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XMAS GIVE AWAY

It was 2 years ago I did my first basket giveaway, we put together a basket that year that was pretty spectacular and people loved it. Since then my life got crazy, and it felt like too much to do. I decided this year that I wanted to do it again, the funny thing is I don’t think people realize that as a blogger you start thinking about Christmas in August. As a way it felt I was wishing away my summer, but I also knew that with some work I could put together an amazing basket, which is what I have done for you.

This year I have teamed up with 25 amazing brands to put together a great basket, a basket  has over $1000 worth of amazing local product. I am so excited to give this basket away, and was super blessed to have it Kim Norcross Photography & Digital marketer help me take professional photos of the basket for me.

Below are all the products you will find in the basket :

Tumble And Roar Apparel (Delta, BC) – Tuque and boxers – Retail Value $ 34

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Tumble and Roar is a company that I have had the pleasure of partnering with now 4 times. This Delta based company was founded in December 2015 and is a true labor of love for owner and founder Carlee. She enjoys creating fun products that makes the kiddos smile. She absolutely loves seeing all the social media tags from her shoppers. Tumble and Roar employs local embroiderers and seamstresses for all the tuques and most product is sourced locally in North America. The boxer briefs are extremely sentimental to her family and the story behind them can be found here. You can find Tumble and Roar in Scout & Co (Richmond), Citrus Kids Collection (Nanaimo), Looby Doo Children’s Boutique (White Rock). They will also be at the Local Love Holiday Pop up (PItt Meadows) on November 24, Gordon Greenwood Elementary Holiday Market (Langley) on December 1st. If you are looking for adorable pieces of fun boxers to make potty training more fun check them out on Instagram, Facebook and online.

 

The Blue Dandelion Gifts and Collectables (Shop located in Harrison Hot Springs & Aggasiz, BC) Retail Value – $60

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The Blue Dandelion Gifts and Collectables is a small family business who care about their customers. They work hard to get great quality product at a reasonable price, while supporting local artisans. The Agassiz location was established in December 2017, and the Harrison Hot Springs location was established in April 2018. The stores sell everything from gifts for children such as clothing, educational toys, and puzzles, to jewelry, purses, scarves, home decor, and women’s fashion. They can be found on Instagram, Facebook (Agassiz / Harrison Hot Springs) and Online.

 

Carroway Crotchet (Maine Island, BC) – Tuque, Cowl Scarf, Fingerless Mittens – Retail Value – $90

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Carroway Crochet was founded in January 2015 by Pam Carr, a grandmother who lives on Maine Island. Pam loves to complete customer orders or try new patterns. All her items are handmade crochet and knit accessories and can be found online or at the following markets this season: iMade local Christmas Craft Fair (Vancouver) – November 15th, All about Events Christmas Market  (Langley)- December 7th, you can find Carroway Crochet on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, PinterestOnline or on Etsy.

 

Flora Hemp (Abbotsford, BC) 2 bath bombs and a bath bomb in a bag – Retail Value $24

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I am so excited to partner with Flora Hemp, they are a brand new company based in Abbotsford, BC launching on September 16th, 2019. They are a home-based business specializing in making high quality, small batch, natural bath bombs and other products. They recently launched a coffee scrub, and an aloe vera shaving gel. They are currently only selling through Instagram directly, so check them out for the perfect self care gift!

 

The 6th Scent Candles – (Langley, BC) Merry Christmas wood wick candle – Retail Value $21

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The 6th Scent Candle started in 2016 and specializes in soy wax candles with a wood wick. Their goal is to create a natural alternative for you and your home that keeps your space as green as possible, their products are manufactured as eco-friendly as possible by using materials that are easily replenished and recycled. They are currently stocked at 27 stockists from Tofino, BC to Ontario. They will be at the Elemental Trends Winter Market  (Richmond) on November 24th, The Crafty Affair Market (Delta) on November 30, New West Craft Winter Night Market On December 7th, and the Fort Langley Christmas in the Village Market on December 13. You can find them on Facebook, Instagram and online, Check them out for more gift ideas.

