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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Add a healthy punch with #Seedibles {{Giveaway}}

Most kids are picky eaters.

It totally sucks when you’re trying to add variety into your mealtimes and your kids fight with you tooth and nail to eat the food that’s placed in front if them. Hubby and I even have to “assist” with getting the food from their forks into their mouths.

Yep…totally sucks! But we at least eat ours first. Kinda like the airplane instructions of getting the air mask on your face before assisting others.

I’ve been trying to add more whole grains to my kid’s diets but find it hard to get them to eat anything “seedy”. They aren’t fans of grainy breads or quinoa subbing in for rice, so I tried another route.

I’ve recently been introduced to Seedibles.

Seedibles

Seedibles are delicious and uber nutritious and can be added into any recipes. They are full of super seeds like flax, hemp, quinoa and amaranth and then have all natural spices blended in to make great flavours.

QuinoaCool

We like to add Seedibles to our morning smoothies and I’ve even sprinkled CinnaWow onto cottage cheese!

CinnaWow can be used in all the “sweet” things your child loves to eat. It’s great on oatmeal, yogurt, mixed in pancakes or cookies!

CinnaWow

QuinoaCool is the perfect addition to lunches, snacks or dinners. It can blend in with pastas, tacos even grilled cheese sandwiches. Your child won’t even know it’s there.

Wanna try some Seedibles for yourself! We’ve got a pack each of CinnaWow and Quinoa Cool to give away to one lucky Raincity Mama reader! Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below. Giveaway is open to residents of the Greater Vancouver area only. Enter via the Rafflecopter link below. 

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Breaking down the walls on our dirty little secret. #YMCCommunity

So you’ve had a baby or two…perhaps more.

Have you noticed a change in your lower lady bits? Do you leak when you exercise? Are you having trouble going number two? Maybe intercourse with your partner isn’t as comfortable as it once was, or maybe it’s now become painful? Are you feeling lower back or hip pain?

If you answered “Yes!” to any or all of these questions, then it’s time for you to see a pelvic floor physiotherapist! They will assess the status of your pelvic floor, by using real-time ultrasound as well as an internal examination.

I recently went in for a pelvic floor examination because I was experiencing several of the afore mentioned symptoms and I needed to figure out what was going on. During the ultrasound part of my exam, my pelvic floor physiotherapist showed me that my pelvic floor was not functioning as it should. I had the proper “squeeze”, however the “lift” was practically non-existent. She then performed an internal exam and discovered that I had a lot of scarring due to being pregnant and child birth. She was able to manually separate the adhesions from the walls of my cervix and vagina and I immediately felt a change and better movement when she was finished.

Photo credit: clearpassage.com

Photo credit: clearpassage.com

I am three and a half years post partum…it’s never too late to have a pelvic floor exam! My therapist told me of a client of hers that was in her seventies, went in and after her initial appointment, had immediate results affecting her urinary and digestive functions!

How AMAZING is that?!

I wasn’t aware about pelvic floor wellness until a few years ago. Chances are, you aren’t either.

After having my consultation, I DO NOT understand why all women, post childbirth, are not recommended to have a pelvic floor assessment! You go in for your post partum exam where they check that your bleeding has subsided, your tummy muscles are headed back in the right direction and any cuts and tears are healing properly, so why on Earth would you not be sent in to check on the status of your pelvic floor?

Having a proper functioning pelvic floor will prevent future core dysfunction. Proactive is a better route than reactive.

Were you also aware that you can ensure pelvic floor wellness during pregnancy and childbirth? Another topic that doctors don’t bring up at your regularly scheduled appointments throughout your pregnancy.

Prepare To Push™ written by Kim Vopni (aka The Fitness Doula), is a fantastic read that all pregnant women should get their hands on! This book highlights the need to prepare your body for childbirth and recover with core restoration.

Prepare To Push

Ladies, it’s so important to take care of your bits and pieces! Don’t be afraid to see a pelvic floor physiotherapist if you are experiencing any of the symptoms that I mentioned at the beginning of this post. And if you know someone who is planning on getting or is currently pregnant …pick them up a copy of Prepare To Push™.

Help spread the word about pelvic floor wellness and encourage women to talk openly about their concerns. Let’s change the way we think our bodies are supposed to be after pregnancy and childbirth. We’ve come a long way since our mothers and grandmothers gave birth!

{{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

 

Add a little bit more sweetness to your day…naturally. #Honibe {Giveaway}

Waking up at the crack of dawn by being tickled by your little one is a pretty sweet way to wake up.

