The Monster in the Drain! #YMCCommunity

Since having my last baby, over a year ago, my hair has been falling out, in what I deem, an obscene amount.

My husband even asked me if I was going bald this morning after he pulled out yet another Chewbacca from the drain.

I know that during pregnancy your body produces a lot of estrogen which gives you gorgeous, shampoo commercial worthy locks that many women envy. But after baby vacates your body, your hair starts to vacate your head.

I’m now starting to grow these wispy, antennae-like hairs from the top of my head, so I’m hopeful that my “Farrah Hair” will be making a re-appearance in the future.

Have you experienced hair loss postpartum? When did it stop?

Festive-izing the Family Vehicle. #YMCCommunity

I’m sure you’ve seen vehicles driving around town donned in antlers and a red nose, or they’ve been “elfed”.

"Elf" your car.

“Elf” your car.

Rudolf the Red-Nosed Minivan.

Rudolf the Red-Nosed Mini.

These lovely car kits can be found at your local Walmart, Canadian Tire or dollar store.

I would totally decorate our minivan for the kids, but since it’s the “family vehicle” that Daddy uses for work, it’s not something that he’d like to been seen driving around town in. If we had a second vehicle, then I would totally go “Christmas Crazy” all over it! I’d even have these guys.

I wonder if this would frighten the kids.

I wonder if this would frighten the kids.

Santa might become a source for nightmares.

Santa might become a source for nightmares.

We’d even don the roof with Christmas lights.

You can NEVER be too festive right?

I don't think that this would draw too much attention, do you?

I don’t think that this would draw too much attention, do you?





Christmas is for the kids…right? #YMCCommunity

For the past few years, my husband and I haven’t exchanged gifts with each other for Christmas.

We buy gifts for our kids, our nieces, my cousin’s kids and our close family friends.

Christmas is for the kids, right?

Christmas is for the kids, right?

It’s not that we don’t want to buy for each other, it’s just that the “Needs” list outweighs the “Wants” list.

If I earned a salary being a Stay-At-Home-Mom, it would be a different story.

Honestly, instead of a gift that will either get used up, worn out, or set aside, I would rather save the money that would be spent, on something more meaningful. A trip together as a family, put it into the “New House” fund or making a purchase that the whole family will benefit from.

Saving up for something important.

Saving up for something important.

Sure, it’s nice to get a little something under the tree, but this works for us…so far.

Our first Christmas without Poppa.

A couple weeks ago, my stepdad passed away.



He suffered a stroke a few months ago, and had been in hospital since.

The kids and I were never able to make it in to the hospital to see him, however my husband visited twice.

My Mum and stepdad don’t live in town, so traveling with the 2 little ones, and having all been sick over a month stretch, I didn’t think that the hospital was a good environment for us to be in.

We did manage to get a Facetime chat in with him before he passed and while he was coherent, so we feel better being able to see him that way before he was gone.

We explained to our 4 yo that Poppa had died, but she doesn’t understand. She keeps telling Santa that for Christmas she wants Poppa to get better and come home. We remind her that he can’t anymore, but we know that she isn’t processing it.

I think the hardest part will be Christmas.

Mum is coming to town to spend Christmas with us and I know our daughter will ask where Poppa is.

We will all cry and explain it to her again, but that’s all we can do.

We need to be together, share our emotions and let it out. There is no shame in crying, it just shows that you’re human.

I think this will be a time for us to share our happy memories of him and help each other heal.

I found this article from Canadian Living and I think it will be helpful.

#FlightoftheMite Children’s Book

We were recently given the pleasure to preview a sweet little story called, “Flight of the Mite”.

Flight of the Mite.

Flight of the Mite.

This lovely story tells of a wee little Mite who is determined to fly, so she sets out to make a contraption that will help her achieve this.

She comes across a wise old Mite who encourages her to use her imagination and by this, she can accomplish anything she sets her mind to.

Meeting the Ancient Mite.

Meeting the Ancient Mite.

