{{Giveaway}} Something to add to the Christmas List! #PlasmaCar

This week a special delivery arrived in the mail…

If you’ve heard of PlasmaCar, you know this is an awesome toy! If not, it’s time to climb out from under that rock!


PlasmaCar is an amazing kid-powered ride on toy that they won’t get enough of! It’s driven by inertia, centrifugal force and friction, which means no batteries, gears, pedals or power cords!

And the cool part…us grown-ups can ride it too! (As long as you’re under 220lbs, that is.)

Our kids love it! They are normally fighting over whose turn it is, but on the rare occasion, they to ride it together, taking turns on who does the steering.

Riding the PlasmaCar

Check out these fun, innovative toys at PlasmaCar.com and if you need to find some more toys for the kiddos on your Christmas shopping list, go to PlaSmartToys.com where you will find toys that will occupy, entertain and educate them!

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We have a PlasmaCar to giveaway to one lucky Raincity Parent reader!! This contest runs until December 6th, 2015 and is open to residents of Canada (excluding Quebec) and the US. Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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For another chance to WIN a PlasmaCar, pop on over to British Columbia Mom and enter there too!

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{{Giveaway}} Christmas in the Valley #NorthPoleBC

North Pole BC Festival of Christmas 2014 from Giggle Booth Photos on Vimeo.

The North Pole BC is the Fraser Valleys premier family Christmas attraction. The 2015 season will be the second year that Santa Claus and his Elves have transformed the space at the Tradex in Abbotsford BC into a magical Christmas village loaded with interactive displays, hands on activities and live entertainment to keep the entire family entertained.

North Pole BC

Photo credit: North Pole BC

The North Pole BC Festival of Christmas runs select days from December 4th through to December 23rd, 2015. Tickets are on sale now through the North Pole BC website. ( www.northpolebc.com)
Visits are to be pre-booked on-line to avoid disappointment as time slots do sell out quickly.

Things to Do:

  • Write a letter to Santa and mail it at the post office
  • Story time with Mrs.Claus
  • Decorate gingerbread cookies
  • Search for Santa who is regularly spotted around the North Pole
  • Make a toy in the workshop ( additional fees)
  • Photos with Santa available for additional fee, times are limited

To book your visit, please click here!

North Pole BC

Photo credit: North Pole BC

{{The GIVEAWAY!!}}

    • Enter to win a family pass to the North Pole BC.
    • Family pass is good for up to 5 people.
    • Valid from December 5th to 23rd for any available time slot.
    • Visit must be pre-booked and is subject to availability.
    • Does not include attractions outside of the North Pole, such as the midway and dining hall.
    • Parking is not included, parking is paid to the Tradex.
    • Fee is $6 of which $2 is donated to the Abbotsford Food Bank.
    • Pass does not include toy workshop or Santa photos.

This giveaway is open to residents of the Greater Vancouver and Fraser Valley areas, and ends December 4th, 2015. Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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Photo credit: North Pole BC

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The Tooth Fairy cometh! #YMCCommunity

For the past several months, our daughter has watched as her friends started losing their baby teeth.

She has been pining and I think secretly wiggling her teeth in the hopes of one becoming loose enough.

Yesterday it happened. One of her bottom front chompers became loose!

She freaked out! “Mom! I taste blood!” And the tears began.

By the end of school, the tooth was super wiggly and bleeding more. She was panicking!

Within 5 minutes, one of her afterschool playmates came running over yelling at me, “Her tooth fell out!” And our little lady, tears streaming down her face and blood coming from her mouth, arrived at my side.

Losing her first tooth!

I wanted to do something different than just a Tooth Fairy pillow, like I had when I was a kid. It may have been more along the lines of…the failure of having the ability to channel my inner ninja after a glass or two of “the kids are finally asleep” wine, and not wanting to have to try to sneak into her room, get under her pillow and do the ol’ swapperoo without waking her.

Months ago, I bought all the pieces to create our own Tooth Fairy Door, but I thought that I had more time before we needed it. Apparently, time waits for no one, so last night I stayed up late painting and assembling it.

Taaa daaa!

Taaa daaa!

We’re ready for you Tooth Fairy!

So what’s the going rate for the Tooth Fairy these days? I’d love to see what you when your kiddos lose their teeth!

What’s baking? Wacky Cake and Mock Whipped Cream Icing

When I was a kid, we didn’t have baked goods that often.

