London Drugs supports autism fundraising campaign across BC and Alberta

Puzzled Jewelry returns to London Drugs stores across British Columbia and Alberta for the second year in a row. Puzzled Jewelry is a brand with a cause, offering unique and trendy jewelry designs. With a new design every campaign, Puzzled Jewelry creates a unique puzzle piece of jewelry to build awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder.


Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental condition that impacts typical brain growth. As a spectrum disorder, ASD has a wide variation in how it affects each person. Common characteristics include difficulties with communication and social interactions, repetitive interests and activities, and stereotypic motor behaviours.

Puzzled Jewelry was created by three mothers, Patricia James, Debbie Su and Keri Kennett, who were joined together by an Autism diagnosis affecting each of their little boys. In 2016 their campaign raised over $34,000 through the sale of Puzzled Jewelry necklaces at select London Drugs locations in British Columbia and Alberta. This year, they have created 925 sterling silver puzzle earrings to support their continued fundraising efforts.

At a cost of $20.00 plus tax, partial proceeds from the earrings will go towards the Pacific Autism Family Centre (PAFC). The core purpose of the PAFC is to become a knowledge centre while addressing and providing the support and services required by individuals with ASD and their families. The Centre is the hub for research, and collaboration, providing individuals and their families with resources for their lifespan and is the first of its kind in North America. The Centre of knowledge and innovation will involve the development of physical “hub and spoke/satellite” centres located in communities across the province, in collaboration with local community partners.

Puzzled Jewelry earrings will be available from now until March 31st at most London Drugs British Columbia locations and all stores in Alberta. Show your support in a photo wearing your earrings and share it on social media with #PacificAutism.

Spring Break: PlayDome at BC Place, March 22-26, 2017

Western Canada’s largest and most anticipated indoor carnival is back for spring break 2017 as PlayDome returns to BC Place. PlayDome features more than 45 rides and attractions, plus your favourite carnival snacks and games, all under one roof!

PlayDome will be open from Wednesday, March 22nd through to Sunday, March 26th. There’s no better place for families from across the Lower Mainland to spend their spring break. All of your favourite rides and attractions have returned, so be sure to take a spin on the Tornado, experience weightlessness on the Alien Abduction and soar into the sky with the Mini Jets.
Once you’ve taken a turn on all the rides, snack on all your favourite fair foods like cotton candy and mini donuts and play the always-entertaining Carnival Games.
Find more information visit their FAQ page or phone 604-669-2300.
Prices: 
$29 Dome Pass (valid for full day, all rides)

$49 Ultimate Pass (5-days, all rides) 

$8 Guest Pass (required to enter as a spectator)

For groups sales contact 604-252-3663 / groupsales@pne.ca
*Children under 2 years old admitted free (for safety reasons, they are not permitted to ride)

SAHP: Upgrades to get back into the work force #YMCCommunity

So, you’ve had a baby or more…

You spend a year at home on Maternity/ Paternity leave and then maybe, just maybe, you choose to stay home with the kids.


Finances are tight with one income, but you learn to make to money stretch and you’re OK with that. 

Five or more years down the road, when you’re done having babies and they’re now in school full-time, you may be ready to get back into the work force. Perhaps you’re still at home with a little one and could take this opportunity to enroll in a distance program that will allow you to upgrade your skills or start a new career, but at the same time be at home with the kidlets.

But the working world has changed since you last worked and now your skills are probably outdated. You’ll need to upgrade your skills and chances are, you’ll be needing to take a course or more. Maybe you want to completely change your direction and taking a course or program is a definite must. 


But, again…finances are tight because you are a single income household and monies brought in go to the most important things like bills, food, school stuff, extra-curricular activities for the kids, gifts for the plethora of birthday parties that your kids get invited to and the never ending clothes shopping for your growing spawn. Furthering your education just seems to take a back seat to all of these things. What about before and afterschool care for your kids, so you can attend school full-time?

How do you make it work?

Is there financial aid available or even better…bursaries or scholarships that can be obtained?

What about childcare subsidies? Hubby makes too much for us to qualify, but we just can’t fathom $450/month per kid!

Where do you start looking? The banks, the institution in which your desired programs are being offered?

These are things to consider when you’re planning on getting back into the workforce or going back to school.

I am a full-time Stay-At-Home-Mom…I want to take this opportunity to learn more. 


Our kids are in school now. Come September, it’ll be full-time for both.

I know what I want to do. We just need to sort out the details of before and after school care and how to pay for it!

Have you gone back to school after being out of the workforce for an extended period of time? How did you manage financially?

#Odysseo by Cavalia comes to Vancouver {{Promo Code}}

Founded in 2011, Odysseo by Cavalia, is described as “The Best Show Ever”!

I couldn’t agree more!

This spectacular performance between human and horse definitely lives up to it’s reputation!

