Glam nails that you can do at home! #YMCCommunity #JamberryNails

When was the last time that you had the time and finances to get your nails done?

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Every time I have one done, I ALWAYS destroy it within minutes! Whether it’s getting my money out to pay for it, grabbing my car keys or putting on my coat, it never fails, I always ding them up!

What a waste of money, in my eyes.

Being a busy Mom of two under 5, I don’t have the money or time to spend getting my nails done, and letting them set to ensure a lasting set of gorgeous nails.

Or do I…?

A girlfriend recently introduced me to Jamberry Nails.

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Jamberry Nails are nail wraps that you can apply at home for WAY less than you would pay for at a nail salon. There are hundreds of patterns and colours to choose from. So if you want to match your mood, outfit or season, you can change up your nail styles in no time and not break the bank, or lose precious time away from your kids.

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To get your own set of Jamberry Nails, you can go online and find a consultant near you.

Tracy’s Jamberry Nails has generously offered a set of Jamberry Nail wraps to one lucky Raincity Parent reader! This giveaway runs May 28th – June 4th, 2014 and is open to Canadian residents only. Enter via the Rafflecopter link below.
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Contact Tracy directly at http://www.facebook.com/tracysjamberrynails to get FREE shipping! Available from now until the end of June.

Everyone deserves a good night’s sleep! {Giveaway} #KidFitPillow #YMCCommunity

I remember when I was a kid, my first pillow was the “dead pillow”.

This pillow was one of my Mum’s old pillows. When she upgraded her own, I got the hand-me-down.

It was flatter than a pancake and really couldn’t be classified as a pillow. I don’t know if they had the regulations for pillows for kids like we do nowadays, but chances are, since I don’t even recall using a car seat or a seat belt back then, the guidelines for kids and pillows was probably pretty grey.

When my husband and I felt that our daughter was ready for her own pillow, I decided to carry on with tradition. I gave her my “dead pillow”.

I’ve never seen a kid-sized pillow anywhere…until now.

KidFitPillow

The KidFit Pillow was designed to fit and properly support a child’s head and neck as they grow.

Girl sleeping

 

The KidFit Pillow is built around a top-quality, perforated memory foam with holes that allow for airflow and better temperature regulation. This is great for us as both our kids are mini furnaces and ALWAYS sweat at night, even in the dead of Winter.

The cover of the memory foam is removable and washable and the cover for the pillow itself, is ultra-plush, hypo-allergenic, and machine washable.

Our daughter has been using her KIDFIT Pillow for the past week and she’s had a much better sleep. She’s not waking as often and when asked in the morning, she says that she feels well-rested.

The KidFit Pillow comes in 3 Stages:

Stage 1: for kids 2-4yrs old

Stage 2: for kids 5-7yrs old

Stage 3: for kids 8-11yrs old

Your kids sit in car seats made for them, so why would you let your kids not sleep on a pillow just for kids?

KidFit Pillow has generously provided Raincity Parent with a KidFit Pillow to giveaway to one lucky reader! This giveaway is open to residents of Canada and the US only and runs from May 14th-21st, 2014. Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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The KidFit Pillow is a recent PTPA Winner.

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Separating the “wets” from the “drys”…no time for soggy messes. #LilBeanzBoutique

Have you ever taken the kiddos swimming and somehow, after you’ve tossed all their wet gear back into the pool bag, a sneaky sopping swimsuit managed to find your cell phone and grocery list and decided it was a great idea for a group hug?

Wet cell phone

This happened to me, and went un noticed until we happily arrived at the grocery store 15 minutes after leaving the pool.

My phone was wrecked and I had no idea what we were to pick up at the store because my list had disintegrated and I suffer from a serious case of Mommy Brain.

A friend told me about the Wet Bag that Lil’ Beanz Boutique carries.

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Wet Bags

This bag is great to use with cloth diapers. When you have a bum change, instead if tossing the soiled diaper in your diaper bag and contaminating the world or using a plastic grocery bag, this bag contains the soggy mess and keeps it’s contents from leaking out and having your diaper bag smell like a port-a-loo. It can also be used for wet swim duds or soiled clothing and also to keep your valuables from getting wet. It’s water-resistant and completely washable.

