6.11.18

Laval St. Germain 90° South 7th Summit


©Laval St. Germain 90°South 7th Summit
Laval St. Germain is the only Canadian to have climbed Mount Everest without the use of supplemental oxygen, the only person to have climbed and skied Iraq's highest peak, and the holder of the fastest ever crossing of the North Atlantic Ocean by solo ocean row boat from mainland North America to mainland Europe.

St. Germain has climbed the highest peak on six of the Earth's seven continents, and the highest peaks of more than a dozen nations. 

Outside of his extreme adventures, St. Germain is an airline pilot with time to motivate his audience as an inspirational keynote speaker. 

With an extreme resume like St. Germain's, it's a bit intimidating to listen to him speak as he has a drive I've never seen before. I've asked my self, "How can I compete with him?" But, after hearing him speak - sharing his stories of what it takes to unzip the tent door and step out from high camp on Everest or to shove off the dock to row alone across the North Atlantic Ocean, you realize one thing... it's not a competition to be like him - it's taking his energy and his motivation to move outside of your own comfort zone. It's about doing what it takes to be the best YOU.

Now, St. Germain is preparing for another expedition, this time to Antarctica - again all alone...
St. Germain is planning on climbing up Mount Vinson - and if he does - he'll have reached the summit on the tallest peak on each continent in the world! But, this extreme trip is Unfinished Business.

This trip is called the 90°South 7th Summit. St. Germain will venture out on a solo ski to the South Pole and then climb Antarctica's highest mountain. He will be pulling a 110 kg sled 1200 km.

This adventure is in support of the Alberta Cancer Foundation, "Pulling for Alberta cancer patients." In his previous adventure, Confront Cancer Ocean Row, St. Germain came up short on his goal to raise $200,000 for the Alberta Cancer Foundation - hence the idea that this new adventure is Unfinished Business. 

During the Confront Cancer Ocean Row - where St. Germain broke a world-record rowing across the Atlantic Ocean 4,500km in 53 days, solo, shoving off from Halifax to arrive in Brest, France - raised over $60,000 towards his $200,000 goal. This adventure, St. Germain is looking to raise an additional $140,000 to complete his fundraising goal. Proceeds from the event directly support cancer patients at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary and Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton.

But, where does he get his drive? And, if he were to do an adventure with a partner, who would he take? I had the chance to talk to St. Germain about his many layers to find out what drives him to follow through on his extreme adventures. Like everyone else, St. Germain is no different in what motivates him. However, his motivations takes hm to places most of us will never see. Have a listen to Laval's story here




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Christina Rowsell - Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographerVoice Actor, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... part time cook (only when she has time - in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering...)

The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Subscribe YouTube Here, Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina@BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyycwww.christinarowsell.com and SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/christina-rowsell.

Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick


17.7.18

DJ Birthday Party

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina
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A themed birthday party takes planning and patience to put together. We've always encouraged our kids to be creative, so I encourage them to come up with a theme that says them.

Unfortunately, our boys never pick popular themes. Trust me, if my son wanted a Minion birthday we'd be well prepared. But, so far we've had a Treehouse Birthday, Fishing Birthday, Swamp Birthday and Lego Birthday. (Plus many, many more!)


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So what kind of birthday party do you have for an 11 year old who loves to make his own music and taught himself how to DJ? A DJ birthday party of course!

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So ask yourself, what do you need for a DJ birthday party? First and foremost is the VIP passes of course with cool lanyards. (Thanks to Cheryl Macdonald from http://www.corppromo.com/ for helping me find these!!) Your guest needs to feel like it's an exclusive dance party with their own personal DJ. Thank goodness, my son is the DJ. He's been making music now since the fall and has fallen in love with DJ mixing as well - great combination! Phew, the entertainment is covered. (www.hudsonsmithdj.com)
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Party invites of course come first. This is where it's handy I know how to use Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop to help me out. I also get a little help with templates from GraphicRiver. The great thing about the stuff I print, it gets recycled. Along with the party invites, I also created DJ party posters to match. Including one giant poster for the backdrop! (When I don't have time to make if for myself I use Tracey from WISH BIG on Etsy. She's great with custom orders on invites and posters!)


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The dollar store also has the neon lights to keep up the cool effects! We even found $4 headphones for the goodie bag! Win Win! Plus, I found a strobe light on Amazon.ca that really added to the effect of the DJ experience.

Then there's the cake. That's where I need help! I'm creative, but I can not bake! Which is why I always use Tanya from The Cake Bake Shoppe. I send her a picture of what I want and she always comes through. Honestly, the cakes from The Cake Bake Shoppe are always the star of the show! Best part is, they taste yummy too!!  Tie all that in with a simple BBQ with burgers and hot dogs and you'll have a blast!

