Introducing…

Meet Eleanor…she’s my “newish” bike.

Eleanor

At first, I didn’t like Eleanor. She wasn’t my ideal bike.

As a kid, I rode a mountain bike. An Allegro Ground Control. We were inseperable. Traversing the North Shore trails, blazing through massive mud puddles down by the train tracks and riding over Lions Gate Bridge to Second Beach Pool. This was all pre-helmet laws and before the safety barrier was installed between the roadway and the sidewalks.

Then it was stolen one night from the house that I was babysitting at.

I was devastated! Mum got me a replacement under our home insurance. A Diamondback Topango, but it wasn’t the same. The new bike and I never bonded so my sister inherited it.

Ten years ago, hubby bought me Eleanor as a gift. We live in a condo with no bike storage available, so she was sadly tucked away into our off-site storage locker.

Isn't she a beauty!

She’s, what I call, a “lollygag” bike. A lollygag bike is a bike that you take on leisurely rides, not a bike to take on the trails in the local hills, like I used to do. It’s got a “big bum” seat, goofy handlebars and a droopy “crotch bar”. All technical terms, clearly.

Hubby reminded me that we now have kids and “lollygagging” is what we do. Enjoy the moment, take in the scenery and don’t be in a rush. Plus, we also have a bike trailer (that has also been in storage for four years) that we can use for lazy tired kids, park toys or even picnic gear.

Today, the wee lad and I took Eleanor and the trailer for their inaugural ride.

The inaugural ride.

 

The set-up took a bit longer than necessary as I needed assemble my front tire, attach the trailer, adjust my seat height and inflate the tires to proper firmness. Once all systems were a go…away we went!

Wobbly at first (I hadn’t ridden an actual bicycle in over 30 years, only stationary exercise bikes), but I composed myself and the swerving along the path stopped. Little dude thought that this was hilarious, but cheered me on with, “You’re doing great Mum!”

Our ride lasted about an hour and we had a blast! I can’t wait to get out again…with or without the kids.

 

{{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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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

 

A great start to a healthier New Year! #YMCCommunity

Since January 1st of this year, I’ve been committed to exercising every day! Here we are now beginning February already and I’ve stayed committed!

Me and my workout buddy!

I started with two 30 Day Challenges, Bikini Body Mommy Challenge 3.0 and I occasionally get out running after the kids have gone to bed and hubby isn’t away for work.

This month, I’ve kicked it up a notch. I’ve changed up the 30 day challenges to work out other areas of my body that need some attention, but I’m still doing the Ab and Squat workouts because I’m seeing some great results. The Bikini Body Mommy Challenge is a 90 day challenge, so I’m still progressing through it. I check in daily with my Facebook Fitness groups so that I stay accountable and hopefully motivate the other members to stay on track or start their own journey to be healthier and happier.

Healthier you

We have a trip to Maui planned for the end of March and I’d like to feel good (and of course, look good) in a bathing suit and perhaps…a BIKINI!

What?!

A bikini?!

I’m hopeful that this will become a reality as I intend on sticking with the exercise. I plan on taking in a few of the fitness classes offered by GoodLife Fitness as well. I’ve been itching to get back into Zumba®.

Have you started a routine, whether it be getting in exercise or eating healthier, this year?

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

Ultimate Mobile Spa

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.

My Quest for Happiness…Day 3 #100DaysOfGratitude #YMCCommunity

This morning I woke up with a million things going through my mind…

Wide awake in bed

As most Moms do, my To-Do List was being written as I lay in bed, an hour before I really need to get up. My body was still tired, but my brain was saying, “Up and at ’em, sister!” Funny enough, I actually felt rested.

My back has been bothering me for the past several days, so my regular working out has been way-layed and the Halloween candy bowl keeps whispering to me, “You must eat me so the kids don’t!” I’ve been pretty religious about pitching a handful or so of the naughty snacks everyday, so the misery will end sooner.

As soon as I’m feeling 90% better! I will be activating my GoodLife Fitness membership and get this ass in gear. We have a tropical vaycay planned for Easter and I’d like my tan lines not to include a line where my shorts end.

Photo credit: Girl Next Door Fashion

Photo credit: Girl Next Door Fashion

So for today’s gratitude, I give you these:

1) I am grateful for my comfy bed.

*it is here that my body is most comfortable and I get my best thinking done.

2) I am grateful for my motivation to get exercise and be fit.

*the members of my Facebook Fitness Group would call me a hypocrite if I only posted motivation for others without committing to it myself.

3) I am grateful for laundry detergent.

* you make my world right again by eliminating the funky stank that permeates my workout gear.

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

My Quest for Happiness…Day 2 #100DaysOfGratitude #YMCCommunity

This morning our daughter’s Kindergarten class had their first session of ice skating…

While we were waiting for the rest of the group to arrive, little miss had a meltdown. She kept saying that she couldn’t skate and didn’t want to go. I got her into her snow gear and all laced up while she protested the entire time. We walked to the ice, she stepped on, and began to cry. Right away, her teacher saw that she was upset, so she came to her aid.

Superstar Teacher

We want our daughter to learn independence and gain confidence in her own abilities, so we encourage her to try things out on her own first. She had taken prior skating lessons, so she wasn’t a stranger to what was involved. Just like riding a bike, it eventually came back to her. Even a couple of boys from her class came to her rescue and showed her how to skate. Chivalry is still alive and well in our world.

Chivalry

The little dude started to get restless, so I sat him in his stroller. He wasn’t too thrilled about this new arrangement. After a few minutes of his meltdown, Ms. Superstar Kindy teacher, comes and suggests that perhaps I’d like to go on the ice with Captain Get-me-out-of-my-stroller. I inquire at the Skate Shop, and sure enough, we are allowed to go on the ice with the stroller. We just needed helmets and I required a pair of ice cleats.

To our daughter’s surprise, me and Stroller King step onto the ice and join the Ice Princess in a family skate. By now her confidence has increased, Mr. Dude is being entertained and we are having a great time.

Mom & Dude

When our session is over, we head out to the Skate Shop and gear down. Little Miss is now bummed that it’s time to go, but I reassure her that it won’t be the last time we go skating and congratulate her on overcoming her initial fear and for doing such a fantastic job.

So today’s gratitude is:

1) I am grateful for our daughter’s Kindergarten teacher.

*she showed compassion and helped encourage our daughter to trust her abilities in herself. She also, helped me be a part of our daughter’s learning experience by suggesting getting on the ice with the stroller and our son.

2) I am grateful for ice cleats.

*I am a horrible skater, so these fantastic articles of footwear kept me upright instead of being a flailing mess that I’m certain, twenty Kindergarteners would get a kick out of.

3) I am grateful for umbrella strollers.

*this allowed me and our son to enjoy a family moment with our daughter! instead of having to watch from the bleachers.