Spruce up your home using an “Accent”. {Review & GIVEAWAY} #EdenAccents #YMCCommunity

You know that feeling after the kids have been asleep for half an hour, you put your feet up, look around the room, and think, “This room needs something.”?
Maybe the mantle above your fireplace doesn’t display your family as nicely as it should.
The conversation coming from the centre of your dining room table is, “Hang your keys up on the rack!”
Maybe your front door tells your guests, “Come on in if you want…or not.”
Perhaps, your bum is bored by the paper you grace it with.

Well, then it’s time you paid a visit to Eden Accents.
Eden Accents, located in the lovely Sapperton area of New Westminster, houses some of the loveliest decor pieces that would make any abode, more cozy and interesting.

Cards

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From linens to dishware, toilet paper to cocktail napkins, garden accents to wall decor, they’ve got you covered. There is also a great assortment of kids tableware, bibs and more!

Kids tableware

I picked up this awesome door mat that dons my entry way!

WOW! Nice Underwear.

So next time you have the ladies over for cocktails, be sure to have a stack of sassy cocktail napkins on the hors d’oeuvre table and a roll of kiss covered toilet paper in the loo and you’re bound to get a conversation started.

And while you’re showing off your newly decored home, why not “posh up” the conversation by using an “accent” while doing it.

Eden Accents has generously provided a $25 Gift Card to giveaway to one lucky reader!

This giveaway is open to residents of the Greater Vancouver area and Fraser Valley and runs from February 27th, 2014 – March 9th, 2014. Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below. 

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Is there a remedy for verbal diarrhea? #YMCCommunity

Today we embarked on a road trip with the kidlets. We haven’t done this in a few months.
Before we even pull out of the underground parking, our daughter starts, “Mom! Blah blah blah!”
Yes, sweetie.
Two minutes later, “Mom! Blah blah blah!”
Yes, sweetie.
One minute later, “Mom! Blah blah blah!”
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This continued for the entire five hour journey.
Not once did her sentences begin with “Dad!”
I’m sharing with you what took place today, but honestly, this is my everyday.
It used it drive me crazy, the incessant “Mom!”, followed by whatever juicy tidbit of information or question that she just had to share or find out about, but now, it makes me giggle.
Hubby’s patience hasn’t been honed just yet, but I keep engaging with her because I think it’s more important to do that than brush her off and tell her to shut up be quiet. I have a feeling that as she gets older, she’ll be able to talk to me openly about whatever she feels she needs to and especially when it comes to a difficult conversation. I don’t want her to be afraid to talk to me about the important things as well as the not so important things.
So today and everyday, I will await the sentences that begin with “Mom!” and love that she wants to talk about anything and everything with ME

If you could sum it up with just one word…which would you choose? #CatchMyDriftWords #YMCCommunity

Close your eyes.

Closed eyes

Think about your life. Your job. Your spouse. Your kids.

Think of all the great things. The happy times. The sad times. The “A-Ha” moments. The peaceful thoughts.

How does it make you feel?

Now think of a word that best describes what you’re feeling or would make you feel better.

Is this word something that you’d like you’d like to look at everyday to keep you focused, lift your spirits or just allow you to start your day off in a great frame of mind?

Catch My Drift Words are gorgeous signs, made of BC Coastal driftwood by a very talented local artist. These inspiring pieces are custom made with your favourite word of choice. They are painted using Fat Paint which is a thick, rich and creamy artisan-made chalk style paint that is locally created in New Westminster, BC. Fat Paint is an eco-friendly water-based latex paint, that is low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs), odour-free and lead-free; totally safe for use indoors.

Patience
Do you have an inspirational word that, when you think of it or see it, you feel amazing, relaxed or perhaps brings you back to a good place when you are feeling overwhelmed by what is going on around you?

Catch My Drift Words
Contact Leona at Catch My Drift Words, and get your own personalized, beautiful, inspiring piece of handmade art. Pieces range from $20-$30 and are ready in approx. 2 weeks.

I predict that celebrities will be lining up to get a little piece of BC to put into their own homes.

