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In Calgary, Health on
May 3, 2018

Calgary Bike Swap THIS Weekend – May 5th

Need a bike? Need an upgrade? Have a bike to get rid of? This weekend is the Bike Swap in Calgary!

It’s bike season finally! Despite the name, it’s not about swapping bikes with others but rather a safe place to buy and sell bikes. You can bring your clean and taken care of bikes to be sold by the Alberta Bike Swap people and/or browse for you own bike.

You can unload your bike or even yous kids bikes. There are some restrictions on selling kids bike however, which you can find all about in their FAQ section. If you have one though that doesn’t meet the requirements and want to donate it, they will gladly take it and donate it to a child in need! They will even take bike parts that will also be donated to community initiatives to help repair bikes int eh communities!

 

When: May 5th 2018

Time: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm (Consigning)

8:00 am – 4:00 pm (Donating bikes)

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm (Purchasing bikes)

Location: City Center Parkade, 340 10 Ave

 

Check out their video of a past swap!

In Parenting, Random Thoughts, Working Mama on
April 19, 2018

What Your Wife REALLY Wants For Mother’s Day

Flowers

Alright people. Mother’s Day is coming May 13th 2018. You are getting your fair warning.

On top of this warning, I’m going to help you out. This is what your wife/partner/spouse REALLY wants for Mother’s Day. I asked my mama friends on Facebook, our contributors and friends in person. ( I happen to also be a Mother of course).

And the theme I have concluded is, we want to feel appreciated and cared for. The way we appreciate and care for others. I don’t need to tell you how hard Moms work. The mental workload, physical workload and social pressures can be seen on our faces most of the time, if not found in multiple blog posts and sappy commercials.

In honesty, we just wanted it to stop. For one hour, one spa treatment, one day or weekend. Many moms joked about just “wanting to be alone” or “doing whatever I want”. And it’s not because we don’t love motherhood. It’s the opposite in fact. We love it so much we give it our all. We worry, cry, hold strong, kiss boo boos, console, laugh and are squishy because we love it just so much.

All we ask, is that we feel someone is doing the same for us. For one hour, one spa treatment, one day or one weekend.

We are all for cute hand made mugs (actually I would really love another) and flowers (they Do brighten the days following our “one special day”), but we NEED time to fill our cups again. Recharge. THAT is what we are really asking for.

A clean house, that we didn’t clean, hear complaining about or have to clean up after tomorrow.

Time alone in the bath without hearing “mommy what are you doing?” through the door.

A trip with or without us planned for something fun with the kids. That we had no hand in figuring out. Then joy of our kids having fun. Without us planning it.

Take the mental workload for a day. We want to step outside of our very big roles and feel safe to unload it onto you.

The mundane tasks, the grand tasks and everything in between.

We don’t need fancy gifts as reminders we are good mothers. We want you to show us that you KNOW we are good mothers. Show us by walking in our shoes.

 

Here are what a few Mom’s have said:

Andrea – “I would love to have my whole house purged and cleaned. And the support to do so.” Kids aged 12, 9, 7, 4.

Allison – “I’d love for my husband and kids to acknowledge the fact that they understand that I am the only reason the house is not falling apart.” Kids aged 9, 7, 4.

Patricia– “Time. Time with my children” 28, 25, 23.

Holly– “I’d like a day where I could do whatever I want. Show up for a homemade meal with cake that I didn’t make.”

Erin – “Hot Coffee and no obligations time to do what I want before family time.” Kids aged 11, 10, 8, 5, 2.

Poom – “To pee in peace. Without interruption.” Kids aged 7, 5, 2.

Alli – “I’d love a day to myself, no kids needing me for something. A day where I could go get pampered and then enjoy a quiet meal that I didn’t have to cook.” Kids aged 2 and 1.

Jenn– “Time alone! An overnight stay in a hotel, spa day, just some me time!” Kid aged 4.

Among these requests a lot of Moms asked for family photos, family rings, family necklaces. So all these request to me say. “I want some time to myself, reminders of my family, because this is the best job in the world and it will all make me better at it.”

 

And ahem, in case anyone is wondering. My ideal day would go as follows:

Wake up whenever I want. (which is usually before anyone else). Have coffee. When the kids wake up they wake up my husband before even coming downstairs. 

Breakfast is made for me. Pancakes or french toast.

House is cleaned while I bathe. 

My husband takes the kids out for lunch and something fun all afternoon. While I literally do whatever I want.

Meet them at families hosue or restaurant for dinner with all family to celebrate our mom and all moms in the family.

