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onfrontations focusing on diet between children and parents have been around seemingly since the beginning of time. Many children start off as cooperative eaters, anxious to try different types of foods. As they get older, the number of foods they’re apt to eat diminishes, which can make choosing healthy items for lunches and dinners more difďŹ cult. It also can make packing lunches for school more challenging.

lunches from home may be left wondering how they can create healthy lunches their kids will eat.

Many initiatives have attempted to improve the quality of school lunches provided by school cafeterias. Government regulations to reduce the amount of fat and sodium in these lunches, and to introduce more whole grains, fruits and vegetables, are one such initiative. Parents of students who prefer to bring their own

Purchase a new lunch container. There are many different new and innovative lunch containers that can make separating school lunches easy. Few kids want to dig into a brown paper sack and pull out something that has been so squashed it’s unrecognizable. Partitioned lunch boxes enable you to pack different items together where they can be stored separately. The divisions also help you remember to include foods from the basic food groups, such as a fruit, vegetable, protein, starch and dairy item.

Considering school lunches must compete with far less healthy yet widely available alternatives, parents will need to be creative in their creation of homemade lunches. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Have your child make a list of his or her favorite foods. Once the list has been made, see how you can make the foods healthier. For example, if chicken nuggets make the list, prepare your own nuggets with white meat chunks that are baked, not fried. If there are a number of bread items, see if you can substitute whole grain breads instead of white, bleached varieties. 4

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Get creative. Children may not be inclined to eat loose pieces of fruit. But if the fruit is stuck on skewers or served with a low-fat dipping sauce or caramel, it may look more appealing. Look to “mini” foods, which tend to be more fun as well. Little sandwiches and little burgers may present an optical illusion, where kids think they’re eating only a small amount, but actually it’s a full serving. Hide healthy foods within others. There are entire recipe books that teach you how to mix fruits and vegetables into desserts to increase nutritional value. Everything from spinach to tofu to beets have been included in items like cake, cookies and brownies. So if kids are reticent to dig into their greens, try a clever hiding method.

Don’t let the time of day dictate what you serve. As long as kids are eating healthy items, it doesn’t matter when they eat them. If a child loves bagels, choose whole wheat bagels and add an egg on top for a nutritious lunch. Serve with a gelatin dessert that contains chunks of fruit and low-fat milk, and you’re set. There are many different ways to improve homemade lunches for the better. TCG

Cut foods into fun shapes. Kids may be more inclined to eat a turkey and cheese sandwich if it’s cut into star shapes or their favorite cartoon characters. Invest in a few cookie cutters so that lunchtime becomes fun time.

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nterior Designers have a knack for pulling together furniture and accessories to create rooms with widespread appeal. But not every homeowner has the resources to hire a professional to help turn their interior from drab to fab. Fortunately, it doesn’t always take a pro to transform a home’s interior. The key to creating a beautiful room is planning. Designers do it and so should you. Measure the dimensions of the room and create a sketch of the area using graph paper or computer software. Be sure to plot any windows or doors on the drawing so that you will be aware of obstacles. Homeowners unsure of what they want should browse through magazines or pictures on the Web for inspiration. Search for key phrases that describe your design style, such as Tuscan, farmhouse, country, colonial, etc. Then read up on the components of these styles that define it. This will help you select items that fit with the style.

Once a particular style has been chosen, create a design board just like the professionals. Cut out swatches of fabric, select paint swatches, find magazine pictures that fit with your goal and arrange them on a piece of poster board. See how the items work together. If you are unsure of colours, see which shades were used in the inspiring picture and determine if it will coordinate with your home. When designing, identify or create a focal point in the room and build off of that. This may be a large window, fireplace, or even the entertainment center if it’s a family room. Place furniture around the focal point and then move outward. It’s also important to keep scale in mind. Large walls or tall ceilings will create plenty of wall space. A small print or wall hanging will be lost in such an area. Be sure to choose furnishings and accessories that fit with the scale of the room. In other words, a huge sectional may overpower a small living room. When choosing colours, make sure they are cohesive. Research the colour wheel that artists use to help with designing the room. Some colours are complementary or opposites and still work together. Homeowners nervous about colour should choose a colour from fabric or furniture and use a few different shades of the same colour in the room. Select an accent colour that can be used on trim or as a spot of colour on a pillow or accessory. When plotting wall hangings or other decor, odd numbers often look more pleasing to the eye. Experiment with different sizes of framed artwork or different shaped accessories for visual appeal. For example, a few rectangular shaped items with a

Use a magazine picture as inspiration for your room, then select similarly shaped and scaled furnishings that mimic the look for less money.


