We like to think of February as an excuse to give out more hugs and indulge in a little pampering. Here’s our guide to making the most of this lovey-dovey month.
Register for summer camp
Why? It might feel like summer is never going to arrive, but registration for many camps and other summer sports programs opens this month. At the very least, look up registration dates of your top choices and organize any vacation time you hope to take so that you are ready to nab your top spots.
To the Chinese New Year Lion Dance on February 14 at 11 am in Chinatown on Fisgard Street
Why? So you can enjoy the annual ceremonial Lion Dance (which includes kung-fu and tai chi demonstrations), traditional dancing and dragon performances. Welcome the Chinese New Year in style.
Why? Nothing beats the winter blues like a little pampering. Frilly undergarments are not a priority for most moms, but they could be the perfect pre-Valentine’s treat to make you feel as special as you are. This Mayana Geneviere nursing bra is lovely, soft, lacy and simply pulls to the side for nursing. (No clasps!) There are also matching postpartum lace panties that are smoking hot.
The Finding Place by Julie Hartely
Why? Canadian author Julie Hartely explores what it’s like to be an international adoptee in this touching novel that’s perfect for tweens, teens, or anyone who wants to look at what really makes a family. Thirteen-year-old Kelly was adopted from China by couple in North America. After her father leaves them, Kelly and her mother return to China to discover her cultural roots and search for identity.
Why? It’s not an excuse when busy parents say they simply don’t have time for a regular workout routine. But you know you have five minutes! This easy-to-use, free app for both Android and iOS generates random workouts that focus on strength, cardio, stretching or yoga. The workouts can be as short as five minutes long and require no extra equipment.
This immunization schedule tool and make sure your kids are up to date
Why? Kindergarten registration opens this month in many school boards across the country. With recent outbreaks of measles and whooping cough, public health agencies are clamping down on vaccine requirements. Make sure your child’s immunization record is up to date before registering, and look for answers on this government website to any other questions you may have.
By eating local
Why? With produce prices off the charts and the sad state of our nose-diving Canadian dollar, it’s never been a better time to plan seasonal (read: cheaper) meals. This roundup of 25 hearty soups and stews makes great use of winter produce like root vegetables, cabbage, beans, and frozen or canned vegetables. Both your wallet and Mother Earth will thank you.
Collage-heart Valentine’s Day cards
Why? Valentine’s Day is to crafts as Christmas is to cookies. If ever there was a time of year to haul out the old bin of popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners, and pretty papers, it’s now. We especially love these aluminum-foil collage hearts from Northstory.ca. Crafting them also makes for a fun way to spend a winter afternoon. Even if you get store-bought Valentines for the whole class, making a few homemade ones for special friends and family members is a sweet idea.
Support the United Way of Greater Victoria by attending the Chinese New Year Gala Dinner & Live Auction on February 10 at Don Mee Seafood Restaurant
Why? Because it’s an absolutely delicious way to raise money for a worthy cause—and welcome in the New Year. Seems lucky to us!