Downtown Langley Treasure Hunt

Initially this blog post was going to be launching to discuss some tips for things to do in Downtown Langley over spring break. Since writing this blog the situation of COVID-19 has changed drastically and it became apparent to me that it didn’t seem right to post the same blog I had originally written. Therefor I decided to re-write this blog post, to be more relevant for the current situation we find ourselves in.

In the past few days, we have watched so many things we love be cancelled – its easy to get sucked into a negative head space in a time like this. But its extremely important that we think positive and continue to support one another in this time, it is not only a hardship for you, but for many others.

I want to talk about a few things that aren’t cancelled. Getting outside isn’t cancelled, and you can do it anywhere – especially if you aren’t showing any symptoms, haven’t been in contact with anyone who is, or haven’t traveled in the last 3 weeks.

A few weeks ago, Pearce and I enjoyed a special day together, we went with friends down to Downtown Langley, a historical part of Langley made up of over 500 unique shops, services and restaurants. The area offers free parking, so you can stop for a minute or a few hours and wonder around.

I realize for some of you, you may not want to venture for a walk, but you can also go for a drive, and if you’re going to do that, downtown Langley is the right stop, it has over 20 beautiful murals (14 of which can be seen without even getting of your car). Not to mention several amazing restaurants that you can order food and pick up from (or skip the dishes) if you are not up for eating in. There is also a ton of amazing shops downtown, some of which are still open with reduced hours, and others that are just doing online orders.

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When Pearce and I visited a few weeks ago I wanted to make it a fun day for us, so I turned the mural walk into a treasure hunt (Pearce currently loves treasure hunts). I made special clues for us to read that would lead us to each mural and we picked up a mural walk map from Discover Downtown Langley Business Association (these can be found here). We loved that the mural walk took us weaving through all the stores, and even to Douglas Park for a break with some much-needed play time. Then it was back on the hunt for the next mural. As the day went on Pearce got very creative with his poses, and a bit of a sugar high as we enjoyed a few treats along the way. Pearce absolutely loved his treasure hunt day which ended with $20 dollars to spend in Sticky’s Candy Store. You can use the clues below to go on the same hunt we went on.

After we finished our mural walk – It was time for me to shop! I am so glad we did the mural walk as I had no idea downtown Langley had so many amazing stores – stores I would not have even known about if I didn’t do the walk. I got a huge haul – a new door mat (Whalecome) and an adorable mustard t-shirt from The Passionate home. A MAMA Sweater, a Hot dog T-shirt for Pearce, a ceramic soap dish, and a kitchen floor mat from This is It Gifts, and A Smash and Tess Romper, a Stitch Please Scrunchie, a jar of Jars by Jodi Cookie Mix, a Sushi t-shirt for Brooks from The Local Space. Oh and of course I also got a bag of Candy from Sticky’s.

I realize that at this time, you may not feel comfortable going out and doing the mural walk but I want to share with you the many ways in which you can support the Downtown Langley Businesses in other ways:

  1. You can support them by liking them on social media:
    (go to their page and like it, like their post, share their post, share an old post of when you were last there.)
  2. Jump online and give them a yelp review, a google review, or even a Facebook review.
  3. Buy gift cards from local restaurants and stores to use at a later time
  4. Reschedule appointments for a few weeks from now instead of cancelling.
  5. Shop Online.

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I know that we are a strong community and we will get through this and I want to give us all something to look forward to for when that happens or to help you support these local businesses now.  which is why I have teamed up with Discover Downtown Langley to give away $50 downtown Dollars to 1 lucky follower. See below to find out how you can win!

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Enter To Win:

  1. Like @monsterzmama and @discoverdowntownlangleyon Instagram
  2. Like this Photo Below
  3. Tag 3 friends (every set of 3 friends tagged is an entry) that you want to check out the #muralwalklangley with

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Other things not cancelled during this time is spending time with family, reading, singing, laughing, listening to music, watching shows, doing crafts, going on scavenger hunts, and having hope!

 Downloadable treasure hunt clues

-xOx Chelsea – Good Luck and Stay well.

Valentines Giveaway

I am so excited to announce an awesome giveaway I have teamed up with some amazing Canadian brands to give you a great basket that you and your special someone can enjoy this valentine’s day! Whether you are staying in or going out this basket gives you and your loved one something for each of you!! This amazing basket is worth $250.00 and comes to you from all Canadian Companies.