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So, if you're thinking of having a themed birthday party, don't wait until the last minute. Give yourself at least two months to plan it out. This way it goes smoothly and your birthday boy (girl) will have a party that they'll always remember.

First and foremost, it's a party for them, not you - so have fun and make it fun!



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Christina Rowsell - Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographerVoice Actor, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... part time cook (only when she has time - in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering...)

The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Subscribe YouTube Here, Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina@BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyycwww.christinarowsell.com and SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/christina-rowsell.

Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick

9.7.18

Lone Star Mercedes-Benz C43 Cabriolet

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina


Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG - Image © Christina Rowsell
As I continue with my new car challenge with Lone Star Mercedes-Benz at the corner of Deerfoot and Glenmore Trail, SE.  I had the chance to test drive the Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG Cabriolet.  More like I was the passenger as my husband was super exited to drive this sleek and sexy convertible.

The C43 gets the AMG upgrade, which elevated the performance of the Mercedes-Benz. This is a fast car that punches into the AMG engine - giving the driver confidence on our open roads for extended travel. 

I loved the multilayer top, which operates up or down with one touch. It also keeps the interior noise level down when the top is open, making for a calm conversation on our drive. 

The luxury of the airscarf is integrated into the headrest. It blows warm air on the back of your neck while the top is down, making for a comfortable ride without getting chilled. 

This was certainly a fun test drive, although not sure how I'll fit the kids, two dogs and all the hockey gear. Perhaps a second vehicle should we need a sweet ride.


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So this time, obviously we wanted to have a little fun. Clearly the Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG Cabriolet wasn't a very practical choice in our search for a new family vehicle, but it was a fun choice with an unforgettable ride.

Out on the open road - heading out to enjoy an anniversary dinner with my husband in Priddis, AB, (out to Azuridge Estate Hotel) we had the top down while on Highway 22x - driving into the sunset of the rocky mountains. 

When the top is down, and you're in sport-plus mode, you can really hear the purr of the AMG engine. Pick it up a notch and you'll hear it growl - and feel like you're in a real race car. 

I'd have to say the AMG upgrade really elevated the performance of the Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG Cabriolet, making our night out memorable. Especially the envy of onlookers.

Lone Star Mercedes-Benz really knew how to make our anniversary a special one, going out of their way to set up this wonderful opportunity for a great night out. 

Visit Lone Star Mercedes-Benz, at the corner of Deerfoot and Glenmore Trail, SE in Calgary.


This is a paid endorsement.




Christina Rowsell - Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographerVoice Actor, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... part time cook (only when she has time - in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering...)

The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Subscribe YouTube Here, Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina@BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyycwww.christinarowsell.com and SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/christina-rowsell.

Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick

29.6.18

KNOW Calgary Women Who Are Leading The Way

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina

Image © KNOW Calgary Brittany Kolba
A trailblazer is defined as the first person to do something or go somewhere, who shows that it's possible for other people. In the world of business for women, a trailblazer is a women who creates a path to find success. She is the woman who refuses to take no for an answer.  She was told that she couldn't and wouldn't succeed. She is strong. She is dedicated. She is fierce.

Welcome KNOW Calgary. KNOW is an annual publication featuring dynamic women from virtually every industry. Showcasing the best and the brightest, these women are proven leaders, high producers and rising stars. Brittany Kolba is the KNOW Calgary Ambassador. Kolba moved from the energy sector into beauty industry, leading over 500 women globally. Clearly falling under the trailblazer title, Kolba has been awarded top in sales and was hand selected for the Global Advisory board in 2017 for Canada. But what drives Kolba is her desire to connect with the movers and shakers.

I spoke with Kolba about KNOW Calgary, who's excited about the introduction of the publication in Calgary. There's still time to nominate a trendsetter, influencer and a woman on the rise. Nominations are open until July 15th. Calgary is full of movers and shakers! Embrace your greatness! Get to know KNOW Calgary.

You can listen to my interview HERE with Brittany. Find out more about KNOW Calgary HERE.





Christina Rowsell - RadioAnnouncerBloggerPhotographerVoice Actor, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... part time cook (only when she has time - in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering...)

The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Subscribe YouTube Here, Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina@BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyycwww.christinarowsell.com and SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/christina-rowsell.

Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick

29.5.18

Mastermind Toys 2018 Summer Fun Playlist

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina

If you're a parent you're aware that you need to keep the kids entertained during the summer. It isn't always an easy task. Thank goodness the expert toy buying team at Mastermind Toys has carefully-curated and handpicked the best new specialty toys and games for you!  Their playlist features 25 of the coolest new toys from Awesome Outdoor, Sweet Summer Rides, Splishy Splashy, Rainy Day Play and Cool Collectibles.

