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. (more…)
This Fall Ben needs to refresh his wardrobe in a big way. I’m so proud of my man! In the Spring, Ben made a commitment to start eating well and exercising regularly. He stuck to his plan like a true sport and has gone down in dress size to the point where his pants hang loose and baggy.
Fortunately we need to look no further than Mark’s to find a great fit and a wide variety of jeans including brands like Silver, Buffalo and Levi’s. Because Ben works in tech and is on his knees a lot he needs a relaxed fit for comfort while on the job. On date nights he prefers a slim, more structured fit suitable for casual dining, or going for leisurely strolls along the sea wall. Mark’s has tons of styles and washes to choose from; keeping Ben covered for any type of denim wearing day.
I want my kids to know every nook and cranny of Vancouver. If we are going to make sacrifices to live in the city then we had better live! Every outing is an opportunity for adventure and now that we’re cruising around on our cargo bike, the city feel way more accessible.
There’s such a thing as too much self-deprecation and I think a lot of moms, myself included, are guilty of it. It’s easy in a group of commiserating moms to portray our households as zoos and how the heck would we ever find time to cook, clean, exercise and do the other basic things of life. All these struggles have an element of truth but the more I look into my own habits and those of the moms around me; I’ve realized most of us have our shiz together! We’ve figured out how to manage our households well (Not during the newborn stage and other sleep-deprived stages of parenting are exempt too. If you’re there; just let it go, let it go).
This weekend I had the privilege of taking my two oldest boys out on separate dates. It was much needed one-to-one time. There’s been a lot of sibling rivalry lately and my parenting style has been frazzled as a result. Isn’t that an officially researched parenting style? I kind of lost it at one point, which I hate to admit. I wish I never yelled or said any thing I regretted but sometimes I do and then it’s time to apologize and move forward.
There are two ways you can go on vacation as far as health and fitness are concerned, and I’ve done both this summer. It’s easy to treat vacation as a break from habits, including healthy eating and exercise. When I was in Harrison Hot Springs I was just recovering from a horrible stomach bug and finally was starting to eat again. Cheezies? Sure! But not just one snack bag, two. I went gluten crazy, partly cause I couldn’t stomach greens yet but also because bread tastes so good. I had an amazing time in Harrison with my family and I wouldn’t trade all that chaos for the world but I did arrive home feeling bloated and lethargic.
Do you remember your first job? Of course! You were probably a teenager just like me who wanted to earn some extra spending money for Starbucks and shopping at the Gap.
Ironically my first regular employment was in one of the few clothing stores at the time that grown men would shop in with a little swagger to their step. I was a scrawny 15-year-old girl trying to sell either steel-toed boots to big, scruffy men or front-pleated pants to clean-cut, male office workers. At the time the store was called Mark’s Work Wearhouse (now just Marks) but don’t let the masculine name deceive you; they also sell a selection of female apparel.
We’re going car-free! I’ve been trying to convince Ben for a few years that I could manage without a vehicle since we live right in the city and public transit is readily available. We found an even greater alternative in our new cargo bike. I could go on and on about how amazing it has been to have the whole family on a bike ride.