 

Oh So Lovely Online – (Parksville, BC) – 2 pairs of earings – Retail Value $28

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Oh So Lovely Online was founded in 2017 and is based on Vancouver Island. Their pieces are made for all ages and are reasonably priced so that you can add sparkle to your every day wardrobe without breaking the bank. Giving bank is extremely important to them, so with every purchase donations are made to their Christmas Hamper Program. Oh So Lovely can be found in Soak Lifestyle Boutique in Parksville, BC, Revived Vintage in Qualicum, BC, Neck of the Woods in Ladysmith, BC, Sugar and Spa in Airdrie, AB, Trends Design Team in Port Alberni, BC, and Spark Art Collective in Mission, BC. They will be attending the Merry Mingle Sip and Shop (Qualicum Beach) on November 19, and Last Stop Market on December 6 and 7th. They can also be found on Instagram, Facebook and online. These are the perfect gift for that special lady who loves to add some sparkle!

 

Mint + Co. – (Mission, BC) – 1 quote picture, 1 Hexagon Shelf – Retail Value $50

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Mint + Co is a Mission based business founded in 2018 by a couple in their back yard. They make hand made wooden pieces while playing fetch with their two dogs. They make everything from labels, wooden signs, coasters, and shelves. They also accept custom orders if you are looking for something specific. They can be found at Spark Art Collective (Mission), Bruce’s Market (Maple Ridge), with more coming soon. As well they can be found at the Walnut Grove Willoughby Christmas Market on November 23rd, the Winter Holiday Market (Richmond) on November 24th, and The Marketplace Pop up Winter Shop (Maple Ridge) on November 30. Or find them online on Instagram, Facebook, and Etsy for that perfect custom gift!

Westcoast Alchemist – (Abbotsford, BC) – 1 Blanket/scarf/Shawl – Retail Value $100

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The West Coast Alchemist was founded in Abbotsford, BC in October 2019 and is owned by my sister Laken. They are a brand-new company and are still developing but they care strongly about the quality of materials they use only sourcing out the best blends. Laken has dreamt about making products that people love having for as long as she can remember. They can be found at the Langley Craft Market on November 16, as well as in store at the Blue Dandelion in Agassiz and Harrison. You can also follow them online on Facebook, Instagram and Etsy. They are also currently offering a discount code for Monsterz Mama Readers if you head to the discount page till November 30th.

 

Baby Boos Teethers – (Abbotsford, BC) – 5 bibs, 1 teether, & 1 muslin cotton receiving blanket – Retail Value $80

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Baby Boo Teethers was founded in 2017, by a mother of three boys whom is also a nurse and owns I Luv It Deodorant. Baby Boo Teethers gives back 10% of its profits, 5% to Breakfast Clubs of Canada to ensure that children are fed a nutritious breakfast and help reduce the amount of children going unfed, the other 5% is donated to BC Children’s Hospital, as Kristin and her children have been patients at the hospital. Baby Boo Teethers are CPSC, CPSIA, ASTM Toy Safety and Compliant, BPA Free, Phthalate free, Lead Free, Cadmium Free, and Eco Friendly. Baby Boo Teethers will be at The Olde Farmhouse Market  (Abbotsford) at the tradex on November 23 and November 24th and The Local Love Market (Pitt Meadows) on November 24th in Pitt Meadows. They can also be found in 11 stockists: Once Upon a Child Abbotsford and Chilliwack locations, Scout and Co (Richmond), Latier Sandie Belle, Looby Doo (White Rock), Spark Art Collective (Mission), Coastal Collective Co (Pitt Meadows), This Is It gifts (Langley), Paisley Boutique (Alaska), Tulip Kids (Toronto), and Dlux Home(Langley). Follow Baby Boo Teethers on Instagram, Facebook and Check them out online.

** To be entered to win the basket, you will need to like each vendor on Instagram, Facebook likes are bonus entries**

 

The Vagina Coach – (Port Moody, BC) – Prepare to Push & Your Pelvic Floor Books – Retail Value $60

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I am excited to say this is my second time teaming up with Kim Vopni aka The Vagina Coach. She works extremely hard to spread awareness about Pelvic health. I have personally completed her Kegel Challenge 2x after my second son and seen incredible results. Before completing the program, I didn’t really get how important Kegels were or how many muscles were involved with performing a Kegel correctly. She offers online programs and coaching for women through pregnancy and beyond via her two companies Bellies Inc and The Vagina Coach. Kim can be found on Instagram for (Vagina Coach/Bellies Inc), Twitter (Bellies Inc/ Vagina Coach), Facebook (Bellies Inc/Vagina Coach) and Online (Bellies Inc/Vagina Coach).

