Spruce up your home using an “Accent”. {Review & GIVEAWAY} #EdenAccents #YMCCommunity

You know that feeling after the kids have been asleep for half an hour, you put your feet up, look around the room, and think, “This room needs something.”?
Maybe the mantle above your fireplace doesn’t display your family as nicely as it should.
The conversation coming from the centre of your dining room table is, “Hang your keys up on the rack!”
Maybe your front door tells your guests, “Come on in if you want…or not.”
Perhaps, your bum is bored by the paper you grace it with.

Well, then it’s time you paid a visit to Eden Accents.
Eden Accents, located in the lovely Sapperton area of New Westminster, houses some of the loveliest decor pieces that would make any abode, more cozy and interesting.

Cards

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From linens to dishware, toilet paper to cocktail napkins, garden accents to wall decor, they’ve got you covered. There is also a great assortment of kids tableware, bibs and more!

Kids tableware

I picked up this awesome door mat that dons my entry way!

WOW! Nice Underwear.

So next time you have the ladies over for cocktails, be sure to have a stack of sassy cocktail napkins on the hors d’oeuvre table and a roll of kiss covered toilet paper in the loo and you’re bound to get a conversation started.

And while you’re showing off your newly decored home, why not “posh up” the conversation by using an “accent” while doing it.

Eden Accents has generously provided a $25 Gift Card to giveaway to one lucky reader!

This giveaway is open to residents of the Greater Vancouver area and Fraser Valley and runs from February 27th, 2014 – March 9th, 2014. Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below. 

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Eden Accents

30 Minutes, just for me. {Series} Week 7

30 Minute Hit New Westminster

30 Minute Hit New Westminster

This week was a pretty good week!

Even though it was a short week, my Birthday AND my Anniversary, I managed to get in twice. Both times, I was last to go through the circuit, which made me a pretty good target for getting my butt pushed by the trainer to work my hardest.

Some days just get away from me, where the kids aren’t co-operating, they won’t eat their dinner in a timely manner, which runs into bath time, which runs into bedtime, which runs into Mommy’s exercise time. Those days do suck, but if I can’t make it into the gym, I tend to get a run in.

Trying to stay committed to a schedule is a great way to keep my sanity. The kids will hopefully get used to this and as long as we’re having dinner earlier than later, I should be able to make it in for a workout.

Hubby will be traveling a lot over the next little while, so I think I need to try getting Little Dude to hang out in the “kiddie corral” again. This may mean, “hopping” into the Port Moody location, as the kiddie area’s proximity is a bit closer to the actual workout area so maybe he won’t feel like I’m abandoning him;) Did I mention that you can “hop” between the different locations?

Strong man.

Strong man.

Bosu balancing.

Bosu balancing.

Taking a break.

Taking a break.

 

 

 

 

30 Minutes, just for me. {Series} Week 4

30 Minute Hit New Westminster

30 Minute Hit New Westminster

This week has been terrible!!

Hubby was away most of the week, so I was unable to get in for a workout. Our daughter started soccer, so that was also another busy night. Blargh, sometimes life throws a you a curve ball and messes with your plans and commitments:( I know I’m just letting myself down, but I will strive to do the best that I can under the circumstances.

Just to remind you that 30 Minute Hit is raising funds for Cancer Awareness through their “Kick the *&%! Out of Cancer” campaign. Please make a donation by clicking on the link.

Kick the *&%! out of Cancer

Kick the *&%! out of Cancer

30 Minutes, just for me. {Series} Week 3

30 Minute Hit New West minster

30 Minute Hit New Westminster

I’m 3 weeks in now and feeling AWESOME!!

I managed to get 3 days in this week. Hubby’s been traveling again for work, so that’s all I could manage this week. Little Dude’s not a huge fan of Mommy kicking some butt while he hangs out by himself, so I haven’t been able to take advantage of the kiddie corral as of yet. I think on a non-preschool day, I’ll attempt it again with my almost 4yo as well, so she can keep the wee lad occupied and distracted.

