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  • DJ Birthday Party 17 July 2018 by Christina Rowsell
    @RadioChristina
    Image © www.christinarowsell.com

    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!)

    Image © www.christinarowsell.com
    Image © www.christinarowsell.com
    Image © www.christinarowsell.com
    Image © www.christinarowsell.com

    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!

    Image © www.christinarowsell.com

    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)

    Image © www.christinarowsell.com

    Image © www.hudsonsmithdj.com

    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!)

    Image © www.christinarowsell.com

    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!

    Image © www.christinarowsell.com

    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

  • Lone Star Mercedes-Benz C43 Cabriolet 9 July 2018 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.


    Video © Christina Rowsell

    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

  • KNOW Calgary Women Who Are Leading The Way 29 June 2018 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


  • Mastermind Toys 2018 Summer Fun Playlist 29 May 2018 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!

    Image © Christina Rowsell

    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

  • Elixir Life with Malcolm Saunders 23 May 2018 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

  • Clothing Drive to help Guide and Autism Support Dogs 14 May 2018 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

  • Panda Passage Calgary Zoo 2 May 2018 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

  • Lone Star Mercedes-Benz E43 AMG 1 May 2018 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

  • Lou Ferrigno, Jeff Goldblum and Elijah Wood Oh My! 26 April 2018 by Christina Rowsell
    The 13th Annual Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo returns to Calgary April 26-29 at Stampede Park. It’s your chance to “geek-out” and get your comic fix. Comics, gaming, horror, fantasy, sci-fi and more! 
    There’s an impressive line up of stars this year too including Elijah Wood, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Momoa, Anthony Daniels, Megan Follows, Lou Ferrigno and creators Jim Lee, Jae Lee and Rob Liefeld. Plus, see all your favourite characters with the POW! Parade of Wonders on Friday starting at 10:30 a.m. on Stephen Avenue through to Olympic Plaza with Mayor Nenshi as the honorary parade marshall. 
    The stars come out to shine on Saturday with Megan Follows at 1:00 p.m., Jeff Goldblum at 5:00 p.m. wrapping up with the Kids Costume showcase at 6:30 p.m. and Master of Cosplay Contest – Western Qualifier at 7:00 p.m.  On Sunday, April 29 Elijah Wood, best known for his role as Frodo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings, will be at the Corral at 11:00 a.m.
    Lou Ferrigno Calgary Comic Expo with Christina Rowsell

    I had the chance to talk to the original Incredible Hulk, Lou Ferrigno. At 66 he looks incredible saying that, “Pumping iron is a passion of mine.” Not only does he look amazing on the outside, he has a huge heart on the inside. He talked to me about why he loves the Comic Expo, “As a child I never had the chance to attend (something like the Comic Expo) – I would have loved to have met a celebrity for support and for confidence. When I see a child and give them a pat on the back they see what I’ve accomplished it gives them confidence in their lives.” Ferrigno explains that he went through challenges as a child through his hearing loss, and this is one way he can give back and give kids the confidence they need to see potential in themselves. 

    Lou Ferrigno White Hat Calgary April 2019

    On Wednesday April 25, 2019 Lou Ferrigno received the honorary White Hat in Calgary! Well deserved! Thank you for visiting our city and loving who we are! 

    Outside of the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo, Ferrigno is busy working on a new series called Pumped. He explains that it’s like Celebrity Apprentice, except with athletes. It’ll air on Discovery early 2019. 
    You can listen to my interview with the original Incredible Hulk HERE. To see Lou Ferrigno and the other amazing stars and characters at the Expo visit www.calgaryexpo.com.

    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

  • Interview with Greta Podleski Yum & Yummer 23 April 2018 by Christina Rowsell
    @RadioChristina
    Yum & Yummer Greta Podleski

    Come 4:30pm my kids are asking, “Mom, what’s for dinner?” Only to hear me sigh and moan. Sometimes coming up with dinner ideas is the tough part. The other tough part is following recipes. Unless you have a cookbook that has a photo and how-to video for every recipe.

    That’s what you’ll get with Yum & Yummer by Greta Podleski. She says her book has, “Ridiculously tasty recipes that’ll blow your mind, not your diet!” I love it. I’ve already dog-eared the Fabulous Fish Tacos with mango salsa and zesty lime may on page 136. Best part I scan with my iphone/ipad camera and it goes directly to the video link and BINGO, Greta is right there in the kitchen with me!