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circular clock and a conical flower vase can mix it up in the room. This is where looking at magazine layouts can be extremely helpful. Many stores sell items that mimic the look of higher-priced items. When copying a designer room, select pieces that are similar, but not necessarily the same brands. Consider shopping at second-hand stores or antique shops for discounted pieces. With a little new fabric or stain, many items can look like new again. Shopping online also may enable shoppers to find items more readily and see how they look in staged rooms.

fits with your style, go to a fabric store and purchase fabric to make your own. Decorating doesn’t have to cost a fortune or look like you pieced odd items together. By following the guidelines of a designer room and selecting lower-priced items that mimic the shape and scale of similar accessories, it’s possible for any homeowner to create a room for less. TCG

When designing, it never hurts to think outside of the box. Items that were intended for outside may work well inside as well. Hanging lanterns or plant stands could be put to use in a rustic room. Save some money by making some items yourself. For instance, if you cannot find a particular throw pillow or drapery that


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Recently, Surrey Cedar collaborated with their sister company, Western Rugged Tools in an attempt to raise 50K for the Terry Fox Foundation, named after the late great Terry Fox. Both of these companies will also participate in the Terry Fox Run, which will be held in Port Coquitlam, along with all the generous donors of the foundation. So what is the Surrey Cedar company and what are their efforts to give back to the community?

These products are available for both residential and commercial installations. Some of the things that have made this company popular among property owners include the provision of free estimates (which means you should call them soon!), 1 year labor warranty to provide total satisfaction. There are various other features that make Surrey Cedar ltd shine bright even among their competitors. For example, many products of the company are produced in-house. This means that strict quality control measures will be taken, resulting in products that not only meet but even exceed consumer demands. In addition, the business retains strong relations with their suppliers. These strong relations enable them to receive discounts on their raw materials, and this low production cost automatically translates into attractive prices for customers. The business also enjoys good representation across the Lower Mainland and throughout Canada. They also have a solid customer base in markets outside Canada.

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Surrey Cedar also serves as a leader to many associations in the industry. Some of the most famous names include: • Canadian Fence Industry Association • Canadian Home Builders Association • Better Business Bureau • BC Shake & Shingle Association • Greater Vancouver Home Builders Association

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Even with all this success, Surrey Cedar never forgot about the world outside their confinements. They are partners and frequent contributors to many different causes both near and far from them. Along with the Terry Fox Foundation, the company helps the community by joining with the Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. These causes seek to increase and improve health care facilities in Canada and British Columbia as a whole. Moreover, generous donors like Surrey Cedar are also aiding


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September 15 4:00pm Pitt Meadows Heritage Hall (12460 Harris Road, Pitt Meadows) Silent auction, exhibits, bar and food, birthday cake, dancing & more!!! Contact 604-467-6613 for tickets.

September 30 11:00am - 3:00pm Rivers Heritage Centre and Allco Fish Hatchery (24959 Alouette Road, Maple Ridge) It is a day celebrated across BC, and since 2005, across the world by people and organizations raising public awareness of rivers and the many benefits they provide to all. This year’s event promises to be filled with fun and interactive displays, music, and entertaining children’s activities. The local community is invited to visit various exhibitor booths, watch live performances, enjoy lunch, and go on a nature walk through Allco Park. This event provides a wonderful opportunity to learn about the Alouette Watershed and its importance within the community. For more details call 604-467-6401 or email

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September 18 - 23 ACT Art Centre and Theatre (11944 Haney Place, Maple Ridge) This show will leave you wanting more! September 18 - 21: 7:30pm Saturday, September 22: 2:30pm Sunday, September 23: 1:00pm Tickets: Adults $26.50 | Children/Seniors $21.50 Contact 604-476-2787 for tickets.

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September 23 9:00am – 11:00am Osprey Village (10958 Barnston View Road, Pitt Meadows) Come to Osprey Village with your dog to participate in this fun annual event. Registration is $10 and begins at 8:00am. The dash is scheduled to begin at 9:00am and you and your dog can pick from a 1KM, a 3KM or a 5KM course. After the dash there will be games and activities from 10:00 - 11:00am. For more information contact Jeff at

October 8 Hopcott Farm | 13672 Reichenbach Road, Pitt Meadows • Cranberry Pancake Breakfast | 10:00 - 12:00pm • Try your hand at booming cranberries in our free standing, water-filled cranberry bog exhibit. Bring your gumboots! • Hay wagon tours around our cranberry bogs and learn about the growing and harvesting of cranberries • Bag of cranberries for every paying customer to make your own cranberry sauce (recipe included) • Our staff will be baking up some delicious goodies for tasting • Fun stuff for kids, contests, crafts, face painting • And of course lots and lots of cranberries for sale in bulk or in bags

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October 12 6:00pm – 8:00pm | Cost: $25.00 ACT Art Centre and Theatre (11944 Haney Place, Maple Ridge) Indulge yourself in the 4th annual culinary showcase of delicious hors d’oeuvres celebrating the creative partnership between our abundant farm land and local chefs. Call 604-476-2787 for tickets.

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September 27 7:00pm – 10:00pm | Cost: $40.00 ACT Art Centre and Theatre (11944 Haney Place, Maple Ridge) Abra Cadabra: A tribute to the magic of ABBA. Doors open at 7:00pm, show begins at 7:30pm. For tickets call 604-476-2787 September 2012

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