Beauty Adventures: What’s the deal with a Chemical Peel?

If you’re going to spend money on one beauty treatment, make it your face. With so many options including injections and facials on the market these days, how on earth does a woman make a choice? First and foremost find a clinic you can trust preferably via word of mouth. Once you’ve gotten some positive feedback from a friend or blogger (hint hint), go ahead and book a consultation. Go prepared to ask lots of questions. When you are ready to book s procedure you will be at ease with your skincare expert. For me, that skincare expert is Rita Moldovanos of Pure Light Laser. As a busy blogger, media personality, adventurer and Mom, I find that I don’t have much time to spend on myself. I’ll be the first to admit that when I came to Rita my skin was looking tired and neglected. With not much of a beauty maintenance program, I looked to her for advice. She recommended a chemical peel followed by microdermabrasion, a quick double... ...

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Out of the kitchen and into the outdoors with Vital Supply Co!

Fall is the perfect time to reconnect with your health plan. A chance to recharge your batteries and find new healthy lifestyle solutions that will enable you more time to nourish from the inside out. Time is money and life is hectic which means the first thing to suffer when we are busy and running on empty is our nutrition. We know the right nutritional choices but precious time and money to spend on shopping, cooking and prepping healthy meals can be tricky with busy schedules. In my personal opinion, my time-off is valuable and should be spent chasing adventures and playing outdoors, not in the kitchen. Lo and behold, I recently discovered that Vital Supply Co, a Vancouver based meal preparation company offers affordable, convenient, healthy options for adventure guys and gals on the go.  Bottom line, that means more mountain and trail time. Hallelujah! I just finished the 10 Days of Vital trial (2 meals a day) and loved it. Opting for food pick-ups from The Juicery in Edgemont Village,... ...

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Playland Fright Nights are creepier than ever!

Vancouver’s scariest Halloween event is back and scarier than ever! October 7 to October 31 Do you dare….. www.frightnights.ca Ages 12 and up. *A reminder costumes and face paint of any kind are prohibited Known as Western Canada’s Scariest Haunt, Fright Nights takes over Playland from October 7th to 31st and features 7 haunted houses, 15 rides, including Canada’s most extreme pendulum ride, The Beast, as well as The Monsters of Schlock and Radiant Heat Fire Troupe.Petrifying haunted houses like Darkness and Keeper’s Doll Factory will leave you with nightmares for days, and returning favourites The Monsters of Schlock will stun you with their cringeworthy acts. The Radiant Heat Fire Troupe comes to Fright Nights to wow with their spectacular fire shows, doing everything fromfire breathing to fire dancing, while beloved “scarer” Singe the Clown returns to Fright Nights to make you scream at the top of your lungs. Watch our interview with Singe in the video above!You have the option to purchase a Rapid Pass, which offers the same access as a... ...

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Unbuckled: Vancouver’s Ultimate Backyard BBQ = a hell raising good time!

  Vancouver’s biggest end of summer country hoe-down backyard BBQ was back again this year for another Stanley Park take over. From brassieres and bloomers to daisy dukes, short ribs and briskets…Unbuckled has become Vancouver’s number one excuse to let loose and let er’ rip, Stampede style and then some. This full day event invites ya’ll to bust out your loudest Western wear and let loose for one last late summer hoorah. Let’s just say that anything goes fashion wise at Unbuckled and it’s more like a dare to wear in the name of hillbilly, wild west attire than anything traditional or mainstream. The $29 ticket gets you in for a nice long eight hour day and includes a full line up of adult games, activities and entertainment geared toward pleasing the herds of hedonists’ arriving by the busload.  From tug o’ war, mechanical bull riding, line dancing lessons to foot stompin’ fun live music, this event was deemed the unofficial Keith Urban pre-party. That it was and for those... ...

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REVIEW: Return to Grace

As a die-hard Elvis fan, I’ve seen many Elvis performers.  From summer fairs to the Vegas Strip many attempt to take care of business.  Some try to emulate and some try to embody The King but not always with the desired effect. Return to Grace had been on my mind for over a year when my nine year old son was lucky enough to see it in Toronto. Boy was I envious. Elvis was a natural.   Elvis was one-of-a-kind.  Elvis commanded the stage.  Would this artist Steve Michaels even begin to fill Elvis’ Blue Suede Shoes? The spotlight illuminates the stage and we are taken back in time to the 1950’s. Steve Michaels as Elvis Presley is on the Queen Elizabeth Theatre stage with his two band mates. In the words of Elvis, in his original group, “we had a guitar a bass and another guitar”. Sun Records and the start of something big. Michaels voice, a classic microphone and simple stage project the sound of the roots of Rock... ...

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REVIEW: The Original Ugly Christmas Sweater Party at the Commodore

Another year, another Christmas, which means another Ugly Christmas Sweater party at the Commodore….14 years and going strong. Around this time of year, I always see multiple pictures posted on Facebook of what looks like everyone having a blast at this party yet have always been hesitant to go mostly due to the $35 price ticket. This is finally the year I’m biting the bullet in and effort to see just what all of this hype is about. Knowing that partial proceeds from the event go to a charity like The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada is well worth the ‘ugly’ experience and the ticket price thankfully includes one free drink and unlimited cookies… I think I got my money’s worth in cookies. Who doesn’t love dressing up to look as ridiculous as possible this time of year, any excuse to throw on a costume and Vancouver is there! Some kept it simple in their Christmas sweaters and others went all out in from head to toe in red and green Christmas suits.... ...

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Christmas Adventures: Festival of Lights at VanDusen Gardens

Van Dusen Gardens has mastered the art of Christmas lights and then raised it up another 20 levels. Mermaids, umbrellas, the Eiffel tower you name it, there is a display made out of lights here. I didn’t know if I was walking in circles or down different paths but everywhere I went I saw different decorations and light displays. The Festival of Lights runs until the end December. Over a million lights cover VanDusen Gardens. Although I struggled with my directions throughout the night, I highly suggest keeping track of where you are going and making sure you don’t miss any parts because every section is completely different with new themes and displays to see and each one equally as amazing. As you are walking around, make sure to stop and enjoy the Dancing Light show that is right in the middle, on the lake. Who knew lights could keep someone entertained for so long. It was like watching a live show as the lights on the water, trees and ground light... ...

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