Okanagan Life

Xmas Charity in Kelowna

Where To Donate In Kelowna This Holiday Season Kelowna Women’s Shelter Kelowna Women’s Shelter offers a safe place to stay, and essentials such as food, clothing, and toiletries for women who have to flee quickly and don’t have time to prepare. Women in need are provided with emergency housing at a confidential location, as well as crisis intervention, support and outreach counselling, and children’s programs. Members of the public are invited to donate money to this important organization, and those…

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Fall activities for Kelowna families

AUTUMN IN KELOWNA Cool Stuff To Do With Kids in Kelowna This Fall By Kristen Thompson. Oct. 11, 2017 Summer has slipped away from us, like beach sand through our fingers, and the days are getting shorter and cooler. It’s time to embrace plaid sweater scarves, tall boots and pumpkin spice everything… and all the fun things to do around the Okanagan as the leaves start to change:   • PUMPKIN PATCHES • Davison Orchards Country Village Family-run farm and…

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How to make an emergency preparedness kit

OKANAGAN LIFE Flooding, Wildfires in Kelowna Highlight Need For Emergency Kits If you had to leave home at a moment’s notice, could you? Originally published in Metro Vancouver on May 14, 2017. Read online here Just as the City of Kelowna issued a boil water advisory, my kids decided they were dying of thirst and needed water immediately. Of course they weren’t dying of thirst, and didn’t need it immediately, but I loaded everyone into the car and drove to…

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Cool stuff to do with kids in Kelowna this summer

Cool Stuff To Do With Kids in Kelowna This Summer … that doesn’t involve sitting in their wading pool Summer is upon us, school is almost out, (many) of the beaches are closed, and the school-based drop-in play programs are closed until fall. So what to do with little kids this summer? Well… tons! If you look in the right place. If you know of anything I’ve missed, drop me a line. And in the meantime, behold: Cool Off at…

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Our new life in Kelowna

Finding Ourselves And Our Place In Our New Home Article originally published in The View In Mission on May 5, 2017 Sometimes when I can’t get my toddler to sleep, I put her tiny flailing body in the car, pick a direction, and drive. It doesn’t take long for her to pass out, and for me to get lost. I’ve been lost in the labyrinth that is old Glenmore, on windy streets that climb the Upper Mission, on dusty lanes…

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The beauty of fingerprint necklaces

• Scroll to the bottom of this post for a chance to win $150 toward your own piece of custom jewelry • I often have this worry that I’m not doing enough to capture my daughters’ fleeting childhoods. I don’t just mean taking photos or logging milestones in baby books (which reminds me, I need to log milestones in baby books). I mean keeping trimmings from first hair cuts, hand prints from daycare art projects, the baby hat they wore…

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Easter Egg Hunts in Kelowna

It’s finally spring, and there are so many free or affordable family activities happening all across the city that I can barely keep up – starting with tons of Easter activities starting this week and running all weekend long. If you notice an event that’s missing from this list, or spot any errors in the details, please leave a note in the comments section, or email kristen.thom@gmail.com. Please double check with event provider for dates, times and locations   MOGA…

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Things to do in Kelowna with toddlers

Days can feel very long when you’re home with little kids, especially on cold or rainy days when you feel trapped in the house. There have been so many times when, after dropping my three year old off at preschool, I would drive home wishing I knew what to do with my other toddler (not yet in preschool). So I’ve finally put together a comprehensive list of fun, indoor, drop-in places to go with kids from newborn up to six.…

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