Hair today…gone tomorrow. {{Giveaway}}

It’s official…we’re now in the final stretch of the year!

Last month, the Dudes banded together to celebrate “Movember” by growing out their facial hair to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s suicide.

Well, it’s time to sheer off the woollies…unless you’re going to get some product and soften up the pricklies.

And ladies…perhaps you’d like to end your shave strike.


I know, I know. It’s getting colder out and the fur that we’ve been ignoring under our pant legs and sleeved shirts has been helping us stay warm.

Well if your ready for a freshening up…pay a visit to Cutie Pie Wax Bar!

Specializing in Brazilian bikini waxing, Cutie Pie also offers waxing for your other body parts. You may also like to sparkle things up with a Vajazzle over the holiday season!

Men, don’t feel left out…there’s services available for you too!

Manzilians, chest and back, as well as facial hair.

Check out their full list of services available here.

Locations

NORTH VANCOUVER
112-223 Mountain Hwy {Main & Mountain}

604-929-2202

WEST VANCOUVER
1570 Marine Drive {Ambleside}

604-912-0131


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Cutie Pie Wax Bar has given me two, yes two $50 gift cards to giveaway to two lucky Raincity Parent readers! This giveaway is open to residents of the Greater Vancouver Area and Sea to Sky Corridor only! Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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Win Big with @AsanaWomanCA on the #YouveGotThis {{Giveaway}}

We have an incredible giveaway that will set you on a fresh start for fall’s new beginnings. Helping you be relaxed, happy, confident and ready for anything, the amazing folks at Asana are sponsoring a giveaway valued at $650. It includes:

1. Beats by Dr. Dre Solo 2 Bluetooth Wireless Headphones – Gold (Value: $299)
2. One Year of Asana Woman assorted pads and pantyliners featuring biowave technology: (value: $110)
3. One iTunes gift certificate (value: $25)
4. Philips Hue starter kit ($130)
5. La Senza Gift Card ($100)

Asana Women Giveaway
Engineered for women, by a woman, Asana sanitary napkins are not only designed to be more effective – they can even be beneficial to your health. Asana’s Biowave Advantage™ is a complete breakthrough in feminine protection. Two vital components of Asana’s advanced technology are tourmaline and silver, which act to reduce menstrual discomfort, dispel odor, increase air circulation, balance the body’s pH and enhance metabolism. For real. Developed by a chemical and environmental engineer with a Masters degree from the University of British Columbia, this groundbreaking product has finally launched across Canada, it’s birthplace.

Screen Shot 2016-08-30 at 7.23.26 PMHealth Canada has classified the Biowave Advantage™ layer as an antibacterial Medical Device Class 1 (which is a super hard designation to attain). This means that fretting about itchiness, vaginal odour and wetness during your oh-so-fun monthly cycle are no longer worries. Bacteria and fungus ‘down there’ are also lessened. Asana helps combat yeast infections naturally and is 95% biodegradable. In addition to the great health benefits of Asana’s Biowave advantage, they are also one of the thinnest on the market, yet offer yet offer the most absorbency, the fastest rate of absorbency and best assurance of leak protection.

So as you are chilling to music in new La Senza lingere while wearing your new Beats by Dr. Dre headphones and having fun changing the ambiance in your home to over 1000 different colours with Philips Hue bulbs, you can be assured that #YouveGotThis. There’s really nothing to worry about.

Giveaway Ends Sep. 21, USA and Canada (excluding Quebec). Prize value: CAD $635

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One less step for womenkind #GarnierSensitive

I have been have been wearing cosmetics since high school…

I have also tried numerous products to remove my makeup and clean my skin.

Having a Make-Up Artistry background, I am familiar with skincare and the use of some pretty resilient make-up. Waterproof mascara and some foundations require a little extra “elbow grease” to remove them. My bathroom counter is cluttered with cleansers, eye makeup remover and moisturizers, so being able to eliminate one step in my daily regime would be fantastic.

I just received Garnier’s Clean + for Sensitive Skin Makeup Removing Lotion Cleanser and I am very pleased with it’s performance. It easily removed my eye makeup, and left my skin feeling moisturized.

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This will definitely be my go-to the next time my kids get their faces painted at the next family-friendly event test we attend.

Garnier’s Clean + for Sensitive Skin removes stubborn makeup and calms sensitive skin. It also contains no alcohol, dyes or fragrances and is approved by the Canadian Dermatology Association.

Because disclaimers are important! Product has been provided by Garnier Canada, the opinions and language are my own, and in no way do they reflect Garnier Canada. 

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Every Mom should have a Boudoir session! #YMCCommunity #goodlife

So, you’ve squeezed out a kid or more and you’re feeling that your body is not exactly the picture of beauty.

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Photo credit: BBC.com

You’re not alone. Many women feel that there bodies are “too fluffy”, their boobs are not where they used to be and their newly acquired “Tiger Stripes” should be kept hidden.

In the last few years, there have been several ad campaigns with major brand names, celebrating the “Mom Body”.

And so it should be.

