Blogger Profile: Tairalyn Ciulla

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 — 2:24pm PST
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Over the years I have profiled bloggers from the Northwest Territories to the Fraser Valley, anyone that interests me and that I hope will interest you as well. A few years ago I started asking a standard set of questions and I’ve sent these out to a few local bloggers for this week’s series. Click, share, explore, and enjoy.

Tairalyn Ciulla

Blog: LittleMissMama | Facebook: /TheLittleMissMama | Twitter: @QueenEarlGrey

How long has your blog
been around?

Little Miss Mama was born in March of 2011, weighing a mere 12,000 pixels.

She has come a long way, mastering some serious milestones including the proper uses of there and their, how to not offend the world and taking a picture that’s worth looking at.

What is your role?
I am the writer, designer, fashion fem, diy’er, and baker behind Little Miss Mama.

What does your site do/what is it about
Little Miss Mama is considered a Lifestyle and Fashion Blog. With weekly staples such as “What I Wore” and “Spot the Steal”. Surprising my lovelies every week with sugary sweet baking recipes that are not for the faint of heart and designer on a dime DIY’s that save you from spending your months earning on a single pair of shoes. I’ve been called a Fashionable Crafting Baking Fairy once or twice before…. bringing people goodness to their inbox Monday through Friday.

What can people see, read, and do when visiting your site?
I am best known for my What I Wore, Spot the Steal, and Designer on a Dime posts. Each and every Wednesday you can see “what I wore”. Fashion the everyday woman can obtain, including links to where the pieces can be purchased. Coming back on Thursdays, you can play “spot the steal” with two almost identical pieces of fashion go head to head, and you have to determine which is the steal. A fun game that my lovelies come back for again and again, testing their smarts at ridiculously priced fashion, all while picking up some amazing deals.

Why do you blog?
Good question…. *and that’s the end of Little Miss Mama*
Only Teasing – I blog to keep my sanity. I am a stay at home mom of a toddler, which means I depend on social media to stay connected the 3 hours a day I get while baby recharges her batteries. I love to reach out to like minded individual and the wild feeling you get when you connect with someone on the other side of the world.

What is the ultimate goal for your site, how would you like to see it grow?
Success. Although measured differently among us all. I would love for Little Miss Mama to be household name. For woman to visit and be inspired, to try new trends they have been unsure of, to find serenity in baking, to attempt crafting vs. dream pinning, and to love and appreciate the skin you’re in. Although I have a ways to go before I feel like I have accomplished what I have set out to do, I am loving the journey along the way.

Follow Tairalyn on LittleMissMama, Twitter, and Facebook.

Read all entries in my Blogger Profile series and feel free to suggest a blogger for possible feature in the comments of this post.

From the Miss604 Flickr Pool

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 — 11:19am PST
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Halloween costumes will adapt under plastic garbage bags this week and candle-lit jack o’lanterns will steam as they get pelted with rain. The soggy weather, with intermittent sunny days that reveal snow-capped local mountains, won’t get us down. Here is my selection of feature photos that have been submitted to the Miss604 Flickr Pool this week:

Snow on the Mountains!
Photo credit: colink. on Flickr

Pushing Through Impressionistic Fence
Photo credit: Kevin Krebs & Kevin Krebs & Kevin Krebs on Flickr

Black Eagle by Heron Lake
Photo credit: Gingercat2008 on Flickr

Photo credit: _ARSHIA_ on Flickr

Abandoned boat Fall colours
Photo credit: AntonTeterine & AntonTeterine on Flickr

wet street - cozy home
Photo credit: _ARSHIA_ on Flickr

classical beauty at sunset Union Gospel Mission: Eastside Stride
Photo credit: Judy B – The Travelling Eye & kardboard604 on Flickr

Japanese cut-leaf maple
Photo credit: K D Photos on Flickr

Ivy on the fence Luminous leaf
Photo credit: Eric Flexyourhead & Ruth and Dave on Flickr

Good morning, Vancouver
Photo credit: John Biehler on Flickr

Puddle View
Photo credit: Mark Faviell on Flickr

How lions keep dry On the way to Science World
Photo credit: Ruth and Dave & Ruth and Dave on Flickr

The colours of Fall
Photo credit: Eyesplash on Flickr

Signs of Fall in Vancouver
Photo credit: Zorro1968 on Flickr

Richmond Nature Park at Night
Photo credit: TOTORORO.ROROView from Crab Park
Photo credit: Matzuda on Flickr

Vancouver Science World Halloween Theme
Photo credit: TOTORORO.RORO on Flickr

As always, please click through on these images to view more work from the photographers and feel free to share your own photos with the Miss604 Flickr Pool. View all photo collections here.

Swinefest at Hog Shack with BeerThirst and Rogue Brewing

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 — 10:24am PST
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Steveston’s own Hog Shack Cook House is celebrating its 2nd anniversary with a big birthday bash called Swinefest. With the partnership of BeerThirst and Oregon’s Rogue Brewing, they’re putting together a multi-course barbecue and beer feast of epic proportions.

Hog Shack Cook House

Swinefest will feature a 5-course dinner with each course paired with Rogue’s beers, from Maple Bacon Ale to Brutal Bitter IPA. The event takes place on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 4:00pm at Hog Shack in Steveston (160 – 3900 Bayview Street, Richmond).