 

Here is a little something to know about each brand:

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Young and Free Creations:

Young and Free Creations is a Maple Ridge based business founded in 2018. They specialize in sarcastic apparel catering to those who love BC Life. They have men and women’s t-shirts, sweatshirts, door signs, aprons, and are open to customer orders. If you know a sarcastic person who loves a good gift, this is the place to be. Tennessee and her family will be spending a quiet Valentines day in with her two beautiful boys. You can find them on Facebook and Instagram, send a message for personalization’s. IN the basket we have a red apron from Young and Free Creations.

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Flora Hemp:

I am very pleased to be partnering with Flora Hemp for the second time. They are a new company that began in September 2019. They are a home-based business specializing in making high quality, small batch, natural goods. Everything from Clay bead keychains, bath bombs, bath salts, beard oil, lotion bars, shaving gel, lip balm, shower steamers, magnesium oil and so much more. In our basket we have a mini lotion bar, Pretty in pink bath salts with mini bath bombs, a large coffee and cream bath bomb and a coco vanilla lip balm. You can find them on Instagram and facebook where they share upcoming local markets, as well as current deals. Kara and her family will be spending their thanksgiving together enjoying dinner and a movie in.

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Jem Designs:

JEM Designs was founded in 2015 but really took shape in early 2017, it started out as a business making wooden signs and switched gears when she started to put together cheeky wine glasses for friends. It was always Jewels dream to own a store, as a little girl she played shop and always incorporated “JEM” into the shop name, JEM stemming from her initials J. E. M. They then started adding other drink ware, spray bottles for cleaning supplies, wall decals and vehicle decals to their line.  Jem Designs can be found in store at The Local Store (Langley), Town and Country Vintage Home (Maple Ridge), Coastal Collective (Pitt Meadows), Midtown Main (Vancouver), the Hive home and gifts (Squamish), Home Hardware Merritt, and The Art We Are (Kamloops) . They can also be found online on Facebook & Instagram. If you have someone who loves sassy little remarks these are the perfect gift! Jewels will be celebrating Valentine’s Day with her 2 daughters and husband. Ordering pizza for dinner and once the girls go to bed mom and dad will pop a bottle of wine and some popcorn and sink into the couch to watch a good movie. In our basket we have 2 wine glasses to share with your partner.

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Jars By Jodi:

Jars by Jodi was beginning in November 2015, with the goal of bringing people together to bake and enjoy cookies and treats using the jars they purchase or are given. Jars by Jodi sells cookie and dessert mixes layer in a mason jar. They make the perfect gift or part favor and are easy way to make treats at home. From what started as a budget friendly Christmas gift for her family her business has quickly grown into a home-based business, with 5 retailers and various markets each year, they also offer local pick up in Pitt Meadows, BC. Jodi is the sole owner and operator of this business; she does get support from friends and family. Jars by Jodi is the reason that she can stay home Monday-Friday with her 2 boys, which she is incredibly thankful for. Jodi is also always open to new flavors if you have ideas let her know! You can find Jars by Jodi online, on Instagram, Facebook and in store at  Artisan Gifts and Flowers (Coquitlam, BC) ,Coastal Collective and Co (Pitt Meadows, BC), Hopcott Meats (Pitt Meadows, BC), Midtown Main (Vancouver, BC), The Local Space (Langley, BC), Two Trees Tofino (Tofino, BC). This Year for Valentines Day Jody and Her husband are taking a kid free weekend away. In our basket we have 1 delicious Spicy Hot Chocolate mix.

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Farmstead Naturals:

I am excited to be partnering with one of my favorite local business’s, I use their products daily in my home. Farmstead Naturals is a line of hand-crafted beauty and bath products made by Crystal herself on her farm in Deroche, BC. She is a famers wife and a mother of four who started this business when her Mother in Law taught her how to make soap, she would give it out as a gift, and then people started to ask for more, and she began to make more products. The kids would get sick, so she would make a vapour rub, she hurt her back, so she made a muscle salve, etc. In our basket we have 1 handmade lavender soap, 1 handmade charcoal soap, 1 vanilla lip balm, 1 peppermint lip balm, and 1 Vanilla whipped body butter. You can find Farmstead Naturals on Etsy, Instagram, and Facebook or in store at This is it! Gifts (Langley), Gallery 202 (Mission), Pacific Arts Market(Vancouver), Unika (Chilliwack, and Langley). They will also be at the Olde Farmhouse Vintage Market April 4-5 at Tradex in Abbotsford. On Valentines day Crystal and her husband plan to put the kids to bed early and enjoy each others company.