I use ours to keep my valuables safe and dry. No more messed up phone and my shopping list will remain legible.

We’re planning a beach holiday soon, so this fabuloso bag will be joining us and keeping our electronic devices, passports, money, keys and books safe from sun, sand and water while we get in some much needed quality family time.

There are so many more awesome products available from Lil’ Beanz Boutique! Be sure to visit their website or Facebook Page to check them out. I personally am in love with the Head/ Neck Pillows and the Minky Blankets!

Lil' Beanz Products

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Nothing makes a girl feel prettier, than a little mini makeover. {Review & Giveaway} BeautyByKeeley #YMCCommunity

What woman doesn’t love a facial and playing with make-up?

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I remember, as a tweenager, hanging out in the girls washroom with our teen mags and our makeup palettes trying out the looks that apparently suited our eye colours.
We usually ended up looking like Mimi from the Drew Carey Show.

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Eventually, once we reached high school, this transitioned to the hot 90’s look.

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I remember MANY girls who lined their lips with brown or black liner, what were we they thinking?!

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Flash forward 25 years, and I’m so happy that I established a good skin care regime back in my late teens! And me going through a Make-Up Artistry course helped as well. I don’t look nearly as old as I could if I hadn’t cleansed and moisturized twice a day.
Pre-kids, I had WAY more time to give myself mini facials, tweeze my eyebrows, trim my “lady stache” and dig out those unsightly blackheads. Fortunately, I have a skin care specialist as one of my girlfriends!
Keeley Saunders is an Independent Beauty Consultant with Mary Kay Canada.
Recently she invited me over for a facial and make-up application for her #50faces30days promotion.
Of course I showed up with a full face of make-up and dreaded not using my regular gear to chisel through my goalie mask.
First Keeley had me use the eye make-up remover, which easily removed my mascara without leaving me with raccoon eyes.

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Then she had me use the 3-in-1 Cleanser, Toner and Exfoliator all in one. Using the super cool Skinvigorate brush, I scrub-a-dub dubbed away, followed by Microdermabrasion 2 Step Refine and Replenish. My face was left smooth and refreshed. I finished up with the Age a Fighting Moisturizer, because I will continue to fight my age until the day I die.
Once I had a fresh palette to work with, I summoned my inner Bob Ross and began to create my masterpiece.

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Keeley had me apply the face primer with SPF 15, so that my newly applied gorgeousness wouldn’t slide off my face by the end of the day, liquid foundation, eye primer (to keep the eye shadow from slipping into my eyelid cleavage) mineral powder blush, mineral eye shadow, Ultimate mascara and Nourishine lip gloss.

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I am a huge fan of trying new skin care products and playing around with different looks that can be created with cosmetics. It makes Mom’s Nights Out so much more fun, when you try out the dramatic look that you’ve been mastering for the last month.
Keeley has generously provided a complimentary facial treatment to one lucky Raincity Parent reader and you’ll get to invite up to 3 of your friends to
join you. Plus you’ll get a $50 shopping spree to be used at your appointment!

Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below. This giveaway runs from March 20th, 2014 – March 30th, 2014.
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If you’d like more information about Mary Kay products or would like to contact Keeley, please visit her Facebook Page.

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Make cleaning your home just a bit more ENJOyable. {Review & Giveaway} #ENJO #YMCCommunity

Cleaning the home is always a lame, time consuming task.

To Hell with Housework

I’d rather be spending time with my kids or getting out and about the town. But occasionally frequently in Vancouver, we have, what I call Mother Nature’s appointment to get you to clean your home. Obviously I’m referring to a rainy day.

I take advantage of these days as I do nap time. An opportunity to catch up on my housecleaning.

The kitchen gets greasy from all the cooking that I’ve been up to lately and the bathroom…well we all have bathrooms, so you know exactly what kind of grossness builds up in there.

I personally, have been looking for ways to eliminate toxic cleaners from our home, but also don’t want to spend hours scrubbing away at things until I wear right through them.

