The Face Behind the Name: Alex
Lovable Role: Seasonal Team Member
What is your nickname? My full name is Alexandra, but I just go by Alex because it takes less effort to say. Although, my closest friends would call me Rybka.
What is your hobby/past time? During the summer I spend a lot of time swimming, I used to be a competitive swimmer and it has pretty much become a sixth sense to me. Whenever I’m not busy or hanging out with friends, you could probably catch me watching Netflix.
What is your favourite book? A book that I remember from my childhood, and will always love is “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss.
What is your favourite food? Without a doubt, sushi!
What is your favourite song? I listen to a lot of Indie Rock and currently the most played song on my iPhone would have to be “Gold On The Ceiling” by The Black Keys.
Favourite Thing About Lovable Labels?: I really enjoy the atmosphere around here, everyone is always eager to help out and in an upbeat mood; it’s a team effort.
Favourite Design and Why: “Hoo Am I?” would have to be my choice, right now I have this weird obsession with owls and I think that the little characters are cute and it includes a pretty colour scheme.
What’s Next for 2014: I just recently graduated high school, so I am now planning to take the year off in order to save up for school next fall; I plan to attend Sheridan’s Bachelor of Animation course.
The Face Behind the Name: Laura
Lovable Role: President and HatHead:
The Lovable Team Would Classify You As: I am not sure I want to find out the answer to that question!
What is your favourite quote?: “The best way to predict your future is to create it” ― Peter F. Drucker
What is your favourite food? I am Italian so anything “carb” is my vice.
What is your favourite place in the world? Home. Between work and the kids schedule I do not get to spend much time at home. There is no better feeling than just hanging out with my family at home.
Best Kept Secret: When I am stressed and need to getaway you can find me at the library! Shhhhh…
Favourite Thing About Lovable Labels?: The customers. We have some very passionate labellers out there and we love hearing the creative label uses! Once we had a customer tell us how she used a label to keep the strap of her shoe together in a social emergency!.
Favourite Design and Why: I can’t pick just one – I love them all!
What’s Next for 2014: We are working on a fabulous new website and new products. It’s all very exciting so stay tuned!
Shortly after my fiancé and I got engaged we decided to choose a feasible time to get married. We knew that we wanted to wait a while to save up and have plenty of time to plan this special event. We considered having a wedding during the fall and winter months but knew that we would have a more enjoyable time during the summer as we love the summer season. Not to mention that our winters have not been so friendly lately.
We went to see two venues one afternoon and found the one at our second try. We fell in love with the view and atmosphere at the Harbour Banquet and Conference Center in Oakville. We took a look at one of the rooms available and appropriate for the amount of guests attending. However, we fell in love with the Compass restaurant next to that room. When we found out that we had the option to rent the room for the day we were sold. Our lovely coordinator, Holly was so helpful and kind. We had such a positive experience there.
We loved the ambiance of the restaurant with its exposed brick, stunning view and modern but cozy setting. We booked on the spot and are still just as in love with it as ever! We decided to have the ceremony outdoors on their outdoor patio which is spacious and just perfect for the occasion.
As soon as our venue and date were set we decided to make some sort of a time line for things that needed to be done. At that time we had a year and a half to plan and now we have just under a year (time sure does fly). I searched online for some helpful wedding checklists and found this one that was extremely helpful and I am still using it till this day: www.theperfectweddingguide.com
We love making DIY projects at home and knew that we would make whatever we could on our own (saves money and adds a personal touch). We decided to make our wedding invitations first as we knew that this would be a time consuming endeavour and would need some time. We found some unique and easy templates at this website: www.weddingchicks.com
We opted for a fun yet classic invitation to keep in part of our modern yet vintagey feel.
*I have learned that its best to choose locations and services near your area as you will be visiting quite a few times, saving time and money.
The Face Behind the Name: Jennifer
Lovable Role: Seasonal Team Member
What is your favourite song?: I’m stuck between these ultimate two: “The Moody Blues – Nights in White Satin” and “The Grass Roots – Live for Today.”
