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CONTEST CLOSED Cheers to Mother’s Health – Mother’s Day Gifts and A Giveaway

Mother’s Day Gifts For a Healthy Mom

Why not give Mom something that will keep her healthy and make her happy this Mother’s Day? Sure chocolates and flowers are nice, but if you really love your mother you’d do the right thing and keep her future wellness in mind. Here’s some suggestions for Mother’s Day Gifts that are sure to please and a giveaway brought to you by Philips!

Scroll down for the Airfryer Giveaway. CONGRATS to Anastasia!

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Philips Sonicare Toothbrush

Who doesn’t want whiter teeth? Certainly your mother would! The Philips Sonicare DiamondClean’s advanced technology removes 10X more plaque than a manual toothbrush, whitens teeth in just one week and improves gum health in only two weeks. It comes in a variety of beautiful colours including rose gold, amethyst and pink!

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InspiredHealth Cookbook

InspireHealth and Vacay.ca have teamed with Fresh Air Publishing to create a cookbook focused on providing healthy recipes and expert nutritional resources for all Canadians.Twenty amazing chefs from across Canada contributed to this gem! Proceeds will be used to fund InspireHealth’s initiative of providing top level supportive cancer care for Canadians. Purchase.

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Philips Airfryer

Philips just released their newest Philips Airfryer, now 20% smaller, a perfect fit for your mother’s kitchen counter top. Heat is evenly distributed throughout the cooking chamber in thus healthy Airfryer as it fries, bakes, roasts and grills with little to no oil. A perfect solution for fast, tasty and healthy meals and snacks! $299 at Best Buy.


Hydrafacial MD™ at Alfa Renaissance Skin Care Center

I’m addicted to these facials and just booked my third at Alfa Renaissance Skin Care Center. The HydraFacial MD™ takes less than 30 minutes and delivers long-term skin health and instant, noticeable results with no downtime or irritation. The HydraFacial MD® treatment removes dead skin cells and extracts impurities while simultaneously bathing the new skin with cleansing, hydrating and moisturizing serums. Your mother will leave glowing!

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Vitamix A3300 1.89L 1500-Watt Stand Blender 

Mom will be thrilled to receive a Vitamix, I know because I just gave my mother one! This new fab blender makes short work of smoothies, soups, peanut butter, and even grinds grain. It comes with Variable Speed Control and Pulse blending, and also features a programmable timer, touchscreen controls, and hardened laser-cut blades. Enroll her in a Vitamix Cooking Course at Cook Culture s she’ll really  get the most out of this kitchen staple. I just took one and have so many more ideas of how to use this awesome machine. $699


Apothekari Bamboo Lemongrass Foaming Body Polish

Mom’s deserve great skin, and I’ve been using Apothekari these past months and love it. Why not spoil her with the Apothekari Bamboo Lemongrass Foaming Body Polish that revitalizes and invigorates skin with walnut shell powder, powdered bamboo and a light, refreshing essential oil blend of lemongrass, mimosa, and litsea. Apothekari.

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Silk Road Tea Wellness Tea Gift Box

My Mom loves Silk Road Tea and so do I, maybe I’ll send her this one! Contains a selection of expertly blending teas to soothe, comfort and uplift, packaged in an signature, eco-friendly red gift box.
The 6 tea assortment contains: Lullaby Tea (soothing sleep tea), BeauTEAful Skincare Tea (for a healthy complexion), Quench (electrolyte rich, replenishing tea) and Happy (uplifting, stress-reliever), Winter Warrior (cold & flu fighter) and Allergy & Hay Fever Defense. All teas come in 40 cup tea tin size. Purchase.

NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY! Winner must pick up in Vancouver (Kitsilano).

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CONTEST CLOSED Mother’s Day Giveaway Optimera Formula Facial Creams worth $188+

CONGRATS to Rebekkah! In honour of Mother’s Day we are giving away a set of Optimera 24-Hour Skincare Set ($188),  featuring the Age-Defying Day Cream and Age-Defying Night Cream. Start by applying the moisturizing day cream for a youthful, radiant glow all day long. After a long day, instead of applying multiple products, cleanse your face and apply the mask-like night cream, which will work its magic over night.

