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!
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.
I’m not sure anything brings me more delight than watching my children engage with various expressions of art in Vancouver. Whether it’s a visit to the VAG or a stop at the Maritime museum, I love seeing their faces light up without realizing they are being watched. That’s why I can’t wait to take them to see legendary children’s singers Sharon, Bram and friends live at the Orpheum on September 18th. I’ve been singing them songs like “Skinnamarink” and “Five Little Monkeys” since they were babies so it will be so much fun to watch Sharon and Bram perform these songs with instruments and actions.
For years I’ve considered myself a new-comer to city-living and an interloper in the cultural life of Vancouver. Then suddenly, in conversations with others, I’ve realized that our family has lived in Vancity for longer than many of the people we speak to. We’re coming close to a decade of living life in Vancouver which means A. We’re getting older and B. It might be time to consider ourselves firmly rooted and true-blue locals.
With that said, I’ve only become more passionate about supporting the cultural life of Vancouver. Most kids growing up in Vancouver have experienced an Arts Umbrella class at some point; whether a dance, theatre, painting or pottery class (to name a few). Arts Umbrella programs offer a huge support to youth pursuing their interests in the arts.
Arts Umbrella is soon presenting its family-friendly 2016 Theatre and Music Expressions Festival: an annual showcase celebrating the boundless creativity of young talent, running from May 11 to 22, 2016, at Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island.
I don’t know about you guys but my skin gets so dry at this time of year. It’s the combination of the cold weather and heated indoors. This Winter I’ve been fighting the dryness with Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Anti-Itch Skin Care Package. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Soothing Oil for Dry, Itchy Skin, Moisturizing Body Oil and Cocoa Butter Lotion are the perfect combination to keep skin smooth and silky.
If you’ve ever wondered what a blogger event is like they are usually crazy busy, with a lot of wonderful people cramped into a small space. It’s a fun time to socialize but often hard to hear and talk to everyone. That’s why I was wonderfully surprised to turn up at a dinner at Lombardo’s on Commercial Drive and find myself at a small table with strangers who I actually got to know as we feasted. And I mean feasted!
First things first: Sally Hope, you won the family four pack to Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS)! Email email@example.com for more info.
I know people have favourite forests they like to hike or camp in but what about a favourite grove of poplar trees?
The Fountain of Youth has not been discovered but it’s possible that the makers of Cloud Vitamin Cream have uncovered the secret to keeping our skin looking vibrant and young as well as protecting from skin cancer. I went to a seminar by award-winning dermatologist Dr. Gordon Telford, the creator of Cloud Vitamin Cream. He was eager to spread his seeds of knowledge to Vancouver’s beauty birds and I pecked it up.
The Vancouver International Children’s Festival is just around the corner, running from May 27th-June 2nd on Granville Island. I attended the festival as a child and it was my all-time favourite field trip with my school class. I have vivid memories of a stage performer showing us how to make the pitter-patter sound of rain with our bodies.
Anita! Congratulations Anita! You were randomly selected as the winner of the $100 gift card for shopping at Save On Foods or related stores. Thanks every one for entering and don’t forget to check out the Shopping Sense virtual tour.
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