GIFTS MADE EASY with Shoppers Drug Mart!

It’s that time of the year again!  Time to get out your lists and start planning for the upcoming holiday season!  

This year, Shoppers Drug Mart is making gift giving a breeze for the busy parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle that is searching for the perfect toy to gift their favourite little person (or two!) in their lives with GIFTS MADE EASY.
We’ve selected three of our favourite items from GIFTS MADE EASY’s Cool Kid and Trendy Tots selection:

1. Captain America Super Soldier Stealthfire Shield: this would be absolutely perfect for my superhero-loving son.  I’m sure any parent with a superhero obsession can relate!

2.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Combat Gear: It was either between this and the La Ferrari 458 Spider Racing Wheel (insert link to product) or Acer 8” Tablet (insert link to product), but the Ninja Turtle set won as a result of my (predictably short-lived) vow of trying to keep the kids off their tablets and focused on role play.

3.  Disney’s Frozen Olaf : Who’s kid isn’t obsessed with Frozen?!  Zoe loves to sleep with her stuffed friends and I can only imagine the delight on her face when she sees Olaf’s nose peeking out of her stocking!

And we can’t forget gifts for the Modern Man (aka Daddy, Grandpa or Uncle)!  Shoppers Drug Mart has everything he could possibly need from fragrances to grooming essentials to tech-savvy stocking stuffers, such as the Jawbone UP24 Wristband:


Protect Your Shoes with Tana and Ronson's + Weather the Winter Contest!

I recently had the pleasure of going shoe shopping for (gasp!) myself at Ronson’s flagship location on Granville Street.  After walking a block in the pouring rain and feeling the water soak through my un-treated suede booties, I was greeted by the store’s manager, Jessica, and treated to a personal shopping experience with comprehensive details on shoe care 101.
Think your shoes are ready for winter?  Do you know the difference between mink oil and all-protector spray?  How often do you have to protect your shoes?  These were some of the many questions I had for Jessica and she answered each one with ease, while convincing me that my shoe investment is worth protecting.
For most leather shoes and boots, Tana’s All Protector spray is the most popular choice.  It sprays evenly ensuring coverage of your entire shoe and provides protection from weather elements, as well as resists stains.  Jessica also highly recommended using Tana's Self Shine Cream to keep your black leather shoes scuff free.

If the leather on your shoe is more porous and a colour other than black, Jessica recommended Tana’s Mink Oil over the All Protector spray as the mink oil protects and absorbs into oil-tanned and other smooth leathers, while eliminating any surface scratches and scuffs.  She also made a great point – it’s hard to match shoe polish to coloured leathers and the mink oil does the job of what the polish would do to black leather shoes.
And you know that bottle of All Protector that just sits under your counter?  Depending on how often you wear your shoes, you should be using it every 3-6 weeks!  I mean, water in your suede booties is not pretty!

After my intro to Jessica’s shoe care 101, I had the opportunity to choose a pair of new boots for Vancouver’s infamous rainy days:
At over half their retail price, these gorgeous Ara boots are made of a soft leather, comfortable, warm and waterproof!  Plus the lower heel and extreme tread on the soles area must-have for a busy mama constantly on-the-go (running after kids is a full-time job!).
Ready to take the personal shoe care challenge?  Enter Tana’s Weather the Winter contest for your chance to win 1 of 5 bi-weekly prizes of $1,000 or a grand prize of $2,000!  Visit Tana’s contest page for full details and restrictions.


Fright Nights at Playland Review - Vancouver

We got a kick start to our Thanksgiving long weekend with a visit to Fright Nights – a local haunt at Playland at the PNE featuring seven haunted houses, 13 rides, The Monsters of Schlock stunt show and the Kinshira Performance Troupe. This is the second year in a row that I’ve brought Sasha and, let me tell you, it’s ten times more fun when you go with someone who is already terrified (and willing to go, I might add)!

As we arrived, we joked about the tall red-horned “monster” that terrorized her last year and talked with excitement (and slight fear) about the ghouls and zombies roaming around the Playland grounds. The actors are outfitted in full costume and makeup, and put on an amazing show playing their parts as characters in your worst nightmare, while making it a fun and frightening experience for all (I definitely don’t recommend Fright Nights for young children).
While we only had time to experience four out of the seven houses, it was more than enough terror for the night. Each haunted house has its own theme, including the abandoned Keepers Doll Factory, complete with goblins and creepy creatures adding to the anticipation and scary factor of the houses. There were a ton of screams, terrified hugs and cold shivers, but we survived and can’t wait to go back for a second round of pure terror!


Vancouver Home + Design Show $300+ Giveaway!

It’s that time of the year again and the experts in all things home and design are coming together under one roof for the Vancouver Home + Design Show on October 16-19, 2014.

Mark your calendars for a fun day (or four!) of inspiration from familiar faces such as Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan, co-stars of Cottage Life TV’s Colin & Justin’s Cabin Pressure, Bryan Baeumler, host of HGTV’s Leave it to Bryan, and culinary master Chef Corbin Tomaszeski, plus local design and foodie favorites and over 325 exhibitors. This, together with a number of amazing new features, will be sure to make for an amazing day of expert insight, innovation and inspiration for living well. In fact, the Vancouver Home + Design Show is so confident you’ll love their show or the admission is on them. It’s a win-win for everyone, right?

And the excitement doesn't stop there for parents - children 12 and under are FREE! It doesn't get any better than that!

Thursday, October 16th 4:00pm – 9:00pm
Friday, October 17th 12-noon – 9:00pm
Saturday, October 18th 10:00am – 9:00pm
Sunday, October 19th 10:00am – 6:00pm

Adults: $15
Adults ONLINE: $12
Seniors (60+): $12 or $5 Thursday & Friday before 5:00pm (Box Office & Online)
Seniors (60+) ONLINE: $9
Children (12 and under): FREE
BC Place Stadium
777 Pacific Boulevard
Vancouver, BC


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We hope you enjoy the show!

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Disney On Ice Presents Let's Party!

It’s no secret that we love anything to do with Disney (talks of another Disneyland trip is making its rounds around the house again!) and the magic that follows the six-letter word. For the past few years, we’ve been fortunate enough to be included in Disney On Ice’s media night when they stop in Vancouver – an event the entire family looks forward to every year!
This year it’s time to party with your favourite Disney characters when Disney On Ice presents Let’s Party! skates into town! Featuring more than 50 of your favourite Disney characters from 16 memorable Disney classics, it’s going to be one exciting and fun-filled party on ice!

Disney On Ice presents Let’s Party! is coming to Vancouver from November 26 – 30th to the Pacific Coliseum at the PNE and you’re invited! Join Mickey and Minnie Mouse as they celebrate a Very Merry Unbirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter; a winter wonderland with Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear; Mardi Gras with Princess Tiana; a Royal Valentine’s Day Ball with the Disney Princesses; a Hawaiian luau with Lilo & Stitch; a Halloween haunt with the Disney Villains; plus traveling to far-off exotic places including China for the Chinese New Year, Brazil for Carnival party and Japan for the beautiful Cherry Blossom festival Sakura. Our minds are spinning just thinking of the excitement!