25.8.15

Kids Can Save Money Too | Financial Learning For Children

by Tammy Johnston
The Financial Foundations

Well like it or not summer is coming to an end and the start of school is right around the corner.  To help kids get the education they need (and want) get your hands on the Financial Foundations Children’s Financial Books series to give kids a major boost in the real world.

Kids will learn about:
          How money works
          Goal setting
          Simple and effective budgeting
          Understanding the facts about credit
          How daily choices affect their lives
          Long term perspective and balance

The books are fully and beautifully illustrated which grab and keep kids’ attention.  While the target audience is 8 to 12 year olds, I have had kids as young as 3 read the books with their parents and start understanding the topics.  Teenagers have also been getting the books to supplement their CALM 20 course,  and adults have also purchased the books and given me rave reviews on the content and illustrations.  The have been given rave reviews by My Real Review and have received 5 Star reviews by Reader’s Favorite.  Tammy and the books have been featured on Trending on Shaw, CTV, Global, 630 CHED, News 660, and CBC The Home Stretch.  http://www.thefinancialguides.com/books/media/

As part of my commitment to supporting good works and charity, $10 from the set of every book is going to World Vision Canada to assist with their programs assisting kids around the globe.  The books are ready and available to be shipped as soon as the order is received:  http://www.thefinancialguides.com/books/buy/

Thank you so much for supporting kids in their learning, kids around the world via World Vision, and my dream of making the world a better and more educated place in some small way.  


About:
“The Financial Guides” was founded by Tammy Johnston, a financial advisor who take a holistic approach to working with their clients. With over 22 years of experience in the financial services industry, Tammy focuses on first educating her clients on how money works and how to ask questions. Through many years of hearing students in the Financial Journeys class ask: “Where were you when I was a kid?” and “Do you have anything that I can use to teach my children?” Tammy came up with the concept of Financial Foundations. These books are fully illustrated, and intelligent while still at a kid’s level, and can be read by the kids alone or with their parents.




17.8.15

To Be A Kid Again And Climb A Tree | Treehouse Birthday Party

by Christina Rowsell
via The Birthday Boy Hudson

Climbing a tree is as natural to a kid as it is to a monkey in the rainforest.  There's a wonder and awe being in a tree.  See the world from the branches is a child's dream come true.  Climbing a tree allows a child's imagination to run wild.  It's a sanctuary for them to get away from reality.  Now put a treehouse in that tree and you've allowed their imagination to come to life.

My 8 year old son has been asking for a treehouse since he was introduced to Treehouse Masters on Animal Planet.  He's also been asking if we can invite Pete Nelson to come over a build a treehouse. Problem is... we don't have trees big enough in our suburb home to build one.  Well... don't let that stop you.  We put together a Treehouse Birthday Party!

© www.christinarowsell.com Treehouse Poster

Where to start?  The great outdoors of course!  Pick up some pinecones, sticks, moss and bugs. Okay, not real bugs.  Go to the dollar store and get some bugs.






Add in a treehouse snack bar and you're set.






Plus broccoli trees, a treehouse model and some lego!


What about the entertainment?  My son suggested, "Pin the treehouse in Hudson's tree."  Print a few treehouse's and laminate them.  Stick tape to the back and put on the blindfold and you're set!


But apparently that wasn't enough.  So we hired Tony The Trick!  He was the "icing on the cake."  He did an amazing job - even a levitation trick!


The goodies bags fit the theme.  These are fun for the kids to put together themselves - or with their parents.

Oh... and play Treehouse Masters in the background!  Plus the cake!  Special thanks to Sugar By Tracy, who ALWAYS does an amazing job!!!


Life is too short to not have a magical birthday party.  It doesn't need to be expensive, just fun.  It's a time for a kid to be a kid.  


There you have it, a Treehouse Birthday Party!!






by Christina Rowsell ~
http://www.christinarowsell.com
© Christina Rowsell
Radio Announcer, Magazine Editor, Blogger, Photographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... Part Time Cook (only when she has time). Looking for The Brighter Side of life sharing Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People.  Sitting still is something Christina knows nothing about.  If you have a story to share feel free to contact Christina.  Follow on Twitter, @BrighterSideyyc @RadioChristina and LIKE on Facebook The Brighter Side and ChristinaRowsell.com.

