My New Look (Haircut + Colour) by Suki’s Salon Kitsilano

“A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.” – Coco Chanel

I’ve always loved change, and one of the easiest things to change is hair. Whether it be a cut or colour, it makes a huge difference.  After pregnancy and birthing my precious little moon I felt like I needed a change to commemorate the new journey that I was embarking on, motherhood. I wanted a new look, something classy, fun and easy to maintain.

I was lucky enough to have my friends at Suki’s on West 1st help me out with this life changing moment. I say life changing because that’s exactly what a new hair cut and colour can do to you. Cutting off your hair is liberating, I feel like the more hair you have, the more energy it takes from you. And as a new mom, I can use all the extra energy, hahaha. A hair cut can mark a milestone, the end of a story and the beginning of a new one.

I was pampered as soon as I walked through the doors at Suki’s Kitsilano, a warm hello, and a hot cup of tea. I had an in depth consultation with Colour Designer, Ashley and stylist Paola, to make sure that we were all on the same page about what style/colour would suit me best.

Ashley took into consideration that I wanted a colour that was going to be low maintenance, so we went for a warm brown with some honey/blonde highlights and subtle ombre.  The colour is rich and you could never tell that the base is actually dyed. Ashley is highly skilled at selecting colours that will complement your skin tone, eye colour, and suit your desired look.

I knew that I wanted to cut off a whole bunch! So, Paola and  I decided that we’d go right up to the collar bone, which was just enough length to still tie it in a cute pony tail if need be. As a new mom, this is the perfect hair style for me because it saves me so much time, from washing to styling. I love that whether I style it or not, it still looks good.

A hair cut and colour not only changes the way you look, but the way you feel. After a great hair cut and colour, I feel sexy, confident and unstoppable. And I just want to thank Ashley, Paola and Ken at Suki’s for being a part of this memorable moment in my life.

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Cheeky Chompers Neckerchew Review + Giveaway

DISCLOSURE: I received this product for my editorial consideration and I decided to review it, based on my own experience and opinions.

Our little moon has started teething, which means she is drooling and always putting stuff in her mouth, whether it be her fingers, Sophie, or anything she can get her tiny hands on.  On a typical teething day we can go thru several bibs and toys, which can be a bit of a hastle because some of the bibs aren’t very absorbent and get her clothes wet too. And the toys, well they happen to fall every once in a while, especially when we are out an about, so they get put away since they are dirty.

So when I heard about Cheeky Chomper’s Necherchew I was excited, it offered a practical solution to some of our teething problems.

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The Neckerchew is an awesome 2-in-1 product, a drool bib with a teether attached to the bottom! Now I don’t have to worry about our little moon dropping, dirtying or loosing her teethers.

I wondered how Lunita would feel about her Neckerchew, and as soon as I put it on she was all giggles and grabbed the teether right away and put it right into her mouth. Moooove over Sophie, hehehe.

Besides being super cute, the Neckerchew is also very stylish, it comes in a variety of prints and colours. Oh, did I mention that it is reversible? I like that the Neckerchew is not shaped like your typical bib, it’s triangle shaped like a bandana, super fashionable! Our print is “Flutterby” with purple butterflies on one side and a solid pink reverse. The fabric is 100% cotton, soft and super absorbent, Luna can wear one from 10am-5pm and the drool wont soak thru the three layers, which totally impressed me. It also dries really quickly. It’s easy to clean, and after many washes, the Neckerchew is still in great condition!

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One of my favorite things about the Neckerchew is the teether sewn onto the bib! What a brilliant idea, a teether that the baby can’t drop, dirty or loose. Awesome, right? The teether is surprisingly soft, pliable and durable. The teether is also made of silicone that doesn’t flake or peel and it’s BPA free, so I feel at ease knowing that my little moon can teeth safely. It has texture that helps baby’s teeth brake thru.

The Neckerchew grows with baby, it is one size with two adjustable snaps and is suitable from 2 months to 2 years. The snaps are strong enough so that Lunita can’t pull it off herself, but easy for an adult.

We are so happy with our Flutterby Neckerchew because Luna can grab, chew and drool without worrying that her teether will fall or her shirt wet. I’ve already added a couple more to our collection, you can pick them up at ToysRus.