Clearly we were missing out, because now as a parent, I LOVE to bake! I was chatting with my Mum the other day and she told me that she had made a Wacky Cake. I remember eating this when I was a kid and it was soooooo good! Especially when you kept it in the fridge. The icing stiffened up like butter and was amazing when you took a bite!

Wacky Cake, Crazy Cake or Depression Cake is a type of cake that was commonly made during the Great Depression. The ingredients include little or no milk, sugar, butter or eggs, because the ingredients were then either expensive or hard to obtain. It’s super moist and über yummy!

Wacky Cake

Wacky Cake

1-1/2 cups flour (all-purpose)
3 tbsp cocoa (unsweetened)
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp white vinegar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
5 tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8″ square baking pan.

Mix first 5 dry ingredients in a large bowl. Make 3 depressions in dry ingredients. Pour vinegar in one depression, vanilla in the other and the vegetable oil in third larger depression. Pour water over all. Mix well until smooth.

Bake on middle rack of oven for 35 minutes. Oven baking times will vary, so check with toothpick to make sure it comes out clean. Cool.

Mock Whipped Cream Icing


1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup icing sugar
2 tablespoons milk or half & half
2 tablespoons boiling water


Beat butter & icing sugar together until light & creamy. Add milk slowly & keep beating. Add boiling water (must be boiling) little by little beating all the time.
Icing goes watery, keep beating for 5 minutes to thicken.
Flavour with vanilla.

Once the cake has cooled, top with the icing and place in the fridge. When the icing is firm, slice and enjoy!

{{Giveaway}} Santa’s Little Helper! #KaboodlesToyStore

Yep, it’s that time again…

Hitting up the chain toy stores armed with your kid’s massive list of all the toys that they “need” for Christmas, complete with detailed drawings.

I’m not really a fan of jumping aboard the current toy trends, so I tend to visit the shops that are unique and locally owned.

Kaboodles Toy Store

Kaboodles Toy Store is an über awesome place to get exactly what the kiddos will love!

Playmobil, Lego, Minions, board games, puzzles, wooden toys and even fun stuff for grown-ups.

Goodies from Kaboodles

From now until Christmas, Kaboodles Toy Store is running their annual toy drive in support of the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau, who supports families who can’t afford gifts for their children’s. You can participate in the toy drive by bringing in any unwrapped toy, or you can purchase some from any of the Kaboodles Toy Store locations, and receive a 10% discount when you do! All gifts collected will be delivered to the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau who will pass them on to families in need.

Kaboodles Toy Drive

In the spirit of giving…Kaboodles Toy Stores have given us a LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes Black Manta Deep Sea Strike play set to give away to one lucky Raincity Parent reader! Contest open to Canadian residents only (excluding Quebec), ending December 6th, 2015. Enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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What’s baking? Skinny Apple Pear Crisp

I love dessert, but don’t normally have the room in my belly after dinner and I’m trying to stay away from the bowl of Halloween candy staring at me!

A few weeks ago, I bought a grande bag of pears in hopes that the kiddos would enjoy the change from apples…but they have started looking a little sad, so I needed to use them up.

Here’s a recipe I tried. All I can say is, “Yummmmm!”

Skinny Apple Pear Crisp

Skinny Apple Pear Crisp

adapted from savorynothings.com
Prep time 20 mins, Cook time 45 mins, Total time 1 hour 5 mins
Serves: 6-8
To Make the Filling
4 medium apples, cored and cubed
2 firm pears, cored and cubed
1 tablespoon lemon juice
¼ cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground ginger

To Make the Topping
⅔ cups rolled oats
¼ cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons flour
3 tablespoons butter
¼ cup pecans, chopped
Dash of salt
Lightly grease an 8 x 8 inch square baking dish or spray with cooking spray. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
To make the filling add the cubed apples and pears to a large bowl and toss with the lemon juice. Stir in the remaining ingredients and mix very well. Add to the prepared baking pan and bake for 30 minutes or until the fruits have softened, stirring once halfway through.
Meanwhile, prepare the topping by mixing all topping ingredients together with your fingertips until coarse crumbs form.
Remove the dish from the oven and stir the fruit well. Top with the oat crumble and bake for another 15 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool for 15 minutes before serving warm.

Serve this up solo or add a dollop of whipped cream or scoop of ice cream.

FlyOver Canada Christmas, Nov 27-Jan 5, 2016

Santa’s elves are missing and he needs your help to find them!

Take a trip over Canada and up to the North Pole in search of Santa’s right-hand men and ladies with FlyOver Canada! You may even be delighted by some yummy smells as you fly over the Gingerbread Factory!

