Sixth day of Christmas

Sixth day of Christmas

Ho ho Ho! Santa Athenas is here! I’m so in the spirit of giving! Santa Athenas is in town for the next 12 days and is giving away a different prize every single day! All small business, all local! (Canada). If you are in the USA, I have something for you too coming on December 18! Stay tuned! I’ll be featuring all the business and brands here on to the blog, however for you to enter, you have to be following me and the brands/business on Instagram (check out the rules for every post). I’ll give you 5 extra entries if you read this blog post AND subscribe to my email list! All the winners will be picked at random and announced on December 14. So let’s start!..

On the Sixth day of Christmas Santa Athenas, Wendel’s True Foods, Spent Grounds and Nutmeg Mylk brought to me: Christmas Morning Treats

Wendel's gluten free

Too busy cooking Christmas dinner? Let us bring some happiness into your morning! We want to treat a lucky follower with delicious baked goods from Wendel’s true food, Organic local coffee from Spent Grounds and handcrafted nut mylk! Could you be more spoiled?

Love the gluten free baked good’s from Wendel’s! They use the highest quality of organic ingredients, and they are own by a family local business (Yes, for supporting LOCAL!)

Wendels fort Langley

If you have been following for a while, you know that I paid a visit to Spent Grounds at least twice a week! They are conveniently located next to my work, and they are the only business around with healthy alternatives for lunch! Love every single brand that Karen has in her little roaster, PLUS their coffee it’s excellent!

spent grounds Surrey

Last but not least, In my weekly visits to Spent grounds, I became a fan of the LOCAL, handcrafted, fresh nutmeg Mylk! They are dairy free, made with raw, organic ingredients! PDS: Jillian Harris seems to be a fan of it!

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Head over to my Instagram to enter!

Good luck and get ready for tomorrow’s giveaway!

XO,

Athenas

Fifth day of Christmas

Fifth day of Christmas

Ho ho Ho! Santa Athenas is here! I’m so in the spirit of giving! Santa Athenas is in town for the next 12 days and is giving away a different prize every single day! All small business, all local! (Canada). If you are in the USA, I have something for you too coming on December 18! Stay tuned! I’ll be featuring all the business and brands here on to the blog, however for you to enter, you have to be following me and the brands/business on Instagram (check out the rules for every post). I’ll give you 5 extra entries if you read this blog post AND subscribe to my email list! All the winners will be picked at random and announced on December 14. So let’s start!..

On the Fifth day of Christmas Santa Athenas, Loobydoo and Clancy’s High tea brought to me: Gift Basket + High Tea for two ($150 value!)

high tea place white rock

If you have been following for a while, you know my friend Debbie, owner of Looby doo. She has the cutest kids store in the whole White Rock area! You can find pretend makeup, the cutest handmade hats, local baby brands that if you like to support local, I’m sure you know.

I stopped by a couple days ago to take some pics for my top picks for presents for kids, and the owner of Clancy’s was there. She showed interest on the 12 days of Christmas so we invited her to join. Her Tea room it’s located in the White Rock area, and they provide food choices that are fresh, tasty and homemade.

They offered catering and private parties, and if you haven’t done high tea with your friends, you haven’t lived! I had one as a baby shower for Matias, and it’s so fun to just dress up and act like we were fancy lol!!

Alright, Here are my top picks for baby/kids presents from Loobydoo:

Baby/Toddler Hat:

Matias got this one before our trip to Ottawa, and it’s been the only thing I used for his head lol! I can’t believe Debbie made this beautiful hats on her “free” time!

baby hat white rock

Pretend Makeup

Mia’s it’s been super into makeup lately, and she already destroyed the few lipsticks I had, so Debbie gave her these as a present, and she LOVES IT! Win-win!

lily pretend makeup

Night Light

I’m still struggling on having my kids sleeping in my room, and one of the big factors is that Mia wants the light on hers. I’ve been thinking to get this one as a present for her, as apart of bringing the light she ones, it’s just so cute as a room decor!

kids night light

Baby Shoes

How cute are these little boots? It almost makes me want to have another one! LOL!

baby shoes white rock

Here you go, my friends, a Giveaway for your little ones and you! If you don’t want to wait and need to buy your kids gift, here is the address for you: 15218 Pacific Ave, White Rock, BC V4B 1P7.

