The REAL Real Housewives of YVR: Amber Strocel

Amber Strocel is a writer, dreamer, social media evangelist and problem-solver. She lives in the Vancouver suburbs with her two children and her husband. In her extremely rare and precious free time she gardens, attempts handcrafts and eats rather a lot of chocolate. She chronicles her life on her blog at Strocel.com, which she has been writing since May 2003. Through blogging, she has found inspiration and support, leading her to create an online course for mothers called Crafting my Life. Her experiences have made her believe in the power of social networking to bring people together. She also works as the Content Manager for VancouverMom.ca, helping connect local moms with this fabulous city.

What characteristics define the Vancouver Housewife?

I totally hate the word “housewife” so it’s hard for me to say what defines one. If you were to ask me what characteristics many Vancouverites share I’d say we’re fairly progressive, we’re a little bit smug about the natural beauty of our city, and we love to complain about real estate.

Are you a good representation of a Vancouver Housewife? Why?

I actually live in Coquitlam, so I may be disqualified outright. However, as a lifelong West Coaster and an adult child of hippies, I definitely feel the Vancouver vibe.

Do you feel that living in Vancouver in some way defines who you are? Please explain.

I’ve always lived in the Vancouver area. It’s always been my city. I’m a Vancouverite, and that’s part of my identity. I wouldn’t change it.

Have you ever had cosmetic surgery, Botox, Restalyne injections, etc.? If so, please provide details. If you haven’t had any of the above procedures performed, would you consider it?

No, I have not, and no I wouldn’t consider it.

Other than your children (if applicable), what is the accomplishment of which you are most proud?

As a writer, I ask other people this question all the time. Now that someone’s asking me, I honestly have no idea how to answer it. I think mostly what I really groove on are all the little things – people I connect with, compliments I get, opportunities to help others. There’s not a single big thing I would point to as my proudest accomplishment. I am a collector of small pieces of awesomeness.

Has the desire for affluence/power/money been a motivator in the choices you’ve made for your life?

Not really. When I was younger I was more concerned about money for sure. It was why I stayed in a job I didn’t enjoy for a long time – because it paid well. Now I’m more about happiness than money.

Tell us about your stuff. What do you like to buy, collect, etc.?

I have a thing for wooden toys. I’m not even sure my kids really like them, but I do. I wouldn’t say I’m a collector of anything, though. I’m aiming for minimalism, not stuff.

Do you have “staff” in your home? (E.g. nanny, driver, chef, etc.)

I have a house cleaner who comes twice a month to help keep my house from becoming a total disaster. She’s awesome, her name is Enid, and I don’t know that I’d consider her “staff”. Oh, and my husband does my laundry, because he’s great like that.

Do you belong to any clubs, teams, groups or social organizations?

I belong to La Leche League, and I also belong to the Green Party of Canada, which I joined in a huff when Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver referred to environmentalists as “radicals”. Oh, and I also belong to a local Unitarian church.

Finish this sentence: “My life’s motto is ….”

…. that dreams matter.

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As a thank you for participating, Amber will be receiving a gift certificate for $25 worth of ice cream from TransCold Distribution.  TCD is the premier wholesale supplier and distributor of ice cream and frozen foods throughout Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest.  As a Unilever Master Distributor TransCold provides exclusive access to the most recognized and popular ice cream brands and frozen goods in the world: Good Humor, Breyers, Magnum, Klondike, Ben & Jerry’s, Popsicle and many more!  From national grocers, to local convenient stores, to corporate events and everything in between, TransCold Distribution offers consistent best product variety and customer service!


Legacy Liquor Store will be hosting a private wine tasting for the first few REAL Real Housewives of YVR profiled. Stay tuned for a post about this exciting evening. An elegant and modern 8,600 square foot space that includes a state-of-the-art wine cellar, Legacy is the largest privately-owned liquor store in the province. Home to thousands of beers, wines, and spirits, including exclusive and specialty items, with some of the most knowledgeable and friendly staff around. Legacy is the ideal venue for groups to host casual social gatherings. In-house catering is available with access to a beautiful kitchen and tasting bar area.

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2 Comments

  1. What a great way of looking at life – “There’s not a single big thing I would point to as my proudest accomplishment. I am a collector of small pieces of awesomeness.”
    Thanks for these down to earth interviews of vancouver women making a difference!

  2. I, too, loved the “collector of small pieces of awesomeness.” I think when we see awesome in many of the everyday things, we are more likely to be happy and content with life. Great profile!

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