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

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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

 

Sea Smart School – Summer Camp Giveaway!

For as long as I can remember I have always felt extremely uncomfortable in social situations. Never liking to do things alone, when I was younger, I couldn’t even go to a store and pay for an item myself, the thought of talking to the teller was too much for me. It wasn’t until more recent years I learned that Social Anxiety was a thing, and that I started to look for ways that really help.

I remember when I was 10 my grandma sent me to a summer camp for my birthday, I remember being so scared that I wouldn’t make any friends or that nobody would like me. When I got to camp, we spent 90% of our time outside, it was so refreshing, and I didn’t spend time worrying about my fears. Instead I made friends easily and it is one of my fondest childhood memories.

Most of my childhood was spent outdoors, playing kick the can with the street kids, running into the gully behind our neighbors houses to go down to the creek and try to find bugs and animals or playing outside in our pool. I have very rare memories of playing inside as a kid, we just didn’t do that.

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With the technology that we have today it is much harder for us to pull our children away. Most of us know that our screen time is increased for our children from that of our childhood. That we often rely on the tablet or phone to help get us through a rough family dinner that our toddler is not wanting to be at. There is so much to learn from technology there is no doubt it is the way our future is going, but what about all there is to learn from nature?

The summer camp I attended taught me so much about nature, and the outdoors, we went on hikes in the woods, nature walks, and clean up walks on the beach. None of us wanted to play video games or watch tv because we were so interested in all that was around us. What if we could provide a space now for our children to do the same? Well that is what Sea Smart School is providing for our children.

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Sea Smart School is providing a space for children in grades K-12 to get off their screens and get into nature to learn about all the things it has to offer and what we can do to maintain its health. If you haven’t heard of Sea Smart School, it is a non-profit organization in Metro Vancouver that was started by Dr. Elaine Leung. “Dr. E” is a marine biologist whose vision is to inspire and empower youth to protect and love their oceans.

Sea Smart was founded in 2016 and has since helped more than 25,000 students reconnect with nature and reignite their love for their outdoor surroundings. Studies show that children who spend more time in nature have better self-esteem, that it increases their physical and mental health, and promotes their interest in biological sciences. Its also been found that children who spend time in extra curricular activities have a reduced risk of being involved in drugs, alcohol, crime or to drop out of school. They aim to focus our children on essential life skills, social responsibility, creative thinking, personal awareness, all while increasing their awareness and appreciation for the natural world around us.

Some of you may be thinking that extra curricular activities are not something you can afford at this time. Because of this Sea Smart has an amazing bursary program. Their bursary program follows a “pay what you can” model that allows every child the opportunity to attend summer camp. Their bursary program is funded by donations and event sales of t-shirts, reusable glass straws, etc.

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The summer camp takes place at Acadia Beach, a biodiversity goldmine on the northwest tip of UBC. Students will spend their day exploring beach at low tide, identifying all the marine critters (from sea stars to Killer whales). They will learn about the threats our ocean creatures face and brainstorm every-day changes they can make to become environmental heroes. The day is filled with fun interactive games and activities that help kids to develop skills and awareness around our beautiful ocean. The children literally get their feet wet in the world of marine biology.

I realize that a lot of my readers are not in the Metro Vancouver region therefor they are unable to attend this camp, however there is still something you can do from where you are. You can donate providing a child who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend summer camp the opportunity to go and enjoy time in nature, go to this link to donate now. As well you can bring Sea Smart to your school. Sea Smart also runs an after-school program, and K-12 full day workshops where they work with students to create positive changes and engage in action-based conversations. If you are or know a teacher who has a passion for the environment and would like to bring this to your school please email: Lily Haines, Sea Smart Marine Biologist – ecoprograms@seasmartschool.com.

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I have so much passion towards this Non-Profit organization and have been fortunate enough to team up with them to give one lucky followers child an opportunity to attend Sea School Camp. All you have to do is like the picture below, Follow @seasmartschool on Instagram and follow @monsterzmama on Instagram and tag a friend (tag in separate comments please), every tag is an entry. Contest Ends: June 30th 11:59pm PST. Winner will be announced July 3rd.

For bonus ways to enter: Share the post on your Instagram stories tagging @monsterzmama and @Seasmartschool

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Find this picture on Monsterz Mama’s instagram page and enter to win!

 

XoX Chelsea