Keeping the kids dry on the “Wet Coast” #YMCCommunity #PuddleGear

Living in Vancouver, we’ve become accustomed to the “occasional” rainy day.

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The kids have probably come home from school soaking wet or they were driving you insane staying inside on a rainy day that you just had to get them out of the house.

Those nasty puddles or small lakes have a tendency to jump up and grab our little ones when we least expect it and drag them into the realm of “undryness”. Our washing machines are certainly being put through their paces every Spring and Fall when the clouds are at their fullest and can’t contain themselves like an overly full diaper.

An awesome way to help keep your little puddle jumpers dry is Puddlegear rain gear!

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These suits go right over top your kiddos regular clothing and keep them dry in the event of a torrential downpour or if you happen to stumble upon the “biggest and bestest puddle in the entire world”!

Puddlegear is raingear built tough so kids can play outside feeling warm, unrestricted and dry in their great looking rain gear. Turning puddles and rain into nature’s toys. When kids play they lose themselves in their imagination, weather won’t matter as long as they are warm and dry.
Puddlegear raingear is quality and function down to every last button and seam. And kids think its cool too!

100% waterproof
Machine Washable
Tear Resistant
Soft and comfortable
And there is a reflective flash for safety at night!

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Glam nails that you can do at home! #YMCCommunity #JamberryNails

When was the last time that you had the time and finances to get your nails done?

20140526-141240-51160488.jpgI refuse to go and pay to have a manicure done!

Every time I have one done, I ALWAYS destroy it within minutes! Whether it’s getting my money out to pay for it, grabbing my car keys or putting on my coat, it never fails, I always ding them up!

What a waste of money, in my eyes.

Being a busy Mom of two under 5, I don’t have the money or time to spend getting my nails done, and letting them set to ensure a lasting set of gorgeous nails.

Or do I…?

A girlfriend recently introduced me to Jamberry Nails.

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Jamberry Nails are nail wraps that you can apply at home for WAY less than you would pay for at a nail salon. There are hundreds of patterns and colours to choose from. So if you want to match your mood, outfit or season, you can change up your nail styles in no time and not break the bank, or lose precious time away from your kids.

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To get your own set of Jamberry Nails, you can go online and find a consultant near you.

Tracy’s Jamberry Nails has generously offered a set of Jamberry Nail wraps to one lucky Raincity Parent reader! This giveaway runs May 28th – June 4th, 2014 and is open to Canadian residents only. Enter via the Rafflecopter link below.
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Contact Tracy directly at http://www.facebook.com/tracysjamberrynails to get FREE shipping! Available from now until the end of June.

I never thought I’d amount to much…now look what I’ve gone and done! #YMCCommunity #VancouverMomTop30

Vancouver Mom Top 30 Blogger 2014

Vancouver Mom Top 30 Blogger 2014

Last Fall I decided that I was going to try out this whole “blogging” thing. I had started my Facebook Page back in November 2010, where I shared links to websites, contests, funny pictures and posts, local events, recalls and pretty much anything that I found relivent to being a parent or caregiver.

I originally thought, “There’s no way that I can do this! I’m a blurber, not a blogger. I can usually spout off a sentence or two, but not an entire blog post.”

Well, one day I sat down and a whole pile-o-drivel came spilling out and alas, Raincity Parent the blog was born.

I have two kids under 5 running around under my feet, needing my constant attention, pulling me this way and that, and essentially draining every ounce of energy from my body on a daily basis.

I regularly send emails to myself with post ideas because when I finally get a chance to sit down and type one out, 9 times out of 10, I’ve completely forgotten what it was.

Some days, when I’m reading our daughter her bedtime story, I find myself dozing off. This is usually when I say to myself, “I’m going to bed early tonight!”

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Mombie

Never happens though.

After she’s tucked in, I throw on my runners (as long as hubby isn’t away for work) and go for an hour run to get in the “me time” that I’ve earned that day. Upon my return, a shower, a glass of wine (if I’m lucky to have some in the house) and hopefully my mind is still capable of conjuring up a little something something to share via the blog.

I have days or weeks where the ideas lay dormant, but eventually they surface and “Bazinga!” off we go. Thank goodness for the scheduler, because there are some definite dry spells followed by a tsunami of thoughts.

Well, guess what

I’ve been nominated as one of Vancouver Mom’s Top 30 Mom Bloggers for 2014!
Little ole me, who didn’t have much to say, has done something I never imagined I’d ever do.

It just goes to show that if you put your mind to something, good things can happen to you!

