Keeping the Kids Clean…Naturally. {Giveaway} #CocoAndTini

Kids are messy…

Got into the felts again

Whether it’s food, markers, sweat, mud puddles or poopy bums, they are like magnets for grime. It’s especially fantastic when during dinner (after eating with their hands), they decide to comb their little mitts through their hair. Or while trying to avoid being smacked by a flying toy car, your daughter’s pigtails get dipped in the ketchup glob on her plate.

Messy face

Not a day goes by without several wardrobe changes and the occasional “bath worthy” clean up. I’ve had my fair share of “natural disasters”, that it’s sometimes easier to hose the wee ones down rather than trying to wipe the works down with a pile of baby wipes. Better for the environment too!

Sandy pants

When it come to our kids, we strive to find products that are more natural than the stuff our parents used when we were kids. Not that our parents knew what we know now about the harsh chemicals used in bathing products and skin care for our little ones. We want them clean, smelling good and safe from the nasty chemicals.

Coco & Tini

Coco & Tini have a fantastic line of cleaning products for babies and kids. Their Body Wash, Bubble Bath, Conditioning Detangler and Shampoo all contain 100% natural-source ingredients and are dermatologist recommended. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Parabens, Propylene Glycol, Artificial Preservatives or Artificial Fragrances will never be found in any of Coco & Tini’s products.

We LOVE the smell of these products! The shampoo really get a nice lather and a little goes a long way. Our daughter has long hair, so every time her hair is washed, the fight against tangles is a tearful journey. The conditioning detangler is FANTASTIC at preventing those naughty little tangles from occurring. Using the body wash with a wash cloth really gets the grime off of our little dirt machines and leaves their skin soft and smelling fantastic. The bubble bath is a bit tricky…because they use natural ingredients in their products, it’s pretty hard to get a “mountain of bubbles” to form in the tub. They recommend squirting the bubble bath onto a “dry” tub where the water will hit when it comes out of the faucet. This will give the best bubble result, but you will still not end up with a massive amount. Not to worry, the kiddos will still enjoy playing in the tub with the bubbles that do form. Not to mention, the cute characters that adorn the bottles; Coco & Tini, Woosh & Hoopy (Shampoo), Bingo & Lance (Body Wash), Daphne & Lila (Conditioning Detangler), and Dash & Squiggs (Bubble Bath).

To purchase Coco & Tini products, you can do so through the website or find a local retailer through their handy dandy Store Locator button.


Coco & Tini have provided Raincity Parent with a 4pc Travel Set of the Shampoo, Detangling Conditioner, Body Wash and Bubble Bath to giveaway to one lucky reader! The giveaway runs from October 31st-November 7th, 2014 and is open to residents of the Lower Mainland of Vancouver, BC and the Fraser Valley. Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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Making Memories the Modern Way {Giveaway} #OneDayKids

There are BOXES of photo albums that my parents established back in the day.

Photo Albums

They are mainly full of memories made by my Mum and Dad, pre-kids. The parties had with friends, Christmas get-togethers, vacations to tropical destinations and the “bragging” photos of my Dad’s catch for the annual fishing derbies that he always cleaned house at.

Then my sister came along, and there were loads of pictures capturing her first few years. She was in fact the first grandchild, so she was completely doted on.

When I arrived, there were still lots of pictures taken of me, but not nearly as many as Thing 1.

Mum, Dad & I

Back then, when you wanted to take pictures, you had a roll of film and a flash cube (I know, what are those?). And then, these usually maxed out at 12-48 exposures. Needless to say, it was time consuming and expensive to take pictures during the Stone Age.

Kodak Pocket Instamatic


When we eventually got a Polaroid camera, we thought that we had arrived!

Flash forward, thirty years and enter digital cameras with massive memory cards and filters that make photographing your life more enjoyable. And if you can’t afford one of these magnificent pieces of equipment, we are able to capture ANYTHING and EVERYTHING on our Smartphones. You don’t even need to be a professional photographer to grab some amazing images. And with the available apps, you can enhance your photos using filters and other tools to make them unique and mesmerizing.

