With kids officially on spring break and the warm air and sun shining so bright in my home office that I have to shade my eyes to see my computer screen - I know without a doubt that spring is officially here.
I don't know about you, but having spring arrive, makes me feel hopeful, not only about the world, but about my own life.
I like the fact that spring denotes inspriation, it means new opportunities and hope.
And isn't that what we all need from time to time?....
Although I fully realize that the next two weeks will be a bit of a challenge for me with both kids at home (and my husband away for one of those weeks) I am fully confident that I can manage to entertain them and keep their minds busy without those dreaded words being uttered "I'm bored!". ;)
We are going to have a family meeting today and discuss all the things that they would like to do. I'm hoping we can all agree to ideas that revolve in the realm of little or no money to me. ;)
I'll let you know how we do as the week evolves.
In the meantime, one great idea that has already come to mind is the Blossom Event at Richmond Centre, which gives visitors an incredible sea of living flowers, a bamboo forest, af full-scale wooden bridge and even a special wishing tree. The event is on until April 24th and showcases more than 8,000 plants and 1,500 flowers at any one time.
Most importantly is the Flowering Wishing Tree, that is showcased - which is a custom embraced by many cultures around the world.
You can help your child write down their wish on special pieces of paper. Then, using the instructions provided, the paper will be transformed into beautiful origami flowers, which will be attached to the branches, creating the illusion of a flowering tree.
It is believed that the concentration of many postive wishes, each one building on the next, increases the likelihood of them coming true.
Each wish will bring the dreams of a child suffering with a high-risk, life-threatening illness that much closer to being realized. For every wish attached to the Flowering Wishing Tree, Richmond Centre will donate $1 to the Children's Wish Foundation (to a max of $10,000) the average cost of granting one child their wish.
What more could make you feel like spring has truly arrived?
I am definitely there this week with the kids!
Our “Ladies First” package at the River Rock over the weekend was a dream come true.
We were pampered beyond our wildest dreams.
Our afternoon started out at the Absolute Spa where my mom and I received the Royal Treatment with both manicures and pedicures.
The team at the Absolute Spa made it a day to remember. My spa technician, Jillian, was incredible and I could feel my cares melt aware as she massaged my legs. Who knew moms carried so much stress in our legs?.....
My mom loved having the scrub put on her feet and legs (which acts as an exfoliant) and enjoyed a glass of wine.
Her spa technician, Frances, was attentive and lots of fun to talk to over the course of the treatments.
Our new friend, who we met during our treatment, Meredith, was really enjoying herself as it had been awhile since she had been pampered (and yes, she is also a mom!)
She was there to help her girlfriend from Australia celebrate her 40th birthday with several other friends. Meredith was a hoot, and we were so glad to have her as our “spa mate”.
For our manicures, there was a lot of attention to detail and I was really happy with the nail colour I selected. Don’t ya love it?! Love you Jillian!
After we left the Absolute Spa (and were thoroughly relaxed), we headed to the Curve Lounge, where drinks and an appy awaited us. We ordered Pita Chips with three different types of dips (Roasted Red Pepper, Curried Humus and Tzatziki) Yummy! :)
The Canucks were on the tv in the lounge, and after they beat the Flames, we headed over to LuLu’s Lounge to hear some great music.
Although we were unable to get a seat (tried really hard) we stood in the casino and watched the band for a bit. They were really great! Next time, will definitely get there early to grab and seat and kick up my heels a bit.
My mom and I both played the slots. After a great deal of fun with the one armed bandits, we decided to call it a night around midnight.
We retired to our very luxurious room, where we sat and talked for a couple of hours and reminisced.
The next morning, we headed down to the buffet, where we stuffed ourselves silly on all the great food offered.
This was the end of my gorging where I couldn’t get enough spicy beef and chocolate dipped fruit and brownies. I’m not sure how they came to be all on the same plate, but they really did make a tasty combination!
<<<<<<This is me VERY happy afterwards! ;)
After our buffet, we rolled back into the casino to try our luck once more. And this time, Lady Luck smiled upon us.
My mom won big on the nickel slots (who knew you could win pretty good green on those?!) And I won at the Black Jack tables.
A lady never shares how much she won, but suffice it to say that I tripled my money that morning.
