7.07.2016

living on the Edge

A couple weeks ago, you may recall that I had the opportunity to take the new Ford Edge Titanium for a spin for an entire week.  Obviously, this experience cemented the fact that I desperately need a vehicle upgrade!


From the moment I got into the Edge and inhaled that new car smell, I knew it was meant to be. However, I didn't get far without having to ask the fleet manager how to start the car (insert monkey covering face emoji).  It's been a while since I've driven a new-ish car (mine is a 2006 - reliable and fast, but cannot touch the technology that the Edge offers).  If you think you've seen or heard everything, think again.


My favourite two features of the Edge has to be the keyless entry and the Blind Spot Information System.  There were many times when I was out with both kids and my hands were full, and I kept having visions in my head that I'd be rummaging through my purse trying to find those keys (which always happens to sink to the bottom of my 'black hole' of a purse) with a small voice thinking 'what happens if one of the kids decides to dart out into traffic while I'm looking for those keys'?  We've all been there and we all know what a lifesaver keyless entry is.

Now let's talk Blind Spot Information System.  It uses sensors to detect traffic in a driver's blind spot. The first time I noticed this was when I was driving on the freeway and a yellow warning light would appear on my side-view mirrors every time there was a car approaching my blind spot.  I found this really helpful especially as I was getting used to driving a bigger vehicle.

Finally, I can't rave enough about the trunk space!  With a family of five and a boy in hockey, you can only imagine what we need to transport with us on a daily basis and the Edge allows us to do just that.  Oh, and the interior is pretty roomy too.  Just ask Jadon, haha!


If you're looking for an SUV that's roomy, easy to drive and has all the bells and whistles, the Edge is your ride!


Disclosure:  All opinions in this review remain my own and do not reflect the opinions or views of Ford Canada and/or their affiliates.  We received a Ford Edge Titanium to test drive for one week in order to conduct this review.

6.20.2016

dad's day

Yesterday was all about celebrating the dads in our lives.  Although I'm sure hubby would have been content spending the entire day at home, I ended up dragging him out to enjoy the eventual sunshine and to also meet up with my extended family, including my own dad.

The afternoon was spent catching up while the kids burned their never ending energy at the park.  Zoe spent a good half hour on the swings, while Jadon channeled his inner monkey on the pyramid/monkey bar/climbing thing (obviously, I have no idea what it's called).
After we parted ways with my bro and parents, we headed over to the Dragon Boat Festival where we bumped into more family (of course!).  Then it was a big rush to get home - just in time to watch game 7 of the NBA finals!  Hubby's team won, so it was a perfect end to his day.

Speaking of hubby, I must say that he's got this fatherhood thing down pretty good.  Lucky for me, I was able to get a "preview" of how he was as a father while I watched him parent my now step-daughter as a single dad.  The way he always put his daughter's needs before his and how overprotective he was of her, was exactly the kind of man I wanted to parent our future children.  Fast forward to today and we have two beautiful kids of our own whom share a father that would go to the ends of the earth to make sure they were safe, happy and protected.  Thank you, babe, for being the most amazing father and role model to our children!

And I can't forget my own father!  This guy was (and still is!) my rock.  I remember how he would do anything for me growing up - I could always count on him for literally everything.  Even now, I know my dad is just a phone call away and, if I asked, he would be right there for me.  While we may not always see everything eye to eye, I'm so glad I inherited his best qualities and I hope those same qualities will be passed on to my children.

Happy Father's Day to all of the amazing dads out there!  My heart goes out to all of you who are missing their dads - xx.

xo,
kristina





6.12.2016

father's day gift ideas for the fit dad + a giveaway!

Father's Day is just around the corner and writing this post has got me thinking that I have no idea what to get hubby or my dad.  Growing up, I remember my mother would always say that Dad needed more underwear and socks.  Really?  I mean, how boring would it be to open up a package of underwear or socks for Father's Day?  And Christmas.  AND your birthday!!

Every year, I love the encourage the kids to create a handmade gift for hubby.  Now that the younger ones are older, they're able to contribute a lot more and help Sasha brainstorm about what to make Daddy for his special day.  However, I believe hubby (and dad!) deserve to be spoiled once in a while.  You can only have so many socks and underwear - am I not right?!

Since I'm on a mission to get the entire family on track with their fitness (it's a work in progress!), it couldn't be more perfect than to make a Father's Day wishlist from Sport Chek.  I dug a little deeper and uncovered some pretty amazing products that are available at Sport Chek (online and at your local store) and guaranteed to bring a smile to dad's face!