14.8.15

We Should Know Each Other Calgary | Mark Hopkins

via WSKEO

We Should Know Each Other is a crossroad of communities.  It invites people to stretch the limits of their social circles and enhance their thinking with a diversity of new ideas and perspectives.  It provides a welcoming space for viewpoints to collide in unexpected ways, and for creative sparks to fly. 


I first learned of this event via an invite on Facebook. The Women's Centre of Calgary is inviting you to an exciting opportunity to connect with other women. They are teaming up with We Should Know Each Other (WSKEO) for an evening of shared stories, new connections and laughter.  This event is open to anyone who identifies as a woman. (Sorry, men, this event isn’t for you – but check out www.wskeo.com for other opportunities to connect!)


WSKEO is a grassroots community-building movement that Mark Hopkins started out of his Calgary living room in 2008. WSKEO and the Women’s Centre share common goals of creating connections and building community, and we’re so thrilled to be able to feature this event!

For more information about the Women's Centre, visit www.womenscentrecalgary.org
For more information about WSKEO, visit: www.wskeo.com.

WOMEN SHOULD KNOW EACH OTHER
Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 5:00-8:00 pm
Women's Centre of Calgary, 39 4th St NE


Find out more about WSKEO via YouTube here https://youtu.be/uDUMCAJWX1E.









by Christina Rowsell ~
http://www.christinarowsell.com
© Christina Rowsell
Radio Announcer, Magazine Editor, Blogger, Photographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... Part Time Cook (only when she has time). Looking for The Brighter Side of life sharing Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People.  Sitting still is something Christina knows nothing about.  If you have a story to share feel free to contact Christina.  Follow on Twitter, @BrighterSideyyc @RadioChristina and LIKE on Facebook The Brighter Side and ChristinaRowsell.com.

5.8.15

Behind The Brighter Side

by Christina Rowsell
www.thebrighterside.ca



The Brighter Side was born from a dream.  It was a couple years after my brother James passed away. In this dream he suggested I do a magazine.  A magazine that will lift spirits and help them find The Brighter Side.

James couldn't aways find the positive side of life.  The first dream I had was three days after my brother passed.  In that dream I said to him, "Where have you been? I thought you died?"  He replied, "I'm more alive now than I've ever been."  It was after that dream I realized that not everyone has the choice to wake up happy.  Some people have chemical imbalances that don't give them the opportunity to know that life is worth living.  Some people struggle everyday to wake up and live life to the fullest.

The second dream came a couple of years later.  Wondering what I could do to understand people who suffer mental illness, my brother came to me in my dream and said, "Give them something worth living for.  Share stories that make people smile. Share good news, great ideas and amazing people."  From that moment I felt as though I needed a publication that was just that!  So I started to design a magazine.  Feeling overwhelmed with how to do that, a friend of mine said, "Instead of a magazine, why don't you do a blog.  Share your stories online where there is very little cost and anyone can access it."  And here we are 4 years later and 100,000 + visits to The Brighter Side YYC blog.

Thank you!  Thank you for allowing us to lift your spirit and share Good News.  We've shared ideas that are brilliant and ideas that just make you smile.  Plus, we've introduced you to some amazing people!  Now we would like to invite you to share!  If you have good news, great ideas or know amazing people, *submit your story ideas!  We want The Brighter Side to be a place where everyone can smile!

(*Note: Not all story submissions will be published on The Brighter Side Blog.  Stories are subject to approval. NO COMPENSATION IS PAID FOR STORY SUBMISSIONS. BY SUBMITTING A STORY YOU UNDERSTAND THAT YOU ARE VOLUNTEERING YOUR CONTENT WITHOUT THE EXPECTATION OF COMPENSATION.)





by Christina Rowsell ~
http://www.christinarowsell.com
© Christina Rowsell
Radio Announcer, Magazine Editor, Blogger, Photographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... Part Time Cook (only when she has time). Looking for The Brighter Side of life sharing Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People.  Sitting still is something Christina knows nothing about.  If you have a story to share feel free to contact Christina.  Follow on Twitter, @BrighterSideyyc @RadioChristina and LIKE on Facebook The Brighter Side and ChristinaRowsell.com.