Winter Refresh with Garnier Whole Blends

Disclosure:  Although this post has been generously sponsored by Garnier Whole Blends, the opinions and language are my own.

Every Mom can attest to this, I’m sure:  a 10-minute shower is like a brief, but long vacation.  You shut the door in hopes of getting those precious few minutes to yourself and pray that you won’t be interrupted by those little fists banging at the door screaming, “Mommy!  MOMMY!!  MOOOOMMMMMMYYYYYYYY!!!!”, as if in the two minutes you’ve been in the washroom, the world suddenly came crashing down.

I’ve been fortunate enough that my children do leave me alone in the washroom for the most part.  I’m sure it’s mainly because I put the fear in them early on that unless it was a matter of life or death, if they dared to knock on the door and bother me while I was taking that 10-minute shower, all hell would break loose! (not really, but it seems to be working just fine haha!).  As any mother knows, just 10 minutes of peace and quiet can do wonders for our sanity (can I get an AMEN?!)

Now let’s get to the good stuff.  This past Vancouver winter has completely wreaked havoc on my hair.  I’m talking Flyaway Central!  We’re normally used to mild winters with temperatures hovering around the freezing mark, but once it hits the minuses (Celsius, that is), Vancouver is in a state of emergency while the rest of our country mocks and laughs at us.  I tried absolutely everything to get my flyaways under control – conditioners, deep conditioners, leave in conditioners, styling creams, serums, you name it!  If they claimed to banish flyaways, I tried it!  

Well, I thought I did!  That is, until I was introduced to the NEW Garnier Whole Blends Moroccan Argan & Camellia Oils hair care line from Garnier.  Why Moroccan Argan & Camellia Oils extracts?  Both are rich in Omega 6 and Vitamin E – a perfect combination for dry, dull hair. 

I’ve used Whole Blends products before and couldn’t wait to try the newest addition to their Whole Blends product line.  And let me tell you – It didn’t disappoint!  The infused blend and rich aromas of Moroccan Argan & Camellia oils made my hair feel softer and healthier, and the Marvelous Oil leave-in oil was the icing on the cake!  Not to mention, it made my hair smell AMAZING (just ask my kids)!!  Plus, flyaways?  What flyaways?

The one thing I love about the Whole Blends line is that the products are paraben-free and contain only natural extracts.  Each blend is focused on a unique hair action such as healing, protecting and nourishing, which means there’s a perfect blend for all hair types!  Plus, Garnier has just introduced a NEW Legendary Olive blend with virgin-pressed olive oil focused on replenishing dry, depleted hair.

Want to get your hands on the NEW Garnier Whole Blends Moroccan Argan & Camellia Oils?  Head over to Garnier for a coupon and find your perfect blend online or in store.  Plus don’t forget to join the upcoming Twitter party on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 7pm EST for a chance to win some of my favourite Garnier Whole Blends products and more fun prizes!


Last Minute Gift Ideas For the Guys in Your Life

Is it just me or are guys just hard to shop for?  I feel like every Christmas and every birthday, I'm faced with the same dilemma when I'm trying to shop for presents for hubby or my dad.  I don't need anything, they say, but what I really want to know is what they really want.

When Mark's asked me to put together a blog post about the best gifts to give the awesome dad's in our lives, it brought me back to my childhood of giving my dad socks and underwear (that my mom would buy) every birthday and Christmas, haha!  That can get kind of redundant, no?

If you're not familiar with Mark's (formerly Mark's Work Warehouse), they carry outfits suitable for everyday wear and are considered Canada's top jean retailer with brands such as Levi's, Silver and Buffalo.  With such a range of variety, it's time to make Mark's your one-stop shop for your last minute gifts for your dad, hubby, brother or uncle.  Choose from a huge selection of jeans, dress shirts, sweaters, shoes and outerwear - there's something for every guy on your list!

Personally, I'm loving these complete outfits that the Mark's team has put together:
Shirt | Jeans | Wallet | Watch | Belt | Socks | Boots

A gift guide wouldn't be complete without a few personal choices picked out by moi:

1. Boots | 2. Jeans | 3. Socks | 4. Pyjamas | 5. Belt | 6. Never Iron Shirts | 7.  Robe | 8. Slippers | 9. Scarf | 10. Winter Jacket | 11. Beanie | 12. Gloves | 13. Ugly Christmas Sweater

And, thanks to Mark's, I was able to add a pair of boots to hubby's shoe collection!

Who else is doing their last minute Christmas shopping today (insert raised hand emoji here)??  

Happy Shopping!

