Today is my 42nd birthday. And I'm quite happy about it.
Now I know not a lot of people are happy about getting older, but I happen to wear my age as a badge of honour.
I've accomplished a great deal in my life, thus far. And I'm pretty proud of that. I'm also proud to be a mom, who is exceptionally proud of her kids - and who they are becoming through each passing year.
I really think that birthdays are a time to reflect, a time to look back at what you have accomplished - and a time to look forward on what you have yet to do.
Instead of pretending we are an age we are not, I think we should be shouting it from the roof tops. I don't want to mask my age with Botox or some god-forbidden surgery. I like who I am, what I look like - and living life the way I choose.
I take 42 with great happiness, and look at it as a marker, of what was, what is, and what is yet to be.
It's time to celebrate. :)
So the kids couldn’t wait to visit Papa Murphy’s Pizza in South Surrey this past week.
Although we had not tried their pizza before – my kids consider themselves “aficionados” when it comes to pizza, so they were raring to go, to try it out.
The concept of Papa Murphy’s pizza is simple: design it anyway you like, and then you take it home and bake it for 10 minutes at 425 degrees. It’s direct form the oven to your table.
I like the idea because it’s hot from the oven, and you get to watch it being created (a bonus for the kids)....
When we arrived, it was evident this was a place that was run impeccably well.
It was immaculate, and the owners, Ray Levasseur and his wife Roma, have made it that way on purpose.
They were behind the counter when we arrived and greeted us warmly.
They explained how the process works, and helped our kids find the right pizza for them.
The kids opted for the “Mini Murph” Pepperoni and “Mini Murph” Cheese pizza kits.
Why they liked this option best was because they could create their own pizza at home with the kit.
For adults, you first choose a size (Medium, Large or Family), then choose a crust (Original, thin or stuffed), then sauce (traditional, creamy garlic, olive oil or herb tomato) and then add your toppings.
My husband and I chose the Gourmet Chicken Garlic Pizza. It included grilled chicken, diced tomatoes, and green onions in creamy garlic sauce with herb and cheese blend.
As we watched them put together our gourmet pizza, we were told that all their vegetables are prepared fresh each morning, along with their grated cheese and dough made from scratch, daily.
We also chose a dessert (I couldn’t resist!) – Chocolate chip cookie dough to take with us and bake at home as well!
The kids couldn’t wait to get home and put their kits together. After baking the kits, I have to admit, I couldn’t wait to put our own in the oven. Our kitchen smelled delicious!
And what did the kids think of Papa Murphy’s Pizza? It was love at first bite. And we really enjoyed our Chicken Garlic pizza too. Simply fantastic. The cookies were a great way to end the meal too – freshly baked in minutes.
So now it’s your turn!
Readers of The Stay at Home Mother website are invited to try their own Papa Murphy’s Pizza in South Surrey for FREE!
For the first 10 readers who “LIKE” Papa Murphy’s Canada Facebook Page, can receive ONE FREE large signature or gourmet pizza.
Their Facebook page can be found here:
Then head down to 15355 - 24th Avenue, Surrey, BC to receive ONE FREE large signature or gourmet pizza (one per person) which cannot be combined with any other promotion.
All you have to do is show them on your Smart Phone that you liked their Facebook page!
It’s that simple! Then enjoy your fresh, large Papa Murphy’s Pizza for FREE tonight!
For those of you who are a bit slow on the draw, who aren’t the first 10 down there, will be eligible for $2.00 off any menu priced pizza.
So what are you waiting for? Just hit “LIKE” and get going to Papa Murphy’s today - and enjoy your own hot and delicious pizza tonight!
We have organized an evening for Jamie McDonald, who is from the UK, and ran across Canada raising money for the Children's Hospitals in each province.
He finished his run in Vancouver this week.
Please join Jamie on Friday, February 7th at the TC Lions Head Pub in Vancouver, located on 888 West Cordova Street from 5pm onwards for a few celebratory drinks. :)
Afterwards, Jamie will be hitting the Roxy for more fun and dancing! There will be NO COVER and NO WAIT for anyone who advises at the door that you are with the Jamie McDonald party. You just need to get there before 10pm.