Video cameras have also come a long way since the Super 8. No more film, everything is digital as well.


There’s even a fantastic new app called OneDay, that you can download to your mobile device.

Using OneDay, you ask your child a variety of (age specific) questions that you capture through video on your mobile device and compile to create a mini movie that is so much fun to create.

My daughter and I had fun the other day while her little brother was napping…

Using the OneDay App, you can make memorable movies with babies all the way up to grown-ups. You can even create some of yourself to share with your children later in life.

Download the FREE OneDay App today, and start making memories that you will cherish forever.


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Check out the Lower Mainland’s Largest Hot Wing Eating Contest, Thursday October 23rd @ Wings #KingoftheWing


Wings Restaurants & PubsThis Thursday, October 23rd, Wings Tap & Grill in Surrey, will be holding the final round of the Lower Mainland’s Largest Hot Wing Eating Contest!

The final seven finalists will be gorging on piles of hot wings as they compete for the $500 Grand Prize and the coveted title “King of the Wing”!

The competitors

Wings has been a long-time supporter of the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, so for every #KingoftheWing mention on Twitter and Instagram, they will donate $1. And as an added treat, Sonny Bear the mascot will be in attendance to entertain the kiddos and support the competitors.

Wing in training

Be sure to pop into Wings Tap & Grill, located at 7124 King George Blvd in Surrey to cheer on the competitors!

And remember, for the duration of the competition, for every #KingoftheWing shared on Twitter and Instagram, Wings will donate $1 to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation!


You can start by Tweeting this:

“RT: I am #KingoftheWing @Great_Wings, in support of @BCCHF”

Who doesn’t love great wings?!

Who will be crowned #KingoftheWing?

All aboard for a spooky ride through Mother Goose’s Ghastly Garden! {Giveaway} #StanleyParkGhostTrain

Mother Goose's Ghastly Garden

The Stanley Park Ghost Train has fired up it’s engine again this Halloween with Mother Goose’s Ghastly Garden!

Take a trip through some of Mother Goose’s rhymes with a twist, where you’ll experience a collapsed bridge, a little girl terrorized by a spider and a hysterical mother living in a shoe.

You will travel over trestles and through tunnels as your venture through the two-kilometre winding forest.

There are theatrical performances nightly and other on-site activities. Pop into the Spooky Barn, go on a lantern-lit nature walk with the Stanley Park Ecological Society and visit the pumpkin patch. They will be having pumpkin carvings on October 14th and 21st and a costume contest on October 28th.

Running from October 10th to November 1st (closed October 13th for Thanksgiving), the train operates nightly with additional matinee rides Friday through Sunday.

On Friday – Sunday, a FREE trolley will be running every 20 minutes from 6-10pm from one of the five designated lots on the east side of Stanley Park to the Ghost Train.


Friday, Saturday, and Sunday matinees (11:00am – 5:00pm)
Matinee train rides include displays, but no live performances.

All ages $6.00

Children 2 and under FREE


Monday to Thursday evenings (5:30pm – 9:30pm)
Friday to Sunday evenings (5:00pm – 10:00pm)

Evening train rides include live performances and displays. The last train leaves 30 minutes before closing time.

Adult (18 – 64 years) $11.00

Child and youth (3 – 17 years) $7.00

Small child (2 years and under) FREE

Senior (65 years and over) $7.00

Admission fees include tax.



Raincity Parent has a 4pk of tickets to giveaway to one lucky reader! The tickets are valid for October 14, 15 or 16, 2014 only! The giveaway runs from October 11-13 and is open to residents of the Lower Mainland of Vancouver, BC and the Fraser Valley only. Enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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Potty training boys! Where do I start? {Giveaway} #LilMarc #YMCCommunity

When our son was born, it was a fantastic surprise!

We didn’t find out the sex of either of our babies while I was pregnant because we wanted it to be a surprise! How many of those do you get in your lifetime.

Baby On Board

Our daughter came along first and we were so lucky that she was such a good baby, toddler and preschooler.

Potty training went pretty smoothly for us, with minimal hiccups. She was diaper-free by 4 years old.