“Cleaner” cleaning with #Norwex. {Review & Giveaway} #YMCCommunity

Being a SAHM, I am ALWAYS cleaning up messes. From the kids spilling everything EVERYWHERE, handprints all over the mirrored doors and windows, cooking spills and splatters, dishes, piles of endless laundry, and the dreaded…BATHROOM (dun dun dunnnn).

I grew up with cleaners like Fantastik, Windex, Tilex, Toilet Duck, Lysol and Comet. Laundry was done with powdered soap like Ivory Snow, Tide or Sunlight, and dishes were scrubbed with Palmolive or Sunlight. Now there are countless brands that claim that they work better than each other.

Cleaners

Since becoming parents, my husband and I decided that we wanted a “cleaner” cleaning environment for our home. A lot of common household cleaning products have cancer-causing ingredients, and with family members and friends who have had and are currently suffering from Cancer, we wanted to do our best at avoiding adding poisons to our bodies. We didn’t want our kidlets to be exposed to the “take your breath away” fumes that so many cleaners emit and we didn’t want to have these chemicals come in contact with our own skin, so we chose to use more “natural” products. We also wanted to reduce the chemicals that we were contributing to the environment. When choosing cleaners, we tend to go for the more “green” types, but they still had bleachy fumes and they really didn’t work that great. I was still using a lot of elbow grease to get the soap scum off the inside of the tub. Eventually, I think I’d end up with one HUGE arm like the guy in “Lady In the Water” by M. Night Shyamalan. I even switched to using the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Now, this little sponge-like scrubber was great! Again, a lot of elbow grease was used, but I didn’t need to use cleaners with it. Unfortunately, it left bits and pieces all over the place like a loose mouse in the house. Who wants to clean up again after they’ve already cleaned? And if my toddler found the bits first, then we’d be in for a surprise then next diaper change.

I had heard about Norwex through the Mommy Groups in my community and on Facebook and thought, this could be exactly what I’m looking for.

Norwex

A little bit about Norwex:

We realized early on that household pollutants negatively impact our health and our environment. Most of the chemicals in cleaning and personal care products that people are exposed to every day have never been assessed for their impact on human health. Indoor air pollution is one of the top five highest ranking environmental health problems in America with chemical levels up to 70 times higher than outside. Research and information on the health effects of manufactured chemicals has not kept pace with their development and use.

  • In the last 50 years, the global production and use of manufactured chemicals has increased substantially. More than 80,000 new chemicals have been created.
  • Indoor air pollution is one of the top five highest-ranking environmental health problems in America.
  • Evidence shows homes have chemical levels up to 70 times higher than outside.
  • Most of the chemicals that people are exposed to every day have never been assessed for their impact on human health.
  • Parabens utilized in personal care for decades have been shown to have potential harmful effects.

What we do know is the harm chemicals have on humans is extensive. Most concerning are the growing links to chemicals that surround us in everyday life. They are linked to serious diseases such as birth defects, cancer and psychological abnormalities. Many today believe the extensive use of chemicals indoors contributes to many of our ‘modern’ diseases such as allergies and asthma.

Our mission at Norwex is to improve quality of life by radically reducing the use of chemicals in personal care and cleaning. In addition, the Norwex products make cleaning faster and more cost effective than traditional cleaning products.

I recently obtained several Norwex products to test out and I was actually gobsmacked at the awesomeness that these little beauties provide.

If I could give one word to the Envirocloth, it would be, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

This cloth cleaned my stovetop, my oil splattered cabinets, my microwave (inside and out, including the greasy vents for the hood fan), my 1970’s popcorn maker, and the top of our stacking washer/ dryer. I had to stop there because my kids were wondering where I was as I kept finding more things that I wanted to try it on. AND it is antibacterial!!! They have a silver agent woven into the fibres making it 99.9% antibacterial.

The Polishing cloth easily wiped away the awesome hand and face prints that don my mirrored closet doors and windows. All it required was some water and a good wipe and voila, shiny and streak-free.

