Wellness for the entire family. #StrawberriesAndSunshineWellnessCentre #YMCCommunity

Have you ever visited a chiropractor?

Chiropractor

When I was young, I remember my Mum seeing her chiropractor regularly. I also recall seeing something on TV where the doctor was cracking someone’s neck so violently, that it scared the willies out of me.

I NEVER wanted to see a chiropractor.

Chiropractors are for back and neck pain, right? And I have never experienced either one.

I recently discovered that besides back/ neck pain and head aches, there are other ailments that can be addressed and may even be corrected by seeing a chiropractor. In fact, were you aware that ear infections, colic, asthma and even bed wetting in children are a few of these concerns?

Chiropractics for children

Typically adults are the ones going in for adjustments because they are suffering from some sort of pain related to their neck and back, but these problems could have originated, and possibly been corrected when they were children. A fall in their first year of life could be related to their discomfort as adults because they were not examined and/ or adjusted at a young age.

Strawberries and Sunshine Healing Centre

We paid a visit to Strawberries and Sunshine Healing Centre as a result of a question that I posed to my Mom Group.

“Has anyone experienced a regression to pants wetting by their preschooler?”

I asked this question because our daughter had begun to wet her pants on occasion and I wanted to know if it was a jealousy thing because she was getting less attention than her toddler brother. She starts Kindergarten in the Fall and I wanted to get this problem corrected as soon as possible.

One of the Moms suggested seeing a chiropractor.

I questioned how seeing a chiropractor would fix this. She suggested that it could be possible that our daughter’s brain and bladder weren’t communicating properly and this could be the cause of her pants wetting. Several other Moms in the group concurred with the initial response.

The Mom group that I’m a part of has a vast array of business professional Moms within it and Dr Nareeta Stephenson of Strawberries and Sunshine Healing Centre, just happens to be a part of this amazing group.

Dr. Nareeta is passionate about supporting families to find safe and natural health care options to help them live healthy, active lives. Using a holistic approach, including preventative care and lifestyle management, she focuses on improving patient wellness and quality of life, not just on treating symptoms. She is also devoted to helping kids with neurodevelopmental disorders, including ADD/ADHD, Autism, and learning disabilities.

Dr Nareeta discovered that our daughter has a shoulder and hip higher than the other and also has a few vertebrae that are out of alignment. She did some adjustments and our daughter’s mobility had some improvement. There was no discomfort during or after the adjustments. And that night, she had a fabulous sleep!

Our daughter has had two sessions so far with Dr Nareeta at Strawberries and Sunshine Healing Centre ,and so far, she hasn’t had a single pants wetting accident.

Help keep the kids from getting too crispy this summer! {Giveaway-2 Winners} #SunscreenBands

Do you remember when you were a kid, a sunburn was just part of Summer?

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I don’t ever remember having sunscreen being applied to me before I headed out for a day in the sunshine. My Mum used to slather on the Ban de Soliel deep tanning oil and go lay outside for hours.

Now that I’m a Mum, I wouldn’t thin twice about applying sunscreen to my kidlets before we went out. Even on cloudy days.

Cover your kids in sunscreen

We are now aware of the dangers that can come from too much sun exposure. Ultraviolet rays from the sun can cause some serious skin damage and can contribute to skin cancer. It is so important that we protect our skin by wearing appropriate clothing, hats, sunglasses and sunscreens that have a broad spectrum SPF of 15 or over.

UV rays and their effect on skin

Sunscreens should be applied 20 minutes prior to sun exposure and should be reapplied regularly, after swimming, exercise or excessive sweating. For more information on how to use sunscreen correctly, please visit the Canadian Cancer Society’s website.

A great tool to help remind you to reapply your sunscreen are Sunscreen Bands.

Sunscreen BandsSunscreen Bands are a safe, non-toxic, recyclable product that is used along with your sunscreen. They help monitor your exposure to the sun by way of it”s colour changing abilities.

Put on a Sunscreen Band, apply a sunscreen with an SPF15 or higher to your skin AND on the band. Go play or work outside and as time goes by, the band will change colours, reminding you when it’s time to reapply your sunscreen and when you need to cover up or get out of the sun completely.

Colour changing abilities

This technology is so great, that now I feel safer going out in the sun with my kiddos knowing that even if I lose track of time, the Sunscreen Band is there to remind me when it’s time to refresh our application or head for the shade.

It’s also a great way to get the kids to head home from a day at the park and hopefully avoid any meltdowns that normally occur when Mum and Dad say that it’s time to go 😉

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Sunscreen Bands are to be used with your own sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or greater and are not recommended for children under 3.

To purchase Sunscreen Bands, please click on this link to find a retailer near you. Or to purchase online, click here. There currently no retailers carrying Sunscreen Bands in Western Canada, but you can purchase them online here. Use promo code “SAFESUMMER” and receive FREE shipping in Canada and the US, and as an added bonus, you’ll receive a bonus sample pack! Sunscreen Bands will be available from Amazon.ca soon!

