1232 | Hairspray Pacific Community Church, 5337 - 180 Street April 24, 7pm Able Creative Theatre presents: Hairspray, a musical where songs include 1960s-style dance music and “downtown” rhythm and blues. In 1962 Baltimore, Maryland, plump teenager Tracy Turnblad’s dream is to dance on The Corny Collins Show, a local TV dance program based on the real-life Buddy Deane Show. When Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight. She then launches a campaign to integrate the show. Hairspray is a social commentary on the injustices of parts of American society in the 1960s. Tickets are $10. 604.574.7441

Surrey’s 10th annual Early Years Festival

Saturday, April 14, 2012 10-3pm Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre, 13458 107 A Ave. Surrey Join us for a fun family day with music by Chris Hamilton, magic by Ray Wong, and Norma McKnight, child ventriloquist. This event is designed for those who have babies and little ones up to age 6 and those who may be expecting their first baby! This year the festival is celebrating Spring with face painting, bouncy castles, arts & crafts, ball bit, and much more. Goody bag for the first 500 participants. Event is indoors, rain or shine.

Kid Swapmeet Cloverdale Fairgrounds April 21, 9am -1pm If you are looking for a bargain for newborn to teen items this is the place! Come prepared with a cloth, plastic bags, small bills, and be ready to shop. ATM on site. 604.513.8880. Family Sunday Richmond Art Gallery April 22, 1-4pm Families are invited to participate in various exhibitionrelated art projects and activities. Performers, music, stories, art are some of the different activities going on! 604.247.8300 |

EarthFest Family Nature Festival

Wildlife Rescue Association, Sunday, April 22, , 11am-3pm Burnaby Lake Rowing Pavilion, 6871 Roberts Street, Burnaby. Burnaby Lake Rowing Pavilion, 6871 Roberts Street, Burnaby. Enjoy a day of family-friendly activities including bird and bee box building, canoe rides on Burnaby Lake, guided walks, arts, crafts, games, face painting, and tips and ideas for a greener lifestyle. Entry and all activities are FREE!

The Dance Centre presents Discover Dance! The 605 Collective Scotiabank Dance Centre April 26, 12noon The 605 Collective, regarded as one of Canada’s most exciting young dance companies, give a sneak preview of work from their hotly anticipated new piece Inheritor Album for the last show in this season’s Discover Dance! noon series. Tickets $10/$8 students, seniors & children from Tickets Tonight (604 684 2787 or 604.606.6400 | Party for the Planet Central City Plaza, Surrey April 27, 4-9pm & April 28, 10am-5pm This 2 day festival is an opportunity to showcase key sustainability initiatives, such as traffic and transportation, waste diversion, trees and landscapes, water management, and energy. Kid Swap Meet and Craft Fair Bonaccord Elementary School, Surrey April 28, 9am-3pm Excellent opportunity to buy new and gently used clothes, 0-12 yrs, toys, books etc. The craft/vendor show will be showcase handmade creations, jewelry, candles, etc. You might even find vendors like Scentsy, Creative Memories, Body by VI, Tupperware, Avon. There will also be a concession & silent auction. Free admission. 604.584.3507

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last look Recycled Crayons By Jodi Iverson

Did you know that more than 120,000 POUNDS of crayons are made EVERY DAY in North America? Crayons are a petroleumbased product that shouldn’t be going into landfills, it will take centuries for them to biodegrade! Try this fun and easy recycling project with your kids. Recycled crayons make great gifts, or party favours too.

make new crayons! Step 1 Collect broken crayons Step 2 Peel off paper wrappers, sort by colour and break crayons into small pieces To save time removing wrappers, use a box cutter (carefully!) a to make a single slice down the length of the crayon and let the kids peel from there. Step 3 Place crayon bits in a double boiler. I used cans in a pot of water. Step 4 This should be completed by an adult as the melted crayon liquid is very, very hot. Pour melted crayon into chocolate mold and place in freezer for 3 – 5 minutes. You can also use muffin tins, silicone muffin liners or ice cube trays as molds. Try layering the colours too! Step 5 Remove mold from freezer and pop out fresh, recycled crayons!

make it greener! Make your activity even greener by placing broken crayon pieces directly in the mold and melting in the sun on a hot summer day or try a solar oven! Instructions on building your own solar oven at Recycle the wrappers too! Place a handful of wax covered crayon wrappers on top of your kindling. Great for campfires!



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YMCA Camp Elphinstone YMCA Camp Deka

Who we become begins today Summer is a time for kids to have fun! It’s also a chance to learn and grow. That’s why the YMCA offers summer camps for youth ages 5-17 years that help youth reach their full potential. All our programs are values-based and combine new friendships, physical activity, adventure and personal growth. Join us and make memories that last a lifetime.

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WestCoast Families April 2012  

WestCoast Families magazine April 2012 issue, featuring Camp Guide Part I, and Go Green

WestCoast Families April 2012  

WestCoast Families magazine April 2012 issue, featuring Camp Guide Part I, and Go Green