Just call me Mom of the Year.

Last night we were coming home late and it was getting too late to cook something for dinner from scratch, so I pulled into the local super market parking lot.

My daughter and I hopped out of the van and walked around to the other side to let the wee dude out.

I had noticed an older woman across from us getting into her car and another guy riding a shopping cart to his.

All of a sudden I hear the guy start laughing out loud and I look up to see what was so funny.

The woman that had gotten into her car and now had pulled along side our van. She wound down her window and started talking to me. I couldn’t quite hear her, so I leaned towards her passenger window and asked her to repeat herself. 

“Your sweet little daughter just gave me the middle finger!”


SAY WHAT NOW!?

I have NEVER given ANYONE the middle finger (in front of my kids), so as to where she picked that up, completely baffles me!

I turned around and my daughter apologized to me, but I had her immediately apologize to the lady. I was so embarrassed!

She wouldn’t tell me why she did it and stuck to me like glue while we grabbed our groceries.

Eventually, on the way home, she confessed and said that the lady made a mean face at her. Perhaps she did…she did look pretty scowly. An example of BRF (bitchy resting face).

Another lesson learned…don’t try to sneak something behind Mum’s back ’cause you’ll ALWAYS get busted.

Oh, and be kind to others. Sometimes it pisses them off more.

7th Annual Vancouver Christmas Market to Make Days Merry & Bright at New Seaside Site! 


A treasured holiday tradition for locals and visitors alike, the Vancouver Christmas Market announced today that it will be moving from its original site at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza to its new, expansive seaside home at Jack Poole Plaza (at the Olympic Cauldron). Running November 26 – December 30, 2016, the city’s signature yuletide celebration will expand its revelry with more than 50,000 square feet of space and over 70 huts in which to savour the abundance of authentic German flavours. 

“Much like our market-goers after they’ve indulged in generous helpings of Glühwein and Spätzle – we found ourselves bursting at the seams last year!” said Malte Kluetz, Founder and President of the Vancouver Christmas Market. “We could not be more thrilled about the move and by the number of vendors who wish to share and participate in the market – nor by the hundreds of thousands of Vancouverites who make it an annual holiday tradition. The move to Jack Poole Plaza means we can warmly welcome more guests to partake in the festivities, while rolling out a number of exciting surprises! We look forward to welcoming new and returning guests to our enchanting seaside home.”

 Among this year’s expanded highlights will be Canada’s first-ever Christmas Pyramid: A 23-foot tall structure adorned with angels representing various aspects of European culture. Designed locally by architect Jordan Kutev, the magical sculpture rotates via a propeller at its summit and plays music from various regions. Further festive additions this year include an enclosed Alpine Haus tent and seating area, designed to accommodate more than 250 people while offering breathtaking views of the North Shore.

 Visitors can anticipate indulging in the market’s signature array of mouth-watering delectables, including Glühwein (a hot-spiced mulled wine), Bratwurst, Gulasch, Spätzle, and much more. The increased vendor space allows for the introduction of many new sensations, such as daily demonstrations of the Feuerzangenbowle (literally, ‘Fire Tongs Punch’), a mulled wine and rum beverage whose ceremonial preparations include caramelizing a large sugar cone over the concoction. In total, the market will boast more than 22 food and drink huts –12 of which will appear for the first time in 2016.

 In addition to Deutschland delicacies, rousing entertainment, and returning favourites – such as the beloved Christmas Carousel – visitors can wander throughout the market’s quaint twinkling pathways of huts, discovering lovingly crafted, one-of-a-kind gifts and treasures that cry out to be slipped into stockings and placed under Christmas trees.

 Tickets:

 Christmas comes early! In celebration of the Vancouver Christmas Market’s new home, a limited number of 7th Anniversary VIP Experience packages for two are currently on sale, while quantities last. The VIP Experience packages are $75 and Adult Admission for two includes:

 2 x Carousel Rides

2 x Collector Mugs

2 x Glühwein or Beer

2 x Pretzels

1 x Take-home Gift Bottle of Bavarian Glühwein

1 x Commemorative Photo Hut Session w/ 2 Prints + Digitals

Express Lane Access + 2 x FREE Season Passes

 

Tickets to the 2016 Vancouver Christmas Market range in price from $4 and up (Children under 6 are Free).

 

New for 2016: Christmas Packages available from $20.

All online ticket purchases will receive a complimentary Season Pass.

 

Tickets and details at: vancouverchristmasmarket.com   
 

About Vancouver Christmas Market

Since 2010, the Vancouver Christmas Market has delighted Vancouverites and visitors to the city with authentic German-inspired festivities. Combining colourful décor, authentic gifts, savoury food & drink, and family entertainment, the yuletide celebration creates the perfect atmosphere to mix & mingle with friends & family, take in a quick drink after work, and observe a wide variety of cultural activities and entertainment.



 LISTING INFORMATION 7th Annual Vancouver Christmas Market

 

Date:

November 26 to December 30, 2016: 11am – 9pm

December 24: Closed at 6pm; December 25: Closed 

 

Tickets:

Single Admission from $4 (Children under 6 are Free)

Christmas Packages from $20

 

Address:

Jack Poole Plaza – Home of the Olympic Cauldron

(Vancouver Convention Centre West)

1055 Canada Place

Vancouver, BC V6C 3G3

 

Website: vancouverchristmasmarket.com

Win Big with @AsanaWomanCA on the #YouveGotThis {{Giveaway}}

We have an incredible giveaway that will set you on a fresh start for fall’s new beginnings. Helping you be relaxed, happy, confident and ready for anything, the amazing folks at Asana are sponsoring a giveaway valued at $650. It includes:

1. Beats by Dr. Dre Solo 2 Bluetooth Wireless Headphones – Gold (Value: $299)
2. One Year of Asana Woman assorted pads and pantyliners featuring biowave technology: (value: $110)
3. One iTunes gift certificate (value: $25)
4. Philips Hue starter kit ($130)
5. La Senza Gift Card ($100)

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So as you are chilling to music in new La Senza lingere while wearing your new Beats by Dr. Dre headphones and having fun changing the ambiance in your home to over 1000 different colours with Philips Hue bulbs, you can be assured that #YouveGotThis. There’s really nothing to worry about.