Sunscreen Bands have generously provided a set of 5 packs of bands to giveaway to 2 lucky Raincity Parent readers. This giveaway runs from June 27th-July 4th, 2014 and is open to residents of Canada and the US only. Enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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Reunion…20 years in the making. #YMCCommunity

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20year reunion 20 years ago, I finally broke free from the prison that was high school.

Those five years of secondary education were probably the most uncomfortable years of my life. I’m sure I wasn’t alone.

I spent a good chunk of those years trying to fly below the radar only to surface on occasion where I was the target of ridicule from a few of my peers. Most of us veered off into cliques where we made new friends and turned on our old ones. Unfortunate, but that’s how the teenage mind works and it’s a form of survival to make it through until the end of high school.

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I was fortunate enough to get out of Dodge early. I had enough credits to graduate early, so there was no reason for me to hang around any longer. But because I did, I missed out on all of the graduation events that occurred from then until the end of the school year. It wasn’t likely that I would partake in any of the festivities, but to be completely unaware of what events were happening, goes to show how little I was missed.

Fast forward 10 years. Not much had changed for me. I was in a newish relationship, but not married, no kids and no career to brag about. I was aware of a 10 year reunion being put on, but when I saw the RSVP list, I decided against going. In my eyes, 10 years wasn’t long enough for people to either have an established career, get married, have kids or better yet “grow up”.

No one revealed their secret crush on me from high school.

No one revealed their secret crush on me from high school.

Between those last 10 years up until now, I have come to terms with the memories that haunted me. I forgave those who treated me poorly. I now know why they did and said what they did and hope that the things that made them feel the need to be cruel to others back then, have gone away or improved and made them stronger people on the inside.

Facebook has allowed me to connect with people that I would have never considered a friend back then. I have seen snippits of their lives and allowed them to see mine. Maybe creating a better understanding of how each other gets along in this world. I have even connected with people who I knew from my first elementary school (which I only attended for 2 years), but was reacquainted with when our schools merged in grade 11. They had no idea who I was, but I remembered them.

Browns Socialhouse

Browns Socialhouse

Browns Socialhouse in Lynn Valley was the venue for our event, where we were treated to an array of delicious nibblies that would make your mouth water. The atmosphere was great and I would definitely come back for lunch, dinner or just drinks and appies with some friends. The extra bonus is, I went to school with the owners, so supporting some old school mates is definitely on my “Pay It Forward” list. Browns Socialhouse has 29 locations in Canada and Scotty Browns can be found in 3 locations in Washington State.

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Seeing the faces at our 20 year reunion, was a flashback indeed. Some people were a little unrecognizable, some looked the same, but everyone looked older. Some of the guys acted like their younger selves when they got together, old flames chatted about the past, former school chums reconnected and had a laugh, but more importantly, those of us who were intimidated by our past, were able to actually converse with people they would never have dreamed of talking to.

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Throughout the night, we ate, drank and were merry. I arranged for imageCube Photobooth and Videobooth to set up a photobooth so that we could capture some great memories of the night. This was such an awesome idea! They brought along props for us to wear and we had so much fun taking pictures! I highly suggest that for your next event you hire imageCube Photbooth and Videobooth. You and your guests will have so much fun and it saves you from having to spend the night as the event photographer.

Clowning around with a few friends...and maybe an old boyfriend ;)

Clowning around with a few friends…and maybe an old boyfriend 😉

I also worked my way around snapping shots of the alumni, so that we could share the evening with the grads that were unable to attend. I’m hoping for another reunion in 5-10 years, so that those that couldn’t attend or were unaware of the reunion, can come out and reconnect and relive the old days.

A roaming photographer to capture more candid pics of the alumni and a group shot for prosperity, are definitely on my list of “Must Haves” for the next one. And just to bring us back in time, we need to have the top tunes from 1994 playing in the background.

Me and my dearest, oldest friend.

Me and my dearest, oldest friend.

Have you attended or will you attend your high school reunion?

Super heros come in all sizes! #SuperflyKids

Kids love to dress up.

Photo credit: whatoexpect.com

Photo credit: whatoexpect.com

I remember when I was little, I would go through my Mum’s old clothing from the 60’s and 70’s and have a laugh at the weird things she used to wear. There were polyester bell bottoms, crop tops and even a big ‘ol bag of wigs! My best friend and I would piece together some outrageous outfits, plop on a wig and zip around the neighbourhood on our bikes or roller skates. We loved the attention that we drew and laughed until we cried and our faces and stomachs hurt.

Costumes have come a long way since the days of my childhood. They are more comfortable, durable, washable, and always available. We’d have to wait until Halloween came around where our Mum’s would go to Woolco and pick out one of those terrible one-time use plastic jumpsuits with the flimsy mask that was held on by a crummy elastic.

Do you remember these?

Do you remember these?

Nowadays, there are Princess dress-up sets and super hero gear that you can get for your littles to play with. They use their imaginations so creatively that one minute they’re having tea with their stuffies and the next minute, they’re racing around in the yard defending their playhouse from the evil lawnmower or hiding out in the pile of raked leaves waiting for and evil-doer to pass by.