Us women go through a tremendous amount of physical and emotional change as we grow, give birth and nurture the little beings that make us Moms. Not only do our bodies stretch in ways that we never thought possible while we were pregnant, but after the fruit of our loins emerge into the world, we now give up sleep, proper eating and perhaps some personal hygiene which makes us feel even less attractive.

We fill up our phones and cameras with pictures of our little ones, but mysteriously, Mom is usually absent from these images. Most of the time because we are the ones taking all the pictures, but probably the main reason is that we feel like we’re not “photo ready”.

Well it’s time for Mommy to have her turn. Give her the opportunity to let the beauty that is hiding on the inside a chance come out and show the world (or at least her chosen audience).

Mommy needs a Boudoir session.

Boudoir sessions have come a long way since the days of yore. There are so many options to be had when having one done. You don’t need to be scantily clad in a bra and panties, rather a slouchy sweater and a pair of boxer shorts. Maybe your hubby’s favourite team jersey or one of his work shirts and a tie paired with a classy hat. Whatever you would feel most comfortable in…or not in 😉

I personally have had two sessions. One was done outdoors and the other was a fun Halloween inspired shoot. I would be the last one to say that I was beautiful, but I felt beautiful and that’s what’s most important.

Outdoor Boudoir

Joanna Moss Photography

Boudoir by Jessica Rae

Boudoir by Jessica Rae

A good Boudoir photographer really knows how to capture their subject’s best features using proper lighting and angles. Pinterest is a great resource to seek out different poses, hair and make-up ideas and what you could wear…or not wear 😉 Do your own hair and make-up, make an appointment at a local salon or cosmetics counter or ask your photographer if they have a preferred hair and make-up artist that they work with.

I’m still working on my physical self with running and going to GoodLife Fitness in the plans of having another Boudoir session. Perhaps showing a little more skin than previously…

Have you lost all your “baby weight” and want to celebrate it? Have you found a new sense of confidence and want to show it off?

So what are you waiting for? Book your session and bring along your best girlfriend for courage and to help you with your poses (I don’t recommend bringing along your two year old like I did). Relax, have fun and let your inner beautiful shine on the outside too!

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

Pampering and Gymnastics, All-In-One! #VancouverTumblebus #UltimateMobileSpa

Two fantastic companies that I have promoted before, Vancouver Tumblebus and Ultimate Mobile Spa, have joined forces and are now offering a package that combines the awesomeness of a mobile gymnasium and a mobile spa, for the holiday season!

Vancouver Tumblebus

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I have had the pleasure of enjoying both of these companies a few times and can’t say enough great things about them!

My kids love the Tumblebus and it helps make for an epic afternoon nap for your littlest mites, and Ultimate Mobile Spa has provided their fantastic services to several of the Moms Nights In that I have hosted.

They are currently offering two packages to choose from:

Option 1

1 hour Tumblebus/ Spa for up to 12 kids for $399

*this includes, fun and fitness in their gym on wheels (zipline, monkey bars, balance bar, rock wall, trampoline and much more). Plus, a spa manicure (shaping the nails, buffing, polish application and choice of nail decal)

Or Option 2

2 hour Tumblebus/ Spa for up to 25 kids for $799

*this includes, fun and fitness in their gym on wheels (zipline, monkey bars, balance bar, rock wall, trampoline and much more). Plus, a spa manicure (shaping the nails, buffing, polish application and choice of nail decal)

The age range for the Tumblebus is 2-9 years old. And ALL ages can enjoy Princess Manicures, and Face Painting or Santa Clause (for an additional charge).

Please visit their websites www.vancouvertumblebus.com and www.ultimatemobilespa.com for more information.

To book one of the Ultimate Holiday Packages listed above, please call 604-710-3262 and mention that Raincity Parent sent you.

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.

THE GIVEAWAY

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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Summer…you don’t scare me anymore! {Giveaway} #YMCCommunity

I have never been a fan of Summer.

With the weather being warm and the clothing being minimal, I have always been uncomfortable wearing shorts, tanks and (heaven forbid) a SWIMSUIT!

Vintage Swimsuits

Being on the self conscious side, I prefer cooler temps to hide under layers rather than flaunting some skin.

But this Summer is different.

For the past several months, I have been exercising religiously. I have been doing 30 Day Challenges, at-home body weight workouts, a 90 Day Challenge, running, going for hikes, chasing my kids around, and I will be checking out GoodLife Fitness next month, so I’ve dropped some weight and feeling a lot better in my own skin.

The only thing that sucks about showing so much skin, is constantly keeping my legs, pits and bikini line smooth and clean. Thank goodness for Harry’s. These razors definitely do the job and the cost of replacing these blades is much lower than the major brands that I’ve used in the past.

It’s definitely been a challenge to keep exercising during the warm weather that we’ve been experiencing, but I figure, the more I sweat, the more fat my body is burning. As long I keep my motivation up, the working out will become less of a chore and more of a desire.

I look forward to seeing my achievements next Summer, when I hope to slip into a two piece suit that potentially could show a little mid section.

