There’s a new way to save money in town!

Having to make your money stretch is something your parents taught you, but when you start a family, you really appreciate that valuable lesson. Making sure that you have all the basic necessities and still have some left over for the extras!

Watching the flyers for sales, subscribing to websites that send you updates on deals and promotions, joining Facebook groups where members share links and ideas on how to save money, couponing, consignment and resale stores and buy and sell groups and websites are many of the ways we go about saving our money.

Wouldn’t it be great to have a membership card that will give you discounts when you shop at a variety of businesses?

There is!


Launched in Toronto and Vancouver, The Healthy Mom Discount Card is a new membership program that will get you discounts at participating businesses with a selection of natural, health-focused and eco-friendly products and services.

To check out the businesses in your area click here and to purchase your card click here!

 

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SAHP: Upgrades to get back into the work force #YMCCommunity

So, you’ve had a baby or more…

You spend a year at home on Maternity/ Paternity leave and then maybe, just maybe, you choose to stay home with the kids.


Finances are tight with one income, but you learn to make to money stretch and you’re OK with that. 

Five or more years down the road, when you’re done having babies and they’re now in school full-time, you may be ready to get back into the work force. Perhaps you’re still at home with a little one and could take this opportunity to enroll in a distance program that will allow you to upgrade your skills or start a new career, but at the same time be at home with the kidlets.

But the working world has changed since you last worked and now your skills are probably outdated. You’ll need to upgrade your skills and chances are, you’ll be needing to take a course or more. Maybe you want to completely change your direction and taking a course or program is a definite must. 


But, again…finances are tight because you are a single income household and monies brought in go to the most important things like bills, food, school stuff, extra-curricular activities for the kids, gifts for the plethora of birthday parties that your kids get invited to and the never ending clothes shopping for your growing spawn. Furthering your education just seems to take a back seat to all of these things. What about before and afterschool care for your kids, so you can attend school full-time?

How do you make it work?

Is there financial aid available or even better…bursaries or scholarships that can be obtained?

What about childcare subsidies? Hubby makes too much for us to qualify, but we just can’t fathom $450/month per kid!

Where do you start looking? The banks, the institution in which your desired programs are being offered?

These are things to consider when you’re planning on getting back into the workforce or going back to school.

I am a full-time Stay-At-Home-Mom…I want to take this opportunity to learn more. 


Our kids are in school now. Come September, it’ll be full-time for both.

I know what I want to do. We just need to sort out the details of before and after school care and how to pay for it!

Have you gone back to school after being out of the workforce for an extended period of time? How did you manage financially?

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


{{The Giveaway}}

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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Win Big with @AsanaWomanCA on the #YouveGotThis {{Giveaway}}

We have an incredible giveaway that will set you on a fresh start for fall’s new beginnings. Helping you be relaxed, happy, confident and ready for anything, the amazing folks at Asana are sponsoring a giveaway valued at $650. It includes:

1. Beats by Dr. Dre Solo 2 Bluetooth Wireless Headphones – Gold (Value: $299)
2. One Year of Asana Woman assorted pads and pantyliners featuring biowave technology: (value: $110)
3. One iTunes gift certificate (value: $25)
4. Philips Hue starter kit ($130)
5. La Senza Gift Card ($100)

Asana Women Giveaway
Engineered for women, by a woman, Asana sanitary napkins are not only designed to be more effective – they can even be beneficial to your health. Asana’s Biowave Advantage™ is a complete breakthrough in feminine protection. Two vital components of Asana’s advanced technology are tourmaline and silver, which act to reduce menstrual discomfort, dispel odor, increase air circulation, balance the body’s pH and enhance metabolism. For real. Developed by a chemical and environmental engineer with a Masters degree from the University of British Columbia, this groundbreaking product has finally launched across Canada, it’s birthplace.

Screen Shot 2016-08-30 at 7.23.26 PMHealth Canada has classified the Biowave Advantage™ layer as an antibacterial Medical Device Class 1 (which is a super hard designation to attain). This means that fretting about itchiness, vaginal odour and wetness during your oh-so-fun monthly cycle are no longer worries. Bacteria and fungus ‘down there’ are also lessened. Asana helps combat yeast infections naturally and is 95% biodegradable. In addition to the great health benefits of Asana’s Biowave advantage, they are also one of the thinnest on the market, yet offer yet offer the most absorbency, the fastest rate of absorbency and best assurance of leak protection.

So as you are chilling to music in new La Senza lingere while wearing your new Beats by Dr. Dre headphones and having fun changing the ambiance in your home to over 1000 different colours with Philips Hue bulbs, you can be assured that #YouveGotThis. There’s really nothing to worry about.

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Why all my underwear are “Period Panties”. #YMCCommunity

Long long ago, when I was in my late teens, early 20’s…I actually owned bra and panty sets.


They were so pretty. They matched, or at least were co-ordinated.

I shopped at La Senza. Canada’s version of Victoria Secret, where you could get two bras for $40 and five pairs of panties for $20. I was also, still working full-time and childless, so OF COURSE I had nice underbits!

Flash forward 20{ahem} years later, and I have given birth to two kids, hung up donated all of my working duds, and long gone are the days of fancy panties and push-up bras. I should have kept those push-up bras though because my ladies have headed so far south that a push-up bra would definitely come in handy.

My “tighty whitey/ granny panties” are now the staple of my daily attire.

The unfortunate sneezes, line-ups for our one bathroom, exercises that I do regularly to get my body back from having kids and the new version of Aunt Flo that my body produces, have totally ruined the idea of wearing gorgeous lingerie for me. The special laundering required for lingerie does not work with my normal laundry schedule. The most I am capable of in my hectic schedule is separating the lights from the darks before tossing them in the washing machine. 

I do see a light at the end of the tunnel though.

When the kids are both in school full-time, I will more me time allowing my Mr. Hyde FrankenMom persona to stay home while I work on a more publicly accepted version of myself.

I’m excited…just need to find some fashion sense and a new hairdresser 😜

Big footed girl problems. #YMCComunity

I’m considered tall.

As a kid, I was the tallest girl in my class. The boys liked the other girls because they were shorter.

I’ve never been bothered by my height though. My first serious boyfriend was three inches shorter than me and the guy I now call my husband, is also three inches shorter than me.

See, no biggy.

The problem I have though is…I have HUGE feet!

I peaked at a size 10 in my young adult years. No problem though because I still found shoes in my size when I went shopping. Now, after having two kids, my feet have grown a whole size bigger and I’m now stomping around in size 11’s!

Stores don’t really carry shoes in this size!

I’m now having to locate warehouse size shoe stores or shop online to find footwear that fits me.

The funny thing is though…I have several girlfriends who are in the same boat as me! We all have gargantuan feet and nowhere to buy shoes!

Nowadays, women are taller and have bigger feet. Perhaps the shoe stores should increase their size range to accommodate us.

All I’m asking for is runners, sandals and rain boots for my feeties that I can get at the regular shoe stores! Is that too much to ask?

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.