Bringing the camp into Social Media Camp 2011!

Bob Garlick and Kim Plumley of are thrilled to be on site at SMCV11 with our 6 person tent! We will be podcasting inside and interviewing speakers, tradeshow folks, and attendees.

We hit Paul and Chris from Social Media camp with this odd request… “Hey, can we set up a tent on site and talk to people – it will be fun!” They said yes right away and we are excited. So. we will have our podcast tent in the Trade Show area. In the back area, where it is slightly quieter. The lovely Peggy Richardson will be our personal sherpa/wrangler and laughing partner. Bob and Kim will be doing the interviews. We have spots as short as 10 minutes up to 1/2 an hour. We want to respect everyone’s time, so let us know what your time frame  is. Times are here…

We love to learn about people, ideas, we have fun and we have marshmallows! Come hang out with us for a bit. If you need to reach us, call Kim’s cell at 778-838-0514 or tweet us at @garlickandplum or come see us at the tent.

Thanks and we are really looking forward to the weekend!


Kim and Bob and Peggy!

Oh… I know I said I would wear a tutu, but my tutu lady is MIA. Or she could not find enough material for mine.


Lawyer, educator and author of The Condominium Manual, Mike Mangan, brings his expertise to Nanaimo on June 3 for a FREE talk.

Katie Hommy and Stephanie Scott from Dominion Lending Centres VanIsle are pleased to present a live presentation by Mike Mangan, author of:

The third edition of The Condominium Manual is NOW available!

Written by lawyer and educator, Mike Mangan, The Condominium Manual is an essential resource for condominium owners including strata council members and investors, as well as real estate professionals across BC. First time condo buyers, tradespeople. real estate agents, property managers and anyone who is interested in learning more on the ins and outs of condos, Mike Mangan is THE expert to learn from. This is a FREE event. Learn more about Mike, the book and condos at

Using plain language, recent court cases and real life examples, this third edition covers everything regarding strata law including:

  • The December 2009 amendments to the Strata Property Act;
  • Updates to the law in connection with dozens of court cases;
  • Provides extensive new coverage concerning repairs, lawsuits and arbitrations and insurance;
  • Bylaws, repairs and expenses;
  • Common property, record keeping and much more.

WHEN:            FRIDAY, JUNE 3rd at 4:00pm

WHERE:           Dominion Lending Centres VanIsle

                        603-5800 Turner Road, Nanaimo, B.C., V9T 6J4

Please RSVP to or call 250-619-0939 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            250-619-0939      end_of_the_skype_highlighting to confirm your seat. Space is limited, so reserve today to avoid disappointment!

Mike is available for interviews… in person on the afternoon of June 3rd, or via phone before that.
Please contact Kimberly Plumley at Publicity Mavens at 250-390-9285 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            250-390-9285      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or via email at

May 31st is World No Tobacco Day and Derek Poteryko, MD, CCFP, FCFP will be at Central Drugs in Lantzville from 4:30 to 5:30 pm to honour the day. He will be selling his new book for the price of a pack of cigarettes – $10.00.

World No Tobacco Day event is being honoured on May 31st at Central Drugs in Lantzville, BC – 7186 Lantzville Rd from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. Nanaimo’s Dr. Derek Poteryko will be on hand to talk about CRAVED and talk to people about becoming healthy non-smokers. Dr. Poteryko will also have his book for sale – he has decided to sell it for the price of a pack of cigarettes! Instead of $19.99, First You Smoked, Now You Live, will be only $10.00. It will certainly last longer than a pack of smokes and be more beneficial!

May 31st is World No Tobacco Day.  The World Health Organization (WHO) designates this day to raise global awareness about the destructive nature of tobacco addiction (5 million people die every year from smoking).  The WHO encourages those who smoke to abstain from smoking for 24 hours.  It could end up being the start of something wonderful.

