We didn't start our B&L adventures with a real business plan. The whole project evolved from our friendship and a mutual interest in music and working with children. Before we started our musical adventures, Robyn was teaching elementary school prior to which she had completed a degree in linguistics at the University of Victoria and a Bachelor of Education at UBC. Lorraine previously worked in the fields of environmental education and
non-profit fund development. Her academic background includes a Bachelor of Human Kinetics (Exercise Science) from UBC. Songwriting and live performing honestly started out as a side project. We looked at it as a fun way to create some support materials for our separate jobs working with children. We never dreamed those early days would lead to running our own business, cross-country touring or much less a national television show!
What's the best part about owning your own business?
Seeing something you love and believe in thrive and grow is so incredibly rewarding. When you find something you are truly passionate about, the drive to see it succeed provides the fuel and stamina to get through the long hours and hard work. We’ve found the value of this increase tenfold now that we are mamas and often running on limited sleep and surrounded by a million distractions. On a bright note, another bonus of our industry is that for the most part, we can include our families in the fun – on tour or simply as creative inspiration.
Your Mom parenting tip and/or idea to being creative with kids.
Relax and focus on the fun. We live in a society that thrives on an over-abundance of information, accessible 24/7 via web, mobile and socials. As a parent in a Pinterest-inspired world, trying to be creative with your kids can be overwhelming. Insanely overwhelming! Breathe. Take a step back. Connect with your kids – get messy, be playful, sing, dance and laugh. The resources and support will be there when needed and the rest can usually be figured out with a little common sense and imagination. Music and books are our go to tools for toddler/preschooler creative time. They both provide useful distraction and creative inspiration in the car, bus, plane, boat, stroller, car seat, bed, high chair, baby carrier or simply when we're just dancing circles around each other!
Favorite family activities?
Robyn's neighbourhood is nestled between ocean and mountains. Favourite family activities revolve around both as she loves swimming and hiking! Lorraine is married to a sports junkie so tends to go to a lot of sporting events both in her hometown of Vancouver and when she travels. She also loves family bike rides and play-time at local parks. The climate on the west coast lends itself perfectly to year-round outdoor fun, which is perfect for both of our active broods!
Robyn Hardy (Bobs) is mom to a busy toddler with a new babe on the way. She currently lives in North Vancouver, BC. Lorraine Pond (LoLo) is mom to an active toddler and precocious preschooler. She lives in Vancouver, BC. Growing up on Vancouver Island, Robyn and Lorraine have always shared a love of the natural world alongside a passion for working with children. Dedicated to connecting children to the natural world with music, movement and make-believe, Bobs & LoLo aim to inspire their young audiences to care about themselves, their neighbours and the planet.
More About Bobs and Lolo
Bobs & LoLo have written and recorded six award-winning albums, a musical DVD and a new children’s book called Run Salmon Run. Alongside the adoration of the young and the young at heart, Bobs & LoLo have received critical acclaim from the likes of the Parents’ Choice Foundation, Western Canadian Music Alliance, the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada and the JUNO Awards.