Meet Ally, Our Most Recent ECHOage Hero.

Ally raised over $160 for WWF.  Read why she chose this incredible charity, “Because I’m really interested in animals and some animals are in danger, like the tiger, so I wanted to help save their habitats.”

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💜🎂🌸  Way to go Ally.  We are super proud that you chose to ECHOage your celebration at such a young age!  xo Happy Birthday from all of us at ECHOage!  Enjoy your giant, stuffed tiger!


For Thea’s 10th birthday she raised nearly $240 for Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

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Read why Thea chose to support Cystic Fibrosis Canada at her recent ECHOage birthday party “At my karate school, my Sensei (karate instructor) had a baby and he was born with cystic fibrosis. I want to help them find a cure for him and others with cystic fibrosis.” A true inspiration at the age of 10. We hope you love your NEW Mermaid Tail and Newberry doll.

xo ECHOage.com


Look What We Have Accomplished Together!

A Giant Thank YOU for believing that ECHOage is A Better Way to Celebrate.

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It’s International Cheetah Day! Proud to Partner With Cheetah Conservation Fund Canada!

It turns out that there are a lot of young Canadians who absolutely adore cheetahs. Not only that, they know a lot about cheetahs – why they can run so fast, why they are endangered and why the facial markings on the cheetah exist for very practical reasons. The cheetah, one of the world’s most iconic species, has its own day to celebrate. It’s December 4th and you can find out much more about the cheetah at www.internationalcheetahday.com

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ECHOage has made it possible for kids across Canada to celebrate their birthdays and donate to Cheetah Conservation Fund Canada. Most of the world’s cheetahs live in southern Africa, in Namibia. When the founder of Cheetah Conservation Fund and the world’s leading expert on cheetahs, Dr. Laurie Marker, recently came to Toronto, it provided a wonderful opportunity for more than a dozen young people (along with their parents) to get together and talk to the “Cheetah Lady”. Dr. Laurie has lived and worked in Namibia for more than 30 years and has worked with cheetahs in the wild as well as those who have been orphaned and are in the care of Cheetah Conservation Fund.

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Dr. Laurie showed everybody how cheetahs are built for speed, and had lots of help from the kids in attendance. She also talked about the ways that we can protect cheetahs in the wild, and help the people who are living in the local communities.

There were lots of very good questions and Dr. Laurie learned that young Canadians care about these amazing cats and our planet.

 


100 Year Old ECHOage HERO celebrates in support of Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

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Halloween Hangover: What To Do With All the Loot?

Screen Shot 2015-11-11 at 10.52.17 AMAccording to my calculations, six kids equal a ridiculous amount of Halloween candy. Parents always wonder: do we let them gorge and be done with it? Or do we portion it out over an extended period of time?

I checked in with nutritionist pal, Theresa Albert, who basically said it’s six of one, half a dozen of the other. Her advice? Get rid of it altogether – you really don’t want your kids consuming that much sugar.

Looking for fun and creative ways to dispose of it? See if you can convince your little sugar monsters to try one of these:

The “Switch Witch.” This special character visits your home and replaces bags of candy with a toy or a few little presents.

Pinterest. A mom pal took to Pinterest when looking for ideas and found plenty. Now she has used some of the candy to make up advent calendars for the kids! You could also try melting down that extra chocolate to make this yummy bark and gift it to friends, neighbours and family.

Ditch or donate it. Check in with your dentist! Sometimes they have trade-in programs to keep the sugar bugs off those little pearly whites. Some have even set up a program where they send the treats over to Canadian Troops.

Eat it yourself. Speaking from experience, this never ends well. If you end up going this route, just be sure to take cover.


Girls’ Trip to Disney: Classic Moments & Memories

I had the opportunity to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration recently. Packing up my whole crew to do Disney is way outta my league, so I picked my three favourite children to bring along with me (Ok, they’re not really my favourites, but it worked with their schedules).

On top of the event being just out-of-this-world amazing, hanging with my three girls was pretty special. I’ll tell ya what – those Disney folks sure know a thing or two about hospitality. I got a lot of laughs and kicks over many things, but here are a few worth mentioning:

  • My Independent Girls:

My three girls are 10, 12 and barely 14-years-old. While I attended the conference, the three of them went off with their maps and bus schedules and explored the Disney Parks completely on their own. They didn’t even have cell phones. They worked together, problem solved and made memories. I’d say that is the sign of a good holiday!

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  • Magic Bands:

My kids are fascinated by the magic that is the Disney Magic Bands. A wrist band that gets them into hotel rooms, on rides and buys them food? Unthinkable! So impressed by this technology, they had to dissect and autopsy my Magic Band upon our return home. Results not yet in.

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  • The Other Conference Attendees:

In addition to hanging out with so many amazing bloggers and their families, there was a special moment for my 10-year-old daughter while we were riding on the Magical Express to our hotel.  She spotted the genius family of “Cute Girl Hairstyles” YouTube fame. I did a quick google search as my kid was freaking out, and yeah, they’re a pretty big deal. And not only do they do cool hairdos, the family is amazingly sweet and friendly.

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  • The Negative Nelly:

Every family has one, right? My “Negative Nelly” had a wonderful time, but I picked this as her all-time classic Disney Downer Quote:

“It’s so sad that all these people have to FAKE being happy because they work here”. I suggested that maybe they weren’t faking and she claimed it’s impossible to be happy all the time. She says she sniffed out a few fakes, and claims, “You have to look into their eyes and not at their smiles”. OK then.

  • Crashed Out Kids:

Nothing makes this mama happier than knowing her kids played hard. Here is the photographic evidence. The flight home looked like this:

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Has your family done the trip to Disney yet? I was delighted to have gone to be a part of something as exciting as the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration.  I only hope to get invited again so I can bring my other favourite children!

Tags: Julie Cole, big families, blogging, Disney, mabels labels, traveling with kids, working mothers


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