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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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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{{Giveaway}} Cherish the Charm, Taste the Tradition as German Christmas Fest Lights Up 50,000 Square Feet of Holiday Fun & Finery at Jack Poole Plaza .

We are so excited to visit the Vancouver Christmas Market again this year at their new location!

This family-friendly event is always a treat to go to with the abundance of shopping, amazing food and kid-friendly activities!

Nothing says “It’s Christmas Time in the City” like the Vancouver Christmas Market, launching its 7th season on November 26 at a new and expanded scenic site at Jack
Poole Plaza. Bigger, better, and brighter this year, the cherished annual event runs to
December 31 and features more of everything Vancouverites have come to love about this
German-flavoured festival of authentic food, drink, entertainment, and foraging for unique
treasures to stuff into stockings or tuck under the Christmas tree.

With more than 70 huts featured in the 2016 event, Malte Kluetz, Founder and President of the
Vancouver Christmas Market, says, “We’re thrilled by the number of vendors participating this
year and by the capacity our new location affords to add even more guests to the hundreds of
thousands of visitors who make our annual offering part of their family holiday tradition.”

Shiny and New …

The 2016 market will introduce Canada’s first-ever Christmas Pyramid: a 23-foot tall structure
adorned with angels representing various aspects of European culture. Designed locally by architect Jordan Kutev and Lukas One Productions, the rotating sculpture plays festive music
from various regions of Europe where Christmas Pyramids are a time-honoured tradition. Also
new this year is an enclosed Alpine Haus tent and seating area, designed to accommodate
more than 250 people and overlooking spectacular views of the North Shore.

The increased vendor space at Jack Poole Plaza allows for the introduction of many new sensations, such as daily demonstrations of the Feuerzangenbowle (“Fire Tongs Punch”), a
traditional German mulled wine and rum beverage whose ceremonial preparation includes
caramelizing a large sugar cone over the concoction. New vendor Olga Capone Cannoli
Company offers Italian-style cannoli made from an Old World recipe passed down from  generation to generation since the 1930s. Those with dietary restrictions will want to visit new
vendor Marie’s Guilt Free Bakery where they’ll find gluten-free, egg-free treats that cater to the
needs of vegan and sugar-free diets. In total, the market will boast 24 food and drink huts –11 of
which are appearing for the first time in 2016.

New international vendors include Nica Ceramica, selling hand-made ceramic vases and other
products from Nicaragua that are difficult to find in Canada, and MisH MasH, featuring hand-
made Christmas angel ornaments and little elephant figurines from Africa.

This year, the market also offers gifts for the ecologically-minded with Eco Books 4 Kids
offering books about Canadian wildlife that are printed on FSC or recycled paper with vegetable
inks and non-toxic coatings, and Mistura & Fento’s handcrafted watches and sunglasses made
from wood and other sustainable materials.

Tried and True …

Recognizing that nothing succeeds like success, the market is delighted to welcome back many
of the vendors that have helped build its reputation for European charm and epicurean choices.
The signature array of mouth-watering German delectables will be back, including Glühwein
(hot-spiced mulled wine), Bratwurst, Gulasch, Spätzle, Handbrot, German Pizza, and so much
more. This year’s selection of German and Austrian beers includes Stiegl’s Radler, Stiegl’s
Pilsner, Erdinger Weissbier, and Erdinger Dunkel. Sweet tooths can be satisfied at The
Gingerbread Haus with its own line of artisanal German gingerbread, and ART Meets CHOCOLATE, which offers locally hand-crafted pieces of edible art.

Gift hunters will want to make their way to The Nutcracker House for classic Christmas
decorations made in the Erzgebirge region of East Germany, and to Käthe Wohlfahrt of
America, Germany’s largest Christmas retailer whose wares include ornaments made of wood,
mouth-blown glass, and hand-painted pewter. Herrnhuter Sterne is also back with stunning
star ornaments and the launch of a new product – handmade metal incense smokers from Huss/Neudorf. Market favourite Provence En Couleur Home Décor is returning with
unique wood kitchen utensils and soaps from France.

In the Mood …

The Vancouver Christmas Market swings into Yuletide with a lively line-up of entertainment,
including house band The Gingerbread Men. Dashing and debonair, The Gingerbread Men will
croon irresistible holiday classics. Also setting the seasonal mood will be Phat Santa Swing;
jazz pianist Aiden Miller; one-man cover band Rob Eller who channels performers from Dave
Matthews to Stephenwolf; and Andrew Mockler, an Auckland-based singer/songwriter originally
from Middlesbrough, UK.