To enter to win the Gift Basket from Loobydoo plus the High tea, head over to my Instagram to enter!

XO,

Athenas

 

Fourth​​ day of Christmas

Fourth​​ day of Christmas

Ho ho Ho! Santa Athenas is here! I’m so in the spirit of giving! Santa Athenas is in town for the next 12 days and is giving away a different prize every single day! All small business, all local! (Canada). If you are in the USA, I have something for you too coming on December 18! Stay tuned! I’ll be featuring all the business and brands here on to the blog, however for you to enter, you have to be following me and the brands/business on Instagram (check out the rules for every post). I’ll give you 5 extra entries if you read this blog post AND subscribe to my email list! All the winners will be picked at random and announced on December 14. So let’s start!..

On the Fourth day of Christmas Santa Athenas and 9Round brought to me: 2 months of FREE Membership, Gloves and Wraps included ($299 value!)

9 round gym

Who else is having fitness as a new year resolution? I finally started to work out a couple months ago, and I have to be honest that I’ve been back and forth, as I’ve been dealing with a teething baby, but one thing it’s for sure: something is better than nothing.

One of my new year’s resolutions it’s to be more consistent with my workouts, and kickboxing is one of my favourites! It’s so good for stress relief!

There are several cool things about 9Round, starting with they have 3 locations for you to choose from if you win the giveaway (Port Moody, Cloverdale and Walnut Grove) and the best second thing is that the gym offers an area for kids to hang out with little mini Ikea chairs and TV (Win!!!)

Here is a review from a happy customer:

9 round kickboxing

Meet Cindy!

“She’s been a part of our 9Round community for nearly 1 year now. Since joining our gym, this super mom has lost all her post-baby weight, has even more energy than before her baby and has an increased stamina to keep up with her kids!

Cindy said it took about 4 months of being with us 3-4 times a week to start feeling noticeable results. An added bonus about joining our gym is the released tension in her neck and back. Cindy says strengthening her muscles in these areas has helped immensely. Keep going Cindy, we’re so proud of you!”

Are you ready to change your lifestyle? If yes, head over to my Instagram to enter!

Good luck everyone!

XO,

Athenas

Third Day of Christmas

Third Day of Christmas

Ho ho Ho! Santa Athenas is here! I’m so in the spirit of giving! Santa Athenas is in town for the next 12 days and is giving away a different prize every single day! All small business, all local! (Canada). If you are in the USA, I have something for you too coming on December 18! Stay tuned! I’ll be featuring all the business and brands here on to the blog, however for you to enter, you have to be following me and the brands/business on Instagram (check out the rules for every post). I’ll give you 5 extra entries if you read this blog post AND subscribe to my email list! All the winners will be picked at random and announced on December 14. So let’s start!..

On the Third day of Christmas Santa Athenas and The Mason Jar brought to me: A Bare Foot Venus Body and Skincare Basket ($150 value!)

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The mason jar

I’m sure that if you live in the White Rock/South Surrey area you have heard about the famous “The Mason Jar”. This store it’s a must stop if you are visiting White Rock! The owner Cathy, she is a mother, and a well-known entrepreneur that carries the coolest brands in town!

We are giving away a barefoot venus gift basket, which I love because on their website it says they are not tested in animals! Another bonus point: they are local! Perfect to treat yourself with high-quality bath and body products! If you decided to pay a visit to their store Here are my top picks for Christmas presents:

1- Christmas Decor:

Obsessed with all of their Christmas decor! These little mice and that pillow tho! I’m dreaming that one day, when Matias becomes 3, I’ll be able to have my dream house, and I’ll have this pillow in my living room!

The Mason Jar

The mason jar

House Decor:

How pretty and rustic is this? Small touches, big differences!