No need to RSVP, just come on down and join Jamie, and help toast his incredible accomplishment!
For more info on Jamie McDonald, or to donate, please visit his website at www.JamieMcDonald.org.
If you have not had the pleasure of learning about Jamie MacDonald's story, please let me introduce you to this inspiring, brave and dedicated young man.
I learned about him a few months ago, as he was in the middle of his Canadian trek across Canada. He was running, unassisted, to raise money for Children's hospitals in each province he ran across.
So where did he come from and why is he doing it? His story is quite amazing...
As a child, Jamie was in and out of Gloucester Royal hospital in the UK for nine years with a rare spinal condition known as syringomyelia, as well as a very weak immune system, and the Pied Piper’s help was invaluable. He also spent a great deal of time at Great Ormond Street.
On March 9th 2013, Jamie began his attempt to run Canada coast to coast, more than 5,000 miles unassisted, jointly raising money in aid of UK charities Great Ormond Street Children’s Charity and the Pied Piper Appeal and children’s hospitals throughout Canada.
He’ll become the first person in history to run it alone if he completes it, facing snow storms, -40°C temperatures and grizzly bears, all whilst pushing his belongings in a baby stroller nicknamed Caesar.
He will be arriving in Vancouver on Monday, February 3rd. The details of his arrival (which I will be attending) can be found here:
I've also booked him to come and speak at our school at South Meridian next Thursday at 12:45. I can't wait for the kids to meet him.
I'm also working on a great celebration for him this coming Friday, February 7th in Vancouver. I will be posting details shortly and encourage anyone who would like to meet this amazing UK man, to join us on Friday. :)
In the meantime, You can read more about his adventures on his website here and also to donate:
When I first entered 4 Angels Beauty Care located on 1342 Burrard Street in Vancouver, I was immediately taken back by the sheer beauty of the salon. It felt like I'd walked in to a small piece of heaven, enveloped in azure blue.
What's more, is that the owners Navkiran "Kiran" Sokhi and Kulwinder Malhi, greet all their clients with a hug. And with the day I was having, it was perfect timing! ;)
As best friends, both Kiran and Kulwinder have 35 years combined experience in the beauty industry. Kiran is a Master Brow Specialist who trained many of the city's brow sculptors over the last three years..
They opened their doors in the summer of 2013, and have had tremendous success with their establishment. Their specialties services are waxing, relaxation massages and facials.
I could hardly wait to try out my services, which included an Illu-mini facial with an Indian Head Massage and EyeBrow threading.
From the moment I laid my head back, I felt relaxed. The Illu-Mini facial was fantastic, and left my skin feeling very soft and supple. This was something that had been an issue for me for quite some time (dry skin is rampant right now with our weather). I inquired what products they use to make my skin so soft (and rid me of some of my soft wrinkles around my eyes). I was told it was France Laure skincare that they used.
After my facial, my face was wrapped in warm towels. The perfect end to a wonderful, relaxing facial. Then, my Indian Head Massage began. And if you are not familiar with it, you HAVE to try it.
The head massage (which helps heal aching shoulders, a tight neck, tension headache, eye strain and stress) includes oil being rubbed in to the scalp - you can choose from castor oil, almond oil, olive oil or baby oil (scent-free).
I had almond oil and it was bliss. Although I don't recommed you have anywhere to go afterwards due to the oil in your hair, I do highly recommend this treatment for anyone looking for a great way to unwind.
And finally, my brow threading. It's a unique way to rid yourself of those unsightly brow hair that's gone awry. Within minutes, their threading cleaned me up perfectly. There is no pain, no mess from wax and what's best is that they educate you on your brows. But what would you expect from one of the best teachers in the business?
There was a girl who was sitting next to me who had come for her very first brow visit. After receiving her treatment, she couldn't stop gushing over her eyebrows.
What's even better, is their prices. So reasonable, considering the experience that both these women have to offer up to their clients.
I left purchasing the skin cream from France Laure they used on me, and the promise I will be returning soon, with my mom in tow. She's gonna love this place. ;)
Oh, and I also got a hug on my way out too. Who knew a spa could also be the best place to arrive feeling welcomed, but also leave feeling like family. :)
To check out all their services and prices, visit their website here: