The Healthy Family Expo 2015

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The 2nd annual Healthy Family Expo is coming to the Vancouver Convention Centre on March 29, 2015 and my family is really excited to be there! It’s going to be a fun-filled day for Lower Mainland families with kids aged 0-12; offering small steps & simple solutions to healthy, active, eco-friendly living.

I know I’ve said it a few times before, but for those who don’t know–I love to support Canadian businesses; especially those that promote safer and healthier options for our families! I am really excited to explore the 100+ exhibits, to discover some some new-to-me products, and meet some of the people behind the brands. And my kids… Well, they were basically vibrating with excitement when I showed them some of the activities that will be part of the Biggest Active Kid Zone in the Lower Mainland! I can’t blame them really – with everything from bouncing, climbing wall, giant hamster ball track, Tumblebus, run bike area, and baby crawl zone to family fitness – I’m pretty eager to check it out too!

Sounds like the perfect day already right? But there’s still lots more to tell you about! Here’s some more of what we have to look forward to:

  • First 200 attendees receive child day ticket to the Sea to Sky Gondola
  • Bobs & LoLo concerts at 11 am and 2 pm
  • $10,000 Grand Prize Showcase, including a 1-year lease on a Toyota Prius

You can join in on all of the pre-Expo fun online, for the chance to win lots of other great prizes that will be given away leading up to the event. Stay up-to-date by joining their Facebook Event (flash giveaways running daily for the whole month of March), liking/following their Facebook , Twitter, and Pinterest accounts, and visiting their website.

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Tickets:

  • Kids 12 and under are FREE!
  • Ages 13+:
    • $8 in advance (buy online or at Whole Foods Market or London Drugs)
    • Advance tickets are entered to win a 2015/2016 family season’s pass to Cypress Mountain, and $1 from each ticket sale supports the Canucks Autism Network.
    • $12 cash at the door

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$2000 Pre-Expo Online Giveaway

To kick off the pre-Expo celebrations, Healthy Family Expo partners & exhibitors have teamed up to give one lucky Lower Mainland winner a healthy family prize package valued at over $2000!

This generous prize package includes:

This pre-Expo online giveaway runs from March 2nd to 25th, 2015. Enter through Rafflecopter below. Winner will be announced at the Healthy Family Expo Facebook Party on Thursday, March 26th,2015.

Winner must collect all prizes at the Healthy Family Expo live event at the Vancouver Convention Centre on Sunday, March 29th, 2015, open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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The Crystal Keeper Book Blast

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The Crystal Keeper by Laurisa White Reyes

Fourteen years before The Rock of Ivanore

Jayson’s sole purpose for staying alive is to protect his half of the Seer’s crystal. He was exiled from his homeland for loving the king’s daughter, Ivanore, and lives among the shadows of Hestoria. Two opposing factions are both pursuing him: a League of Magicians who intend to use the crystal for their own selfish gain, and the Guilde, the ancient guardians of the crystal.

Ivanore, the Seer, has fled her father to search for Jayson in Hestoria. She is plagued with visions of him being tortured and is determined to rescue him. When the Magicians capture her, she unwittingly jeopardizes everything Jayson has vowed to protect and he is faced with a devastating choice – Save Ivanore, or save the crystal?

The Crystal Keeper trilogy is available in print or digital formats.

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The Wife Maker Blog Tour

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Charlotte has spent years as the husband maker, sending every guy she dates off to enjoy marital bliss with the next girl he dates. But things have now changed, and she’s determined to use her husband-maker abilities one last time–on herself. And she finally knows exactly who she wants.

Angus has loved Charlotte since they were teenagers, but he’s tired of waiting for her to realize how good they could be. She’s broken his heart one too many times, and it’s time to move on with his life. Maybe a position halfway across the country will be just what he needs to get over her. But when Charlotte won’t let him go without a fight, Angus has to decide if he’s willing to let her in again or if she’s too late.

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Miranda’s Choice Book Blast

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Written by Mya O’Malley

Miranda James has a problem and her friends and family are so wrapped up in themselves that they have no clue. Her parents are divorced, her mother is always on her case, and now there’s a new step-mother on the horizon as well. Miranda wishes that everyone would just grow up.
In a moment of magic, Miranda is mysteriously pulled into the life of a charming mermaid and her adventurous daughter. Why can’t her life be so carefree and exhilarating? Only through self-realization can Miranda figure out that perhaps the grass is not always greener on the other side. Held captive in an underwater paradise, she wishes desperately to return to the life she had on land. She meets her first love, and is caught in a whirlpool of emotions–faced with making a decision that will not only affect her own life, but also those around her. What would you choose?

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Jeremy’s Promise Blog Tour

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Written by A.R. Talley

Annie and Jeremy take a trip meant to save their marriage,  but they return home closer to ruin then ever. What will it take to save their marriage?

