Mother’s Day next Sunday: Top picks for Moms

Here’s 10 picks to inspire you what to get for Mother’s Day next week:

1. AnaV Beauty Radiant Touch Pen.web_DSC_2575
Luminizing pen that brings light and radiance to the skin, immediately erases any signs of fatigue, and brightens the complexion.

2. Fitbit.
No time for the gym? No worries; keep track of the steps you take running around after your kids

SleepMama_Web_1024x10243. Sleep Mama, Mama Juice Co.
This delicious sleep elixir is chock full of hazelnuts and cocoa, which are rich in magnesium. This mineral can help induce relaxation and may regulate sleep cycles. As we rest at night, our bodies enter a fasting state. This milk is filled with naturally occurring fats and protein from the hazelnuts, which help to keep blood sugars balanced through the night.

4. Dollar shave club, Dr Carver’s shaving kit.
Complete with shave butter and post shave cream.

5. Hustle Stone Paper Planner.
Made for entrepreneurs, hustlers and high achievers. With in depth tracking of goals, health and fitness and productivity hacks. Plus it’s made with stone paper, making it waterproof so it’s safe from formula spills.

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6. Nat + Matt Diaper Bag.
This diaper bag can also double as your regular office bag because diaper bags should be both efficient and stylish.

7. Rose Scented Candle.  Bearyloved.
For a relaxing day off, bubble baths or simply alone pamper times while the kids are away.

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8. Hey Joe Coffee GoJoe 2.0.
The World’s First Battery Powered Self Brewing Coffee & Tea

9. Moroccanoil Treatment Original.
Infused withantioxidant-rich argan oil and shine-boosting vitamins, this completely transformative hair treatment detangles, speeds up drying time and boosts shine,
leaving you with nourished, manageable and smooth hair with each use.

10. CANON EOS Rebel T6i.
Whether you like taking photos of cherished childhood memories, or stunning scenic views, this camera is versatile and user friendly enough to suit the needs of both the beginner and expert photographer alike.  With a 24.2 MP camera for crystal clear photographs, and 1080/30p video.

Top gifts and books your little precious Angels!

Toys

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Designed & crafted one by one in North Vancouver, Canada, Small Lot by Karly offers adorable footwears for your little one.

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Cuddle + Kind is a brand of ethically produced, hand-knit dolls.
For every doll sold, they provide 10 meals to children in need.

Benedict the Bunny, $59-$79 cuddleandkind.com

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Handmade wooden toy camera.

$22 etsy.com/cashop/neneandbambino

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Glitter & Spice’s Organic Chew Bibs are made from 100% soft organic cotten.
The teether attachment is made from 100% food grade silicone which means there is no harm chemicals!
This stylish bib is perfect for any babe!

$19.95 glitterandspicecanada.ca

Books

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Horton Hears a Who!

by Dr. Seuss

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The Lorax

by Dr. Seuss

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Harry Potter

by J.K Rowling

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Love You Forever

by Robert Munsch

T for Talent

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In this season’s VKFW Magazine T for Talent section, we have placed the spotlight on
the incredible brother-sister duo behind the organic health food company Kids Can Cook Gourmet.

With 14 year old Skylar, and 12 year old Chloe Sinow, using this brand as a platform to inspire kids to eat healthy and show them the importance of knowing what they are eating, and most importantly have fun in the kitchen while doing it. When asked about what a typical day looks like in their company, “there is no typical day at work” says Skylar. “I am very fortunate to be constantly exercising the mind and experimenting with new things that can take our company to the next level”. With Chloe’s response being, “for the most part its really, really fun working with Skylar as we are both really creative people, but we do bring different strengths to our business.”

Both siblings are highly passionate in what they do, first discovering their interests for cooking and business management two years ago during a family trip to Europe. Since then the brand has been featured in a variety of publications and shows, most notably being Dragon’s Den where the two first started to promote their brand, appearing as contestants and walking away with a partnership with two dragons and a sum of $25,000 for 10% of their company.

We asked them, what it is that makes their company so special. “Our company is special in that our products are all organic and we are educating this generation about real food.” said Skylar. “We are donating 5% of all profits to local charity organizations and we like to focus on charities that help feed people like the Foodbank and we are also passionate about helping organizations and programs that teach kids about cooking and gardening.” Their amazing drive, initiative, and commitment to philanthropy at such a young age is what makes them an absolutely perfect example for our T for Talent segment.