Derek Poteryko (Pot-er-ee-KO), MD, CCFP, FCFP, is pleased there is another day to help people be more mindful about the dangers of tobacco. Dr. Poteryko is a family physician based in Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island. He has a busy family practice, is the Medical Director for Central Island Smoking Intervention Clinic and is the author of the book First You Smoked. Now You Live. He has seen hundreds of people succeed in becoming healthy non-smokers and he hopes World No Tobacco Day will help more.

“Tobacco addiction touches all of us”, says Dr. Poteryko. “Whether it’s a loved one or friend who smokes or someone who has succumbed to the negative health effects of smoking.  Over 4 million Canadians still smoke.  At any given time it is estimated that 70% of those who smoke want to quit. Unfortunately, many of those who have tried qutting smoking have failed (cold turkey success rate is about 5%).” He goes on to say, “In the clinic, we use cognitive behavioural therapy to help people shift their thinking to a more resourceful state when they “crave” a cigarette.  This “craving” is a normal part of the healing from tobacco addiction”.

Dr. Poteryko has some tips to use and to when you want to smoke, think “CRAVED no more”… with each letter in this mnemonic helping you become a nonsmoker for good!

C – Commited Action:  Think of the commitment you have made to yourself to be free of this addiction for 24 hours.

R – Reasons:  Remember your reasons of why you are doing this.  It may be for health, it may be for your family or even for the financial reasons.  With the money saved – make sure you go out and buy yourself something nice to reward yourself with this healthy behaviour.

A – Appreciate: To help shift thinking, every day think of three things in the past 24 hours that are good in your life or what went well in the last day.

V – Variety:  Variety is the spice of life when it comes to healthy behaviour change.  What works today, may not work tomorrow, but some other thought or action (other than smoking) will satisfy the craving.

E – Exercise:  To exercise 20 minutes a day (if you have been sedentary then start with 5 minutes a day and work yourself up gradually), i.e. walking is cheap and effective.

D – Drink healthy.  Drinking healthy fluids, e.g. water with a twist of lemon, green or white teas help with the transition of becoming a nonsmoker for good!  Remember that someone who smokes 1 pack of cigarettes a day, puffs on a cigarette over 73,000 times a year.

More of these ideas can be found at the website under Quit Quitting Exercises.

World No Tobacco Day is a great opportunity for those who smoke to try and become a nonsmoker for the day.  Try a day, what do you have to lose?  You have everything to gain.  Your body, your wallet, your family/friends even your planet will thank you with amazing results.  Since 1999, over 1 million Canadians have quit smoking.
There are many ways to quit smoking.  There is the free 24 hour smokers’ helpline called Quit Now by phone at 1-877-455-2233 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            1-877-455-2233      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or online  All of these community resources are at the hospital clinic’s website at (which includes the free Quit Quitting movie featuring Dr. Poteryko). We are also THRILLED that the BC Government has recently announced that September 30th, 2011 that nicotine replacement therapies will be available to all British Columbian smokers at no cost and smoking cessation precription drugs will be covered under Pharmacare.  These are all steps to help create a world of healthy non-smokers.

Lantzville’s Seaview Elementary School needs bottles and bikes. Can you help?

Lantzville’s Seaview Elementary School is a the hub of activity in this little town. For May and June we need some outside help for some things we are working on and would love your help to spread the word! We have a big bottle drive on Saturday, June 4th from 9 to 1 and we are looking for bikes for the 5 to 13 yr olds so we can get as many kids active and involved in the triathlon club – a number of kids in the school are taking part in the Qualicum Beach Triathlon on Sunday, June 26th. If anyone has a bike they would LOVE out of their garage, Seaview School would be happy to give it a new home – it would be loved and appreciated! Below is more details about the bottle drive and the need for bikes. In both cases, Cheryl Morch, is our go-to-mom. Please contact her at or call 250-933-4894.

Bottle drive:

When – Saturday June 4th 9-1

Where – Seaview Elementary School Parking lot

Why – to raise funds for activities at Seaview Elementary School

BBQ and treats by donation!