Tickets are available online for $65 (HST and tip included). Admission includes reception beer and dinner with beer pairing. Additional beer tokens will be available for purchase at a special price of $5 per token or $20 for 5 tokens. CAMRA members can purchase tickets for $55. BeerThirst will be there giving out prizes as well.

To promote Swinefest, and the anniversary of one of our favourite local barbecue joints, I have $50 in gift certificates to give away. They can’t be used to purchase Swinefest tickets but you can use them to enjoy all the corn bread, ribs, brisket, and Hog Shack pulled pork they can buy at your leisure any other day. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
    • RT to enter to win $50 for @HogShackCA from @Miss604

      I will draw one winner at random from all entries next Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 12:00pm. Must be 19+ to attend Swinefest on November 4th. Please enjoy responsibly and plan a safe trip home.

      Update The winner is @vanvan604!

Gazillion Bubble Show Discount Code

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 — 9:19am PST
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The Gazillion Bubble Show returns to Vancouver in November to dazzle and amaze audiences of all ages with amazing bubble feats.

The Broadway show made its Canadian debut last spring and it’s back with lasers, bubble stunts, and 18 Guinness World Records under creator Fan Yang’s belt.

Step into an interactive bubble world and be dazzled by spellbinding lasers, spectacular lighting effects, and jaw-dropping masterpieces of bubble artistry. It will make you smile, laugh, and feel like a kid all over again! Oprah guarantees, “it will blow your mind.”. Fan’s special solution leaves no residue and is perfectly safe. Expect to get out of your seat for this show to try and catch all the different types of bubbles that will fill the venue. A lucky few will get to participate on stage with the performers.

The Gazillion Bubble Show runs Friday, November 2, 2012 to Sunday, November 4, 2012 with performances at 2:00pm and 7:00pm daily at The Centre in Vancouver. Tickets are currently on sale (for $30 to $75+) and if you use this Ticketmaster link, enter the code mis604 to receive 20% off your purchase.

Follow the production on Twitter and Facebook to learn more and to see photos of just how many people they can fit into giant bubbles.

Timeraiser Vancouver 2012

Monday, October 29th, 2012 — 2:54pm PST
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The 5th annual Timeraiser is happening Thursday, November 8, 2012 at the Roundhouse in Yaletown. It’s the only event around that combines supporting local artists through an artwork auction with raising volunteer hours for local causes.

Photo credit: GusF on Flickr

Tickets are currently on sale for $20 and the goal is to raise 4,000 volunteer hours at the event. This would equal to everyone in attendance pledging 20 hours over the next 12 months.

Each artist is paid a fair value for their piece in exchange for having them auction it off for volunteer time. Non-profit agencies can apply to be recipients of the volunteer hours and get exposure through the event.

Confirmed agencies for Timeraiser Vancouver include:

411 Seniors Centre Society
Canadian Cancer Society
Canadian Mental Health Association
Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society BC
Canadian Women Voters Congress
Canadian Youth Business Foundation
Compassionate Eye Foundation
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver
Marpole Oakridge Family Place Society
Mission Possible
MS Society, BC & Yukon Division
Pacific Post Partum Support Society
Pink Ink Theatre Productions (dba Pi Theatre)
Pride in Art Society
PTC (Playwrights Theatre Centre)
Special Olympics BC
Spinal Cord Injury BC
Take a Hike Youth at Risk Foundation
The Lipstick Project Society
Theatre Terrific
Urban Native Youth Association
West End Seniors’ Network (WESN)
Skwachàys Healing Lodge & Urban Aboriginal Fair Trade Gallery

Timeraiser takes place across Canada in Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Hamilton, London, Ottawa, Montreal, Regina, St John’s, Toronto, Vancouver, and Winnipeg. Each supports artists in the community along with benefitting local non-profit organizations.

If you would like to check out Timeraiser Vancouver on November 8th, I have a pair of tickets up for grabs. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment naming a non-profit you would support with your time (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win tickets to @Timeraiser Vancouver from @Miss604

I will draw one winner at random from all entries on Friday, November 2, 2012.

Township 7 Vineyards Savour & Support for PADS

Monday, October 29th, 2012 — 1:14pm PST
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BC is known for its own wine country in the Okanagan but I’m also a big fan of our hyper-local wineries in the Fraser Valley and the Lower Mainland. One of which is Township 7 Vineyards off of 16th Ave in Langley.

Savour & SupportThis month Township 7 has teamed up to support the Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (“PADS”) and will be hosting an event next week at Blue Water CAfe + Raw Bar in Yaletown for the cause.

Until October 31, 2012 you can enter to win your way into an evening of outstanding cuisine at Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar with Chef Frank Pabst and Township 7’s proprietors in support of PADS. Enter the contest by emailing info[at] before the end of the month with the subject line “Savour & Support PADS Contest”. Include your name, address, phone number, and email address. A winner will be selected November 2nd. Full contest details are posted online.

If you don’t win your way into the dinner you can support PADS this month by purchasing a bottle of Township 7’s Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, or Chardonnay. 25 cents from each bottle will go to PADS.

PADS’ Mission is to breed, raise, train and place Assistance Dogs for persons with a physical disability or who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and to support these client/dog teams for the working life of the PADS’ Assistance Dog. This service is available to anyone in Western Canada who would like the added independence of an Assistance Dog.

Learn more about PADS by following them on Twitter and Facebook. Follow Township 7 on Twitter and Facebook for more information about the winery and their events.