Although we didn’t get a chance to take a dip in the pool (I place the blame squarely on the time change that messed with my head), it did look amazing with its water slide and enticing hot tub - all set in a tropical paradise.
Everyone at the River Rock was accommodating, helpful and fun to be around. It’s clear that everyone loves their job and that they truly care about making your experience, one to remember.
Now its back to reality, but at least my mom and I got one night where we got to get away from it all, have a bit of “us” time, and simply have fun. What a great memory, and what an unforgettable experience.
Interested in getting the “Ladies First” Package or one of the other amazing packages that the River Rock has to offer? Check them all out on their website HERE.
So tonight I am heading to the River Rock Casino in Richmond with my mom to take advantage of the "Ladies First" Package.
It's going to be an amazing night and can't wait! It includes two mani-pedis, appy and two drinks, one night stay and a buffet breakfast for two!
My mom has been away for the past month in Hawaii, so it will be nice to have some one on one time with her and catch up....
This package is a great one for moms like me because it gives us some "me" time and let's you have a bit of fun while still not being too far away from the kids!
I will post some pics both here and on facebook as well as share some of my experiences of the night on twitter.
If you haven't stayed at the River Rock yet - you definitely have to visit and check out all the fun the Hotel offers! From the casino to the indoor pool and hot tub, to the luxurious spa, to the great eats - this place has it all and can't wait to let my hair down for one night with my own mom!
Time for some FUN!
To read up more about the "Ladies First" package at the River Rock - Click Here.
I am thrilled to be able to host this dress give-away contest for Shabby Apple, a dress company that is run by women like us.
After years of not being able to find stylish dresses that covered enough skin to make you really feel comfortable (without wearing a tank top, cardigan or long slip), owners Emily and CK decided to do something about it....
They visited trade shows, marketplaces and designer studios only to discover the problem was not that department stores weren't buying the right dresses, but that designers weren't designing them.
Shabby Apple is proud to offer women fantastic dresses that allow us to look fabulous, without having to compromise anything else.
One winner will be selected to win one Bali Ha''I' dress from Shabby Apple's NEW spring collection, valued at $78.00 US - http://tinyurl.com/4my8yb5
In order to enter, please RETWEET the following message on Twitter:
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Sign up for the Stay at Home Mother's Newsletter on our front page, which provides you with all the information relevant to moms looking to be closer to home.
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So today is the day for all the lovers out there (both single AND married) to show how much they care.
How did you fare today? Did you get flowers or chocolates or........?
If you didn't - I don't think that you should stress too much over it.
Yes, it would be nice, yes it would be thoughtful - but really, truly at the end of the day...does it determine how you measure your relationship?....
As many of my readers know, I've been off sick for the past month with pneumonia. I've actually never been this sick in my life. There were times when I literally felt that I couldn't breathe. I wound up in the emergency and collapsed right there in the waiting room. I spent weeks in bed, not being able to get up and having to rely on my husband for everything.
Talk about being taken down a peg.
But that - that month away having to rely on my husband to look after me - that is what truly means the most to me. That showed me how much he loves me. He had to look after me at my absolute worst. And he cared for me and the kids when I didn't have the strength to....that is what really matters.
Love doesn't come on some pre determined day created for chocolate makers and the flower industry to make a killing. It comes when you least expect it and when it means the most.
It can come when you are down and out (like I was) or it can come as simply a card in the mail from a close friend or an email that expresses how much you mean to someone. That's love. And we don't need Valentine's Day to make that happen.
Although at times, love can be messy and doesn't make much sense sometimes....I have to admit - when its good, its pretty darned good to have in our lives.
And there isn't just "one kind" of love. There can be the lustful kind of love, the family kind of love, the friendship kind of love, and there can be the enduring kind of love that overcomes everything - even time apart.
So if you didn't get the card or the chocolates this year from that special someone you had hoped to - take a moment to think of all the other times that love came your way- unexpectedly and suprisingly, in all its different forms. Love doesn't need a day to say "I Love You" with pomp and pretense.
Love just comes - and is all around us every day - in the simple and quiet ways that shows us that someone cares.
I wish you all the love and happiness every day in your life - and not just on Valentine's Day! :)