In closing, they offered some advice for other kids that are also interested in entrepreneurship “My best advice I can give to someone just starting out is don’t give up. Just remember that in the beginning and many times through out things might get hard and you want to give up, but everything seems impossible until it’s done.” said Chloe.

Chloe’s Fashion Brand

Chloe has also recently been directly involved with our F/W17 VKFW show as well, presenting her own stunning designs for the viewing delight of our audience with her first clothing line – titled ‘Blush’.

“For my F/W17 Collection for VKFW my inspiration was the colour Blush, kind of like a millennial pink. I had a really amazing experience with VKFW! They were very helpful and would answer every question I had in the blink of an eye.” said Chloe. She cites some of her inspirations as a designer coming from the creations Steve Madden and Karl Lagerfeld; first discovering her interest for sewing and design during her time with La Movida Design Studios.

When asked what some of her aspirations for the future were, Chloe answered by saying “I am still quite young & I have lots of dreams. I would like to go to an international design school & also to travel around the world and to have an apartment in New York, Paris and in the French countryside. I want to help teach kids about healthy eating & provide them with great eco-friendly fashions.”

Runaway hair & makeup trends

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1. Natural Curls

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Sometimes, we don’t want to spend too much time doing our hair. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. And letting your hair rest away from teasing, curling, straightening, and tugging, allows it to grow thicker and healthier. Many models strutted down the runway with their natural hair. Designers such as Cèlestin & Jacobín and Blara Organic all participated with this trend.

Make sure to treat your hair occasionally with Moroccanoil treatment original from Moroccanoil to obtain stronger and luxurious hair. If you have thin and flat hair, use a volumizing mousse from Moroccanoil to give you a boost in volume. On the other hand, if you have fizzy and super curly hair, use a curl control mousse from Moroccanoil to prevent frizzy hair in any weather.

2. Messy Bun

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Buns and ponytails are super convenient and versatile. Whether you are dressing up for a special occasion or on-the-go, this hair trend can never go wrong. You can do a low ponytail, a high ponytail, a classic low bun, or a super cute top bun! The possibilities are endless. Keep your hair up and don’t forget to spray your hair with luminous hairspray strong from Moroccanoil as a finishing touch to keep your hair in place. A little goes a long way, and kid models for designers such as Little & Lively and I Haven’t The Foggiest had elegant and casual updos for their looks. Try it yourself at home!

3. Tie Hair Band

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Hair bows and hair bands keep your hair out of the way. They are extremely functional and stylish too! Some of the girl models wore adorable headbands and hair bows when they strutted down the runway. These hair accessories allow you to make a statement without a word. If you feel that your outfit seems boring at times, then just put on a hairband to oomph it up! They are for everyone, no matter what age you are. Jax & Lennon and Little Emerald all got on with this hair accessories trend.

4. Lines

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Who doesn’t love face paints? Although it may not be an “everyday look”, but everyone should give it a try when you are going to fun places such as picnics and amusement parks. An awesome face paint design will grab everyone’s attention wherever you go. Models for the designer Cèlestin Jacobin had all of their face painted with interesting geometric shapes. To achieve this look, try out color correcting palette and contouring kit from Ana V Beauty.

5. Au Naturel

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Natural is a timeless look, it keeps our skin healthy and youthful. Wearing a thick layer of makeup way too often can be damaging to your skin. The majority of the kid models had their faces lightly touched up with powder, with a little bit of definition added to their eyebrows and eyes. Children should enjoy being kids. However, if you must wear makeup for a special occasion, then try out the magic bb cream from Ana V Beauty for an effortless natural look. BB creams only lightly cover your face, allowing your skin to breathe freely. Also, aqua brow kit from Ana V Beauty is a great option if you want to add some natural definition to your eyebrows!

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Mama blogger: Cathy Goodwin and her favourite No Bake Energy Bites recipe!

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What is the #1 mom product you can’t live without?
Having shared custody and an active son, I would have to say my Planner is my #1 Mom product I can’t live without. It keeps me in check to when we have appointments, parties, and any changes in our schedule.

Where are the best kid friendly restaurants, that also have good options for yourself and your partner?
Our favorite restaurants to go to are East Side Marios and Boston Pizza. Their kids’ menus have so many options and their Adult menu is just as plentiful.

