Category Archives: One Parents Perspective

Spotlight on opinions, perspectives and experiences of parents in Kamloops.

Get Your Family Started With Geocaching!

“Geocaching is when you find secret treasures hidden under logs or under benches by looking on the map and seeing if it’s 100m or 2m or 14m away.”  – definition by S, age 7.

Geocaching is the use of a GPS to locate a hidden treasure by moving to the designated coordinates.

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My husband and I like solving puzzles and riddles and have passed on that interest to our kids. We like giving them tasks to accomplish and they LOVE earning the rewards that they can earn.
We like to set up challenges around town and enjoy exploring the outdoors and seeing what we can find. Naturally, geocaching was something that we had heard about and in which we had interest. Without a GPS unit, we hadn’t had the opportunity to take our kids (9, 7, 5 and 1) to explore and try our hand at locating the hidden treasures. When eavesdropping on a coffee shop conversation one day, I was bold enough to ask a little more and was told that there is an app that can be used to help non-GPS holders to geocache. There is a free version and a full version that costs $10. I got the free version and had it loaded onto my phone right away. Then, it sat there. And sat there and sat there and sat there. We didn’t ever get the chance to go out.

Last month, on a warm and sunny day, my kids and I opened the app and selected “find nearby geocaches” There were five within a short walk from my house, in the local park. We recruited some company and set off to see what we could find.

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My eldest son held the phone and watched as the line to the cache got shorter and shorter as we walked forward. He read off the distance and the crew got more and more excited. 5m, 4m, 3m, 2m, 1m! We looked high and low. We read all the descriptions and hints. We searched and searched in the brush. NO luck. Geocaching is lame!

We didn’t want to leave the excursion a total failure so we decided to try our hand at the next Continue reading Get Your Family Started With Geocaching!

Elizabeth is a Kamloops lifer. Born at RIH, she is happy to be raising her family here. Married with four wonderful children, Elizabeth is also teacher and enjoys working with parents as she learns more about this “Mommy gig”. Elizabeth is passionate about parenting and enjoys networking with other parents.

Quick Craft to Lift a Bad Mood

Picture it:

You are 4 years old, and it’s the morning after a 2 week break where everyone is finally returning to work or school.

Except you.

You are yanked out of your warm bed to the realization that everyone is hurriedly trying to get back into a routine. 

You are dragged through the motions of the morning, with requests of “get dressed!” and “brush your teeth!” being hurled at you after almost 2 weeks of lazy days spent in pyjamas. 

You are pulled through unplowed streets as you accompany your older brother on his walk to school. 

Finally, you return home with a mood so frustratingly grumpy and a mother who won’t stop asking you “what’s wrong” and “why are you so upset?!”

This was my daughter on the morning that students returned to school this week.

It came to me that she was simply feeling what I sometimes do and just wanted to be left alone to work through it.

So, I quietly began preparing for a craft, with the hope that my daughter would eventually join me in making a face mask depicting a happy face and another one for anger.

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Let me tell you, nothing calms this 4 year old down better than Continue reading Quick Craft to Lift a Bad Mood

Jodi is originally from Montréal, Quebec and spent a few years in Northern New Brunswick. She moved to Kamloops in the Spring of 2010 with her family and works as an educational assistant. Her 6 and 8 year old keep her really busy as they love exploring the area and enjoying what Kamloops has to offer!

Fit By Design Celebrates 4 Years in Kamloops

It’s  been 4 years since Sabrina Sinclair and her team at Fit By Design began helping women on their wellness journey in Kamloops.

I myself embarked on that very same journey back in the fall of 2012.

The main reason why I keep going back? The fun and supportive atmosphere.

To celebrate 4 memorable years in business in Kamloops, Fit By Design is giving away a MONTH of Fit By Design to one lucky winner.  Click on the following link to enter to WIN:

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FitbyDesign2014Happy Birthday, Fit By Design!

Jodi is originally from Montréal, Quebec and spent a few years in Northern New Brunswick. She moved to Kamloops in the Spring of 2010 with her family and works as an educational assistant. Her 6 and 8 year old keep her really busy as they love exploring the area and enjoying what Kamloops has to offer!

Soon It Will be 7 When it Actually Feels Like 8!

One of my good friends is a devout “cold-turkey”-er when it comes to time changes.  I have always found this approach to time change really hard, and even in my 20’s, I would begin “switching over” a few days out.  I found it much easier on my system – I hardly noticed anything while everyone else would lay around and mope about how tired they were.  Now, as a parent, I am definitely a fan of the “15 minutes a day” approach.   By changing my children’s routine by 15 minutes a day, they honestly don’t even realise anything is happening, and it allows us to avoid many of the pitfalls of the “all in one go” approach.

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15 minutes a day…..

One of the benefits of doing things this way is that when you get to Continue reading Soon It Will be 7 When it Actually Feels Like 8!

As always, you and your ideas are wonderfully welcomed. If you are interested in getting involved with KamloopsParents.com simply email jodi@kamloopsparents.com and we can chat!

A Juicy Story

People often ask us, what is the secret to your great tasting apple juice?

We give all kinds of answers about the geography of the area, the fact that our juice is pure and the fact that we sing to our apples every night.

Just kidding.

We don’t do that (at least I don’t think we do). But the truth is, our secret isn’t very sneaky: Great apple juice starts with great apples! We use high-quality apples to make our juice. Vernon really is a perfect place to grow apples. The combination of our hot Okanagan sunshine and the cool nights of our Fall make for spectacular natural sugar content and flavor in our apples.

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We do not use apples that have fallen off the tree, aka “windfalls” to Continue reading A Juicy Story

As always, you and your ideas are wonderfully welcomed. If you are interested in getting involved with KamloopsParents.com simply email jodi@kamloopsparents.com and we can chat!