Be ready for any “Occasion” with Oakridge Centre. {Giveaway 2 Winners) #OakridgeStyle

Have you ever been at a loss of what to wear, what to bring or how to be at a special occasion?

The Occasion

Oakridge Centre has launched “The Occasion“, a magazine-style resource for everything and anything that you need to know for any occasion. Here, you’ll find what to wear, what to bring and what to do, so you’ll knock ’em dead at every social gathering.

Recently, I had a couple of social engagements to attend to and I wasn’t sure of the attire for the evening and I had no clue about what accessories to add to my ensemble. Fortunately they weren’t posh dining events or multi-cultural weddings, but if they had been, “The Occasion” has that covered with the “Cultural & Etiquette Guides”.

And in the event that you are playing “Hostess”, The Occasion has a section to help you throw a fabulous bash of your own, from making invitations to practical tips on how to throw a seamless party.

To celebrate this special occasion, they are hosting a contest to WIN a gorgeous Birks Freshwater Pearl Necklace, valued at $750. Please enter here.


So if you’ve received an invitation to an upcoming event, check out The Occasion and see some suggestions of what outfit would be best suited for the engagement so that you arrive in style instead of standing out like a sore thumb.

To help you get started, Oakridge Centre has generously provided Raincity Parent with a $50 Gift Card to be given away to two lucky readers! Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below. The giveaway runs from July 4th-11th, 2014 and is open to residents of the Greater Vancouver area.

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Oakridge Style

Bring the jungle gym right to your front door! #VancouverTumblebus #YMCCommunity

When planning a party for the kiddos, a few thoughts come to mind…

Do I have the space to accommodate the the kids, what can we do to keep them entertained, and what’s not going to break the bank?


Young kids, generally have a lot of energy to burn, so having physical activities is a great way for them to burn off their excess enthusiasm and the sugar coursing through their bodies from the candies and cake that they’ve just consumed.

In the Summer months, you can take advantage of the great weather, and hit up one of the local parks where the weelets can run around like maniacs, climb, slide and swing their little hearts out, and frolic about in the spray park.


When the weather is less that co-operative, or you’d like to have the party at your home, but don’t have the space or the equipment, there is a solution!

The Vancouver Tumblebus! Perfect for kids ages 2-9yo.


A TUMBLEBUS® is a gym on wheels filled with fun equipment—bars, beam, vault, mountain, trampoline, rings, zipline, monkey bars and much more—thereby bringing the best possible physical education class to children at daycares, elementary schools, private schools, special events, birthday parties and everywhere else!


To book a party with Vancouver Tumblebus, you can reach Trish Mandewo at 604-726-0856, or on their Facebook Page.

Mention Raincity Parent when you’re booking a Silver Party, and you’ll receive $10 OFF and a t-shirt for the Birthday kiddo!

Preschool, a great place to make new friends!



We are now 3 weeks into preschool, and our little lady is loving it! No really, she can’t wait to go back and see her friends and play.

Every day she comes home to tell us that she loves her new friends and that she shared her snack with them.

Not only is she making new friends, but I’m making new friends too! Hanging with the Mommies after class in the playground, you can’t help but start chatting. It’s truly a wonderful thing when, not only the kids connect, but the Mommies do too.

Mommy park Chat

Mommy Friends

We’ve already been invited to a Halloween party and in turn our wee lass has invited her friends to her upcoming 4th Birthday party.

Sweetly enough, these little fellas are both calling her their “girlfriend”:)

Kids kissing

Loves Young Dream