Disney On Ice: Let’s Party

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We have a major little Disney fan on our hands, and I am incredible excited because this week starting on Wednesday Disney on Ice Presents Let’s Party is in our area, here in Vancouver. We will be joining in on the party this week, and celebrating along side as many of our favourite Disney characters take to the ice, along with a few villains.

The last time I attended Disney on Ice I was a kid myself, you better believe I am incredible excited to take Evie to go see a performance. She is at just the right age where she is very much into all things Disney, and she definitely has her favourite characters. I cannot wait to see her face when she sees Mickey and Minnie.

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Make an ordinary day extraordinary when Disney On Ice presents Let’s Party! brings more than 50 Disney characters from 16 beloved Disney stories together in Vancouver for one colossal party on ice!  This fun-filled show features a magical montage of celebrations, holidays and festivals from around the globe set to a blend of contemporary music and favorite Disney songs, playing at the Pacific Coliseum at the PNE from November 26 – 30.

 Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse on a delightful tour 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.  Disney On Ice presents Let’s Party! is the ultimate jam-packed celebration of the century featuring fun and surprises for the whole family!

Tickets are still available to the performances in Vancouver at the Pacific Coliseum at the PNE (2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC). The tickets range in price from $25, $35, $55 (VIP), and $85 (Rinkside). Some select seating and performances even have kids tickets available for $15! Disney on Ice Present’s Let’s Party is here from Wednesday night through to Sunday night, with some early day time performances for the younger kids occurring on the weekend. Head over to TicketLeader.ca to get your tickets… an early Christmas gift perhaps?

I am looking forward to sharing with all of you what it’s like after we go see the show ourselves this week! Now the question is… do I dress Evie up as Tinkerbell for the performance we are attending?

You can check out more about Disney On Ice at www.disneyonice.com, or visit on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube.

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5th Annual Vancouver Christmas Market {Giveaway}

IMG_4984We were invited to attend the 5th annual Vancouver Christmas Market on their opening day. Many people were already lined up eager to go in when we arrived. The market is open now til December 24th.. and they are closing early that day, who can blame them when they will all want to be with their family, friends, and loved ones too! If you are looking for great food, with a Christmas atmosphere, this is the place for you.

IMG_4994Once inside you are instantly hit by all the incredible smells coming from all the different food vendors, and a few novelty gift vendors… candles, or honey anyone? There is a lot of vendors to check out, so take your time or you will miss something.

IMG_5046bMy favourite part of the market are all of the different ornaments available. Several vendors are from Germany, and have beautiful hand crafted ornaments from there. Käthe Wohlfahrt has a large corner of the market with all of their items displayed. I dream of bringing home a German pyramid windmill. 

IMG_5057The highlight though is always the incredible food. If you are a major foodie, please go visit here if you can. If you work downtown, go on your lunch break! We got two types of sausages to try from Black Forest Delicatessen. The gentleman here are great, and the sausages are top notch. I seriously wish they delivered because I could go for another currywurst.

IMG_5055bEvie loved watching the German pretzels being made at Brezelhaus, and she was a hit with the chefs. They waved, and interacted with her as she looked through the window watching what they were doing. It is little moments like this that make the market so special.

IMG_5117bSince we arrived right at opening we headed for the carousel right away. I am glad we did because when we went for another ride later sadly Evie had to sit on the bench instead of riding on the horse with me holding her. Parents if your youngsters like rides they need to be 36 inches tall to ride on the horses of the carousel. We still had a great time.

I am hoping that we will get to go back to the market one more time before the Christmas season is over. I didn’t purchase a couple Christmas ornaments I saw, and I am kind of regretting it… perhaps a date night in the near future with my husband is in order?

If you are looking for something to do, and are in the Vancouver area check out the market. Go enjoyed some mulled wine, or hot apple cider.

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Gnusante {Review and Giveaway}

IMG_4900We received a sample of Gnusante Creations Gnuebees to try out. While you might think they are like other squishy food packs out there, these are actually a beverage. Which would explain why these are a bigger portion size than the usual squishy pack you see out there.

Now my big fear about these right away was that Evie would squish the drink out all over the place. Fear not because Gnusante thought of that with their spill proof spout. In order for me to squeeze some of the drink out I had to use a bit of pressure, more than my toddler is capable of. Brilliant I tell you!

Gnubees are a nutritional beverage for kids, and they are made locally in the Burnaby area. (Always nice to find local products) Gnusante took their time in figuring out what packaging, caps, and spouts to use for their product. Their product is made in small batches, made often, and as the orders come in they package them up. This means they are made as fresh as possible, and shipped out to you. Gnusante isn’t about making their products shelf life be as long as possible, they want it to be coming to you fresh! Each Gnubee pack contains 15% of each daily recommended vitamins and minerals – 26 essential vitamins and minerals, 5 grams of fiber, and 7 grams of protein. Currently there are three different flavours available – Rockin’ Raspberrita, Orange You Glad?, and Go Bananas! Mine and Evie’s favourite was the Rockin’ Raspberrita, we are huge raspberry fans in this house.