From now until June 6th, 2014, you can vote for your favourite Mom Blogger from the Vancouver area. I’m in the company of some fabulous bloggy Moms and a few of them, I even call my friends.

Good luck to all the competitors, but really…in the end we’re all winners just being nominated!

The competition!

The competition!

Life with boys…a whole new bucket of worms..literally! #YMCCommunity

When I was growing up, it was a house of three girls. My Mum, my sister and I.

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I was the “man of the house”. Doing the lawn mowing, fixing things and being the one who got the dirtiest.

Definitely a tomboy.

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As far as living with boys, I didn’t have any experience until my late teens and by then, they had found their independence and really weren’t at home a whole lot.

Fast forward twenty years and there is a wee lad co-existing in our home.

His older sister was a handful, but I NEVER expected in a million years, what a little boy brings to the equation.

A boy is a noise with dirt on it

The noise, the aggression, the energy, the destruction.

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It’s enough to drive one to drink. Wait a minute…it has.

After a full day of a nearly 2 year old and a 4 year old going on 16, and especially if hubby is away for work, this Mama definitely needs to put her feet up and shake off the day.

Some days I feel as though the life has been completely drained from me.

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If I was looking for a way to lose the baby weight that I’m still carrying around, having a little boy running around is definitely gonna do it for me! The attention being required is far greater than when our daughter was his age.

Daily I’m finding things broken, crushed, and dirty.

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I think we’ll have to replace all our dishes with plastic ones, and we’ll be drinking from spill-proof travel mugs.

Do you have a little dude in your home? Do you find them more exhausting than you ever imagined?

 

 

 

Everyone deserves a good night’s sleep! {Giveaway} #KidFitPillow #YMCCommunity

I remember when I was a kid, my first pillow was the “dead pillow”.

This pillow was one of my Mum’s old pillows. When she upgraded her own, I got the hand-me-down.

It was flatter than a pancake and really couldn’t be classified as a pillow. I don’t know if they had the regulations for pillows for kids like we do nowadays, but chances are, since I don’t even recall using a car seat or a seat belt back then, the guidelines for kids and pillows was probably pretty grey.

When my husband and I felt that our daughter was ready for her own pillow, I decided to carry on with tradition. I gave her my “dead pillow”.

I’ve never seen a kid-sized pillow anywhere…until now.

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The KidFit Pillow was designed to fit and properly support a child’s head and neck as they grow.

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The KidFit Pillow is built around a top-quality, perforated memory foam with holes that allow for airflow and better temperature regulation. This is great for us as both our kids are mini furnaces and ALWAYS sweat at night, even in the dead of Winter.

The cover of the memory foam is removable and washable and the cover for the pillow itself, is ultra-plush, hypo-allergenic, and machine washable.

Our daughter has been using her KIDFIT Pillow for the past week and she’s had a much better sleep. She’s not waking as often and when asked in the morning, she says that she feels well-rested.

The KidFit Pillow comes in 3 Stages:

Stage 1: for kids 2-4yrs old

Stage 2: for kids 5-7yrs old

Stage 3: for kids 8-11yrs old

Your kids sit in car seats made for them, so why would you let your kids not sleep on a pillow just for kids?

KidFit Pillow has generously provided Raincity Parent with a KidFit Pillow to giveaway to one lucky reader! This giveaway is open to residents of Canada and the US only and runs from May 14th-21st, 2014. Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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The KidFit Pillow is a recent PTPA Winner.

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It just comes with the territory of having babies… Not true! #PelvicFloorWeakness #YMCCommunity

If you’ve ever given birth, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.

My Mum has it, my sister has it, my girlfriends have, it’s just a part of life now after having babies. Right? Nope!

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After being pregnant, having a baby or being overweight or obese, many women experience “leakage”. This can happen during exercise, sneezing, coughing and even laughing too hard. You may also find that you need to pee more frequently and urgently, and on occasion, not get to the potty in time! How about farting by accident in the middle of yoga class or when you’re in the vicinity of some uber gorgeous man? Have you starting having issues going #2? What about having sex with your partner? Has it become uncomfortable or even painful?

Did you just fart?

Did you hear that?

If you said “Yes!” to any or all of the above, then you probably have a pelvic floor problem.

What is a pelvic floor problem? It’s when your pelvic floor (the group of muscles that hold your bladder, uterus, vagina, and rectum in place) become stretched, weakened or even too tight and don’t function properly.  The most common types of dysfunction are stress incontinence (leaking with exertion) and pelvic organ prolapse (when the internal organs protrude into and eventually out of the vagina). Stats will tell you around 33% of women have pelvic floor challenges but because it is a taboo subject it is often not reported so the real number is likely much higher.  

