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Jennifer has lived in Kamloops for 20 years and is proud to call it home! She has developed many great friends and connections in the community throughout that time and is passionate about bringing families together in the community and providing resources to them! She is currently a full-time mom to Hayley and Megan. In September, she will return to her full-time job as well! In her (not so) spare time, she likes to hang out with friends and family, go boating, and occasionally do some scrapbooking and writing!

Have a Safe and Healthy Halloween!

Fall events like Halloween are a chance to dress up in costumes, go trick-or-treating, attend parties, and eat yummy treats. These events are also opportunities to provide nutritious snacks, get physical activity, and focus on safety.  It’s only a little over a week until Halloween night, but I know my girls have been talking about costumes and pumpkins and “treats” all month! This inspired me to share with you some ideas I’ve collected over the last month about how to ensure your little ghosts and goblins, and pirates and princesses have a safe and healthy Halloween night!

Safe Halloween Tips

1. Children under the age of nine should be accompanied by an adult or responsible older child since they lack the developmental skills to cross the street on their own. This is a year-round tip that will help keep your child safe while you share good pedestrian habits and pass on a legacy of safety-minded behaviour.

2. Teach your child to stop at the curb, look left, right and left again, and to listen for oncoming traffic. This vital skill is especially important when children are distracted and excited. Never rely on traffic signals alone – use your eyes and ears to make sure it’s safe to cross.

3. Select costumes with bright colours to increase your child’s visibility and choose face paint instead of masks. Masks can make it hard for your child to see properly and often restrict peripheral vision, making it difficult to check for oncoming traffic before crossing a road.

4. Avoid dressing your kids in long, baggy, or loose costumes or oversized shoes (to prevent tripping).

4. Go only to well-lit houses and remain on porches rather than entering houses.

5. Have your children’s full names and phone number attached to their costumes somewhere if they are too young to remember them.

6. Don’t forget to take a flashlight with you.
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Book Review: Kindergarten, Here I Come!

Book: Kindergarten, Here I Come!

Author: D. J. Steinberg

Illustrator:  Mark Chambers

For Ages: 4-5

Where to Get it: This book is available to purchase in store or online at Chapters Bookstore; and online at Amazon.

This book is essential for any child starting Kindergarten – boy or girl!  The rhyming makes it fun and the illustrations are colorful and detailed.  The best thing about this book is that each page or two, it addresses the different things a child will expect to encounter when they start school…. everything from meeting the teacher, to “criss-cross applesauce,” to recess, “lining up” and field trips.  I think it’s a great summary of what the first year of school is all about!

My daughter started school this year.  We read this book several times leading up to her first day and it was neat to hear her come home after her first few days to say: “Mom! We did criss-cross applesauce and played outside at recess today!”  Her favorite part of the book is the section that talks about recess, because of all the fun things the kids can do outside.

Of course, I scanned through lots of great books about starting school, when I was looking for this one for my daughter, and there is a great variety out there; I think this one is one of the best. is sending out a call to any parents who want to contribute their voice and knowledge to the site.  If you want to write a Book Review or contribute elsewhere on the site, Contact Us!

Book Review: Jillian Jiggs

Book: Jillian Jiggs

Author/Illustrator: Phoebe Gilman

For Ages: 4-6

Where to Get it: This book is available to purchase in store or online at Chapters and Coles Bookstore; and online at Amazon.

Any child who loves to play “dress-up” will love this book!  Whether she’s dressing up like a robot, a tree, a dragon or a chicken, Jillian Jiggs simply does not have time to clean up her room with so many possibilities to explore!  No matter how many times her mother asks her to clean up her room, Jillian promises she will but there’s always another marvelous costume to wear or game to play.

This book has become one of my five-year old’s favorites.  Each page has wonderful, detailed artwork.  The rhyming and repetition have made it an excellent choice for her to “practice” her reading, by learning and memorizing some of the catchy phrases (“Jillian, Jillian, Jillian Jiggs!  It looks like your room has been lived in by pigs!”)

This author also wrote several other books, about Jillian Jiggs including: The Wonderful Pigs of Jillian Jiggs, Jillian Jiggs to the Rescue, and Jillian Jiggs and the Secret Surprise. is sending out a call to any parents who want to contribute their voice and knowledge to the site.  If you want to write a Book Review or contribute elsewhere on the site, Contact Us!

Road Trip Survival: Traveling with Children

Elizabeth says, “Summer is a time of rest for our family.  We are together and we like to take off on adventures and check out areas around our home; camping and exploring.  We are lucky enough to get the chance to be out and about together

I am fortunate to have three children that are fairly happy when we are traveling.  They each have a stash of books that are at their fingertips for reading.  They usually bring a small bag of toys.  They like to look out the windows and see what they can find. They get bored, like any kid.  They fight, like many siblings.  They like to be loud.  Very very rarely will they ever fall asleep.  Until then, I need to have more than one “little something” for those be-quiet-or-Mom-and-Dad-are-going-to-pull-out-their-hair moments.

I like to have games for us to use when we are traveling.  We also like to use the Spark Your Imagination cards.

I Spy,  What If…,  Would you Rather…,  Scavenger Hunts, The Alphabet Game (where we look for all the letters, in order, that we can find).  This is good game to teach kids letters but it is a little challenging when the littles don’t yet know know their alphabet.

These are a few classics but they can (and do) get old.

I searched for a bit and found a few great websites sharing awesome suggestions of games to play while you are traveling, waiting or just needing to focus the attention of whomever might be needing distraction!!
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Book Review: Tails

Book: Tails

Author: Matthew Van Fleet

Edited and Art Directed by: Skip Skwarek

For Ages: 1-5

Where to Get it: This book is available to purchase in store or online at Chapters; and online at Amazon.

Tails are irresistible to toddlers and preschoolers alike!  This book presents a colorful collection of tails created just for those eager toddlers to tug, pat, and even scratch and sniff! Matthew Van Fleet’s book features furry tails, spiny tails, shiny tails, and tails that wag–and the book is durable!  We’ve had this since my eldest was a baby (so going on 5 years now), and only one of the wagging tails looks a little “limp” after many tiny hands have taken a turn at it!

Although most appealing to the younger babies, I find that even my almost-5 year old still enjoys flipping through it.   The final two pages appeal mostly to the older child, as the book encourages the child to flip back through the book and find “1 skunk, 2 tigers, 3 foxes etc…” With the diversity of animals represented in this book, I found this was an excellent tool to help teach kids the names of so many creatures.

This author also wrote several similarly themed books, titled:  MOO, CAT, DOG, Heads, and Alphabet. is sending out a call to any parents who want to contribute their voice and knowledge to the site.  If you want to write a Book Review or contribute elsewhere on the site, Contact Us!