It’s winter in BC. We rarely ever get winter, but I mean this week, it’s really winter. That means hibernation and spending a little too much time in front of our screens. Scrolling around Instagram and seeing some beautiful photos? And all you’ve got are some selfies in…

The Smart Way to Shopping Local


My name is Shana from Life as Wife and Mom, I am a local small shop enthusiast blogger and photographer. I am beyond excited to be invited to the magazine to share some amazing local shops within our community. When you support local, you have the opportunity to fuel a neighbour, a mother, a father, a daughter… a person in our community directly! I have made it a conscious decision to purchase as much as we can from local vendors.  

Thrift Shops In The Fraser Valley

I am a serial thrifter.  

 No seriously, I have an addiction. I love thrifting so much, I routinely post things for sale online because I have a constant rotation of things going in and out. This is primarily due to my rule of “one in, one out.” Whenever I bring something home, something has to go. Also, while I do buy things with the intention of keeping them, sometimes after a few dates out with the clothing in question, I realize I don’t love it as much as I did or my body changed and it no longer fits right. So I thrift it. I live in a tiny space, which means my closet and dresser storage is at a premium and cannot support my love for unique or new finds, hence my one-one rule. My solution to a sad day? Go thrifting. Having a day date with my husband? Ooh, there’s a thrift shop across the street, let’s go check it out. Too broke right now? Sell some stuff. Then go thrifting. 

Netflix has come out with some pretty great documentaries and reality shows lately that have us glued to our couches (I’m looking at you, Fyre), but there is one in particular that has us talking. Going beyond being a feel-good show, it has influenced real…

Come Spend The Evening With Critter Care Wildlife Society To Celebrate Their 20th Anniversary!

Critter Care Wildlife Society is the result of the hard work Gail Martin has put in into saving BC critters in the last 30 years. She first started caring for injured raccoons- which eventually led to assisting all BC native injured mammals including black bear cubs. Gail has worked tirelessly for the last thirty years and is an avid conservationist and knowledgeable rehabilitator. Critter Care Wildlife Society is the culmination of her lifetime commitment to the preservation of all living things. The Society has dedicated the last 20 years to saving mammals throughout BC and give them a second chance to live free and wild. Help us protect your children and grandchildren’s legacy by joining us for this special evening!

1. Gluten Free Expo This is hand's down Canada's largest gluten free expo. With hundreds of different gluten free foods to sample and even more savings you're bound to leave with a full belly and stocked up with healthy food your entire family will love! The expo also offers an educational component as registered dietitians,
Drop off your Christmas tree at Central City's east parking lot (off King George Boulevard) from 9am to 4pm on January 6 and the Lions Club will chip it! Minimum $5 donation per tree and all proceeds go to the Surrey Food Bank. Special thanks to Bartlett Tree Experts for the tree chipping services. Visit for