#ReToy -ing is the hottest new trend


SPONSORED BY: Fun Bugs Indoor Playground

It was recently my kiddo’s birthday. I always cringe when I watch the pile of garbage hit the curb after a kid’s -or any- party. I’m often the crazy lady picking through trash bags rescuing as much as I can from the dump.

At our house, I try to do the max: compostable single-use plates that actually go in a compost bin, we usually don’t do disposable decor or balloons (this year was an exception because we had an old stash squirreled away), and in previous years we’ve asked for RESP contributions instead of gifts. Even Solla’s dress is second (actually third) hand!

Buuuuut… kids hit a certain age where RESP contributions totally suck and toys become an expectation.

Kid’s toys are SO HARD on our garbage crisis! The amount of plastic, wood, metal, batteries, dyes, scents… required to create the toy itself -and then the packaging (oh and sometimes we carry it out in a plastic bag) makes me want to barf and cry at the same time -similar to when I drink too much tequila and with the same level of regret.

Every time a new toy is created, there’s an enormous use of resources and then waste created in manufacturing, shipping, and merchandising. Just think of what it takes alone to keep the lights on at Toys R Us (sorry Toys R Us). And then the toy breaks or the batteries die, and we toss it… eventually eating it in our seafood dinner.

According to Huffington Post the toy industry in the US accounted for over $18 billion in sales in 2017. That a lot of F-ING toys!

So, in my under-qualified opinion, I think we’re doing our kiddos a huge favour by teaching them mindfulness. Where these things come from, where they end up, and the global affect that it has. Also, that presents are not the most important part of the party.

ReToy-ing is the hottest new trend! We know because we’re starting it! #retoy


This year, I asked our friends to go through their kid’s toys and wrap up something they were no longer playing with -or purchase something used. Let’s face it, there’s a heap of stuff in your house that you (or grandma) think is super rad but your kiddo is totally over.

I can say with certainty, that Solla did not miss that toxic plastic smell or the copious amounts of packaging that comes off brand new stuff. And she scored some amazing things!.. probably even better things than had our friends hit up Walmart.

So we challenge you to give the planet a giant hug, fuel your kid with knowledge, and join us in the retoy movement. Especially with Christmas right around the corner! Use the hashtag #retoy and tag us on social media @dotheokanagan!

Some great places to find used toys, books and clothing:

For more go green ideas, hit up -GreenOkanagan.com!-


Own this ski-hill property at SilverStar Mountain Resort!

By Saffron Quist

*Saffron is a licensed realtor with Venture Realty Corp. This property is listed with MLS #10186067*


Perched on top of The Knoll (part of Silverstar’s top 2 most desirable locations) and overlooking giant trees and mountains, this handsome townhome is just hoping, and wishing, and waiting for you.

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In excellent condition and previously lived in by full-time residents, this is not a beaten-up vacation rental!

Boasting the larger floor plan, a BOOT ROOM OFF THE ENTRY, granite counter tops, gas stove, large fridge, private hot tub, gas fireplace, gas bbq hook-up, glass shower, heated floors and a few more features that make this stud muffin of the most attractive in the complex!

Also, there are laundry hook-ups in the Master closet should you want to use the laundry room as your private lock-off (perfect if you plan to rent it out part time).

With hardwood floors and stainless steel appliances, this guy is styling. AND with triple-pane windows, gas hot water and heat, plus a Venmar air exchanger and brand new furnace... this guy is also an environmentalist! PLUS with 3 bedrooms all on the top floor, a boot room off the front entry (a ski hill must), and a den in the basement... he is also a family-house. Win, win, win!

Side note, the next door neighbours are not a rental property.

Can you see yourself here; enjoying the fresh air, snowy slopes, biking trails, breeze through the trees and views for days?

Furniture included. No GST on this property (homes that have been vacation rentals are often subject to GST). No speculation tax in Vernon. Offered at $629,900




To arrange a date, contact your matchmaker!

And if you don’t have one of those, give your Buyer-Agent a call.

And if you don’t have either of those contact Kara Torgasows at Venture Realty Corp!


Kara Torgasows

Venture Realty Corp




1593 Ellis Street Kelowna



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