Gnusante has very kindly provided Discovering Parenthood readers from the Lower Mainland with an opportunity to win some Gnubees to try out. Enter through the rafflecopter link below. Good luck everyone!

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The Weekend in Pictures: Tis the Season

This weekend we definitely kicked the Christmas season into high gear. We checked out the Vancouver Christmas Market on opening day, as well as headed to Burnaby Village Museum to ride the carousel and see their Heritage Christmas – we have been going every year for awhile, you can read about our visit last year over hereWe definitely find ourselves getting into the holiday spirit more, and we will be kicking it all off this coming weekend with a Christmas dinner hosted by our church. What better way to start off Christmas!

20141121_201858I attempted to make rice flour macaroons, they are traditionally made with almond. It wasn’t a total fail, but I do have a lot of practice ahead of me and I already know a few things I need to tweak for next time.

20141122_115307(0)Hot apple cider is the perfect drink to help warm you up with all this cold weather.

cn8574669Black Forest Delicatessen is our favourite food spot at the Christmas market. Highly recommend the currywurst sausage (on the right) incredible flavour… let’s be honest you can’t go wrong with any of the options from this company.

20141122_210253This Star Light Star Bright bath melt from Lush is my new favourite.  The scent is incredible.

20141122_135402(0)Evie loved riding the horses on the carousel. The one at Burnaby Village lets kids ride so long as an adult is holding them secure.

20141122_143036Wandering the historic streets.

20141123_100028Sometimes you just have to do, what you gotta do. At church Evie sits in a high chair so that she has a table for snacks, and toys. This Sunday we resorted to keeping her entertained with a short video for the last few minutes. It worked, judge not!

1920484_804495376277592_6616115053986548145_nWe wrapped up our weekend by going for a walk in the evening. It works out well with the days getting dark so early, we were able to enjoy some of the Christmas lights on homes around the neighbourhood.

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside: Disney Baby {Giveaway}

FIVE TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR LITTLE ONES WARM IN WINTER

736399_10151421294146303_16165992_obWinter can be a very magical, winter wonderland: a blanket of snow covers and transforms everything around, while a layer of frost makes leaves and branches sparkle. It seems like winter has decided to come early in our area, and all across Canada. While it may be gorgeous to look at, sharing that magic with your baby can be difficult task. Our daughter was born near the end of December, right in the midst of all the cold weather, and when she was a few days old we had our first snow fall of the season. She loved looking at the snow falling down, as it was all so new to her. We were worried about keeping her head, little hands, and feet warm.

To help prepare your baby for the wintry weather ahead, Disney Baby has put together five tips for keeping your little one warm, all winter long.

  1. Appropriate attire
    While it may seem like a good idea to turn your little one into a snow-suited marshmallow, be careful not to overdo it – you don’t want baby to overheat! A good rule of thumb is to dress children less than a year old in the same number of layers you’re wearing, plus one more. This rule helped us so much, especially as new parents we were constantly wondering if she was too cold, or too warm. This helped to settle our nerves.
  2. Easy on, easy off
    Opting for a cozy jumpsuit. Fleecy ones like this Winnie the Pooh number, makes layering very easy. Simply slip these one piece wonders over baby’s outfit as you’re leaving the house. With built-in booties and mittens, a snuggly suit will ensure your little one is ready to face even the chilliest of days. They really do make getting ready to go outside so much easier when you have a little one.
  3. Collect cute caps
    Everyone remembers having their Mom yell at them to put their toque back on. Heat escapes through the top of the body, so always make sure your little one’s head is covered. For warmth and style, try these adorable Princess and Pooh cap, mitt and bootie sets – they’re perfect for tiny noggins! If you have a toddler who needs to keep warm, find a hat that ties or stays put under their chin with velcro. Makes it a little harder for them to pull off then.
  4. Take brrr-eaks
    Babies need fresh air, even in winter, and it’s perfectly fine to take your little one outside when it’s chilly. But it’s important not to keep baby out in the cold too long. Keep a watch for fussiness or other signs of discomfort and if you see them, it is time to head back inside for a cuddle!
  5. Create a cozy crib
    Your baby can get chilly, even inside, and many moms worry about keeping little ones warm while they’re asleep. Step one is to create a snug environment. Try using a flannel fitted sheet in your crib and a cozy footed sleeper to keep your little one toasty from tip to toe. For really tiny tots, swaddling is a great option – just make sure you don’t use too many layers!

A big question we had was “How do we keep our baby warm in their car seat when you aren’t supposed to put them in it with a jacket or anything big and puffy on?” My tip for you is that when they are infants it’s a bit easier because you can get them into their car seat inside the house, and then cover them in a nice warm blanket. With our toddler now, we have her book it out to the car, and take her coat off before putting her in the seat. Then we either put her coat on backwards; having her slide her arms in with the coat backwards so it still keeps her warm. We also tuck her in with a blanket if we know it is going to be a longer drive and we want her to be comfy. Please remember that extra bulk from things like jackets and other winter pieces can cause the infant seats, and car seats to not be secure enough; do the pinch test to make sure your little one is in their seat snug and secure.

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