{{Giveaway + Promo Code}} Healthy Family Expo, Saturday March 6th, 2016

Healthy Family Expo 2016 Is Bigger & Better Than Ever!

I’m so excited for the Healthy Family Expo this year!

It will be my first year attending and I’m looking forward to seeing all the amazing vendors, as well as the activities and entertainment planned for the kiddos!

Healthy Family Expo

The 3rd annual Healthy Family Expo returns to the Vancouver Convention Centre on Sunday March 6th from 10am – 5pm. It’s a fun-filled day for Lower Mainland families with kids aged 0-12 offering small steps & simple solutions to healthy, active, eco-friendly living, including:

  • 100+ Exhibitors, Shopping & Food Sampling
  • Biggest Active Kid Zone in the Lower Mainland, with climbing wall, giant hamster ball track, fire truck bouncer, run bike & sportball areas, animal safari, DANCEPL3Y classes & more!
  • Bobs & LoLo concerts at 11 am and 12:30 pm
  • Jessie Farrell concert at 3 pm presented by Bolthouse Farms
  • $15,000 Grand Prize Showcase, including a 1-year lease on a Toyota Prius c
  • On-site hybrid vehicle test-driving with Toyota Canada
  • Seventh Generation Baby Feeding & Changing Lounge & Active Baby Stroller Parking
  • First 200 attendees receive child day ticket to the Sea to Sky Gondola
  • Advance tickets are entered to win a $200 shopping spree at the Expo!
  • $1 from each ticket sale supports the Canucks Autism Network.

RSVP that you’re GOING in the Expo Facebook Event to win thousands in prizing before the big day! Tickets: $12 in advance (www.healthyfamilyexpo.com/tickets or at Whole Foods Market or London Drugs) $15 cash at the door, kids under 12 are FREE!

Healthy Family Expo

To kick off pre-Expo celebrations, Healthy Family Expo partners have teamed up to give one lucky Lower Mainland winner a healthy family prize package valued at over $1000, including:

Enter through Rafflecopter below! Open to Vancouver Lower Mainland and Sea to Sky Corridor residents. Winner will be announced at the Healthy Family Expo Facebook Party on March 3rd , 2016, and must collect prizes at the Expo at the Vancouver Convention Centre on March 6 th , 2016.

 

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Just for you, my loyal readers, I have a special PROMO CODE to share with you! You can get 2 for 1 tickets by using PROMO CODE “RCP241”! Click on the image below and enter the code upon checkout!

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Sometimes the grey clouds just have a way of sneaking in. #TheGoodMotherProject

Post partum depression and anxiety suck!

I know, because I suffered first hand.

Feeling blue

When our daughter was born six years ago, I thought that being a Mom was the best thing ever! A few days in, I was a total mess!

I was uber tired, exhausted, and I felt so overwhelmed.

Hubby did what he could to help, but I was the food source for our little lady and the frequent feedings certainly occupied a lot of our time.

I recall sitting on the couch all day with our new baby in my lap or on my boob, tears flowing freely down my cheeks. I felt alone and at a loss of how I should be spending time with this precious little being. I had no Mom friends to talk to and no family members that could help me. My husband was so worried about my mental health and tried so hard to help me get my head above water. I just could not shake the blues and worries away.

So tired

Finally we went in to the doctor for a chat. She referred me to B.C. Women’s Hospital where I was assessed and it was discovered that I was experiencing post partum anxiety. I then saw a therapist who taught me the tools to handle my anxieties. I had to force myself to do the “Mommy Firsts”. Bum changes, feedings, naps outside of the comfort of our home, were some of the firsts that I struggled with, but once I accomplished these simple tasks, the worries began to ease off.

I had heard of post partum depression, but when I was feeling my worst, I had no idea what to do. I went online to look for support and discovered the Pacific Post Partum Support Society, but was too afraid to contact them. I really wish that I had at the time…it probably would have shortened my suffering and made my life more bearable.

Post partum depression awareness has really come a long way and the support available is fantastic.

