Endy – Canadian Made Mattress 6 Month Review

Well, the verdict is in and we are in LOVE with our Endy, honestly and whole heartedly. For the past 6 months I have been receiving questions asking if what I have been sharing about our Endy experience really is as good as it sounds, and yes, yes it is!

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It has been 6 months now and we have been sleeping better than ever, waking up refreshed and recharged for whatever the day had in store for us. We received our Queen size Endy mattress, Queen size sheets and pillows in the Spring this year and the change has been incredible. I used to toss and turn throughout the night, uncomfortable, overheating and completely unsupported. We had your typical box spring mattress, complete with a foam topper and a sunken in dip where Mackenzie and I each slept. This is one of the areas that we have seen a huge improvement in our sleep, each night when we go to bed, the mattress has regained it’s shape and is ready to give us a seamless night’s sleep.

Throughout the past 6 months, my sleep and body have both been shifting, not only from sleeping on the Endy but also transitioning from having Isla. Our mattress has played a big part in supporting me as I shift throughout the night and change positions to find a new way to sleep. In addition, I have had to readjust my pillows to a firmer comfort for more support in my neck and I was so glad that I didn’t have to go out and purchase new ones to do this. The Endy Pillows have been so great and storing the extra pieces has been so simple! They are small pieces of foam, you can store them anywhere in your bedroom. Easy Peasy!

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[Endy Hack : Storage bag for excess Endy Pillow inserts can also be used as a small airplane pillow or toddler pillow.]

I still remember the first time we opened our Endy Mattress, Ezra was ecstatic, watching it unfold and form was magic before her eyes; before all of our eyes. After the mattress was ready to go, we dressed it up with a set of Endy’s silky soft sateen weave sheets and finished up with their customizable pillows! When we were going to bed that evening I remember taking out half of the inserts that were in my pillow and Mackenzie keeping every little piece in his, talk about opposites!

The morning after our first night on the Endy, I did notice that I had felt the mattress was a little bit firm for my liking, but we were also switching  from a 10 year old pillow top princess mattress so there wasn’t much to compare it to. I was a little nervous about this but I had read reviews and also heard from other friends who have an Endy and had heard that because the mattress is so supportive, medium firmness and also just something new that you’re sleeping on, it could take a couple days for you to get used to it. Well, it did! After about 2 nights, I was hooked. Excited to go to bed each night but also excited to wake up, knowing I would be refreshed and ready for the day because I had a restful, comfortable and soundless sleep! (unless one of the girls woke up…lol)

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I would definitely recommend this mattress to people, not only because of the comfort and great experience we’ve had with our Endy, but also because of the company. They have been so helpful along the way, figuring out if Endy was the right fit for our family, which mattress to go with and GUESS WHAT?! If you end up not being satisfied with your mattress, you have up to 100 days to not only return for a full refund but Endy will also com and pick up the mattress from your home! If that doesn’t give you the confidence to give the Endy a try, you’re missing out!

Icing on top: If you or someone you know is looking to catch some extra Z’s use code “STUMBLING50” for $50 off any size mattress! (code expires March 31 2020)

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Disclaimer: We received our Endy mattress from Endy in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

LET’S GET WILD – Wild Kratts LIVE Show – Pre Sale on NOW!

If you we’re a big Wild Kratt’s fan when you were younger, your dreams of meeting Chris and Martin may just come true this fall! This October, the Kratt brothers will be coming to us live at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and the pre-sale is on now, so act like a Kratt and RUN don’t walk!

We are a family of four with 2 young girls, Ezra age 3 and Isla age 8months. Growing up, my husband and I both watched Wild Kratt’s and loved it! Since we discovered the new episodes of Wild Kratts on Netflix, we knew that we had to show them to Ezra right away! Her being a child of adventure, excitement and energy, this show was a match made in heaven! Their new revised episodes of the Wild Kratt’s includes a characterized version of the brothers on their adventures, with short appearances at the beginning and end of the show. Adventure, excitement, animation, animals and multiple episodes to watch.