What do you think about the Neckerchew?!

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5 Reasons to stay at the Comfort Suites in Kelowna, BC

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On our recent trip to Kelowna, BC we were fortunate enough to book a room at the Comfort Suites Kelowna. It was our first time staying at a Comfort Suites, so we were really looking forward to the experience. The reviews I read online were AMAZING, and their social media presence is very active; always responding to their guests and making suggestions of what to check out in their beautiful city via their Facebook and Twitter profiles.

Like I mentioned in the previous post about our trip to Kelowna, Carla and her team at the Comfort Suites really made us feel welcomed and at home. They took the time to learn our names, suggested places we should visit and eat, and even gave our little Luna a present. The welcome basket in our room was full of treats like chocolates, fresh Okanagan cherries and two tickets for wine tastings at Sandhill winery.

The suites are contemporary, and the layout is spacious. All of the rooms are equipped with a microwave and refrigerator.

  1. Free HOT breakfast: Probably the best hotel breakfast I’ve ever had. Comfort Suites Kelowna provides a large variety of breakfast foods; you can choose from your typical “continental breakfast” (cereal, breads, yogurt, and fruits) options, hot eggs, hot meats and make your own waffles.comfortsuiteskelownafreehotbreakfast
  2. Pool/Slide: One of our favorite things about the Comfort Suites Kelowna is the 40-foot indoor waterslide, fun for all ages. The landing pool is the perfect size for lounging and playing games. You can also soak in the hot tub!ninaonthemoon-kelownacomfortsuitespoolhottubindoorslide
  3. Pet Friendly: The Pet Friendly rooms can accommodate up to two pets. Rooms are conveniently located on the ground floor to allow easy access to outside. Your furry friend will also receive a specialty gift bag complete with treats, waste bags, a guide to the local dog parks, and more. We are definitely tempted to take our little Bobi on the next trip.
  4. Contemporary Rooms: The suites are spacious. Besides the bed(s) there is a sitting area with an ergonomic couch and coffee table, and a desk with computer chair for business clients. Each room has in-room coffee makers, microwaves, refrigerators and individual climate controls. The beds/pillows are very comfortable. Oh, wired and wireless internet!ninaonthemoon-spaciouscontemporaryroomscomfortsuiteskelowna
  5. Convenience: Located near lots of shopping/restaurants, world-class wineries, great golf courses, on and off leash parks, and of course, the beautiful downtown and Okanagan Lake beaches.

It’s no wonder that the Comfort Suites Kelowna has won the Choice Hotels Gold Awards three consecutive years.  If you’re headed to Kelowna, I highly recommend staying at the Comfort Suites Kelowna, their customer service, housekeeping and product quality exceeds standards. You’ll feel right at home.

Comfort Suites Kelowna
2656 Hwy 97 North
Kelowna, British Columbia, V1X 4J4, Canada
250-861-1110
 Fax: 250-861-1180

 

Easy Savings with RESPwithRBC

“Disclosure: I am part of the RBC RESP blogger program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

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Thankfully, I don’t have a student loan debt, but that’s because I didn’t take a loan. My parents didn’t pay for my post secondary education either, they didn’t have the means for it. So how did I afford to go to post secondary if my parents didn’t pay for it and I didn’t borrow? Well, I planned. I worked two jobs throughout my schooling, and I always had the Summer’s off to work full time at both to earn a lot more money. It definitely wasn’t easy, there were days were I didn’t know how I was going to make it to work or school because of the lack of sleep and exhaustion. I look back and don’t have a clue how I did it, honestly….

I don’t want my little moon to have to go through that when she is in post secondary. I’d like to help her out, even if it’s a little bit, so I’ve started saving a little here and there. While I was making a deposit, the teller asked me if I had started an RESP for our little girl, and I just looked at her like a deer in head lights…

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I was kind of embarrassed, I didn’t know what an RESP was…and I think she got my cue hahaha. She explained that an Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) is a tax-sheltered plan that can help you save for a child’s post-secondary education.