Family snuggle time on the couch.

Watch a sappy movie with wine after the kids are in bed. Sleep. The end.

We all just wanted to feel fulfilled, appreciated and respected. That’s it.

Save your money.

Give us time.

The Bitchin' Housewife

Jen is a yoga teacher, fitness enthusiast and health blogger over at www.BitchinHousewife.com

In Health, Parenting on
April 5, 2018

The Benefit of Health Benefits

Health Benefits

In today’s new economic world where there are more and more people working from home, doing contract work and basically overall entrepreneurs, work health benefits is the one thing I’ve noticed a lot of people talking about lately. So we teamed up with Alberta Blue Cross to chat about the benefits of benefits and shopping for them.

2.5 years ago my husband lost his long time stable job. A story many of us went through this past recession. Many people lost their jobs and in turn lost their benefits. Some maybe even noticed, but personally I used them a lot! I got massages and saw my chiropractor regularly. As well as saw a physiotherapist after injuring my shoulder! My kids went through a few month spurt there of sickness after sickness requiring antibiotics and other medicines as well.

Since then, my husband went back to work after 9 months of being off, for about 4 months. The business we had created in the time he was off from his job had started to take off and our family made the decision that entrepreneurship would be our full time life.

Between his business and my contract work, we no longer had any employer health benefits.

Sound familiar?

 

We saught out some advice from Blue Cross under their Individuals and Families plan.  We were able to pick out a plan that worked for our budgets and projected needs.

Getting benefits was really important to me, not only to get some help with dental cost, but as an assurance that I needed to take care of myself.

If you’ve read any of my other posts or know me, you will know that I am all about self care. Taking care of ourselves, helps us take care of others (family, friends and so on), but also keeps us healthy in more ways than one. When we take the time to make sure we are healthy we are:

  • More efficient
  • Boosting energy
  • Helping with sleep
  • Combating and preventing future disease
  • and my personal favourite, we are generally happier!

 

If you are shopping around for benefits for your entrepreneur/working from home/contract life, or maybe you need top up from a spouses plan you can Contact Blue Cross and they will get back to you pretty quickly!

 

The Bitchin' Housewife

Jen is a yoga teacher, fitness enthusiast and health blogger over at www.BitchinHousewife.com

In Explore, Health, Parenting on
January 11, 2018

12 Outdoor Winter Activities You Can Do With Your Kids

Our weather is crazy in Alberta and we usually get a lot of winter! Let’s get outdoor and enjoy it with the kids while we can. I hear it’s suppose to warm up a bit this weekend, so go out and enjoy before another cold snap!

  1. Scavenger hunt – Print off this winter scavenger hunt from CBC and go for a walk to find them.
  2. Paint in the snow – You can try mixing some food coloring and water into a squeeze bottle or check out this idea.
  3. Mini time capsule. Spend some time putting some stuff into a waterproof bag/container and bury it in the yard somewhere deep in the snow. When Spring comes around and the snow melts find it and open it up!
  4. Build a target toss game, like this epic one from Disney Family Crafts         
  5. Play X’s and O’s in the snow. My daughter loves this game and we play over and over and over. I bet we could fill a whole field.
  6. Try snowshoeing. Check out your local nature center like the John Janzen!
  7. Hike around a local park. We did this fun Hike At Chickakoo Lake in Spring and my Dad used to take us when we were kids with cross country skis around it. You can look for birds and animals that are not in hibernation as a fun learning opportunity.
  8. Ice Skating. Check out your local community league or find an indoor one, depending on the weather.
  9. Have a bon fire and hot chocolate. Invite some friends over for a fire, roast marshmallows and have some hot chocolate.
  10. Try building a snow volcano, like this awesome looking one from Classy Clutter    
  11. Freeze small toys in ice cube trays or tupperware containers and hide them in the backyard for a fun at home scavenger hunt.
  12. If it’s cold enough, try freezing bubbles! Take some bubble solution and blow bubbles softly onto snowy surfaces and watch them freeze!

The Bitchin' Housewife

Jen is a yoga teacher, fitness enthusiast and health blogger over at www.BitchinHousewife.com

In Health, Parenting on
November 2, 2017

Boost Your Immunity Naturally

The cold weather and the snow are here to stay. Boost your immunity with my favourite natural products!

Before I get to my go- to products let’s talk about a few ways you can boost your immunity without needing to purchase anything.