 

The Relaxation Hut – (Langley, BC) – 1 neck wrap & 1 Eye pillow – Retail $38

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The Relaxation Hut was founded in 2014 by Tammy a former Canadian Team Gymnast and Cirque du Soleil Acrobat. As a performer Tammy could never find something that worked for her aches and pains, so she started to design her own and that is how The Relaxation Hut Started. All her products are hand crafted with her two hands and made with love. All products made by the relaxation hut contain, Flax Seed, Lavender buds, and lavender essential oils. The Relaxation hut can be found in 25 retail locations throughout western Canada, here is a list. They can also be found at Crafty Affaire Holiday Market (Surrey) on November 16, The Olde Farmhouse Market (Abbotsford) on November 23rd and 24th, Crafty Affaire Holiday Market on November 30, Gordon Greenwood Holiday Craft Market(Langley) on December 1st and Walnut Grove Artisans MarketWalnut Grove Artisans Market on December 7th. You can also find them online, on Facebook and Instagram. These are the perfect gift for that busy person in your life that needs to slow down.

 

I Luv It Natural Deodorant – (Abbotsford, BC) – 2 jars of Deodorant – $43

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I Luv it Natural Deodorant was established in 2016 after struggling to find a chemical free deodorant on the market, she decided to make her own. After a few failed batches she found a recipe that was all natural, chemical free, cruelty free – That Worked! I Luv It Deodorant doesn’t make anything but deodorant, so they are able to focus on making it the best product around. They use only 6 natural, clean and pure ingredients and currently have 6 different scents. They can be found in 35 retailers across Canada and the US and will be at the Olde Farmhouse Market (Abbotsford) on November 23 and November 24 and the Local Love Market (Pitt Meadows) on November 24th. You can also find them online, on Facebook and Instagram. This is the perfect gift for someone who loves natural products.

Uchi – Roberts Creek, BC – 1 cow hide print bib – Retail Value $15

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This is my second time teaming up with Uchi, and I am very excited! This company is based in Roberts Creek, BC and was founded in 2011. They specialize in making easy to use baby carriers (even ones that can be worn in the water), pamper mom ponchos, and to reduce waste make small items out of the scraps, for instance bandana bibs and scarves. Uchi also does its part to give back by donating fabric remnants to local high schools and donating baby carriers and nursing covers to Baby Go Round. They can be found in Peggy Sue’s Gifts Boutique in Gibson’s or online on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Etsy. Their aqua carriers are the perfect gift for a spring or summer expecting mama.

 

Jems Designs – (Merritt, BC) – 1 wine glass – Retail Value $12

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Jem Designs was founded in 2015 but really took shape in early 2017, it started as a business making wooden signs and switch 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 it was always called Jem’s Shop, Jem stemming from her initials J. E. M. They’ve slowly started to add 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!

 

Monkey Fly Memories – (Langley, BC) – 1 wine tumbler – Retail Value $15

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This Husband and Wife duo started their business in May 2017, they started off just making things for themselves and friends and then took the leap of faith to make their dream a reality. Both working full time, Monkey Fly Memories is their side hustle where they spread their sense of humour through their hilariously witty pieces. They make anything from door matts, wine glasses, oven mitts, to beer cozies. They can be found at The Local Space in Langley, Spark Art Collective in Mission, Coastal Collective in Pitt Meadows, and Omful Lounge in Chilliwack. They will also be at Belmont Holiday Fair (Langley) November 16th, Katzie Holiday Market (Surrey) November 23, Local Love Holiday Pop up (Pitt Meadows) November 24th, and the Market Place Pop up (Maple Ridge) November 30th. You can also find them online, on Instagram, Facebook, and Etsy. They carry the perfect gift for that special funny friend or family member.