Lets face it, post secondary education seems to be getting more expensive as the years go by. Many of my friends have huge student loan debts and face so much stress because of this. I would hate for my little girl to be in debt after finishing her post secondary education. Gabriel and I would like to help our little moon with her post secondary fund, so we’ve decided that it would be best (easier) if we start saving early (as in NOW!) and contribute regularly. For example, if we were to contribute regularly $25 a week, that can add up to $50,911 in 18 years!

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Put in as much or as little as you want and whenever you want. I deposit a minimum of $100 a month into Lunita’s RESP. And I plan on depositing all monetary gifts she receives on her birthday or other special occasions. Slowly, but surely it will all add up by the time she is ready for post secondary.

Overwhelmed? Walk into your local RBC branch and ask an RBC advisor for more information about the RESP. The RBC advisor will take the time to understand your goals and recommend the best investment strategy.

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Use the RESP for university, college, apprenticeship, non-credit courses etc. So what if your child doesn’t go to post secondary school? You can use your contributions and earnings to fund your Registered Retirement Savings Plan!

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Income earned on investments is not taxed as long as the funds remain in the plan

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The Canada Education Savings Grant will match up to 20% on the first $2,500 contributed annually. That could mean up to an additional $500 a year in your RESP, up to a lifetime maximum of $7,200! YES, FREE MONEY! That’s a pretty good incentive to start saving for your kid’s RESP, right.

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  •  Instead of giving your child an allowance, put it into their RESP.
  • Deposit ANY/ALL monetary gifts from relatives and friends into RESP.
  • Deposit a weekly contribution that fits your budget into RESP.
  • Have a bottle drive w/in your family and deposit money earned into RESP.
  • Have a garage sale deposit earnings into RESP.

Have you started saving for your child’s FUTURE? You can find more great tips on saving for your child’s education here: http://www.rbcroyalbank.com/resp/ and rbc.com/education 

Guess what, RBC is giving away $500 for your child’s RESP. FOUR lucky winners have the chance to grow an RESP with RBC!  Join the #RESPwithRBC Twitter party on October 1, where SIX participants will win a $100 gift card!

Raising Awareness about Domestic Abuse with the Allstate Foundation PurplePurse

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We all know someone that is affected by domestic violence, I know that sounds crazy, but it’s true. Throughout our lives, we’ve either seen it happen or have heard of it. Domestic violence happens in different forms from physical to verbal and financial. Did you know that financial abuse happens in 98% of all domestic violence cases, and is one of the most powerful ways to keep a victim trapped.

Allstate Foundation Purple Purse is making it fashionable to talk about domestic violence and the financial abuse that traps women in abusive relationships. Two-thirds of Americans believe that domestic violence is a serious problem, yet just over 1 in 3 have ever talked about it. The Allstate Foundation Purple Purse is fundraising for more than 140 national, state and local domestic violence organizations. Funds raised will support life-changing financial empowerment services to help domestic violence survivors build safer lives for themselves and their families.

For example, we know of a young mother of two who was in a toxic relationship, her partner would abuse her emotionally- he would constantly insult, intimidate, humiliate, and threaten her. He isolated her from her friends and family. When she decided to leave him, he threatened her, he said he would expose her immigration status, take the kids and keep the house. He told her that she would loose everything and she would regret leaving him. The number one reason domestic violence survivors stay, leave or return to an abusive relationship is that they don’t have the financial resources to break free.

Our friend was one of the lucky ones, who was able to leave her abusive relationship safely with her kids. She had the support from her family and friends and help from her local domestic violence organization. Since 2005, The Allstate Foundation has invested more than $40 million across the USA to help domestic violence survivors regain control of their finances and break free from abuse.domesticviolencedidyouknowfact

To help ensure domestic violence survivors aren’t financially trapped in an abusive relationship, join the Purple Purse Challenge. Open your heart and wallet to stand up for survivors and the organizations that serve them at PurplePurse.com. The Allstate Foundation is investing more than half a million dollars in the Purple Purse Challenge. The more donations each nonprofit gets, the more it can compete for Allstate Foundation incentive funding. Go to PurplePurse.com between Sept. 2 and Oct. 3 to join the Challenge and help a nonprofit near you.

