What’s better than Hallowe’en? Well, just maybe an un-scary musical-meets trick-or-treating show for kids ages 2-12! Running across Canada from Oct 12-29, the Great Big Boo treats audiences to a spectacular 50-minute show at Cineplex theatres. I still remember theatrical performances that brought my family together when I was a little girl. The lessons learned and expansion of the mind can affect kids for life.
September is a time for goal-setting, and yesterday I met a huge one for myself. I met two girlfriends for an hour and a half to chat in person. This is shockingly indicative of the state of my inner self. Technology and social media have certainly affected the way I connect with others and I am finding that the depth of relationships solidified with twitter responses or Instagram comments is just not enough to get by. There is nothing that can replace community and connection. Gratitude. Trust. Vulnerability. And solitude.
I’ve been thinking a ton lately about mindfulness. Mainly because my head feels like it will explode. Chasing likes on social media, smartphone pings, managing a busy family and needing to be ‘immediately creative’ all make achieving a heightened sense of wellbeing near impossible.
Lately, there has been a lot of talk about self-care. As our lives get busier, prioritizing self-care becomes increasingly important. Many of us think of self-care as practicing yoga, a day at the spa or even spending quality time with friends. While these are all great ways to relax, there is much more to it!
UrbanMommies is thrilled to announce the #BayerSelfCare twitter party on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018 at 5pm pst/8pm est. The party is to promote National Self-Care day on July 24th and Bayer wants to show their immense belief and leadership in taking care of your own health. They also have a special collaboration with Amazon.ca so we will be awarding $750 in Amazon gift codes throughout the hour!
The story I’m about to tell may sound vaguely familiar…. and you’re not alone. I looked around my house this morning as the sunlight poured in and felt a bit of self-loathing and disgust. I pride myself on Martha-Stewart-like cleaning prowess, and my house looks like I’ve been hosting two football teams and a petting zoo since last fall. Time for a Costco run. Not only do I grab inspirational magazines, clothes and food, but I stock up on my favourite cleaning products so I can get to work on the spring cleaning. The best part of doing a deep clean is getting the kids involved, so the products I choose need to be easy for them. Nobody should have to do a huge clean by themselves. Thankfully, Swiffer, Bounty and Mr. Clean Magic Erasers are on sale at Costco in the western provinces until May 8th, so I will really be able to stock up!
I must admit that I am one of those people who ‘chills out’ by scanning real estate listings and dreaming of décor, lifestyles and adventures in different locations. Now, in an exciting new rebranding of REW.ca, now Real Estate Wire, I can search to my heart’s content across Canadian neighbourhoods on rew.ca. The searches are incredibly comprehensive, and allow me to include parameters like square feet, the age of home I am coveting, and the number of bedrooms or bathrooms. The site also lists open houses and new developments. If you don’t have an agent, it will also get help you find one! You’re on your own when it comes to packing your grandmother’s china, though.
Remember the joy of shopping for a newborn? What if you were a newcomer to Canada and were having a fourth baby and got to choose anything for the little one? We were blessed to be able to work with Best Buy Canada and a gracious young family to gift them some baby essentials of their choice. Readers know that I have a huge love of the Filipino community (as well as the Philippines!) and it was amazing to be able to interview Ronna about her growing family and her priorities this time around.
Typically, I am a positive, optimistic person. Glass half full. Seize the day. But after a very long, cold winter and an even wetter spring it’s been tough to harness a consistently cheery outlook. The world political climate has been terrifying, the state of our planet is like a horror film, and it’s near impossible to get away from negative news – fake or otherwise. Pause. An intervention is required, as I despise being negative. I am making some necessary changes, including turning off the news, becoming more of an environmental activist, and focusing on joy and pleasure for the entire summer.
Our family gets giddy for holidays. Knowing me as you do, it shouldn’t be a shock that I have an entire storage room dedicated to wreaths, décor and cookie cutters divided meticulously into seasons. Yes.. I do. And I gently rotate them throughout the year so that the next holiday’s treasures are easily accessible. Beloved traditions have permeated every Hallowe’en, Christmas and Easter in order to make memories and bond as a family. We have special recipes and songs, outfits and stories handed down through generations. While all of this adds sparkle to life, sometimes these traditions aren’t entirely selfless. At times, I focus more on the spectacle than actually spending real time with my kids. My heart races as I just admitted that.
Who didn’t love the enchanting cinematic excellence that was James Cameron’s AVATAR? It was a movie you could see over and over and still not manage to see everything. In one sitting, you could never capture every single aspect of the rich story line, the complexities of the thought-provoking underlying themes or take in all the exquisite pieces of the feast for the eyes.
The beauty formed from the detailed tapestry of the world created by Cameron’s meticulous and fantastical cinematography had no equal and won countless awards and critical acclaim. Tugging at the heartstrings and playing heavily to the audience’s sense of wonder, AVATAR awakened the audience to possibilities they never imagined and made everyone fall in love with characters and this richly constructed alternate reality.
The magical journey to the world of Pandora, visually stunning and live, is being brought to the stage by Cirque du Soleil when it returns to Vancouver this December. Cirque’s acrobatic and talented cast are performing the enchanting show: TORUK – The First Flight live at the Pacific Coliseum from December 14-18, 2016.