The Good Mother Project

The Good Mother Project, founded by Eran Sudds, is a network for mothers to support each other going through similar hardships.

On November 14th, The Good Mother Project will be holding a photo event as a way to raise money for the Pacific Post Partum Support Society.

Mothers and their children are invited to attend and have their photos taken while holding up signs that read “You are amazing” and “You are a good mother” as a way of sending positive and empowering messages to other participants as well as those viewing the images.

The Good Mother Project Photo Event will be held in Vancouver at the Scotiabank Dance Centre at 677 Davie St. from 2:30pm to 6:30pm. To register for your session, please click here. Tickets are $50 per session with FREE makeup touch-ups, coffee and snacks.

The Good Mother Project Photo Event

Sleeping in the car, just became WAY more amazing!! {{Giveaway}} #SlumberSling

You’ve got everyone all packed into the “family mobile” and you’re off on your next journey to wherever…

Errand running, out and about for the day around town, or the epic road trip that will more than likely consist of multiple stops for potty breaks, snack attacks, the retrieving of “misplaced” toys, shoes, binkies or blankies, or, changing the DVD for the gazzillionth time.

Hopefully this will include an interlude of quietness from the backseat when the mites drift off into a nice slumber, so Mum and Dad can have a moments peace or, Heaven forbid, listen to some grown-up tunage!

I honestly don’t know how kids can sleep so soundly hunched over in their car seats! Necks craned over and heads rolling around at every curve. Clearly, their made of rubber!

Enter Slumber Sling!

Sleepy Dude

These fantastic straps to help keep your kiddos heads in the “upright and locked position” during those unexpected slumber sessions that can sneak up on them. They come in several cute designs, fit around car seats and are suitable for the bigger kids too. I think that for our next road trip, I might use one for myself too so I don’t end up with a sore neck myself!

Slumber Sling has passed safety requirements in a professional crash test. It is hand made from organic cotton in the USA. Click here to purchase yours today.

Slumber Sling

{{GIVEAWAY!!!!}}

Ash & Alys Babes has given Raincity Parent one of their fantastic Slumber Slings to giveaway to one lucky reader!!!

Slumber Sling Foxy Dots

Enter via the Rafflecopter link below. Contest open to Canadian residents only, excluding Quebec.

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Quality under duds and casual wear that are comfy and ethical. {20% DISCOUNT CODE} #UNDERABLES 

I love to wear clothes that are comfy and casual.

In fact, if I could wear pajamas all day, I would do it!

UNDERABLES

I recently discovered UNDERABLES. They are an online boutique specializing in sleepwear, intimates and cozy apparel that are hand-picked by them, just for you and your family. They buy from quality suppliers that use sustainable materials and have ethical practices for the farmers and the workers that produce these products.

You can shop for underwear, pajamas, and loungewear available for both kids and grown ups. All orders are shipped from Vancouver, BC.

Our daughter loves the Goat-Milk tartan pants that we got her! They are comfy, and can been worn as play clothes or pj’s. They are very functional clothing!

Goat-Milk leggings (back)

 

Goat-Milk leggings (front)

Some of the brands available from UNDERABLES are:

Goat-Milk

Goat-Milk

Moi

Moi

Punjammies

Punjammies™

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Alpine Baby

Alpine Baby Co.

ALAS

ALAS

There are so many great pieces available for the whole family! I definitely plan on ordering some more clothing from UNDERABLES for my family!

You can visit UNDERABLES website here or check them out on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram.

Until June 30th, UNDERABLES is offering all Raincity Parent readers a 20% discount on your entire purchase! Please enter promo code “RCP20” at checkout online to recieve your discount!

UNDERABLES

 

The #OneDay4Android App has arrived!

If you remember last fall, I wrote a post about the OneDay App for iOS.

Now, Android users can get in on the fun!

OneDay App 4 Android

With the OneDay app, you can create memorable videos of your kiddos that you can share with your friends and family or save them to look back at later on.