    I had the chance to talk to Greta about her book Yum & Yummer. She’s a five-time #1 bestselling cookbook author and this is her first cookbook to include stunning food photos plus how-to videos for every single recipe. Best part is the videos are one minute and they play for you right in your own kitchen! What I love about this book is Greta tells me that 80% of the recipes in this book are gluten-free. This cookbook is right on trend with gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan options, as well as good ol’ fashion comforts foods with a healthy twist and “splurge-worthy” treats.

    What I loved in our conversation was when I asked her who her testers are. You’ll have to listen to the interview to find out. All I can say is Greta now has free snow-plowing for the rest of her life! Plus, you’ll find out if she can eat out like the rest of us and enjoy her meal at a restaurant… or is she a critique? Best part was when I found out what her guilty pleasure is! She’s a girl after my own heart!

    You can get a copy of Yum & Yummer at Costco, Chapters/Indigo, Walmart, Shoppers Drug Mar, independent booksellers and online at www.amazon.ca or www.chaptersindigo.ca.

    Listen to my interview with Greta Podleski 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

  • Calgary Charity Shout Out 19 April 2018 by Christina Rowsell
    Image 123RF

    After the terrible and tragic bus accident, the Humboldt Bronco GoFundMe campaign exploded world wide. It began with a goal of raising $5,000 to help the families with their costs. In just over 12 days it raised $15 million. This was the second largest GoFundMe to the nearly $21.5 million raised by Time’s Up Legal Defence Fund.

    This story took the world by storm. Media around the world talked about it. Honestly, it really hit me hard when I had to talk about it on-air. I’m a mom of two boys who play hockey and I just felt the pain, as did everyone else. 
    In honour of raising funds to help people I asked my listeners to text or call me with information on the charitable organizations that are near and dear to their heart. And boy, did they deliver. So I wanted to share other organizations that are in need of support.
    Here are a couple of organizations I belong to – www.100WomenCalgary.com and www.100kidscalagry.com. Plus there’s https://www.facebook.com/100mencalgary/ and http://www.100mencochrane.com/
    Homes For Heroes – They help house Canada’s homeless or at-risk Veterans. David Howard, co-founder and president of Homes For Heroes said in an interview with Postmedia that they are confident thy can end the homeless issue facing our veterans within a 10-year period. Homes for Heroes is in the process of building tiny homes for Veterans in Bridgeland. A second village is in the works as well in Edmonton. Howard concluded his interview by saying, “They put their life on the line for us, we have to be there for them.” Visit www.homesforheroesfoundation.ca
    Calgary Charity Shout Out via soft rock 97.7 text:
    I would love to tell you about Eagle’s Nest Stoney Family Shelter in Morley. They are a small but mighty organization serving on average 176 women and 160 children each year. You can find more info on their website www.eaglesnestshelter.ca. People will have to call to donate but it is well worth it. They are trying to raise funds so that women who come to the shelter are able to get new underwear and bras. It’s hard to imagine but true that many come to the shelter not owning these items!!! Thank you so very much for doing this today!!! You hit the nail right on the head when you say so many organizations just need to get the word out. I can’t say thank you enough! Lee-Ann Baines from Calgary

    Calgary Seniors Resource Society- Escorted Transportation Program helps low income and isolated seniors get to their medical appointments. We desperately need volunteers, we have hundreds of seniors in Calgary waiting to have access to our program but right now we are at capacity until we can recruit more volunteers. Google us and volunteers can call or apply through or website. Thank you so much!! Emma Rudolf Program Coordinator www.calgaryseniors.org/services-and-programs

    As a 17 year Cancer Survivor and this type of help unavailable at that time I am a big supporter of this local organization. Wellspring Calgary supporting people living with Cancer and those that support them. Alma Taylor – https://wellspringcalgary.ca/

    Handsome Alice Theatre – A charitable organization that is devoted to unleashing female, trans and non-binary voices through the arts. www.handsomealicetheatre.com Thanks! Meg

    https://connectsociety.org/ Or the the deaf and hard of hearing – Michelle, Calgary

    Thanks for the opportunity to share! REAP Business Association promotes local companies that benefit people and planet. Their website is www.Belocal.org.