The Baby cloth…I used this as a make-up remover cloth. Now, if you’ve ever hung out with me , you know that I can’t leave the house without “putting my face on”. This includes foundation, eyeliner and mascara. All awesome to remove without a little help. No match for the Baby cloth. No scrubbing, just wet the cloth, hold it on your eyes for a few seconds, then wipe away. Clean as a whistle.

The Odor Eliminator is by far my favourite. This splendiferous spray, tamed the most defiant beast known to man. The morning constitutional. A couple of spritzes and the washroom was once again safe to enter so I could put my face on.

The Laundry Detergent, left our clothes, bedding and towels smelling and feeling fresh without the use of fragrance and the awesome part, we only needed to use a tablespoon. And if you have a front loading washer, you only need a teaspoon!

The Dishwashing Liquid was a little less impressive for me. I found that I needed to use more than the current brand that I use, to get the greasy dishes clean. It did work great on the plastics, which I seem to have trouble with with my nemesis the dishwasher.

Overall, I was very impressed with the Norwex products that I test-drove. I look forward to trying more products out and seeing how they will replace my current “cleaning occupants”.

A friend provided me with a sample of the Sportzyme that I immediately handed off to my husband to spray down his hockey gear. If you have someone in your family that has hockey gear, you know that it smells like a combination of BO and a fish aquarium. The Sportzyme knocked out that stank and now the gear may reside in our home rather than the storage locker.

If you’d like to find out more about Norwex, please click here to find a consultant near you.

Tanya Davis  Norwex Independent Sales Consultant has provided a sample package to giveaway to one lucky reader, valued at $47. Please click on the Rafflecopter link below to enter. Contest runs from February 17-23, 2014.

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I’m not eating THAT! {Review} #Cheekychops Holistic Nutrition with Annie Anderson #YMCCommunity

Tell me if this sounds familiar.

You prepare dinner, call everyone to the table. After everyone is settled and prepared to dive in to the scrumptious meal that you’ve been slaving away at for the past hour (or so), and the kids pipe up, “This looks yucky! I’m not eating THAT!”

Picky Eater

You tell them that all the ingredients that are in their meal, are all foods that they like, and you proceed to list off said ingredients, but to no avail. Frustrated that they aren’t giving in and it’s getting late, you bust out the foods that they WILL eat and dinner’s done. Chances are you boiled up some noodles, made a silly monster from a Cheese String, rolled up a couple of pieces of deli meat and maybe managed to slice up a few veggies to round out the major food groups.

Wouldn’t it just be nice for EVERYONE to be able to eat the same meal at the same time?!

I’ve gone online to websites that specifically have recipes for kids, Annabel Karmel, weelicious, Super Healthy Kids, Canadian Living Moms, The Sneaky Chef , and several other Google searches for “healthy kids food recipes”, but my kids just won’t eat it. So frustrating!

Enter Annie Anderson from Cheekychops.

Cheeky Chops

Cheekychops is known for providing personalized, one-on-one assistance for sleep, potty training and general parenting advice, and now they have extended their services to include personalized holistic nutrition advice.

Annie had me fill out a quick survey for each of my kiddos, where I answered questions pertaining to their diets. We then had a telephone consultation discussing what the little ones are currently eating, how our mealtimes are (like where do we eat, do we eat as a family, are there any distractions such as TV) and when do we have our meals and snacks.

She made suggestions where we could change what goes on during our mealtimes, a few recipe suggestions and reassured me that I was doing a great job at what we are feeding our kids and that by just having them try new things, they will eventually start to accept what is prepared for them without argument. Sometimes it can take up to 20 times for a child to really decide that something isn’t their preference.

