Congratulations to Heather and Jessica who will be joining me at The Rack To Rack Fashion Funshop!
I’m looking forward to finding out what is going to make my rack look good because, let’s face it, last fall I bought... overalls.
If you are interested in attending, check out the Rack to Rack website.
If you can’t make it, I’ll let you know what I learn.
The much anticipated hockey season is just around the corner, which means my husband is giddy with excitement. Me? I’m stressed about the kids getting proper nutrition to fuel them through the day and into game time. Whether it’s a before school practice or an evening game in another city, feeding a sports family on the go is a challenge.
My stepson Ethan plays goalie for the local A-level hockey team, which means my husband will be at the arena at least three times a week. While I only make weekend games, I am still one of Ethan’s biggest fans, and show my support whenever I can. Right now, that support comes in the form of helping him prep for the upcoming season.
I don’t know how your husband is when it comes to your kids playing hockey but if he’s anything like mine, he’s been in the basement making sure equipment fits and, in what I like to call the “hockey phenomenon”, running out to shop! This is the only time of year that he likes to pull out the credit card.
So, hockey has been in the air at our house, which is why I jumped at the opportunity to check out the new Canadian Tire Hockey School Website. Anything that makes the transition into the crazy hockey season easier is a good thing in my books.
Tom and I sat down together to check it out. The home page is filled with information and once we figured out where to start, navigated into the site and registered, we found a lot of really cool stuff.
For instance, I really like the weekly tip. These are tips given by NHL Team Equipment Managers. I don't know how it is at your house but around here, occasionally, when a parent offers sports advice the kids aren’t receptive until they are told the same advice by another person, like the coach. Now I can refer to these tips and tell Ethan it’s advice from people who really know all there is to know about hockey. Even better...if I can’t find a question answered in the weekly tips, I can submit it to the Ask CTHS feature.
Here's a tip of the week that I just read: “Helmets are extremely important and should be replaced every 2 or 3 years. Make sure there is no pressure on the front or sides of the head and the chin is sitting snug in the chin cup of the cage.” - Paul Boyer – Detroit Red Wings.
Which leads me to another super cool feature, the CTHS Gear Guide.
This is a great tool especially if you are a first time hockey parent. Once you register, the CTHS Gear Guide features a fully dressed hockey player and when you click on each piece of equipment it brings up a window that tells you how that particular piece should fit and how to maintain it. If you are looking to buy equipment, it will also recommend what they think will suit your needs, and bring up like items to compare. My favourite thing about this feature is that it doesn’t just recommend the most expensive option.
Tom thought the Youth Starter Kit they offered was a smart idea and perfect for first time players. I think he’s planning to get it for Siobhan. She may only be one year old, but she’s daddy's latest hockey protégé, and like I said, hockey season brings out the shopper in my husband.
Tom also enjoyed learning new drill ideas and reading all of the articles. He was especially excited when he found this article on goalies.
When Ethan got his hands on the computer, his first question was “Are there any games”? So he was stoked to find the Hockey Card Creator. He immediately made a cartoon goalie in his image with custom pads and helmet.
When he found out it was affiliated with the NHL, it scored a few more points with him. Having NHL Hockey Skills videos and the fact that it links to all of the NHL team websites means the cool factor went up even more.
While all of this is great, what won me over was this nutrition article. They have a certified sports nutritionist giving advice on how to keep your little athletes well fueled. Again, I can use this to show Ethan what he should and shouldn’t be eating and he’ll actually believe me. It kinda relieves me of some of the food stress I was feeling.
So if you too are the parent of a hockey kid (or two, or three), you can sign up here for free and get in on some member-only offers and contests.
As for me? Now that I'm feeling more prepared....let the hockey season begin!
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So the cooler weather is upon us and, if you are anything like me, you have been contemplating moving to Hawaii. You have also been looking at your clothes from last fall wondering what the hell you wore.
Last fall I had just had a baby and I was 20 pounds heavier, so I have to look back 2 years and try to remember what I wore... did I throw everything out? Because my closet looks bare.
So, then I venture out to the mall and I look at a billion things and I come home with a whole lot of kids clothes because they look good in everything.
I want to know what is going to hide the baby fat that I didn’t lose. I want to know what style is going to flatter my short waist and my gigantic boobs. These were the thoughts going through my head when I got a Twitter message from @Racktorack. Her timing was impeccable....Was she in my closet? She seemed to know that I was hitting desperation.
She invited me to her next “Funshop” where she helps people look at their wardrobe and see what’s working and what’s not. She discusses what is best for different body types, and how to get the looks you want with the budget you have.
Rachel describes the Funshop as “a culmination of thirteen years of questions I've answered as a professional stylist” There will be drinks and cupcakes, gift bags and prizes, not to mention all the valuable information that she will provide.
I will be attending the Funshop on September 29th that will focus on moms - comfort and style, buying on a budget, body changes, and taking an outfit from day to night. Rachel has given me 2 extra tickets to give 2 of my readers. So, if you feel at a loss for what to wear this season, join me for some good, educational fun at the next Funshop.
To enter, leave a comment below telling me why you want to attend the Funshop.
Let’s get stylish!
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