Little ones can look forward to an array of activities designed to delight. From the market-wide
scavenger hunt to gingerbread decorating at Gingerbread Haus through assembling star
ornaments at the Herrnhuter Sterne Hut and riding the Christmas Carousel, Mom and Dad
may find it hard to keep up. The Vancouver Christmas Market mascots ‘Holly and Jolly’ will be
on hand for hugs and photo ops and the jolly old elf, Santa himself, will be ready to hear children
whisper their Christmas wishes when they visit him at the Photo Hut.

Perhaps the best memory of all to take away from the Vancouver Christmas Market is strolling
the twinkling pathways of a European-inspired Christmas village in the crisp winter air,
discovering the flavours, fun, and family feeling of the city’s premier pre-Christmas event.

Date: November 26 to December 31, 2016: 11am – 9pm
December 24: Closed at 6pm; December 25: Closed
Ticket prices: Single Admission from Adult $8 – Children 0-6, Free
Purchase online to receive a complimentary Season Pass!
Christmas Packages from $20

Address: Jack Poole Plaza – Home of the Olympic Cauldron

(Vancouver Convention Centre West)

1055 Canada Place

Vancouver, BC V6C 3G3

Website: vancouverchristmasmarket.com

To buy tickets, please click on this image:

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{{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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A beautiful way to send out your holiday greetings! #Minted

It’s that time of year again to send your holiday greetings to your nearest and dearest!

I love seeing the variety of holiday cheer that come in the mail from our family and friends during the Christmas season. We are always sure to send our best wishes along as well.

I don’t know about you, but we really put some thought into our Christmas cards. Something that reflects our personalities.

We’ve picked our Christmas cards from Minted again this year. 

They have such an awesome assortment of holiday cards available! Photo and non-photo cards, that are customizable to your favourite colours and themes.

We received our cards in under a week and they are gorgeous!


Minted also has stationary, art and decor available. We’ve added a few pieces of our around our home and just recently picked out this beauty for the kid’s room.


Be sure to visit Minted’s website this holiday season to check out their lovely assortment of customizable cards that your family and friends would love to receive!

Some background about Minted and their holiday card selection:

  * Minted is a design marketplace of independent artists from around the globe.

  * All holiday cards are available with matching custom stamps, envelope designs and FREE recipient addressing. Save time and make your holiday card beautiful from the inside out.

  * Enjoy our FREE concierge address book service. Send us your addresses in any format, from envelopes to lists, and we will build out your Minted Address Book.

  * 2016 holiday card trends: Take it from our community of independent artists— midnight blues, graphic black & white, botanical wreaths, and glittery foil are what’s on-trend for this season. Among this year’s top trends are real foil-pressed holiday cards in gold, silver and rose gold and photo letterpress holiday cards featuring the luxurious look and feel of letterpress paired with unique inks and vibrant colors.

  * Minted is known for its high-quality paper and printing. Minted’s Signature paper is thick and luxurious with a creamy cotton texture, and has been optimized for photo printing. You can also choose 100% recycled paper, Pearlescent paper which adds a subtle shimmer, DoubleThick paper or even TripleThick paper. Minted also offers postcards, ornament cards and 8 unique die-cut shapes. A variety of backer options allow you to add additional photos, text, and customization options to your holiday card.

  * Minted’s assortment of stationery, art, home decor and digital offerings is constantly expanding as Minted grows its artist community and hosts ongoing challenges.

9th Annual West Coast Christmas Show and Marketplace

If you’re looking to escape the shopping mall crowds and find gifts made by local companies and artisans, check out the West Coast Christmas Show & Marketplace on November 18 to 20, 2016 at the TRADEX Trade and Exhibition Centre in Abbotsford, BC. Over two hundred vendors, including over 140 select artisans will offer items for your friends and loved ones, items not found in the usual mall outlets.

In addition check out some of the special newsworthy features of this year’s show:

NEW SHOW EVENT:
The BC Artisan Marketing Society’s SHARING TREE

In co-operation with ARTISAN, SHARON HUBBARD 

To benefit the local charitable organizations participating in the FESTIVAL OF TREES

For a minimum donation of $5 you may write a card and place it on the Sharing Tree and keep one of the artisan’s handmade ornaments from the tree as a keepsake of your contribution.

Click here for more details on this new feature.

On our Home For The Holidays Stage:

Chef Thompson Tran – Grammy Award Nominee, 2010

In 2002 Chef Thompson obtained a Bachelor of Music degree in classical guitar and spent several years performing around Western Canada. Four years later he took a two-year hiatus from cooking to pursue a musical dream that culminated in a Grammy Award nomination.