You may have seen Kerry Washington, Emmy-nominated actress and domestic violence activist in a Purple Purse commercial. She is serving as a Purple Purse ambassador to help raise awareness for the cause and has designed a limited-edition purple purse. The purse was created to represent the center of a woman’s financial domain and to inspire women to reclaim their financial independence. Purple is the national color of domestic violence.

To turn any purse into a Purple Purse, The Allstate Foundation is widely distributing Purple Purse charms so you can show your support and attach to your favorite bag year round. They are being distributed with inspiring survivor stories through Purple Purse Challenge participants and Allstate agency owners.

Check out important tips and tools to help you recognize domestic violence and financial abuse on PurplePurse.com. If you or someone you know needs immediate help, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.

Tackling Allergy Face with Zyrtec

I wrote this post as part of my participation in a blog tour for Latina Mom Bloggers on behalf of ZYRTEC® ALLERGY FACE® and received compensation to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

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The season is changing, the sun is setting earlier, there is a crisp in the air, and the leaves are changing colours. Another change that people may encounter during seasonal change are allergies. Seasonal allergies can be a pain in the butt, not only do allergies affect the way you feel, but also the way you look. My ALLERGY FACE consists of a stuffy nose and my face gets itchy and red. Mi mama, for example suffers from fall seasonal allergies too, her eyes get watery and puffy, her nose red and stuffy.

ZYRTEC® (cetirizine HCl) is the number one allergist recommended brand. ZYRTEC® helps relieve the allergy symptoms of sneezing, runny nose, itchy, watery eyes and itchy nose or throat.  These symptoms can be caused by allergy triggers such as dust, mold, pet dander, tree pollen, weeds and grasses.

The makers of ZYRTEC® know that allergies can affect not only the way you feel, but also how you look.  So they have partnered with celebrity makeup artist Jackie Gomez to help women tackle ALLERGY FACE®. Gomez has developed a variety of celebrity-inspired looks that will help women look fresh-faced and flawless during the height of allergy season.

Here is one of the celebrity-inspired looks by Jackie Gomez called “Fresh-Faced and Fabulous”that I have recreated:

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ZYRTEC® Dissolve Tabs can be taken anytime or anywhere because they dissolve in your mouth without water and provide allergy relief for 24-hours. They’re perfect for someone who is on the go! ZYRTEC® starts working at hour one on the first day you take it and provides 24-hour relief.

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To help you Face Your Allergies this fall, you can get 20 bonus ZYRTEC® Rewards points! All you have to do is sign in or register , then click on the Earn Points tab to enter the Secret Word ALLERGYFACE. You can get a free $2-off coupon for ZYRTEC®, just for signing up. Once you’ve earned 500 points, you have the option to redeem them for a Neutrogena® mascara to help disguise ALLERGY FACE® beauty challenges. Enjoy!

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Quick + Healthy Snacks with Lifeway Kefir

