Well, everyone, I’m back! It’s been a long hiatus, but I’ve finally won another contest. A couple of weeks ago, I entered an in-store draw at Nesters Market and won tickets to The Wellness Show. So, last Saturday, I toddled off to the Vancouver Convention Centre to experience the event for the first time.
Samples, Samples, Samples!
I love free samples—who doesn’t? So, the food area of The Wellness Show was a dream come true. Also, they were healthy samples, so pretty much a guilt-free experience. I did buy a few things as well, though, that I thought you’d like to hear about:
- Quesava Veggie Poppers: very cheesy mini buns that are seriously addictive. A bit much at $10 a box, but they are gluten-free and quick to bake—a good thing to have on hand for my next party.
- Bingo Lactose-free Gouda Cheese: Two blocks for $10 was an excellent deal. I was also pleasantly surprised by how nicely the cheese melted, as I’ve had some dairy-free cheeses that didn’t work out well.
- Tea from Tea Sparrow: Four 18-gram bags for $12. As I’m writing this, I’m enjoying Mandarin Rose. It’s a unique blend with the caffeine boost I’m looking for in the a.m.
- Laiki Rice Crackers: $3, made with red or black rice, oil, and salt. A little on the oily side, but not overwhelming if eaten in moderation. Unfortunately, I am guilty of eating an entire bag at one sitting.
- Organic Maple Syrup: $13 for a large bottle that is as good as you’d expect from our Canadian staple
A Table Tennis Workout
The North Shore Table Tennis Club had a bunch of tables set up and I couldn’t resist playing for the first time in what must be at least a decade. First, I played against the Ping Pong robot. It kept firing at me and I was soon able to return the shots. Then, I played against my husband and, well, we were both equally bad. However, I think rediscovering something fun that gets you up and moving is very cool.
Other Reasons The Wellness Show Was Fun
- Massagers for your back, feet, and shoulders that you could try for free
- Various demonstrations and talks on several different stages: celebrity cooking, healthy families, living well, women & wellness, and zen fitness
- Very awesome deals (e.g. $10 off $50 worth of groceries from Nesters)
Also, and most importantly, a space in which to think about how to live a healthier and happier life. Which leads to the big question: would I go to the show again next year if I had to pay for tickets? The answer is definitely ‘yes’. At $12.50 per adult online, it’s a great deal, especially given that we don’t take enough time out to stop and think about what it would mean to live a better life. And, that’s where I think The Wellness Show is great because it presents so many different options for you to consider when it comes to how you want to achieve that goal.
Note: Life’s gotten a bit busier for me lately. Thus, these contest posts have become less frequent than they once were. However, I will still make time to update my blog when I can. If you feel you’re not getting enough Rebecca in the meantime, please check out my posts on digital marketing and disability awareness.
Stay well, everybody!