Organics Live: Contest

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Moms, let’s talk for a moment about grocery shopping, trying to eat clean, trying to figure out what ‘eat clean’ actually means, and of course, the elusive challenge of trying to get your children to eat more vegetables. The struggle is real. Let me introduce you to Organics Live London delivery box.

Organics Live London delivers certified 100% organic, sustainably produced, and locally focused food and grocery items to homes and businesses for up to 20% less than the cost of retail with FREE delivery. Not only are they driven to provide your family with the cleanest organic produce, but they do it with a large focus on the environment as well by running a carbon neutral operation and sourcing from local farms for seasonal produce whenever possible. Clean food, clean eating. 

HOW IT WORKS

With only a few clicks, you will have a huge chunk of your weekly groceries delivered to your door on Tuesday evening.

Their website is very easy to navigate (if you’ve managed to read this post, you’ll be fine!). Sign up, enter your delivery and payment information. Choose from either a small box (1-2 people), regular box (2-4 people), large box (4-6 people) or fruit box. Done. Your boxes will magically begin arriving.

CUSTOMIZE

I know, I know, you have picky eaters. We all do!

Instead of receiving things in the box that you just know that no one will touch, you have until 10pm Sunday night to customize your box by removing and adding from the set lists. You can even list up to five items that will just never appear in your boxes.

If you find it’s too much produce to get through in a week, you can get your boxes every two weeks.

If you are going away, put the boxes on hold and they won’t show up.

Be brave, be bold. Challenge your family (and yourself!) to get one new thing each week and find a way to eat it. I discovered this week that roasting rainbow Swiss chard with feta cheese is the stuff of food dreams, whereas putting it in my morning smoothie is not something I plan on repeating. Experimenting is awesome for you, awesome for kids.

PAYMENT

There are multiple payment options available: VISA, MasterCard, VISA debit, and eTransfer.

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WIN IT

If cutting down on your grocery shopping, grocery costs, eating healthier and eating cleaner aren’t enough to convince you, one look at an Organics Live box arriving at your door definitely will. For a chance to WIN a LARGE BOX of 100% organic fruits and vegetables, visit our Facebook page and do the following:

1. Like LondonMoms.ca on Facebook

2. Like Organics Live London on Facebook

3. Like and share the Giveaway photo (make sure it’s set to share PUBLICLY so that we can see who shared it!)

**Winner must reside within London city limits

**One random winner will be chose Friday, May 15, 2015 and will be notified via Facebook.

 

This Weekend in London

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It is Mother’s Day weekend! And if you’ve had a peek at the weather, you’ll see Mother Nature is blessing us with some warmth, perfect for getting out and tackling spring projects! Or if you don’t feel like doing any work, try some of these ideas:

TO MARKET, TO MARKET

Both the Masonville Farmers’ Market and the Hyde Park Outdoor Market open for the season this weekend! Masonville opens Friday from 8:00am to 2:00pm and Hyde Park is open Saturday 9:00am to 4:00pm and Sunday 10:00am to 4:00pm.

LONDON SPORTS AND ACTIVITY EXPO

The BMO Centre London is hosting the London Sport and Activity Expo this Saturday, May 9 from 10:00am to 4:00pm. This FREE event for the whole family will include demonstrations and active participation in sports, games, drills, and exercise for everyone. Activities will be taking place on four fields, the track, and outdoors. For the full event schedule, see HERE.

HOME DEPOT AND LOWE’S WORKSHOPS

Send your partner and the kids to either Home Depot or Lowe’s this Saturday to create a special Mother’s Day gift for you or Grandma!  This Saturday, May 9 at 10:00am kids 4-12 years old can make a picket fence picture frame at Home Depot. Saturday at 10:00am at Lowe’s, kids from grades two to five can make a Mother’s Day Planter. Register in advance to ensure a spot!

STARS ON ICE

The Investors Group Stars on Ice 25th Anniversary Tour is coming to the Budweiser Gardens this Sunday, May 19 at 4:00pm. See this amazing show starring and choreographed by Kurt Browning and featuring all of your favourites like Tessa and Scott, Patrick Chan, Joannie Rochette, and Jeffrey Buttle, plus many more! There are still seats available in almost every price range! Tickets range from $25 to $75 for adults and are less for children and seniors. Need a last minute Mother’s Day plan? This is it! Dinner packages are also available. See all of the information HERE.

MOTHER’S DAY

Check back with us tomorrow for all the details on what is happening this Sunday, May 10 for mom’s in London!

