Summer…you don’t scare me anymore! {Giveaway} #YMCCommunity

I have never been a fan of Summer.

With the weather being warm and the clothing being minimal, I have always been uncomfortable wearing shorts, tanks and (heaven forbid) a SWIMSUIT!

Vintage Swimsuits

Being on the self conscious side, I prefer cooler temps to hide under layers rather than flaunting some skin.

But this Summer is different.

For the past several months, I have been exercising religiously. I have been doing 30 Day Challenges, at-home body weight workouts, a 90 Day Challenge, running, going for hikes, chasing my kids around, and I will be checking out GoodLife Fitness next month, so I’ve dropped some weight and feeling a lot better in my own skin.

The only thing that sucks about showing so much skin, is constantly keeping my legs, pits and bikini line smooth and clean. Thank goodness for Harry’s. These razors definitely do the job and the cost of replacing these blades is much lower than the major brands that I’ve used in the past.

It’s definitely been a challenge to keep exercising during the warm weather that we’ve been experiencing, but I figure, the more I sweat, the more fat my body is burning. As long I keep my motivation up, the working out will become less of a chore and more of a desire.

I look forward to seeing my achievements next Summer, when I hope to slip into a two piece suit that potentially could show a little mid section.

Harry’s Shaving Company has generously provided Raincity Parent a Truman Shave Set to giveaway to one lucky reader! This giveaway runs from August 21st-31st, 2014 and is open the Vancouver, BC area residents only! The winner must be able to pick up their prize! Enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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This post has been written  as part of the GoodLife Fitness Blogger Ambassador Program.

Help keep the kids from getting too crispy this summer! {Giveaway-2 Winners} #SunscreenBands

Do you remember when you were a kid, a sunburn was just part of Summer?

Sunburn

I don’t ever remember having sunscreen being applied to me before I headed out for a day in the sunshine. My Mum used to slather on the Ban de Soliel deep tanning oil and go lay outside for hours.

Now that I’m a Mum, I wouldn’t thin twice about applying sunscreen to my kidlets before we went out. Even on cloudy days.

Cover your kids in sunscreen

We are now aware of the dangers that can come from too much sun exposure. Ultraviolet rays from the sun can cause some serious skin damage and can contribute to skin cancer. It is so important that we protect our skin by wearing appropriate clothing, hats, sunglasses and sunscreens that have a broad spectrum SPF of 15 or over.

UV rays and their effect on skin

Sunscreens should be applied 20 minutes prior to sun exposure and should be reapplied regularly, after swimming, exercise or excessive sweating. For more information on how to use sunscreen correctly, please visit the Canadian Cancer Society’s website.

A great tool to help remind you to reapply your sunscreen are Sunscreen Bands.

Sunscreen BandsSunscreen Bands are a safe, non-toxic, recyclable product that is used along with your sunscreen. They help monitor your exposure to the sun by way of it”s colour changing abilities.

Put on a Sunscreen Band, apply a sunscreen with an SPF15 or higher to your skin AND on the band. Go play or work outside and as time goes by, the band will change colours, reminding you when it’s time to reapply your sunscreen and when you need to cover up or get out of the sun completely.

Colour changing abilities

This technology is so great, that now I feel safer going out in the sun with my kiddos knowing that even if I lose track of time, the Sunscreen Band is there to remind me when it’s time to refresh our application or head for the shade.

It’s also a great way to get the kids to head home from a day at the park and hopefully avoid any meltdowns that normally occur when Mum and Dad say that it’s time to go 😉

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Sunscreen Bands are to be used with your own sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or greater and are not recommended for children under 3.

To purchase Sunscreen Bands, please click on this link to find a retailer near you. Or to purchase online, click here. There currently no retailers carrying Sunscreen Bands in Western Canada, but you can purchase them online here. Use promo code “SAFESUMMER” and receive FREE shipping in Canada and the US, and as an added bonus, you’ll receive a bonus sample pack! Sunscreen Bands will be available from Amazon.ca soon!

Sunscreen Bands have generously provided a set of 5 packs of bands to giveaway to 2 lucky Raincity Parent readers. This giveaway runs from June 27th-July 4th, 2014 and is open to residents of Canada and the US only. Enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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At home hair colour…EPIC FAIL! #YMCCommunity

With Spring arriving and just a few months until Summer, I decided that I wanted to lighten up my locks for a fresh new look.

I have coloured my hair at home for years, so I know it like the back of my hand. I was a blonde for a good portion of my life and I think that I managed to pull it off quite nicely.

At home hair colour

 

Before I got married, I decided to try out a darker shade of me, by going dark brunette and have remained that way for several years now.

A couple kids down and I’m pretty sure the make up of my hair has changed. There is definitely some scientific reasons to why my hair is not as fun to deal with as it used to be. I blame age and hormones.

I picked up a couple boxes of my chosen shade, which really wasn’t THAT far off from my current hair colour, so I figured that I was pretty safe in that nothing too dramatic would occur.

After the kids had been tucked into bed and been asleep for at least half an hour, I threw on my “hair colouring duds” and plopped myself down in front of our full length mirror to modify my mane.

There’s a reason they tell you to do a strand test before you do an all over colour change. Boy did I find out the hard way!

25 minutes later, I hopped into the shower, rinsed out the colour and conditioned with the conditioner provided. I wrapped my hair in a towel and proceed to carry on with the rest of my evening before I hit the hay.

At bedtime, I unwrapped my hair, brushed the tangles out and had a quick glance in the mirror at my new colour.

Too brassy

ERMAGERD! It’s turned from a medium brown to a freakish pinky-orange! Yikes, not what I had intended at all. There was nothing I could do about it now, and thank goodness it was Spring Break, the weather has kept us indoors all week and our swimming lessons weren’t starting for another week.

The next morning, I called the Help Line from the side of the hair colour box and spoke to a very nice lady who was doing a fabulous job reading from the manual that was sitting in front of her. Her questions and responses were very scripted and her monotone was not very reassuring. She suggested an alternative colour for me to try to tone down my spastic hair colour, but I wasn’t feeling very trusting at this point. She even said that they would send me out a voucher to “more than cover” the costs incurred attempting my “fresh, new look”, but I wasn’t planning on waiting out the 2-3 weeks for this voucher to arrive and for me to get back my more appropriate hair colour. I promptly went to Walmart  the “frugalista’s hair salon”, the next morning and picked up a couple boxes of a much darker shade to cover up my poor attempt at a Spring Makeover. It did darken and tone down the disaster, but this is temporary. I will wait for my vouchers, because I’m a cheapskate patient, let my hair rest from the stress and try again at a darker colour.

Lesson learned…when you reach a certain age, your body has gone through childbirth and you’re hormones are changing (I also had my period, so I’m sure that had something to do with the problem, according to the Old Wive’s Tale), it’s probably an awesome idea to go to a salon and have a professional do it. You will spend more money, but you will definitely end up with a better result and have a more relaxing experience while you get in a little pampering.

This is the colour and style I'd like to have :)

This is the colour and style I’d like to have 🙂

Have you have a bad hair experience? What was your result? How did you fix it?