What is your ultimate kid friendly recipe?
One of my favorite go to recipes is No Bake Energy Bites. Our mornings are often hectic and my son is not a big breakfast eater. These bites are easy to make ahead of time and my son loves them. He can grab a few to eat while getting ready in the morning and not go to school on an empty stomach.

What is one of your favourite family memories / share a family story?
Each summer, I try to take at least one week of holidays and spend it with my son at my parents’ home. They live in a small town and it gets us out of the city for some quiet, low key fun. Last summer we visited Clovermead Adventure Farm. They have these pedal go carts and my son, my brother and my Mom had a race. It was a blast and everyone wants to do it again this summer.

What is the tastiest, quickest breakfast options for moms on-the-go?
I am a huge fan of smoothies. I throw whatever fruit I have on hand into the blender with some protein powder and some ice and I am ready to go.

What are your favourite skin-care products?
I have dry skin, so I always need to have some sort of moisturizer on my face. My current favorite is Olay Moisturizing Lotion for Sensitive Skin. For the rest of my body, I have been using Vaseline Intensive Care since I can remember.

If you could take your kids on vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?
My son is a HUGE Lego fan, so a visit to Legoland is something we’ve both been dreaming about. As well, before he gets too old to really enjoy it, I want to somehow get us to Disney as well.

No Bake Energy Bites recipe

by MOMables (Makes 18-20 balls)

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INGREDIENTS
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup coconut flakes
½ cup ground flax seed
½ cup mini chocolate chips
½ cup raisins
½ cup peanut butter (or other nut/non-nut butter)*
one third cup honey
1 tsp vanilla

INSTRUCTIONS
In a medium bowl, mix the oats, coconut flakes, flax seed, mini chocolate chips, and raisins.
In a small bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, honey, and vanilla.
Pour the peanut butter mix into the oat mix, until thoroughly incorporated. Let it chill in the refrigerator for half an hour. Once chilled, roll it into balls. Store in an airtight container, and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.

NOTES
* The peanut or non-nut butter you use will make a difference in how well these stick together. If they are not holding together well, add 1 to 2 tablespoons more peanut butter. My creamy peanut butter holds these just fine with ½ cup.
*you can use quick oats for this recipe, however, you might need to adjust the quantity since the mixture might be a tad sticky. If so, add more oats.

About our young model, SIMRAN SARA, a leukemia survivor

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Please tell us a bit about yourself
My name is Simran Sarai and I am 16 years old.
I have a twin brother named Sajjan and a younger brother named Daya.
I am currently in grade 11 and my favorite class at the moment is Biology!

What does a typical day look like for you?
A typical day for me involves waking up early in the morning to get to school on time, then afterwards doing my homework.
After that I have either soccer or track practice, depending on the day!

What are some of your hobbies?
Some of my hobbies include running, going to the gym with my friends, and singing loudly in the shower.

Do you have any favourite books/songs/movies?
At the moment, my favorite songs are Let’s Hurt Tonight by One Republic and the whole Ed Sheeran Album that just came out.
My favorite movie is Water Horse, and my favorite book is The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch.

Can you tell us about your experience with B.C. Children’s Hospital, and how they helped you and your family during your time there?
My experience with the hospital has been amazing.
My family and I were always treated so wonderfully and I received the best care there.
The staff is so kind welcoming, and everyone was incredibly supportive.
As well, the Foundation staff made my hospital experience even brighter, with trips and fun activities our family could go on to take my mind off being sick,

Where is somewhere you always wanted to go?
Somewhere that I have always wanted to go is France!! To travel anywhere in Europe would be amazing!

What do you want to be in the future?
In the future I hope to either become a lawyer or maybe a teacher. My dream job is to work with the United Nations!

What is something you’ve always dreamed of doing?
Something that I’ve always dreamed of doing is bungee-jumping or skydiving.

Is there a particular celebrity or role-model you look up to?
A role model that I look up to is Amal Clooney, particularly her work with the United Nations.

How do you feel about being a model at VKFW?
Being a model at VKWF was amazing!! It was definitely an experience that I will never forget.

Do you have any fashion tips or recommendations?
Always be comfortable, that’s the most important thing!

What is your favourite go to item for clothing?
My favorite go-to item of clothing is an oversized hoodie!!

What style of clothing do you like?
The style of clothing that I like best is athletic!!! I love being able to move in my clothes.