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CELEBRATING WHITE ROCK WITH FERAL BEACH LIFE

CELEBRATING THE WHITE ROCK COMMUNITY WITH FERAL BEACH LIFE While I’m a mortgage broker by trade, I have a side business I share with my husband. He’s a surfer who loves the ocean, yet I hate the water. What we have in common is a deep love of the White Rock community, so somehow, starting an ocean/water sports retail and rental shop was the ideal fit for us.     We opened Feral Beach Life on Marine Drive to provide a place to shop, chat, learn and rent.     Feral Beach Life is pretty unique.  There’s a focus on beach life here, but one that is inclusive. Both within the shop and in the…

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IS YOUR CAR READY FOR SUMMER DRIVING?

  HOW TO: CAR MAINTENANCE FOR THE SUMMER Are you and your car summer road trip ready?     I know the weather has been less than stellar this year, but summer WILL come and it will be here before we know it!  That also means that vacations and summer road trips are just around the corner too!  So, is there anything you should get done to your vehicle to make sure you are cruise-ready??     First of all, if you have concerns, be proactive!   The last thing you want is an unexpected car problem putting a damper on your vacation plans….

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WORKOUT WEAR DO’S AND DON’TS

THE WORKOUT WEAR DO’S AND DON’TS   I can’t workout. I don’t know what to wear!   I know what happens when a woman spends too long in front of the closet or dresser with working out on her mind. Instead of tossing something on and getting out for a walk, attending a fitness class or going to the gym, she over thinks it and the workout does a crash and burn instead of burning calories. For some, finding workout wear can be half the battle.   I’ve been helping women with their fitness goals for many years and I’ve learned that once we hit the milestone of 40 years on the planet we don’t care as much about the…

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USING A ‘CHIP’ MORTGAGE TO GET YOU MORE

      I love working with my senior clients and what really excites me is when I can present them with a solution that gives them more than they thought they could afford without losing their hard-earned equity. It’s possible with CHIP (Canadian Home Income Plan), a type of reverse mortgage that has been benefitting seniors since 2009.         A CHIP mortgage is a great option when seniors are downsizing but have debt or alternatively when they want to help out their kids. Here’s a brief explanation of how it works.        RETAIN EQUITY   I’m comfortable…

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CELEBRATING MOMS

      The voice of reason, story teller, advice giver, hand holder, shopping buddy, cheerleader, broken heart healer, housekeeper, taxi driver, events coordinator, teacher, chef, doctor, psychologist, personal shopper, problem solver, stain removal expert, bouncer, comedian, peace keeper, confidant, angel……MOM! Although we may not realize this until we are older, she IS a superhero!           Honouring Mother’s has been observed around the world since the ancient Greek times, but it wasn’t until 1908 when Anna Jarvis of the US, created a memorial for her Mother and then campaigned to create an official Mother’s Day.  …

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PRECISION AUTO: CELEBRATING 20 YEARS

  April marks 20 years since Scott Waddle started Precision Auto Service to offer a customer-oriented auto care option to Langley. This community-focused business grew out of Scott’s life-long passion for cars and still maintains his philosophy of “we worry about your car so you don’t have to.”   HONESTY AND INTEGRITY In 1997, Scott opened the business, with the part-time help of a technician friend, but within just nine months he moved that technician to full-time, and the business grew from there. Scott’s vision has always been to provide Langley with quality car-servicing, honestly, and with integrity. The results show. Customers know they can trust Scott and his team and after 20 years in business, there are…

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AGING GRACEFULLY WITH BRAND FITNESS

    Remember that ad where the woman said she wasn’t going to age gracefully, but was going to fight it every step of the way? Guess what? It’s the same thing. You can age gracefully while fighting the signs. According to Marion Brand, of Brand Fitness, it comes down to moving your body.   Yep – as much as you might have hoped for a different answer, the best medicine to slow aging is to move your body. You probably groaned when you read that and I understand why. For many, starting and maintaining a fitness routine can be…

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BRAND FITNESS 21 DAY DETOX CHALLENGE

    For many of us, springtime signals a desire for growth and change. I’ve seen a number of women who would like to introduce exercise and healthier living into their lives at this time of year, but they simply don’t feel like they have the energy, wellness or information to start. That’s why I’m launching a 21 Day Detox program, starting April 24th, to coincide with getting all that leftover Easter chocolate out of the house and the time for a fresh start!       The Brand Fitness 21 Day Detox Challenge     The 21 Day Detox…

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PROTECTING LOCAL WILDLIFE WITH CRITTER CARE

  Animal rescue agencies are a familiar part of Langley. They ensure dogs, cats, rabbits and even farm animals are cared for. But what about wild animals? Who do they have to care for them when things go wrong? Critter Care Wildlife Society. Critter Care takes in injured and orphaned native B.C. mammals. Squirrels to raccoons, bears to deer and everything in between. Stimuli was fortunate to speak with Winona Reinsma, the Vice President of Critter Care, to learn about the organization and its upcoming fundraiser that features artist-painted, one-of-a-kind chairs – but more about that in a bit.  …

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AUTISM AWARENESS: LIGHT IT UP BLUE

    April is Autism Awareness Month, and as a parent of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), I am compelled to do what I can to share what I have learned and to help spread awareness.       You’re driving at night, it’s dark out, you’re on a road with no streetlights. Suddenly, a beam of light emerges from the horizon and it’s bright and it begins burrowing a hole into your retinas.  It’s as if the light wants to make a home inside your brain and it wants to be the only thing you ever pay…

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