FlyOver Canada

While you’re there, you will be treated to the following:

• Santa Claus himself will be on site to greet guests and hear their Christmas wish list, December 12, 13, 19, and 21 – 24.

• Live musical performances by community, school, and group choirs will take place between 12pm and 3pm throughout the month of December.

• Delicious, holiday snacks and refreshments will be on sale, including Swiss-style nuts, Slavic Rolls, cotton candy, caramel apples, hot chocolate, and more!

Christmas at FlyOver Canada

Entrance times are every 15–20 minutes and the ride lasts around 20-25 minutes.

Hours of Operation

Daily 10AM until 9PM
December 24 10AM until 6PM
December 25 Closed
December 26 10AM until 9PM

Ticket prices are as follows:


General Admission:

Adult (18-64) $19.95
Senior (65+) $19.95
Student (18+ with ID) $17.95
Youth (13-17) $17.95
Child (12 and under) $14.95

Children must be 102cm (42″) to ride and accompanied by an adult or guardian over the age of 14.

To purchase your tickets to FlyOver Canada Christmas, click on this link!

*Exclusive Offer for FlyOver Canada Ticket Holders Only*

FlyOver Canada ticket holders will get the chance to enjoy the Vancouver Christmas Market for 50% off the regular General Admission price between November 22nd and December 24th. Simply show your 2015 Christmas at FlyOver Canada ticket at the Vancouver Christmas Market entrance in order to receive the discount. Valid for purchase at the market only.

FlyOver Canada

Vancouver Christmas Market, Nov 21 – Dec 24, 2015

One of my favourite events to attend during the Christmas season, is the Vancouver Christmas Market!

Vancouver Christmas Market

I love perusing the German market, checking out the handmade decor and gift ideas, as well as sampling the abundance of über scrumptious food!

The kids are most excited to ride the carousel and have their photo snapped with the Gingerbread Twins!

Vancouver Christmas Market

The Vancouver Christmas Market, located in the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza, 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, runs from November 21st until December 24th. Doors are from 11am to 9pm daily, closing at 6pm on December 24th.

Ticket prices are:

Adults $8

Children 7-12yo $4

Seniors $7

Kids 6 & under are FREE

Click here to purchase your tickets online.

Vancouver Christmas Market

What’s for dinner? Chicken with creamy mushroom sauce.

It’s been awhile since I shared my weeknight meal ideas! Life has gotten busy, so our dinners get repeated quite a bit.

I discovered this super yummy looking recipe yesterday, so I thought I’d try it out…

It was a hit!!!

Chicken with creamy mushroom sauce

Chicken with Creamy Mushroom Sauce

adapted from The Comfort of Cooking

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts or 8 boneless skinless chicken thighs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 lb. mushrooms, sliced
1 large clove garlic, chopped
1-1/2 cups white wine or chicken broth
2 teaspoons dry thyme
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/2 cup milk or cream

If using breasts, halve them and pound into 1/4-inch thick cutlets. If using thighs, just leave as is. Add flour to a large shallow dish. Dredge chicken in flour, shaking off excess.

In a large skillet set to medium-high heat, melt butter and olive oil. Once hot, add chicken and cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes per side. (Chicken does not need to be completely cooked, as you will continue cooking later in the recipe.) Remove from pan; set aside.

Reduce heat to medium. Add mushrooms and garlic. Sauté for about 3 minutes, until mushrooms are slightly limp. Add white wine and thyme, scraping up browned bits in bottom of pan. Return chicken to pan and simmer for 15-20 minutes.

Remove chicken from pan (Yes, one more time!). Stir in Parmesan, Dijon and milk until well blended. Return chicken to pan. Serve chicken with creamy mushroom sauce spooned over top.

I cooked up some fusilli pasta to go with the chicken, but it would be just as delicious with rice or potatoes. Don’t forget to add some veggies to the side!


Timberline Country Christmas, December 2-20, 2015

Have you ever watched one of those Christmas specials on TV that take place on a ranch and thought that it would be pretty amazing to experience a Country Christmas?

Well you wish has come true!

Timberline Ranch in Maple Ridge is having their second annual Country Christmas and you’re invited!

Timberline Country Christmas

Running from December 2-20, take the whole family out to enjoy a Christmas experience that the kiddos will love!

Enjoy a wagon ride, a pony ride, visit the petting zoo, grab a snack at the bakery, vote for your favourite Christmas tree decorated by a local business, play in Snowville and decorate your own ornament!

You will need to make an online reservation to this event, so please click on this link to reserve your spot.

Timberline Ranch