The little Mite hops aboard a dandelion seed and rides the wind to a far off place where she meets the Others.

The Others.

The Others.

These lovely creatures teach the Mite how to use senses other than just her sight.

This is our new favourite story to read and will be a book that we will be keeping to pass down to future member of our family.

Flight of the Mite will be launched December 12th, 2013, but from now until December 12th, for every “Like” the Facebook Page receives, the author and the illustrator have agreed to donate $0.25 to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation

If you would like to obtain your own copy of Flight of the Mite, please follow this link to purchase it online.

BC Children's Hospital Foundation

BC Children’s Hospital Foundation

#WestJet…brings the merry to Merry Christmas!

I am not a regular flyer, however my husband is for work.

I dislike flying. Well, I actually hate the take off and the landing. Both of which are uber important when it comes to flying.

Afraid to fly!

Afraid to fly!

The hair on my arms stand at full attention when the engines are on full “scream” as they lift the hulking beast to elevation. And then the dropping sensation you feel as you come in for a landing, has me gripping the arm rests or squeezing the life out of my husband’s arm.

That being said, I just watched the video from #WestJet that is going viral.

West Jet

West Jet

It’s comforting to know that this is one airline who goes above and beyond for their customers. Flying is a stressful task for MANY travellers and when you surprise your customers with this form of generosity, it really makes you think about how this company is trying to make flying more enjoyable.

I certainly would have been over the moon if this had happened to me during one of my rare flying experiences.

The #VancouverChristmasMarket {Giveaway}

The Vancouver Christmas Market is an annual can’t-miss Vancouver Christmas event running from November 22 to December 24, 2013.

The Vancouver Christmas Market

The Vancouver Christmas Market

This authentic German Christmas Market has the perfect atmosphere to hang out with friends and family. There are rows of little wooden huts decorated with pine branches and white Christmas lights.

They have a variety of different German food vendors that feature German Bratwurst, suckling pig and Swiss Raclette, traditional Christmas cookies, Lebkuchen, roasted chestnuts, baked apples and spiced Christmas Cake (Stollen). Beverages will include the famous German Christmas Drink (Feuerzangenbowle) and authentic hot spiced red wine (Glühwein) and a selection of German beers (Weissbier).

Mmmm, sausages! photo credit: Vancity Buzz

Mmmm, sausages!
photo credit: Vancity Buzz

The merchandise will include authentic wood carvings and wooden toys, knitted clothes and scarves, Christmas pyramids and tree balls, tin toys, stain glass, nutcrackers in various sizes as well as advent wreaths. You can find unique gifts such as glass jewelry, Polish pottery, organic baby clothes or German beer steins.

Some of the crafts.

Some of the crafts.

Performances will include traditional European choirs and dance performances, world class string ensembles, worldly gospel choirs and festive carol singers. The Pavilion Stage will also host daily feature kid’s activities and a variety of school choirs and bands will show off their talent during their performances on stage.

A special children’s area known as the Kids’ Market will give youngsters the chance to make their own Christmas gifts and ride downtown Vancouver’s only Christmas Carousel.

The Carousel.

The Carousel.

The market’s hours are:  November 22nd – December 23rd, 2013, 11am-9pm & December 24th, 2013, 11am-6pm

Admission Rates (including tax) – Includes Season’s Pass!
Adult (13 + years) $6 Mon – Fri 4pm-9pm & 11am-9pm weekends
Adult (13 + years) $3 Special! Mon – Fri 11am-4pm
Youth (7 – 12 years) $3
Child (0 – 6 years) FREE
Carousel Rides $3 per ticket; $10 per package of 5 tickets

The Vancouver Christmas Market has generously provided us with 2 tickets for admission to giveaway to one of our lucky readers!! The giveaway runs from December 4th – December 8th, 2013. Please enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway link below.
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Van Xmas Market

Bear Creek Park Christmas Train {Giveaway}

Another fun place to take the kiddos this Christmas season is The Christmas Train at Bear Creek Park in Surrey.

