{{Giveaway}} Toys toys toys! Give them what they’re wishing for this Christmas! #Kaboodles

We all know what kids ask Santa for at Christmas!

Socks and underwear! Ha ha ha!

Nope! But parents know that Santa will always find a way to sneak those into the kiddos stockings to help fill up the toes. Amirite?!

Well, for the presents that the kids actually want, make sure you hit up Kaboodles Toy Store. With four locations throughout Metro Vancouver and and Victoria, you’ll be able to get the wee people in your life something that their little hearts desire!

Be sure to visit Kaboodles Toy Store and donate toys to their 4th Annual Toy Drive benefitting the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau!{{Giveaway}}

Just in time for Christmas, Kaboodles Toy Store has given Raincity Patent a $100 Gift Card to giveaway to one lucky reader! Contest is open to individuals aged 19+ and the winner must be able to pick up their prize from any of the store locations in Vancouver or Victoria. Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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How To: Make a bed with a toddler. #WhenToddlersAttack #YMCCommunity

Beautiful Bed

1) Remove bedding and toss on top of toddler.

2) Drag dirty bedding to washing machine with toddler going for a ride on top.

3) Pull bedding out from under toddler while they roll around in it.

4) Turn washing machine on and add detergent.

5) Close washing machine lid.

6) Open washing machine lid and retrieve toy car that was tossed in just as the lid was closing.

7) Get fresh bedding from the linen closet.

8) Go save toddler from the linen closet because it’s too dark in there.

Toddler on the bed9) Place fitted sheet onto mattress.

10) Remove fitted sheet and toddler from bed.

11) Re place fitted sheet.

12) Toss flat sheet onto bed and spread it out evenly.

13) Untwist toddler from flat sheet.

14) Re place flat sheet.

15) Chase after toddler and retrieve pillows.

16) Remove pillowcase from toddler’s head and place pillow inside.

17) Repeat steps 15 & 16 once or twice more, depending on number of pillows you use.

18) Place pillows at head of bed.

19) Remove toddler and toys from behind the pillows.

20) Lay out bed spread or if using a duvet…

20.1) Remove toddler from duvet cover (yes, it makes a wonderful ghost costume), spread duvet cover on bed, locate duvet in the living room, remove toddler from duvet cover, insert duvet into cover, and place on the bed.

21) Remove toddler from beneath duvet.

22) Remove all bedding from the bed because the diaper that the toddler was wearing, has leaked and is now gracing your fresh bedding with it’s presence.

23) Repeat Steps 2 through 6.

24) Clean up toddler and replace diaper and clothing.

25) Wait for nap time and make the bed.

Too much laundry.

Boys and their cars…a favourite toy at any age. #tobotoys #YMCCommunity

I grew up in a house full of females.

I was the tomboy, and my sister had a vast array of Barbies, dolls and girly stuff. I was happy with my Tonka Jeep and cap gun.

I liked to ride my bike through giant mud puddles and play army guy in the nearby forest. A remote controlled car donned my Dear Santa list for several years until I finally got one, but by then, my interest in them had diminished and moved on to video games.

We had a few board games, but I always enjoyed toys that you got to build and then occasionally destroy. I even had an amazing car track that was super fun to play with.

Recently, we received the Tobo Track from Tobo Toys to test drive.

This cool little track system comes with a wooden car and can be used in conjunction with other toys, such as Hot Wheels, Thomas & Friends, Brio and other cars and trains.

The Tobo Track is made from only the safest non-toxic materials. Wood. It contains no toxic chemicals, metals, paints, plastics, epoxies, or synthetic binding agents. So, if your child puts it in their mouth, it is completely safe.

Our wee little lad has recently discovered his love of toy cars, so Tobo Track is an awesome addition to his assortment of favourite toys. We build a little roadway for him and he drives his little cars around on the track and if he wants something different, we take the pieces apart and build a new pattern of streets for him to manoeuvre his cars around. We could even get several sets and build our own little town in our play space. The sets even come with their own little handy dandy mesh bag to keep the pieces stored all together.

If you’d like to purchase your very own Tobo Track, please click here.

Tobo Toys has offered Raincity Parent readers a 15% discount when they purchase a Tobo Track. Please use codes TOBORCP or TOBORCM when you check out.


The #VancouverChristmasMarket {Giveaway}

The Vancouver Christmas Market is an annual can’t-miss Vancouver Christmas event running from November 22 to December 24, 2013.

The Vancouver Christmas Market

The Vancouver Christmas Market

This authentic German Christmas Market has the perfect atmosphere to hang out with friends and family. There are rows of little wooden huts decorated with pine branches and white Christmas lights.

They have a variety of different German food vendors that feature German Bratwurst, suckling pig and Swiss Raclette, traditional Christmas cookies, Lebkuchen, roasted chestnuts, baked apples and spiced Christmas Cake (Stollen). Beverages will include the famous German Christmas Drink (Feuerzangenbowle) and authentic hot spiced red wine (Glühwein) and a selection of German beers (Weissbier).

Mmmm, sausages! photo credit: Vancity Buzz

Mmmm, sausages!
photo credit: Vancity Buzz

The merchandise will include authentic wood carvings and wooden toys, knitted clothes and scarves, Christmas pyramids and tree balls, tin toys, stain glass, nutcrackers in various sizes as well as advent wreaths. You can find unique gifts such as glass jewelry, Polish pottery, organic baby clothes or German beer steins.

Some of the crafts.

Some of the crafts.