    The Ball is Round Society. We are a non profit that delivers soccer balls to children in underprivileged countries to create social change through sport! We have delivered over 300 soccer balls to over 30 countries! Www.theballisround.ca The Ball is Round Society. We are a non profit that delivers soccer balls to children in underprivileged countries to create social change through sport! We have delivered over 300 soccer balls to over 30 countries! Www.theballisround.ca

    Alpha chapter of international women’s organization Beta Sigma Phi is hosting a screening of Bridesmaids movie night at the Globe theatre downtown on Thursday, May 10th in support infertility awareness. Prizes, trivia, raffle, henna, bar and much more. Visit our Facebook page Alpha’s movie night for tickets or more info. Thank you! Amber

    https://thehappybirthdayproject.org This is a charity my bff started. It provides birthday parties to kids in shelters where families can’t provide one themselves. This is heartbreakingly some of these kids first ever party. Michelle New Brighton

    Meals on wheels! They can always use donations but they really need volunteers. I have been delivering for over 10 years and get such a good feeling every day I deliver. Kathy – https://mealsonwheels.com/

    Christina Rowsell – Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographer, 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


  • BeatDrop Music DJ Producing Summer Camps 12 April 2018 by Christina Rowsell
    @RadioChristina

    Now, I know I’m dating myself by saying this, but growing up we had a collection of 45’s, 8 tracks and cassettes. However, when I got into radio in 1991 we were still using reel-to-reel. NOW that is dating back.

    Today, music is distributed for the masses via the internet and digitally reconstructed. Playing in a band out of your garage isn’t passé, but you don’t need a garage anymore, just Garage Band. It may look complicated, but for my 10-year-old son, he seems to have obtained an interest in electronic house music. So, how was I – a mother who is NOT musically inclined – going to teach him that? Yes, I’m a radio host, but I’m not a musician. That’s when I found BeatDrop! They offer classes and summer camps for kids as young as eight-years-old!

    Mitch Lee is the owner of BeatDrop and explains what they offer, “BeatDrop is a music production and DJ school. We have courses, classes and workshops for people who are wanting to learn how to make music and DJ.”

    Hudson Smith DJ

    I was interested in learning more about their summer camps after my son took an introduction class in Ableton Live. Summer camps are for kids ages 8-11 and 12-16. The summer camps are a “mash-up” of everything BeatDrop offers from producing music, how sounds are made and how to arrange sound and create music. Plus, there are fun scavenger hunts to record sounds which they include in their music. Additionally the kids learn how it all works on the computer. Then they get a chance to DJ. They take hit songs and songs they like and learn how to mix in between the two and mix from song to song in a seamless way. The kids will use turntables and vinyl and go “old school” and teach them the fundamentals of what a DJ actually does. They get a mix of producing music and DJ’ing throughout the summer camp.

    Although my son was interested in the classes, I wondered if he needed to be musically inclined. My son didn’t have any experience with music like playing the piano. Lee explains, “We start at ground zero. If they have an interest and a passion – we handle all the rest. We have all the equipment to get them started. They just need to bring headphones.”

    Have a listen to my conversation with Mitch Lee from BeatDrop HERE to learn more.

    To learn more about their summer camps visit http://beatdrop.ca/summer-camp/.

    Other cool camp ideas:
    Magic Camp with Brent Smith from www.vanishingrabbit.com
    Reptile Camp with Jason Clevett from http://www.calgaryreptileparties.com/.

    Christina Rowsell – Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographer, 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


  • Calgary Reptile Party Summer Camp 11 April 2018 by Christina Rowsell
    @RadioChristina
    www.calgaryreptileparties.com

    My eight-year-old son has been asking me since he was four if he could get a pet lizard. Naturally, my answer was always, “No.” Now I grew up with brothers and they always tried to scare me with snakes, lizards, frogs and worms. I never really had an issue with the lizard or the frogs or the worms for that matter, but ugh, I still struggle with the snakes. Not that I hate them – as I squint my nose up- I’m just not a fan of touching them.