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.
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I’ve always had a healthy lifestyle, I eat a balanced diet and get a little bit of exercise in here and there. But sometimes life can get so busy that we forget to eat, which is no good! Everyday life stressors also have an impact on our health as well, so it’s important to make sure that we atleast have some healthy snacks in our home.
And that’s where Kefir comes in- a smooth, tart and refreshing cousin of yogurt. I first heard of Kefir a year ago while researching for creamy dairy beverages that were lactose free since I am lactose intolerant. I was a bit hesitant to try kefir at first because the smell is a bit tart, but after the first gulp I was addicted, I was pouring it into everything.
Now it was time to let  Gabriel have a try. I just poured it into a glass and served it to him, I just said it was a smoothie and he drank it right up. When I told him that it was kefir, he was like “QUE es ESO?” y le dije “Kefir is related to yogurt, but it’s way better because it’s more than 90 % lactose free, so it wont hurt us.”
He was estatic since he is also lactose intolerant. Kefir is also great because it is rich in protein, Lifeway Kefir contains 7g of protein per 3/4 cup (175 mL) and contains 12 live and active Probiotic cultures that support the immune system and balance digestive health.
That’s why when I saw that #CollectiveBias had this campaign with Lifeway Kefir I jumped at the chance to share my experience with you guys.
We had only tried the “Original” Kefir  flavour before, so this time around we picked up a bottle of Peach and Strawberry flavour from Safeway, in the dairy aisle. In our local safeway, the Lifeway Kefir can be found in aisle 7, with the eggs, yogurt, cheese, spices, cake mixes and jelly powders.lifewaykefirasile7safewaybroadwaycommercialcollectivebias
Kefir is indeed a great alternative for milk! It’s just as good or even better than milk because of all the health benefits and it can be enjoyed in a varierty of ways. Lately, I’ve been obsessed with the “overnight oats” for breakfast! Super easy breakfast, especially for new moms like me, who can’t seem to get enough time to cook a good hearty breakfast, let alone have a hot cup of coffee.
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Like I mentioned before, this is currently my go-to breakfast. It take less than 5 minutes to prepare and is ready to eat in the morning for breakfast. I usually make 5 at a time. Follow the easy steps below to make your own overnight oats using Lifeway Kefir.
  1. Grab a mason jar
  2. First place oats in the jar, as much as you want
  3. Add fresh fruit
  4. Top up with Lifeway Kefir
  5. Add seeds
  6. Close with lid and shake
  7. Store in fridge.
Here are some more of my favorite ways of drinking/eating kefir:
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Alone: Simply pour into cup and serve with a straw.
Smoothie: With the strawberry and peach flavour , I just pour into blender and add ice. For the “Original” flavour I like to add fruit or seeds.
Over Fruit: Cut up some fresh fruit, place in bowl and pour kefir on top.
With Cereal/Granola: Pour kefir over cereal/granola
Freeze as Popsicles: Pour kefir into popsicle container and freeze over night.
Instead of milk/water for pancakes.
As a substitute for milk in baking

Family Adventure: Roadtrip to Kelowna

ninaonthemoon-familyroadtripkelownabc-tiguanvw-comfortsuites-lavenderfieldsRoadtrips have always been a part of my life, I have so many awesome memories of when my parents would pack up the van and take us on a trip down to Honduras, Tennessee and New Orleans.  My brothers, sister and I loved to read/tell stories, play guessing games and sing in the car. Those were really special moments, family bonding at its best.

So it’s no surprise that I want to continue that tradition of exploring and family bonding with my own little family.  Gabriel had to go to Kelowna to shoot a wedding for a couple of days, so I decided it would be fun for Lunita and I to tag along for the ride. Our plan was that while he worked, we would hang out at the hotel and when he was off, we’d explore the town of Kelowna together.

Alright, I’ll admit it, I was a feeling a little bit of apprehension since the drive to Kelowna is about a four hours and Luna was only four months old. I wasn’t sure how she’d deal spending so much time in her car seat. Thankfully, it was smooth sailing, she slept most of the way. And when she woke up, we pulled over, had a nice stretch and took a couple minutes to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Okanagan.

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We checked in at the Comfort Suites Kelowna, a Gold Award-winning hotel just minutes away from wineries, the lake and Downtown. The staff and GM Carla really go above and beyond to make their guests feel right at home, from the moment you step into their hotel you a greeted with a hello and warm smile. We were in awe when we entered our room, it was spacious, great natural light and a nice view of the mountains.

But what really won me over, was the welcome basket. It was packed with treats, tour pamphlets/guides, 2 tickets for wine tastings, a handful of FRESH Okanagan cherries and a warm welcome note! Oh, and the team gave Lunita a cute blanket too.

While Gabriel was working, Lunita and I hung out in the hotel pool. This was her FIRST time in a pool and she really loved it.

Breakfast was HOT, delicious and FREE; to eat the options are hot eggs, hot meats, make your own waffles, breads, cereals and yogurt. And to drink: coffee, tea, milk and a variety of juices. I made myself two breakfast sandwiches with hot eggs and hot bacon. Gabriel made himself some waffles and couldn’t resist some bacon.

Overall, our stay at the Comfort Suites Kelowna was very comfortable and enjoyable.

