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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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.

Do you have the smarts to make your escape in time?! #Krakit

Have you ever had a dream about being trapped somewhere and you had to solve riddles and clues to get you out?

Trapped in a room

They always seem to be occurring in uncomfortable environments like decrepit mental hospitals, abandoned buildings or during an apocalypse.

Well now, you can make that dream a reality (without the impending death part).

Krakit

Krakit is a new Room Escape experience, located in Burnaby. There are four theme rooms to choose from: Butcher, Asylum, Zombie Apocalypse and currently, Nightmare Before Christmas, where you get to test your thinking skills to successfully escape within 45 minutes before your fate is sealed.

Solve clues hidden right before your eyes to proceed throughout the experience. On occasion you may even have a visitor pop up while you’re concentrating on your task at hand.

Krakit is a fantastic addition to a night out before having dinner or hitting up the local bar. Grab your friends and work together as a team or organize a team building experience with your colleagues or community group.

My best friend from childhood joined me as we pursued The Asylum. She was “the friend” who, at every sleepover, insisted on renting Horror movies. She was the bravest of all of us back then, but now…mwah ha ha ha, it’s payback sista! She even wore a MASSIVE ring just in case we needed protection!

Protection

Together, we read clues, turned the rooms upside down and communicated with each other to try to solve the riddles. Throughout the game, you are allowed three “helps” in the event of getting stuck. With both of us being too stubborn to ask for help, we burned up a lot of our time in the first room. We did cave at one point and ask for help. Apparently everyone does it, so we really aren’t that lame 😉

The second room was easier for us as we quickly made it through the clues, unlocking various objects. We even got spooked a couple of times, throwing us off our concentration and adding to the excitement!

In the end, we finished 5 minutes past the allotted time, but it was totally worth it. We had so much fun and learned how well we work together. I think we need to try out for Amazing Race Canada next! We’ve already planned to go back to try another room and we’re going to bring more friends with us.

Krakit

Krakit Escape Game is located at : 4035 North Road, Burnaby, BC, V3J 1S3

Easily accessible just steps away from the Lougheed skytrain station

North of Lougheed Hwy on the West Side of North Rd

Phone: (604) 484-6552

E-mail: info@krakit.ca

REGULAR HOURS OF OPERATION: *bookings outside of regular hours possible please contact us for more info*

Monday-Thursday 3:00pm – 11:30pm

Friday 3:00pm -12:30am

Saturday 11:00am – 12:30am

Sunday 11:00am – 11:30pm

Cost

Each single Escape Game per person is $22.00 (taxes included)

Tuesdays all games are $10/person (NOT including taxes)

Is it your birthday? Then your game is free *the day of your birthday.

To book your Room Escape experience at Krakit, click here.

Visit Krakit on Facebook and Twitter too!

Check out the Lower Mainland’s Largest Hot Wing Eating Contest, Thursday October 23rd @ Wings #KingoftheWing

 

Wings Restaurants & PubsThis Thursday, October 23rd, Wings Tap & Grill in Surrey, will be holding the final round of the Lower Mainland’s Largest Hot Wing Eating Contest!

The final seven finalists will be gorging on piles of hot wings as they compete for the $500 Grand Prize and the coveted title “King of the Wing”!

The competitors

Wings has been a long-time supporter of the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, so for every #KingoftheWing mention on Twitter and Instagram, they will donate $1. And as an added treat, Sonny Bear the mascot will be in attendance to entertain the kiddos and support the competitors.

Wing in training

Be sure to pop into Wings Tap & Grill, located at 7124 King George Blvd in Surrey to cheer on the competitors!

And remember, for the duration of the competition, for every #KingoftheWing shared on Twitter and Instagram, Wings will donate $1 to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation!

#KingoftheWing

You can start by Tweeting this:

“RT: I am #KingoftheWing @Great_Wings, in support of @BCCHF”

Who doesn’t love great wings?!

Who will be crowned #KingoftheWing?

Monkeying around Mommy-style! #WildPlay #YMCCommunity

When was the last time you acted like a kid?

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Photo: Grown Ups the movie

I mean…not attitude-wise, but actually had fun and let loose?

Rode your bike and took your feet off the pedals? Danced or sang out loud to a favourite song that came on over the speaker system at the grocery store? Ran through the Spray Park laughing out loud? Or climbed a tree?

Last weekend, a bunch of fellow Moms and I decided to climb some trees!

It's a long way down!

It’s a long way down!

It was AMAZING!

We threw on our big girl panties and tested our strength and courage as we navigated our way through a series of climbing skills, precarious bridges, ziplines, and nets. The harnesses that we doned, helped provide some more courage by adding extra security as we ascended higher at each level.

Getting warmed up.

Getting warmed up.

The great thing was, that if your inner chicken appeared, you could make your escape route at the end of the level that you were doing.

Monkido

The course took us about 2 hours to complete and by the end if it, our hands and upper bodies were certainly feeling that they had been abused. A few of us even kissed the ground once touching down.

Monkido

Here’s the 411 on Monkido at WildPlay Elements Park:

On the Kids, Buddy, or Classic series of games, guests navigate through the trees from two to eighteen metres above ground in “monkey-see, monkey-do” style. The experience involves climbing, zip-lining, jumping, and swinging across sections of log ladders, cargo nets, rope swings, tightropes, swinging logs, wobbly bridges, and more aerial surprises. As the course progresses, the obstacles gradually become higher and more difficult, testing physical and mental limits, before winding up with a huge smile and sense of accomplishment.

WildPlay Elements Park

The Monkido® Aerial Adventure is an independent activity, appropriate for people ages seven to seventy-plus. No previous experience required. Equipment, demonstration, course monitoring, and encouragement are provided by qualified Element Guides.
Every Monkido® Classic, Buddy, and Kids adventure includes:
Harness equipment designed to work specifically with all our course games.
Risk management training on a demo course to teach independent navigation though games and zip lines.
Sixty (or more) suspended games and zip lines; grouped by height and difficulty into colour-coded course sections (with exit points at each transition to the next level).
Self-guided pacing that provides natural and comfortable movement regardless of experience.
Trained and certified Element Guides who monitor the course and provide helpful obstacle tips (and encouragement) – from the ground (Private guides are available with advance notice, call a Guest Service Agent at any Park for details).
Healthy outdoor playtime for individuals and groups.
Unleash healthy outdoor playtime for individuals and groups!

Monkido

If you’re looking for a challenging, yet fun experience, be sure to visit Wild Play Elements Park and find your inner monkey.

WildPlay Elements Park