 

 

 

Spring Plant Exchange

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Each Saturday in May, the London Public Library is hosting a Spring Plant Exchange.

This FREE event happens at different locations, at different times. To participate, bring your extra cuttings, bulbs, and plants to the library location at the specified time and exchange them with other gardeners to plants that you need or want. Please bring all plants in leak-proof containers with clearly written labels on them.

A Master Gardener may be on hand at the events to answer any questions.

LOCATIONS AND TIMES

Saturday, May 9

2:00-4:00pm Beacock

Saturday, May 16

9:00-noon Westmount

Saturday, May 23

9:30-11:30 Landon

10:00-noon Byron

10:00-noon East London

10:00-noon Jalna

10:00-noon Stoney Creek

1:00-3:00 Crouch

Saturday, May 30

9:30-11:00 Lambeth

9:30-11:30 Sherwood

10:00-noon Masonville

2:00-4:00 Cherryhill

This Weekend in London

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We’ve had enough of those April showers (and SNOW!) and we are ready to welcome in the May flowers. This weekend will be gorgeous and it’s time to break out of the house and have some fun in the city. Here is what you can do:

THE BRUSH OFF

Start the weekend off early tonight with The London Children’s Museum’s fundraising event The Brush Off. Sixteen artists will be competing in this live painting competition over four rounds until the winner is determined. You will help determine who the ultimate winner is and even have the chance to bid on the artwork. Proceeds from the event and silent auction will go toward the London Children’s Museum’s Priority School Subsidy Program. For tickets, see HERE.

CHAINSAW CARVING

This three and a half day event is sure to entertain and enthrall your kids while raising money for a great cause! The Easter Seals Camp Woodeden is hosting a Chainsaw Carving event beginning today, April 30 until Sunday, May 3. Come and see as 12 chainsaw carvers create art sculptures around Camp Woodeden as well as carvings for sale for you to take home. Camp Woodeden is a camp for children with physical disabilities that allows them and their families to participate in all of the joys of summer camp. For more information including the line up of carvers and the event hours, see HERE.

COMPOST VALUE DAY

Saturday, May 2 is Compost Value Day. For locations and times of where you can pick up a large bin of compost for only $3, see HERE.

REFOREST LONDON TREE SALE

Reforest London is having a tree sale this Saturday, May 2 from 8:30am to 11:30am at St. Marguerite d’Youville Catholic School in northwest London. These low cost, native trees are available as a part of the One Million Tree Challenge.

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY

The first Saturday in May is known as Free Comic Book Day! Anyone who visits one of the participating comic book stores this Saturday will receive a free comic book. There are five participating stores in London and one in St. Thomas. For stores and more information, see HERE.

LUKE BRYAN

If you were one of the lucky ones to get tickets for Luke Bryan at the Budweiser Gardens, you’re in for a good show! The concert starts at 7:30pm this Sunday, May 3.

 

 

Compost Value Day

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Compost Value Day is this Saturday, May 2, from 8:00am to 2:00pm – if it lasts that long! 

WHAT IS IT?

Bring a 30L container and shovel to either of the Compost Value Day locations and fill it for only $3. If you don’t have a container, it is $4 for the same amount.

The compost is made from leaf and yard materials and is garden-ready.

Compost is full of great things for your garden and your lawn, improving soil quality and the health of your grass and plants. Mix it with your own compost, topsoil, or just put it directly on your garden.

WHERE?

Amway: 365 Exeter Road at White Oak Road

Masonville Place parking lot behind Nash Jewellers: Fanshawe Park Road and Richmond St. north

PROCEEDS from the Compost Sale go to:

London and Area Food Bank

Boys & Girls Club of London

Community Garden Project

Thames Region Ecological Project

London Composts

 

Kids 1st Day

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Today is Kids 1st Day which is a chance to get out there with your little (or big!) ones and do some really fun things together all around the city for little to no cost! There are over 50 locations participating in Kids 1st Day with activities all across the city ranging from discounts on froyo at Kiwi Kraze and family swims at the YMCA to free mini golf at East Park and a treasure hunt through Eldon House. This is a GREAT opportunity to try out something new or different with your kids. Try some dance lessons, aikido, crafts or a new play space for free!

Activities are ongoing throughout the day, but not all activities run all day! Please check the time BEFORE you go to avoid disappointment! 

HOW IT WORKS

Have a look at the MAP or list of activities by area in the city: NORTH, SOUTH, EAST, WEST or CENTRAL to plan where you want to go!

