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.

Anthrodesk – Manual Standing Desk Converter Review

In the past I have discussed the issues I have felt since having Brooks and how it has affected my body. But something I haven’t really shared which is a real issue is that I struimg_7434ggle a lot to sit, sitting on hard surfaces is painful and leaves my pelvis and hips in so much pain. I am doing exercises to work on this, but this is something that is going to take time to correct. Something that I am not very patient with.

As a Mom blogger I do most of my writing at the kitchen table, sitting on a hard chair and afterwards I am left in a lot of pain. Sometimes I move to the couch, but my focus totally turns from blogging to my cute dogs who huddle around me or the tv hanging on the wall. I needed something that was going to help me to stay focused on the task and get my writing done without being in so much pain.

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I recently got an Anthrodesk manual Standing desk converter and absolutely love it, because my husband and I haven’t set up any real office, yet I am using it on my kitchen table, but I love it! I can make dinner and write blogs. But in all seriousness, it is actually just great to be able to write and not be in pain after.
The product itself took me 5 minutes to set up and it takes up very little space on our kitchen table, about the size of a large cutting board. It is super easy to set up, and to adjust for your height, it is very sturdy. Not only do I find that it is helping with reducing my pelvic pain from not sitting I also find that since using it my posture has greatly improved.

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I talk a lot about how I workout for my sanity, the truth is I have goals that I want to make happen by the end of the year, and I strongly believe that by using the standing desk it will help me to stay motivated, stop the struggle on the couch. My daily steps have increased since using it, and I find my productivity is much better.

There are more than a few things I love about this product but something that is so important to me is that this is a Canadian Company. I often find that when I am looking for a product, it always seems to come from a company outside of Canada. So, knowing that this product is made in Canada and my money is going straight back to the economy gives piece of mind. Anthrodesk specializes in selling standing desk and modern office accessories that make you healthier and more productive. They also stand behind all their products; they have the BEST warranty in the industry and a money back guarantee. The company was started by someone who sat in a cubicle and realized that they had contracted the sitting disease and they wanted to change the way their life was and ensure that others could also find affordable products and live healthier lives without having to switch jobs.

I briefly mentioned it on my stories, but I have a full-time job outside of blogging, I am just currently on maternity leave. I go back to work in November and something that always upset me about work is that I sit all day long. Whenever I was at work I found it so much harder to lose weight and stay healthy because I would be sitting for 2.5 hours on my commute to and from work and then again all day at work. I am so excited to know that I can purchase another one of these great products for the office to maintain my healthy lifestyle that I have created while being off work.
If you are interested in learning more about Anthrodesk products, you can find them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and purchase directly from Amazon AnthroDesk: Standing Desk Converter – Cherry.

XoX Chelsea

Cultus Lake Water Park – 35 Year Anniversary

I can still remember being about 9 years old sitting on the couch with my Dad, looking at Channel 2 (if you remember this was the channel that showed you everything that was on one side and on the other was ads). We saw the ad for Cultus Lake Waterslides (now Waterpark) commercial come on and this was the year the Valley of Fear opened. My dad being the razzer he is said, “There is no way you would go on that”, being the natural competitor, I am, I responded “Yes I would”. Weeks had gone by and a new guy had joined my Dad’s soccer team, he had a little girl my age and he wanted to get her to meet some people so he asked my dad if he could take the two of us to the Water Slides.

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My dad asked me that night if I wanted to go – Of course I did, he made sure to bring up the Valley of Fear, and how I needed to prove him wrong. That weekend I did it, I sat in the very front of the three-man tube on the valley of fear. I remember as they pushed us down hanging over the edge as her dads weight in the very back weighed us small girls down, After going down the monstrous drop, I remember almost touching the top of the other side and screaming, terrified but also having so much fun. This was the first time I had ever done something so brave. I can recall we proceeded to go on several more times, and many of the other slides. Still 21 years later this day stands out in my childhood memory as one of the best days ever.

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Driving up to Cultus Lake Waterpark this past week was so nostalgic for me, the beautiful drive by the farms up to the twist and turns as you approach the lake. Its always been a place filled with happy memories for me, always having so much fun, trying to cram as many slides into a day as possible. Always testing out the new waterslides and feeling brave when I concurred something that scared me.

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Its been about 10 years since I had been, and a lot has changed! So many new slides have been added, so many new hot tubs, and the giant pirate ship. It has grown so much, it used to feel gigantic as a 9-year-old girl, but now as a 30-year-old woman with its growth it is still a huge park. Something about going to a place that brought you so much joy as a child and bringing your children is so sentimental.

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When we pulled up to the waterslides Pearce’s excitement was electrifying, the almost 4-year-old little boy looked at the gigantic park and wanted to do it all – With none of the fear I had expected. We were so blessed to have been gifted this experience to make these memories that I know he will remember for years to come!!! I could barely get Brooks changed into his water stuff fast enough because Pearce was so excited to start the day! We spent hours on the turtle slides, in Tot Castle, going around and round in the lazy river, stopping for a quick hot tub here and there, and fighting off the buckets of water at the Pirate ship. The park was so family friendly, we ate at the new Grab and Go lunch spot picking up some 35-year anniversary cups as souvenirs to remember our trip forever.

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Park Owner Chris Steunenberg

While Pearce played with friends, I got to listen to owner Chris Steunenberg who purchased the Park 25 years ago and saved the park from closing with his wife. They have managed to create an amazing family experience that is truly fun for all ages and forever growing as BC’s largest and best waterpark. 5 years ago, the family bought the mini golf course across the street from the Waterpark and created Cultus Lake Adventure Park, an amusement park with 18 rides, catering to all family types from families with small children to older kids or even just to get away as a date night for Mom and Dad. This year to celebrate 35 years they have come out with the anniversary souvenir cups that has customer artwork of Cultus Lake Waterpark and the amazing Family and employees it houses – you can refill the cup all over the park for super cheap, get one before their gone!

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Our Family truly didn’t feel like we could do both parks justice in 1 day, So we stayed at the Waterpark open – close, and to my surprise both the Kids (4 and 3) had 0 meltdowns, 0 arguments, It was only smiles, laughter and running from attraction to attraction and the babies didn’t seem to mind either, having naps along the way in our arms. I never dreamt the day could go so well. I thought for sure there would be some tears, but to Pearce it is the happiest place on Earth – I know this because he told me so and he has asked me to go back a few times a day since we left!

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We plan to head back to Cultus Lake Adventure Park very soon!! This year on every ticket to the water park, you get a $15 off ticket to the Adventure Park, so how could you not take advantage of this awesome deal and spend some time with the family in this amazing place.

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I hope you all get out to these fantastic parks, this summer and help them celebrate 35 years in the business. And Hey, your kids might even sleep in the next day like both mine did!! Thank you again to Vancouver Mom, Destination Cultus (Cultus Lake Water Park and Adventure Park) and Crisp Media for hosting such an amazing event for my Family – We will cherish these memories for always!

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xOx Chelsea