Harry’s Shaving Company has generously provided Raincity Parent a Truman Shave Set to giveaway to one lucky reader! This giveaway runs from August 21st-31st, 2014 and is open the Vancouver, BC area residents only! The winner must be able to pick up their prize! Enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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This post has been written  as part of the GoodLife Fitness Blogger Ambassador Program.

Worship yourself more than the Sun. {Giveaway}

When I was a kid, my Mum would lay out in the sun for hours, baking herself until she reached her favourite tone of bronze.

Dark Tan

 

There was a bottle of sunscreen in the cupboard for us kids, but I’m pretty sure it remained full for my entire childhood. I recall the smell of Coppertone, but for the life of me, I don’t remember EVER using it.

A sunburn was always considered “the base” of our summer tan, so we just went out, got a burn and once it had turned brown, we were good to go for the rest of the Summer.

Flash forward a million years and two kids of my own added to the world, I wouldn’t dare go out in the sun without sunscreen now!

Slathered in sunscreen

The most important thing that I’ve put on my skin this season, is sunscreen. With so much being talked about in the news on the increase of skin Cancer, especially in the younger generation, I definitely slather the good stuff on myself, and most importantly, my kiddos. I’ve even started using a moisturizer with sunscreen on my face. Something I’ve never done in the past because I wore makeup daily that contained an SPF in it. Now that I’m a stay-at-home-Mom with little or no time to get myself ready in the morning, and let’s face it, who really wants to wear makeup when it’s hot and muggy out, only to have it melt part way through your day, a moisturizer with a built in sunscreen is all I need now.

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Cloud Vitamin Cream is more than a sunscreen, it is a SUPER CREAM in my eyes! It contains Retinyl Palmitate, a form of Vitamin A found naturally and in high concentrations in the epidermus of your skin. Created by the award-winning UBC dermatologist Dr. Gordon Telford, Cloud is the first consumer sunscreen to block out the full spectrum of the suns rays, whereas conventional sunscreens only protect from 7% of rays.

Studies suggest that it could possibly reverse sun induced aging, smooth the surface of your skin within weeks, permanently reduce sun induced brown spots, stimulate collagen growth to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and tighten loose skin. Once absorbed, it is virtually waterproof and and it’s powerful sun protecting effects last up to 17 days.

Cloud Vitamin Cream is safe to use on children because it contains no preservatives, fragrances or parabens.

If you would like to purchase Cloud  Vitamin Creams for yourself, visit their website: cloudvitamincream.com.

Cloud Vitamin Cream

Cloud has generously provided Raincity Parent with a Summer Bundle to giveaway to one lucky reader! The bundle contains a sample of Cloud Vitamin A cream and a handy Cloud beach mat, perfect for sunny days. This giveaway runs from August 19th-26th, 2014 and is open to Canadian residents only. Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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Be ready for any “Occasion” with Oakridge Centre. {Giveaway 2 Winners) #OakridgeStyle

Have you ever been at a loss of what to wear, what to bring or how to be at a special occasion?

The Occasion

Oakridge Centre has launched “The Occasion“, a magazine-style resource for everything and anything that you need to know for any occasion. Here, you’ll find what to wear, what to bring and what to do, so you’ll knock ’em dead at every social gathering.

Recently, I had a couple of social engagements to attend to and I wasn’t sure of the attire for the evening and I had no clue about what accessories to add to my ensemble. Fortunately they weren’t posh dining events or multi-cultural weddings, but if they had been, “The Occasion” has that covered with the “Cultural & Etiquette Guides”.

And in the event that you are playing “Hostess”, The Occasion has a section to help you throw a fabulous bash of your own, from making invitations to practical tips on how to throw a seamless party.

To celebrate this special occasion, they are hosting a contest to WIN a gorgeous Birks Freshwater Pearl Necklace, valued at $750. Please enter here.

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So if you’ve received an invitation to an upcoming event, check out The Occasion and see some suggestions of what outfit would be best suited for the engagement so that you arrive in style instead of standing out like a sore thumb.

To help you get started, Oakridge Centre has generously provided Raincity Parent with a $50 Gift Card to be given away to two lucky readers! Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below. The giveaway runs from July 4th-11th, 2014 and is open to residents of the Greater Vancouver area.

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Creative Kid Crafting…the natural way. {Giveaway} #KissNaturals #YMCCommunity

Bored kids can really be a challenge some days.

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Rainy days, Pro D days from school and sick days can really take a toll on parents when the kids can’t find anything to do.

You probably don’t want to plop them down in front of the TV or hand them your tablet to use just to get a little quiet time to yourself.

Crafts are a great way to keep the kiddos occupied.

They can be creative and depending on how intricate the craft, they can really keep them busy for a while.

Two thumbs up to that idea!

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Kiss Naturals has a variety of crafts that are perfect for parties, sleepovers, craft time and play dates. Each craft is made from ingredients found in Nature and are safe for your children to use.

Visit Kiss Naturals online store where you can purchase crafts individually or in party packs.

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Kiss Naturals has generously provided Raincity Parent, a DIY Hair Chalk Kit to giveaway to one lucky reader! This giveaway runs from June 6th-12th, 2014 and is open to residents of the Greater Vancouver area and Fraser Valley. Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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