 

Jars by Jodi – (Pitt Meadows, BC) – Jar of Salted caramel cookie mix – $12

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Jars by Jodi was founded in November 2015, to bring people together to bake and enjoy cookies and treats using the jars that they purchase or are given. Jodi is a mom of two little boys who are obsessed with cookies and inspire her to do what she does. She is always open to suggestions for new jar ideas so if you have one feel free to share it with her. Jars by Jodi can be found in 6 retails stores. They will also be at the Fort Langley Christmas Market Fundraiser – November 17th, The local Love Pop- Up Market (Pitt Madows) – November 24th, Market Place Pop-Up (Maple Ridge)- November 30th, Gordon Greenwood Holiday Craft Market (Langley)- December 1st. They can also be found Online, on Instagram, and on Facebook. My family absolutely loved making these cookies and will be gifting these to our friends who we want to share the gift of time together with.

Mason Jar Merchant – (Surrey, BC) – 2 Christmas Jar Tumblers – $50

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Mason Jar Merchant is a small company that was founded in 2013. They make their tumblers by hand. Their company all started through their love of using glass instead of plastic to reduce the single use plastic. They used jars for eating, drinking, storing and decorating and before they knew it, they were decorating the jars and selling them at local markets. Glass is healthier by containing NO BPA or chemicals, and by its ability to eliminate single use plastic when used. They sell everything from vintage jars, jar labels, toppers, straws, and food storage. You can find their products in 27 stockists all over Canada and the US. They will also be The Olde Farmhouse Vintage Market (Abbotsford) on November 23rd and Make it Vancouver on December 11 – 15th. You can also find them Online, on Facebook and Instagram. I absolutely love these pieces and think they are a great gift idea for Teachers, Friends and what I like best is that you can fill them with small gifts inside them.

 

Periwinkle Paper Designs – (Vancouver, BC) – 1 – 3 Piece package of Bees wax food Wrap – $20

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Lisa (Mompreneur) and Madison (Kidpreneur) are local makers from Vancouver who 2 years ago founded Periwinkle Paper Designs. They create eco-friendly products, Beeswax food bags, Beeswax food wraps and unpaper towels that are washable, reusable and compostable. They are a passionate duo who care about their products, customers and creating a positive impact on the environment. They can be found this holiday season at Christmas Market at the Farm (Vancouver) – November 16th, Holly Family mas Market (Ladner)- November 16th, Steveston Christmas Craft Fair – November 23rd, Kitsilano Winter Market – November 30th, and Vancouver Holiday Bazaar – December 13, 14, 15. They can also be found in stores at Yoga Buttons (Vancouver), East West Market(Vancouver), Scout and Co(Richmond), Spark art Collective(Mission), and Cloverdale Pharmasave(Surrey). You can also find them online, on Instagram and Facebook. I love these for stocking stuffers!

 

Spark Art Collective – (Mission, BC) – Donated a J.B.&Co Herbal Soak – Retail Value $25

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Spark Art Collective is a beautiful little store in downtown Mission that was established in July 2018. It features all local artists in their gallery as well as a wonderful selection of gifts from local vendors, they also offer art classes. They have added to the basket a Downstairs herbal soak from J.B. and Co. You can find their class schedule here. This is my favorite place to go in Mission for gifts as they have something for everyone on your list! You can find them on Facebook, Instagram and their website.

 

Olivers Creations and Co – (Port Moody, BC) – Swaddle Set – Retail Value $45

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I am so excited to be featuring Oliver Creations and Co, I found them last year at the Whonnock Christmas Market, when I was pregnant with my son and got some little slippers and matching tuque for him. Since we have purchased 4 blankets, that we absolutely love! Everything is designed and hand made in Caitlyn’s home studio, it was originally started in 2016 by her cousin who then turned it over to her in 2017. They offer one of a kind hand made bunnies that are available for purchase locally and seasonally, and also offer personalized blankets, and muslin swaddles. You can find their items in store at Town and Country Vintage Home (Maple Ridge) or at the Collective Winter Market (Pitt Meadows – Sky Hanger) – November 15 and 16th. You can also find these items on Etsy, Instagram and Facebook. These pieces are the perfect gift for a fresh new baby or a special little one.