Sitting on the potty

As soon as the Little Dude arrived, my first thought was, “What am I going to do with that?!” Referring to his penis.

I grew up in a house full of girls and had zero experience with boy’s “bits and pieces”.

Changing his diapers was a whole new experience.

I have been honoured by being “hosed down” a few times, but I must admit, clean up is pretty easy. No crevices for poop to hide in 😉

He has now passed the 2 year mark and it’s time to pull on his big boy underpants. Little Dude needs to be introduced to the potty.

Boy peeing fountain

But boys are different. They stand to pee. It’s OK to sit to pee too, but why not show him how to pee like a big boy and Daddy. But when you’re only 36″ tall, standing to pee in the potty isn’t that easy. You have to pull out the step stool, and get your pants down before the front of the toilet and floor get hosed down.

Lil Marc

Searching the interweb, I came across Lil Marc.

Lil Marc is similar to a urinal that you would find in public restrooms, only potty training sized!

Lil Marc Training Urinal

Lil Marc Training Urinal

It can be used as a free-standing unit or you can mount it to the wall. Simple to use and easy to empty and clean.

Potty training our little guy is going to be a feat in itself, but I think it will be a fun and exciting time for him with the help of Lil Marc!


Lil Marc has generously offered to giveaway a Lil Marc Training Urinal to one lucky Raincity Parent reader! This giveaway runs from October 8th-17th, 2014 and is open to residents of Canada and the US only. Enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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Why I stopped bothering. #YMCCommunity

I’ve decided that my life is too busy right now for me to be bothered.

What I mean by that is…I’ve started to go au naturel.

August naturel

Not in the “no underwear, no deodorant, unshaven” kinda way, but I haven’t been wearing any make-up.

It’s been going on now for a couple of months. I started in the Summer because I thought getting a little sun on my face would cut down on the need to use foundation everyday. I also wanted to give my skin a break.

I started wearing make-up back in grade 8 and never stopped. I even went to cosmetology school to become a Make-up Artist.

So for me to be going “fresh face” is a whole new experience. Not just for me…

I’ve been asked if I’m tired or not well by people I know. I am not offended by this question because I know that they aren’t used to seeing me this way.

Now that our daughter has joined the ranks of Elementary School, I also have less time in the morning to fuss with my face. I’ve also been exercising a lot lately and joined GoodLife Fitness, so what’s the point in “putting my face on” when I’m just going to get all sweaty anyways and hop into the shower afterwards.

So when I do finally slap on a little rouge and lip gloss, it will make me feel like I’m pampering myself a little and perhaps receive a few compliments on how well and rested I’m looking 😉

Glammed up

Do you regularly wear make-up or do you prefer not to wear any?

This post was written as a part of the GoodLife Fitness Blogger Ambassador Program, however all opinions expressed are my own.

The Baby & Tot Show, Oct 18-19, 2014 at the Tradex in Abbotsford {Giveaway}

Is there a new baby in your family?

If your answer is YES, then you’ll want to be sure to check out the Baby & Tot Show at the Tradex in Abbotsford on October 18th & 19th, 2014!

B&T Show

There will be over 150 exhibitors to shop and sample from.

If you have a crawler in your midst, sign them up for the Baby Races where you can WIN a prize for the first baby to cross the finish line.

And just for the Mommies, make you you pop into the Yummy Mummy Lounge where you can learn the latest make-up tricks, check out what’s hot in the fashion world, shop and save on beauty products and also WIN prizes!

Anita Alberto Photography will be on site to take photos of your little darlings for the Photo Contest, where you can enter to WIN a $250 gift basket and possibly become the face of the Baby & Tot Show 2015!

Anita Alberto

If you’re bringing your active kiddos along to the show, check out the Kid Zone, sponsored by My Gym Children’s Fitness Centre.

My Gym

When it’s time to feed or change the little ones, there’s a Nursing & Changing Lounge available with complimentary diapers and wipes, courtesy of Costco Wholesale.