    Frogs were my favourite. Growing up in the West Kootenay’s we had a ton of tadpoles. And I actually liked watching them evolve. But I still didn’t want one as a pet. To be honest, I prefer fur and four legs. I had dogs growing up and plenty of cats. But to have a reptile as a pet wasn’t really my favourite.

    As for my son, he’s always loved dinosaurs, lizards and snakes. So for his 6th birthday I researched Calgary Reptile Parties. I was told about them with glowing reviews from my friend Ellen from Calgary’s Child Magazine. Jason Clevett with Reptile Parties Inc., has been teaching people about the proper care and maintenance of reptile education for 10 years. With birthday parties, events, school talks and summer camps I knew I found the right place for my reptile loving son.

    What I loveed was the passion of owner Jason Clevett. Since he was a kid, just like my own son, Clevett has had a passion for reptiles an amphibians. He’s also volunteered as an assistant gorilla keeper at the Calgary Zoo, traveled to different zoos, nature centres and aquariums to learn more from others in the field. He was also a board member and executive member of The Alberta Reptile and Amphibian Society from 2007-2013, including President in 2010.

    www.calgaryreptileparties.com

    My son will be back again for the summer camp. So much fun for these kids that are structured to appeal to different age groups. The kids meet up close cold-blooded animals like bearded dragons, amazing frilled dragons, colourful geckos, snakes, tarantulas and scorpions. They may even come face-to-face with an 8ft surinam red-tailed boa constrictor! Perfect for my reptile son to get his reptile fix! (PS – the reptiles go home with Jason – but he does leave the parent with information on how to care for your own reptile pets.)

    I had the chance to interview Jason about his summer camps. You can listen to his interview HERE.
    To learn more visit www.calgaryreptileparties.com, www.edmontonreptileparties.com and www.canadianreptileencounters.com.

    Christina Rowsell – Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographer, 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

  • Magic Summer Camp 9 April 2018 by Christina Rowsell
    @RadioChristina

    Summer camps are filling up fast. It’s like they’re vanishing!! Why not get your kids in a camp they’ll remember for a lifetime. Brent Smith from The Vanishing Rabbit Magic Shop offers a Mega Magic Camp.

    What a cool idea! When my son was little he so wanted to be a magician. I remember one time when he had a toy car, stuffed it in his sock and said, “Whoa, where did it go?” These camps are open to both boys and girls, children and adults alike! I asked Brent what is the number one trick kids want to know about and he replied, “Card magic.”

    If you have an aspiring magician in your life, this is the summer camp for him or her. Two camps available for 5-8 and 9-99 at http://www.megamagiccamp.com/. Mega Magic Camp, “Where REAL magicians are made!”

    Listen to my interview with Brent here.

    Other cool camp ideas:
    Reptile Camp with Jason Clevett from http://www.calgaryreptileparties.com/.
    DJ and music production camp with Mitch Lee from http://beatdrop.ca/.

    Christina Rowsell – Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographer, 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

  • Pet Nutrition Just As Important As People Nutrition 16 March 2018 by Christina Rowsell
    @RadioChristina
    Image Credit Pixabay

    When it comes to nutrition, it’s a no-brainer to take care of yourself and your family. But, your pets are family too! A proper balance of nutrients will not only improve the longevity of your pet, but it’ll keep them happier too! With the right food, your family friend will maintain muscle tone, have healthier teeth and – in the long run – be able to fight-off infection. You’ll also see their energy restored. Plus, their skin and coats will be shiny and healthy.

    Dr. Julie Schell form Bow Bottom Veterinary Hospital says in veterinarian medicine they include nutrition as medicine. Schell says, “There are so many wonderful, therapeutic diets that can fit the needs of your pets. There are also home cooked diets that your Veterinarian can dispense for you to make at home.”

    Schell continues to say that commercial products that are properly formulated to fit your pets needs are also wonderful. She says, “There’s a lot of Veterinarian research that goes into making the food.” Some meals can be catered to treat specific diseases.

    I asked Schell how popular is it for people to cook for their pets? She replied, “It is gaining popularity! We find that it is more popular for people with smaller pets because it’s much easier to prepare a batch of food that will last a week.” However, for people that are really busy, and don’t have time to prepare or cook Schell suggests using a Pet Chef. Schell says this is a great way to help your pet if they have specific needs and a specific diet.

