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Archive for the month “June, 2013”

Foreign residents gaming the daycare system: is there any truth to this?

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This is a comment I received on my blog earlier this year.  I haven’t been able to get it out of my head.  It was in reaction to an Absurd Vancouver Property post I had written.   I’m wondering how much truth there is to the commenter’s claim that families are “gaming” the system to achieve government subsidies for their childcare?   Read more…

On the road with my June Snackbox


Last weekend I headed over to beautiful Parksville, British Columbia to participate in a QR Code rally (you’ll find out more about what that involved in an upcoming post).  How appropriate that my June Snackbox from arrived the day we were leaving!  In it were lots of amazingly healthy, road-worth snacks to bring along for the trip! Read more…

What to do in Vancouver this weekend

PicMonkey CollageIt’s the Canada Day long weekend…and there are an endless amount of fun options of things to do with your family! Read more…

Absurd Vancouver Property (June 27, 2013)

This week a little diversion from the norm.

People say that both art and real estate are good investments.  However, I often look at both and can’t understand how or why the f*%k people spend what they do on either.  For example…

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Do they even like me?

72936_10151565220065907_141221982_nSometimes I feel like I’m so busy bossing, nagging, directing, pulling, dressing, hair-brushing, lunch-making, refereeing, coaching, bed-making, laundry folding, laundry folding and laundry folding that I am not REALLY spending time with my kids…and sometimes I think I must be a really nasty, boring, bee-otch to be around.

Just the other night, I was sitting with my husband and wondered out loud…”do you think they even like me?”  Such a strange thing to ask, right?  I mean, I know they love me.  Kids love unconditionally.  But, do they like me?  Am I fun to be around?  Do I make them laugh?  Are we “close”?  Please tell me I’m not the only crazy person who thinks about this stuff…*crickets*

Here’s the thing.   Read more…

The REAL Real Housewives of Vancouver: Christine Nielsen

RRHOV ButtonChristine is a mom of two not-so-little boys trying to survive life in the burbs and parenting in her 40’s. She is Chief Beautification Officer at by day and Blogger by night at where she drinks and blogs, often at the same time.





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A perfect “Girls Night Out”!! Win two tickets to Bon Jovi’s “Because We Can” tour in Vancouver!

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Who doesn’t love a good girls night out?  And how much better does it get than a night out with your best girlfriend at a rock concert??  Ladies, I’m talking about the one, the only…BON JOVI!!!  I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to getting out the ice mist and skin tight jeans for a night on the town with my girlfriends…can I get and AMEN?!  Mama can still rock.



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Momcabulary Monday: boohoo make do

boohoo, make do [boo-hoo mayek do]

You’re house rich and cash poor…or you are in so much debt that you can’t afford to update your kitchen, wardrobe or really anything.  Well, boohoo make do.  Jeez, don’t be a crybaby.  Use what you have, be creative and make the best of it.  As moms we’re all going to go through a stage in life where nothing feels finished, everything is a work in progress and we just have to live with it.  Unless you’re rich – and in that case, boohoo f*%k you…

And don’t forget…wine makes everything better.

The only acceptable kind of cry baby, in my opinion.

The only acceptable kind of cry baby, in my opinion.

Teaching kids how to TravelSmart: Giveaway from Translink and Tripsters!


Tripsters is an innovation from TravelSmart, the TransLink program that encourages sustainable modes of transportation. The game, and accompanying school activities, offers a fun new way for kids to learn about walking, cycling, carpooling and public transit.

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Lazy Leftover Salmon Cakes

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I’m all for using up leftovers…and now that I’m semi-retired, I need to put our family on more of a budget when it comes to food.  Over the summer, I’m certain we will be preparing a lot of BBQ salmon.  It’s nutritious, inexpensive when you buy a large amount and…delicious.  However, we often have eyes bigger than our stomachs and make too much.  I’ve come up with this quick and easy way to use up the remains. Read more…

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