Polar Piece, the ultimate in cozy loungewear! {{Promo Code}}

When I think of a cold Winter’s day…I always envision myself sitting in front of a crackling fire, snuggled up in a warm blanket and wearing the cosiest of clothes.


OK, so that’s probably overkill, but you get the idea, right?!

I hate being cold, so the more snugly the clothes, the happier I am.

Have you heard of Polar Piece?

Polar Piece has an AWESOME assortment of cozy products that you and the whole family will love to snuggle up with! One-piece outfits, hoodies, pants, toques and blankets.


Polar Piece was born on a late summer night around a cottage campfire in Collingwood, Ontario. Their goal was to create a garment that was fun and fashionable, but most of all, the comfiest trappings anyone had ever put on. They aimed to create an outfit that could easily be thrown on in those desperate times of much needed rest and relaxation.

Utilizing nothing but the highest quality fabrics and manufacturing processes, Polar Piece has always and will always be 100% Made in Canada. No Exceptions.

Visit their website : http://www.polarpiece.com

 

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If you’d like to get yourself or someone on your Christmas List some snuggly wuggly Polar Piece gear, enter Promo Code: “RainCityParent” at checkout and receive 20% off all orders!

{{Giveaway}} Stylish and Ethical Clothing, made in Canada. #ButtercreamClothing

My favourite thing about the Fall and Winter are the cozy clothes that I get to wear!


Snuggly sweaters, slouchy toques, warm boots, and stylish scarves.

This time of year has always been my favourite, not just because my Birthday falls in mid-October, but because of how gorgeous the scenery is and the Autumn scents that fill the air.

Speaking of clothing…I recently discovered Buttercream Clothing.


I have fallen in love with this clothing line!

Buttercream Clothing is handcrafted luxurious and ethically made clothing from Alberta, Canada.

Check out some of these beautiful pieces!



Make sure you add a few of these to your Christmas Shopping List! And don’t forget about your girlfriends…wouldn’t they be surprised when they get a special treat under their tree?! Gift cards are available to purchase online as well, just in case you aren’t sure what they’d like the best! Just click on the cupcake image below to link you to the website.{{The Giveaway}}

Buttercream Clothing has given me one of their super cute and cozy Organic Infinity Scarves in Moose/ Plaid to giveaway to one lucky Raincity Parent reader! (I was given one of my own to review and keep, you’ll get a spankin’ brand new one for yourself!) This giveaway is open to residents of the Greater Vancouver area and Sea to Sky Corridor. Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below.




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{{Giveaway}} Time to #LoseTheLaces with HICKIES! 

Mornings are usually a madhouse around here during the week!

I get the kids out of bed at 7:00am, and spend the next hour and a half making breakfast, yelling calming reminding the kids to keep eating their breakfast, yelling encouraging them to quickly get dressed, and brush their teeth.

Then trying to get them to put on their coats and shoes, usually takes three times longer than necessary! If something could make this process faster, then I am all for it. My daughter knows how to tie her laces, but watching her s-l-o-w-l-y tie them is so painful when you’re in a rush.

As for me…I love to run! You can catch me lacing up my runners and heading out on preschool mornings to get in some exercise and more importantly, some much needed “me time”!

My shoes go through a lot and get worn out pretty quickly. My laces wear out before my soles do because I tie them so tight. I like to keep my shoes tight when I run, if not, blisters are my new friends.

I recently discovered HICKIES.


The HICKIES Lacing System is a modular one, meaning that instead of one lace running through the length of each shoe, you have one unit per pair of eyelets. This allows for a one-size fits all design with maximum customization when it comes to tightness, comfort, security, and color.

These “laceless” laces are awesome!

My runners are comfortable and snug, and super quick to put on. I love the variety of colours available to mix and match with my shoes and clothing.


The great thing about these are, the variety of ways to “lace up”! You can wear them loose or tight depending on your needs and style.

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Hickies has provided us with two sets of Hickies “laceless” modular systems to giveaway! Two readers will be selected to WIN a set! Winners will be drawn November 19th. Contest is open to residents of the Greater Vancouver area and Sea to Sky Corridor. Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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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

 

A little bit of Bohemia comes to town March 27-29, 2015 {Giveaway} #SaltSpringInTheCity 

Salt Spring Island is an area of BC that I have yet to discover. 