Over 60 horses and 40 artists perform together in this breathtakingly magestic show of equestrian and acrobatic numbers. The beautiful landscapes that are projected on three of the largest cinema screens such as, the desert and savanna of Africa, the American Southwest, the Northern Lights, an ice cave, verdant fields and Easter Island will leave you in awe of Nature’s beauty.

Odysseo is an all-ages show that the entire family will fall in love with!

Matinee and evening performances are scheduled until March 1, 2017, so don’t hesitate to book your tickets!

Save up to 15% when you purchase select tickets using promo code “SOCIAL“!

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with FlyOver Canada!

For a limited time, FlyOver Canada presents Flight of the Dragon, a flight ride experience that takes you over the breathtaking Chinese countryside and renowned landmarks.


FlyOver Canada invites all guests to come and enjoy both FlyOver Canada and Flight of the Dragon; two virtual flight rides for the regular admission price! Save time onsite, buy tickets online now.

The Flight of the Dragon Experience
Start your experience off in our pre-show room, where you will see beautiful festive decorations and still images of Chinese New Year celebrations. Then, buckle up your seat-belt and get prepared for our virtual flight ride double feature!


First, follow a mythical dragon as you soar over some of China’s most spectacular landscapes and scenery during Flight of the Dragon. Then, remain seated and take off once again shortly after to experience the Ultimate Flying Ride, FlyOver Canada, a thrilling virtual flight ride that takes you across Canada from east-to-west. Both rides incorporate state of the art special effects including wind, scents, mist in addition to the movement of your seat to make you feel like you are truly flying. 
The complete experience will last between 20 – 25 minutes.


Entrance/Show Times

Entrance times are every 20 minutes.

Please note that the queuing area is partially exposed to the elements. They suggest that guests dress accordingly for the weather, particularly on weekends when there may be wait times.

To avoid entrance lineups, FlyOver Canada strongly suggests purchasing FastLane Admission tickets on weekends . Purchase your FastLane tickets now.

What’s for dinner? One Pot Pasta and Ground Chicken.

Stuck for a dinner idea that the kids will eat and you’ll be able to whip up in about a half an hour?

This one-pot noodle and ground chicken dish will be devoured by all and definitely added to the weekly rotation!


Homemade One Pot Pasta and Ground Chicken

Ingredients:

1 lb ground chicken, turkey or beef

1 cup onion, diced

1 tsp EACH paprika, parsley, oregano, garlic powder, salt

½ tsp chili powder

2 tsp tomato paste for extra umami = flavor (optional)

14oz can coconut milk (you can use 1-1/2 cups regular milk or almond if you prefer) 

2 cups beef broth

2-1/2 cups short pasta (rotini, penne, cavatappi, whole wheat/ grain or gluten-free work as well)

1 cup cheddar cheese (you can sub in dairy-free cheese as well)

1-2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Instructions:

Preheat a 10″ skillet with a tight fitting lid over medium heat.

Add in your ground meat and diced onion, brown.

Add in all the spices and tomato paste if using.

Stir in the liquids and noodles.

Bring to a gentle simmer, cover, and turn the heat to low.

Simmer about 10-15 minutes until the noodles are tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed.

Remove from the heat, vent the lid, and let rest to absorb the remaining liquid for about 5 minutes.

Stir in the cheese and Worcestershire, taste, add more salt if necessary, enjoy!

*I totally forgot to add the cheese and Worcestershire, but it still tasted awesome!

{{Giveaway}} Celebrate Dry, Family New Year’s with Vancouver Christmas Market!

Vancouver Christmas Market will be hosting a Dry New Year’s Family Celebration on Saturday, December 31, 2016 from 11am-9pm at Jack Poole Plaza. This family-focused, dry event will offer a host a children’s entertainment, live music, food and gift vendors to ring in the New Year as a family. 


This is the perfect event for the young and young at heart to embark on some holiday family fun. Mom and Dad will find it hard to keep up as little ones enjoy the following delightful activities: 
Visit the Photo Hut for a family photo op.

Take a spin on the carousel!


Keep dry and warm up in the heated Alpine Haus.

Listen to live music from Des Larson, Paul Filek, and BANG.

Receive FREE kids glitter tattoos. Choose from fun designs that celebrate the New Year, German-style: A ladybug, a little pig, fireworks, and more! 

Enjoy FREE kids balloon twisting.

Receive a FREE kids caricature: Get a funny artwork souvenir as we head into the New Year.

To view the complete event schedule click here: VCMentertainment

Ticket prices
Single Admission from Adult $8 Children 0-6, Free

Admission is subject to event capacity. 

For ticket bookings and further details, visit: vancouverchristmasmarket.com

Please note that Vancouver Christmas Market is not an official viewing area for the 2016 New Year’s Eve fireworks. For detailed information about viewing zones, please visit: nyevan.com

{{The Giveaway!}}

I’ve got a Family 4pk of passes to giveaway to this New Year’s Eve event for one lucky Raincity Parent reader! This giveaway is open to residents of the Greater Vancouver Area and the Sea to Sky Corridor, 18 years and over only! Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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