5 Family Day Weekend Activities in Vancouver

As we move into the first long weekend of 2017, here’s 5 Family Day Weekend activities;

1: Align Entertainment’s The Little Mermaid : Michael J Fox Theatre, Burnaby –  Until February 18, 2017
With most family theatre productions taking place around the Christmas holidays, this is a welcome opportunity to introduce your little ones to live theatre.

2: Family Day at Burnaby Village Carousel : February 13th 11am-2pm
Families with young children can pre-register for crafts, carnival games, children’s entertainment, and carousel rides

3: Odysseo by Cavalia : Under the White Big Top at Olympic Village  – Until March 5, 2017
No horsing around, while not inexpensive, the whole family will enjoy the amazing 150 minute show.

4: Free Skating At Robson Square : Ice Rink at Robson Square – Until February 14, 2017
It’s your last weekend to take in free skating at the covered ice rink at Robson Square. Bring your own skates or rent a pair for $4

5: Family Day at the Peak of Vancouver : Grouse Mountain – February 13, 2017 only.
50% off Gondola access plus a full day of special activities including pancake breakfast, Global BC Family Puck Shoot Out, Family Day Lunch Specials, Candy Station as well as the usual snow activities

Happy New Year 2015!

Happy New Year one and all!

As 2014 comes to a close, I thank you for reading along with my adventures and supporting the events in Vancouver.

Here’s to a fun-filled, 2015 shared with your loved ones!

And thanks to Happy New Year 2015 on YouTube, I’ll share with you a New Year favourite.


Fave events of 2012

As the old year closes and a new year begins, it’s a time for all of us to reflect on the events that past before we reboot for the year ahead.

Here’s a few of my favourite activities of 2012 (in no particular order):

London 2012 – my visit to London to visit good friends and take in the 2012 Olympics was a definite highlight of the year.
Bloomsbury Bowls – part of the London experience was a fun night out with a bunch of friends at this super cool venue
Scissor Sisters – the ‘Magic Hour’ came to Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom with poptastic results.
Emerson Drive – kicking off the PNE Summer Concert Series, the Canadian country group got the summer off to a great start
David Foster & Friends 25th Anniversary Concert – Victoria’s David Foster brought a host of friends home to the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre for an entertaining fundraising evening for The David Foster Foundation.
An Evening With Idina Menzel – the Broadway superstar performed an evening of her hits and (sometimes dirty) anecdotes
Jason Mraz – one of my favourite live performers stopped at Rogers Arena for his LOVE Is A Four Letter Word tour.
2 Days In Seattle – Thanks to Klout and the Seattle Convention & Visitors Bureau I got to spend 2 Days in Seattle seeing the sights and tasting the Emerald City.
Whitecaps FC – kicking off a second season in the MLS, the Vancouver team performed much better in their sophomore season managing to make at least one post-season match.
Topshop/Topman Opening Party – the iconic British High Street retailer launched their flagship Vancouver store with an amazing opening night party at 560.
Via Brazil Steakhouse – topping off my friends Lori & Craig’s wedding day with a family style reception was a great highlight of a fun filled wedding week.

I’m sure there’s more great moments of 2012 but these were a good selection of highlights. While these are great, one of my favourites is always being able to spend time with my family and friends whatever we’re doing, especially at the Holidays.
I look forward to starting 2013 off with a long time tradition of New Year’s Day breakfast. My friend Tara and I have been meeting, with whomever else can make it, for an annual catch-up and New Year kick-off for over a decade and hope to continue for many more.

What were your favourite moments of 2012? What are you looking forward to in 2013?


Fit Friday – What’s Your Fave Health & Fitness App?

Everyone likes to have a little bit of help in their quest for good health and fitness. Whether it’s a workout partner, personal trainer, heartrate monitor or even favourite music. Nowadays our smartphones and mobile devices give us another boost by offering a vast array of health and fitness apps.

There’s a health and fitness app offering assistance for whatever part of your workout you might want to support, whether it’s your run, your diet or your weightlifting routine. Runkeeper is a perennial favourite for runners. Nike offers a  number of apps to help your routines, Nike + offers assistance with your running, Nike Training Club is like a personal trainer in your pocket. Men’s Health/Women’s Health Magazine has a huge line-up of apps to help every part of your workout.
For your diet planning, Lose It helps keep you on track when you’re away from the gym. My Fitness Pal offers help for diet and exercise.

