Bring the sexy back by flaunting your inner fireman. #RoomToMoveDanceAndFitness #YMCCommunity

After becoming a Mom over four years ago, my wardrobe has gone from boring, to plain old frumpy.

My world revolves around my kids and my priorities have changed in respect to my shopping. I now buy groceries or clothing for my ever-growing kids, but I seldom get anything for myself.

My “Mom Uniform” consists of yoga pants, a camisole, a t-shirt, a hoodie and my Bobs or a pair of flip flops, depending on the weather.

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Definitely not a look of sexiness.

For the past few months, I have been exercising religiously in preparation for my 20 year high school reunion. I’m noticing some great results, and am actually feeling a lot better about myself and finding that my clothes are looking and feeling better on me.

That being said…I’ve also gained a new confidence that never existed before. I’m less afraid of trying new things that I previously would have been too shy to try out in fear of drawing attention to myself.

So, I decided to try out a pole dancing class!

The class was called Stiletto Sexy. And yes, you do wear stilettos and yes, you do look sexy.

In the class you not only learn how to pole dance, but you are also shown how to dance with a chair.

Chair Dance

If you think of the movie Striptease with Demi Moore, this is exactly what you would expect.

The unbuttoning of shirts, the removal of ties, and the body moves that would drive any grown man crazy! We learned how to walk, twirl around poles, and move as though we were the sexiest creatures in the world.

I failed to bring my “sexy stilettos”, so I was the lone gunman squeaking around in bare feet. Not nearly as glamourous, but definitely better than the clomping elephant that I would have been since I seldom EVER wear heels.

Walking badly in heels

Scroll above to see “Mom Uniform”.

Next we moved onto the poles.

Again, more sexy walking, but then we got to do some twirling.

I was pretty surprised that I was able to keep myself suspended as I spun around. It’s all in the technique.

Pole Dance

At the end of the evening, I definitely felt muscles that I hadn’t felt before. This certainly told me that this is a full body exercise and that if done regularly, one would definitely get pretty fit.

Since this fitness class is all about moving like a burlesque dancer, chances are your spouse would gladly pay for you to take it, providing you practiced A LOT at home.

Room to Move Dance and Fitness is a specialty fitness studio, offering pole dance, unique fitness classes and fun dance workouts for women. They specialize in pole fitness, (pole dance, or vertical fitness if you like), but also offer a wide range of other types of fitness & dance classes. 

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Save your fingers…and your furniture! {Giveaway/ 2 Winners} #Munchables #YMCCommunity

When our first born began to teethe, we used the Razzberry soother, and various liquid filled teethers to try to ease her pain. We resorted to Camillia and Tylenol and they managed to get us through it. Several books, an ottoman, window sills and my boobs, all didn’t fair so well.

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Fortunately, her teeth poked through pretty quickly, so the suffering, and damage throughout the house ceased in a short period of time.
With kid #2, his teeth pretty much followed suit behind his sister. The first twelve came through quickly and mostly pain free. We still provided Camillia and Tylenol on the difficult days.
Unlike his sister, get didn’t turn into the family dog by chewing the legs off any chairs.
For the past few weeks, his eye teeth have decided to make an appearance. These new fangs are taking their sweet time breaking through, causing Mr. Gooberhead to gnaw incessantly on his hands and leave a trail of slime all over whatever he touches.
Poor Little a Dude.
Enter Munchables.

 

 

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Munchables jewellery products offer mothers a practical, convenient way to ensure teething relief is always at hand. Babies will appreciate the soft, flexible nature of child-safe silicone. Mothers will value the convenience of always having a toy within reach – no more searching . These trendy, easy to clean pieces are essential for every mother.

The wee man has already taken to these chew toys for humans, like a dog to a bone. This looks like the solution we’ve been searching for!

Munchables has generously provided Raincity Parent, two, yes two, Munchables silicone teething necklaces to giveaway to two lucky readers!

Love Bug Necklace

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Kids Rainbow Necklace

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This giveaway will run from April 28th to May 4th, 2014. Open to Canadian residents only. Enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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Playing games…an art form mastered by many. #AboutUsGames

I love a good Ladies Night.

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When you spend all day, every day with two kids who aren’t school age, a night off is a truly appreciated break.
Gather together your best girlfriends, spread out some delectable nibblies, and pour a glass, or several of your favourite “Mommy Juice”.
Instead of sitting around and clucking about the woes that your week had brought or complaining about your kids or husband, why not make it a game night?
When was the last time you played games (not the mind kind) with your gal pals?
About Us Games, has created a game just for Grown Up Girls.

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In this game, you must answer questions related to the grown up female species. It combines guesswork with good-old fashioned retail therapy. And what grown up girl doesn’t love a little retail therapy?
Expect to pee your pants from laughter while enjoying some quality time with the ladies when you include About Us Games Grown Up Girls Edition to your next Ladies Night.
Chances are, you’ll learn something that you never knew before and you’ll be able to channel your inner Cliff Claven at your next social engagement.20140420-214936.jpg

Date Night…what’s that? {Giveaway} #myBestHelper #YMCCommunity

Every parent needs a Date Night once in awhile.

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Unless…you have no child care options available.

