Keeping active during the Winter and absorbing Nature’s beauty at the same time! #HealthyFamilyExpo

Recently, I was invited to take part in a night time snowshoe adventure, alongside of a group of fabulous bloggers, up at Cypress Mountain.

Photo credit: Angela Baxter Santoro

Photo credit: Angela Baxter Santoro

The lovely ladies that were a part of this tour, were the blog ambassadors for the Healthy Family Expo, happening Saturday, March 6th at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Mark that in your calendars!

Healthy Family Expo

I hadn’t been snowshoeing in about twenty years, so I was pretty excited to get out again. The snowshoes that I had originally used back in the day, were glorified milk crates (seriously), so putting on a pair of the more modern aluminum-style ones was quite the treat!

I had woken up that morning with a fantastic bought of the flu that my generous kids had passed onto me, but I wasn’t about to let that ruin the evening that I was so looking forward to. I pulled on my big girl panties, along with some thermal under gear, and headed up the mountain.

Trudging up the hill

Cypress Mountain itself, is such a beautiful location! Snow everywhere, and the evening sky was so clear, that we could see the stars. Being that clear also brings along cooler temperatures, so as our adventure progressed, the snow began to sparkle from the new ice crystals forming.

We were led on our tour by the fabulous and oh-so knowledgable, Kelvin. He was so informative about the wilderness around us that you’d think he was born and raised on the mountain! We couldn’t have asked for a better tour guide, as his amazing personality shone through with his huge smile.

Getting the low down

Cypress Mountain provided us with the snowshoes, snow booties (to protect your boots), headlamps (because we were trudging around in the dark), and two spectacular guides to lead us on our trek. We split into two groups on occasion. One went along the easier path, and the other veered off into the more adventurous route where we climbed hills and tested our cardio endurance. Guess which group I went with? I wasn’t gonna let my flu spoil my fun and allowing me to play like a kid again!

Photo credit: The Write Balance

Photo credit: The Write Balance

At the conclusion of our adventure, we were treated to some hot chocolate and cookies. Normally this tour includes a Cheese & Chocolate Fondue, but with the early snowfall this year, the construction of Hollyburn Lodge (where the fondue takes place) wasn’t completed in time. But regardless, it was still pretty awesome!

I highly recommend grabbing a group of friends, or just hubby, for an evening out or an afternoon activity to stay active and enjoy a Winter Wonderland up at Cypress Mountain before Spring arrives!

Cypress Mountain

 

FRESH VancouverMom.ca’s Top 30 Bloggers Event – June 17, 2015 #VMTop30

Last year, I was so honoured to be nominated to be one of VancouverMom.ca’s Top 30 Mom Bloggers!

Photo credit: Images by Bethany

Photo credit: Images by Bethany

From this, I have had the opportunity to work with several brands and businesses that I probably would never had the chance to before. I have also met other bloggers that were nominated along side me and prior that I have collaborated with, which has helped grow my readership.

This year, I have been invited back as an ambassador for the Top 30 Bloggers of 2015. I’m so excited to, once again, be a part of this fantastic event that recognizes Bloggers in the Vancouver area and opens up opportunities in the future.

VancouverMom.ca's Top 30 Bloggers 2015

VancouverMom.ca’s Top 30 Bloggers 2015

Voting for this year’s group is open until May 31st, so please go here and support these fantastic ladies!

Alana Pace, Parenting From the Heart

Alisha Enid, Alisha Enid

Alison Tedford, Sparkly Shoes and Sweat Drops

Angela Robertson, Rock ‘n Rattle

Bethany Schiedel, Images by Bethany

Bonnie Way, Koala Bear Writer

Codi Lynn, Creative Wife + Joyful Worker

Connie Peters, Modern Mama

Danielle Ciavarro, Smelly Danielly

Delza Hoeberg, Wildly Mine

Janna Denton-Howes of Growing Marriage

Jacqueline and Juliana, Two Fun Moms

Janette Shearer, Vancity Mommy D

Joelle Walker, Kid Hangover

Karen Barre, Spill it Mom

Karen Owen, Karen Mom of Three’s Craft Blog

Kate Muker, Kate Muker

Krista Ewert, One Beautiful Life

Kristyl Clark, Valley Mom

Lyndsay Sung, Coco Cake Land

Margery Healey, The Compassionate Parent Coach

Mary Kastle, Wizard Wear and Mary Kastle

Michaela Evanow, Micheala Evanow

Nina Gonzalez, Nina on the Moon

Scarlett Ballantyne, Pretty Pinteresting

Shelli Nishino-Fayle, How’s it Going Eh?

Sherri Brown, Project Bearings

Stephanie Small, Meet The Smallsens

Tara Jensen, BC Mom

Tracey Kofoed, My House of Giggles


On June 17th, these lovely ladies will be honoured at the FRESH celebration, located at Nicole Bridger’s new Gastown location.

Nicole Bridger

 

Thank you to the sponsors supporting this year’s event:

Happy Cheeks

 

Float House

 

Nitka Lake Lodge

DBOX Storage

Fawn Design

Bright Photography Tot 2 Teen Dental

Lou Lou Lollipop Dream Designs

 

Let’s try something new!

Life on ye old blog has become hum drum…

Big yawn

 

I’m going to be adding some stuff that I hope with wake up this sleepy outlet.

Life has been busy with the kidlets and at the home front, so my creative brain juices have been preoccupied with life stuff and other distractions.

I hope you stick around and check out my new content and if you have any comments you’d like to share, please feel free to post them 🙂

Stay tuned

FIVE: #VMTop30 Gala

Earlier this month, I was honoured to have been nominated as one of Vancouver Mom’s Top 30 Mom Bloggers.

It was such an unexpected feat to be recognized as, first of all, a Blogger, but one of the Top 30 Mom Bloggers in Vancouver. A year ago, I would never have imagined being in this place.

Alas, I did not manage to get the coveted top spot, but I was in the top 10. AMAZING!

Congratulations Tamara Goyette!

Congratulations Tamara Goyette!

This amazing group of ladies were celebrated at the Jacqueline Conoir studio in Vancouver where we were delighted by a fashion show modelled by some of the Top 30 Mom Bloggers alumni.

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Seriously gorgeous clothing modelled by equally gorgeous ladies!

We were treated to some bubbly and chocolates from Chocolate Arts, and sparkly glitter tattoos, courtesy of Par-T-Perfect.

The lovely Bethany from Images by Bethany, was taking head shots for the attendees and the talented Vairdy from Vairdy Photography was snapping up a storm for the ladies as they donned props at the photo booth. Both of these ladies do such gorgeous work, I can’t recommend them enough. Please check out their work, you will not be disappointed.

Bethany and Vairdy.

Bethany and Vairdy.

I had such a fantastic evening finally meeting and networking with gals who, up until this point, were only virtual friends. It would be so lovely to collaborate with them on projects in the future.

If you have ever contemplated starting up a blog, I say, “Why not?”. Maybe next year we’ll be honouring you and celebrating your work. The world is your oyster.

Thank you to Ashlee at Revive Hair & Body Lounge, for doing my hair and make-up for the evening. And to  Crisp Media and Vancouver Mom for putting together such a fabulous event and for recognizing such talented Mom Bloggers throughout the Lower Mainland.

Photo credit: Vairdy Photography

Photo credit: Vairdy Photography