The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home: A Custom Kids Book

Personalized Children Book by LostMy.Name Books created beautiful picture books with your children's name and character

Books are one of my most favourite gifts for children.

From baby board books to colourful picture books to novels and series, stories provide children with a creative outlet for their imaginations. I still remember my favourite stories from childhood, and I hope to expose my kids to stories and books that will stay with them as they become adults as well.

A personalized children’s book is even better! LostMy.Name books are a favourite for before-bed-storytime, because of their amazing stories, beautiful illustrations, and because your child is IN the story – how awesome is that? (Check out my review of ‘The Little Boy Who Lost His Name‘!) I was super stoked to find out that LostMy.Name created a new personalized book for kids called, ‘The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home’.

The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home is about a little kid and their robot friend, and they are lost in space. They adventure through space to try to find their way home, hitting a few interesting stops along the way. The book uses the magic of technology to personalize the story to bring the child in the book home, right where they live in real life!

The LostMy.Name books are beautifully crafted, on large A4 size thick, eco-friendly pages, and illustrated in beautiful colours. When ordering the book, you have the option of choosing a boy or girl character, with different colour hair and skin. After adding their name, you also add your home address! I think it’s a terrific way of creating a one-of-a-kind gift for a child, it’s great for birthdays, holidays, or just because…!

LostMy.Name books are personalized children books that incorporate your child's name and the location of their home!

Personalized kids books made by LostMy.Name books - space story for children includes their name and location of home to create a unique amazing bed time story

The LostMy.Name books make beautiful presents, are amazing quality, and provide entertainment for children for years to come. The book costs $38.99 and provides free international shipping. That is amazing, considering how much shipping costs nowadays! For more info on LostMy.Name book, follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for cute videos, illustrations and more!

 

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Personalized Children's Books from LostMyName Books creates a book with your child's name and location to created a custom gift for kids

Disclosure: I received complimentary product for review, however everything in this post is truthful and my own opinion. We are huge fans of the LostMy.Name books, and I love sharing this amazing company with you!

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Get Fit & Have Fun at Airhouse in Squamish

How to Get Fit and Have fun with Kids

Jump up, jump up, and get down! Do your kids love trampolines? Airhouse in Squamish is an indoor freestyle trampoline park, but it’s so much more than just a place to jump! Airhouse prides itself on being a progressive training facility that offers trampoline and conditioning programs for everyone, from toddlers to pro athletes!

Jumping on a trampoline has to be one of our family’s favourite pastimes – we were absolutely thrilled when Airhouse opened in Squamish this past year. It’s an amazing place to train, workout, be active and have fun with the whole family! Did you know that Airhouse also offers Summer Camps and Workout Programs?

Airhouse in Squamish | Trampoline Park | Fun for Kids

Airhouse in Squamish | Trampoline Park | Fun for Kids

Airhouse in Squamish | Trampoline Park | Fun for Kids

FREESTYLE TRAMPOLINE SUMMER CAMPS

Are you looking for an active and fun summer camp for your kids? Camp Airhouse offers trampoline, bike, climbing, skateboarding, and digital camps from ages 3 to 15. These week long camps are a great way to explore freestyle trampoline training, also incorporating bike and skateboard techniques, to enhance your kids skills and have them try something new!

The unique Digital Camp is 100% focused on short action film making, and the films will premier at the Closing Camp Party. The summer camps at Airhouse are an amazing opportunity to take your skills to the next level, try something new, and making something your kids will be proud of! The summer camps vary in length depending on age, there are 3-day camps, as well as week-long half- and full-day camps.

Camp Airhouse really has something for everybody!

Airhouse in Squamish | Trampoline Park | Fun for Kids

Airhouse in Squamish | Trampoline Park | Fun for Kids

Airhouse in Squamish | Trampoline Park | Fun for Kids

WORKOUT AT SWEAT STUDIO

Do you want to work out but have trouble finding time or childcare? Sweat Studio offers workout classes and Sweat Camps inside the Airhouse facility, which provides childcare while you’re busy getting buff! In Squamish, it’s quite difficult to find childcare at local gyms or yoga studios, so I’m super stoked that Airhouse offers this!

