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

Add a healthy punch with #Seedibles {{Giveaway}}

Most kids are picky eaters.

It totally sucks when you’re trying to add variety into your mealtimes and your kids fight with you tooth and nail to eat the food that’s placed in front if them. Hubby and I even have to “assist” with getting the food from their forks into their mouths.

Yep…totally sucks! But we at least eat ours first. Kinda like the airplane instructions of getting the air mask on your face before assisting others.

I’ve been trying to add more whole grains to my kid’s diets but find it hard to get them to eat anything “seedy”. They aren’t fans of grainy breads or quinoa subbing in for rice, so I tried another route.

I’ve recently been introduced to Seedibles.

Seedibles

Seedibles are delicious and uber nutritious and can be added into any recipes. They are full of super seeds like flax, hemp, quinoa and amaranth and then have all natural spices blended in to make great flavours.

QuinoaCool

We like to add Seedibles to our morning smoothies and I’ve even sprinkled CinnaWow onto cottage cheese!

CinnaWow can be used in all the “sweet” things your child loves to eat. It’s great on oatmeal, yogurt, mixed in pancakes or cookies!

CinnaWow

QuinoaCool is the perfect addition to lunches, snacks or dinners. It can blend in with pastas, tacos even grilled cheese sandwiches. Your child won’t even know it’s there.

Wanna try some Seedibles for yourself! We’ve got a pack each of CinnaWow and Quinoa Cool to give away to one lucky Raincity Mama reader! Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below. Giveaway is open to residents of the Greater Vancouver area only. Enter via the Rafflecopter link below. 

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Introducing…

Meet Eleanor…she’s my “newish” bike.

Eleanor

At first, I didn’t like Eleanor. She wasn’t my ideal bike.

As a kid, I rode a mountain bike. An Allegro Ground Control. We were inseperable. Traversing the North Shore trails, blazing through massive mud puddles down by the train tracks and riding over Lions Gate Bridge to Second Beach Pool. This was all pre-helmet laws and before the safety barrier was installed between the roadway and the sidewalks.

Then it was stolen one night from the house that I was babysitting at.

I was devastated! Mum got me a replacement under our home insurance. A Diamondback Topango, but it wasn’t the same. The new bike and I never bonded so my sister inherited it.

Ten years ago, hubby bought me Eleanor as a gift. We live in a condo with no bike storage available, so she was sadly tucked away into our off-site storage locker.

Isn't she a beauty!

She’s, what I call, a “lollygag” bike. A lollygag bike is a bike that you take on leisurely rides, not a bike to take on the trails in the local hills, like I used to do. It’s got a “big bum” seat, goofy handlebars and a droopy “crotch bar”. All technical terms, clearly.

Hubby reminded me that we now have kids and “lollygagging” is what we do. Enjoy the moment, take in the scenery and don’t be in a rush. Plus, we also have a bike trailer (that has also been in storage for four years) that we can use for lazy tired kids, park toys or even picnic gear.

Today, the wee lad and I took Eleanor and the trailer for their inaugural ride.

The inaugural ride.

 

The set-up took a bit longer than necessary as I needed assemble my front tire, attach the trailer, adjust my seat height and inflate the tires to proper firmness. Once all systems were a go…away we went!

Wobbly at first (I hadn’t ridden an actual bicycle in over 30 years, only stationary exercise bikes), but I composed myself and the swerving along the path stopped. Little dude thought that this was hilarious, but cheered me on with, “You’re doing great Mum!”

Our ride lasted about an hour and we had a blast! I can’t wait to get out again…with or without the kids.

 

Better Together Hands On Cook-Off Contest!

Do you have a foodie family?

Hands On Cook-off Contest

For the seventh year running, Better Together is hosting their Hands-On Cook-Off Contest!

This video contest is open to residents of British Columbia and runs from April 20th until noon on May 20th, 2016.

Enter

There are two categories that you can enter in:

  • To enter the Multigenerational category, at least two generations must be involved in the making of the video.
  • To enter the Youth category, at least two youth aged 18 and under must be involved in the making of the video. Videos must be no more than three minutes long once uploaded online; this requirement will be strictly enforced.

Vote

Vote for the video you think is the best in each category!

The video with the most votes in the Multigenerational category will win the People’s Choice award in this category and $300 cash.

Videos submitted in the Youth category have a chance to win a prize for their team and a prize for their school or youth program. The video with the most votes in the Youth category will win the People’s Choice award in the Youth category and $150 cash for their team plus $150 cash for their school or youth program of their choice.

Win

There are great prizes up for grabs. A team of 6 judges will determine the Grand Prize winner and the Runner Up winner for each category:

Ethan Adeland, Managing Director of Partnerships and co-founder of Food Bloggers of Canada.
Alexandra Gill, Globe and Mail’s Vancouver restaurant critic.
Denise Marchessault, chef and author of the British Columbia from Scratch cookbook.
Claire Newell, official Travel Expert for Global BC and guest of CKNW radio 3 times per week.
Jennifer Pallian, Vancouver-based food writer and food photographer and owner of the Foodess blog.
Rola Zahr, Registered dietitian and Nutrition Educator Manager at BC Dairy Association.

Better Together BC

So grab your family, pick a favourite recipe and get those cameras rolling! Be creative, but most of all, have fun with your family. Making a memory together couldn’t be more fun and tasty!

Better Together BC