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Nancy Grace Creations:

I partnered with Nancy a few years back for a Christmas giveaway, so I am super excited to be partnering with her again. Nancy Grace Creations are home made greeting cards for every occasion. Nancy is the owner and maker of all the produces they sell. She is also a mother of 2 who has always been artistic. Making business cards happened by happy accident, Nancy loved making keepsakes and scrapbooking and cards for her family, who started to request she make them hand made cards for them to gift. From there she started to attend markets and the business was started. Nancy will be spending Valentines day in enjoying a home cooked meal with her family. They Can be found Online, on Facebook, or Instagram. In our basket we have 4 hand made Valentine’s day cards from Nancy Grace creations.

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Third Spoon Honey:

I am very excited to be working with Third Spoon Honeyin this basket. They are a family run apiary (bee farm) located in Mission, B.C. Mandy, and her parents Ron and Karen, her husband Adam and their 2 older children take care of the bees as a team. Taking care of the bees is a lot of work it requires, weekly health checks, feeding before and after nectar flow, and maintaining colony size, extracting and filtering honey, and they also filter wax which they then make lots of products out of. Currently their farm has 37 hives, but they hope to expand to 100 hives this spring! This business started as a hobby of Mandy’s father Ron’s but has since grown to be a busy bee business! All their honey is unpasteurized, making it taste very different from store bought honey. It’s not recommended for anyone who is pregnant or under the age of 1. Raw honey will eventually crystallize but is still okay to eat! You can find Third Spoon Honey on Instagram and Facebook, they currently just do farm to gate style pick up and meet customers locally in Abbotsford, Mission and Maple Ridge. We have 1 large jar of their unpasteurized honey in our basket for you and your partner to share this Valentines day! Mandy and her family will be sharing some sushi with their kids and enjoy a low-key Valentines day this year!

 

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Chrystalized Artz:

I am excited to be able to partner with my long-time friend Chrystal, a local artist and poet from the Fraser Valley. Her artwork focuses on landscape, florals, and portraits, I have 2 of her pieces in my home that I absolutely love. After Chrystal’s first baby she found herself with Post Partum Depression and no outlet but her poetry to release her feelings. It was through this she began to write how she really felt about this phase of her life and her poetry journey began. She has since self published her first Poetry Chapbook “Love Me and Die”. This Chapbook is a string of poems, musings, and prose that she has written over the last 5 years. These poems can be described as charged, provocative and for adult eyes. Chrystal has done custom portraits, as well as been involved in many art shows in the Fraser Valley. She also has her pieces for sale at Hottie’s Italian Food Emporium,a family run eatery in Stave Falls, BC. You can find Chrystal online, on Facebook, Instagram or email her to purchase your own copy of her book, or to get your one of a kind portrait for that special someone. This valentine’s day Chrystal and her family will enjoy a hot home cooked meal and some chocolate and once the kids go to bed, some important mom and dad time.  In our basket we have a copy of Chrystal’s book along with a double side water print card she painted.

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Black Fly Beverage Company:

Black Fly Beverage Company was Ontario’s first microdistilery in 2005, opened by husband and wife Rob Kelly and Cathy Siskind-Kelly. Their vision was to create more natural and less sweet premium spirit beverages using quality ingredients and innovative packaging. Like the iconic Canadian Insect after which the company is named Black fly started small with determination to fly under the radar and deliver a mighty bite. All black fly beverages are made with Real juices, Real cane sugar (not high fructose corn syrup), Real CANADIAN vodka, real Mexican tequila, and all beverages are gluten free. They can be found online, on Instagram, Facebook and and in stores near you all over Canada. In our basket we have 1 four pack of vodka cranberry, 1 four pack of long island iced tea, and 2 singles.

 

How to Enter:

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Find this picture on instagram to enter
  1. Like @monsterzmama on Instagram and the brands @xjemdesigns @jarsbyjodi @chrystalizedartz @nancy_grace_creations, @farmsteadnaturals, @thirdspoonhoney, @Blackflybooze
  2. Comment on the basket picture on my page – tag a friend (separate comments), each tag is an entry

 

Bonus Entries:

  1. Share on Instagram – make sure to tag us so we see
  2. Post on your Instagram – make sure to tag us so we can see

 

Rules:

  1. Must be 19 years or older
  2. If you win the basket and are unable to pick up, you are in charge of the cost of shipping and communicating with me after draw to ship.
  3. Basket must be picked up by February 14th the latest otherwise it will be re-drawn.
  4. This basket is in no way associated with facebook or instagram.
  5. Contest closes February 9th at 7pm.

