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It’s OK To Not Be OK On Mother’s Day

Like many women in their mid to late twenties, I grew up watching the Gilmore Girls every week on TV. I loved their relationship, their overdone late nineties dialogue, and their ability to eat horrendous amounts of junk food and maintain a steady 2% body fat. I loved it all, and to this day the theme song sets off an overwhelming wave of nostalgia whenever I hear it.

My mom and I watched that show together, over the years. It’s one of the fondest memories I have of her; I think now because we were both lost in a little world that wasn’t our own- where that kind of life was possible. In Stars Hollow, things were good.

Get Filthy Clean at Foam Fest in Abbotsford

GET FILTHY CLEAN AT
FOAM FEST
Events Across Canada

(Canada) Muddy, foamy, and loaded with fun, 5K Foam Fest is coming to Canada, starting in Abbotsford, BC on June 2nd.
As part of 365 Sport Inc.’s 2018 national tour, 5K Foam Fest will be held across Canada in 15 locations starting on the West Coast.
  • Abbotsford, BC on June 2
  • Nanaimo, BC on June 9
  • Sun Peaks, BC on June 16
  • Red Deer, AB on June 23
  • Medicine Hat, AB on June 30
  • Leduc, AB on July 7
  • Regina, SK on July 14
  • Toronto, ON on July 21
  • Ottawa, ON on July 28
  • Wasaga Beach, ON on August 11
  • London, ON on August 18
  • Belleville ON, on August 25
  • Quebec City, QC on September 1
  • Moncton, NB on September 8
  • Corner Brook, NL on September 15
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With over 22 obstacles, 2.5 million cubic feet of foam, mucky mud pits, kids’ zone, 20-foot ‘sky fall’ drop, bouncy castles, the world’s tallest portable inflatable waterslide, food and drink vendors, and an on-site DJ, everyone can participate in good clean fun. This all-ages event is about funcore, not hardcore. Participants can Walk it, Charge it, Run it, Fun it!

Good Carbs and Good Company: JRG’s The Italian Dishes Up A Great Experience in Walnut Grove

The Joseph Richard Group opened the doors of it’s latest contribution to the Valley’s restaurant scene on March 19th, with The Italian Osteria & Cheese Bar. We had the pleasure of joining  dozens of local bloggers and media members for an evening of wining and dining  in Walnut Grove- and to say we were impressed is an understatement!

The 180-seat restaurant is the first Italian concept restaurant for JRG, whose other establishments include 14 public houses and three S+L Kitchen & Bar restaurants. The menu was designed by the JRG Culinary team comprised of Executive Chef Andy Slinn, Corporate Chef David Jorge (MasterChef Canada winner) as well as the Chef of The Italian, Jason Harper.

We began our huge and delicious meal with a little wine and the Antipasti for 2.  JRG describes this as, “Carefully selected local and Italian meats and cheeses, marinated artichokes, olives, eggplant caponata, Italian crackers and toasted focaccia.” We describe it as a bomb-ass platter of deliciousness that won’t disappoint.

Next, we wolfed down the House Made Meatballs, with San Marzano tomato sauce, fresh herbs, whipped ricotta, Grana Padano and toasted focaccia…. I don’t even like meatballs, but all I have to say about that is DAMN, son. Definitely worth ordering.

Throughout the night we tasted the Vongole (clam linguine), Spaghetti Carbonara (a traditional, heavily seasoned and peppery dish),  and the Ricotta Gnocchi Pomodoro, which is (not to be dramatic) probably one of the best dishes I’ve eaten anywhere in the world. Our table was full of well-traveled foodies, all of whom were raving about the quality of the food.

 

After eating more pasta than any one should ever eat, our servers brought  out dessert, which somehow topped everything off perfectly.  We basically inhaled the tiramisu, which was served deconstructed inside a dark chocolate sphere. The lemon tart was my personal favourite- lemon custard, coconut crumble, vanilla bean gelato, and meringue.

 

In summary: The Italian is well worth a visit and will not disappoint; with reasonable prices, a lively dining atmosphere, and a convenient location just off the 200th st exit, you really have no excuse not to go stuff your face with pasta and cheese now, do you?

The Italian Osteria & Cheese Bar is located at 20330 88th Ave in Langley, in the former location of JRG’s Oak & Thorne Public House, which has moved across the street to 20173 88th Ave.  The restaurant will be open seven days a week for dinner only (5pm to midnight), with plans to open for lunch within the first few months.  For more information, visit www.jrg.ca/establishment/italian-osteria-cheese-bar/. Reservations can be requested at www.jrg.ca/reservations 

 

Pincurls, Pinups, + Party Time: Chilliwack’s First Annual 1940’s Canteen Dance

On Saturday January 27th, the members of Chilliwack’s 54 Engineer Squadron are are opening the doors of the Mess Hall to the public, in support of a great cause.