We are looking for people to help out as well.  If you have any donations that need to be picked up, email Cheryl Morch at or call 250-933-4894.



The triathlon club at Seaview Elementary School in Lantzville is looking for those old bicycles in your garage!  We currently have 12 individuals, and 5 teams registered for the Qualicum Beach Triathlon, Sunday June 26th.  Starting at the end of May, we train for cycling 1 day a week, running and swimming too.  Our goal is to give every child the opportunity to participate.  The principal of Seaview and myself thought it would be great for Seaview to have bikes and helmets available for kids to use and train with us, even if they aren’t doing the event.  The more kids riding, the better!  So if you have an old bike, even if it needs repairs, please contact Cheryl at

Save the Date for 30 Days of Delicious Discovery. The Comox Valley 30-day Local Food Challenge begins July 2.

Save the Date for 30 Days of Delicious Discovery

Come Feast This Summer on the Agricultural Traditions of the Comox Valley

Courtenay, B.C. – The countdown is on for the annual celebration of North Vancouver Island’s world-class food culture.
The Comox Valley 30-day Local Food Challenge begins July 2 and organizers, chefs, food producers and farmers across the region are set to showcase the bounty of the fields, and waters of the region.
“This came about as the result of a passion for creating a dinner-table conversation about building community through food,” said event organizer Robin Rivers. “It began as a way to give people the chance to get out and meet the people who grow, harvest and produce what they eat and has now become a destination for foodies across Western Canada.”
The month-long festival offers locals and visitors alike a hands-on foodie experience including showcase events at award-winning wineries such as Blue Moon and Coastal Black, facility tours and tastings at food producers such as nationally acclaimed Natural Pastures Cheese Co., cultural food events with the K’omoks First Nation and a Breakfast and Blues celebration of music and food.
Join nationally renown chef Ronald St. Pierre along with veteran and budding chefs at local restaurants through the region as they create spectacular meals from ingredients taken from farms hosting their own public tours and soak up the vibrant community spirit of the Comox Valley while taking part in community education programs, local Farmer’s Market events, food demos and more.

The Comox Valley 30-Day Local Food Challenge is an immersive community experience from July 2 to Aug. 2 that connects people to the agricultural traditions and potential of North Vancouver Island. Each year, local residents and visitors alike are invited to spend 30 days experiencing local food through farm and food producer tours, restaurant events, educational activities and demonstrations that showcase the work and bounty of the nearly 500 farms, dozens of food producers and food-related organizations in the Comox Valley.

The event, now in its third year is produced by Our Big Earth Media Co. with the generous support of corporate, organizational and local governmental sponsorship. You can take a look back at the 2010 event at


For more information about this event, to talk to the organizer, Robin Rivers,or find outmore about sponsorship (from $50 and up), please contact Kimberly Plumley at Publicity Mavens at 250-390-9285or via email at

Get (h)appy. Vancouver Island travel App by Nanaimo travel writer!

I love Twitter. I have met some amazing people there. I am always so impressed with the creative folks there… and many of them are in my own backyard. Last week Jamie Moore contacted me because of my contests I have been doing. She asked if I could give-away one of her Vancouver Island Exploration Travel Guide iPhone apps. I said yes. I thought many of us would love to get our hands on this guide.

I have been talking a fair bit to Jamie and man, she is SMART. Some good laughs, I learned lots and we are going to get our kids together for a playdate. Friendships form quite quickly with the aide of social media.

Soooo… here is the contest. I have one of the apps available. Simply post or tweet about your favourite Vancouver Island destination. Please use the hashtag #twittergiver so I can see all the entries.  Contest ends Wednesday, May 18th at 1 pm. I am eager to learn more about our lovely Island. This contest is open to anyone who wants to participate.  Play along and let’s get (h)appy! Lots on info below about the app…. I would also suggest that if you do not win, purchase it. It is a great app.



