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Sun-kissed kids

By | Community, Jen Robbins

When we were younger, a peeling nose was just another sign of a great and fulfilling childhood spent outside in the fresh air!  (Along with skinned knees and elbows, of course.)

These days the sun is stronger and we are inundated with sun safety (and danger) messages every time we turn around.  Whether your child is newborn or 10, there are a lot of precautions to take when it comes to the sun.  (And it seems they all cost money…)

Direct sunlight is pretty much a no-no.  Stay out of it during the stronger hours.  If you can’t, slap a hat on your child and sun screen is a must.  This could be an entire post on its own because there are as many opinions on sunscreens as there are options for sunscreens!

What else might you need in the sunny weather?

For the little ones you can buy all kinds of sun shade tents.  If you don’t have tinted windows, you’d better get one of those tinted shades for your car so that their little eyes aren’t assaulted by the rays of the sun.  You can also buy the tiniest of sunglasses that have a band so that your baby can’t remove them!  Rashguards today are built with UV protection, so they’re not just for surfers!  That upscale stroller naturally has an attachment for sun protection available for purchase.

Sun protection for children is a huge industry.  And it’s serious, don’t get me wrong!  I definitely slap on the sunscreen (don’t forget their neck!) and have a full array of hats and backup hats… I’m just glad that when my kids were babies there was a little less information overload (and a little less online shopping) – I’d have been broke!

FREE TO HUG A TREE

By | Community, Ian Power, News

Let’s be honest a little blue sky goes a long way in putting a smile on your face. We’re all grins this week with a forecast made for a picture-perfect spring day on the west coast. This is the kind of weather we wait months for, that isn’t pouring rain and having us wade through puddles. So, feel free to feel smug and Instagram or Snapchat a photo to your friends and relatives back east where you’re at the golf course or in your tennis shorts or simply sipping a cold beverage outside. More than anything when you get outside you should spend some time among the trees. Recent studies have shown that going to a park or even just looking at a tree can significantly improve a persons well-being. It isn’t hard to see what role trees take in our lives from filtering our air to providing natural shade to making our homes. Some doctors believe spending more time out-of-doors can improve your memory, increase attention levels in children and even bring communities together. These are just some of the reasons people here don’t mind being called tree-huggers. But don’t take my word for it. Get outside and fill your lungs with fresh, tree-filtered air, walk around the block, pet the neighbours dog or simply go outside during your lunch break and close your eyes and clear your mind for a moment. And, as an as an aside Egan Davis, Head of the Horticulture Training Program at UBC will be our special guest at 7:15 am with 107.7 Pulse FM

Ian Power

@ianonair

ian@pulsefm.ca

Sleeping “through the night”…

By | Community, Jen Robbins

Everyone warns you that you’ll never get any sleep once your little one comes.   It’s true.  The oddest thing happens – your definition of “sleeping through the night” changes drastically.   I remember thinking how odd it was when people asked if my baby slept through the night.

Well, I  put the baby down at 6:00 PM.  Then he wakes up at 7:30 PM.  Then he goes back to sleep at 8:00 PM.  Then he wakes up at 9:00 PM.  Then he wakes up at 11:00 PM.  And so on, and so on… so you might consider that 3-hour stretch of straight sleep “sleeping through the night”. That period of uninterrupted sleep becomes so elusive that you will come to treasure it like the magic that it is!

“My baby slept through the night!  From 11:30 PM to 4:30 AM!!”  might just be cause for celebration!  Or, unfortunately you might get used to only sleeping for 90 minutes at a time and wake up with insomnia (or moms that are breastfeeding might be woken up by their bodies needs!).

Sleeping is the one struggle that just about every parent has.  There are so many methods to “deal” with sleep.  When one works for you, you swear by it and recommend it to everyone.  Crying it out, co-sleeping, or even getting a “sleep consultant”, in the end we all do what we need to do to get that precious sleep.

Don’t worry parents, that wonderful day will come when your little one will be able to turn on the TV themselves and get themselves some breakfast… it will be a long time coming but it will happen!

Online grocery shopping – Mommy’s Little Helper!

By | Community, Jen Robbins

Of all the blessings of modern technology, one of the most useful has to be ONLINE GROCERY SHOPPING.

This little life hack has only been around for the last few years and from what I hear, there are mixed results, but it does keep improving.  I personally love it!  There are a number of shops offering the service with either pickup or delivery service.  A small fee is charged, generally cheaper at off-peak times.

I choose the pickup service because that’s what’s offered at my store of choice… all the low prices and great selection with NONE of the bag packing!!  Win-win!  When you use a store with a points or rewards card – they KNOW you!  Sure, it could be seen as creepy, but on the bright side, shopping online is even faster and easier because they KNOW you and what you like to buy.

Finding things online is SO much easier because you just punch in whatever it is you need – no wandering the aisles or realizing you’re on the wrong side of the store.  The prices are also very clear and always updated on the app or website.

The ultimate use of this little tool has to be a story I read on a Facebook group – a busy, tired mom put in her online order, told her family she was going grocery shopping and drove to the store parking lot and sat in her car reading a book and eating chips for an hour… then simply picked up the groceries and went home.  SWEET!

Surrey Starfish Pack Program Needs Volunteers

By | Community, Tara Lopez

 

A local program here in Surrey that is 100% community led and funded is
currently seeking volunteers. They are the Surrey Starfish Pack program.

Every week, volunteers gather and help pack backpacks
containing 2 ready-to-eat lunches, dinners, and snacks for
kids in our community to take home to their parents on Friday,
to help feed the family for the weekend.

The program typically spends around $12 – $15 per backpack.

If you would like to volunteer your time to help put together “Starfish Pack”
backpacks in a weekly basis,
you can get in touch with The Rotary Club of Surrey Foundation or their Volunteer Coordinator Rose at 604 617 5274.

They are also currently in need of a packing facility.

For more information head to www.starfishpack.com/surrey

 

 

PULSE FM helps Sullivan Heights Welcome a Football Team in Fall 2018

By | Community, Tara Lopez

Sullivan Heights Secondary School in Surrey has never had a local football team before, that is, until now!

They have over 50 players signed up to play tackle football beginning in Fall 2018, under the leadership of Coach Gord Randall.

Earlier in 2018, PULSE FM brought to light the fact that because the school has no current infrastructure or equipment for this brand new sports program, they were facing extensive startup costs.

Thanks to your help, the Sullivan Heights Football Team has been able to raise about $30,000 in donations!

And next school year’s football team at Sullivan Heights WILL become a reality. Go STARS!

To further help the students in their fundraising efforts,
head to www.gofundme.com/sullivan-heights-football

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Netflix and Oh shoot the 90’s were inappropriate

By | Community, Jen Robbins

With what feels like endless rain, and colds going around, it’s time to settle in and watch some Netflix.

Do you ever feel like you’ve watched just about everything?!    With a 6, 9 and 12 year old it can be difficult to find a show that we can all enjoy, or at least that one won’t have anyone making excuses to leave the room.

Here are just a few of our favourites – keep in mind that some may be slightly inappropriate for younger audiences.  Also, we notice sometimes that some classics can be a little outdated – but it’s a great way to start conversations about the way people used to think wayyyy back in the 80s and 90s!

  • RV
  • 17 Again
  • Harry and the Hendersons
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  • Big Daddy (watch out for Hooters jokes!)
  • Click
  • Lion

If you have a hard time figuring out whether something is appropriate for your family from the ratings system (PG, MA, R???) – this website – Common Sense Media – is an amazing resource!  It will tell you exactly what themes are approached and counts the number of curse words and details any violence or nudity.  Put it in your parenting toolbelt!