Healthy Families BC approached me about helping to raise awareness on how to incorporate healthy eating and fitness into a busy family lifestyle. They offer resources and one-stop wellness information for how to be active, eat well and more. The new community, based on their website, Facebook and Twitter, wants to help you make positive changes in your life.
To help kick-start an improvement to your own lifestyle, they are offering a $250 Gift Card to Lululemon to one ActiveMama reader who shares what it means to be an Active Mama. Read on for more details…
My Fitness Story
For many years, I suffered from chronic pain and my fitness level went way down. I couldn’t walk or lift weight or do much of anything. Once I found a way to fix my physical pain, we decided to start our family. I wasn’t at my best fitness level going into motherhood, and my pregnancy wasn’t pain free either. After I had Aiden, I walked a lot (mostly to get him to sleep!), but after a few months, he refused both stroller and carrier and my fitness level went down.
I’ve learned that not every child is easygoing, that being a parent is tiring, and that sometimes you have to go out of your way to get fitness back into your schedule. Recent car accident aside (it set me back), I’ve done a lot to met my goal of becoming a Fit & Active Mama!
Ideas to be an Active Mama:
- Go to baby bootcamp classes with your pre-mobile baby (Rec centres offer many options)
- Take advantage of drop-in childcare at fitness centres so you can work out
- Go to a gym in the evening or on days when you have pre-arranged childcare
- Keep trying the stroller! Aiden eventually came to love it as a toddler
- Do yoga or basic strength training (squats, lunges, etc) while your child plays. It’s pretty non-invasive and still allows you to pay attention to them
- Set aside some money, if you can, for a personal trainer. They can help you learn how to correctly do many exercises and can put together a home fitness plan that requires little to no equipment
- Set aside 20 minutes of precious nap time to run through your fitness plan. Then you can relax (because you deserve to relax too!)
- Exercise as a family – take walks or hikes, or set up your toddler in a bike seat or chariot for bike rides
A $250 gift card to lululemon athletica to help you be fit and feel good about yourself.
How to Enter
Head on over to Facebook to ‘Like’ the Healthy Families BC page, then return here and share your recommendation on how to be a fit & active mama! How do YOU make healthy eating or fitness a priority as a mom?
Limit one comment per person. Contest open to residents of BC only. Contest will close on September 30, 2011 at 2pm PST. Winner will be chosen at random.
Conrad Birdie Wows his Fans in “Bye Bye Birdie” by TUTS
As well as the invitation to the Opening Night of Bye Bye Birdie by Theatre Under the Stars here in Vancouver, I also have a chance to give away a set of 4 tickets for one lucky family to attend either Bye Bye Birdie or Anything Goes during the July 8 – August 20, 2011 production!
If you are looking for a fun way to entertain your kids, to expose them to theatre in an interactive and outdoor setting, or just want a special night out as a family, this is a contest for you!
A set of 4 ticket vouchers to the show of your choice on the night of your choice between July 8 – August 20,2011. The winning family will be able to pick up their tickets at the ticket counter at Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park.
How to Enter
Leave a comment on this post, answering one of the following questions:
- Why do you think your family would enjoy one of the Theatre Under the Stars productions?
- How are song and dance a part of your lives? (Funny kid stories more than welcome!)
- How have your kids been influenced by theatre?
Tickets are available to anyone willing to travel to Vancouver for the show. Limit one comment per person per day. Contest will close on July 30, 2011 at 2pm PST. Winner will be chosen at random and emailed to confirm availability.
At the start of this month, Gymboree Play & Music for Vancouver & the North Shore moved locations from a Church at the top of Taylor Way to a beautiful new location near Capilano Mall. We’ve been a part of the Gymboree Play classes for a year now and Aiden loves it! He loves going for the organized classes as well as the open gym time that comes with our membership. Everything is bright and safe and a lot of fun. It’s also been a great place for me to socialize with other moms.
June 21-25th, Gymboree will be having a Grand Opening Week to celebrate the new location. Although you can sign up anytime for a free trial class, if you are one of the first 30 to register in the week, you’ll get a fun goody bag and your lifetime membership fee will be waived. Whether you just want classes for the summer or plan to do them year round, like me, it’s a great deal!
To celebrate the opening, Gymboree will give away 1 month of free Play & Learn classes or Music classes (see options) at the new North Vancouver location plus waive the one-time membership fee for one lucky family. The contest will close on June 23rd at 2pm PST when one lucky family will be drawn randomly.
To enter, simply leave a comment on this post about why you want to win!
As previously mentioned, I was nominated as one of the finalists in the VancouverMom.ca Ultimate Mom Blogger list for 2011. The final 30 nominees are now up in a poll where you can vote for the winner!
The winner will be announced on Mother’s Day, May 8, 2011. Voting closes on May 6. The winner receives a special prize package, though all of us will be treated to a party (yay!).
Please vote for me! And thanks!!
Thank you to the family and friends who took the time to nominate me for the VancouverMom.ca Ultimate Mom Blogger list for 2011. The list is compiled of the favourite mom blogs in Vancouver, minus the 2010 nominees (which is a little odd). You can read my profile here, where I have the honour of being the first to be profiled.
All of the top 30 mom bloggers have now been profiled, but only one will get “crowned” as top blogger on Mother’s Day at a special event.
There are some great moms listed this year and last year, so take a peak around at the other profiles. I will soon be asking you for your votes as well!