Central City’s Charity Gift Wrap Centre

Get your holiday gifts wrapped at Central City’s Charity Gift Wrap Centre from December 7 to 24!

Prices start at just $2 and a wide assortment of attractive eco-friendly wrap and bag options are available. The Charity Gift Wrap Centre is located on the south side of the shopping centre adjacent to Tim Hortons.  The gift wrap centre is coordinated by the Surrey Central Lions Club and staffed entirely by volunteers. 100% of the proceeds from the service benefit the Surrey Food Bank and elementary school breakfast program.

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Fraser Valley Lifestyle Mag is Popping Up at The 18th Annual West Coast Women’s Show Oct 12-14 2018

Western Canada’s largest and most popular women’s event is back and better than ever!

It’s fun, fashion, food, and the best shopping at over 400 booths. The 18th annual West Coast Women’s Show returns to TRADEX on October 12, 13, & 14. With all the latest products and services for women from hundreds of exhibitors, you will find everything on your wish list and more. Join us for our most exciting ever line-up of show features, including:

Shopping Local and Ethical Without Busting Bank


We’ve all heard it. “I want to support local or ethical, but I just can’t afford it.” This is basically how big box retailers thrive – they churn out mass volume for cheap labor and cost, and families on a budget flock. This isn’t to shame, because all of us do it. I love my Target runs or saving up coupons to get everything my daughter needs from Gap. I’m writing this because most of us have a heart for being more ethically conscious, and wanting to provide a cleaner, less-polluted world for our kids, but need some help doing it. So if you are from BC or Canada in general, here are some helpful tips for how to afford ethically made products.

Municipal Leaders and Tech Entrepreneurs Unite for 2nd Annual Fraser Valley Tech Forum with a Focus on Intelligent Communities and Funding for Valley Entrepreneurs

On Thursday, September 20th, key regional stakeholders and industry experts are participating in the second annual Fraser Valley Tech Forum co-hosted by the Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tech (SRCTec) and the District of Mission. The event aims to attract industry, government, academia, tech influencers, and community stakeholders to come together and foster growth and innovation within the local tech sector.

How Many Reps Are The Right Amount?

How many reps should you do on your exercises when you lift weights for fat loss?

The human body has different muscle groups and not all muscles are the same size or even type.
 Small muscles respond better to higher reps.
 Big muscles respond well to both higher reps and lower reps.

There are 6 big lifts that will target the “big muscles” when you lift weights which involve lots of muscles working together at the same time and in order to maximize your time and effort, you have to think differently about these movements when compared to others.

Belly Bags: The Perfect Gift for Preggos

I might be gift box obsessed.

Is there any occasion that isn’t suitable to give a cute, perfectly arranged gift box of goodies? I really don’t think so. The options are absolutely endless, and I just adore a beautifully curated gift basket put together by a local company… with products from local companies!

Well,I’ve found a local company that doesn’t just do “gift baskets”. They do a very special, very specific type of gift basket.

Belly Bags, right here in the Fraser Valley, curates these special gifts for expecting mums – saving the hassle of purchasing and packing necessities for the hospital bag, and also making a super cute baby shower gift!

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 Reservations can be requested at 


Maan Farms Goat Yoga Experience

Yes you heard us right – goats and yoga in the same sentence… Goat Yoga is a new offering to Maan Farms and the Fraser Valley. Come and enjoy this unique wellness experience and spend time with our cuddly goats!

This is exactly what it sounds like – YOGA with GOATS Whether you are an avid Yoga goer or you’ve never done a class, our instructor and goats will make sure the class fits your needs!

Infinite Serenity Holistic Spa

“Healing the mind, body and soul from Mother Earth through to the Heavens”

On those days when you wish the world would stop turning so you could get off, wouldn’t it be nice to have a place to regroup, redirect, ground yourself and get back to your life feeling lighter?  That’s a lot to ask, but Stephany Brown hopes to accomplish exactly that with her recently opened Infinite Serenity Holistic Spa.