Set Includes: Age-Defying Day Cream, Optimera Formula Age-Defying Night Cream, Optimera

More information on Optimera

– Must be able to pick up from Kitsilano.

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Science is a beautiful thing – it can take an already great product and make it revolutionary. That’s definitely true in the case of Nerium International’s Optimera Formula.  Thanks to the addition of groundbreaking new anti-aging ingredient SIG-1273, skincare will never be the same. 

With 20 years of biomedical research behind it – and the creation of 1,272 preliminary molecules before it — ­ Princeton Professor of Molecular Biology Jeffry B. Stock, PhD has engineered an intelligent molecule with superior age-defying benefits that works on both the short-term and the long-term signs of aging….  And it’s now available only in Nerium International’s advanced Optimera Formula.

You may already be familiar with the ultra-effective Optimera Formula Day and Night Creams, but with the addition of SIG-1273 the new advanced Optimera Formula is even more powerful. Sig-1273 is a dual-action, patented molecule specifically designed to provide targeted antioxidant protection. This cutting-edge ingredient works in three key ways:

  • Addresses the signs of aging, as well as the underlying causes.
    • Acts as a powerful antioxidant and works to target free radical damage.
    • Mimics and boosts the skin’s natural age-fighting mechanism.

SIG-1273 (along with the patent-pending SAL-14™ botanical blend, along with other skin-boosting antioxidants, botanical extracts and vitamin E) is now a main ingredient in Nerium International’s advanced Optimera™ Formula, found in their Age-Defying Night Cream and Day Cream. With 30 days of use, the result is healthy, youthful-looking skin with a radiant glow. 

Secret Location’s All About Mom Dinner


We’ve heard your Mom wants breakfast in bed, so instead of brunch this year, let her sleep in and instead join Secret Location’s event on Saturday May 9. This All About Mom Dinner is a special 10 course evening for $95 and we’ve heard she’d prefer this, over eggs benny any day! If you haven’t been to try Chef Jefferon Alvarez’s amazing cuisine, be sure to do so pronto, and this dinner is the perfect excuse to treat yourself and your mother, all in one night.

On the menu.

  • Potato ramp soup
  • Burrata and chayote salad
  • Wild mushroom salad
  • Duck rillette
  • Elk carpaccio, truffle
  • Wild boar, birchwood syrup
  • Vanilla coffee squab
  • Chocolate braised bison short ribs
  • Carrot field dessert
  • Chocolate textures

Reserve online or call 604.685.0090.


Blackbird Public House + Oyster Bar Mother’s Day Brunch

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Still not sure where to eat for Mother’s Day? We had lunch this week at Blackbird Bar and had a look at their Mother’s Day menu and you and your mother will sure to be happy here this Sunday.


Start with fresh shucked oysters, the tempura albacore tuna and then perhaps an omelette, eggs benny or the leg of lamb or beef roast with all the fixings.


And sipping coffee or tea may be fine, but we prefer Trevor Kallies’ nod to weekend cartons, “One to Grow on” – a cocktail made from Golden Grahams infused Absolut Elyx vodka, egg white, egg yolk, Pale Ale, Averna Amaro, simple syrup served in a mini milk bottle with striped paper straw.


Mother’s Day Brunch at Beta 5 Chocolate

mothers day betaLooking to spend an afternoon with mom this Mother’s Day? Head to Beta 5 for an intimate afternoon tea in their private dining room. Perched above our storefront, you’ll be treated to an assortment of modern, savory and sweet, tea-time treats, along with a pot of your choice of premium, loose leaf teas. The perfect opportunity to catch up with mom, away from the crowds.

The full menu will be available on May 1, but some highlights include:

– sourdough crumpets, served with our award-winning preserves- ‘everything’ cream puffs – a savoury twist on the cream puff, filled with an herbed cream cheese
– mini desserts, chocolates and caramels


Price is for a pair of tickets – choose a seating time to reserve your seats. $45

CONTEST CLOSED Mother’s Day #giveaway – Dorset Cereals Gift Basket

Congrats Angie!