    Schell continues suggesting, “With a good, solid diet you can actually maintain your pets feces even better.” A diet can be created where you can create more or less fiber, depending on your pet and his or her needs.

    Listen to Christina Rowsell with Dr. Julie Schell here.
    https://soundcloud.com/christina-rowsell/pet-nutrition-just-as-important-as-people-nutrition

    Christina Rowsell – Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographer, 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

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

  • Lone Star Mercedes-Benz 2018 GLS 450 Review 14 March 2018 by Christina Rowsell
    @RadioChristina
    Lone Star Mercedes-Benz 2018 GLS 450

    As I continue my new car challenge with Lone Star Mercedes-Benz I’ve been test driving the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450. A lot of people have asked me why I chose Lone Star in the first place, and why I decided to go with a Mercedes-Benz. To be honest, it was the service that got me wanting more.

    The 2018 GLS 450 is a full sized SUV and can sit a full sized family with 7 seats. It’s a big vehicle in the sense that not only can we pack our family and our pets, but it’s a great vehicle to carpool my boys’ hockey team. Now, this is a bigger vehicle than what I’m used to, but I’ll be honest it didn’t feel like it. I didn’t feel clumsy behind the wheel. I felt confident – which is what you want when you’re driving your kids to and from one end of the city to the other.

    What I loved about this stylish and spacious vehicle was that I could lower the third row to take our two dogs comfortably in the back – and pack the hockey and lacrosse bags – which is my life with two dogs and two boys.

    A wonderful perk in the Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 [if you choose the option] is the heated and cooled front cup holders – something I wouldn’t pass up on.

    Lone Star Mercedes-Benz 2018 GLS 2018

    Test driving a new vehicle can sometimes be stressful too, as you’re used to your current vehicle – and you have to take the time to learn a whole new system. Remember I was telling you that it was the service that made us want to buy from Lone Star Mercedes-Benz, well it didn’t stop short with the Delivery Specialist Matt and Kevin. They walked me though all the features so that I could enjoy the ride.

    And, at the end of the day, I have to remember what drove me to Lone Star Mercedes-Benz – and it comes back to the service and guidance we received from the start. Lone Star has impressed my husband and I, not only for the vehicle, but for the support and understanding from the sales department to the delivery specialists. We are sold on the services at Lone Star Mercedes-Benz, which is Calgary’s longest serving Mercedes-Benz dealership for over 45 years, which is why they understand their customers.

    Visit Lone Star Mercedes-Benz at the corner of Deerfoot and Glenmore and online at https://www.mercedes-benz-lonestarcalgary.ca.

    This is a paid endorsement

    Christina Rowsell – Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographer, 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

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

  • The Complete Plate Healthy Eating Healthy Life 12 March 2018 by Christina Rowsell
    @RadioChristina

    The Complete Plate by Lauren Klukas

    Lauren Klukas started in the world of competitive swimming, and went on to become a personal trainer teaching boot camps and running dry land training programs. After 5 years of personal training, genetic testing revealed that Klukas was positive for a gene that is associated with ARVC — arrythmogenic right ventricle cardiomyopathy.

    Klukas was told that for the rest of her life she would not be able to do any vigorous activity or exercise other than light walking. That changed her life forever. However, instead of doing nothing — knowing the importance nutrition plays in weight management — Klukas created the Complete Plate.
    The CompletePlate shows that weight maintenance, and weight loss, can be achieved through a balanced diet of ingredients that come together to meet both nutritional and caloric demands. Featuring meal plans for diets of 1,500, 2,000, and 2,500 calories, it is a collection of 30 meal plans with each day perfectly balanced to provide 100% of your daily macro and micro nutrient needs. *Based on current daily recommended intake (DRI) values.

    Lauren Klukas spoke with Christina Rowsell about her journey and how she’s living a stronger, healthier and happier life. Listen to the interview HERE

    Christina Rowsell – Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographer, 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

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


  • Jann Arden Not Your Little Girl IWD 2018 8 March 2018 by Christina Rowsell
    @RadioChristina
    Jann Arden

    When a song comes along and smacks you in the face you have to take notice. Jann Arden has just released one of those songs! From her upcoming album These Are The Days – set for release March 16, 2018 – Jann Arden released her single called Not Your Little Girl. Arden says, “This song was pre #MeToo and #TimesUp as I wrote it a year and a half ago with my producer Bob Rock.” She continues to explain, “This song came out of a desire to be heard and to be acknowledged and to encourage myself to go forward and to find a way to be authentic.”