The Seminar Stage will be featuring:

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Kristen Yarker, MSc, RD is a child feeding expert who helps Moms and Dads support their picky eater to try new foods on their own   (without being forceful or sneaky). A speaker, Author, and dietitian, Kristen is a picky eater turned food-lover herself. Kristen worked behind-the-scenes at the BC Ministry of Health to create many of the resources that health professionals use throughout the province. Since 2008 she has been working with families to support them in providing good food for their kids today…and, instilling in them a life-long LOVE of healthy eating. Following Kristen’s teaching, parents learn how to get their kids to try new foods on their own without resorting to the forceful methods of the past, negotiations, or being sneaky. Get a taste for Kristen at STAGE TIME: 2:15pm


Modern Family Expo (1) Ricky Shetty is the owner and operator of the family-friendly website Daddy Blogger where he writes about parenting from a father’s perspective. Ricky will be sharing 3 Tips for Being a Better Dad. This will be a content-rich, engaging, and highly practical presentation. Ricky will be giving out a few copies of his Amazon Best Selling Book “Wisdom from Daddies: What I Learned from Interviewing 100 Dads about Fatherhood” to parents who will be attending. To find out more about Ricky, check out his website: STAGE TIME: 12:15pm




Marnie Huard – CheekyChops Sleep Consultant

Having experienced the negative effects lack of sleep has on a family and a relationship, Marnie understands all the challenges that come with it. Choosing Cheekychops Consulting to help her son sleep better was one of the best decisions she ever made for herself and her family.

Marnie is originally from Newport, Quebec, and moved to BC five years ago. She now lives in Langley with her husband, their very active son, and their dog. They are raising their son in a trilingual environment: French, German, and English. Marnie is fluent in both English and French. Marnie will be speaking about the about the myths of infant sleep and explain why they aren’t accurate and what should be done instead.  Visit her website hereSTAGE TIME: 3:00pm


square-photo-ginger500px (1) Justine Pearson, BA Psychology, CD (DONA) has been serving families over the past 15 years as a Birth and Postpartum Doula, Prenatal Educator, and Breastfeeding Consultant. She believes how a woman births her baby as well as her breastfeeding experience can greatly affect a family long term. She will be sharing practical ways to feed your baby with ease. Working with families, she regularly experiences how breastfeeding is most successful with up-to-date education and support. Justine has dealt with many difficult situations including; latch issues, breast and nipple pain, repeated clogged ducts, insufficient milk supply, multiples, and helping moms establish a stress-free pumping routine.  She is a passionate expert in the birth field who is gifted in what she does. Get her updates here. STAGE TIME: 3:45PM

Jaydene (1) 10 Reasons Why You Should Hire A Birth Photographer

Jaydene Freund is one of the first professional birth photographers in Canada. She’s been photographing births over 5 years and has captured nearly 70 births. Her photos have been featured in The Vancouver Sun, Globe and Mail, Canadian Family and Global News. After co-founding Canadian Birth Photographers in 2012, Jaydene has continued to establish birth photography as an accepted genre of professional photography.

10 Reasons Why You Should Hire A Birth Photographer will show incredible images that will promise to leave you inspired and wanting to birth again. See more at STAGE TIME: 1:00pm

vanessa Vanessa Wideski is a qualified financial security advisor holding her LLQP certification, she specializes in helping families to plan for their children’s future and to save for their education.

RESP, TFSA, GIC; with so many choices available, it can all be quite confusing, but it doesn’t have to be! When you attend our workshop you will learn the difference between an RESP, TFSA, and a GIC. You will also learn about the three main government grants that are available for your child’s education, did you know that all residents of B.C. are eligible to receive up to $10,000 in free government grants!?

Lastly we will also introduce you to a concept that very few are aware of, we’ve coined it “the million dollar baby program.” This workshop will explain these facts in layman’s terms making it very simple and easy to understand. New parents have a lot to think about when they’re expecting a new addition, we’ll take the guess work out of finances and help you make a well informed decision when choosing the best way to save for your child’s education and invest in their future. Click here to view her website. STAGE TIME: 11:30am


portrait Martin Sunderland is a Fire Inspector and Public Educator with the Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service.  Prior to joining the fire service he was a high school shop teacher working with inner-city teens, first in Ontario, then in Surrey.