Put on your most dapper duds and step back in time to eat, drink, dance, and party the night away in support of  Wounded Warriors Canada- an organization that honours and supports Canada’s ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans, First Responders and their families through a national slate of mental health programs and services that are adaptive, innovative and evidence-informed. Their programming provides life changing and family saving results for our Veterans, First Responders and their families.

The service families in Chilliwack and across the valley know first hand the impact programming like this can have on individuals and families in the service community- and it’s for this reason that we’re hoping to make the 1940s Canteen Dance an annual institution in Chilliwack- with your help.!

Your $25 ticket to Chilliwack’s First Annual 1940s Canteen Dance includes a free drink, unlimited snacks and sweets, and entry into the door prize draws, which include some incredible prizes from local businesses across the valley!

This is a themed event, so get on your best 1940s duds, prepare your tastebuds for some yummy vintage cocktails, and strap on your dancing shoes- the evening will include food, drink, dancing, costume prizes, cigar bar, door prizes, private patio, 50/50, and some amazing grand prizes to be raffled off!

This event runs from 7pm to 2am. Cash bar open until 1:30am. Must be 19+ to attend.

Tickets:
General Admission: $25
Mess Member: $10 (limit 2 per member)
Ladies Upgraded Ticket: $75 – Includes professional hair and makeup appointment the day of the event!

GET $5 OFF YOUR TICKET WITH THE CODE “FVLIFESTYLEMAG”

Make sure to subscribe to notifications on the Facebook event so you don’t miss out as event sponsors, entertainment, prizes and more are announced!

Women of Influence Giving Back: Galentine’s Day 2018

Connecting Communities & Giving Back

On February 13, 2018 Marketplace Women & Sequel Events are hosting a fundraiser for Matthew’s House at The Reach Gallery Museum in Abbotsford. Their goal is to raise $10,000 to help with the continuation of quality, compassionate care that Matthew’s House provides to families in our community.

Galentine’s Day is a day to connect women within our communities while celebrating being women of influence and giving back. The evening will be an opportunity to celebrate the amazing women around us while using this influence to do good. We know that good people will be eager to celebrate with us and support Matthew’s House.

ABOUT MATTHEW’S HOUSE

Matthew’s House is a ‘home away from home’ that provides quality care for children who live with special needs. Located in Abbotsford, we create a safe and loving environment for children, giving parents peace of mind. This care allows parents to rest and rejuvenate, strengthening the whole family.

Tickets are available online atwww.galentinesfundraiser.eventbrite.ca

Event Website: www.galentines.ca

To learn more about Matthew’s House visit https://www.mattshouse.ca/

Automotive Themed Christmas Ideas

I bet the last thing you’re thinking of when making your Christmas shopping list is auto-themed items for gifts. Yet, this is one of the best categories to go with. There’s more than enough ideas, many people on your list have cars and the stocking-stuffer options alone are endless! Plus you have the opportunity to go with functional, fun or both.

It doesn’t matter if someone is a car-enthusiast or just a car user, even for that hard-to-buy-for person these ideas are sure to help you find a great, thoughtful gift that you may not have considered before.

Coffee For A Cause in Mission BC

 

As I walked up to the gorgeous heritage facade of The Penny Coffee on Mission’s historic 1st Ave, I was immediately struck by the carefully renovated exterior, which stands out bold and blue on a street lined with brick red and brown. Without even setting foot inside the space, I could tell the interior was going to be beautiful- and I was not disappointed.

Six Things To Do This School Year To Stay Safe On The Road

It’s that time of the year again!  Parents are happy, the kids….probably not quite as much!

The obvious shopping trips have been happening, choosing a new backpack, pencils, paper, binders and books! You’ve made sure you have just the right back to school outfit and shoes for the little ones…. You’ve bought new dorm and apartment furniture for the kids heading off to university and college.  These things might be checked off your to-do list, but what about preparing the car that is going to haul all those care packages off to university, and the car that will be driving back and forth to school and dropping off the kids and their friends to after school activities and events?  The driving can be endless it seems during the school year and much of it occurs through busy neighborhoods and school zones.  This means that regular maintenance of your vehicle for safety and reliability is even more important than usual!