And just like that…another Christmas whisks by. #YMCCommunity

Another Christmas has come and gone…

Christmas is done for another year.

Kinda sad really. When December 1st hit, it was quite exciting to see the glow in our kid’s eyes as all the Christmas lights and decorations starting popping up. The holiday cartoons were in full swing and clogging up our DVR. The Christmas tunes were cranked in the van and our daughter participated in her first School Concert (queue sappy Mom getting all teary-eyed).

Christmas concert.

Note to self: taking a 2yo to a school Christmas concert when it’s supposed to be nap time, is not the best idea in the world. His teddy bear, soother and shoes became projectiles, beaning our fellow audience members in the heads. He pooped his pants 10 minutes into the hour-long performance and then had a temper tantrum and meltdown twenty minutes before it ended, causing us to make a hasty retreat to the lobby at the entrance of the school where he made short work of undecorating the school Christmas tree.

Cpt. Destructo

Our Christmas was pretty quiet. We got together with the family for a few dinners, visited with friends and absorbed as much of the festive displays and markets that we could possibly handle. Daddy even had holidays booked at the same time as school holidays, so it was even better that we could spend so much time together.

Now it’s time for all the Elves on the Shelves to go back to Santaland for another year and relieve parents from having to come up with yet another scenario to surprise this kiddies with.

Sparkles the Elf

The empty boxes and crumpled paper have filled the bins and the Christmas trees are being disrobed and put away, taken to the dump or chipped up for a local organization.

I remember when I was a kid, my friend’s Mom would leave a 6-pack of beer out for the garbage men so they’d take the entire pile of Christmas debris away, including the tree. I don’t think that happens anymore.

The kids toy bin is overflowing and they’re fighting who gets a turn with the new ones. I think it’s time to cull the bin of the forgotten toys and let them live their next life in a new home.

I’ve joined GoodLife Fitness and plan to go 3x a week alternating with running every other day. I plan to kick up my fitness level another notch to really get in shape for 2015. Hubby and I have made a pact to eat healthier and drink more water too!

I’ve stepped outside my comfort zone and got a new hair do. Something I’ve always wanted to do, but never felt brave enough to actually do it. I think it looks great and my friends have complimented me on it too! So there’s one step towards a fantastic new year.

My new do!

2015 is just a moment away and we plan to make it a great year for us! We have some plans in mind and we are going to make sure they happen 🙂

What do you have in store for 2015?

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

Every kitchen deserves a good set of cookware. #CirculonCanada

Being a Stay-At-Home-Mom and the Chief Domestic Engineer of my palace, I’m a little bit possessive about the tools of my “trade”.

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I spend a lot of time in the kitchen prepping and cooking meals from scratch for my family. Whether it’s baking, frying, boiling, sautéing or stir frying, my appliances and cookware certainly get a beating.

When hubby and I got married six years ago, we had cookware on our registry (as every couple does) and since then, I’ve killed several pieces from that set from using them so much.

I think my grandparents had a cast iron set that my Gramma used for decades. I think one of my aunts now has them. So a good set is important to have, especially when you are doing a heck of a lot of cooking.
/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/e2d/56378879/files/2014/12/img_3813.jpgCirculon is a top-quality cookware that has been around for nearly 30 years. They were the first company to introduce hard-anodized non-stick cookware, and the first hard-anodized cookware that is dishwasher-safe and suitable for all cooktops, including induction. Top quality DuPont Autograph non-stick delivers exceptional food release that reduces the need for oils and fats – resulting in healthy meals. Metal utensil safe, Circulon gourmet cookware offers a healthy cooking solution that is guaranteed to deliver long lasting non-stick performance and they back it with a lifetime guarantee.

Scrambly eggs

My kids LOVE bacon, and bacon grease gets super duper hot (once you get splattered, you’ll know what I mean), so the skillets I use need to be able to hold their own. It’s also nice to know that they won’t get destroyed if someone accidentally uses a metal utensil in them. And it’s great that these can just be tossed into the dishwasher to help save me from getting “dishpan hands”!

Be sure to visit the Circulon website to check out the fantastic products available as well as some tasty looking recipes to try out on those nights when you’re looking for inspiration.

I’m looking forward to cooking many more meals for my family in my new Circulon cookware!

Circulon cookware

A German Christmas set in the heart of Vancouver!

The merriment of Christmas has started showing up in the Lower Mainland! Light displays are starting to glow and festive events are beginning.

Vancouver Christmas Market

The Vancouver Christmas Market is back for it’s 5th year, bringing fabulous food, drink, gifts and entertainment. Running from November 22nd-December 24th, 2014, open daily from 11am-9pm (closing at 6pm on December 24th).

Glühwein

Bring the kids, grab a bite from Black Forest Delicatessen, Mom and Dad can enjoy a hot, steamy mug of Glühwein, go for a spin on the carousel and treat everyone to some dessert from one of the many sweet shops located around the market.

Carousel

Get some Christmas shopping done by visiting the lovely shops throughout. Hand-made soaps, jewelry, knitwear, toys, candies, ornaments and baked goods, just to name a few.

Shopping

Be sure to see the performances going on at the Pavilion Stage and the kids will love hanging out with Holly and Jolly between rides on the carousel.

Holly & Jolly

Make sure you say “Hi!” To Santa or you could end up on the Naughty List 😉

Chatting with Santa

Ticket Pricing

General Admission
Adult (13+) – $7
Youth (7-12 years) – $3
Kids (0-6 years) – FREE
Seniors (60+) – $6

Family Admission Combo $17
Two Adults & two Youth (7-12 years)

Christmas Combo $20
One General Admission
One Season’s Pass 2014
One Souvenir Mug 2014
Voucher for one Mulled Wine/Cider
Two Carousel Rides

VIP Christmas Experience $40
One General Admission
One Season’s Pass 2014
One Souvenir Mug 2014
Voucher for one Mulled Wine/Cider
Voucher for one Gift Item
One Standard Food Item
Three Carousel Rides

Location
Queen Elizabeth Plaza
650 Hamilton Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 2P1