Superfly Kids has a variety of dress up pieces that your kids will love to play with!

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They carry super hero capes and accessories, tutu’s and even capes for the big kids who still like to dress up.

Our little super hero loves to pretend while wearing his custom cape.

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He even protected his sister and I from the impending danger by the mower working in our local park.

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Then his big sister took a spin around the park practicing her super power of running “really really fast”!

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If you’d like to get your own little super hero his or her own cape, or perhaps a tutu, please visit Superfly Kids website. They can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

FIVE: #VMTop30 Gala

Earlier this month, I was honoured to have been nominated as one of Vancouver Mom’s Top 30 Mom Bloggers.

It was such an unexpected feat to be recognized as, first of all, a Blogger, but one of the Top 30 Mom Bloggers in Vancouver. A year ago, I would never have imagined being in this place.

Alas, I did not manage to get the coveted top spot, but I was in the top 10. AMAZING!

Congratulations Tamara Goyette!

Congratulations Tamara Goyette!

This amazing group of ladies were celebrated at the Jacqueline Conoir studio in Vancouver where we were delighted by a fashion show modelled by some of the Top 30 Mom Bloggers alumni.

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Seriously gorgeous clothing modelled by equally gorgeous ladies!

We were treated to some bubbly and chocolates from Chocolate Arts, and sparkly glitter tattoos, courtesy of Par-T-Perfect.

The lovely Bethany from Images by Bethany, was taking head shots for the attendees and the talented Vairdy from Vairdy Photography was snapping up a storm for the ladies as they donned props at the photo booth. Both of these ladies do such gorgeous work, I can’t recommend them enough. Please check out their work, you will not be disappointed.

Bethany and Vairdy.

Bethany and Vairdy.

I had such a fantastic evening finally meeting and networking with gals who, up until this point, were only virtual friends. It would be so lovely to collaborate with them on projects in the future.

If you have ever contemplated starting up a blog, I say, “Why not?”. Maybe next year we’ll be honouring you and celebrating your work. The world is your oyster.

Thank you to Ashlee at Revive Hair & Body Lounge, for doing my hair and make-up for the evening. And to  Crisp Media and Vancouver Mom for putting together such a fabulous event and for recognizing such talented Mom Bloggers throughout the Lower Mainland.

Photo credit: Vairdy Photography

Photo credit: Vairdy Photography

Our toddler’s current stage, in pictures. #YMCCommunity

Our toddler is currently going through the stage where he prefers to stay near or on Mommy.

This makes using two hands, preparing meals, going to the bathroom and utilizing child care at the gym or at Mommy functions, next to impossible.

Date night with Daddy will continue to be a no fly zone until this stage is over. Hopefully 6 months to a year.

These are a few ways that I like to describe this awesome stage of our toddlers life:

1) The barnacle.

1) The barnacle.

2) The lingering smell that just won't go away.

2) The lingering smell that just won’t go away

3) My shadow.

3) My shadow.

4) The Klingon.

4) The Klingon.

The baby koala.

5) The baby koala.

6) The Remora.

6) The Remora.

7) Gum in my hair.

7) Gum in my hair.

8) A stubborn stain.

8) A stubborn stain.

9) That song you just can't get out of your head.

9) That song you just can’t get out of your head.

 

10) The shoe streamer that goes unnoticed.

10) The shoe streamer that goes unnoticed.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my kids, but sometimes this Mama needs her personal space.

When it rains…it pours! And those puddles are AWESOME! #Kamik #YMCCommunity

To live in Vancouver, you really need to be OK with wet weather.

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And when it’s wet out, you better be prepared to get wet too.

Puddles turn into small lakes and kids can’t avoid them.  Even grown-ups can’t stay away sometimes.

The other day, we were treated to a spectacular event, brought to us courtesy of Mother Nature. There was thunder and lightening, but best of all…there was a torrential downpour! It rained so hard, that the sewer drains couldn’t ‘t keep up with the amount of water racing towards them. This made for some truly fantastic puddles and rivers to develop in our neighbourhood.

We donned our rain gear complete with our new favourite Kamik Raindrops rainboots.

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The rain was no match for these durable, yet comfy boots.

We splashed around until the thunder started to crash and then made a hasty retreat back to the safety of our home.

With the monsoon subsiding, our galoshes have been put aside until the next rain fall. They will definitely be going to Kindergarten this Fall. The kiddos will be learning and playing outside a lot, and we’ve been guaranteed that they will be getting wet and dirty. So our Kamik’s have been designated the “Official Sock Keeper Driers”.

The made in Canada, Kamik rainboots are not only waterproof, but they are 100% recyclable! When your boots have lived their life to the fullest, you can send them back to Kamik for recycling.

I love these rain boots for the kiddos! I don’t remember the last time that I actually owned a pair of rain boots for myself, so I think that I will definitely scoping out a pair for me too!

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