Here to Write About: Awareness for parents about their children’s interactions with videogames.
What is your hobby/past time? Reading comics and playing many, many videogames!
What is your favourite food? Juicy watermelon!
What is your favourite place in the world? Being in the arms of my significant other. It feels like home.
Best Kept Secret: I can’t whistle!
Tell Us A Bit about Yourself:
I love to go boating up North on Georgian Bay and love to cook for my friends. I plan to join the military in the foreseeable future and was an Army Cadet growing up. Lastly, I’m a huge diehard fan of Mass Effect and collect all things related to N7.
Favourite Thing About Lovable Labels?: How relaxed the office is and how hilarious my co-workers are. I really admire the idea behind Lovable Labels- user friendly, everyday custom labels with cool designs!.
Favourite Design and Why: “Ahoy Ye Matey!” because pirates are awesome!
What’s Next for 2014: Going to college and starting my life on the right track.
The Face Behind the Name: Kelly Tavares
The Lovable Team Would Classify You As: The Temp (Summer girl)
What is your hobby/past time? I love watching TV. There are so many TV shows I watch, it’s hard to keep up!
What is your favourite food? Pizza is definitely my favourite food!
What is your favourite place in the world? Home.
Tell Us A Bit about Yourself:
Hi, I’m Kelly! I am a student at Ryerson University currently studying Graphic Communications Management, with a minor in Entrepreneurship. I started working at Lovable Labels last summer, and I am back for another season because I enjoy working here!
Favourite Thing About Lovable Labels?: The fun, loving, and energetic environment. Lovable Labels has amazing, high quality products!
Favourite Design and Why: Diva is my favourite design. I love the colour combination!
What’s Next for 2014: I am looking forward to finishing my last year of school!
So you booked your kiddo in camp, now what?
Here are a few tips on how to be prepared so you never have to think of what you “should have done”!
- If your child(ren) stay at a residential camp make sure to pack together so that they help make decisions. Double-check the camp’s packing list and be sure to label everything.
- If you want to hear from your child during the summer, create a kit for them to make it super easy: pack them a bag with paper, pens and a stack of pre-stamped, pre-addressed envelopes and cards. Our Sweetnotes are great for this!
- Always express confidence to your children because going to camp, especially for the first time, can be a little nerve-racking. Let them know “you’ll do great at camp” or just encourage your children to talk about any nervousness related to going away and express trust that they can get through any separation pangs that they may feel.
- You want to be respectful of the camp’s policies. It is important for you to find out what the camp policies are regarding packing items like cell phones, electronic devices, medication, footwear and of course, snacks and food.
- If your child(ren) have allergies or medical conditions, include a note for the Camp Staff with your child’s medical information and doctor’s contact details. Our Wristbands and Allergy Labels can help provide important information and a clear warning to others.
- Be sure to ask about laundry service and how often laundry will be done. This will help you know how many clothes you should pack.
- Have an itemized list printed out to check off as you pack. You can use our What to Pack for Camp checklist to make sure you remember everything!
- Remember to include rainwear, solid closed-toed footwear for hiking activities, running shoes for active games, sunscreen, bug repellent, a camera, bathing suit, a couple of photos from home, a couple of books, and a game or small craft that your child can do with the cabin group.
- Finally, make sure to label everything!
Who says Canada is boring? From a restaurant that serves a toe cocktail to a Prime Minister who consulted a crystal ball, Canada can be a fascinating place. Here are 13 amazing things you probably didn’t know about being Canadian.
1. Our Parliament has a sanctuary for stray cats
Originally cats were used in the Parliament buildings to control mice. A colony of strays has lived just behind the Parliament buildings since the ’70s. Fed and cared for by volunteers, today’s residents live in little wooden houses and have their own blog and Facebook page.
2. One of our prime ministers used a crystal ball
William Lyon Mackenzie King (he’s the one on Canada’s $50 bill) also tried to get advice from his dead mother at séances he held in his home. You can still see his crystal ball in the library of Laurier House in Ottawa — now a National Historic Site.