The gift basket has a retail value of $150. It includes:

–        Wicker picnic basket
–        The full line of Dorset Cereals available in Canada—seven tasty recipes, each bursting with the tastiest fruit, nuts and seeds available
–        Cereal bowl
–        Colourful placemat
–        Spoon






To win:

Follow @goodlifevan on twitter

Tweet – RT to #win #contest @goodlifevan Dorset Cereals Gift Basket @dorsetcereals

OR Comment on this post as to why your Mother deserves this basket

Dorset Cereals are available in seven delicious recipes, each bursting with the tastiest fruit, nuts and seeds available.

Simply Nutty Muesli is a new Dorset Cereals recipe recently introduced to Canada that contains a delicious blend of multi-grain flakes with whole almonds (5%), toasted and malted oats, oat flakes, toasted and malted wheat flakes, wheat flakes, dates (22%), Brazil nuts (5%) and sunflower seeds (2%).

Good to know:

  • High in fibre
  • Contains whole grains
  • No added preservatives
  • No added sugar
  • Contains naturally occurring sugars
  • A low sodium food
  • UK Vegetarian Society approved

RETAILERS British Columbia

  • Real Canadian Superstore
  • London Drugs
  • Thrifty Foods
  • Sobey’s
  • H.Y. Louie
  • Quality Foods
  • Country Grocer
  • Fairway Market
More about Dorset:

Our philosophy…

We make unadulterated breakfast pleasure, that’s tasty, real and in good measure.  We believe that life is too short to settle for second best and that simple, honest pleasures are often the most rewarding – like a good walk on a sunny day, the smell of freshly cut grass or sharing a joke with an old friend. Simple, but then the best things in life usually are.

How we make things…

We visit our suppliers to make sure we are using the best possible ingredients. We don’t just throw our ingredients together, we balance and blend them carefully using our knowledge of what tastes delicious.  We don’t scrimp, we make sure our recipes are stuffed full of fruit, nuts and seeds. We don’t forget the flakes—they get as much attention as the fruits.

The result is a really tasty breakfast that’s rich in whole grains, provides a good source of fibre and contains no added preservatives.

Where we come from…

We’re from Poundbury, the English village created by the vision of HRH Prince Charles. Poundbury is in the ancient and beautiful county of Dorset, where the gentle rolling hills and winding country lanes lead to a spectacular coastline on the English Channel. Dorset is renowned for its agriculture and beautiful countryside and newly designated World Heritage status for the stunning Jurassic coastline. We are located just seven miles from the coast in a superb new factory in Poundbury village, just outside the historic county town of Dorchester in Dorset.

Where we work…

The Dorset Cereals factory was designed by a local architect but with considerable input by Leon Krier, an international champion of traditional urban design appointed by the Prince of Wales for his Poundbury project. The factory exterior is of stunning design while the interior has been designed specifically as a cereal factory. It’s fitted out to the highest food processing standards using the best food grade materials and state of the art machinery.

Committed to quality…

Quality is paramount at Dorset Cereals and starts with our suppliers. We provide each of our carefully selected suppliers with a strict and detailed quality specification for each ingredient covering size, texture, colour, moisture content, microbiological analysis, packaging type and transport requirements.

To learn more about our range and where our products can be purchased, visit our website at www.dorsetcereals.ca


Hart House Sure to Please with Mother’s Day Brunch Options

On Sunday, May 8 2011 Burnaby’s Hart House at Deer Lake celebrates Mother’s Day by offering two special brunch menu options.  We welcome you to join us for either a three-course à la carte brunch or a de luxe brunch buffet.

Hart House is always a favourite for family celebrations:  The restaurant was voted Best Place to Take Mom for Mother’s Day in the Burnaby Now Readers’ Choice Best of Burnaby Awards and recently voted Best Service 2011 by Tourism Vancouver’s Best Bites.  The combination of exquisite food, attentive service, and charming setting makes visiting Hart House a relaxing and enjoyable experience for everyone.

Buffet Brunch – Ideal for larger groups, the buffet brunch takes place in our comfortable second floor rooms overlooking Deer Lake and the surrounding grounds.  The brunch menu includes a selection of salads, seafood and antipasto platters, frittatas, French toast, pastas, and carvery, as well as traditional bacon and sausage.  The dessert selection includes lavish pies and pastries as well as lighter options such as fresh fruits and berries.