I have a friend who lives there and says that moving there was a fantastic decision for her family.

I love how there seems to be a great sense of community and more care-free way of living. We’ve been to local markets, on BC Ferries and shopped in unique retailers that carry products made on Salt Spring. There are so many AMAZING artisans who call it their home. 

Salt Spring in the City

A Piece of Bohemia Comes to Vancouver March 27 to 29th.

For its second year, Salt Spring in the City – a kind of village market meets art show – returns to Vancouver March 27 to 29th to showcase the treasures and flavours of the Salish Sea. Visitors to Vancouver’s Heritage Hall will get to experience food and fashion, paintings and pottery, wine and crafts, and a sense of nostalgia for the West Coast’s homesteading, handcrafted bohemian heritage.

At this now-annual fair-atmosphere event, Vancouverites get to discover the wares of woodworkers, designers, jewellers and potters, artisanal cheesemakers and preservers, weavers and painters, artists and foodies.

Admission is $3 for adults, and $1 for kids — with partial proceeds going to Save-On-Meats’ Sandwich Token Program, which helps those in need.

Salt Spring in the City will take over Heritage Hall (3102 Main Street) on Friday, March 27, 4-9pm, Saturday, March 28, 10am-6pm and on Sunday, March 29, from 10am-5pm.

 *The first 25 people through the door everyday will get an awesome gift bag filled with Salt Spring Island goodies.

 FREE COFFEE will be provided by Salt Spring Coffee for the duration of the event.

THE GIVEAWAY!!!

 I’ve joined forces with the uber amazing, 3Chickens and a Boat to offer a super fantastic gift basket to give away to one lucky reader! Please enter via the a Rafflecopter link below.

Prize Basket Includes:

Alvaro Sanchez: Sterling Silver Earrings ($45.- value)
Lee Ann Norgard: Mug
Organic Gaia Foods: Apple Chutney
Bruce Coney: Cruet Bottle
Big Bear and Wolf: Art Print
6 Sasspot: Shot Glasses
Monsoon Coast: Spices
Salt Spring Kitchen Co.: Jam
Salt Spring Cheese: Cheese
Ulrieke Benner: Salt Spring Key Chain and Love Heart
Harosef: Wall hanging trust print
Salt Spring Ales: Beer
Salt Spring Coffee: Travel mug & coffee

PLUS 2 event tickets!!!!!

NOTE: The prize can not be exchanged in anyway and MUST be picked up at the salt spring in the city event between March 27-29th.

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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.

Photo credit: BBC.com

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.

#GotCraft? Holiday Edition, December 13-14, 2014.

 

Do you LOVE handmade crafts?! Then you MUST attend Got Craft?!

Got Craft?

Back for it’s 16th show at the Maritime Labour Centre in Vancouver, Got Craft? showcases independent, local vendors with a wide variety of curated handmade goods ranging from jewelry, clothing, ceramics, stationary, housewares, plush toys, local artists, and more.

Check out returning favourites like Mellifera Bees and Love My Local. In addition, vendors like The Beautiful Project greeting cards and Cabin + Cub jewelry are exclusive to Got Craft? this year.

New to the show this year is local-minded, wildflower inspired Rogue Florist, ethically fashionable Heidi the Artist, and Make More Happy , which features beautiful, locally designed, knit clothing.

Rogue Florist

Rogue Florist

 

Heidi the Artist

Heidi the Artist

 

Make More Happy

Make More Happy

Got Craft? has partnered with West Elm and West Elm Market, which will hold samplings of five Got Craft? vendors at their stores on November 29th and December 6th, 2014.

The first 50 people through the door each day will receive a swag bag full of goodies from vendors and sponsors. Got Craft? is happening Saturday and Sunday December 13 and 14, 2014 between 10am-5pm at the Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Triumph Street in Vancouver, B.C. Admission is $3 at the door.

As well, there will be local food carts to enjoy!

Got Craft?