3. We launched a secret project to build an aircraft carrier made from ice
Patricia Lake, just 10 minutes outside of Jasper Alta., was the site of ‘Operation Habbakuk,’ a bizarre top-secret WWII military experiment. The 1943 mission was to build a 1-to-50-scale prototype of an aircraft carrier using ice and sawdust. The site is now marked by a roadside plaque and submerged monument.
4. Our beavers built a dam visible from outer space
First discovered by an environmental researcher using Google Earth in 2007, the dam is located just inside Wood Buffalo National Park in Alberta, the second largest protected area in the world. The dam stretches 2,790 feet (850 metres).
5. Our cities have some of the freshest air in the world
When the World Health Organization studied air quality between 2003 and 2010, in 1,100 cities in 91 countries, they ranked Whitehorse, Yukon, as having the freshest. Also in the top 10: British Columbia’s Nanaimo, Terrace, Nelson, Kitimat and Burns Lake, plus Corner Brook, N.L., and Fredericton, N.B.
6. Have a taste of home when you travel
Order a sandwich with Dijon mustard in France or a dressed hot dog in a U.S. ballpark and smile with some national pride: the mustard was likely made with seeds from our Prairies. Canada is the world’s largest exporter of mustard seed — 80 per cent is grown in brilliant yellow fields in Saskatchewan.
7. Iceberg vodka? How about iceberg wine?
One of the best places in the world to view icebergs is in the village of Twillingate, N.L. A winery in this community uses iceberg water to make wines: Black Currant Iceberg, Bakeapple Iceberg, etc. For fun you can track icebergs by satellite at Icebergfinder.com
8. Leave your door unlocked in Churchill, Man., or else!
Canada is home to about 15,000 polar bears, and every autumn a few of the big white guys wander right into the town of Churchill, M.B. Doors are left unlocked so you can duck in if you have an unexpected encounter. Watch the autumn migration on polarbearcam.com.
9. You can drink a Toe Cocktail in Dawson City, Yukon
It’s true! If you make up to the land of the midnight sun, drop by the Sourdough Saloon at the Downtown Hotel and for $5 you can try the Sour Toe Cocktail yourself. This bizarre ritual began in 1973 with a miner’s toe that had been amputated in the 1920s.
10. One of our cities aims to be the world’s greenest by 2020
In a recent study of 27 major North American cities Vancouver ranked the second greenest, after San Francisco. Now Vancouver is aiming to be No. 1 in the world by 2020. They have a Greenest City Action Plan, Team, Website, and Greenest City Fund of $2 million!
11. We have the world’s most dark sky preserves
Missing the stars because of city lights? Covering 11,228 kilometres, Jasper, Alta., is now the largest dark sky preserve in the world. It means businesses and residents use things like shielded lights to protect nocturnal wildlife habitat and enable night sky viewing. Most dark sky preserves are in national parks, from Cypress Hills in Alberta and Grasslands National Park in Saskatchewan, to Fundy National Park in New Brunswick, which will be dark sky compliant by 2013.
12. We’ve minted many of the world’s coins
Carry coins in Cuba, Yemen, Columbia or Iceland and you could be more in touch with home than you realize. Our Royal Mint has produced coins for more than 60 other countries. And, we are known for being innovative: this year we are producing a ‘glow-in-the-dark’ dinosaur quarter.
13. Just think, being Canadian means you could be from …
Climax, Conception Bay, Snowflake, Moonbeam, Likely, Pooh Lake, Ripples, Paradise, Punkeydoodles Corners, Eyebrow, Elbow, Dildo, Happy Adventure, Love, Snafu Creek, Garden of Eden or Brilliant!
Happy Canada Day to all our fellow “weird” Canadians out there!
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The Face Behind the Name: Christine
Lovable Role: Office Administration and Production Team Member
The Lovable Team Would Classify You As: The Go-To Girl
What is your favourite place in the world? My house. I’m a home body and nothing is more comfortable than being at home… on the couch… with my pets and my boyfriend.
Best Kept Secret: I cry whenever someone else is crying. It doesn’t matter if it’s happy or sad crying, or in movies, television shows or real life. I just can’t help it.