Jon Levy, Toy Merchant, Co-Founder and CEO, Mastermind Toys says, "From epic water fight tools, imaginative inflatables and cool light-up scooters, to Ninja Slacklines, super slime labs, Laser Chess, and Pikmi Pops, Mastermind Toys is Canada's fun shopping destination filled with the latest and greatest collection of specialty toys and books for all kinds of kids."

I had the chance to talk to Katrina, a toy buying expert with Mastermind Toys and she says every year scooters are a trend and this year you'll find scooters where the wheels light up. She also talked about the Imaginative Inflatables, yes the jumbo pool inflatables that make summer so much fun! Mastermind Toys has pink flamingos, swans and the super popular unicorn!

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On their list of specialty toys this summer is the Slackers Ninjaline. I speak from experience here, as we just bought one for our kids, and they love it. So much fun. It's not easy, but if you're looking for a bit of a challenge and something you can play with your kids, this is a cool idea!

Another idea Katrina mentioned was Slime Kits. Apparently it's huge on YouTube where kids make slime from home!



Mastermind Toys has Slime Kits to get them started. Sounds messy, but it's a good kind of messy.

You can get all these cool summer fun toys at Mastermind Toys and online at www.mastermindtoys.com. You can listen to my interview with Katrina from Mastermind Toys HERE.

To see the full list of toys visit Mastermind Toys Newsroom http://mastermindtoys.com/newsroom.



Christina Rowsell - RadioAnnouncerBloggerPhotographerVoice Actor, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... part time cook (only when she has time - in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering...)

The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Subscribe YouTube Here, Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina@BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyycwww.christinarowsell.com and SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/christina-rowsell.

Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick

23.5.18

Elixir Life with Malcolm Saunders

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina

Elixir Life by Malcolm Saunders

Elixir Life is where modern nutrition meets ancient herbal wisdom. Well, this isn't something new, but what's old is new again. Malcolm Saunders is the author of Elixir Life. This is a book that explores the wonderfully, delicious drink-concoctions that revitalize, rejuvenate and restore your health.

I've always said it's never easy to balance our lives, but we can try to smooth things out if we take care of our nutrition first. If you bring your body to a healthy place you're on the right track to finding that balance. Saunders explains, "This book is an introduction to what elixirs are, what makes them up and what makes them so great. It's about bringing together the best of modern nutrition together with ancient herbal wisdom in one beverage."

We live in stressful times and maybe an elixir will calm you down. Watch my interview with Malcolm Saunders from The Light Cellar here to learn how an elixir can bring balance to your life. 


Christina Rowsell - RadioAnnouncerBloggerPhotographerVoice Actor, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... part time cook (only when she has time - in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering...)

The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Subscribe YouTube Here, Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina@BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyycwww.christinarowsell.com and SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/christina-rowsell.

Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick




14.5.18

Clothing Drive to help Guide and Autism Support Dogs

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina

Spring cleaning for a great cause couldn't be more rewarding than having your donated clothes help out the B.C. & Alberta Guide Dogs. In Calgary, Alberta Guide Dogs is having a clothing drive. Donated items like clothing, shoes, bedding, towels and accessories will help provide life-changing guide and autism support dogs for those in need.

You can drop off your items at 11, 6115 - 4 St., SE before May 31, 2018. Please call first at 403-258-0819 or visit https://www.facebook.com/bcandalbertaguidedogservices/ for more information.

I spoke with Trish from B.C. & Alberta Guide Dogs in Calgary about the benefits of these dogs. Trish explains, "Each of our dogs takes about $35,000 to breed, raise, train and place with someone in need." Which is why they are having the clothing drive, to generate some much needed funds to offset some of those expenses. She says, "Guide dogs are specifically trained for people who are blind or visually impaired. The guide dogs offer them independence, safety and security. Autism support dogs are focused on keeping a child with autism safe. For example if the child likes to bolt, or run away, the dog has a waist tether (that tethers the child to the dog to anchor them in place.) This is huge for parents because now the child isn't bolting out of the store or running down the street and keeps the child safe."

Trish also says, "The best benefit of an autism support dog is that it helps the family do things that all of our families take for granted. It helps the families transition into a restaurant so the family can enjoy a family meal, to the park so they can enjoy an outing. It helps normalize the family by normalizing a lot of the out bursts the child may have. It helps the family be a part of the community again."

Listen to my interview with Trish here from B.C. & Alberta Guide Dogs to learn more and hear inspiring stories on how autism support dogs help families in need.



Christina Rowsell - RadioAnnouncerBloggerPhotographerVoice Actor, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... part time cook (only when she has time - in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering...)

The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Subscribe YouTube Here, Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina@BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyycwww.christinarowsell.com and SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/christina-rowsell.

Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick

2.5.18

Panda Passage Calgary Zoo

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina

Panda cubs Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue.
Image Credit - Chrisitna Rowsell
The Calgary Zoo 2018
They're cute and seem so cuddly. I'm talking about a panda of course. With their big, black, patched eyes you can't resist looking at them. Not to mention their fluffy coats that make you want to give them a squeeze. There's no doubt that a panda is absolutely adorable. Lucky for you, if you're in Calgary, they're here for five years. Well, except the young sibling cubs who will be moved in a year and a half to the breeding program.

The Panda Passage at the Calgary Zoo welcomes adult pandas Er Shun and Da Mao and cubs Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue on May 7, 2018.

These magnificent animals are considered a national treasure, native to China. Trish Exton-Parder, media relations with the Calgary Zoo says, "We're expecting a 25 per cent increase in attendance. At the end of our panda year we're looking at 1.5 million. The summer will amp up when the kids are out of school and we've got lots of tricks up our sleeve on how to manage those line ups." Exton-Parder suggest that you can pre-book your visits and pre-book your time if you're thinking ahead.

She reminds us too that during the day pandas eat about 40 kg of bamboo, then after their meal they (of course) need a little nap during the day. Something to keep in mind before you visit the Calgary Zoo for the best times to see these adorable new friends.
Panda Passage Calgary Zoo 2018
Image Credit - Christina Rowsell

There are only about 1,800 pandas in the wild. Exton-Parder says, "They were endangered for a number of years, but in 2016 they were downlisted from endangered to vulnerable." She explains that the conservation work that everyone is doing is helping. "There is a research base in China called the Chendu Panda Base - that's where we send back funds every year to them to aid in the breeding program."

The Calgary Zoo is a leader in wildlife conservation. With dedicated biologists in their Centre of Conservation Research work in Canada and across the world to help endangered animals once again thrive in the wild. Learn more HERE.  I had the chance to talk with Trish Exton-Parder about the new Panda Passage at the Calgary Zoo and found out some fun and interesting panda facts. Listen to the interview HERE.





Christina Rowsell - Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographer, Voice Actor, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... part time cook (only when she has time - in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering...)

The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Subscribe YouTube Here, Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina@BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyycwww.christinarowsell.com and SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/christina-rowsell.

Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick

1.5.18

Lone Star Mercedes-Benz E43 AMG

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina

Lone Star Mercedes-Benz E43 AMG
As I continue with my new car challenge with Lone Star Mercedes-Benz, this month I'm test-driving  a vehicle that is sleek, sexy and the ultimate in luxury. The Mercedes-Benz E43 AMG is a sporty sedan exceeding sophistication.

The Mercedes-Benz E43 has a sleek interior. What really impressed us was what was under the hood. The E43 AMG, tuned with a 396-horsepower twin-turbo engine and a nine-speed automatic, showcased the speed and capability of this sedan - which is also suited for city driving. In other words, this beautiful sedan is cool on city streets and a powerhouse on the highway with the AMG engine. As my husband says, "The E43 AMG is exciting to drive and the response is crisp and sharp."

We were impressed with the big screen that stretched across the dashboard from one end to the other, and there were a lot of impeccable details that make the driving experience a special one. The side panels in the driver side seat that hug you when you go around the corners were awesome!

Lone Star Mercedes-Benz E43 AMG
The light show is amazing! The interior LED lights curve into the dashboard - hugging the front and back doors. The changing colours give it an awesome effect for night driving - that doesn't distract you. My kids thought that was the coolest. I'd have to say the massage chairs for the driver and passenger side had me not wanting to get out of this sedan.

Wow, cool and neat are some of the words my kids used to describe this vehicle. (Two boys ages 8 and 10.) Since we're in the market for a family vehicle, I'll be honest, we were pleasantly surprised at the room and storage this luxurious sedan offers. Starting with the trunk space - enough room for sports gear and a couple of suitcases for a weekend getaway.

Once again, Lone Star Mercedes-Benz has exceeded our expectations on service, giving us a thorough run through on every vehicle we test drive. The delivery specialist, Matt, went as far as giving me his personal cell phone, telling me to please contact him if we had any questions.

Knowing that the service at Lone Star Mercedes-Benz is amazing, it makes our decision to buy from Lone Star easier. I'm so happy we made the stop at Lone Star Mercedes-Benz to find the perfect vehicle for our family.

Visit Lone Star Mercedes-Benz at the corner of Deerfoot and Glenmore Tr.

Lone Star Mercedes-Benz E43 AMG
This is a paid endorsement.



Christina Rowsell - Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographerVoice Actor, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... part time cook (only when she has time - in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering...)

The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Subscribe YouTube Here, Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina@BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyycwww.christinarowsell.com and SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/christina-rowsell.

Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick