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The Richmond Olympic Experience at the Richmond Olympic Oval

November 26th, 2015 @ 6:57pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The spirit of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games is something I, and probably the rest of Canada, will never forget. The excitement in the air, the excellence in sport, the patriotism and camaraderie, all of it was so magical. Now you can relive the excitement of yesterday and the future innovations of sport at The Richmond Olympic Experience (“The ROX”) at the Richmond Olympic Oval.

The ROX at the Richmond Olympic Oval

The ROX at the Richmond Olympic Oval will open on November 28th as the first member of the Olympic Museums Network in North America and one of the most interactive sport attractions in the world.


Guests to the ROX will be among the first in the world to experience state-of-the-art Olympic and sport simulators. Feel the rush as you fly off an Olympic ski jump, paddle down a raging white-water kayak course, carve the perfect line in a sit-ski slalom race, and zip along at incredible speeds on the Vancouver 2010 bobsleigh track.

The ROX is also full of interactive challenges, allowing guests to pit themselves against friends, family and even long standing world records. Test your skills and accuracy on interactive hockey and soccer nets. Measure your vertical jump, long jump and reaction time, comparing your results to those of an Olympian. You can even try your hand at broadcasting an Olympic event.

On top of all of the activities and experiences, you can browse an impressive collection of over 570 rare and unique artefacts on hand from some of the world’s most inspiring sport, Olympic and Paralympic moments. I’m probably most excited about this element as I’ve been fortunate enough to visit the IOC’s Olympic Museum back in 2009.

At The ROX, you’ll see historic Olympic medals, torches, and uniforms from past Olympian heroes and discover Olympic and Paralympic history through interactive touch tables showing how the Games have and continue to evolve.


For more information about admission, programming and more, visit The ROX where you can purchase tickets to the public opening on Saturday, November 28, 2015. The Richmond Olympic Oval is located at 6111 River Rd, Richmond, BC. Follow The ROX on Twitter and Facebook.

Disclosure: Sponsored Post
This post is sponsored by The ROX at the Richmond Olympic Oval.

Black Friday Deals at Best Buy

November 28th, 2015 @ 8:24pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

It was the calm after the storm today at Best Buy in Downtown Vancouver as John and I skipped the crowds on Black Friday but still took advantage of some amazing deals on Saturday. We met up with Calvin, who was our personal shopping assistant, and told him some of our wish-list items, gift ideas, and the kinds of electronics we would like to use around our home. Check out our retail adventure in this quick video:

Calvin told us that the hottest Black Friday items, and most-wanted items this season, are Smart Home devices (mounted cameras, remote lighting, adaptable heating systems) and wearables (fitness trackers and smart watches). The Granville/Robson store also has tech toys for kids, home appliances (like Dyson heaters/coolers), printers, cables, cameras, and even electronic toothbrushes.

I may have lost track of time in the television department as I discovered curved 4K TVs that now make our home unit seem terribly inadequate.


We walked away with some great deals, like $79.99 for a Philips home light automation starter kit, Philips light strips (that work with Nest) and $149.99 for the FitBit Charge HR that John will use for his runs and in the gym. Some of these prices are available until December 3rd in store.

Black Friday Deals at Best Buy

The hottest Black Friday sales will be available on BestBuy.ca and in stores across Canada until November 29th at 6:00pm PT. Best Buy is also hosting some incredible savings on Cyber Monday (November 30th) available only online.

Disclosure: Sponsored Post
This post is sponsored by Best Buy Canada. Views and opinions are my own.

Give the Gift of Spa Utopia This Season

November 27th, 2015 @ 6:29pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

I have enjoyed spa experiences around the world but rarely do I get to savour one close to home. Fortunately, I recently found Spa Utopia at the Pan Pacific Hotel, tucked away in the heart of the city.

Its entrance area is a full size boutique with an extensive collection of lotions, soaps, and creams, and once you enter the glass doors to the lounge, change rooms, and treatment rooms, you are transported to another place entirely. Design elements feature stone columns, exposed brick, and wrought iron chandeliers. In the main lounge these are all contrasted by soft, fluffy pillows, robes, sweet teas, calming scents, and ambient music. You feel as though you’ve found a secret city within the city filled with comfort.

Image courtesy of Spa Utopia

I love getting massages, facials, manicures and pedicures but today it was really nice to enjoy a full spa experience with the Earth Mud Wrap. It’s like a spa scene in a movie where the main character gets pampered with a mud mask, scalp massage, and even cooling cucumbers on their eyes – which they sit up and take a bite out of when their BFF says something shocking to them. Crunch!

There were no cucumbers but I did get a calming treatment that made my body feel completely refreshed. I was scrubbed down and exfoliated, painted in mud, and wrapped up in a soothing cocoon of warmth. My body tingled as the clay cooled on my skin under layers and layers of sheets, blankets, and a dreamy duvet. While snuggled up I had a moisturizing treatment on my face and a scalp massage before washing off and having another full body lotion application.