Ezra is HOOKED.

Hook, line, and sinker.

Now, I’m not going to lie here, when we found out that they were coming to our area and that we(my husband) would have a chance to meet Chris and Martin in person, he got a little bit star-struck. You know, the type of star struck where you know you’re going to see them, but can’t quite contain your excitement, except it shows because your body tenses up because you’re trying to not jump up and down, but also remain calm but forget to blink. Yeah, that’s how excited he is.

If you’re planning on attending, let me know and come say Hello!

Take care, and stay WILD.

Cassandra

 

The pre-sale is on NOW and here are the deets:

Show: Wild Kratts Live 2.0 – Activate Creature Power!

Date: Thursday, October 3, 2019 @ 6:30PM

Venue: Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Ticketing Link: https://www.ticketmaster.ca/event/11005692F22E746F

Event description: WILD KRATTS – LIVE! Is a theatrical stage show based on the #1 animated television series Wild Kratts. Martin and Chris Kratt, stars of the Emmy-nominated Wild Kratts step out LIVE ON STAGE to engage the audience in a classic Wild Kratts story. Experience, live-on-stage, the astounding “creature” fundamentals, and the infectious excitement and inspiring quest of the Kratt Brothers that make the hit television series Wild Kratts so popular with kids and their families.

An Under the Sea Christmas

This week we had a chance to experience Christmas in a different way; under the sea! Yesterday, Ez and I woke up, had breakfast and got ready to make the trek to Vancouver with Nat, from The Venture Creative, and her sweet boy. Our first stop, obviously, was coffee, then we made our way down town, over the bridge, and then another bridge, made the loop around Stanley Park and landed at the Vancouver Aquarium! Oh how excited we were to a) finally arrive and b) to experience their newly renovated space and CHRISTMAS UNDER THE SEA!

We first made our way over to reception and were greeted by April, she was so pleasant, full of smiles and was great with our two little ones. She then took us on a tour through the different spaces and regions of the Aquarium, making sure we didn’t miss anything when we were on our own exploring later on! One of my favourite things that she showed us (amongst the many others) was a mistleTOAD. Hillarious and genius!!

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Marine Debris Christmas Tree

During our tour April touched on a variety of different projects that VanAqua has going on right now and what an impact they are making in our waters today. One of which was a piece of art made by an artist in Tofino named Pete Clarkson, both of the children loved to look at, was the the Marine Debris Christmas Tree.  “This unique tree is made from a variety of ocean plastics collected from shorelines on the west coast of Vancouver Island. This impressive work of art stands as a reminder of the plastic debris littering our oceans and its harmful impact on marine animals and ecosystems. Most importantly, the tree encourages thoughtfulness about unnecessary plastic use during the holiday season and throughout the year.” – Vancouver Aquarium 

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Eel-lectric Powered Christmas Tree

Now, I don’t want to give everything away, but this. Was. Awesome. So awesome that Nat and I both gasped when it happened the first time. It is Vancouver’s most ‘shocking’ holiday display while standing in the glow of the Electric eel-powered Christmas tree in the Teck Connections Gallery. NOW. I won’t tell you how they do it, you’ll just have to go and see the magic for yourself!

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This turtle above was at least 100LBS – I couldn’t believe it! Ez and Ky were just mesmerized with this giant creature. Above pics by Nat @theventurecreative.co

4D Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

For this part of the festivities, we decided to opt out of because of the age of Ez and Ky. They recommend that children be a bit older, but that’s alright! they just had more time at the Jelly Globe! Visitors enjoy the wave of childlike wonder as they watch Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer for the first time in the 4-D theatre. Cool wind pinches cheeks as snow falls all around; Rudolph’s epic adventure comes alive with wondrous sights, sounds, and sensations. – Vancouver Aquarium

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Jelly Snow Globe

And of corse here we are, one of the coolest spots in the entire Aquarium, the Jelly Globe. All of the surrounding tanks were just as popular and just as enticing and exciting. Ez and Ky were running around side to side, throwing their hands up on the glass and yelling WOOOW and WOOAHH. To see their little hearts bursting, their minds racing and their little bodies shaking with excitement, now THAT was worth the entire trip itself. To sit and just watch her stare in awe at this giant tank, looking so far up you think she’d fall over, just completely captivated by them. Also, the obvious silhouette photo-op, because, DUH. VanAqua has done such an amazing job featuring and showcasing the many beautiful creatures in their space, especially for christmas time!

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Scuba Claus

This was a new one for the books, I must have missed a few visits to the Aquarium, because they had Scuba Claus returning this year, and this was my first time meeting him! what a show this was! The VanAqua team did such an amazing job at putting this show together for all the children there. From the speaker who described Santa’s journey and the man in the Red…wetsuit, they we re a great team and each and every child had a grin from cheek to cheek! Even though my little Ez wouldn’t go near him and in fact asked to get back in the stroller haha! She’ll figure it out that he ‘brings her presents’ and I have a feeling things will change. *Remember, if you are planning to go visit Scuba Claus, he is only there until December 24th and then returns home after Christmas!* 

There is also a chance to pose with Scuba Claus at the ocean court yard and then again at the Forest Kelp Maze. 

We had such an amazing time experiencing what Christmas looks like under the sea and will definitely be back soon – like, I mean, next week soon. It is one of the best things to do indoors with your kidlets while the weather is so frosty! So if you’re looking for a side kick to kick it with, lemme know 😉 Thank you again Vancouver Aquarium for having us come for a visit, it is truly such a magical place, every time of the year.

If you are as excited as I am about having your very own experience this Holiday, click here for more details on shows and tickets to Christmas under the sea!

 

XO

Cass

6 Foot Gingerbread House (cardboard; not cookie)

One thing that I really do miss about my life before I had Ez, was working as a preschool teacher. Being able to create different play spaces for the children each month and theme related to what they would be learning about. Now that Ez is a little bit older and I am able to play with her more and more, running around the house, peek-a-boo and imaginary play!

How excited was I when the huge rollout for Starbucks’ Holiday merch came in and there was 2 GIANT boxes and endless others. I couldn’t help but take them home, already having the dream of one day making Ez a giant box fort. Then the holiday season rolled around, it completely embraced me and here we are!

Ezra’s Gingerbread House

Materials

  • 2 Extra large boxes / 2 medium / 2 small
  • Exacto Knife
  • Duct Tape
  • Clear Tape
  • Red / White Acrylic Paint
  • Paintbrush

STEP 1 : B O X E S

The first thing you want to do is find two large boxes, about the size of a mini fridge or an ottoman, for your base. You can use smaller boxes and attach them together, but in my opinion, if a toddler is running through it, you need some sort of stability! THINK B I G. I taped them together at the top to get ready for the next step! TIP : I got my boxes from Starbucks, you could also go to furniture stores, that way you know the boxes are clean and dry! 

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Step 2 : T R A C E  I T  O U T

The second step is to trace out how you want your house to look. Pinterest, google, search out different ideas for what you want to create. I chose to do two windows, different shapes, a chimney and a door. TIP: When I was sketching out the shapes for the roof and window, I did it from the opposite side that would show on the outside, so it didn’t matter how many times I re-drew. TIP #2 : Find an item in your house to trace some of the more finer pieces. i.e. large whicker basket for the roof window. 

Step 3 : M A K E  T H E  C U T

After you have all of your pieces ready and sketched, it’s time to cut them out. I found that it was really hard to cut across and so simple to cut top to bottom because of the grooves in the board itself. But at the end of the day, the only one judging will be your child, and there will only be screams of joy! Remember to make the chimney and the mailbox. TIP : I cut all of the pieces out and cut the window slots afterwards, it was too awkward to try and cut little squares out of a large piece of board!  