    Not Your Little Girl is about the power in individuality. To be who you are meant to be. Arden says, “We all have people that stand in our path. And more often than not we are the people standing in our own way. Nobody can tell you what to do, how to be or how to dress. You can’t let people take that away from you.”

    Listen to Christina Rowsell and Jann Arden talk about Not Your Little Girl here. https://soundcloud.com/christina-rowsell/jann-arden-not-your-little-girl

    Watch Not Your Little Girl here https://www.vevo.com/watch/jann-arden/not-your-little-girl/CAUV71800012.

    Not Your Little Girl by Jann Arden on VEVO.
    https://soundcloud.com/christina-rowsell/jann-arden-not-your-little-girl

    Christina Rowsell – Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographer, 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

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

  • Pink Shirt Day Kindness Is Free 28 February 2018 by Christina Rowsell
    @RadioChristina

    Vanessa McWilliams wears a hoodie with a simple message that says, “Kindness is free.” Sounds like a simple message doesn’t it? So why is it so hard to come by?

    Pink Shirt Day in Canada was started by two young boys in Nova Scotia. David Shepard and Travis Price were standing up for a fellow ninth grader who was bullied for wearing a pink shirt at school. In return they went out and bought 50 pink shirts and handed them out to stand beside him.

    So I guess we can either stand by and do nothing… or we can stand up and make a difference. Just like Shepard and Price, Vanessa McWilliams has an agenda to spread the words, “Kindness is FREE.” Her story is one that tugs at your heart strings. At the age of nine McWilliams was diagnosed with alopecia. It’s an autoimmune disorder that attacks hair follicles causing hair loss. And, as you can imagine, for a nine year old girl it’s a tough road to travel. Today McWilliams is an inspirational speaker who shares her spiral down a dark path of self hatred, often sparked by the bullies who taunted her for something that was out of her control. The message McWilliams shares is how she picked herself up in finally finding her happy. Although her purpose shifted drastically when her oldest son was also diagnosed with alopecia. So now she needs to show her son and those around her that what happens in life doesn’t define you.

    I had the chance to talk to Vanessa McWilliams on Pink Shirt Day to spread the message that, “Kindness is free.” You can watch the interview here https://youtu.be/xHOjzRjl5GM.

    Be kind out there – be kind to yourself and be kind to others.

    Christina Rowsell – Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographer, 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

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


  • BV Atom 3 Black Hockey Hero Giving Back Birthday Party Bags 26 February 2018 by Christina Rowsell
    @RadioChristina

    Imagine, as a parent, that you couldn’t afford to give your child a birthday party, let alone a cake. It happens! On average, the Calgary Food Bank distribute 120 Birthday Party Kits a month. In 2017, the Calgary Food Bank distributed a total of 1435 Birthday Party Kids to families.

    As part of an initiative through #HockeyHeros with the Bow Valley Hockey Society, they asked teams to find a way to give back to our community. The BV Atom 3 Team chose the Calgary Food Bank Birthday Kits because kids deserve to have a birthday party. You can watch their adventure in giving back here https://youtu.be/F3uzW0djDkc.

    The Calgary Food Bank Birthday Party Kids are for any child turning one to 12 years old. There are Birthday Party Kits created for boys and girls in each of the following age groups:
    1 Year Old
    2 Years Old
    3-5 Years Old
    6-7 Years Old
    8-9 Years Old
    10-12 Years Old

    Every item included in a Birthday Party Kit is solely based on donations. Birthday cards are always welcome, and the BV Atom 3 team took the time to make some personal cards.

    If you wish to donate a Birthday Party Kit to the Calgary Food Bank the donated items often include: cake mix, icing, candles, balloons, a small gift age appropriate and a card. The Calgary Food Bank also says that they could use help with gift bags for older kids ages 9 to 12.

    Find out more by visiting http://www.calgaryfoodbank.com/give/other-ways-to-give/.

    Christina Rowsell – Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographer, 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

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




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