 

Farmstead Naturals – (Dewdney, BC) – Gift Box of 3 hand made items – Retail Value $24

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Farmstead naturals was established in March 2017 on a small farm in Deroche, BC. Their products are a line of hand-crafted bath and beauty products. They are made from natural ingredients. Crystal started Farmstead Naturals after discovering a love for creating all natural, safe skincare and household products while staying home to raise her four children. They can be found this holiday season at Bald Eagle Festival (Deroche) – November 16 & 17, The Olde Farmhouse Vintage Market(Abbotsford) – November 23 & 24, Murrayville Holiday Market (Surrey) – November 29, 30, December 6 & 7,  Make it Vancouver (Vancouver) – December 11 – 15th. You can find the on Etsy, Instagram and Facebook. These are the perfect stocking stuffer or gift for a teacher.

Services Featured in the Basket:

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Sucre By Cass – (Abbotsford, BC) – 1 $50 GC for Sugaring Services, and 1 Loose Bath Bomb – Retail Value $55

 

Sucre by Cass is a home-based natural hair removal business. Sugaring is a natural hair removal method that uses natural ingredients to remove hair and is less painful that waxing. Sucre by Cass offers services from Legs, to Brazilians and offers competitive pricing. Cass has been a certified sugar technician since late 2017. Her home-based business is in Abbotsford, BC and this gift card can be used on any of the services she provides. Keep this gift card or gift it to a friend, its the perfect gift to get New Years Ready! You can find Sucre By Cass on Instagram, and book appointments through Facebook.

 

Dash of Lash – (Mission, BC) – 1 GC for a Eyebrow Tint and Wax Service – Retail Value $21

Dash of Lash was founded in November 2015, Ally originally went to school at Blanche Mac Donald for the complete global make up program and graduated in 2016. After graduating she continued working at a day spa where she learned aesthetics and took her first lash course. She now offers everything from make up to facial waxing, skin care services and lashes. As part of the giveaway she has put in a Eyebrow Tint and Wax service. I highly recommend as she is my eyebrow girl and I wouldn’t trust anyone else!

 

Nikki Lashes (Mission, BC) – 1 GC for Dermaplanning – Retail Value $89

Nikki started working at Bella Beauty Bar in 2016. Since starting she has completed courses on skin care, and lash extensions and tinting. Bella Beauty Bar is in the heart of historical downtown mission. They offer anything from lash extensions, spray tans, dermaplaning and microneedling. Nikki has gifted a dermaplanning service which is the process of removing peach fuzz and dead skin that trap bacteria on the service of your skin and cause break outs and acne. After dermaplanning service your skin is left feeling smooth and glowing! This is the perfect service for someone who needs a little extra love. You can find Nikki on Instagram and Facebook and find a full list of services here.

 

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Find this Picture on Instagram to Enter!

How to Win:

  1. Like all Brands on Instagram and Monsterzmama – (Links Above)
  2. Tag a friend on the post, (separate comments for each tag)

Bonus Entries:

  1. Share on Instagram (must have public profile)
  2. Like all Brands on Facebook (links above)
  3. Tag a friend on the above picture on Monsterz Mama’s Facebook Page
  4. Follow @kimnorcross on Instagram.

Rules:

  1. Because the basket has services in the lower mainland, I am going to put a rule that you have to be able to arrange pick up in the lower mainland to get the basket – it is FAR too heavy to ship! If you aren’t local but have someone who can pick it up for you, that works too – not will only hold basket for 10 days after closing. But please note there are services in the basket that are for the lower mainland so you can gift these services if you win and aren’t local.
  2. You must be 18 years of age or old to enter! Sorry I know!
  3. Please don’t follow just to unfollow, these businesses have donated pieces from their company that they could make a profit on to put together this basket and all they ask is you support them by following!
  4. You must have an open profile to enter, as we cannot check the entry rules if your profile is private, so you can also just make it public for the duration of the contest!(November 15 – December 1st, 2019.)

