Thursday, 24 May 2012

My Top 10 Summer Activities

My normal day to day life usually involves one event or another but come summertime, its all about activities to entertain the family, especially my 4 year old.

1. Playland- I love Playland.  Although the PNE may have more rides and attractions, Playland is less expensive and the crowds are a bit smaller as well.  They have a great deal called the Guardian Pass.  Only $12.95 for me and my son is free.  Mini donuts and cotton candy are a must for us!!
2. The Vancouver Zoo-Another great way to spend the day.  Admission can be pricey so I always plan to spend the day there.  I pack a lunch to help cut down cost.  The zoo sure covers a lot of ground, so be sure to wear good, comfortable shoes.
3. Crescent Beach-There are so many beautiful beaches but this one is my favorite.  It tends to be a bit quieter, especially on weekdays.  I bring a big blanket, packed lunch and the pail and shovels.  We build sandcastles, walk in the water and collect shells.  Don’t forget the sunscreen!!!
4. Annieville Water Park (Delta)-Again, there are so many water parks around, but this one is close to home and a big favorite.  Although my son is a bit older now and actually stays with me, there was a time that I was worried about him running off.  This water park is fully enclosed with a latching gate!!!  There are benches and picnic tables.  There is also a great park and big area with covered tables, etc so that you could make a day of it. 
5. Sungod Rec Centre (Delta)-A great rainy day adventure.  They have several pools, our favorite being the river.  We love coming here as a family.  The prices are extremely low and so much fun.  They also have an ice arena and we have been known to go to Family Skate as well.
6. Science World-Again, a pricey activity, but so my fun, and a great learning experience as well.  Great to see all these great things through the eyes of a 4 year old.
7. Shuswap (Celista, BC)-This is by far one of our big family favorites.  It’s a long drive, but well worth it.  We park our trailer up there at the beginning of the summer and try to get back as many weekends as we can.  Fishing, boating, jetskies and hanging out on the dock.  A wonderful family getaway!
8. The local park-a great way to get outside for a free activity.  I love taking my son.  He has a great time and burns off lots of energy.  Mommy and Daddy have been known to swing, slide and run around too!
9.Queens Park Petting Zoo-not just a petting zoo, but waterpark and playground in one.  Admission is by donation, so  very affordable.  It’s close to home for us, so again a big plus with gas prices the way they are.
10. My back deck-no drive involved.  I have a beautiful deck, patio and bbq.  Love nothing more than having friends and family over.  Sit around, eat, drink and have fun catching up.

If you haven't already tried one of these great locations, I encourage you to at least try one this kids required, lots of fun for adults too!!! 

I'm always up for new ideas...what are your favorites?????

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Is it a good idea to use Facebook for sending out party invites????

My son's birthday is in February.  I was only just finally decompressing for the whirlwind we will call Christmas, that I was not looking forward to planning yet another party.

Like most other mom's, I work full time and have such a big load at home.  I am always one for finding ways of cutting down how much time I spend on something.  I do research online, viewing online flyers, before shopping to make sure I get the best deal.  I don't want to go to the bank, I do it online. Forms to fill in, why wait for the mail, download from the web.  So when it came time to to party invitations and send them out, I thought why not Facebook???!!!

My mom, who doesn't use facebook, thought this was silly and I haven't personally received invitations this way so I decided to hop online and do a bit of research to see if this was an acceptable thing to do.  I  came across an article .

Now the article did not provide me the answer I initially sought out but it sure gave me a good chuckle.  What about you???  I decided to post to Digg to see what I could come up with...

Oh, just in case your wondering....I bought the paper invites and sent them off in the mail.

Sunday, 13 May 2012

The Party Bazaar

So I've been trying to think of a company that I use regularly that ties in with my events career path.  I must admit that although not often used, I do visit the website for Party Bazaar.  I find it really useful to look for items available online (instead of having to visit a store) and I find that they have some great ideas also listed on their website.  And for those of you who have kids, trying to come up with new parties can be you know how to entertain a bunch of 4 year olds????

You can follow them on twitter, you can visit a facebook page or you can view videos on YouTube.  The YouTube is what interests me the most and what I find to be the most useful.  I am more likely to buy new products, or even old ones for that matter when I can acutally see the uses.  Trying to think up of new ideas, themes, etc can also get tricky at time and seeing what someone else has come up with is quite useful, and entertaining.  I can also see how many views they have received and how many followers they have.

When you visit their twitter and facebook pages you can see how many followers they have and how many likes, but how to you determine if this is helping their sales? 

I think they really could ramp things up even more by having online coupons or contests.  This would allow them to build a database (collect personal information).  From there they could see who is buying, what are the most popular events, items, even time of year.

Friday, 4 May 2012

My social media personality????

This particular blog has taken me all week to figure out.  I don't twitter, I only signed up, reluctantly to LinkedIn.  I do have a facebook account which I use to connect with some friends and family, but mostly to play some online games.  I don't blog.  So how am I supposed to determine my social media personality????

Off to google I go.....

This was quite interesting, I've discovered that I am....

* The Chameleon
This personality type are tricky, because they don’t actually have a personality to show on social media. They fit into whatever conversation at the time, and agree, agree, agree. You’ll never find them being questioning, or starting a debate – they are too concerned with everybody liking them to actually engage in a meaningful way. Watch the Chameleon, they’ll drag you down.

Clearly I need to step up my game.  I'm feeling a bit insulted...drag you down?  I'm just trying to be there, take part in communications and no insult anyone or start any huge disagreements.

I am now aspiring to All Rounder what about you?