Facebook: Facebook.com/GotCraft
Twitter: @LFieldsShoppe
Instagram: Instagram.com/lfieldsshoppe

For more information visit www.gotcraft.com

Just Between Friends, Kids Consignment Sale, Nov 21-23, 2014 {Giveaway} #ilovejbf

We’ve now reached the stage where we are done having kids.

Our family is complete and now it’s time to offload all of the clothes that the littles have outgrown and that we don’t want to keep for the memory box.

The pace in which kids grow these days, their clothes really don’t get a lot of wear to them. They get outgrown before holes appear, so why not let them have another kick at the can by someone else?

Clothing, especially footwear, can really add up when you have multiple kids. A good pair of shoes can fetch around $30 and each kid needs several pairs. I’ve been scouring Facebook Swap and Shop Groups for gear for our kids and have also posted my own items for sale, but am having little luck getting rid of our stuff.

Just Between Friends

Just Between Friends is leading infant, children and maternity consignment sales event. They are all about families helping other families! We recycle the items our kids no longer need by re-selling the clothing, toys, furniture, and equipment that our kids have outgrown. This means huge savings for families who love bargains! Items at the JBF sale are inspected for quality and meet all Health Canada safety regulations. Find designer and boutique brands priced 50-90% off retail. It is a great opportunity to support the wonderful moms and parents of the community, so get involved! Unsold items benefit local charities, Aunt Leah’s Place, Crabtree Corner and BabyGoRound. Families looking to recycle items your kids have outgrown, it’s not too late to sign up and consign! Sell your items and earn up to 70% cash, just in time for the holidays.

There’s an exclusive pre-sale for first time parents, grandparents and teachers, details at www.vancouverbc.jbfsale.com.

Event Specifics:

Just Between Friends Children’s and Maternity Consignment Event
November 21-23, 2014
Croatian Cultural Centre | 3250 Commercial Dr., Vancouver
Friday – 3:30pm-9pm Volunteer/Consignor presale
Friday – 5:30pm-9pm Primetime shopping (must have valid Prime Time shopping tickets)
Friday – 7pm-9pm First Time Parents, Grandparents and Teacher presale (must be pre-registered)
Saturday – 9:00am – 7pm $5 Admission or free pass available on website/eventbrite
Sunday – 9:00am – 4pm Half Price Day, FREE admission

THE GIVEAWAY
Total value over $80 worth:
2 Prime Time shopping tickets ($36 Value) – Shop the sale before it’s open to the public Friday, November 21st starting at 5:30pm
$50 JBF Bucks – gift certificate to be used during the Spring sale. Must be redeemed in full at the time of purchase. $50 can buy quite a bit at a JBF event!

This giveaway runs from November 6th-17th, enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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Be sure to join the Twitter Party on November 13th from 8pm-9pm. Register to win prizes.

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Rain, rain, here to stay…lots of fun for kids to play! {Giveaway) #Hatley

The school year and rainy season have begun…

Which means the kidlets will be stomping around in puddles and twirling their umbrellas.

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Fall also brings cooler temperatures, so keeping the mites dry and warm are of utmost importance to us parents.

They seem to pick up colds as soon as the school year begins and share them amongst their friends and classmates. There’s nothing worse that having a cold and being outside when it’s damp and chilly.

Hatley not only has a fantastic line of raincoats that will keep the kiddos dry and snuggly, but they have co-ordinating boots and umbrellas to complete the ensemble.

Hatley rain coordinates.

Hatley also carries clothing, and swimwear for babies right up to adults! We will definitely be getting the whole family some jim jams to get us through the Winter months and even some swim gear for our upcoming swim lessons and tropical holiday.

Pyjamas for the whole family

Hatley is a Canadian company that makes quality textiles that will last well through multiple children. When they design a product, they try and ensure it’s made from natural fibers, in an environmentally sensitive way and at a facility that shares their values. All their jackets and boots are PVC-free.

Hatley has generously offered to giveaway a rain jacket to one lucky Raincity Parent reader! The winner can chose from any of the designs available on the website. This giveaway runs from September 23rd-30th, 2014 and is open to Canadian residents only. 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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