The Christmas Train at Bear Creek Park

The Christmas Train at Bear Creek Park

The Christmas Train opens this Friday, December  6th, 2013 until Sunday, January 5th, 2014 – Closed December 25th.

Admission for Adults is $5.50 and Children are $7.00.

They are Open 10am to 4pm daily.

Santa is at the station December 6th to December 24th. Bring your camera!

Visit with Santa & receive a candy cane, Christmas Activity kit and Train ride through the Christmas forest.

The Christmas Train at Bear Creek Park has generously donated a pass for one lucky family of 4, to ride the train!

Please enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway tab below. The giveaway runs from December 4th, 2013 to December 8th, 2013.
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Bright Nights in Stanley Park {Giveaway}

My favourite thing to do during the holiday season, is to take the kidlets out and about to see all the beautiful Christmas lights and decorations displayed around our beautiful city.
One of our traditions, is to go to Bright Nights in Stanley Park.


Bright Nights in Stanley Park

The Vancouver Park Board and the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, have decorated the forest and train area with 3 million twinkling lights to bring the 16th annual Bright Nights to Stanley Park.

The Christmas Train at Bright Nights

The Christmas Train at Bright Nights

Bright Nights runs from Thursday, December 5th, 2013 until Sunday, January 5th, 2014, closed Christmas Day.

Hours are:
Open: – 3 PM to 10 PM – Sunday to Thursday
– 3 PM to 11 PM – Friday and Saturday
– Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun Matinees 11am – 3pm
**NEW** from Dec 20 open daily from 11am-11pm!
Closed: Wednesday, December 25, 2013 (Christmas Day)

Train tickets:
Adult: $11.00 includes GST;
Child, Youth & Seniors: $7.00 includes GST
(Children & Youth 3-17, Seniors 65+)
Children Under 3 years of age are free
Matinee: $6.00 (all ages)

Available November 1st, 2013. Order advance tickets online at or charge by phone: 1-855-985-5000. (Note that Ticketmaster services charges apply)

INTERAC, VISA, MasterCard and cash accepted
Tickets are available at the ticket office on the train plaza at Stanley Park. Same day ticket sales from noon daily. For ticket sales information please call 604-257-8531.

The Old Spaghetti Factory, a Platinum Sponsor of Bright Nights in Stanley Park, is offering a ‘Big Bright Night Out’ package that includes a delicious dinner, Bright Nights tickets and half price parking.

Visit Ticketmaster to purchase your train tickets and then your dinner tickets.

Parking is FREE.

There is no cost to view the plaza displays set up by the BC Professional Fire Fighters. As Bright Nights is one of the Burn Fund’s major fundraisers, the fire fighters accept donations at the front gate, and suggest a minimum donation of $4.

British Columbia Professional Fire Fighter's Burn Fund

British Columbia Professional Fire Fighter’s Burn Fund

Would you like to go to Bright Nights with your family?

I will be picking 2 WINNERS to receive FREE tickets for their family of 4 to attend Bright Nights! You must be able to attend between December 5th, 2013 – December 11th, 2013. Giveaway is running until midnight December 3rd, 2013, winners will be chosen December 4th, 2013.

Enter via the Rafflecopter link below.
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What a pretty gingerbread house.

What a pretty gingerbread house.

The flu doth cometh.

The flu hit our home this past weekend.

It started with me, then the wee lad, and then Princess G.
Today it hit Daddy.
It was a nasty 2 day bug that knocked us flat, causing us to miss two family birthday parties.
The silverlining is, hopefully since we all got it at the same time, we won’t get it again, dragging it out for longer than necessary.
My hands are so dry from all of the hand washing done, but nothing a little lot of hand cream can’t handle.
Downside, Daddy has a VERY busy work week and can’t afford to take a couple days off to recover.
I think next year, we’ll splurge and get the flu shot.

Have you been hit by the “winter plague”? What are your tried and true remedies for aiding in the recovery of your family?