A la Carte – The à la carte menu will be served in our main floor dining room.  It has something to tempt every palate, from house made Duck Confit terrine to classic Eggs Benedict or AAA Steak and Eggs.  The dessert selection offers a variety of options from decadent chocolate to Hart House’s famous lemon tart to satisfy even the sweetest tooth.

Reservations required.  Please call 604.298.4278.

Please designate whether your reservation is for the Buffet or à la Carte Menu.

Hart House at Deer Lake

6664 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Sunday, March 8 2011
$38.95 per person
(Children 10 and under $26.95 per child)

Tableau for Mother’s Day


Executive Chef Marc-André Choquette debuts his Mother’s Day Menu featuring classics from waffles and omelettes, to fresh halibut and slow roasted Prime Rib plus decadent desserts.

What better way to show your mom how much you love her.

SUNDAY MAY 8th 10am – 3pm
book early as space is limited – reservations are recommended
children’s menu also available tel 604 639 8692  1181 Melville Street Vancouver BC  tableaubarbistro.com

News from Goldifish Pacific


We know we don’t need to remind you that Mother’s Day falls on May 9 this year.  We know you’ve already got it figured out.  Just in case you want to add to that card or potted plant you’ve got in mind, we offer a special Mother’s Day brunch menu.

Say thanks with menu items like:

• Pulled BBQ duck springrolls
• Crispy Jalapeño chicken club
• Oysters on the half-shell with grapefruit salsa
• Southeastern Chop-Chop Chicken salad

We are open for brunch on Saturday May 8 and Sunday May 9 from 11am to 4pm.  Call today to make your reservation!

And another thing: win big when you reply to this email with your name and contact phone number.

The first 50 will enter a draw to win a complimentary mother’s day brunch at Goldfish, and a manicure for two (courtesy of Pure Nail Bar).  But you gotta be quick to win!


Help us help during the Mother’s Day Maternity Clothing Drive taking place from May 5th to 9th. We have partnered with the Sheway Program of the Vancouver Native Health Society to help them collect used maternity wear for expectant mothers living in the Downtown East Side.

Simply drop off your clean maternity clothing at GOLDFISH from May 5th to 9th. Your donation may seem small but will have a huge impact on the lives of two people at a time.

Visit our website for more information.


Have you heard about our Thursdays? Join us every Thursday night and try three different sakes for $11.

Add to that our Thursday’s menu feature, three sushi pizzas for $10, and you have yourself a theme party.

Tell you this much, it sakes not to be here on Thursdays.  Visit our website for more information.


It’s time for the Annual Naramata Bench Spring Release Event.  It takes place on Monday, April 12th from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM, at The Westin Bayshore Hotel.

Taste a selection of the latest releases from the Naramata Bench Wineries Association paired with delectable delights from some of Vancouver ‘s finest restaurants.  Goldfish is excited to be participating once again this year.

Click here for tickets and more information.


Dining Out for Life was a huge success!  Thank you to all our patrons who dined out on that special night in support of this worthy cause.  Goldfishers have raised close to $1500 for A Loving Spoonful and Friends For Life!

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New from Cru

The Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival runs from April 19 – 25.
Join us before or after your festival events for vital sustenance or hedonistic pleasure!

Wine Festival Events
Reservations at Cru

‘Date Night’ every Thursday at Cru
Spring is in the air, and with rising temperatures and swelling buds our thoughts turn to passionate encounters with sexy food. Every Thursday evening, couples can enjoy a sumptuous dinner for two with a bottle of wine for $99.

Lovers will enjoy this sensuous feast in Cru’s relaxed, intimate atmosphere, a perfect setting in which to celebrate a longtime love or to explore an exciting new romance.
Menu at www.cru.ca

Mother’s Day Brunch ~ Sunday, May 9th

Mother’s Day is just around the corner.
Cru is planning a delicious three-course brunch
with house-baked goodies and several choices to please all tastes.
$29 per person. (kids under 12 half price)
Menu at www.cru.ca


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