Do you use any apps to help your health and fitness routines? What’s your favourite app?

Fit Tips Friday : Form & Function

Have you ever been disappointed by your results or feel pain during a workout? I bet you’ve seen that one guy at the gym who swings the weights or is rocking his whole body to lift the barbell. One of the most important and useful reasons for having a personal trainer is to help learn and maintain proper form when working out.
Keeping in proper from is easy when Trainer Alex Jack is watching over me at the Steve Nash Sports Club, someone else can see when you’re not standing straight or if you’re lifting with the wrong part of your body. However, the hard part comes when you’re on your own and need to keep yourself on track. If you’ve never had a trainer to give you the guidance in the first place you may never know that you are not working out to optimal performance. Even now when I workout on my own I have the benefit of Alex’s expertise to remind me of the proper form. I can hear Alex reminding me to slow down, keep my shoulders back or focus on the right muscle. and I can feel the difference in the muscles when I’m doing the exercise correctly.
Maintaining the correct form helps:
– prevent injury from improper form
– remedy poor posture from our day to day habits of sitting at the desk or slouching on the couch
– optimize the output of the exercise by the making sure the muscles are being worked as intended
– balance out overly dominant muscles caused by overworking certain muscles when using improper form
– ensure the right amount of rest and recuperation is incorporated into the workout

I read some great words of wisdom somewhere when talking about form…It’s not the weight you use but HOW you use the weight

Proper form helps correct poor posture from sitting in front of the desk

Personal Training with Alex Jack

As many of you know, I regularly work out regularly, as a formerly very overweight person it’s been a constant challenge to keep up the battle of the bulge. Since starting working out last year I managed to lose about 90lbs of fat and replace it with muscle, thanks in no small part to the motivation, assistance and influence of personal trainer Alex Jack.
While personal training is not a low cost option it can definitely be a huge help in getting the job done, correctly. A personal trainer can help motivate you, make sure you’re performing exercises with proper form, give you the confidence to work on machines and equipment you’re unsure of, and keep you accountable and sticking to your program.
I’ve learned so much from Alex and having him work with me regularly at the start of the challenge really got results quickly. Since last year, I’ve checked in with him on occasion to get new workout routines and motivation.
In an effort to help boost the motivation and keep myself accountable this summer, I’ve enlisted Alex’s assistance to include fitness tips and hints in upcoming posts.

Watch over coming weeks and let’s work together to boost up all of our fitness!

Alex Jack is originally from Toronto where he worked as a personal trainer at Good Life Fitness before moving to Vancouver about 3 years ago. His qualifications include:
– CSEP Certified Personal Trainer
– CSEP Certified Fitness Consultantk
– Fitness & Health Promotions Program, Niagara College
– Athlete Performance Coaching Mentorship
– Functional Movement Screening Specialist
– Group Cycling Instructor
– CPR/First Aid/AED

BMO Vancouver Marathon

Yesterday, 15 000 people took to the streets of Vancouver taking part in the 2012 BMO Vancouver Half and Full Marathon.  Of course the whole event couldn’t happen without the thousands of volunteers helping out at the start line, aid stations along the route, the finish line and behind the scenes.  Thousands more came to cheer them on as the new race routes wound their way through an amazingly scenic course.
The new point to point route made a scenic course for the runners but also made it more difficult for us spectators to cheer on our friends in more than one location. Previously the course looped around downtown Vancouver and Kitsalano, allowing us to make it around town on foot to multiple locations. This new course took more work and planning, as well as a vehicle (thanks Billy for driving!), but we managed to make it work as friends and I came out to support our friend Brian Webb and it was great to see a few others that I knew running past. Through the help of social media Brian’s supporters were able to keep tabs on Brian as he made his way around the course, tweeting his whereabouts so those ahead could ‘see’.  Those of us who did the earlier points were able to make it to the finish line and cheer Brian and many more across the line and the nearer cheer teams made it to the end to gather and congratulate Brian on a run well done!

Do you have a marathon experience, as a runner or supporter? How did you find the new course? How did you or your friend do?
For full results and information, visit the BMO Vancouver Marathon website