I’ve never been much of a morning person (I’m still not, but coffee helps), but getting up to spend the day with my kids sure beats the alarm clock yelling at me to get my rear in gear and off to work.

Until I was pregnant, breakfast was never something that I did. I just could not bring myself to eat anything until at least 10:00am, and usually be then, I was totally starvolo! I even started taking vitamins while I was pregnant. Another thing I hadn’t done since being a kid and choking back those aweful Flintstone vitamins.

Photo credit: Reddit

Photo credit: Reddit

Vitamins have come a long way since I was a kid. Consumers are more aware of what manufacturers include in their products and they are demanding less artificial junk and more natural ingredients.

Honibe® is a manufacturer who listens to what consumers wants.

HonibeThe number one ingredient in their products is honey!

Honey is a natural sugar produced by bees and is known for it’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It is used to aid in digestion, athletes use it as a natural energy source, diabetics use it to help control sugar levels, it can help with weight loss, insomnia, cough relief and helps boost your immune system.

Honibe Honey Gummies

Honibe’s® Honey Gummies are delicious vitamins that both kids and grown-ups can enjoy. They contain honey and just the right amount of vitamins and minerals that you need to maintain a healthy body with only natural colours and flavours.

Honibe® Honey Gummies can be found at your local pharmacies or you can check here to locate the stores nearest to you.

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Enter to WIN a 1 year supply of Honibe® Honey Gummies! This contest is open to Canadian residents 18+ (excluding Quebec). Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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Weekend breakfast: Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes

I like to make big breakfasts on the weekend.

Big breakfast

All week, we usually have quick breakfasts so we aren’t late for school. And given the time between getting out of bed and getting out the door, the kiddos haven’t developed much of an appetite, so light breakfasts are ideal for us.

I also want all of us eating healthier.

There are no, what they call “kid” cereals in our home. They are so full of sugar and artificial colours, that I can’t fathom giving that junk to my kids. Our 5yo isn’t really a fan of cereal, but I still make her eat it on days when we have to rush. We tend to have hard boiled eggs, toast, yogurt, fruit and if it’s chilly, oatmeal.

This past weekend, I chose to make pancakes. Not only because they’re super yummy, but because we were low on eggs, I had a couple bananas that were dying and a container of Greek yogurt nearing it’s best before date.

This is the recipe I found, courtesy of Sally’s Baking Addiction:

Bowl of batter

Looks yummy!

Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes

Ingredients:

1 and 1/3 cups (167g) whole wheat flour (or white whole-wheat)
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 large egg (or 2 egg whites)
1 cup (240ml) milk*
1/2 cup mashed ripe banana (about 1 large banana)
2 Tablespoons dark brown sugar (or light brown)
1/4 cup (63g) Greek yogurt*
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup add-ins like chocolate chips or fruit, optional
Directions:

Toss the flour, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon together in a large bowl. Set aside. In a separate medium bowl, whisk the egg, milk, and banana together. Whisk in the brown sugar and yogurt until no lumps remain. Whisk in the vanilla until combined.

Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour the wet ingredients in. Stir gently until just combined. Do not overmix the batter or your pancakes will be tough and very dense. Add any mix-ins you prefer, but again – do not overmix the batter.

Heat a griddle or skillet over medium heat. Coat generously with cooking spray, oil, or butter. Once very hot, drop about 1/4 cup of batter on the griddle. Cook until the edges look dry and bubbles begin to form on the center or sides, about 1 minute. Flip and cook on the other side until cooked through, about 2 more minutes. Coat griddle/skillet again with nonstick spray for each pancake or batch of pancakes.

Keep pancakes warm in a preheated 200F degree oven until all pancakes are cooked. Serve immediately. Pancakes taste best right after they are made. Pancakes freeze well, up to 2 months.

*Recipe tested with both skim and vanilla almond milks. Soy milk, 1%, 2%, buttermilk, coconut milk, or rice milk are OK.

*Recipe tested with plain 0% Greek yogurt. Regular yogurt, any milk fat and your choice of flavor, is OK.

Of course I forgot to take a picture of the final results because the kids were screaming that they were starvolo, so here’s a pic from Sally’s Baking Addiction (they look better than mine did anyways).

Stack-o-pancakes

Photo credit: Sally’s Baking Addiction

Make sure you top with pure maple syrup, not the maple or butter flavoured high fructose corn syrup garbage that you can get in the stores.

Pure maple syrup