There is nothing better than enjoying a cold crisp beer, outside in the sunshine, surrounded by sweeping alpine vistas – without any kids running at your feet!

Mommy needs a break, too! So, call up a babysitter and head to the second annual Whistler Village Beer Festival, taking place from September 11-14th, 2014.  View Post

Leading Moms is a one-day event located in Vancouver, BC, featuring inspiring talks from extraordinary moms. The event takes place on September 26, 2014 and is hosted by VancouverMom.ca, Entrepreneur Mom Now, and JellyBeen, and will feature a speak line-up with key influencers in media, arts, health, business and more.

Some fabulous speakers this year include award-winning broadcaster, Tamara Taggart, and founder of Cause We Care, Andrew Thomas Hill. In a mix of performance, video and live talks, their roster of moms will deliver personal talks straight from their heart. View Post

How to Pack Light on Vacation - Tips!

Packing light is an art of practicality and a test in minimalism. As the years pass and we’ve taken more trips as a family of four, I’ve received a first hand education on how to pack light on vacation.

It wasn’t always like this! I’m an ex-overpacker, it’s true. I used to pack almost our entire wardrobes to go on vacation, just to make sure we’d have everything we could possibly need. Each family member would have their own suitcase (that’s four huge suitcases taking up trunk space), plus there would be an additional mini-suitcase for toiletries, a beach bag full of towels, and sometimes I’d need another bag just for extra shoes.

The reason for all this over-packing was worry and fear. It was perfectionism in the worst form: to make sure everything was just right I would have to bring everything we could possibly need and use, so my family wouldn’t go without anything. There were different outfits for each day of our trip and for dinners at night, and sometimes there would be alternate outfits in case something got dirty or ruined, justincase! If anyone got cold, or it was rainy, or too hot, we were prepared.

But it was exhausting to pack like this. It made vacations less fun to have to carry so much around. And it would usually find me searching through piles of clothes because I know I brought this one item that I now can’t find in the sea of suitcases.

Therefore, I learned to pack light for vacations. View Post

All great things must come to an end, and now that Crankworx Whistler has joined that category I want to look back at five days of amazing energy and excitement and share them with you!

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Fox Air DH

Day Six brought with it a charged vibe in the air, furthered by the erratic weather that had low-visibility conditions and wet, muddy terrain added to the already difficult Fox Air DH race course. The riders raced down the A-Line trail, one of the world’s most infamous with 39 jumps and 30 berms, and a 1200+ meter vertical descent – the reputation is well-earned.

The fans were whipped into a frenzy when spotting their favourite riders take to the course, and the mountain bikers certainly didn’t disappoint with their speed and style on the course. The winners of the race were Mick Hannah for the mens category, and Jill Kintner for the women’s category. Check out the official Crankworx Fox Air DH site for more info.

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Finn Isles at the Whip Offs | Photo Credit: Clint Trahan

The Official Whip Off World Championships brought excitement to Day 7, when Crankworx announced a day prior that 14-year old Finn Isles would be allowed to participate in the event. The young Whistler boy was being rooted on by his fans on twitter and other social media, and the hashtag #LetFinnIn quickly changed to #FinnIsIn. Finn Isles ended up winning the event and his victory was emotionally charged for all those involved.  View Post

I’m writing this in the hot tub of my hotel, trying to soothe my aching body after the beating it got on the mountain yesterday. I’ll tell you all about my little tumble on my bike in a little bit but first, let’s recap the last few days of Crankworx.

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The SRAM Canadian Open Enduro presented by Specialized brought out 350 riders to test their metal on this grueling race on Day 3 of Crankworx. Most racers described it as the toughest race they’d ever done, and as an all-day bike race with multiple runs and hike-a-bike sections, I couldn’t even begin to comprehend how difficult it was. Check out the results and more information on the Crankworx Enduro results page.

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Monday at Crankworx was a day of fun for the kids and amazing races – the Kidsworx B-Line race took place that day. Kids from ages 7-15 took part in the races, where future athletes of the sport get their first taste of competing.

Crankworx brings the top mountain and XC biking athletes from all over the world to the little mountain town of Whistler, and it’s super inspiring for the kids to walk and bike among the greats. View Post

The first two days of Crankworx have been full of fun and exciting events. The opening celebrations started off with the family-friendly Kidsworx Village Crit, followed by the mens’ and womens’ Fat Tire Crit.

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Ready to race in the Kidsworx Village Crit!

The Kidsworx Village Crit is an awesome opening event showcasing the sports’ youngest athletes, from ages 2 – 15. My daughter was super stoked to compete in the Ages 7-9 race and had a ton of fun on . See official results of the Fat Tire Crit on the official Crankworx website.

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Kidsworx Racers Ready to Go!

Check out the young athletes crossing the finish line in the 7-9 aged race below!

Following the Fat Tire Crit, Five Alarm Funk took to the stage as the opening band for Crankworx. This energetic, 10-piece band was an awesome musical experience to behold, and had everyone in the crowd dancing in the open-air Whistler Olympic Plaza.  View Post

Crankworx 2014 is coming to Whistler and ready to bring together mountain biking fans of all ages! The celebration runs from August 8th to 17th, and is an amazing time to check out the Whistler Village with your family and friends.

My family gets super excited for Crankworx every summer. There are a ton of family-friendly events added to this years’ celebration, including the addition of Familyworx, as well as the growing lineup of kids races for Kidsworx. My daughter pumped for the Jeep Kids’ Course that’s also new this year! View Post