 

  1. Get rest. Our bodies require a little more rest in the cold and dark evenings of the late fall/winter months. When you body gets enough rest it can work on the bacteria/virus that’s attacking your system better.
  2. Exercise. Move throughout your day, without overdoing it. According to Medline Plus exercise can help flush out bacteria from the lungs and airways.
  3. Eat Well. This one seems obvious of course, but try to eat balanced meals with nutrients to keep your body running at optimal.

Still feel an itchy throat coming on? Try our my favourite natural immune boosters.

Natural Immunity Boosters

Immune Boosters

  1. A probiotic. These are full of good gut bacteria. Studies are starting to show that a lot of our immunity is in our gut flora and if it’s not running at top notch, it compromises our immune systems. I actually tend to switch my brands often on this one. I like switching up the brands and the potency. I recommend getting one from your health food store that needs to be stored in the fridge. The shelf ones don’t work as well. *My opinion*. These refrigerated ones can cost between $40-$70.
  2. Feel Good Syrup. Locally made in Alberta, this elderberry syrup is a great immune booster. And tastes really good too. 1 tbsp 3/4 times a week to maintain immunity and I use it daily when I feel a little run down to get that extra boost. One bottle is about $20.
  3. Traditional Medicinals Teas. I like the sampler pack myself but you can buy just the one for sore throats or colds etc. Cost per box is about $9-$16.
  4. St. Francis Deep Immunity. A very powerful immune boosting product, recommended to me by my Naturopathic Doctor last year when I was in a series of being sick after sick for four straight months. I was better within days!

 

Last week one of the Alberta Mamas had the flu and two days later I got the same flu. I took all of these four and I never ended up with the fever, extreme chills or any vomiting! Of course everyone reacts differently and make sure to check with your health are provider to see if these may interact with anything you are taking.

 

Take care and be well!

The Bitchin' Housewife

Jen is a yoga teacher, fitness enthusiast and health blogger over at www.BitchinHousewife.com

In Contests, Edmonton on
September 28, 2017

Comedy Festival Date Night Giveaway

*This contest is now closed*

Could you use a date night out? Who are we kidding, we could all use a date night out right?

Well….. grab a babysitter because we are giving away 3 sets of two tickets to the Edmonton Comedy Festival Date Night Gala on Friday October 13th!

Date Night Gala

Edmonton Comedy Festival Date Night Line Up

The Edmonton Comedy Festival Date Night Gala is the most popular show. Starring three-time winner of the Canadian Comedy Award for Best Female Comic, Debra DiGiovanni, hosted by Alberta Primetime pop culture panelist Lori Gibbs, and featuring The Latin Queen of Comedy Lisa Alvarado, “This Hour has 22 Minutes” writer Dave Nystrom, and winner of the Just for Laughs homegrown competition Sean Lecomber.

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In Recipe on
July 6, 2017

Summer Banana Lime Cooling Smoothie

Summer Smoothie Recipe

It ‘s Summer and it’s hot and nobody wants to cook. Or eat heavy for that matter. This simple recipe is easy to modify based off what you have in your fridge (or garden). It’s super refreshing and the foods used have nice cooling qualities on the body to get through the heat!

This recipe is also super kid friendly since it’s a bit on the sweeter side and you can omit the greens to keep it a more kid friendly colour.

I believe in creating recipes that should be pretty simple, so I offer many variations of the same recipe so you can use what you have on hand, rather then needing to make special trips to the grocery store to make a smoothie! Check out below the recipe for great substitution options and tips.

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 tbsp of seeds or nut butter
  • 1/2 lime juice
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • handful of greens
  • 1/2 – 1 cup of milk of choice

Blend and enjoy!

Tips and Substitute options:

  • When bananas are starting to brown I peel them and put them in the freezer so I always have bananas on hand for smoothies. Frozen bananas add creaminess to smoothies and make them extra cold.
  • I use hemp hearts in this smoothie but chia seeds, pumpkin seeds or even a tbsp of a nut butter would be a great option.
  • Cardamom is a spice that help reduce that summer time water retention swelling. Can be omitted however if you don’t have it in your home. Fresh ginger might be a good option too.
  • I added some cilantro believe it or not to mine this morning. Just a bit of it, since it has great detoxifying properties. You can add spinach, kale, swiss chard or parsley as good substitutes to boost the nutrients.
  • I used homogenized milk since that’s what we had. Coconut milk would really round out the refreshing flavour on this, but use whatever you have on hand.
  • Make extra and pour into popsicle molds for quick easy treats!

The Bitchin' Housewife

About the Author

Jennifer Neilson is the creator and write over at BitchinHousewife.com. She is a yoga teacher, sport nutritional advisor as well as a health and fitness enthusiast.