The mason jar

Local made Soap:

I didn’t know they made their own soap! How cool is this? I don’t have a bath in my house, so I’m always looking for a good soap to relax! These will be great to add to any gift!

The mason jar

Clothes

I haven’t seen a jacket that compares with this one! Seriously! How feminine, cool, modern is? This is on my wishlist for sure (I hope Francisco would read this post lol)

The mason jar

Good luck my loves!

XO,

Athenas

Second day of Christmas

Second day of Christmas

Ho ho Ho! Santa Athenas is here! I’m so in the spirit of giving! Santa Athenas is in town for the next 12 days and is giving away a different prize every single day! All small business, all local! (Canada). If you are in the USA, I have something for you too coming on December 18! Stay tuned! I’ll be featuring all the business and brands here on to the blog, however for you to enter, you have to be following me and the brands/business on Instagram (check out the rules for every post). I’ll give you 5 extra entries if you read this blog post AND subscribe to my email list! All the winners will be picked at random and announced on December 14. So let’s start!..

On the second day of Christmas Santa Athenas and Ralph’s farm market brought to me.. A Christmas Dinner! ($161 Gift card!)

 

Ralphs farm market

Ralph’s if a local, family own business located in Langley that carries my favourite brands! They have so many selections from organic, gluten free, dairy free, natural health and more. I have to say, they have the BEST apples in town! Why choose local? The money stays local and most importantly, you get the best quality food because is FRESH.

These are items I selected as must-haves for your dinner, to give you some ideas:

Ralph's farm market Langley

Krause Berry Farms – Apple Pie and Brussel Sprouts:

If you live in the Fraser Valley I’m sure you have heard about this farm and their pie! It is produced locally in their harvest kitchen and it is one of our favourites! They also produced some delicious fruits and veggies, and I selected their Brussel sprouts to add extra nutrition to our dinner.

Chinese Mandarin Oranges

I wanted to add something sweet without sacrificing your health!

Ralph’s Turkey Mild Italian Sausages

These are made right here! in Ralph’s Meat Shoppe! They are Gluten Free, MSG Free, Nitrate Free – get them fresh or frozen. They used locally sourced meat and are the same meat they have for sale in their display case!

Johnston’s

Fresh Local Quality, based in Chilliwack, work with Western Canadian Farms (Gluten Free).

Ralph's farm market Langley

Sunrise Farms Young Turkey

What’s a Christmas dinner without a turkey? And how awesome that you’ll get it local!

POM Pomegranates

The “Cadillac” of pomegranates! Yes, please!

European Cocktail Wieners

A must-have for our holidays.

Marzipan Stollen

A Dutch favourite, loved by many of their European customers!

Glenwood Valley Farms Cranberry Sauce

Locally produced right on their farm in Abbotsford – freshly made with simple ingredients. The Farm is run by a sweet lady named Bernice, she works with many Mexican workers. Bernice always expresses her joy in working with these amazing people and says they couldn’t do what they do without them.

I don’t know you Bernice but I already love you!

christmas dinner vancouver

Nature’s Choice Cider/Wine Mix

You have to bring some fun to the party!

Gesundheit Bakery Coarse Stuffing

Locally produced in Abbotsford, just to make your dinner even better!

Veggies:

Yams, Russet potatoes and a bag of carrots! All produced locally.

Avalon Egg Nog

Yes to this product! Their cows are fed on organic feed produced on pesticide-free land with no antibiotics or hormones entering in the picture.

Ralph’s Apple Juice

My daughter’s favourite! I told you that Ralph’s sincerely has the best apples!

Local Hazelnuts

One more dessert, please!

If you want your Christmas dinner to be all local and fresh as ours, head to my Instagram to enter!

XO,

Athenas

 

First day of Christmas

First day of Christmas

Ho ho Ho! Santa Athenas is here! I’m so in the spirit of giving! Santa Athenas is in town for the next 12 days and is giving away a different prize every single day until December 12!