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Of the four days we were in Kelowna, Gabriel had two of those days off, so we were able to check out the Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm, a beautiful farm property with sweeping views of Okanagan Lake. I loved walking around the gardens, smelling the different lavender and listening to the buzzing of all of the honey bees. Like the name states, there is also a large variety of herbs grown on the property.

We enjoyed walking around the hedge and grass maze, as well as writing wishes onto the wishing tree.

Did I mention that you can pick your own lavender? Gabriel and I each cut a bunch of the darker lavender, which is better for drying.

The views from the patio on the second floor of the main building are breath taking. We had some tasty lavender infused treats, including lavender lemonade and a locally made sourdough and cheese at their Small Bites Cafe.

Also located in the main building is the boutique, where they sell products that they have produced from their harvested lavender and herbs. You can find bath & body, culinary and comfort & home products for sale in the boutique. Of course, I had to pick up some lavender essential oil for our little moon and myself and a bottle of lavender syrup before saying hasta luego.

The Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm  is a very peaceful and calm place. I really can’t wait to go back.

We were also able to visit two wineries and a winery boutique:missionhillfamilyestatesummerhillpyramidwineryssandhillwinerycadonaboutiquekelwonaninaonthemoon

Summerhill Pyramid Winery: I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Summerhill is committed to producing 100% organic wine! Their famous pyramid was being renovated when we visited, so we didn’t get a tour. Summerhill wine is made in the most unique winery in the world.

Mission Hill Family Estate: WOW. Probably one of the prettiest places I’ve ever been to in my life. The architecture, views and outdoor amphitheatre are spectacular. I bet the food is too, but we didn’t eat here. We had our first wine tasting experience at the wine tasting bar, and it was good. Although the wine tasting bar was packed, the customer service the sales associates provided was great. You can also book private tastings.

There are also 42 life size works of acclaimed Icelandic artist Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir throughout the property. Beautiful art with an amazing natural backdrop.

Calona Vineyards Winery Boutique: This is BC’s oldest winery location. It offers wine tastings of the largest selection of Sandhill wine, including many rare and hard to find small lots. The experience here was amazing, Ken from Sandhill wines was so descriptive and even helped us with pairing wines and food! My favorite was the icewine, so delicious. We also brought home a bottle of the Wayne Gretzky Chardonnay and Merlot.

This trip to Kelowna was a very memorable one, as it was our very first as a family. During this trip there were many firsts for us; Luna’s first time in a pool, Luna’s first time in a lake, and our first winery tour/tasting. Kelowna is definitely a family friendly town to visit, ago shouldn’t deter you from exploring this beautiful place. I look forward to visiting Kelowna during the Fall/Winter so we can experience Kelowna a different way, snowshoeing perhaps?

Do you remember you first family trip? Tell me about it and relive those beautiful memories!

Besos y Bendiciones~

6 Tips to Staying Active with Young Children #MovingMoments

This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Huggies and Latina Mom Bloggers. However, all opinions expressed are my own. Little Movers It’s amazing how fast babies grow, from being a dependent newborn to an independent toddler. Our little moon has started to try rolling over, and I bet with a blink of an eye, she will start crawling. Each of these moving moments mark a milestone in our babies lives that we will remember forever. With so much movement in babies lives, parents often look for a diaper that is comfortable, and flexible; the NEW! Huggies® Little Movers Diapers with Double Grip Strips gives baby a comfier fit over time than Pampers Cruisers+. The new Double Grip Strips – soft Velcro strips on the sides of front diaper panel for a comfy fit that lasts. We are always by our baby girl’s side cheering her on when she is attempting to roll! She also loves to bounce around in our arms while listening to some music.  It’s important to teach our children the value of an active lifestyle from  a young age and through action. We can’t only preach to lead an active life, we must LIVE it. 132 I’ve always led an active lifestyle, from a young age. My parents always made family time something active, like bike riding or going for walks. They also put us into soccer, swimming and other recreational activities. So it’s no surprise that I am now an active mom! Although my little moon is only 4 months old, I make sure we are active together. I like to go for walks, whether she is in her stroller or carrier. We also like to go to the pool and dance hehehe. Below are some of my personal tips on how you can stay active with young children:

  1. FAMILY  TIME: Pick a day of the week where the whole family can get out of the house to do something active, like swimming or a bike ride.
  2. BALLS:  Have some balls around the house/yard. Whether it be a basketball, soccer ball or volleyball..any type of ball really, so you can roll/pass/kick it around the yard.
  3. DOG: If you have a dog, take it our for a walk as a family.
  4. DANCE: Put on your favorite music and just dance in your house. Grab your kids, partner and ENJOY! Make it a fun family affair, we usually get some laughs because of our funky moves hahaha.
  5. FRIENDS: Invite a friend (and their kids if they have any) to go for a walk.
  6. CLASS: Take a class together, like swimming or pottery.