Types of Pelvic Organ Prolapse

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, your first line of defence should be seeing a pelvic floor physiotherapist – you do not need a referral and it is covered by extended health if you have physiotherapy benefits.  A gynaecologist may also be helpful if surgery is required and if so, a pelvic floor physiotherapist should remain part of your pre-hab and re-hab care before and after surgery.  

Recently I decided that after years of suffering from “leakage” after having my babies, I wanted to get this issue under control. I hated buying extra pads because of my new desire for exercise. Every time I did high impact moves like running and jumping, my bladder became my worst enemy.  After having my first child, whenever I’d attend a fitness class, I would suffer from “leakage”.

Pee during exerciseTotally embarrassing!

Even though I’d pee before class started, as soon as a high impact exercise began, I’d be wetting myself like a dog kept indoors all day, excited to see his owner come home from work.

I thought that this was the new me and the only way to deal with it was to wear a pad during exercise.

I decided that this really sucked and made an appointment with Kim Vopni at Pelvienne Wellness.

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Kim is a Certified Personal Trainer, a Certified Pre/Post Natal Fitness Consultant, a Certified Fitness For Fertility Specialist, a Certified Pfilates Instructor and is trained in the Hypopresive Method. She is also a Trained Post Partum Doula which has many clients referring to her as The Fitness Doula.  

She asked me questions regarding my pregnancies and deliveries and had me do a series of movements to see how my body was moving.

When our session was done, Kim recommended that I make an appointment with a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist.  She recommends all of her clients do so and she advises that you should schedule a pelvic floor assessment with your physio every year as a proactive approach. There is a list of Pelvic Floor Physiotherapists across Canada available on the Pelvienne Wellness website.

If you do have pelvic floor issues and you are into fitness, here is a list of exercises that you can do and also ones that you should avoid:

Pelvic floor safe cardio exercises

  • walking
  • swimming
  • seated cycling
  • cross trainer (low resistance)
  • low intensity water aerobics
  • walking in the water, and
  • low impact exercise classes.

Cardio exercises to avoid

  • running
  • jumping
  • star jumps
  • skipping
  • boxing
  • high impact exercise classes that involve running and jumping, and
  • sports involving stop-start running and rapid direction change (e.g. tennis, netball, basketball, hockey, touch football).

I have also stumbled across an App for pelvic floor-friendly exercises that you may find helpful.

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For Apple users.

For Android users.

I think that the authors of the pregnancy books, that we all pick up when we find out that we’re expecting, should really include information regarding your pelvic floor, for during pregnancy and after delivery. The information should be provided towards the beginning of the book so that you can start the exercises early to help prevent injury, strain and tearing of your lady parts once your baby decides to make it’s way into the world. Women don’t tend to know about ways of prevention until AFTER they give birth, and by then it could be more difficult to correct. Kim Vopni also offers workshops in person and via skype called Prepare To Push, where she covers the preventative information. This will also be coming out as a book in early Fall.

For more information about pelvic floor health, please visit the Pelvienne Wellness website.

 

Fundraising with junk food. It’s time for a change. #YMCCommunity

This year, our daughter is now eligible to participate in organized sports.

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On the first day for each of the sports that we’ve signed her up for, they’ve advised us that we are to do fundraising for the association that we are a part of.

Guess what they give us?

Yep…chocolate bars! And not your average size chocolate bars, but the family-sized ones that they offer at the movie theatres. We were only given four to sell at $5 a pop, but that’s not my point. And chances are…the parents just pay for the entire lot and tuck it away to snack on themselves.

Fundraising chocolates

Even preschools and organized clubs for kids, fund raise by selling chocolates and cookies.

Girl Guide Cookies

I’ve done a post about school fundraising before.

Now, in this day and age, more and more parents are choosing to provide healthy snack options to our kids rather than candy loaded with sugar.

Having your child in an organized sport or dance club, promotes a healthy lifestyle through exercise. I know I’m not the only one that knows that exercise and healthy eating go hand in hand.

So why are we using our kids to sell this junk?

There are many more options to fundraising that don’t involve junk food. Healthier snack options, raffles, car washes, bottle drives, fresh fruit sales, the list goes on. It only takes a minute to Google “healthy fundraising options“.

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Farm to school fundraisingI think it’s time that the organizers of these clubs rethink how they set up their fundraising. But it’s going to be up to the parents to encourage and demand these changes.

How do you feel about the way fundraising is done where your kids are involved?