At your first location, pick up a Kids 1st Day Passport for each kid and have them get it signed at every stop you make.

Submit your passport after your THIRD stop (make sure it’s signed!) for a chance to win some really cool PRIZES.

When the day is done and you’re crashing at home, go online and fill out the SURVEY for another chance to win.

WHERE TO GO

Here are the locations participating this year! For more details on their activities, see HERE.

Adventures on Wonderland – FREE

Aikido Network – FREE

ArtVenture Art Studio – FREE

Banting House National Historic Site – FREE

Bowlarama

Boys and Girls Club of London – FREE

Chapters – FREE

Childreach – FREE

Covent Garden Market – FREE

East Park Golf Gardens – FREE

Eldon House – FREE

Family Centre Carling Thames/Northbrae P.S. – FREE

Fanshawe Pioneer Village – FREE

Home Depot (Clarke Rd) – FREE

Indigo – FREE

Islamic Centre ofSouthwest Ontario – FREE

Kiwi Kraze (north) – FREE (limitations)

La Ribambelle – FREE

Laser Quest

London Children’s Museum – FREE

London Public Library (all branches) – FREE

Mad Science of London – FREE

Michaels Arts and Crafts (south)

Museum London – FREE

Museum of Ontario Archaeology – FREE

North London Dance Centre

O.N.E. Hip Hop Dance Studio – FREE

Ontario Early Years – London West – FREE

PC Cooking School (RCSS – east) – FREE

Scholar’s Choice – FREE

Scouts Canada – FREE

Sifton Properties Limited/Berkshire Club (Ricky Magic) – FREE

Ska-Nah-Doht Village & Museum

SLNRC Families First CAPC (Dotsy the Clown) – FREE

South London Community Pool

Stoney Creek Community Centre & YMCA – FREE

Storybook Gardens

U C MAS London – FREE

Whitehills Childcare – FREE

YMCA Bob Hayward – FREE

YMCA Centre Branch – FREE

 

Stars and Strollers

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Oh, Mama. Remember those days when you would see all of the new releases? When you watched the Oscars and actually had an opinion on who won? Has it been a while since you went out in public during the day by choice? How about since you went to the movie theatre? If these questions have you sobbing into a dirty receiving blanket, then Stars and Strollers might just be your thing!

At both Silver City Masonville and Cineplex Westmount, you can go to a matinee movie every week – WITH your baby! The best part is, you’ll be there with other moms, just like you. Baby crying? No big deal. Hungry baby? Go ahead and feed them! Dirty diaper? There’s a change table. They even have stroller parking! The lights will be dimmed so you won’t have to trip over diaper bags if you need to get up and the volume will be just a bit lower than usual so that the noise won’t startle your little one.

Every week, both theatres will have two current movies each for you to choose from. This week, for example, you can choose from Cinderella and Run All Night at Silver City or Home and Insurgent at Westmount. Shows are Wednesdays at 1:00pm. Parents who go with their baby (under 2 years of age) will receive $2.00 off their regular admission. You don’t have to have a kid to go – the theatres are still open to everyone! However, kick back and relax, because anyone who is there knows that this viewing is all about the Moms.

And who knows, maybe next March you’ll actually know some of the nominated movies! ;)

The New TV

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Unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably heard about Netflix. And if you still have cable, you have probably heard about the two latest creations by Rogers and Bell to compete with Netflix – Shomi and CraveTV, respectively. With the very recent announcement by the CRTC that our cable options are going to change dramatically very soon, there is a good chance that on-demand viewing is going to be come even more popular. Confused about which is best for you? Here are the basics:

NETFLIX

AVAILABLE TO: anyone with an internet connection.

HOW IT WORKS: movies and TV shows are streamed through your internet connection and played on whichever device you choose; your smart TV, smart phone, gaming device, tablet, Apple TV, etc.

THE PROS: Netflix has the edge in sheer volume of movies, as well as Netflix-exclusive shows such as House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. You aren’t attached to a larger cable company with Netflix, so you can drop your cable provider entirely if you choose and it can be watched on your smart TV or on your TV through Apple TV or some game consoles.

THE CONS: since it is streamed, regardless of how or where you watch it, you will eat through your monthly internet allowance pretty quickly without an ‘Unlimited Data’ option. Netflix Canada has gotten a bit of a reputation for not being as good as the American Netflix. You may still need to pay for a separate cable bill if you want to watch TV programming that you cannot get online.