Huggies recently partnered with a leading fitness movement expert, Nikki Glor, and MyGym (national children’s fitness center) to show parents how to embrace those “Moving Moments” and to encourage parents to keep moving. Celebrate your little one’s moving moments by visiting Huggies.com/moments and upload a photo or video of your baby’s best moves! You’ll receive a Huggies® coupon for $2.00 and get the chance to be featured on the Huggies Facebook page. You can check out the hashtag #MovingMoments on social media to see all the fun families are having.

Huggies is giving away a pack valued at $50.00 to ONE Nina on the Moon reader:

    • Pack of Diapers
    • Pack of Wipes
    • Red gym/tote bag
    • Re-usable plastic water bottle
    • My Gym Class Gift Certificate
    • NikkiFitness DVD

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Sears “Rock the Halls” for Back to School!

“Disclosure: I am part of the Sears Back to School Blogger Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

Back to school shopping was always one of my favorite parts about going back to school in the fall! Especially during elementary school. My parents tradition was to buy us one back to school outfit, and my mom always searched for where there were good deals on quality clothing. She wanted pieces that would last, but wouldn’t be to hard on the wallet, and Sears was one of the places where she could find different styles of clothes for her four children.  Check out Sears Canada and Rock the Halls for Back to School.

As we got older, our back to school shopping changed. When we were young, my mother would choose what she was buying us. And as we grew older, she  would let us choose our own clothes, but she would make sure that we had the staples for our wardrobe; new shoes, a pair of jeans and a good sweater.

After buying our new outfit for back to school, my mother would ask us to look through our gently worn clothes and pick items that we no longer used, so we could donate it. And it’s a habit that has stuck with me since childhood, to this day if I get something new, I make sure to pick a couple things out of my closet to donate.

Did you know that Sears Canada has been a proud supporter for over 40 years of Boys and Girls Club across Canada (BGCC), Canada’s leading provider of quality after school programs that support the healthy physical, educational, social and mental development of Canadian children and youth.  Sears shares Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada’s philosophy that providing all Canadian children and youth with access to opportunity is essential to helping them achieve their full potential and create a better future. And to help out with this year’s back-to-school season, Sears Canada and Converse will be providing the BGCC with $10,000 worth of Back to School Apparel!

Our little moon is still a couple years away from going to school, but it’s something I have been looking forward too even before I had kids. Right now I have fun choosing her clothes and dressing her, and will probably continue to do so until she can start choosing her own clothes. It’s important for her to be able to choose her clothes because I think  it plays an important part in expressing her personality, style and individuality. I wonder if she will be like our family friend, who is six and loves wearing dresses, big floral headbands and sparkly shoes everyday to school? Or will she be like me? A tomboy who loved wearing sports realted attire, like tearaways, nikes and sweats?

Sears Canada (The Kids Room) knows that Back to School shopping can take a toll on the wallet, especially if you have more than one child; they have been helping families Across Canada with school-aged children get ready for back-to-school so they can Rock the Halls, surprising shoppers by providing their purchases to them for FREE!

Watch the video below, can’t help but SMILE! I love seeing the looks on their faces when they get that awesome surprise!!

That’s not all! Sears Canada will be rewarding their Facebook fans by surprising them throughout the month of August with opportunities to win a $100 Sears gift card. AND YOU can also win a $100 Gift Card to Sears Canada on my blog, just follow the rafflecopter form below:
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You may enter to win across multiple blogs, but can only win on one. They must be 18, and live in Canada (excluding QC). Expect to receive their prize 4-6 weeks after the contest closes.