new hockey season, new hockey gear!

The first time Jadon stepped on the ice, you could see the uncertainty, the fear of falling and the moments where he just wanted to give up because he just couldn't quite get it.  Pretty much normal feelings for anyone when they're trying something new, but am I ever glad he didn't give up (those pep talks come in handy!).  His first on-ice experience was at a local community centre for a learn-to-skate class.  In about 8-10 classes, the only thing he learned was how to shuffle himself across the ice.  Luckily, I bumped into another mom who recommended a learn-to-skate hockey class at a premier skating rink close to our house.  Supposedly, the instructors from this hockey class had their young skaters skating by themselves by the second or third class.   This I had to see!

So off to the new skating rink we went for Jadon's first hockey class.  It wasn't anything spectacular - he didn't learn how to skate backwards let alone forwards.  He basically stood in one spot while the rest of the 3-4 year olds in his class skated professionally around him.  I felt bad.  So bad.  You see, Jadon is a perfectionist.  And I could see him just standing on the ice in pure fear.  Thankfully, the coaches recognized this and got him a walker so he could learn to move around the ice.  No such luck.  Jadon just didn't want to fall down.  Of course, the coaches were right on top of it, sat him down on the back of the net and took him for a ride around the rink.

The rest is history.

Now that the new hockey season is gearing up, its time for some new hockey gear!  We teamed up with our favourite sporting goods store, Sport Chek, to get Jadon ready for his Fall hockey season.  He's not playing on a team right now, but he is perfecting his hockey techniques in a skills class.  I took the kids to our local Sport Chek so Jadon could get fitted for his new hockey gear and ended up debating spending close to three hours to make sure everything fit properly.  Trust me, hockey gear is no joke!  Thankfully, I had a very patient and knowledgable hockey shop expert helping me pick out the right sizes and making sure the gear fit properly.  Here's a look at what Jadon ended up with (or equivalent).  He already had the hockey bag, but we love it so much, we had to add it to our must-have list:

1. Bauer Supreme S160 Junior Hockey Skates | 2. Bauer Lil Sport Youth Hockey Helmet Combo | 3. Bauer Vapour X700 Elbow Pads | 4. CCM QuickLite 230 Hockey Gloves | 5.  Bauer NLP7 Core Neck Guard | 6. CCM QuickLite 230 Hockey Pants | 7. CCM Ultra Tacks 2.0 Shoulder Pads | 8. CCM Tacks 4052 Shin Guards | 9. CCM Mesh Jock Short | 10. GRIT HTSE Hockey Tower | 11. Bauer Supreme 170 Composite Stick

Next Summer, we'll be putting Jadon in a 3-on-3 hockey team so that he can get some practice playing in a team environment.  After that, it looks like early morning practices and lots of coffee will be a normal part of our schedule for years to come!

Once you have all your hockey gear, don't forget to take advantage of Sport Chek's free skate sharpening and stick cutting services.  Don't worry - if you didn't buy your gear from Sport Chek, you can still access these services for a small fee.  Plus, save up to 25% off mix and match protective equipment (see in-store for more details) - we took advantage of this promotion and it made a huge difference!

Junior Hockey Skate Exchange Program

Since young hockey players are constantly growing, Sport Chek wants to ensure that their skates fit properly for optimal comfort and performance each season.  That's why they offer their Junior Hockey Skate Exchange Program!  Here's how the program works:

  1. Buy any new junior hockey skates at Sport Chek.
  2. Bring back your junior skates in good condition within 12 months of purchasing, accompanied with the original receipt and receive 50% credit of original purchase towards your next junior hockey purchase at Sport Chek; or
  3. Bring back your junior skates in good condition within 24 months of purchasing, accompanied with the original receipt and receive 24% credit of original purchase towards your next junior hockey purchase at Sport Chek.
It's that easy!  For more information on the Junior Hockey Skate Exchange Program, visit your nearest Sport Chek location.


Disclosure:  This post is sponsored by Sport Chek.  All opinions in this post remain my own and do not reflect the opinions or views of Sport Chek, and/or their affiliates.  We received a form of compensation in order to complete this post.  


IndigoKids Holiday Wishlist Picks

Eeek!!  I can't tell you how excited I am to be writing this post!  I've been a fan of the Canadian company Indigo for years, watching them grow from my neighbourhood bookstore into a dream lifestyle brand/store that is a haven for people from all walks of life.  From their lifestyle line to their carefully curated lifestyle products, Indigo never fails to surpass my expectations time and time again.

As a mother of two young kids, I at times find myself roaming the mall aimlessly until I ask my kids where they want to go and their first answer is always INDIGOOOOO!!!  So, off we go making a beeline straight into the IndigoKids section where my little ones could spend hours (if I let them!) looking, playing and reading while I take a moment to relax.  Given Jadon and Zoe's enthusiasm about Indigo, you can only imagine how thrilled they were when I told them they could create an IndigoKids Holiday Wishlist of their favourite books and toys:

1. Cinderella Royal Dream Dollhouse | 2. Paw Patrol Ryder Pad | 3. The Crayons' Book of Colors | 4. American Girl Ashlyn Doll | 5. Beauty Case | 6. Ada Twist Scientist | 7. Mix It Up!

I’ve always been in love with the fact that IndigoKids is the perfect holiday destination and one-stop shop for all of my kids’ (and cousins and friends on our holiday lists!) wishlist items.  Not only that, but did you know that IndigoKids offers a FREE gift wrapping service all year round to make your shopping experience that much easier?  Checking it once and checking it twice – it’s such a relief knowing that everything will be checked off my list early with a shopping trip at IndigoKids (and that should give me more time to make my own wishlist, wink wink)!