Since joining the fire department, Martin has used his experience and training as a teacher to develop and implement a series of new initiatives designed to connect with youth and reduce injuries, property damage and other consequences connected with risky behavior.

He is a leader in the field of youth firesetting intervention and works closely with Abbotsford schools.  Martin has also found new methods of connecting with preschool and elementary school children about safety in ways they not only understand but remember long after he has left the classroom.

Martin is an experienced and passionate public speaker and has been a guest presenter at fire prevention conferences in BC as well as Washington, Oregon and Colorado. He is also a sessional instructor at the Justice Institute of BC. STAGE TIME: 1:30pm

Be sure to enter to WIN hundreds of prizes, including the Grand Prizes :  a Family Vacation and $1000 CASH PRIZE!

Ticket Prices

Ticket price includes: a reusable shopping bag (for the first 500 attendees in line each day), official show guide, access to all exhibitors, seminars, stages and meet & greets.

On-line admission rates:

Adults: $12

Children 12 & under: Free!

Click here to purchase online.

*Tickets will also be available at the door. Ticket sales at box office are CASH ONLY.
The Baby & Tot Show has generously provided Raincity Parent with a 4pk of tickets & a $50 Gift Certificate to give away to one lucky reader! The giveaway runs from October 5th-15th and is open to residents of the Vancouver, B.C. area and the Fraser Valley. Enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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Monkeying around Mommy-style! #WildPlay #YMCCommunity

When was the last time you acted like a kid?


Photo: Grown Ups the movie

I mean…not attitude-wise, but actually had fun and let loose?

Rode your bike and took your feet off the pedals? Danced or sang out loud to a favourite song that came on over the speaker system at the grocery store? Ran through the Spray Park laughing out loud? Or climbed a tree?

Last weekend, a bunch of fellow Moms and I decided to climb some trees!

It's a long way down!

It’s a long way down!


We threw on our big girl panties and tested our strength and courage as we navigated our way through a series of climbing skills, precarious bridges, ziplines, and nets. The harnesses that we doned, helped provide some more courage by adding extra security as we ascended higher at each level.

Getting warmed up.

Getting warmed up.

The great thing was, that if your inner chicken appeared, you could make your escape route at the end of the level that you were doing.


The course took us about 2 hours to complete and by the end if it, our hands and upper bodies were certainly feeling that they had been abused. A few of us even kissed the ground once touching down.


Here’s the 411 on Monkido at WildPlay Elements Park:

On the Kids, Buddy, or Classic series of games, guests navigate through the trees from two to eighteen metres above ground in “monkey-see, monkey-do” style. The experience involves climbing, zip-lining, jumping, and swinging across sections of log ladders, cargo nets, rope swings, tightropes, swinging logs, wobbly bridges, and more aerial surprises. As the course progresses, the obstacles gradually become higher and more difficult, testing physical and mental limits, before winding up with a huge smile and sense of accomplishment.

WildPlay Elements Park

The Monkido® Aerial Adventure is an independent activity, appropriate for people ages seven to seventy-plus. No previous experience required. Equipment, demonstration, course monitoring, and encouragement are provided by qualified Element Guides.
Every Monkido® Classic, Buddy, and Kids adventure includes:
Harness equipment designed to work specifically with all our course games.
Risk management training on a demo course to teach independent navigation though games and zip lines.
Sixty (or more) suspended games and zip lines; grouped by height and difficulty into colour-coded course sections (with exit points at each transition to the next level).
Self-guided pacing that provides natural and comfortable movement regardless of experience.
Trained and certified Element Guides who monitor the course and provide helpful obstacle tips (and encouragement) – from the ground (Private guides are available with advance notice, call a Guest Service Agent at any Park for details).
Healthy outdoor playtime for individuals and groups.
Unleash healthy outdoor playtime for individuals and groups!


If you’re looking for a challenging, yet fun experience, be sure to visit Wild Play Elements Park and find your inner monkey.

WildPlay Elements Park