{{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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Sleeping in the car, just became WAY more amazing!! {{Giveaway}} #SlumberSling

You’ve got everyone all packed into the “family mobile” and you’re off on your next journey to wherever…

Errand running, out and about for the day around town, or the epic road trip that will more than likely consist of multiple stops for potty breaks, snack attacks, the retrieving of “misplaced” toys, shoes, binkies or blankies, or, changing the DVD for the gazzillionth time.

Hopefully this will include an interlude of quietness from the backseat when the mites drift off into a nice slumber, so Mum and Dad can have a moments peace or, Heaven forbid, listen to some grown-up tunage!

I honestly don’t know how kids can sleep so soundly hunched over in their car seats! Necks craned over and heads rolling around at every curve. Clearly, their made of rubber!

Enter Slumber Sling!

Sleepy Dude

These fantastic straps to help keep your kiddos heads in the “upright and locked position” during those unexpected slumber sessions that can sneak up on them. They come in several cute designs, fit around car seats and are suitable for the bigger kids too. I think that for our next road trip, I might use one for myself too so I don’t end up with a sore neck myself!

Slumber Sling has passed safety requirements in a professional crash test. It is hand made from organic cotton in the USA. Click here to purchase yours today.

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Ash & Alys Babes has given Raincity Parent one of their fantastic Slumber Slings to giveaway to one lucky reader!!!

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Enter via the Rafflecopter link below. Contest open to Canadian residents only, excluding Quebec.

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A natural birth control that’s been around since the beginning of man. 

I’ve recently discovered that I have been oblivious to a natural birth control that has been right under my nose…

I was totally unaware of it’s presence and the magnitude of it’s power.

This year, specifically, we have been very pleased with it’s capability.

“What is this amazing thing?”, you ask? And, “Where can I get it?!”

Well…it’s only good for one year, and it’s something that only you can provide.

Ready?

It’s a 3yo!

Our son is on the cusp of turning three, and “Oh Mylanta!” this is a trying time!

The temper tantrums, the throwing of things, hitting, back talk and, my favourite, the sheer volume of noise coming out of him, definitely quashes any random thought about having another child!

  
We were very fortunate with our daughter, as we never had any issues during her third year, but Karma’s a bitch sometimes. 

I’m still trying to figure out if it’s a “boy thing” and “second kid thing” or a bit of both. I guess it’s like trying to figure out the meaning of life…

No one will ever really know.

I suspect this next year to be very intense and I hope to heck, my patience will last and I won’t lose my mind. I find that my running helps and the occasional glass of wine.

Did I say “occasional”?

What’s for dinner? Broiled Tilapia with Thai Coconut-Curry Sauce #Kid-friendly

The weather’s warming up, so eating heavy meals isn’t very desirable.

Our daughter’s on a rice kick right now and I felt like fish, so here’s what I made:

Broiled tilapia with coconut- curry sauce

Broiled Tilapia With Thai Coconut- Curry Sauce

courtesy of Food.com

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon dark sesame oil, divided

2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 cup finely chopped red bell pepper

1 cup chopped green onion

1 teaspoon curry powder

2 teaspoons red curry paste

1⁄2 teaspoon ground cumin

4 teaspoons low sodium soy sauce

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1⁄2 teaspoon salt, divided

1 (14 ounce) can light coconut milk (I used regular)

2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

4 (6 ounce) tilapia fillets

3 cups hot cooked basmati rice

1 lime, cut into 4 wedges

Directions:

Preheat broiler.
Heat 1/2 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.

Add ginger and garlic; cook 1 minute.

Add peppers and onions; cook 1 minute.

Stir in curry powder, curry paste, and cumin; cook 1 minute.

Add soy sauce, sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and coconut milk; bring to a simmer (but do not boil).

Remove from heat and stir in cilantro.

Brush fish with remaining 1/2 teaspoon oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt and place on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray (I just use parchment paper).

Broil 7 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.

Serve fish with sauce, rice, and lime wedges.

Broiled tilapia with coconut-curry sauce

I was so pleased with this recipe! The coconut-curry sauce was mild enough for the kids and oh-so tasty, that we really enjoyed it! I served it up with a side of rice, sauteed zucchini and some of our favourite kale salad. Perfect for a weeknight dinner. This sauce could be used with shrimp or chicken as well.

Quality under duds and casual wear that are comfy and ethical. {20% DISCOUNT CODE} #UNDERABLES 

I love to wear clothes that are comfy and casual.

In fact, if I could wear pajamas all day, I would do it!

UNDERABLES

I recently discovered UNDERABLES. They are an online boutique specializing in sleepwear, intimates and cozy apparel that are hand-picked by them, just for you and your family. They buy from quality suppliers that use sustainable materials and have ethical practices for the farmers and the workers that produce these products.

You can shop for underwear, pajamas, and loungewear available for both kids and grown ups. All orders are shipped from Vancouver, BC.