IndigoKids Open House - Saturday, Oct. 22nd

Want to get a head start on your holiday shopping and spend some time with the family?  IndigoKids is hosting an Open House on Saturday, October 22nd at participating Indigo and Chapters locations (excluding Coles and Indigospirit stores).  There's fun for the entire family, including storytime, hands-on play, activities, giveaways and more!

Don't forget to check out Jadon and Zoe's full list and more hand-picked holiday wishlists from Indigo's favourite Canadian Bloggers!


Disclosure:  I am part of the IndigoKids Holiday Wishlist influencer program.  All opinions in this post remain my own and do not reflect the opinions or views of IndigoKids, Indigo, and/or their affiliates.  We received a form of compensation in order to complete this post.  


our geocaching adventure

This weekend's weather was nothing short of the typical Vancouver weather that we know (and love/hate) so well - especially on Saturday.  We started the morning off at Jadon's hockey practice trying to avoid the torrential downpour from the car to the rink and just ended up getting soaked to the bones.  All I could think of was doing some sort of sun dance (kidding, not kidding) because after hockey, Jadon and I were headed to Stanley Park for a geocaching hunt with EnviroKidz at their Ecokeepers Discovery Day.  Thankfully, the wishing and praying for the rain to disappear ended up being successful!

After a quick brief with the Ecokeepers' team, Jadon and I were off on our first geocaching adventure!  Our first destination was the stone stairs leading to the beach, and while we didn't really know what we were getting ourselves into, Jadon made sure he took full advantage of the weather clearing up!


Honestly, we weren't the best at geocaching (we found all of the locations, but not the geocaches) and we may have been freezing our butts off, but the one-on-one time with my main guy was well worth it!  After reviewing everyone's #Ecokeepers posts on social media, I can attest that the geocaches were cleverly hidden ;)  It wasn't a total bust for us though - we ended up with a swag bag full of EnviroKidz goodies which made Jadon very happy on the way home (three granola bars happy!).

And Zoe didn't waste any time getting her hands on the swag bag, haha!

About The #Ecokeepers Program

EnviroKidz is a family-focused brand that encourages positive change in young minds.  Their Ecokeepers program is all about getting kids outside and discovering the world around them to develop a life-long relationship with nature.  According to the Ecokeepers website, studies have shown that kids who spend time outdoors:

  • are happier and less stressed
  • see a boost in classroom performance
  • have enhanced problem solving skills and imagination
  • are leaner
  • can experience a reduction in ADHD symptoms, and
  • better understand the need to nurture

Did you know that the Ecokeepers program is free to camps and schools?!  The program provides an interactive explorer activity to encourage children's natural curiosity and sense of discovery, while providing them with free EnviroKidz peanut-free, gluten-free, organic and non-GMO granola and snack bars to help fuel their journey.

If you're interested in bringing the Ecokeepers program to a school or camp near you, email ecokeepers@envirokidz.com for more info!


Disclosure:  All opinions in this review remain my own and do not reflect the opinions or views of EnviroKidz, the Ecokeepers program, and/or their affiliates.  We received a form of compensation in order to complete this review.  


vintage back to school shoot

Today is the first day of school and it's only fitting that we celebrate (yay!) with an inside look into a vintage back to school shoot that I styled last summer with my friend, Cindy Dueck of Confetti & Sparkle Party Shop.

Our kids + a friend were the stars of the shoot, modelling their best vintage looks while displaying extreme will power in trying to keep the sweets from the dessert table out of their mouths (at least until the end of the shoot!).  The shoot was set in an apple orchard with a ton of kid friendly sweets and treats surrounded by vintage decor.  Jadon had a ton of fun running around freely with his new friends - ones who now meet up regularly for Pokemon trading sessions, haha!

Now it's time to sit back, relax and enjoy some of the images from the styled shoot (more on The Swank Social's blog).  After all, we now have tons of time on our hands now that the kids are in school, am I right?!... so WRONG.

Styling:  The Swank Social + Confetti & Sparkle Party Shop

Photography:  Type A Photography

Cookies:  Whisk

Cake:  Cakes by Kristin

Apple pies:  Tracy Cakes Bakery Cafe

Caramel apple pops:  The Swank Social

Decor:  Spruce Collective

Back to school print:  Kardz Kouture

Florals:  From the roadside

Location:  Apple Barn



back to school wish list

Is it true?  Is summer really coming to an end?  Over the past couple weeks, I've been seeing a ton of back to school posts on social media, stores stocking up on school supplies and parents roaming the malls with their kids in hopes of beating the back to school crowd, and I feel like I'm still oblivious to the whole thing.  I had planned to go to the uniform store yesterday to pick out Jadon's new school threads and completely forgot - oops!  All I can think about are beaches, play dates and the sunshine! After all, summer isn't over yet!

Jadon is going into grade 2 (I keep saying grade 1 and he's going to kill me!) and can hardly contain his excitement at seeing his friends again.  Sasha is starting grade 11 and I thought she'd be dreading going back to school, but I just talked to her via Skype the other day (she's currently in Russia visiting her mom for the summer) and she told me she was really excited - mostly to see her friends as well.  ZoĆ« is hopefully going into preschool, but I haven't even gotten on that yet.  I swear, September came waaayyyy too fast.

So all this back to school craziness made me think of all the new gear that kids are wanting nowadays.  Let me just say, their options are a lot cooler than they were in the '90s when I went to school...

1. Backpack:  Herschel Supply Co. | 2. Coloured Pencil Set:  Design Life Kids | 3. Bento Box:  ECOlunchbox | 4. Cooler Bag:  So Young Mother | 5. Pencil Case:  Herschel Supply Co. | 6. Gel Pens:  Poppin | 7. Water Bottle:  S'well | 8. Runners:  Nike | 9. Tee:  Modern Fort | 10. Hat:  Whistle & Flute | 11. Ruler:  Poppin