Choose from the several suggested topics and get your kids to answer some questions or come up with your own and see what they say. It’s amazing at what they talk about and I look forward to re-watching the videos as my kids get older.

Perhaps this will be footage used at their weddings. Dun dun duuuuun! 😉

To download the OneDay app for Android, click here. Unfortunately, it isn’t available in Canada just yet, but it will be shortly so stay tuned.

Firing up the Christmas spirit with the kids! #BobsAndLolo #Santa #LTC

This morning we surprised the kiddos with a Meet & Greet with Bobs & Lolo followed by a performance, a Santa Claus Parade and photos with the jolly ‘ol guy himself!

Bobs and Lolo

Thanks to Kerry over at Crunchy Carpets, we were honoured to meet Bobs & Lolo, receive a signed copy of their new album “Wave Your Antlers” and have a picture taken with these two lovelies!

After attempting some more photos of the kids with Frosty and Rudolph…

Zero co-operation!

Zero co-operation!

Bobs & Lolo performed some of their fun-filled songs for the throngs of kiddos in the audience.

Santa arrived and a musical parade made it’s way around Lougheed Town Centre!

We were so fortunate to skip to the front of the line to have a photo taken with Santa (thanks again Kerry!) The kiddos were so excited to FINALLY get to see Santa, that when it was their turn for a visit…they both clammed up and became star-struck.

We got the shot after several “Yoo hoo!’s”. It’s pretty fun trying to get both kids looking in the same direction, getting them to smile and sit still for thirty seconds.

Santa's fan added a little movement to the photo. Including little Dude's Alfalfa hair do ;)

Santa’s fan added a little movement to the photo. Including little Dude’s Alfalfa hair do 😉

The Santa display was changed up this year. The kid-favourite train ride provided by the Burnaby Central Railway, has not returned. Santa is seated inside a quaint little cottage, which we were advised, makes for a quieter environment for the aging Santa. The new blue theme looks classical and serene. I quite like the new set up.

Photo credit: a Lougheed Town Centre

Photo credit: a Lougheed Town Centre

The kids had a great time and we plan to make many more visits to Santa over the holidays!

17th Annual #BrightNights at Stanley Park!

When the Christmas lights start popping up in our neighbourhood, our kids faces start lighting up just as bright!

Photo credit: Light Knights

Photo credit: Light Knights

The twinkling lights, animated ornaments, and if course the inflatables!

We love driving around town enjoying the displays that people have really put time and effort in. We live in a condo, so our contribution to the Christmas lights shows is minimal, but we do decorate our balcony to share the merriness of the season!

Back for it’s 17th year, Bright Nights in Stanley Park will be lighting up the forest with their magnificent Christmas light displays in support of the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund. Over 800 fire fighters contribute more than 8,000 hours over the 3 month period of set-up, operations and tear down.

Bright Nights at Stanley Park

The monies raised from the donations received at the entrance gate go directly to the Burn Fund. Also, the Burn Fund is encouraging the visitors to show their generosity by making a contribution to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Most needed items include: canned meat/fish; natural peanut butter; whole wheat pasta/rice; pasta sauce; canned fruits/vegetables; 100% fruit juices; low-sugar cereals; baby food, formula & diapers. www.foodbank.bc.ca

BC Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund

 

Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society

Event Dates:

November 27, 2014 – January 4, 2015

Event Times:

Mon-Thurs: 3pm – 10pm

Fri-Sun: 10am – 11pm

Matinees (before Dec 19) will be: Fri-Sun 10am-3pm

As of Dec 19: Open every day from 10am – 11pm

Closed Christmas Day, December 25, 2014

Free Parking!

Donations accepted at the front gate benefit the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund

Suggested donation is $4 per person

Bright Nights Train

Train Pricing

Adult (18 – 64 years) $11.00
Child and youth (3 – 17 years) $8.00
Small child (2 years and under) Free
Senior (65 years and over) $8.00
Matinee (All ages) $6.00
Includes taxes, subject to fees

To buy your tickets for the train, please click here!