After my treatment I practically sleep-walked to the lounge in my robe to bounce back from my contented cocoon-induced fog. I was handed a glass of rooibos tea with apple juice and lemon which I nursed for an unknown amount of time. A bridal party clinked glasses of bubbly, a couple cuddled up on the couch, and I had one of those “do I really have to leave and get back to work?” moments.

SpaUtopiaWhether you’re taking a weekend off or even popping by on your lunch hour, Spa Utopia provides lockers, robes, “spa panties”, sandals, beauty care products, hair dryers, and anything else you can think of that would help you get ready before leaving the locker room.

There is even offer a complimentary makeup touch-up service. If you would like full makeup or styling, they can do that too with hairstylists and professionals at the ready.

Give the Gift of Spa Utopia This Season

This season Spa Utopia is offering gift cards that are good for their shops (featuring many green and Canadian-made products), along with spa treatments and services. Tuck one into the stocking of a loved one or wrap it up as a gift of wellness, healing, and soothing this Christmas.

My gift to you is the chance to win your own Earth Mud Wrap experience.

70 Minutes: This mineral packed body mask offers therapeutic benefits for muscular fatigue, joint discomfort and minor skin irritations. Re-mineralizing the skin helps sustain hydration levels while skin detoxification brings a sense of balanced energy and deep relaxation. Includes a facial cleanse and treatment mask.

Here’s how you can enter to win the Earth Mud Wrap — keep it for yourself to melt away holiday stress or gift it to a deserving friend or family member:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win a @SpaUtopia treatment from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/Vb7NA

Spa Utopia has four locations across Metro Vancouver including Langley, North Vancouver, the Pan Pacific in Downtown Vancouver and Body & Salt at Guildford Mall in Surrey. Follow on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Wednesday, December 2, 2015. The winner’s wrap is available at the Langley, North Vancouver, or Downtown Vancouver locations.

Disclosure: Review
This is not a paid post. Views and opinions are my own. My service was compliments of Spa Utopia.

Adopt-A-Family with Surrey Christmas Bureau

November 27th, 2015 @ 11:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

There is still time to sign up to Adopt-A-Family this season through the Surrey Christmas Bureau. With the stress of the holidays piling up for many, on top of any everyday pressures, you can give the gift of peace of mind, a wonderful meal, and gifts to a family in need in your community this year.


Adopt-A-Family with Surrey Christmas BureauThe Surrey Christmas Bureau Adopt-A-Family (“AAF”) program matches individuals, businesses, and other organizations with a family in need that has children under the age of 18. Each year they seek support from 1,000 sponsors so that every family and child in Surrey can celebrate Christmas.

By becoming an AAF sponsor, you agree to provide a Christmas breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as gifts for the family you are matched with.

Surrey Christmas Bureau provides a planning list and guidelines that will help you understand expectations and provide some ideas. If you would like to sponsor a family, complete the sponsor application form online or contact the AAF program at (604) 585-9670.

Tax receipts are available and if you would simply like to make a donation, you can do that as well. Donate online, call for pickup of unwrapped toys (604) 581-9623, or drop off toys at any Surrey Fire Hall. Donations are used to provide low-income families in Surrey with food hampers and toys at Christmas, and they collect monetary and toy donations all year round.

Follow the Surrey Christmas Bureau on Facebook and Twitter for more information and event details like Stuff The Bus, happening December 11th and 12th.

Win Tickets to Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen

November 26th, 2015 @ 6:29pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Leonard Cohen’s powerful and inspirational music is the heartbeat of Chelsea Hotel, which will take the stage at the Anvil Centre Theatre in New Westminster from December 8 to December 13, 2015.


Through Cohen’s transcendent songs and the honesty of his lyrics, you will be transfixed by this eclectic cabaret of loves won and lost. In Chelsea Hotel, six performers play seventeen different instruments in a rollicking tribute to the remarkable writer.

“Chelsea Hotel brings together some of the most beautiful, melancholic and affecting songs in the history of recorded music.” Winnipeg Free Press

  • Where: Anvil Centre Theatre (777 Columbia Street, New Westminster)
  • When: December 8-13 at 7:30pm; additional matinees at 2:00pm on December 12 and December 13, 2015.
  • Tickets: Available online or at the Anvil Centre box office for $40 (adults) and $30 (students & seniors). Group rates are available for 10 tickets or more, call (604) 521-5050 for info.

Win Tickets to Chelsea Hotel

I have a pair of tickets to give away to opening night of Chelsea Hotel on December 8th. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave the name of a Leonard Cohen song in the comments (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win tickets to Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen at the @anvilctr from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/V7FBw

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Thursday, December 3, 2015. Follow the Anvil Centre on Facebook and Twitter for more programming highlights and information this season.