Good Luck Everyone! 

xOx Chelsea

 

The end of Maternity Leave has Come

Its official, the end of my maternity leave has come and I didn’t think I anticipated being emotional over it, but today (Tuesday, November 12th) I was a complete wreck. I think up until now it felt surreal to be going back, like a day that would never truly come. Until today I spoke to my boss and am all set up to be returning and to put it bluntly SHIT GOT REAL! I cried to my husband, my bestfriend, my mom, basically to anyone who would listen, and then Pearce came up to me and hugged me and he said Mommy I love you, it will be okay. It felt so great to see that together my husband and I have raised such a great compassionate little boy who recognized my sadness and wanted to make me feel better.

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The past year has been absolutely amazing, due to some complications at the end of my pregnancy with Brooks, I went off work 1 month before he was born so I have been out of the office for 13 months, and 13 days when I go back on Monday. I feel so blessed to have gotten to spend so much time with my boys, made so many great memories, as I know some countries some women never receive this time, or this amount of time. I think what is hard for me is that I won’t have Pearce wake me up by asking me to make him breakfast, and asking what our plan is for the day. That we won’t get our daily snuggles in the morning with my coffee and his cartoons. Yes I know I get these on the weekend, But I am a hockey mom now so on the weekends its out the door early to Hockey.

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There will be less play dates with friends, less time to get things done, less time for slow mornings and busy afternoons. But for as long as I can remember I have been an ambitious woman who loves to work. I strive to succeed at something outside of the home, and to be perfectly honest when I went back to work after Pearce – I was a better a mom. The time away helped me to make our time more quality, we cherished our time together more and we made it work.

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I don’t worry about the kids, we have an amazing daycare provider who was my provider when I was a child – My children love her. I worry about how the house will stay clean, how the lunches will get made, how dinner will be on the table in time, and how I will make time for my workouts which help me to be a better person mentally. It seems every parent just wants more hours in a day, more energy to get things done and a few more cuddles from their babies.

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At the end of the day I know that we will do what works for our family. That it will take adjusting to see how everything will work and that I have 3 big supporters behind me everyday (My Helm Clan) Not to mention all our friends and family who support us. I spent last night going through pictures of the last year and CRYING a lot! But it was such happy tears, I truly had the best year off work!

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So Back in August I wrote a blog post about “10 things I want to do before Mat Leave is Over” and I thought it would be fun to share how much of it actually got done in the last 2 months!

  1. Science World: Never went – I sat down and thought this might be more fun when we can go as a family in a year or two and Brooks can enjoy it just a little bit more!
  2. H.R. Macmillan Space Center – Never went! – We are still planning on taking my son as he is SUPER into space, he talks to us all the time about the planets, the solar
    system and the moon! He will definitely be getting some space stuff for Christmas!
  3.  The World Of Kidtropolis – Never Went! – I might try to go this weekend before I go back on Monday but who knows if we will make it! Definitely need to check this out soon though!
  4. The Vancouver Aquarium – WE WENT! – This one we definitely got done, my girlfriend Crystal is a Marine Biologist who grows Jelly Fish, so Pearce got to feed the jelly fish, and go behind the tanks and he really enjoyed it! It was a lot of fun!
  5.  Cultus Lake Adventure Park – WE WENT! – We spent the last day of Summer (Labor Day) at Cultus Lake Adventure Park it was so much fun, I loved how stroller friendly it was, and how much Pearce could actually go on for being 4! It was super family friendly with lots of bathrooms, kid friendly meals, and lots of benches around to take seat on, my only complaint – Parking was a bit hard to find, but again we went on the last day of Summer when everyone was trying to squeeze in the last bit of fun!
  6. White Rock Beach – Never Went – I am really sad about this one, because when I was on Mat leave with Pearce I went a few times, and really enjoyed it. However living in Mission we are so lucky to be surrounded by beautiful lakes, that it just made more sense to stick close to home and enjoy some of our favorite beaches a short drive from home.
  7. Enjoy all our favorite Farms – We Went to 3/6! I am pretty bummed I didn’t make it to Laity Pumpkin Patch or Krause Berry Farms as those are two of my favorite places to go and I haven’t been to the Chilliwack corn maze since I was a kid! However we did go to Taves Farm and had an awesome time with a bunch of our friends, we even lost a few in the corn maze. I enjoyed ALOT of Birchwood Dairy Icecream, even at home sometimes! But of Course we went to Maan Farms a lot, this is by farm Pearce’s Favorite Farm, we go to them for their amazing Easter Egg hunt every year, their pumpkin patch and for the first time this year I attended the Sunflower Festival which was absolutely stunning!! I Can’t wait to make a lot of memories at all these farms for years to come!
  8.  The Drive In – Never Went! – Aiming to do this in August was wishful thinking. I think our kids might be a little too young for this still yet, but I definitely wanna take the kids, put an air mattress in the back of hubbys truck and just enjoy the family and the movies outside!
  9.  Mill Lake in Abbotsford – We Went! – So last month we had beautiful weather and my kids were driving me up a wall, and I thought how can I get Pearce to burn some serious energy? Lets make him ride his bike all around Mill Lake in Abby. Well lets just say he did not enjoy himself, he now calls it the really long lake, and it has made his feeling about Abbotsford a little bit sour. I told him he should be proud for riding his bike all the way around and hes only 4!! I made some cool videos of it too!
  10.  Stanley Park – Never Went – I really should have taken advantage of Stanley Park while at the Aquarium but to be honest my kids were being giant jerks that day, I know not nice to say Jerks but they were! So I just headed home. But Stanley Park holds a lot of really good family memories for me so I know my husband and I will take the kids, and that its not going anywhere!