Make Summer Travel Easier With the New *Vancouver Island Exploration Guide* iPhone App

16 May 2011 – Nanaimo, BC – Want to know the best spots on Vancouver Island to land a huge salmon or watch thousands spawn? Need help navigating the island’s wine trail? Looking for fun kid-friendly activities?

Start planning your summer adventures with the new Vancouver Island Exploration Guide travel app. Save on time (and gas money) by downloading this handy guide ($2.99) to your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch from the iTunes App Store.

All the info you need is in the palm of your hand: Top attractions, places to stay, tips on peak times to see orcas, which trails to avoid if you’re not hard-core, simple ways to save money and more.

“It’s the kind of guide that comes in handy whether you’re standing on a street corner looking for a good seafood restaurant or lying on your couch planning a day hike,” says author Jamie Moore. “The best part is that it’s always growing with new entries and the latest info, and users get free updates for life.”

The *Vancouver Island Exploration Guide* is the island’s most complete travel app with 130 things to see and do — including hidden gems and 50 free attractions and activities — from Victoria to Port Hardy. It features slideshows with 740+ photographs, interactive Google Maps and one-click website links and phone calls.

The easy-to-use interface lets you search by region, price or activity while being accompanied by a professional travel writer and island resident as your personal guide. The iPhone’s built-in navigation pinpoints where you are, and the app shows you what’s nearby and how to get there.

The app can be purchased in the iTunes App Store for $2.99.

About the author

The author of Tourism Vancouver Island’s Outdoor Guide, Tour Planner and other island visitor guides, Jamie Moore is an award-winning writer and member of the Society of American Travel Writers. Her writing credits also include blogs, Rand McNally guides, Resort + Recreation magazine and Endless Vacation magazine. She also contributes to the new Family Matters department in WestJet’s up! magazine. Visit

About the publisher

Sutro Media is an online-based application publishing company. Partnering with expert, established travel writers around the world, Sutro creates highly visual, authentic, up-to-date, and rich guides … for your phone. To date, Sutro has collaborated with writers on 235+ travel apps. Many of these are regularly featured on the “What’s Hot” list in iTunes.

Cash Flow Crunch Cookies

Sometimes being a freelancer sucks. Most times it is great. What makes it sucks is CASH FLOW. Sometimes there isn’t any. This week is a no cash flow week. I can cope well enough. I am stocked up with household items, can rob the kids piggy bank if I need to pay for a field trip and, thankfully, I work from home and don’t need to buy gas for the car.

So, today I needed to get some baking done for school lunches. I had some quick oats and chocolate chips. Ah ha! I will make chocolate chip oatmeal cookies… but alas, no butter and maybe 1/3 cup of margarine. Crap! I dug through the cupboard and found stick of Crisco Shortening. I decided to use it… and I found a couple other cool things in the pantry too! Here is my recipe for:


  • 1 cup or stick of Crisco® Shortening
  • 1 tsp Wilton butter flavour extract (or not) it was in the back of the pantry
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs (ideally from the farm by my parents house – but use whatcha got!)
  • 1/4 cup milk (or not. You could make this dairy free – use water or rum or vodka… oh, this is for school lunches)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup oatmeal flour, again this was in my cupboard and there were no bugs.
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups quick rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened coconut…. or really any other stuff you got kicking around. Raisins, cranberries, nuts…
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or whatever you got. Smarties would be good in them too.


    1. HEAT oven to 350°F.

2. MIX shortening, granulated sugar and brown sugar in bowl of electric mixer; beat at medium speed until well blended. Add eggs, milk and maple extract. Beat until blended.

3. COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in medium bowl. Add gradually to shortening mixture at low speed. Beat until well blended. Stir in oats and chocolate chips.

4.DROP by slightly rounded teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets or use the best thing ever… parchment paper.

5.BAKE 9 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheets. Place on cooling racks to cool completely.

I got 4 dozen out this – you could make them smaller and get more. Or make them bigger and get less. Go crazy!

PS. This cash flow issue is temporary. Got lots of great projects in the works! Though, I will still make these great cookies!