Our daughter loves the Goat-Milk tartan pants that we got her! They are comfy, and can been worn as play clothes or pj’s. They are very functional clothing!

Goat-Milk leggings (back)

 

Goat-Milk leggings (front)

Some of the brands available from UNDERABLES are:

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ALAS

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There are so many great pieces available for the whole family! I definitely plan on ordering some more clothing from UNDERABLES for my family!

You can visit UNDERABLES website here or check them out on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram.

Until June 30th, UNDERABLES is offering all Raincity Parent readers a 20% discount on your entire purchase! Please enter promo code “RCP20” at checkout online to recieve your discount!

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Go ahead…let them get wet! #MyMayu {Giveaway}

If you have a toddler at home, especially a boy…you will understand.

We live in a rain forest! No, not like the Amazon, but along the coast of British Columbia. We lovingly call Raincouver our home and sometimes refer to it as the “Wet Coast”.

Wet grass

It’s all good! We love the rain and how it keeps our landscape lush and allows us to have the fortune of being at the beach and in the mountains all in one day. People flock from other countries to come pay us a visit and quite often, they fall in love with it as much as we do, so they decide to plant their roots here as well.

With our abundance of rain, comes…yep you guessed it, PUDDLES! A kid’s natural playground and a parents aid in accumulating laundry.

Rain boots are mandatory in our life and having an extra pair or two definitely come in handy for varying degrees of wet.

Tall rainboots that come to your knees are the best tool for splashing in big puddles and stomping around in little streams, but when you have a toddler…it can be fairly difficult sometimes to keep those bad boys on. They just seem to slip off, no matter how many layers of socks you have on.

We recently discovered MyMayu. These AMAZING boots not only keep our little Dude’s feet and pant legs dry, but the drawstrings at the tops and ankles, make it diffucult for him to pull them off in the van and when he gets carried (this won’t last much longer, he’s getting too heavy), they won’t slip off!

Standing in the grass

MyMayu boots are available in Play Boots (which we have) and also Explorer Boots.

Play Boots are light-weight and ideal for shallow puddles or urban walks. They have soft soles that are good for all seasons and are easily cleaned and dried so your little ones can get back out exploring right away. These boots are also great for playing in sand boxes! No more sand in their shoes and if something sharp is buried underneath, their little feet are protected.

Play boots

Explorer Boots are made with waterproof materials and the seams are sealed, allowing your kiddos to go all out in the biggest, deepest puddles that they can find! Also soft-soled, with drawstrings at the ankles and knees to keep from falling off and water to get in over top.

Liners are also available for the boots to add extra warmth during the colder days outside and if your child requires orthotics, these boots will accommodate them.

Yellow boots

Pair these fantastic boots with a Muddy Buddy and your kiddos will be virtually water-proof!

MyMayu is a Canadian company with products made fairly in Mexico. The materials contain no BPA or PVC and are vegan. The soles can be recycled!

MyMayu

 

Wanna WIN a pair of Play Boots for your kiddo? Of course you do!

MyMayu is giving away one pair of Muddy Munchkins or Big Kid Play Boots to one lucky Raincity Parent reader! The giveaway is open to Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) only and runs from May 29 – June 12, 2015. Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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That’s my boy! #YMCCommunity

As parents, we try our best to protect our precious little ones from violence and swearing…

but on occasion, there is no avoiding exposing them to the ugliness around us.

We spell out swear words when their little ears are nearby, and fumble to change the channel when adult content, whether violent or sexual, shows up on the TV screen.

Recently, we were privileged to be witness to an argument in public where swear words were being thrown around. Ugh! No avoiding that one.

Our 5-1/2yo daughter has always been very good at not repeating “grown up” words, even when she’s angry. But our 2-1/2 yo son, OY VEY! He is the BIGGEST parrot and has the most impeccable timing when he chooses to share his new found vocabulary.

I was picking our daughter up from school the other day and I brought along the wee dude. We always stay for a little while to play with friends and chit chat with the others parents.

When it was time to go, I hollered for my munchkins to head to the van and Tyrannosaurus Toddler yelled back, “Shut the F*€% up!”

Face Palm

I nearly died!

The playground got quiet and I felt all eyes on me. I wanted to disappear. How do you react to THAT!?

I quickly went to him, advised him that these words were grown up words and not appropriate for kids to use, but the more I did this, the more he thought it was funny and shared this with the onlookers.

I scooped him up and we made tracks to the van. I’m sure a great discussion was had in my absence, but whatever.

No, I don’t teach my kids these words. Yes, I have occasionally let a few slip out. Yes, I try to correct them when they are used. No, I’m not worried that others think I’m a terrible parent.

Life happens…roll with the punches. Kids will be kids and parents will always learn as we go along.

PS- I’m sorry my kid taught yours to swear. Next up…arm pit farts!