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Archive for the month “December, 2012”

The Top 10 Absurd Vancouver Properties of 2012

Top Ten


Believe me, it was hard to decide.  So much absurdity and ridiculousness to choose from!  I’ve narrowed down my Top Ten Absurd Vancouver Properties…let me know if I’ve missed any of your favourites!

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Candlelight vigil tonight at the Vancouver Art Gallery to honour Newtown victims


Like many of you, I’m sure, I cannot get the tragedy that unfolded in Newtown, Connecticut out of my mind.  I’ll be in the middle of getting ready for work, or helping my kids get dressed and the news will re-enter my mind.  I imagine the nightmare the parents of the tiny victims are living and feel sick and helpless.

Aside from participating in conversations about gun control and awareness and help for those who suffer with mental illness, many need an opportunity to show support in a quiet way, with members of our community who are struggling to come to terms with this event (is that even possible?).

Tonight there will be a candlelight vigil at the Vancouver Art Gallery to honour the memory of the lives lost and show support to the grieving families of Newtown Connecticut.

Everyone is encouraged to wear Green and White (the school colors) to support the families of this tragic event.

Organizers say candles will be provided but it would help a lot if people could please bring extras if they have them.

Vancouver Candlelight Vigil for Newtown, CT

Date: Wednesday, December 19th, 2012
Time: 6:00-7:00pm
Location: Vancouver Art Gallery – 750 Hornby Street Vancouver, BC

Let’s just get the f*%# out of here: getting off the Vancouver property ladder.

Small House on Ladder Rung

Okay…how many of you have actually thought about just throwing in the towel and either cashing in (if you already own) or leaving Vancouver altogether?  Every few months or so, my husband and I have “the talk”.

The MLS (a.k.a., is like crack to me.   I just can’t stop looking at houses.  I troll around on there at least three times a week to check out the recent listings in my neighbourhood. This is because, although I love my home, I know our family will outgrow it.  We have two bedrooms.  Our son and daughter currently share one.  Therefore, we will need to either create another bedroom or move to a place that has three.  Unfortunately, our options are few.  We could sell our home.  When be purchased it almost 4 years ago, our neighbourhood was affordable to us.  Now, with the huge increase in housing prices and lack of increase to our own salaries, we couldn’t afford our own house if we were to buy it today.  So…yes, we could sell our home…but where would we go? Read more…

My “Slacker Mom” Mint Fudge Christmas Cookies


Fake it til you make it with these delicious and simple to make  cookies.  The secret ingredient?  Cake mix!!

They are perfect to package for hostess gifts or put in little bags as treats for your children’s classmates!  Best of all, they are CHEAP and easy to make!  Eat your heart out, Martha!  This recipe makes about 24-30 cookies. Read more…

The REAL Real Housewives of Vancouver: Christine Pilkington

RRHOV ButtonCrisp Media CEO Christine Pilkington is a mom entrepreneur based out of Vancouver, where she lives with her husband and their three daughters who range from toddler to school-age.

A digital media veteran, Christine Pilkington has consulted some of the world’s top brands, delivered countless workshops and seminars, written articles and blog posts, and participated as a panelist and speaker on online technologies for over 14 years.  Christine is a great example of what Vancouver women are about and what we do best!  She’s a dynamo of an entrepreneur who’s killing it with her company, but family definitely comes first…and it is apparent in all she does. Read more…

My family photo shoot with Images by Bethany & Giveaway!


Family photos…usually, for mom, an absolute nightmare.  First, sourcing the photographer.  Next, choosing a location.  Then deciding what to wear.  The actual shoot day is no walk in the park either…in fact, it’s usually the worst part.  Getting the kids dressed and keeping them clean.  Trying to make yourself presentable.  Using every ounce of patience you have to not loose it on your clan as they whine that they don’t want their picture taken…by the time the shoot begins, you can’t wait for it to be over.

I don’t know about you, but this is usually my experience with corralling the family to get a few precious snaps of all of us together.  My most recent experience, however, was different.  Perhaps it is because my kids are a little older and “easier” (relative term) to manage, perhaps I’m becoming less obsessed with the “perfect family photo” as time goes on or…perhaps it was the experience created for me by Bethany Schiedel of Images by Bethany. Read more…

Are you a long distance lover? SPOKEnPHOTO puts voice to photos to share with loved ones.


“Moms, more than often, act as the glue that keeps long distance family and friends together.”  – Lynne McEachern, co-founder of SPOKE Technologies.

I was honoured when I was asked, along with other “Top Social Media Moms” to contribute a Long Distance Love Story to promote SPOKEnPHOTO, a new iPad App, which allows you to record a voice message with your photos. You can create and share talking photo collections with the look and feel of a real photo album. It lets you give the gift of your voice to long distance loved ones without needing a synchronous connection.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Skype-ing and Face Time-ing with far away relatives, and so do my kids.  However, sometimes time differences and schedules just don’t allow for this.  How cute to be able to take a photo, record a little message about it, and send it off to your long distance love right from the one device. Read more…

The REAL Real Housewives of Vancouver: Bethany Schiedel

Bethany Schiedel loves people, life, and all its moments. She lives life full and in the moment – her passions make her photography come alive. Along with her husband and little girl, her joy of life comes through in everything she does.  You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and, of course, on her company website:

Stay tuned later this week for a giveaway photography prize pack from this talented, local photographer!  Read more…

Absurd Vancouver Property (December 6, 2012)

With the “softening” Vancouver real estate market, it’s hard to believe there are still absurd properties out there…okay, who am I kidding?  It’s Vancouver…there’s always a ridiculous multi-million dollar listing out there ripe for ridiculing.  First things first, though.  Let’s look at some $2 million + celebrity homes.

First up, the $2.3 million home recently put up for sale by “The Apprentice” alum, Bill Rancic and his wife Giuliana:

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The REAL Real Housewives of Vancouver: Justine Boulin

Justine is a photographer, runner, partner to her best friend Ryan, and a mom to baby Brayden. Living in Vancouver for the past 12 years, Justine found her calling taking photos. She started up B Life photography all while on mat leave and taking care of newborn baby. It’s something she’s extremely passionate about and has recently launched her website & business. If you’d like to check out her work (or have her do your families photos!)  have a look at her facebook page: B Life Photography  or her website.  She also does a photo a day project with her son that she chronicles on her blog – The B Life.

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