7 Ways to Achieve your 2020 Goals

Something I take a ton of pride in is setting goals each year on things I want to Achieve, Over the new year I shared those with you. I like to get deep and raw and also semi surface level for my goals.

For some people goals are super hard, they are great at coming up with things they want to achieve, but how do they make those happen. How do they ensure that they succeed on those goals? Something I have been spending a lot of time focusing on is making sure I take actions to ensure I am constantly working towards my goals. The only one who can fail you, is yourself.

So I want to Dive into 7 things you can do to Help yourself achieve your goals, in order to do that, lets refresh on what my goals are so you can see how I have used these 7 tactics to help me work on my goals.

  1. Spend less time on things that aren’t important to me and more time focusing on the good things around me
  2. Learn to Run
  3. Cut Debt in Half
  4. Do more things to the house

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Now that we know what my goals are here are 7 tactics to help you achieve your goals. And I will tell you how I put them in to play.

 

1. Each week/Month create a goal that helps you achieve your long-term goal – this is a mini goal, something you want to achieve that week that helps you get to the big picture.

With my goal of learning to run, I downloaded an app goal Couch to 5 k – (C25k) this app teaches you how to run, from there I set myself a goal to complete a work out each week with the app.

Cutting my debt in half, I removed all my credit cards from my online subscriptions so that they would only come off my debit card, So as not to accumulate any new debt. I made a goal to pay things off faster, So I made a list of the things I owe money on from lowest to highest example: (this is not my actual debt)

Credit card – $500
Student Loan – $1000
Car Payment $15000

From there I started to put each month I make payments on my smaller debt, to pay that off, and as I pay each item off I move onto the next one, in the process eliminating the amount of things I owe, instead of trying to pay off a large number of things at 1 time.

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2. Follow 5 people each week that inspire you or have similar goals at the same time instantly remove people who do not align with your goals and where you want to be ( If you don’t want to unfollow because you run in their crowd simply hit the mute button)

This one is huge for me, I wanted this year to be more about me, creating a positive space in my life to allow me to work on myself. Something I heard today from the Birds Papaya Podcast was each time you hit follow on Instagram, you are giving that person power to impact your life. So, who are you giving power to? Does that person align with the life you are trying to have? Do they have similar goals? How are they making you feel about your life?

For me I spent the better part of the last 4 months unfollowing people, following new people in real life and Instagram. Sometimes we love people, but they don’t put us in a good frame of mind, and that’s okay. We can love people from a distance while we work on ourselves.

I decided to follow people who go for runs or discuss running. I also followed some people who talk about living a more debt conscious lifestyle. As well I will always continue to follow my core home décor peeps.

I unfollowed people who made me feel less than, models who lives perfect lives and always looked perfect no matter what. I unfollowed people who didn’t seem to be portraying their authentic selves. I followed people who started to talk about body positivity, and loving themselves, because that is what I want to see when I scroll.
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3. SPEAK YOUR GOALS OUT LOUD!!!

I write this one in caps lock because how many of us make goals and share them with no one. We secretly tell ourselves this year I am going to lose 15 lbs, or this year I am going to be a more positive person. But we do nothing with that goal, because we don’t say it, we don’t communicate it, we don’t hold ourselves accountable.

Studies show that people who talk about their goals, share their goals, and say them out loud are more likely to achieve them, because they feel more pressure to hold themselves accountable to them. So, what if me learning to run and holding myself accountable to doing 1 run a week with my app, was holding me accountable because I shared it with all of you! I will tell you I already feel more accountable to completing it because people know it. Try it. If you have a goal, I want you to share it with 1 person, and than 2 people – I promise you will put it into action!

I am currently doing a reduced sugar challenge with my work out program (The Progress Project) Something I have done is share that with all my coworkers, so that they know what I am doing, they discuss it with me, and when things come up that could work against my goal, I have them to lean on, and as well by telling them, it keeps me accountable in a place I spend 75% of time.
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4. Surround yourself with people who have similar goals!

If my goal is to reduce my debt, I shouldn’t spend my time hanging out with people who go shopping every weekend, who subscribe to every subscription box, or who eat out every meal. It would completely hinder my success towards my goal, right? Yes!