 

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I love making lists for the future and taking time to review how I actually did on it. I have to say 4/10 is a pretty bad score, and I should probably try to slam a few of these in before the end of the year! Anyways, wish me luck on the journey of going back to work with two little babies, because this is a whole new world I don’t know if I am ready to enter!

xOx Chelsea

Sneak Peak Of Giveaway

I know, I know, I told you all that the giveaway announcement would be today! However the giveaway basket actually launches next Friday November 15th. It will run from November 15th, till November 30th at 11:59 pm PST. Winner will be announced December 1st at 7:00pm PST.

But I wanted to give you all a sneak peak and a head start to enter so what I am gonna do for you is give you the list of companies in the basket, the rules.

 

Rules:

  1. Because the basket has services in the lower mainland, I am going to put a rule that you have to be able to arrange pick up in the lower mainland to get the basket – it is FAR too heavy to ship! If you aren’t local but have someone who can pick it up for you, that works too – not will only hold basket for 10 days after closing. But please note there are services in the basket that are for the lower mainland so you can gift these services if you win and aren’t local.
  2. You must be 18 years of age or old to enter! Sorry I know!
  3. Please don’t follow just to unfollow, these businesses have donated pieces from their company that they could make a profit on to put together this basket and all they ask is you support them by following!
  4. You must have an open profile to enter, as we cannot check the entry rules if your profile is private, so you can also just make it public for the duration of the contest!(November 15 – December 1st, 2019.)

Business’s in the basket

I have linked their Instagram accounts, you may want to just go ahead and follow them now, as this will be a requirement to enter to win!! 

  1. Sucre By Cass – Sugar Services
  2. Carroway Crochet 
  3. Dash Of Lash – Waxing Services
  4. Tumble and Roar
  5. Uchi 
  6. Vagina Coach
  7. The Blue Dandelion – Aggassiz and Harrison Hot Springs
  8. Oliver Creations and Co
  9. Nikki Lashes – Skin Care Services
  10. Monkeyfly Memories
  11. Jars by Jodi
  12. Baby Boo Teethers
  13. I Luv It Natural Deodorant 
  14. Mason Jar Merchant
  15. Farmstead Naturals
  16. Jem Designs
  17. The Relaxation Hut
  18. Florahemp
  19. Periwinkle Paper Designs
  20. Oh So Lovely Online
  21. Mint + Co
  22. The 6th Scent Candle Company
  23. Spark Art Collective
  24. Westcoast Alchemist
  25. Monsterzmama
  26. BONUS follow: @kimnorcross photographer of the basket!

The basket is worth: OVER $1000 in product and services

Following the companies above on Facebook will also be bonus entries! 

Sneak Peak Of the Basket as Promised:

 

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