Giveaway Ends Sep. 21, USA and Canada (excluding Quebec). Prize value: CAD $635

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Why all my underwear are “Period Panties”. #YMCCommunity

Long long ago, when I was in my late teens, early 20’s…I actually owned bra and panty sets.


They were so pretty. They matched, or at least were co-ordinated.

I shopped at La Senza. Canada’s version of Victoria Secret, where you could get two bras for $40 and five pairs of panties for $20. I was also, still working full-time and childless, so OF COURSE I had nice underbits!

Flash forward 20{ahem} years later, and I have given birth to two kids, hung up donated all of my working duds, and long gone are the days of fancy panties and push-up bras. I should have kept those push-up bras though because my ladies have headed so far south that a push-up bra would definitely come in handy.

My “tighty whitey/ granny panties” are now the staple of my daily attire.

The unfortunate sneezes, line-ups for our one bathroom, exercises that I do regularly to get my body back from having kids and the new version of Aunt Flo that my body produces, have totally ruined the idea of wearing gorgeous lingerie for me. The special laundering required for lingerie does not work with my normal laundry schedule. The most I am capable of in my hectic schedule is separating the lights from the darks before tossing them in the washing machine. 

I do see a light at the end of the tunnel though.

When the kids are both in school full-time, I will more me time allowing my Mr. Hyde FrankenMom persona to stay home while I work on a more publicly accepted version of myself.

I’m excited…just need to find some fashion sense and a new hairdresser 😜

Big footed girl problems. #YMCComunity

I’m considered tall.

As a kid, I was the tallest girl in my class. The boys liked the other girls because they were shorter.

I’ve never been bothered by my height though. My first serious boyfriend was three inches shorter than me and the guy I now call my husband, is also three inches shorter than me.

See, no biggy.

The problem I have though is…I have HUGE feet!

I peaked at a size 10 in my young adult years. No problem though because I still found shoes in my size when I went shopping. Now, after having two kids, my feet have grown a whole size bigger and I’m now stomping around in size 11’s!

Stores don’t really carry shoes in this size!

I’m now having to locate warehouse size shoe stores or shop online to find footwear that fits me.

The funny thing is though…I have several girlfriends who are in the same boat as me! We all have gargantuan feet and nowhere to buy shoes!

Nowadays, women are taller and have bigger feet. Perhaps the shoe stores should increase their size range to accommodate us.

All I’m asking for is runners, sandals and rain boots for my feeties that I can get at the regular shoe stores! Is that too much to ask?

Making my comeback!

I’ve been sidelined for the past six weeks with a broken leg.

Supervising

I never realized how much my abilities have been hindered since having to wear a walking cast.

First off…my floors are so gross because of having to wear my boot both indoors and outdoors. I tried wearing a shower cap over my boot when I was at home, but it kept ripping or I’d forget to remove it when I went out making it just as dirty as the bottom if my boot!

My fitness regime has all but halted and it’s driving me mad! No running…no aerobics…no Aquafit…no hiking and no biking! My “getting fit” physique has gone in reverse and my muscle tone has disappeared, my thighs and hips have re-inflated, but the silver lining is…I have a super awesome tan line from my boot that will garner some attention, I’m sure.

Good news…tomorrow I go in to get my leg checked on, so hopefully the boot will be retired and I’ll get to wear matching footwear!

Stay tuned for an update!

When life gives you lemons…#MyRecovers

A few weeks ago, I broke my leg.

I had a fight with a pair of sparkly high-heeled shoes and let’s say, the shoes won.

I always thought purple was a nice colour...

I’ve twisted my ankle before but this felt different. Plus the bruising and swelling was far more amazing than it had ever been, so I knew it was something more this time.

The X-ray

The hospital outfitted me in some fancy new footwear that I get to don for the next five to six weeks. Perfect in time for the Summer weather that is now upon us.

*think sweaty, stinky socks found in your kids gym bag at the end of the school year!*

The boot

One of my Mom friends suggested plastering my boot with stickers to fancy it up. (Didn’t you have a friend in elementary school that broke their arm and everyone signed their cast?) I ran with this idea!

My dear friend Google is who I turned to in my search for the appropriate accessories to snazz up my solo high top.

One of the first websites to pop up was My Recovers.

My Recovers

My Recovers has some pretty cool products available to “dress up” casts and walking boots if you are required to wear these after an injury. Items like stickers, iron-ons, covers as well as zipper pulls.

I went from sparkly shoes to sparkly boot with the rhinestones and Diva decal.

Yep...I'm a Diva!

And for those chilly days…I can step out and make a statement in the fashion boot cover!

Hey now!

Hey now!

Who wouldn’t be prepared on the Wet West Coast without the boot rain cover?!

Keepin' things dry

These zipper pulls are not just handy, but kids will love to add a little more flair to their gear!

Some more flair

Accidents happen. Sometimes we break bones and we recover. Why not make the best of it and have a little fun?

Check out My Recovers for some fun accessories and covers for when those accidents happen! Kids and grown-ups alike, will love the decals and iron-ons and the fun designs and colours to dress up their casts, boots and crutches.

Check out the covers