Moms are busy! I find it so difficult to schedule workout sessions in my life, especially because of lack of childcare. It’s so amazing to be able to workout at Airhouse, while your kids are not only being watched, but also being active! And I love that my daughter can see my exercising! I want to be a positive role model for her, especially in the tween years, and I want her to see that being active and healthy is important!

Sweat Studio at Airhouse makes it easy to get your workout in, while your kids are being active, too!

How to Get Fit and Have Fun with Kids! Trampoline park in Squamish

Airhouse is located at #401 – 1201 Commercial Way, Squamish. Follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see the latest from Airhouse!

All images courtesy of Vairdy Photography

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How This Baby Product Saved My Sanity!

Baby Bjorn Bouncer Mini

Baby Bjorn Bouncer Mini

Baby Bjorn Bouncer Mini

Baby Bjorn Bouncer Mini

Baby Bjorn Bouncer Mini

I was lucky enough to recently be invited to an uber exciting bloggers night out! The event had hors d’oeuvres, baby cupcakes, and we even had a glass of champagne or two – at least the ladies who weren’t pregnant did! Held at the chic Gravity Pope boutique, we had the opportunity to learn all about the brand new Bouncer Mini, which BabyBjorn recently launched exclusively in Canada!

I have such fond memories of Holland as a tiny, little baby bouncing around in his BabyBjorn Bouncer! It was the perfect little tool for letting this west coast mama shower, cook dinner, or just relax! The bouncer uses a baby’s own movement (no batteries!) to gently bounce up and down, and it was one of my most used “baby stuffs”.

Holland in BabyBjorn

Holland in BabyBjorn

Holland in BabyBjorn

He slept in it, played in it, watched tv in it, and eventually played ON it until he was around 2 years old. I’m super excited to be part of the BabyBjorn Bouncer Mini launch, because it’s perfect for little ones. As you can see above, he was maybe a week old in the top picture, sleeping soundly and loving life while giving me a few minutes of “me” time. He looks absolutely tiny in the regular bouncer. That’s why I love this new Bouncer Mini.

The BabyBjorn Bouncer Mini is a newborn essential, and is designed for babies that are brand new up to 6 months. It provides vital support for a baby’s neck and back, and a reassuringly safe place to lay your newborn as you start to get adjusted to this new life of being a parent.

I love that the Bouncer Mini is made with 100% cotton that is washable and gentle on a newborn’s sensitive skin. The bouncer can be set in two positions, each that allow the child to gentle bounce and learn to soothe themselves, while training motor skills and balance. And NO batteries. None. Simply powered by your baby (or your hand, or your foot…!).

Bouncer Mini - Silver, Cotton (6)

Bouncer Mini - Light pink, Cotton (3)

Bouncer Mini - Light pink, Cotton (2)

The BabyBjorn Bouncer Mini comes in a beautiful silver or light pink colour, and has launched exclusively in Canada. It retails for $159.95, but you can enter the giveaway below to win one of your very own Bouncer Minis! Giveaway is open until June 22, 2015 at 11:59 pm PST.  And be sure to follow BabyBjorn on social media for all their latest news on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Youtube. Good Luck!

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What You Need to Know About Coconut Water

What You Need to Know About Coconut Water

I have always loved the idea of coconut water – it’s super hydrating and full of amazing health benefits – but I slowly came to realize that not all coconut waters are created equally. While some big brands are simply jumping on the coconut water wagon, there are brands that carefully source their coconuts and aim for the purest flavour possible.

Cocozia is an exciting coconut water company that recently reached out to me and I jumped at the chance to try a new brand. In the past, I’ve tried coconut waters that were barely drinkable, but Cocozia is delicious and really quenches your thirst. It has a light flavour with only a touch of naturally-derived sweetness.

What is coconut water?

Coconut water is the juice that is found inside a young and tender coconut. The clear liquid found inside is sweet, sterile, and composed of unique chemicals such as sugars, vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, enzymes, amino acids, cytokine, and photo-hormones.

The prime age for a coconut is 5-7 months old for the best tasting coconut water. Each coconut contains about 200 to 1000 ml of water, depending on type and size. Different species of coconut palms yield different tasting coconuts, and different regions show to have variations on taste and flavour as well.