Jeremy needs to forgive—Annie needs to forget.

A chance encounter brings David Andrews back into Annie’s life. She’s made a promise she intends to keep—Jeremy’s Promise.

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Days of Future Past Book Blast

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Written by Sally Smith O’Rourke

Fate sometimes conspires to right a decades-old wrong. One warm March night a 6.8 earthquake strikes Southern California, and the event brings family therapist Ann Hart and trauma specialist Ted McConaughy back together. While searching for her cell phone after the tremor, Ann picks up a shard of vintage cut glass from a collection she and her husband gathered during the four years of their marriage. For the millionth time she thinks about the day six years ago when he disappeared on a search and rescue mission in the Sierra foothills.

Sitting atop the shattered crystal, a small silver cigar lighter glistens in the beam of her flashlight. Gently she returns the Victorian piece to the shelf. What does it mean that something she and Ted, her ex-fiancé, bought together survived when Alex’s beautiful glass is smashed to dust? Ann tells herself that it means nothing.

Sara Jane McConaughy’s father comforts her after the powerful quake. The 16-year-old girl has never experienced something like this before, but his mind is flooded with memories of the Northridge quake in 1994. He was living with his fiancée, his ex-fiancée, and even after all these years he doesn’t know what caused the split. He had always loved her, and he’d been sure she loved him.

Both Ann and Ted volunteer with the American Red Cross in the aftermath of the earthquake, and  come face-to-face for the first time since their break-up twenty years ago. And they both find themselves flooded with a wide range of emotion in each others’ proximity.

Ted experiences short lapses of time and sleepwalking. His dreams take a heavy toll on his waking hours, and Sara Jane’s concern sends Ted on a quest to discover the cause and find a cure. When all medical possibilities are exhausted, he turns to a colleague, whose diagnosis leaves Ted more baffled than ever. Tom Alderman believes that the dreams are memories of past lives that live in his subconscious, and that the cure is hypnotherapy.

After several months of suffering with these increasingly emotional recurring dreams, Ted turns to Ann for help. Hypnotherapy is one of her specialties – and since he must be able to trust the hypnotist – Ann is his only salvation. At the urging of a mutual friend, Ann agrees to help and it sends her carefully planned and calm life into utter turmoil. The garden gate they pass through together sends them on a journey that defies time and reason, forcing them to rethink their past, present, and future. Now, each must reconsider their capacity for love and forgiveness. Things are not always what they seem.

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Written by: Lisa Whitney Mitchell | Length: 198 pages | Recommended for: Ages 8+

Summary: Joe Dearborne has always considered brave, daring and – some would say – even a bit crazy. When he risks his life to save a dog from a burning building the local newspaper refers to him as “fearless”—and that’s a pretty big title for a sixth-grader to live up to.

Maisy and the Money Marauder Book Blast

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Written by: Elizabeth Woodrum | Length: 90 pages | Recommended For: ages 6 to 12

Summary: Everyone’s favorite fourth-grade detective in on the case after the lunch money at West Valley Elementary goes missing. With a cherry lollipop in hand, her fedora, and her trusty notebook, Maisy steps into her black-and-white mystery world to search for clues.

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The Search for the Stone of Excalibur Blog Tour

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The Search for the Stone of Excalibur (The Chronicles of the Stone, Book 2)
Written by Fiona Ingram

Length: 376 pages | Recommended for: ages 10+

Summary: Cousins Adam and Justin Sinclair continue the adventure that they began in Egypt. They are coming close to finding the second of seven ancient Stones of Power. It is believed that it might be embedded in the hilt of a newly discovered sword that archaeologists believe belonged to King Arthur: Excalibur.

The face enemies both known and unexpected, and time is running out. Can Justin and Adam find both the second Stone of Power and the Scroll of the Ancients–and survive? And why did Aunt Isabel send a girl with them?

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The first book in the series, The Secret of the Sacred Scarab has enjoyed the following book contest wins and nominations:

  • Winner Pre-Teen 2009 Readers’ Favorites Awards
  • Number 2 in the Children’s & Teens Book Connection Top Ten Favourite Books of 2009 for Kids, Tweens & Teens
  • Winner Silver Medal Teen Fiction 2010 Nautilus Book Awards
  • Winner Bronze Medal Pre-Teen Fiction 2010 Moonbeam Book Awards
  • Winner Gold Award Mystery Pre-Teen 2011 Children’s Literary Classics Awards
  • 2nd Place 2011 YA Sharpwrit Book Awards
  • Winner Gold Medal 2013 Wise Bear Book Awards
  • Finalist Children’s Fiction Next Generation 2009 Indie Book Awards
  • Finalist Juvenile Fiction USA National Best Books 2009
  • Finalist Children’s Fiction 2010 International Book Awards
  • Finalist 2011 Rubery Book Awards

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