1. Training Shoes: Nike | 2. Activity Tracker: Fitbit Surge | 3. Headphones: ROC Sport by Monster | 4. Action Camera: GoPro HERO4 | 5. Speaker: Monster SuperStar Bluetooth Speaker | 6. Golf Watch: SkyCaddie LINX | 7. Backpack: Under Armour | 8. Sunglasses: Ray Ban | 9. Jacket: Nike | 10. Gold Training Shoes: Nike | 11. Belt: Nike Golf | 12. Scale: Fit it Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale



{win it / flash giveaway}

Just in time for Father's Day, Sport Chek is generously offering one of our Canadian readers a chance to win a $100 gift card!  To enter, please follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter form below.  This giveaway is open to Canadian residents only and ends on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 9pm PST.

5.24.2016

zoe's special day + a giveaway!

You know those weekends that feel so fulfilling and successful (is that the right word?) that when you look back at it, you actually feel like you got something done?  This was one of those weekends.


Yes, it helped that it was a long weekend and, yes, it also helped that it was a special one for our family.   I almost can't believe I'm saying this, but Zoe just turned four.  FOUR!!  It just feels weird saying that since she's my baby, and now I look at her and she's this little person.  My mind is just blown.


Since we celebrated Zoe's birthday a couple weeks ago at a joint party with her BFF, we decided to spend her actual birthday at the Vancouver Aquarium with the entire family.  The night before, Jadon couldn't contain his excitement about his baby sister's special day and even helped me bake her birthday cake (all caught on Snapchat: kristina.cross).


The best part about our visits to the aquarium is seeing the magic of discovery through my kids' eyes. Everything is so new and amazing to them, and I just love that.  Speaking of new, the recent upgrades to the aquarium will have visitors of all ages in awe!

If you haven't been to the Vancouver Aquarium lately, you have to go!  There is so much to discover, see and learn - from the new Discover Rays exhibit (which, unfortunately, we ran out of time and weren't able to see) to the ever-popular dolphin shows to the 4D movie feature.  I promise the locals that the new aquarium is nothing like you remember it to be and I promise tourists will not be disappointed.

When it's time to finally relax (and while you're waiting for the 4D movie to start), I would highly recommend visiting the "Animal Rescue Centre" with your kids.  It's basically an enclosed play/educational area for kids to freely roam, and for adults to sit down and take a break.  Zoe had a blast rescuing her animal friends, while Jadon ran wild:



celebrating 60 years

The Vancouver Aquarium is celebrating it's 60th anniversary this June!  They've launched a photo contest to celebrate this milestone and encourage visitors to post their favourite Vancouver Aquarium memory to Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #vanaqua60.  Alternatively, entrants can upload their photos directly to their contest page.


{win it!}

Want to win your way in and see the new Discover Rays exhibit for yourself?  The Vancouver Aquarium is giving one of our lucky readers a chance to win a #DiscoverRays prize pack including two tickets to check out the exhibit!  To enter, please follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter form below.  This giveaway is open to BC residents only and ends on Monday, May 30, 2016 at 9pm PST.

5.13.2016

Spring Training is in Session!

Over the past couple months, Vancouver has been blessed with unbelievably gorgeous (and warm!) weather.  With the sun shining and summer just around the corner, it couldn't be a more perfect time to focus on my Spring training.

Over the last six years, life happened and I've been constantly struggling with how to include an exercise routine in my everyday life.  We grew to a family of five, I started a business and it seemed like there was less and less time to concentrate on anything remotely personal.  And as each year passed by, it seemed like I was setting unrealistic fitness goals with no concrete plans to reach them.

This year, I'm committing to a healthier self.  I've been more mindful of what I'm putting in my body (aside from falling off the wagon last night - oops!) and more motivated to simply recharge.  That means toning my muscles and kickstarting my cardio exercises with the help of Sport Chek.  With all of my new Spring training gear, I have no excuse but to get outside and get fit!


From my experience, most of my fitness gear fits true to size.  I've been a pretty loyal Nike fan over the years, but I'm loving my new Under Armour Run Qualifier Jacket.  It's made of a lightweight, wind and water resistant material that's perfect for those wet and rainy Spring days.  And have you seen my new Nike Free FlyKnit kicks? They couldn't be more perfect - also lightweight with a breathable construction, it has gold metallic accents that still have me drooling over its beauty.  I mean, gold looks good on anything, am I right?!