Performances will include traditional European choirs and dance performances, world class string ensembles, worldly gospel choirs and festive carol singers. The Pavilion Stage will also host daily feature kid’s activities and a variety of school choirs and bands will show off their talent during their performances on stage.

A special children’s area known as the Kids’ Market will give youngsters the chance to make their own Christmas gifts and ride downtown Vancouver’s only Christmas Carousel.

The Carousel.

The Carousel.

The market’s hours are:  November 22nd – December 23rd, 2013, 11am-9pm & December 24th, 2013, 11am-6pm

Admission Rates (including tax) – Includes Season’s Pass!
Adult (13 + years) $6 Mon – Fri 4pm-9pm & 11am-9pm weekends
Adult (13 + years) $3 Special! Mon – Fri 11am-4pm
Youth (7 – 12 years) $3
Child (0 – 6 years) FREE
Carousel Rides $3 per ticket; $10 per package of 5 tickets

The Vancouver Christmas Market has generously provided us with 2 tickets for admission to giveaway to one of our lucky readers!! The giveaway runs from December 4th – December 8th, 2013. Please enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway link below.
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Van Xmas Market

A place where the kids can go crazy!

If you have small kids, chances are you need a place to take them so that they can burn off the energy that they’ve drained from you and hopefully tire themselves out just in time for nap time or bed time. The experts say that kids need at least 60 minutes of exercise or active play every day.

Motoring Munchkins

Motoring Munchkins

There are several options available: organized activities or classes, the play area at the mall, open gym time at the local recreation centre, an indoor play centre, the playground (on nicer days) or maybe you have an awesome play room that the kids can go to town in and have some friends over to play with.


Trampoline, a favourite of ours.

At the playground.

At the playground.

We love to check out new places to go get our ya ya’s out. The kids can burn off energy in a safe environment and also make some new friends to play with.

And maybe, just maybe…Mom will start chatting with a fellow Mom, and a friendship will brew over our half cold coffees.

Where do you and the kids like to frequent?



Kids toys…almost like Fort Knox!

Have you ever been frustrated when it comes to opening up a new toy that your little one has received as a gift?

Excessive Toy Packaging

Excessive Toy Packaging

Our daughter just celebrated her birthday, and she received several new toys. My husband and I had the pleasure of freeing said toys from the safety of their plastic and cardboard homes.

Toys should come with a label like the furniture that you have to assemble yourself. “Tools required : knife or scissors, tweezers, nail file, bandages.” I think toys would survive like cockroaches if something happened to our world. There is so much waste from these items, that it sickens me to throw out the packaging. I try to do my best at recycling the separate components into the correct recycling bins.

Tools required.

Tools required.

So why do they use so much packaging?

Theft. It keeps people from stealing the product or parts of it.

Shipping. It protects the item(s) from getting wrecked during shipping.

Display purposes. Doesn’t Barbie’s dress and hair look nicer when it’s splayed out?

I get it, but it’s still annoying to get them out and when you have a 3 year old waiting “patiently” to play with their new toy, you can’t seem to open it fast enough.

A second chance.

Today we paid a visit to our local animal shelter. We have no pets, but frequent the local pet store when we are out for walks. I thought that it might be a nice idea to visit the animals that are looking for a second chance.


Coquitlam Animal Shelter

They have lots of cats and a few dogs, as well as a bunny barn.

The cat room was fun. There were probably about a dozen cats of different age and personality. We were greeted by a very friendly, curious little black cat that was quite young still.


The friendly black kitty.

Little dude was so excited with all the cats, that I thought his head would explode from all of the excitement. Our wee lass had to pet every. single. one. of the cats as to not leave anyone out.


More kitties.

After giving lovvies to ALL the cats, we headed out to see the dogs. Fortunately there were only 2 looking for homes, but they were a little too rambunctious and loud for my littles, so we said a quick “Hi” & “Goodbye”, before we ventured into the bunny barn.

I never realized that people actually take rabbits to the SPCA. There were many bunnies in there looking for homes.


Brown bunny.


Harlequin bunny.


Bunny run.

All of the animals in the shelter look well taken care of and the facilities appear to be kept clean. The kennels and pens are tidy and look like they are washed down regularly.

The Coquitlam Animal Shelter is open to visitors:

  • Monday to Friday – 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sunday and Statutory Holidays – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Shelter’s Viewing Hours for Dogs – We are working to give the dogs a less stressful environment and they will be having “Quiet Time” every day.
    • Monday – Friday – closed from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    • Saturday/Sunday/Holidays – closed from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Looking for a new family.

Looking for a new family.

The Shelter welcomes all kinds of donations including: cash donations, food, towels, blankets, pet beds, carrying cages, toys, and other animal related equipment.

Cash donations will be used to directly benefit the animals, such as to acquire specialized equipment and provide a fund for extraordinary veterinary costs.  Cash donations are not used to offset general operating costs of the shelter. Charitable receipts are available upon request for any donation and will be automatically mailed to identified donors of donations over $15.00. Charitable receipts may also be available for substantial donations of supplies. To make a donation or for more information, please contact the Coquitlam Animal Shelter.

Donations are greatly appreciated!

Donations are greatly appreciated!

If you are considering pet adoption, please follow this link to find out more information.

So next time you’re planning an outing with the little ones, why not pop in to the nearest shelter for a visit. The animals are always looking for some company and maybe, just maybe, your family might be perfect for giving one of these animals a second chance:)

Coquitlam Animal Shelter

Coquitlam Animal Shelter