It’s been three years since I would officially call myself postpartum and yet I remember the emotional and physical rollercoaster ride like it was yesterday. There are so many changes all at once: adjusting to motherhood and sleep deprivation, and the physical changes that feel alien to our body. I remember my belly suddenly becoming a loose jelly roll and the discomfort it brought. My midwife told me my abs were separated by a hand-width! The one thing that brought relief, other than abdominal exercises and kegels, was using belly bands. Diapers.com offers a great selection of belly bands and that is why I’m so excited to offer Elasticpantcity readers a chance to win a $50 USD gift card to them (That’s like a million Canadian Dollars ; ).
A belly band offers extra support and comfort when taking care of a newborn, especially after a c-section or abdominal tearing. For myself it allowed me to focus less on sucking my stomach in for appearances, and more on strengthening the smaller core muscles; when I could find time to exercise! Fortunately most belly bands can be worn discreetly under clothing to maximize comfort and wear while being active or in recovery, or both. To enter the $50 USD giveaway to Diapers.com, fill out the comment form below and tell me why you’d love to win! A winner will be chosen by random Monday, February 21st so don’t forget to check back!
Yesterday I posted a few of my favourite layered looks from Mark’s to gift for men and now I wanted to share some great items for women; not least of which are the fab Sorel Winter Boots that Mark’s carries. I’m leaving for New York in just a few weeks and I need to be prepared for an East Coast Winter so proper winter boots are on the top of my packing list. For a slightly more formal look turtle necks and tights are essential for nights out at the theatre. I’d love to pair this Alfred Sung turtle neck with my vintage Christian Dior woollen skirt!
The first snow of the season has finally come and I don’t know about you but I’m looking to layer in order to keep warm. Mark’s has great gifts for every Canadian including jeans, dress shirts, sweaters, and outerwear that when compiled into one outfit, makes for a cozy and comfortable look. Did you know Mark’s is the #1 retailer of jeans in Canada with brands like Levi’s, Silver, and Buffalo? It’s a terrific place for getting your men suited up in the Canadian tuxedo this holiday season. Below are some of my favourite Mark’s for Men looks; all of which make for great gift ideas.
Elasticpantcity is sooooo excited to be giving away a Magformers Carnival Set courtesy of Kaboodles Toy Store, to celebrate Kaboodles 3rd Annual Toy Drive. My boys love Magformers and we have been collecting them for several years. They are one of those maker toys that are fabulous for a full range of ages. The pieces are easy to manipulate and the magnets are strong enough to make fabulous, creative structures. This Carnival Set is particularly awesome. As many parents may know, Magformers don’t come cheap so this giveaway from Kaboodles is very generous. You can enter by filling out the rafflecopter form below. Please note: This contest is for those who can pick up the prize from one of Kaboodles Three Vancouver locations or at their downtown Victoria store.
For any one shopping at Kaboodles, Kaboodles provides 10% off any item purchased for their toy drive. All gifts are delivered to the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau.
Words of wisdom: If your doctor asks, “Do you want the flu shot today?” Don’t say, “Maybe next time.” Do it then and there. I wasn’t prepared to have my kids dosed and we paid for it. The next week we began to drop like flies with a truly nasty flu. Weeks later we still have lingering coughs but we are officially over the hump. The first real moment of light for us was last Friday when we put up the Christmas tree. The kids were so excited and filled the morning with laughter and imagination. They play with the tree like it’s a magic world of discovery and I’m pretty sure if we were to shake it; legos and toy cars would come flying out.
I’m so excited to tell you guys about big changes coming on the horizon. I have a new site launching in the New Year! I’ve been working hard on it behind the scenes, hence my absence from Elasticpantcity. I’m not going to go into too much detail now but I wanted to let you guys know where my attention is at. I’ll be doing little posts here and there on Elasticpantcity until the New Year arrives and then I’ll introduce you to my new passion project!
I know, so vague, but I want to save more information for when everything is up and running!
I get a little tic in my eye when I start talking about homeschooling. For one thing the term itself is so often misunderstand or packed with negative connotations. There was a time and it is only just starting to change when a lot of people who asked about my kids schooling, and I would say I’m teaching them at home, would frown with concern about their social adaptiveness. They would not try to hide their misgivings and generally thought we were weird, backward, or even in one person’s words, “abusive.”
As I mentioned in my first Mark’s post, working at Mark’s was my initial entry into the workforce. At that time they had a fairly small women’s section. Since the 90s (Yes, I actually came of age in the 90s. It isn’t just an obscure reference point) Mark’s has greatly expanded their female apparel to include a wide variety of jeans for women including brands like: Silver, Buffalo, and Levi’s.