Tell Us A Bit about Yourself:
I’m down to earth and very practical. I don’t like being the centre of attention and I prefer to work in the background. My boyfriend (of 6 years) and I just bought our first house last summer and will be starting a family in the near future. We have a yellow Labrador named Hunter and a cat named Amber who are both 3 years old.
Favourite Thing About Lovable Labels?: My co-workers. Everyone here is awesome and we’ve all become really good friends.
Favourite Design and Why: Tie between Hoo Am I? and What a Hoot! I love the colors and the owls are just so cute!
The park rule in back country camping is that you must pack out everything you bring into the park with you. This limits the type of food you can bring and your best bet is to bring dried or dehydrated foods that are easily compact. Small containers and zip-locks are your best friends!
The trick to having a great camping adventure is to bring good light weight food. There is no reason why you can’t eat well out in the wild, and it doesn’t hurt to have a hiking partner who works magic with an MSR pocket rocket stove. I choose to hike with my boyfriend Ben and we make a pretty solid team in our little picnic table kitchen- I clean, he cooks.
We survived at Frontenac Provincial Park for 3 days and 2 nights on homemade oatmeal mix and trail mix, couscous, beef jerky, dried mangos, pancakes, cliff bars and about 20L of lake water (with Aquatabs water purification tablets).
We had meals whenever we were hungry and we only ate as much as we need to keep our energy up. It was important to ration food, but not to be too stingy. After all, you want to eat enough so that you stay full and gain enough nutrients. Eating carbohydrate rich foods such as pancakes, couscous in the morning gives you energy to hike all day. Having fat rich foods at night will help keep you warm as you sleep. For example beef jerky, oatmeal mix and cliff bars. We drank water whenever we needed it and made sure to refill our Nalgene bottles as soon as they were emptied from the last batch of water. It’s important to remember the purification process takes 30 minutes after you add the pill, so you should fill up your bottles immediately once you’re finished.
Now, I’m not the biggest fan of musk or looking at pebbles and other organic things floating in my water, so we brought a PowerAde and Crystal Light drink mix and added them to the water before drinking. I always bring the darkest colour they have because it hides everything better.
Dinner was late when we arrived at the park so we had a small amount of oatmeal. Unfortunately we burnt it to the pot in the darkness-but camp suds saved the day!
Day two involved a farther walk than day one so we ate the most on this day. For breakfast we had some couscous (accidentally forgetting the seasonings at home we decided to try putting a few drops of syrup in and it was pretty delicious). This kept us full until noon when we got to our next camp site. After setting up the tent we had some oatmeal mix containing protein powder, peanut butter powder, flax and chia seeds, almonds and of course oats. For dinner we had some more oatmeal before heading to bed.
Starting off the last morning right with pancakes and syrup we were awake earlier enough to see a beautiful sunrise and took our time cooking so they turned out perfectly fluffy. We chose a mix that just required water and used water that had been purified overnight.
Trail mix, mangos and cliff bars were eaten throughout the entire day as needed. When it comes to choosing smart camping snacks, bulk barn is the best bet. There are endless options for creating your own concoctions for your trip. We finished our last bit of dried mango during the car ride home. We packed just the right amount.
If you’re interested in learning about how to pack your back country gear, stay tuned.
The Face Behind the Name: Raylene
Lovable Role: Production Operator
The Lovable Team Would Classify You As: The Country Music Lover
Here to Write About: Camping, Hiking and Nature
What Is Your Nickname: Ray
What is your hobby/past time? Baking
What is your favourite food? Pineapple
What is your favourite place in the world? In front of a bon fire
Tell Us A Bit about Yourself:
Within the last year and a half I have developed a love for everything outdoors. It started when I began running. There is a sense of relaxation when you’re breathing in fresh air and spending time in the sun.
Favourite Thing About Lovable Labels?: Fun days
Favourite Design and Why: What a hoot because it is a newer design with a colour scheme that is unique
What’s Next for 2014: I am hiking the West Coast Trail in less than 2 months, and plan to run a few 10K races during the summer