I’ve recently acquired some ENJO cleaning products to test-drive and share with you my findings.

ENJO
ENJO is an Austrian produced product using microscopic fibres that get “pore deep” into the surfaces around your home, attracting and holding the dirt that causes bacteria effectively and efficiently like a magnet, without the use of toxic chemicals, only water. This two-step process, gets the grime out from deep down and dries the surface with a super absorbent cloth.
Each room in your home has a different surface and different kind of dirt. ENJO has developed specific fibres to combat the various cleaning jobs from light to, “Honey, we need to move!”

My first battle was the bathtub and shower.

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I don’t recall the last time I cleaned the wall tile in the shower, so there was a good build up of soap scum on there and the tub always acquires the customary scunge around it. I used the ENJO Bathroom Glove to tackle this beast and was pleasantly surprised by the limited amount of elbow grease required to get them clean. The fibres in the glove, grabbed on to the wickedness that glommed on to the surface of the tile and tub and left them smooth and shiny.

Score 1 for ENJO.

Next round, I attacked the kitchen.

The sticky, greasy cabinets, hood fan and element drip pans were no match for the ENJO Kitchen Glove. A couple of wipes, and the baddies were trapped in the glove.

Score 2 for ENJO.

The other day, I switched the rotation on the ceiling fan, and was showered with dust bunnies.

Dusty ceiling fan
I pulled out the ENJO Dust Glove and gave the fan blades a good once over. Holy Dinah, the fibres in the glove not only grabbed to surface dust, but dug down into the wood grains and pulled out the dirt too! I gad to try it on the window blinds they I hadn’t cleaned since last Spring. Good grief Charlie Brown! It did an AMAZING job getting the grime out of those bad boys too!

And it’s a Hat Trick for ENJO!

At bedtime, instead of using eye make-up remover, I used the ENJO Eye Pad. With just a bit of water, I was able to remove all my eye make-up in a single wipe without ending up looking like I’d been watched a sappy Rom Com marathon.

Pleased? Ummm…yes, absolutely!

ENJO‘s cleaning gloves definitely sped up cleaning time for me, allowing me more time to spend with the kidlets, cooking and baking and let’s face in, not cleaning.

ENJO Consultant, Kate Bailey has generously provided an ENJO sample pack (a Kitchen, a Bathroom, a Dust, a Body & an Outdoor Pad, $50 value) to giveaway to one lucky Raincity Parent reader! Giveaway runs from March 10th, 2014 – March 16th, 2014. Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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Also, with a minimum $49 purchase of ENJO products purchased through Kate, she’ll throw in a FREE set of Eye Pads ($16 value)! To get your own ENJO cleaning system, contact Kate Bailey at http://www.enjo.ca/kbailey.

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#BelliestoBabiesCelebration

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Bellies to Babies Celebration Fall 2013

It’s back again!

The Bellies to Babies Celebration will once again be held at the Croatian Cultural Centre in Vancouver on October 6th, 2013.

The Bellies to Babies Celebration is a one of a kind event, offering a unique opportunity for new and expectant parents and grandparents to explore and shop for trendy baby fashions, decor and so much more! Moms-to-be can participate in educational workshops. Rookie Dads can take part in our Daddy Diapering Contest. Varied support groups will also be on hand to answer questions for new and expectant parents.

They will also be accepting expired car seats to be recycled, sponsored by UsedVancouver.com.

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Bring your expired car seats in for recycling.

AND…we’ve been selected to giveaway a $100.00 Gift Card to spend at the trade show!! Awesome, right?!

Win a $100.00 gift certificate to spend at the Bellies to Babies Celebration trade show on Sunday, October 6, 2013, at the Croatian Cultural Centre, Vancouver. To enter, check out the exhibitors on the Bellies to Babies Celebration website, then write a comment to this post naming the exhibiting company where you would spend the $100.00. Contest runs until October 1st, 2013.

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 To Attend: Register at www.belliestobabiescelebration.com or call 604-908-8835. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BelliestoBabiesCelebration for more ways to win.

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Bellies to Babies Celebration