Click here for a full lineup of the presenters on the Home for the Holidays Stage.


In Santa’s Workshop

The youngest entrepreneurs in the West Coast Christmas Show, Calla & Noelle were only 7 and 9 years old when with the help of their mother, Kathi of the Li’l Ol’ Craft Company started a letter writing to Santa service for all the little kids visiting the Christmas Show and wanting to get a wish list sent off to Santa Claus.

Now aged 10 and 12, Calla & Noel are back for the fourth year at the West Coast Christmas Show and headlining the activities taking place in Santa’s Workshop of children’s activities which include
Letters to Santa provided by Calla & Noelle of the Li’l Ol’ Craft Company

Christmas Cookie Decorating, decorate your own Christmas cookie

Fraser Valley Scale Modelers Club – Model plane making 

Sand-Art – create.pictures with coloured sand

Christmas Tree Ornament, decorate your own ornament and take home to hang on your tree.

Click here to see all of the activities in Santa’s Workshop.


THE UGLY SWEATER CONTEST, SECOND ANNUAL


Don’t have one? Or didn’t bring with you?
Check out the selection at Kea Embroidery & Designs & Greener Valley Trading.

Here’s how it works:

We take your picture and post it on Facebook. The sweater with most ‘likes’ by November 27th is the winner.

Great prizes to be won!


LOVE ETSY?

Then check out a full range of our Etsy Vendors product lines at the show:

BRAINYCAKES DOG BARKERY

CEDAR AND STAIN

ERON HAMILL ARTISAN JEWELRY

HANNAH STONE

JAR GIRL, THE

JULU DESIGNS

KOOTENAY SPOONS LTD

LILAC BLUE DESIGNS

MEDITERRA SOAPS

MY CHEEKY BABY INC

PERSONAL TOUCH GIFTS

PICK ME UPCYCLED

RED LEMON NATURAL LIVING

For The Male Hipsters In Your Life!!!

Bad Ass Beard Balm Grooming Kits – for shaving and beards

Wayward Distillation House – Unruly Vodka

Mapacity – digital maps

Wolf – exotic socks for men


The Sounds of the Holidays Stage


Click here for more information on the performers below:

List of Performers: 

Abbotsford Traditional Secondary School

Bakerview Music Academy

Cascadia Wind Ensemble

Central Fraser Valley Fiddlers

Chicks With Sticks

Chilliwack Community Band

Chilliwack Harmony Chorus

Collage Singers

Dynamic Music Instruction

Inspire Arts Academy

Joy Vox Community Choir

Langley A & B ukulele Ensembles

Les Echos Du Pacifique

MEI Bel Canto Singers & Junior Chorale

MEI Chamber Singers

Opus One Women’s Choir

Sm:)E band

Soundscape Chorus

Trinity Western University Concert Choir



West Coast Christmas Show Essentials:

Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and a $1 discount applies if bought online. 

FREE admission for youth & children 16 and under. 

FREE PARKING + 

FREE parking lot trolley shuttle service by the Vancouver Trolley Company
For more information, visit westcoastchristmasshow.com.

Hours: 
Friday, Nov 18, 2 pm -9pm 

Saturday, Nov 19, 10am – 6pm 

Sunday, Nov 20, 10am – 5pm

TRADEX Address: 1190 Cornell Street, Abbotsford, BC, V2T 6H5 

{{Giveaway}} Santa’s Little Helper! #KaboodlesToyStore

Yep, it’s that time again…

Hitting up the chain toy stores armed with your kid’s massive list of all the toys that they “need” for Christmas, complete with detailed drawings.

I’m not really a fan of jumping aboard the current toy trends, so I tend to visit the shops that are unique and locally owned.

Kaboodles Toy Store

Kaboodles Toy Store is an über awesome place to get exactly what the kiddos will love!

Playmobil, Lego, Minions, board games, puzzles, wooden toys and even fun stuff for grown-ups.

Goodies from Kaboodles

From now until Christmas, Kaboodles Toy Store is running their annual toy drive in support of the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau, who supports families who can’t afford gifts for their children’s. You can participate in the toy drive by bringing in any unwrapped toy, or you can purchase some from any of the Kaboodles Toy Store locations, and receive a 10% discount when you do! All gifts collected will be delivered to the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau who will pass them on to families in need.

Kaboodles Toy Drive

In the spirit of giving…Kaboodles Toy Stores have given us a LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes Black Manta Deep Sea Strike play set to give away to one lucky Raincity Parent reader! Contest open to Canadian residents only (excluding Quebec), ending December 6th, 2015. Enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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