So that also means that if you have a goal that’s a more internal goal, say you want to spend your time gossiping less, well guess what, you need to surround yourself with people who gossip less, it’s a known fact that we pick up habits from who we spend our time with. So, we need to ensure that the people we spend our time with, have similar goals, or that they never try to discourage you from achieving them – this can be done by doing number 3!!! Tell your friends your goals so they can help you work towards achieving them, and if your goal is to gossip less, tell them, because chances are it might become their goal too!
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5. Find something to listen to that inspires you to achieve your goals.

I have a few of these, since I commute, I spend about 1.5 – 2 hours a day in my car, which is a great time for me to reflect on my goals and put things into action. So something I do is crush audible books and listen to podcast – I say crush because 99% of the time I get so into them that the book follows me into the house while I am making dinner, doing laundry and I spend a lot less time watching meaningless tv when I am in a good book.

Something that was super important to me was to listen to challenge myself this year to listen to books to help me put things to action, I can demolish a true crime book, but what If I took that same time I am using to listen to a true crime book, and listened to something that helped motivate me towards reaching my goals. I started the first 2 weeks of 2020 listening to Rachel Hollis – Girl wash your face. In the book there is a ton of stuff that I don’t necessary believe but at the end of the day, I finished that book being more determined to work on my goals than I had when I made them. That’s the kind of thing you want to listen to if you want to achieve things this year. You can look at 100 memes talking about achieving your goals but if you spend time to actually listen to how other people achieved their goals, you will 100% be motivated.

Some of my favorite things I have listened to that have motivated me are:

The Birds Papaya podcast
The Jess Nadine Podcast
Earn your happy podcast

There are literally so many! So many amazing things, and countless books. I do plan on doing a blog post soon with 10 must reads to help keep you motivated towards your goals for 2020.  stay tuned.
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6. Post a picture that correlates your goal to yourself – somewhere where you see it everyday.

So many people believe that if you manifest it, it will come true – guess what I am literally one of those people. I believe that what you put out into the universe comes back to you, one example. I told myself I am going to work hard, and I am going to lose my baby weight, and I did it 2x. I haven’t lost it all, but I put a damn good dent in it, and guess what I am still manifesting it daily.

Rachel Hollis discusses in her book that she has a picture of a vacation condo in Hawaii in her closet. Try putting a picture of something you want to achieve up where you can see it everyday. Subconsciously your brain will help you to achieve this because it will see it everyday, it will manifest. If you ever wanted to achieve something, do this. Do this one thing, find a picture that helps you feel motivated towards something and post where you look at everyday. – guess what my picture is, it’s the picture below. $0 debt, how many of us which we had no debt. Well I am manifesting it; I am telling the world that it is more important for me to have no debt than to spend my money frivolously. So, take the time find a picture that speaks to you and share it with your brain everyday.

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7. Last but certainly not least. Forgive yourself.

Everyday will not be a perfect day, you are going to do things that take you steps away from your goal, but this is a journey it is not a catwalk. You are taking steps daily to achieve goals that are going to take time to achieve. You are not taking a short cut to reach your goal. So, 1,2 ,3 little things are not going to hurt your process of achieve your goals. The trick is to not let those mistakes, or slips, steer you away from achieving what you want from 2020. Or want from your life forever. You owe yourself more than that.

Last night was my husbands birthday, and we had birthday cake I had a small piece knowing that it was over my daily sugar goal, and then an amazing family showed up with ice-cream cake for him, and instead of saying no and being sad and grumpy because I didn’t enjoy myself I had a small slice. And you know what, this morning I woke up, and I looked the same as yesterday. My body looked the exact same. Because 1 day is not going to lose track of 1 year of working my butt off. Just like 1 small action is not going to take away countless steps and actions towards your goal. So, I say forgive yourself, because you will screw up, you will take actions away from your goal, you will not feel like manifesting for a day. But promise me you will forgive yourself and start again. You won’t let that 1 slip become the slope that takes you. Allow yourself to be human.

 

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I hope these help you, because I shared them with you, to hold myself accountable to do them all. I am putting it into the universe that the goals I made this year are important to me, and that I want to achieve them, so I am going to talk about them, again and again. I am going to work on ways to achieve them, everyday. But guess what, I want you to achieve your goals too. I want you to be the best you, I want you to look in the mirror and love yourself just like I now do. It took me 9 months of hard work, a ton of mindset work but I do. I want everyone to feel this way, I want you to look in the mirror and just be proud of what you see looking back. So, if you want to start now, drop your goal below and give it power. Share it with me so you hold yourself accountable for making 2020 a year where your manifestations become reality.

 

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Remember, everyday is a new day to find joy!

 

oXoX Chelsea