• Wednesday’s Style – Kids Summer Style | Abbotsford Family Photographer
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    Whether you kids are heading to camp, the pool or the beach, you want them to look put-together and stylish. I know it’s summer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still look good, right? Here are some great clothing ideas for your kids that are both fashionable and affordable.

    For the summer, we all have a few rules for our kids wardrobes – they have to be durable and also lightweight. Cargo shorts and polo shirts and fantastic options for boys while lightweight shorts, rompers and sundresses all work well for girls. Stay away from too many dark colors since they tend to keep the heat close to the body. Lighter colors tend to keep kids cooler and they’re just a better style choice for the heat of the summer.

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    Options from H&M, Carters and Gap

    While kids (and adults) should always wear sunscreen, it’s also a good idea to buy clothes that have some SPF protection built right in. Shirts, rash guards for swimming and hats can all be found in these options. A little extra protection goes a long way for some added peace of mind.

    Keep kids feet cool and protected as well this summer. Lightweight sneakers and sturdy sandals are the way to go. There are so many different color options and styles out there that there’s something to satisfy everyone.

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  • Sunday Showcase – Summer Day Trip Ideas | Vancouver Family Portraits
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    Who doesn’t want to take a fantastic vacation this summer? But sometimes life makes it hard to get away on a large-scale trip. So why not take a few day trips instead? You’ll get to visit more places and experience different things, all relatively close to home. Here are some places to check out this summer.

    Harrison Hot Springs

    Just 90 minutes outside of Vancouver are the Harrison Hot Springs on Harrison Lake. It’s a beautiful getaway complete with beaches, mountains and of course, natural springs. There are so many activities to do such as kayaking, parasailing and windsurfing. Of course, you can also just sit back and relax on the lake or the hot springs pool.

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    Whistler

    Another amazing day trip is to Whistler. This internationally-acclaimed ski resort also has a lot to offer in the summer months. Whistler Resort is a city unto itself complete with restaurants, shops, museums and more. Take a family bike ride, try your hand at canoeing or hike the high alpine trails – there’s truly something for everyone in Whistler.

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    Victoria

    A beautiful and historic locale, Victoria makes for a peaceful and serene day trip spot. The downtown area featuring shopping, sights, gardens and historic buildings. Be sure to visit Butchart Gardens with its 55 acres of amazing floral displays. Then be sure to relax with a cup of tea at the legendary Empress Hotel.

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    Bowen Island

    Bowen Island is an escape from Vancouver without having to travel too far. The relatively small island offers a host of activities for visitors. From swimming and kayaking to hiking and mountain biking, there’s something for every adverturous spirit. For those that want a more relaxing day, Bowen Island offers plenty of dining and shopping options including hand-made and fair-trade items in Village Square, Artisan Square and the Marina on the Pier.

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  • Wednesday’s Style – Perfect Summer Dresses | Vancouver Child Photographer
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    Let’s face it, summer style is a lot about feeling comfortable and cool. But that doesn’t mean you can also be fashionable. The perfect summer staple is the dress. Easy to just slip on and go, dresses can be accessorized for practically any occasion. Whether you’re heading to the office, a concert or out to dinner with friends, here are some options to help complete your own summer style.

    A short, shift dress helps keeps you cool without clinging to your body. Perfect for days filled with sun and humidity.

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    On the other hand, a maxi dress is also a versatile style that can look casual with a pair of flat sandals, or dressed up with a colorful statement necklace. Maxi dresses also look great on a variety of body types.

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    Clockwise from left – J.Crew, Gap, Old Navy

    And you can never go wrong with a classic sundress. This style is timeless for a reason – it’s the perfect summer shape. From solids, stripes and florals, there’s a sundress out there for every taste and body. Find your perfect style and have fun this summer!

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  • Sunday’s Showcase – Summer Entertaining Ideas | Vancouver Family Photographer
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    Hard to believe that we’re almost in the middle of summer! Where is the time going? But we all want to make the most of this short summer season, so what’s more fun than having some friends and family over to entertain? Here are some simple and fun ideas to make your next summer soiree the talk of the town.

    You can create an easy and elegant table setting by utilizing inexpensive tableware. There are so many bright and colorful options out there in everything from paper, plastic and melamine. You can find a variety of options at discount and big box stores. String up some lights, lanterns or other festive decor. And don’t forget the small details – everyone loves a colorful straw in their drink!

    Recently Updated54When it comes to summer entertaining, food options should be light and refreshing. Of course, you can always have the standard fare of hamburgers and hot dogs, but play around with the flavors in your sides. Maybe create a theme around them such as Mexican or Italian flavors. Items that don’t need refrigeration are key – such as corn, cold salads and fruit. Create a signature drink such as a summer sangria or other cocktail and keep plenty of other drinks readily available on ice in colorful buckets.

    Recently Updated55You want your guests to keep comfortable outside so make sure to have plenty of seating, tables, etc. Also citronella candles are always welcome, to keep any unwanted guests away. Nowadays, there are so many attractive options. And when it comes to the end of the night, there’s nothing like making s’mores to top off a great party!

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  • Sunday Showcase – What to do in the Vancouver Area Next Weekend | Vancouver Family Photographer
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    It seems that our summer calendars tend to fill up quite easily. There’s so much to pack into such a short amount of time! So start thinking about next weekend now and get some of these fun family activities down on the calendar.

    Like tennis? Then come out to see the first ever Stanley Park Open. Pros will play a series of exciting matches in addition to a Junior’s series, a celebrity tennis challenge, and so much more. It’s a great opportunity to catch a serious game and all for free!

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    If theater is more your speed, come see a performance of Shrek: The Musical presented by Theatre Under the Stars at Stanley Park. Pack a picnic, grab a blanket and watch some terrific live, family-friendly theater right under the stars.

    2014 Show Logo - SHREKIf you’re looking to try some new food (and who isn’t?) get over to the Surrey Food Cart Fest. More than 15 food trucks will be there to showcase some of their best eats. In addition to all of the yummy fare, there will be live music, DJ’s, craft food vendors and more. Bring a non-perishable food item to get in for free. All donations go right to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.

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    The Second Annual Ocean Park Village Summer Festival is taking place in White Rock next weekend.Celebrating artists and artisans, this three day festival will feature performances, a family movie night, art shows, music and even a beach party. Head over there on Sunday for a pancake breakfast and golf for the kids.

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