For many families Christmas holidays do not amount to a warm vacation in the sun but rather two weeks indoors weathering the snow and rain. If the kids are starting to go stir crazy, I have the perfect craft to keep their hands occupied and their brains busy over the break.
If there was a corporate theme for this Christmas season it would be Unplug. It is the focus of Lululemon’s Give Presence Campaign and now Telus, our friendly service provider, is inviting Canadians to enter Holiday Mode.
With today’s digital distractions, it’s hard not reach for our devices to check the latest update. Although technology has the ability to connect us all, no matter where or when, one thing technology cannot replicate is that in-person, face-to-face connection that means so much, especially during the holiday season. During the holidays our devices can be a constant interruption, a source of stress and an excuse for not being in the moment. Unplugging allows us to be present when celebrating new and old traditions and building memories with friends and family.
When I’m dressing up for a Christmas party I want to be seasonally appropriate and unbelievably comfortable. I want to feel cozy as a kitten, effortlessly curled up on a chair, with a glass of mulled wine and a plate of shortbread. I don’t want to be worried about exposed skin and a tight waistband.
I’m so in the thick of parenting that I treat this space like a tree branch pulling me out of the mud back to safety (mentally speaking ; ). My children are in bed, my hubby is at work and so without distraction I can look back on the day. I could have ended up in a puddle of tears on the floor but at I wrote in my previous post, I’m looking out and up for help these days.
I am reading a mother’s devotional book that I have been finding highly convicting (Mom Enough, The Fearless Mother’s Heart and Hope); not in a guilt inducing way but in an empowering, let go of control kind of way. At several points the book addresses how we react to day-to-day circumstances with our kids. For example when they won’t nap when we want them to or are up all night with a cold, do I act like it is the end of the world when things don’t go my way, when I’m exhausted and frustrated?
Etsy is full of exquisite items but often on this website of infinite beautiful things it’s hard to narrow down your choices. This Christmas, Etsy has helped out customers by creating lookbooks with such titles as The Perfectionist, The Naturalist, The Mixer, The Passenger and The Fashion Icon. All the lookbooks are curated beautifully and make gift shopping on Etsy easy peasy. Below are some of my favourite lookbook finds!
At this time of year everyone is trying to figure out how to celebrate Christmas. There are no written guidelines, just family traditions and a general cultural push to give and receive in a materialistic frenzy. For many the true meaning of Christmas is lost or disregarded, especially if the true meaning is found in the birth of a Messiah.
Never in the history of Elasticpantcity have I mentioned Lululemon in two posts within a week but hey, this is happening. A new campaign by Lululemon to Give Presence is the perfect example of trying to imbue meaning back into the holidays that have become so centred on commercialism.
I first reviewed Optimera Day and Night Cream in the summer for Vancouver Mom. I was generally pleased with how the cream reduced the size of my pores and smoothed my skin. Now that we’re in cold weather I’m a full on believer that Optimera revitalizes dry, cracked winter skin and evens out my frost bitten skin tone.
I kept stumbling across Kit and Ace write-ups in local publications and finally checked out the newest design initiative by son and wife of Lululemon co-founder Chip Wilson, Shannon and J.J. My first impression was Kit and Ace created some nice looking t-shirts. When I read the garments were cashmere I was dismayed. If I were to buy one of these nice, but expensive t-shirts they would be ruined in a day. Who can afford to constantly dry-clean basics? Certainly not a mom of three whose clothes serve as a snot-tear wipe.
After seven and a half years of marriage and three kids, Ben and I cherish the things in our relationship that extend beyond receiving material gifts from each other. Not to say that we don’t like presents (I mean c’mon) but when it comes to Christmas we reserve one another for a date night out