CHIMNEY : When you are making the chimney, it’s tricky to get the right angle so I suggest cutting it out how you think but make it EXTRA LONG so then when you need to adjust and trim, you have space to.

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SCALLOPED EDGING : I made this separately after I had completed the base of the house, I had some extra pieces. It was really on a whim, just remember, bigger is better, more playful and play-like!

Step 4 : R E I N F O R C E

You’ve cut all the edges and pieces, now to reinforce any extra pieces that may need to stay folded or bent a certain way. I used TONS of duct tape here and clear tape for the outside. TIP : I used other pieces of cardboard to make those long straight lines to make sure they would be equal

Step 5 : P U T  I T  T O G E T H E R

When I was putting it all together, I actually had to reinforce a couple pieces with an extra piece of cardboard on the inside of the roof. I used only duct tape on the inside for extra support and clear on the outside. TIP : Save the roof until last, you will want to paint it first and separately. Already being attached to the house is too awkward!

Step 6 : P A I N T

Paint the roof first, you can do lines, scallops or even bricks if you like! This is also the time that I painted the chimney and entire scalloped trim so that it would be dry by the time I was done the house. Paint the edges of the home, doorway, window frame and any other additions on the house. When I painted the chimney, I painted all the edges and then let it dry and sized after. Don’t forget about your little mailbox!

Step 7 : E N J O Y

Fill your gingerbread house with teddy’s, plush blankets and everything cozy! One thing that really brought this Gingerbread House home (even though I don’t think I’ve ever added one on a cookie house) was this amazing fire play set from Nixilauroo. (The marshmallow has a MAGNET in it to attach to the stick!! – MIND-BLOWN) Head on over to their site and check out the HUGE variety of play sets they have, colours and even prints! And if you’re still perusing through after the fire sets, search for their brand new teddy bear hoodie. You won’t be able to resist! I know I couldn’t!

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Take care and enjoy playing in your gingerbread houses! Please tag me on insta @stumblinggrace and let me see YOUR creations you’ve made for your littles. I would love to see your creativity and have some inspiration from you!

 

XO Cassandra

Keeping comfy, no matter what ‘hat’ I’m wearing

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Oiy Vey. I feel that this past month has hit me like a rock. I recently upped my hours at work and have been going almost all in with 35-40 hours a week. It’s been killing me. The last few days Ez and I have been taking a bit of a break from the rest of the world. Yes the weather has implemented this, and yes, it was a dream. Having these last couple days with her and just the two of us has been good to my mama soul. Not being around this little bean is tearing me apart. So this weather, even though it has force-cancelled exciting plans, it has filled my cup with love and cuddles.

Being a busy mom on the go I often am running around in joggers, tanks and sports bras. (I know you I’m not the only one! Right?) I recently received the Gleaming Bralette from @ethona.casey and am in love! The fun design on the front, criss cross support in the back and extra padding in the front (Mama likey!). This easily brings this bralette to the top of my list of go-to’s for a day at home, on the run for errands or simply going for shoppi… for a run.

I feel like maybe I’ve just never found a sports bras/bralette that fit me just right, thus steering me away from them. Even when I was in high school, I would wear my regular bras during gym / sports (Ew. now that I think of it haha!). When I came across Ethona Active wear and their Gleaming Bralette I was super impressed with not only the quality and modern appeal they brought to their pieces, but the heart and passion behind their company and each and every purchase.

Ethona’s mission statement says it all, “To Inspire Women to Strive for More and Fight for Those Who Can’t.” How does that not make your heart beat right out of your chest?! Their core values are to Inspire, Connect and to Give. Working around the clock to give back to those in need. Ethona has partnered with Saving Innocence to help survivors of human trafficking around the globe. If you would like to support their mission and get your own Ethona Bralette, click here to find out more !

XOX – Cass

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