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.



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.


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.


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?!


MicrosoftStore.ca March Break Scavenger Hunt

Although Jadon was back at school this week after two weeks of Spring Break, that didn't stop us from participating in the MicrosoftStore.ca March Break Scavenger Hunt!

We've partnered up with MicrosoftStore.ca to bring the magic of the Surface 3 into our home and along with us on our Spring Break adventures.  I had so much fun learning about the features of the Surface 3 that I had no idea about before we took on this challenge (truth: I didn't really know what the Surface 3 was!!).  Thankfully, we were loaned a Surface 3 device to complete the March Break Scavenger hunt and, I won't lie, it's a keeper!

Here are a few things you can expect from the Surface 3:

  1. Convenience:  Since you can use it as a tablet or laptop, the Surface 3 is the perfect device for a student, working professional or anyone on-the-go!  
  2. Style:  With its 10.8-inch full HD display and sleek design, it'll be the centre of attention while you work at the coffee shop.
  3. Personalization:  Accessorize your Surface 3 with an optional backlit keyboard (sold separately), which comes in a variety of colours to suit your style.
  4. Features:  The Surface 3 comes with a full-size USB 3.0 port and an integrated kickstand (one of my favourite features!), and has the ability to run desktop software with a fast Intel processor.  It also features a 5MP front-facing camera and 8MP autofocus rear-facing camera.
  5. Creativity:  The Surface Pen is AMAZING!  It's the absolute perfect babysitter for the kids - they can spend hours drawing and creating individualized artwork on OneNote.
Part of our challenge was to have the kids draw their favourite activity from Spring Break:

Loving the Surface 3 so far?  From now until March 27th, you can save up to $170 on your Surface 3 purchase at MicrosoftStore.ca.  

There's also some more amazing March Break deals happening at MicrosoftStore.ca, which starts today until March 29th, and includes sales on the Surface Pro 4 and X Box One!

Follow #MicrosoftMarchBreak for more details on our MicrosoftStore.ca March Break Scavenger Hunt challenge!