THE COST: The first month is free, after that it is $7.99/month if only one person is watching at any given time, $8.99/month if you want to be able to watch something different than your kids, and $11.99 if four people in your family want to watch their own shows at the same time.

SHOMI

AVAILABLE TO: anyone subscribing to Rogers (Shaw) cable and/or internet.

HOW IT WORKS: similar to Netflix, movies and TV shows can be streamed through your internet connection and played on the device of your choice. Unlike Netflix, if you have Rogers cable, you can also watch Shomi on your TV without using the internet (aka, no data).

THE PROS: if you are going to watch most of your programs/movies on your TV, you won’t have to upgrade to the unlimited internet package. If you already subscribe to Rogers, the addition is easy and added to your Rogers bill monthly. They are beginning to get newer content like Vikings, Sons of Anarchy, Parenthood, American Horror Story, Jane the Virgin, The Blacklist, and Outlander.

THE CONS: the shows and movies are mostly older, which is fine if you have young kids who don’t know any better or you want to binge watch old movies/shows you never had time to watch before now (Veronica Mars, anyone?). If you are looking for new release movies, you won’t find them here. If you are going to watch most of the programs on a device that isn’t hooked up to your cable, you will be using your internet connection and might want to upgrade to the unlimited data package.

THE COST: the first month is free, then it is $8.99/month with your Rogers package.

CRAVETV

AVAILABLE TO: anyone subscribing to Bell cable.

HOW IT WORKS: shows can be streamed through your internet connection via the website or the CraveTV app. It can also be watched through your TV in the On Demand option. It is not yet possible to stream it on your smart TV or through your game console, though they promise that that will one day be available.

THE PROS: CraveTV has scored HBO and Showtime’s catalogues – Sex and the City, Entourage, the Sopranos – as well as classics and new classics like Star Trek, Doctor Who, Seinfeld, and My So-Called Life.

THE CONS: They only do TV shows, not movies. You must be a Bell cable subscriber. The viewing options aren’t as universal as Shomi or Netflix.

THE COST: $4/month with your Bell cable package.

Target Canada Closing

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When Target Canada opened their doors two years ago, it was met with mixed reviews. While some were disappointed that the stock and prices were not on par with the American stores, others were simply thrilled to be able to shop somewhere other than Target’s controversial competitor, Walmart. There was a great deal of speculation as to why Target did not live up to the expectations (minimum wage being significantly higher here than in the USA, the Canadian dollar not being on par, taxes, etc.), and in the end Target announced early this year year that they would be closing all of their stores in Canada. They have been left with the job of liquidating all of their merchandise, taking down their trademark logos and rolling away the big red balls.

Clearance sales were also met with controversy: prices going up before being reduced and discounts not being as high as expected being the two biggest complaints. Despite this, the merchandise is trickling off the shelves and the stores are being cleared out slowly. With many stores across Canada and in Ontario closing this week, if you were planning on heading to the Target clearance sale, now is the time.

IF YOU GO…

There are two Target stores in London: Masonville Place and Westmount Shopping Centre.

Both stores have nearly all items marked down 30-50% off of the original price.

Target is open 8:00am to 10:00pm Monday through Saturday, 8:00am to 9:00pm on Sunday.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT

Most of the groceries, toiletries, and household items that people could stock up on are gone or very picked over.

Home decor, kitchenware, clothing and accessories are more available, but stock is beginning to dwindle.

There are no returns or exchanges on any items purchased after the sale began. All purchases are final sale.

March Break 2015

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The March Break is finally here! For the vast majority of children and teens, the countdown probably began the first week in January, so let’s make it worth the wait. If you’re leaving our fine city for somewhere warm – enjoy yourself! If you’re sticking around London and your kids aren’t signed up for camps (if you’re scrambling, here is our list), here are some of the highlights of what is going on:

FLEETWAY

Fleetway is ready to celebrate the March Break all week with bowling from 9:00am to 6:00pm (extended to 2:00am on Friday), the rock wall from 11:00am to 8:00pm (extended to 11:30pm on Friday), and all day fun with glow-golf, billiards, and the Pladium Lite games room.

WESTMOUNT SHOPPING CENTRE

Westmount has daily fun for the family with the VOCPRI Charity Used Book Sale daily, Salthaven Wildlife Presentations on March 16, 17, and 20th, and The Fossil Guy on March 18 and 19. See the link for times and more information.

EAST PARK GOLF GARDENS

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