Zara’s favorite playgrounds in Vancouver

Summer is around the corner and days will be longer so we can head outside to spend more time in the sun!!

This gets me excited to spend more time with the family. Our favourite activity is to head out to a park where Zara can run around, and we can relax. Here is a list of our favourite parks in the city:

Steveston Village: We used to live close to Steveston Village pre baby and loved it! The park next to the community centre will not disappoint. The park has plenty of safe climbing equipment for unsteady feet, plus a real Trolley that kids can explore with parents. There are also slides galore and a water park in the summer. For the parents, there are tons of coffee shops and restaurants in the village to meet every single palate.

Creekside Park: This park is right by Science world and has beautiful water views. The park’s grounds are built of soft foam mats, making it safe, if kids happen to take a tumble. Zara felt super confident climbing up to the slide here! There is a large tunnel slide for kids 5 and up as well. For parents, Olmpic village is a short walk away and has a lot of choices for food and coffee. My favorite is Mario’s Gelato which is also close by. Craft Beer Market is also a good spot for lunch and drinks.

Trout Lake Park: I have written about Trout Lake in the past, but I just had to put it on our list of favorite parks in Vancouver! The park has slides of multiple sizes, a climbing orb, and a huge sand pit. Views of the lake are amazing! There is also an off-leash dog park for your fur babies. Coffee, snacks, and Gelato are available at the Circus in the Park.

What are your favorite parks in the city?

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The Handmaid’s Tale: Why I am watching and you should too.

There are a couple of Tv shows that I have been watching religiously lately.

One in particular is the The Handmaid’s Tale. It is based on a book by Margaret Atwood and talks about a dystopian future where religion has taken over and women’s rights have been stripped. Women are not allowed to work or have bank accounts. Most women are barren. The very few that can produce children are enslaved and treated like cattle, their only purpose to bear children for their masters.

Sounds pretty crazy right? You think this can’t ever happen. Funny enough this book was written in 1985 by Margret Atwood and for a period of time it was banned.

Why am I talking about this tv show? Well it hits home for me. I come from a country that treats women like second class citizens.  I lived in a country where women were not allowed to leave their house without a male family member. Women were not allowed to drive. Women could work, but only in certain professions. Women were told to cover themselves, so as not to tempt the men. I was born into this and felt it was normal.

Now that I have a daughter, I am on hyper alert when it comes to gender inequality. I vowed to myself to never take my daughter to a country that looks down upon women. But I can’t stop things from happening in our own backyard. Yes, we live in a country that has given women rights. Women can work, drive, own property. But in the back of my mind I can’t stop thinking about The Handmaids Tale and what’s happening across the border.

I don’t particularly consider myself a feminist but the recent #metoo movement has brought a lot of truths to light. Women have been belittled, abused, and used for centuries. Yet we watch a show like The Handmaid’s tale and think of it as fiction. Is it fiction?

Parents of girls, speak up, unite, make this world a better place for our daughters!

Have you watched this show? What did you think?

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions expressed in this post are mine.

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Book Review: Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeny

I just finished Sometimes I lie by Alice Feeny. This one was a fast read for me at only 258 pages! Considering how short of a book it is, it is action-packed and the storyline is intense and intricate. It is similar to Still Life by Joy fielding that I reviewed recently, which you can find here, but 360 degrees different!

The quick synopsis is Amber, the main character, has had an accident and is in a coma around Christmas. She can hear everything around her, but cannot see, move or respond. She also can’t remember how she got here. The book goes back and forth between present day, days leading up to the accident and diary entries from the 90s by a ten year old girl.

I like that the story kept you guessing until the very end ( and let me tell you the ending is a shocker!). The characters are flawed like in real life and you wonder who is the protagonist/antagonist!

The book covers some intense themes and can be quite graphics at times. So a word of caution to those who are looking for a lighter read.

I have to honestly say that the story is quite unique and unlike anything I have read before. This is a debut novel from Alice Feeny and I will be waiting for the next one!

So, if you are looking a quick, intense, unique story, with tons of twists and turns, add this one to your list!

Happy reading Mommas!

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