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Archive for the month “October, 2012”

The REAL Real Housewives of Vancouver: Suzanne Serwatuk

Suzanne Serwatuk is a mama, knitter, sewer, crafter, lover, baker, blender, writer, thrifter, photographer, and Owner and Engineer (aka The Juice Lady) of The Juice Caboose, a mobile juice and smoothie truck in Vancouver BC.  She is also a Writer/Blogger (www.enchantedchameleon.typepad.com)

 

 

 

 

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A Vancouver tradition: The Circle Craft Christmas Market – Win tickets!!

The first Circle Craft Christmas Market was held in East Vancouver in 1973.  Each year since, generations of Vancouverites and visitors have attended, enjoying “…a Market where they come face to face with fine BC and Canadian artisans and their work: wood-turners, glassblowers, sculptors and potters, clothing and jewellery designers, toy-makers, and many more.” Read more…

Absurd Vancouver Property of the Week (October 25, 2012)

This Arbutus home is $2.6 Million dollars. Read more…

Ann Coulter is a bully – and like all bullies should be called out and put in her place.

My brother is developmentally challenged.  Growing up, and now, he’s always just been my brother.  Yes, of course, I recognize that he has certain limitations.  He doesn’t do things as quickly as most of us and sometimes he needs extra help and guidance with every day tasks.  But the proficiency he lacks in some areas, are made up for in spades in others.

He is one of the most thoughtful, kind and brave individuals I know.  He realizes his limitations, but never uses them as an excuse to not try or believe he can’t do something.  When he is unsure, he asks for help — something many of us, for pride’s sake, don’t do.  That is self-awareness.  That is bravery.  That is intelligence.

So it really pisses me off when people use the word “retard” in a derogatory way. Read more…

Shhhh…the don’t ask, don’t tell of Vancouver Real Estate affordability.

Unaffordable housing is Vancouver’s secret brand, dressed up for lattes in cuddly green amenities. It’s killing our economy (outside the ruling real estate industry), driving away young people, breaking up families and making the city less attractive for working people without an inheritance, a previous investment in real estate or a mysterious source of cash income. – Peter Ladner, BC Business Read more…

The REAL Real Housewives of Vancouver: Angie Bunnell

I am  a 35 (almost 36 gulp) … and is preparing for a 40th b-day meltdown lol.  I have 3 kids and live with my amazing partner (not married, but after all these year I suppose we may as well be!)  Our youngest is 2 and definitely keeps us on our toes.  I attempt to do my best at juggling (balance is NOT the right word) day to day (mundane) life (known as dishes, cleaning, laundry etc etc) with work, exercise, my kids activities, time for my partner, time for me, travel….  I’ve recently cut my work week down to focus on my passion of photography.   I LIVE life!  http://angieb.smugmug.com/

Occupation: Mom, partner, insurance broker and photographer Read more…

As a parent and voter…what would you ask Premier Christy Clark if you could?

I get hemming pants…but can someone explain to me what the heck a cabinet shuffle is?

Next week, I will be sitting down with Premier Christy Clark at a roundtable session for mom bloggers.

I feel like I didn’t really become invested in knowing about politics or our political system until I had children.  Perhaps this is because I realized there were other people in control of decisions that would affect the life of my family…and I HATE to not be in control.  In order to gain back some of my power as a parent and citizen…I need to become more educated about our political system.  I don’t think I am alone. Read more…

Absurd Surrey Property of the Week? You be the judge…

Surrey Developer, Tien Sher’s “Balance” development proposes micro-condos ranging in size from 260-650 square feet. Prices will start at $109K.

Well, it’s happening.  We are moving into the era of micro-condos in the Lower Mainland.  Surrey developer Tien Sher is in the process of getting approval for Balance, Canada’s smallest condo development, to Surrey City Center (Whalley, to be exact).  I think they could be on to something.  This development has everyone who talks about Real Estate in Vancouver abuzz. Read more…

What scares you more? Your child being bullied…or your child being the bully?

I, like many others was saddened and sickened by the death of local teenager, Amanda Todd last week.

Whenever things like this happen I think about my own kids.  I think about how innocent and precious they are and I can’t imagine anyone wanting to hurt them.  On the other hand, I also can’t fathom either of them deliberately hurting others – either physically or with words.  I can’t imagine the pain that Amanda’s parents are going through, nor the way the parents of her tormentors must feel.  I’ve read comments saying the people who were bullying Amanda must have come from homes where parents set bad examples.  Surely, kids who would participate in this kind of behavior don’t come from “nice” families, right?

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The REAL Real Housewives of Vancouver: Molly Schneeberg

With a passion for business and the proven ability to successfully bring great ideas into reality, Molly Schneeberg has been a dynamic entrepreneur for more than a decade.  She is currently Founder and CEO of her start up venture, Kibooco (the kid’s book company) which is an interactive platform for kids to create and design their own (real) books!  Outside of building and running her own ventures, Molly has worked as a business and management consultant across industries for over 12 years.   As the proud Mother of two, Molly is in awe of the unhindered creative capacity of the children in her life.  Kibooco is the crystallization of Molly’s many passions and inspirations – fusing her creativity, entrepreneurialism, business savvy with her motivations and values as a parent. Read more…

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