All small business, all local! (Canada), however, if you are in the USA, I have something for you too coming on December 18! Stay tuned! I’ll be featuring all the business and brands here in the blog, however for you to enter, you have to be following me and the brands/business on Instagram (check out the rules for every post). I’ll give you 5 extra entries if you read this blog post AND subscribe to my email list!

All the winners will be picked at random and announced on December 14. So let’s start!..

On the first day of Christmas Santa Athenas and Bubbles and wax brought to me: A MICRO NEEDLING FACIAL!

 

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This facial is going to leave your skin glowing and ready for the new year! It is valued at $399! If you are into beauty, I’m sure you have read how popular this treatment is, and no one performs them better than my friends from Bubbles and Wax! Val (the owner) is a mother and entrepreneur living in the South Surrey Area. I started going there for waxing, and slowly discovered all the amazing treatments they have to offer!

Micro needling fans (several celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Victoria secret angels) claimed that this treatment reduces wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and leave you with a dull skin!

beauty treatments white rock bc

Bubbles and wax are also happening to be celebrating their one year anniversary, and have this amazing promotion going that if you spend a $100 on a gift card, you will get 20% off on your next treatment! Follow them on Instagram for more information.

To enter, head over to my Instagram and follow the rules!

Happy Saturday everyone!

XO,

Athenas and Val

 

 

Travel Essentials!

Travel Essentials!

Our trip to the east coast was the best! Seriously! I don’t know why people there complain that much about! And yes, I have some people asking me if I enjoy travel with my kids, and the answer is yes! I believe that travel is the biggest present you can give to them and create so many good memories.

I don’t think there is a perfect age for travel, even tho I’m conscious that probably they are not going to remember these trips, but who would guaranty me that we will have the economic resources when they get 10 to travel? My mentally is that if the opportunity comes, just take it!

I’m especially excited about this trip because we visit the capital of Canada. Mia it’s been learning about the Canadian provinces and I want her to feel as connected with her country as we are with ours. I want her to feel that feeling I feel when I see the Mexican flag. When the plane touch down and you feel that feeling, that happiness, that connection with your homeland.

Also, we visited Quebec and Montreal and I have to say that even tho Montreal is beautiful, Quebec city took my breath away! Anyways, I have to recognize that my less favourite part of traveling is to get into an airplane. I hate them. Days before I’m always struggling with the thought that I’m going to be in one of them, plus being stuck in a plane with a toddler is never fun.

This time I decided to be more prepared, so I took everyone advice on travel essential with kids and to combat my anxiety attacks. Here my Favourite Travel Essentials for a more comfortable trip:

 

Fly-tot

Travel essential with kids

My friend Adriana told me she found this one on the internet, and when I saw their Instagram, I knew I wanted it one! I heard there is someone out there in Vancouver renting them, but I wanted to get my own! This is perfect as we will be travelling overnight, and the kids were super tired and wanted to sleep. Mia was able to get her own bed! Check out their website for more information.

 

Compression Socks

Dr seals compression socks

These are a must for long trips! I especially love this brand because is local (From Vancouver) and have the coolest designs. They are perfect for the effective relief of tired and swollen legs. You feel this squeeze to the legs, it’s like having someone massaging you all the time!

 

Essential Oils

I’m not going anywhere without essential oils, seriously they have helped me a lot with my stress and anxiety. I don’t have a specific brand of choice I just love them all. These are the ones I took with me from Finlandia Health Store.

essential oils vancouver

Ipads/Iphones

I purposely gave Francisco an iPad last Christmas so the kids can use it for our travels lol! And obviously, my iPhone is like a part of my body that I cannot forget. I know, I know this is not ok but it is the reality.

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Magazines

I love buying magazines when I travel, that is my thing. It is only time when you can see me reading people’s or US magazine. I just found it so distracting, that it helps me to forget for a minute that I’m on a plane.

travel essentials

Here you have! Last but not least, a mom on IG advised me to use spud.ca a day before coming back home, so when we arrived, we have some food at our door. I’m so planning to give that a try! What are your favourite travel essentials?

XO,

Athenas