Five ways date nights may strengthen couples.

(1) A date night is an opportunity to communicate.
(2) Date nights are valuable for their novelty.
(3) Date nights may strengthen or rekindle that romantic spark that can be helpful in sustaining the fires of love over the long haul.
(4) Date nights may strengthen a couple’s sense of commitment to one another.
(5) Date nights are a way to relieve stress.

The American Red Cross did a poll in 2012 that found that 55% of parents surveyed decided to stay home in the past 24 months, because they couldn’t find a babysitter.

I am totally guilty of this!
20140420-223505.jpg If you are lacking in the child care department, you should check out myBestHelper.
What they do? They make it easy and fast for families to find the right helpers, whether you need to hire a nanny, find a babysitter or are looking for a housekeeper. Their technology shows you not just who is available and affordable, but also people who fit your family’s needs. This makes it a better experience for the helpers too!
Why wait and put Date Night on hold any longer? Call myBestHelper and get connected to a babysitter that will work with your family’s needs.

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myBestHelper has generously provided Raincity Parent, a 3 Month Premium Account Subscription to giveaway to one lucky reader! The giveaway runs from April 23rd to 30th, 2014 and is open to residents of the Greater Vancouver area. Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below.
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Save the Date! {Giveaway} #Bellies to Babies Celebration May 4, 2014! #YMCCommunity

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Are you an expecting or new Mom?

Don’t miss out on the Spring Bellies to Babies CelebrationBC’s best and original tradeshow for new and expectant parents. Whether you’re a rookie or becoming a mom for the second or third time, this day is just for you! Dads and Grandparents welcome too!

See everything from stylish baby and children’s clothing; unique, baby gear; skin care; to postnatal classes and green baby products. It’s all at one show – under one roof.

Moms-to-be can participate in educational workshops. Rookie Dads can take part in our Daddy Diapering Contest. Varied support groups will also be on hand to answer questions for new and expectant parents.

Bellies to Babies Celebration™ will feature a wide variety of exhibitors and sponsors, over $2000 in door prizes. The first 100 Moms in attendance receive a complimentary diaper bag.  For attending one lucky winner will win the grand prize draw a $1000 shopping spree. 

Drop off your old or expired car seats at the tradeshow for recycling and help keep car seats out of the landfill. Sponsored by Usedvancouver.com.

Bellies to Babies Celebration™ supports “Breastfeeding is Best” and provides a breastfeeding-friendly environment for all.

Bellies to Babies Celebration™ takes place on Sunday, May 4th, 2014 at the Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive from 11am – 4pm. Admission is by donation to Vancouver Food Bank Basics for Babies Program. Donations include baby food, formula, diapers and baby wipes. Monetary donations also appreciated. 

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Sponsored by: Urbanbaby & Toddler Magazine, JRFM, Z95.3FM, CTV, Shop n’ Stroll Fitness, Vancouver 24 Hrs, Yoyomama, Usedvancouver.com, Movies for Mommies.

To Attend: Register at http://www.belliestobabiescelebration.com or call 604-908-8835. Follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/BelliestoBabiesCelebration for more ways to win.

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Bellies to Babies Celebration has generously provided a $100 Shopping Spree to giveaway to one lucky Raincity Parent reader, to be used at the Bellies to Babies Celebration on Saturday, May 4th, 2014! The giveaway runs from April 21st-27th, 2014. Please enter vis the Rafflecopter link below.

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Being a little “trampy” can actually be a lot of fun! #RoomToMoveFitness #YMCCommunity

Awhile ago, while scrolling through Facebook, I came across a post that friend had shared.

It was a fitness class that involved using a mini trampoline.

I was pretty excited by the footage and had to find a class near me.

A girlfriend of mine found a local one at Room to Move Dance & Fitness and I had to try it out!

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The program Jumping® is performed on individual trampolines. The basis of the class is the variously challenging combination of fast and slow jumps, dynamic sprints, balance and strength aspects and stretching as well. On the trampoline, these combinations become not only fun, but also a very efficient method of strengthening without causing impact on the knees.

I loved it!

However…my bladder was not a fan.

It was a super workout for my legs and it really got me into a good sweat.

Grab your girlfriends, climb into your favourite leotards and sweat bands and go get a little bit trampy.

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Let It Go! {Disney’s Frozen DVD Giveaway} #Urbanbaby&ToddlerMagazine #YMCCommunity

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Are your days filled with your little girls singing “Let It Go!” over and over…and over again?

Since the movie’s release, it has been a HUGE hit with little girls all over the world and a nuisance joy to parents everywhere!

Frozen, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s Ice Queen, tells the story of a fearless princess who sets off on an epic journey alongside a rugged, thrill-seeking mountain man, his loyal pet reindeer, and a hapless snowman to find her estranged sister, whose icy powers have inadvertently trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.

If you have not been persuaded forced to buy your little ladies their very own copy of Frozen yet, here’s your chance to WIN one for them. Urbanbaby & Toddler Magazine has generously provided a DVD to Raincity Parent, to giveaway to one lucky reader!
The giveaway runs from April 18th-25th, 2014. This giveaway is open to a Canadian residents. Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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