Kristina xo

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


Family Winter Gear Gift Guide

This post could not have come at a better time!  Vancouver was hit hard with a blast of Winter last week and, apparently while I'm writing this post, it's started snowing outside again. It took me three hours to get downtown last Monday morning and I had to leave my car at my mother-in-law's after work because it was pretty much snowed in (also, props to the good samaritan on Patterson Avenue in Burnaby for pushing my car and countless others out of the snow.  Without you, I would have been {a} stuck, and {b} extremely late for my first seminar that my brand new employer signed me up for!).  You could say that the entire city is in typical "Vancouver snow" panic mode!

Well, make it the entire city except for my kids and probably every other kid in Greater Vancouver!  They couldn't wait to get outside in the snow and make snowmen, snow angels and anything to do with snow (unfortunately, I was at work and didn't get any photos of them, but I heard that they had a blast!).  Snow has definitely been a rarity in Vancouver over the past few years and I don't think anyone took the 'snowfall warning' seriously until they saw the roads covered in that white stuff.

Luckily, Jadon and Zoe were fully prepared for the cold front thanks to a shopping trip to Sport Chek a few weeks ago.  In true mom fashion, I purchased new winter jackets a couple sizes too big for the kids to grow into, but (surprise!) I also treated myself to some new winter gear!!

I'm sure you guys are knee deep into your holiday shopping, and maybe some of you have yet to start, so I'm sharing my favourite winter gifts for the entire family - and everything can be found online or at your local Sport Chek!

1. Boy's Jacket:  Firefly | 2. Women's Winter Boots:  Sorel | 3. Women's Parka:  Helly Hansen | 4. Girl's Beanie:  The North Face | 5. Scarf:  McKinley | 6. Men's Winter Boots: Ugg | 7. Girl's Jacket:  Firefly | 8. Ski Goggles:  BollĂ© | 9. Kid's Gloves:  The North Face | 10. Helmut:  Giro | 11. Woman's Beanie:  The North Face

I'd love to hear how you and your family #GiveABetterGift this holiday season in the comments below!


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.  


Celebrate the Holidays with Image Optometry

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, which could not be more true.  As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned to appreciate the little things in life that may not have mattered as much to me in my 20’s.  I’m talking one-on-one lunches or date nights with hubby, ten minutes of alone time (that would be me in the shower), or just taking in the beauty of my surroundings.

I’ve been near-sighted since grade school and my vision has always been closely monitored by my optometrist with yearly eye exams.  It’s been very important for me to ensure that my kids receive the same care, since vision-related issues can be hereditary.  For now, our optometrist has recommended that Jadon and Zoe both limit their screen time to 20-30 minutes a day, in hopes that it will correct Jadon’s slight prescription for far-sightedness and prevent him from having to wear glasses at such a young age.  Zoe is also being closely monitored, as her myopathy (muscle condition) may affect her vision/eye muscles in the future.

As for me, I recently started experiencing discomfort while wearing my contact lenses.  I’m not going to lie – I’m an avid user of contacts and I’m not shy about it!  I do have a pair of glasses, but prefer to wear them in the evenings only as they can get quite uncomfortable throughout the day around my ears (having hearing aids doesn’t help either!).  A few years back, an optometrist found bumps under my eyelids which were caused by prolonged use of contacts.  Fast forward a few years and it seemed that the bumps had returned with a vengeance.  A visit to my optometrist last week confirmed my suspicions and also showed something that had never happened before:  my prescription had a slight change – for the better!  Could this mean that my eyes are leaning towards 20/20 vision with each visit to my optometrist?  Probably in my wildest dreams, but at least I have reassurance that my eye health is in great hands!

About Image Optometry

Aside from being the official eye doctors of the biggest sports teams in BC, Image Optometry is the largest, most affordable eye care company in BC. They pride themselves on providing affordable eye care and a unique service to their customers by allowing them to try on glasses and contacts before they commit to their purchases.  Think online prices with bricks and mortar service!

Vancouver Canucks Christmas Deal

Are you thinking of what to gift to your loved ones for Christmas?  Image Optometry, the official eye doctors for the Vancouver Canucks, BC Lions and Vancouver Whitecaps teams, are offering a Christmas deal that you cannot miss!  

Book an eye exam between now and December 31, 2016 for $89.95, and you’ll receive a free pair of glasses, if needed.  Bring a friend for an eye exam at the same scheduled time and receive a pair of Vancouver Canucks tickets* to one of the following games:

Jan 4th - Canucks vs Coyotes
Jan 15th - Canucks vs Devils
Jan17th - Canucks vs Predators
Feb 2nd - Canucks vs Sharks
Feb 4th - Canucks vs Wild
Feb 19th - Canucks vs Flyers
March 9th - Canucks vs Islanders
March 16th - Canucks vs Stars

*Appointments for the Canucks ticket deal must be booked by December 31, 2016