As a result from my consultation, I feel that Annie’s suggestions were ones that we can integrate into our family’s eating habits. She reminded me that having the TV on during mealtimes is major distraction for kids while they are trying to eat, which could lead up to lengthy mealtimes and the annoying job of constantly telling the wee ones to “Keep eating your dinner!”. Eating together as a family (hopefully at the dinner table, if your living space allows, which mine does not) helps create good eating habits, and your kids see how focussing on your meal and engaging with one another is far more important than a TV show. If there’s a good show on during dinner that you just don’t want to miss, set your PVR. Also, by having set meals, such as breakfast, lunch, dinner and 2 snacks a day, and eliminating “grazing” throughout the day, this will probably encourage the offspring to be more hungry at mealtimes and actually finish what’s on their plates. Having healthy snack options ready-to-go, will also keep us from just grabbing whatever is handy, which could possibly be a less healthy option like fish crackers or gummie snacks.

Cheekychops Holistic Nutrition Services includes help in areas such as:

  • Feeding babies and children: learn how solids should be introduced and how to ensure your child is getting all the nutrients they need for optimal health
  • Say goodbye to picky eaters: Custom-tailored strategies for turning a picky eater into a more adventurous one
  • Health issues: Addressing common health issues such as allergies, behavioral challenges, eczema & more, with a natural and drug-free approach
  • Customized food menu planning including recipes that are easy to make and cater to your child’s needs
  • Fridge & Cupboard Cleansing/Reading Food Labels: learn to decipher which foods and household products are healthy versus the ones that are toxic for both your child and your whole family (in-home consultation)

In addition to Holistic Nutrition consulting, Annie also provides sleep consultations for children 0-5 years of age. She services the Tri-cities, Burnaby and New West areas, but is also available for consultations anywhere in British Columbia.

Annie Anderson  from Cheekychops is pleased to offer a 10% off promotional  discount for either a telephone/Skype or in-home nutrition package consultation. Telephone/Skype option is open to anyone living anywhere, even outside of BC.  In-home consult is available for anyone living in the Greater Vancouver region, from Maple Ridge through to Vancouver. To take advantage of this offer-please email/phone Annie directly and mention promo code: nutrition03

Check out the link here to find out how a Nutrition Consultation can benefit your child:  http://www.cheekychops.ca/blog/2013/12/cheekychops-now-offers-holistic-nutrition-advice

 

Oh Canada! Our home and…blah blah blah. #YMCCommunity

Driving along in the family car and a favourite song pops up on the radio. Everyone The kids starts singing along at the top of their lungs and dancing in their seats, and Mom and Dad have a good laugh. Next time I must take some video footage to use against them in the future 😉

We go shopping and another familiar song is heard over the speakers in the store. Singing ensues and possibly a little booty shaking. No, I’m not afraid to get my groove on in public when I’m out and about with the kids.

A movie, that we’ve the kids have watched a zillion times, finishes and the dancey dance starts as the credits roll.

The national anthem begins to play and the kids stand there with the look of a young cow at a new gate. Blank stareWhy haven’t we taught our kids “O Canada”?

We don’t go to sporting events, so I suppose it’s never occurred to us to sing it with them. I remember when I was a kid in elementary school, every morning before we started class, we’d sing the anthem. My parents didn’t teach it to me.

Do your kids know the words to their favourite songs better than the national anthem?

Just in case you aren’t familiar with the lyrics or you’d like to teach your kids, here they are:

O CANADA

O Canada! Our home and native land

True patriot love in all thy sons command.

With glowing hearts we see thee rise The true north, strong and free

From far and wide, O Canada We stand on guard for thee.

God keep our land glorious and free

O Canada! We stand on guard for thee

O Canada! We stand on guard for thee.

When you gotta go…don’t do it at preschool! #YMCCommunity

This morning, preschool drop off went like clockwork.
We got there on time, took off our winter duds, put on our indoor shoes and signed in. Little lady went around and said “Good morning!” to all her classmates and we headed to the potty before Little Dude and I headed back home.
We get into the washroom, and BLAM-O, we are whacked in the face by a green cloud of stink!
There is no way that one of her little pals left THAT in there!
Ugh, we hold our breath and get through it, and make a hasty get away.
Out of the corner of my eye, I notice one of the Dads sneaking a sideways glance at me. We make eye contact and he looks away quickly.
Busted!
I get it, we all have to go, but for the love of all things sacred, DO NOT GO AT PRESCHOOL!

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Photo credit: NatalieDee.com