The 3 days that I did manage were sweaty, butt-kicking sessions. Every time I went in, the trainers made sure that I was working my hardest and even pushing me harder, so that I was getting the best workout possible. Stacey, Beau and Alayna were super supportive and motivating this week and I look forward to meeting and being pushed the other awesome trainers at my future workouts.

Let me introduce you to the trainers at 30 Minute Hit New Westminster. There is Beau, Monika, Kalia, Danie, Danielle, Alayna, Brett, Stacey, Katherine, and Nik B. And be assured, all of them will do their best to ensure that you have the best workout possible:)

I also found out that you can “Hit Hop”. You can visit other locations of 30 Minute Hit if you’d like to. Say you’re traveling out of town or maybe you just wanted to check out one of the other local studios, all you have to do is sign the waiver at that particular location and you can go right ahead and kick “Bob’s” butt. This is AWESOME news if you are planning on being away from home, but still want to get your workout in!!

Bob

Bob

Don’t forget, for the month of October, 30 Minute Hit is raising funds to Kick the *&%! Out of Cancer, so if you’d like to make a donation, please click on the link and help them get to their goal of $130,000.

Kick the *&%! out of Cancer

Kick the *&%! out of Cancer

30 Minutes, just for me. {Series}

30 Minute Hit New Westminster

Like a lot of new Moms, getting the baby weight off is a concern we have. What’s the best way to do it and how long will it take? Which gym or fitness class works around my baby’s new schedule? Can I bring my baby with me? A few years ago, after our daughter was born and I was looking into different fitness clubs and programs, I discovered 30 Minute Hit New Westminster.They offer a FREE trial class, so my girlfriend and I signed up. Stacey and Brett, the owners, were great! They were super friendly, made us feel comfortable and guided us through the entire 30 minute circuit. When we were done, we were tired, but it felt great! I wanted to sign up, but I knew that I’d be planning on getting pregnant again in the next few months, so I decided to hold off. When our son was born last year, I couldn’t wait to start exercising again. I did some spinning, and also started running, but the spin classes didn’t offer childminding and I didn’t own a suitable jogging stroller, so exercising while I was looking after the kids, wasn’t an option for me. Remembering back to the session I did at 30 Minute Hit , I thought that maybe now would be a great time for me to try it out again! My daughter is now in preschool several times a week in the morning so I would only have my son with me. They have, what I refer to as, a “kiddie corral”, so my now 1yo can play for the 30 minutes it’ll take me to do the circuit. And if he needs my attention, I can pop over to him and any point and tend to him.

The “kiddie corral”.

The circuit takes only 30 minutes to do and consists of fifteen, 2 minute stations. You alternate between ab, leg and arm workouts as you progress through the circuit, with a stretch station at the end once you’ve finished. When you sign up, your one time membership fee includes a new pair of leather boxing gloves with the 30 Minute Hit logo on it, and your monthly fees give you unlimited use of the circuit. This means, you can start out at an easy pace by going a couple times a week, and as your endurance improves, you could go more often. They are open 7 days a week, with 2 time slots on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and evenings, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, Saturday mornings and Sundays being reserved for boot camps.

My new leather gloves.

You must have an “indoor only” pair of runners, but you can go barefoot. Make sure you bring a LARGE water bottle (’cause you’ll need it) and a towel that is just large enough to lay on. Also, tie you hair back tightly because there isn’t enough time between intervals to fix your do! I learned this the hard way. I have been given the greatest opportunity to work with 30 Minute Hit New Westminster for the next 6 months! I will be training with them 3-5X per week and reporting on my progress, how I’m feeling and sharing photos of my transformation along the way. I am so excited to have been chosen to promote 30 Minute Hit New Westminster! I hope you stay and follow me along my journey over the next 6 months:)

“Bob” doesn’t stand a chance!