Pure coconut water is best

The best coconut water comes straight from the source – a 6 month old green coconut that’s hanging from a  tree in the Philippines. What’s the next best option? Look for coconut water that’s pure, organic, and with no additives or preservatives. Although raw coconut water has the most nutrients and minerals, unpasteurized coconut water can be dangerous when kept at room temperature or higher.

The coconut water from Cocozia is organic, kosher, and gently pasteurized, which means it is pasteurized at a low temperature for a longer time to retain as much nutrients and enzymes as possible.

Great source of electrolytes = uber hydration

Coconut water is a great source of electrolytes like potassium, making it a healthy alternative to sports drinks which are laden with added sugars, chemicals, and extra calories. Studies recommend using coconut water for rehydration during and after exercise.

Did you know that pre-World War 2, coconut water was used in IV hydration in the US, and in some places they still do in extreme cases? In India, coconut water is used to rehydrate babies that suffer from diarrhea-induced dehydration.

Beauty benefits

Choosing natural, unflavoured coconut water can benefit your skin and hair. Coconut water improves moisture and lipid content in the skin, giving you a glow, as well as boosts oxygen promoting proper breathing of the skin, giving you a healthy and flawless complexion. High levels of antioxidants in coconut water also combats signs of aging like wrinkles, blemishes and fine lines. Applying coconut water onto affected skin areas every night before going to bed may help with acne, age spots, wrinkles, stretch marks, cellulite, and eczema.

Not only is it great for your skin, it also helps strengthen and condition  your hair. Coconut water improves blood circulation in the scalp, strengthening hair follicles and preventing hair loss. Massaging your hair with coconut water, and rinsing your hair with coconut water after washing gives you shiny and silky hair, as well as treating dry and itchy scalp conditions.

Health benefits

Coconut water provides hydration for your body, but also benefits weight loss and boosts your metabolism. It improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose levels, thereby helping to control diabetes. It can reduce vomiting, nausea, acid reflux, and heartburn problems.

High levels of potassium and magnesium in coconut water can help people suffering from blood pressure and cardiac diseases.  Studies show that when you increase potassium through adding fruit and vegetables—including coconut water—you have lower blood pressure, a better quality of life, and reduced medical issues. Yes, you can find potassium in bananas too – but I always get sick from bananas! Coconut water eases my stomach and boosts my potassium – bonus!

Cocozia Packaging

Cocozia is a pure, organic choice

I was lucky enough to try Cocozia, an organic coconut water that lists “Organic Coconut Water” as its’ only ingredient. The owner travelled the world trying to find the best tasting coconuts, and decided to harvest young, green coconuts in the Philippines for the source of Cocozia. It tastes fresh, clean, and smooth.

I really enjoyed the taste of Cocozia, which was surprising because I like very few of the coconut water offerings currently available on the market. Cocozia was easy to drink, delicious and not too sweet, and my children enjoyed it as well. It’s the perfect beverage for rehydration after a long hike or a sweaty bike ride. Do you like coconut water?

Organic Coconut Water

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Irish Coffee Recipe & a Starbucks Giveaway

Irish-Coffee

I have always loved a cup of Irish Coffee after a delicious and indulgent dinner at a nice restaurant. An Irish Coffee is the perfect little pick me up after a big meal, but it’s also sweet and is a dessert unto itself.

With St Patrick’s Day coming up, I wanted to share with you my favourite and authentic Irish Coffee recipe, as I have got from the Irish mom of one of my closest friends!

4.7 from 44 reviews
Irish Coffee
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Serves: 4
 
A delicious and authentic Irish Coffee recipe!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 3 tbsps Bailey's Irish Creme
  • ½ cup Irish Whiskey
  • 4 tbsps Brown Sugar
  • 4 cups Strong Hot Coffee
Instructions
  1. Make the Bailey's whipped cream by adding the heavy cream and Bailey's Irish Cream together. Using an electric mixer, beat until stiff.
  2. In a medium pot on the stove, add the remaining ingredients and heat on medium until warm, but do not boil.
  3. Divide between 4 cups, and top with a layer of Bailey's whipped cream.
 

 

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